News Sept./Oct. 2015


OK I am getting this posted at 8.52 am on Tuesday 8th Sept. - before the results change again. Inga and Neil Aiston from the Brunton club, are in 1st position on 68.21% in the EBU Autumn Sims. This was after the results of 42 clubs and 710 pairs had been posted.
Still there - Wed. 12 noon! Clubs: 53
Pairs: 911
Still there - Thur. 10 am! Clubs: 54 Pairs: 932
But not now Thur. 4pm. Down to 2nd!

Graham Cox and Alleyn Erskine from Wearside B.C. are 3rd in the Tuesday heat on 67.83%
Good news - Graham & Alleyn up to 2nd!

The North East won the NEL match in Keighley (Sat. 13th Sept.) by the narrowest of margins (one point), over 7 other counties.

No doubt the world, and the NEBA will need to know.

The team was Gill & David Gold, Jill & Roger Hancock, John Boughey & Eddie Nord, and Fred Robinson & Ted Murdoch - David Gold


Entries are coming in very slowly for our annual Congress at the Marriott Hotel.  It is an excellent venue and a very enjoyable friendly Congress. Can I please ask club secretaries to enthusiastically promote the congress at your Club for the next 3 weeks as we need to get entries up to 30 tables for the pairs and teams events to break even.  Please ask your members to put in their entries ASAP to Pauline Durie. 
Full details on the Congress poster circulated to all the clubs and on
NEBA Website.

If anyone needs fixing up for the teams please ask them to contact me and I will do my best to try and find partners.
Many thanks for your help. Best wishes Mary Page - NEBA Secretary

An article in 'The Week'


Liz Muir has been honoured by the English Bridge Union by a prestigious Dimmie Fleming award for services to bridge locally and to the County.   The intent of the Dimmie Fleming award is to publicly recognise those people who do not hold an official office, but have, for a long time worked hard for bridge in administration at County level. Liz has done so much for bridge in the North it is hard to know where to start. But, I will pick out her tireless service for the North East Bridge Association where she has held every office, bar one, on at least one occasion. She brings enthusiasm and commitment to everything she does. It is a delight to show her so publicly how much she is valued by her bridge friends and colleagues. We are all so proud for her.

The Judicial Review in to Sport England's position that bridge should not be considered a 'sport' will be heard at the High Court on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September.

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BBC News Website


Winners of the Darlington Heat Bob Watts & Liz Reese

HOWEVER - when the results were combined, the overall winners of the competition were Stella Findlay and Desmond Dunleavy with Don Reid and David Brickland in the runners up position.

Eleven tables competed at the very comfortable premises of Whitley Bay B.C. for the new 'simultaneous format' of the NEBA Seniors pairs. I suspect that most players appreciated the early 7.30 pm finish after playing 36 boards in a competition superbly directed by Chris Benneworth.

Thanks also to Whitley Bay for The provision of a splendid buffet meal at the interval. Far more civilised, I think, than 'taking sandwiches'. This is another welcome innovation introduced by our NEBA executive and feedback is always appreciated on this and any other issues you may have. It is YOUR association!!

Whitley Bay winners, as shown, were Don Reid and David Brickland and the runners up in this heat were Stella Findlay and Desmond Dunleavy.

A disappointing 4.5 tables competed at St. Georges and the winners were Bob Watts and Liz Reese.

The international bridge world has again been stunned by accusations of cheating. Claims have been made against the top ranked players in the world, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, with suggestions made that the orientation of the card when they make their opening lead gives an indication as to their holding in the suit.

The information and 'evidence' was revealed in an article on the Bridge Winners website.
This follows the accusations made against Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz. (see below)

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King Cup Winners were Bev Godfrey & Val Gibson. NGS winners were Grace Brown & Eleanor Foley.

Tessa Lee was a member of Morpeth Bridge Club for many years. She taught bridge to newcomers including many current players in the club.

Sadly, she died last Sunday night, August 30th  and will be much missed.

Her Funeral will be at 11.00 am on Tuesday September 15th, at Newcastle Crematorium, NE5 2JL.

There will be a buffet at the Sun Inn, Morpeth after the funeral

But now, that triumphant team of bridge players has been ripped apart by accusations that would, in the words of the whistleblower, “even make a Hollywood movie surreal.”

Two Israeli men, Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz, have been accused by their team mates of cheating. Quite how they cheated is unclear, but Norwegian bridge professional Boye Brogeland, one of the world’s highest-rated bridge players, said the other four members of the team were handing back three titles they had won together.

“If you have a cheating pair on your team, I believe you should lose whatever Masterpoints, Seeding points and titles you have won together,” said Mr Brogeland, writing on the Bridge Winners forum and rocking the world of bridge with his claims of skulduggery at a top tournament. “The Schwartz team from the two previous cycles has decided to give up the three titles that we ‘won’ in 2014 and 2015. We believe in a clean game and we love bridge.”

They came together to do battle: an international team of warriors, fighting for glory, honour, and thousands of dollars in reward.
----------Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz

FULL STORY from the Telegraph HERE

Whether you wanted a pleasant sociable day out with friends (that included a scrumptious two course meal) or a competitive game of bridge played in a great spirit, the NEBA King Cup is where you should have been on Sunday 30th August . All for an unbelievable £10.

Maybe the Bank Holiday weekend kept the numbers down, but despite there being only 8 tables, this year's King Cup for ladies was a huge success.  Everyone enjoyed the relaxed friendly bridge and the afternoon buffet lunch provided by Bev Godfrey and Liz Reese was excellent (salmon/ham salad plus delicious deserts)

Hopefully next year more ladies will attend - I can definitely recommend it. - Mary Page

The competition was won by NEBA Chair Val Gibson, playing with Bev Godfrey. Runners up were Liz Reese and Rhonda Foster (who had come all the way from the USA just to play in this competition). NGS winners were Eleanor Foley and Grace Brown.


Friday night is BLUE POINTED
The green pointed major Championship events will be played as SWISS pairs/teams.

Please get your entries in early (Pairs AND Teams) for the Congress on 6th - 8th November CLICK HERE

The two day website blackout was due to our ISP performing, without warning, a web platform upgrade that clearly confused my regular ftp which had to be re-routed to the new Apache platform.

After two days of
phone calls and emails to 'Namesco' various remedies were sought to enable me to upload changes to the website. Finally, this morning, the uploading problems were solved.

The delay in posting the Inter club results was entirely due to this.

EBU are disappointed to report that the judge hearing the Judicial Review has ruled that Sport England is acting lawfully when it refuses to recognise bridge as a sport. Read more from this EBU link


At the Scottish National Congress held at the Peebles Hydro on the 16-18th October Clive Owen playing with John Holland from Manchester won the Swiss Pairs and together with Charles and Vi Outred from Glasgow won the Open Teams and finished second in the Championship Teams final.

A second hic-cup in a week from Namesco.
I will post the apology from our ISP - as soon as it arrives!
Although my uploads to the site appear to be being processed normally, they are not always appearing immediately. Even different results on PC - Mac - iPad mini and iPad !!! CRAZY!

item39Steve & Georgia Ray won the Autumn Simultaneous on October 7th at the 'Bridge Overseas' Congress in Rhodes :


381 pairs played in their local bridge clubs to qualify for the final of the NEBA Gazette Cup and Shield.

31 Pairs competed in the final at Darlington and 12 made it through to the final of the Gazette Cup.

The cup winners were Andrew and Pat from the Whitley Bay club and the Shield was won by Jenny and David from the Stockton club. Norman directed and scored the event.