Welcome to Sovereign Harbour BC

We are pleased to welcome Sovereign Harbour Bridge Club which has recently affiliated with the EBU.

Based in Eastbourne they play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. Visitors are always welcome, and they always run a host system so no partner is required.

Entries for the NICKO still being taken

Due to the influx of late entries we are still taking entries for the National Interclub Knockout this week. All entries must be received by 11am on Monday 26th September.

All affiliated clubs can take part - with any number of teams per club - but all entries must be submitted by the club secretary, who should ensure that all participants meet the eligibility criteria. Please check the event information for the specific details and to find the official entry form.

Gauld & McIntosh and Laland team win main events at Guernsey Congress

The Guernsey Congress finished yesterday after ten days of competitions.

The four session Swiss Pairs on the first weekend was won by Tim Gauld (London) & Dan McIntosh (Channel Islands) by a single Victory Point. They overtook long time leaders Gary Hyett (Manchester) & William Crook (Notts) on the final match, with both pairs winning but Tim & Dan by a larger margin. Janet Latham & Ted Latham (both Yorks) were third, a further 11 VPs behind.

The four session Swiss Teams on the second weekend was won emphatically by Reider Laland, Fred Moen, Erik Saelensminde and Rune Hauge (Channel Islands). They raced in to a large lead in the early matches, and although they lost twice on the final day two maximum victories meant they finished 32 VPs clear of the field. Two teams tied on 122 VPs from their ten matches - Ruth Edmondson, Brigid McElroy, Ann Slee & Alison Pollok (all Devon) and Pamela Reiss, Dominic Flint (both London), Jonathan Hoffman & Gail Hoffman (both Middlesex).

The other winners were:

  • Pivot Teams - updated: Ruth Edmondson, Brigid McElroy, Ann Slee & Alison Pollok (all Devon) won on a split tie ahead of Rune Hauge, Andy Hall, Robert Plumley (all Channel Islands) & Reider Laland
  • Men's Pairs: Tim Gauld (London) & Dan McIntosh (Channel Islands)
  • Women's Pairs: Linda Stocks & Margaret Crangle (both Warks)
  • Seniors Pairs: John Honey & Fiona Honey (both Channel Islands)
  • Mixed and Open Pairs: Maureen Stairs & Brian Stairs (both Beds) and Chris Jones & John Thrower (both Berks & Bucks)
  • Multiple Teams: Rosalind Morgan (Devon), Jean Squires (Oxon), Bruce Curry & Brian Browse (both Dorset)
  • Seniors Multiple Teams: Agnes Baxter, Peter Baxter, Janet Latham & Ted Latham (all Yorks)

Goodbye to John Pain

The EBU has said a fond farewell to John Pain who has retired after fifteen years with the organisation. John was Education Manager for many years – looking after the teachers' association EBTA (formerly EBUTA), TD training and bridge education in schools, in addition to the Bridge for All work - and more recently looked after Laws & Ethics matters (a role which will be taken on by Ian Mitchell).

All the staff wish him well in his retirement, although he will be returning to Aylesbury occasionally as he will be doing some work for English Bridge Education and Development, including assisting with their archive of teaching materials.

EBU members feature in IBPA awards

The International Bridge Press Association awards were announced during the World Bridge Games, with a number of EBU members featuring amongst the winners and nominees. The awards recognise the best in bridge journalism and writing - though of course the author is also dependent on good subject matter, so being the subject of a nominated work is also noteworthy.

David Bird won the award for Book of the Year for The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl. This was the first time he won the award, having been shortlisted on four previous occasions.

Brian Senior was nominated for the Junior Deal of the Year award, reporting on a hand played by English U16 player Liz Gahan. England U26 player Yvonne Wiseman was also featured in this category as the subject of a nominated article.

In the Best Bid Deal of the Year auctions by Colin Simpson & David Price, and by Jason & Justin Hackett, were the subjects of nominated articles.

Schedule confirmed for 2017 European Open Championships

The 8th European Open Championships will take place 10th to 24th June 2017 in Montecatini Terme, Italy. The EBL have confirmed the schedule for the event, which will include Pairs and Teams events in the Open, Womens, Seniors, and Mixed categories. The schedule is available here.

Top ten finishes for English pairs at World Bridge Games

The World Bridge Games in Poland have concluded, with two English pairs finishing in the top ten of their respective Pairs events.

Paul Hackett & John Holland finished in ninth place in the Seniors Pairs and Nevena Senior & Fiona Brown in tenth place in the Women's Pairs.

Andrew McIntosh & Phil King, who qualified in second place for the Open Pairs final, finished in 21st; Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes who qualified in third place for the Mixed Pairs final finished in 15th.

In the Teams competitions, two gold medals were won by the Netherlands, and two by the USA. Unfortunately the Scottish Women were defeated in the bronze medal match. England's teams only progressed as far as the quarter final stages.

Open & Women's teams defeated in quarter finals of World Bridge Games

England's Open and Women's teams both bowed out of the World Bridge Games in Wroclaw, Poland, yesterday, having lost in the quarter-finals.

The Open team fell behind early in their match against the Netherlands, and trailed by 42 IMPs after two sessions. Gains in sessions three and four meant they were 8 behind with 32 boards to play, but a bad fifth session saw the Dutch take an almost unassailable lead, which they increased in the final session.

The Women's Team started well against China, in a match where the lead changed hands multiple times. They trailed at the midway point, but rallied in the early stages of Tuesday's play, and led during a fifth session which ultimately ended with the Chinese 6 IMPs ahead. China then went on to win the final session by 20, eliminating the defending champions.

The 'home nations' will be represented in the semi-finals, however, after the Scottish Women's team beat Norway convincingly in their quarter final. They will now play France.

The Mixed Team reached the knockout round on the very last board of the qualifying stage, but were then defeated by Bulgaria in the last-16. The Seniors team exited the competition during the group stage, finishing in 18th position.

The NPCs have continued to add to their blog during the event, with news and deals from the competition.

Open team: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, NPC: Chris Dixon, Coach: David Jones
Women's team: Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, NPC Derek Patterson, Coach David Burn
Seniors team: John Holland & Brian Senior, Patrick Collins & David Kendrick, Sandra Penfold & Norman Selway, NPC Paul Hackett
Mixed team: Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes, Catherine Seale & Tom Paske, Sarah Teshome & James Thrower
OpenWomenMixed
R16Israel
182 ‑ 137
R16Italy
223 ‑ 120
R16Bulgaria
147 ‑ 216
QFThe Netherlands
112 ‑ 206
QFChina
154 ‑ 180
You will be able to watch some of the matches on Bridge Base Online.

Simon Cochemé has written an introduction to the event, available by clicking 'read more'.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs is now complete and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below as soon as they are available.

This event is supporting the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development, and the entry fees will go specifically to funding EBED's work relating to the social and health benefits linked to playing bridge, including combatting social isolation and cognitive decline.

Thank you to everyone who took part for supporting EBED.

Monday 5th September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 6th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 7th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 8th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 9th September Commentary Booklet

Dates confirmed for 2017 Summer Meeting

Due to the Eastbourne Air Show changing its dates for 2017 - which has only recently been announced - it has been necessary to change the dates of the Summer Meeting. These are now confirmed as 4th - 13th August, and not 18th - 27th as previously advertised.

It is likely that the dates of the Northern Midweek Congress may also change as a result of this.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused, however we believe this to be the best course of action for the majority of the members.

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