England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

England has retained the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, with emphatic wins in both competitions.

By virtue of hosting the event this year, a second English team was permitted to participate in the Junior Camrose competition, and it was this EBU team which provided the main competition to the England team, finishing second, 13 VPs behind the winners. Scotland was third.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with more than double the score of second-placed Ireland.

The English participants were:
Junior Camrose: England team - Yvonne Wiseman & Alex Birchall; Kyle Lam & Toby Nonnenmacher ; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton; NPC Paul Barden
EBU team - Laura Covill & Siyu Ren; Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy ; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Peggy Bayer: Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Jack Ronayne & Theo Gillis; NPC Michael Byrne

The English squad will be looking to build on this result as they prepare to take part in the World Youth Team Championships in China in August. To contribute to the fundraising effort to support the teams' participation in the event, please make a donation through this page on the EBED website.

Orams and Smith team win main events at Harrogate Congress

The main events at the Harrogate Congress have been won by Celia & Derek Oram and the team of Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould. The Congress was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

In the Swiss Pairs, Celia & Derek enjoyed three large wins in the final session to move up the table to the top spot. Their rise was not as big as the eventual second-placed pair of Steve Raine & Ankush Khandelwal who moved from 18th at the start of the final session in to the runners-up position. Stefano Tommasini & Kiril Delev were third.

The Smith team were undefeated in their first six matches of the Swiss Teams, but a defeat in the final match to the second-placed team of Tom Dessain, Tugrul Kaban, Mark Hill & Giles Ip resulted in a victory by just 3 VPs. Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield, Alan Nelson & Kath Nelson were third.

The congress began with Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs competitions. The Open Pairs was won emphatically by Nick Woolven & Alan Jarvis, finishing 5% ahead of Henry Rose & James Thrower in second. The winners of the Mixed Pairs were John Atthey & Claire Robinson, with David Turner & Jill Rushton in the runners-up spot.

The Improvers Pairs was won by Lindsey Wharmby & Caroline Moseley. Sheila Furness & Carol Keighley were second and Stephen Bodle & John Roper were third.

India wins Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition

India has won the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition in Australia, beating a team from the host nation in the final.

England A (Steve Eginton, Bill Hirst, Gary Hyett, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan) lost in the quarterfinals, and England B (Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, David Burn, Kieran Dyke) narrowly missed qualification for the knockout stages. Scotland, and the Presidents team, both of which included EBU members (Victor Silverstone & Gerald Haase, and Roger O'Shea, Derek Patterson, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett & Paul Hackett, respectively) were losing semi-finalists.

The competition featured 36 teams, from 12 Commonwealth nations, including Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Welcome to newly affiliated clubs

Welcome to the clubs which have recently affiliated with the EBU.

  • North London BC in Stanmore. They hold a weekly session at 8pm on Wednesdays
  • Besses o'th Barn BC in Manchester. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in Whitefield in the north of the city.
  • Freeland BC in Oxfordshire. They meet informally at present, but intend playing in Freeland Village Hall in future.

Update:
Letchworth Heritage BC have also affiliated this month. They play on Monday afternoons, and also have a Friday morning student class for beginners and intermediates.

Model constitutions updated

Updates have been made to the model constitutions available for both clubs and counties.

These updates have been made following the changes which were made to the EBU's Best Behaviour at Bridge policy.

Clubs and counties are advised to note these updates and make any changes to their constitutions as appropriate.

February issue of English Bridge out now

The February 2018 issue of English Bridge is out now.

The online version, which contains extra content, is available via My EBU (use the 'Magazine' link in the top right corner of the My EBU webpage). More information on accessing and using the online version is available here.

Please note the change to the policy for the distribution to magazines to households currently receiving more than one copy - please see here for more details.

Change in magazine policy to help reduce waste

In order to help reduce the number of copies of English Bridge which are 'wasted', we are changing the way the magazines are distributed.

From the April 2018 issue, we will only dispatch one magazine per household, unless you opt in to say you wish to receive all the magazines to which the members of your household are entitled. The distribution of the diary is not affected.

We believe this is the environmentally and financially responsible action to take, but we are only trying to eliminate waste. If your household reads all the copies which are currently received, so you want to continue receiving them all, then we are very happy to send them to you. But to continue receiving them you must opt-in. Alternatively if you are happy for your household to receive only one copy as one is unread, or a single copy could be shared, then you need take no action.

How to opt-in

The best and easiest way to opt-in is by changing the setting on your account on My EBU. All you need to do is...

  • Log-in to My EBU (if you don't know your password then you can reset it here)
  • Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then click on the box labelled 'Receive multiple magazines at my address' which is in the 'account settings section' of the page. Then click 'save changes'.

Only one member of each household needs to do this.

Success for EBU TD, Nicole Cook

At the European Bridge League's Tournament Directors workshop in Cyprus this weekend, Nicole Cook achieved an A grade. This entitles her to attend next year’s EBL Main TD course. Well done, Nicole.

EBED gives support to junior fundraising

English Bridge Education & Development has offered its support to the ongoing fundraising efforts for the junior teams participating in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships.

Not only will EBED be making a donation from its funds, but a page has been established on its website which allows individuals to make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED, thereby allowing Gift Aid to be reclaimed. These donations will then be included as part of a larger donation by EBED to the EBU to support the junior teams.

Part of EBED's remit is to promote and develop the playing of bridge by those in full time education, and its constitution makes specific provision for supporting junior involvement in events organised by the World Bridge Federation. The fundraising will not only contribute to the costs of participation, but also to the squad's training sessions in the build up to the event so they can perform as well as possible in the competition. EBED hopes that this may give further enthusiasm to youngsters who may just be starting to play; that it may motivate more to give bridge a try; and that it may encourage more people to set up bridge activities for young players.

The EBU, and those involved in the squads are very grateful for EBED's contribution.

An update on sponsorship activity can be seen here.

Join Stansfield BC in supporting England's junior teams

Stansfield Bridge Club has hit on an artistic way to raise money towards the cost of sending England's four junior teams to the World Youth Team Championships in August.

A limited edition print of a mesmerising bridge scene - entitled 'Dr Double' - by Rui Paes, an acclaimed painter, illustrator and muralist, is being offered for sale with all the profits going to support the junior teams. This is in addition to a donation from the club's own funds, and a further contribution through a raffle.

We are very grateful to all involved for their donation and for making this novel method of fundraising possible.

The prints will be signed by the artist in a limited edition numbered 1 to 500. Anyone wishing to purchase a mounted print (measuring 14½" x 11"), and in so doing give support to the junior teams, should place an order through Stansfield BC's website. The cost is £25 + post and packaging.

To find out more about the artist, and the print, click 'read more'.

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