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Maurice Freedman (1934-2017)

     It is with deep regret that to announce the passing of Maurice Freedman, who died peacefully on May 3rd, after a protracted illness, surrounded by his family.

    Maurice, an accountant by profession, and in the family business for almost 35 years, was one of those larger than life personalities that, once you met him, you could never forget.  His generosity and dedication to friends and family alike was second to none.  You could always rely on Maurice to do all in his power to help and advise you, especially in matters to do with politics and bridge!

     Maurice’s contribution to bridge in North-West London, Middlesex, and Berks & Bucks was enormous.  Before the computer took over, he could match point and cross check at the speed of light and was rarely found to have made an error.  He was treasurer for the New Amersham Bridge Club for many years and played in their League of Eight with considerable, but not remarkable success.  He became a Life Master over 20 years ago when green points were much harder to come by than now!  He was so proud to have been chosen to represent his country in the very first friendly international between England and Holland.

     For many years he ran a charity bridge club in Golders Green and holidays in Sandbanks, Eilat , Cannes and Italy and had great followings in his ventures.

     His main claim to fame, however, was the bridge club he founded in North-West London, which in its heyday boasted as many as 50 tables every Wednesday and where the cakes and biscuits were always home made by his adoring wife, Sheila!

     Results were announced on a recorded message on the telephone, ending with the famous line ‘and there was one other pair’!

     Maurice never forgot a face or a name and always welcomed every single person to the club.  He will be sadly missed by his many friends and bridge partners.

    He is survived by his wife, Sheila, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Written by Lawrence Gaunt

Bridge as a Sport

Bridge may be a sport after all - European Court

http://www.ebu.co.uk/node/2791

 

Bridge is not a sport – the Judicial Review

EBU Videos for TDs

New The EBU has created a series of videos featuring Gordon Rainsford to help club Tournament Directors deal with some of the more commonly occurring situations.

There are seven videos in the series: http://www.ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/td-videos 

Introduction
The revoke
Opening lead out of turn
Unintended call
Insufficient bid
Call out of turn
Misinformation

Please remember that if one of these situations arises, you should, as a player, always call the director, and not try to sort this out yourself.

 

Alerting & Announcements

EBU Alert and Announcement Rules (2013)

http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/convention-cards/announcements-table.pdf

Update your record
Update your record

Middlesex is keen to contact members by email. We do this using the EBU database of members records. It maybe that your record is not up to date.

You can check it and amend it by going the the EBU website. Click here.

You will need your EBU number and password. You can obtain a password by clicking the "forgot password" box from the EBU if you don't have it.

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The EBU National Grading Scheme is available here

EBU tournament page can be found here
 
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Middlesex Cup
Middlesex Cup
 
Entries are now open for the MCBA's premier knock out teams event.  This is a green point event.
 
Teams may comprise up to 6 people and the entry cost is £20 per team.
 
The winning team will be invited to represent Middlesex at the EBU Pachabo Cup in 2018.
 
All losers before the round of 8 will be able to play in the Middlesex Plate for free.
 
The final date for entry is 30th September 2017.  Click here for online entry. OR send an email to mcba.entries@gmail.com with your entry.
The draw will be made in early October 2017
Last updated : 11th Sep 2017 23:25 BST
Seniors Pairs
Seniors Pairs

Sunday 15th November 2015, @ 14:00
Venue: Pinner Bridge club

Event Manager: Paul Wilson (paulwilson-@talk21.com)

Last updated : 11th Sep 2017 23:27 BST
HAND OF THE MONTH

Contract is 6 spades by South.
West leads spade JACK.
What is the line of play?

NOTE: TO PLAY ON VU-BRIDGE CLICK ON THE TITLE

West led the jack of trumps and declarer was slightly disappointed by the rather threadbare dummy: four clubs was a bit of an overbid. However, that was in the past and his job was to make twelve tricks, not to complain about the auction.

Declarer saw that he needed trumps to be 3-2 and to have some luck in the red suits to make his contract.  However, there were real transportation difficulties between the two hands.  If the diamond finesse was successful, only one club ruff was needed, but if it were offside, two club ruffs would be necessary.  Furthermore, if declarer took a diamond finesse at trick two and it lost he would no longer have the entries to take two club ruffs.

Declarer then considered the question, “What if I gave up on the diamond finesse?” The only issue was that while he could ruff two clubs, his only entry back to hand after the second ruff would be with a heart ruff.

After some thought, declarer decided the second approach was more appealing. He took the first trick with queen of trumps, then cashed ace of clubs and ruffed a club. The next card he called for surprised everyone at the table, particularly East: it was dummy’s ten of diamonds. East took this with the queen and exited with a trump. After winning this in hand with the king declarer ruffed another club. There was only one way back to hand, in hearts, so declarer cashed the ace-king of hearts and ruffed a heart. As that passed off successfully, declarer drew the last trump with the ace while throwing dummy’s remaining heart. This left dummy with just the three high diamonds to cash.

Last updated : 11th Sep 2017 20:04 BST

Pinner Bridge Club are hosting an EBU Directors’ Training Course with the three modules on the following dates:

Saturday 30th September  Book / Judgement rulings day 1

Saturday 28th October      Book / Judgement rulings day 2

Saturday 2st December     Assessment                                

The cost for each module is £54.00 per person for EBU Members.

Middlesex are offering a £14.00 subsidy to Full MCBA Members.

The course will be based on the New Laws and conducted by Gary Conrad, Chief Director for Middlesex and Hertfordshire.

Each session will be from 10:30 until 16:30 with a break for lunch.

Teas, coffees squash and biscuits will be available free of charge throughout, but all candidates must make their own lunch arrangements.

Entry is by email to: lewisselby@yahoo.co.uk.

Last updated : 25th Jul 2017 01:02 BST

CONGRATULATIONS TO
KIRIT AND VANDANA WADHAR

The 2017 World Wide Bridge Contest played on Friday 2nd June 2017 had 2131 pairs playing at 140 clubs in 22 countries across the world.  The winning pair was MCBA Members KIRIT & VANDANA WADHAR. 

This makes them one of the 20 pairs to qualify to attend the Final which will be held in Beijing, China from 21st - 24th September.

Kirit & Vandana will each receive four nights hotel accomodation as well as a subsidy of US$1,200.

The final will have a prize fund of US$ 20,000

For more information go to ecatsbridge

Last updated : 17th Jul 2017 19:13 BST
2017 AGM - Election Results

MCBA Officers and Committee 2017/18

President: Paul Wilson

Vice Presidents: Jill Feldman & Gulab Shah

Chairman: Peter Hasenson Vice Chairman: Harish Patel

Treasurer: Pradip Shah Secretary: Vacant

Committee: Irene Fine, Dilip Mithani,

Harold Schogger, Lewis Selby, Pankaj Shah

Victor Silverstone, Jacqui Tobias, Tony Waterlow

EBU ShareholdersPeter Hasenson, Harish Patel, Harold Schogger

Last updated : 8th Jun 2017 14:45 BST
MCBA SECRETARY REQUIRED

The position of MCBA Secretary is currently vacant and we invite Middlesex Members to apply.

Interested parties should contact a Committee Member whose details can be found at the 'MCBA Committee' link to the left

Last updated : 9th Jun 2017 02:35 BST
CONGRATULATIONS TO......

2017

Simon Cope on winning EBU Crockfords Cup

Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith & David Burn (Coach) on winning a silver medal in the Venice Cup at the WBF World Championships in Lyon 

Alexander Allfrey on retaining the Harold Poster Cup at the EBU Summer Congress

David Arundel & Andrew Bannock on winning the London July Swiss Pairs

Paul Walker & Frank Wharton on winning the Championship Pairs at the EBU Summer Seniors Congress

Artur Malinowski on finishing in 12th place in the Open Pairs Final at the European Open Championships. Alexander Allfrey finished in 31st place and Shireen Mohandes & Andy Bowles finished in 37th place. David Sherman won a silver medal in the EBL Cup.

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Schapiro Spring Foursomes and to Gerald Haase & Victor Silverstone on winning the Punchbowl

Artur Malinowski & Marilyn Malinowska and TGRs Bridge Club on winning the EBU NICKO

Martin Jones on winning the Harrogate Spring Congress Swiss Pairs

Andrew McIntosh on winning the EBU Point-a-Board Consolation Teams

2016

Anne & Neil Rosen on winning the EBU Year End Swiss Teams

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Premier League

Nevena Senior on winning the EBU Premier League second division

Andrew McIntosh on winning the Burlington Cup at the EBU Autumn Congress

David Sherman on winning the Satellite Pairs at the EBU Autumn Congress

Michael Davis and Ben Ritaca on winning EBU Crockfords Plate

Alexander Allfrey on winning the Harold Poster Cup at the EBU Summer Congress

Jacqui Tobias & Tony Waterlow on winning the Essex/Herts September Swiss Teams

Tom Paske on winning the London July Swiss Teams

Andrew McIntosh on winning the London July Swiss Pairs

Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith & David Burn (Coach) on winning the European Womens' Team Championship

Lyn Fry & Ian Pagan on winning the EBU Corwen Trophy

Catherine Seale & Tom Paske on winning the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Swiss Teams

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Schapiro Spring Foursomes

Peter Hasenson & David Sherman on winning the EBU National Pairs

Janet de Botton & Thor-Erik Hoftaniska on winning the Swiss Teams at EBU London Easter Festival

Waseem Naqvi & Tony Waterlow on winning the Swiss Pairs at EBU London Easter Festival

Andrew McIntosh on winning a silver medal at the EBL Winter Games European Championship

Simon Cope & Tom Paske on winning the EBU National Point A Board Teams

Nevena Senior on winning the EBU National Swiss Teams

Last updated : 20th Sep 2017 22:03 BST
NICKO
NICKO

Congratulations to TGRs on winning the EBU National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO)

Team members: Artur Malinowski (Captain), Janet de Botton, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Marilyn Malinowska, Graham Orsmond, Tom Townsend

Last updated : 13th Jun 2017 22:58 BST
EBU Premier League

EBU Premier League Division 1

Player Performance 2009-2016

Edited by Peter Hasenson

MCBA Roll of Honour 2016/17

Middlesex Cup

Victor Silverstone (Capt.), Gerald Haase, Jerry Harouni, Waseem Naqvi, Ian Panto, Tony Waterlow

Championship Pairs

Catherine Seale, Nick Simms

Mixed Pairs

Ranjan Panchamia, Suren Velayutham

Ladies Pairs

Vanessa Clarke, Jacqui Tobias

Senior Pairs

Susan Moss, David Moss

Dorset Cup

Russell Tenzer (Capt.), Gary Diamond, Jeff Hartstone, Murray Leader

'No Fear' Gentle Pairs

Ben Lewis, Senthur Shanmurgorasa

Committee Cup

Peter Hasenson (Capt.), Ben Ritacca, Harold Schogger, Frank Wharton

Club Teams of 8

Pinner Bridge Club

League Division One

Jill Feldman (Capt.), Neil Rosen, Anne Rosen, Keith Bennett, Richard Hillman, Simon Cope 

League Division Two

Heather Tan (Capt.), Nicole Cook, Ray Clarke, Matthew Tan

League Division Three

David Landes (Capt.), Dennis Backer, Denice Golend, Jeff Harris, Stuart Leigh, Russell Spiro

Congress Swiss Pairs

Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Congress Swiss Teams

Jeffrey Allerton, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Phillip Wood

Middlesex Plate

Azad Hussein, Harry Asher, Anojan Pothalingham, Suren Velayutham

Green Pointed Swiss Weekend - SURREY
Surrey are holding a Green Pointed Swiss weekend:-
 
Swiss Pairs on
Sat 23 September
 
Swiss Teams on
Sun 24 September 
 
Click here for details.
 
Green Pointed Swiss Weekend - Herts
Herts are holding a Green Pointed Swiss weekend at Wodson Park, Ware, SG12 0UQ:-
 
Swiss Pairs on Sat 23 September
 
Swiss Teams on Sun 24 September
 
Open to all EBU members
 
EBU Silver Award
EBU Silver Award

Congratulations to MCBA Member Mike Christie on being bestowed the EBU Silver Award

The award was presented at the EBU AGM on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. 

Mike was one of the main figures behind the set up of the National Grading Scheme (NGS). He was the project leader and a main figure on the working group of the time. He has maintained and developed it since it was introduced in late 2011

EBU Alec Salisbury Award
EBU Alec Salisbury Award

Congratulations to MCBA Member Stuart Haring on being bestowed the EBU Alec Salisbury Award

The award was presented by Harish Patel, MCBA Vice Chairman at the Middlesex Congress on Sunday 27th November 2016. Photo by Shireen Mohandes

link to EBU

Stuart biography

Results
7th Jun 2017
Committee Cup
Director: Gary Conrad
7th May 2017
Mixed Pairs Final
Director: Richard Banbury
23rd Apr 2017
Dorset Cup
5th Apr 2017
Mixed Pairs Qualifier
Director: Gary Conrad
2nd Apr 2017
Ladies Pairs
Director: Richard Banbury
26th Mar 2017
Championship Pairs Final
Director: Gary Conrad
19th Mar 2017
No Fear Gentle Duplicate
Director: Tony Staw
1st Mar 2017
Championship Pairs Qualifier
Director: Gary Conrad
28th Jan 2017
MCBA Teams of 8
Director: Richard Banbury
27th Nov 2016
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Director: Gary, Rob, Gitte & Mick
Calendar
12th Nov 2017
Seniors' Pairs
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Richard Banbury
 Click for more information
25th Nov 2017
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
26th Nov 2017
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
24th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
25th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
23rd Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
24th Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
EBU Premier League

EBU Premier League Division 1

Player Performance 2009-2016

Edited by Peter Hasenson

MCBA Roll of Honour 2016/17

Middlesex Cup

Victor Silverstone (Capt.), Gerald Haase, Jerry Harouni, Waseem Naqvi, Ian Panto, Tony Waterlow

Championship Pairs

Catherine Seale, Nick Simms

Mixed Pairs

Ranjan Panchamia, Suren Velayutham

Ladies Pairs

Vanessa Clarke, Jacqui Tobias

Senior Pairs

Susan Moss, David Moss

Dorset Cup

Russell Tenzer (Capt.), Gary Diamond, Jeff Hartstone, Murray Leader

'No Fear' Gentle Pairs

Ben Lewis, Senthur Shanmurgorasa

Committee Cup

Peter Hasenson (Capt.), Ben Ritacca, Harold Schogger, Frank Wharton

Club Teams of 8

Pinner Bridge Club

League Division One

Jill Feldman (Capt.), Neil Rosen, Anne Rosen, Keith Bennett, Richard Hillman, Simon Cope 

League Division Two

Heather Tan (Capt.), Nicole Cook, Ray Clarke, Matthew Tan

League Division Three

David Landes (Capt.), Dennis Backer, Denice Golend, Jeff Harris, Stuart Leigh, Russell Spiro

Congress Swiss Pairs

Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Congress Swiss Teams

Jeffrey Allerton, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Phillip Wood

Middlesex Plate

Azad Hussein, Harry Asher, Anojan Pothalingham, Suren Velayutham

Green Pointed Swiss Weekend - SURREY
Surrey are holding a Green Pointed Swiss weekend:-
 
Swiss Pairs on
Sat 23 September
 
Swiss Teams on
Sun 24 September 
 
Click here for details.
 
Green Pointed Swiss Weekend - Herts
Herts are holding a Green Pointed Swiss weekend at Wodson Park, Ware, SG12 0UQ:-
 
Swiss Pairs on Sat 23 September
 
Swiss Teams on Sun 24 September
 
Open to all EBU members
 
EBU Silver Award
EBU Silver Award

Congratulations to MCBA Member Mike Christie on being bestowed the EBU Silver Award

The award was presented at the EBU AGM on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. 

Mike was one of the main figures behind the set up of the National Grading Scheme (NGS). He was the project leader and a main figure on the working group of the time. He has maintained and developed it since it was introduced in late 2011

EBU Alec Salisbury Award
EBU Alec Salisbury Award

Congratulations to MCBA Member Stuart Haring on being bestowed the EBU Alec Salisbury Award

The award was presented by Harish Patel, MCBA Vice Chairman at the Middlesex Congress on Sunday 27th November 2016. Photo by Shireen Mohandes

link to EBU

Stuart biography

Results
7th Jun 2017
Committee Cup
Director: Gary Conrad
7th May 2017
Mixed Pairs Final
Director: Richard Banbury
23rd Apr 2017
Dorset Cup
5th Apr 2017
Mixed Pairs Qualifier
Director: Gary Conrad
2nd Apr 2017
Ladies Pairs
Director: Richard Banbury
26th Mar 2017
Championship Pairs Final
Director: Gary Conrad
19th Mar 2017
No Fear Gentle Duplicate
Director: Tony Staw
1st Mar 2017
Championship Pairs Qualifier
Director: Gary Conrad
28th Jan 2017
MCBA Teams of 8
Director: Richard Banbury
27th Nov 2016
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Director: Gary, Rob, Gitte & Mick
Calendar
12th Nov 2017
Seniors' Pairs
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Richard Banbury
 Click for more information
25th Nov 2017
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
26th Nov 2017
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
24th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
25th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
23rd Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
24th Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet