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Deal of the Week
Llandudno Pairs Weekend
In the qualifying round on Saturday 4th July the following Manchester players reached the A final by finishing in the top ten. Pete Foster (with Mike Amos), Rhona Goldenfield (with Tracy Capal), Stuart Shalom and Daniel Kelsall, Irving Blakey and Raymond Semp.
Results are on the North Wales web site.
New suit combination (4th July - Scroll down)
Michelle Brunner Charity Event
This year the annual event in memory of Michelle will take place on Saturday 18th July at 2pm online.
It will be a pairs event in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann's Hospice. Please keep the date free and support these worthy causes.
The annual inter county teams of eight is being played online this year on Tuesday evenings. Twelve counties have entered with each match being eight boards. Manchester have two teams. In the first round on 23rd June Manchester Red beat Derby 12-8. The Manchester Blue team won against Warwickshire by 11-9.
In the second match Manchester Blue beat North Wales 13-7 while Manchester Red lost 19-1 to Warwickshire.
Manchester Blue team members: John Holland, Rhona Goldenfield, Rodney Lighton, John Currie, Alan Mould Ollie Burgess, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, Alec Smalley, David Barton.
Manchester Red team members: Kath & Alan Nelson, Peter Foster, John Roberts, Roger Hopton, Mike Hart, Pearl Fielding, Neil Thomas, Gillian McMullan, John Parsons, Peter Jones, Josh Clarke, Paul Murray.
Information about the event is here
Bill Hirst, who has died recently, was an outstanding player in and for Manchester for many decades.
Bill came to Manchester in 1978 where he worked in Insurance and Risk Management. He was a very keen rubber bridge player, who played in the big game at Manchester Bridge Club where he could enjoy a high standard of bridge. He also liked playing golf, and went frequently to the bridge congress in Killarney where he could participate in both pastimes. In 1989 he formed a partnership with John Hassett; they had many successes, including playing for Great Britain in the Senior's World Olympiad and winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. They qualified to play for England in the Camrose Trophy via the Premier League twice, but were unable to play as Bill was in Australia. At national level Bill won the Tollemache twice and Crockfords. He and John Hassett together with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield won the Hubert Phillips twice and came very close to winning the Gold Cup, losing narrowly in the final in 2006. He won virtually every major trophy in Manchester, many several times over.
About ten years ago Bill and his wife Sheila retired to Kent to live near their daughter Suzanne, they also went to Australia for long periods every winter to stay with their son Andy who also plays bridge to a high standard, Bill often played in the Gold Coast Congress whilst there. In Kent Bill played some bridge with Pat Collins.
Bill died of an infection following surgery for a benign brain tumour. Our condolences to his family.
League and PotY
The league season will end on July 11th with unplayed matches being scored by the Mould formula. See the league page for details.
I will score the player of the year competition once the league has finished including results from the league, ignoring the Higson Cup and Plate and using results from the Goldstone up to the completed quarter finals.
Adam Wiseberg is organising an online league starting in July - again see the league page for details.
An interview with...
Michael Byrne interviews various personalities from the world of bridge in Manchester.
Click on the links below for the interviews
Rhona Goldenfield **** New 24th Jun ***
Below are a set of suit combination problems. Assume there are plenty of entries to both hands and no problems with control and no inferences from the auction or previous play unless otherwise stated.
I will add any more as I come across them. Please email me with further problems and I will add them if suitable.