News March/April 2019


item15Congratulations to the winners of the NEBA Kempson Vase teams competition - Julian Gibson Anthony James Pettengell, Val Gibson, and Martin Kane who qualified from Darlington Bridge Club. Runners up were the Brunton team of Don Reid, David Brickland, Brian Lumsden, and Isi Mitrani

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The NBL 2019 season starts on July 13 and runs for four Saturdays (dates and venues below).  It is a competition in which we enter a team of 8 in the B division only (for experienced club players like those that regularly play in the NEBA inter-club competition for your club).  The team will not be the same for each date because some pairs are not always available and we want to encourage as many pairs to participate as possible.

BRADFORD - 13th July
ALTRINCHAM - 17th August
PRESTON - 21st September
BRADFORD - 12th October

The Scottish Match involves two teams of 8 (so plenty of volunteers needed) and takes place on 7 July in Berwick.

If you would be interested in playing as a pair (or a person who might be able to be paired up) please let me know as soon as possible (by the beginning of April at the latest).  Just let me know the pairing and which dates you can manage (all 5 would be great). 

by email: Durie


This item is from the SPORTS section of 'The Times.
item13Bridge authorities should look at the sport's "totally unsuitable" anti-doping rules after world number one Geir Helgemo was banned for a year, says the Monaco Bridge Federation.

Helgemo, who is Norwegian but represents Monaco in the card game, tested positive for banned substances Clomifene - a female fertility drug - and synthetic testosterone.

"We regret that a talent such as Geir Helgemo is sanctioned under an anti-doping regulation that is certainly adapted to physical sport but totally unsuitable for brain sport.

Duplicate bridge is already considered a sport by the tax authorities of Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, but not by Ireland and Sweden.
It was classified as a sport by the International Olympic Committee in 1998.

KEMPSON VASE QUALIFIERS - Sat. 9th March Stannington




Jan./Feb. 2019