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Deal of the Week
The latest in a series of matches against remote counties that we rarely play took place on Saturday 16th January.
Manchester A, Rhona Goldenfield/Kath Nelson, Rodney Lighton/Neil Thomas, Raymond Semp/Royce Alexander, Joy&Irving Blakey won by 110 imps.
Manchester B, Alec Smalley/Barbara Lewis, Alan Tranter/Andy Burnett, Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Irene Davies/Bob Cooke lost by 27 imps.
Manchester C, Avril Mattinson/Rosemary Rosenthal, Simon Townsend/Tricia Blum, Ann Farquhar/Gordon Bickley, Ann Thornton/Peter Green lost by 45 imps.
In victory points this was a small win for Suffolk. Top of the cross imps were Raymond and Royce.
Thanks to those who played and especially to Adam Wiseberg for running the match.
England international Michael Byrne dispenses wisdom on Zoom at 11 am on Sunday 17th January.
He will discuss deals from the congress, the county match on Saturday, or any deal you send him.
Login and payment details will be on the Manchester Events web site.
The first weekend of the home internationals took place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January. Michael Byrne played on the England team with Kieran Dyke. England finished second in the first weekend just behind Ireland. Michael and Kieran played 112 of the 160 boards, all three England pairs were positive on the cross-imps.
The Manchester Congress was held online this year on 2nd-3rd January.
In the championship pairs 44 pairs competed. John Currie and Rodney Lighton held a narrow lead over Michael Byrne and Kay Preddy at half time. Michael and Kay soon took the lead and held on to it despite only getting 25% in the last round against Rodney and John. In third place were John Holland and Alan Mould. Rodney and John are the Men's Pairs winners, Rhona Goldenfield and Marianne Farr won the Ladies Pairs. Kay's husband and daughter Norman and Louise Selway won the Mixed Pairs.
In the Player's Progress Cup for Intermediates on Saturday winners were Angela Adams and Leonie Pulford from Oxfordshire ahead of Ashish and Jackie Shah, with Graham Fletcher and Heather Saunders third. 23 pairs competed.
The teams event on Sunday attracted 26 teams. After a qualifying round in 2 sections, the field was split into A, B and C finals. Last year's winners Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Jovanka Smederevac and Rodney Lighton won again with Kath Nelson's team (Alan Nelson, Jeff Morris, John Hassett) second and Michael Byrne's team (Kieran Dyke, Nicola Smith, Sarah Bell) were third.
The B team final was headed by two Manchester teams. Stuart Shalom, Philip Taylor, Paul Murray and Mike Wakefield won ahead of Chris Hine, Stephen Ward, Andy Green and Paul Morrell.
In the C team final Felicity Kay, John Wilmott, Bill Richardson and Gaynor Williams from Cumbria won with Eddie Thornton-Chan's team second.
The Kevin Comrie Cup for Intermediates on Sunday attracted a good field of 26 pairs. Winners were Michael Benton and Fred Bechman from Hertfordshire ahead of Mark Madeley and Tom Green and Tony Wilson and Dave Thomas. These three pairs all scored well over 60%.
All results are on the Manchester Events web site
Thanks to Adam Wiseberg for his hard work organising the congress and to directors Ken Johnston, Alec Smalley and Josh Clarke.
Michael's quiz click here.
Quiz answers click here.
The winner of the quiz was Mike Wood, last year's runner-up. He scored a full house in both science and the puzzling numbers round (which is designed to be impossible to look up on the internet) to give him a total of 52. His prize is a game of bridge with international Michael Byrne. In second place was Kieran Dyke with a score of 43. His prize is two games of bridge with Michael.