Chris Owen: 1986-2018

We were saddened to learn of the death this week of Chris Owen. Chris represented England in numerous junior competitions between 2005 and 2011, including two European Junior Championships. He was a prominent part of bridge in the North East, having been part of their winning Tollemache Cup team in 2011, and NEBA has posted an obituary on its website.

The funeral will be on Thursday 8th November at 12.30pm, at All Saints Church, DL3 8DT.

Owen & Senior win Two Star Pairs

The Two Star Pairs, the main competition at the Autumn Congress, has been won by Clive Owen & Brian Senior (pictured). They were highest scorers in the qualifying round, and carried this form in to the final where they went on to win by nearly 3%. Richard Creamer & Trevor Mathews were second, and Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor were third.

The Two Star Pairs was the second competition in the 2018/19 Player of the Year Championship, and Clive and Brian are new entries at 11th in the standings.

The Satellite Pairs (the 'B' final) was narrowly won by Gill Stock & Shahzaad Natt (see picture here), who were just 0.11% ahead of Andrew McIntosh & Alex Hydes.

The Swiss Pairs - for non-qualifiers, and those joining the congress after the qualifying rounds - was won by Michael Rawlins & Naomi Gibbs (see picture here), with Roman Gembicki & Bogdan Drobny in second.

The Congress continued with a multiple teams event, with a qualifying round, followed by three finals. The 'A final', for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by Rob Lawy, Andrew Thompson, Warner Solomon & Lorne Anderson (see picture here), with Filip Kurbalija, Diane Kurbalija, David Kendrick & Jeremy Dhondy in second, and the 2017 winners, the Black team, in third.

The Burlington Cup (the secondary final) was won by Celia Oram, Derek Oram, Dee Lindon & Peter Lindon (see picture here), and the Sussex Cup (the consolation final) was won by David Gold, Catherine Seale, Tom Paske & Bjorn Tiller (see picture here)

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

There may still be chance to join a lesson near you - to find your nearest club or teacher, and link to their website, use the online directory.

Oram team reclaims Gerard Faulkner Salver

For the third time in five years, the winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Alan Kay & Jeremy Dhondy.

In a very close final, the 2014 and 2015 champions defeated Brian Senior, Norman Selway, Paul Hackett & Sandra Penfold by just 3 IMPs (Alan Mould also played for the runners-up in an earlier round).

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