Hackett & Taylor, and Murphy team, win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%, only narrowly ahead of the defending champions, Graham Osborne & Philip Wood, who scored 59.86%. Tom Cohen & Alan Jarvis completed the podium with 58.96%.

The Swiss Teams competition was won by the team of Pearl Murphy, Val Gibson, Martin Kane & Bill March (picture here). They finished with 99 VPs from their seven matches, 5 VPs ahead of Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Tim Chanter & Helen Wildsmith. The Solomon and Carpenter teams tied for third with 92 VPs.

Entries open for Teltscher Trophy and Lady Milne Trials

Applications are invited to compete in the Teltscher Trophy Trials, and the Lady Milne Trials.

Teltscher Trophy Trials
The trials will take place 15th – 16th December 2018 at the West Midlands Bridge Club in Solihull.

The Teltscher Trophy takes place in Scotland (venue to be confirmed), 5th-7th April 2019.

In line with European Bridge League and Bridge Great Britain eligibility criteria, players need to be born in 1958 or earlier to play in the Teltscher Trophy in 2019 and 2020.

Applications to dawn@ebu.co.uk by Monday 15th October 2018. The entry fee is £340.00 per team.

Lady Milne Trials

The Trials will consist of a Pre-Trial and a Trial. All applications will be accepted for the Pre-Trials, which take place 11th-13th January 2019 at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. The Trial, which will consist of a number of qualifying pairs from the Pre-Trials, plus any applicants the Selection Committee have chosen to exempt from the Pre-Trials, will take place on 1st-3rd February 2019, again at the Young Chelsea BC.

The entry fee will be £120.00 per player. The closing date for applications to dawn@ebu.co.uk has now been extended to the 24th October 2018.

The Lady Milne Trophy takes place 12th-14th April 2019, in Ireland (venue to be confirmed).

Deb Casey receives Alec Salisbury Award

We are delighted to have presented the Alec Salisbury Award to Deb Casey of Claremont Fan Court School, in Surrey. The Alec Salisbury Award is awarded jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education & Development to a serving school teacher who has made a significant contribution to schools bridge.

She is pictured receiving the award from EBU Vice Chairman, Ian Payn.

Teltscher team wins Four Star Teams to conclude Summer Festival

The Summer Festival has concluded with the Four Star Teams competition, which was won by the Teltscher team - Mark Teltscher, Zia Mahmood, Tom Townsend, Artur Malinowski & Bernard Teltscher. They were just 4 VPs ahead of two teams tied for second, and chocoholics will enjoy the fact it was between the Green and Black teams - Ben Green, Andrew Murphy, Jon Cooke & Cameron Small, and Gunnar Hallberg, Derek Patterson, Andrew McIntosh & Phil King respectively.

The B Final was won by Chris Dixon, David Jones, Trevor Ward & Peter Shelley, with Kieran Dyke, Frances Hinden, Paula Leslie & Jeffrey Allerton in second. The Swiss Teams, which continued after the top team progressed to the finals, was won by Norman Selway, Kay Preddy, Sandra Penfold & Brian Senior (picture).

Also in the second phase of the Festival were two midweek competitions held at venues around the country, two one-day Swiss Pairs competitions, and a curtain-raiser to the Team's competition at the Royal National. The winners were:

  • Mixed Pivot Teams: Bernard Goldenfield, Irving Blakey, Rhona Goldenfield & Joy Blakey
  • Mixed Pairs: Tracy Capal & David Sherman
  • Saturday's Swiss Pairs: David Wright & David Fletcher
  • Sunday's Swiss Pairs: Eryk Gozdowski & Tony Mutukisna
  • Point-a-Board Teams: Petar Ivanov, James Thrower, Todor Tihilov & Ali Ahmed

Summer Festival Hub (for results, articles from the Festival, and more)


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