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Events in Manchester
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Link to Manchester Clubs Online Schedule
North Wales Green Point Swiss Pairs Saturday 10th October
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Chester Bowl Deva Online Sunday 18th October

Lancs Green Point Online Swiss Congress Sat 31st Oct to Sun 1st Nov
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Charity Pairs Wednesday 30th September
Gordon Bickley's Second Hand Books List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4 List 5 List 6
Green Point Swiss IMP Pairs Sunday 11th October
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EBU Bridge Warehouse

EBU Calendar

Deal of the Week

Sep 2020
2nd Double Double
9th Suicide Squeeze
16th Five Hearts
23rd Squeeze without Count
30th Play Problem
Aug 2020
5th Play Problem
12th A Poor Slam
19th Make Game
26th Avoidance

July 2020
1st Play Problem
8th Tens
15th Trumps
22nd Squeeze?
29th Lead Problem
June 2020
3rd Good Hand
10th Trump Coup
17th Suicide squeeze

May 2020
6th Online Overtricks
13th League Luck
20th Online IMPs
27th Online Slam

Apr 2020
1st Tollemache
8th Tollemache
15th Lockdown League
22nd Lockdown League 2
29th Online Duplicate
Mar 2020 4th Cheadle Pairs 11th Cheadle Pairs
18th Chester Pairs
25th Goldstone

Feb 2020 5th Peter Ader Memorial 12th Santa Claus Pairs
19th Santa Claus 2
26th Congress Pairs

Jan 2020 1st Another Grand 8th Middlesex Pairs
15th Middlesex Teams
22nd Middlesex Teams 2
29th Middlesex Teams 3
Dec 2019 4th Llangollen 11th YC Defence
18th Middlesex Pairs
25th Christmas Present

Nov 2019
6th Lancs Swiss Pairs
13th Premier League Defence
20th Cheadle
27th Cheadle DD

Oct 2019

16th NBL Grand 23rd Higson Game
30th No Entry
Sept 2019 4th Four-Three fit 2 11th MBC 3NT
18th Cheadle Defence

Aug 2019 7th GP Teams 14th Defence problem
21st NBL 1
28th Four-Three fit 1

July 2019 3rd Corwen 1 10th Corwen 2
17th Corwen 3
24th President's Cup 1
31st President's Cup 2
June 2019
5th Hubert Phillips 1
12th Hubert Phillips 2
19th Hubert Phillips 3
26th 20 years ago

May 2019
1st Higson Final
8th Higson Final 2

22nd NICKO lead
29th Ruia Slam
Apr 2019

17th Preston Pairs

Mar 2019
6th Cheadle Pairs
13th Trump Squeeze
20th Green Point Pairs
27th Green Point Pairs Defence

Feb 2019
6th Deva Slam 2
13th Deva Slam 3
20th Deva Slam 4
27th Double End Play

Jan 2019
2nd League Lead
9th A bad break
16th Congress Teams 1
23rd Congress Teams 2
30th Deva Slam 1
Dec 2018
5th Tolly Qual 1
12th Tolly Qual 2
19th Lancs Teams 2
18th Middlesex Pairs

Nov 2018
7th Lancs Pairs
14th Lancs Pairs Defence
21st Lancs Teams
28th Scottish Curiosity

Oct 2018
3rd Northern Bridge League 10th Northern Bridge League
17th Northop
24th Chester Defence
31st Cheadle Mixed
Sep 2018
5th GP defence

26th Teams or Pairs

Aug 2018
1st National League
8th Yorkshire Congress
15th Llandudno
22nd NBL Grand
29th Michelle Memorial
July 2018
4th Yorks Grand
11th Super Moysian
18th Pachabo
25th Defence at Cheadle

June 2018
6th John Armstrong Pairs
13th Blocked suit
20th Cheadle Grand
27th Goldstone Final

May 2018
2nd League Grand
9th 3N or 5 of a minor
16th Cheadle 3NT
23rd Ruia Cup
30th Play 5D
Apr 2018
4th Green Point Pairs 2S
11th Green Point Pairs 3N
18th More GP Pairs
25th Llangollen

Mar 2018
7th Slam play problem
14th Scissors Coup
21st Improvisation
28th Tollemache 3NT

Feb 2018
7th Devil's coup
14th End Play
21st Congress 3NT
28th 3NT Play problem

Jan 2018

10th NICKO pre-empt
17th Congress slam 1
24th Congress slam 2
31st Congress Slam 3
Dec 2017
6th A curiosity
13th Ben Franks Grand
20th Ben Franks Lead
27th A suit play

Nov 2017
1st Sacrifice
8th Deva Charity Event
15th Cheadle Mixed
22nd Lancs Pairs
29th Lancs Teams
Oct 2017
4th League Play
11th League bid
18th Both minors
25th NBL Inference

Sep 2017
6th NBL Lead
13th Bolton Defence
20th League Defence
27th Mixed results

Aug 2017
2nd Michelle Memorial
9th Trump Coup

23rd Northern Bridge League
30th More NBL
July 2017
5th Extra trick

26th Llandudno

June 2017
7th Make this slam
14th Online Bridge
21st Your lead
28th Corwen Defence

May 2017
3rd MBC Slam
10th Higson Cup 3NT
17th Higson Cup Grand
24th Slam fork
31st Bridge in Salford
Apr 2017
5th Surrogacy
12th Pairs vs Teams
19th Pseudo End Play
26th Your lead

Mar 2017
1st Goldstone Slam
8th Non-technical line
15th Freak hand
22nd Find the Lady
29th Six-six
Feb 2017
1st Lead direction
8th Compete part scores
15th The three level
22nd Defence problem

Jan 2017
4th 6C Bid and play
11th Congress Slam
18th League Game
25th Gold Cup Grand

Dec 2016
7th Slam in fourth suit
14th Beer card
21st Xmas puzzle
28th New Year puzzle

Nov 2016
2nd Direct Route
 9th More suit plays
16th Don't give up
23rd Bid and play
30th Psyche
Oct 2016

12th Duplication
19th Defensive unblock
26th Endplay

Sep 2016
7th Pairs Defence
14th Psychology
21st Poor bridge
28th Unblocking

Aug 2016
3rd Trump End Play
10th Slam Lead
17th 800
24th 1100
31st 3NT with 4-4 fit
July 2016
6th Welsh Bridge
13th Llandudno
20th 6NT play
27th En passant

June 2016
1st Slam Try
8th  University Bridge
15th Tuesday Bridge
22nd Pachabo overtrick
29th Slam play
May 2016
4th Long sequence
11th RKCB with void
18th More RKCB
25th IMP Pairs

Apr 2016
6th Sixteen point game
13th Easter bridge
20th Four-Three fit
27th Six-Six hand

Mar 2016
2nd Inferences and end play 9th  Make the overtrick 16th A lead problem
23rd Two suit plays
30th The wrong slam
Feb 2016
3rd Simple technique 10th Six, five, come alive 17th Which small card? 24th The dark blue card
Jan 2016
6th Which game? 13th The last guess 20th Nine card suit 27th An intricate sequence
Dec 2015
2nd Precarious trumps 9th  Classy sequence 16th Distribution inference 23rd Cheadle cross ruff
Nov 2015
4th Endplay choice 11th Spooky bridge 18th Third round control 25th Surprise gain
Oct 2015
7th A direct route 14th Breaking Blackwood rules 21st Crockfords slams 28th Textbook deal
Sep 2015
2nd 8410 hands 9th  A suit combination 16th A critical defence 23rd Premier League in Manchester 30th Which squeeze
Aug 2015

26th Choice of slams  

Manchester Clubs Online Schedule

Espen has put together a useful table of all online events held by Manchester clubs.

Click here to see it.

Manchester v London

Manchester played London online in a team of 24 match organised into A, B and C sections on Saturday 26th September.  After the first half Manchester held a small lead, but it drifted away in the second half.  The event was played online using the RealBridge interface which was new to many of us.  It was nice to be able to see and hear the players at your own table, though the interface takes a bit of getting used to and is occasionally flaky.

Overall London won by 50 imps (35.5 to 24.5 VPs) with our A team losing by 17, the B team losing by 59 and the C team winning by 25 imps.

The teams were:

A Michael Byrne/Rodney Lighton, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Jeff Morris/Stuart Shalom, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater.

B Joy & Irving Blakey, Phil Taylor/Josh Clarke, Kath Nelson/Rhona Goldenfield, John Stell/Andy Green

C Alan Tranter/Andy Burnett, Sam & Will Wakefield, Roger Hopton/Irene Davies, Paul Beckwith/Joyce Jones

Top of the x-imp rankings were Alan Tranter and Andy Burnett.  Thanks to all for playing and to Adam Wiseberg for organising the match.

Detailed results are on the Manchester Online Event web site.

Online League Season 2

Congratulations to Tracy Capal's Deal or No Deal team (Paddy Murphy, Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Ted Revely) who have won division 1 by large margin.  In division 2 A41 Adventurers (Richard Alcock, Trevor Hails, Chris Ryall and Simon Whitehouse) also won comfortably.  Division 3 was won by Rejuvenated ( Jonathan Engler, Peter Jones, Alan Mould, Daniel Kelsall, Adam Wiseberg and Stuart Shalom). Misfits (Mark Gomme, Ron Lowe, Vivienne Newgrosh and Enid Noronha) won division 4.  Wild Cards (Jean Crowhurst, Rosemary Moorhouse, John and Linda Varley) were well ahead in division 5, whereas in division 6 Marple Bridgers (David Bakewell, Nick Collett, Ralph Deane, Hari Gohil, Ash & Jackie Shah) just won.  Finally in division 7 Ruff Diamonds (Barbara & Martyn Andrews, Ann & Peter Shakespeare) won.  Season 3 will start soon.

Green Point Swiss IMP Pairs

Two sessions of 24 boards played online from the comfort of your home, with your own choice of refreshments and dress code.

Sunday 11th October at 11.00

Click here for more details and entry form

EBU Lockdown League

Michael Byrne's team have won the fifth season of the lockdown league.  They have won every season so far, but the latest win was by only 1.4 VPs, so there is hope for other teams.


The Goldstone continues at a slow pace.  Michael Byrne's St Titus beat Roger Hopton's New Connections online on 16th September to reach the final.  This competition usually qualifies for the Pachabo, but that was cancelled long ago, so expect the other semi and the final to be played within a few months.

Charity Pairs - Bid to Play With Sally Brock

Sally Brock, multiple Ladies World Champion and regular visitor to Manchester events will play in the Charity Event on 30th September with the person who makes the highest bid.  See the Manchester Events page for details.  The event is being held in aid of The Nicky Alliance.

Learn Bridge

Do you know people who want to learn how to play bridge?

Do you want to be involved in teaching a new generation of bridge players?

We have a unique opportunity to find and teach a new generation of bridge players.

So many people have time on their hands and are looking for new pastimes.

If you want to be involved in the MCBAs Learn Bridge Campaign contact Irene Davies at

If you can help with publicity or already know people who want to learn contact Susan Triggs at

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