I was born in 1932 in Manchester. Started playing bridge in 1949 the same year in which I became articled in a firm of chartered accountants.
In 1950 Denis Robson (current chairman of EBU) joined the same firm also as an articled clerk. We started playing bridge in the lunch hour(extended) and soon discovered duplicate.We became a regular bridge partnership for some 25 years and went on to represent Manchester, the old NWCBA and eventually England in a Camrose match in 1976.
Married Rhona in 1975 and we started playing bridge regularly together. Main wins include the Hubert Phillips (3 times). NICKO (twice), the Tollemache and a bronze medal in Common Market mixed teams (With Rhona, Michelle Brunner and John Holland )
Since retiring spend a lot of time doing crosswords and walking.
Contract 6 spades by S on club lead Won in dummy and cashed other 2 top clubs throwing low diamonds. Ruffed a heart in hand and led Q diamonds. This was covered by A and ruffed in dummy. Another heart was ruffed and after cashing K diamonds I ruffed a diamond with 10 spades East discarded a club. This was the 5 card ending with W being known to hold the J spades.
|J 7 6 5|
|J 9 2||
|W||E||Q 9 8|
|A Q 8 7|
I ruffed a heart with A spades, then ruffed a diamond with K spades. I ruffed a heart with 8 spades West overruffed but was then end played to lead away from J spades
Major International Appearances
Senior World Olympiad: 2000
Brighton Four Stars Teams Winner: 1968
National Teams Congress winner: 1984
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 1984 1999 and 2003
Tollemache Cup winner: 1975