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NEWS

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

Really Easy

Summer Congress

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

Entries &

the Silver Plate free of charge Enquiries:

Enquiries to Sandra Claridge claridge31@tiscali.co.uk Peter

Entry form at www.bridgegreatbritain.org ( 01296 317203

12 English Bridge August 2013 www.ebu.co.uk

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