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Deal of the Week
National Point a Board Teams
John Holland playing with Ben Green and Alan Mould with Barry Myers finished third in the final at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club on January 20-21. They won the qualifying section. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Preston Blue Point Teams
Preston bridge club has moved premises, not very far, to downstairs at the St Walburge's Centre. The new premises are comfortable and spacious allowing room for at least 18 tables, whereas upstairs there was only room for 11 tables. As a result they were able to accommodate 14 teams for a multi-team event on Sunday 14th January. Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won with Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye with a huge score. Results are on the Preston Club web site.
The pairs trials for the England team to play in the European Championship this year took place in London from 12th to 15th January. Michael Byrne played with Kieran Dyke of London against nine other pairs. The top two will join the pre-selected pair of Tony Forrester and Andrew Robson. After lying in the top three almost all of the event Michael and Kieran finished third, with the top three well clear of the rest. This was no doubt very disappointing for them, but they played extremely well and could well earn European selection in the future.
Results are on the EBU web site.
Manchester's annual congress was held at the Victoria and Albert hotel in Spinningfield on 6th-7th January. Ably directed by Neil Morley and Rob Dixon with Graham Winn and Susan Triggs running the non-expert sessions, everything ran smoothly. Thanks to Irene Davies and her team who helped set up on Friday morning and everyone who cleared up on Sunday evening. 66 pairs and 33 teams competed on Saturday and Sunday respectively and there were 15 and 14 pairs in the non-expert events. Players travelled from Norway, Germany and many areas of the UK. Congratulations to Alan Mould and Barry Myers who won the pairs, this was a first win in the congress pairs for both of them, though Alan had won the event in a previous incarnation 31 years ago. Men's, Ladies and Mixed Pairs trophies went to Paul Hackett/Ed Levy, Fiona Brown/Helen Erichsen, Joy & Irving Blakey respectively.
Alan Mould did the double by winning the teams with Jeff Smith, John Holland and Paul Hackett. Results of all the events are below and more detailed results are available on the Manchester Bridge Club web site, with the non-expert results also on the Larkhill club web site.
The player of the year results have now been updated, Alan Mould has taken a clear lead ahead of John Holland in the expert category. Adam Wiseberg and Jonathan Engler lead the intermediate category just ahead of Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley.
For Michael Byrne's quiz answers click here
Players Progress Cup (Saturday)
1st John Attree & David Welsh 62.96
2nd Gillian Armstrong & Yvonne Dickinson 62.21
3rd Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie 57.06
4th Richard Mallard & Lynne Mallard 53.57
5th Mark Sapeira & Malcolm Allum 52.84
6th Bernard Shea & Pat Shea 51.79
7th Rak Kapur & Paul West 51.50
8th George Falzon & John Banbury 49.83
9th Suzanne Beckett & Roy Beckett 47.40
10th Peter Collinson & Kate Durham 46.96
11th Geoff Densham & Hazel Powell 44.25
12th Susan Braid & Jan Lancaster 43.81
13th Mike Faust & Richard Aubery 41.87
14th Sue Berry & David Eason 41.53
15th Sheila Wimbleton & Christine Richardson 40.48
Kevin Comrie Cup (Sunday)
Championship Teams Final
Teams B Final
Congratulations to the Cheadle Hulme team of Royce Alexander, John Currie, Tom Slater and Alec Smalley who knocked out the seeded Manchester Bridge club team in their second round match on 4th January.
Bridge Magazine, which for many years was a traditional paper subscription magazine, and latterly an online subscription magazine, has now become a free online magazine. The first edition is out in Jan 2018 click here to read it. Since the magazine will rely largely on advertising to fund itself please register as a reader of the magazine, so that advertisers know how wide a readership they are reaching.
Michael Byrne played for England in the first weekend of the home internationals from 5th-7th January in Belfast. He was selected as a result of finishing second in the Premier League in the Autumn with Kieran Dyke, Jeffrey Allerton, Chris Jagger, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne. The England team lead after the first weekend with Michael and Kieran playing very well, winning every match that they played in and finishing second of all the pairs in the cross-IMP ranking.