Commons beat Lords in dramatic finish

There was drama yesterday at the Houses of Parliament. No, we don't mean the resignation of a cabinet minister, but rather the final stages of the annual Lords v Commons bridge match. After the first set of six boards the Lords led by 31 IMPs, and they were 32 up at halftime. The Commons team rallied in the second half and the match ultimately hinged on the result of board 24 at the final table. Excitement built as word got round the waiting players that the contract was a doubled slam. If it had been defeated the Lords would have won, but when it was made the Commons had completed an unlikely comeback, and retained the trophy.

Congratulations to (pictured left to right): Evan Harris, Michael Mates, Robin Squire, Bob Blackman (capt), Tommy Sheppard, Tony McWalter, David Harris, Robin Lawson and Steve Barnett.

The award for the best play in the competition, judged by Tom Townsend, went to Lord Howard and Baroness Henig (see picture here).

Unfortunately due to ill-health Lord Kalms was unable to act as sponsor this year; the match was generously sponsored by Baroness Henig and Baroness Byford, with the House of Lords bridge group sponsoring the refreshments at the end of the match.

A hand commentary for the event, written by Heather Dhondy, is available below.

De Botton team stays ahead in Premier League

Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend remain atop the First Division of the Premier League after the second of three weekends of matches.

Their lead has been trimmed a little, however, and they are now 10.28 VPs ahead of Cameron Small, Jon Cooke, Ben Green, Ankush Khandelwal, John Cox & Peter Taylor. The Allfrey team is in third.

The Second Division is led by Patrick Shields, Richard Chamberlain, John Atthey & Garry Watson, with the Mossop team 17.3 VPs behind.

The team of James Thrower, Ali Ahmed, Petar Ivanov & Todor Tiholov have continued to dominate the Third Division, and are 31.39 VPs ahead of the Sansom team.

The third, and final, weekend of matches is on 3rd-4th November. The winners of the First Division earn an invitation to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

谢谢 (thank you)

All the expenses are in and we have done our sums, and it seems that the money raised by the membership for the Junior teams to participate in the World Youth Team Championships in China, coincided almost exactly with what the project cost. There is a very small surplus in donations over costs and this will be used towards reinforcing the training of our Juniors going forward.

This was a huge achievement, and we would once again like to express our thanks to all those who contributed - clubs and counties, schools and companies, and of course all individual members who donated to help with this worthy cause. This will not be forgotten, and those players who went and experienced the atmosphere and the rigour of a World Championship will not forget that this opportunity was afforded them by the generosity of others.

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