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December 2016 English Bridge

Trophy. Invitational teams at RAC, with spectators welcome.

Enquiries to Ian Payn on 07713 322420.


WORLD Bridge Games: John Holland & Paul

Hackett represented England in the Seniors

Pairs in the World Bridge Games held in

Wroclaw, Poland in early September. They led

after Friday's sessions, but slipped to ninth place by the finish

on Saturday.

Crockfords Cup: Congratulations to Jason and Justin

Hackett who were members of the winning team in the

Crockfords Cup final held over the weekend of 24-25


Eastbourne Summer Meeting: Swiss Pairs - in a field of

270 pairs Michael Byrne finished 4th while John Holland &

Alan Nelson finished 13th.

Great Northern Swiss Pairs: Tracy Capal & Dave Sherman,

Peter Foster & John Roberts and Kath & Alan Nelson finished

7th, 8th and 9th, respectively, out of a field of nearly 100 pairs.

Cumbria Green Point Weekend: Bill & Joyce White were

second in the Swiss Teams.

Diary dates: 18 Dec-

Bridge Club. 7-8 Jan, Manchester County Congress, Victoria

& Albert Hotel, Water St, Manchester, M3 4JQ. Entries to Jeff

Smith, e-mail or 0161 702 3773.


WELL done to David Stevenson, Liz

Commins, Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks

who won the one day teams event in Derby in

July. David and Liz were also members of the

foursome that won the Open teams at the Scarborough


The team of Paddy Murphy, Simon Edwards, Chris Pope

& Andrew Prothero won the North Wales teams event in


Sarah Amos & Andrea Know along with Sheila Shea &

Margaret Barnes won the teams event at the revived WBU

Ladies weekend.

Diary dates: 21-22 Jan, Chester Congress, Deva BC. 5 Feb,

County trials, MBC. 26 Feb, Jean Keen trophy (Ladies' teams)

MBC. 5 Mar, Eric Howarth GP Swiss teams, MBC


AT the World Championships in Poland, Nevena

Senior finished 10th in the Women's Pairs Final;

Andrew McIntosh 21st in the Open Pairs Final;

Peter Hasenson & David Sherman 29th and

Jonathan Harris & Steve Root 72nd in the Open

Pairs B Final; and Jenny Harris & Steve Capal 21st

in the Mixed Pairs B Final.

Congratulations to Michael Davis and Ben Ritacca on

winning Crockfords Plate and to Jacqui Tobias and Tony

Waterlow on winning the Essex/Herts ODGP Swiss Teams.

Diary dates: 29 Jan, Club Championship Teams of Eight,

12 noon, Pinner Bridge Club. 1 Mar, Championship Pairs

qualifier, 7.30pm, Totteridge Bridge Club. 19 Mar, Middlesex

No Fear Duplicate, 2pm Pinner Bridge Club. On-line entry

and further details of these and all our competitions can be

found at:


ROGER Amey has been granted the EBU Silver

Award for his unstinting contribution to bridge,

most especially in the Norfolk region. This is

richly deserved and we are very fortunate to

have him. Roger has been an NCBA member

since 1970, during which time he has been Country Captain

and Member of both the EBU Board of Directors, and

Selection Committee.

Mike Walsh, the County President, has moved to Devon

and Christine Buchanan has kindly taken over for the rest of

the term. Mike's exceptional skill as a player, and generosity in

being able to play so frequently for the county will be sorely


This year's Norfolk Teams Championship was won by (the

holders) Roger Amey, Mike Walsh, Matt Millson, Michael

Whiting, John & Julie Aspinall.

Outside the county, Maureen Kimbley & Bogdan Drogby

won the Championship Pairs B final at the Stratford Spring

Bank Holiday Congress, and at the Scarborough Congress

Rob & Rosa Richardson were winners at the Pre Congress


North East

A LONG journey to Kendal on 24th September

proved very rewarding for one NEBA team. A

splendid performance by David & Margaret

Thompson, Roger & Jill Hancock resulted in an

exciting victory by just one VP in the Cumbria and

Westmorland Congress Swiss Teams (scores given on


A range of classes for beginners is now commencing

across the region and members who know anyone interested

are asked to direct them to the Secretary for further



NORTHANTS was represented in the 2016

Pachabo by Daniel Baines, Robert Miller, Jim

Deacon, Chris Wormleighton.

Diary dates: 22 Jan, Porch Trophy - Open

Two Session Swiss Pairs - Kettering. 2 Apr, Alastair Brodie

Memorial, 1pm, Kettering. 19 Apr, NCBA AGM, 7.30pm,

Kettering. 3 May, NCBA Inter-Club Fixtures Meeting, 7pm,

Kettering. 20 May, One Day Green Point Swiss Pairs. 20 May,

Improvers Mentored Pivot Teams.


CONGRATULATIONS to Julia Staniforth

(Retford) and team members Barbara Boaler,

Richard Draycott and Christine Quigley who

comfortably won the Retford Swiss teams event

on 29 May. Retford is a very progressive

Nottinghamshire Club and has just received Charitable

status: check their great website for future events.


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