August issue of English Bridge, and the 2014/15 diary

The August issue of English Bridge has been posted today and should be delivered in the next few days. Most members will also receive the 2014/15 Members Diary. We are pleased that we are able to send the diary to you with this issue, having listened to your feedback requesting it in time for September and the start of the new season.

The online version of the magazine is also now available through the members area of the website. Those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, or who prefer to read a digital version, can read the magazine online. Similarly those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links should read the magazine online.

For more information on the delivery of the magazine and diary, and on accessing our online magazine archive, please read on...

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.

Junior Teach-In: 22nd - 24th August

The Junior ‘Teach-In’ 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!

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.

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.

Brighton Hub and Forum

The Brighton Summer Meeting is less than three months away, so hopefully you are planning your trip to the South coast for sun, sea and small slams.

We have two resources which will hopefully help you make the most of your trip to Brighton. The Brighton Discussion Group is a forum in which you can ask questions about the congress, get advice on parking, share tips on restaurants, and try to find partners or team mates for our events. Wendy has set the ball rolling for 2014, and is looking for a partner.

We also have the Brighton Hub. During the congress this will have results, photos and articles, but over the next few months it will provide a summary of the travel, accommodation and tourist information.

For the full congress schedule, and entry information, please visit the event webpage.

If you have any questions, or have any advice to pass on, please share it with us, and let's make Brighton brilliant.

Brighton discussion schedule announced

The schedule for the 'Discuss it with an Expert' sessions to be held at the Brighton Congress has been announced.

This year we are delighted to welcome an esteemed group who between them have combined to earn (by our reckoning, and amongst other achievements): 3 European titles, 2 World Titles, 13 European and 3 World Championship appearances, over 50 Camrose and Seniors Camrose Caps, 12 Gold Cups, 10 Crockfords Cups, 11 Spring Foursomes titles, 5 Premier League titles, 9 medals as NPC or Coach in European and World Championships, and more Peggy Bayer (the Under-20s Home Internationals competition) titles than any other NPC in the history of the event. Combine this success as players and coaches with their talents as bridge authors, journalists and teachers, and we have a wonderful line-up.

Day Speaker(s)
Saturday 9th Andrew Robson OBE
Sunday 10th Brian Senior
Tuesday 12th Patrick Collins & Bill Hirst
Wednesday 13th John Holland & Gunnar Hallberg
Thursday 14th Michael Byrne & Simon Cope
Friday 15th Brian Senior
Saturday 16th David Burn
Sunday 17th Espen Erichsen

These sessions begin at 11:00am and are free of charge. We hope you will join us.

For information on the competitions that are taking place during the congress, please see the event website.

English success at European level continues

Congratulations to Graeme Robertson and Tom Paske who won the bronze medal in the European Under 25s Pairs Championships. They are pictured with the other medal winners (Graeme is on the left, Tom is 4th from the left).

This adds to the English medal haul this summer, following the success of the teams in the European Championships.

Tom also did well in the Mixed Pairs, finishing sixth with Sarah O'Connor. Sarah then went on finish fifth in the Girls Pairs with Sinead Bird.

England was represented by twenty four juniors across the four events at the European Youth Pairs Championships in Bergausen, Germany. They all acquitted themselves well with most pairs scoring over 50%.

New EBU Calendar

The EBU calendar, showing forthcoming competitions, has been improved and is now live on the site. The different types of event are now clearer and easier to filter, and it is now much easier for you to import the information into your own online calendar (whether you use Google, Apple, Outlook or other calendar). Guidance on how to do this is at the foot of the calendar page.

New videos for TDs

To help club Tournament Directors with some of the more commonly occurring situations in which they may be called we have produced a series of videos.

'How Can I Help You?' covers six 'errors', such as a revoke, and an insufficient bid. We hope you find them useful.

The videos can be viewed on our website, or through YouTube.

European Championships round-up

What a great European Championship for the England team - the best in recent history, and perhaps only bettered by the performances in 1950, 1961 and 1963 when the Great Britain team won gold in the Open and Women's competitions (there was no Seniors event). Since the introduction of the Seniors event only one other time has a country won a medal in all three competitions - France in 1995 - so this performance by the England teams is a rare occurrence.

In addition, all teams qualified for the World Championships in 2015 in Chennai. The Seniors won the D'Orsi Bowl in 2009, and the Women were second in the Venice Cup in 2013.

The Seniors won Gold

The team of Paul Hackett & David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland, David Price & Colin Simpson, with NPC Simon Cochemé, dominated the final round robin after a shaky first match, winning 8 matches in a row and finishing up 12 VPs clear of silver medalists Sweden. Poland were third.

The Women won Silver

England Women's team of Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, with NPC Derek Patterson and coach David Burn, were narrowly pipped by the Netherlands after a final day in which the lead of the competition changed multiple times, and came down to the final board in the Estonia-Netherlands match. This adds to a long run of success for the England Women's team which has seen them pick up two gold medals and two silver medals in the last four major international events.


The Open Team won Bronze

The Open team of Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett, with NPC Simon Cope and coach Ben Green started the qualifying round slowly, but improved to win their group with the fifth best carry-over. They soon moved into the medal places, and beat the legendary Monaco team in their final match to secure the place on the podium - and so doing denied them victory. The competition was won by Israel.


The NPCs of all the teams wrote blogs throughout the competition, giving updates and insights into the matches and what was going on 'behind the scenes'.

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