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Bernard Goldenfield RIP

Many players from the north of England will be saddened to hear of the death of Bernard Goldenfield [1932-2019].  Other users of this site may not have heard of him as he was not into social media - indeed I dont think he ever sent an email.  But he was a hugely influential person for a significant number of players, mainly centred on Manchester, who 'came through' in the 1960's, 70's and 80's.

I last played in his team earlier this year, having first come under his wing in October 1964. I was a freshman at Manchester University who barely knew the rules, let alone how to play, but the Bridge Club had a smattering of female members - unlike the chess club - so I joined.  Bernard and his teamate Raymond Semp came along and tutored our group of players, even though they had demanding careers and their own heavy schedule of bridge events.  For a number of years he and his experienced team took in players from our group as their '3rd pair' - helping us gain experience [as well as a good telling off when I played for a squeeze instead of taking a finesse!].  Over a period of 5 or 6 years the university produced at least a dozen international players many - like me - inspired by him.

His own international appearances were limited to the Senior Olymiad in 2000 but he won numerous domestic events and was sharp and competitive up the end of his life.

Thank you Bernard

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