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Canterbury News with Max Robb

Recently a couple of people have asked whether I was still writing reports for New Zealand Bridge and the Canterbury region. Well in 2020, Covid threw the reports schedule into disarray as many tournaments were cancelled. Even Nationals at Hamilton/ Karapiro was cancelled very late in the piece. To offset this many North Island clubs decided to run an extra tournament during Congress week to cater for the many players who had taken annual leave to play bridge. Unfortunately, no club in Canterbury offered their services to fill this gap, and as a result of this I believe, Canterbury was left out of the schedule.

Fair enough.

There were quite a few tournaments in September and October on which I have not reported. Therefore, in representing the Regional Committee, I should report on the tournament the Regional committee organised. This 10A was held at the Christchurch

Canterbury Regional Pairs 10A

Two players arguably scored their best “winning” success from their tournament history. Pam Tibble and Brian Goulter were the most consistent pair to finish first in a strong field, attracted from all corners of the South Island.


            Round 1 Bruce Anderson/Graeme Tufnell 60.4%, Tony Fitzgerald/Moss Wylie 59.9%, Kathryn Tennant/Hayden Seal 58.9% and Pam Tibble/Brian Goulter 58.5%


            Round 2 John Kruiniger and Fiona Temple scored the top percentage for the day 67%, David Taylor/Jane Lennon 62% and Pam Tibble/Brian Goulter 59.4%

 Brian Goulter and Pam Tibble.jpg

 1st  overall     Pam Tibble/Brian Goulter                                   

National Rubber Bridge

            The only National title awarded in 2020 was for the Congress Rubber Bridge. Congress had been cancelled, but before this happened regional competitions had been run, and NZB decided to play the final event on Bridge Based on Line BBO.

            In the Christchurch Club excitement mounted as our provincial champions continued their merry way through the field. Luck was with them as in two rounds, the winner was decided on the outcome of the last board though the winning margin in the final was much more comfortable.

    Congratulations to Stuart Grant and Tony Quinlivan for snaring their first open National title.

With apologies to Stuart Grant, this photo was taken at February’s South Island Teams where Richard Solomon presented the cup to Tony.

Tony Quinlvan and Richard Solomon 2021.jpg


Christchurch Holiday Pairs 5A                       January 8th 2021        

Once again, the club was surprised by the large entry in this competition in the first week of January. There were a large number of new and casual partnerships in the field. The top places were secured by very experienced players, but anyone in the top 20 places would notice that accomplished players languished further down the field.

Over the 3 rounds, the top percentages were scored by Graeme Tufnell/Mehboob Chiba 76% and Kees de Vocht/Ian Southen 72%. Other players who scored an A point as sessional winners were Sharon Jackson/Eamon Jackson; Jane Skipper/John Skipper; Sharyn Silcock/Ian Beattie.



Open Division                                                                     %


1st       Graeme Tufnell/Mehboob Chiba                           201

2nd       David Taylor/Jane Lennon                                   199

3rd       Jane Skipper/John Skipper                                  188

4th       Margaret Burgess/Pam Tibble                             180

5th       Neil Hawkins/Richard Lapthorne                         177  

6th       Sharon Jackson/Eamon Jackson                        173

7th       Sarah Garland/Theo Smits                                 172

Hearts Competition

            Sharyn Silcock and Ian Beattie secured first prize in this section, having secured 8th place just below those players mentioned above – a commendable performance in a strong field.


1st       Sharyn Silcock/Ian Beattie                                  170

2nd       Linda Smolar/Doreen Ambrose                         160

3rd       Robyn Findlay/Jim McBride                               158

4th       Juliet Davanney/Glenda Frapwell                      157

South Island Teams, Christchurch

February 13th/14th

This recently completed event has already been well reported. It was a fabulous event, extremely well organised and catered. Congratulations to the overall winners from Auckland/Wellington, Matt Brown- Michael Ware and Peter Newell – Martin Reid and also to the following Cantabrians who performed very well:

3rd  Tim Schumacher- David Skipper and Leon Meier who played with Johnny Davidson from Wellington

Restricted winners who finished 13th overall, from Timaru, Jim Burford- Bill Mecchia and Neville Newburn – Dorothy Bain

Intermediate winners Jo Hampton, Sam Gurney, Caroline Caseley and Tony Quinlivan.



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