August 2014 English Bridge
THE County KnockOut
was won by the
Oliver team and the
Plate was won by
County League 1
was won comfortably by the Hartley
team with Birt in 2nd place. League 2
was won by the Smith team even more
comfortably with the Chant team in 2nd
place but, in contrast, League 3 was won
after a very exciting finish by the Lihou
team on a split tie from Duncan.
In the last match of the season in the
Western League against Somerset, the
Avon A team won 14-6 but the other two
teams had a bad day, losing heavily.
Shirley Brown - Keith McIndoe won
the ACBA Mixed Pairs and Ralph
Smith - Steve Tomlinson won the Cham -
Outside the county Andrew and
Cathy Smith won the Welsh Open Swiss
Pairs and David Jones came 2nd in the
National Pairs A Final. Trevor Ward,
David Jones and Rob Lawy reached the
quarter-finals of the Schapiro Spring
Fours and David also came 3rd in the
Spring Bank Holiday Congress 'A' Final.
In the Gold Cup, the team in which
David Jones and Trevor Ward are
playing has reached the last 16. The team
of Tim Brierley, Robert Covill, Mike
Davies, David Jones and Steve Tomlinson
reached the 6th round of the NICKO
before being knocked out.
Suzy Lawson - Aidan Schofield came
2nd in the Devon Congess Swiss Pairs and
Suzy was 2nd again in the York Northern
Easter Festival Mixed Pairs.
Congratulations to all our successful
WINNERS of the Cent enary
Cup, Swiss Pairs
competition, were Ron
Davis - Alan Oddie.
Tudor Rose who won the
County Knockout competition; the team
consists of Ron Davis, Alan Oddie,
David Harris and Iain Roberts. They
went on to compete in the Pachabo Cup
and finished a very creditable 8th out of
32 teams. Ron Davis - Alan Oddie also
finished 12th overall in the Corwen
Trophy - well done to them, a great result.
The Charity Pairs held in aid of
Cancer UK Ltd was again a very good,
fun event. The lunch served was enjoyed
by all. £1,510 was raised for the charity.
Congratulations to Lorraine Curry -
Roger Gregory, who just pipped Ron
Davis - Lynne Emmett for 1st place fol lowed
by Julie and Steve Abley in 3rd.
Well done to Alan Shillitoe who as
NPC steered the England Juniors to 2nd
place in Finland recently. They won 6
out of 7 matches, but not by a high
enough margin to win.
Diary dates: Sept 13-14, Beds/
Northants Congress, see website for
details. Don't forget it will soon be time
to enter your team for the forthcoming
season of league and knock-out
matches. Watch out for details of our
upcoming Half Century Celebration,
being held on Sunday Oct 12, 12pm,
Wilstead, which will be a multiple
revolving teams fun event over two
sessions, with food and wine.
Berks and Bucks
THE BBCBA AGM will be
held in Juy after this
magazine goes to press.
Chris Burley will be
leaving the com mittee after
many years of service. His
contribution has been outstanding - not
least will we miss his verbal announce ments
at our county events.
We have appointed a new Youth
Officer, Tony Aston, to be responsible for
bridge in schools and youths - welcome
to a challenging and exciting mission.
The leagues have finished and the Lo8
winners are Reading A, narrowly ahead of
New Amersham A, who were last year's
winners. Chris Mooney's team won the
Lo4 Brown Cup with team-mates Kevin
Elstow, Harvey Bengen, Callum McKail
and Bob Holder. The teams winning the
lower divisions were Parkinson, Green
and Pratt. Well done all! The County
Teams Championship was won by Peter
Hawkes, Mike Perkins, Tim Rees, John
Howard and Andrew Murphy.
Berks beat Bucks in two of the three
Lo16 matches to retain the Philip
The Student and Graduate Leagues
have been run by the enthusiastic Nigel
Thompson. Winners were David
Gender's team (Peter Simon, Helen
Jennison and Anna Duncan) and Nirmal
Dutta's team (Joy Dutta, Marilyn Halton
and John O'Halloran) respectively. Good
to see new faces and names.
Outside the county borders Captain
Sally Brook, Barry Myers and two nonBBCBA
members won the prestigious
Hubert Phillips Bowl. At the EBU London
Easter Festival David Patterson - Brian
Geary came 7th in the Pairs in a strong
field; Richard Bowdery and Tim Rees
with two non-BBCBA players were the
runners-up in the Swiss Teams.
BBCBA event winners: Melvyn and
Thelma Tuson, Bradshaw BC, Club Pairs
Final. Tony Heatly - Shirley Bull,
THE Lambourne Jersey Festival was held
in April-May, the best CI results were:
Jackie Rumball - Robert Brouard in the
Pre Congress Pairs; Peter and Gill Pitcher,
David Hole - David Friswell in the Swiss
Pairs; Eric Todd-Rob Ingram (winning
the Douglas Romain Claret Jug) in the
Senior Pairs; Graham Boxall - Sue Rankin
and Howard Basden-Smith - Chris Hill
winning the Stanley Trophy in the Mid week
Teams; Chris Hill - Jane Knight
winning the Mid-week Pairs; Peter and
Gill Pitcher (winning the Flitch) in the
Mixed Pairs; Don and Anne Babbe, Lynne
Williamson and Cherry McMillen in the
The County Mixed Pairs was won by
Dan McIntosh - Alex Gauld from David
Hole - Marion Miles.
In Jersey four District events have
recently been completed: Ladies' Pairs:
1. Sue Rankin - Marion Miles, 2. Pat
Panter - Jane Knight. Men's Pairs:
1. Richard Christensen - David Waters,
2. Howard Basden-Smith - Chris Hill.
Open Pairs: 1. Stephen and Sharon
Halston, 2. Chris Hill - Jane Knight.
Unrestricted Pairs: 1. Chris Hill - Jane
Knight, 2. Brian Youd - Rob Ingram.
Highfield Bridge Club also held its
Men's and Ladies' Pairs. In the Men's Pairs
the first two were identical to the District
event, Richard and David win ning from
Howard and Chris. In the Ladies' event
Pat Panter - Jane Knight won from
Margaret Treacy - Ann Burnett.
to Helston 2 (Val Clifford,
David Boxall, Sandra
Bickerdike, Linda Radford,
Stephen Crouch, Chris Bickerdike, Ray
Bliss, Colin King) who won the Teams of
Eight from Helston 1. And to Wendy
Brown who, three and a half weeks
before her death, won the County Swiss
Teams with Maureen Brinton, from
Colin Pote - Pat Meade.
Viv Mably - Celia Bishop won the John
Perks, from Jo Bryant - Bill Thomson,
tied with Brian and Elaine Relton. Jo, Bill,
Marijonas Rocius, Wendy Miller and
Geoff Warren won the County Knockout
and Double Entry (Jan and Ken Keast,
Mary and Mick Robson, Rob Jones) won
the Western League.
Obituaries: Margaret Warner played
bridge for 64 years, was a long-standing
member of the County Committee, and
represented Cornwall in the Pachabo
and the Corwen. Treasurer of Truro BC
for twenty years, she was its first Hon orary
Life Member. Highly compe titive,
she loved her bridge - and the sub sequent
analysis of each hand. Aged over
90, she liked to improve.
Eileen Rimmer and Bridie MacDonald
belonged to Truro BC but had not played
recently. Eileen presented the Bunny
Rimmer Cup in honour of her husband.
George Norman fought bravely with
cancer for twelve years. He loved his
bridge, played at four clubs and was
always ready to help newcomers.
Michael Casley, a founder member of
Godolphin BC, had played both in the
league and in county competitions.
Kay Jones was a headmistress on
Bodmin Moor and an inspector of
parachute manufacture before joining
her brother in a Bodmin estate agency.
She was a well-travelled 89.
Also, Sallie Green has died. Tribute to
Diary dates: Sept 7, AGM and
Speedball Competition, Ladock. Sept 21,
Green-pointed Swiss Teams, Liskeard.
March 2014 -
to the newly promoted
Premier Grand Masters:
Mr R Bryant, Warwickshire
Mr RR Davis, Bedfordshire
Mrs AE Rosen, Middlesex
Mr E Scerri, Berks & Bucks
to the newly promoted
Mrs JA Abley, Bedfordshire
Miss C Dyer, Surrey
Mr JD Gardner, Dorset
Mr FH Wharton, Middlesex
• There are currently four
landmark promo tions
(Master, 5,000 Master
Points; Regional Master,
10,000 MPs including at
least 25 Green Points;
Life Master, 60,000 MPs
including at least 150
Green Points; and Grand
Master, 120,000 MPs
including at least 600
Green Points). When you
are pro moted to one of
these four levels, you
receive a good quality gift
and free entry into the
Ranked Masters pairs.
• The winner of the most
black points in each affil iated
club's events en ters
the Annual Prize Draw
for the Club Champions
with a first prize of £400.
• The annual local and