Important changes to EBU website; EBED website launched

Following the establishment of English Bridge Education & Development, the charity has been working hard to create a new website which will support its efforts to promote bridge learning and teaching, as well as providing news and details for the charity's major projects and activities.

You can now visit their website www.ebedcio.org.uk which will, going forward, be the main reference point for most of the activities previously undertaken by the EBU's Education Department. This includes information for those wanting to take up bridge or improve their game, and details on Bridge for All Teachers Courses and Tournament Directing Courses. The EBED site will also house information on the charity's events such as the Junior Teach-in, Schools Cup and the Education Simultaneous Pairs.

The EBU will continue to have a strong commitment both to youth bridge & bridge education and is committed to working closely with EBED at club, county and national level. The launch of the EBED website will allow the EBU webpages to be tailored in order to focus on the activities it is undertaking in its efforts to grow duplicate bridge at all levels. Some content on the EBU site will therefore be modified, phased out or shared with the new EBED website.

Simon Barb, Education & Development Manager for the English Bridge Education & Development charity, said, "We have tried to create a bright and exciting feel for this new EBED website and have created much new material to attract and involve as wide an audience as possible. At the same time, we hope that the pages are easy to navigate and will become the first port of call for anyone looking to learn more about bridge education and how we can all work to grow the game."

A great time had by all at Wroxton Weekend

The Wroxton Really Easy Autumn Break took place 24th to 26th October at the Wroxton House Hotel near Banbury. A great time was had by all, with 'experienced novices' enjoying a weekend of bridge in a lovely country hotel.

Congratulations to all the prize winners - Stephen Websdale & Kathy Websdale; Mary Mangion & Minaxi Patel (all pictured left); Sandy Reimoser & Sue Simpson; Sheryl Johnson & Margaret Green; Valerie Fullforth & Anne Kilby; Barbara Pucknell & Bob Pucknell; John Radley & Jan Radley; Mary Ferguson & Andrew Ferguson. Further pictures of the winners are available here

The dates for Really Easy Breaks in 2015 are:
6th to 8th March 2015 - Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury
26th to 28th June 2015 - Days Hotel, Bournemouth
October 2015 date TBC - Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury

The weekend includes four 'play' sessions, one 'teaching' session, and bespoke accommodation and dining packages are arranged with the hotels. For further information please contact peter@ebu.co.uk.

Junior teams for Channel Trophy selected

The teams to represent England at the Channel Trophy event have been selected. The competition takes place in Lille on 19th to 21st December, and involves teams from France, Belgium, The Netherlands and England. The Under 25s are defending the title they won in 2013.

Under 25
James Paul & Alex Roberts; Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw; NPC Mike Bell

Under 20
Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Oliver Powell & Jonathan Derrick; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC Michael Byrne

U25 Women
Sarah O’Connor; Sinead Bird; Yvonne Wiseman; Laura Covill; Carina Negreanu; NPC Alan Shillitoe

Burnham B wins NICKO Plate

The NICKO Plate - the 'consolation' competition for teams losing in the early rounds of the National Inter Club Knock Out - has been won by Burnham B, from near Slough.

The Burnham team of David Beever (Captain), Bob Holder, Nigel Lancaster and Nigel Marlow (Joan Murphy played in an early round) won the final convincingly, with the Northampton team of conceding with a quarter of the boards still to play. Northampton were represented during the competition by Ross Stacey (Captain), John Josephs, Leszek Lubaszewski, Malcolm Orr-Ewing and Trevor Wray.

Junior Teach-In participants give rave reviews

The young bridge players who attended the 2014 Junior Teach-In nearly all agree that the event was a great success. Despite some debatable umpiring decisions in the annual rounders match, the survey of those who were at the event indicates that the weekend was extremely popular. In fact the most common response by far to the question ‘what would you do differently to make it better?’ was “make it longer”.

Simon Barb, Education & Development Manager of the charity English Bridge Education and Development which organised the event said, "These results show just what a fabulous weekend we offer and reflects very positively not only on the participants but of course also the excellent teaching staff who so generously gave their time for free"

For more information on the survey results please follow the link below.

The Junior Teach-In 2015 will take place at Loughborough University on 28th – 30th August. We hope all those who attended this year will return, and that many more youngsters can be encouraged to attend, whether they are established players, know some of the basics, or wish to try bridge for the first time. “We have plans to make the 2015 event even bigger and better”, said Simon, “with an option of accelerated teaching for older beginners and more activities for accompanying adults - while keeping the event very attractively priced".

For more information on the 2015 event please contact lisa@ebu.co.uk.

Last chance to enter the Teltscher Trophy trials

Entries for the trials for the Teltscher Trophy - the 'Seniors Camrose' competition - close on 3rd November.

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 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.

Smith, Brock & Sinclair win gold, Hackett team bronze, at World Bridge Series

Sally Brock and Nicola Smith have won the Women's Teams at the World Bridge Series in Sanya, China. They were part of the 'Baker' team with Lynn Baker (U.S.A.), Karen McCallum (U.S.A.), Marion Michielsen (Netherlands), and Meike Wortel (Netherlands).

This adds to the English success with the team captained by Anita Sinclair having won the mixed teams earlier in the event. Playing alongside Anita were Nafiz Zorlu (Turkey), Sabine Auken (Germany) & Roy Welland (Germany) and Zia Mahmood (U.S.A.) & Marion Michielsen (Netherlands) (picture).

The team of the English trio of Paul Hackett, John Holland, John Sansom, and Christian Mari of France, won bronze in the Senior Teams. The team would like to thank Pharon Independent Financial Advisers for their support.

In the mixed pairs event the leading English players were Sally Brock & Barry Myers in 18th, and Chris Duckworth & Brian Callaghan in 20th.

In the Women's Pairs, Sally Brock and Nicola Smith were 10th. In the Open Pairs, David Bakhshi, playing with the American Russ Ekeblad, was 29th, and Phil King, playing with Swede Peter Bertheau, were 37th.

Your chance to play with the stars

The popular Night of the Stars event is set to return, and gives you the chance to play with current and former members of the England teams, some of the game's most well known names, and even the EBU Chairman.

The auction for the opportunity to play with a star is on 23rd November 2014, with the bridge being played on 26th February 2015.

All proceeds support Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Maggie’s, Mencap and React.

Please see the event website for further details.

Entries now open for Lady Milne trials

Entries are now invited for the Lady Milne Trials, which take place 23rd-25th January 2015 in London (venue: Richmond Bridge Club). The exact format and timings will be published once the final entrants are known.

The Lady Milne Trophy is the competition for the Women's Teams of the Home Nations and takes place 17th-19th April 2015 in England (venue: Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport). As the host nation we will enter two teams; England and EBU.

Two pairs have been exempted from the trials and will form part of the England team:
Jane Moore – Gillian Fawcett
Sarah Teshome – Catherine Jagger.

The winners of the trial will be invited to join the England team. The next three placed pairs will form the EBU team.

The entry fee is £88.00 per player. Please make applications for entry to dawn@ebu.co.uk or on 01296 317219. The closing date for entries 5th January 2015 and all entries are subject to approval by the Selection Committee.

Faulty NGS grades corrected

On the morning of Thursday 23 October, NGS came up with some amazing grades. This was due to faulty data input from the Montenegro Swiss Teams, for which several scores of +29999 IMPs were apparently achieved.

This was quickly noticed and the NGS database was reset to how it was before processing this event. Nobody's grade will be affected, but for the moment the Montenegro Swiss Teams is not being graded while the data is corrected.

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