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News May/June. 2014

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PLEASE PROMOTE!
In an attempt to encourage participation in NEBA events, we are making our posters DOWNLOADABLE. We hope that club Secretaries or computer literate members will use this facility to print out and display the advertisements in their clubs.
Similarly, we invite non affiliated clubs to advertise the events that do not require NEBA membership.
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MORE SUCCESS FOR NEBA
By winning the NEBA Inter Club teams of 8, Hurworth Bridge Club went on to represent NEBA in the regional final of the Garden Cities Festival in Bradford.

Yesterday, June 14th, Hurworth played in the National Final and just lost out to a team from Coventry - They shared 2nd spot with a very strong Manchester team.

In the Butler scoring, Damian Hassan and Clive Owen were 3rd and Val Gibson and Bill March were 11th out of 63 players


The full Hurworth team was - Damian Hassan, Clive Owen,Julian Gibson, John Atthey, David Broadhead,Martin Kane,Val Gibson, Bill March.
Congratulations on another excellent performance! Full results HERE

PACHABO SUCCESS
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John Atthey, Julian Gibson, Val Gibson & Bill March
(pictured with EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy)
who won the prestigious Pachabo Cup playing four sessions spread over two days against some of the top bridge players in the country! John also won the event in 2008 with Gloucestershire.

FINAL RANKING HERE

Interestingly the only other time it was won by an NEBA team was in 2011 when Steve Ray, Dave Roberts, Damian Hassan, & Martin Kane won.

A history of the competition can be found
HERE - Photo EBU

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David Gold

The new Chief Tournament Secretary, David Gold, invites you to enter a team for the 2014/15 Kempson Cup and/or fhe North East League.

Entry fee is only £16 per team and details of both competitions can be found HERE

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NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE

Several people have expressed an interest in representing the North East in this inter-county teams of 8 competition. There are 4 matches in the season played at various venues – Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Blackburn and Keighley. The format is usually 7 X 7 board matches but depends on the number of teams playing on the day. A good buffet tea is included in the cost of £10.00 per person and we try to cut down travel expenses by arranging for car shares. The dates for this year’s matches are:

Saturday 2nd August

Saturday 30th August

Saturday 13th September

Saturday 11th October

 

If you are interested in playing please let Pauline Durie know as soon as possible indicating which of the dates you would be available to play. pmdurie2004@yahoo.co.uk

CORWEN TROPHY
Two NEBA pairs represented us in the Corwen Trophy for the top pairs in each county. The event was held in held in Northampton on 31st May and 1st June.

Martin Kane/ Dave Broadhead were 5th and John Eglington and Bo Hynda were 18th in an entry of 112 pairs.

They qualified by finishing in the top 4 in the NEBA Chronicle Cups.

FULL RESULTS

2014 YORKSHIRE CONGRESS
Well done to the The NEBA teams of:
M. Stanbury, I. Rankin, J. Springett, F. Springett
who won the qualifying heat of the Multiple Teams competition at the Yorkshire Congress in Harrogate -
and the Whitley Bay team of:
A. Cornish, P. Tuff, A. Shivdasani, D. Morrison

who won the Scarborough Trophy - White.

The main teams event was won by a team that included three NEBA players. John Atthey Shivam Shah and Basil Letts.

NEBA A.G.M.
This is a final reminder that the Annual General Meeting of NEBA will be held at St Georges Bridge Club, starting at 6.30 on 21 May.  There will be bridge afterwards. 
Trophies will be presented to those who have won events during the year, the accounts will be presented and the NEBA officers will be elected.  The posts that will be filled are for Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Chief Tournament Secretary and our auditor.  Nominations can be made on the night. 

This year the Secretary and Chief Tournement Secretary are standing down so we will also pay tribute to the work that each of them have done.  I do hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Val Gibson, Chairman

WATCH FOR FURTHER DETAILS
The Summer Swiss Teams that was due to be played this month, is to be replaced by a brand new event at Durham!

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NEW TOURNAMENT SECRETARY
Anne Bell of the Cramlington Bridge Club has taken over as T.S. of Chronicle Cups, Kempson Vases, Summer Pairs, and Gazette Cups.

A big thanks to the retiring T.S Jocelyn Gordon

CLIVE OWEN
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Clive has enjoyed a great deal of success in his career, winning many competitions including the Seniors Knockout three times, the Senior Pairs, the Seniors Congress teams and pairs twice each, the Brighton Seniors Teams, the Grand Masters Pairs, the National Teams Congress, the Silver Plate and the Tollemache. He will make his international debut at the Teltscher Trophy in 2014.

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NEBA AGM
At the AGM David Gold was elected as the new Chief Tournament Secretary and
Mary Page was elected as the NEBA Honorary Secretary.

TELCHER TROPHY INTERNATIONAL - BELFAST
England are represented by Clive Owen and Brian Senior , David Kendrick and Roger Gibbons.

Play got under way yesterday evening (Fri. 16th May)with matches (14 boards each) against hosts Northern Ireland and Wales.
England were leading the whole event after two boards, thanks to board 2, where South doubled Clive Owen's 3NT contract, asking for the lead of Brian Senior's first bid suit. Holding AKQ10xx in the suit, this seemed like a good idea to South – and indeed it was; the defence can take the first ten tricks.  Unfortunately for Northern Ireland, North took out the double to Four Spades.  This in turn was doubled and went three down for 800 to England. Some missed opportunities saw Northern Ireland fight back and win the match by 42 IMPs to 21 … a mere 4.54 VPs for England.

Follow the action on http://www.fob.ie

CONTACT DETAILS
Email addresses and telephone numbers for David and Mary can be found on the OFFICIALS page.

STEVE& GEORGIA WIN PORTUGAL MIXED PAIRS
This year we only entered the three session pairs event held Friday evening and Saturday/Sunday afternoons. We put in a reasonable performance to score 55% which was out of the cash prizes but good enough to win the mixed pair prize which won us 200 Euros and a very large bottle of excellent Alentejo red wine which we shared with other diners and staff at a restaurant that evening. Steve Ray
They were also 'Best Foreign Pair' at the event.
 

HURWORTH WIN REGIONAL GARDEN CITIES
On Saturday the Hurworth team of
John Atthey, Dave Broadhead, Julian Gibson, Val Gibson, Damian Hassan, Martin Kane, Bill March and Clive Owen won the Garden Cities Trophy at Bradford. This is the North of England Club Championship for teams of eight. Hurworth were representing the North East after winning the NEBA Inter Club Championship.  They won by a clear margin of 10 Victory Points over a strong team from the Manchester Club with Sheffield third.

The top two teams qualify for the national final against the top two teams from the South East South West and Midlands next.

EBU BRIGHTON CONGRESS
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There is much more than a game of bridge at this year's EBU Summer Congress! Something for Everyone!

AND - -

EBU are offering clubs a great half price deal. Check the details HERE

BRUNTON COMPLETE THE DOUBLE
Both 'NEBA CLUB CHAMPIONS' competitions for 2013/14 have been won by Brunton BC. Previously David and Gill Gold won the C.C. Pairs, and yesterday, Liz Muir, Don Reid, Peter Avery and Guy Herzmark won the teams competition. Consequently the 2014 John Clarke Salver will be awarded to Brunton. Results to follow. Well done!

EBU SPRING SIMS -TUESDAY 6TH MAY 2014
Steve Codling and Frits van der Leew from the Whitby Bridge Club won the Tuesday EBU Sims with a huge 75%. At Castle Morpeth Bridge Club, Eric Bell & Simon Hedley were 6th and Charlie Singh & Pauline Boardman were 9th out of 662 pairs.

EBU SPRING SIMS -MONDAY 12TH MAY
Brunton Bridge Club provided the 1st and 2nd positions in the Monday heat. Don Reid playing with EBU representitive Andrew Urbanski were the winners and Liz Muir and David Brickland were a close 2nd.

EBU SPRING SIMS -THURSDAY 8TH MAY
Hexham Bridge Club had five pairs in the top 50 (out of 843 pairs), all with over 60%. Well done to all!

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EBU CLUB LIAISON OFFICER VISIT
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he EBU Club Liaison Officer Andrew Urbanski is visiting some bridge clubs in the NEBA region. He hopes to meet with bridge club committee members who are available for 40-60 minutes before the evening bridge session when he can discuss whatever issues are relevant to the club.

He is prepared to discuss any bridge related issues, so if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns about the future of bridge in our area please get your club committee to present them to Andrew.

He offers a number of topics that clubs may wish to discuss. They include: Teaching - TD courses - Stratification - Blue Point Events - Publicity - Club Focus, or any message you would like him to take back to EBU.

SBU CONGRESS SUCCESSES IN ITALY
Two NEBA teams have been successful in the 'Open Teams' event in Italy.
Rosemary Gray, Norman Gray, Janet Springett and Frank Springett were 2nd in the 'A' section and Clive Owen, Margaret Owen, Julian Gibson,and Val Gibson were 2nd in the 'B' section.
Full results
HERE

Norman and Rosemary were also 2nd in the 'Pre Congress Pairs' and 3rd in the 'Mens/Mixed Pairs'.

On 4th May,
Julian Gibson, Val Gibson, Margaret Owen, Clive Owen were leading after round 6 of in the 'Overseas Swiss Teams' competition. Full Result HERE

LAST 2 DAYS IN ITALY - 5th/6th MAY

In the Scottish Bridge Union Congress the 'Open Teams 2' event, Section B was won by Clive Owen, Margaret Owen, Julian Gibson and Val Gibson.
The other NEBA team of Rosemary Gray, Norman Gray, Frank Springett and Jan Springett were 2nd in section A .

On the last day of the congress,
the 'Final Pairs', the E/W winners were Rosemary Gray & Norman Gray.

A very good haul from the eight NEBA players!

NEBA AGM
Just a gentle reminder that the A.G.M. will be held at St Georges Bridge Club Darlington on 21st May starting at 6.30.

As usual nominations for positions on the Executive are invited either in writing or during the meeting. It is my understanding that the Secretary and the Chief Tournament Secretary are standing down after many years service and vacancies exist for these positions.

2014 KEMPSON CUP WINNERS
Martin Kane, Dave Broadhead, Damian Hassan & Bill March won the Kempson Cup on Sunday. It was played at the pleasant Wearside Bridge Club without spectators and although the 1st half of the match was relatively close the 2nd half resulted in a convincing win for the Kane team.

KEMPSON VASES

Apparently there were some scoring discrepancies during session 2 of the Kempson vases. I believe that corrections will follow in due course!

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From 'THE SCOTSMAN' Click HERE for the full story

BRIDGE IN THE NEWS AGAIN!
The sedate world of bridge has been rocked by the revelation that unruly behaviour at the card table has forced organisers of the game to issue etiquette lessons to curb unsportsmanlike conduct.

The situation has deteriorated to such an extent, the Scottish Bridge Union (SBU), which oversees Scotland’s 160 bridge clubs, has launched the “Better Behaviour at Bridge” campaign.

Liz McGowan, chairwoman of the SBU’s laws and ethics committee admitted that behaviour at the table has worsened in recent years. She claimed the unsporting antics of established players was putting off newcomers.

“A number of people taking early retirement in their fifties and sixties are deciding to take up bridge. Previous generations started much younger, perhaps when at university. This means newcomers tend to be older and find it more difficult to pick up the game. They want a nice enjoyable game and are put off by those who have been playing longer,” she said.

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FALLING NUMBERS? - ADVERTISE!
Does anyone outside the bridge world know that your club exists?
or even that 100s of people play a game called Duplicate Bridge?

Do we publicise or advertise bridge enough?

On the left is a fabric Banner that was purchased for £15 from 'Vistaprint'
Many people use the Leisure Centre where we play. They look quizzically at the roomful of card players who occasionally move in an orchestrated way.

With this prominent sign, they now KNOW what is going on and at least the word "BRIDGE" will become a more familiar term to them. Every little helps!
 

 

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