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Last updated : 20th Oct 2018 08:24 BST
Candlestick Congratulations

The last weekend of january was thrilling for Martin Garvey. First AFC Wimbledon pulled off a FA Cup shock by beating West Ham. Second Ian Swanson & Martin Garvey  (pictured above) pulled off a rather less shocking succesful Surrey raid on the HIWCBA Candlestick Swiss pairs . Like last year, the position at the end of round 5  was swiss working like it should with the top two pairs playing each other in the last round. This year Helen Kinloch & Tony Page were the potential Hampshire heroes - needing a 12-8 last round win for victory. According to director Mike Kinsey, who did a stirling job of directing, they got off to a good start but unfortunately they failed to maintain that momentum and lost 12-8 to finish 2nd. During the last round Mike announced that all would be playing people of similar standard and could perhaps look to form a team for the valentine teams with their opposition - well it cant have felt like that at the bottom of the field with the final ranking showing all of the bottom five pairs losing the last round 20-0.
And what about the Derek Gibbins victor ludorum trophy? Well, going into the candlesticks as part of the pair defending the trophy, Tim Smith had high hopes of extending his lead. In practice though he only did just enough to keep his lead and now has defending Derek Gibbins champion Andy Hughes  close behind in 2nd place.
The next HIWCBA event in Romsey is the Valentine Teams on the 17th February and we hope to see you all there.

Last updated : 28th Jan 2019 07:24 GMT
Mid Winter Congratulations

The Mid Winter Teams on the 13th January was a well organised 10 team all play all event well run by playing director Guy Lawrenson and technical director Michael Yeo. 1st and 2nd were the same at half time as at the end with the clear winners being camera shy Jeremy Baker & Alan Wilson playing with John Sherringham & James Guiton (pictured above). Second place was, however, close at the death. Team Dakin (John Dakin, James Clark, Tim Smith & Tony Truluck) had slipped to 3rd 5 imps behind 2nd with only board 39 to play; John & James were at the table and Tim & Tony thought it unlikley that a big swing would result. However, luckily for them, John & James managed to defeat 4H for a 13 imp swing and 2nd place. The result leaves members of those two teams (Tim & Jeremy) in first & second place in the Derek Gibbins Victor ludorum.  Congratulations to the winners, the directors and all who played and hope to see you all return later in the season - e.g. to the blue pointed Candlestick Swiss Pairs at the end of January and the Valentine Teams in mid february

Last updated : 14th Jan 2019 19:50 GMT
Yuletide & Chidwick congratulations, Merry Xmas and a Happy bridge playing New Year

The Yuletide HIWCBA Xmas event was a happy event (merry xmas again to all) with spot prizes, raffle and £250 raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance. The swiss teams event ended with a successful family raid from Dorset in the form of Hugh Kevill-Davies & (camera shy) Jon Holland, Lucy & Philip Norman (winners and pictured above) who chose the event to give Lucy Norman her first county level tournament success as a junior. Congratulations indeed to that team.  The event was well directed by Mike Kinsey who achieved his second HIWCBA second of the month when his team (Mike Kinsey, Tony Olech, Tim Smith & Tony Truluck) came second overall. This gives Tim Smith a narrow xmas lead in the Derek Gibbins Victor Ludorum.

Earlier in advent more money was raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance by the Chidwick Cup charity simultaneous in clubs. Congratulations go to the winners Fred Hotchen & Andy Hughes with Mike Kinsey & Gabriel Hearst second.

Last updated : 17th Dec 2018 18:27 GMT
Wessex / Bloxsom Congratulations


Congratulations to Tim Smith, Lilias Lamont, Mike Fithyan & Mike Kinsey (top picture) winners of the wessex/bloxsom teams event on 2nd December. They win the Wessex trophy. Congratulations also to Bob McRobert, Chris Kinloch, Geoff Oldfield & Peter Crouch (bottom picture) who were second and winners of the Bloxsom trophy. The event was run as a multiple teams and standings were not available until near the end. Team Smith & Team McRobert were playing each other in the last round and with 4 (and then 5) of the last round of 6 boards  scored for that match team smith were just 1vp ahead and Tim/Lilias could see that their last score was not good. Fortunately for them though, Mike F and Mike K managed to bring home 4S on board 12 to increase their winning margin and secure victory. A good event enjoyed by all and well directed by Keith Bennett.

Last updated : 3rd Dec 2018 07:51 GMT
Tollemache Qualifier Result

The HIWCBA tollemache team of Jeremy Dhondy,Andy Hughes,Sonia Zakrzewski,Gareth Birdsall, Jeremy Baker,Guy Lawrenson,Steve Preston,Dave Huggett, Adam Dunn and Graham Allan competed in Group A of  the 2018-19 Tollemache qualifier on the weekend of 17th-18th November and almost qualified in a hard qualifying group. With two teams qualifying they were in the pack competing fiercely for the second qualifying spot, eventually missing out by 3vps.

Last updated : 1st Dec 2018 07:53 GMT
Jubilee Congratulations and Tollemache Hopes

Congratulations to Jeremy Dhondy & Jeremy Baker, Jason Frost & Fred Hotchen, Clare & Ian Fearon, John Folkes & Tony Page – winners of the Jubilee Cup for teams of 8 on Sunday 11th November because they scored the most victory points even though  Guy Lawrenson & Christine Bradley, Richard Vessey & Claire Hillyard,Janet Smith & John Gardner Mike Jackson & Michael Yeo (2nd overall) won all their matches and therefore accumulated the most masterpoints. Of course it wouldn't be the Jubilee Cup without a scoring issue! But the director, Mike Kinsey, says he has now put in the missing scores and generated the correct results.

This was enough to put Jeremy Dhondy into the lead of the derek gibbins victor ludorum.

The next HIWCBA adventure is competing in the Tollemache (National inter county teams of 8) Qualifier and good luck to the selected team of Jeremy Dhondy,Andy Hughes,Sonia Zakrzewski,Gareth Birdsall, Jeremy Baker,Guy Lawrenson,Steve Preston,Dave Huggett, Adam Dunn and Graham Allan who are competing in that event on the 17th/18th November.

Last updated : 12th Nov 2018 18:37 GMT
Simple System Congratulations

Congratulations to Phil Johnston & Robert Hills of Meon Bridge Club - the winners of the simple systems pairs in clubs between 29th October and the 2nd November. Full results here.  112 pairs took part - 4 more than last year - obviously an enjoyable event that people return to. The event has raised nearly £200 for Air Ambulance.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2018 18:09 GMT
Nearby Non HIWCBA Event News 27/28 October

The weekend of 27th/28th October was not a HIWCBA event weekend, but there were teams events in/nearby Hampshire on both days. Petersfield Bridge Club held its blue point swiss teams event on Saturday 27th with victory for HIWCBA members Steve Preston, Richard Ray & Christine Ray playing with Miles Cowling (Dorset) with Peter Crouch, Geoff Oldfield, Bob McRobert(all HIWCBA)  & Arun Suri (Surrey) second.  On Sunday 28th some HIWCBA members  travelled to the Dorset Flemmich Cup teams event  and  the all HIWCBA team of Roger Johnson & Michael Gwilliam, John Jones & Adrian Fontes  triumphed, beating the  combined HIWCBA/Dorset team of Philippa Bateman & Lesley Lewis,Tim Dunsby & Robin Wright. Congratulations to all who won and all who did well

Last updated : 29th Oct 2018 20:07 GMT
HIWCBA Members In Gold Cup Final

Last weekend saw two HIWCBA members - Peter Crouch & Jeremy Dhondy - who had both competed in the first HIWCBA event of the season (the candover teams),  shun the second (the HIWCBA Mixed and married pairs at Crosfield hall - see below)  in order to compete in the BGB Gold Cup finals - with the equivalent result to our own candover teams result. i.e. Peter's team triumphed over Jeremy's team  who were runners up. Congratulations and well done to both. Hopefully this will inspire more HIWCBA teams to enter the competition - although in practice some dont get very far!

Last updated : 21st Oct 2018 09:31 BST
Mixed and Married Pairs


Congratulations to Madeline Lawson & Mahmood Nurmohamed (above left) winners of the mixed and married pairs in a busy Romsey on 14th October (Lots of cars in the car park and lots of enjoyable bridge in the crosfield hall).  Richard & Christine Ray (above right), retained the married pairs trophy for the third year in a row although only 4th on the day with Angela Clark & Rob Paton and Jenny Ashby & Rick Assad also ahead of them.

Last updated : 20th Oct 2018 08:20 BST
Candover Congratulations - 2018-2019 HIWCBA Season Up And Running
Candover Congratulations - 2018-2019 HIWCBA Season Up And Running

The 2018-2109 HIWCBA season is now upon us and has has started with an exciting, well directed  Candover Teams (full results here), in 'Danish' teams format which worked flawlessly and resulted in the top four teams being within 5 Vps of each other with one match to go. Team Cowling (Miles Cowling & Bob McRobert, Peter Crouch & Geoff Oldfield) triumphed, beating Team Lamont by more than Team Dhondy beat Team Baker. Congratulations to all and especially the director Mike Kinsey who somehow also managed to play in the event.
The winning team were not photographed at the event but some 2017-18 trophies were presented at tea - see above.
All county league and knockout competitions have been drawn and all HIWCBA events up until the end of 2018 can be entered now (as highlighted above) The first Dave Huggett seminar takes place on the 30th September - these seminars are always enjoyed by all who attend - so dont miss out.  The next HIWCBA pairs event in Romsey - the mixed and married pairs - is coming up on the 14th October. The HIWCBA simple systems competitions in clubs also occurs at the end of october - clubs please confirm when you wish to hold a heat

Last updated : 17th Sep 2018 21:45 BST
2107-2018 Season Final Review

Congratulations to all HIWCBA members who achieved success in 2017-2018. This includes all HIWCBA trophy winners, plus remember:

The Petersfield team of 8 (Steve Preston,James Clark, Mike Fithyan,Tony Truluck,Gabriel Hearst,Mike Kinsey, Lilias Lamont,Andrew Doye) reached the final of the Garden Cities trophy.
The HIWCBA Tollemache team (Jeremy Dhondy,Andy Hughes,Sonia Zakrzewski,Gareth Birdsall, Jeremy Baker,Guy Lawrenson,Steve Preston,Dave Huggett, Adam Dunn and Graham Allan) reached the Tollemarche Final. 
and in other ebu reported  events since June:
Andy Hughes's Crockfords Team reached the Crockords final, although the team seemed to miss Andy's leadership in the final.
Andy Hughes & Jeremy Dhondy finished 7th in the EBU summer meeting main pairs event.
Bill Taylor was part of the winning team in the riviera congress.
and any others the webmaster has unintentionally missed/forgotten.


Last updated : 17th Sep 2018 21:47 BST
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From June 2016 webmaster policy is to highlight names of primary HIWCBA members with public NGS grades & report on their notable achievements in HIWCBA events, national events & neighbouring county events, in addition to reporting HIWCBA  events & major HIWCBA club events & news.

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Sun 17th February 2019
Valentine Swiss Teams
Crosfield Hall Romsey 2pm
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Sun 24th February 2019
Crosfield Hall Romsey 3pm
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Sat 16th March 2019
Otterbourne 11.30
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Sun 17th March 2019
Otterbourne 11.30
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Sat 23rd March 2019
Pottage Semi Finals
Crosfield Hall Romsey 2pm
Sun 7th April 2019
Ladies & Mens Pairs
Crosfield Hall Romsey 2pm
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IBM Cup Dup Pairs
11th to 15th In Clubs
Candlestick Swiss Pairs
Crosfield Hall, Romsey
Mid-Winter Swiss Teams
Crosfield Hall Romsey
Yuletide Swiss Teams
Crosfield Hall Romsey
Chidwick Cup Duplicate Pairs
3rd to 7th In Clubs
Wessex/Bloxsom Blue Pointed teams
Crosfield Hall Romsey