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♠  Center's Mixed Teams ♣


The centre's Mixed Teams event was contested by 10 teams with exciting final rounds involving Steve Mattinson's, Mary Green's & Joy Blakeys teams.  The eventual winners were team Blakey - Joy and Irving Blakey, Irene Davies and Bob Cooke:  congratulations to them. 


Thanks to all those who played, to Ken Johnston the TD and Victor Ridding the Scorer.

Results can be found by clicking the Diamond below.


Happy Christmas

Christmas and New Year Bridge  

We will not be running duplicates on December 25th and January 1st but will have our usual games on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th.

On January 2nd and 3rd MCBA is running the annual, very successful, Manchester Congress on RealBridge: pairs on Saturday, teams on Sunday and Non-Expert events on both days. We hope that many of our members will be playing, if you have not been before, then we’re sure you will enjoy this weekend Congress. Details are on: Manchester Events


County AGM

The link to the AGM is AGM

Meeting ID: 827 8592 8447
Passcode: 783618

Diary Dates

Saturday April 24th at 1.15pm  MCBA Intermediate Swiss Pairs for players with NGS Jack or below and less than Regional Master. 

Details at

Wednesday April 28th 10.30 am  MCBA charity duplicate in memory of Lesley Johnson: raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

 Details at

What Would You Bid

December Solutions

In what seemed to be an easy set for the experts, as many as 6 of them had a perfect 40, our competitors struggled, and for the first time not a single perfect score. Peter Foster did best with 37, followed by Barbara Lewis and Adam Wiseberg on 36. Over the 3 months to date, Peter Foster is in the lead with an impressive 115 out of 120 followed by Victor Ridding on 104 and Ian Pendlebury on 98.

Even though the experts did not find many options for each problem, the competitors seemed to have more imagination. There are many subtleties and a lot to learn from the panelists’ reasoning. I hope you will find this solutions’ page an interesting and entertaining read over the Christmas period, in between good food and with whatever company you have. 

I'd like to thank all the panelists and the competitors for their time and effort in 2020 and hope that 2021 will be a lot better for all of us than 2020 turned out to be for many of us. 

From the Competition Editor, a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

The full set of solutions are here: December 2020 - Solutions

Espen Gisvold

Competition Editor
Jersey Senior Pairs

Congratulations to our member, Joyce White who, with Babs Matthews from Cumbria, won the Jersey Seniors’ Pairs on Saturday 30th April. Results can be seen HERE

February 2021 - Solutions
February Solutions
We are now at the half-way point in our What Would You Bid competition and it is tightening in the race for the coveted title of “Best Bidder North and South of Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre” as well as the first prize of one year’s membership.
This month, Mel Pelham was the only competitor who managed to get the perfect 40.  He had Dhun Daji on (37) and Adam Wiseberg (35) breathing down his neck.
At the half-way point, Peter Foster is still in pole position with 182, followed by Victor Ridding on 174 and Adam Wiseberg on 161. This is lining up to be a close race and if Mel keeps up his good efforts he might be the dark horse coming up from behind.
Of the Panelists, Michael Byrne and Raymond Semp managed to get the perfect 40. Once again, one of our panelists got the TD to the table.
As usual, I will give my more or less intelligent comments on the panelists’ explanations in italics.
Enjoy the experts’ answers and get ready for next month’s problems. If you have a hand that you think merits the experts’ judgment and thoughts, please drop me a line on Espen
The Full Results can be found in the Menue to the Left and by following this link HERE 
What Would You Bid
January Solutions
January’s problems seem to have been the most problematic yet, if the division amongst the experts is a measure of the set’s complexity.
Only one panelist got the perfect 40 this Month - Joy Blakey. None of the competitors managed that feast this time, but Valerie Morgan and Mel Pelham got close with 38 followed by Victor Ridding on 35.
In the overall competition, Peter Foster is still in the lead with an impressive 149 out of 160! Peter still has to look over his shoulder as he is being chased by Victor Ridding (139) and Ian Pendlebury on 129.
To see the solutions click HERE
Enjoy the experts’ answers and get ready for next month’s problems. If you have a hand that you think merits the experts’ judgment and thoughts, please drop me a line on Espen

Espen Gisvold

Competition Editor



What Would You Bid

What Would You Bid?

Solutions for Octobers problems are now available here: October 2020 Solutions

Don't forget to send your answers to Novembers set of problems: November 2020 Problems

What Would You Bid

June Solutions

We have now completed the penultimate round of this ten-month competition, and it is heating up for the last round. In this month - a set that both panelists and competitors found difficult - Victor Ridding came out on top with 35 points, followed by Joyce Jones on 32 and Mary Green on 31.

For the overall title of “Bidder of The Club” it is now getting closer than ever. Peter Foster and Victor Ridding are head-to-head in first place, each with 243 points, and they can’t be overtaken by any other competitor. Peter has a 30 point set that he can improve on and Victor a 33 pointer. The final scores will be very close!

Michael Byrne was the only panelist to achieve a perfect 40, followed by David Barton, Espen Lindqvist and Tom Slater with 34.

I will as usual give my more or less intelligent comments in italics. Click HERE for the solutions.

Web Site
Web Site

Our teams in the NICKO continue to do well.  The teams of Neil Thomas and Pete Foster are through to the 4th round of the main competition and the teams of  Ken Hall, Ann Thornton and Espen Gisvold are progressing well in the Plate. Well done to all of them, as we follow their progress



Julia Bannister and Steve Mattinson will be co-hosting this holiday





The venue is The Wild Pheasant Hotel – set in spectacularly beautiful countryside near to the River Dee, this traditional hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment. 

It has a modern wing with a state-of-the-art spa.

Let’s blow away the lockdown blues and have some fun together!

The full program and prises can be found HERE 


March Solutions


This month’s problems were honestly stolen from the book “Bid Against The Masters - The Best of Bidding Forum” by Terence Reese and Keith McNeil.

They seemed to create huge problems for many of the competitors, and it is clear that bidding theory has moved on in the 25-45 years since the problems were first set.

None of our competitors managed a perfect 40. Three managed to score 36 points - Geoff Ashcroft, Mary Green and Steven Mattinson.

Peter Foster is still in pole position with 212, followed by Victor Ridding on 207 and Dhun Daji on 191.

Of the Panelists, only Espen Lindqvist achieved the perfect 40, followed by Rodney Lighton and Alec Smalley with 39. 

As usual, I will give my more or less intelligent comments on the panelists’ explanations in italics.

In addition to my comments, some of the comments from the original editor and commentator might be added in to provide some historic spice.

If you have a hand that you think merits the experts’ judgment and thoughts, please drop me a line on Espen.

To see the solutions follow this link: March 2021


Espen Gisvold

Competition Editor


What Would You Bid
The new set of problems in our 10 month What Would You Bid competition is now ready. You can either find them in the menu at the left or by following this link: HERE
The deadline for solutions is 15th May. Good luck and enjoy
Espen Gisvold
Competition Editor