Year End Congress Blackpool
John Holland and Michelle Brunner won the Mixed Pairs at the year end congress at Blackpool on 28th December, they then followed this with second equal place in the Swiss Pairs.
The Swiss Teams was won by Manchester Chairman Jeff Smith playing with Jackie Pye of Lancashire, David Adelman of Manchester and Alex Hogg. Full results are on the EBU web site.
David Adelman, Alex Hogg, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith
Santa Claus Pairs
Alex and Tony Wilkinson with Eve Lighthill
Father and son combination Tony and Alex Wilkinson won Manchester Bridge Club's annual festive event. Alex is only 17 years old and has represented Scotland at under 20 level. See the Manchester Bridge Club site for more results.
Elizabeth Roberts in U20 International Win
Rising young star Elizabeth Roberts played for the England U20 team with Joe Mela in their victory against Scotland in Dec 2004. Elizabeth is the younger daughter of Cheadle Hulme regulars Adrian and Jean Roberts. She also plays the cello in Stockport Youth Orchestra!
Alan Mould, Gary Hyett, Ian Monachan, David Burn and Brian Callaghan won their semi-final match by 1 IMP against a Scottish team, but lost by about 40 IMPs to Allfrey, McIntosh, Robson and Bakshi in the final.
Alex Morris and Michael Byrne played for England in the under 25 event against The Netherlands, Belgium and France at Coventry on 18th-19th December. Also playing were Duncan Happer, Ben Green, Andrew Bamford and Mark Goddard. The team finished a disappointing third, although were in contention all the way through the competition, having a bad last set.
Manchester won their Tollemache qualifier group on 27-28th Nov, winning seven matches and drawing one. The team was John Holland/MichelleBrunner, John Hassett/Bill Hirst, Dave Debbage/Michael Newman, Michael Byrne/Alex Morris David Barton/Alan Jones. NPC Rhona Goldenfield, Scorer Bernard Goldenfield.
The team was Jeff Smith - Berrnard Kaye (2nd half subs)
Dave Audley - Frank Brown
Peter and Joyce Hishmurgh
Peter and Rita Jordan
Dhun Daji - Howard Stubbings
Rod Franks - David Pennington
Howard Kay - Bob Cooke
Boris Ewart - Peter Foster.
October 2004 Newsletter
World Bridge Team Olympiad Turkey
In the World Bridge Olympiad in Istanbul from Oct 23rd to 6th November England did very well to win the bronze medal, defeating China in the play off match, after having lost their semi-final to Russia. Especial congratulations to Michelle Brunner and Rhona Goldenfield who were highly placed in the Butler scoring in the round robin matches.
The Bronze Medal winning team
Alan Mould (npc), Rhona Goldenfield, Michelle Brunner, Sally Brock
Kitty Teltscher, Heather Dhondy, Chris Duckworth (coach), Nicola Smith
Ben Franks Trophy
Holders John Holland and Alan Purdy won again on November 7th at Manchester Bridge Club, the first pair to retain the trophy since 1965! Other qualifiers for the Corwen Trophy were Jeff Smith and Mark Halliwell, Frank Brown and David Audley, Michael Byrne and Sid Travers. An excellent result was achieved by 15 year old Amy Stout who managed to finish half way up the field playing with Craig Fisher.
Great Northern Swiss Pairs
Manchester players Raymond Semp and Alan Nelson were 6th of 144 pairs competing on the weekend of 2nd to 3rd October. Close behind them were David Pennington and Rod Franks in 7th place. Full results are on the EBU web site.
After the second weekend of trials on 2nd to 3rd Oct Gary Hyett and Alan Mould playing with Senior and Wolfarth held on to their first place and will be selected by right. The junior team had a poor weekend and dropped to 12th place. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Manchester v Cumbria
Cumbria beat Manchester narrowly – by 163 points to 157 in an exciting match on Sunday 26th September. Manchester were down 20 at half time.
Representing Manchester were Alan Jones with Elizabeth Roberts aged 16 who played a “blinder”. They were paired with her parents Adrian and Jean Roberts; Bill and Joyce White paired with Peter Foster and John Liebeschuetz, Elize Ford and Ann Jordan paired with Rod Franks and David Pennington and Dhun Daji and Howard Stubbins paired with Anne and Maurice Super.
The opposing team was captained by Ken Johnstone. His own team of 4 scored 76 out of a possible 80 – their performance made all the difference - the other 3 Cumbria teams scored 27, 28 and 32 respectively. Manchester’s results were 52,37,24 and 44.
The match was played at Manchester Bridge club and Ken Johnstone thanked the club for their hospitality and the excellent lunch.
Manchester v Derbyshire
The following team represented Manchester in the match against Derbyshire on Sunday 5th September 2004:
Team A: Bernard Kaye & Dave Tobias with Jean & Peter Hand
Team B: Pat Burrows & Paul Worswick with Jean & Ron Bayly
Team C: Joyce & Bill White with Jenny & Jim Morris
The Match Director was Don Smedley.
At the interval Manchester led by 106 vps to 74 with the teams scoring 24, 46 & 36 respectively.
In the final games all teams won their matches with scores of 31, 40 & 42 respectively making Manchester overall winners by 78 vps.
The whole team enjoyed first class hospitality from the Derbyshire team with hot drinks available throughout, fresh salmon buffet and a nightcap from the bar on departure.
Thanks to Jenny Morris for this report.
Manchester winners at the 8th Mind Sports Olympiad held at UMIST in the last week of August were:
Senior pairs: Alan Jones and Pauline Lang
Ladies Pairs: Michelle Brunner and Rhona Goldenfield
Mens Pairs: Justin Hackett and Mike Alexander
Mixed Pairs: Muriel and John Hassett
Senior Teams: John Hassett, Bill Hirst, Jeff Morris and Patrick Jourdain(Wales)
Multiple Teams: Craig Fisher playing with Malcolm Harris, Maria Budd and Fu Zhong
Championship pairs: Michael Byrne and Michael Newman
Swiss Teams: Paul, Jason and Justin Hackett, Geir Helgemo
Click below for more results
Junior European Championships
The English team of Michael Byrne and Alex Morris, Ed Levy and Andrew Woodcock, Duncan Happer and Ben Green finished in sixth place (out of 25), unfortunately one place too low to qualify for the world championships. This was a solid and encouraging performance. Their worst loss was 9-16 and they only lost three matches significantly. They also beat or drew with the top four teams. Unfortunately they didn't register many big wins, apart from against the lowest ranking teams.
Congratulations to the team of Rhona Goldenfield & Michelle Brunner, Eve Lighthill & Sid Travers, Alan Jones & David Barton, David Debbage and Michael Newman who beat eight other counties to win this event at Chester over the weekend of 31st July to 1st August.
Risley North West Green Point Events
Winners in the Swiss Teams on Sunday 19th July were Boris Ewart, Pete Jones, Peter Foster and John Liebeschuetz, with Raymond Semp, Bill Hirst, Kath and Alan Nelson one VP behind in second equal place. Full results of this event and the Swiss Pairs on the Saturday are on the EBU web site.
Largest penalty conceded was -2300 by a well known Manchester International (it was a phantom save).
Manchester came a disappointing third in the annual triangular between Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire and Lancashire which was held on Sunday 11th July. Lancashire won. The Manchester team was Michael Byrne, Alex Morris, Irving and Joy Blakey, David Stuart, Andy Green, Mary Costagliola, Derek Gray, Neil Thomas, Ray Ashleigh, Kath and Alan Nelson, Dave Audley, Frank Brown, Mark Halliwell, Mike Ardron.
Manchester v Yorkshire
The annual Manchester v Yorkshire match took place at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday 10th July. One of the few events left that uses the archaic aggregate scoring system, Manchester won by 3810 points. The team was Denis Robson, Raymond Semp, David Olliver, Ken Hassell, Bill Hirst, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Leslie Klein, David Audley, Frank Brown, Dave Debbage, Michael Newman, Kath Nelson, David Adelman, Fred Bell, John Roberts, Michael Byrne, Alex Morris, Irving Blakey, Joy Blakey, Jeff Smith, Mark Halliwell, Alec Smalley, Mike Goldsmith.
Golf and Bridge Individual
Was held at Whitefield Golf Club on Thursday June 10th. Overall winner was Mike Pomfrey of Sheffield of a total of 26 competitors
Golf 1st David Matthews, 2nd Tim Matthews, 3rd Mike Pomfrey, 4th Malcolm Robinson, 5th Rhona Bursk
Bridge 1st Mike Pomfrey, 2nd Irving Blakey, 3rd Bob Cooke, 4th Rhona Bursk, 5th Boris Ewart
Overall 1st Mike Pomfrey, 2nd Rhona Bursk, 3rd= Bernard Kaye, Tim Matthews, David Matthews
Boris Ewart, Bernard Kaye, Mike Pomfrey and (back to camera) Irving Blakey
Michelle Brunner's team of herself, John Holland, Bill Hirst and John Hassett came agonisingly close to winning the English Team's Championship on 15-16th May. They just lost out on a split tie to Sally Brock's team. Full results on the EBU web site.
Boris Ewart, Tracy Capal, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith
Congratulations to the above who won the Lancashire EBU Swiss Teams joint green point event at Risley on Sunday 16th May. Full results on the EBU web site.
Juniors Reach Quarter Finals of Schapiro Spring Fours
Manchester's Juniors Michael Byrne, Alex Morris, Ed Levy playing with Andrew Woodcock of Lancs and Duncan Happer and Ben Green from the Midlands did extrememly well in the Spring Fours beating a team containing Zia Mahmood, Phil King and Alan Mould by 90 IMPs before losing in the quarter finals to the Irish team on the 1st-3rd May.
Young players in Holland
Eight international representative junior teams were invited to take part in the Carrousel Cup in 's-Hertogenbosh, Netherlands from 14 -16 April.
The England team won the round robin convincingly, but lost narrowly in the semi-finals to the Dutch under-20 team, who went on to win the event.
England team: Michael Byrne and Alex Morris, Ben Green and Duncan Happer, Ed Levy and Andrew Woodcock
Congratulations to Alan Jones and David Barton who won the prestigious National Pairs at Coventry in a field of 50 pairs on the weekend of 17th to 18th April. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Manchester's Tracy Capal playing with Catherine Draper of Kent got her first international representation in the home nations Ladies International tournament at Ballymena on 17th-18th April. The rest of the England team was Sally Brock, Kitty Teltscher, Heather Dhondy and Nicola Smith. England finshed second to Scotland by a narrow margin.
School's Mini Bridge Competition
St Paul's School Withington won the primary school's mini bridge competition on Monday 29th March at Manchester Bridge Club. Farokh Engineer, the ex India and Lancashire cricketer and keen bridge player, presented the prizes and showed his appreciation of the young players' enthusiasm. Farokh's autobiography "From the Far Pavilions" has recently been published.
Farokh Engineer with pupils from St Paul's Withington and David Adelman organiser of mini bridge in the Manchester Area.
Qualifiers at the Northern Pairs for the National Pairs final were David McDouall and John Holland who were 2nd and Alan Jones and David Barton who were 6th. David Adelman and school pupil Elizabeth Roberts have also qualified. Elizabeth will be one of the youngest players to have qualified for the National Pairs final.
At the heat of the National Newcomer's Pairs at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 28th March best placed Manchester pair overall were Vicci Ashleigh and Colin Skelton who were 15th. Full results are on the EBU web site.
The Cantor Cup, an MCBA event for inexperienced and improving bridge players was held on March 7th at Altrincham Bridge Club. There were 12 full tables, and 24 boards were played.
The Cup was donated in 1999 by the sons and family of the late Trudy and Oliver Cantor, together with an annual first prize of £100.
9 members of the Cantor family came for the prize giving - following a family get together for lunch, and grandson Johnnie presented the prizes.
1st Pauline Bell and Marjorie Measor - 65.91%
2nd John Wooten and Kay Adamson - 61.36%
3rd Myrna Essayan and Eileen Campbell - 60.80%
4th Nigel Catterall and Phil Hayward - 58.52%
5th David McNeillie and Malcolm Lockey - 57.01%
Top placed Manchester pair in the British Mixed Pairs held on the 21st March were Joy and Irving Blakey who finished fifth overall playing at Colwyn Bay. Full results of all 381 pairs can be found on the EBU web site.
North West Green Point Weekend
In the Swiss Pairs on Sat 13th March Michael Byrne and Michael Newman were 2nd with John Holland and Alan Purdy 3rd= with Lena Morrish & Dima Nikolayenko (apologies for missing them off originally). In the Swiss Teams on Sun 14th winners were John Holland, John Armstrong, Michelle Brunner and Ollie Burgess. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Manchester finished a disappointing 6th= out of 8 teams in the Tollemache Final at Coventry on 14-15th February. The team was Bill Hirst/John Hassett, Jeff Morris/Leslie Klein, Alex Morris/Michael Byrne, David Debbage/Michael Newman, David Barton/Alan Jones. Encouragingly for the future our best pair were juniors Michael Byrne and Alex Morris.
In the county teams of eight held on 1st February at Manchester Bridge Club, the home teams dominated taking the top three places with seven teams competing.
1 Manchester A 95 VPs (B&R.Goldenfield,B.Hirst/J.Hassett,M.Byrne/M.Newman,C.Fisher/M.Goldsmith)
2 Manchester C 76 VPs (D.Audley/N.Marks,N.Thomas/R.Ashleigh,M&A.Super,M.Bass/A.Brocklehurst)
3 Manchester B 62 VPs
4 Cheadle Hulme
5 Altrincham Z
7 Altrincham A
The winners will represent Manchester in the Northern heat of the Garden Cities Trophy
The Golf Print Qualifier heat was played at Manchester BC 29th Jan 2004.U25 Camrose
1st Dunham Forest 'A' (Eve Lighthill, Murray Sherman, Nathan Marks, Geoffrey Fink)
2nd Whitefield (Bernard Goldenfield, Irving Abrahams, David Tobias, Gerry Cohen)
These 2 teams go forward to the Northern Region Final on Sat Feb 28th at Harrogate BC
Local juniors were well represented when England comfortably won the Junior Camrose over the weekend of 24-25th January. The team was Ed Levy (Manchester) & Andrew Woodcock (Lancs), Michael Byrne & Alex Morris (both Manchester) and Leigh Chapman (Kent) & Dave Cropper (Bristol).
Congratulations to David Pennington. Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings, D Hammonds winners of the Chester Congress Teams on Jan 18th at Deva Bridge Club
Sunday 8th February 2004
1st Alan Purdy John Holland 636.4 57.85%
2nd Irving Blakey Joy Blakey 628.8 57.16
3rd Bernard Goldenfield Bill Hirst 621.6 56.51
4th David Audley Frank Brown 612.5 55.68
5th David Pennington Rod Franks 599.2 54.47
6th Michael Byrne Jeff Morris 598.9 54.45
7th Alan Jones David Barton 590.4 53.67
8th Dave Debbage Michael Newman 577.9 52.54
9th David Adelman Mike Goldsmith 576.8 52.44
10th Eve Lighthill Sid Travers 571.4 51.95
11th Denis Robson Val Robson 571.1 51.92
12th Irena Grugulis Barbara Lewis 566.6 51.51
13th Maurice Super Ann Super 561.6 51.05
14th Mark halliwell Jeff Smith 560.1 50.92
15th John Rudolf John Liebescuetz 553.2 50.29
16th Dave Staurt Andy Green 550.3 50.03
17th Paul Worswick Pat Burrows 540.2 49.11
18th Don Cross Jill Entwistle 526.3 47.85
19th David Hammonds Ed Glinnert 505.9 45.99
20th Cecil Franks Mike Burtt 503.8 45.80
21st Gillian McMullan John Fitzgerald 503.6 45.78
22nd Martin Taylor David Hurst 486.0 44.18
23rd Linda Williams Lance Bloohn 472.1 42.92
24th Anne Jeater Barbara Moore 429.5 39.05
25th Marcello Rosenbaum Elena Rosenbaum 406.7 36.97
Pairs Winners Patrick Jourdain & John Holland
Mixed Pairs WInners Nick and Sue Woodcock
Ladies Pairs Winners Michelle Brunner & Rhona Goldenfield
Congress Teams B Flight Winners Alan Jones, David Barton, Jeff Morris (Manchester Chairman Jeff Smith) and Leslie Klein
Congress Teams C Flight Winners David Baskin, (Manchester Chairman Jeff Smith), Jenny Morris, Joyce and Bill White
Manchester Congress Pairs Championship 3rd January 2004
1. John Holland & Patrick Jourdain
2. Sue & Nick Woodcock
3. John Liebeschuetz & John Rudolf
4. Neil Thomas & Raymond Ashleigh
5. John & Muriel Hassett
6. Peter Sinclair & Paul Hackett
7. Jeff Morris & Michael Newman
8. Boris Ewart & Paul Casselle
9. Bernard Goldenfield & Jim Luck
10. Mark Halliwell & Mike Ardron
11.= Bill & Joyce White
11.= Elena & Marcello Rosenbaum
13. Eve Lighthill & Ray Semp
14. Mark Bass & Nicki Marks
15. David Stevenson & David Adelman
16. Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye
17. Thomas Leighton & Denise Servante (I)
18. Michael Byrne & Alex Morris
19. Bill Hirst & Angela Forsyth
20. Celia Comrie & Ollie Burgess
21. John Hartley & Cliff Tayar (I)
22. Bernard Kaye & Roger Waddington
23. Roy Garthwaite & Heather Hobson
24. Alan Jones & David Barton
25. Alastair Brown & Subash Gupta (I)
26. Michael Parr & Peter Hodgson
27. Graham Jepson & Keith Cornish
28. Adrian & Jean Roberts (I)
29. Rhona Goldenfield & Michelle Brunner
30. Liz & Bill Wattleworth
31. Howard Kay & Bob Cooke
32. Gillian McMullan & John Fitzgerald(I)
33. Barbara Lewis & Alec Smalley
34. Frank Brown & David Audley
35. Don Cross & Jill Entwistle
36. David Baskin & Jenny Morris
37. Sid Travers & Geoff Fink
38. Robert & Joyce Jones
39. Roger Cowie & John Rowland (I)
40. Lance Bloohn & Gordon Rice
41. George & Phyllis Clarke
42. Zaib Shaikh & Ann Stone
43. Caryl Bloch & Jill Roe
44. Pete Foster & David Berrisford
45. Rod Franks & David Pennington
46. Stanley Blaiwais & Martin Taylor
47. Betty McNamara & Helen Montgomery
48. Iain Simpson & Bryan Baker
49. Olivia Hackett & Craig Fisher (I)
50. Ann & Maurice Super
51. Brian & Pat Harborth (I)
52. Anne Jeater & Barbara Moore
53. Eduard Adelaar & Rolf Rottenberg (I)
54. Jean & Peter Morgan(I)
55. Mike Burtt & Cecil Franks
56. Christine Benson & Richard Acaster
57. Tim & Babs Matthews
58. Sandy Davies & Bazil Caygill
59. Peter Harrison & Steven Mattinson(I)
60. Peter Brown & Linda Williams (I)
61. Graham Campbell & Lindsey Barnes (I)
62. Juliette Rickless & Matilda Perez (I)
63. Phil McAreavey & Maris Hamilford (I)
64. Elizabeth Howard & Rachel Howard
65. Raj & Val Gupta
Manchester Congress Teams Sunday 4th January 2004
Championship Teams Final
1. Paul Casselle, Michelle Brunner, Bill Hirst, John Hassett
2. Peter Hodgson, Mary Costagliola, R Jones, P Jones
3. Dave Debbage, Margaret Pitts, Dave Audley, Frank Brown
4. Boris Ewart, Jim Luck, Rhona & Bernard Goldenfield
5. Howard Stubbings, Dhun Daji, Rod Franks, David Pennington
6. Barbara Lewis, Celia Comrie, Angela Forsyth, Peter Jones
7. Brian Cornelius, Paul Hackett Barbara Hackett, Ollie Burgess
8. Patrick Jourdain, John Holland, Michael Bryne, Alex Morris
9. Eve Lighthill, Ray Semp, Ian Kane, David Olliver
10. R. Price, A Price, O Federov, V Chameris
11. Tom Middleton, Craig Fisher, Alan & Kath Nelson
12. G & M McConkey, Sue & Nick Woodcock
13. C Whaley, R Gatfield , J King, G. O’Neill
1. Alan Jones, David Barton, Leslie Klein, Jeff Morris
2. Don Cross, Jill Entwistle, P Barnes, P Gordon
3. A. Wilkinson, S Chalinor, A Kirby, B Dormand
4. Stanley Baiwais, Z Harrison, Martin Taylor, D Hurst
5. Maurice & Ann Super, K. Bradley & L Brown
6. Bernard & Marlene Kaye, L Sable & Roger Waddington
7. = Pat Burrows, Yolande Atherton, R & J Bayly
7 = A. Petrie, G Smith, Jackie Pye & Tracy Capal
9. Pauline Lang, Malcolm Robinson, A Barnes & S Norris
10. Pat & Brian Harborth, Zaib Shaikh , Ann Stone
11. A Whittam, P Evans, B Ripley, C Henderson
12. Eleanor & Marcello Rosenbaum, Rolf Rottenberg & Eduard Adelaar
13. D Ackroyd, G Johnson, A Barlow, E Burd
1. Dave Baskin, Jenny Morris , B White, J White
2. A Green, D Stuart, R Cooke, Howard Kay
3. I & V Hempstock, M & E Horonha
4. B & I Wattleworth. H Sutton & G Oliver
5. D Hodgkinson, G Barker, G Fletcher, D Kirwan
6. Stuart Mattinson, P Harrison, B Gupta, R Gupta
7. J Hartley P Jones, I Simpson, B Baker
8. P Booth, E Clarke, P Clarke, G Clarke
9. A Brown, J Brown, G Currie, B Beaver
10. Gillian McMullan John Fitzgerald, Maris Hamilford, Phil MacAreavey
11. B Hobden, J Savers D Matthews H Mellor
North South - Sat Afternoon
1. John Wooton & Kay Adamson
2. Sophia Casey & Yvonne Chadwick
3. David Matthews & Lynn Matthews
4. Anne Shaw & Brenda Jackson
5. Bev Pardoe & Colin Skelton
6. Diane Trotter & Sue Skinner
7. Mike Green & Ann Morris
8. = Charlotte Eva & Colin Mackie
8 = Ben Morris & Lynda Burtt
10. S Roworth & D Bull
1. Amy Stout & Kay Roberts
2. Sue Hazelhurst & Ian Hazelhurst
3. = Malcolm Lockey & Barry Hobden.
3. = H & M Skinner
5. Nigel Catterall & Phil Hayward
6. G Kistruck & M Davies
7. Judith Hearson & Shirley Leak
8. Eve Beck & Gill Leather
9. Bill Whiteley & Gwen Raison
10. Katherine Egan & Martina Gowland
1. Lynn & Dave Matthews
2. Sue & Ian Hazelhurst
3. Margaret & Heather Skinner
4. Valerie & Barry Hobden
5. Diane Trotter & Sue Skinner
6. Amy Stout & Katy Roberts
North South - Sunday am
1. Edie Thornton-Chan & Nigel Matthews
2. Sue Rowarth & Graham Rowarth
3. Mike Davies & George Kistruck
4. Myrna Essayan & Eileen Campbell
5. Jean Dawson & oger Richardson
6. Joyce Shepherd & Betty Seed
7. Charlotte Evan & Amy Stout
1. Barbara Taylor & Juliette Rickless
2. Shirley Leak & Mike Green
3. Helen Reid & Malcolm Lockey
4. = Valerie Hobden & Marion McNeillie
4 = Tim & Richard O’Connor
6. Andrea Hoyle & Audrey Brierley
7. Di Trotter & S Skinner
8. Colin Glaister & William Whiteley
Sunday pm 4th January
1. Amy Stout & Peter Dawson
2. Eddie Thornton-Chan & Nigel Matthews
3. Ann Morris & Mike Green
4. Sue Skinner & Di Trotter
5. B Taylor & J Rickless
6. Bill Whiteley & Colin Glaister
7. Barbara Dickey & Brenda Swales
8. Diane Towsley & Leslie Towsley
9. M Skinner & M Green
10. Gerald Slack & Davie Geary
11. Kathy & Chris Grazebrook
Pachabo Qualifier 2003-4
D.Audley F.Brown, M.Bass, C.Fisher
B.Kaye D.Tobias, G.Cohen,B.Mendlesohn
P.Lang R.Alexander, P&J.Hishmurgh
B.Lewis S.Herman, K.Comrie,C.Comrie
J.Morris L.Klein, M.Byrne,A.Morris
R.Semp D.Robson,I.Blakey,J.Blakey, Alan Nelson
Over the years Manchester has welcomed many foreign bridge players visiting the city, often for extended periods, studying at the University or working in the city. Dick Fleischman, a historian from the US, has been over many times to research the history of the cotton industry and has won several competitions. Several Polish and Swedish players have also been around for extended periods. Last year Martin Andreson, the Norwegian footballer was playing for Blackburn Rovers on loan for three months and played bridge occasionally in Manchester. Another, more permanent, foreigner is Dima Nikolayenko who moved to Manchester a year or two ago. Dima hails from the Ukraine and is now married to Lena Morrish, who came to this country many years ago from Russia to work as an engineering researcher and lecturer. Dima is a professional bridge player who teaches and plays bridge. He was originally a chess player, who learned bridge about 15 years ago. After winning Ukrainian championships in the mid 1990s he then entered Russian championships, winning the Russian pairs in 1998 and the Russian Teams in 2001 and 2002 amongst other tournaments. In England he has won the Swiss Pairs at the 2003 Mind Sports Olympiad and placed in several other tournaments, playing with Lena Morrish.
Dima playing at Manchester Bridge Club
Click here for a report from Jeff Smith after his first year in office.
At the AGM on Thursday 27th May, Kath Nelson and Howard Kay retired as Congress Secretary and Match secretary respectively after 6 or 7 years service. We thank them for their hard work over the years. They are replaced by Steven Mattinson and Maurice Super respectively. The meeting discussed the large deficit in budget this year and decided on the following cost cutting measures: not to send all three delegates to Council meetings; to publish the newsletter by post only once per year (other issues to go on this web site); to reduce the prize fund at the congress. The following selectors were elected: Michael Byrne, John Holland, Kevin Comrie, David Debbage, Rhona Goldenfield.
It is with a true sense of sadness that we have to announce that Mary Higson died on Tuesday morning, 30th March aged 88. Mary was a wonderful friend of Manchester Bridge; she was involved in administration from the late fifties for 40 years and for some of the time in the sixties she virtually ran the county single handed. Together with her late husband, Roy, she was ever present at North West events, Mary undertaking the administration, while Roy directed. She was a fine player too, winning the Manchester league and cup and many congress events as well as the Silver Plate of the Whitelaw Cup on one occasion. For many years she was a regular player at the Manchester Bridge Club Wednesday duplicate partnering Henry Huggill. She provided a lot of information and background for the history page of this site and many interesting anecdotes. She was awarded a Dimmie Fleming Award for services to bridge by the EBU. She moved to Surrey a couple of years ago to be near her son when increasing frailty meant that she was unable to remain in the Manchester area. Our condolences to son Nigel, daughter Chrystal and their families.
The funeral was Wednesday 7th April and at Mary's request was a Family Funeral.
It is with regret that we announce the death of Henry Huggill on 25th February. He was in his late eighties. Henry was a member of the committee which restarted competitive bridge in Manchester in 1946. Initially he was league and cup secretary, getting both competitions going again in difficult circumstances. In 1952 he became Chairman of the Manchester Area a post he was to hold for nearly forty years, before being elected as President. Members of the MCBA past and present will always be grateful for the time and effort he expended on organising bridge on their behalf. He played for many years in the top division of the Manchester league with Mary Higson, winning at least once and also won the Ben Franks Trophy with Mary. He was a regular player at Manchester Bridge Club duplicates and always a courteous and friendly partner and opponent. He retired as President last year. He was awarded a Dimmie Fleming Award for services to bridge by the EBU a few years ago. He kindly donated the Huggill Trophy for an inter county competition between Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire. The funeral was held on the 5th March and attended by MCBA officers and the EBU Chairman.
The finals of both the Cup and the Plate were held at Manchester B.C. on Sunday 4th April.
1st Curry Eaters 92 Barbara & Justin Hackett, Jason Hackett & Alan Mould with Mike Alexander, Dave Baskin, Derry McCarthy in earlier rounds
2nd Scattered Values 84 Ron & Jeanne Bayly, Pat Burrows & Gil Fletcher with Paul Worswick in earlier rounds
3rd Proteus 82 Alan Jones & David Grimes, Fred Bell & John Roberts
Winners Alan Mould, Barbara, Jason and Justin Hackett
1st Acolytes 91 Peter & Rita Jordan, Peter & Joyce Hishmurgh
2nd Radbroke Hall 90 John Liebeschuetz & David Beresford, Peter Foster & Mike Lees
3rd Red Bull 85 Mike Burtt & Cecil Franks, Ed Glinnert & Howard Stubbings