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Tollemache Cup

This is the EBUs annual teams of 8 competition for all English counties.

The team representing Merseyside & Cheshire in this year's qualifying round on 19/20 November are:

Chris Pope & Andy Prothero

David Stevenson & Liz Cummins

David Flacks & Laurence Stone

Dave & Jean Keen

Paul Roberts & Julian Merrill

Reserves: Paddy Murphy & Tracy Capal

NPC: Stuart Scholes

Good luck to the team

North East GP Congress
North East GP Congress

The North East annual Green Point Congress was held over the weekend.
In the Swiss Teams the leading scores (average 70) were:

Liz Commins & David Stevenson   114 VPs
   Georgia & Steve Ray
2  Babs & Tim Matthews              91 VPs
   Joyce & Bill White

Georgia & Steve Ray are a well known North East pair. Congratulations to Liz and David.

Andrew Rose Bowl May 2015

The Andrew Rose Bowl, the County Mixed Pairs, was played at Liverpool Bridge Club on Thursday 14th May as part of the Merseyside Summer Festival.
The results:
1 Liz Commins & David Stevenson
2 Anne Dorricott & Barry Griffies
3 Liz Stevenson & Paul Holt

John Armstrong GP Swiss Pairs 2015
John Armstrong GP Swiss Pairs 2015

Congratulations to Al Stephenson and Stu Matthews, winners of this year's competition, seen here with County Chairman Paul Roberts. Many thanks to Bernard Kaye for organising and to David & Liz Stevenson for directing. Full results are uploaded to the website. 

Corwen Cup

Congratulations to Paddy Murphy & Tracy Capal who came 6th out of 103 of the strongest pairs in the country representing M&CBA in the Corwen Cup on 30/31 May 2015. Also finishing strongly were Dave Flacks and Laurence Stone. As for our 3rd pair, well we won't mention them, except to say they were a very poor substitute for John & Pauline Rudolf who were unable to play after Pauline broke her leg. Get well soon Pauline. 

NWBA Swiss Pairs 4-5 July

There was a particularly strong field this year and no winners from Merseyside & Cheshire. The best result was Paddy Murphy and Liz Commins in Joint 6th place. 

Hughes Sim Pairs

Hughes Sim Pairs

The Hughes Sim Pairs, organised by David Stevenson, was held at the end of June.  Having grown over many years from a small Sim Pairs, solely in Merseyside, to now being played in 13 countries, with two heats in Merseyside/Cheshire at Deva BC and Hartford BC.  Unlike other Sim Pairs, which are either in favour of a Charity, or more commonly are fundraisers for a bridge organisation, this Sim Pairs is for the players, giving at least 50% of the money collected back in prizes, unlike the 10% to 20% of other Sim Pairs.

Members of this County, Liz Commins and Paddy Murphy, came second overall playing at Colwyn Bay CC with 72.45%, a mere 0.04% behind the winners, Helen Cantwell & Jeanne Anderson from Sale BC in Australia with 72.49%.  Full results can be seen at:

Almost ...

Recently, Jean Keen's Team (Dave & Jean Keen, John & Pauline Rudolf) played their 4th Round Crockfords Cup Match against one of the top seeds Justin & Jason Hackett, Tim Rees, Colin Simpson & David Price. Justin's team had driven up the day before from the Spring Foursomes, where they reached the semi-final. One of them had to drive back to his home in Switzerland after the match!
After 8 boards Jean's team were 15 IMPs up; after 16 boards they were 23 IMPs up; after 24 boards they were 20 IMPs up. In the last set the Hacketts bid 4S with a trump suit of A9 v JT876 (Qx onside meant 1 loser!). John & Pauline reached a game needing 1 of 2 finesses, both failing and not reached in the other room. One or two errors and when the smoke cleared team Hackett were victorious.
A great match, played in the best of spirits - handshakes all round - 'for a time you had us on the rocks there'. Must get the entry sorted for next year!

Harold Griffiths Cup GP Teams

Sun 26 October NWBA Harold Griffiths Cup GP Teams

Congratulations to Merseyside & Cheshire Teams who dominated the event:

1st Mark Weeks & Stuart Matthews, Jean & Dave Keen 

2nd Chris Pope & Andy Prothero, John Hampson & Paddy Murphy


NWBA 1 Day Swiss Pairs October 2014

Congratulations to Merseyside & Cheshire pairs who did well in the above event: (the winners were Roger Allison & Peter Richmond, who both play in a lot of Merseyside events. Peter was until recently a member of M&CBA but now mainly plays in Lancs. Congratulations still go to them too, of course)

3rd - Ted Reveley & Bill Niccol

5th - Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks

7th - John Hampson & Simon Whitehouse

9th - Chris Pope & Andy Prothero

Friendly Match v Derbyshire

Our match against Derby was held on Sunday 21 June at  Spondon. We are pleased to report that the team from M&CBA won by 28 IMPS. Congratulations to all who played. 
The team

Ann Davies & Dorothea Gilbert
Dave Edwards & Peter Richmond
Paul Holt & Peter Sumption
Paul Mathews & John Gibb
Angie Pinnington & Helen Wight
Barbara Serres (capt) & Gareth Thomas

Thanks to all our friends at Derby for making us feel so welcome. 

Great Northern Swiss Pairs

In the Great Northern Swiss Pairs held on the weekend of 4-5 October in Leeds, Pauline & John Rudolf were 3rd and John Hampson & Simon Whitehouse were 9th out of 99 pairs. A very good result for both pairs. Pauline and John especially are having a really excellent year!

Jim Davies Teams 2015
Jim Davies Teams 2015

Congratulations to the team of David Stevenson, Peter Kaufmann, Matt Foster and Paddy Murphy who won the above competition on 11 June at Heswall Hall. A healthy turnout of 18 teams underlines the continuing popularity of this event. 

Telford Mid Week Congress 2014

Congratulations to John and Pauline Rudolf who won the Championship Pairs in the above event against very tough competition. Click here for full results of the Pairs event.

A Merseyside & Cheshire team came a close 4th in the Swiss Teams. Well done to Al Stephenson, Stuart Matthews, Mark Weeks and Bob Pitts. The teams results can be seen here.

North Wales AGM GP Teams

The annual Green Point Teams at the North Wales AGM was dominated by two Merseyside/Cheshire teams, Liz Commins & David Stevenson, Mark Weeks & Stu Matthews and Bob Pitts & Barry Jones, Paddy Murphy & John Hampson, who came 1st & 3rd respectively. Sheila Shea & Wyn Williams were in the team that came 4th. Well done.


In the Northern Ireland Spring National Congress held in Belfast [formerly Armagh] the Championship Pairs was won by Liz Commins and David Stevenson.

However, in the Championship Teams, Liz and David together with Robin Burns and Ian Lindsay of Northern Ireland failed to retain their trophy, only coming second this year.

Liverpool Open Teams
Liverpool Open Teams

Congratulations to Richard Davies & Stuart Scholes and Bernard Krasner & Dave Shaw who won the above event - again with a disappointing turnout of only 4 teams. Picture shows l-r Dave, Bernard, Stuart and Richard.

2015 Tollemache Qualifier
The Tollemache qulifier was held 22-23 November in Birmingam.
Representing Merseyside and Cheshire were
Dave and Jean Keen
David Stevenson and Liz Commins,
Paul Roberts and Julian Merrill
John and Pauline Rudolf
Danny Miller and Peter Hall
NPC Bernard Kaye.
All had a most enjoyable but average weekend finishing 6 out of 9 in a strong section, falling away from 4th place in the last session.
Jean and David Keen were our most consistent pairing with Danny Miller and Peter Hall also finishing with a plus Butler score.
Our section was won by Avon on 119, followed by London 114.  We were in 6th place with a score of 73.
Thanks to Bernard Kaye for this report.
Liverpool Open Pairs

Only 4.5 tables for this event, which was very disappointing.  Liz Commins and David Stevenson were the winners.  Well done to them.

Manchester GP Swiss Pairs 7 March 2015

Congratulations to Peter Kaufmann and Chris Pope who finished 2nd in the above event. Also well placed were Tracey Capal and Paddy Murphy in 5th= place.

The Merseyside Cup 2 November
The Merseyside Cup 2 November

Congratulations to the winners by a massive 45 Imps: Dave Edwards, Gill Jones, Earl O'Keeffe and Robbie Roberts representing Blundellsand Bridge Club. 

Thanks to Liz Stevenson for her hard work in organising the event. But a very disappointing turnout of only 5 teams - 3 of them from Merseyside Bridge Centre! 

Sad News
We are sorry to have to announce the sad death of George Eakin who was active for many years in the County and Leagues. His funeral is on Wednesday 6th May at 9-30 AM at South Chapel Landican and thereafter at Heswall Golf Club


Merseyside Teams Advance In Knock-Out Competitions

Congratulations to Jean Keen’s team (Jean & Dave Keen, Pauline & John Rudolf) who have advanced to the 4th round of Crockfords Cup after beating the Lancashire- based Mike Tomlinson’s team by 45 IMPs.  The team is also still in the Gold Cup but have drawn the #5 seeds, a very stiff task.

Jean & Dave along with Barry Lloyd Jones, are also in Bob Pitts' team, which has reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup.

As if this were not enough success, M&CBA are also guaranteed a team in the 3rd round of the Crockfords Plate (the consolation event for the Crockfords Cup) as Bob Pitts' team is drawn against Julian Merrill's team. 

Bridge 4Fun with an Expert
Bridge 4Fun with an Expert
Cambria Cup
Cambria Cup

On 17 May the final of the Cambria Cup, the Welsh Bridge Union's Mixed Pivot knockout teams, was held in Llanidloes. The winning team of  Paddy Murphy,  Liz Commins,  David Stevenson &  Barry Jones are all members of M&CBA as well as North Wales.

Lady Milne Trophy
Lady Milne Trophy

Congratulations to our own Liz Commins, who was a member of the winning Welsh team in the above competition. 

The Lady Milne, international event for the five countries of the British Isles plus a sixth team provided by the host nation, England this year, was won by Wales.  While they may have won it before, not for such a long time that anyone can remember when!  They won two of their matches, while other teams won three, but they had the highest total VPs.
The Welsh team lay third after the penultimate match, then beat the leaders, Scotland, also overtaking Northern Ireland and holding off the late challenge from England, who finished second.

Merseyside Team doing well in National Knockout Competitions

Congratulations to Jean Keen’s team (Jean & Dave Keen, Pauline & John Rudolf) who are through to the 3rd round of the Gold Cup after defeating the strong Catherine Draper team (Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, Andrew Woodcock & Ollie Burgess) by 58 IMPs over 48 boards.

Jean’s team are also through to the 3rd round of Crockfords Cup when they are drawn against Michael Tomlinson's team from Lancashire.

Andrew Rose Bowl
Andrew Rose Bowl

The County Mixed Teams event was held on Thursday 15 May at Liverpool Bridge Club. In a disappointingly low turnout of only 5 tables, the joint winners were Ann Davies & Roger Arnold and David StevensonLiz Commins.  The photo shows l-r Liz, David, Roger and Ann with the trophy.

Northern End of Year Congress

Congratulations to Peter Hall who, with Nigel Marlow of Berks and Bucks, came fourth in a very strong field. Mark Weeks and Stuart Matthews came 9th.

Higson Trophy 2015

Congratulations to Team Mayhem (Jean & Dave Keen (M&CBA), Pete Foster & Neil Thomas (Manc)) who beat Division 1 rivals Bare Bones by 51 IMPs to reach the Higson Trophy Finals (Manchester League KO).  The team won this event by some distance last year after a very strong finals event.  Like last year, this year’s finals will be shown on Vu-Graph and take place on 26 April at Manchester Bridge Club.

Webber (WBU Teams) 26-27 April 2014
Webber (WBU Teams) 26-27 April 2014

David Stevenson writes:

"We played the Webber over the weekend, the top WBU weekend teams event, and the first two teams were:

1  KURBALIJA  [South Wales]
   Filip Kurbalija, Diane Kurbalija, John Salisbury, Tony Ratcliff

2  COMMINS    [Mersey/Ches]
   Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Simon Edwards, Chris Pope   

Liz and I have had many firsts in various events, but what we rarely mention is the even larger number of second places.  But this event was different: there was a trophy for second place!  Called the Philip Angel Cup, we forgot to get a picture of the four of us with the trophy [sorry Chris, Simon!].  So the enclosed pictures are only two of us with the trophy!"

Northern Easter Festival 2015

Congratulations to Peter Richmond who was in the team that came 4th in the Swiss Teams at Ilkley on 5 April. The other members of the team were Roger Allison and George & Maureen McConkey from Lancashire. 

Preece Rosebowl Ladies Pairs 27 April 2014
Preece Rosebowl Ladies Pairs 27 April 2014

Congratulations to Sue Fjortoft and Margaret Ainscough of Lancashire, winners of the County Ladies Pairs event held at Blundellsands BC on Sunday 27 April. Photo shows l-r Sue, Gareth Thomas (TD & Chairman of Blundellsands BC) and Margaret.

NWBA Spring Congress 28/03/2015

Some fine showings by M&CBA members in the North Wales Spring Congress. In the pairs, Barry Lloyd Jones & Bob Pitts were in second place with Liz Commins & David Stevenson in third place. In the teams, Barry & Bob teamed up with Welsh Internationals Mike Tedd and John Salisbury for a resounding victory. Tracy Capal was in the team which came second and Sheila Shea, Wynn Williams, Beth & Barry Wennell were third. Congratulations to them all. 

Full results: Pairs. Teams

East Wales Congress
East Wales Congress

Congratulations to David Stevenson and Liz Commins on winning the East Wales Congress Teams, together with teammates Tracy Capal of Manchester and Mike Pownall of Hampshire and Wales.  Picture shows l-r Liz, Mike, Tracy and David. Following the event, Liz was disappointed that there was no trophy. She has therefore purchased the Liz Commins Cup and donated it to East Wales, who promptly gave it back to her as a member of the winning team!

Northern Ireland Spring National Congress
Northern Ireland Spring National Congress

Congratulations to Liz Commins & David Stevenson, who with Robin Burns & Ian Lindsay from Northern Ireland won the Northern Ireland Spring National Congress Green Point Swiss Teams in Armagh. Sadly Liz and Dave were unable to defend the Mixed Pairs trophy that they won last year.

EBU Spring Simpairs - Wednesday

Congratulations to Pat ArthurStephanie Howard, playing at Merseyside Bridge Centre, who came 10th in the above heat; and to Doris Coltman & Cameron Boyd who came 15th playing at Blundellsands Bridge Club.

County Trials 2014
County Trials 2014

Congratulations to Laurence Stone (left) and Dave Flacks, who were overall winners of the above event. Thanks to Liz Stevenson for organising and directing the event. The full results have been uploaded - see latest results.

British Spring Simpairs - Wednesday

Congratulations to David EdwardsGareth Thomas who finished 9th overall in the above event, playing at Blundellsands. Also to Lollo Murthwaite & Mui Fellows, who finished 18th playing at Merseyside Bridge Centre.

M&CBA match v Dublin 2014

The teams have now been selected for the annual match for the Cantor-Dowling Shield, which will be held in Dublin on May 31st/June 1st  


Alan Stephenson & Stuart Matthews; Dave & Jean Keen  


Pam Edwards & Shirley Webster; Joan Marray & Beth Wennell  


Geoff Cowie & Cameron Boyd; Sheila Shea & Wynn Williams; Dave Edwards & Peter Richmond  


Ted Reveley & Mike Swanson; Paul Roberts & Julian Merrill

Good luck to them all.

EBU Autumn Sim Pairs
EBU Autumn Sim Pairs

Congratulations to Peter Richmond and Dave Edwards who were the overall winners of the Wednesday competition of this event, out of a total of 1347 pairs and with a score of 73.99% over 2% clear of the second placed pair!

National Pairs 2014

Congratulations to John and Pauline Rudolf on coming 3rd in the National Pairs heat at Solihull on 16 March. They qualified to play in the National Finals in Bedford, on the weekend of 5th and 6th April 2014 and finished a creditable 16th in the A Final.

Lady Milne 2014
Lady Milne 2014

They kept very quiet about it, but three of M&CBA's ladies played in the Welsh Lady Milne team which finished a creditable 3rd, beating the England ladies! Well done to Beth Wennell, Sheila Shea and Liz Commins who are on the right of the photo.

North Wales GP Swiss Pairs 2014

Congratulations to David Stevenson and Liz Commins who were joint winners of the above event, being joined at the last minute by Tracey Capal and Mike Pownall of Manchester. Also finishing well were David Flacks and Laurence Stone in 4th place, Peter Kaufmann and Chris Pope in 5th place, Pete Foster and Mike Amos in 6th place and Bob Pitts and Barry Lloyd Jones in 8th place. Go M&CBA! Full details can be found on the NWBA website.