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Deal of the Week
Eastbourne Summer Meeting
The EBU's main congress has moved from Brighton to Eastbourne this year. The Swiss Pairs was the main event of the first weekend from 19th-21st August. Last year's winners Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished fourth, with John Holland and Alan Nelson 13th in a field of 270 pairs.
Kath Nelson and Bill Hirst (ex Manchester, now Kent) were second in the senior pairs, with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield sixth.
Michael Byrne was second in the Tuesday Open Pairs with Jonathan Richards, and also second in the GCH Fox Championship Pairs with Ewa Kater.
Full results are on the EBU web site.
Higson Cup Draw
The draw for the preliminary round of the Higson Cup is on the cup page.
The draw for the 2016-17 knock out for the Goldstone Trophy is posted under Goldstone (another team added 22nd Aug). The winners will represent Manchester in the Pachabo (inter counties teams of four) in June next year.
Michelle Brunner Memorial
The annual charity event in memory of Michelle Brunner and in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann Hospice was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 13th August.
Ollie Burgess spoke eloquently of his memories of Michelle and her great help especially when starting his bridge career.
Nineteen teams then sat down to play a mixed pivot Swiss event under the direction of Mike and Sarah Amos.
Kath & Alan Nelson, Jeff Morris and Michael Newman were winners well ahead of Raymond Semp, John Hassett, Barry Myers and Sally Brock.
Result of the day was achieved by the intermediate trophy winners John and Catherine Ashworth, Barbara Heaton and Paul Vose who were third.
At the interval Simon Alexander auctioned off various items effectively and then the raffle was drawn by Eve Lighthill. In all £1700 was raised.
Thanks to Jeff Morris and Manchester Bridge Club staff for hosting, Simon Alexander for auctioneering, Susan Triggs, Graham Winn and Eve Lighthill for the raffle and to Sarah and Mike Amos for directing (for which they waived their fee) and to everyone else who helped.
Full results are on the Manchester Bridge Club site.
Northern Bridge League Selections
The selection committee has selected the players below for the final two Northern league matches.
Preston Summer Pairs
Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Preston Summer Pairs on Sunday 7th August. Full results are here
Northern Bridge League Match 2
Manchester now lead in both the A and B divisions after the matches on Saturday 6th August.
In the A division at Bradford the team of Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Alec Smalley/Michael Newman, Michael Byrne/Toby Nonnenmacher finished second on the day but increased their lead at the top of the table. John and Gary were the best pair overall on the cross IMPs. The A2 team of Kath & Alan Nelson, Peter Foster/John Roberts, Peter Jones/Raymond Semp, Jeanne & Ron Bayly improved their score over last month's matches but still finished last. Alan & Kath were the best pair on the cross IMPs.
In the B division at Blackburn Manchester were also second on the day, but swapped places at the top of the table to lead Cumbria by 6 VPs. The team was Eve Lighthill/Ken Hassell, Joyce & Robert Jones, David Olliver/Sid Travers, Neil Thomas/Nicholas Greer. Joyce and Robert were our best pair on the cross IMPs.
In the C division at Bradford the team of Linda Williams/Ann Thornton, Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Michael Wymer/Mel Pelham finished last. Roger and David did well on the cross IMPs.