April 2016 English Bridge
COUNTY trials - an excellent turnout of 20
pairs produced the following leading scores
1st, Peter Hall & Danny Miller +102, IMPs
2nd, Paul Holt & Peter Sumption +80 IMPs,
3rd Nigel Worthington & Martin Thorne +44 IMPs.
Chester Congress - Pairs, 1st Keith Shuttleworth & Seb
Jones, 2nd David Stevenson & Liz Commins, Consolation
Pairs, Peter Swingler& Jean Hand, Swiss Teams 1st Catherine
Draper, Andrew Woodcock, Ollie Burgess, Michael Newman,
2nd David Stevenson, Liz Commins, Tracey Capel, Boris
THERE were three events in January, starting
with the Norfolk Championship Teams - the
winners on the day were Paul Darby, Simon
Budd, Giles & Gabriel Ip. This is our qualifier
for the EBU Pachabo Cup but the winners first
have to succeed in a play off against second placed Matt
Millson, Mike Walsh and Julie & John Aspinall.
Next was the Committee Cup - nine teams of eight with
all players below the rank of Regional Master. The winners
from the Noverre Club were James Tullett, Trish Raywood,
Masuma Knevitt, David North-Graves, David & Ann Ellis,
Tony Metcalf and Paul Quinn. We are concerned that some
clubs are unable to field teams because of the entry
restrictions; the Tournament Committee is reviewing how we
can maintain both numbers of entrants and the philosophy of
Last, the Afternoon Bridge Club hosted their Swiss Team
event with 20 teams - the winners being Roger Amey, Michael
Whiting, Matt Millson and Mike Walsh.
Our next big event is the Norfolk Congress from 1-3 Apr.
I hope as many as possible from Norfolk and beyond will
come to what has become known as a very friendly Congress.
MANY congratulations go to the team of Anne
and Eric Bell, Chris Stenning and Jim Hodgson,
winners of the 2016 Niman Israel Cup (for mixed
teams - each player required to play a set in turn
with each of his/her three team mates). Their score of +57
IMPs just edged out Julian and Val Gibson, Martin Kane and
Nichola Cockerill-Smith (+52 IMPs) with third position
going to Patricia Tuff, Marion Curran, David Morrison and
Mike Stanbury (+34 IMPs). Very much clear winners of the
Deane Salver on 7 Feb were Steve & Georgia Ray (69.87%)
David Morrison & Patricia Tuff were 2nd with 60.58%. Close
behind were Brian Pacey & Susan Green with 59.83% tying
for third place with Brenda Osborne and Frank Springett.
Congratulations go to all successful players.
IN THE Winter Pairs, held on the second
Wednesdays monthly the leaders are Willie Crook
& Rob Sharpe.
Mixed pairs champions are Barbara Hatfield
& Phil Otteswell.
After the qualifying round the top seeds for county teams
are Auld and Crook.
THE OBA County Pairs semi-final was won by
Diana Nettleton & Matthew Covill with David
Patterson & Brian Geary in 2nd place. The top 14
pairs qualified for the final which takes place on 24
Apr at the Oxford Bridge Club.
Diana Nettleton & Matthew Covill were also the winners
of the Abingdon Club's Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Coda
Cup Charity event held at various �Somerset clubs
during week beginning 1 Feb. Ian Norris & David
Thrush �came first with a convincing 72.58%.
Runners up Cathy May & Sheila Berringer with
68.26% �and Gina & David Howard with 67.80%.�Winners of
the Swiss Pairs at Woolavington Village Hall 10 Jan were Steve
�Tomlinson & Chris King with 97 VPs.�
Staffs and Shrops
THE WINTER County Simultaneous Pairs event
was held on 26 Jan with 37½ tables from 6 clubs
taking part. The winners were Ruth Timmins &
Rob Stevenson at Eccleshall (64.36%), 2nd Paul
Cutler & Geoff Davies at Stafford (61.59%) and 3rd Arnold
Copeland & Judy Midwinter also at Eccleshall (61.13%).
The Congress, a green pointed event, is taking place at the
Park Inn at Telford again this year on 16-17 Apr. Day one will
host the Swiss Pairs and day two the Swiss Teams.
The County Championship Pairs (Bearn) is to be held at
Newcastle on 24 Apr- a new venture in two ways, firstly as a
direct entry event and, secondly, is located away from County
HQ for the benefit of those in the North of the County. The
Ladies' & Men's Championship Pairs are to be held at
Wolverhampton on 12 May. A Teams of Four competition is
being held at Wolverhampton on 15 May to celebrate the
outstanding contribution made by Roy Edwards to the game
The top three in the Suffolk Mid-Anglia Pairs were:
1st, Peter Warren & Denis Carter 57.04 IMPs, 2nd
Anne Edwards & Phillip Edwards 53.33 IMPs, and
3rd, Graham Beeton & Rick Hanley 51.11 IMPs.
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