Thank you Valerie

We send our best wishes to Valerie Mathers who has just retired from CBAI Head Office after 20 years as the voice at the other end of the phone.  Thank you for looking after us all so efficiently, politely and patiently.  You were able to help everybody from club member to CBAI president and you did so with just the correct balance of humour and frankness and always with the best interests of Irish Bridge at heart.  Thank you for making yourself available to us all 24/7 (way and above the call of duty).  Hopefully you will now be able to enjoy your bridge without being bombarded with questions and jobs to do.

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Sligo Online Charity Bridge Congress – This coming Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be running this year’s Yeats Country Bridge Congress (Sligo) as an Online Event. We will be donating all proceeds from the congress to the following 3 Charities:  North West Hospice (Sligo), Milford Hospice (Limerick) and Blackrock Hospice (Dublin).

Entry Fee BB$5 per session per person.

The entry fee is payable at registration time at the start of each session.  It is a good idea to buy your BB$ in advance and you do this by logging into your BBO account and clicking on the BB$ icon.  Half of this entry fee is retained by Bridge Base Online and the rest will be divided out to our three charities.

Friday 5th June:
Friday Night (7.30 to 10.30) – Mixed Pairs
Friday Night (7.30 to 10.30) – Gala Open Pairs
Saturday 6th June:
Saturday Afternoon (2.15 to 5.15) – Congress Pairs (Session 1)
Saturday Afternoon (2.15 to 5.15) – Intermediate ‘A’ Pairs (Session 1)
Saturday Afternoon (2.15 to 5.15) – Intermediate ‘B’ Pairs (Session 1)
Saturday Afternoon (2.15 to 5.15) – Novice Pairs (Session 1)
Saturday Afternoon (2.15 to 5.15) – Open Pairs
Saturday Night (7.15 to 10.15) – Congress Pairs (Session 2)
Saturday Night (7.15 to 10.15) – Intermediate ‘A’ Pairs (Session 2)
Saturday Night (7.15 to 10.15) – Intermediate ‘B’ Pairs (Session 2)
Saturday Night (7.15 to 10.15) – Novice Pairs (Session 2)
Saturday Night (7.15 to 10.15) – Open Pairs
Sunday 7th June:
Sunday (11am to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm) – Congress Teams
Sunday (11am to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm) – Intermediate Teams
Sunday Afternoon (2.15 to 5.15) – Open Pairs

 

If you would like to participate in this virtual congress then it is really important that we hear from you in advance please.

We need your details and your partner’s details – BBO Name, First Name, Surname, County, Grade, Mobile Number and email address.

We kindly ask you to submit these details here please.  As ever if you need help with anything feel free to contact Mairéad Basquille (087-9274448).

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Sligo and Friends Online Game this coming Bank Holiday Monday Night 1st June at 9.05 to 11.00 (18 boards) – TEAMS EVENT ON TUESDAY NIGHT 2nd June

TEAMS game this Tuesday night 2nd June (7.15 to 10.15) – Two separate competitions – Intermediate Event and Master Event

In preparation for Sligo Online Congress this weekend (Friday 5th to Sunday 7th), we will be running two TEAM EVENTS this coming Tuesday evening (2nd June) from 7.15 to 10.15.  There will be two separate events – one for Intermediate players and a second event for Master players.  These are difficult events to organise both at our end and even more so at your end.  So we need your entries in advance please – before 6.45 on Tuesday.  Entries for Intermediate event to fob@fob.ie and entries for the Master event to diarmuid.reddan@gmail.com.  As this is going out at peak BBO time there is an entry fee of 3 BB$ per person.

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Sligo and Friends Online Game this coming Monday night 1st June at 9.05 pm

You can register when you and your partner are both online on Monday evening (after 7.30 p.m) on BBO under ‘competitive’ – ‘free tournaments’ then search for host ‘ansuid’ and then click on #5250 Sligo and Friends Online 9.05 pm – All welcome.

To play in any of these games I need to have your name and BBO name in advance.  If I already have your details then you do not have to give them to me again.

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Friday 29th May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to J.C. Boyle and John McGinley (Donegal) – took them a while but they’ve arrived.

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Sally Brock)

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17th Irish Intermediate Online Championship – Thursday 28th May 2020 (36 tables)

Congratulations to Catherine Mahon and Garry Windebank (Dublin)

Results

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Julian Pottage)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Wednesday 27th May 2020 (39 tables)

Congratulations to Clare Burke and Mary Corban (Galway)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Mike Pomfrey)

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Results of Online Swiss Teams – Tuesday 26th May

We are held our first ever Irish Intermediate Online Swiss Teams Championship last night Tuesday 26th May with 23 teams playing and another 28 teams playing in a separate Master event.

Thank you to all the players for your patience in learning the new skill of registering for teams events – all good practice for Sligo Congress.

Apologies to those we couldn’t fix up in time for lift-off.

Many thanks also to Mairéad and Diarmuid.

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INTERMEDIATE  TEAMS (23 Teams)

Full Details on BBO

Congratulations to Martin T. O’Brien, Dave Doherty, Deirdre Daly and Sinead Kennedy (Drogheda)

Full Result

Commentary on the Intermediate SWISS TEAM hands (Sally Brock)

5 board VP Scale

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MASTER  TEAMS (28 Teams)

Full Details on BBO

Congratulations to Enda Glynn, David Walsh, Peter Goodman and Gay Keaveney (Galway)

Full Result

6 board VP Scale

 

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Monday 25th May 2020 Section A (40 tables)

Congratulations to Elizabeth Whelan and Phil Kinsella (from Bunclody Co. Wexford)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Mike Pomfrey)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Monday 25th May 2020 Overflow (8 tables)

Congratulations to Breda Tuite and Blanaid Morris (Dublin)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Mike Pomfrey)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Friday 22nd May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to Eileen O’Connor and Assumpta Kelly (Sligo)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Brian Senior)

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16th Irish Intermediate Online Game Thursday 21st May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to Deirdre Lonergan and Catherine Carabine (The Kit Kat twins – Dublin)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-34 Michael Byrne)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Wednesday 20th May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to Ann Nolan and Clare Doyle (Enniscorthy)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (Mike Pomfrey)

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15th Irish Intermediate Online Game Tuesday 19th May 2020 (30 tables)

Congratulations to Geraldine Murphy and Ronnie Woods (Dublin)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Tuesday 19th May 2020 (15 tables)

Congratulations to Pauric Burke and Una Carthy (Donegal)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Monday 18th May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to Dave Doherty and Martin T. O’Brien (Drogheda)

Results

Bridgewebs Result – if you prefer

Commentary on the hands (Julian Pottage)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Friday 15th May 2020 (32 tables)

Congratulations to Ann and Stephen Cairns (Enniskillen)

Results

Commentary on the hands (We used Boards 17-31 John Williams)

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14th Irish Intermediate Online Game Thursday 14th May 2020 (32 tables)

Congratulations to Attracta McGettrick and Maria Lynch (Sligo)

Results

Commentary on the hands (Mike Pomfrey)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game Wednesday 13th May 2020 (33 tables)

Congratulations to Kathleen O’Connell and Teresa Byrne (Galway)

Results

Commentary on the hands  (Brian Senior)

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13th Irish Intermediate Online Game Tuesday 12th May 2020 (31 tables)

Congratulations to Maura Cawley and Colm Gallagher (Tubbercurry)

Results

Commentary on the hands  (Michael Byrne)

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Sligo and Friends Monday 11th May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to Edith Tschofen and Krisztina Polgar (Tullow)

Results

Commentary on the hands (John Williams)

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Friday 8th May 2020 (32 tables)

Congratulations to Máire and John O’Keeffe (Dublin)

Results

Commentary on the hands (using Boards 17-31….Board 1 is Board 17 etc Heather Dhondy)

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Intermediate Game Thursday 7th May 2020 (24 tables)

Congratulations to Margaret Forde and James Ward (Galway)

Results

Commentary on the hands (using Boards 17-31….Board 1 is Board 17 etc Heather Dhondy)

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12th Irish Intermediate Game Wednesday 6th May 2020 (40 tables)

Congratulations to Marie and Michael Connolly

Results

Commentary on the hands (Heather Dhondy)

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11th Irish Intermediate Game – Tuesday 5th May 2020 (26 tables)

Congratulations to Mike O’Donnell and Joan Maher (Tipperary)

Results

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KILLARNEY  VIRTUAL  BRIDGE  CONGRESS

Diarmuid Reddan is organising Killarney Congress starting this coming Saturday 9th May and running for one week.

Click here for Congress Brochure and Details on how to Register

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Monday 4th May 2020 (39 tables)

Congratulations to Kathleen and Cathal McSherry (Meath)

Results

Commentary on the hands (Heather Dhondy)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game – Friday 1st May (24 Tables)

Well done to Frances Walkin and Gerry Scanlon (Ballina – a small club producing 2 winning pairs in one week)

Results

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Sligo and Friends Online Game – Saturday 25th April (12 Tables)

Improver Online Game – Thursday 30th April (19 Tables)

Well done Nuala and Richard White (Ballina)

Results

Commentary on the Hands (Paul Bower-using boards 17-31)

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10th Irish Intermediate Online Game – Wednesday 29th April (32 Tables)

Well done Maura McTernan and Anne Marie Keaney (Sligo)

Results

Commentary on the Hands (Graham Osbourne using Boards 17 to 31)

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9th Intermediate Online Game – Tuesday 28th April (25 Tables)

Well done Marjorie Hegarty and Valerie von Hoff (Dublin)

Results

Commentary on the Hands (Paul Bower)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game – Monday 27th April (35 Tables)

Well done to Philomena O’Connor and Maura Enright (Sligo)

Results

Commentary on the Hands (Graham Osbourne)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game – Saturday 25th April (12 Tables)

Well done Kathleen Healy and Áine Moore

Results

Commentary on the Hands (Heather Dhondy – we used boards 17-31 ie board 1 was board 17)

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Sligo and Friends Online Game – Friday 24th April (11 Tables)

Well done the Carabine Twins from Malahide

Results

Commentary on the Hands (we used boards 17-31 ie board 1 was board 17)

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8th Intermediate Online Game – Thursday 23rd April (19 Tables)

Well done Mary Gilvarry and Mary O’Dowd (Ballina)

Results

Commentary on the Hands

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7th Intermediate Online Game – Wednesday 22nd April (22 Tables)

Well done Frances Bonner and Patricia Mahon

Results

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6th Intermediate Online Game – Tuesday 21st April (15 Tables)

Well done Grace Corcoran and Maria Lynch (Sligo)

Results

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Sligo and Friends – Monday 20th April (24 Tables)

Well done Mary Duffy and Jim O’Sullivan

Results

Commentary on the hands

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Intermediate Pairs – Thursday 16th April (12 Tables)

Well done Michael and Marie Connolly

Results

Commentary on the hands (using boards 17-28 by Michael Byrne)

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Sligo and Friends Swiss Pairs – Late Bird – Wednesday 15th April (14 Tables)

Well done Caz O’Donnell and Martin Garvey

Results

Commentary on the hands (we were using boards 17-30)

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4th Irish Intermediate Pairs – Wednesday 15th April (19 Tables)

Well done Patricia Mahon and Doreen McInerney (Tullamore)

Results

Commentary on the hands

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Ireland Late Bird 11 p.m. – Monday 13th April (18 Tables)

Results

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Sligo and friends – Monday 13th April at 5.50. until 7.30 (19 Tables)

Well done Brian and Fiona Place (Galway)

Results

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Sligo and friends – Thursday 10th April (12 Tables)

Well done Caz O’Donnell and Martin Garvey

Results

Commentary on the hands (using boards 17-28 by Michael Byrne)

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3rd Ireland Online Intermediate Pairs – Wednesday 8th April March (17 Tables)

Well done Anne Murray and Margaret Keeney

Results

Commentary on the hands (Michael Byrne)

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Sligo and Friends – Tuesday 7th April (8 Tables)

Well done Brid Armstrong and Grace Corcoran

Results.

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Irish Early Bird game – Sunday April 5th (14 Tables)

Results

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Intermediate and Sligo friends game – Friday April 3rd (8 Tables)

Results

Commentary on the hands (Julian Pottage)

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Inter ‘B’ and Improver game – Thursday April 2nd (6 Tables)

Congratulations to Deirdre Lonergan and Catherine Carabine

Results

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2nd Ireland Online Intermediate Pairs – Wednesday 1st April March (37 Tables)

Well done Brid Armstrong and Grace Corcoran

Results

Commentary on the hands (Heather Dhondy)

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Results Sligo online game Monday 30th March (14 Tables)

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Results of Inter B online Pairs Game Thursday 26th March (5 Tables)

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1st Ireland Online Intermediate Pairs – Wednesday 25th March (31 Tables)

Results

Commentary on the hands

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Monday 23rd March (12 tables)

Congrats Gerry Scanlon and Niall Kilroy.

Results

Commentary on the hands

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Tuesday 17th March (5 tables)

Congrats to Margaret Nally and Tommy Banks.

Results

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May Bank Holiday Invitational Swiss Teams – Sunday 3rd May – 5 x 12 board matches

FINAL RESULT

Well Done to Mark Moran, John Carroll, Tom Hanlon, Hugh McGann, Adam Mesbur and Nick FitzGibbon

Runners-up:  Dan McIntosh, Tommy Garvey, Louise Mitchell, Derek O’Gorman

Third:  Peter Goodman, Terry Walsh, Peter Pigot, Karel DeRaeymaeker

Fourth:  David Walsh, Ciaran Coyne, Enda Glynn, Gay Keaveney

Hand records for Round 1Board details for Round 1

Hand records for Round 2Board details for Round 2

Hand records for Round 3Board details for Round 3

Hand records for Round 4.  Board details for Round 4

Hand records for Round 5.  Board details for Round 5

Diarmuid Reddan (Chief), Mairéad Basquille and FOB

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May Bank Holiday Invitational Swiss Teams – 14 Teams

The following 14 teams have agreed to take part in the second Swiss Teams event which takes place on Sunday week 3rd May.

5 x 12 board matches starting at 12 noon, then 1.30, then 3.00, then 5.10 and finally 6.40 ending at 8 O’Clock

Number Team Members
1 Maureen Pattinson, Bob Pattinson, Marian Croke, Maria Whelan
2 Martin Brady, Paul Delaney, Sean O’Lubaigh, David Dunne
3 Ronan McMaugh, Thomas MacCormac, Wojiech Gorzycza, Marcin Rudzinski
4 LizAnn O’Reilly, Gordon Lessells, Ena Cleary, Aidan Cleary, Pat Liston
5 Dan McIntosh, Tommy Garvey, Louise Mitchell, Derek O’Gorman, Donal MacAonghusa
6 Donal Garvey, Pat Quinn, Micheal O’Bhriain, Padraig O’Bhriain
7 Teresa Rigney, Diane Greenwood, Joan Kenny, Jeannie Fitzgerald, Rebecca O’Keeffe, Gilda Pender
8 Peter Goodman, Terry Walsh, Peter Pigot, Karel DeRaeymaeker
9 Mark Moran, John Carroll, Tom Hanlon, Hugh McGann, Adam Mesbur, Nick FitzGibbon
10 BJ O’Brien, Alan O’Sullivan, Siobhan Part, Hilary McDonagh
11 David Walsh, Ciaran Coyne, Enda Glynn, Gay Keaveney
12 John Phelan, Lucy Phelan, Anna Onishuk, Cian Holland
13 Sam Punch, Stephen Peterkin, Alan Goodman, Brian Short
14 Michael Donnelly, Conor Boland, John Connolly, Stephen Barr

The draw for numbers was based on the Lotto draw (Saturday 25th April).

In round 1 Team 1 will play Team 8, then 2v9, 3v10, 4v11 etc.

Diarmuid Reddan (Chief), Mairéad Basquille and FOB

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George Ryan RIP

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We are saddened to report the death of the well-known journalist, author, and former Irish Times bridge correspondent, George Ryan.

George will be best remembered in bridge circles for his incredibly popular pocket-sized primer on the game, “The Bones of Bridge”.  This proved an invaluable resource for new students of the game, so much so that, even though it has been out of print for many years, the CBAI still receives regular enquiries as to its availability from newcomers who have been recommended it by a devotee.  A follow-up work, “Some of the Flesh” was only slightly less influential.  Aside from his journalism and bridge writing, George also wrote fiction, including a very well-admired novel, “No Time for Work”.

George retired as the Irish Times bridge columnist in 2014, and in that year was awarded the CBAI President’s Award, in Fearghal O’Boyle’s presidency, for his life-long contribution to the game. George developed dementia at around that time, and moved to Westport to be closer to his daughter Aine and her family. Aine (also a journalist) has been writing a very moving series of articles about how George and the family have coped with the condition, which remain available on the Irish Times website.

George was pre-deceased by his son Dermot, his first wife, Mary, and second wife, Joan. He is survived by his sister, Sr. Clare Ryan, and by his daughters Aine, Breda, Clare, and Eithne, and son Gearoid. Our condolences to them and all George’s extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.  (Irish Times obituary)