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EBU Mixed Trials
The second and final stage of the EBU mixed trials took place from 14th-16th Jan on RealBridge. Congratulations to Michael Byrne, playing with Sarah Bell, who finished in second place. The top three pairs will be invited to play for England in the European mixed teams. The results are on the EBU web site.
The county inter club teams of eight competition will be held on Sunday 6th February approx 11 am - 6pm. It will be online on RealBridge.
This competition qualifies for the EBU Garden Cities competition.
Clubs can enter as many teams as they wish. There will be a trophy for the best non-expert team (average NGS J or below).
Entry is £40 per team. Entries to Irene Davies
Further details and an entry form are on the Manchester Events site
The pairs event held on RealBridge on Saturday attracted a field of 46 pairs, with entrants from Norway, Estonia, London, Cambridge and other far flung places as well as a good entry from Manchester pairs.
Winners of the Michelle Brunner Trophy were Imogen La Chapelle and Stefano Tommasini from London who had a large lead of about 8% at half time, they held on to this until the penultimate round when Julian Wightwick and John Liebeschutz from Cambridge overtook them briefly. However, a complete top on the last board restored their lead. In third place were Royce Alexander and Raymond Semp (probably the oldest player competing). Jackie Pye and John Holland were fourth. Men's Pairs title goes to Julian and John, Mixed Pairs to Jackie and John and the Ladies Pairs to Ros Hunt and Janet Tolan.
The Player of the Year spreadsheet has been updated. Raymond Semp is now leading the expert category, Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook the non-expert category. (No expert points were awarded for the Championship Teams final as no Manchester team finished in the top five).
In the Player's Progress Cup for Improvers winners were Nigel Catterall and Phil Hayward with Graham Fletcher and Heather Saunders second and Ben Anwyl and Martin Hurley third. Eleven pairs competed.
The Bernard Goldenfield Trophy was competed for by 21 teams on Sunday. After a qualifying session the top eight teams played in the final, the other thirteen in the consolation final. Congratulations to the Devon team of Harry Anoyrkatis, Rob Lawy, Stefan Lindors and Jim Grant who won just 0.1 VPs ahead of the Norwegian team (Tonje Brogeland, Dag Stokkvik, Lisbeth Glaerum and Ole Arild Birset) with Sally Brock, Jovanka Smedervac, Mike Scoltock and Barry Myers third.
The Consolation final was won by Paul Barden, Claire Robinson, Imogen La Chapelle and Stefano Tommasini with Marianne Farr, Rhona Goldenfield, Joy and Irving Blakey second.
The Sunday event for improvers, the Kevin Comrie Cup was competed for by fifteen pairs. Winners were Chris Cleaver and Mark Gomme, with John Moran and Farokh Engineer second and Christine Richardson and Sheila Wimbleton third.
Results are on the Manchester Online Events site
Thanks to Adam Wiseberg, Alec Smalley and Victor Ridding for
directing and to Barbara Lewis and Joy Blakey for organising.
Manchester Congress Quiz
The 15th edition of Michael Byrne's fiendish quiz.
Free RealBridge Courses
RealBridge are offering some free courses this month. They are not bridge courses, but about subjects that may be of use to club and county officials among others. i.e. Excel, Google forms, creating leaflets, logos and posters. Click here for more information.
The link for all of them is:
Meeting ID: 775 308 0652
It would be good to arrive 5 minutes before the start time.