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.
THE 2015 MASTERPOINT
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.
GOLD POINT RANKING
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
top five. CLUB CHAMPIONS
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
www.ebu.co.uk/mpreports/? year=2015 r