December 2016 English Bridge
is a friendly league, with matches played in the players'
homes, and, except in division one, each team is only allowed
one expert. If this idea appeals to you, you might want to
think about raising a team for next year. You don't have to
represent a bridge club, although many teams do, and that is
the origin of the name of the league.
Hants and IoW
SUMMER meeting at Eastbourne: Senior Pairs A
finalist, Bob McRobert; B finalists, Mike Fithyan,
John Dakin. Mixed Pairs, 4th Lilian Lamont.
Northern Midweek Congress: Champ Pairs, 2nd
John Dakin. Surrey GP Swiss Teams: 2nd Steve Preston &
Dave Huggett. Cornwall Congress Swiss Teams: 1st Bob
McRobert. East Wales GP Swiss Teams: 1st Jeremy Dhondy.
Welsh Foursomes: 1st Jeremy Dhondy, 3rd Jeremy Baker &
Diary dates: 11 Dec, Yuletide mini Swiss Teams. 8 Jan
Midwinter Swiss Teams. 22 Jan, seminar by Dave Huggett on
'Misusing Popular Conventions'. 29 Jan, Candlestick Swiss
Pairs. All at Romsey. 5-9 Dec, Chidwick Cup Sim Pairs at local
clubs. Entries via HIOW website or Steve Preston on 02380
CHRISTINE Barnes was elected to succeed Roy Milnes as
Chairman at the county AGM in September. Other officers
were re-elected: Dave Weller (Treasurer), Chris Chowney
(Secretary and Membership Secretary) and George Barrett
One of the trophies presented at the AGM by Roy Milnes
was to Jane Russell for the No Fear Teams. (This is a
competition for improvers, also open to members of
surrounding counties). She is pictured with the rest of the
winning team Sally Pike, Andy Lowe and Esme Walker at The
Birches Bridge Club weekly Monday session. Full results of all
county competitions are on our website.
Diary dates: 8 Dec, Pairs League Round 3, 7pm, Ledbury;
12 Jan, Pairs League Round 4, 7pm, Ledbury; 20 Jan, Interclub
Teams Round 3, 7pm, Ledbury; 18 Feb, Club Teams of
Eight, 10.30am, Tarrington; 25 Feb, Championship Pairs,
CONGRATULATIONS to Srimath Agalawatte,
Barbara McKinnon, Jacqueline Snook and
David Collier winners of the Eastbourne
Sunday Open Teams. Well played to them all.
Congratulations to Stephen Jacobs, Derrick
Kime, Srimath Agalawatte, & Barbara McKinnon who were
2nd in the Herts and Essex GP Teams. Felixtowe GP Swiss
Teams. Great result for the team of Fiona & Paul Littlewood,
Julie & Steve Abley coming 1st in the Felixtowe Congress
Diary dates: 8 Jan, Humble Cup 1st Qualifinal, 12 noon,
Bridge Centre. 29 Jan, Championship Pairs Semifinal, 12
noon, Bridge Centre. 5 Feb, Humble Cup 2nd Qualifinal, 12
noon, Bridge Centre. 17 Feb, Cadet Pairs Final, 7.30pm Bridge
Centre. 10 Mar, Marjorie Lukyn Final, 7.30pm, Bridge Centre.
23 Mar, Hertfordshire Really Easty Pairs, 2pm, Bridge Centre.
Isle of Man
THE Manx Bridge Union hosted the 50th Isle
of Man Congress in early September. This
Golden event was well supported by many
stalwarts and a sprinkling of new faces and, of
course, a modest contingent of locals. Being
the 50th, there were some special features - some mementoes
of the event for all contestants and a celebratory cocktail party
with evil cocktails chosen by Chairman John Large and the
whole Congress was as friendly, competitive and enjoyable as
As is customary, the locals were good hosts and allowed
the visitors to take away most of the prizes. The Blue Riband
went to the winners of the Swiss Pairs - Martin Jones & Gavin
Mackay. Croz Croswell and Degsy Williams took second
place. The Swiss Teams Trophy went to Sue & Nick
Woodcock, Stuart Clarke & Bill Carr with Janet & Ted
Latham, Heather Hobson & Roy Garthwaite coming second.
The Mixed Pairs was won by Janet & Ted Latham; the Open
Pairs by Alan Aylott & Jon Ward. The best local performance
came from Paul De Weerd & Bernard Palmer who were a
commendable ninth in the Swiss Pairs.
CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen Brown and
Stuart McPhee, joint winners in the Surrey green
pointed Swiss Pairs, Keith Ashcroft and Michael
Collins were joint third. Congratulations too to
Helen Erichsen winner of the Great Northern
Swiss Pairs playing with Fiona Brown (Yorks)) and Bill
Charlwood who was in the team that won the Gerard
Faulkner Salver for the Seniors Knockout Teams.
57th Kent Congress: Swiss Pairs winners, Bill Charlwood &
John Chapman winners of the Invicta Cup. Allnut Trophy
(mixed pairs), Mike Rafferty & Liz Blande. Gentry Cup
(married pairs), Frances Connell & Steve Barnfield.
Puddleduck Plate (non-expert), Jonathan Wittmann & Nick
McCarthy. Swiss Teams winners, Dick Davey & Bill
Charlwood with John Hemington & Jon Chapman winners of
the Lukey Cup. Owl Cup (runners up), Gerald Soper & Terry
Goldsmith with Brian Ransley & Brian McGuire. Birkle Bowl
Herefordshire No Fear Teams winners (from L to R): Sally Pike,
Jane Russell, Andy Lowe and Esme Walker