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Latest News and Upcoming Events
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Michelle Brunner Charity Memorial
Saturday 21st July 11.00 for 11.30 start at Manchester Bridge Club
Palatine Road
A Mixed Pivot Teams Event
Proceeds to The Christie and St Ann's Hospice
Click here for details

Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 22nd July 11.00 at Altrincham
Entry limited to 26 teams - 1 place left 10th July
Click here for details and entry form

The entry form for these events for the 2018-19 season is now on the league page.

Oxford Festival of Bridge
Sept 18th-21st
The festival is aimed at players who play for fun rather than master points
Click here for details and entry form

Click here for the EBU calendar

Ollie's Workshops
Sunday 5th August at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for details

Online Teams
Do you play bridge on the internet? 
If so would you like to form a team ?

If 7 or more teams are interested we could have a league.
Any number of players in the team, not restricted to Manchester.
It’s just for fun, no prizes, no entry fee.
Play when you like, within a certain period to be decided. 
16 board matches, so about two hours.
If interested, please contact Royce Alexander

Deal of the Week
July 2018
4th Yorks Grand
11th Super Moysian
18th Pachabo

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
30th 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  

Northern League
Manchester started the season well by winning all three divisions in the first round of matches on Saturday 14th July, the first time that I can remember this happening.

In Division A at Sheffield  the Manchester 1 team of Rodney Lighton/John Holland, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater are ahead of Yorkshire 2 by 4 VPs.  The Manchester 2 team of Irving & Joy Blakey, Raymond Semp/David Olliver, John Stell/Peter Jones, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas also competed.  All four of the Manchester 1 pairs did well on the cross IMPs.

In Division B at Bradford
Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Victor Ridding/Janet Tolan, Melvyn Pelham/Rod Franks, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji are 3 VPs ahead of Merseyside & Cheshire.  Eddie and Tony and Howard and Dhun did well on the cross IMPs.

In Division C at Keighley  Roger Hopton/Lance Bloohn, Jonathan Engler/Adam Wiseberg, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook top the table 2 VPs ahead of Lancashire.  The Manchester 2 team of Mary Green/Ann Thornton, Suzanne Beckett/Adele Hodari, George Leigh/Sally Bray, Roy Higginbottom/Joan Lewis also played.  Jonathan and Adam were our best pair on the cross IMPs, with Roger and Lance, Karen and Barbara, George and Sally also doing well.

Full results are on the Northern Bridge League web site.

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

And then there was one.  The Cheadle Hulme team of Alec Smalley, David Barton, Rodney Lighton and Royce Alexander (also John Currie, Tom Slater) lost their quarter final match to the holders, Tunbridge Wells, but Manchester, Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale.  Manchester now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.

Summer Seniors Congress
Well done to Gary Hyett who won the B final of the pairs at Eastbourne on 6th-8th July with Alan Cooke.  Gary and Alan played the Swiss Teams with John Jones and Adrian Fontes and finished third.

Llandudno Swiss Pairs
Several Manchester players and pairs went to Llandudno for the annual Swiss Pairs on 7-8th July run by the North Wales Bridge Association and ably directed by Sarah Amos assisted by her daughter, Rachel.  Congratulations to Rodney Lighton and Neil Thomas who were first equal with Jason Hackett and John Sansom, also to Peter Greaves who finished third with Raj Gupta.  Full results are on the North Wales web site.

Membership Campaign
Manchester and Merseyside & Cheshire have come together to initiate a membership campaign across the two counties.  We have appointed Sara Miles as a Project Officer (very much part-time) to facilitate this work, she will start work in September.  Sara plays at Deva Bridge Club and has been involved in campaigning to increase their membership.  The EBU is also involved, paying half the costs of all materials used.

If you think your club could take advantage of this or if you want to be involved in the Membership Campaign working group please contact Irene Davies

President's Cup - Scoring Error - Manchester Win
The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Heading the cross IMPs were John and Alan on the Saturday and John and Rodney on the Sunday.  Kath & Alan and Nicholas & John were also positive for the A team.  For the B team, John Roberts and Howard Kay and John Stell and Peter Jones did well on the Saturday, Jeanne and Ron were our best pair on Sunday.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
For Manchester B: on Saturday John Stell/Peter Jones, Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks, Howard Kay/John Roberts; on Sunday Jeanne & Ron Bayly, Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Paul Beckwith/Wei Chei Tham, Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings

Summer Intermediate Pairs
21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June.  Winners with a good score of 67.9% were Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones from the Altrincham club.  Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing and to Barbara Lewis for organising.
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.


Winners: Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones

Second: Margaret Kelly and Liz Downie

Third: Vincent and Daniel Kelsall

Fourth: Peter Butterworth and Elaine Preece

Fifth: Adrienne Stone and Chris Tolhurst Cleaver

Sixth: Phil Hayward and Nigel Catterall

Pos No Players Match
Tops Score
1 3
Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook
330 486 67.90 42
2 13
Margaret Kelly & Liz Downie
311 486 63.99 36
3 7
Daniel & Vincent Kelsall
310 486 63.79 30
4 16
Peter Butterworth & Elaine Preece
269 432 62.27 24
5 10
Chris Tolhurst Cleaver & Adrienne Stone
278 486 57.20 18
6 4
Phil Hayward & Nigel Catterall
274 486 56.38 12
7 15
Roy Saleh & Scott Middleton
236 432 54.63 6
8 19
David Welsh & Andrea Mills
234 432 54.17  
9 22
Melanie Foster & Helen Krell
230 432 53.24  
10 9
Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie
248 486 51.03  
11 6
Sheila Wimbleton & Christine Richardson
237 486 48.77  
12 1
Tessa Connolly & Lesley Richards
232 486 47.74  
13 8
Michael Kisil & Ralph Deane
226 486 46.50  
14 17
Sue Howard & Ken Doodson
196 432 45.37  
15 5
Diana Calvert & Hazel Powell
220 486 45.27  
16 21
Roy & Suzanne Beckett
189 432 43.75  
17 18
Peter Allison & Helen Nightingale
187 432 43.29  
18 20
Jane MacGregor & Barbara Herring
185 432 42.82  
19 2
Eugene & Avril Hutton
193 486 39.71  
20 14
Margaret Harris & Pat Turner
161 432 37.27  
21 12
David Eason & Clive Beveridge
114 486 23.46

Manchester League
New (and old) players wanted.
Would you like to play in the Manchester League this coming season (starts in September)?
It's fun, you would be most welcome.
There are around 8 to 9 matches to be played (some home, some away) between September and April either in homes or in a local club.
We would like more entries for the lower divisions. 
New or inexperienced players would enter the 7th division, more experienced players will be placed in a higher division.
Please e-mail Kath Nelson, the league secretary if you are interested.
If you only have a pair Kath may be able to fix you up with another pair to form a team.

NBL Selections
The selection committee has met and selected the following teams for the first two rounds of the Northern Bridge League.
Round 1 July 14th
Alan Mould/Gary Hyett
John Holland/Rodney Lighton
Tom Slater/Alec Smalley
David Barton/Leslie Klein
Irving Blakey/Joy Blakey
Alan Nelson/Kath Nelson
Neil Thomas/Gillian McMullan
Peter Jones/John Stell
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
Tony Hodgson/Eddie Thornton-Chan
Robert Jones/Joyce Jones
Victor Ridding/Janet Tolan
Roger Hopton/Lance Bloohn
Rod Franks/Mel Pelham
Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann
Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook
Ann Thornton/Mary Green
Haidee Tattersal/Anne Whitehead
Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom
Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler
Round 2 August 11th
John Holland/Alan Mould
Rodney Lighton/John Currie
Irving Blakey/Joy Blakey
Michael Newman/Alec Smalley
John Roberts/Peter Foster
Alan Nelson/Kath Nelson
Nicholas Greer/John Parsons
Raymond Semp/Henry Bissell
Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay
Ron Bayly/Jeanne Bayly
Rod Franks/Steve Mattinson
Andy Green/Dave Sarabowski
Stephen Ward/Michael Whymer
Josh Clarke/Phillip Taylor
Kevin Higgins/Ann Thornton
Marcelo & Elena Rosenbaum
Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar
Wei Chei Tham/Daniel Kelsall
Sally Bray/Judith Dunkerley
George Leigh/John Moran

MiniBridge in Schools
Do you have any contacts in local schools who may be interested in the minibridge taster sessions, details below.  For testimonials click here.

Would you like to end the school year on a high note, while giving both staff and pupils an opportunity to acquire a potential lifelong skill?
If so, we are sponsored by the Manchester County Bridge Association to provide free taster sessions in the simplified version of the card game bridge known as minibridge.

All you will need is a hall (or classroom) full of enthusiastic staff and pupils arranged in tables of four players sitting as individuals but playing in pairs North-South against East-West. All other materials will be provided on the day by our authorised schools officer and minibridge instructor.

Sessions are roughly two hours long but have often been extended without fuss such is the general level of engagement. Year 4 is the recommended minimum age group.

If you would like to take advantage of an end of term offer to bring bridge via minibridge to your school, sponsored by Manchester County bridge association, then please contact Jeff or David, details below.

Jeff Morris

National Youth Bridge Consultant
Director, Manchester Bridge Club T: 0161 445 3712

David Adelman

Schools Officer, Manchester County Bridge Association
National Minibridge in Schools Instructor T: 07958 802763

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