Lady Milne this weekend

The Lady Milne Trophy - the match between the women's teams of the home nations - takes place this weekend in Birmingham at the Holiday Inn near Birmingham Airport.

The competition starts at 7pm on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend until around 8pm on Sunday (see the event webpage for exact sessions times). Spectators are welcome to attend and watch live - there is no entry fee. There will be a vugraph theatre where commentary will be provided on the play. The matches will also be shown on Bridge Base Online - please check their schedule for information.

As hosts England is permitted to enter two teams, and will be represented by:

England: Sally Brock & Anita Sinclair; Gillian Fawcett & Jane Moore; Catherine Jagger & Sarah Teshome; NPC - David Burn

EBU: Marietta Andree & Janet Cahm; Hannah Cornfield & Kath Stynes; Sarah O'Connor & Anne Rosen; NPC - Simon Cochemé

The event webpage has player profiles and pictures for all the competing teams, and also their bidding system information.

Anstis/Butcher and Lyne/Newport highest scorers in Education Sim Pairs

Arthur Anstis and Cameron Butcher were the highest scorers in the bridge section of recently completed Education Simultaneous Pairs. They scored 72.58% playing at the heat run by the Chiltern Bridge League in conjunction with Oxfordshire Bridge Association.

Hayley Lyne and Holly Newport were the highest scorers in the minibridge section with 65.53%. Hayley and Holly were one of twelve pairs who played at New Scotland Hill primary school in Berkshire. The second highest scorers, with 63.14%, were Euan Coveney and Robert Rainsden, who played at Goring Primary School, near Reading.

The results are still provisional at this stage - if there are any outstanding results, or any queries, please contact ian@ebu.co.uk

The event was organised by English Bridge Education and Development, the national charity for the promotion and development of bridge. To support its work, or to see the other activities it organises, please visit its website.

Entries for Hubert Phillips Bowl closing soon

Entries for the Hubert Phillips Bowl officially close today - 16th April. We can, however, take entries by email or online until 9am on Monday 20th April.

The Hubert Phillips Bowl is the mixed teams-of-four championships of England, played as a knock-out competition, and on the pivot principle, where one plays an equal number of boards partnering each teammate.

Teams losing their first match enter a plate competition at no extra cost. Everyone will play at least one match before playing against a seeded team. The draw for the early rounds is 'regionalised' to try to help keep travelling distances small.

For more information see the event webpage.

To enter today please use the members area of the website, call 01296 317203/219, or email comps@ebu.co.uk. Over the weekend please enter by email or online only.

Get your entries in for the Schapiro Spring Fours soon

The Spring Fours, which takes place 1st to 5th May in Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the most prestigious and challenging events on the EBU calendar.

It always attracts a high quality field, so gives a chance to compete against some of the very best players. With a double-elimination format, and consolation events, you are guaranteed a full weekend of bridge, even if things don't go to plan early on.

Why not think about getting a team together and taking part over the bank holiday weekend? If you intend entering please try to do so by Wednesday 22nd April. Contact 01296 317203/219 or email comps@ebu.co.uk.

We know of a pair who are looking for teammates for the event. If you too are looking, then please contact us.

Annual County TD training programme soon

The annual County TD training programme starts on May 16th with the County TD Preparation Day to be held at the Aylesbury office, followed in October by the 2-day County Course at the Coventry Hilton.

Full details are available here.

British Spring Sim Pairs

This week it's the British Spring Sim Pairs and we'd like to wish all those taking part good luck. Below you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries as soon as they come in. This time we've added a new feature where players can comment on interesting boards - see the announcement for further information.

Tuesday 7th April Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 8th April Commentary Booklet
Thursday 9th April Commentary Booklet
Monday 13th April Commentary Booklet

Sandy Constable: 1919 - 2015

Oxford Bridge Club has announced the sad passing of Sandy Constable.

Sandy was a recipient of the EBU's Dimmie Fleming Award in 1997 for his services to bridge in Oxfordshire, and was President of the Oxford Club for over two decades.

Cambridge B wins Portland Bowl

The Portland Bowl, the knockout event for university teams, has been won by Cambridge B.

The team of Kyle Lam (Captain), Michael Alishaw, Freddie Illingworth and Toby Nonnenmacher (Stefan David and Helen Holmes played earlier in the competition), beat Cambridge A in the semi-final and Manchester A in the final to retain the trophy for the university.

Manchester A, who were represented by Kirstyn Fuller (Captain), Mitchell Dytham, Kelvin Lau and Max Sampson (and Alex Combe earlier in the event), beat Oxford A in the semi-final.

The finals weekend was hosted by the Portland Club, in London, on 11th and 12th April.

Byrne & Bell win Yeh Bros pairs

Michael Byrne and Mike Bell (pictured left) have won the pairs competition at the prestigious Yeh Bros event in Shanghai last week.

After coming through two qualifying rounds they dominated the final, finishing 136 IMPs clear of the other nine pairs after 27 boards. Paul Hackett, playing with Irishman Tom Hanlon, was second. In the consolation final Barry Myers and Sally Brock were third.

In the teams event the England team lost in the first knockout round, and an invitational team containing English players bowed out after the qualifying round. The field featured teams from the world's strongest bridge nations, invited as a result of good performances in World and European competitions, and was won by the China Open team.

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