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Manchester Congress 2015
A long way off, but advanced notice that next year's congress will be a week later on 10-11th January at the same venue - Victoria and Albert Hotel.

EBU Events
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Chairman's Cup
This week Michael Byrne and Mike Bell with team mates Paul Lamford and David Kendrick are competing for England in the Chairman's Cup, a competition held annually in Sweden where they will face teams from all around the world. The format is a qualifying Swiss event followed by knock-out stages, with a prize fund of 5000 Euros at stake. Over 150 teams are competing including ones from Thailand, America, Denmark and Norway. The event starts on Saturday 26th and continues for several days, you can follow their progress on bridge base online.  Good luck to them.

One Day Swiss Teams
The Manchester/EBU one day Swiss Teams at Altrincham on Sunday 20th July was won by Alan Mould, John Matheson, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who finished 3 VPs ahead of Nicholas Greer, Neil Thomas, Jean and Dave Keen.  In third place were Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Joy and Irving Blakey.
Full results are on the Altrincham Bridge Club web site.
Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield and helpers for organising the event and to the directors for running it.


Winners Alan Mould, John Matheson, (Rhona Goldenfiedl), John Hassett and Jeff Morris


Second Jean Keen, Nicholas Greer, Neil Thomas and Dave Keen

Third Irving Blakey, Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Joy Blakey

Michelle Brunner Memorial Charity Event
This Charity event raised £1700 in aid of Christies and St Anne's Hospice on Saturday 19th at Manchester Bridge Club - see their web site for results and pictures.

National League Finals
The Manchester A and C teams, who had qualified for the National finals by winning their respective Northern league divisions last year played in the National finals at Solihull on Sunday 6th July.
The A team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton/John Currie, Kath & Alan Nelson, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley finished second to Worcestershire.  Rodney and John narrowly got the bragging rights for the cross-imping.  The C team of Christopher Hine/Stephen Ward, Ken Hughes/Geoff Hull, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Kevin Higgins/Richard Sinton fared less well; Chris Hine and Stephen Ward were our best pair on the cross-imping.  Full results are accessible via the EBU web site.

Northern Bridge League Selections
Saturday 2nd August
Saturday 30th August
A Division Manchester

Michael Byrne/Michael Newman
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield
John Holland/Alan Mould
Tom Slater/Alec Smalley

Joy & Irving Blakey
John Currie/Rodney Lighton
David Barton/Alan Jones
Neil Thomas/Sue Richmond
A Division Manchester

Michael Newman/Michael Byrne
John Holland/Gary Hyett
Kath & Alan Nelson
Joy & Irving Blakey

John Currie/Royce Alexander
David Barton/Alan Jones
Ken Hassell/Ian Kane
Eve Lighthill/Sid Travers

B Division Leeds

Eve Lighthill/Sidney Travers
Robert & Joyce Jones
Pauline Lang/Steve Mattinson
Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
B Division Manchester

Robert & Joyce Jones
David Pennington/Rod Franks
Stephen Ward/Christopher Hine
Sam Herman/Barbara Lewis
C Division Manchester

Ken Hughes/Geoff Hull
Irene Davies/Karen Reissman
Sylvia Massey/Herbert Potts
Roger Hopton/Gillian McMullan
C Division Blackburn

Ken Hughes/Geoff Hull
Kevin Higgins/Richard Sinton
Jeanne & Ron Bayly
Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum

President's Cup
The inter county team of eight weekend at Carlisle on 28-29th June was won by Yorkshire, with Manchester second in a field of seven teams.
Manchester were represented by Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, John Currie/Neil Thomas (Sat), David Barton/Alan Jones(Sat), Gary Hyett/Raymond Semp (Sat), Ian Kane/Ken Hassell (Sun), John Currie/Alec Smalley (Sun) and Peter Jones/Alan Nelson (Sun).

Full results are on the Cumbria web site

European Championships Croatia
England Seniors Win Gold
Congratulations to the England Senior's team who have won the Gold medal in Opatija.  Having qualified for the final phase in sixth place, they played the other nine teams in an all play all.  A slow start saw them in ninth place after two matches, but they gradually moved up the table to reach first after six matches.  Good wins over Bulgaria and Sweden and a final one IMP victory over Norway left them 13 VPs clear of Sweden in second place.  Manchester's John Holland playing with Gunnar Hallberg featured largely in this triumph, playing every match in the final stage.  Paul Hackett played with David Mossop and Colin Simpson with David Price.  This is John's third Gold Medal at Senior level, following World Championships in 2009 and 2010.

In the Open Jason and Justin Hackett did well to win a bronze medal.  All the England teams qualified for the World Championships in Chennai in 2015, the England Women won a silver medal, with Catherine Draper of Lancashire (and also a Manchester Bridge Club member) playing, as well as Sally Brock who plays in Manchester events occasionally (she will be at the Michelle Brunner memorial event in July).


John Holland, Gunnar Hallberg, David Mossop, David Burn (Coach),
Paul Hackett,
Colin Simpson, David Price, Simon Cocheme (npc)

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