January 2015

England third after first weekend of Camrose.

England are in third place after the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy, which was held in Edinburgh from 9th - 11th January.

The team of Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan, Sally Brock & Barry Myers, and Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden (NPC: David Burn) won three of their five matches. The two defeats came against Wales and the Republic of Ireland who lie first and second respectively, separated by only 0.34 VPs. England are around 14 VPs behind.

The event concludes on 6th - 8th March, in Northern Ireland, with a second full round-robin. England will be represented by: Andrew Robson (captain) & Alexander Allfrey; Tony Forrester & David Gold; David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh; Assistant captain: Godfrey King.

Play the hands from Night of the Stars

The popular Night of the Stars event will take place on Thursday 26th February 2015 with 'non-experts' playing with some of the leading international players, including current and former members of the England teams. All proceeds support Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Maggie’s, Mencap and React.

The organiser, Terry Hewett, would like to invite clubs who will be holding a game on that evening to play the same hands as the 'stars' and their partners. In exchange for a donation of an amount of the club's choosing, which Night of the Stars will share between the four charities, they will be sent a deal file, and a hand commentary, written by some of the game's leading names. You can then compare scores with those who played in the main event as these will be available on the event website.

For further details on taking part please see the event website or email terry@nightofthestars.org.uk.

Rasmussen/Fyrund & Gross team pick up main prizes at Year End Congress

The 2014 bridge year ended with the Year End and Northern Year End (see article here) congresses, with 350 tables in play across the events.

The winners at the Year End Congress in London were:

Swiss Pairs - Arild Rasmussen & Kjell Gaute Fyrund (pictured left)
Mixed Pairs - Espen Erichsen & Helen Erichsen
Open Pairs - David Gold & Kevin Castner
Swiss Teams - Susanna Gross, Sally Brock, Frank To & Barry Myers
Really Easy Afternoon - Pru Bland & Amanda Sjodin

For more details and pictures, please follow the link to read on.

Holland & Mould win twice at Northern Year End Congress

The 2014 bridge year ended with the Year End (see article here) and Northern Year End congresses, with 350 tables in play across the events.

The winners at the Northern Year End Congress, at Dunkenhalgh Hotel near Blackburn, were:

Swiss Pairs - John Holland & Alan Mould (pictured left)
Swiss Teams - Richard Pike, David Waxman, Steve Blackburn & Gill Copeland
Mixed Pairs - Nick & Stephanie Forward
Open Pairs - John Holland & Alan Mould

For more details and pictures, please follow the link to read on.

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