2002 News and Results
Father and son pairing of Bill Hirst and Andy Hirst triumphed in the Ben Franks Pairs on 8th December at Manchester Bridge Club. A turnout of 42 pairs was the largest for several years, stretching the organisational skills of tournament director Dave Debbage who had to cope with upstairs and downstairs sections (we consoled him with the fact that it was good exercise). Second were half time leaders Jeff Smith and Mark Halliwell, third Mike Byrne and Alex Morris, fourth David Audley and Frank Brown. It was good to see two school pupil pairs competing, Elizabeth Roberts and A Wilkinson finishing well up in the field.1st B Hirst A Hirst ....................... 59.20 %
2nd M Halliwell J Smith ............. 58.39 %
3rd A Morris M Byrne ............... 58.28 %
4th F Brown D Audley ................ 58.22 %
5th J Hand P Hand ...................... 56.92 %
6th G Rice S Bielecki .................. 56.59 %
7th D Barton D Whyte ................ 55.99 %
8th E Roberts A Wilkinson .......... 55.72 %
9th= D McDouall J Holland ........... 54.47 %
9th= D Pennington R Franks ......... 54.47 %
9th= JC Roberts F Bell .................. 54.47 %
12th G Finks S Travers .................. 54.41 %
13th D Stuart A Green ................... 53.92 %
14th K Nelson A Nelson .................53.59 %
15th T Capal A Kenworthy .............53.10 %
16th W White J White .................... 53.00 %
17th D Cross J Entwistle ............... 52.29 %
18th P Foster J Liebeschuetz ..........52.12 %
19th M Borley G Horton .................51.31 %
20th R Jones J Jones ......................51.14 %
21st I Blakey J Blakey .................. 50.76 %
22nd L Williams L Bloohn .............. 50.33 %
23rd D Dhaji D Hammonds .............50.27 %
24th A Purdy P Hackett ..................50.00 %
25th E Lighthill P Lang ................. 49.95 %
26th R Lighton B Ewart .................. 49.67 %
27th R Gupta S Mattinson .............. 49.51 %
28th R Acaster P Burrows ............... 49.46 %
29th C Ryall J Marray .................... 49.24 %
30th C Lee R Turner ...................... 48.53 %
31st J Fitzgerald G Mcmullan .......... 47.98 %
32nd S Booth D Tattersall ............... 47.44 %
33rd G Farrington P Green .............. 46.35 %
34th S Blaiwais M Taylor ................. 45.86 %
35th AD Roberts J M Roberts ..........45.37 %
36th B Kaye R Waddington ...............44.28 %
37th I Bowers E Rose ...................... 44.01 %
38th I Grugulis B Lewis .................. 43.36 %
39th O Hackett M Goldsmith ............43.25 %
40th A McKillop T McCauchey .........38.78 %
41st C Fisher A Stout ...................... 34.91 %
42nd P Emm J Marvin ....................... 25.60 %
EBU Road Show
The EBU road show came to Manchester Bridge Club on Friday 22nd November.
The EBU General Manager Terry Collier, John Pain (Bridge for All) and Christine Duckworth (Education) presented EBU plans for youth, general membership development and tournament bridge. The presentations were well received and generated a considerable amount of discussion. The EBU officers went away with a useful input from Manchester and Lancashire members. Also in attendance for a while was Keith Bradley, the local MP.
EBU Consultation Team with attendees and Keith Bradley MP
Front row Denis Robson (EBU Chairman), Jeff Morris (EBU Board member and director of Manchester Bridge Club)
John Pain (Bridge for All Manager EBU) and Keith Bradley MP for Manchester Withington
Behind them Eve Lighthill (Manchester CBA Chairman), Terry Collier (EBU Manager) and Dawn Mertens (EBU)
Manchester Qualify for Tolly
Manchester came second in their qualifying group of the Tollemache inter counties teams of eight on 23rd-24th November, qualifying for the final. Congratulations to the team of Michelle Brunner, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Boris Ewart, Adrian Kenworthy, Mike Goldsmith, Mike Byrne, Alex Morris, John Hassett and Bill Hirst. Npc was Jeff Smith.
Teacher David Adelman with Mini Bridge Pupils
at Manchester Bridge Club
David Adelman is spearheading a drive to get mini bridge taught to gifted primary school pupils in Manchester. He is currently teaching sessions in several primary schools and trying to get funds for more. Here he is pictured with school children who were enjoying a short Autumn half term course at Manchester Bridge Club.
A party was held for Mary Higson after the duplicate at Manchester Bridge Club on 9th October. Mary will be leaving the Manchester area soon to live near her son in Esher. Mary has been associated with bridge organisation in Manchester since the 1950's and during the Sixties and early Seventies she ran the league, cup, tournaments and congresses as well as being secretary. This was practically a full time job. She continued as tournament secretary until 1999. All Manchester players are grateful for the huge amount of time and effort that she has put in on their behalf. Bridge in Manchester would never have flourished so successfully without Mary. As a player she had many successes, she won the league at least once, the Cup twice and the Ben Franks pairs once, as well as numerous congress events. She has continued to play regularly at the Manchester and Cheadle Hulme clubs. We shall miss her cheerful smile and friendly manner and wish her good luck with her move.
Congratulations to the Manchester Team who won the annual triangular match against Lancashire and Merseyside on 12th October at Merseyside Bridge Club.
Representing Manchester were:-
Howard Kay, Bob Cooke, Jeff Smith, Maurice Super (74 VPs)
Irving Blakey, Joy Blakey, Peter Hishmurgh, Joyce Hishmurgh (102 VPs)
Mary Costagliola, Peter Hodgson, Dhun Daji, Howard Stubbings (81VPs)
Alan Jones, David Barton, Ray Semp, Eve Lighthill (92 VPs)
Jeff Smith was a late replacement for Ann Super, average was 80 VPs.
1st Manchester 349 VPs
2nd Lancashire 317 VPs
3rd Merseyside 294 VPs
Gary Hyett and Alan Mould playing with John Collings and Martin Jones of Coventry finished second in the trials earning themselves a play off match against Paul Hackett, Tony Waterlow, John Armstrong and Danny Davies to decide who represents England in a European event. That match will take place in January.
Ed Levy's team (Alex Morris, Michael Byrne and Andrew Woodcock of Lancs.), who had done extremely well to reach the second stage of the trials, gained valuable experience, but were not well placed.
As a result of their placing in the trials Gary and Alan have been selected to play for England in two matches in the current series. When they have played these they will have equalled Danny and Reuben Myers Manchester partnership record of five matches in the Camrose series. However, Alan and Gary have also represented Great Britain in a European and also each played one other Camrose with different partners.
Great Northern Swiss Pairs
A fine win for Mark Halliwell and Mike Ardron with a score of 72% in a field of 164 pairs at Risley on 5-6th October. Third were David Barton and Alan Jones. For full list of results see EBU web site.
In the first round of the NICKO the Whitefield Golf Club team of Bernard Kaye, Tobias, Mendelson and Cohen beat Sandra Penfold's team, last year's finalists from Bradford.
Michelle Brunner and Rhona Goldenfield played for the England Ladies Team in Montreal in the McConnell Cup from August 16th to 31st. The team qualified for the knock out stages and lost in the quarter finals to The Netherlands.
Manchester won the President's Cup held at the Eden BC, Carlisle on the weekend of 3rd to 4th August.
The team was Jeff Smith - David Adelman, Michael Newman - Mike Byrne, Adrian Kenworthy - Mike Goldsmith, Dave Baskin - Derry McCarthy (Sat), Peter & Joyce Hishmurgh (Sun).
Seven teams took part - Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, N.Wales, Cumbria, Merseyside, Mid-Wales.
Format was all-play-all sixteen board matches. Manchester led throughout, though Yorkshire made a late charge to get close.
First Three - Manchester 89 VPs, Yorkshire 85 VPs, Merseyside 77 VPs.
Manchester One Day Swiss Teams
This event at Risley on 28th July was won by Michelle Brunner, Rhona Goldenfield, John Hassett and Bernard Goldenfield
3rd were Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, David Barton and Alan Jones
For full results see the EBU competitions page
Manchester beat Yorkshire on 6th July in the annual inter county match.
Manchester Aggregate Score
1 D.Barton D.Whyte L.Klein J.Morris 1520
2 F.Bell J.Roberts M.Costagliola D.Gray -150
3 J.Smith M.Halliwell A.Nelson K.Nelson -210
4 J.Hassett B.Hirst M.Goldsmith A.Kenworthy 4740
5 I.Blakey J.Blakey S.Travers L.Gorodkin -590
6 H.Kay B.Cooke D.Debbage E.Lighthill 450
1 G.Jepson D.Musson R.Pike D.Robinson
2 D.Coley D.Waxman T.Gisborne S.Davies
3 R.Winter S.Teshome M.Marston P.Tempest
4 R.Jepson A.Brosgill B.Townsend N.Woolven
5 G.Newman A.Golding B.Grayson J.O’Sullivan
6 J.Procter D.Lewis S.Davies S.Galloway
Manchester led by 2420 points at half time and won by 5760 aggregate points.
The match was run in the usual format of twelve 3-board rounds with each pair playing every other pair. Manchester gained an early lead and although there was a near 3000 swing back to Yorkshire in one set, Manchester led throughout emerging as comfortable winners. Particularly outstanding was Team 4 which along with Team 1 accounted for most of the winning margin. There was no team with a big deficit, so the whole Manchester team played well .
Thanks to Jeff Smith for this report.
Commonwealth Games 2002
Tuesday to Saturday 16th-20th July
In the final matches Patron (Tony Forrester, John Armstrong, Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett) beat Canada (Judith and Nick Gartaganis, Gordon Campbell and Keith Balcombe) by 27 IMPs and Wales (Gary and Dafydd Jones, Peter Goodman and Adam Dunn, Tim Rees and Filip Kurbalija) beat Maple (Bernard Goldenfield and John Holland, Gary Hyett and Boris Ewart, John Hassett and Bill Hirst) by 6 IMPs. Bronze medal went to India (C R Bandrinath, K R Venkataraman, P Sridharen, R Krishnan, Sunit Chokshi and S Sundarraman) the winners of the consolation event. Second in the consolation were the Manchester CBA team of Jeff Smith, Sid Travers, Joy and Irving Blakey, an excellent result, ahead of Northern Ireland, Singapore, Merseyside CBA, Evans and England.
Sid Travers (facing camera) and Jeff Smith in play in the consolation event
Irving and Joy Blakey playing against David and Jean Keen of Liverpool
The consolation event in the Whitworth Hall
Roman Smolski once of Yorkshire and England now playing for Bermuda
The Welsh Silver medal winning team
Peter Goodman, Adam Dunn, Filip Kurbalija, Dafydd Jones, Tim Rees, Jim Luck (NPC), Gareth Jones
Bill Fung Chairman of Maple Financial Services - main sponsors of event
Bill was resident and played bridge in Manchester in the seventies
Ed Levy and Tracy Capal in the consolation event
Brian Callaghan (facing camera) and David Burn of the England Team
David Barton (in white jumper!) and Leslie Klein
Friday - Canada beat Wales by 7 IMPs over 48 boards (this is the match for Gold and Silver medals). Patron 1 (Hacketts, Forrester, Armstrong) beat Maple (Patron 2 Boris Ewart's Manchester team) by 92 IMPs.
Final Group tables at end of play on Thursday, Wales made a late rally, winning their last match well while Australia lost heavily to Pakistan. Wales will play Canada in one semi-final, while the two patron's teams will play in the other semi-final on Friday. The Final is on Saturday. The remaining teams play a consolation event.
1 Canada 315
2 Patron 2 297
3 India 284
4 England 246
5 Scotland 228
6 Zimbabwe 226
7 Trinidad & Tobago 220
8 Singapore 217
9 Kenya 207
10 Sri Lanka 205
11 Jamaica 204
12 Isle of Man 203
13 Jersey 189
14 Mauritius 175
15 Antigua & Barbuda 168
1 Patron 1 277
2 Wales 274
3 Australia 266
4 Pakistan 258
5 Northern Ireland 257
6 South Africa 240
7 Bermuda 230
8 Malaysia 220
9 Guyana 210
10 Guernsey 208
11 Uganda 203
11 Malta 203
13 St Lucia 197
14 Barbados 184
15 Tanzania 165
Gary Hyett and Boris Ewart in play against Jamaica (watching is MCBA Treasurer Bernard Kaye)
Tony Forrester and John Armstrong concentrating deeply
John Hassett playing the contract while Bill Hirst counts the tricks
David Price (facing camera) and David Mossop of the England Team
The VuGraph room at the Commonwealth games
The VuGraph showing Thursday's Board 25
This swingy deal caused trouble in many matches
Malaysia managed to play this in 4H -4 E-W and 5D doubled -3 N-S
in the VuGraph match against Bermuda
Erik Kokish of Canada - Chief VuGraph commentator
A vast army of Manchester volunteers was in place at the Whitworth Hall to ensure that the Commonwealth Games started running smoothly on a beautiful Manchester day.
Play in progress at the Whitworth Hall
and some of the star players below
Congratulations to Michelle Brunner and Rhona Goldenfield playing for the England Women's Team who finished in the Bronze Medal position at Salsomaggiore.
Link to European Championship page
Michelle Isolates the Menace
In the European match against Austria the following deal was appropriately played by the captain of Manchester's Isolated Menaces team.
Dealer S N/S vul.
South opened 4 Diamonds. Michelle (West) overcalled 4 Hearts and Rhona raised to 6 Hearts.
After a Diamond was led to the King and a trump switch won in hand, Michelle ruffed her remaining Diamond, drew the last trump with the Heart Ace, played Spade Ace and ruffed a Spade. Then a Club to the King and another Spade ruff ensured that North was controlling Spades (isolating the menace). Then Michelle ran all the trumps to squeeze North in the black suits for the twelfth trick.
In the other room England played in 5 Diamonds which was made on a misdefence - 17 IMPs to England.
Commonwealth Games Trials
Trials were held at Manchester Bridge Club on 16th June. Winners were Jeff Smith, Sid Travers, Joy and Irving Blakey who will represent Manchester CBA in the consolation event at the Games. Second were Tracy Capal, Ed Levy, Mike Goldsmith & Adrian Kenworthy. Third were Peter Foster, Dr John Liebeschuetz, Stefan Bielecki & Phil Callow.
10 teams played 9 five board rounds.
Manchester Fourth in Pachabo
The Manchester Team of Tracy Capal, Gary Hyett, Adrian Kenworthy and Mike Goldsmith did very well in the Inter County Teams on the 8th/9th June, finishing fourth. See the EBU web site for a full set of results.
Lady Milne Trophy
Michelle Brunner and Rhona Goldenfield continued their recent excellent run of results. Representing England they won the Lady Milne (Women's Home internationals) in Aberdeen on the weekend of 2/3 June.
Manchester Pairs do well in Corwen
In the Inter County Pairs Corwen Trophy on 25th-26th May leading Manchester Pair were John Holland and David McDouall who finished fourth out of 109 pairs. Close behind in tenth position were father and son pair Bill and Andrew Hirst. The other Manchester qualifiers Elise Ford and Anne Jordan, Paul Worswick and Pat Burrows finished in the top half.
1st Brian Cornelius, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett & Howard Melbourne 102
2nd Tracy Capal, Edward Levy, Ollie Burgess & Richard Probst 100
3rd Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Stell & David Adelman 96
4th Jack Johnstone, Ruth Henig, Gareth Roberts & Paul Fearnhead 94
5th John , Dawn Herbert, George & Val Eakin 91
6th Alan Jones, Nevena Senior, David Barton & Alan Purdy
Michelle Brunner and Rhona Goldenfield were members of the winning team in the final Women's trials on the 6-7th April. They now play in the Lady Milne in Aberdeen in June. They also play in the World Championships in Canada later this year.
A Silver Medal in the European Mixed Pairs Championship in Ostend for Kath Nelson and Steve Eginton (of Berks & Bucks, formerly Manchester). This is the first ever medal won in this event by a British pair.
Kath and Steve proudly display their silver medals.
After the fog had cleared - Kath Nelson and Steve Eginton
League winners 2001-2002
Ed Levy, Tracy Capal, Leslie Klein and Jeff Smith
Roy Higson Cup and Plate 2001-2
The final of the Roy Higson Cup and Plate took place on 7th April at Manchester Bridge Club. Prizes were presented by Mary Higson to the following winning teams.
Roy Higson Cup
Winners: Isolated Menaces minus one. John Hassett, Bill Hirst, Boris Ewart and Gary Hyett
Second: Double Trouble David Barton, David Whyte, Brian Meakin and Geoff Hull
Third: Scattered Values Paul Worswick, Pat Burrows, Ron and Jeanne Bayley
Roy Higson Plate
Winners: PR's Ron Steedman, Pat Crooks, Reg Bowdler and Morag White
Second: Sedgeley George Balon, Len Gorodkin, Sid Travers, Leslie Hyman, Sid Leighton
Third: Milkmen David Stuart, Andy Green, Jenny Holmes, Peter Hytner
EBU Under 25 Championships
Congratulations to Michael Byrne & Alex Morris who finished 3rd in the English under 25 pairs on 29th March.
The Cantor Cup took place at the Altrincham Bridge club on Sunday March 24th. There were 13 1/2 tables. All those who came had a most enjoyable time and the event was friendly and welcoming.
The Cantor family donated £100 for the 1st prize together with replicas of the Cantor Cup.
The first 5 pairs won prizes: they were:
1st Hetty Davies and Anna Thompson
2nd Elaine Burd and Agnes Barlow
3rd Ailsa Mack and Dorothy Fletcher
4th Lynn and Dave Matthews
5th S Atkinson and P Stormont
Top placed Manchester pair in the British Mixed pairs championship were Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield who came 6th overall, playing in the Manchester heat on 16-17th March.
1 Bernard Goldenfield Rhona Goldenfield 87%
2 John Holland Ollie Burgess 75%
3 Paul Williams Hilda Williams 75%
1 Martin Cantor Bill Niccol Ted Reveley John Armstrong 113VP
2 Michelle Brunner Rhona Goldenfield John Holland Bernard Goldenfield 103VP
3= Barry Jones Bryan Edwards Shirley Webster Steve Doubt 92VP
3= Sue Woodcock Nick Woodcock Andrew Woodcock Hector Barker 92VP
Grand Masters Pairs
This National Event for England's highest ranked players held on the 2-3rd March was won by John Holland and Michelle Brunner - another National title to add to their collection.
Held at Manchester BC Sunday Feb 3rd 2002
Winners: Cheadle Hulme BC
Cheadle Hulme will
go forward to represent Manchester County in the Garden Cities trophy.
J.Smith/R.Alexander, D.Gray/M.Costagliola, M.Robinson/P.Lang,
Manchester Congress 2002
Novice Pairs Winners
1 - Vanessa James John Sayers
2nd Vivian Newgrosh
and Juliet Rickless
John and Muriel Hassett (sorry no photo)
CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS – SAT 5th JANUARY 2002
S.Travers 2244 63.40
Teams 6th January 2002
Championship Teams Final
J.Holland, W.Hirst, J.Hassett 163 VP
Consolation Teams Final
MCBA Manchester Congress 5th Jan – 6th Jan 2002
Novices Session 1 – Sat 5th Jan 2002 Afternoon
1 Vanessa James John
Sayers 87 63.97
Novices Session 2 – Sat 5th Jan 2002 Evening
1 Agnes Barlow
Elaine Burd 84 66.67
Novices Session 3 – Sun 6th Jan 2002 Morning
Sherratt Frank Reid 160 66.67
Novices Session 4 – Sun 6th Jan 2002 Afternoon
McCracken Lynn McCracken 172 68.25
Pachabo Qualifier 2001-2002
D.Whyte, L.Klein, J.Morris
IMPs R Us: Tracy CAPAL; Ed LEVY; Jeff SMITH; Steve CAPAL & Leslie KLEIN
DJ Jam: Dave McDOUALL; Mike GOLDSMITH; Jason HACKETT; John HOLLAND & Adrian KENWORTHY
Agamemnon: Kath NELSON; Martin BRAID; Mike CLARKE; Alan NELSON; Mike NEWMAN & Stuart SHALOM
Double Trouble: David BARTON; Geoff HULL; Brian MEAKIN & David WHYTE
Manchester J: Ian PENDLEBURY; Chris BARNARD; Richard LEWIS; John RUDOLF & Dave SMITH
Mighty Aphrodite: Graham BURNS; David ADELMAN; Anthony LIPSON; John STELL & Alex WISEMAN
Manchester A: Maurice SUPER; Denis ROBSON; Valerie ROBSON; Ann SUPER & Jeff Morris
Milkmen: Andy GREEN; Jenny HOLMES; Peter HYTNER & David STUART
Tempo: Caryl BLOCH; Pat BUXTON; Peter HODGSON; Mike PARR & David PENNINGTON
Stratos: Rupert CLARK; Fred ASHWORTH; Helen MURRAY & Daphne RILEY
Besses Force: Harry BAILEY; Lawrence ABRAMSON; Peter MACLESE; H WEINSTOCK;
Nick COHEN; Hilary FISHER & Alice WHITEHEAD
Bloohn's Babes: Lance BLOOHN; Sally ARCHER; Hilary BOYDELL & Linda WILLIAMS
Davenport A: Stewart THOMAS; Derek BAILEY; Chris BAKER & Jim O'NEILL
The Shakers: Bernard CLAYTON; Jeffrey BOR; Jonathon HERMAN & Ivor ROSENBERG
The Gamblers: Doreen JACOBS; Hilary GELLMAN; Marshall GELLMAN & Beattie LEVENE
Klinger's Clan: Mary HUGHES; Joan ASHWORTH; Denny FRANKS & Mike HUGHES
The Transatlantic Alliance: Jean MORGAN; Peter MORGAN; Neil WHITE & Mary WHITE