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Deal of the Week
Manchester were victors in the Inter County teams of eight, held over the weekend of 18th-19th June at Bradford Bridge Club.
Manchester led throughout, and increased their margin of victory in the final session to win by 27 VPs, over a match clear of the second placed team.
All the pairs played well, everyone enjoyed themselves, and the team won all of its matches. It was a fine performance by a team that included a large number of younger players partnering their older counterparts. The oldest age gap in a partnership was a record 61 years!
Well done to Toby Nonnenmacher/Raymond Semp, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Michael Byrne/Michael Newman (both days), on the Saturday Gary Hyett (played with Michael Byrne) and John Currie (played with Michael Newman) and on the Sunday Kath & Alan Nelson.
Link to the full results including cross imps.
Castle Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who won this event at Huddersfield Bridge Club on Sunday 19th June 10 VPs clear of second place. This is their second win in this event in three years.
Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan
The European Teams event takes place in Budapest from June 15th-25th. John Holland plays in the Seniors and Alan Mould is coach of the open team. The event web site is here. Matches will also be on BBO.
Summer Intermediate Pairs
The Summer Intermediate Pairs event was held at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 12th June. Thirteen tables enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of bridge; the results are below, together with pictures of the prize winners.
Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing and to Ann Thornton and Barbara Lewis for organising.
1st Andrea Mills & David Welsh 63.3
2nd Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill 58.81
3rd Helen Nightingale & Peter Allison 58.01
4th Nigel Catterall & Philip Hayward 57.37
5th Karen Jones & Barbara Eastabrook 56.57
6th Scott Middleton & Roy Saleh 55.45
7th Susan Triggs & Graham Winn 55.29
8th Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham 54.33
9th Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie 53.69
10th Anne Whitehead & Haidee Tattersall 53.21
11th Adam Wiseberg & Andrew Jackson 52.56
12th Paul West & Rak Kapur 52.4
13th Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly 51.6
14th Stephen Harlow & Gill Page 50.64
15th David Tilley & Andrew O'Brien 50.48
16th Jackie Walton & Pam Hegarty 49.84
17th David Tattersall & Graham Wood 47.92
18th Gillian Maguire & Brian Lee 46.96
19th Adrienne Stone & Chris Cleaver 45.99
20th George Leigh & Sally Bray 45.35
21st Catherine Kramer & Diane Hutchinson 44.87
22nd Adele Hodari & Suzanne Beckett 44.23
23rd Lisa Czyniewska & Diane Saxon 42.47
24th Ann Thompson & Vanessa James 40.22
25th John Davies & Alan Swarbrick 37.66
26th Sue Berry & Carole Whitehurst 30.77
Pachabo - Manchester Finish Second
The inter counties teams event took place at Birmingham on 11th-12th June, Manchester won the event last year. Manchester and Cambridge contended first place throughout the weekend, but in the final session Cambridge ran out winners by nearly a whole match. The Manchester team was Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton, John Holland, Gary Hyett and Alan Mould.
Full results are on the EBU web site.
Northern League Selections
The selection committee have selected the following teams for the first two Northern League matches.
In the Yorkshire congress held over the weekend of the 3rd to 5th June the teams championship was won by Michael Byrne, playing with England international Fiona Brown, and team-mates Hugh McGann and Cameron Small. They scored +90 imps, well over 50 imps clear of the second place team led by Brian Senior, the team who was practicing for the European Seniors Championship.
On the Friday Michael and Fiona also won the mixed pairs for the 4th time
Manchester Bridge Club's David Debbage playing for Lancashire with Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the inter-county pairs on June 4-5th. Top placed Manchester pair were Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who were 31st out of 98.