Robertson team win Four Star Teams at Summer Meeting

The Four Star Teams at the Summer Meeting has been won by Marion Robertson, Mike Bell, Sarah Bell, Kieran Dyke & Michael Byrne. The final was contested by the eight top teams at the end of the third session of the Swiss Teams competition, in an 'all-play-all' format. The Robertson team finished on 96 VPs, with the team of Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew Black & Willie Whittaker, tied with the team of Shahzaad Natt, Petar Ivanov, Stefano Tommasini & Kiril Delev for second place with 73 VPs.

The B Final - which featured the teams finished 9th to 16th in the Swiss Teams - was won by Rob Cliffe, Alan Mayo, Karen Pryor & Malcolm Pryor. Norman Selway, Kay Preddy, John Cox & Peter Taylor were second.

Four further matches were played today by those remaining in the Swiss Teams. The winners, earning the Brighton Bowl, were Catherine Curtis, Paul Fegarty, Mike Scoltock & Richard Fedrick. Adrian Orlowski, Laura Porro, Gad Chadha & Debbie Sandford were second.

Junior and teaching awards presented at the Summer Meeting

At the Summer Meeting four awards have been presented to those who have excelled in junior bridge, and to those who have made significant contribution to the teaching of young players.

Young Player of the Year: Ben Norton
Young Pair of the Year: Stephen Kennedy & Michael Alishaw
The Alec Salisbury Award winner: Sarah Bell
The Tom Bradley Award winner: Jessica & Anton Mauve

The achievements of Ben, and of Stephen & Michael, during the period in consideration have been numerous. They have all been mainstays of the junior international squads which have enjoyed a good run of results recently - culminating in all four teams qualifying for the 2018 World Championships - and in domestic bridge they have all won titles at major EBU congresses. The links above give more detailed information.

The Alec Salisbury Award recognises a school teacher who has made a significant contribution to junior bridge. Sarah Bell, of St Paul's Girls School, was instrumental in the establishment of the U16 squad, and in the success that came about so quickly for the team. She has also established a bridge club at the school and has contributed to the development and growth of the Junior Award Scheme.

Jessica & Anton Mauve have been key in the burgeoning junior bridge scene in Kent, and were presented with the Tom Bradley Award, which recognises the 'non-school-teachers' who have made a significant contribution to youth bridge.

Missing diaries to be dispatched

We are aware that there are some members who will have expected to receive a diary, but haven't yet had it delivered to them. We have identified a glitch which occurred when the data was transferred from our old membership database to our new system and this resulted in some members being omitted from the mailing list. We believe we have corrected our records and are working to dispatch all missing diaries over the coming days, so they should be received soon. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

If you were expecting a diary, and have not received one, please wait until 20th August before contacting us about it to allow time for the second dispatch of diaries to be delivered.

Allfrey & Robson retain Swiss Pairs at the Summer Meeting

Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson retained the Harold Poster Trophy for the Swiss Pairs Championship at the Summer Meeting yesterday. Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes were second, the top pair in the B Stratification were Shahzaad Natt & Ambrose Holmes-Mackie, and the top pair in the C Stratification were Jonathan Davis & Kiril Delev.

Results, reports, pictures and articles from the Summer Meeting are all available on the Summer Meeting Hub.

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