Over 100 participants at Junior Teach-In

The Junior Teach-In took place in Loughborough over the Bank Holiday weekend, with over 70 juniors, and over 30 accompanying adults, enjoying a weekend of bridge tuition, competitions and social activities.

The event was organised by the charity English Bridge Education and Development, and saw the launch of the new Junior Award Scheme. This important and exciting new initiative from EBED is designed to stimulate enthusiasm for junior bridge among young players, parents and educators. The scheme breaks down the skills required to develop from raw rookie to serious contender into a set of steps and milestones, and the participants must satisfactorily demonstrate the different techniques to achieve each level and progress to the next.

In addition, some of the participants took part in a 'learn in a weekend' programme, helping them quickly progress from 'novice to player'.

In the main pairs competition at the event the winners of the G W Arnott Davison Trophy were Oscar Selby & Harry Madden (pictured left). They were the highest placed junior pair, and finished with a score of 66.78%

EBED would like to thank all the volunteers and participants who took part in the event.

Bak/Davies & Horsley team win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress has taken place near Burnley this week.

The Championship Pairs was won by George Bak & Stuart Davies (both Yorkshire) (pictured left). They finished on 58.79% having started the event with a huge score of 68.25% in the first session. Paul Worswick & Dave Hammonds (both Manchester) were second with 56.25%, and Bill Wattleworth & Liz Wattleworth (both Lancashire) were third on 56.00%.

The Swiss Teams was won by the team of Richard Horsley, Jeff Calladine, John Shaw & Malcolm Young (all Derbyshire). They won all six matches to finish on 80 VPs. The team of Bernard Burns, Mark Weeks, Stuart Matthews (all Merseyside & Cheshire) & Alan Stephenson, were second on 78 VPs - they only won three matches but their margins of victory and defeat were large enough and small enough respectively for them to take the runners-up spot. The team of Roland Gronau, David Wing (both London), Chris Taylor (Essex) & Mike Skelly (Surrey) were third on 77 VPs.

Barry's blog #68

The EBU General Manager, Barry Capal, has posted another blog, with news on the members area of the website, the Summer Meeting, the Judicial Review in to whether bridge is a sport, and more.

Winners of ACBL competitions offer to hand back titles

Boye Brogeland, Allan Graves, Espen Lindqvist, and Richie Schwartz have offered to vacate three prestigious titles they won at American competitions in the last two years. They have said it is the correct course of action as they believe their teammates, the Israeli internationals Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz, have been cheating.

You can read more on the BridgeWinners website, in the Daily Telegraph, and the Times (for those with a subscription).

Patrick Jourdain, bridge reporter for the Daily Telegraph, talked to World at 1 on BBC Radio 4 (scroll to 23:20), and EBU Vice Chairman Ian Payn discussed the subject with TalkSport (select the 14:00-14:30 section of the programme and scroll to 9:50).

Junior awards presented at Summer Meeting

At the Summer Meeting EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy made the presentation of awards relating to junior bridge.

The Tom Bradley Award, presented to a non-teacher who has made a significant contribution to the teaching of junior bridge, was awarded to Dave & Jill Armstrong from Sussex.

The Alec Salisbury Award, presented to a teacher who has made a significant contribution to promoting bridge in their school and the local area, was awarded to Amy Huber of Carshalton High School for Girls in Surrey.

These two awards are given in conjunction with English Bridge Education and Development, and are based on suggestions from EBU members. If you know of a person who has done something exceptional for Junior Bridge and you think worthy of one of these awards, please write to simon@ebedcio.org.uk

The Young Pair of the Year was awarded to Tom Paske & Graeme Robertson following their bronze medal in the European Championships.

The John Armstrong Award was presented to Sarah O'Connor in recognition of her work with the newly established Under 15 squad.

Reigate BC affiliates with the EBU

Welcome to Reigate Bridge Club which has affiliated with the EBU.

They play duplicate sessions on Wednesday afternoons at Colman & Redlands Community Centre in Reigate, and also have three teaching sessions a week. Please see their website for more details.

Summer Meeting concludes with victory for Hinden team

The Summer Meeting in Brighton has concluded, with the team of Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton & Peter Lee taking the final major title, the Four Star Teams.

Having qualified for the final in joint sixth place, they won only four of the seven matches, but picked up enough VPs to take the title by a single point. The team of Erik Berg, Glyn Liggins, Steffen Fre Simonsen, Helen Erichsen & Espen Erichsen, which qualified for the finals in first place, finished second.

The 'B' final was won by Ed Scerri, Barry Myers, Gad Chadha & Malcolm Harris. The consolation event for the Brighton Bowl was won by Sam Punch, Tim Rees, Derek Sanders & Stephen Peterkin.

Full results from these, and all other events, along with photographs and articles, are available via the Summer Meeting Hub.

Senior & Under 25 Pairs Champions crowned at Summer Meeting

The Senior & Under 25 Pairs Championships have taken place at the Summer Meeting.

The Under 25 Pairs was won by Basil Letts & Sean Mekie (pictured left), with Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw in second.

The Senior Pairs, part of the Mercian Travel Seniors Congress, was won by Brian Senior & Geoffrey Wolfarth. Warner Solomon & Mike Fithyan were second.

Full results are available via the Summer Meeting Hub.

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