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afternoon seeking a single room at your Each evening during the week there was

peril! The town offers one of the more a one-session championship event. The

interesting shopping areas in the country winners were: Play With The Experts Pairs

and the only thing really lacking was – Sarah Dunn and David Ewart; Midweek

summer weather – much of the week was Open Pairs Championship – Tom

Brian Senior wet and very windy. Rainforth and Davis Collier; Mixed Pivot

Teams Championship – Jim Deacon, Anne

Catchpole, Ron Davis, Tom Rainforth;

THE EBU Summer Meeting – what might Mixed Pairs – Nevena Senior and Gunnar

be called the English Nationals – was held Hallberg. The Mid-week KO Teams was

at the Metropole Hotel, on the Brighton won by Eddie Lucioni, David Moir,

seafront, over ten days in mid-August. Andrew Southwell, Matthew Hoskins and

The Brighton tournament includes Jon Williams. Hauge (Norway) defeated

various side events alongside the main De Botton (England) in the international

championship events. There are a number exhibition match. Hauge (Rune Hauge,

Photo: Gordon Rainsford

of midnight speedball competitions, Tor Helness, Erik Saelensminde and Jan-

discussion sessions led by a top expert, a Petter Svendsen) won the 84-board match

TD seminar, teaching seminars, an inter- by 182-174 IMPs.

national exhibition match, a Really Easy

Congress and Seniors Congress, and it is

the only EBU event to feature a Daily

Bulletin – you might say, something for Hugh McGann (left) and Tom Hanlon

almost everyone. This year there was also

an opportunity to quiz a panel of top EBU The first weekend was given over to the

officials about the major changes being Swiss Pairs Championship, with a field a

proposed about how the organisation shade under 500 pairs. Despite a narrow

should operate in future. loss to Peter Crouch and John Armstrong

Brighton offers a wide range of excellent in their final match, Ireland's Tom Hanlon

eating houses and plenty of varied accom- and Hugh McGann came out on top, the

Photo: EBU

modation – though turn up on Friday English pair coming in second.

Ross Harper (left) and Paul Hackett

The winners of the Seniors Pairs event

were Ross Harper and Paul Hackett, while

the Teams Championship was won by

Clive Owen, John Holland, Patrick Jourdain

and Bill Hirst.

One hundred and eighty-five teams

took part in the second weekend's Teams

Championship. After ten rounds of Swiss,

the top eight teams qualified for an all-

play-all final, with teams 9-16 playing in

Photo: Brian Senior

the 'B' final. The winners of the Four Stars

final were Graham Osborne, Peter Lee,

Jeffrey Allerton and Frances Hinden.

My favourite deal of the congress illus-

trated the importance of making a proper

Left to right: John Holland, Clive Owen, Bill Hirst and Patrick Jourdain plan before making 'obvious' plays.

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