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European Mixed Teams
The first European Mixed Teams Championship takes place in Lisbon from 22nd to 28th February. Playing for England is Michael Byrne with Fiona Brown, the rest of the team is Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne. For the event web site click here. There will be coverage of the event on BBO.
The annual invitation Lederer Trophy takes place on 23-24th February at the RAC club in London. There are many international stars playing in the various teams. Manchester players in the Chairman's team are John Holland, Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Graham Kirby, Ben Norton and Alex Roberts. There will be BBO coverage from noon on Saturday. For the event web site click here.
Manchester finished third in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on February 16-17th. The team was Michael Newman/John Holland, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess. After a poor day on Saturday where they were lying seventh at the end of the day they won all three matches on Sunday to move up to third place. Best pair on the cross IMPs were John and Michael, followed by Catherine and Andrew. Full results are on the EBU web site.
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EBED Teacher's Course
The students at the latest EBED Teaching Course at Stretford Bridge Club were surprised to discover two members of the popular quiz show Eggheads were at the club at the same time. Eleven students from local and far-flung places (two from Guernsey and one from Scotland) were all learning to become EBU bridge teachers under EBU tutor Mike Hickling as well as being fed and watered by Stretford BC Catering Manager Sheila Reynolds.
The two TV quizzers: Pat Gibson, currently the top quizzer in the country and the world and Dave ‘Tremendous Knowledge’ Rainford were taking part in the Quizzing Circuit monthly American Grand Prix quiz under the proctorship of Club Secretary Dave Tilley. If you are interested in quizzing and would like to come and try a British or American Grand Prix quiz (held in Warrington on the first or second Saturday), contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry is free for first-timers and many of the popular TV quizzers take part in the local heat from time to time.
Harrogate Spring Congress
Congratulations to Tom Slater and Michael Byrne winners of the three session Swiss Pairs on 8-9th February. They won all their nine matches and were well ahead of second place. Gary Hyett playing with Alan Cooke, who had been leading up to the final session, finished 11th. This is a first win in this event for Tom and Michael. Full results are on the EBU web site.
B and C Team Seminars
Michael Byrne will be holding seminars for B and C team players at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club. The C team seminar will be on Sunday March 17th 12.30-18.00, the B team seminar will be on Saturday March 30th 12.00 to 17.30. Both seminars cost £5 and are by invitation. Invitations for the C team seminar have now been issued, invitations for the B teams seminar will be issued in early March. Any suggestions for topics will be welcomed. If you don't receive an invitation and you think you could benefit from attending please email Michael Byrne.
Congratulations to Altrincham Bridge Club on their first win in the Gazette Trophy. The team of Stuart Hunter, Robert James, David Olliver, Stuart Shalom, Andrew Jackson, Nathan Marks, Kath and Alan Nelson finshed ahead of Bramhall, Manchester and Cheadle in that order. Ten teams competed from four clubs, Altrincham (Halstead) also won the Intermediate prize.
Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing, Ann Thornton for organising.
In the Intermediate category of the Player of the Year Sally Bray is now leading a point ahead of Adam Wiseberg.
Full results are on the Altrincham Bridge Club web site.
Lady Milne Trials
Congratulations to Catherine Draper, playing with Susanna Gross of London, who qualified in the trials for the Womens home internationals held at the Young Chelsea on 2nd-3rd February. Results are on the EBU web site.
League (28th Jan)
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team have won another match this month to increase their lead while Kath Nelson's Agamemnon and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras have swapped places with Kath's team now second. In division two Proteus (Frank Brown) with four wins and Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) are the leaders.
It's all very close at the top of division three Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention have moved from third to first with Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) second and Altrincham A (Geoff Hull) now third. Haidee Tattersall's Conquering Hearts have regained the top spot in division four ahead of Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley), David Milne's Astrazeneca Stars have dropped to third.
In division five the top two teams have not played any matches in December or January. Ray Hill's Monton Misfits have won five out of five matches ahead of Adam Wiseberg's lastminute.bid who have completed seven of nine matches. Division six is unchanged with no matches being played in January. 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) lead with three good wins. In division seven Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) have had four good wins, they are ahead of Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) and Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt).