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Upcoming Events

Cantor Cup
Sunday 22nd February
This event is restricted to Novices and Inexperienced Duplicate Players
Click here for entry form and further details

Green Point Swiss Pairs
Saturday 7th March Altrincham
Early entry recommended.
Click here for entry form and more details

Gazette Cup
Sunday 8th February at Altrincham Bridge Club
Inter clubs Teams of Eight - qualifier for the Garden Cities Trophy
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EBU Events
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Click here for the Manchester Handbook
Lady Milne Trials
Sarah O'Connor, playing with Anne Rosen of London has finished second in the Lady Milne Trials and thus earned the right to be selected on the EBU team when the event is held in April in Birmingham.  This will be Sarah's first appearance on the full England team, although she has previously represented England U25s and girls teams, and played in the Ladies invitation event in China in 2013.

Tracy Capal narrowly missed selection when a poor last two sets saw her drop from 1st to 6th. 

The trials were won by Sally Brock, current holder of the Michelle Brunner Mixed Pivot teams, partnering Anita Sinclair.

Sarah, who lived in Manchester for a few years, is now resident in London, but still registered as a Manchester player.
The trials were held at Richmond Bridge Club on 23-25th January, full results are on the EBU web site.

Chester Congress
John Currie and Rodney Lighton continued their recent run of fine form when they won the Pairs at Deva Bridge club on Saturday 17th January, just ahead of Dan Crofts and Gary Hyett with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield third.  In the consolation final Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan won with an impressive 70% score.
Full results are on the Deva Club web site.

Manchester Congress 2015
Sixty years ago, in 1955, Sid Travers won the Manchester Teams.  It was wonderful to see him, still in fine form, at this year's congress competing on Sunday and presenting the prizes.

In the pairs on Sunday Rodney Lighton and John Currie had a reasonable 56% first session to lie about fifteenth, but then had a fine evening session to just edge out Michael Byrne and John Atthey (who win the Men's pairs) and win this event both for the first time.  Ed Jones and Shivam Shah were third, with Kath and Alan Nelson fourth also getting the Mixed pairs prize.  In eighth place, visitors from Scotland, Lucia Barrett and Laura Middleton won the Ladies pairs.  Shivam Shah won the prize for best junior over the weekend.

The intermediate prizes this year were based this year on an NGS grading of 10 or below, winning were John Moran and Andy Green with Duncan and Diane Ault second.

In the teams on Sunday Rob Myers, Adrian Kenworthy, Mike Goldsmith and Dave Debbage were half a match clear of last year's winners Marianne Farr, Rhona Goldenfield, Jim Luck and Bernard Goldenfield.  In the B final Rodney Lighton (who won the B final last year) won again, this time with John Currie, Tom Slater and Alec Smalley and in the C final Karen Reissmann, Irene Davies, Gillian McMullan and Dave Hammonds were winners.

Raymond Semp and Michael Byrne provided quizzes to keep players entertained between sessions.

As usual the congress was most enjoyable, with many visitors from all over the country and a large contingent of junior players.  Thanks to all the committee members and all those who helped with the organisation and to the directors for running the event smoothly.

The Player of the Year spreadsheet has now been updated, Alan Mould and Michael Byrne are now joint leaders.

There was a good turnout for the two events for inexperienced duplicate players, thanks to the organisers for running these events.
Results and photos are below.

If you have any comments (preferably constructive) about the congress please email Irene Davies

Pairs Results
Team A Final
Team B Final
Team C Final

Team Qual Black
Team Qual Green
Team Qual Grey

More detailed scores (travellers etc.) are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.

Michael Byrne's Quiz

1st         Dianne Saxon / Liza Czyniewska and friends  59 /70
2nd =     England U20s and friends                                 49/70    
2nd =     Liz Downie and friends                                      49/70
4th         John Haslegrave / James Sheppard                43/70

Click here for quiz and answers

Players’ Progress Cup (Saturday)

1st    Peter Berens & Paula Berens        60.00
2nd    Peter Collinson & Kate Durham      59.58
3rd    Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie       57.08
4th    Mike Downie & Liz Downie           56.67   
5th    John Banbury & George Falzon       55.83
6th    Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham       54.17   
7th    Vanessa James & Brigitte Grassick  53.33   
8th    Paul West & Rak Kapur              48.75   
9th    Malcolm  Allum & Mark Saperia      47.92   
10th   Sue Jones & Carol Straffon         47.50   
11th   Sue Bloor & Sally Duncombe         44.58   
12th   E Czyniewska & Diane Saxon         42.08   
13th   Barbara Dickie & Cath Shekelton    39.17   
14th   Bernard Shea & Pat Shea            33.33

Kevin Comrie Cup (Sunday)

1    Gill Butterworth & Hari Gohil        61.31
2    Sheila Cornwell & Janet Bailey       61.01
3    Mike Kisil & Ralph Deane             59.82
4    Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly          58.04
5    Pat Denham & Del O'Sullivan          57.44
6    David Welsh & Andrea Mills           55.36
7    Annie Garry & Peter Watts            54.46
8=   Peter Allison & John Attree          53.87    
8=   Rak Kapur & Linda Williams           53.87    
10   Paul West & Hazel Powell             50.60    
11   Leslie Jowsey & Ian Semmell          48.21    
12   Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie         47.02    
13   Pat & Bernard Shea                   44.94    
14   Joan Hinchliff & Peter Butterworth   44.64    
15   Carole Whitehurst & Sue Berry        44.05    
16   Denise Phythian & Elaine Preece      43.75
17   Lisa Czyniewska & Diane Saxon        42.86    
18   Helen Herdman & Lilian Syme          42.26    
19   Felicity Byrne & Reba Bhaduri        39.88    
20   Catherine Shekelto & Sally Freeman   36.61      

Pairs Winners

Pairs Winners John Currie, Rodney Lighton with Sid Travers
Mens Pairs

Second and Mens Pairs John Atthey and Michael Byrne

Mixed Pairs Alan and Kath Nelson

Womens Pairs Laura Middleton and Lucia Barrett
Intermediate 1

Intermediate Winners Andy Green and John Moran
Int 2nd

Intermediate 2nd Duncan and Diane Ault

Ascenders Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan
Teams A

Teams A winners
Rob Myers, Mike Goldsmith, Adrian Kenworthy, Dave Debbage
Sid Travers with the cup he won in 1955
Teams A second

Teams A second
Jim Luck, Bernard Goldenfield, Marianne Farr, Rhona Goldenfield
Teams B

Teams B Winners
Tom Slater, John Currie, Alec Smalley (Rodney Lighton)
Teams C

Teams C Winners
Gillian McMullan, Irene Davies, Dave Hammonds, Karen Reissmann
KCC Winners

Kevin Comrie with winners Gill Butterworth and Hari Gohil
KCC Second

Second Sheila Cornwell and Janet Bailey
KCC third

Third Mike Kisil and Ralph Deane

Karen Reissmann winner of a prize in Raymond Semp's quiz
PP winners

Players Progress Cup Winners Peter and Paula Behrens
with Joan Hinchliffe MCBA Treasurer

PP 2nd

Second Kate Durham and Peter Collinson
PP 3rd

Third Jackie Lowrie and Annie Curtis

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