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Deal of the Week
At an executive meeting today (25th Oct) it was resolved to hold as many events online as possible for the rest of this season, either on the BBO or RealBridge platforms.
The Ben Franks Pairs will be on Sunday December 6th, the Manchester Congress (including Jack high events) will be on 2nd-3rd January 2021. The Gazette Trophy will be on Sunday 7th February and the Green Point Pairs on Saturday 6th March. The Higson Cup, Higson Plate and Goldstone competitions which have been in abeyance since March will be completed, with the Higson finals being on 25th April. If teams do not want to play online they will have to withdraw from the competitions.
The Cantor Cup will be on Sunday 21st February and the Intermediate Swiss Pairs on Sunday 28th March.
Further details of times, formats etc. will be published when known.
The following teams have been selected for Manchester v Gloucester on Sat 21st November
A: Neil Thomas/Roger Hopton, Irving & Joy Blakey, Pete Foster/John Roberts, Kath & Alan Nelson
B: Raymond Semp/Rhona Goldenfield, John Stell/Max Sampson, Espen Gisvold/Janet Tolan, Sam Herman/David Sarabowski (reserves Alan Tranter/Andy Burnett)
C: Paul Murray/Phil Taylor, Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, Ann Thornton/Peter Green (Reserves Stephen & Liz Halstead)
The selection committee has selected the following team to play in the Tollemache Qualifier to be played online over the weekend of 21st-22nd November.
John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Gary Hyett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater.
The Chester Bowl, usually held at Deva, was online this year. Instead of a qualifying session and main and consolation finals, the event was run as a 36 board single winner event with a short break half way through. John Currie and Rodney Lighton won with a score of 65%. Results are here.
European Seniors Online
The European Seniors online cup took place from October 5th to 18th hosted by the Polish Bridge Union. John Hassett played for England with Trevor Ward. England finished about half-way. Results can be found here.
Manchester One Green Point Swiss Pairs
In place of the usual one day Swiss Teams in July, Manchester held an online Swiss imp pairs on Sunday 11th October. The format was eight, six board matches with a short break after four matches. We were not restricted to the number of entries and 72 pairs entered from a wide variety of places. There were no problems with travel and, presumably, everyone was happy with their half time refreshments. The winners were Tapan and Tony Pal from Cambridge, with mother and son pairing of Catherine Curtis and Jamie Fegarty also from Cambridge second. Third were father and son pairing of Harry and Sam Anoyrkatis from Devon. Full results are on the Manchester Events web site.
Thanks to Adam Wiseberg for organising and to Oliver Cowan for directing.
Manchester v Devon
Manchester played Devon online on Saturday 10th October with A, B and C teams competing. The result was a win for Devon by 97 imps.
The Manchester Teams were:- A Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Rhona Goldenfield/Michael Byrne, Alec Smalley/David Barton, Alan & Kath Nelson. B Adam Wiseberg/Stuart Shalom, John Roberts/Pete Foster, Roger Hopton/Dave Fussell, Tony Hodgson/Eddie Thornton-Chan. C John Browning/Sylvia Massey, Steve Mattinson/Barbara Lewis, Karen Jones/John Fitzgerald, Sally Bray/Judith Dunkerley. Top of the cross-imp rankings were John Roberts and Pete Foster.
Thanks to all for playing and to Adam Wiseberg for organising - results are on the MCBA events web site.
North Wales Swiss Pairs
Manchester players dominated the North Wales online Swiss Pairs on Saturday 10th October. Congratulations to Gary Hyett who won with Alan Cooke just ahead of Andy Green and Stephen Ward. In third place were Paul Murray and Phillip Taylor. Results can be found here.
There will not be a Player of the Year competition this year as there are unlikely to be enough events to make a meaningful contest.
The National Inter Club Knock Out is being held online this year. Clubs are invited to enter teams via the EBU web site by 21st November.
For details click here.
Great Northern Pairs
This year's Great Northern Swiss Pairs was run online and wasn't Swiss. Despite an earlier news item Kath and Alan Nelson didn't win, though they won Sunday's session and were top ranking Manchester pair in tenth place. Click here for the final scores.
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