England team through to quarter-finals of Chairman's Cup

England have reached the quarter-finals of 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 finished 4th in the qualifying Swiss Pairs so progressed to the primary knock-out competition, where they then won their first two matches. The event, held in Örebro, began on Saturday and concludes on Thursday.

You can follow the scores through the event website, and matches from the quarterfinal stage (which starts on Tuesday) will be shown on BBO.

Holland and Mould shine at Scarborough Congress

John Holland and Alan Mould were the stand-out performers at the Scarborough Congress, winning both the Teams and Pairs event.

They teamed up with Bill Hirst and Jeremy Dhondy to win Friday's multiple teams event, finishing 8 imps ahead of the team of David Stevenson, Liz Commins, Iain Roberts and Alan Oddie. The team of Geoff Kenyon, Carole Kelly, Robin Jepson and Alan Brosgill were third.

In the 'B' final the team of Barry O'Connor, Piers Percival, Stuart Coggrave and Pam Coggrave won comfortably by 41 imps. The team of Steve Male, Marilyn Silverdale, Bob McKinnon and Cathy Ferguson was second.

John and Alan (pictured left and right) then won the three session Swiss Pairs event over the weekend. They finished on 181 VPs, six clear of John Hayton & Philip Clark. Giles Ip & Gabriel Ip were a further two VPs back in third.

The event began with a 'pre-congress' Pairs on Thursday evening which was won convincingly by Linda Smith & John Halliwell. They finished eight per cent clear of the field on 69.23%. Second placed Adrian Knight & Prue Knight, and third placed Tom Paske & Alistair Kent, also scored over 60%.

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.

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