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Deal of the Week
Hubert Phillips Plate
Congratulations to the team of Martin Taylor, Barbara, Paul and Jason Hackett who won the Hubert Phillips Plate event on 28th June. This is the English mixed pivot knock out teams event for teams who lost in the first round of the Hubert Phillips Cup.
This deal created a significant swing for Martin's team when the opposition only bid to a small slam.
West (Jason) East (Martin)
The AGM was held on Thursday 23rd June online.
There was a good attendance. There was the usual discussion of the merits of face to face versus online for various competitions.
Adam Wiseberg was elected to the post of match secretary replacing Michael Byrne who was thanked for doing the job well for over fifteen years. The new selection committee is Adam Wiseberg, John Roberts, Roger Hopton, Catherine Draper and Rodney Lighton. Michael Byrne has taken the role of Congress Secretary.
Minutes are now available from the documents page.
Higson Cup and Plate Finals
The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 19th June. Both events were run as handicapped multiple teams, ably directed by Jeff Smith assisted by Adam Wiseberg.
A scoring error was found after the cup result had been declared, sincere apologies to Tracy Sherman's team who were declared winners and presented with the trophy.
The cup was won by Sandbaggers (Julia Bannister, Steve Mattinson, Rob Harris, and Ross Worthington with Steve Tearle, Mike Parr and Joyce White playing in earlier rounds), Tracy Sherman's Deal or No Deal team (Ted Reveley, David Stevenson and Liz Commins) were second with St Titus third.
Congratulations to the Sandbaggers for all of whom it was their first win in a major county event.
The plate event was won by Howard Rosemarine's Revolver team (Adrian Shiers, Jeffrey Bor, Jonathan Berg) ahead of Allsorts (Rak Kapur, Subash Gupta, Chris and Daniel Kelsall).
At the interval Irene Davies was awarded Life Membership of the MCBA for her outstanding work in chairing the association for the last ten years especially during the pandemic. She was also presented with gifts for her 70th birthday.
The Player of the Year competition has effectively been completed with just the Goldstone final to be played. Rodney Lighton won in the expert category for the second year running and Barbara Eastabrook in the non-expert category, a first for her.
Garden Cities Final
The Manchester Bridge Club team finished a respectable fourth of seven teams in the EBU club teams of eight final on Saturday 18th June. The team was Paul Hackett, Paul Murray, Tom Dessain, David Sarabowski, Jeff Morris, Eve Lighthill, Ed Levy and John Hassett. Full results are on the EBU web site.
The European team championships and European Open Women's and Senior's pairs took place in Madeira from 12th to 22nd June.
Michael Byrne played with Sarah Bell in the England Mixed team, Catherine Draper played with Catherine Seale in the Women's event. Both events started on Thursday 16th. Michael and Sara were the best English pair on the cross imps. Results are here. None of the English teams qualified for the World Championships.
The Pachabo inter counties teams of four competition took place on 11th-12th June on RealBridge. The Manchester team of John Holland, John Hassett, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock was formed from the two teams who will compete in the final of the Goldstone later this year. Manchester finished fifth this year. Results are on the EBU web site.
A face to face return of the popular MCBA intermediate pairs events.
This single session event is intended for inexperienced players, limited to below the rank of Regional Master and NGS 10 and below.
EBU membership is not required (no masterpoints will be awarded).
Green Point Swiss Teams
The Green Point Swiss Teams will be held face to face on Sunday 31st July at Altrincham starting at 11 am.
The entry is limited to 18 teams to allow adequate spacing.
Enter via the Manchester Events web site.