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Ben Franks Trophy
A two session Green point pairs event on Sunday 7th December.  The leading four pairs with primary allegiance to Manchester qualify for the Corwen Trophy.
Entries by Weds.3rd December please.
Click here for entry form and more details

Manchester Congress 2015
Next year's congress will be a week later on 10-11th January at the same venue - Victoria and Albert Hotel.

EBU Events
Click here for the EBU calendar
The handbook for the 2014-15 season is in electronic form here.  Paper copies will be ditributed to affiliated clubs.

League Update
The league season is now well under way.  The first division is a league of two halves at the moment with five teams having averages of 20 or over, the rest below 12.  Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) and Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) are leading with an average of over 26.  In division 2 Red Bull (Elena Rosenbaum) have the best average, but fewer matches have been played and the lead is not substantial.  Division 3 is similar to 2 where Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) have a small lead.  In division 4 Skaters (Karen Sandler) are setting the pace with an average of nearly 22 well ahead of second place.  Division 5 sees Manchester Cardinals (Ron Lowe)  in top spot, but they have only played one match.  Similarly in division 6 Overtrick Lunatics (Faye Georgiou)  lead having played only one match.  Division 7 has seen the most matches played to date with Bombay Sapphires (Jo Gardiner)  just ahead of School of Slamwich (Charles Purle).

Tollemache Qualifying
The inter counties teams of eight qualifying takes place in Birmingham on 22-23rd November.  Good luck to our team John Holland/Alan Mould, Gary Hyett/Ollie Burgess, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Jeff Morris/John Hassett npc Peter Jones.  Their main rivals in the qualifying group will be Berks/Bucks who have won the competition for the last two years.

Gold for Gillian and Neil
Congratulations to Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who continued a run of good results with a win in the Highland Congress Pairs at Aviemore on 16th November.  They scored 65% in the 48 pair final (initial entry 128 pairs).  Paul Worswick was 8th in the pairs with David Whyte of Scotland.  Gillian, Neil, Paul and David teamed up to finish fourth in the teams final.

Pendle Witch Pairs
Brierfield's annual pairs event attracted an entry of 18 tables on 9th November.  Manchester pairs dominated, with the event being won by John Currie and Rodney Lighton who finished 3% ahead of Gillian McMullan (silver medal) and Neil Thomas who were a further 3% ahead of Ken Hassell and Ian Kane.
A nice feature of the event was that there were prizes for middle ranking and non-experts based on NGS grading.
Thanks to Paul Hepworth for directing, the organisers and catering staff for an enjoyable event.
Full results are on the Brierfield Club web site.

Premier League
The final weekend of the Premier League was held at Solihull from 6-9th November.
Congratulations to Michael Byrne and Mike Bell who with Kieran Dyke and Fiona Brown finished second in the second division and are promoted to the first division next year.  Michael and Mike were third in the cross IMP ranking.
Full results are on the EBU web site.

I have added to the system page a convention card for a Strong No Trump and 2 over 1 game forcing system used by Michael Byrne's league team as a default system for irregular partnerships.  Also added (10th November) is a system file for a 2 over 1 system with transfer responses to 1C (thanks to Pete Foster).

Chester Bowl
Congratulations to Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook who won the Consolation event at Deva on October 19th with a huge score of 68%.
Full results are on the Deva Bridge Club web site.

Chester Bowl

Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook

Autumn Intermediate Pairs
The Intermediate Pairs was held at Altrincham on Sunday 2nd November.
There were 10 tables and a full movement of 27 boards was played.
Thanks to Barbara Lewis and Irene Davies for organisation and to Joan Lewis for directing.


John Attree & Peter Allison

2nd Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill


3rd Ray Hill & Enid Norohna


4th Graham Fletcher & Kathy Priestley

5th = Rose Davenport & Hilary Boydell

5th = Linda Williams & Rak Kapur

1st    John Attree & Peter Allison          60.42
2nd    Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill            56.94
3rd    Ray Hill & Enid Noronha              56.25
4th    Kathy Priestley & Graham Fletcher    55.79
5th=   Rose Davenport & Hilary Boydell      55.56
5th=   Linda Williams & Rak Kapur           55.56
7th    Ralph Deane & Mike Kissel            54.86
8th    Wendy Verber & Ruth Verber           54.40
9th    Sally Bray & George Leigh            53.24
10th   John Parry & George Venter           51.62
11th   Andrea Mills & Dave Welsh            50.93
12th   Hugh Searson & Barbara Searson       49.77
13th   Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly          49.54
14th=  Elizabeth Czynyewska & Diane Saxon   47.69
14th=  Joan Hinchcliffe & Peter Butterworth 47.69
16th=  Pam Hegarty & Jackie Walton          43.98
16th=  Adrienne Stone & Mark Gomme          43.98
18th   Vanessa James & Ann Thompson         40.28
19th   Shirley Pryce & Doreen Cook          39.81
20th   Caroline Mallion & Dorothy Dawson    31.71

Lancashire One Day Events - Double Bronze for Gillian
Congratulations to Gillian McMullan who finished third at Bolton in the Green Point Swiss Pairs on Saturday 25th with Neil Thomas and then teamed up with Roger Hopton, Bill and Joyce White to finish third again at Blackburn in the Swiss Teams.

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