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Congratulations to Michael Byrne who won the EBU Four Stars Final playing with Kieran Dyke, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne. They led the Swiss Teams element of the competition on Friday and Saturday 7-8th August by a comfortable margin and then won the all play all final which the top eight teams qualified for. Going into the last match it was very close but the Draper team lost heavily to the England under 20s who Michael coaches, whilst a good win against Liz Commins saw Michael's team regain the lead. Michael and Kieran also won the cross imps by a large margin. This was Michael's fourth win in this event, having last won in 2017 with Kieran.
In the Swiss Teams event which continued on Sunday without the top sixteen teams Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock won with Alex Hydes and Diana Nettleton; Joy & Irving Blakey, Rhona Goldenfield and Ted Reveley were fifth.
Detailed results are on the EBU web site.
With the NBL and the match against Derbyshire having been cancelled this year, the only inter-county bridge this year has been the President's Cup.
This has meant that there has been no county bridge for C pool players. Adam Wiseberg, chair of selectors, has arranged a series of online matches with various counties, some of whom are too distant to play normally. The first match is 24 boards against Devon on Saturday 26th September at 10.30 am. If you would like to be considered for this match please click here and fill in the form.
Bramhall and Cheadle Merge
Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme bridge clubs have merged to form the Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Bridge Centre.
When face to face bridge resumes the club will meet at the Bramhall Bridge premises in the Bramhall Village Club on Melbourne Road which have been refurbished and expanded. In the meantime the club will be holding online duplicates on a Tuesday evening starting on 4th August.
The AGM of the association took place online on Wednesday 29th July.
There was a lot of discussion of online bridge and the possibility of return to face to face play without reaching any great conclusions.
David Tilley was appointed to the vacant tournament secretary post, Karen Sandler stood down as membership secretary, her role will be taken over by Alan Mould in addition to his secretarial role. Alan Mould resigned from the selection committee, the new selection committee will be Adam Wiseberg, Roger Hopton, John Roberts, Michael Byrne and Rhona Goldenfield. Susan Triggs takes over as publicity officer in place of Jeff Morris.
The agenda, reports of officers, officers nominations, accounts, and audit report can be found on the documents page.
The minutes of the AGM are now posted (30th July).
The Manchester online league has now started with seven divisions each of six teams playing 14 board matches.
Results are on the EBU league page.
The annual inter county teams of eight is being played online this year on Tuesday evenings starting on 23rd June. Twelve counties have entered with each match being eight boards. Manchester have two teams.
Manchester Blue have beaten Warwickshire 11-9, North Wales 13-7, Sussex 15-5, Hereford 11-9 and lost to Yorkshire 9-11, the North-East 8-12, Derby Y 2-18 and Suffolk/Essex 9-11 and are seventh at the moment.
Manchester Red have beaten Derby G 12-8, North Wales 11-9, Sussex 13-7, Hereford 13-7, the North-East 17-3 and lost to Warwickshire 1-19, Yorkshire 5-15 and Derby Y 4-16 and are ninth.
Manchester Blue team members: John Holland, Rhona Goldenfield, Rodney Lighton, John Currie, Alan Mould Ollie Burgess, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, Alec Smalley, David Barton, John Hassett, Michael Byrne, Joy & Irving Blakey, Tom Slater.
Manchester Red team members: Kath & Alan Nelson, Peter Foster, John Roberts, Roger Hopton, Dave Fussell, Mike Hart, Pearl Fielding, Neil Thomas, Gillian McMullan, John Parsons, Peter Jones, Josh Clarke, Paul Murray, Adam Wiseberg, Jonathan Engler, Stuart Shalom, Daniel Kelsall, Chris Hine, Stephen Ward, Andy Green, John Stell, Paul Beckwith, Joyce Jones, Espen Gisvold, Janet Tolan, Steve Mattinson, Pauline Lang.
Information about the event is here