match point and cross check at the speed of light
and was rarely found to have made an error. He was
treasurer for the New Amersham Bridge Club for
many years and played in their League of Eight with
considerable, but not remarkable success. He
became a Life Master over 20 years ago when green
points were much harder to come by than now! He
was so proud to have been chosen to represent
his country in the very first friendly international
between England and Holland.
For many years he ran a charity bridge club in
Golders Green and holidays in Sandbanks, Eilat,
Cannes and Italy and had great followings in his
His main claim to fame, however, was the bridge
club he founded in North-West London, which in
its heyday boasted as many as 50 tables every
Wednesday and where the cakes and biscuits were
always home-made by his adoring wife, Sheila!
Results were announced on a recorded message
on the telephone, ending with the famous line 'and
there was one other pair'!
Maurice never forgot a face or a name and always
welcomed every single person to the club. He will
be sadly missed by his many friends and bridge
ROBIN MARDLIN (Devon): It is with great sadness
that we report the death of Robin Mardlin. Robin
with his wife, Margaret, was a great supporter of
bridge in Devon and elsewhere. Our thoughts are
with Margaret and family.
PATRICIA SMITH (Derbyshire): Derbyshire Contract
Bridge Association and East Midlands Bridge Club
are sad to announce the death on 10 May 2017 of
Mrs Patricia Smith. Pat was 65 years old. She was a
hard working and active member of the DCBA
committee for several years. An ardent bridge
player, she encouraged new players to attend club
nights and helped them to improve their game. Pat
will be greatly missed.
BRIDGE BEGINNER'S PRAYER
Learning bridge at an elderly age
Is not so hard if you're a sage.
But for the average man in the street
Achieving success seems quite a feat.
You say one thing and mean another
No wonder the brain gets all in a puther.
Say what you mean and mean what you say
Isn't that the age-old way?
Call a spade a spade -
No that's not right
It may not be, but then it might.
Clubs the lowest of the low
Cloaks much the learner needs to know.
Hearts and diamonds, a lovely red
But that's enough about them said.
The game no doubt is a wondrous thing
But Oh such problems it doth bring.
So Lord grant me a little wish
Let not my brain feel like a sieve.
This mysterious game is here to stay,
Please shine a light and show me the way
To master the problems, a little each day.
By Dorothy Wells
Following her first season of
bridge lessons at Scunthorpe BC!
82 English Bridge August 2017 www.ebu.co.uk
Continued from overleaf