Orams and Smith team win main events at Harrogate Congress

The main events at the Harrogate Congress have been won by Celia & Derek Oram and the team of Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould (picture). The Congress was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

In the Swiss Pairs, Celia & Derek enjoyed three large wins in the final session to move up the table to the top spot. Their rise was not as big as the eventual second-placed pair of Steve Raine & Ankush Khandelwal who moved from 18th at the start of the final session in to the runners-up position. Stefano Tommasini & Kiril Delev were third.

The Smith team were undefeated in their first six matches of the Swiss Teams, but a defeat in the final match to the second-placed team of Tom Dessain, Tugrul Kaban, Mark Hill & Giles Ip resulted in a victory by just 3 VPs. Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield, Alan Nelson & Kath Nelson were third.

The congress began with Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs competitions. The Open Pairs was won emphatically by Nick Woolven & Alan Jarvis (picture), finishing 5% ahead of Henry Rose & James Thrower in second. The winners of the Mixed Pairs were John Atthey & Claire Robinson (picture), with David Turner & Jill Rushton in the runners-up spot.

The Improvers Pairs was won by Lindsey Wharmby & Caroline Moseley (picture). Sheila Furness & Carol Keighley were second and Stephen Bodle & John Roper were third.

India wins Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition

India has won the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition in Australia, beating a team from the host nation in the final.

England A (Steve Eginton, Bill Hirst, Gary Hyett, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan) lost in the quarterfinals, and England B (Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, David Burn, Kieran Dyke) narrowly missed qualification for the knockout stages. Scotland, and the Presidents team, both of which included EBU members (Victor Silverstone & Gerald Haase, and Roger O'Shea, Derek Patterson, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett & Paul Hackett, respectively) were losing semi-finalists.

The competition featured 36 teams, from 12 Commonwealth nations, including Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Success for EBU TD, Nicole Cook

At the European Bridge League's Tournament Directors workshop in Cyprus this weekend, Nicole Cook achieved an A grade. This entitles her to attend next year’s EBL Main TD course. Well done, Nicole.

Kent wins Tollemache Cup

Kent has won the Tollemache Cup - the inter-county teams of eight championship - claiming the trophy for the fifth time.

The team was: Patrick Collins, Helen Erichsen, Espen Erichsen, Jeremy Willans, Phil Bailey, Kay Preddy, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Michael Hampton and Peter Law.

They finished just 1 VP ahead of Manchester, with Berks & Bucks finishing in third.


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