ENGLAND SENIORS STUMBLE AT LAST HURDLE
THE TELTSCHER TROPHY (previously known as the
‘Seniors Camrose’) is for seniors from the four home
nations, plus the Republic of Ireland, and was held in
May in Cardiff. Since its inception in 2008, the event
has been generously sponsored by Bernard Teltscher,
who led the Great Britain team that brought the
number of teams up to six. Bernard was partnered by
fellow nonagenarian Tony Priday. The Patron’s team
could come first, but they could not win the trophy.
England were leading at the half-way point; indeed
after six of the ten matches they were the only team
above average! There were some memorable deals
Photo: Mike Tedd
involving the diamond suit: a bidding sequence of 2t –
7t was successful against England and, on another
board, the Patron’s team played in 2t in both rooms,
scoring +110 in a 5-0 fit and -1100 in a 5-3 fit.
There was a report of a ‘senior moment’ when a
The England Seniors team: from the left, David Price, Paul Hackett,
declarer claimed his contract on a cross-ruff. The bad
Colin Simpson, John Holland, Gunnar Hallberg, Simon Cochemé (NPC)
news was that he was playing in 3NT; the good news
and David Mossop.
was that he was still able to scramble nine tricks.
England lost heavily to Northern Ireland on Sunday morning to fall back into the pack, and their subsequent wins were not big enough
to regain the lead. Scotland (Liz McGowan, David Liggatt, Irving Gordon, Danny Kane, Brian Short, Alan Goodman and NPC Anne
Symons) finished strongly to win the Teltscher Trophy, with Northern Ireland second and England third.
Thanks go to Roger O’Shea and Pharon Independent Financial Advisers, who were sponsoring the England Seniors team. r
12 – 14 August 2013
Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, BN1 2FU
Entry fee: £41 per person.
Participants (students and novices) will be
expected to play Standard English Acol.
Sessions of between 12 and 15 boards will
be played, all with commentated hands.
GOLD CUP If you would like to stay one more day, you
can join in with the Next Step group on
The premier British teams event
Thursday for an extra £10.
Closing date for this year’s competition:
16th September 2013
Entry fee: £80 per team
(half-price pro-rata for players under 25)
First- and second-round losers may enter
the Silver Plate free of charge Enquiries:
Enquiries to Sandra Claridge email@example.com Peter
Entry form at www.bridgegreatbritain.org ( 01296 317203
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