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Rugby Village Bridge Club's team of Chris Cooper, Janet Stuchbury, Laura Von Tucher and Daphne Rourke were runners-up in Northants CBA's improvers' event.
Rugby Village Bridge Club's team of Chris Cooper, Janet Stuchbury, Laura Von Tucher and Daphne Rourke were runners-up in Northants CBA's improvers' event.

Village team runners-up in improvers’ tournament


Rugby Village Club

On Saturday Northants CBA held its annual Green Pointed Swiss Pairs at Bugbrooke. The event attracted 44 pairs, including some very strong players from all over England. Top were Maggie Jones and Eifion Jones, both fairly local (Towcester and Northampton). RVBC members Alan Webb and Chris Cassin came 24th equal, and Jim Bainbridge and David Reed came 30th equal.

Northants also held its first event for Improvers at the same venue and at the same time. The format was mentored pivot teams, with a more experienced player anchored North and three teams mates with NGS of 7 or less eachplaying with the anchor player in each of three rounds. Well done to Chris Cooper, Janet Stuchbury, Laura Von Tucher and Daphne Rourke, from RVBC, were runners up!

On Monday evening Rugby Bridge Club were hosts at the annual friendly match with Lutterworth. Sixteen players turned out for each side and Lutterworth just took the honours in a close match.

Elsewhere the RVBC Founders Championship pairs, down to seven tables, was won by Clare and Marion Dixon.

Janet O’Connor and Eve Norton came second followed by Graham Clarke and Smita Basu. Christine Greenaway and Jane Reed were fourth followed by Pam Southern and Ken Fernie.

Adrian Williams and Don Prowse lead the Founders Pairs with an average of 5.5 place points. However, Brian Richardson and Keith Lodge are not far behind with 5.38 and Alan Webb and Chris Cassin are well in touch with the leaders on 5.1.

On Tuesday afternoon of last week, ten full tables played a two winner movement. North / South were led by David Reed & Mary Kerridge with 60.28%; second were Caelia Pinkney & Ron Woolgar with 53.89%; in third place with 52.22% were Frank Grace & Isobel Ross and fourth were Nicky & Jim Bainbridge with 51.67%.

East / West were more likely to find themselves defending and best performance was from Daphne Rourke & Felicity White with 65.83% well clear of a chasing group of Edwige Quick & Sue Robards: 56.67%; Malcolm Fawcett & Cynthia Martin: 55.83%; and Susan Mendes & Moyra Loughran with 55.56%.

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Rugby Bridge Club

Sue Osborne and Wendy Pattinson chalked up a resounding victory on Tuesday, nearly 7% ahead of their nearest challengers, Ron Golby and Helen Foster. Sue and Wendy are both in the top ten of the Master Point Competition, which Marion Dixon continues to lead from Graham Clarke.

On Thursday, Derek Thomas and Steve Royston just topped 60% to beat Phil Shorey and Sue Osborne into second place. On Friday it was the turn of an unfamiliar pairing – Anne Carrington and Paul Plumptre – to win comfortably from Marion and Peter Dixon, with two other pairs just behind in equal third place.

Anne and Paul bid bravely to score a maximum on this Friday hand –

West - S – Q; H – Q J T 9 7 6 2; D – T 9; C – Q 7 3

East - S – A 8 6 4; H ----; D – K J 8 5 4; C – A K T 8

Despite having only 22 combined points and a void in hearts in dummy, West managed to bid to 4 hearts, an excellent prospect. However North – South could still have defeated the contract. North’s A of diamonds held, but with South contributing the 6 and declarer the 9, North could not be quite sure who held the remaining diamond. A switch away from diamonds meant that the contract could no longer be defeated, with only the top two trumps and the diamond to lose. As it was, South would have ruffed a second diamond for the setting trick.

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