Archive News 2009
Bottle of Wine Prize
for the best championship score each month at club evenings in 2009
Bradford Xmas Event
22 players contested a nine point KO at Bradford on 29th December. The Manchester club was well represented in the semis where Brian Lever beat George Hall and Irving Czechowicz lost to Chris Johnston (not Manchester). Brian went on to win the final.
Congratulations to George Hall and David Phillips who won the doubles at the London weekend on 15th November.
Liverpool's annual tournament on 25th-26th July was attended by 11 Manchester players.
An excellent event as ever, with plenty of good food and backgammon.
Pride of place went to Jon Williams who beat Kevin Jones in the Consolation final.
Roger Keys was runner-up in the Last Chance.
Three Manchester players reached the main final. George Hall lost to Brian Lever and Susan Bourne also went out early. Brian was defeated by Rachel Rhodes, the eventual winner, in the quarter finals.
Photos are on the BIBA web site.
Whitefield Golf Club Evening
33 players entered on 22nd July and the winner was Brian Lever.
Congratulations to Kevin Jones who won the 3 point KO at BIBA
Kevin (on left) with trophy and globe
Shesh Besh Tournament
Congratulations to Roger Keys who won his first tournament at the Shaare Hayim Congregational Hall on Sunday 8th June.
Roger (on the right) receives his prize and trophy.
Congratulations to Manchester player Brian Lever who won the English Open at BIBA on 6-7th June beating Kevin Stebbing in a close final.
Kevin Stebbing (Manchester Club founder)
and Brian Lever
Photo courtesy of BIBA
Congratulations to George Hall who won the Saturday Championship
for 2008-2009 pictured with Irving Czechowicz.
George wins free entry into the Manchester One Day Tournament
Fanika wins trophy
Congratulations to Fanika Petkovska who was runner up in the March BIBA 3 point tournament losing in the final to Liverpool's Angie Dell.
One Day Tournament 26th April
Manchester's annual tournament at Manchester Bridge Club attracted 47 entrants this year from as far afield as Bournemouth, Hereford, London, Luton and Dublin as well as the usual groups from Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Yorkshire.
Contestants sat down to play five rounds of 5 point matches (interrupted by a delicious buffet lunch) to qualify for either the main final (16 players) or the consolation. Everyone who won five or four matches in the afternoon and 9 out of 20 (drawn at random) who won three matches went into the main final.
The main came down to a final between Manchester's Brian Lever, who had beaten Andy Darby in the semis, and Liverpool's Peter Chan (victorious against Adrian Jones). The final was soon tied at 5 all (match to 7) and the cube was quickly turned. A very long and complicated game ensued with a small group of spectators keenly watching. Both Brian and Peter played this game well, the crowd considered them each to have made one blunder. Unfortunately for Brian his turned out to be the more costly and Peter emerged victorious.
In the consolation final Yorkshire's Paul Barwick beat Londoner Richard Biddle comfortably.
A 32 place last chance event for those knocked out of the main and consolation early, led to an all Liverpool final with Simon Jones collecting yet another trophy from Manchester when he beat Steve Fowles.
In the 64 player 1 point knock out, organiser Rodney Lighton was the player who was lucky 6 times in a row beating Uldis Lapikens in the last final to take place at 11 pm.
A tasty buffet in the evening was provided by Lorraine Lighton. Ellie Lighton did scoring and bar duties. Irving Czechowicz, Susan Bourne and Rodney Lighton did the administration and directing.
Thanks to all helpers without whom this fine event would not take place.