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Deal of the Week
Lancashire Cross-IMP Pairs
Well done to Rhona Goldenfield playing with Jeff Smith who won at Preston on 18th January. Jeff Morris and Kath Nelson were fourth.
Results are on the LCBA web site.
League and Higson Cup (15th Jan)
The leaders in each division are displayed on the league page of this site. In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus have won two matches by good margins to lead ahead of Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras and David Barton's Inverted Minors. Division three is headed by Splinter Group (George Leigh) and Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) who have each won four matches. In division four Monton Misfits have started with two maximum wins. The Enigmas (Graham Fletcher) are off to a good start in division five with three wins. Bombay Sapphires have started with two wins and a draw to lead division six. The Wakefield family team lead division 7a and Mudlarks are winning division 7b.
In the Higson Cup round 2 the tie of the round between Michael Byrne's St Titus and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras was a close run match with St Titus just winning on the last two boards.
Preston Blue Point Teams
Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, Rodney Lighton and John Currie who won the teams at Preston on 12th January. They won on a split tie. In the consolation event Bill Bentley, Rhona Goldenfield, Kevin and Celia Comrie were also in a split tie for first place, but they lost the tie split. Results are on the Preston Club Web Site.
The Manchester Congress took place over the weekend of 4-5th January at the Victoria and Albert Hotel.
We welcomed Jovanka Smederevac an Austrian World Champion, several Norwegian players, Scottish and Welsh players as well as English players from all over the country to make this an international congress.
The congress was well attended with 62 pairs in the championship event, 33 teams on the Sunday and 21 and 27 pairs in the Intermediate events on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Congratulations to all the winners. Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock won the pairs for the third time in four years, Leslie Klein and Jeff Smith won the Men's Pairs prize, Suzy Lawson and Alan Jarvis the Mixed Pairs and Rhona Goldenfield and Marianne Farr the Women's Pairs. The championship teams was renamed the Bernard Goldenfield Congress Teams this year in memory of one of Manchester's greatest players who died last year. A magnificent new trophy was presented in his memory. The event was won by Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Jovanka Smederevac and Rodney Lighton. Will and Sam Wakefield won the prize for the best juniors over the weekend.
In the Intermediate events Harold Weinstock and Tomi Komoly won the Players Progress Cup on the Saturday, Vanessa and Clement Goldstone the Kevin Comrie cup on the Sunday.
Thanks to Irene Davies and her team of helpers and to the directors who ran these events smoothly.
The Player of the Year spreadsheet has been updated, John Holland and Adam Wiseberg still lead in the Expert and Intermediate categories respectively, but their lead has been cut.
Raymond Semp's quiz was won by Sally Brock, the champagne prize was consumed by Sally's team to celebrate their win in the teams.
Michael Byrne's quiz and answers can be found here
Winner was Graham Osborne 57, second Mike Wood 56, third Tom Slater and friends 40, fourth Adam Wiseberg 31.
Here are links to the results of various events which can also be found on the Manchester Events web site under the results tab.
The final stage of the England trials for the European Open took place in London from 3rd-6th January. Michael Byrne played with Kieran Dyke and finished fourth. Ten pairs took part, with the top two guaranteed selection. See the EBU web site for results.
Year End Congresses
Congratulations to the Manchester players who did well at Blackpool and London.
Rhona Goldenfield won the Mixed Pairs at Blackpool with Jeff Smith.
John Holland second in the Mixed Pairs at Blackpool with Jackie Pye.
Ollie Burgess fourth with Mark Weeks in the Swiss Pairs at Blackpool.
Gary Hyett and Peter Carey-Yard fifth in the Swiss Pairs at Blackpool.
Michael Byrne third with Sally Brock in the Mixed Pairs at London.
John Holland and Rhona Goldenfield won the Swiss Teams at Blackpool playing with Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith respectively.
Results are on the EBU web site.