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February 2020 news

Dez wins the night, Dean wins the season

Dez Fry took top spot in our Winter 2019/20’s final game, with Nick Jeffery and Dean coming second the third respectively.


The bragging rights for the season had ebbed and flowed throughout, but Dean stole the march in the last two sessions.


Dean was also top money winner of the period (£270) and took the Inbetweener’s title. Rosario Graziano won our Shiftworkers’ title (first six games), Jonno Cook, the Grumpiest Grand Master and Callum Scott Young Pretender and our highest rated player measured at base points per game.


The table can be viewed here.. To see previous season winner tables click historic leagues page.

Twenty one players and new leader

Our league lead changed yet again on February 17 when Dean Ghasemi overtook Nick Jeffery’s previous top place. Dean, Dan Benett, Richard Grehling and Ryan Parker hit the money (pirize pool £210) with Nick on the bubble (a good performance bearing in mind he was first to use the add on at the first blind level. Next week is the final one of our Winter Season with many jokers due.

Nick takes back his league lead

February 10 saw 17 players do battle in the storms to get to the Avenue Bridge Club. Rosario Graziano, Callum Scott, James Winfield and Nick Jeffery did a chop at the 10k/20k level, taking home £42.50 each. Our bubble was Dean Ghasemi, whose previous league lead has been grabbed back by Nick.

Learn basic bridge in a weekend

A new course has been designed by the English Bridge Union to fast track the learning of bridge. It will be delivered at The Avenue Bridge Club, Hove on February 22 and 23 with England Youth International player, Ollie Powell, helping run the days. For more details download the brochure here.

Water last week, fire alarms this time

Twenty two players did battle in our February 3 tournament and fire alarms stopped play at the 200/400 blinds. Fortunately it was a false one, so the clock could start again. The £220 pot was split equally four ways at the 15k/30k blind level between Dean Ghasemi, our new league leader, Callum Scott (seen here spending some of his winnings), Dan Bennet and Jonno Vulture Cook. Dean came back from 3k at the top table to become chip leader at the deal! Carol Burtenshaw was our really unlucky bubble, who folded a winning hand and had a couple of all in advantages overturned at the five way stage.

Bob bows out leaving a fine record card

Bob Davidson, who passed away in January 2020, was an active member of many aspects of the Avenue Bridge Club getting good results with the bridge sessions, Phoenix Pub Poker and the Brighton Chess Club. Whatever game he played, it was to a high competitive standard. For poker he usually finished in the top half of the field, as the pie chart below indicates and on many occasions at top table. It was a brilliant moment when on July 22, 2019, at the age of 93, he came top out of 21 runners, sharing the spoils with his daughter Jane Davidson, Louis Mockett and Jim Richardson. He became our first and only nonagenarian winner.

Bob’s bridge finishes by percentage in 2019

Bob’s bridge rankings were formidable, regularly breaking the 55% to 65% marks (see chart below). To non bridge players reading this, it’s awesome!

But most of all Bob was a true gentleman, loved to play the game in good spirit, was always alert and keen to get better. He’ll be greatly missed.