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n OCTOBER 2010

1-3 West of England Congress


1-3 Really Easy Early Winter Break


Wroxton, nr Banbury

World Bridge Series



Philadelphia, USA

Great Northern Swiss Pairs

AWARD The EBU’s Young Pair of the YEAR

Hilton Hotel, Leeds Year Award for 2009 is awarded

(entries to Yorks CBA) to Alice Kaye and James Paul

2-3 Felixstowe Congress

(photo below). In 2009 they

13-14 BGB Autumn Sim Pairs

13-18 Overseas Congress cemented their university part-

Crete nership with a string of suc-

16-17 Under 25s Trials cessful results.

West Midlands BC, Solihull

30-31 Kent Congress

Tunbridge Wells

30-31 Malvern Congress

Bransford BOB Rowlands (photo above) is

30-31 Lancashire Congress this year’s winner of the John


30-31 Lederer Memorial Trophy

Armstrong Award. A man of The EBU’s Young Player of the

Young Chelsea, London great stature and often referred Year Award for 2009 is given to

to as a gentle giant, Bob’s Ben Paske (photo above). 2009

n NOVEMBER 2010 humour at the bridge table as was only one of many fantastic

5-7 Autumn Congress well as his good nature and years that Ben has had since


12-14 Premier League

impeccable ethics set him apart starting to play bridge, and in

Royal National Hotel, as a true gentleman of the game. true fashion he achieves his

London Just like John used to be. goals with a quiet modesty

12-14 NEBA Congress Bob first represented Great In April 2009 they were part that is hard to match. Ben was


12-14 Seniors Congress

Britain in 1966 and has won of the Oxford University team Alice and James’s team-mate

Daventry about every major British tour- that won the Portland Bowl, in the Punchbowl final, and he

20-21 Tollemache Cup Qualifier nament – Gold Cup, Crock- the British University Cham- also had a great victory at the

Daventry fords, Spring Fours, Hubert pionship that qualified their Northern Summer Festival of

22 & 24 EBL Sim Pairs


Phillips, National Pairs, Grand team to represent England in Bridge held in Scarborough,

27-28 Middlesex Congress Masters (to name just a few). the first European Universities where he won the Pairs trophy

Barnet Bob has given up much of his Bridge Teams Championship in from a field of 170. He also

time to promote bridge amongst Croatia. They also did tremen- had great success in leading his

n DECEMBER 2010 the younger fraternity by coach- dously well in reaching the final team of junior players to the A

27-30 Year End Congress


ing promising juniors and he has of the Punchbowl at the Spring Final of the Brighton teams,

28-30 Year End Congress been incredibly hospitable in Fours, coming back from a huge where they came fifth – an

Blackpool allowing them to take over his amount down at half time to amazing achievement for a

London home, rent-free, when close within only a few IMPs. team of all youngsters.

n JANUARY 2011 playing in London tournaments. Their opponents were a star- Ben has had other good

7-9 Camrose Trophy

Republic of Ireland For many years he was an EBU studded team of internationals results, including the Premier

7-9 Midland Counties Congress selector and would kibitz trial- including Ralph Katz (who only League, the Brighton pairs,

Bransford lists in order to make informed a few months before had won and international events; how-

8-9 Manchester Congress decisions at selection meetings. the Bermuda Bowl) and a cur- ever, it is Ben's attitude both at


10-12 BGB Winter Sim Pairs Bob will receive a memento as a rent England international com- and away from the table that

Clubs reminder of his marvellous atti- mented how impressive it was makes this award particularly

21-23 Lady Milne Trials tude to opponents and fellow that they were able to get back special.

Young C helsea, London players. into the match using controlled Wherever Ben goes, you can

29-30 Swiss Teams Congress


Anyone wishing to pay tribute aggression in so few boards. rest assured that he will be the

to the late John Armstrong can At the end of the year Alice responsible one, looking out

n FEBRUARY 2011 visit Heritage Wood, near Ash- and James had their crowning for his friends, making sure

8 International Sim Pairs bourne, Derbyshire, where a achievement when they were people are OK and always put-

Clubs bench is placed in his name, and part of the team which won the ting others before himself.

9-14 Overseas Congress

Antalya, Turkey. trees and bulbs are planted Under 25 Channel trophy for As the eldest child from a

12-13 Tollemache Final yearly in his memory. England for the first time in family of eight you can see

Hinckley Nominations for next year’s twenty years. Despite an un- where he gets his responsible

18-20 Junior Camrose/Peggy Bayer John Armstrong award can be lucky start, after a few matches attitude from and why he takes


25-27 Harrogate Spring Congress sent to the EBU or to Paul Hack- they showed true English grit his job of being a squad mem-

Harrogate ett ( and won in the final set. ber so seriously.

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