Software installation underway

On Friday we began the installation our of new Membership Management system in the Aylesbury offices. This will be a substantial undertaking and so we ask our clubs and members for patience during the transition period.

The process necessitated a suspension to some activities which require access to our database. During the installation it will therefore not be possible for us, members, or club administrators/scorers, to do the following:

  • submit session files
  • update any members' information
  • process any competition entries or payments
  • access the members area of the website

Some other activities may also be affected. For more information please see this previous news item.

Please note that the EBU Shop will continue trading as normal during this period as it uses a parallel system.

We hope that all systems will be up and running again by the end of this week (24th March), but we will update this news item if we are working ahead of, or behind, schedule with any services.

Competition entries: During the time when the system is offline any entries will be taken with pen and paper, and no payment can be taken. Therefore we would prefer, if possible, that you delay making your entry until our systems are online again.

Club updates and submissions: If clubs have sessions to upload, or members' information to update, during this 'down period' please set them to one side and make the submission or update when the system comes back on line.

Thank you for your patience during this period, and we hope that the upgrade allows us to provide a better service to all members in future.

Friday 17th, 12:18 update: My EBU and the Members Area have now been taken offline. If you were logged on while it went down, you may see some erratic behaviour. Sorry about this.

EBED seeks part-time Chief Executive

The growth of English Bridge Education and Development means it now seeks to appoint a part-time Chief Executive to lead the charity.

This is a 2-days-a-week position based primarily at the charity’s head office in Aylesbury, with the role including: management of the charity’s staff and day-to-day activities; working with the Board and staff to develop and deliver business strategy, plans and targets; ensuring the sustainability and expansion of our activities and services.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send a letter explaining why you consider yourself suitable for the role and a cv to karend@ebu.co.uk. Applications close on 30th April.

EBU Shop closed on 31st March

The EBU Shop will be closed on Friday 31st March for the annual stocktake. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes. Any orders placed online will be dispatched when the shop re-opens on Monday 3rd April.

Curtis & Fegarty win Portland Pairs

Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty have won the Portland Pairs, the national mixed pairs competition which was contested on Sunday 19th March.

It was played across 14 venues, and then scored nationally, with 312 pairs taking part. Catherine & Paul, who played in Stamford, topped the list with 65.30%. Cathy Smith & Andrew Smith, who played in Bristol, were second with 64.96%, and Brian Senior & Sandra Penfold, who played in Darlington, were third with 62.97%.

Learn to teach minibridge

Surrey County Bridge Association are holding sessions in June for those wanting to learn how to teach minibridge.

These 'teach the teacher' lessons will help those who would like to introduce the game to a young audience, and are free to attend.

They will take place on 13th and 17th June in Farnham. Please see the information leaflet for more details and booking information.

Club Stratified Sim Pairs

The Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs take place this week and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Results will be finalised and Master Points credited once all the results have been submitted and checked.

Please note that, due to our systems migration, clubs will be unable to submit results after Friday morning. Club scorers are urged to get their submissions in before then or they will have to wait until the following week.

Monday 13th March Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 14th March Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 15th March Commentary Booklet
Thursday 16th March Commentary Booklet

Bakhshi and Gold runners-up in ACBL's Vanderbilt

David Bakhshi and David Gold, playing with Americans Richard Schwartz and Daniel Korbel, and Norwegians Boye Brogeland and Espen Lindqvist, have finished as runners-up in the Vanderbilt teams, one of the most prestigious competitions on the American bridge calendar. They were defeated by the Nickell team, the members of which have all won the competition between four and seven times.

Green & Kent top qualifiers for National Pairs final

The Regional Finals of the National Pairs took place on Sunday, with the top 50 pairs - when the event was scored nationally - progressing to the National Finals.

The top three pairs nationally were: 1st Ben Green & Alistair Kent (who played at the Richmond heat); 2nd - Arthur Hughes & Raphael Grossman (Bradford); 3rd - David Kendrick & Paul Barden (Billericay).

There were also prizes for those with the best score when the event was scored within each region. These were won by:

  • Northern Region - Arthur Hughes & Raphael Grossman (both Yorkshire)
  • Midlands Region - Pat Dowdeswell & Mike Ribbins (both Berks & Bucks)
  • Eastern Region - David Kendrick & Paul Barden (both Cambs & Hunts)
  • South-Eastern Region - Ben Green (London) & Alistair Kent (Staffs & Shrops)
  • South-Western Region - Chris Stevens & Alastair Cowley (both Dorset)

The National Final will take place on 8th - 9th April in Daventry.

Entries open for Premier League and European Open Team trials

Premier League
Teams of 4-6 players can now apply to take part in the 2017 Premier League. This is a great event in itself, but also acts as trials for the Camrose Home International series in 2018 and the 2018 EBL Champions Cup.

Applications should be made to dawn@ebu.co.uk by 31st May. Teams accepted for both the 1st and 2nd division will be notified by the end of June.

European Open Team trials
The EBU also announces its intention to hold trials for pairs to represent the England Open Team in the 2018 European Team Championships.
The trials, scored by Ximps, will held over 4 full days, 12th to 15th January 2018, at the Young Chelsea BC. The top two pairs will be selected for the team, plus Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson who have been pre-selected.
The number of pairs in the trials will be limited. Applications should be made to dawn@ebu.co.uk by 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs will be notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.

Westminster School wins Schools Cup at Young Bridge Challenge

The Young Bridge Challenge took place in Loughborough on Saturday 4th March with young players from over 20 schools enjoying an afternoon of bridge and minibridge competitions.

The bridge teams started with a Swiss Teams, after which the top teams representing a single school went on to a knockout phase to contest the Schools Cup. This was won by Liam Sanderson, Theo Gillis, Oscar Selby & Carlos Lapuerta of Westminster School (pictured). They beat the team of Rodger Ren, Nick Heymann, Joe Benton & Max Fleming from St Pauls School in the final. The Dragon School in Oxford beat Eton College in the third place playoff.

The remaining teams continued the Swiss Teams competition. The top finishers were the team of Alex Pemberton, Andy Cope, Megan Jones & Imogen La Chapelle and they won the Harry Scully Trophy. The Schools Plate - for the highest finishing team from one school - went to James Zhang, Roman Evans, Quentin Guerolt & Harry Armitage of St Pauls School, after they finished in third place.

The winners in the minibridge competition were Martha Davey & Henry Edwards of Worcester BC and Joshua Smith & Rohan Sehgal of Loughborough Grammar School.

The event was organised by English Bridge Education and Development. Thank you from all involved to Loughborough Grammar School for hosting the event.

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