Club Liaison Officer wanted

We are looking for someone to take on the role of Club Liaison Officer. The position will be Aylesbury-based but with the likelihood of England-wide travel to visit with clubs, and some home working. The job description may be found here.

If you are interested in the position please send your CV to Barry Capal, EBU General Manager, at Applications will close on Friday 19th February.

English players win silver at EBL European Winter Games

Congratulations to Andrew Black, Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh, Willie Whittaker, and Swede Peter Berthau, who won the silver medal at the 1st European Winter Games. They are pictured receiving their medals from EBL officials (picture from the EBL facebook site).

The English/Swedish team was seeded 15th, and were underdogs in the final against the Monegasque/Polish Zimmerman team, but held a narrow lead at one point during the final session. The favourites came through in the end, however, winning 131-109. Congratulations to the Black team on their medals.

The B Final of the Point-a-Board (BAM) event was won by the team captained by Mike Bell and including David Gold, Kevin Castner and Marion Robertson.

Other English players were involved in the event, and you can see their results on the EBL website. The event was organised by the European Bridge League and took place in Monaco from 5th to 11th February.

Richard Banbury appointed as EBED Business Manager

English Bridge Education and Development have announced that Richard Banbury will take up a position as EBED Business Manager very shortly. We wish him luck with his new job.

Richard's biography is available on the EBED website.

English TDs receive EBL promotions

Members of the EBU’s panel of Tournament Directors have received promotions at the European Bridge League’s Tournament Directors’ Course held in Prague earlier this month. The course takes place every three years, and alongside lessons it includes assessments for those wishing to rise through the ranks of international directors.

Gordon Rainsford was one of only three participants promoted to the rank of EBL Tournament Director, the highest level which could be attained at the event. Phil Godfrey was made an NBO International Director.

Ian Mitchell, a former member of the EBU’s TD panel, and current member of the EBU staff, was also made an NBO International Director.

Congratulations to them all.

English players in final at European Winter Games

The 1st European Winter Games is taking place in Monaco from 5th to 11th February. Some of the participating teams have English members, and you can follow their results on the EBL website, and watch some of their matches on Bridge Base Online.

The team featuring Andrew Black, Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh and Willie Whittaker - with Swede Peter Berthau - has reached the final, which takes place today.

Fun in the sun at Cyprus Congress

The Overseas Congress in Cyprus, sponsored by Bridge Overseas, took place from 1st to 7th February. The attendees enjoyed glorious weather and what many believed to be the best hotel used for an EBU Overseas Congress.

The stars of the week were Richard Spencer & Emile Lawy (both Middlesex) (pictured with Hannah Williams of Bridge Overseas) who won three competitions - the Open Pairs, Men's Pairs, and Swiss Pairs.

Other winners were: Pat Watson (Leics) & Carolyn Fisher (Warks) in the Pre-Congress Pairs (see picture here); Howard Basden-Smith & Sue Rankin (both Channel Islands) in the Mixed Pairs (see picture here); Jan Duncan & Sue O'Hara (both Avon) in the Ladies Pairs (see picture here); Jean Squires (Oxon), Rosalind Morgan (Devon), Nes Charles, Bill Gardner (both Kent) in the Mixed Pivot Pairs (see picture here); Sandy Davies (Yorks), Warner Solomon (Devon), Rhona Goldenfield & Bernard Goldenfield (both Manchester) in the Championship Teams (see picture here).

The next Overseas Congress takes place at Lake Garda, Italy, 5th to 11th October. Spaces are still available, but are filling quickly, so act promptly.

Junior Award Scheme available to teachers and bridge clubs

The Junior Award Scheme is an important and exciting initiative from English Bridge Education & Development. It is an award scheme that offers graded attainment levels and aims to give young people positive reinforcement, confidence and a sense of achievement through monitoring and encouraging the student's progress along their bridge learning journey. We hope they will enjoy working to complete each level.

There are six levels for the student to achieve - covering all standards from starting to play minibridge through to competing at high levels - with certificates of achievement awarded for each level attained.

For more information visit the EBED website. To take part in the scheme you should contact EBED to receive the assessment cards, and the teaching material can be downloaded from the EBED website.

Brock team wins Teltscher Trophy trials

The team of Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Robert Sheehan and Nicola Smith have won the trials for the team to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy - the 'Senior Camrose'.

They won all five of their matches to finish on 70.06 VPs. The team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway and Colin Simpson were second, 3.09 VPs behind.

The Teltscher Trophy takes place in Scotland 20th - 22nd May.

Applications for World Mixed Teams event invited

The EBU is accepting applications from teams hoping to be the English representatives in the Mixed Teams event at the World Bridge Games. The EBU may subsidise the entry fee for the event, but otherwise the team would be self-funded.

Teams comprised of two or three mixed pairs should submit their application to before 1st March. The selection committee reserves the right to hold a trial, or to select the team, according to the entries received. Should a trial be held, it will take place on 14th & 15th May (an entry fee would be charged).

The World Bridge Games takes place in Wroclaw, Poland, from 3rd - 17th September 2016.

Free subscription to Bridge Magazine available to junior players

A free year's subscription to Bridge Magazine has been made available by the publishers to all bridge players under the age of 25. Interested juniors should email with their name and email address.

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