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The Schapiro Spring Foursomes: 29 April – 3 May 2011

Posted on 28 April 2011

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The Schapiro Spring Foursomes –  29 April – 3 May 2011 . “The Schapiro Spring Foursomes – one of the best events in the EBU calendar – is now open for entry. Spanning five days, you get a lot of bridge for your money and a great experience. It’s not easy, but it’s always memorable. Why not get a team together and give it a go?”So the English Bridge Union invites the World to enter this event. The venue is the Holiday Inn Hotel at Stratford upon Avon; the tourney starts on April 29th, in the evening, and ends on May 3rd.

 Look here for all it needs to know:

http://www.ebu.co.uk/competitions/may/springfours/default.htm

Nevertheless, some further advice could be proven useful.

 The event is in head to head matches, but if the registered teams are less than sixty four there will be some triangles; now are fifty two, but the registrations are still open. The first two rounds in the head to head matches are two segments each of thirty two deals; in the triangles, are two matches against the other two squads. The undefeated teams go on.

 The twice defeated teams will play in the Punchbowl, a subsidiary competition for people knocked out of the main event. Now, what does happen if we are eliminated from the Punchbowl too? Must we go back home? Never! There is the Hamilton Cup. It starts on Monday 2nd and gathers the refugees from Schapiro Spring Foursomes and from the Punchbowl. The Hamilton Cup and the Punchbowl run alongside the main tourney, following it as the gleaners in the grain fields follow the reapers.

 The destiny of the undefeated team is clear, as well as the destiny of the twice defeated teams. Now: what do the once defeated teams do? Well, this topic is a little difficult to explain; read the ruling in the invite, but if you don’t understand it, don’t worry: just remember do not become a twice defeated team.

Last of the topic “how to play”: what to do if we would go to Stratford upon Avon to play the Shapiro Spring Foursome, but we are without a team or, worse, without a partner? It needs to say that nobody should underrate the matter of being in a team, and, what is more, need to say that bridge is a partnership game. That said, if you are lonely wolves (or even lonely lambs), click here:

http://www.ebu.co.uk/competitions/may/springfours/noteam.htm

they’ll do the best they can to help us to find what you need.

 Last question: which friends will we meet at dinner time?

There are Chris Jagger in Rosen team, and Alex Ainsworth in Dickinson’s. Also there are a lot of Hackett – Barbara, Paul, Jason, Justin – not in the same team, at least: Darren Evetts has a part of them.

Boye Brogeland and Erik Sælensminde are in the team of Simon Gillis.

The 2010 winners are all from Wales: Paul Denning, Peter Goodman, Dafydd Jones, Gary Jones, Patrick Shields, Adrian Thomas.

The Allfrey team won in 2009: Alexander Allfrey, David Bakhshi, Tony Forrester, Andrew Robson.

In the Penfold team there are Sandra and one Senior, Nevena.

Jack Mizel has the other Senior, Brian.

And David Burn is in the team of Janet de Botton, and Zia Mahmood and Sabine Auken are with Anita Sinclair, and Brian Callaghan teams up with Heather and Jeremy Dhondy, and…

Here’s the complete list:

http://www.ebu.co.uk/events/?eventid=14&teamlist=1 

 

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 Paolo Enrico Garrisi

 

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