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News May/June 2018

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SUMMER PAIRS QUALIFIERS
The Qualifiers for this year's Summer Pairs event at Stannington on June 30th can be found here.
The competition starts at 2pm.

RETIRING OFFICERS Extracts from 2018 AGM
NEBA would like to thank the following Officers who tended their resignation at the recent AGM.
Secretary - Mary Page
approached the job with professionalism, efficiency and such enthusiasm that it energised both the Executive Committee and the NEBA. She was the person to contact if you needed information, and was always willing to help in organising events or meetings. We all grew to rely on her.
Congress Secretary - Gill Gold has steered the Congress to recent success, and last year bucked the trend of declining numbers in bridge events, seeing a substantial increase in entries.
Inter-Club Brian Pacey has been our Tournament Secretary for the competition for 8 years. This was no small task, arranging the leagues and accommodating all the requests from the various clubs. Of course he also had to collate and publish the scores.
Elaine Purvis has been Tournament Secretary for many years. She was responsible for collating and publishing the information of our Direct Entry events. Prior to the new format of these events, she was also responsible for collecting entries – again, no small task.
Full Minutes of 2018 AGM.

JOHN CLARKE SALVER
The points gained towards the John Clarke Salver by yesterday Champion Pairs competition were as follows:


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NEICKO CUP FINAL WINNERS
The final of the NEBA NEICKO between the teams captained by David Broadhead and Steve Ray.was played yesterday, (12th May), in a very pleasant spirit at St Georges, Darlington.
Don Reid who was due to play for the Ray's team was ill and the opposition agreed in advance to reduce the boards to a 32 board match.

The Ray team of Steve & Georgia Ray, Liz Muir and John Gladders beat the David Broadhead team, Damian Hassan, Martin Kane & David Broadhead by 12imps. The winning team are eligible to represent NEBA in the Pachabo Cup to be held in Bedford on 9th/10th June.

BUTLER PAIRS WINNERS
20 pairs, competed in the NEBA Butler Pairs competition held at Wearside Bridge Club on Sunday 17th June. The event was won by the Brunton pair of Brian Lumsden & Frank Springett.
2nd Prize, as the highest ranked E/W pair, went to Tony Watson & Reg Hornsey and the NGS winners were Richard Spargo & Irene Whitfield.

CLUB CHAMPION PAIRS WINNERS
21 pairs, selected to represent their clubs, competed for the Club Champion Pairs Trophy at Stannington on Saturday 19th May. The winning Pair were
Don Reid & David Brickland from Brunton Bridge Club. Runners up were Neil Oliver and Steve Kitching
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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.

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.

NEICKO PLATE FINAL WINNERS
Last night, 16th May, the team of Frank Springett, Brian Lumsden, Peter Avery Guy Herzmark, beat Sue and Dick Davies, Aileen Cunningham and Chris Stenning in the NEICKO Plate final. The Margin was 111 - 41 IMP s played over 32 boards.

COMMITTEE MEETING OUTCOME
In response to a recommendation made at the May 2018 Committee Meeting, future results of teams competitions will show all of the players and not just the captains.
Accordingly the recent Kempson Vases competition has been altered to show all team members. HERE

CLUB CHAMPION TEAMS WINNERS
10 teams competed for the Teams Champions Trophy at St Georges on Sunday 13th May. Congratulations to the winning team of Brian Lumsden, Peter Avery Guy Herzmark and Frank Springett representing Brunton Bridge Club.
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Application Form & details Download

NEBA NEICKO FINAL
The final is between Clive Owen's team and the Steve Ray team.
It will be held on Saturday May 12th at St. Georges Bridge Club, with a 2:00 PM start.
If you want to come along and watch this exciting match between two of the best teams in our area, the entry is free and the standard of bridge will be high!

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These are the ranking scores that go towards the John Clarke Salver
which is presented to the most successful NEBA club for 2017/18.

WEARSIDE BRIDGEATHON
There was a good attendance spread over 24 hours of 20 tables from various clubs. One member actually played the full 24 hours! There was no overall winner and donations/sponsorship are still coming in but the figure is well over £1000 for the three charities. Members were extremely generous in their contributions and the event was a great success. Allan Davies

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The renovations and redecoration of Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Bridge Club are now complete.

BEST LEAD? BEST DEFENCE? BEST DECLARER PLAY?
Or - - why did I get a dreadful score on that hand last night?
If you are not familiar with this little gizmo, why not feed in the nightmare hand and see how it should be played (or defended). It's free and easy to use.

BRIDGE SOLVER
Bridge Solver Online is a free interactive bridge hand analyser utilising Bo Haglund's well known double dummy solver module. It can be integrated with websites or used standalone, and is usable from a web browser on any desktop or mobile device without installation. It can calculate makeable contracts and optimum contracts for any bridge hand, or the user can play hands in double dummy mode with card by card guidance to discover the lines of play that allow the makeable contracts to be achieved.
Try it HERE

 

 

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