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 India, but then it isn't quite as far away (and it has

some splendid curry houses).

Godfrey King is an experienced event organiser

and he will be in Birmingham to chair a meeting of

bridge's embryonic Barmy Army and discuss the

options for a group of English fans going to Chennai.

Godfrey was a one-man Barmy Army (maybe more

of a scouting party) at the European Champion ships

in Opatija last year and he displayed incredible

bravery when he found himself surrounded by a

battalion of Polish supporters in the Vu-graph

theatre during the England-Poland Seniors match.

I, too, will be in Birmingham, holding auditions for

cheer-leaders; please bring your own pom-poms.

Bridge's Barmy Army was our working name for

the club. Then we thought of The Bridge Travellers,

but in ten years' time those bits of paper that go

round with the boards will be well and truly extinct

and the reference will be lost. What have travellers

been replaced by? Electronic scoring devices. Now

there's an idea - what about 'England Bridge Mates'?

We spoke to the guys who run the Bridgemate

franchise in the UK and they have agreed to chip in

a bit to help us with some shirts!

If you would like to be kept informed about the

England Supporters Club and its plans for Chennai

and elsewhere, then please contact Godfrey at

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ENGLAND WIN GOLD

IN WORLD MIND GAMES

England's Women's team has won a gold

medal at the World Mind Games in Beijing.

In a dramatic inal the lead changed hands

several times in the inal set, and England

started the inal board trailing by 4 IMPs.

Then in one room the England pair made

game, and in the other the Dutch pair stayed

in a part-score, so the lead changed hands for

a inal, decisive time, and England had

won by 3 IMPs. You can read more in

the report on the event website.

Congratulations to the team: in the photo,

from the left, Heather Dhondy, Fiona Brown,

Sally Brock, Catherine Draper, Nicola Smith

and Nevena Senior.

Organised by SportAccord, the organisation

for both Olympic and non-Olympic

inter national sports federations, the World

Mind Games also included Pairs and Individual

competitions. English players dominated

the Individual event: Nicola Smith won the

gold medal and Catherine Draper, who had

been in the lead for several rounds, the

bronze; Heather Dhondy inished fourth and

Sally Brock sixth. In the pairs, the best England

result came from Dhondy and Senior in

seventh place.

(Peter Stockdale)

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