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Chris Benneworth

chris benneworth

"I grew up in a card-playing household; my mum was a keen bridge player and she started me on whist and solo and encouraged me to play bridge from about the age of ten. I started playing Nottingham Club (does anyone still play it ?) and quickly switched to Acol, which I’ve used with three regular partners since. After a while, I began directing at my local club, Brunton in north Newcastle, where both Ian Spoors and Ian Muir were members. Ian Spoors persuaded me to take the County Directors’ course so I could take over from him as the NEBA Chief TD. At about the same time, I applied to the EBU and was accepted on to the panel. I’m now doing much more work for the EBU, and I enjoy the challenge and working in collaboration with other directors. I have also run lots of courses for club directors which I find very satisfying and stimulating – there are lots of good club directors out there."