Alishaw & Kennedy top of National Pairs qualifiers

The Regional Finals of the National Pairs took place on Sunday - albeit with a reduced number of venues as a result of cancellations due to the bad weather.

The leading pair, when the event was scored across all the venues, were Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy (who played at the Patcham heat) - they were also leading qualifiers in 2016. David Norman & Roger Eddleston (Patcham) in second and Tom Gisborne & Sandy Davies (Bradford) in third.

The top 50 pairs will be invited to take part in the National Finals which will be held in Coventry (not in Wyboston or Daventry as previously stated)

There were also prizes for those with the best score when the event was scored within each region. These were won by:

Region Name Heat
Northern Region Tom Gisborne & Sandy Davies Bradford
Midlands Region Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas Solihull
Eastern Region Ufuk Cotuk & Mark Tilley Stamford
South East Region Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy Patcham
South West Region All heats cancelled

Colin Simpson: 1948 - 2018

We are sad to learn of the death on Sunday of Colin Simpson.

Colin was a recipient of the EBU's Diamond Award in 2017 for his excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams. He was a Senior World and European Champion, and had represented England's Open and Senior teams in 13 World and European competitions.

His friends and team mates have described him as a great player, and a lovely man to spend time with both at, and away from, the table.

Update: His funeral is on Thursday 29th March at 11am at GreenAcres, Woodland Burials, Potkiln Lane, Jordans, HP9 2XB followed by a reception at Beaconsfield Golf Club. Everyone is welcome. No flowers. No donations.

His obituary is available here.

English success in Philadelphia

Two English pairs have won competitions at the Spring North American Bridge Championships in Philadelphia.

Simon Cope & Peter Crouch won the Silodor Open Pairs, and Sally Brock & Fiona Brown won the Smith Women’s Pairs.


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