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Junior awards presented at Summer Meeting

 

At the Summer Meeting EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy made the presentation of awards relating to junior bridge.

The Tom Bradley Award, presented to a non-teacher who has made a significant contribution to the teaching of junior bridge, was awarded to Dave & Jill Armstrong from Sussex.

The Alec Salisbury Award, presented to a teacher who has made a significant contribution to promoting bridge in their school and the local area, was awarded to Amy Huber of Carshalton High School for Girls in Surrey.

These two awards are given in conjunction with English Bridge Education and Development, and are based on suggestions from EBU members. If you know of a person who has done something exceptional for Junior Bridge and you think worthy of one of these awards, please write to simon@ebedcio.org.uk

The Young Pair of the Year was awarded to Tom Paske & Graeme Robertson following their bronze medal in the European Championships.

The John Armstrong Award was presented to Sarah O'Connor in recognition of her work with the newly established Under 15 squad.

Last updated : 26th Aug 2015 15:35 BST
Summer Meeting Hub

All the results, articles and pictures from the 49th Summer Meeting - the final one to be held in Brighton - are available at the Summer Meeting Hub.

You can also watch our promotional video for the new venue for 2016, the Winter Garden in Eastbourne.

Last updated : 26th Aug 2015 15:34 BST
Tax Tribunal refers ‘Bridge is a sport’ appeal to European Court

On 14th July the Upper Tribunal of the Tax and Chancery Chamber heard the case as to whether bridge should be considered a sport for VAT purposes. The case has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to ensure that the intention of the EU article which gives tax exemption to sport is properly followed.

Representing the EBU, David Ewart QC argued that the purpose of the legislation to grant VAT exemption was intended not to support only ‘physical activities’ but instead to encourage participation in all activities with social and health benefits. The presiding officials acknowledged that playing bridge provides these benefits, and as there was no legal precedent on which to base the ruling, referred the case to the CJEU for a judgement on the true intent of the legislation.

Last updated : 4th Aug 2015 12:03 BST
August issue of English Bridge out now

The August issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online for those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, those who prefer to read a digital version, or those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links.

Eligible members will also receive the 2015-16 diary (unless you have previously opted out of receiving it). Diaries, like printed copies of the magazine, are dispatched to those who have sufficient Magazine Points. If you do not have sufficient Magazine Points then sorry but you are not eligible to receive the diary. You can read more about magazine points here.

Please note that diaries will be available to purchase from the EBU Shop, and the content is also available to see here.

Due to the lead time necessary in the production of the diaries, some information is now out of date. Any changes to information in the diary is summarised here.

For more information on accessing our online magazine archive, please click the 'read more' link...

Last updated : 4th Aug 2015 12:03 BST
Updates to the Blue Book and White Book

The L&E Committee has finished its annual review of the Blue Book and White Book and they are available to download or view. These regulations apply to all events held on or after August 1st 2015. Summaries of changes to both books are also available.

In the Blue Book, members should note that there are no changes to permitted understandings this year. There is a change to the ER25 regulation for the permitted strength of a 1 opening for those who play a strong club system (e.g. Precision Club, Blue Club or Nottingham Club).
In the White Book, the major change is the way in which fielded misbids will be dealt with by TDs.

A small number of copies of the Blue Book will be available for purchase through the EBU Shop. The White Book will not be made available in a printed form.

Last updated : 4th Aug 2015 12:04 BST
International News - July

U25s 4th in European Championships

The England Under 25s have finished 4th in the European Youth Bridge Championships. Having led for much of the event it was disappointing that they finished outside the medals, however it was the side's best result since the Great Britain team in 1994, and was an excellent performance.

Congratulations to Tom Paske & Shivam Shah; James Paul & Alex Roberts; Dan McIntosh & Rob Myers; NPC: Alan Shillitoe; Coach: Jon Cooke

Click read more for their results

U20s end European Championships in 13th

The England Under 20s have finished 13th in the European Championships.

In the words of NPC Michael Byrne, "Whilst the bridge has been disappointing and we did quite badly, the team were a credit to their country, and the EBU should be very proud they have such responsible young men and women representing them."

The team was: Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC: Michael Byrne; Coach: Bryony Youngs

Click 'read more' for their results

Under 15s 4th in European Championships

The England Under 15 team has finished 4th in the 25th European Youth Team Championships.

The team was formed only six months ago, so this represents an excellent result for players making their international debuts. They won eight of their eleven matches, and finished only 9 VPs behind the gold medal winning Polish team - which they beat convincingly on the first day.

Congratulations to Daniel Winter & Jack Ronayne, Liam Sanderson & Isaac Channon, Harry Madden & Oscar Selby, NPC Paul Barden and Coach David Bakhshi, and to the coaches and volunteers who helped them to prepare for the tournament.

Click 'read more' for their results.

Catherine Seale wins European bronze medal

Catherine Seale has won a bronze medal in the Women's Teams at the European Open Championships. She was playing with Marusa Basa (Slovenia), Gail Cameron & Vanessa Vos (both Zimbabwe), and this follows her success in the Mixed Pairs when she and Tom Paske were the highest finishing English pair (25th).

In the Senior's Pairs, David Kendrick & Patrick Jourdain (Wales) finished second in the 'A' semi-final, and went on to finish 7th in the final.

In the Open Pairs, Phil King & Andrew McIntosh, and Willie Whittaker & Peter Bertheau (Sweden), reached the final, finishing 22nd and 51st respectively.

The 7th European Open Championships is taking place in Tromso, Norway and concludes Saturday 11th July.

For more information on the progress of the English players, please use the read more link.

The event is being shown on Bridge Base Online with play starting at 10am and concluding around 7:30pm on most days.

England team compete in Chairman's Cup

England have been represented in the Chairman's Cup in Örebro, Sweden, this week by David Kendrick & Victor Milman and Paul Barden & Jonathan Mestel.

They qualified from the Swiss Teams event to play in the knockout stages, but were beaten in the Round of 32. They then went on to reach the last sixteen of the Bonus Cup.

The Chairman's Cup is the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation. David was part of the England team which won in 2014.

Last updated : 4th Aug 2015 12:02 BST
July results roundup

Gibson team wins Hubert Phillips Bowl

The team of Bill March, Clive Owen, Val Gibson and John Atthey (all North East) (pictured left to right) have won the Hubert Phillips Bowl.

They defeated the team of Sally Brock, Barry Myers (both Berks & Bucks), Phil King and Rob Sheehan (both London) in the final of the mixed pivot teams competition.

It was a very close match, with the Gibson team leading by only 210 points (the competition uses aggregate scoring) with ten boards to play. They pulled away in the final set, however, to win by 1470.

Holland & Mould defend titles at Scarborough Congress

John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) starred at the Scarborough Summer Congress, defending both the Multiple Teams and Swiss Pairs events.

Playing with Jeremy Dhondy & Bill Hirst (Kent) (team pictured left), who were also their partners in 2014, they finished third in their qualifying section, and then went on to dominate the final, winning by 29 IMPs. The team of Simon Cope (Middlesex), Alistair Kent (Channel Islands), Duncan Happer (Leics) & Ben Green (Londonn) were second, with Jason Hackett (Staffs), John Sansom (Wrocs), Steve Raine (Notts) & Chris Cooper (Oxon) in third.

The 'B' final of the teams event was won by Glenda Lloyd, Peter Boardman (both Cumbria), Sally Wraight & Philip Wraight (both Westmorland) (picture).

John & Alan then went on to win the twelve round Swiss Pairs by 19 VPs (picture). They scored 90 out of a possible 100 on the final day to move up from sixth. Ciaran Coyne & Hugh McGann were second, with Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly (both Yorkshire) in third, a further 5.5 VPs behind.

The opening event was the Pre-Congress Pairs which was won by Simon Stokes & Alison Nichols (both Leics) (picture) on 62.5%, with Giles Ip & Gabriel Ip (both Norfolk) second on 61.9%.

Keeping and Benjamin win at Eastbourne

The Championship Pairs A Final at the Summer Seniors Congress in Eastbourne was comfortably won by Michael Keeping and David Benjamin. Lying third at the half-way point they had a very good second session to pull 4% clear of Derek and Celia Oram in second place, with Matthew and Heather Tan in third.

The B Final was even more one-sided. John Jones and Adrian Fontes won both sessions with big scores, and finished up more than 10% clear of the rest of the field. Monica Lucy and Alan Cooke won the Swiss Pairs.

The weekend came to a close with the Swiss Teams on Sunday, which was won by the team of Bernard Teltscher, Victor Silverstone, Willie Coyle and Kitty Teltscher. They finished 11 VPs ahead of Ould, with Cooke and Oram in joint third.

Gardner team and Hampton & Amor win at Riviera Congress

The team of Bill Gardner (Kent), Mike Bell (London), Sean Mekie & Nicholas Greer (both Manchester), and the pair of Michael Hampton & John Amor (both Kent), have claimed victory at Riviera Congress, held in Torquay on 3rd to 5th July.

In the Swiss Teams, the Gardner team (pictured left) won all seven matches. After six matches they were level with the team of Richard Lingham, Ann Slee, Ruth Edmondson & Brigid McElroy (all Devon), but they beat them in the final round - inflicting the only loss on the Lingham team - to take the title. the Lingham team finished second, ahead of the team of Robert Miller (Northants), Bill Taylor, John Dakin (both Hants & IoW) & Eddie Lucioni (Sussex).

In the Swiss Pairs, Michael and John (picture) were undefeated in all twelve matches - winning ten and drawing two - to take the title by an emphatic margin of 26 VPs. Warner Solomon & Peter Bowles (both Devon) were second, with Keith Ashcroft & Michael Prior (both Kent) in third.

Last updated : 4th Aug 2015 11:59 BST
New Members Area available to preview

We've been hard at work on updating the Members Area and are pleased to release a beta preview today, which we're calling My EBU. It's not a finished product and there are a few features still missing, but we're excited about some of the changes and wanted to let members take a look at what we've been up to and try out some of the new things.

Notable changes include a much revamped sessions history, which shows a lot more data about team games, and a brand new NGS information page with a new graph and a log of how your NGS grade has changed recently.

Last updated : 6th Jul 2015 12:12 BST
June results roundup

Manchester team wins Pachabo Cup

The Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton has won the Pachabo Cup, held in West Bromwich on 6th & 7th June.

The event, for the winners of each county's teams of four event, is scored using a combination of Point-a-Board and VPs. The Manchester team rallied after a slow start to lead at the halfway stage, and ultimately finished on 239 points, 5.5 points ahead of the field.

The Surrey team of Jeffrey Allerton, Mike Scoltock, Graham Osborne and Frances Hinden narrowly took second place, finishing just half a point ahead of the Kent representatives, Gerald Tredinnick, Stuart Tredinnick, Jeremy Willans and Norman Selway.

Manchester BC wins Garden Cities Trophy

Manchester Bridge Club has won the Garden Cities Trophy, the EBU's inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight.

The team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock finished on 103 VPs, to take the club's fourth victory in the competition. Cambridge Bridge Club was second on 97 VPs, with Chislehurst Bridge Club from Kent in third.

The eight team final was held in Solihull at West Midlands Bridge Club on Saturday 13th June.

Byrne team wins Online Knockout

The National Online Knockout Championships has been won by the team led by Michael Byrne. (Hugh Mcgann, Kieran Dyke, Fiona Brown, with Ed Jones and Tommy Garvey in earlier matches).

They faced the team of Pottage (Julian Pottage/Pat Shields, Johnny Richards and father Simon Richards and Mike Pownall and Richard Plackett) over 32 boards played on June 4th over 4 sets of 8.

In set one team Byrne took an early lead of 16 imps aided by the right siding of a game on the first board but set two saw Pottage strike back thanks to a well timed psyche by Plackett which picked off an enemy slam.

However after that Byrne turned up the heat and won the 3rd set 23-0 to lead by 25. Pottage bravely fought on but again were whitewashed in the final set losing 22-0.

The final was played in good spirits and saw a varied international flavour. Many of team Pottage represent Wales, and members of team Byrne were from and have represented Australia, Ireland and England.

The final of the consolation plate competition will take place later this month.

The Online Knockout runs annually from January to June. Entries for the 2016 competition will open in the autumn.

Robinson & Jepson win Corwen Trophy

Dave Robinson & Graham Jepson (Yorkshire) have won the Corwen Trophy, held in Birmingham on 30th - 31st May. The Corwen Trophy is open to the leading pairs in the pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU.

Dave & Graham (pictured with EBU Vice Chairman Ian Payn) finished with 61.49%, aided by a final round of 71.68%. In second place were Andrew Southwell & Ian Lancaster (Sussex) on 60.69%, and Graham Osborne & Frances Hinden (Surrey) were third with 58.12%.

Last updated : 6th Jul 2015 12:14 BST
England Juniors third in Finland

The England Juniors have come third in the junior international event at the Midsummer Bridge Tournament in Salo, Finland, this weekend.

The team of a Rob Myers, Shivam Shah, James Paul and Alex Roberts finished behind the Hungarian and Estonian Under 25 teams. They won five of their nine matches, including victory over the champion Hungarian team in the final match to take the bronze.

In the open teams which followed they finished 7th of the 31 teams, and were the third highest junior team. In the open pairs which concluded the event, Alex & James were 11th, and Shivam & Rob were 15th, out of 54 pairs.

Particular mention should go to Rob, who was co-winner of the award for 'Best Played Hand' at the event, sharing the prize with Jun Nakamaru-Pinder from Scotland. You can read about the hand on page 5 of the report below.

Last updated : 6th Jul 2015 12:15 BST
Warwickshire juniors visit House of Lords

On Wednesday junior bridge players, some from Bentley Heath C of E Primary School and others who are members of Warwickshire CBA, visited the House of Lords to play bridge and minibridge with the Peers.

The visit, arranged by Baroness Henig and members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge, began with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, before the children played bridge and minibridge with six Peers and EBU Board Member, and leading international player, Heather Dhondy.

The scores were very close, with all players acquitting themselves well, though ultimately the juniors narrowly lost.

Prior to the visit BBC Coventry and Warwickshire visited Bentley Heath to play a hand of minibridge, and also talked to the Chairman of the APPG, Bob Blackman MP.

Photographs from the visit are available below from Warwickshire CBA.

Last updated : 6th Jul 2015 12:17 BST
EBUTA Manager Appointed

English Bridge Education and Development is pleased to welcome Jonathan Taylor as its new Manager for EBUTA, the Bridge Teachers Association which is now part of the charity.

Jonathan will be taking up this new role at the beginning of July 2015 and will be working to build and develop EBUTA in line with EBED’s aim of recruiting more people to the world of bridge.

Jonathan is a Bridge for All Club Teacher and gives classes at Twixt Moors Bridge. Jonathan joins us following a successful career in finance, music and consulting. He was until recently Development Director for Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.

Last updated : 6th Jul 2015 12:12 BST
New affiliations

Welcome to Kings Sutton Bridge Club which has affiliated with the EBU.

The club meets every Thursday evening at the Millennium Memorial Hall, in Kings Sutton, between Banbury and Brackley.

Welcome to Kingston Seymour Bridge Club which has affiliated with the EBU.

The club meets every Tuesday in the village hall in Kingston Seymour, a village between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare in north Somerset.

They describe the games as "very relaxed" and say that "everyone is very welcoming".

Last updated : 6th Jul 2015 12:16 BST
Date set for Judicial Review into whether bridge is a sport

The Judicial Review into Sport England's refusal to recognise bridge as a sport is scheduled for 22nd - 23rd September. A summary of the arguments for a reversal of their position can be seen in the EBU Press Release.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:14 BST
The Summer Meeting is moving to Eastbourne in 2016

The EBU Board has decided that the Summer Meeting in 2016 and beyond will be moving from Brighton to Eastbourne. The 2015 Summer Meeting will be in Brighton as before.

This decision is based on a number of factors, and takes in to account the feedback received from members in the survey which was undertaken late last year. The move to Eastbourne addresses a number of concerns expressed during the survey – in particular the cost and availability of accommodation and parking in Brighton – whilst maintaining the ‘holiday resort’ location which was appealing to the majority of the respondents. The new venue will also lead to a reduction in the cost of holding the event, and this will be passed on through a reduction in the entry fees. More details on these prices will be available in 2016.

We hope that the move to Eastbourne will be a great success, and the event will be well supported, but that does not mean we aren’t determined to make the 2015 Summer Meeting the best it can be. We will continue to provide the high quality competitions, lectures, and training courses which you have come to expect at the Summer Meeting, and hope that you will join us to say a fond farewell to Brighton.

Those entering the full congress in Brighton in 2015 will receive a £50 discount on their entry for the full congress in Eastbourne in 2016 (juniors entering at half price will receive a £25 reduction). We hope this is further incentive to play in both 2015 and 2016, and make them great events to end one era, and start the next.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:16 BST
May results roundup

Hinden team wins Schapiro Spring Fours

The Schapiro Spring Fours has been won by Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Graham Osborne (all Surrey) and Jon Cooke (Cambs & Hunts).

The second seeds went undefeated throughout the competition, defeating in the final the 8th seeded Vitas team: Lotan Fisher, Ron Schwartz (both Israel), Vitas Vainikonis, Wojtek Olanski (both Lithuania), Waseem Naqvi (Middlesex) and Dror Padon (London). They won the 32 board final by 4 IMPs, though by virtue of their unbeaten record could have extended the match if they were trailing at the scheduled conclusion.

The semi-finals were also close contests, with the Hinden team defeating the Mossop team by just 6 IMPs, and the Vitas team defeating the top seeded Allfrey team by 8 IMPs.

The Spring Fours is generously sponsored by Mrs Helen Schapiro, and she is pictured presenting to the winning team the trophy, which she has donated in the name of her husband, the late, and truly great, Boris Schapiro.

During the event Brian Senior - part of the Penfold team which reached the quarter finals - wrote reports on some of the boards from the competition. His report on the final is available here - other rounds are available through the results page, along side a report from the 2000 Spring Foursomes.

A feature on the 'bridge is a sport' debate, with the Spring Foursomes as a backdrop, was in the Independent on Sunday, and available here.

Miller wins Punchbowl, Helle wins Hamilton Cup

The Punchbowl and Hamilton Cup, the consolation competitions at the Schapiro Spring Foursomes event, concluded yesterday (Monday 4th May) in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Punchbowl, the primary consolation competition, was won by the team of Robert Miller, Ufuk Cotuk, Jim Deacon & Mark Tilley (all Northants; pictured left). They defeated the team of Tony Hill (Gloucs), Martin Garvey (Surrey), Kim Bensby & Lars Villinger (both Denmark) in the final.

The Hamilton Cup - a one-day Swiss Teams event - was won by Rob Helle, Roger Bryant, Stephen Green (all Warks) & Jerry Stamatov (Middlesex) (picture). They finished the six round event on 97 VPs, well ahead of two teams tied on 79 VPs: Tim Rees (Berks & Bucks), Paul Barton, Samantha Punch & Brian Spears (all Scotland); and Paul Hackett (Staffs & Shrops), John Hassett (Manchester), Christian Mari (France) & John Sansom (Worcs).

Emphatic wins at the Lambourne Jersey Festival

The Lambourne Jersey Festival took place from 24th April to 3rd May, and saw a number of emphatic victories in the Green Point events.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Sue Woodcock & Nick Woodcock (both Lancashire), who finished 15 VPs ahead of the field after twelve matches.

The Swiss Teams was won by Andrew Moore, Jane Moore (both Suffolk), Paul Martin & Roz Bavin (both Channel Islands) who finished 15 VPs clear.

The Seniors Teams was won comfortably by Roy Garthwaite, Heather Hobson, Janet Latham, Ted Latham (all Yorkshire), and Roy and Heather also won the Seniors Pairs by nearly three per cent.

The event also included a number of Blue Point competitions, and all the results are available below.

Boss and Robinson win Spring Congress Pairs

Nick Boss and Claire Robinson took the main prize at the Spring Bank Holiday Congress this weekend, winning the A Final of the Pairs event. They finished 2% clear of Martin Jones and Matthew Brown in second, who were another 2% clear of Jason Hackett and Gwynn Davis. The B Final was even less close, with Tony Waterlow and David Kendrick comfortably winning, almost 4% ahead of Bryony Youngs and Michael Byrne, who in turn were 4% ahead of Giles Woodruff and Gerard Thompson. A special mention should also go to 10 year old Jasmine Bakhshi, who managed to finish 6th in the B Final playing with her father David - a terrific performance from one of our youngest members. Mike Huggins and Irene Robinson won the Swiss Pairs.

In the Swiss Teams on Monday, the Jones team won all their matches to finish up 20 VPs ahead of Taylor and Hooper (who won the B Stratification) in joint second. Congratulations to David Jones, Gary Watson, Julian Gibson and Malcolm Oliver.

Cope does the double at Oxford Midweek Congress

Simon Cope (Middlesex) was the star performer at the Oxford Midweek Congress, held near Thame, claiming victory in both the Pairs and Teams events.

Simon partnered Jason Hackett (Warks) in the Championship Pairs (pictured), and they scored 65.41% overall to win the event by nearly 4%. John Holland (Manchester) & Pat Davies (Wilts) were second, with John Sansom & Joyce Skelton (both Worcs) in third.

In the Swiss Teams, Simon teamed up with Alex Hydes, Olivia Woo and Alan Woo (all London) (picture). They won five of their six matches to finish on 91 VPs. The team of Brian Crack, Shirley Goldwin, Diana Avis and Colin Wilson (all Kent) also won five matches, though not by the same margin, so finished second on 83 VPs. John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Simon Harrison and Roger Bowles (all Worcs) were third on 81 VPs.

Robinson & Jepson win Corwen Trophy

Dave Robinson & Graham Jepson (Yorkshire) have won the Corwen Trophy, held in Birmingham on 30th - 31st May. The Corwen Trophy is open to the leading pairs in the pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU.

Dave & Graham (pictured with EBU Vice Chairman Ian Payn) finished with 61.49%, aided by a final round of 71.68%. In second place were Andrew Southwell & Ian Lancaster (Sussex) on 60.69%, and Graham Osborne & Frances Hinden (Surrey) were third with 58.12%.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:22 BST
Top 50 clubs by players 2014/15

Members may have seen in English Bridge magazine the top 10 clubs by number of player sessions during the year. We're pleased to announce the top 50 here, so you can see if your club is on the list, and where it ranks.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:20 BST
Ireland win Teltscher Trophy, England third

The Teltscher Trophy has been won by Ireland. England were third in event - the competition for senior teams from the 'Home Nations', previously known as the Senior Camrose - which took place 15th to 17th May in Gormanstown, Co. Meath.

England were represented by: Brian Senior, Norman Selway, Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, and David Kendrick, with Simon Cochemé as NPC. They are pictured from right to left. They finished on 97.54 VPs after the ten matches, with Ireland first on 123.90, and Scotland second on 111.39.

Simon contributed a blog entry as a prelude to the competition. You can read it here.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:20 BST
Chairman announces scoring software changes

At the Shareholders meeting on Wednesday 13th May the Chairman announced some changes to scoring software which would take place later in the year.

The EBU, most counties, and some clubs, have used Jeff Smith’s scoring program for some time. From October this suite of programs will be managed and supported from Aylesbury and will be renamed as EBUScore with the existing suite of separate programs for pairs, teams etc maintained. We have acquired the suite of programs from Jeff and thank him for his generosity in developing and supporting these programs for some years now at little or no cost to those using them.

We will announce details regarding support for these programs later in the summer. Our intention is that the programs will remain available to clubs at no purchase cost. Newly affiliated clubs will be offered a free copy of the programs. Details about updates and support will follow.

Clubs who currently use Scorebridge or another program may switch to EBUScore if they wish but may continue to use their existing program if that is their preference. The EBU are committed to maintaining the common interface (USEBIO) which allows all compliant scoring programs to talk to EBU systems.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:22 BST
More juniors playing bridge

The national media has reported on the increasing popularity of bridge amongst youngsters.

The number of junior members of the EBU has risen sharply in the last three years, alongside a number of successful school bridge and minibridge initiatives. Articles have featured in the Times and Independent.

Any juniors wanting to learn to play, or improve their skills, should attend the Junior Teach-In. The flagship junior event will take place over the August Bank Holiday at Loughborough University. Children of all ages and abilities - including complete beginners - can attend, and accompanying adults are welcome too. Older teenagers can take part in the 'beginner to player' lessons, and learn to play in just a weekend. The event is organised by English Bridge Education and Development. For more information please see their website.

 

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:15 BST
Thank you and goodbye to Gill Pain

Gill Pain, one of the key members of the EBU staff in Aylesbury, retired today after over twenty years of service. After starting in the Education Department, she moved to the Competitions Department and for many years she has arranged everything which is required for an event to run smoothly (including the Sim Pairs events). If you have been to an EBU congress and found that you have tables to sit at, pre-dealt boards to play, and a TD to oversee everything, then it is Gill who you should thank for organising it all. Because it all goes without a hitch you perhaps didn't notice the work she had done, and that is both a credit to the work she does, and how she would modestly like it to be.

I am sure many members will want to join the EBU staff in wishing her well and we hope she enjoys her retirement.

Her successor in the EBU office is Julia Thomas. Julia has been working alongside Gill for the last few weeks, and we're sure she will continue the great work which Gill has done.

Simon Cocheme has penned a short story to coincide with the event, though any similarities to current stalwarts of the EBU staff are purely coincidental.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2015 10:14 BST
Bridge as a sport – the Judicial Review

Bridge has again been in the headlines recently, with reports in the national media on the case involving the EBU, Sport England, and whether ‘bridge is a sport’.

In the most recent hearing Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that a judicial review could be undertaken against Sport England’s refusal to recognise bridge as a sport. This is a first step in the legal process to have Sport England recognise bridge as a sport, so whilst it is not a definitive decision in itself it is an important and positive step towards a favourable ruling and a reversal of Sport England’s position.

Sport England is the organisation which determines which activities are recognised as sports in England, and it chooses to use a 1992 definition provided by the European Sports Charter. This definition refers to “sport and physical recreation”, which Sport England has chosen to interpret as excluding all Mind Sports. The last time Parliament assessed the issue of ‘what is a sport’ was when considering the Charities Act in 2011, and on that occasion it specifically included Mind Sports. The Charity Commission now recognises as ‘sports’, activities which promote health involving physical or mental skill or exertion, and as such includes bridge as a sport. As you will know, English Bridge Education and Development, and some county bridge associations and clubs are now recognised as charities due to the public benefit offered by playing bridge. The EBU therefore believes that the position of Sport England in respect to bridge is contrary to the most recent legislation. It is also at odds with the position of the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, and the governments of other European countries (including Ireland, the Netherlands and Poland), who all recognise bridge as a sport.

A reversal of Sport England’s position would give the opportunity for the EBU, and counties and clubs, to receive funding (whether from national or local sources), which can be used, for example, for the development of playing facilities, or for teaching initiatives, whether for children or adult players. It would also enable bridge to receive greater opportunities to be included in the pursuits available to certain groups. These factors would enable, for example, greater exposure to school children, or to those older people who may be affected by social isolation or cognitive decline. It would also be an important step in the EBU’s case with HMRC regarding VAT.

The EBU hopes that a favourable outcome will be to the benefit of its members, but also to all current, and potential, bridge players in the country, and to society as a whole. We hope that irrespective of personal opinion of what constitutes a ‘sport’, all members will appreciate the inconsistencies in Sport England’s position, and that the benefits of playing bridge deserve the greater exposure that a change in their stance could generate.

Given that bridge is currently in the public’s thoughts we would encourage you to contact your local media, or your local MP (perhaps after May 7th), and extol the virtues of bridge. You need not address the issue of whether it is, or isn’t, a sport – that is something which will ultimately hinge on a legal ruling – but please explain why it is such a worthwhile pursuit and should get the greater prominence and funding which the status of ‘sport’ would allow it to receive. Any positive response which your contribution receives may aid the EBU’s case, but more significantly can help increase interest in bridge in your local area.

Links to press coverage and media interviews are available by reading more...

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:15 BST
International News - April

Wales win Lady Milne; England 2nd, EBU 4th.

Wales have won the Lady Milne Trophy - the match between the women's teams of the home nations - by a small margin, with England second and Scotland third. The event took place from 17th to 19th April in Birmingham.

Although Wales only won two of their five matches they picked up enough VPs to claim the trophy. Wales finished on 56.92, with England scoring 54.71 and Scotland 53.72.

As hosts England were permitted to enter two teams, and the EBU team finished fourth. Like both England and Scotland - and indeed Northern Ireland who finished fifth - the EBU team won three of their five matches. It was the margins of victory (or defeat) which decided the final placings.

The teams were:

England (picture): Sally Brock & Anita Sinclair; Gillian Fawcett & Jane Moore; Catherine Jagger & Sarah Teshome; NPC - David Burn

EBU (picture): Marietta Andree & Janet Cahm; Hannah Cornfield & Kath Stynes; Sarah O'Connor & Anne Rosen; NPC - Simon Cochemé

The full results, and a post-match blog from NPC Simon Cochemé, are available below.

 

Byrne & Bell win Yeh Bros pairs

Michael Byrne and Mike Bell (pictured left) have won the pairs competition at the prestigious Yeh Bros event in Shanghai last week.

After coming through two qualifying rounds they dominated the final, finishing 136 IMPs clear of the other nine pairs after 27 boards. Paul Hackett, playing with Irishman Tom Hanlon, was second. In the consolation final Barry Myers and Sally Brock were third.

In the teams event the England team lost in the first knockout round, and an invitational team containing English players bowed out after the qualifying round. The field featured teams from the world's strongest bridge nations, invited as a result of good performances in World and European competitions, and was won by the China Open team.

 

Entries open for 2015 Premier league

Applications are now being taken for the 2015 Premier League. The event will be held on the weekends of 12th–13th September, 31st October – 1st November, and 6th-8th November, with slightly different schedules for Divisions 1 and 2. Please see the event webpage for further details.

The closing date for entries is 31st May 2015. The entry fee is £720.00 per team. Please email your team details to dawn@ebu.co.uk

 

Juniors knocked out in quarter finals of Dutch White House event

England was represented in the White House competition in the Netherlands by two junior teams in the first week of April.

They competed against 22 other international junior sides, and both teams bowed out at the quarter-final stage.

England was represented by:

  • A: Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts and Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton
  • B: Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw and Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal
  • NPC for both teams: Alan Shillitoe

EBU team wins the Corn Cairdis

The Corn Cairdis - Cup of Friendship - match, between teams representing elements of the English Bridge Union and the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland, has been won by the EBU.

The match took place 18th - 19th April at Stamford Bridge Club, and included teams representing the counties, the clubs, and the officials. The EBU team scored a combined 253 VPs to the CBAI's 226.

EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy is pictured receiving the trophy.

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:14 BST
April Results Round-Up

 

de Botton/Malinowski amongst winners at London Easter Festival

The main event at the Easter Festival in London, the Championship Pairs, was won by Janet de Botton and Artur Malinowski (both Middlesex) (picture). They finished on 62.16% and won by the very slim margin of 0.03%, ahead of Karl Baumann & Geir Brekka (both Norway) in second and Tom Townsend & Mark Teltscher (both London) in third. The pairs in second and third were separated by less then 0.01%. This was surely one of the smallest ever differences across the podium places.

The Championship Pairs was part of the Championship Series for the Player of the Year competition, and victory takes Janet and Artur in to the top twenty. The updated standings are available here.

The Swiss Teams event was won emphatically by Anita Sinclair, David Gold, Andrew Robson, Zia Mahmood (all London), & Peter Crouch (Kent) (picture). They won all seven matches, including three maximum scores of 20, and finished on 120 VPs. The team of David Bakhshi (London) & Ollie Burgess and Michael Byrne (both Manchester) & Heather Bakhshi (London) were second on 101 VPs, losing only to the Sinclair team. Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski and Tom Townsend (all London) & Thor Erik Hoftaniska (Middlesex) were third on 95 VPs.

The Flighted Swiss Pairs event was won by Peter Taylor & John Amor (pictured left, both Kent), who won all their matches to finish on 116 VPs. Tony Verran (Essex) & Brian Gladman (Surrey) were second on 104 VPs, and Mark Davies & Richard Creamer (both London), who didn't lose a match, finished third on 102 VPs. The B Flight Swiss Pairs was won by Annabel Burrows & Lyn Poole (both Surrey) (picture).

The Really Easy Afternoon, for less experienced players, was played across three venues - London, Billericay and Ilkley at the Northern Easter Congress. It was won by Ian Northcott (Berks & Bucks) & Matt Harman (London) with 63.54%. Vivienne Goodman & David Goodman (both Yorkshire), who played in Ilkley, were second on 63.05%, and David Cannan & Jean Cannan (both Essex), who played in Billericay, were third on 61.11%.

 

Channon & Bakhshi win Under 19 Pairs

The Under 19 Pairs Championship was held at the Easter Festival in London, and was won by Isaac Channon & Jasmine Bakhshi (pictured left).

Isaac and Jasmine (both London) finished on 56.12%, with Harry Madden (Derbys) & Daniel Winter (Yorks), and Jamie Muller (Surrey) & Andy Cope (Warks), tied for second on 54.08%.

 

Littlewoods star at Northern Easter Festival

The Northern Easter Festival was held in Ilkley and run by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU, began with mixed and open pairs events. Paul Littlewood & Fiona Littlewood (both Herts) won the mixed pairs, 3% ahead of Nigel Durie & Pauline Durie (both North East), with Alan Jarvis (Yorks) & Suzy Lawson (Avon) in third. The Open Pairs was won by Graham Wood & Phillip Anwar (both Yorks) on 60.76%, with John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) second on 60.07%. Diana Roberts & Glenda Bouttell (both Yorks) were third.

The same names dominated the the Swiss Pairs which followed, with the Littlewoods winning again. They finished with a score of 156 VPs, Alan Jarvis & Suzy Lawson finishing second on 153 and Alan Mould & John Holland finishing third on 148.

John and Alan completed their set of podium finishes by winning the Swiss teams. They combined with Gary Hyett (Manchester) and William Crook (Notts) to win all of their seven matches, and finished 17 VPs clear of the field. There was a tie for second with Nicholas Greer (Manchester), John Parsons, Ed Levy (both Staffs) and David Debbage (Lancashire) finishing on the same score as Julian Gibson, Val Gibson, John Atthey (all North East) and Millie Jones (Manchester) - the Greer team won the head-to-head match in the final round to draw level.

 

Godfrey & Thrower win National Pairs

Phil Godfrey and James Thrower (both Yorkshire) - pictured left - have won the National Pairs competition.

After coming through the club heats, and regional final, fifty pairs played in the national final in West Bromwich on 18th and 19th April. Phil and James ended the seven session final on 61.51%, over two per cent clear of the field. Krzysztof Ginda & Mark Hooper (both Dorset) were second, with Waseem Naqvi & Tony Waterlow (both Middlesex) third.

The National Pairs is an event in the Championship Series, counting towards the Player of the Year Championship. The victory takes Phil and James into a tie for tenth place. The competition is led by David Gold.

Please note that in 2016 there will not be a 'club heat' stage, and all participants will be able to take part in the regional qualifying round. Information on the 2016 competition will be available later this year.

 

Chapman team wins Hubert Phillips Plate

They defeated the team of Gary Jones, Ed Scerri, Dick Davey (all Berks & Bucks) and Jacqui Tobias (Middlesex) in the final.

Read more to see key hands from the final.

 

Cambridge B wins Portland Bowl

The Portland Bowl, the knockout event for university teams, has been won by Cambridge B.

The team of Kyle Lam (Captain), Michael Alishaw, Freddie Illingworth and Toby Nonnenmacher (Stefan David and Helen Holmes played earlier in the competition), beat Cambridge A in the semi-final and Manchester A in the final to retain the trophy for the university.

Manchester A, who were represented by Kirstyn Fuller (Captain), Mitchell Dytham, Kelvin Lau and Max Sampson (and Alex Combe earlier in the event), beat Oxford A in the semi-final.

The finals weekend was hosted by the Portland Club, in London, on 11th and 12th April.

 

Anstis/Butcher and Lyne/Newport highest scorers in Education Sim Pairs

Arthur Anstis and Cameron Butcher were the highest scorers in the bridge section of recently completed Education Simultaneous Pairs. They scored 72.58% playing at the heat run by the Chiltern Bridge League in conjunction with Oxfordshire Bridge Association.

Hayley Lyne and Holly Newport were the highest scorers in the minibridge section with 65.53%. Hayley and Holly were one of twelve pairs who played at New Scotland Hill primary school in Berkshire. The second highest scorers, with 63.14%, were Euan Coveney and Robert Rainsden, who played at Goring Primary School, near Reading.

The results are still provisional at this stage - if there are any outstanding results, or any queries, please contact ian@ebu.co.uk

The event was organised by English Bridge Education and Development, the national charity for the promotion and development of bridge. To support its work, or to see the other activities it organises, please visit its website.

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:12 BST
Sim pairs double dummy and discussion features

We have added a new double dummy analysis feature to our online Sim Pairs commentary. This will allow you to see what you could - or should - have done when you played the board as part of our sims events.

This new feature is in addition to the comments board which we recently added, through which you can make observations on the hands, and discuss your play and the results with your fellow participants.

We hope you will use these new additions and some interesting and fun conversations will take place.

If you need any help using the features please check our information pages.

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:17 BST
Annual County TD training programme soon

The annual County TD training programme starts on May 16th with the County TD Preparation Day to be held at the Aylesbury office, followed in October by the 2-day County Course at the Coventry Hilton.

Full details are available here.

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:17 BST
Recent affiliations

Welcome to Letchworth Heritage Bridge Club, which has recently affiliated with the EBU.

The club meets every Monday afternoon in Letchworth Garden City. Visitors are welcome.

Letchworth Heritage Bridge Club information

 

Welcome to Wrekin Bridge Club which has today affiliated with the EBU.

It meets on Wednesday evenings in Shawbirch, north-west of Telford, and visitors are welcome.

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:16 BST
EBUTA Manager wanted

English Bridge Education and Development - the national charity for the promotion and development of bridge - is seeking to appoint someone to the position of EBUTA Manager.

This part time position will involve the day to day running of EBUTA - the organisation for bridge teachers - and the implementation of strategic plans to help the organisation develop and grow.

For more information on this exciting opportunity please visit www.ebedcio.org.uk/vacancies

Last updated : 1st May 2015 15:08 BST
Ireland win Camrose Trophy; England third

The Republic of Ireland have won the Camrose Trophy, after an exciting finish.

Going in to the final round the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England all had a chance of winning, and as each had different opponents the margins of victory would determine the final outcome. The Irish team won their final match 18.05-1.95 to take the title by less than 2 VPs from Wales, who were a further 3 VPs ahead of England.

England, who were represented by Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester & David Gold, and David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh, were leading scorers on the second weekend, but could not overhaul the Welsh and Irish teams which had got off to a fast start on the first weekend. The team is pictured receiving the Pat Cotter trophy from NIBU Chairman John Bergin as a result of their head-to-head victory against Scotland.

England had been represented on the first weekend by Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan, Sally Brock & Barry Myers, and Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden.

David Burn was NPC on the first weekend, and Godfrey King was assistant captain on the second weekend.

Last updated : 30th Mar 2015 14:13 BST
Change of schedule for Gold Cup

The Gold Cup, organised by Bridge Great Britain, will have a new schedule for 2016.

The closing date for entries is Monday 1st June 2015 and should be made to BGB as usual. The first round of matches should be completed by the end of September 2015, with the Finals being played in August in the following year. The Silver Plate won't be affected, and will start in either December 2015 or January 2016.

For more information please visit the Bridge Great Britain website.

Last updated : 30th Mar 2015 14:13 BST
March Results Round-Up

National Pairs qualifiers known

The provisional list of qualifiers to play in the National Final of the National Pairs is now available, with 50 pairs qualifying from the five Regional Heats which took place on 15th March.

 

The highest scoring pairs at each heat were:

Bradford: 62.65% - Bill Townsend & Tony McNiff (both Yorkshire)
Bristol: 60.88% - Tim Brierley & Mike Elliott (both Avon)
Leatherhead: 65.97% - Krzysztof Ginda & Mark Hooper (both Dorset)
Peterborough: 61.75% - Michael Rawlins & Nigel Rawlins (both Hertfordshire)
Solihull: 61.81% - David Perkins & Carole Mueller (both Berks & Bucks)

The full list of qualifiers is available below. It will be finalised in the next few days, and invitations to sent to all those who qualified.

Crofts team wins Silver Plate

The Silver Plate has been won by the team of Dan Crofts (Captain), Celia Day, Sandra Fenton (all Staffs), Gary Hyett (Manchester), Graeme Robertson (Beds) and Andrew Thompson (Norfolk).

The foursome of Graeme, Gary, Andrew and Dan won the 48 board final against the team of Julian Mitchell (Captain), David Clifton, Peter Clinch and Christine Jepson (Andy Ryder had played for the team earlier in the competition) (all Sussex) by just 5 IMPs, having come back from 32 IMPs behind with 16 boards to play.

Winners galore at Really Easy Weekend

There were numerous winners the EBU's Really Easy Weekend Spring Break, held near Banbury, with thirteen different victors across the weekend's four competitions.

Held at the Wroxton House Hotel, the event is aimed at 'experienced novice players', and combines competitions with the social aspects of a residential weekend.

The winners were:

Pairs - Valerie Bannister & Mark Bannister (both Berks & Bucks); Ruth Rettie (Surrey) & Dilwyn Edwards; Dawn Mertens (Oxon) & Anne Lloyd (Herts); Gillian Lloyd-Evans & Sue Wallace (both Sussex); Stephen Websdale & Kathy Websdale (both Dorset); Gloria Parks & Denise Boxall (both Sussex)
Teams - Sue Bloom (Herts), Anne Lloyd, Stephen Websdale & Kathy Websdale (pictured)

The next Really Easy Weekend will be held in Bournemouth on 26th - 28th June, and there is an autumn event near Milton Keynes on 30th October - 1st November. Please see the website for more information.

Westley & Robinson win Portland Pairs

The Portland Pairs has been won by Mark Westley & Helen Robinson of Hertfordshire.

The mixed pairs event was held across multiple venues around the country, and Mark & Helen, who played at Welwyn Garden City and won their heat by over 11%, achieved 66.13% when the event was scored nationally.

Warner Solomon (Devon) & Caroline Macpherson (Somerset), who won the Exeter heat, were second with a national score of 63.84%. Marion Robertson (London) & Mike Bell (Manchester) were third overall with 62.87%, having won the Richmond heat.

The full national results, and the results from each heat, are available through the results index below. Please note that the results are still provisional.

Last updated : 30th Mar 2015 14:12 BST
Greats of English game honoured with Diamond Award

 

Two greats of the English game have been presented with the EBU's Diamond Award.

The Diamond Award has been introduced this year, and will be awarded to players in recognition of excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams.

The inaugural recipients were Nicola Smith and Tony Forrester. They received their awards at the Lederer Memorial Trophy event (where Tony was part of the winning team).

Nicola has been one of the top Women's players in the world since the 1970s and has won an unparalleled number of medals at World and European level in that time.

Tony has been one of our leading players in the open game since the early 1980s. He has won a silver medal in the Bermuda Bowl, a Gold Medal in the 1991 European Championships and recently a Bronze medal in the 2014 European Championship. He has also won the BGB Gold Cup more times than any other player and represented England successfully in the Camrose on many occasions.

Their biographies give more details on their achievements.

Congratulations to them both.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:01 GMT
Spring Sim Pairs now supporting EBED charity

Following the success of the EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs last year we are pleased that the Spring Simultaneous Pairs will also be supporting the English Bridge Education and Development charity.

The event will be organised by English Bridge Education and Development CIO, with the EBU running the event and acting as its agent for entry fees. The funds raised from the event will go to the charity to help in its mission: encouraging more people to take up bridge, as well as building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality, to ensure bridge has a strong future.

Information on some of the work being undertaken by EBED can be seen on the charity’s website - www.ebedcio.org.uk. For any information on its activities please contact simon@ebedcio.org.uk

The event takes place 5th-7th May. Clubs should enter via the EBU website. Members interested in playing can find lists of all the clubs taking part on the EBU website.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:03 GMT
England retain Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer trophies

 

The England junior teams were once again dominant in the annual home international series which took place in Wales at the weekend. The Under-25s in the Junior Camrose were run close by Scotland in the first half, but pulled away with a strong second half to win by 19 VPs. In the Peggy Bayer, the Under-20s won every match, mostly by large amounts, to finish up 28 VPs ahead of second-placed Ireland. Congratulations to both teams.

Junior Camrose: Shivam Shah & Tom Paske, Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw, James Paul & Alex Roberts with NPC Jon Cooke.

Peggy Bayer: Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton, Nick Dean & Sam Behrens, Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy with NPC Michael Byrne.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:02 GMT
Haberdashers’ Aske wins its sixth Schools Cup


Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School (HABS) from Elstree, north-west London, has won the Schools Cup for the sixth time. The team of Jack Ronayne, Dylan Dissanayak​e, Jonathan Clark and Kripa Panchagnul​a (pictured above) claimed the title which HABS has won every year since 2010.

 

They beat the team of Aaron Hutton, David Dichmont, Anna Hutton & James Burman, from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle, Lincolnshire (picture) by 23 IMPs in the final. Nottingham High School (picture) beat St Paul's School from London (picture) in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

17 teams competed in the event, held at Loughborough Grammar School on 28th February. Those teams which did not qualify for the finals, or were not eligible for Schools Cup (as they were from more than one school) played in a consolation swiss teams event for the Harry Scully Trophy. This was won by Harry Madden, Gideon Harvey, Daniel Winter & Bethany Madden (pictured above). The team of Liam Sanderson, Luke Dunne, Isaac Channon & Carlos Lapuerta, from Westminster School (picture), were second and won the Schools Plate - the prize for the leading school in the swiss competition.

The events was organised by the charity English Bridge Education and Development. Thanks to Duncan Happer and Loughborough Grammar School for their help hosting the event.

The flagship junior event organised by EBED - the Junior Teach-In - takes place in August at Loughborough University.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:00 GMT
February Results Round-Up

Six winning pairs at Ranked Masters event

The Ranked Masters Pairs, held near Birmingham on 28th February & 1st March, saw champions crowned in six competitions. Entry into each competition was dependent on a player's EBU Master Point ranking.

The Premier Grand Masters Pairs was won by Jason Hackett (Warks) & Dan Crofts (Staffs) (picture). They finished on 53.13 IMPs with Patrick Shields (Gloucs) & Filip Kurbalija (Avon) second on 49.49.

The Grand Masters Pairs, for the Harrison Gray Salver, was won by Robert Miller & Daniel Baines (both Northants) (pictured left), who finished over 15 IMPs ahead of Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas (both Worcs).

The Premier Life Masters Pairs, for the Premier Life Masters Trophy, was won convincingly by Jon Downing & Mike Meakin (both Warks) (picture). They were over 28 IMPs ahead of Nick Forward & Steve Allerston (both Worcs).

The Life Masters Pairs, for the Maurice Blank Trophy, was won by Richard Samter & Norman Botton (both Wilts) (picture) on 87.32 IMPs. Paul Cockayne & Barry Read (both Berks & Bucks) were second on 75.91.

The National Masters Pairs, for the Bridge Magazine Cup, was won by Christopher Wilson & Aleksandar Lishkov (both Oxon) (picture). In second, 19 IMPs behind, were David Rutter & David Pratt (both Warks).

The Regional Masters Pairs, for the St Dunstan’s Plate, was won by Tony Quilley & Richard Rule (both Surrey) (picture), who were only 5 IMPs ahead of Roger Kerkin (Oxon) & Peter Malpass (Beds).

Bhandari & Cunningham win Masters Pairs

Anil Bhandari & Graham Cunningham (both Surrey) have won the Master Pairs, held on 1st March.

The competition was for those ranked below the rank of Regional Master and was held at six venues, with the event scored across the whole field. Playing at the Richmond heat, Anil and Graham scored 56.91%, and finished 0.46% ahead of fellow Richmond participants Angus Simpson & Claire Robinson (both London). Colin Mahrer & Georgina Howe (both Kent), who played at Tunbridge Wells, were third with 56.01%.

The overall results, and the session scores, can be seen via the results page below. As with all competitions the results are only provisional and will be confirmed in the next few days.

Croswell and Brown win at Harrogate

Congratulations to Croz Croswell and Matthew Brown, who took home the main Swiss Pairs trophy at the Harrogate Congress at the weekend. They led for most of the second half and, despite losing to second-placed Derek and Celia Oram, managed to hold on to win by 4 VPs. Rick Irwin and Francis Eddleston were third.

In the Swiss Teams on Sunday the Winter team went through all 7 matches undefeated to win by a comfortable 11 VPs. Congratulations to Richard Winter, Willie Crook, Gary Hyett and Alan Mould. Lishkov finished second, just ahead of Harris and Sansom in joint third.

Middlesex win Tollemache Cup

Middlesex have won the Tollemache Cup, their third victory in the competition in the last six years.

The team of Ian Pagan, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Tony Waterlow, Waseem Naqvi, Tom Paske, Neil Rosen, Victor Silverstone, Martin Jones, Simon Cope and Jeremy Dhondy (pictured left to right) won six of their seven matches, and took the title by 10.5 VPs.

The Manchester team was second, and the London team was third.

Fun, despite no sun, at the Lanzarote Congress

A great time was had by all at the Bridge Overseas Congress in Lanzarote, which concluded on Wednesday, and spirits weren't dampened by the surprisingly mediocre weather which affected the island.

Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield (pictured with Jane Taylor of Bridge Overseas) were the big winners of the event, taking the Swiss Pairs title, and then teaming with Joy and Irving Blakey to win the Swiss Teams prize (picture). Other results and pictures of the winners are available via the links below.

The next overseas congress is in Rhodes on 7th - 13th October 2015. Extend your summer by joining us for some sunshine, wonderful beaches and scenery, and most of all some great bridge.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:06 GMT
John Holland tops Master Point list again

Congratulations to John Holland who has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year for the fourth time.

John, who also won this award in 2009, 2012 and 2013, gained a total of 28,824 points in 2014. Ed Scerri, highest points earner in 2010 and 2011, was second with 24,510 points. Derek Oram was third with 23,665 (just 62 points ahead of Celia Oram).

John Durden remains atop the all-time list of Master Point winners, though Derek has reduced his lead to around 74,000.

In the Gold Point ranking list David Gold (perhaps suitably) reclaimed top spot with 102.48 points. John Holland is second, with 100.60, and both are well clear of the rest of the list. Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the top five. Gold points are awarded for any performance in a single event which merits an award of 5 Green Points or more. Gold Points devalue at the rate of 20% of their original value per annum (so, after 5 years, any Gold Point award has devalued down to zero) so are often used as an indicator of current form.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club. The winner was Chris Chowney of Ross-on-Wye Bridge Club who receives £400. David Brace of Hutton Duplicate Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and John Copson of Afternoon Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third.

The full Master Point lists for 2014, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:04 GMT
South Bucks Bridge Centre donated to English Bridge Education and Development

We are delighted to announce that Laurie Champniss and family, owners of the highly popular South Bucks Bridge Centre, have donated the Centre to English Bridge Education and Development. Both EBED and the EBU would like to thank Mr Champniss for his great generosity and have pledged to continue the club's tradition as a first-rate centre for playing and learning bridge. Mr Champniss (right) is pictured passing the share documents to EBU General Manager, Barry Capal.

This donation, made possible by EBED’s status as a registered charity, will help Mr Champniss achieve his goal of securing the future of this unique club for the coming decade and beyond.

EBED has taken over ownership this week. After around twenty years in her job the Club Manager, Sue Reid, has decided to retire and will be leaving her position soon. EBED hope to announce a replacement in the very near future. It is intended that SBBC members will experience no change in the excellent service on offer at the club.

In addition the acquisition of the centre will provide a base for EBED to undertake some of its teaching and promotional activities. This will not only be of great benefit to bridge in England, but also specifically to members of SBBC and players – or potential players – in the local area.

English Bridge Education and Development began operations in April 2014 and is working to encourage more people to take up bridge, as well as building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality. It is supported by the English Bridge Union, but is predominantly reliant on donations to fund its larger projects, so is extremely grateful to Mr Champniss for his generosity. It is hoped that in future other individuals or organisations which wish to see bridge in England grow will make a donation, be it big or small, to help EBED’s work.

South Bucks Bridge Centre is in Burnham, between Slough and Maidenhead. Sessions take place every weekday and some Sundays, with some morning and afternoon games. Visitors are welcome. Please see their website for more information.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Barry Capal, or Gordon Rainsford and they will be happy to answer your queries.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:38 GMT
Free playing cards to all affiliated clubs

Over the coming weeks all affiliated clubs will be able to receive from the EBU three free multipacks of playing cards.

During the 2014/15 financial year the EBU staff and officials have been able to make a number of one-off savings which have resulted in a better financial performance than was originally forecast. The EBU Board is therefore delighted to be able to pass some of the savings which have been made back to all clubs in a way from which all members will get a tangible benefit.

All clubs can claim from the EBU Shop three multipacks of playing cards, allowing every club to refresh a full set of boards. This donation will benefit all players – as there is nothing that bridge players dislike more than playing with dirty cards we are sure that all members will appreciate it.

All clubs should have received an email giving the details of the offer. Clubs wishing to take up the offer should contact the shop at bridge.shop@ebu.co.uk. If your club has not received the information please contact peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:37 GMT
February issue of English Bridge out now

The February issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online for those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, those who prefer to read a digital version, or those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:36 GMT
Bridge Club Live first Online Affiliated Club

The EBU is pleased to announce the first club to join as an Online Affiliated Club.

Bridge Club Live (BCL) has affiliated under the new scheme and will therefore be able to issue Master Points for their sessions which meet the necessary requirements for points to be awarded. These are full value ‘local points’, and count towards all EBU Master Point rankings, and from 1st January can be earned in most BCL competitions – their movement tourneys and leagues, and the ‘Dido Tourney’, are all included.

It is hoped that the introduction of the Online Affiliated Club category will be of benefit to EBU members who play some of their bridge online. This is additional to the recent introduction of the Online Knockout Teams competition, and the change that permits some matches in other knockout competitions to be played online. These changes will enable players who have difficulty playing ‘face-to-face’ with their regular partner, and those in more remote parts of the country, to become more involved in ‘affiliated’ competitions organised by the EBU or by affiliated clubs.

Please note that the ‘members benefits’ of playing at an Online Affiliated Club relates only to the issuing of Master Points. Participation in a competition run by an Online Affiliated Club does not afford the player some of the benefits which would come from participation at a ‘face-to-face’ club – the player does not become a member of the EBU through Universal Membership; magazine points cannot be earned through these competitions; the results will not be included in the National Grading Scheme.

If you have any questions please contact Barry Capal at the EBU, and Tony Philpott at Bridge Club Live.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:39 GMT
Under 15 squad members wanted

The EBU is pleased to announce that it will be forming an Under 15 squad to help develop and train an Under 15 international team. We are asking interested individuals or pairs to contact us if they would like to be considered for this squad. In the first instance, we are intending to use the squad to select an Under 15 team to send to the European Youth Bridge Teams Championships in July of this year.

To be eligible to join the squad you must have been born on or after the 1st January 2000. We expect to hold 3 to 6 training days between February and June, supplemented by online coaching.

The European Championships will be held from 18th to 23rd July 2015, in Tromsø, Norway.

Please contact dawn@ebu.co.uk for more information or to register your interest.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:37 GMT
International News - January

England third after first weekend of Camrose.

England are in third place after the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy, which was held in Edinburgh from 9th - 11th January.

The team of Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan, Sally Brock & Barry Myers, and Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden (NPC: David Burn) won three of their five matches. The two defeats came against Wales and the Republic of Ireland who lie first and second respectively, separated by only 0.34 VPs. England are around 14 VPs behind.

The event concludes on 6th - 8th March, in Northern Ireland, with a second full round-robin. England will be represented by: Andrew Robson (captain) & Alexander Allfrey; Tony Forrester & David Gold; David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh; Assistant captain: Godfrey King.

 

Brock & Sinclair win Lady Milne Trials

The trials for the team to represent England in the Lady Milne Trophy - the competition for the Women's Teams of the Home Nations - took place 23rd to 25th January and were won by Sally Brock and Anita Sinclair (pictured left).

Sally and Anita finished on a score of 111.99, and will join Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett and Sarah Teshome & Catherine Jagger to make up the England team for the Lady Milne Trophy.

As England is hosting the event it will be fielding two teams - 'England' and 'EBU'. The EBU team will be comprised from those who finished in the next places in the trials.

Sarah O'Connor & Anne Rosen were second on 97.18, with Kath Stynes & Hannah Cornfield third on 81.93 and Marietta Andree & Janet Cahm fourth on 73.51. The top four pairs are all pictured here.

The Lady Milne Trophy takes place on 17th-19th April 2015 at the Birmingham Airport Holiday Inn.

Team for Teltscher Trophy announced

England will be represented in the Teltscher Trophy, the 'Senior Camrose', by the winners of the trials - the team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway and Brian Senior. NPC is Simon Cochemé.

The Teltscher Trophy weekend takes place in Ireland on 15th-17th May 2015.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2015 17:07 GMT
January Results Round-Up

Kent team wins National Point-a-Board; joint-winners in Swiss teams

The team of Alistair Kent (Channel Islands), Kevin Castner, David Gold (London) and Justin Hackett (Staffs & Shrops) have won the Point-a-Board event at the National Teams Congress. They topped their qualifying section, and then went on to win the final with a score of 53. The team of Jeremy Dhondy (Middlesex), Brian Callaghan, Ben Green (both London) and John Holland (Manchester) were second on 49, with Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Graham Osborne (all Surrey) and Chris Jagger (Cambs & Hunts) third on 46.

The victory in the competition takes David Gold in to first place in the Player of the Year Championship, and he holds a six point lead. There are six events remaining, so there are many points still to be won. The next event in which points will be awarded is the Guardian Trophy - the main pairs event at the Easter Festival in London.

In the Swiss Teams event, which ran alongside the Point-a-Board event, there were joint winners. The team of Steve Root, Jonathan Harris, Steve Capal & Andrew Sobell (all Middlesex), finished on 160 VPs, tied with the team of Dave Latchem (Wiltshire), Sheila Coda, Rod Marks and Bill Rowe (all Somerset). The Root team took the title by virtue of the split-tie procedure. The team of Andrew Southwell, Richard Fedrick (both Sussex), Ian Roberts and Alan Oddie (both Bedfordshire) were third on 159 VPs.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:39 GMT
EBU library fully catalogued

Thanks to the efforts of volunteer Gordon Bickley the EBU library has been fully catalogued.

The books and magazines are available for members to read at the EBU headquarters in Aylesbury. For more information, and the complete listing, please see the information below.

Thank you to Gordon for his work. He has a range of old and collectable bridge books available for purchase - if you are interested please contact him on 07530 553594 or by email.

Last updated : 6th Feb 2015 16:37 GMT
International News - December

England win gold in World Mind Games

England's Women's team has won the gold medal at the World Mind Games in Beijing.

In a dramatic final the lead changed hands multiple times in the final set, and England started the final board trailing by 4 IMPs. Then in one room the England pair made game, and in the other the Dutch pair stayed in a partscore, so the lead changed hands for a final, decisive time, and England had won by 3 IMPs. You can read more in the report on the event website.

Congratulations to the team of Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Sally Brock & Nicola Smith; Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper.

In the pairs event which followed the leading English pair was Nevena and Heather in seventh.

The event, which is organised by SportAccord, the organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations, concludes with an individual competitions across the next two days.

Matches can be watched on Bridge Base Online. The hours of play are available on the BBO Vugraph schedule.

Thanks to Anna Gudge for the picture.

 

Nicola Smith wins gold, Catherine Draper bronze, at World Mind Games

Following their success in the teams event at the World Mind Games, England's women have continued to add their medal haul from 2014. In the individual event in Beijing Nicola Smith won the gold medal, and Catherine Draper the bronze.

English players dominated the event, as Heather Dhondy finished fourth, and Sally Brock sixth.

The climax of the event was very exciting, with Nevena Senior's result on the final board of the competition meaning Nicola nipped into the lead by a single match point. Read the report here.

It has been a great year for the women's team of Nicola, Catherine, Heather, Sally, Nevena and Fiona Brown, as they had previously won a silver medal at the European Championships in the summer. Roll on the Venice Cup in October.

 

Junior teams agonisingly close in Channel Trophy

The Junior teams all put in strong performances in the Channel Trophy, which took place in Lille, 19th to 21st December, with the Under 25s and Under 25 Women coming very close to victory.

The Under 25 Women - pictured left (L to R) - (NPC Alan Shillitoe; Laura Covill; Yvonne Wiseman; Carina Negreanu; Sinead Bird; Sarah O’Connor) were pipped into second place by less than 1 VP by the French team. A maximum against Belgium in the final round gave England a chance of victory, but the World Champion French team gained just enough in their final match to stay ahead.

The Under 25 team - pictured here - (James Paul & Alex Roberts; Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw; NPC Mike Bell) finished third, but were only 9 VPs behind the winners and a victory in the final match could have seen them defend the title they won in 2013. Defeat for the Dutch in the final match gave England a chance to win, but they couldn't beat a Belgian side who leapfrogged them into second by virtue of the win. Like the Women's team, 'so near but yet so far'.

The Under 20s - pictured here - (Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Oliver Powell & Jonathan Derrick; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC Michael Byrne) finished third, recording three near-maximum victories during the event, and were closer to first than fourth at the conclusion.

 

Teams for the World Championships selected

In 2015 England will, for the first time, be represented at the World Championships by three teams. The Open, Women's and Senior's teams all qualified by virtue of their medal winning performances at the 2014 European Championships. The event takes place in Chennai from 26th September to 10th October.

The teams which will represent England are:

Open team
Justin Hackett & Jason Hackett; David Gold & David Bakhshi; Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester; NPC: Simon Cope

Women's team
Sally Brock & Nicola Smith; Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper; Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; NPC: TBC

Senior team
Paul Hackett & David Mossop; Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland; David Price & Colin Simpson; NPC: Simon Cochemé

Support the team:
- The Bridge England Sim Pairs in February will raise funds to help towards the costs of participation in the event. By taking part in the Sim Pairs you can help the teams who are representing us all on the world stage. And you can benefit too - all heat winners will be entered into the prize draw at the end of the year with the chance to win £1000 for you, or your club. Please see the Sim Pairs pages for more information.

- A group of England supporters will be traveling to India and spending some time in Chennai to watch the action. If you are interested in joining them contact Godfrey King.

 

Camrose teams selected

The teams which will represent England in its defence of the Camrose Trophy have been announced.

First Weekend
Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden; Captain: David Burn

Second Weekend
Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson; Tony Forrester & David Gold; David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh; Captain: Andrew Robson; Assistant Captain: Godfrey King

The first weekend takes place in Edinburgh, 9th - 11th January. The second weekend is in Northern Ireland, a few miles outside Belfast, on 6th - 8th March.

Last updated : 5th Jan 2015 16:53 GMT
December Results Round-Up

Allfrey team wins Gold Cup

The team of Alexander Allfrey, David Bakhshi, Tony Forrester, David Gold and Andrew Robson has won the Gold Cup.

The semi-finals and final were held at the West Midlands Bridge Club on 13th & 14th December. On Saturday the Allfrey team won their semi-final against the Mason team by just 6 IMPs, whereas the other semi-final was more one-sided with the McIntosh team (Andrew McIntosh, Phil King, Stefan Skorchev, Cameron Small) beating the Gillis team by 57 IMPs.

The final started well for the McIntosh team, and they led by 25 IMPs after three stanzas, but the Allfrey team picked up 37 IMPs in the next two stanzas and ultimately won 115-98.

The winning players who played on Sunday are pictured - Alexander did not play in the final. The runners-up are pictured here.

This was Tony Forrester's 13th victory in the Gold Cup, extending his lead on the all-time list. Andrew Robson had won seven times, Alexander Allfrey six times, David Bakhshi five times, and David Gold three times.

These five players have extended their lead in the Player of the Year Championship, though there are still many more scoring events left in the 2014/15 Championship Series.

Irens team wins Teltscher Trophy trials

The trials for the Teltscher Trophy, the 'Senior Camrose', were won by the team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway and Brian Senior.

The trials took place Friday 19th to Sunday 21st December 2014, at the West Midlands Bridge Club, Solihull, and the competition was very tight, with the Irens team winning by only 0.28 VPs, and only sixteen VPs covering all six teams.

The Procter team (Robert Procter, Michael Robinson, Bob Holder, Phil Thornton) led after the third and fourth rounds, but a narrow defeat, coupled with a large win for the Irens team, saw the Irens team take victory by an overall margin that amounted to the equivalent of little more than one or two IMPs.

The Teltscher Trophy weekend takes place in Ireland on 15th-17th May 2015.

 

Rasmussen/Fyrund & Gross team pick up main prizes at Year End Congress

The 2014 bridge year ended with the Year End and Northern Year End (see article here) congresses, with 350 tables in play across the events.

At the Year End Congress in London, held 27th to 30th December, the competitions started with a stratified Swiss Pairs event. This was won by the Norwegian pair of Arild Rasmussen & Kjell Gaute Fyrund (pictured left with EBU Vice Chairman Ian Payn) who finished on 162, 4 VPs ahead of Jerry Harouni & Waseem Naqvi (both Middlesex). Arild and Kjell built a big lead in the first two sessions, and led by 26 VPs with three rounds to play, but three defeats meant they ultimately won by a much narrower margin. There was a strong showing from junior players in the event, with Phil Morrison & Alexander Wilkinson third on 154, and Basil Letts & Shivam Shah in fourth, a further 2 VPs back.

The Mixed Pairs event on day three was won by Espen & Helen Erichsen (both Kent) (picture). They recorded the second best score in each session, and their overall score put them 3% ahead of the field on 63.72%. Anne Catchpole (London) & Phil Mattacks (Essex) were second on 60.74%, and Ian Pagan & Catherine Seale (both Middlesex) were third with 60.43%.

The Open Pairs event which took place alongside the Mixed Pairs was won by David Gold (London) & Kevin Castner with 62.76% (picture). Roger Gibbons (Hertfordshire) & David Kendrick (Cambs & Hunts) were second on 61.39%, with Phil King (London) & Graham Osborne (Surrey) third on 61.02%.

The congress concluded with the Swiss Teams. The team of Susanna Gross, Frank To (both London), Sally Brock and Barry Myers (both Berks & Bucks) went through the event undefeated and won with a score of 103 VPs. The team of Jeffrey Allerton, Peter Lee, Graham Osborne and Frances Hinden (all Surrey) tied for second with the team of David Sherman, Peter Hasenson (both Middlesex), Andy Bowles and Shireen Mohandes (both London), both teams scoring 97 VPs.

On Saturday another Really Easy Afternoon took place, with 63 pairs taking part. The event is aimed at those who are new to 'tournament bridge' and the hands were played at four venues - the main Year End Congress in London, Bradford BC, Richmond BC and First Class Bridge Club & Academy in Billericay - and scored across the whole field. The winners, with 69.43%, were Pru Bland & Amanda Sjodin (both London) who played at the London venue. Second on 65.07% were Chas Moore & Monica Watters (both Essex) who played in Billericay, and third were Graham Goodwin & Alix Payne (both Surrey) who scored 63.19% when playing at Richmond. The leading pair at Bradford, and also the winners of the 'B Stratification', were Colin Robinson & Janet Hardcastle (both Yorkshire) with 61.03%.

Thanks to Shireen Mohandes for the pictures.

 

Holland & Mould win twice at Northern Year End Congress

The 2014 bridge year ended with the Year End (see article here) and Northern Year End congresses, with 350 tables in play across the events.

The Northern Year End Congress took place at Dunkenhalgh Hotel near Blackburn from 28th to 30th December, and began with Mixed and Open Pairs events. The Mixed Pairs was won by Nick & Stephanie Forward (both Worcestershire) (picture) with 62.50%. Second were Tim & Babs Matthews (both Cumbria) with 62.09% and third were Bill & Liz Wattleworth (both Lancashire) with 60.16%.

The Open Pairs was won by John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) who scored 64.46% and finished over 6% clear of the field. Bill Carr & Stuart Clarke (both Lancashire) were second, with Peter Hall (Merseyside/Cheshire) & Nigel Marlow (Berks & Bucks) finishing in third.

Alan & John (pictured left) continued their run of success by winning the Swiss Pairs which followed. They lost two matches, but recorded three 'maximums' to finish on 143 VPs. They lost one of the matches to the eventual runners-up Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye (both Lancashire), who led prior to the final round but slipped into second after a narrow defeat. They ended on 140 VPs, with Nick Forward & Dennis Loynes (both Worcestershire) third on 133 VPs.

The Swiss Teams which concluded the congress was won by the team of Richard Pike, David Waxman, Steve Blackburn & Gill Copeland (all Yorkshire) (picture). They won six out of seven matches (the loss being 9-11) and finished on 103 VPs. Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye, having teamed with Kath & Alan Nelson (Manchester), were again runners-up, finishing on 97 VPs, with the team of Austin Barnes, Rod Greenhalgh, Desmond King and Stuart Norris (all Lancashire) in third, a further seven VPs back.

 

West Midlands BC wins NICKO

West Midlands A has won the National Inter Club Knockout (NICKO), beating New Amersham B in the final by a score of 128-58.

The West Midlands A team during the competition was Justin Hackett, Jason Hackett, Brian Senior, Paul Hackett and Anita Sinclair. Anita was absent from the final due to illness (the team who played in the final is pictured left). Playing for New Amersham B were Dick Davey, Ed Scerri, Sally Brock and Barry Myers.

Last updated : 5th Jan 2015 16:48 GMT
EBU appeals Sport England ruling on whether bridge is a sport

As part of the EBU's ongoing efforts with regard to the status of bridge and other mind sports, an appeal is being made against Sport England’s decision to use a definition of ‘sport’ which appears contrary to that recognised by the UK Parliament.

The Sport England list is used by 'funding bodies', and also by HMRC so impacts on the VAT status of bridge. The EBU is appealing Sport England’s accreditation process through Sports Resolutions (UK).

The EBU is separately challenging the HMRC ruling in the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal at an appeal due to be heard in July.

Please read the press release for full information.

Last updated : 5th Jan 2015 16:52 GMT
AGM news and awards

Outstanding contributors to English bridge recognised at AGM

Awards recognising outstanding contributors to bridge in England were presented at the Annual General Meeting of the English Bridge Union, held in London on 26th November.

A Gold Award was presented to former EBU Chairman, Sally Bugden (pictured left receiving her award from current Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy).

Silver Awards were presented to Brian Crack of Kent, Mike Hill of London, and Graham Jepson of Yorkshire.

The Dimmie Fleming Award was presented to Joy Mayall of Sussex, and Robert Northage of Leicestershire. Dimmie Fleming Awards have also been awarded to Jim Barker of Cornwall, Mike Mollart-Rogerson of Hants & IOW, and Bob Warrender of Somerset - they will receive their trophies at a later date.

AGM election results available

At the Annual General Meeting of the English Bridge Union, which took place yesterday (Wednesday November 26th) in London, positions on the board, and on standing committees, were filled.

Please read on for information on for the election results.

Annual report presented at AGM

The Annual Report of the English Bridge Union for the financial year 2013-2014 was presented to shareholders by the Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, at the Annual General Meeting on 26th November. It is available below for all members to read.

New Diamond Award announced

At the AGM the Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, announced that a new award, called the Diamond Award, would be presented in early 2015 . It would be presented to players in recognition of their excellence and success over a sustained period, and their contribution to England's international success.

The inaugural recipients will be announced in February.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:01 GMT
Sim Pairs prize winners announced

The winners of the Simultaneous Pairs prizes for 2014 were randomly selected during the EBU's Annual General Meeting which took place in London on 26th November.

The pair which achieved the best score within their club in any of the EBU organised Simultaneous Pairs events were entered in to the draw.

The pair which won the £1000 first prize were Reg Underwood & David Cairns of Horsham Bridge Club. The additional prize winners can be seen via the link below.

The prize winning Clubs were also selected, with every club which entered a heat of any EBU organised event included in the draw. The £1000 first prize was won by West Sussex Bridge Club. The additional prize winners can be seen via the link below.

The overall winners of each event in the EBU Spring Simultaneous Pairs, the EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs, and the British Simultaneous Pairs Events, have already received their prize money.

To take part in the 2015 events, and be in with a chance of winning a prize next year, please see the Sim Pairs area of the website

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:03 GMT
EBU meets with Secretary of State about unfair treatment of bridge

On Tuesday the EBU met with Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to outline the belief that bridge, and other mind sports, are not receiving fair treatment by governmental organisations.

The meeting was arranged by Bob Blackman MP, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Bridge Group, and who spoke on the topic on the Daily Politics show (see here).

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:06 GMT
November Results Round-Up

Allfrey team wins Premier League

The 2014 Premier League has been won by the team of Alexander Allfrey (Middlesex) & Andrew Robson (London), Tony Forrester (Herefordshire) & David Gold (London), and Andrew McIntosh (Middlesex) & David Bakhshi (London) (pictured left). They entered the final weekend leading by only 3 VPs, but lost only one of their final nine matches, and won emphatically. They finished 50 VPs ahead of the team of Heather Dhondy (London), Sally Brock, Barry Myers (both Berks & Bucks), Brian Callaghan, and Frank To (both London), and they were a 40 VPs ahead of third.

By winning the Allfrey team will be invited to play for England in the 2015 Camrose Trophy. This team is also representing England in the Champions Trophy which starts on Thursday (see below)

The players in the top four teams in Division One have all earned points in the Player of the Year Championship. The next events in which points will be scored are the Gold Cup finals, and then the Point-a-Board event at the National Teams Congress.

In Division Two, the team of Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski (both Middlesex), Espen Erichsen (Kent) & Waseem Naqvi (Middlesex), and Nick Sandqvist & Tom Townsend (both London) (picture) won by about 27 VPs, with the team of Mike Bell & Michael Byrne (both Manchester), and Fiona Brown (Yorkshire) & Kieran Dyke (London) in second.

Top seeds amongst Tollemache qualifiers

The qualifying round of the Tollemache took place 22nd - 23rd November, with the primary seeds all qualifying. Last year's top four finishers - Berks & Bucks (the holders), Kent, London and Middlesex - all finished in the top two in their group. They are joined in the finals by Avon, Cambridgeshire, Manchester and Lancashire.

The finals take place 14th - 15th February 2015.

Baileys and Procter team win at Seniors Congress

The Seniors Congress took place on the outskirts of Birmingham over the weekend of 31st October to 2nd November, with the main prizes being won by Alan and Jette Bailey, and the team captained by Robert Procter.

The Championships Pairs competition at the event spanned two days, with a qualifying round, semi-finals, and a 'A' final and 'B' final. The winners of the 'A' final were Alan & Jette Bailey with 60.04% (pictured left, with Chairman Jeremy Dhondy), comfortably clear of Eric Cummings & Gordon McBride on 56.14%. Derek & Celia Oram were third with 55.65%. This was the second time Alan and Jette have won this competition, having been victorious in 2006.

The 'B' final was won by Prue & Adrian Knight on 59.40% (picture). Jeremy Dhondy & Bill Hirst were second on 57.56%, with Barbara Biggin & Diane Bishop third on 53.94%.

The Swiss Pairs event, which ran alongside the finals of the Championship Pairs, was won by Janet & Ted Latham (picture). They scored 109 VPs, with a tie for second on 99 VPs between Bob Foster & Kevin New, and Hugh Thomson & Mike Webley.

The Swiss Teams event on the final day was won by the team of Robert Procter, Michael Robinson, Bob Holder and Phil Thornton (picture). They outscored their closest rivals on the final round to jump up to the top spot and win by just 1 VP. There was a tie for second place between the team of Bill Gardner, Gary Hyett, Rob Sharpe & William Crook, and the team of Sandra Nicholson, Krys Kazmierczak, Prue Knight & Adrian Knight.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:11 GMT
Yorkshire schools visit House of Lords

Teams from three Yorkshire Schools visited Westminster on Tuesday to take part in a bridge match against the House of Lords.

Players from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, Fulford School in York, and Rossett School in Harrogate took part, and although the team from the House of Lords won, the scores were close and all the teams acquitted themselves well.

Prior to the match the players and accompanying staff were greeted by the Lord Speaker (as shown in the picture to the left), and were taken on a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Following the visit, Mahmoud El Khatib of QEGS was interviewed on Radio Leeds about the visit, and in general about playing bridge. You can listen to the interview using the link below.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:15 GMT
International News - November

England's representatives 6th in European Champions' Cup

England's representatives were sixth in the European Champions Cup which took place in Milan over the weekend.

England were represented by the winners of the 2013 Premier League, the Allfrey team, and this comprised Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester & David Gold, and David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh.

The competition can be likened to football's Champions League, with Europe's twelve leading countries represented by the winners of their domestic competition. The winners were G.S. Allegra of Italy, who beat Bamberger Reiter of Germany in the Final.

We are pleased to announce that England will host the 2015 event in November next year. It will take place near Milton Keynes. Spectators will be welcome, and offers of help would be much appreciated. Full details will be available nearer the event.

Juniors 5th in Czech Republic

The England Under 20 team were fifth in the Junior Teams Championship of the Czech Republic held in the town of Hluk. In total 13 teams from 6 countries took part.

The team of Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton, and Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy, with NPC Michael Byrne, just missed out on qualification for the semi finals but won both of their knock out matches in the consolation play-offs to finish 5th, beating Austria and Hungary U25s.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:08 GMT
December issue of English Bridge out now

The December issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online for those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, those who prefer to read a digital version, or those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links.

For more information on accessing our online magazine archive, please read on...

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 11:52 GMT
Hylda Townsend: 7th March 1913 - 13th November 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hylda Townsend.

Hylda passed away peacefully at 10.30pm on Thursday 13 November 2014 at the age of 101.

Hylda was a Vice President of the EBU, a keen player, and a committed bridge administrator and organiser.

Hylda's obituary is available here.

Hylda’s funeral and service of celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday 17 December 2014, 11am at Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3NL, and afterwards at West Midlands Bridge Club, 909 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3EP.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2014 12:17 GMT
Important changes to EBU website; EBED website launched

Following the establishment of English Bridge Education & Development, the charity has been working hard to create a new website which will support its efforts to promote bridge learning and teaching, as well as providing news and details for the charity's major projects and activities.

You can now visit their website www.ebedcio.org.uk which will, going forward, be the main reference point for most of the activities previously undertaken by the EBU's Education Department. This includes information for those wanting to take up bridge or improve their game, and details on Bridge for All Teachers Courses and Tournament Directing Courses. The EBED site will also house information on the charity's events such as the Junior Teach-in, Schools Cup and the Education Simultaneous Pairs.

The EBU will continue to have a strong commitment both to youth bridge & bridge education and is committed to working closely with EBED at club, county and national level. The launch of the EBED website will allow the EBU webpages to be tailored in order to focus on the activities it is undertaking in its efforts to grow duplicate bridge at all levels. Some content on the EBU site will therefore be modified, phased out or shared with the new EBED website.

Simon Barb, Education & Development Manager for the English Bridge Education & Development charity, said, "We have tried to create a bright and exciting feel for this new EBED website and have created much new material to attract and involve as wide an audience as possible. At the same time, we hope that the pages are easy to navigate and will become the first port of call for anyone looking to learn more about bridge education and how we can all work to grow the game."

Last updated : 30th Oct 2014 13:53 GMT
October Results Round-up

Bell & Hydes win Two Star Pairs at 70th Autumn Congress

Mike Bell and Alex Hydes (pictured left) were winners of the Two Star Pairs at the 70th Autumn Congress, which took place 17th - 19th October in Peterborough.

By winning the event Mike and Alex have taken an early lead in the Player of the Year Championship, a competition which awards points to those who finish in the top places of the EBU's most prestigious competitions.

Mike & Alex finished on 58.91% with Jackie Davies & Malcolm Pollack second on 57.26%, and Nick Boss & Richard Johnson third on 54.89%. The Satellite Pairs final was won by Nick Sandqvist & Tom Townsend (picture), and the Swiss Pairs event was won by Richard Granville & Gad Chadha (picture).

Friday afternoon saw the Really Easy Afternoon take place across three venues, with the hands being played at the main congress in Peterborough, and also at Richmond and Bradford Bridge Clubs. The event was scored across all three venues, and was won by Margaret Alder and Bob Webster (picture) with 67.21%. Tony French & Sue French were runners-up with 65.99%. Susan Norgate & Peter Buckingham were the leading pair playing at Richmond, and Janet Emmett & Hazel Greenwood were the leading pair at Bradford. Peter Jones & Christophe Nigond received the first prize for the B stratification.

The multiple teams competition on Sunday saw three finals contested. The 'premier' final, for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by Nick Sandqvist, Tom Townsend, Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski (picture). They finished 13 IMPs clear of the second placed team of Robert Miller, Ufuk Cotuk, Jim Deacon & Chris Wormleighton. The 'secondary' final, for the Burlington Cup, was won by Dan McIntosh, Alex Gauld, Angus Simpson & Claire Robinson (picture), and the 'consolation final', for the Sussex Cup, was won by Susanna Gross, David Gold, Catherine Seale & Tom Paske (picture).

 

Kath & Alan Nelson win Great Northern Swiss Pairs

The Great Northern Swiss Pairs, held on 4th-5th October, was won by Kath & Alan Nelson.

The event, run by the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU, was played over 12 rounds, and Kath & Alan finished on 165 VPs, narrowly ahead of William Crook & Richard Winter on 163.5 VPs. The rest of the top five were not far behind, with John & Pauline Rudolf on 161 VPs, Celia & Derek Oram on 160 VPs, and Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly on 159 VPs.

An Improvers Pairs event was held on Sunday and was won by Gillian Emerson & Alan Stephenson with 65.15%. Sheila Leadbeater & Gail Hutton were second on 63.26%, and Sylvia Hall & Christine Willey were third with 59.47%.

 

Burnham B wins NICKO Plate

The NICKO Plate - the 'consolation' competition for teams losing in the early rounds of the National Inter Club Knock Out - has been won by Burnham B, from near Slough.

The Burnham team of David Beever (Captain), Bob Holder, Nigel Lancaster and Nigel Marlow (Joan Murphy played in an early round) won the final convincingly, with the Northampton team of conceding with a quarter of the boards still to play. Northampton were represented during the competition by Ross Stacey (Captain), John Josephs, Leszek Lubaszewski, Malcolm Orr-Ewing and Trevor Wray.

 

Montenegro Congress a great success

The Bridge Overseas Montenegro Congress concluded on Wednesday, and was a great success. Over 160 players enjoyed eight days of bridge and the chance to experience the wonderful weather and scenery of coastal Montenegro.

The Swiss Pairs event was won by Bernard Themis & Angela McCready (pictured with Jane Taylor of Bridge Overseas) who finished 15 VPs ahead of Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield, who in turn were 10 VPs clear of a five-way tie for fifth. The Swiss teams events was won emphatically by Tim Matthews, Babs Matthews, Bill White & Joyce White (picture). They were 20 VPs clear of the field, with Graham Foster, Frances Alexander, Mike Harbour & David Clark leading the chasing pack. The rest of the results, and pictures of the winners, can be seen via the links below.

The next overseas congress is in Lanzarote on 5th - 11th February 2015. Escape the last weeks of the British winter and join us for some Canarian sunshine, wonderful beaches and scenery, and most of all some great bridge.

 

A great time had by all at Wroxton Weekend

The Wroxton Really Easy Autumn Break took place 24th to 26th October at the Wroxton House Hotel near Banbury. A great time was had by all, with 'experienced novices' enjoying a weekend of bridge in a lovely country hotel.

Congratulations to all the prize winners - Stephen Websdale & Kathy Websdale; Mary Mangion & Minaxi Patel (all pictured left); Sandy Reimoser & Sue Simpson; Sheryl Johnson & Margaret Green; Valerie Fullforth & Anne Kilby; Barbara Pucknell & Bob Pucknell; John Radley & Jan Radley; Mary Ferguson & Andrew Ferguson. Further pictures of the winners are available here

The dates for Really Easy Breaks in 2015 are:
6th to 8th March 2015 - Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury
26th to 28th June 2015 - Days Hotel, Bournemouth
October 2015 date TBC - Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury

The weekend includes four 'play' sessions, one 'teaching' session, and bespoke accommodation and dining packages are arranged with the hotels. For further information please contact peter@ebu.co.uk.

Last updated : 30th Oct 2014 14:01 GMT
Tony Priday: 13th August 1922 - 9th October 2014

We are sad to report the death of Tony Priday at the age of 92.

Tony was a hugely successful player and non-playing captain for Great Britain for many decades, and enjoyed many victories in domestic competitions. He also gave generously of his time to the EBU, serving on a number of committees. As well as a player and administrator, Tony was a long-serving bridge journalist, having been appointed the Sunday Telegraph’s first columnist.

As Richard Fleet writes in Tony's obituary, "Tony will be remembered for his gentlemanly attitude as much as for his great ability at the game".

Tony's obituary is available here.

"Tony embodied everything that was good about bridge, a great player and charming gentleman. He was also a significant champion of change in the organisation that he loved, quietly supporting and advising me through the process. He was held in great affection and will be sorely missed". Sally Bugden, EBU Chairman 2008 - 2013

"Tony was a great player and servant of the game. He was a Vice President of the Union for 45 years, longer than anyone else, and throughout the period I knew him always had useful advice delivered in the most kindly of ways. He will be sorely missed and all at the EBU offer condolences to Vivian and all his family". Jeremy Dhondy, EBU Chairman

Last updated : 30th Oct 2014 14:01 GMT
Smith, Brock & Sinclair win gold, Hackett team bronze, at World Bridge Series

Sally Brock and Nicola Smith have won the Women's Teams at the World Bridge Series in Sanya, China. They were part of the 'Baker' team with Lynn Baker (U.S.A.), Karen McCallum (U.S.A.), Marion Michielsen (Netherlands), and Meike Wortel (Netherlands).

This adds to the English success with the team captained by Anita Sinclair having won the mixed teams earlier in the event. Playing alongside Anita were Nafiz Zorlu (Turkey), Sabine Auken (Germany) & Roy Welland (Germany) and Zia Mahmood (U.S.A.) & Marion Michielsen (Netherlands) (picture).

The team of the English trio of Paul Hackett, John Holland, John Sansom, and Christian Mari of France, won bronze in the Senior Teams. The team would like to thank Pharon Independent Financial Advisers for their support.

In the mixed pairs event the leading English players were Sally Brock & Barry Myers in 18th, and Chris Duckworth & Brian Callaghan in 20th.

In the Women's Pairs, Sally Brock and Nicola Smith were 10th. In the Open Pairs, David Bakhshi, playing with the American Russ Ekeblad, was 29th, and Phil King, playing with Swede Peter Bertheau, were 37th.

Last updated : 30th Oct 2014 15:29 GMT
Junior Teach-In participants give rave reviews

The young bridge players who attended the 2014 Junior Teach-In nearly all agree that the event was a great success. Despite some debatable umpiring decisions in the annual rounders match, the survey of those who were at the event indicates that the weekend was extremely popular. In fact the most common response by far to the question ‘what would you do differently to make it better?’ was “make it longer”.

Simon Barb, Education & Development Manager of the charity English Bridge Education and Development which organised the event said, "These results show just what a fabulous weekend we offer and reflects very positively not only on the participants but of course also the excellent teaching staff who so generously gave their time for free"

For more information on the survey results please follow the link below.

The Junior Teach-In 2015 will take place at Loughborough University on 28th – 30th August. We hope all those who attended this year will return, and that many more youngsters can be encouraged to attend, whether they are established players, know some of the basics, or wish to try bridge for the first time. “We have plans to make the 2015 event even bigger and better”, said Simon, “with an option of accelerated teaching for older beginners and more activities for accompanying adults - while keeping the event very attractively priced".

For more information on the 2015 event please contact lisa@ebu.co.uk.

Last updated : 30th Oct 2014 13:57 GMT
October English Bridge and County News online

The October issue of English Bridge is out now

The October issue of English Bridge has been posted and should be delivered in the next few days. Members who have opted out of receiving a printed copy, who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, or who prefer to read a digital version, can read the magazine online. Similarly those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links should read the magazine online. The online version of the magazine is also now available through the members area of the website.

You will no doubt notice that this is the first magazine in the new size. As Chairman Jeremy Dhondy mentioned in his article in the last issue this is a necessary step to ensure the continued production of English Bridge. We believe that the magazine is still of the usual high standard, and although the page size is reduced the number of pages has increased, so there is the same number of articles and features as in previous issues.

We would welcome any constructive comments you may have once you have received and read the new magazine.

In addition to the County News section in the printed magazine we have two new columns – ‘Local Results’ and ‘In Memoriam’ – which are available online. These columns will allow counties to continue to provide the same amount of news, despite the changes to the size of the magazine. These columns will be part of the online version of the magazine, but are also available on the EBU website without needing to log-in to the members area. The columns can be found at http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/magazine/county-extra.pdf.

 

Accessing and using the online magazine archive

To find one of the last six issues online go to the EBU website – www.ebu.co.uk – and click on ‘Members’ in the top menu, or go direct to https://www.ebu.co.uk/members/. Log-in using your EBU number and password – if you can’t remember your password go to https://www.ebu.co.uk/passwords. In order to receive a password reminder we must have your up-to-date email address. Once you have logged in, look in the right-hand menu, beneath the ‘Latest sessions’ and ‘Latest Master Points’ tables – you should see the magazines listed there.

If you need any help with any aspect of reading the magazines, including downloading, printing or searching the content, please check our help and FAQ page.

The EBU website also hosts an archive of magazines from the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, plus copies of English Bridge from 2007 to 2013. These can be found at www.ebu.co.uk/englishbridge  

 

If you are happy not to receive a printed copy of the magazine, an EBU diary, or both, please opt out. You can do so by updating your preferences in the members section of the website, or by letting us know by email to karend@ebu.co.uk  or on 01296 317201

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Erratum:

We are sorry but a mistake slipped into page 33 of the printed version of the October issue of English Bridge. The Five Clubs overcall by North which is published as referring to Hand 6 should apply instead to Hand 4. The error has been corrected in the online edition of the magazine.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2014 17:01 BST
First EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs raises £15,000

The first EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs event was held over the week of September 8-12th 2014, raising close to £15,000 for English Bridge Education & Development. Almost 200 clubs up and down the country (as well as one Scottish club) took part in this first national fundraising event on behalf of the charity, boosting its efforts to promote the learning and playing of bridge across the community. All participants were able to enjoy expert commentary on the deals, provided by internationally recognised top players, teachers and journalists such as Sally Brock, Brian Senior, Paul Bowyer and Mike Pomfrey.

The current leaders of the heats are:

Monday 8th September Aileen Cunningham and Chris Stenning Morpeth Bridge Club
Tuesday 9th September Pam Taylor and Clive Richardson Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club
Wednesday 10th September Jackie Davies and John Neville Leverstock Green Bridge Club
Thursday 11th September Malcolm Dawson and David Thompson Bishop Auckland Bridge Club
Friday 12th September Ponn Yogeswaran and Kiku Lester Friends Bridge Club

The winners at every club taking part will be entered into an EBU prize draw with generous prizes of up to £1000 per pair. A similar award is available to the clubs - with the winners for both draws being announced at the EBU AGM in November.

The results, more information on the prize structure, and details of future simultaneous pairs events can be found here

A big thank you to all those who participated in making this first EBED Autumn SIMS such a great success.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2014 17:00 BST
Documents to help clubs become charities now available

The EBU is pleased to announce that it has worked with the Charity Commission to develop an approved governing document and support materials for bridge clubs applying to register as charities. We hope that this work with the Charity Commission will be of great benefit to those clubs who are interested in pursuing charitable status.

Bridge clubs can be registered as charities following the Charities Act 2006 which recognised that it is "charitable to advance amateur sports or games, which promote health by involving physical or mental skill or exertion". Once a club has received charitable status it will find it easier to apply to schemes run by public, grant-making trusts and local government, as well as gaining tax relief on some of its activities.

The documents and materials for clubs applying to register as charities are available once a club has logged-in to the members area of the website. Anyone needing further information should contact our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing andrew@ebu.co.uk or calling 01296 317206.

The charity English Bridge Education and Development began operating in April, and is working towards growing the game nationally and building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality. For more information on its activities please visit the website, contact info@ebedcio.org.uk, or call 01296 317218.

 

Last updated : 1st Oct 2014 17:03 BST
England win Commonwealth silver medal

England have won the silver medal playoff at the 4th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship after beating India in the playoff. Congratulations to Ben Green & John Holland and Phil King & Cameron Small.

The gold medal was won by Wales by virtue of being the only national team to reach the final. The championship was won by the Chairman's team which comprised England international players Paul Hackett, David Bakhshi, Jason Hackett, David Mossop, Justin Hackett and Andrew McIntosh.

The England 2 team of Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty and David Kendrick & Jonathan Mestel narrowly missed a qualifying place, finishing in 5th in their group just 4.18 VPs outside the top four.

The results can be seen by clicking

Last updated : 1st Oct 2014 17:04 BST
September Results Round Up

Hackett team wins Crockfords Cup; Gisborne wins Plate

The Crockfords Cup has been won by the team of Jason Hackett, David Mossop, Justin Hackett, David Price and Colin Simpson (pictured).

They were second highest scorers on both days of the all-play-all finals, contested by the teams which reached the 'last eight' of the knockout competition, and finished on 91 VPs. On 83 VPs in second place was the team of Ian Draper, Anne Rosen, Martin Jones, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick and Stuart Tredinnick. The team of Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton and Peter Lee were third on 79 VPs.

It was Colin's second victory in the competition, and his teammates have all now won the Cup four times.

The finals of the Plate competition were contested alongside the Cup finals. The winners were Tom Gisborne, Mike Pomfrey, Arthur Hughes and Richard Pike (picture) on 96 VPs. Peter Collins, Peter Law, Steve Auchterlonie and Malcolm Lewis were second on 86 VPs, and Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Dee Lindon and Peter Lindon were third on 83 VPs.

* - please note that Colin Simpson is not listed in the results, but was part of the Hackett team which played over the weekend.

Guernsey Congress ends with Simpson team win

The Confiance Guernsey Bridge Congress concluded at the weekend with a win for the Simpson team in the 4-session Swiss Teams. They finished 5 VPs ahead of Skorchev, with Malinowski in third. Congratulations to Angus Simpson, Alex Gauld, Andy Hall and Robert Plumley.

The first weekend's Swiss Pairs was won by Rob Lawy and Andrew Thompson, with clear daylight between them and second-placed Alan Cooke and Maris Sheppard and another big drop to Rune Hauge and Reidar Laland in third.

You can find the results from all the events at Guernsey on the event's results page.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2014 16:55 BST
Junior Teach-In 2014

 

The Junior ‘Teach-In’ has taken place, with junior players of all abilities - from beginners to internationals - meeting in Loughborough for a weekend of competitions, lessons and social events. It was a great success, with more attendees than in 2013, and a great weekend was had by all. Thank you to all the tutors and helpers who volunteered their time and expertise to make the weekend possible.

Pictures from the weekend are available here.
Results from the weekend are available here

The event will take place again in August 2015 - we hope to see many youngsters (and accompanying relatives if they wish) then.

Last updated : 29th Aug 2014 16:23 BST
August Results Round-Up

The Rudolfs, Bakers and Baileys win in Telford

The Telford Midweek Congress was a great advert for marital harmony at the bridge table, with couples scooping many of the prizes.

The Championships Pairs, which took place across the first two days, was won by John & Pauline Rudolf. They finished on 62.05%, with John Holland & Pat Davies second on 60.84%. John Sansom & Grahame Weir were third with 58.89%.

The B Stratification of the competition was won by Martin & Jennifer Pope. The C Stratification winners were Angela Adams & Leonie Pulford.

In the Swiss Teams event, the team of Robert & Jacqueline Baker and Alan & Jette Bailey recovered from losing their first match to win the next five, and claim victory by 6 VPs. The team of Joy & Irving Blakey, Barbara Lewis and Alec Smalley were second, with Taf Anthias, Pat Davies, John Holland and Warner Solomon in third.

Oram team wins Senior Knock-out

The Gerard Faulkner Salver, the Seniors Knockout Teams competition, has been won by the team of Alan Kay, Derek Oram (captain), Celia Oram and Jeremy Dhondy (pictured left to right). On Sunday they won a closely contested final against Victor Silverstone, Gerald Haase, Tony Waterlow and Ian Panto.

The match was played over six eight-board rounds, and only one set saw a double-figure gain for either team. The second set proved to be the crucial boards as the Oram team picked up 38 IMPs in that round, and eventually won by 39 IMPs.

Last updated : 29th Aug 2014 16:22 BST
Brighton Summer Meeting

The 2014 Brighton Summer Meeting ended on Sunday evening. We hope everyone who took part enjoyed their experience and will be joining us again in 2015. The dates for your diary are 14th to 23rd August.

To look back on what took place please visit the Brighton Event Hub. It has news, results and photographs, and we were very pleased to have Brian Senior contributing articles during the event. We also have video of Andrew Robson's discussion of the hands from Saturday morning.

Last updated : 22nd Aug 2014 14:53 BST
International News - July

England team wins Chairman's Cup

The England team has won the Chairman's Cup - the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation. The team of David Kendrick & Paul Lamford and Michael Byrne & Mike Bell won the final emphatically, their opponents conceding with a quarter of the match still to play.

They had earlier finished 4th in the qualifying Swiss Teams, and then won four rounds in the knock-out competition to reach the final.

Please for Michael Byrne's report

 

English success at European level continues

Congratulations to Graeme Robertson and Tom Paske who won the bronze medal in the European Under 25s Pairs Championships. They are pictured with the other medal winners (Graeme is on the left, Tom is 4th from the left).

This adds to the English medal haul this summer, following the success of the teams in the European Championships.

Tom also did well in the Mixed Pairs, finishing sixth with Sarah O'Connor. Sarah then went on finish fifth in the Girls Pairs with Sinead Bird.

England was represented by twenty four juniors across the four events at the European Youth Pairs Championships in Bergausen, Germany. They all acquitted themselves well with most pairs scoring over 50%.

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Last updated : 22nd Aug 2014 14:52 BST
July Results Round-Up

Holland and Mould shine at Scarborough Congress

John Holland and Alan Mould were the stand-out performers at the Scarborough Congress, winning both the Teams and Pairs event.

They teamed up with Bill Hirst and Jeremy Dhondy to win Friday's multiple teams event, finishing 8 imps ahead of the team of David Stevenson, Liz Commins, Iain Roberts and Alan Oddie. The team of Geoff Kenyon, Carole Kelly, Robin Jepson and Alan Brosgill were third.

In the 'B' final the team of Barry O'Connor, Piers Percival, Stuart Coggrave and Pam Coggrave won comfortably by 41 imps. The team of Steve Male, Marilyn Silverdale, Bob McKinnon and Cathy Ferguson was second.

John and Alan (pictured left and right) then won the three session Swiss Pairs event over the weekend. They finished on 181 VPs, six clear of John Hayton & Philip Clark. Giles Ip & Gabriel Ip were a further two VPs back in third.

The event began with a 'pre-congress' Pairs on Thursday evening which was won convincingly by Linda Smith & John Halliwell. They finished eight per cent clear of the field on 69.23%. Second placed Adrian Knight & Prue Knight, and third placed Tom Paske & Alistair Kent, also scored over 60%.

 

Kendrick & Lamford, and Dhondy team win at Summer Seniors Congress

David Kendrick & Paul Lamford (pictured centre and left) were winners of the Championship Pairs at the Summer Seniors Congress in Eastbourne. After a strong performance in the qualifying round they won the final with a score of 56.25%. Janet Smith & Alan Wilson were second with 55.15%, and Bogdan Drobny & Maureen Kimbley were third with 54.78%.

The 'B' final was won by Berry Hedley & Graham Hedley (picture). They were nearly 2% ahead of Nigel Marlow & Nigel Lancaster, who themselves were around 3% clear of the rest of the field.

Vida Bingham and Nigel Osmer (picture) won all seven matches in the one-day Swiss Pairs event to take victory with 107 VPs. Malcolm Lewis & Nicky Adamson were second on 99 VPs, and Graham Foster & Steve Cade-Bowyer were third on 98 VPs.

On Sunday, the Swiss Teams was won by the team of Jeremy Dhondy, Alan Kay, Patrick Collins & Peter Law (picture). They were the only team to win all seven matches, and finished 5 VPs ahead of the team of Paul Hackett, Roger O'Shea, Colin Simpson & David Price. There was a tie for third between the team of Phil Thornton, Bob Holder, Robert Procter & Michael Robinson, and the team of Malcolm Harris, Maria Budd, Celia Oram & Derek Oram.

Worcestershire wins National Inter-County Leagues Finals

The National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at the West Midlands Bridge Club on Sunday 6th July.

Congratulations to Worcestershire who won the 'A' final, Lancashire for winning the 'B' final, and to Sussex who won the 'C' final. Pictured are the Worcestershire team (L to R: Steve Allerston, John Sansom, Richard Jephcott (Captain), Stewart Fishburne, Nick Forward, Mike Willoughby, Ian Thompson, Simon Harrison).

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Last updated : 22nd Aug 2014 14:52 BST
New Master Point and Licensing Handbook

The new Master Point and Licensing Handbook is now available, along with a document which lists the changes which have made since the last handbook was published. Changes are effective from 1st August 2014.

Updates to the White and Blue Books are available on the Laws and Ethics webpage

Last updated : 22nd Aug 2014 14:50 BST
British Summer Sim Pairs

The British Summer Simultaneous Pairs is now finished and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Masterpoints will be credited to accounts as soon as the results are finalised.

Monday 28th July Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 29th July Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 30th July Commentary Booklet
Thursday 31st July Commentary Booklet
Friday 1st August Commentary Booklet
Last updated : 22nd Aug 2014 14:51 BST
Autumn Sim Pairs now supporting EBED charity

The Autumn Simultaneous Pairs will this year be organised by English Bridge Education and Development CIO, with the EBU running the event and acting as its agent for entry fees. The funds raised from the event will go to the charity to help in its mission: the furtherance of bridge as an activity which enriches the life of all, and, secondly, a specific aim to foster bridge among those in full-time education.

Furtherance of the charity’s work depends upon the involvement of as many of you as possible in fund-raising events such as this. More details of the charity’s programmes, as well as information on how you can contribute, will soon be available via the charity’s website. Alternatively contact simon@ebedcio.org.uk

The event takes place throughout the week of 8th-12th September. Clubs should enter via the EBU website. Members interested in playing can find lists of all the clubs taking part on the EBU website.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:25 BST
Junior Teach-In: 22nd - 24th August

The Junior ‘Teach-In’ takes place over a whole weekend at Loughborough University with all meals, two nights’ en-suite accommodation, and all the bridge tuition and play included!

Whether you are a complete beginner or a junior expert, all levels of player are welcome to come and give bridge a go! There are bridge competitions and lessons, along with fun non-bridge activities and social events.

Juniors are welcome to bring a parent or other relative along too, and show them how the game should be played.

The dates for the 2014 weekend are Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August. The weekend costs £140 per student (adults are £155 each).

So, come and enjoy a packed weekend of bridge tuition, coaching, play and fun.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:35 BST
New videos for TDs

 

 

To help club Tournament Directors with some of the more commonly occurring situations in which they may be called we have produced a series of videos.

'How Can I Help You?' covers six 'errors', such as a revoke, and an insufficient bid. We hope you find them useful.

The videos can be viewed on our website, or through YouTube.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:35 BST
Blue Book and White Book

The L&E Committee has finished its annual review of the Blue Book and White Bookand they are available to download or view. Both books are significantly shorter than the previous versions. These regulations apply to all events held on or after August 1st 2014. A summary of changes to both books is also available here.

In the Blue Book, members should note that there are no changes to permitted understandings this year. The changes are mostly to clarify existing regulations.
In the White Book, there are three new reference sections and a number of typographical errors have been corrected.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:36 BST
New EBU Calendar

The EBU calendar, showing forthcoming competitions, has been improved and is now live on the site. The different types of event are now clearer and easier to filter, and it is now much easier for you to import the information into your own online calendar (whether you use Google, Apple, Outlook or other calendar). Guidance on how to do this is at the foot of the calendar page.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:29 BST
New 'partner finder' forum

A new forum has been added to our site to help those of you looking for a partner or team mates for upcoming congresses.

We hope you find it useful.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:29 BST
European Teams Championships

What a great European Championship for the England team - the best in recent history, and perhaps only bettered by the performances in 1950, 1961 and 1963 when the Great Britain team won gold in the Open and Women's competitions (there was no Seniors event). Since the introduction of the Seniors event only one other time has a country won a medal in all three competitions - France in 1995 - so this performance by the England teams is a rare occurrence.

In addition, all teams qualified for the World Championships in 2015 in Chennai. The Seniors won the D'Orsi Bowl in 2009, and the Women were second in the Venice Cup in 2013.

The Seniors won Gold

The team of Paul Hackett & David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland, David Price & Colin Simpson, with NPC Simon Cochemé, dominated the final round robin after a shaky first match, winning 8 matches in a row and finishing up 12 VPs clear of silver medalists Sweden. Poland were third.

The Women won Silver

England Women's team of Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, with NPC Derek Patterson and coach David Burn, were narrowly pipped by the Netherlands after a final day in which the lead of the competition changed multiple times, and came down to the final board in the Estonia-Netherlands match. This adds to a long run of success for the England Women's team which has seen them pick up two gold medals and two silver medals in the last four major international events.


The Open Team won Bronze

The Open team of Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett, with NPC Simon Cope and coach Ben Green started the qualifying round slowly, but improved to win their group with the fifth best carry-over. They soon moved into the medal places, and beat the legendary Monaco team in their final match to secure the place on the podium - and so doing denied them victory. The competition was won by Israel.


The NPCs of all the teams wrote blogs throughout the competition, giving updates and insights into the matches and what was going on 'behind the scenes'.
 

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:25 BST
NGS Teams Grading

In his latest blog, Barry updated us on teams games being included in the NGS and what your club needs to know to participate.

Since the blog was posted there have been comments made on the subject, so EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, has made a statement to address the issues which have been raised. Please follow the link for more information

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:33 BST
June Results Round-Up

Paske/Cooke and Hampton Team winners at Riviera Congress

The Riviera Congress took place in Torquay on 27th to 29th June, with Swiss Teams and Swiss Pairs events taking place.

The Swiss Teams was won by the team of John Amor, Michael Prior, Keith Ashcroft & Michael Hampton. They are pictured (named from left to right) receiving the trophy from donor David Wing. They were one of three teams to win six of their seven matches, and their wins were large enough to take the title by seven VPs. The team of Alex Hogg, Alex Maddocks, David Jones & Trevor Ward were second, and Jackie Davies, Chris Smart, Roger Sweet & Naomi Gibbs.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Tom Paske & Jon Cooke (picture). They finished 12 VPs ahead of Alex Hogg & Alex Maddocks, who completed a weekend of 'close but not quite' with a second 2nd place. Taf Anthias & Pat Davies were third.

5th Garden Cities win for Coventry & North Warks BC

Congratulations to Coventry & North Warwickshire Bridge Club who successfully defended the Garden Cities Trophy, and claimed a fifth win in the last ten editions of the event. They won six out of seven matches to finish 15 VPs clear of Hurworth BC and Manchester BC, who tied in second place.

The members of the winning team have all won the trophy multiple times, with Stephen Green and Roger Bryant playing in all five of the club's victories, David Jones in four, and Garry Watson, George Cuthbertson, Ian Handley, Martin Jones, and David Kenward in three.

North East BA representatives win Pachabo Cup

The team of John Atthey, Julian Gibson, Val Gibson and Bill March, representing the North East BA, has won the Pachabo Cup.

The competition is for holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association of EBU, and a North East team won for the second time, the previous time being in 2011. John also won the event in 2008 with Gloucestershire.

They finished on 213.5, well clear of the Manchester representatives (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton) on 200.5. The Lancashire representatives (Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, Andrew Woodcock, David Debbage) narrowly claimed the third step on the podium on 186.5.

Brock team wins 2013/14 Hubert Phillips

The 2013/14 Hubert Phillips Bowl has been won by the team of Sally Brock (Captain), Gunnar Hallberg, Barry Myers and Rob Sheehan.

The event is a mixed pivot teams, using aggregate scoring, and the Brock team won by 180 points after sixty boards - a very narrow margin after such a long match. In fact the final was close throughout, with the opponents, the team of Tom Gisborne (Captain), Sandy Davies, Mike Pomfrey and Dave Robinson, leading by 10 points with ten boards to play.

This is the fifth time that Sally and Rob have won the Hubert Phillips Bowl. It is a first victory in the event for Gunnar and Barry.

The 2013/14 competition results can be seen below. The 2014/15 competition recently started with many first round matches now completed.

Barden & Cooke win Corwen Trophy

Paul Barden & Jon Cooke (pictured with EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy) have won the Corwen Trophy, held in Northampton on 31st May and 1st June.

The Corwen Trophy is open to the leading pairs in the current pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU. Paul and Jon qualified as representatives of Cambs & Hunts CBA, and finished with 59.69%, narrowly beating 2011 winners Peter Lee & Bob Rowlands of Surrey on 59.51%. Completing the podium were Paul Madden & John Squibb of Derbyshire on 58.75%.

Dunn team wins Hubert Phillips Plate

Congratulations to the team of Sarah Dunn (Captain), Nick Boss, David Ewart, Richard Johnson, Ewa Kater and Tom Townsend who have won The Hubert Phillips Plate.

The competition is for those who lost in the first round of the Hubert Phillips Bowl - the mixed, pivot teams knockout competition.

Last updated : 17th Jul 2014 13:30 BST
May Results Round-Up

Sinclair Triumphs at Spring Fours

Congratulations to the Sinclair team - Anita Sinclair, Andrew McIntosh, Zia Mahmood, Marion Michielsen, Sabine Auken and Roy Welland - who have won the 2014 Schapiro Spring Foursomes. The international team, featuring players from England, the USA, Germany and The Netherlands, overcame the number two seeds Allfrey in an epic final on a day that featured an exhausting 12 hours of play.

Earlier in the day Sinclair had defeated the number one seeded Italian Lavazza team, while in the other semi-final the previously undefeated Hinden team lost to Allfrey after they took up the option of playing an extra 8 boards. You can see all the results and team listings from the event at our results pages.

Mossop and Penfold teams win at Spring Fours event

At the Schapiro Spring Foursomes event, the winners of the Punchbowl event and Hamilton Cup were decided on Monday.

The Punchbowl event - a knockout competition for those eliminated in the early stages of the main Spring Foursomes event - was won by Sandra Penfold, Ed Jones, Kalin Karaivanov, Nevena Senior and Rumen Trendafilov.

The Hamilton Cup - a one-day Swiss Teams event - was won by David Mossop, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Colin Simpson and David Price.

 

Barden & Cooke win Corwen Trophy

Paul Barden & Jon Cooke have won the Corwen Trophy, held in Northampton on 31st May and 1st June.

The Corwen Trophy is open to the leading pairs in the current pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU. Paul and Jon qualified as representatives of Cambs & Hunts CBA, and finished with 59.69%, narrowly beating 2011 winners Peter Lee & Bob Rowlands of Surrey on 59.51%. Completing the podium were Paul Madden & John Squibb of Derbyshire on 58.75%.

 

Taylor & Hackett, and Solomon team, win in Oxford

The Oxford Midweek Congress was held 27th to 29th May.

The Championship Pairs event was won by Martin Taylor & Justin Hackett, just 0.17% ahead of John Holland & Pat Davies. Warner Solomon & Taf Anthias were third. The B stratification was won by Lloyd Sarsby & Gitte Sarsby, with Susan Dunnett & Andy Baruch winning the C stratification.

Those who performed well in the Pairs continued their run of form in the Swiss Teams event. Warner Solomon, Taf Anthias, John Holland and Pat Davies (pictured, with John absent) joined forces to take the top prize, finishing 8 VPs clear. Paul Littlewood, Fiona Littlewood, Derek Oram and Celia Oram were second, and Justin Hackett was joined by Paul Hackett, Roger O'Shea, and Jason Hackett to finish third.

The B stratification of the teams was won by the team of Pat Johnson, Peter Scotting, Geoff Wootton and Tony Verran. The C stratification was won by Michael Green, Chris Shambrook, Gordon Maxwell and Ilan Sirkis. Their pictures are available below.

Congratulations to them all.

 

Rees & Kay amongst winners at Spring Bank Holiday Congress

Tim Rees and Alan Kay (pictured with EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy) were narrow winners of the Championship Pairs at the Spring Bank Holiday Congress in Bournemouth, finishing just 0.16% ahead of Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne. Miles Cowling & David Jones had an excellent final session to move into third place.

The 'B' final was won emphatically by Maxine Julius & David Arundel, who finished over five per cent ahead of their nearest rivals, Bill Gardner & Heather Dhondy.

The Swiss Pairs, for those who did not reach the finals or were unavailable to take part in the earlier stages of the Championship Pairs, was won by Alastair Gidman & Lorna Swadling. They finished twelve VPs ahead of second placed David Gold & Allison Green.

The first winners of the weekend were in the Really Easy Afternoon which took place on Saturday afternoon. The event was intended as an introduction to congress bridge for those with less experience, and was won by Christine Denning & Titia van der Heijden. Tom Nell & Richard Hawkes were second.

The congress concluded on Monday with a Swiss Teams. This was won by Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Mike Scoltock & Paula Leslie. They won six of their seven matches to finish on 111 VPs. There was a tie for second, with the team of Liz Hayton, Addis Page, Stephen Gore & Geoff Fogg and the team of Jette Bailey, Alan Bailey, Warner Solomon & Taf Anthias both finishing on 97 VPs. The 'B' Stratification in the event was won by the team of Antony Waterhouse, Rosetta Smyth, Michael Butler & Eva Butler.

Congratulations to all the winners over the weekend.

Garden Cities finalists decided

The Regional Finals of the Garden Cities Trophy, the EBU's inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight, took place on Saturday 10th May at four venues. The top two teams at each venue qualified to play in the National Finals.

Hurworth BC of North East, and Manchester BC of Manchester, qualified at the Northern Regional Final.
Coventry BC of Warwickshire, and Lincoln BC of Lincolnshire, qualified at the Midlands Regional Final.
Eastbourne BC of Sussex, and Chislehurst BC of Kent, qualified at the South-East Regional Final.
Worcester BC of Worcestershire, and Bath BC of Wiltshire, qualified at the South-West Regional Final.

The National Finals take place on 14th June.

Last updated : 2nd Jun 2014 09:36 BST
Top 50 clubs by players 2013/14

Members may have seen in English Bridge magazine the top 10 clubs by number of player sessions during the year. We're pleased to announce the top 50 here, so you can see if your club is on the list, and where it ranks.

Last updated : 2nd Jun 2014 09:35 BST
International News - May

Ireland win Teltscher Trophy, with England third

The Teltscher Trophy, previously known as 'the Senior Camrose', has been won by Ireland (pictured left receiving the trophy from event patron Bernard Teltscher). They won the three day event in Belfast by 2 VPs, picking up enough points against Great Britain in the final match to finish narrowly ahead of their opponents.

England, represented by Clive Owen and Brian Senior , David Kendrick and Roger Gibbons (pictured here), improved after a slow start. They were second highest scorers in the second set of matches to move from sixth after the first evening up to third overall.

NPC Simon Cochemé kept a blog throughout the event, giving an entertaining report on some of the highlights of the weekend.

Last updated : 2nd Jun 2014 09:33 BST
New Online Shop goes live!

We're very excited to announce that our online shop is now up and running and ready to take your order. There you will find all of our usual products, from bidding boxes and boards to books about Stayman. Please have a browse around.

We do strongly recommend that visitors use the most recent version of their browser software, especially if it is Internet Explorer.

Last updated : 7th May 2014 13:25 BST
April Results Round-Up

Gold and Gross win Easter Championship Pairs

Congratulations to David Gold and Susanna Gross who took home the prestigious Championship Pairs at the Easter Festival of Bridge at the weekend. They had an excellent final session to beat Graham Sadie and Patrick Shields, who came second. Shireen Mohandes and Andy Bowles were third.

In the Swiss Teams, Paul Huggins, Liz Clery, Ryan Stephenson and Stuart Nelson finished a strong 10 VPs ahead of second place, while Chris Wilson and Aleksandar Lishkov triumphed in the Swiss Pairs on Easter Monday.

Cambridge win the Portland Bowl

Cambridge University have won the Portland Bowl, beating the defending champions Imperial College in the final by 25 imps.

The semi-finals were held at the Portland Club on 5th April, with Imperial beating Edinburgh convincingly, and Cambridge beating Manchester. The final was held on 6th April at the same venue, and Cambridge team won 121-96.

The Cambridge team for the competition was Tommy Brass (Captain), Alexandra Birchall, Adam Bowden, Stefan David, Kyle Lam, and Toby Nonnenmacher. Imperial were represented by Filip Sebest & Kevin Satti, Jorrit Schafer & Kelvin Wong, and Sam Winslow.

Rowlands & Lee win National Pairs

Bob Rowlands & Peter Lee were convincing winners of the National Pairs, held on 5th & 6th April.

Bob and Peter, who qualified from the Regional Final in Leatherhead, won the final by over three per cent, ahead of Miles Cowling & David Jones in second and Julian Mitchell & Peter Clinch in third. This is the fourth time Bob and Peter have won the event, previously winning in 2003, 2007 and 2012.

The 'B' final was won by Michael Hampton & Bill Charlwood.

Last updated : 12th May 2014 10:06 BST
International News - April

England Women 4th in Lady Milne

England Women finished fourth in the Lady Milne competition, held over the weekend of 11th - 13th April in Gormanston, north of Dublin.

England were represented by Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett, Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen and Christine Jepson & Catherine Curtis, with Derek Patterson as NPC.

England started well, winning their first two matches, but then suffered large defeats to Scotland and Wales, and a narrower loss to Ireland.

Scotland claimed their 13th victory in the competition, winning by 21 VPs, ahead of Ireland in second and Wales in third.

Last updated : 7th May 2014 13:36 BST
International News - March

England win the Camrose

The England team has won the Camrose for the third year running.

After the first weekend, held in Wales in January, the England team were 8 VPs off the lead. They overhauled this deficit by winning all five of their matches on the second weekend, held in Manchester, to win by 7 VPs.

Congratulations to the team of Ben Green (also NPC for the second weekend) & John Holland, Norman Selway & Derek Patterson, Brian Senior & Nevena Senior, Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester & David Gold, and Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi, and NPC Simon Cochemé. The team from the second weekend is pictured with the trophy.

Northern Ireland were second, and the EBU team were close behind in third place (there were two English teams by virtue of being host for the second weekend). Well done on their bronze medal to Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty, David Kendrick & Jonathan Mestel, Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger, Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne, and Phil King & Cameron Small, and NPC David Burn.

CBAI defeats EBU in Corn Cairdis

The EBU was defeated by CBAI (the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland) in the this year's Corn Cairdis (Cup of Friendship) by 299 VPs to 180. Congratulations to CBAI.

The event was held at Regent Bridge Club in Ireland, and the scores and photos from the event can be seen on their website.

The EBU Team was: Officials Team - Peter Stocken & Dinah Stocken, Jeremy Dhondy & Simon Cocheme; County Team - Philip Mason & Robin Ashdown, Ian Johns & John O'Sullivan; Club Team - Ron & Lesley Millet, Marlene Jones & David Banks

Last updated : 9th Apr 2014 11:08 BST
2013 Master Point lists

The full Master Point lists for 2013 can be accessed below.

Last updated : 1st Aug 2014 12:38 BST
March Results Round-Up

Brock & Myers win Portland Pairs

The Portland Pairs took place on Sunday 23rd March and was won by Sally Brock and Barry Myers.

The Portland Pairs is a mixed pairs event, held simultaneously at fifteen venues around England and Wales, and scored across the whole field.

Sally and Barry were the highest scorers at the Richmond heat, and their score improved from 67.02% to 68.17% when scored nationally, giving them top position by nearly three per cent. Rebecca Dickinson & Alan Jarvis finished second, having finished in top place at the Sheffield heat, and Audrey Kueh & Shahzaad Natt finished third, having been placed second at the Richmond heat.

 

Haberdashers Aske win Schools Cup

The team of Jack Ronayne, Dylan Dissanayak​e, Jonathan Clark and Kripa Panchagnul​a (pictured) from Haberdashers' Aske school have won the School's Cup, defending the title the school won in 2013.

They beat the Loughborough Grammar School team of Ben Norton, Sam Parry, Surendran Harendra, Ben Palmer by 15 imps in the final. A Loughborough Grammar School team and a team from Manchester Grammar School were the beaten semi-finalists, with LGS winning the 3rd place play-off.

The event was part of the Young Bridge Challenge, held in Loughborough on 15th March, which saw a number of competitions take place. The Harry Scully Trophy was won by Harry Madden, Bethany Madden, Gideon Harvey and Daniel Winter. The Plate competition was won by the St Paul's School team of Theo Heymann, Nicholas Heymann, Meng Chen Li and Joe Benton. The minibridge competition was won by Jack Bratley and James Ruxton.

The next junior competition is the Under-19 pairs, held in London as part of the Easter Festival of Bridge.

 

National Pairs Regional Finals

The Regional Finals of the National Pairs took place on 16th March at five venues in England.

The South-East Regional Final in Leatherhead was won by Jean Smallwood & Eddie Lucioni.
The South-West Regional Final in Bristol was won by Miles Cowling & David Jones.
The Midlands Regional Final in Solihull was won by Mark Goddard & David Hodge.
The Northern Regional Final in Bradford was won by Stuart Davies & Richard Winter.
The Eastern Counties Regional Final in Peterborough was won by Paul Darby & Steve Dannell.

One hundred pairs across the heats have qualified to play in the National Finals in Bedford, on the weekend of 5th and 6th April 2014.

 

Repeat winners in Online Games Competition

sephcat and evemh were emphatic winners of the Online Games competition for March, repeating their success from the previous month. They finished with 2.02 BBO Masterpoints, with diana_eva and hrothgar in joint third on 1.06.

sephcat and evemh will share the first and second place prizes, with each receiving BB$15.

The next competition will start tomorrow - the first day of April. The player who accumulates the most BBO Masterpoints in our games in each calendar month will receive BB$20. Second place will receive BB$10, with prizes being split in the event of a tie. The competition is open to everyone, including non-EBU members and those overseas, and hopefully gives an added incentive to those who play infrequently, or are thinking of playing for the first time.

As well as competing for the monthly prize you can also try to move up the overall point winners list (there is no prize for this, but the kudos is certainly significant) and you can earn EBU Master Points.

Games are played on Bridge Base Online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm, Saturday at 4pm (with IMPs scoring), and Sunday at 4pm, 6pm and 9pm

Last updated : 9th Apr 2014 11:05 BST
VAT Tribunal Result

VAT Tribunal result

Members may be aware that the EBU had appealed against a decision of HMRC not to grant us relief from VAT on competition entry fees. We were represented by our Honorary Counsel David Ewart, to whom we owe many thanks for his efforts. We learnt last week that our efforts had been unsuccessful and there has been some media interest today on radio, TV and in the press. We will put up links to these here where that is possible.

We are currently considering whether to go to the next stage with our efforts and taking legal advice on this. We are aware that in some other EU countries there is VAT relief and also some countries regard Bridge as a sport which both facilitates VAT relief and, in some cases, additional funding. Sadly that is not currently the case in England.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2014 13:50 GMT
International News - February

England have won the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer, played in Belfast 22nd & 23rd February, successfully defending both titles.

In the Junior Camrose the England team of Shivam Shah & Tom Paske, Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw, and Simon Spencer & Kyle Lam were second at the end of both the first and second rounds of matches, but had a great final round, scoring 50 out of 60 to win by 14 VPs. The NPC was Tom Townsend, himself a five-time winner of the event. The victorious team is pictured.

In the Peggy Bayer, the under-20s competition, the England team led throughout and completed an emphatic win by 37 VPs. The team was Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton, Nick Dean & Sam Behrens, and Stephen Kennedy & Rhys Munden. NPC was Michael Byrne, who achieved his sixth win as coach of the Peggy Bayer team making him the most successful NPC in the event's history. A picture of the trophy presentation is here, and a team photograph is here (unfortunately Ben and Freddie had to leave before the photographs were taken).

Congratulations to all involved - the future looks bright for English bridge.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2014 12:00 GMT
February Results Round Up

Smith/Smith and Byrne/Murphy/Green/Holland win at York Spring Congress

The York Spring Congress took place 28th February to 2nd March, substituting for the usual congress in Harrogate.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Cathy Smith & Andrew Smith (pictured left). The narrowly trailed Ed Scerri and Gary Jones prior to the penultimate round, but a 19-1 win saw them leapfrog their nearest rivals, and a victory in the final round secured the title. They finished on 142, with Ed and Gary on 130 and Celia Oram and Derek Oram on 129.

The Swiss Teams was won by the team of Michael Byrne & Andrew Murphy and Ben Green & John Holland (photo). They comprehensively won their first six matches, but defeat in their final match meant they only won by 4 VPs. Second were Martin Jones & Gavin Mackay and Matthew Brown & Degsy Williams who, by beating the Byrne team in the final round, moved up a place in the standings. Tied for third, 1 VP back, were the team of Joy Blakey & Irving Blakey and Rhona Goldenfield & Bernard Goldenfield, and the team of Paul Hackett & John Sansom and Sandra Penfold & Brian Senior.

The weekend opened with the Open and Mixed Pairs events. Bogdan Drobny & Roman Gembicki won the Open Pairs, ahead of Ben Green & John Holland. The Mixed Pairs was won by Celia Oram & Derek Oram with Lorna Swadling & Alastair Gidman in second.

3-way tie in first online monthly competition.

The first of the new monthly competitions for the EBU online games has ended in a three-way tie.

sephcat, evemh and diana_eva all finished on 1.56, with diana_eva winning the final game to join the others at the top. They will share the first and second place prizes with each receiving BB$10.

The next competition will start tomorrow - the first day of March. The player who accumulates the most BBO Masterpoints in our games in each calendar month will receive BB$20. Second place will receive BB$10, with prizes being split in the event of a tie. The competition is open to everyone, including non-EBU members and those overseas, and hopefully gives an added incentive to those who play infrequently, or are thinking of playing for the first time.

As well as competing for the monthly prize you can also try to move up the overall point winners list (there is no prize for this, but the kudos is certainly significant) and you can earn EBU Masterpoints.

Games are played on Bridge Base Online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm, Saturday at 4pm (with IMPs scoring), and Sunday at 4pm, 6pm and 9pm

Six pairs victorious at Ranked Masters Pairs

The Ranked Masters Pairs was held in Northampton on 22nd & 23rd February, with six events taking place. Entry into each event was dependent on a player's EBU Master Point ranking.

The Premier Grand Masters Pairs was won by Richard Jephcott and John Sansom (pictured). They finished on 64 imps with John Holland & Ben Green second on 55.

The Grand Masters Pairs, for the Harrison Gray Salver, was won by Geoffrey Wolfarth and Nevena Senior, who pipped Rick Irwin & Francis Eddleston by only 2 imps.

The Premier Life Masters Pairs, for the Premier Life Masters Trophy, was won by Andrew Urbanski & Michael Letts, 12 imps ahead of Edward Leatham & Nick Forrest.

The Life Masters Pairs, for the Maurice Blank Trophy, was won by Martin Taylor & Mike Bell. They won by the wide margin of 34 imps, with Tim Chanter & Helen Wildsmith in second.

The National Masters Pairs, for the Bridge Magazine Cup, was won convincingly by Richard Johnson & Nick Boss. They finished over 100 imps clear of the second placed pair, Jonathan Osgood & Simon Mostyn.

The Regional Masters Pairs, for the St Dunstan’s Plate, was narrowly won by Ros Bateman & John Bateman, who finished 3 imps ahead of Suzy Lawson & Shaun Day.

Scherson & Wooler win Masters Pairs

Ana-Maria Scherson and Georgina Wooler have won the Master Pairs, held on 23rd February, by the narrow margin of 0.08 per cent. The competition was for those ranked below the rank of Regional Master and was held at six venues, with the event scored across the whole field. Playing at the Bradford heat Ana-Maria and Georgina scored 61.64% across the whole field, with Andy White and Meena Samani, who played at the Richmond heat, scoring 61.56%. Chris Wall and Jenifer Kerr, playing at Tunbridge Wells, were third with 59.26%.

The overall results, and the session scores, can be seen by looking at the calendar on the results page below. As with all competitions the results are only provisional and will be confirmed in the next few days.

Congratulations to John Holland who has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver for the most Master Points accumulated in 2013. John, who also won this award in 2012 and 2009, gained a total of 30,941 points. Ed Scerri, highest points earner in 2010 and 2011, was second with 25,307 points, and Derek Oram was third with 23,306.

For more masterpoints lists and prize winners, please read on.

Berks and Bucks defend Tollemache title

 

The Berks and Bucks team have won the Tollemache Cup for county teams of eight for the second year in a row. Things were a lot closer than last year, though, with second-placed Kent just 3 VPs behind and third-placed London just 4 VPs behind them. The team was identical to the 2013 champions: Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Ed Scerri, Gary Jones, Tim Rees, John Howard, Andrew Murphy and Richard Bowdery.

 
Last updated : 3rd Mar 2014 11:56 GMT
International News - January

Moore & Fawcett win Lady Milne Trials

Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett have won the trials for the England team for the forthcoming Lady Milne.

The trials were held at Richmond Bridge Club on 24th to 26th January, and Moore & Fawcett won by a large margin of over 100 imps. They will therefore return to the Lady Milne to defend the trophy they won as part of the successful 2013 England team.

They will be joined in the team by Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen, and Christine Jepson & Catherine Curtis. These pairs finished second and third in the trials, comfortably clear of the rest of the field.

A photograph all the full team can be seen here

The Lady Milne takes place 11th to 13th April in Gormanston, Ireland.

Open Team for the European Championships announced

The Open Team for the European Championships has been announced as: Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; David Bakhshi & David Gold; Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett

The selection sees the reformation of the Forrester-Robson partnership, former European champions (in 1991) and arguably the most successful English pair of recent times. They are joined by Bakhshi & Gold who, with different partners, have represented England in the most recent European Championships and Bermuda Bowl, and by the Hackett twins who were part of the England team who finished second in the World Olympiad in 2008.

The NPC is Simon Cope and the coach is Ben Green.

The Championships take place 21st June – 1st July 2014 in Opatija, Croatia.

English teams 4th and 5th in Camrose

The two English teams are in 4th and 5th place after the first weekend of the 2014 Camrose.

Both teams won two of their five matches, and the England team totaled 49.80 and the EBU team 47.35 across the weekend. Ireland scored 58.61, finishing very narrowly ahead of Scotland, with Northern Ireland in third.

England Team: Ben Green & John Holland; Norman Selway & Derek Patterson; Brian Senior & Nevena Senior; NPC Simon Cochemé

EBU Team: Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty; David Kendrick & Jonathan Mestel; Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; NPC: David Burn

The second weekend will be held in Manchester on 7th to 9th March, and spectators are very welcome.

Simon Cochemé wrote an introduction to the Camrose in the EBU Internationals Blog.

Hackett team wins Senior European Trials

The team of Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, David Mossop, David Price and Colin Simpson have won the Senior European Trials.

Playing in the final on 4th and 5th January at Richmond Bridge Club against Brian Senior, Clive Owen, David Kendrick and Brian Callaghan, the Hackett team were down 92-111 after the first day. They came storming back on the second day, however, to complete an emphatic victory 271-163 over the 96 boards.

The Senior European Championships will be held in Opatija, Croatia, from June 21st to June 28th 2014.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2014 12:00 GMT
January Results

De Botton and Holland teams win at National Teams Congress

The main events at the National Teams Congress, which took place in Northampton on 18th & 19th January, this year included two parallel events - a Point-a-Board teams and a Swiss teams.

The Point-a-Board teams was won by the team of John Holland & Ben Green and Jeremy Dhondy & Brian Callaghan, and the Swiss teams was won by the team of Waseem Naqvi & Thor Hoftaniska and Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski (pictured).

For further information and results, please read on.

 

Jones team wins Silver Plate

The final of the Silver Plate has been won by the team of Gary Jones (captain), Jerry Harouni, Ray Robinson and Ed Scerri.

In a close final in which both teams led in the second half of the contest, they beat the team of Martin Edge (Captain), Alan Brosgill, Adam Dickinson, Robin Jepson, Dominic Pinto and Nick Woolven by 22 imps.

The Silver Plate is contested between teams knocked out in the 1st or 2nd round of the Gold Cup.

Last updated : 29th Jan 2014 14:20 GMT
Sally Bugden stands down as board director

We are very sorry to announce that Sally Bugden has resigned as a director of the EBU board due to increased family responsibilities.

Her contribution to the board as Chairman and Vice Chairman before that was very highly regarded and we will miss her contributions, one of which was to be to the Chairman of the charity English Bridge Education and Development (EBED).

Last updated : 29th Jan 2014 14:24 GMT
December Results

Close finishes and emphatic wins at Year-End Congresses

In London, Phil King & Waseem Naqvi took the lead at the midway point of the opening Swiss Pairs and went on to finish three VPs ahead of Anita Sinclair & Zia Mahmood. Sunday's Open Pairs was won by Simon Gillis & Espen Erichsen ahead of second placed Frank Wharton & Paul Walker, and the Mixed Pairs was won by Christopher Wilson & Abbey Smith, with Samantha Punch & Tim Rees in second.

The Swiss Teams rounded off the London congress, with the team of Jeffrey Allerton & Peter Lee and Graham Osborne & Frances Hinden scoring a maximum in the final match to pip the team of Neil Rosen & Anne Rosen and Jeremy Willans & Ian Draper by a single VP. In fact only four VPs covered the first six teams.

This was in stark contrast to the Swiss Teams in Blackpool where the team of Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield and Joy Blakey & Irving Blakey won by an emphatic margin of 27 VPs. The team of Tim Matthews & Babs Matthews and Bill White & Joyce White were second.

Earlier in the Blackpool congress the Swiss Pairs had been won by Keith Sowerbutts & Phil Godfrey, with Nick Woodcock & Sue Woodcock in second; the Mixed Pairs was won by Bill White & Joyce White, ahead of Paul Littlewood & Fiona Littlewood in second; and the Open Pairs was won by Peter Hall & Nigel Marlow, who finished nearly 5% ahead of their nearest challenges Keith Seabold & Peter Rogers.

 

Hackett and Senior teams reach Senior European Trials final

The trials for the England team for the Senior European Championships started on 20th to 22nd December with the Hackett and Senior teams reaching January's final.

The event, held at West Midlands Bridge Club, saw the Dixon team take the lead at the halfway stage, but the Hackett and Senior teams overtook them to claim the two places in the final to be held on 4th & 5th January 2014 at Richmond Bridge Club.

The qualifying teams were:
Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, David Mossop, David Price and Colin Simpson;
Brian Senior, Clive Owen, David Kendrick and Brian Callaghan

The Senior European Championships will be held in Opatija, Croatia, from June 21st to June 28th 2014.

 

Allfrey team wins Gold Cup

The 2013 Gold Cup has been won by the team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Peter Crouch and Oliver Segal.

In the finals, held in Solihull on 14th and 15th December they beat the Senior Team (Brian Senior, Nevena Senior, Sandra Penfold, Ed Jones, Glyn Liggins, Joe Fawcett) 124-112.

Tony Forrester has now won 12 Gold Cup Titles and moves clear of Boris Schapiro (11) as the most successful player in Gold Cup history.

 

Young Chelsea wins the NICKO

The 2013 National Inter-Club Knockout has been won by Young Chelsea D team of Neil Rosen (Captain), Richard Bowdery, Simon Cope, Ian Draper, Anne Rosen and Catherine Seale.

In the final held at Reading Bridge Club they beat the West of England A team of David S Jones (Captain), Tim Brierley, Robert Covill and Steve Tomlinson. Alan Jones also represented the West of England team in earlier rounds.

The Young Chelsea Club, who last won the trophy in 2009, and knocked out defending champions Cambridge in the quarter-finals, won the final by 34 imps.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2014 12:03 GMT
England Under 25s win Channel Trophy

England Under 25s win Channel Trophy

Congratulations to the England under 25 squad who won the Channel Trophy in Ostend.

The team of Alex Roberts & Shivam Shah, Kyle Lam & Simon Spencer and Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw won five of their six matches (the only defeat being by one imp) to win by a comprehensive 12 VPs.

Both the 'Girls' team of Laura Covill & Alex Birchall and Katy Lee & Carina Negreanu, and the 'Youngsters' team of Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton, George Siddons & Oliver Powell and Jonathan Derrick & Nick Dean, finished 4th in their events. Nearly all are relatively new to the international teams, however, and the experience will serve them well as they continue their development in the game.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2014 12:00 GMT
Barry's blog #62

Barry's blog #62

As we come to the end of another eventful year Barry updates us on what's been happening and what 2014 might have in store.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2014 12:05 GMT
England Women end successful 2013 at World Mind Games

England Women end successful 2013 at World Mind Games

England's Women have brought 2013 to a close with good performances at the World Mind Games in Beijing.

They continued their run of success with a silver medal in the teams event. The team of Nevena Senior & Heather Dhondy, Fiona Brown & Susan Stockdale, and Sinéad Bird & Sarah O'Connor was narrowly beaten in a close final against China, having earlier won the round-robin part of the event.

Nevena and Heather then added to their extensive medal collections finishing second in the pairs competition.

In the individual event Nevena finished fifth and Sinéad moved through the field well on the final day to finish in ninth.

The photograph shows them receiving their medals from the team event - Fiona is not pictured.

Photograph of Nevena and Heather receiving their medals from the Pairs competition.

As part of the event there was a visit by WBF ambassadors to a school in Beijing to play bridge with the students. Sinéad and Sarah represented the England team and, judging from the autographs they signed, they were popular visitors. A link to the video is below.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2014 11:58 GMT
November results

Senior, Owen, Kendrick and Gibbons win Senior Trials

The Teltscher Trophy Trials, held on 16th/17th November, were won by the team of Brian Senior & Clive Owen and David Kendrick & Roger Gibbons. They won four out of five matches to win with a total of 68.87.

The team of Paul Hackett & Gunnar Hallberg and John Holland & David Mossop were second on 55.7, with Sandy Davies & Tom Gisborne and Warner Solomon & Dave Robinson third on 53.58.

Brian, Clive, David and Roger will now represent England at the Teltscher Trophy which takes place on 16th, 17th, 18th May 2014 at the La Mon Hotel and County Club in Belfast.

The team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Tom Townsend and David Bakhshi have won Division 1 of the Premier League.

They entered the final weekend with a clear lead, but saw this reduced over the first two days, with a number of teams in contention going into the final day. Two large wins, however, including a near maximium against their nearest rivals, meant they moved away to win by 39 VPs.

The team of Cameron Small, Phil King, Ben Green and John Holland finished second, 2VPs ahead of the team of Sandra Penfold, Brian Senior, Nevena Senior, Norman Selway and Derek Patterson.

In Division 2, the team of Heather Dhondy, Brian Callaghan, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frank To and Jeremy Dhondy overhauled the long-time leaders - the team of Sarah Dunn, David Ewart, Alex Hydes, Gunnar Hallberg, Tom Paske and Ed Jones - on the final afternoon to win by 13VPs.

England Juniors win B final at Youth Paris Open

Having narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the main competition at the 1st Youth Paris Open, finishing 5th in the qualifying rounds, England 1 went on to win the B final comprehensively. They ended on 108, with Poland second on 95.

England 2 completed a good weekend for the team, winning 8 of their 11 matches in the B final to jump up the table and finish =8th out of 22 teams.

The teams were: England 1: Freddie Illingworth, Tom Paske, James Paul and Graeme Robertson; England 2: Ankush Khandelwal, Kyle Lam, Shahzaad Natt and Ben Norton.

Pictured are England 1, along with captain Jason Hackett, and two friendly members of the Botswanan team.

The Seniors Congress took place in Daventry over the weekend of 1st - 3rd November and almost fittingly the Championship Pairs 'A' final was won by Brian Senior and Clive Owen. Alan Bailey & Jette Bailey were second and Dan Crofts & Andrew Thompson were third.

The B final was won by Kath Nelson & Alan Nelson, and the Swiss Pairs was won by Ann Wall & Toby Wall.

The Swiss Teams was won by Jane Jensen & David Jensen and Angela Chester & Richard Chester, finishing 2 VPs ahead of David Dickson & Roger Gibbons and Ken Ford & Ian Swanson. Janet Smith & Geoffrey Bailey and Lynne Heath & Ron Heath finished third.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2014 11:52 GMT
Award winners

Cindy Cole and Joan Bennett recognised for contributions to junior bridge

The recipients of the EBU's two awards for contribution to the promotion and teaching of junior bridge have been announced.

The Alec Salisbury Award has been given to Cindy Cole for her teaching of minibridge at Pembury School in Kent, and for her support of the Minibridge initiative and of the EBU Youth & Education Trust.

The Tom Bradley Award has been given to Joan Bennett for her contribution to the development and promotion of junior bridge and minibridge in the Home Counties.

Congratulations to them both, and we thank them for their efforts.

Last updated : 18th Nov 2013 14:12 GMT
Online games

EBU-run games now available online

More EBU-run games have been added to the schedule.

There is now a game at 2pm on Wednesday, following the usual format, and a game at 4pm on Saturday with IMPs scoring.

Unfortunately it has been necessary to stop the 11pm match on Wednesdays. We are sorry for any disappointment this causes.

The matches are available on Bridge Base Online (BBO), and the revised schedule is as follows:
Wednesday: 2pm and 4pm
Saturday: 4pm (IMPs scoring)
Sunday: 4pm, 6pm and 9pm

All times are UK time.

The tournaments are open to anyone, not just EBU members, and masterpoints can be won by EBU members.

Last updated : 18th Nov 2013 14:05 GMT
Venice Cup

England women win silver medal

The final of the World Teams Championship in Bali was very close throughout, with the lead changing hands many times. England led by 0.33 IMPs after 92 boards, but the USA had the better of the last four and won 229-220.33 to take the Venice Cup. Congratulations to Nicola Smith, Sally Brock, Nevena Senior, Heather Dhondy, Susan Stockdale and Fiona Brown with NPC Jeremy Dhondy and coach David Burn.

The Open team lost in the quarter-finals to a very strong Monaco team and the Scottish seniors were knocked out by the USA at the same stage. Italy won the Bermuda Bowl and Germany won the d'Orsi Trophy.

Photo by Elisabeth van Ettinger courtesy of WBF.

Last updated : 10th Oct 2013 11:15 BST
New EBU Chairman

 

Jeremy Dhondy becomes new EBU Chairman

The Annual General Meeting of the English Bridge Union took place yesterday (Wednesday October 2nd) in London. Jeremy Dhondy was elected chairman, with Ian Payn vice-chairman and Andrew Petrie treasurer. There were also elections for the Laws and Ethics and Tournament committees. The election results were announced at 3.00pm and they are detailed below.

Last updated : 10th Oct 2013 11:06 BST
Social Media

Did you know that the EBU has a Google+ Page, a Twitter account and a Facebook group? If you use any of these networks come along and join/follow/circle us

 

 

Last updated : 10th Oct 2013 12:21 BST
EBU Blue Point Bridge Holidays for club players

Starting in 2014 the EBU will be offering a selection of mid-week holidays in various parts of England, organised by Bridge Overseas. Blue Point master point awards will be available in all sessions.

These new holidays are aimed at social players, and we suggest that they are most suited to players who are ranked below Regional Master, and whose NGS grading is no higher than a Jack. If you are unsure whether you fall in to this category, please call the EBU Competitions department on 01296 317203 or 01296 317219.

Each hotel has been selected to meet a high specification, and each has excellent facilities, including spas, swimming pools and saunas in all hotels - plus golf, tennis and fishing in some. All venues also offer free parking. Since the holiday and social element of these events is important the aim is to leave an afternoon or two free for venturing out and about in the local area and to enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

Further details can be seen by viewing our poster below. Bookings will be made directly to Bridge Overseas via the Accommodation Booking Service.

Last updated : 29th Apr 2013 16:44 BST
Directors and Officers Insurance
The EBU is constantly striving to provide worthwhile services as economically as possible for our affiliated clubs and we are delighted to announce another MAJOR and extremely valuable benefit.

We have arranged for all of our clubs to benefit from an extension to the EBU’s Directors and Officers insurance from 26th February 2013; this includes all member clubs of the Union and their Committee Members, Directors and Officers.

Last updated : 29th Apr 2013 16:44 BST
Club Insurance Update
Further to our previous announcement, we have some more information on the club insurance offer. If you would like to proceed, email Karen Durrell. For insurance questions please contact Osbornes directly on 01844 213161.
Last updated : 7th Jun 2011 11:33 BST
Annual Masterpoint Reports
The final totals for 2012 are now ready. You can view all the winners at National, County and Club level at the links below.

Congratulations to John Holland, who wins the 2012 Sunday Telegraph Salver for most masterpoints earned during the year. His score of 32,376 is well ahead of Steve Auchterlonie in second (25,719) and last year's winner Ed Scerri in third (24,114).

David Gold leads the Gold Point list, with 98.44. The previous leader John Holland is close behind in second (95.67) and Chris Jagger is third (79.28). David's total for the year is the highest since the 18 month long 2007 season.

The prizes for all the Club Champions have also been drawn. Robbie Kingston (winner at Chipping Campden BC) was first and wins £400, Maggie Neal (Pinchbeck BC) was second and wins £200 and David Willson (Stowmarket BC) was third with £100.

Congratulations to everybody who won a prize and best of luck to all our members in 2013.

Last updated : 29th Apr 2013 16:44 BST
EBU Annual Report

The English Bridge Union’s first annual report is now available to read. Here you will read about the progress that has been made in taking forward the EBU for the benefit of its members including the activities undertaken by all our departments and national committees in the year 1 April 2011 to 31st March 2012.

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Last updated : 2nd Aug 2013 11:44 BST
Pay To Play Club Help

We've put together a help page and some tutorial videos for club administrators who are looking for a bit of help in using our online Club Management System. As time goes by we'll add common questions to this page and hope it will provide a useful resource.

Last updated : 7th Jun 2011 11:32 BST
NGS

The new National Grading Scheme is now up and running and you can look up your own grade, grade history and partnership performance along with the grades of other members. Barry has written a blog on the subject, too.

If you want to send an emailed query please send it to ngsqueries@ebu.co.uk.  You will normally not receive a personal response but your query or comment WILL be considered and any response will be included in an “omnibus” response at a future date.

Last updated : 29th Apr 2013 16:45 BST
Welcome to the new English Bridge Union.

We are the governing body for duplicate bridge in England representing communities of bridge players at club, county and national level. We are funded by members for members and the development of duplicate bridge in England.

  • View here for more information on the benifts of membership, and much more..
Last updated : 10th Oct 2013 11:34 BST
Archive News

Old news items are available on the EBU website

Last updated : 10th Oct 2013 11:20 BST
News?

Do you have some bridge news that you would like to share? If so, please do not hesitate to contact Peter Stockdale, Communications Officer on 01296 317 215 or peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk.

Last updated : 10th Oct 2013 11:22 BST
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