If you need any further info, please contact training organiser Richard Banbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training dates at Spondon are:
The first of these 4 dates is optional – and serves as an introduction to the rest of the course. For info about course content etc, please see here http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/td-training
The course trainer is Barrie Partridge
There is also a course starting soon in Leicester if that is a more convenient venue for anyone. There’s no problem to mix and match between different venues and dates (although ideally best to do the individual days in the right order). Courses can be booked in part or in full – and can be completed over a 2 year period of necessary. Members of non-affiliated clubs are welcome.
The full course calendar can be found here http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/td-course-calendar
Graham Jepson of Sheffield has initiated mini-bridge at William Gilbert Primary School at Duffield among a group of very enthusiastic and pleasant youngsters. However, Graham needs to pass this on to someone more local. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in continuing with this work, please would you get in touch with Mary Marshall on 01335 360582. Graham will be at the school for 2 more sessions, tomorrow and a week on Monday. (The normal DBS check is mandatory but Graham assures me that the EBU would pay for this.)
Congratulations to Harry Madden and the England under 21 team for winning the Channel Trophy!!! See results here.
His captain, Michael Byrne, said the team are a joy to captain.
Hopefully some of you saw viewgraphs on BBO of the England Trials this last weekend, hosted by EMBA at Spondon.
Both the venue and excellent work from the EMBA team (led by Anne Townsend) made the event very successful.
Many thanks to all the team at EMBA for their fantastic, hard work!
In the long overdue final of the Brigden, Richard Edwards (+ Bob Ross, Peter Kelly and Alex Hogg) beat Andy Wells (+Cedric Cockcroft, Roman Gembicki and Janusz Adamowicz) by a single IMP!
Please note that Rolls-Royce home matches for the rest of this season will take place at Spondon.
Also note that Rolls-Royce B and Ripley Orange have withdrawn this year.
There were mixed result against top-of-the-table Gloucetershire, with both 1st and 3rd teams losing.
But with help from excellent results from Paul Knighton and Mike Douglas, the 2nd team won 16-4.
You can click on the match result on the right of the home page to take you to the GCBA site or see Butlers by clicking on the County Matches link on the left of the home page.
A few nights ago our team played a Brigden knockout team of 4 match against a team from Ripley. We have known each other for rather a long time but I would still like to record what a pleasure it was to play this match in the correct spirit. Everybody can always do better. We all make mistakes but there was no criticism, no falling out, plenty of banter and also a nice speed of play (finished by 10.15).
It was a pity one team had to lose. Even more so that the margin of victory after 28 boards was 1 IMP ! So there were 364 tricks contested and 1 trick separated the teams. Thanks to all players involved. Trevor Pilkington
Please note that the Brigden, Vic Morris and Teams of 8 competitions have no official TD so please don't call for one and expect a reply. For more information click here.
The Mixed teams an India cup competitions scheduled in September are being moved to other venues date and venues TBC.
The prize winners in the less experienced group were:
1st Paul Atkins (playing with an experienced partner!) 41 match points
2nd Karen Jackson and Jack Judd 31 match points
3rd Adrian Goddard and Dean McCluskey 30 match points
Well done to all three Derbyshire teams for winning their county matches on Sunday 13th Oct against Worcestershire. For more details, click on County Matches on the left of this page.
In the September Green Point Event at Spondon, Derbyshire's Amanda Sowter & John Griffin came second in the Swiss Pairs and Margaret Watson, Pat Hobson, Graham Burgess & Cedric Cockcroft also came second in the Swiss Teams.
The Atkins Cup, run by Bakewell Bridge Club, was won by John Griffin & Malcolm Young. Full results can be found here.
Congratulations to Cedric Cockcroft and John Squibb for coming 16th in the recent Corwen Trophy, which is a national pairs event.
Congratulations to John Griffin for winning the Gerry Fletcher Individual on 6th Aug 2019. For full results click here.
Congratulations to Alan Kenny, Richard Horsley, John Griffin and Malcolm Young for coming second in the A Final of the teams at Scarborough.
In the final round of the competition, the U21 team with Harry narrowly lost to the winners Holland, but it was enough to move them into 3rd place as the silver medallists France thrashed Poland. They qualify for the World Championships next year.
In the U26’s the first 8 teams of the 23 qualify for the World championships next year. At the start of the day England were 10 victory points off Czech Republic, the 8th placed team. Both teams had resounding wins, but at the end England were still 8.5 VPs off the 8th slot, now held by Bulgaria. Ian played in the second game, and a 20 IMP gain on the last two boards saw them whitewash Ireland 20 – 0. They were now 3VPs behind Israel, 6 behind Bulgaria and 8 behind the Czechs.
The final game was against eventual silver medalists Holland. After 7 hands they were 19 IMPs behind, clawed it back to be 4 ahead, then with 2 hands to go were 8 behind. The Czechs had finished their 15 boards, still 5 VP’s ahead. On board 14 the Dutch stopped in 5H, but Kennedy and Ye bid and made 6NT. On the last board England needed to gain at least 3 IMPs to get the necessary VP’s. Norton and Natt made an overtrick in 3C, 110 points. So Kennedy and Ye needed to get a positive score. The Dutch bid 3NT, a contract made by 9 other pairs. The pressure told and the Dutch player erred in trying to establish Diamonds rather than clubs. Down 1. 5 IMP’s to England who gained 8th place with 270.67 VP’s to 270.11.
The ladies team with Hannah Tuus had an up-and-down series of matches, finishing 8th of the 9 teams.
The England U16 team also took a Bronze medal, finishing 3rd of the 18 teams by the narrow margin of 1.2 VPs.
I have attached two bulletins from the 27th European Youth Team Chamionship. In particular see p14 from Bulletin 3 and p9..12 from Bulletin 4.
Congratulations to Don Smedley and John Griffin for winning the Smedley Salver in 2019. Click here for full results.
Since mid April, I have been learning about the DCBA website and making some changes. Below is a summary and some help for you to find your way around...
Roger Floutier 3rd May 2019
Hanna Tuus - Hanna's biography
White House, Amsterdam U26: March 2019 3rd place in Junior Channel Trophy: 2018 3rd in Junior European Championships: 2017 2nd with Ian Robson in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2017
Ian Robson - Ian's biography
1st in Junior Camrose: 2019 3rd in European Youth Pairs U26: 2018 2nd in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2018 2nd with Hanna Tuus in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2017
Harry Madden - Harry's biography
Channel Trophy, Lille U21: December 2018 World Youth Championship, China U21: 2018 1st in Peggy Bayer: 2018 Junior Channel Trophy: 2017
World Youth Teams: 2016 Peggy Bayer: 2016 Czech Junior Teams U15: 2015 European Youth Teams U15: 2015