England Women 4th in Lady Milne

England Women finished fourth in the Lady Milne competition, held over the weekend of 11th - 13th April in Gormanston, north of Dublin.

England were represented by Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett, Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen and Christine Jepson & Catherine Curtis, with Derek Patterson as NPC.

England started well, winning their first two matches, but then suffered large defeats to Scotland and Wales, and a narrower loss to Ireland.

Scotland claimed their 13th victory in the competition, winning by 21 VPs, ahead of Ireland in second and Wales in third.

New lunchtime speedballs have started

We are now running Lunchtime Speedball games as part of our online games. The games are at 1pm every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and are 12 boards, strictly timed to 4.5 minutes per board. The entry fee for all games is $1. This means that the game will be finished in less than an hour, which should make it possible for many to play a proper, fast game during their lunch hour at work or while leaving time to do other things at home.

New Online Shop goes live!

We're very excited to announce that our online shop is now up and running and ready to take your order. There you will find all of our usual products, from bidding boxes and boards to books about Stayman. Please have a browse around.

We do strongly recommend that visitors use the most recent version of their browser software, especially if it is Internet Explorer.

Join Lavazza and other stars in the Spring Fours

Team count: 53 Maria-Teresa Lavazza has entered her world champions - Giorgio Duboin, Agustin Madala, Noberto Bocchi, and Argentinian star, Alejandro Bianchedi - for the EBU’s premier event, the Schapiro Spring Foursomes. It will be the first time for many years that an Italian team has played in an EBU competition. She is not alone in finding the event attractive. World Champion Eric Saelensminde is among a contingent from Norway. Sabine Auken and Roy Welland, now on the German team, will be joined by Zia Mahmood and Marion Michielsen, the latter having made such an impact for the Netherlands. Add to the mix the Danes Denis and Morten Bilde, the Bulgarians Kalin Karaivanov and Rumen Trendafilov, the Polish Spingold winners Wojciech Gawel and Rafal Jagniewski, and top players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and you have a mouth-watering field. Here is a golden opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world. All you need is a partner and teammates who would enjoy the experience and your entry would be accepted. Neapolitan Club - the online bridge magazine - have an article about the event here

Join our Really Easy Afternoon at the Easter Festival

At the Easter Festival of Bridge in London, on Friday 18th April, we will hold our first Really Easy Afternoon. We hope that you will join us at this event, or encourage your friends and relatives to take part.

The event is intended as an introduction to 'congress bridge' for those who may have recently learned how to play, or have yet to take the next step in the development of their game. It is open to pairs and individuals, and to EBU members and non-members alike.

It will take place at the Royal National Hotel on Bedford Way in Bloomsbury, just off Russell Square.

Of course for more experienced players there is the main congress, held at the same venue from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April. For more information, please read on...

Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship

The 4th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship will take place in Glasgow from 8th - 14th September 2014.

Each member nation of the 71 Commonwealth states is invited to enter, and England will be represented by Ben Green & John Holland and Phil King & Cameron Small.

A Transnational Swiss teams event and Open Pairs event will also take place, and entries for this are open now.

Lady Milne this weekend

The contest for the Lady Milne Trophy takes place this weekend in Gormanston, north of Dublin.

England will be represented by Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett, Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen and Christine Jepson & Catherine Curtis, with Derek Patterson as NPC.

The pairs qualified for the team at the trial in January, finishing well clear of the rest of the field.

England are defending champions, with Jane and Gillian part of the winning team in 2013. Catherine Curtis has the distinction of playing in the Lady Milne and Camrose in the same season, the first English woman to do this in many years.

The Lady Milne started in 1934 as the Ladies Championship of the National Bridge Association. (Lady Milne was assistant secretary to the NBA.) It became the trophy for the Ladies Home Internationals in 1950. So far England have won 48 times (including one tie with Scotland in 2011), Scotland 12 times (including one tie), Wales three times and Northern Ireland twice. The Republic of Ireland rejoined the event in 1998.

Play begins on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend. Matches can be watched on vugraph via Bridge Base Online.

Devon School of Bridge affiliates

Welcome to the Devon School of Bridge, which affiliated with the EBU today.

The Devon School of Bridge offers teaching to all levels of ability from Absolute Beginners and Improvers levels 1, 2 and 3 through to supervised play and advanced Workshops for more experienced players. It also holds a very friendly duplicate every Friday afternoon.
All members and visitors are welcome, regardless of ability or ranking, and they operate a host system.

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