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