Spring Foursomes takes place this weekend

The Schapiro Spring Foursomes, one of the premier events on the EBU calendar, takes place this weekend. The event, generously supported by Helen Schapiro, has again attracted a strong field, with a number of international players from overseas joining the best of the English game to compete for the trophy named in honour of her late, great husband, Boris Schapiro.

The teams, and seedings, can be seen here.

The later stages of the competition will be available to watch on Bridge Base Online on Monday and Tuesday. Brian Senior will be providing a bulletin from the event - his bulletins from the 2016 competition are available here.

Prize Vouchers - redeem yours by 1st May

Please be aware that prize vouchers - which were last issued at congresses in 2009 (thereafter prizes have been credited directly to your EBU account) - will not be accepted after 1st May 2017.

Please search your drawers to unearth any you may still have. If you find any then please send them to:
Accounts, English Bridge Union, Broadfields, Bicester Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8AZ.

We hope that you will include an entry for a forthcoming congress, or an order from the EBU Shop, so they can be used for payment for that. But if not then they can be credited to your account for future use or withdrawal.

Laws of Duplicate Bridge to be updated in 2017

The World Bridge Federation will be updating the Laws of Duplicate Bridge in 2017, and these will come in to effect in competitions in England from the start of August.

This video from the EBU's Chief Tournament Director, Gordon Rainsford, explains a little more about the introduction of the laws, and the impact it will have on some of the more commonly occurring situations - those covered in our 'How Can I Help You?' series of videos.

Courses will be organised by English Bridge Education and Development to help TDs update their knowledge of the Laws, and a new Law Book will be available to purchase from mid-May. More information on those will be available soon.

Cambridge wins Portland Bowl

Cambridge have won the Portland Bowl, the UK's inter-universities competition.

Their 'B' team, which comprised Freddie Illingworth, Kripa Panchagnula, Kyle Lam and Michael Alishaw (Jonathan Clark had played in an earlier round in the competition), defeated Oxford A in the 48-board final by 40 IMPs. Cambridge A beat Bath by 15 IMPs in the playoff for third place. This was a fourth consecutive victory for Cambridge (their 14th in total) with Kyle playing in all four, and Michael and Freddie in the last three. It was Kripa and Jonathan's debut.

Thank you to the Portland Club for hosting the semi-finals and finals. The photograph shows Deputy Chairman of the Club, Giles Hargreave, presenting the trophy to the winning team.

Scientific conference held on the benefits of bridge

A scientific conference took place last week on the topic of “Recreational Activity and Joy in Senior’s Life”, with a day devoted to the positive effects that bridge can have in this area.

One of the guest speakers was Prof. Sam Punch, of Stirling University, who is collaborating with English Bridge Education and Development on its work in to the health and wellbeing benefits of playing bridge. Speakers from six other countries also presented papers on the topic, showing the wide ranging interest in the positive impact of playing bridge.

Find out more on the charity's work on the EBED website.

EBED seeks part-time Chief Executive

The growth of English Bridge Education and Development means it now seeks to appoint a part-time Chief Executive to lead the charity.

This is a 2-days-a-week position based primarily at the charity’s head office in Aylesbury, with the role including: management of the charity’s staff and day-to-day activities; working with the Board and staff to develop and deliver business strategy, plans and targets; ensuring the sustainability and expansion of our activities and services.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send a letter explaining why you consider yourself suitable for the role and a cv to karend@ebu.co.uk. Applications close on 30th April.

Learn to teach minibridge

Surrey County Bridge Association are holding sessions in June for those wanting to learn how to teach minibridge.

These 'teach the teacher' lessons will help those who would like to introduce the game to a young audience, and are free to attend.

They will take place on 13th and 17th June in Farnham. Please see the information leaflet for more details and booking information.

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