Shop closed on 31st March

Please note that the EBU Bridge Shop will be closed on Tuesday 31st March for the annual stocktake. There will be a slight delay in processing orders.

Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Entries still open for Easter Congress

Entries are still being taken for the Easter Congress in London, and can be taken on the day if necessary. Whilst we would prefer that you enter in advance, if that's not possible please go to the competitions desk at the venue prior to playing.

This year there will be an early start option available for the Championship Pairs on the Friday (3rd April). We hope this will help those who wish to play and also take part in religious and cultural events in the evening. The usual start time is still available for those who wish to begin later in the afternoon.

The schedule for the Friday is:

2.00pm - 5.30pm Championship Pairs, session 1 (early start option)
4.00pm - 7.30pm Championship Pairs, session 1 (regular start time)
4.00pm - 7.30pm Really Easy Afternoon (includes a short break)

The rest of the schedule, along with information on all the competitions, is available on the event webpage.

The Really Easy Afternoon, aimed at those with no previous experience of Green Point events, also takes place simultaneously at other venues, including Ilkley and Billericay. See the event webpage for more details.

Under 19s: The Under 19 Pairs takes place on Saturday, and is free to enter. We hope that all eligible junior players will take part. If possible please let us know in advance if you intend playing.

To enter please call 01296 317203/219, email comps@ebu.co.uk, or visit the members area of the website. If you wish to start at the earlier time of 2pm in the Championship Pairs on Friday, please notify the competitions staff in advance.

White House Juniors event this week

England has two Junior teams competing in the White House competition in the Netherlands which takes place this week.

The event began on Sunday with a Pro-Am competition, and the main competition started on Monday, with the English teams competing against 22 other international junior sides.

England will be 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
  • Matches will be shown on vugraph on Bridge Base Online each day. See the vugraph schedule for timings.

    April issue of English Bridge out now

    The April 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...

    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.

    The EBU's Youth Policy

    The EBU Youth Policy, recently approved by the EBU Board, is now available at http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/official-documents/youth-care-policy.pdf (a word version is available here). The EBU commends this document to all of our affiliated clubs and counties and points out that each and every club, indeed whether affiliated or not, has a legal obligation to comply with the law of the land.

    Please note a small amendment was made to the policy on 23rd March.

    For more information please read on.

    Liz Phillips: 1923 - 2015

    We were sad to learn of the death of Liz Phillips at the age of 92. Liz was a recipient of the Dimmie Fleming award for services to bridge in Surrey, and won a number of national competitions. Her obituary, written by one of her playing partners, Peter Lee, is available below.

    The funeral will be at Putney Vale Cemetery on 15th April at 12.20 pm.

    Join Us for Bridge - with Shaw Taylor

    Shaw Taylor, perhaps best known for the Police 5 programme in which he encouraged viewers to "keep 'em peeled", passed away last week.

    Amongst his television work Shaw, who was a keen bridge player, featured in a series of programmes focusing on bridge. Those who might enjoy a trip down memory lane, or who are new to the game, may enjoy the dramatic tension and inner-monologues of Join Us for Bridge.

    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.

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