Around & About NEW EBU
IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE
GRANDSTAND MOVE CRUISES
BY DEVON BRIDGE CLUB in partnership with Gill’s Cruises
and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
NEWTON Abbot Bridge Club was formed in 1986 and moved in
Cruises with on-board bridge classes designed to help you
2000 from its original premises at the local community centre to
hone your basic systems. Topics include how to respond
play at the Newton Abbot Race Course. The Managing Director of
to your partner’s overcall, when to double, pre-emptive
the race course decided earlier this year totally to refurbish the bidding including Weak Two openers – and much more.
room in which we played, making it inappropriate for the club to Your teacher will be Sue Maxwell, a qualified
remain there but he offered us an alternative dedicated bridge Professional Grade EBU teacher whose classes are
room, a building located underneath the Grandstand. The MD renowned for being very relaxed and good fun.
spent a considerable amount of money in bringing the room up
to standard and a lot of hard work was also carried out by a
number of members.
For further details or to make a booking:
Gill’s Cruise Centre ( 0845 460 7002
THE BUFFETT CUP
Photo: Jim Wallis
The most exciting event of the year will take place in the Miskin
Manor hotel, near Cardiff, from 13th–16th September. The
Newton Abbot Bridge Club Committee members: Buffett Cup is the biennial bridge competition between the
from the left, Chris Nutt, Bob Devine, Fran Fitzgerald (Chair), USA and Europe, and the two teams read like the Who’s Who
Glyn Tomkinson, Dawn Gray (Hon. Secretary), and Mike Kelsey. of bridge. There are three events, pairs, teams and the individ-
ual, where players only play against their opposing continent.
The new bridge room comfortably accommodates sixteen The two teams are:
tables, there is bridge tuition on a Tuesday afternoon, a ‘No Fear’ Europe: Sabine Auken and Daniela Van Arnim, Boye
night on Tuesday evening for less experienced players and those Brogeland and Erik Sælensminde, Giorgio Duboin and
reasonably new to the game. Our duplicate club nights are on Antonio Sementa, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, Jason
Wednesday and Thursday evenings; we also run various charity and Justin Hackett, and Geir Helgemo and Tor Helness.
events including two local charities, the Dame Hannah Rogers, a Paul Hackett is captain. Every player is a world champion.
Trust which provides education, therapy, care and respite for USA: David Berkowitz and Alan Sontag, Fred Gitelman and
children and young people with profound physical disabilities, Geoff Hampson, Bob Hamman and Zia Mahmood, Bobby
and Rowcroft, a hospice based in Torquay providing support and Levin and Steve Weinstein, Jill Levin and Jill Myers, and Jeff
care to people in South Devon suffering from a life limiting Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell. Donna Compton is the captain.
Newton Abbot is a thriving duplicate bridge club with a Spectators are welcome at this mouth-watering event; for
membership of around two hundred. All visitors and new and information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot
improving players will be made most welcome, and should contact get there, you can watch every board and every table at
our secretary email@example.com or visit our website www. www.bridgebase.com.
bridgewebs.com/newton. (Jim Wallis)
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