Pre-Congress Pairs: Paul Walker and Frank Wharton (4th)
Swiss Pairs: Waseem Naqvi (Winner)
Ladies Pairs: Janet Cohen and Sylvie Grant (2nd), Pauline Cohen and Elizabeth Barnard (3rd)
Mixed Pairs: Frank Wharton (3rd)
Pivot Teams (Green): Sylvie Grant & Linda Quigley (overall winners); Pauline Cohen, Elizabeth Barnard, Joanne Waterman (4th)
Pivot Teams (Red Section): Andrea Blaine, Barry Murray, Richard Spencer, Emile Lawy (2nd)
Vic, who passed away on 22nd October 2018, was a great enthusiast for the game of Bridge. He played almost every day of the week and was still playing recently, at the age of 95 years. He had many friends and partners in the Bridge world who will remember him as a player who was always good-natured and courteous, with a good sense of humour. “A true gent” who will be greatly missed.
Watch 1983 TV Series “Master Bridge” on YouTube
Master Bridge was a TV series created and produced in England. It was broadcast on Channel 4 Television in 1983. Eight top bridge international players compete in an individual tournament, changing partners each round.
They are: Omar Sharif, Rixi Markus, Martin Hoffman, Zia Mahmood, Jeremy Flint, Robert Sheehan, Jane Priday and Irving Rose.
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
Opening lead out of turn
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.
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.
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The EBU National Grading Scheme is available here
2018 Middlesex Congress
Congratulations to the winners:
Szczepan Smoczynski, Petar Ivanov,
Ali Ahmed & Todor Tiholov
1st Szczepan Smoczynski, Peter, Ivanov, Ali Ahmed & Todor Tiholov
2nd Harry Asher, Geoff Foley, Frank Wharton & Paul Walker
3rd= Catherine Seale, Shahzaad Natt, Alan Kay & Dave Walker
3rd= Anne & Neil Rosen, Kay Preddy & Michael Hampton
5th Chris Duckworth, Jackie Fairclough, Graham Orsmond & Susanna Gross
Tim Nash & Mark Westley
1st Mark Westley & Tim Nash 120 VPs
2nd= Giles & Gabriel Ip 102 VPs
2nd= Michael Byrne & Toby Nonnenmacher 102 VPs
4th Wynne Gifford & Jenny Gray 101 VPs
5th= Stephen Brown & Stefan Syplywczak 99 VPs
5th= Jeffrey Allerton & Philip Wood 99 VPs
7th Dennis Valtisiaris & Piers Gozobuyukoglu 96 VPs
8th= Adrian La Chapelle & Mark Hill 95 VPs
8th= Giles Ridger & Natalie Hoff 95 VPs
8th= Andrea Blaine & Barry Murray 95 VPs
130 Pairs entered
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.
Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Premier League D1 for the third year in a row
Gill Stock & Shazaad Natt on winning the Satalite Pairs at the EBU Autumn Congress
Catherine Seale, David Gold & Tom Paske on winning the Sussex Cup at the EBU Autumn Congress
Simon Cope on winning the BGB Gold Cup
Ian Pagan on winning the BGB Silver Cup
Waseem Naqvi on winning the EBU Overseas Congress Swiss Pairs
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
Please note that the date of the Seniors Pairs has changed from
11th November 2018
10th February 2019
Contract is 4 Spades by South.
West leads Heart King.
What is the line of play?
NOTE: TO PLAY ON VU-BRIDGE CLICK ON THE TITLE
West started with the king and another heart. Declarer ruffed and saw that, if trumps were 4-1, there was no hope of making ten tricks. So he based his plan on trumps being 3-2 and East holding the ace of clubs. After ruffing the second heart, declarer cashed the ace-king of trumps and breathed a sigh of relief when the suit broke 3-2. Next, he led the five of clubs from the table, catching East in a Morton’s Fork; if East rose with the ace of clubs and took the queen of trumps, then declarer would have ten tricks: four trumps, four diamonds and two clubs. East thus followed with a low club and declarer’s king won the trick. Then declarer proceeded to show that he could still make ten tricks. His next move was to lead a low diamond to the ten so that he could ruff a heart. A diamond to the queen saw East facing another unpleasant choice. If he ruffed in, declarer’s tenth trick would be a club ruff in dummy. When East discarded, declarer just ruffed dummy’s last heart and played on diamonds. East ruffed in and cashed his ace of clubs but declarer had the rest. You should note that this approach would also have been successful when West had the third trump. In that case, West would have been the defender faced with the choice of discarding on the red suit played or ruffing in. In the first case declarer would make two trumps, three heart ruffs, four diamonds and a club for ten tricks. If West either over-ruffs a heart or ruffs a diamond, then declarer’s tenth trick would be a club ruff in the dummy.
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 Calendar 2018/19
Dorset Cup. Blue Pointed multiple Teams. 2 sessions starting at 12:00
2nd December 2018 at Pinner BC CANCELLED
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
Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula have won the Under 26 Championship Pairs held on 8th - 9th September 2018.
Both went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.
Kripa Panchagnula has been awarded Young Player of the Year for 2017
Neil Rosen, Anne Rosen, Simon Cope, Martin Jones, Keith Bennett & Richard Hillman
Winners of the 2017/18 Middlesex Cup
Uday Hegde, Jerry Harouni,
Ray Robinson, Steve Root
Winners of the 2017/18 Middlesex League Division 1
Mike Christie, Vic Washtell, Barbara Cohen, Giles Ridger
Winners of Division 2
Gary Diamond, Paul Phillips, Russell Tenzer, Joanne Waterman, Jeff Hartstone, Murray Leader
Winners of Division 3
Entries for 2018/19 now open
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
Peter Hasenson, Harish Patel