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Deal of the Week
Micahel Byrne is playing in Austin, Texas in the American Fall Nationals with the Leslie team (Tim Leslie, Ollie Burgess, Mike Bell, Ben Norton) In the main teams event, the Soloway, they qualified from the Swiss for the knockout phase. In the round of 32 they beat the strong Moss team ( Moss/Lee, Nowosadzki/ Kalita, Lauria/Versace) by 44 imps and in the round of 16 they had a narrower, but equally impressive, win against Amoils, Hanlon, Bessis, Lorenzini, Del Monte and Kolesnik by 22 imps. Results can be found on the ACBL web site. They will play Palma in the quarter finals today (30th November).
We are sorry to report the death of Diana Ackerman after a short illness towards the end of November. Diana appeared on the Manchester bridge scene in 1983 when she came here from Canada. She played avidly and was good enough to win the Higson (then Infirmary) Cup in 1991. Some time after that she transferred her allegiance to Lancashire and played mainly in the Bolton/Bury area. Recently, however, she started playing more including participating in the Manchester league and congress. She was featured in the deal of the week column earlier this year where she played a grand slam well to earn a joint top.
Tollemache - Manchester Qualify
The qualifying tournament for the inter county teams of eight took place on November 13-14th on RealBridge. Congratulations to the Manchester team of Michael Byrne/Alec Smalley, Alan Mould/Rodney Lighton, John Holland/Gary Hyett, Andrew Woodcock/Catherine Draper who won their group of 16 counties. After a poorish day on Saturday which left the team in equal sixth place a change of rooms for two of the pairs had a dramatic effect and the team won most of their matches by large margins to climb to just above Devon. All four pairs were well plus on the cross imps. Results are on the EBU web site.
The final will be face to face in Warwick on February 19/20th.
All the round of 32 matches have now been completed before the deadline, congratulations to the winning teams and to the captains for arranging in time. The top two seeds St Titus and Morris have also won their round of 16 matches.
Manchester Congress 2022
Manchester's flagship event will be held online on RealBridge on 8-9th January.
Championship Pairs (including Mixed, Mens, Ladies, non-expert) on Saturday.
Championship Teams on Sunday.
Single session Improvers events on both days.