Open & Women reach World Championship semi-finals; Seniors bow out

The Open and Women's teams have both reached the semi-finals of the World Championships after they both beat USA1.

The Open team led throughout the six session match, and held a 48 IMP lead with 16 boards to play. This was quickly eroded in the first few boards, however, and they led by only 10 IMPs with nine boards to play. They held their nerve, however, and doubled this advantage over the final boards to win by 20 IMPs. They will play Poland in the semi-final, and will have a carry-over of +4.33 IMPs

The Women's team started with a deficit of 16 IMPs after the carryover, but gained that back, and more, in the first session. They increased the lead in session two, and after three relatively even sessions they won the final session by 18 IMPs to win by 41 overall. They will play France in semi-final and will concede a carry-over of 6 IMPs

The Seniors fell behind early against Poland, but pulled back IMPs steadily, and entering the final session they trailed by 11.5. Things didn't go their way in the final session, however, and they were ultimately defeated by 23.5 IMPs.

The semi-finals are played over six sessions, with three each on Tuesday and Wednesday. All matches are on BBO. Good luck to the Open and Women's teams and commiserations to the Seniors' team.

The NPC's have contributed numerous blogs over the last few days, and some of the Open Team have recorded video 'play problems'. The links are available below.

RR Total267.18274.33259.93
Position4 / 225 / 225 / 22
215 ‑ 195
225 ‑ 184
196 ‑ 219.5
Tue 6th, 06:30SF1PolandSF1France
Tue 6th, 10:00SF2PolandSF2France
Tue 6th, 12:40SF3PolandSF3France
Wed 7th, 06:30SF4PolandSF4France
Wed 7th, 10:00SF5PolandSF5France
Wed 7th, 12:40SF6PolandSF6France
Score4.3 - 00 - 6
Blogs5 | 6 | 7 | 87 | 8 | 9 | 1010 | 11 | 12 | 13
The teams which will represent England can be seen using the 'read more' link. As usual you can watch matches on Bridge Base Online - and we will try to let you know when England matches will be shown. The NPC's of the teams will be writing blogs. which you can read here. Good luck to all the teams.

Dyke & Byrne win Great Northen Swiss Pairs

The Great Northern Swiss Pairs, held on 3rd-4th October, was won by Kieran Dyke (London) & Michael Byrne (Manchester).

The event, run by the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU, was played over 12 rounds, with Kieran & Michael winning 11 of their matches. They finished on 191 VPs, 24 VPs ahead of second place. Tom Cohen & Sarah Teshome (both Yorkshire), who won ten matches, were second, and Alan Hayward & Tom Copeland (both Yorkshire), who also only lost twice, were a further 2 VPs back in third.

The Improvers Pairs, which was held on the Sunday afternoon, was won by Joan Eager & Brian Eager (both Yorkshire). They finished on 64.77%, with John Attree & Peter Allison (both Lancashire) second on 63.19%.

EBUScore now available

We are pleased to announce that EBUScore is now available.

EBUScore is the new name for the software developed by Jeff Smith, and which has previously carried the names PairsScorer and TeamsScorer. It is available free of charge to affiliated clubs. Information is available here, and this help site carries information on switching to, and using, EBUScore.

Whilst we hope that EBUScore will become the standard for our affiliated clubs, there is no necessity to switch to it unless your club wishes to do so.

English winners in IBPA Awards

The International Bridge Press Association have announced the winners of their annual awards, with a prize going to an English combination. The Junior Deal of the Year was awarded to a hand played by Under 20 players Ben Norton & Freddie Illingworth, at the 15th International Championship of the Czech Republic of School and Junior Teams, and written by Michael Byrne.

A number of other english players and journalists were included in the nominations. The winning report, and the other nominees, can be seen in the IBPA document.

IBPA award winners

New Editor of English Bridge appointed

We are pleased to announce that Lou Hobhouse has been appointed the new editor of English Bridge. She has already begun working on her first issue, which will be February 2016.

Lou is based in Somerset where she has a nomadic bridge school. She has been teaching for over eight years. She plays regularly at 'Lovely Langport' bridge club and occasionally at Yeovil, Taunton and Wells.

Lou started her career working for the Financial Times, latterly for the newsletter department. In 1998 she was the launch editor of a 'rather dry' monthly magazine called Asian Infrastructure which continued to occupy her for about 10 years. Talking about her new appointment she said, "it's very exciting to be working on a magazine where the content focuses on my all-consuming passion, and a real privilege to be hob-nobbing with such great and clever contributors".

October issue of English Bridge out now

The October 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...

Judicial Review in to whether bridge is a sport has concluded

The Judicial Review in to Sport England's position that bridge should not be considered a 'sport' took place at the High Court on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd September.

It is expected that the ruling will be made in the next few weeks.

The most recent Press Release from the EBU, summarising some of the points which were made during the case, is available here.

To read, watch, and listen to, some of the media coverage, please read on...

World's top players accused of cheating

The international bridge world has again been stunned by accusations of cheating. Claims have been made against the top ranked players in the world, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, with suggestions made that the orientation of the card when they make their opening lead gives an indication as to their holding in the suit. The information and 'evidence' was revealed in an article on the Bridge Winners website. This follows the accusations made against Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz.

Update: Accusations made against Alex Smirnov & Josef Piekarek of the German term, have led to them acknowledging previous unethical behaviour. Germany have withdrawn from the forthcoming Bermuda Bowl, as have Monaco and Israel (following the Fantoni/Nunes and Fisher/Schwartz allegations). Their places in the competition have been taken by Sweden, Denmark and France.

Gosport BC wins NICKO Plate

The National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO) Plate has been won by the team from Gosport Bridge Club. Phil Downham, Adrian Fontes, John Jones and Mahmood Nurmohamed beat a team from Leeds BC (Robin Jepson, Alan Brosgill, Martin Edge & Nick Woolven) 90-65 in the final after a friendly but hard fought contest.

A report on one of the key hands is available if you 'read more'.

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