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Deal of the Week
The Manchester team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock played at Solihull in the inter counties teams of eight over the weekend of 18th-19th November in the qualifier for the final in February. They were drawn in a tough group including London, Cambs and Hunts, the North East and Surrey. They won the group convincingly ahead of Cambs and Hunts. All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs with Jeff and John heading the list just ahead of Andrew and Catherine. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pendle Witch Pairs
Manchester pairs were out in force at Brierfield on Sunday 12th November. Congratulations to John Currie and Kath Nelson who won ahead of Janet Tolan and Andy Green with last year's winners Boris Ewart and Peter Foster third. This is John Currie's third win in four years in this event. Full results are on the Brierfield club site.
Minutes of the meeting on November 7th are now posted.
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
24 pairs took part at Altrincham on Sunday 5th November and had an enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to Barbara Lewis for organising and to Joan Lewis for her excellent directing.
Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke was in the team that finished second in the EBU's Premier League over three weekends in September and November. Michael and Kieran were the second best pair in the cross IMP ranking.
In the second division the Manchester team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock were second and are promoted to the top division next year.
We are sorry to hear of the premature death of Roger Waddington, a regular participant in county and national events for many years.
Much of his bridge was played online at Bridge Club Live and he will be sorely missed by his many bridge playing friends both there and face to face.
Condolences are extended to his widow Pam and all his family.
Congratulations to John Holland and Rodney Lighton who won the Swiss Pairs at Brierfield on Saturday 28th October averaging over 17 VPs per match. Gary Hyett was third playing with Alan Cooke.
In the Swiss Teams on Sunday at Bolton Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield won playing with Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith of Lancashire. Second were Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Raymond Semp and Henry Bissell.
Full results are on the LCBA web site.
Michael Byrne will give two seminars for county players this autumn.
The first will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 28th October for county C players and other interested players.
The second will be at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 2nd December for county B players and other interested players.
Invitations will be sent out by the match secretary in the next few days, but if you are interested in attending please contact him.
There is plenty of space so as many of the county's members are welcome as is practical.