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EBU Summer Congress
This event took place at Scarborough from 25th-27th July. In the Multiple Teams on Friday John Holland and Alan Mould won playing with Bill Hirst (ex Manchester now Kent) and Jeremy Dhondy. John and Alan completed the double by winning the Swiss Pairs on Saturday and Sunday; next best Manchester pair were Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan who finished a respectable 22nd out of 156 pairs.
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. Michael's team have now reached the last 16 (Mon) having finished fourth in the Swiss Teams and won their first KO match.
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.
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.
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)