Dhondy leads Premier League

The first leg of the Premier League took place at the weekend, with the Dhondy team (Heather Dhondy, Sally Brock, Brian Callaghan, Barry Myers and Frank To) taking an early lead in the competition. They are about 14 VPs ahead of Crouch, with Mossop in third.

In Division Two, de Botton (Janet de Botton, Espen Erichsen, Artur Malinowski, Waseem Naqvi, Nick Sandqvist and Tom Townsend) have the lead at this stage, about 15 VPs ahead of Hackett in second. Bell are third.

The winners of the First Division earn selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2015 Camrose Trophy series, and in The European Champions' Cup 2015. The competition continues this weekend in Manchester where matches will again be shown on BBO.

Guernsey Congress ends with Simpson team win

The Confiance Guernsey Bridge Congress concluded at the weekend with a win for the Simpson team in the 4-session Swiss Teams. They finished 5 VPs ahead of Skorchev, with Malinowski in third. Congratulations to Angus Simpson, Alex Gauld, Andy Hall and Robert Plumley.

The first weekend's Swiss Pairs was won by Rob Lawy and Andrew Thompson, with clear daylight between them and second-placed Alan Cooke and Maris Sheppard and another big drop to Rune Hauge and Reidar Laland in third.

You can find the results from all the events at Guernsey on the event's results page.

Young Chelsea BC recognised as a charity

We are pleased to report that the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London has been recognised as a charity by the Charity Commission. This will assist them in their promotion of bridge within the community, and also as they seek to establish new premises in which to play and teach.

It joins a growing list of bridge clubs and County Associations which have been recognised as charities. In addition the English Bridge Education and Development charity is working towards growing the game nationally and building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality. For more information on its activities please visit the website, contact info@ebedcio.org.uk, or call 01296 317218.

Earlier this month the EBU announced the work it has done with the Charity Commission to develop an approved governing document and support materials for bridge clubs applying to register as charities. This will hopefully enable more clubs to receive this recognition. More information is available via the link below, or from the Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski - andrew@ebu.co.uk or 01296 317206.

First EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs raises £15,000

The first EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs event was held over the week of September 8-12th 2014, raising close to £15,000 for English Bridge Education & Development. Almost 200 clubs up and down the country (as well as one Scottish club) took part in this first national fundraising event on behalf of the charity, boosting its efforts to promote the learning and playing of bridge across the community. All participants were able to enjoy expert commentary on the deals, provided by internationally recognised top players, teachers and journalists such as Sally Brock, Brian Senior, Paul Bowyer and Mike Pomfrey.

The current leaders of the heats are:

Monday 8th September Aileen Cunningham and Chris Stenning Morpeth Bridge Club
Tuesday 9th September Pam Taylor and Clive Richardson Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club
Wednesday 10th September Jackie Davies and John Neville Leverstock Green Bridge Club
Thursday 11th September Malcolm Dawson and David Thompson Bishop Auckland Bridge Club
Friday 12th September Ponn Yogeswaran and Kiku Lester Friends Bridge Club

The winners at every club taking part will be entered into an EBU prize draw with generous prizes of up to £1000 per pair. A similar award is available to the clubs - with the winners for both draws being announced at the EBU AGM in November.

The results, more information on the prize structure, and details of future simultaneous pairs events can be found here

A big thank you to all those who participated in making this first EBED Autumn SIMS such a great success.

NICKO entries closing soon

Entries for the National Inter Club Knock Out (NICKO) close on Monday 22nd September. Please ensure all entries are made on or before that date. Entries should be made by club secretaries using the form on the event webpage.

The NICKO is probably the most popular of all our tournaments and is a knockout competition for teams of four representing the same affiliated bridge club. Any affiliated club can enter a team, and can enter as many teams as it wishes. So if you want to take part just ask your club secretary to enter you, your partner and your team mates using the form on the website.

There is a Plate competition (at no extra charge) for any unseeded teams who lose their first match, ensuring every unseeded team will play at least two matches.

Event webpage

England win Commonwealth silver medal

England have won the silver medal playoff at the 4th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship after beating India in the playoff. Congratulations to Ben Green & John Holland and Phil King & Cameron Small.

The gold medal was won by Wales by virtue of being the only national team to reach the final. The championship was won by the Chairman's team which comprised England international players Paul Hackett, David Bakhshi, Jason Hackett, David Mossop, Justin Hackett and Andrew McIntosh.

The England 2 team of Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty and David Kendrick & Jonathan Mestel narrowly missed a qualifying place, finishing in 5th in their group just 4.18 VPs outside the top four.

The results can be seen by clicking 'read more'

Entries open for Teltscher Trophy trials

Entries are now open for the trials for the Teltscher Trophy - the 'Seniors Camrose' competition.

The Trials take place Friday 19th to Sunday 21st December 2014, at the West Midlands Bridge Club, Solihull. The event will last 2 ½ days with the timetable to be confirmed when the number of entrants is known. The entry fee is £330.00 per team and the closing date for entries is 3rd November. Players must be born in 1955 or before. Please send your entries to dawn@ebu.co.uk.

The Teltscher Trophy Weekend will take place in Ireland 15th-17th May 2015.

Hackett team wins Crockfords Cup; Gisborne wins Plate

The Crockfords Cup has been won by the team of Jason Hackett, David Mossop, Justin Hackett, David Price and Colin Simpson (pictured).

They were second highest scorers on both days of the all-play-all finals, contested by the teams which reached the 'last eight' of the knockout competition, and finished on 91 VPs. On 83 VPs in second place was the team of Ian Draper, Anne Rosen, Martin Jones, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick and Stuart Tredinnick. The team of Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton and Peter Lee were third on 79 VPs.

It was Colin's second victory in the competition, and his teammates have all now won the Cup four times.

The finals of the Plate competition were contested alongside the Cup finals. The winners were Tom Gisborne, Mike Pomfrey, Arthur Hughes and Richard Pike (picture) on 96 VPs. Peter Collins, Peter Law, Steve Auchterlonie and Malcolm Lewis were second on 86 VPs, and Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Dee Lindon and Peter Lindon were third on 83 VPs.

* - please note that Colin Simpson is not listed in the results, but was part of the Hackett team which played over the weekend.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The Autumn Simultaneous Pairs takes place all this week in aid of English Bridge Education and Development, the new charity focused on supporting the growth of bridge in England. Please take the time to read more about the charity at the front of the booklet and why we need your help. You'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below each evening as soon as they come in. Good luck to all those taking part.

Monday 8th September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 9th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 10th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 11th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 12th September Commentary Booklet
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