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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.

Bell & Hydes win Two Star Pairs at 70th Autumn Congress

Mike Bell and Alex Hydes (pictured left) were winners of the Two Star Pairs at the 70th Autumn Congress, which took place 17th - 19th October in Peterborough.

By winning the event Mike and Alex have taken an early lead in the Player of the Year Championship, a competition which awards points to those who finish in the top places of the EBU's most prestigious competitions.

Mike & Alex finished on 58.91% with Jackie Davies & Malcolm Pollack second on 57.26%, and Nick Boss & Richard Johnson third on 54.89%. The Satellite Pairs final was won by Nick Sandqvist & Tom Townsend (picture), and the Swiss Pairs event was won by Richard Granville & Gad Chadha (picture).

Friday afternoon saw the Really Easy Afternoon take place across three venues, with the hands being played at the main congress in Peterborough, and also at Richmond and Bradford Bridge Clubs. The event was scored across all three venues, and was won by Margaret Alder and Bob Webster (picture) with 67.21%. Tony French & Sue French were runners-up with 65.99%. Susan Norgate & Peter Buckingham were the leading pair playing at Richmond, and Janet Emmett & Hazel Greenwood were the leading pair at Bradford. Peter Jones & Christophe Nigond received the first prize for the B stratification.

The multiple teams competition on Sunday saw three finals contested. The 'premier' final, for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by Nick Sandqvist, Tom Townsend, Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski (picture). They finished 13 IMPs clear of the second placed team of Robert Miller, Ufuk Cotuk, Jim Deacon & Chris Wormleighton. The 'secondary' final, for the Burlington Cup, was won by Dan McIntosh, Alex Gauld, Angus Simpson & Claire Robinson (picture), and the 'consolation final', for the Sussex Cup, was won by Susanna Gross, David Gold, Catherine Seale & Tom Paske (picture).

Sinclair team wins at World Bridge Series

The team captained by Anita Sinclair has won the mixed teams event at the World Bridge Series in Sanya, China. Playing alongside Anita were Nafiz Zorlu (Turkey), Sabine Auken (Germany) & Roy Welland (Germany) and Zia Mahmood (U.S.A.) & Marion Michielsen (Netherlands). Congratulations to Anita and her team.

In the Women's Teams, England's Nicola Smith and Sally Brock, playing with Lynn Baker (U.S.A.), Karen McCallum (U.S.A.), Marion Michielsen (Netherlands), and Meike Wortel (Netherlands), have reached the final, to be played on Thursday.

The team of the English trio of Paul Hackett, John Holland, John Sansom, and Christian Mari of France, reached the semi-final of the Senior Teams.

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 Open Pairs, the English qualifiers for the semi-final were Simon Cope & Richard Bowley, and David Bakhshi playing with the American Russ Ekeblad.

The results and daily bulletins are available on the World Bridge Federation website. You can also watch the event on Bridge Base Online.

Montenegro Congress a great success

The Bridge Overseas Montenegro Congress concluded on Wednesday, and was a great success. Over 160 players enjoyed eight days of bridge and the chance to experience the wonderful weather and scenery of coastal Montenegro.

The Swiss Pairs event was won by Bernard Themis & Angela McCready (pictured with Jane Taylor of Bridge Overseas) who finished 15 VPs ahead of Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield, who in turn were 10 VPs clear of a five-way tie for fifth. The Swiss teams events was won emphatically by Tim Matthews, Babs Matthews, Bill White & Joyce White (picture). They were 20 VPs clear of the field, with Graham Foster, Frances Alexander, Mike Harbour & David Clark leading the chasing pack. The rest of the results, and pictures of the winners, can be seen via the links below.

The next overseas congress is in Lanzarote on 5th - 11th February 2015. Escape the last weeks of the British winter and join us for some Canarian sunshine, wonderful beaches and scenery, and most of all some great bridge.

Eggheads wanted

The makers of the BBC show Eggheads are looking for contestants, and have made a request for bridge players to take on their elite quizzers.

If you are interested in taking part please contact peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk and he will forward to you the information and entry form.

German 'cheating pair' and teammates stripped of medals

The German team which contained a pair accused of cheating have been stripped of the gold medals they won in the 2013 d'Orsi Seniors Trophy at the World Championships held in Bali. The World Bridge Federation have announced that the German team would be removed from the standings, with USA II elevated to gold medal winners, Poland awarded second place and France third.

The pair were accused of coughing to convey information.

Tony Priday: 13th August 1922 - 9th October 2014

We are sad to report the death of Tony Priday at the age of 92.

Tony was a hugely successful player and non-playing captain for Great Britain for many decades, and enjoyed many victories in domestic competitions. He also gave generously of his time to the EBU, serving on a number of committees. As well as a player and administrator, Tony was a long-serving bridge journalist, having been appointed the Sunday Telegraph’s first columnist.

As Richard Fleet writes in Tony's obituary, "Tony will be remembered for his gentlemanly attitude as much as for his great ability at the game".

Tony's obituary is available here.

"Tony embodied everything that was good about bridge, a great player and charming gentleman. He was also a significant champion of change in the organisation that he loved, quietly supporting and advising me through the process. He was held in great affection and will be sorely missed". Sally Bugden, EBU Chairman 2008 - 2013

"Tony was a great player and servant of the game. He was a Vice President of the Union for 45 years, longer than anyone else, and throughout the period I knew him always had useful advice delivered in the most kindly of ways. He will be sorely missed and all at the EBU offer condolences to Vivian and all his family". Jeremy Dhondy, EBU Chairman

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