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Deal of the Week
The annual match against Derbyshire took place at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Sunday 14th July. Manchester were 24 IMPs down at half time but fought back to win by 16 IMPs. The team was Adam Wiseberg/Ann Thornton, Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Tricia Blum/Simon Townsend, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom, Andrew Jackson/Nathan Marks. Thanks to Victor Ridding for directing.
Tricia Blum, Simon Townsend, Elena Rosenbaum, Sylvia Massey,
Joan Lewis, Adam Wiseberg, Nathan Marks, Herbert Potts,
Ann Thornton, Andrew Jackson, Roy Higginbottom, Marcelo Rosenbaum
Northern Bridge League
The first round of four of this season's Northern Bridge League took place on Saturday 13th July. Well done to the Manchester C1 team who lead their division.
In the A division at Sheffield the A1 team of Kath & Alan Nelson, Rhona Goldenfield/John Holland, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater finished third behind the two Yorkshire teams. The A2 team of Steve Mattison/Joyce White, Paul Beckwith/Andy Green, John Roberts/Pete Foster, Lance Bloohn/Roger Hopton were sixth. John and Pete shared the top spot in the cross imps rankings with John and Rhona.
In the B division at Bradford Manchester are second behind Yorkshire again. The team was Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Mel Pelham/Rod Franks, Stephen Ward/Chris Hine. Gillian and Neil were our best pair on the cross imps.
In the C division at the new venue of Preston both Manchester teams did well. The C1 team of Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler, Barbara Eastabrook/Karen Jones, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke won ahead of Yorkshire NW with the C2 team of Liz & Stephen Halstead, Keith Boulton/Nigel Pearce, Suzanne Beckett/Adele Hodari, Andrea Mills/David Welsh in third place. Adam and Jonathan headed the cross imps for the division.
Full results are on the NBL web site.
Bronze Medal for Michael's Juniors
Congratulations to the English Juniors who won two bronze medals at Oslo in the European Championships. Pictured below are the under 21 team with non-playing captain Michael Byrne. Michael puts in an enormous amount of effort training the juniors; it is good to see his efforts leading to success.
Oscar Selby, Elizabeth Gahan, Daniel Winter, Liam Sanderson
Michael Byrne, Sam Anoyrkatis, Harry Madden, Alex Roberts
Intermediate Player of the Year
Next week, before the Green Point Teams on 21st July, we will be sorting out who is eligible for the Intermediate category for the player of the year competition. Intermediate means NGS J or below and below Premier Regional Master. To do this we need your NGS rating to be visible on the EBU site. If your NGS rating is hidden, then we will assume you are in the expert category.
EBU Summer Seniors
Congratulations to Gary Hyett who won the Swiss Teams at Torquay on 30th June playing with Alan Cooke, Robert Miller and Bill Taylor.
The annual inter county teams of eight event took place at Bradford Bridge Club over the weekend of 29-30 June, ably directed by Stuart Davies and Adrian Goulding. The Manchester A team finished second to Mersey and Cheshire in a close contest. The Manchester B team fared less well but gained valuable experience.
The A team was Alec Smalley/Tom Slater (both days), John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Kath Nelson/Rhona Goldenfield, David Barton/Leslie Klein (Saturday), Rodney Lighton/Royce Alexander, Joy & Irving Blakey, David Barton/Michael Newman (Sunday).
The B team was Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, John Stell/Max Sampson, Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler (Saturday) and Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings, Tony Hodgson/Eddie Thornton-Chan, Rod Franks/Steve Mattinson, David Olliver/Howard Kay (Sunday).
John, Rodney, Royce, Tom, Alec, Kath and Rhona all scored well on cross IMPs.
Full results are on the Merseyside county page.
The European Open Championships are taking place in Istanbul from 15-29th June. Manchester players participating are Michael Byrne in the Leslie team in the Open and John Holland in the Penfold team in the Seniors. Both teams qualified for the knock out phase from the Swiss event, where the Leslie team lost in the round of 32, the Penfold won their quarter final match but lost in the semi-finals, thus earning a bronze medal. In the open teams Justin and Jason Hackett played in the Mossop team which won the event.
Click here for results.
The following selections have been made for matches in August.
Manchester County Bridge Association is running a membership drive to tell people about the wonderful game of bridge and to encourage more people to learn to play bridge. Members from a number of different clubs are joining together (with support from the EBU) to try out some new ways of increasing interest in learning to play bridge. One part of this strategy is to run a number of taster sessions. We are holding a taster session at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 27th July, starting at 11 am. We already have people who have signed up from this session via the Didsbury Festival (see info elsewhere on this website) but would welcome more interested people. If you know of any-one who would like to find out more about playing bridge, please encourage them to contact Irene Davies (details on the flyer) and come along to the taster session. At the taster session we will be telling people about any beginners bridge courses starting in the Autumn which being run by EBU affiliated clubs in the MCBA area.