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News March /April 2018

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NEWCASTLE BRIDGE LEAGUE
This non-affiliated league are looking for new teams. More information HERE

GARDEN CITIES REGIONAL FINAL
For those who watch the progress of NEBA teams, you will have noticed that we did not compete in the regional heat at Bradford. Unfortunately both Clive and Christoper Owen became sick and it was too late to find a replacement pair. We wish them both a speedy recovery. Results HERE
 

WORTH THE EFFORT?
Information for financial support that may have gone un-noticed can be accessed HERE - Worth a look!

GARDEN CITIES REGIONAL FINAL
Hurworth, winners of our Teams of Eight Inter Club 'A' division, will represent NEBA in the regional finals of the EBU Garden Cities competition at Bradford on April 21st. Up to 50 boards will be played, with the winners and runners-up qualifying for the National Final. We wish them well!
 

WEARSIDE BRIDGEATHON
Wearside's Bridgeathon will start at 4.00 pm on Sunday 6th May and run for 24 hours to finish on Monday 7th May at 4.00 pm. This is to raise funds for Age Concern, MacMillan and Alzheimer's.

Sessions will run in three hour blocks and players can attend one session or more if they wish.

The session times are: Sunday 4.00 pm to 7.00; 7.00 pm to 10.00, 10.00 pm to 1.00 am on Monday. Then on Monday from 1.00 am to 4.00; 4.00 am to 7.00; 7.00 am to 10.00; 10.00 am to 1.00 pm; 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Click HERE for a poster

Contact Charlie on wearsidebridgeclub@hotmail.com if you are interested.

CLUB CHAMPION TEAMS & CLUB CHAMPION PAIRS
This is a polite reminder to club secretaries that Anne Bell, the Tournament Secretary for these two competitions now needs the names of the teams and pairs who will represent their club.
Remember that all competitors will contribute to their club's totals for the John Clarke Salver for 2018. Dates/venues HERE

INTO THE 'UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE' SEMIS!
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Well done to Jonathan Noble and his team from Newcastle University.   
An outstanding performance gets them to the semi-finals.
Jocelyn Gordon

Cometh the hour, cometh the man summed up the last few minutes of University Challenge last night as a Newcastle student solved what many viewers are calling the 'hardest question ever' to appear on the show. 

Trainee teacher and bridge player Jonathan Noble left his team-mates open-mouthed, and even difficult-to-please host Jeremy Paxman impressed, with his mathematical wizardry in the quarter-final episode of the academic quiz.

Viewers were equally astounded and took to social media to applaud the Newcastle team captain, with one fan of the high-brow series saying Noble 'was not of this world'.

The question: 'If 1,1 is the second row of Pascal's Triangle, what is the seventh row?' left the rest of the Newcastle team defeated but, under pressure from Paxman, Noble fired back the correct answer: 1, 6, 15, 20, 15, 6, 1. 
When Paxman revealed he'd got the question right, the jaw of Noble's team-mate, Lowery, fell to the floor and even Noble himself looked shocked that he'd grabbed the ten points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI8j6iXkmYw

ANDREW ROBSON SEMINAR
item38A very big thank you to everyone that enjoyed the charity bridge day with Andrew Robson.

160 of us had a great play, teaching seminar, and a very good lunch at the Croft hotel,near Darlington.

Over £7000 was raised for St Teresa's Hospice.

With thanks from John and Pauline Hodges and Grace Hunter

NEICKO
In the semi final of the NEICKO, the team of
Dave Broadhead, Martin Kane, Damian Hassan and Clive Owen beat Val Gibson, Bill March, Julian Gibson and Malcolm Oliver by 34 Imps.

They will play Steve Ray's team in the final.

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Application Form & details Download

PORTLAND PAIRS
Apparently the Portland Pairs heat to be held at Darlington, St Georges, did not take place. I can only assume that there were insufficient entries. Full results can be found HERE

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CRUNCH TIME
We wish our Newcastle University team, captained by bridge player Jonathan Noble GOOD LUCK - as they are back on University Challenge on Easter Monday 2nd of April, when they have to win to get into the semifinals.

THIS MUST BE A RECORD!
At the Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club,
Tony McCabe won on five consecutive nights with five different partners. And he's not finished yet!
Wait until Monday!!


Sat. 17th March 
Top E/W with John Armstrong - 6 Tables

Mon. 19th March
Top with Edith Bennett    - 9 Tables

Thurs. 22nd March
Top with Neville Green - 10 Tables

Frid. 23rd March
Top with Linda Pyke   - 11&1/2 Tables

Sat 24th March
Top N/S with Dorothy Turner.   - 7 Tables

Phil Jackson

BEV JOINS THE EBU BOARD OF DIRECTORS
item24Congratulations to Bev Godfrey - manager of St Georges Bridge Centre in Darlington, a bridge teacher, and member of the North Eastern Bridge Association Executive - who has been appointed to the EBU Board of Directors.
Bev will have a specific focus on 'club matters'
Find out more, on how Bev became involved with Bridge HERE

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EBU CLUB STRATIFIED SIMS
The Wearside pair of Graham Cox and Alleyn Erskine are presently in 1st position Nationally in the EBU Simultaneous Pairs event held yesterday. (13th March.)
In 5th position Nationally, are Frank Springett & Peter Avery who played in the Castle Morpeth heat.

After Wednesday's event at Wearside Bridge Club, Malcolm Tulloch and Richard Spargo were 8th overall, and winners of the 'B' category (below Tournament Master.)
David Thompson and Margaret Thompson were 12th.
Well done to them all!

 

Charity Bridge with Afternoon Tea
in aid of the Transplantation Unit
at the Freeman Hospital

on Sunday, 29th April 2018 at 2 pm in the
Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill NE44 6DJ

Raffle & Auction and prize for Lucky Ticket

TICKETS:   £8 available from
Jen Horton 01434 682008
or Pam Niven 01434 682394

SOMETHING NEW
On Sunday 17th June the NEBA Pairs competition will be played at Wearside Bridge Club and instead of Matchpointed Pairs scoring, we will use Butler scoring. As this will be new to many players, Norman Gray has offered this description for your perusal.

BUTLER SCORING

Butler is a form of scoring for pairs events, where each result is imped against the average result for all the tables, sometimes with one or more extreme results removed. The EBU recommended procedure is to remove the top & bottom score for up to 10 results on the traveller, remove the top & bottom 2 scores for 11-25 results and the top & bottom 3 when over 25 results.

ANOTHER INTERESTING ARTICLE
Pour yourself a coffee and enjoy this:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/how-bridge-became-cool-426099.html

If there is a traveller with NS

1 at 690

3 at 680 2040

4 at 650 2600

1 at 620 620

1 at 230


The top and bottom scores are ignored; the average of the other 8 scores is 657.50 rounded to 660 and all 10 scores are imped against 660.

SNOW - February 28 - March 3rd.
For the record, many clubs meeting on Wednesdays & Thursdays have been forced to cancel their club nights this week because of snow and high winds.
(Named by the media as 'The Beast from the East'.)

NEBA DRAFT CALENDAR 2018/19
It would be very helpful if club secretaries could thoroughly check the draft calendar and inform Mary Page of any problems ASAP.
View the Draft calendar HERE.
 

CHARITY EVENTS
Details of four forthcoming charity events, with refreshments tea, can be accessed HERE.

 

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KEMPSON VASES FINAL
16 teams competed for the 2018 Kempson Vases held at Stanningtonon on Saturday 28th April.

Winners were the Brunton team of Isi Mitrani, Brian Lumsden, Don Reid and David Brickland who finished a clear 29 IMPs ahead of the runners up who were, Clive Owen, David Broadhead, Martin Kane and Damian Hassan from the Hurworth club.
 

Jan/Feb 2018