Faulty NGS grades corrected

On the morning of Thursday 23 October, NGS came up with some amazing grades. This was due to faulty data input from the Montenegro Swiss Teams, for which several scores of +29999 IMPs were apparently achieved.

This was quickly noticed and the NGS database was reset to how it was before processing this event. Nobody's grade will be affected, but for the moment the Montenegro Swiss Teams is not being graded while the data is corrected.

A fix for recent log-in problems

We were notified that a few members using Internet Explorer had experienced problems logging in to access the members area of the website (and a few other pages).

If you have experienced this problem the following blog, outlining the simple fix to the problem, may be useful to you.

Junior teams for Channel Trophy selected

The teams to represent England at the Channel Trophy event have been selected. The competition takes place in Lille on 19th to 21st December, and involves teams from France, Belgium, The Netherlands and England. The Under 25s are defending the title they won in 2013.

Under 25
James Paul & Alex Roberts; Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw; NPC Mike Bell

Under 20
Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Oliver Powell & Jonathan Derrick; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC Michael Byrne

U25 Women
Sarah O’Connor; Sinead Bird; Yvonne Wiseman; Laura Covill; Carina Negreanu; NPC Alan Shillitoe

Smith, Brock & Sinclair in winning teams 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, reached the semi-final of the Senior Teams.

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 Open Pairs, Phil King, playing with Swede Peter Bertheau was 4th after five rounds of the Semi-final. David Bakhshi, playing with the American Russ Ekeblad, was 25th.

The results and daily bulletins are available on the World Bridge Federation website. You can also watch the event on Bridge Base Online.

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 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.

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.

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).

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.

Eggheads wanted

The makers of the BBC show Eggheads are looking for contestants, and have made a request for bridge players to take on their elite quizzers.

If you are interested in taking part please contact peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk and he will forward to you the information and entry form.

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