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Play EBU Bridge Online

Did you know you can now play in EBU tournaments online from the comfort of your own home?  You need to be a member of BBO, which is free and very easy to join, and then the individual tournaments cost a minimal amount ($1US) to enter. You can earn EBU masterpoints. The main page of the BBO website gives details of the times and days. 

Manchester Congress

The Manchester Congress was held on the weekend of 2/3 January at the V&A Hotel in Manchester.

Best M&CBA results were

Championship Pairs - 5th out of 65 pairs - Tracy Capal and Paddy Murphy

Championship Teams - 5th Peter Richmond (with Roger Allison, Liz and Bill Wattleworth of Lancashire); 6th Sheila Shea, Edward Jones, Margaret Barnes, Wynn Williams

The teams were divided into 3 sections with 29 teams in all. 

Well done to everyone.

Northern Year End Congress

This EBU event was held in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire between Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016. There were some good results for Merseyside & Cheshire players:

Swiss Pairs:

Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks
David Stevenson & Liz Commins
6= Gary Hyett & Margaret Howe

Swiss Teams:

David Stevenson & Liz Commins
    Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks

Well done everyone!

Dublin Thriller


30/31 May 2015 saw the annual Liverpool v Dublin match (M&CBA nowadays but still called Liverpool for historical reasons!).

As usual the match was strongly fought but in the most friendly way.  Angie Pinnington’s catering, fast becoming legendary, even in Dublin, was tremendous and the spirit of the match a credit to both teams.

After 10 boards Liverpool led by 154 to 85 VPs.  Dublin fought back and after 70 boards the most incredible thing had happened – it was 835 VPs plays 835 VPs!!!  There were only five boards left to play.  Three of our 4 teams’ scores were in and we waited for our Ladies, needing 10 VP’s from them – they produced 13 VPs and M&CBA had won by 899 to 891.  Phew!!!

The Team:

Alan Stephenson & Stuart Matthews
Dave & Jean Keen
Pam Edwards & Shirley Webster
Joan Marray & Avril Thompson
Jean McKeown & Stephanie Howard
Sheila Shea & Wyn Williams
Dave Edwards & Peter Richmond
Colin Humphrey & Angus Clark
Ted Reveley & Mike Swanson 
Paul Roberts & Julian Merrill

Dublin Team:

Heidi Lillis & Michael McGloughlin
Sean O’Lubaigh & Martin Brady
Pat Ryan & Pat McMahon
Ann Fitzgerald & Mary Stanley
Cathy Bearpark & Dermot O'Brien
Steve Bearpark & Brendan Curran
Rory Egan & Sheila Horkan
Seamus Dowling & Perdita Quinlan

Director : Ian Stanley

Thanks to Deva Bridge Club for providing a great venue and helping with the event – special thanks to Kate Beckett and Ian Taylor for their support during the weekend and to Fred for doing the boards.


The late, great Ralph Churney

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death at 83 of Ralph Churney. 

Ralph was a long-time partner of Ted Reveley and together they won the Gold Cup and represented the County on many occasions. Not many people know that Ralph also played for England in his prime.

The funeral was held at Broad Green Jewish Cemetery on Thursday 16 July.

Our deepest sympathy goes to all his family and friends.

Many thanks to Ralph's son Henry and to Jean Keen for supplying some better photos.

We are also grateful to Richard Fleet for sharing the following memory:

  : I was very sorry to learn of the death of Ralph Churney. I started my tournament bridge career playing in the SW Lancs League and came up against Ralph on many occasions. It is often said of people that they were gentlemen but this cannot be truer than in Ralph's case. When Ralph won the Gold Cup in 1987, I was captain of the losing team - one couldn't have lost to a nicer person and I was genuinely happy for him. One anecdote: I was a passenger in a car when Ralph was driving on one occasion (it might have been on the way to the North-West inter-area event): as we approached the motorway, he commented that we needn't go fast as we had plenty of time. At this point, the speedometer was reading in excess of 100 mph!


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EBU Silver Plate
David Stevenson writes: "The final of the EBU Silver Plate between David Stevenson - Liz Commins  Paul Roberts - Julian Merrill Paddy Murphy (M&CBA) - Simon Edwards (N Wales), and a team from the Derby area was played over 48 boards at the East Midlands Bridge Academy, near Derby, on Tuesday 10th January 2017.
Unfortunately our team failed to recover from losing 28 imps over the first 16 boards, and finally lost - by one imp!"
Great try guys!
In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we have to record the passing of Pete Lloyd on Friday 17 January 2014.
Pete was a well liked player in league, County and other events until he retired from bridge 3 years ago to pursue his musical interests.
Our thoughts are with his wife Karen and their families.

The funeral is at Thornton Crematorium on Wednesday 29 January at  3.20pm followed by refreshments at the Royal Oak on Warrenhouse Road

Camrose Trophy

Every year the Home International Series for the Camrose Trophy takes place, with England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire battling it out over 2 long weekends of bridge. To ensure that no team sits out for a session, each nation takes turns to provide a second team and in 2016 it is the turn of Wales to do so. After a good performance in the recent Welsh Premier League a pair from our County - Barry Jones and Bob Pitts - have been selected to play in the Welsh B team. They will play during the first Camrose weekend 8-10 January which takes place in Eire. The event can be watched on-line via BBO. We wish them every success (as long as they don't beat England of course!)

M&CBA's Newest Grandmaster

Congratulations to Bob Pitts who is the latest Grandmaster in the County. According to the EBU ranking lists we now have 10 Grandmasters and 4 Premier Grandmasters in the County. That is not counting those who have achieved that rank through the WBU but also play regularly in, and for, M&CBA. Not bad for such a small county!

Grattan Endicott wins EBU Gold Award

At yesterday's AGM a number of awards were presented.

Gold Award

This award, given for outstanding contribution to the management/administration of the game at national and/or international level, went to: Grattan Endicott - Merseyside & Cheshire.

Many congratulations Grattan.  For full article, click here.