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Weekly Bridge Article
Updated 25th Nov 2015
The inter counties teams of eight qualifier took place on 21st-22nd November in Birmingham. Manchester was represented by John Holland/Alan Mould, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Jeff Morris/John Hassett npc Rodney Lighton. They were drawn into a group of nine with the top two counties qualifying for the final in February. The other counties in the group were Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Cumbria, Lancashire, Channel Islands, Somerset, Suffolk, Yorkshire. After trailing to Yorkshire virtually all weekend, Manchester rallied in the last 7 boards against Somerset and Cumbria to storm into first place, beating their old rivals to qualify for the final in February. Congratulations to Tom and Alec who headed the cross IMPs for the section and to Jeff and John who were third overall.
Updating current results are here
John Holland, Alan Mould, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley, Jeff Morris,
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton, John Hassett
The county has set up a contingency fund to help finance players selected by the county to play in events who find themselves in a difficult financial position. This will be dealt with confidentially. Please contact Irene Davies if you need this help.
Llangollen Swiss Teams
Michael Byrne and Gary Hyett playing with Tommy Garvey and Hugh McGann of Ireland have won the two day event at Llangollen on 14-15th November ahead of Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who played with Jim Luck and Adrian Thomas of Wales. Llongyfarchiadau. Full results on the North Wales site.
The MCBA County Seminars are returning.
The three different teams of players that represent Manchester are being offered seminars courtesy of the county to help them to improve their bridge.
The first of these will be the C team seminar, with guest lecturer Michael Byrne. Attendance is by invitation but those who are regular C team players and might have been left off the list should contact the match secretary.
The seminar is being held on Saturday December 5th at Manchester Bridge Club at 1 pm.
Seminars for the B team and A team will follow shortly in the new year.
Pendle Witch Pairs
Brierfield held their annual Pendle Witch pairs event on Sunday 9th November. The event was well attended with 18 tables participating. A nice feature of this event is that there are first and second prizes for non-expert and middle ranking pairs based on NGS rating. Congratulations to Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones who were delighted to win the non-expert prize and trophy. John Currie and Rodney Lighton won overall for the second year running. Session prizes were won by Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield and Ken Hassell and Ian Kane. Click here for results.
Megan Taft with non-expert winners Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones
League Summary (Nov 8th)
In division 1 Inverted Minors (Joy Blakey) have won two by good margins including an emphatic win over last year's champions Grasshoppers. St Titus (Byrne) have won three matches while Curry Eaters (Hackett) have won two and lost one narrowly to St Titus. In division 2 Cheshire Cheeses (a team mainly from Mersey) made an excellent start with two maximum wins, but then lost their third match, Red Bull (Elena Rosenbaum) have won two. In division 3 Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald) have also started with two good wins while Uppercut (Stephen Ward) have played four winning three and losing one narrowly. Karen Sandler's Skaters have started well in division 4 with two wins and a draw. Few matches have been played in division 5, but in division 6 Double Diamonds (Nigel Caterall) have won two and lost one very narrowly. In division 7 Adam Wiseberg's Lastminute.bid have won three just ahead of Conjurers (Jennie Birchall) who have won two and lost one narrowly.
The final weekend was on November 6-8th. The first division finished on Saturday with Jason and Justin Hackett's team winning and the twins being the leading pair on the cross IMPs. Michael Byrne's team survived in sixth place, but John Holland's team finished seventh and is relegated. The second division finished on Sunday, with the Hackett team dropping to third place.
The second weekend of three in the premier league took place at Solihull on 31st Oct to 1st Nov. In division two the Hackett team (Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Ollie Burgess, Alan Mould, Paul Hackett, John Sansom) increased their lead with Jeff and John leading the cross IMP rankings.
All results are on the EBU web site.
Autumn Intermediate Pairs
Thirteen and a half tables enjoyed the Intermediate pairs at Altrincham on Sunday 1st November.
Thanks to director Joan Lewis and organisers Barbara Lewis, Irene Davies and Ann Thornton for their hard work.
1st Adam Wiseberg & Andrew Jackson 63.69
2nd Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill 62.94
3rd Graham Winn & Susan Triggs 60.10
4th Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie 55.85
5th David Tattersall & Helen Nightingale 52.71
6th Lisa Czyniewska & Joan Missira 49.83
7th Carol McKinnon & Maureen Beresford 46.54
8th Chris Cleaver & Pam Hegarty 46.45
9th Faye Georgiou & Sanjeet Kamath 45.33
10th Jeanette Owen & Jennifer Birchall 45.22
11th Ally Oliver & Judith Lambert 44.91
12th Angela Ashleigh & Wendy Burton 40.57
13th Felicity Byrne & Rebe Bhaduri 35.87
1st Peter Allison & John Attree 65.18
2nd Nicki Decent & Haidee Tattersall 57.02
3rd Kathy Priestley & Graham Fletcher 55.64
4th Elaine Duwe & Sue Harrison 54.57
5th Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook 52.04
6th Roy Saleh & Scott Middleton 51.59
7th Anne Whitehead & Hilary Boydell 50.74
8th Hugh Searson & Anne Lowe 49.87
9th Ralph Deane & Mike Kisil 49.73
10th Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham 44.76
11th Pat Dunningham & Jean Reed 42.66
12th David Welsh & Andrea Mills 42.46
13th Estelle Megitt & Mel Megitt 42.36
14th Margaret Kelly & Liz Downie 40.10