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News May/June 2017

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2017 NEBA SUMMER PAIRS WINNERSitem35
Congratulations to Jacqui Taylor and Geoff Parker who successfully defended the trophy which they won last year. (They had a 2nd round score of 73%).

2017 NEBA SUMMER PAIRS - Feedback
The annual Summer Pairs event was held in Stannington Village hall yesterday, 24th June.     
33 pairs took part in two 24  board sessions.  Pleasingly a number of newer players were present, and they seemed to find it less daunting and tiring than they had anticipated.  As ever, the excellent organisation and directing of Norman Gray, the tea and coffee organised by Ann Bell, the venue, and the general bonhomie of the participants ensured that it was a very smoothly run and pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon.  We look forward to next year's event.
Pauline Boardman

 
 

NEBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
item23Congratulations to Frank Springett who is the 2017 NEBA Player of the Year. Although I have not been told officially, the information was announced at the Brunton and Cramlington Bridge Clubs.
Frank, who has been one of the most consistently successful club players for a number of years writes a 'Hand of the Week' for the Castle Morpeth Club.

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EBU LAW BOOK - DIRECTOR'S COURSE
The EBU Law Book is updated about every 10 years (the last edition was 2007) and a new Law Book 2017 has been issued by the EBU. The new laws must be brought into use by 30 September, 2017. There are quite a lot of changes but many of them are minor, clarifying meanings and resolving anomalies.

Chris Benneworth has been on a refresher day for national TDs and has offered to run two similar events during September (afternoon or evening) for county/club TDs in the North and South of the region, the dates and venues to be confirmed.

Printed copies of the new Law Book can be obtained from the EBU shop at £8 plus postage.

You can also download a file from EBU website and print your own copy and there is a file with all the changes highlighted also available to download.

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Winners of the 2017 Club Champion Pairs were David Turner and Nigel Durie representing
the Hurworth Bridge Club. Runners up were Frank Springett and Brenda Osborne for the Newcastle Bridge Club. All results contribute towards the John Clarke Trophy.
RESULTS

JOHN CLARKE SALVER
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 John Clarke Salver BRUNTON Bridge Club.
They narrowly beat last year's winners Hurworth B.C. by 2 points with Morpeth, for the 3rd year running, coming 3rd

Top 10 placings HERE

RULE CHANGES
John Portwood of the Durham Bridge Club has produced a very helpful summary of the rule changes that will come into effect in August 2017.
Access the pdf from the Durham site or
CLICK HERE

WEBSITE
I have heard that some people have difficulty navigating the NEBA website. Although the site was perhaps too decorative - it maintained my interest in managing the site. I hope that the revised, less colourful, design makes the navigation bars more obvious. The top black menu bar - in CAPITALS - shows the main categories. Clicking one of these headings opens a range of related topics on the lower black menu bar. I think that I have corrected the colour relationships on all of the pages but if I have missed any 'unreadable' text, please let me know.

 
 

TOP EBU AFFILIATED CLUBS
Well done to the Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club for reaching 27th slot in the EBU list of top 50 clubs by number of player sessions in the year here. They were the only NEBA in the list. FULL LIST HERE

 
 

NEW BRIDGE RULES
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The World Bridge Federation will be updating the Laws of Duplicate Bridge in 2017, and these will come in to effect in competitions in England from the start of August.

You can download a pdf copy of the new rules from the EBU site HERE
 

KEMPSON CUP FINAL
In a tight affair with never more than 4 imp between the two teams until the fifth stanza of 8 boards, the Martin Kane team (David Broadhead, Damian Hassan & Bill March) overcame a 11 imp deficit with +16 imp in the last set to win by 5 imp over 48 boards over the Brian Lumsden team (Peter Avery, Guy Herzmarc & Frank Springett).   Frank Springett

BILL AYNSLEY
Sadly, it was announced at Cramlington Bridge Club that Bill Aynsley, a founder member of the club and a popular player across the region, has decided to quit the game. He has decided that he no longer has the concentration and memory to compete meaningfully. We all wish him well in his retirement from Bridge.
IAN RANKIN
Our best wishes also go to Ian Rankin whose failing health has resulted in him going into a care home. He was a top player who has contributed so much to the running of the NEBA and Ian offered me lots of enthusiastic encouragement regarding NEBA graphics and the website.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - IN LAST MONTH'S NEWS!
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SCIENCE AND THE BENEFITS OF BRIDGE
A scientific conference took place last week on the topic of “Recreational Activity and Joy in Senior’s Life”, with a day devoted to the positive effects that bridge can have in this area.

One of the guest speakers was Prof. Sam Punch, of Stirling University, who is collaborating with English Bridge Education and Development on its work in to the health and wellbeing benefits of playing bridge. Speakers from six other countries also presented papers on the topic, showing the wide ranging interest in the positive impact of playing bridge.

 

SITEMETER CLOSING DOWN.
The website tracker used on this website for the last 15 years is closing on July 1st 2017. As a matter of record, pages have been viewed 2,921,022 times with a total of 747, 686 visits. There had been 38,166 visits before switching to 'Sitemeter' in 2003. Presently the site attracts about 5,000 visits and 18,000 page views per month.

NEBA v SCOTLAND
The teams for the annual match against the East of Scotland are:
A Team

Steve & Georgia Ray Damian Hassan & Martin Kane, Neil & Inga Aiston
Marion Curran & David Morrison.
B Team
Steve Kitching & Neil Oliver, Mary Page and Aileen Cunningham, Bev Godfrey and Nichola Cockerill-Smith, John Boughey & Eddie Nord.


 

AGGREGATE SWISS PAIRS WINNERS
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Congratulations to Liz Muir and Val Gibson who won this afternoon event at Wearside Bridge Club. Runners up were Marion Curran & Margaret McCabe.

BRIDGE IS A SPORT!
We are very pleased that a report prepared by the European Court of Justice has concluded that contract bridge should be considered a sport for VAT purposes.

This is a non-binding recommendation, but if confirmed later this year the EBU would no longer need to charge VAT on entry fees to its competitions, and would receive a rebate on VAT which it had previously paid. This will have huge benefits as it will allow us to invest further in the game, and make entries to EBU competitions cheaper, thus allowing more people to enjoy playing bridge, and enabling more to experience the social and mental benefits that playing bridge offers. The final judgement is expected in the autumn.
Read the full article HERE

EBU CONGRESS - CHANGE OF VENUE
Due to circumstances beyond the EBU's control, it has been necessary to change the venue for the Northern Midweek Congress. It will now be held in Harrogate, and not in Wakefield as previously advertised.

The congress takes place Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th August, with a Championship Pairs on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a Swiss Teams on Thursday.

NEBA SUMMER PAIRS FINAL
This event will take place on Saturday June 24 at Stannington 2pm start with Norman Gray as the Director. There are currently 29 pairs entered to play with some clubs not yet having submitted their entries.

Although the last date for entries is Monday June 19, Anne Bell will be away for a few days from June 17 and the outstanding entries should be submitted to her asap. Any changes after Friday June 18 should be notified to Norman Gray 07767 214124 or 0191 2517109

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NEBA UNAUDITED ACCOUNTS 2016/17
The unaudited figures for the NEBA for the year to 31st March 2017. can be viewed HERE


After several years of substantial losses this year is close to breakeven, It is only the unexpected loss on the NEBA congress that has prevented a profit. This was due to a disappointing level of entries compared to previous years. We have changed the date and tweaked the format for the 2017 congress and trust this will result in improved entries and therefore a profit. If it is not a financial success it will be the last one to be held at the excellent but expensive venue at the Metro Centre.


The improved figures for 2017 are due to the changes introduced by the Executive of the NEBA in the last 2 years when the P2P cost and direct entry fees were increased. My budget for 2017/18 shows the NEBA moving into profit and rebuilding its cash reserves. If I am correct and the congress results are good there will be limited need to raise the P2P costs again in the near future.


Steve Ray - NEBA Treasurer

GOOD LUCK!
Bev Godfrey and Nichola Cockerill- Smith
will represent the NEBA in the Corwen Trophy at the Park Inn Hotel, Northampton on the 3rd June

The winning team in the NEBA North East League -
Val Gibson, Julian, Gibson, Clive Owen, Damian Hassan, Bill March and Shivam Shah,
will represent the NEBA in the Pachabo Cup at the Mercure Hotel, Daventry, on the 10th June.

NEW NEICKO COMPETITION Due to poor

NEBA WEBSITE
I have designed and managed the NEBA website for 15 or more years. For reasons that my technical knowledge is unable to fathom, the software that I am using has become increasingly difficult to upload. The company itself 'Freeway', has gone out of business.

I feel that it is time to stand down from this responsibility and IF I can get this information to upload, I invite any members who feel that they could take on this duty, to contact the NEBA secretary ASAP. - Neil
 

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CONGRATULATIONS MARIONitem17
The English Bridge Union confirmed on 5th May 2017 that Marion Curran has been promoted to the rank of GRAND MASTER.
Well done to Marion who joins only a handful of NEBA ladies to have achieved this prestigious rank.

item192017 CLUB CHAMPION TEAMS
Congratulations to the Bishop Auckland team of Audrey Bainbridge, John Dobson, Denise Barham-Hall and
Brian Myers, shown here being presented with the trophy by NEBA Chief Tournament Secretary David Gold.

Bishop Auckland finished level with Sunderland in the final tabulations but were declared winners on a split tie because they had beaten Sunderland in their particular match by 1 IMP.

FULL RESULTS

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