2000 News and Results
Blackpool Congress 2000
The Blackpool end of year congress was a double success for Kath and Alan Nelson who won the Swiss Pairs and then won the Swiss Teams with Tracy and Steve Capal
Young Hacketts win Gold Cup
Jason & Justin Hackett playing in a team with Tony Forrester, Andrew MacIntosh, David Mossop and Tim Rees won Britain's premier teams event on the 10th December. At the Gold Cup Congress Joy and Irving Blakey, Howard Kay and David Baskin won the teams event.
Santa Claus Pairs 2000
Winners of Manchester Bridge Club's annual festive event on 17th Dec. were Ian Pendlebury and Richard Lewis
Tollemache Qualifier 2000
Manchester qualified for the Tollemache Final for the first time for several years. The team of John Holland, Michelle Brunner, Gary Hyett, Boris Ewart, Bill Hirst, Howard Melbourne, David Whyte, David Barton, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield (npc Kevin Comrie) won their qualifying group at Coventry on 25th-26th November.
Whitelaw Cup 2000
Kath Nelson was a member of the team which won the Whitelaw Cup (England Ladies Teams Championship) on the weekend of 2nd-3rd December 2000.
Ben Franks Pairs 3rd Dec 2000
1. A. Morris & J.K. Morris
2. R. Goldenfield & M. Brunner
3. D. Daji & H. Stubbings
4. B. Lewis & I. Grugulis
5. J. Holland & B. Goldenfield
Great Northern Swiss Pairs
This National event at Risley (7-8th Oct) was won by John Holland and 16 year old Ollie Burgess from a field of 170+ pairs, half a match clear of the field.
The Women's Team played well to come 4th in their qualifying group, then losing a close match against China in the round of 16. The Seniors team including Bernard Goldenfield and Bill Hirst did exceptionally well finishing 4th and unluckily just dropping out of the medal positions when they lost their last round match.
Yet another set of victories for North Manchester players at the Bolton congress in Sept 2000. Jeff Smith with Ollie Burgess won the Bolton Pairs and the following day the team of Jeff Smith, David Adelman, Tracy and Steve Capal won the teams.
Triple Trophy Triumph for Manchester
Manchester players currently hold the three major National Teams trophies, Crockford's (English Teams), Gold Cup (British Teams) and Hubert Phillips (Mixed Teams). Pictured are some of the holders Michelle Brunner and John Holland (Crockford's); Gary Hyett and Alan Mould (Gold Cup); Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield (Hubert Phillips); John Hassett (Hubert Phillips and Crockford's). Missing for the photo were Bill Hirst (Hubert Phillips and Crockford's) and Howard Melbourne (Gold Cup and Crockford's)
Bernard and Rhona Celebrate Silver
Congratulations to well known Manchester partnership Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who celebrated 25 years of marriage on the 4th December 2000 with a wonderful party at Whitefield Golf Club.
President's Cup 2000
Manchester won this inter counties weekend event by the narrow margin of 1 VP ahead of Lancashire on 29th-30th July. Playing for Manchester were Tracy Capal - Boris Ewart, Jeff Smith - Steve Capal, Alan and Kath Nelson, David Barton - David Whyte. Other counties competing were Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Merseyside and Mid-Wales
Congratulations to Manchester Bridge Club, who won the Garden Cities Inter Club Teams of Eight on the 18th June 2000. Representing the club were John Holland, Michelle Brunner, Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Bill Hirst and John Hassett, Howard Melbourne and Alan Mould - all national trophy holders already.
Manchester seem unable to translate their fine form in National Competitions into matches, losing the annual fixture against Yorkshire by a small margin on 8th July 2000
Manchester failed to hold the Huggill Trophy in the annual triangular match against Merseyside and Lancs on the 2nd July 2000, losing to both teams.
Pachabo June 2000
Not another National Trophy win, but a highly creditable 5th place for the Manchester Team of Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Bill Hirst and John Hassett (with John Holland and Michelle Brunner also playing in the qualifying competition)
Lancashire Swiss Teams 20th June
Was won on a split tie by Jeff Smith, David Adelman, Tracy and Steve Capal.
Crockford's Cup 20-21st May
Another National Trophy win for Manchester, this time the English Teams championship, won by John Holland, Michelle Brunner, John Hassett and Howard Melbourne with (in earlier rounds) Bill Hirst. This is the first time these players have won this trophy, although John and Michelle have been close on several occasions in previous years.
Corwen Trophy 3-4 June
Well done Jeff Smith and Mark Halliwell who came third in the Corwen at the weekend, representing Manchester as a result of qualifying via the Ben Franks Pairs.
National Newcomer's Pairs (15-16th April)
Edward Levy and Mike Byrne continued their fine season with a fourth place in the National Final. Well done also Gill Riley and Sheena Adam who were tenth.
Hubert Phillip's Final 16th April 2000
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Bill Hirst, John Hassett
Michelle Brunner's team (John Holland, Boris Ewart and John Armstrong) lost by 620 aggregate points to Rhona Goldenfield's team (Bernard Goldenfield, John Hassett, Bill Hirst) in the final of the BBL Mixed Teams of Four at Manchester Bridge Club. It was a close match throughout, with the lead changing hands at the end of each set. I watched 15 boards of the 60 board final including these two exciting and swingy deals.
A good auction to a fine contract. A club was led to the Ace and a club returned, now the Heart Ace revealed the bad trump split, but Michelle recovered displaying fine technique, 3 rounds of Diamonds discarding a club and ruffing the third, followed by a Spade to the Queen and another diamond ruff to shorten her trumps to the same length as East's, then a Spade to the Ace and a Diamond from dummy completed the double grand coup to land the contract. Well played, but note that if Bernard returns a Spade at trick two, then Michelle is an entry short for the trump coup and will go off on any normal line of play. Michelle's team gained on this board when slam was not bid in the other room.
featuring fine dummy play from Bill Hirst
A poor contract (doubling 4C would have been easier, but Bill obviously likes to show off his skill with the dummy). A Heart was led the Ace was taken and a second heart was led, covered and trumped by South, who then led the Spade King to John Holland's Ace. The return of the Club King beats the contract now, but John erred and played a Diamond. Bill won the Ace, cashed the Spade Queen and played another Spade. John returned a club and Bill won and played the Diamond King and another Diamond. Boris won this and then had to lead a red suit allowing Bill to discard all his losing clubs on the good hearts and diamonds in dummy. In the other room 4S went off when at some point East (John Hassett) led a small club and South (John Armstrong) tried the Ace rather than the ten and this was ruffed.
Well done Maurice and Ann Super who were 10th overall, the highest placed Manchester Pair in the British Mixed Pairs Championship on 25-26th March
Cantor Cup 26/03/2000
The Cantor Cup for improving players donated in memory of Trudy Cantor by her family was held at Hale Bridge Club. Thanks to Peter Dawson, Mike Parr and Barbara Lewis for helping to organise this event.1st: Jean and Peter Morgan
2nd: Aubrey and Barbara Rothburn
3rd: Geoff Benson and Bryan Ardern
4th: Barrie Klein and Peter Britten
5th: Agnes Barlow and Elaine Burd
National Newcomers Pairs
Congratulations to Edward Levy and Mike Byrne who came second in the Northern Regional Final on 19th March. They qualify for the National final at Coventry next month along with Gill Riley and Sheena Adam (3rd), Alex Morris and Andrew Black (8th) and Dale McRoberts and Ben Graham all of whom qualified from the Manchester Bridge Club heat.
Manchester Northern Swiss Teams (Joint venture with Merseyside)
Pairs did well in the Joint Venture event :Northern Green
Pointed Swiss Pairs on 11 March 2000 with a
1.John Hampson Geoff
1. Manchester A 229
Morris, Ron Morrish, John Hassett, Bill Hirst, Michelle
2. Manchester B 170
Comrie, Celia Comrie, Peter Jones, Mike Ardron, Barbara Lewis
3. Bramhall 162
Hyett, Raymond Semp, Mike Parr, Tony Rhodes, Pauline Lang,
The congress was well attended with 72 pairs and 35 teams playing in the main events, plus over 100 novices playing in the four novice events.
1. Michelle Brunner John Holland
2. Ron Morrish Bill Hirst
3. Mark Halliwell Jeff Smith
4. Mike & Ann Hirst *
5. John Seymour Anne Jones
6. David Baskin Mike Alexander*
7. Irene Bowers Betty McNamara *
8. Leslie Klein Jeff Morris - meal
9. Tracy Capal Diana Ackerman
10. Linda Page Elizabeth Hyde
11. Eddie Luciani Laurie Sedar
12. Kath & Alan Nelson
13. Barbara Lewis Elena Rosenbaum
14. Leslie Johnson J Browning
15. Boris Ewart Jim Luck
16. L Sellyn J Benson
17. E Lighthill Sid Travers *
18. Howard Kay Bob Cooke
19. Kevin & Celia Comrie
20. Cecil Franks Mike Burtt*
21. Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
22. Peter & Jean Hand
23. Gordon Bickley Ann Farquhar
24. Charles Wade Fran Ashton *
25. Steve Capal Anthony Lipson
26. Maurice & Ann Super
27. Alan Jones Raymond Semp
28. Phil McAreavey Maris Hamilford*
29. David Maymon Gordon Hadfield
30. G Rice C Mahan
31. Irving & Joy Blakey
32. Jenny & Jim Morris
33. Liz & Bill Wattleworth
34. Irene Cooke Marjorie Hadfield
35. Barbara & Clive Henderson
36. A Heyworth M Goldsmith
37. Murial & John Hassett
38. Ram Pandy J Sahay
39. David Stuart Irena Grugalis
40. Janette & Alistair Brown *
41. Jeff Storry A Rhodes
42. Dave Smith Peter Jones
43.Cheryl & Dave Duddell
44. John & Barbara Parkinson
45. Juliette Rickless Tilly Perez
46. Michael Donegan Jim Callaghan
47. D Armstrong N Lipson
48. Sheila Reynolds Ann Edwards
49. S Massey H Potts
50. G A Fisher Mrs C Simpson
51. D Audley Heather Collier
52. Paul Worswick Pat Burrows
53. John Fitzgerald Gill McMullen
54. Vivian & Barry Newgrosh
55. Jim & Denny Wade
56. Edward Levy Michael Byrne
57. John & Tricia Berry
58. Bill White Paul Burton
59. Jamie Cameron Rekha Catfield
§ Well done to the
winners: English Internationals Michelle Brunner & John
Holland with Bill Hirst and Lancashire player Ron Morrish not
§ The charming Irish
ladies Phil McAreavey & Maris Hamilford won 2nd
2. Alan Jones, David Barton, Leslie Klein, Jeff Morris
3. Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Jim Luck, Boris Ewart
4. Kath & Alan Nelson, Jon & Tom Middleton , Michael Newman
5. Anne & Maurice Super, Elena & Marcello Rosenbaum
6. Brian Cornelius, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett, Howard Melbourne
7. Peter & June Hishmurgh, Peter & Rita Jordan
8. Dave Debbage, Bob Pitts, Pauline Lang, Malcolm Robinson
9. Sidney Leighton, Len Gorodkin, Sid Travers, Leslie Hyman
10. J Evans, Sue Hyman, A Whitam, Clive Henderson
11. David Baskin, Mike Alexander, Joyce Benson, Michelle Sellyn
12. Vivian & Barry Newgrosh, Jackie Rich, Frank Brown*
13. Don Cross, Jill Entwhistle, Roger Waddington, Sally Lewis*
14. Eve Lighthill, Ray Semp, Ian Kane, Ken Hassell
15. Jenny & Jim Morris, Denny & Jim Wade
16. Irena Grugilis, Barbara Lewis, Mark Halliwell, Mike Ardron
17. R & J Bayly, R & J Jones
18. J Powers, Betty McNamara, D Perry, P Taylor
19. L & P Burton, J & W White
20. Paul Barlow, Paul Beckworth, Andy Green , Dave Stuart
21. Tracy & Steve Capal, Ann & Mike Hirst
22. Irene Cooke, Marjorie & Gordon Hadfield, David Maymon
23. Caryl Block, Tim Smith, Howard Kay, Bob Cooke
24. Eddie Luciano, L Sedar, Jeff Smith, Derry Heartly
25. Denis & Val Robson, Irving & Joy Blakey
Congratulations to the winners: Michelle Brunner, John
Holland, who also won the Championship Pairs on
§ A magnum of champagne was presented at the end, courtesy of Charles Wade of Holidays Abroad. The stipulation was that the winner must be present. After lots of draws (bad luck to R Jones, D Stuart and lots more..) it was finally won by Celia Comrie, well deserved for all the hard work she puts into the county!
§ Well done to the Intermediate team winners: Vivian & Barry Newgrosh, Jackie Rich (pictured above) & Frank Brown. The Wednesday lunchtime tutorials at the San Rocco with Tom Middleton are starting to pay dividends...
§ Well done also to the Cross team for winning the first session.
The Novice pairs proved a great success with nearly 100 novices entering the four events.
There was some variation in standard with near beginners trying their chances along more experienced players who, although having played some time, felt that they were still below tournament standard.
Winners received special prizes included bottles of Champagne, kindly donated by Charles Wade our sponsor from Bridge Holidays Abroad, Swizzles Matlow sweets and pottery from Michelle's School of Bridge.
Thanks also to Jeff Morris of Manchester Bridge Club for his gift of a special Millennium pack of cards to all Novice players.
Well done to all and lets see you again in our various competitions.
Nothing to fear from your more experienced brethren and what a thrill when you put one over on them!
Novice Results 1:
& Anna Drydale
Novice Result 2:
& Liz Stead
Novice Result 3:
& H Boydell
Jean & Peter Morgan
Infirmary Cup 1999-2000
Alan Mould & Sandra Fenton, Tom & Jonathan Middleton,(pictured) with 133 VP
Second were Chris and Linda Stuart, Michael Hart & Jonathan Smith with 121 VP
Third were last year's winners: George Balon, Len Gorodkin, Leslie Hyman, Sidney Travers & Sidney Leighton with 107 VP
1. Peter & Rita Jordan, Peter & Joyce Hishmurgh (pictured)
2. Alan Tranter, Andy Burnett, Mike Beere, Clive Naylor
3. A & J Richards, Jean Beddington & Alistair McKillop
for the qualifying competition for Manchester is as follows
Teams in the final are:
Tracy Capal/Boris Ewart, Steve Capal/Jeff Smith, Mike Clarke/Martin Braid
Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Michelle Brunner/John Holland, Bill Hirst/John Hassett
Peter Slatcher died suddenly on 6th January. He was for many years the league secretary of the Manchester Area of the NWCBA and players in Manchester were grateful for the enormous amount of effort he put into running the league and Infirmary Cup. He was a Life Master and won the league on at least one occasion. He retired to the Isle of Man several years ago. Our condolences to Erica and family.
Isolated Menaces were:-
Michelle Brunner, John Holland, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Boris Ewart + Gary Hyett
R Us were:-
LEAGUE DIVISION 1A
Sylvia Massey, Herbert Potts, John Browning, Lesley Johnson
LEAGUE DIVISION 1B
George Balon, Leonard Gorodkin, Sidney Travers, Leslie Hyman, Sidney Leighton
LEAGUE DIVISION 2A
Alan Humphries, Tony Gladstone, Richard Soulsby, David Latimer
LEAGUE DIVISION 2B
The North Star were:-
Chris Stuart, Linda Stuart, Jonathon Smith, Mike Hart
LEAGUE DIVISION 3A
Radbroke Clubbers were:-
John Binns, Steve Goron, Avril Lucas, John Somerfield, David Shonfield
LEAGUE DIVISION 3B
Close Call were:-
Alan Bennett, John Lloyd, Simon Temple, Paul Thompson
LEAGUE DIVISION 4A
Rupert Clark, Fred Ashworth, Helen Murray, Daphne Riley
LEAGUE DIVISION 4B
Canute C were:-
Rosalind Allday, Janet Harrison, Sue Thompson, Dave Whitworth
LEAGUE DIVISION 5A
Prestbury B were:-
Steven Mattinson, Mike V Smith, Raj Gupta, Brian Hesford
LEAGUE DIVISION 5B
Brookdale Diamonds were:-
Noel & Nancy Clark, Joan McDowell, Marian Moulds + Alan & Jean Warwick
LEAGUE DIVISION 6A
The Jokers were:-
Liz Thom, Yvonne Brookes, Carol Foulkes, Betty Hesp
LEAGUE DIVISION 6B
Midland Railway were:-
Ted Cadman, Bryan Randall, Jane Randall, Simon Townsend
M.S.B. Stars were:-
Ronald Booth, John & Wendy Fuest, Harry Mellor