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April 2016 English Bridge

Some bridges may be at risk with the long spell of

inclement weather but bridge playing opportunities are not,

so look out for the 'Westmorland Web-feet Waders' at County

Competitions and Congresses; they have had a lot of time

indoors to practise!


INSPIRED by our Gold Cup finalists, a

Trowbridge team (Phil Green, Andrew Parkes,

Phil Howard and Dave Latchem) beat the

reigning champions in the second round of the NICKO and a

Bath team (Phil Green, Hugh Gross, Roger Karn and Richard

Moore) have made it to the Avon KO final beating a Welsh

team by 4 imps over 48 boards. Trowbridge A won the Garden

Cities qualifier. As for the Western League our results need

even more inspiration.


WORCESTERSHIRE members Chris Philp,

Stewart Fishburne and Mike Willoughby

combined with Warwickshire's Tony Poole to win

a close, but good-humoured and thoroughly

enjoyable, Silver Plate final. In the Midland

Counties Congress, Heather Westcott & Jennifer Romer won

the Ladies Pairs and Nick Forward & Steve Allerston were

runners-up in both the Swiss Pairs and, with John Sansom &

Richard Jephcott, in the Swiss Teams.

Nick Forward and Steve Allerston are leading the

Phillipps, Stewart Fishburne and Mike Willoughby are

leading the Pairs Ladder. In teams events, Jephcott takes on

Fishburne in a repeat of last year's Championship Teams

final, the winners going on the represent the County in the

Pachabo. Worcester 2 are leading the Inter-Club teams,

though being pressed by last year's winners, Droitwich 1. In

the Grand Prix Teams, last year's winners, Worcester Grant,

are the current leaders with Nothing to Declare and Four No

Chumps in pursuit.


CONGRATULATIONS to Daniel Winter, who

played in the victorious England Under 20 team in

the Channel Trophy international competition.

The Leeds/Harrogate team of Arthur Selman,

Adrian Ford, Alan Hayward, Bill Holmes, Martin

Ott and Terry Read reached the final of the EBU's Silver Plate,

in which they were narrowly defeated by Poole (Worcs).

Carole Kelly and Geoff Kenyon won the Mixed Pairs at the

EBU's Northern New Year Congress. In the Swiss at the

National Teams Congress, James Thrower was in the fourth

placed team while Barrie Partridge, Mary Whyms, Rob

Turner and Rod Hose were fifth. Sandy Davies was in the

winning team in the Swiss at the EBU Cyprus Congress.

Diary dates: Yorkshire Pairs, 10 Apr, Bradford.

Scarborough Congress, 15-17 Apr, Wykeham. Nelson Rose

Bowl, 20 Apr, Harrogate. Club TD Training, 23 Apr, Ilkley.

Yorkshire Mixed Pairs, 24 Apr, Wetherby. Individual, 10 May,

Wakefield. Leeds Swiss Pairs, 15 May. West Yorkshire Teams,

22 May, Bradford. Yorkshire Congress, 3-5 June, Harrogate.





CONGRATULATIONS to John Holland, who has

topped the annual Masterpoints Competition for

the fourth year in succession. He has claimed the

Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most masterpoints

accumulated in the calendar year, for a fifth time.

John earned 29,397 points, with Derek and Celia

Oram gaining the next most, each accumulating

22,517. Derek continues to gain on John Durden

atop the all-time list of Masterpoint winners, and

now trails by just over 51,000.


John Holland's good year has seen him reclaim the

top spot in the Gold Point rankings. He moved

marginally ahead of the 2014 leader, David Gold,

holding 98.92 to David's 98.02. Andrew Robson,

Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the



The winners of the Club Champions prize draw

have also been selected. Club Champions are those

who won the most Master Points in events held at

each club. Kostadin Vasilev of Chipstead Duplicate

Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400.

Roger Arnold of Liverpool Bridge Club was drawn

second and wins £200, and Joe Mallabone of

Lytham Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn


The full Masterpoint lists for 2015, including

a breakdown by county, can be accessed at year=2015 r




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