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Sadly, Geoffrey Breskal passed away on 24th Sept 2018. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to Margaret and his family.

Known to many in the bridge world as the former joint proprietor of St John’s Wood Bridge Club, Geoffrey won the Gold Cup in 1977 & 1983 (and was runner-up four times), Crockford’s Cup in 1974 & 1988, Robert Provost Cup (Spring Foursomes) in 1983 & 1986, Hubert Phillips Cup in 1989, Pachabo Cup in 1975, Eastbourne Bowl 1964 & 1972, Middlesex Cup in 1972, 1975 & 1978, many other tournaments and a great deal of money at the rubber bridge table!

Geoffrey was interviewed in Bridge Plus, August 1998:

Geoffrey and his wife Margaret have two daughters and 3 grandchildren and they live in Barnet. He is a tall, cheerful, good-looking man. He has had a successful career as the owner of a chain of betting shops and for 21 years he has been a director of one of London’s top rubber bridge clubs, St John’s Wood (known as ‘The Wood’). As a player, he has won every top event in England several times over - sometimes playing a simple rubber bridge style with no conventions at all. Highly respected amongst his peers, he has a reputation for being a sensible player with an excellent rapport with his partner at the table.

When did you start the game?
When I was about 13, I used to kibitz my father, who was a good player. During the war I served in the Army, joining the Gordon Highlanders after I left school. I was stationed in the Far East and then moved on to decoding duties at GHQ. After the war, I started playing bridge more seriously and took up tournament bridge. Ernest Senk, a close neighbour, and I played together a bit. When Margaret wanted to learn, Ernest taught her.

I hear that you and Margaret feature as characters in a Frederick Forsythe novel?
We met him on a cruise, and I am told that our characters are woven into a novel (Interviewer’s note: extreme modesty set in here and it was very difficult to find out more)

How did you come to be the proprietor of The Wood?
I had recently sold the betting shops and David Edwin was looking for a partner in the club. We got on very well together, perhaps partly because we never saw each other, as we took it in turns to be at the club. The London rubber bridge world is full of characters and we had a good time running the club. It’s now managed by Unal Durmus and still continues to be successful.

I’ve heard of rubber bridge games that go on and on. Are any particularly memorable?
There was one which started on a Friday night, the same four people playing throughout. By Monday morning two of the players had disappeared. One of the remaining players complained that there was no game for him.

Has anyone ever died at the table?
Yes, a small stake rubber player actually did. David Levitt said to him at the time “you can’t go yet, you’ve got to call last two hands”. Meanwhile, across the room someone yelled out “can’t you keep quiet there”.

Have you ever had to throw people out of the club, other than for reasons to do with bad debts?
There was an Australian fellow, high stake player, who used to break down if anyone bid a slam against him. You could see the tears running down his face. Eventually, I said to him “this game is not for you”.

Richard Sampson, known as Two-Jacks (because of what he claims is his poor card holding) was playing one day when he picked up a bad 27 count. There was a storm brewing outside. The Wood is in the basement of a large building, and suddenly the basement became completely flooded. All the players left, except for Richard. He sat there with his feet immersed in water, gripping his ‘bad’ 27 count. Eventually we persuaded him to leave.

Who were your partners at tournament bridge?
I have played with Joel Tarlo, John Collings, Gus Calderwood and Graham Cooke. Graham and I held the record as challengers in Bridge International’s Bidding Challenge for 13 months on the trot.

And finally, have you ever fallen asleep at the table at a major event?
Who told you that? Yes, its true, we were playing in the Continental Life Tournament in 1981 and the declarer took so long to play a card that I really did fall asleep.

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 

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

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.


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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 2019.
All losers before the round of 8 will be able to play in the Middlesex Plate for free.
The closing date for entry is now 20th October 2018  Click here for online entry. OR send an email to mcba.entries@gmail.com with your entry.
The draw will be made on 24th October 2017
2018 World Championships in Orlando

Congratulations to:

Nicola Smith (playing with Yvonne Wiseman, Paula Leslie, Solvi Remen, Katherine Bertheau & Jessica Larsson) on winning a silver medal in the McConnell Cup, the World Women's Team Championship. England's Sally Brock and Fiona Brown were on the winning team.

Alexander Allfrey and Tom Paske (playing with Andrew Robson & Ed Jones respectively) on winning a bronze medal in the Rosenblum Cup, the World Open Team Championship.

Artur Malinowski (playing with David Bakhshi) on finishing 14th in the World Open Pairs final.



Simon Cope was part of winning team for Gold Cup

Ian Pagan was part of runner up team for Gold Cup

Gary Diamond & Russell Tenzer on winning the Suffolk CBA Felixstowe Congress Championship Pairs

Nicola Smith on winning a Silver Medal in the McConnell Cup, the World Women's Team Championship

Alexander Allfrey & Tom Paske on winning a bronze medal in the Rosenblum Cup, the World Open Team Championship

Ian Pagan on winning EBU Crockford's Cup

Artur Malinowski on winning the 4 Stars Teams at the EBU Summer Festival

Artur Malinowski & Neil Rosen (NPC) on representing the England Open team at the European Championship. The team finished 7th and thereby qualified for the Bermuda Bowl World Championship in Sanya, China in 2019

Nevana Senior & David Burn (Coach) on representing the England Women's team at the European Championships. The team finished 5th and thereby qualified for the Venice Cup World Championship in Sanya, China in 2019

Shazaad Natt on winning the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Championship Pairs & Swiss Teams

Nevana Senior on winning the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Swiss Pairs

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Shapiro Spring Foursomes for the third year in a row

Richard Hillman on winning the EBU London Easter Swiss Pairs

Simon Cope on winning the ACBL Silodor Pairs at the Spring North American Bridge Championships

Nevena Senior on winning selection for the England Women's team for the 2018 European Championships in Ostend in June

Waseem Naqvi & Tony Waterlow on winning the EBU Premier Grand Masters Pairs

Andrew Conway & Rob Corrie on winning the EBU Life Masters Pairs

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

Artur Malinowski on winning selection for the England Open team for the 2018 European Championships in Ostend in June


Gill Stock & Peter Hasenson on winning the EBU Year End Mixed Pairs

Shahzaad Natt on winning the EBU Year End Open Pairs

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Premier League

Andrew McIntosh on winning the Eastbourne Bowl at the EBU Autumn Congress

Andrew McIntosh on winning the BGB Gold Cup

Martin Jones & Neil Rosen on winning the BGB Silver Cup

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

Middlesex Members at EBU Summer Festival

Four Star Teams: Winner Artur Mailinowski; 3rd Andrew McIntosh; 4th Simon Cope

Four Stars Teams B Final: 4th Peter Hasenson & John Vos

Swiss Teams: 3rd= Andy Bowles & Shireen Mohandes, Niall Igoe; 7th= Jerry Harouni, Waseem Naqvi, Ray Robinson & Tony Waterlow; 9th Martin Lerner & Ernest Schlesinger

Saturday Swiss Pairs: 5th= Anojan Pothalingam & Suran Velayutham

Sunday Swiss Pairs: Winner Tony Mutukisna

Point a Board Teams: Winner James Thrower, 5th= Nick Simms & John Vos, David Sherman

Mixed Pairs: Winner David Sherman

Mixed Pivot Teams: 5th Niall Igoe & Steve Root

GCH Fox Pairs: Winner Niall Igoe & Steve Root

Championship Swiss Pairs for Harold Poster Trophy: 2nd Waseen Naqvi & Tony Waterlow; 3rd Ian Pagan

Friday Open Pairs: 2nd Peter Hasenson & David Sherman

Middlesex Members at EBU Andalucia Congress
Pre-Congress Pairs:  Paul Walker and Frank Wharton (4th)
Swiss Pairs:  Waseem Naqvi (1st)
Ladies Pairs:  Janet Cohen and Sylvie Grant (2nd)
                        Pauline Cohen and Elizabeth Barnard (3rd)
Mixed Pairs:  Frank Wharton (3rd)
Pivot Teams (Red Section): Andrea Blaine, Barry Murray, Richard Spencer, Emile Lawy (2nd)
Pivot Teams (Green): Pauline Cohen, Elizabeth Barnard, Joanne Waterman (4th)
Seniors Pairs

Please note that the date of the Seniors Pairs has changed from
11th November 2018
10th February 2019

Contract is 3 No Trumps by South.
West leads Spade Queen.
What is the line of play?


Declarer ducked the first spade and won the spade continuation with the ace. He then had to decide how best to combine his chances in the minors to take six tricks in diamonds and clubs. As usual with combination plays, the basic idea was to cash both top honours in one suit and finesse in the other. As there were fewer diamonds out than clubs, declarer decided that diamonds was the suit in which to cash the two top honours. First though, he cashed the ace of clubs, just in case there was a singleton queen of clubs lurking in a defender’s hand. When the queen of clubs did not appear, declarer broached diamonds by playing a low diamond toward his king, in case East had a singleton queen of diamonds. (Declarer saw that a singleton queen of diamonds with West would still require his taking the club finesse for the contract.) In this case, East’s queen of diamonds appeared and declarer took it with the king. After cashing the jack of diamonds, declarer finessed the nine of diamonds to take a third trick in diamonds. The ace of diamonds, the king of clubs and the aceking of hearts gave declarer a total of nine tricks. If the queen of diamonds had not appeared after declarer had cashed the king and ace of diamonds, he would have re-entered his hand twice (if necessary) in hearts to take the club finesse.

Metropolitan Cup 2018

Middlesex win the A Division of the Met Cup!

Well played Jonathan Harris (Captain) & Steve Root, Niall Igoe & Shahzaad Natt, Steve Capal & Andrew Sobell, Todor Tiholov & Petar Ivanov


Other Middlesex Team Performances @ Met Cup 2018


‘A’ Division (10 teams)

Lyn Fry (Capt.) & Ian Pagan, Harold Schogger & Frank Wharton, Waseem Naqvi & Gerald Haase, Pauline Cohen & Gail Hoffman (7th)


‘B’ Division (9 teams)

Rob Corrie (Capt.) & Anojan Pothalingam, David Arundel & Vic Martin, Trevor Morris & Vanessa Clarke, Irene Fine & Saleem Sachak (4th)


Stuart Haring (Capt.) & Judy Haring, Denise Miller & Janet Cohen, Barbara Cohen & David Hope, Kavinthan Vickneswaran & Aniket Chakravorty (8th)


‘C’ Division (9 teams)

Gary Diamond (Capt.) & Trupti Shah, Nick Bryant & Ken Kentea, Harry Ashar & Azad Husein, Ratnaverl Murugesu & Ponnampalam Yogeswaran (2nd)

Middlesex Congress

Last year, to mark our 80th-anniversary, we donated all the profit from the Congress to our chosen charity Rays of Sunshine and thanks to your generosity, we sent a cheque for £2,500! Thank you to everyone who played, bought raffle tickets or made a donation.

"Rays of Sunshine is a UK registered charity that grants wishes to children, aged three to 18 years old, living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. We believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day." raysofsunshine.org.uk

Registered charity number 1102529


2018 Congress:

Saturday 24th November

& Sunday 25th November

Middlesex Calendar 2018/19

Dorset Cup. Blue Pointed multiple Teams. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

2nd December 2018 at Pinner BC

Club Teams of 8. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

27th January 2019 at Pinner BC - Qualifier for the Garden Cities Trophy

Senior Pairs. Single sessions starting at 14:00

10th February 2019 at Pinner BC

Championship Pairs. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

31st March 2019 at Pinner BC - Qualifier for the Reg Corwen Trophy

Ladies and Gents Pairs. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

14th April 2019 at Pinner BC

Mixed Pairs. Blue Pointed. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

28th April 2019 at Pinner BC

Middlesex Cup 2017/18

Congratulations to:

Neil Rosen, Anne Rosen, Simon Cope, Martin Jones, Keith Bennett & Richard Hillman

Winners of the 2017/18 Middlesex Cup

MCBA Officers and Committee 2018/19

President: Paul Wilson

Vice Presidents: Jill Feldman & Gulab Shah


Chairman: Peter Hasenson 

Vice Chairman: Harish Patel

Treasurer: Pradip Shah 

Secretary: Debra Kleinman

Committee: Gary Diamond, Irene Fine, Lyn Fry, Harold Schogger,

Lewis Selby, Pankaj Shah, Jacqui Tobias, Tony Waterlow


EBU Shareholders

Peter Hasenson, Harish Patel

Committee Cup
Director: Gary Conrad
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - rescheduled
Director: Tony Staw
Ladies Pairs and Gents Pairs
Director: Gary Conrad
Championship Pairs Final
Director: Richard Banbury
Mixed Pairs Final
Director: Richard Banbury
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - postponed to May 6th
Director: Tony Staw
Championship Pairs Qualifier 1
Director: Gary Conrad
Mixed Pairs Qualifier 2
Director: Gary Conrad Satish
Championship Pairs Qualifier 2
Director: Gary Conrad
Club Teams of Eight
Director: Richard Banbury
24th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Jewish Free School (JFS), The Mall, HA3 9TE
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25th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Jewish Free School (JFS), The Mall, HA3 9TE
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2nd Dec 2018
Dorset Cup
Pinner Bridge Club 12:00
Director: Gary Conrad
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27th Jan 2019
Club Teams of Eight
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Mike Green
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10th Feb 2019
Seniors' Pairs
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Mick Green
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17th Mar 2019
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - rescheduled
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Tony Staw
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31st Mar 2019
Championship Pairs Final
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Richard Banbury
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14th Apr 2019
Ladies Pairs and Gents Pairs
Pinner BC 12:00
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28th Apr 2019
Mixed Pairs Final
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Richard Banbury
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23rd Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
24th Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams