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Local News July/August 2016

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2016 NEBA SWISS PAIRS
Dear computer literate bridge player,
Please Download the hi-res. pdf of the poster on the left advertising the NEBA SWISS PAIRS EVENT and display in your club.
If we can do anyting more to promote bridge in the North East of England please let us know!
Neil Aiston - Webmaster

CRAMLINGTON CONGRESS
Please remember that the very enjoyable Annual Cramlington Congress takes place on Sunday 14th August at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn.

We all tend to leave entries until the last minute but if you are planning to go PLEASE let
Anne Bell know ASAP so that catering numbers can be finalised. If you have not yet decided to go please consider going along to this friendly event which is open to players who do not attend affiliated clubs. DETAILS HERE

MACMILLAN CHARITY

Please remember that your next big bridge competition is the St Georges Charity Event
on Sunday 7th August at Darlington in memory of Margaret Watts.

It is a fun event open to non-members of NEBA. Contact Bob at St Georges for more details.

anybody@stgeorgesbridge.co.uk

SIMULTANEOUS OPEN PAIRS
Please note the late change of venue for the northern event. It is now to be held at Hepscott Village Hall.
The result will be posted on the Cramlington Bridge Club website until Thursday 21st July.


WINNERS
Congratulations go to the Overall winners of the event, Aileen Cunningham and Mary Page who won the Castle Morpeth heat.
The winners of the Darlington heat were Hayden Dando and Eric Knight who were second in the overall results.

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SCARBOROUGH CONGRESS
will be held at the Scarborough Spa Complex, between 28th – 31st July.
Full details HERE

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Dear Secretary,
Can you please encourage your members to enter the Sims Pairs event at Castle Morpeth & Darlington on Sunday 17th July. at 2 PM Download poster
This event is in serious danger of being cancelled if more entries are not received. Many people are intending to play
BUT have not placed their entry. Your help will be appreciated.
Elaine Purvis - Tournament Secretary

Dear computer literate bridge player,
The 2016 NEBA Congress brochure is now in all affiliated clubs and the poster shown on the rightis is now available. Please Download the hi-res pdf of the poster and advertise in your club. If we can do anyting more to promote bridge in the North East of England please let us know!
Neil Aiston - Webmaster

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KATHY PIKE CHARITY EVENT
This charity competition in aid of 'Cancer Research U.K.' attracted a massive 30 tables of players ranging from some of NEBA's top players to rank beginners. Kathy Pike, was an outstanding and popular bridge player who is soreley missed across our region.
The event, organised by Mary Page, is in its 4th year but was moved from Newburn to Stannington to accommodate the huge turnout.
Thanks go to the army of helpers and cake makers and to NEBA Chief Tournament Director Norman Gray for their all of their efforts which raised £1100

The overall winners were Marion Curran & Pat Tuff Runners up were Monica Tuke & Kenneth Bodenham with Sue & Dick Davies in 3rd position.
and the prize awarded to the top 'inexperienced' player in the competition went to Anne Thompson & Christine Haywood. MORE HERE

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ANNUAL NEBA v EAST OF SCOTLAND MATCH at BERWICK
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MATCHES v NEBA (As reported on the East of Scotland Website)
NEBA (North East Bridge Association....Newcastle area) welcomed the East District to Berwick for their annual matches.
The A team were represented by Liz McGowan & David Liggat, Brian Short & Fiona McQuaker, Fiona Greenwood & Veronica Guy and Derrick Peden & Tim McKay.

The match was played over four stanzas of 12 boards. Their first set was -18 imps, recovered in the second to go 5 imps ahead but after losing 17 imps in the third had a deficit of 12 imps going in to the final set. They managed a +10 to narrowly lose a very close match by 2 imps...so the Newcastle Journal Trophy travels south.

Representing the B team were Lucia Barrett & Jake Corry, John Hamilton & Gordon Kirk, David & Wendy Chambers and Jim Wilkinson & Catriona Gardiner. They got off to a good start being 19 imps up in the first set but lost the next three sets to lose their match by 20 imps. The Edinburgh Salver also heads south.

This was a reversal of the 2015 results and Eastern District will be hoping to regain both trophies in 2017.

ENGLAND ARE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
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England's Women's team have won the European Championships in Budapest. Starting the final day in third place, they won all three matches, including victory against overnight leaders Poland in the final match.

Congratulations to the team: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Sally Brock & Nicola Smith; Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper; NPC: Derek Patterson; Coach: David Burn.

INTER CLUB RULE CHANGE
Rule 19 - Where the travelling time exceeds 1 hour between club venues, the away team is entitled to request a "half-way"venue. The home team must comply with this request.  The away team will be responsible for arranging the venue and the room hire costs will be shared between the 2 clubs.  If the venue is at another NEBA club, the 2 "visiting" clubs will each pay £5 per team towards the cost of hiring bridge equipment and for tea/coffee. Both of the visiting teams will provide their own refreshments.  The home team will be responsible for providing the match boards and bridge stationery.

NEBA PROGRAMME BOOKLET
The attractive pocket sized 2016/17 programme booklet is available from all NEBA affiliated bridge clubs now.
You can pick up your copy this week and it is free. In it you will find all the events for this coming year details of clubs, contact details, rules and photographs of last years winners.

There has been some debate as to whether NEBA should continue producing these handy programme booklets for members, so if they are valued, please take one, when your club offers them to you.
If you don't use it - you lose it!

SALUTARY LESSONS
The illustration below was emailed to me regarding a scoring error that occurred in a recent NEBA event 

When scores are entered on the 'Bridgemate' always check that you (or your opponents,) have entered the score in the right direction. In a NEBA competition, always check the scores at the end of a session against the print-out given by the director, at the interval and at the end of the event. 

On Saturday afternoon at the Summer Pairs, one north mistakenly entered the score as 11 tricks by east instead of by north. 

This was accepted by west and shown on the Bridgemate as 0% to N/S.
North knew it was going to be poor score and said so to the opponents.

To compound the error, north did not check the print out at the break - at which point it could have been corrected, with agreement, from the opponents. 

Although it would not have made a significant difference to N/S's  overall score it may have affected the result of their opponents and could have changed the overall result of the competition.

North accepts that it was an error on his part but is just alerting others to the potential for making similar mistakes when entering and accepting scores. He suggests that players become more vigilant when checking/accepting scores and that it may be even more important when playing Howell movements, where players are continually changing their direction of play.

Interestingly, I also entered a score that gave us 100% but realised the error, called the director, and re-entered the board correctly.

Bridgemate scores should be checked with more than a cursory glance.

VANU DATTA
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On 21st June 2016, Durham Bridge Club Chairman Peter Sykes made a presentation to Vanu Datta following upon his recent 90th birthday. 
The presentation was in recognition of Vanu’s continuous membership since the club was founded in 1972.  Sadly Vanu now lacks a little mobility and can only attend the club infrequently. 
Best wishes were extended to Vanu by all club members.

 

BRIDGE TEACHERS & NEBA CONGRESS
The definition for teachers as to "What is a NEWCOMER"?, has been defined by NEBA Executive as a player with NO masterpoint ranking OR at best, has achieved the rank of CLUB MASTER.
So we would like to see players from non-affiliated clubs and students joining us at the Marriott Hotel for a FRIENDLY game on Friday, Nov 11th. Entry fee is only 4 pounds!

BARGAIN BRIDGE EQUIPMENT
With apologies to Phyllis Hands who last week asked me to post this sale of bridge equipment. She is offering two bridge tables in good condition, 24 wallets with cards and two sets of bidding boxes all for 100 pounds. Ideal if you are planning to run teams events from your home! If you are interested, please contact Phyllis on 0191 3890622

OLYMPIC SPORT AGAIN?
Radio 5 Live had a discussion on Thursday 11th Aug. about sports which are not currently part of the Olympic games but could be, or perhaps should be. England international Heather Dhondy talked to Nicky Campbell to give the argument for including bridge at a future games.

Bridge has had involvement with the games in the past - the WBF was invited to apply for a place at the 2020 games in Tokyo, and bridge has previously been a demonstration event at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

BRIDGE TEACHERS & NEBA CONGRESS
At last there is a realisation that the future of bridge requires new blood.

NEBA clubs have responded well to recent initiatives that encourage experienced players to teach our game to a new generation and most clubs are now offering successful courses of bridge tuition.

However, a constant problem is getting students to 'move on' to play in affiliated clubs - that are perceived by many students to be "too competitive".

To give newcomers a taste of friendly competion in elegant surroundings, our Executive have decided to add a Newcomer's event to the 2016 NEBA Annual Congress. It will take place on the Friday night and NEBA secretary Mary Page will be contacting teachers in the near future to give them more details. We NEED the enthusiastic support of ALL bridge teachers to make this work. PLEASE HELP!

2016 CRAMLINGTON PAIRS CONGRESS
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Cramlington Congress winners were Aileen Cunningham & Mary Page. Runners up Steve & Georgia Ray.

DEAR MEMBERS
I have today sent out an email Newletter using 'Mailchimp' - can you please check and see you have received it (could go into your junk file).  If not received can you please let me know and I will update my email list with your new details. 
Many thanks. Mary Page, Secretary.

ST GEORGES CHARITY EVENT
Congratulations to
NEBA chair, Liz Muir who partnered Val Gibson yesterday (Sunday 7th August) and won the McMilllan Charity event held at St Georges Bridge Centre.
Runners up were Bob Watts and Eric Knight.

NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE NEWS
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PRESIDENT'S CUP
This annual competition took place in Bradford over the weekend of 18 – 19 June with NEBA represented by the team of :

John Boughey, Eddie Nord, David Gold, Gill Gold, Nigel Durie, Pauline Durie,
Sue Davies and Dick Davies.

Despite winning 2 out of the 7 matches (against Herefordshire and Derbyshire) the team finished eighth well behind runaway winners, Manchester.
It was a tough field which included several players of national standing. Our top pair were John and Eddie who were a creditable 28= (out of 70) in the Butler standings.

NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE NEWS
After the first weekend of the 2016 season, played in Manchester on 16th July, the North East team of: David Milner, David Joy, Pauline Durie, Nigel Durie, Sue Davies, Dick Davies, David Gold, Gill Gold.playing in the B Division are holding 6th position in a close contest.

Star pair of the day were Sue and Dick Davies. Sadly this was the last appearance in the competition for David Joy and David Milner as a partnership since David Joy is moving away from our area. David and David have been stalwarts of the team for the last ten years and we are looking out for new blood to get involved and take their place.
(Contact Nigel Durie
ndurie@yahoo.co.uk

VPs

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Cumbria

86

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Manchester

84

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North Wales

73

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Lancashire

71

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Westmorland

65

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NEBA

64

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Yorkshire

63

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Merseyside & Cheshire

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SCARBOROUGH CONGRESS
Bob Watts and Liz Reese are doing extremely well in the Swiss Pairs.
Out of the 144 pairs competing, they were 4th in the 1st session and 5th in the 2nd session. With one session to play before the results are combined we wish them well in the last session to be played today, Sunday 31st July!
Well Bob and Liz ended a creditable 22nd,
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in the open teams, Ajit Shivdasani (NEBA), Vijay Anand (Middlesex), Norman Gray & Rosemary Gray (both NEBA) were highest scorers in the blue section.

HEXHAM B.C. RAISE £660
Hexham Bridge Club hosted a very successful bridge afternoon on Sunday 24th July at Riding Mill Parish Hall.  We would like to thank all those who supported the event, either playing or donating, which helped to raise £660 for Alzheimer's Society.  Very well done to all concerned.
Jocelyn Gordon

WHO NEEDS 'STAYMAN'?
I don’t have pictures or dramatic news but I wondered if any of the NEBA bridge players would possibly be interested in some of the bridge developments that Alan Lester and I have been looking at over the last few years.

If you think there might be some interest then please see www.peteprince.co.uk
Pete Prince

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