Club Liaison Officer wanted

We are looking for someone to take on the role of Club Liaison Officer. The position will be Aylesbury-based but with the likelihood of England-wide travel to visit with clubs, and some home working. The job description may be found here.

If you are interested in the position please send your CV to Barry Capal, EBU General Manager, at barry@ebu.co.uk.

Trials for Teltscher Trophy team this weekend

The trials for the team to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy - the 'Senior Camrose' - take place this weekend at West Midlands Bridge Club. You can watch the action on Bridge Base Online, with play starting at 2pm on Friday. The format, schedule and teams are available here.

The Teltscher Trophy takes place in Scotland 20th - 22nd May.

Junior Award Scheme available to teachers and bridge clubs

The Junior Award Scheme is an important and exciting initiative from English Bridge Education & Development. It is an award scheme that offers graded attainment levels and aims to give young people positive reinforcement, confidence and a sense of achievement through monitoring and encouraging the student's progress along their bridge learning journey. We hope they will enjoy working to complete each level.

There are six levels for the student to achieve - covering all standards from starting to play minibridge through to competing at high levels - with certificates of achievement awarded for each level attained.

For more information visit the EBED website. To take part in the scheme you should contact EBED to receive the assessment cards, and the teaching material can be downloaded from the EBED website.

European Winter Games gets underway

The 1st European Winter Games is taking place in Monaco from 5th to 11th February. Some of the participating teams have English members, and you can follow their results on the EBL website, and watch some of their matches on Bridge Base Online.

Appplications for World Mixed Teams event invited

The EBU is accepting applications from teams hoping to be the English representatives in the Mixed Teams event at the World Bridge Games.

Teams comprised of two or more mixed pairs should submit their application to dawn@ebu.co.uk before 1st March. If there are sufficient suitable applicants then a trial will be held on 14th & 15th May (an entry fee would be charged). If there are few applicants then the team will be chosen by the selection committee.

The World Bridge Games takes place in Wroclaw, Poland, from 3rd - 17th September.

Free subscription to Bridge Magazine available to junior players

A free year's subscription to Bridge Magazine has been made available by the publishers to all bridge players under the age of 25. Interested juniors should email tao@chess.co.uk with their name and email address.

Bridge marathon for Sport Relief

Members of Stamford Bridge Club will be taking part in a bridge marathon on 18th-19th March to raise money for Sport Relief, and everyone is welcome to join them.

There are those who still doubt whether bridge is a 'sport', but there will be no questioning the skill, and mental and physical stamina, on display in this endurance event. Competing in this 'mind sport marathon' will be a fitting way to support the sport-oriented charity. Funds raised through Sport Relief support education and health projects in the UK and overseas, including projects for dementia sufferers which is apt given the link between playing bridge and alleviating the impact of cognitive decline.

Players can take part in any number of three-hour sessions, and some will attempt to play for the whole 24 hours! To support the players, volunteers from SBC will provide much-needed refreshments to sustain those playing through the night. Anyone interested in taking part, or in making a donation, should contact Marcus Witt for more information on 01780 767384 or marcusstamfordwitt@gmail.com.

Pictured getting in some training are SBC members (left to right) David Banks, Paul Redfern, Tracy Riddington, Jo Martin, Jane Eayrs, Cliff Orme and Terry Knights.

John Holland tops Master Point list for fifth time

Congratulations to John Holland, who has topped the annual Master Points for the fourth year in succession. He has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for a fifth time.

John earned 29,397 points, with Derek and Celia Oram gaining the next most, each accumulating 22,517. Derek continues to gain on John Durden atop the all-time list of Master Point winners, and now trails by just over 51,000.

John Holland's good year has seen him reclaim the top spot in the Gold Point rankings. He moved marginally ahead of the 2014 leader, David Gold, holding 98.92 to David's 98.02. Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the top five.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club. Kostadin Vasilev of Chipstead Duplicate Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Roger Arnold of Liverpool Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Joe Mallabone of Lytham Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third.

The full Master Point lists for 2015, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below. All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

Bridge England Sim Pairs

It's the Bridge England Sim Pairs this week so good luck to all those taking part. Below you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries as soon as they come in. The hand write-ups are provided mainly by current and former members of our international teams.

The money raised from the Bridge England Sim Pairs goes towards funding England’s international teams, and the 2016 event will go towards supporting the England Under 15 team. The Under 15 squad was formed in 2015, and the team was fourth in their first event, the European Championships, thereby earning an invitation to the 2016 World Championships.

Not only do these Sims support the team's involvement in the competition, but also the practice events for a larger squad of juniors, organised by a group of volunteer coaches. Those clubs which are taking part are therefore supporting both our junior internationals, and also the next generation of players. The EBU Selection Committee thanks them for their involvement.

Tuesday 2nd February Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 3rd February Commentary Booklet

Entries open for the Young Bridge Challenge

The 2016 Young Bridge Challenge will be held on Saturday 5th March 2016 at Loughborough Grammar School. It is a free, one-day bridge event for school-age players of all experience levels, and is organised by English Bridge Education and Development.

It consists of:
Schools Cup for teams of four players all from the same school.
Swiss Teams for teams of four players from bridge clubs, schools or mixed teams from more than one school.
Minibridge Pairs for players of school age who are just learning the game.
Short pairs duplicate for accompanying adults.

Where possible please enter in advance. To enter, or for more information, please download the entry form from the EBED website, phone Lisa Miller on 01296 317217 or send an e-mail.

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