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  EBU Premier Grand Masters success

Many congratulations go to Paddy Murphy who, with his partner Mark Roderick of South Wales, won (by a considerable margin) the EBU Premier Grand Masters tournament at the weekend.

For full results click here.

For picture of the happy lads click here.

  Championship Teams Winners
Championship Teams Winners

Deva has 3 major competitions and the first of these to finish this year is Championship Teams. The final took place online last night (Tuesday) between Bob Pitts' and Julian Merrill's teams. Congratulations to Bob and team mates Peter Kaufmann, Al Stephenson and Stuart Matthews who won by 28 imps over 24 boards, and to Peter Broster who played for the team in the qualification stage. They were deserving winners having finished well ahead in the qualifying stage as well as winning the final.

The 3rd and 4th teams from the qualification stage have a play-off for 3rd place tonight - the final qualification table can be seen here.

  Forthcoming semi-finals and final

The Championship Pairs qualification period is drawing to a close. As of 19 Feb there are just 6 more sessions included in the pairs ladder - which means it is a good time to remind you about the next stages:

28 pairs from the Championship Pairs ladder qualify for the semi-finals on Wednesday 6 March (in the club starting at 7pm) and 14 of those pairs qualify for the final on Wednesday 20 March (in the club starting at 7pm). With the remaining qualifying sessions representing less than 10% of the total we can now start contacting qualifiers to confirm who will be playing. We will email those nearest the top of the ladder (having played 6 times or more) later this week, and will be contacting others in the following week. If you are lucky enough to receive such an email can you please reply as soon as possible (hopefully) confirming you can play on 6 March.

Of course, qualification to the next stage in the competition is not entirely set. For example pairs not having played in 6 sessions in the pairs ladder need to play at least that number to have a chance of qualifying.

The Fearn Cup qualification stage has 4 more sessions to go into the individual ladder with the last session being Wednesday 27 March. The Fearn Cup final is on Sunday 21 April (in the club at 11am). Individuals not having played with 4 different partners in this competition can improve their position in the ladder by playing with at least that number of partners. You can see the sessions here

  President's Day - Sunday 17 March

Entries are now open for Presidents Day which is on Sunday March 17 in the club. It is a charity event consisting of a duplicate pairs session (about 24 boards) followed by a 2 course meal and a raffle and the entry fee is £23 (including the meal and a free glass of wine). Please arrive in time for a prompt start of play at 2pm. The event and raffle is in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. (Don't forget to bring some cash for the raffle!)

To enter please add your names to the table below and choose your main course options. You can either pay by bank transfer (details are included in the email you will get on entering) or by card when at the club.

  Monthly prizes for January

Congratulations to:

  • Mondays: Joan Webb (just ahead of daughter, Alison Crossley!)
  • Wednesdays: Robert Hunt and
  • Fridays: Robert Hunt (again) and Roy Clifford.

Well done all of you!

  Selection for International Events

Congratulations to the following Deva members on their selection to represent Wales in this year's home internationals events:

  • Joan Marray, with her partner Jo Copping, finished second in the women's trials and will compete for the Lady Milne Trophy and
  • Peter Kaufmann and Alan Stephenson won the seniors trials and will play in the Teltscher Trophy competition.

Following a highly-placed finish in the WBU Premier League, Peter and Alan have also been selected for the European Championships to take place in Denmark this summer.

Well done all of you and good luck!

  Chester Congress (27 & 28 January)

The Chester Congress was held in the club on 27 & 28 January. We had 11 tables on Saturday for pairs and 12 tables on Sunday for teams, both an increase on the previous Congress.

The Pairs competition was won by Kath Nelson & Tracy Sherman with Tom Slater & Alec Smalley 2nd. Here are the winners with the Capel Cups, and the runners up being presented with their prize by David Smith.

The Teams competition was won by Leslie Kline, Kath Nelson, Jeff Smith &  Rhona Goldenfield with       Paddy Murphy, Stuart Matthews, Alan Stephenson and Mark Weeks in 2nd place, and Alec Smalley, Barbara Lewis, Ann Thornton and Tom Slater in 3rd place. It was very close at the top with only 3 imps dividing the three places. Here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams:

Congratulations to Kath for winning both events and to Kath (again) and Jeff who were in the winning team last year as well.

Results
Monday Pairs
TD: Mo Borley
Scorer: Mo Borley
Friday afternoon
Friday evening practice
Wednesday Afternoon
Tuesday Pairs
TD: Philip Waring
Scorer: David King
Monday Funday
Monday
Friday Pairs
TD: Jeremy Bishop
Scorer: Jeremy Bishop
Friday evening practice
Wednesday afternoon
Calendar
Tue 27th February 2024
Tuesday Pairs
BBO 7 pm
TD: Nick Mayfield
Wed 28th February 2024
Wednesday Pairs
1.15 pm
TD: Simon Anderson
Host: Dave Stretch
Thu 29th February 2024
Improvers Lesson
10 am
Teacher: Simon Anderson or Mo Borley
Thu 29th February 2024
Beginners Lesson
1.15 pm
Teacher: Simon Anderson or Mo Borley
Fri 1st March 2024
Friday Pairs
1.15 pm
TD: Hannah Gleave
Fri 1st March 2024
Philip's Advanced Bridge Workshops
7 pm
Teacher: Philip Waring
Mon 4th March 2024
Monday Funday Tournament
1-4 pm
TD: Mo Borley or Philip Waring
Mon 4th March 2024
Monday Pairs
7 pm
TD: Simon Anderson
Tue 5th March 2024
Tuesday Pairs
BBO 7 pm
TD: Jerry Hopkins
Wed 6th March 2024
Wednesday Pairs
1.15 pm
TD: Roy Clifford