Telford Midweek Congress starts on Tuesday

The Telford Midweek Congress, a fully Green-pointed congress featuring a Championship Pairs and a Swiss Teams event, starts on Tuesday.

The Pairs takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Swiss Teams on Thursday. The schedule also allows time to see the sights of the area, or enjoy the hotel's facilities (which include a golf course).

Both events will be ‘stratified’ into three categories with extra prizes and Master Points available for those in the "B" or "C" categories. Entry fees are specially reduced for this particular congress.

To enter please do so through the members area of the website, or contact the Competitions Department - 01296 217203/219, comps@ebu.co.uk

Junior Teach-In this weekend - 22nd - 24th August

The Junior ‘Teach-In’ is this weekend! Whether you are a complete beginner or a junior expert, all levels of player are welcome to come and give bridge a go! There are bridge competitions and lessons, along with fun non-bridge activities and social events.

It takes place over a whole weekend at Loughborough University with all meals, two nights’ en-suite accommodation, and all the bridge tuition and play included!

Juniors are welcome to bring a parent or other relative along too, and show them how the game should be played.

The dates for the 2014 weekend are Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August. The weekend costs £140 per student (adults are £155 each).

So, come and enjoy a packed weekend of bridge tuition, coaching, play and fun.

The Brighton Congress reaches its conclusion

The 2014 Brighton Summer Meeting ended on Sunday evening. We hope everyone who took part enjoyed their experience and will be joining us again in 2015. The dates for your diary are 14th to 23rd August.

To look back on what took place please visit the Brighton Event Hub. It has news, results and photographs, and we were very pleased to have Brian Senior contributing articles during the event. We also have video of Andrew Robson's discussion of the hands from Saturday morning.

EBU Quarterly now online

The full back catalogue of EBU Quarterly is now available online. The magazine ran from April 1966 to June 1984, with four issues per year (as the name would suggest).

It is part of the archive of magazines, which includes English Bridge from 2007, and Contract Bridge Journal from 1946 to 1955.

Really Easy Afternoon in October at three venues

At the Autumn Congress in Peterborough we will hold another Really Easy Afternoon. It will take place on Friday 17th October, and we hope that you will join us, or encourage your friends and relatives to take part.

The event will also be held concurrently at Richmond Bridge Club and Bradford Bridge Club, and it will be scored across the three venues. The event at each venue is open to all - EBU members and non-members alike.

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.

Of course for more experienced players there is the main congress, held at the same venue from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October.

For more information, please read on...

Autumn Sim Pairs now supporting EBED charity

The Autumn Simultaneous Pairs will this year be organised by English Bridge Education and Development CIO, with the EBU running the event and acting as its agent for entry fees. The funds raised from the event will go to the charity to help in its mission: the furtherance of bridge as an activity which enriches the life of all, and, secondly, a specific aim to foster bridge among those in full-time education.

Furtherance of the charity’s work depends upon the involvement of as many of you as possible in fund-raising events such as this. More details of the charity’s programmes, as well as information on how you can contribute, will soon be available via the charity’s website. Alternatively contact simon@ebedcio.org.uk

The event takes place throughout the week of 8th-12th September. Clubs should enter via the EBU website. Members interested in playing can find lists of all the clubs taking part on the EBU website.

Oram team wins Senior Knock-out

The Gerard Faulkner Salver, the Seniors Knockout Teams competition, has been won by the team of Alan Kay, Derek Oram (captain), Celia Oram and Jeremy Dhondy (pictured left to right). On Sunday they won a closely contested final against Victor Silverstone, Gerald Haase, Tony Waterlow and Ian Panto.

The match was played over six eight-board rounds, and only one set saw a double-figure gain for either team. The second set proved to be the crucial boards as the Oram team picked up 38 IMPs in that round, and eventually won by 39 IMPs.

England team wins Chairman's Cup

The England team has won the Chairman's Cup - the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation. The team of David Kendrick & Paul Lamford and Michael Byrne & Mike Bell won the final emphatically, their opponents conceding with a quarter of the match still to play.

They had earlier finished 4th in the qualifying Swiss Teams, and then won four rounds in the knock-out competition to reach the final.

Please read on for Michael Byrne's report

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