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WBU Congress Aberystwyth
Congratulations to Bill and Joyce White who won the Mixed Pairs at Aberystwyth on 15th August, Pauline Lang and Steve Mattinson were third.
Northern Bridge League Selections
The selectors met on Tuesday 12th August and selected the following teams for the third and fourth Northern league matches.
Brighton Summer Meeting
The EBU's main congress of the year took place from Friday 8th to Sunday 17th August.
In the Swiss Pairs Michael Byrne and Mike Bell finished in second place, an excellent result in a field of 286 pairs. Next best Manchester pair were John Holland and Alan Nelson who were 35th.Full results are on the EBU web site.
In the Sunday evening open pairs Mike Bell won with Bill Gardner.
In the B Final of the bracketed Teams Tom Slater and Alex Hunt won with Graeme Robertson and Lavinia Constantin; a first win in an EBU event for Alex Hunt, I believe.
In Monday's Play with an Expert, Michael Byrne won NS with Adam Bowden and Sean Mekie won EW with Alex Hydes.
Sean Mekie won his second event of the week in the Friday afternoon Open Pairs with Nigel Guthrie.
In the A final of the teams John Holland was third with Ben Green, Cameron Small and Phil King
In the B final of the teams Gary Hyett and Michael Byrne were third with Ros and Geoffrey Wolfarth.
Northern League Match 1
The first of four matches took place on Saturday 2nd August at Manchester for the A and C teams and at Leeds for the B team.
This year Manchester have entered two teams in the A division. The A1 team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Alan Mould/John Holland, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater won comfortably ahead of Merseyside, with Alec and Tom having an enormous cross IMP score of over 2 IMPs per board. However, the A2 team of Rodney Lighton/Nicholas Greer, Sue Richmond/Neil Thomas, Alan Jones/David Barton, Joy and Irving Blakey have some catching up to do, finishing last on the day.
In the B division David Olliver/Sid Travers, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Steve Mattinson/Pauline Lang and Joyce and Robert Jones finished 7th, with David and Sid being far the best on the cross IMPing of the Manchester pairs.
In the C division Manchester finished second, though a long way adrift of Yorkshire SE. The team was Irene Davies/Karen Reissmann, Gillian McMullan/Roger Hopton, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey and Geoff Hull/Kenneth Hughes. Sylvia and Herbert were easily the best of the Manchester pairs.
All the results including Butlers, travellers etc. are on the Northern League web site.
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.
Chairman's Cup - Byrne and Bell Win
Michael Byrne and Mike Bell with team mates Paul Lamford and David Kendrick competed for England in the Chairman's Cup, a competition held annually in Sweden where they faced 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 competed including ones from Thailand, America, Denmark and Norway. The event started on Saturday 26th July and continued until Thursday.
Michael's team reached the finals and won by 79 IMPs after 3 sets of 16 boards, the opposition conceding with one set to play. This is an excellent result in a very strong field including top Swedish teams and some very good international opposition. They reached the final having finished fourth in the Swiss Teams and winning their quarter and semi final matches against strong Swedish teams.