England hosts Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer this weekend

England hosts the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer competitions this weekend in Coventry.

The Junior Camrose is for the U26 teams, with all home nations participating, plus an additional 'EBU team'. The Peggy Bayer is for the U21 teams, with England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland competing. England are defending champions in both competitions.

It is being held at the Holiday Inn in Coventry, with play beginning at 7:30pm on Friday evening. There will be coverage on Bridge Base Online, and spectators are welcome to watch at the table at the venue.

The English participants are:
Junior Camrose: England team - Yvonne Wiseman & Alex Birchall; Kyle Lam & Toby Nonnenmacher ; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton; NPC Paul Barden
EBU team - Laura Covill & Siyu Ren; Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy ; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Peggy Bayer: Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Jack Ronayne & Theo Gillis; NPC Michael Byrne

Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition reach quarterfinals

The 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition has reached the quarterfinal stage.

In the opening round robin, England A (Steve Eginton, Bill Hirst, Gary Hyett, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan) finished in 8th place to reach the knockout stage. England B (Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, David Burn, Kieran Dyke) finished just outside the qualifying places in 11th.

In the quarterfinals England A will play Scotland White, which includes EBU members, as does 'The President's Team' which finished the round robin phase in first place.

The knockout matches take place on Saturday (in the early hours, GMT) and there is coverage on Bridge Base Online - check their schedule for timings.

Welcome to newly affiliated clubs

Welcome to the clubs which have recently affiliated with the EBU.

  • North London BC in Stanmore. They hold a weekly session at 8pm on Wednesdays
  • Besses o'th Barn BC in Manchester. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in Whitefield in the north of the city.
  • Freeland BC in Oxfordshire. They meet informally at present, but intend playing in Freeland Village Hall in future.

Kent wins Tollemache Cup

Kent has won the Tollemache Cup - the inter-county teams of eight championship - claiming the trophy for the fifth time.

The team was: Patrick Collins, Helen Erichsen, Espen Erichsen, Jeremy Willans, Phil Bailey, Kay Preddy, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Michael Hampton and Peter Law.

They finished just 1 VP ahead of Manchester, with Berks & Bucks finishing in third.

Constables, and Lancaster team, win main events at Budapest Congress

The Overseas Congress in Budapest, sponsored by Bridge Overseas, has recently concluded, with Val & Ian Constable, and the Lancaster team, winning the two main Swiss competitions.

Val & Ian (picture here) lost only once in their ten matches in the Swiss Pairs, finishing with 154 VPs. Andy Baruch & Sarah Jones were second with 129 VPs, and Lesley Bridson & Catherine Thompson were third with 125.

The Lancaster team - Nigel Lancaster, Stephen Gore, Maria Budd and Mark Westley - started the Swiss Teams slowly, losing their first three matches, but came back strongly to finish on 136 VPs from ten matches, 8 VPs ahead of the field. The team of Sue O'Hara, Nelson Stephens, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot were second.

The other winners at the congress were:

  • Pre-Congress Pairs: Linda Curtis & Alma Richards (picture)
  • Open Pairs: Maria Budd & Mark Westley (picture)
  • Mixed Pivot Teams: Andrew Petrie, Veronica Petrie, Shirley Goldwin, Brian Crack (picture)
  • Combined Pairs: Nicky Willis & Joan Meech (picture); top men's pair: Nigel Lancaster & Stephen Gore (picture); top mixed pair: Paul Mollison & Val Mollison (picture)

The next Overseas Congress takes place in Andalucia, 8th - 14th October. There will be competitions specifically for less experienced players, so is suitable for everyone. See here for more details.

February issue of English Bridge out now

The February 2018 issue of English Bridge is out now.

The online version, which contains extra content, is available via My EBU (use the 'Magazine' link in the top right corner of the My EBU webpage). More information on accessing and using the online version is available here.

Please note the change to the policy for the distribution to magazines to households currently receiving more than one copy - please see here for more details.

Change in magazine policy to help reduce waste

In order to help reduce the number of copies of English Bridge which are 'wasted', we are changing the way the magazines are distributed.

From the April 2018 issue, we will only dispatch one magazine per household, unless you opt in to say you wish to receive all the magazines to which the members of your household are entitled. The distribution of the diary is not affected.

We believe this is the environmentally and financially responsible action to take, but we are only trying to eliminate waste. If your household reads all the copies which are currently received, so you want to continue receiving them all, then we are very happy to send them to you. But to continue receiving them you must opt-in. Alternatively if you are happy for your household to receive only one copy as one is unread, or a single copy could be shared, then you need take no action.

How to opt-in

The best and easiest way to opt-in is by changing the setting on your account on My EBU. All you need to do is...

  • Log-in to My EBU (if you don't know your password then you can reset it here)
  • Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then click on the box labelled 'Receive multiple magazines at my address' which is in the 'account settings section' of the page. Then click 'save changes'.

Only one member of each household needs to do this.

Success for EBU TD, Nicole Cook

At the European Bridge League's Tournament Directors workshop in Cyprus this weekend, Nicole Cook achieved an A grade. This entitles her to attend next year’s EBL Main TD course. Well done, Nicole.

Surrey Schools Cup a great success

The annual Surrey Schools Cup took place on Friday with great success. The entry was up 60% on last year, and the venue was buzzing with enthusiastic young bridge players.

It was organised by Surrey CBA, with English Bridge Education and Development helping to run the event.

The winners of the Cup were Westminster School; the Salver was won by Hampton School; the minibridge competition was won by Weydon School.

For a full report, from Surrey's Youth Rep, Tim Warren, plus more pictures, click here.

EBED gives support to junior fundraising

English Bridge Education & Development has offered its support to the ongoing fundraising efforts for the junior teams participating in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships.

Not only will EBED be making a donation from its funds, but a page has been established on its website which allows individuals to make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED, thereby allowing Gift Aid to be reclaimed. These donations will then be included as part of a larger donation by EBED to the EBU to support the junior teams.

Part of EBED's remit is to promote and develop the playing of bridge by those in full time education, and its constitution makes specific provision for supporting junior involvement in events organised by the World Bridge Federation. The fundraising will not only contribute to the costs of participation, but also to the squad's training sessions in the build up to the event so they can perform as well as possible in the competition. EBED hopes that this may give further enthusiasm to youngsters who may just be starting to play; that it may motivate more to give bridge a try; and that it may encourage more people to set up bridge activities for young players.

The EBU, and those involved in the squads are very grateful for EBED's contribution.

An update on sponsorship activity can be seen here.

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