John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

The highest scoring Junior (a new list for this year) was Shahzaad Natt. The Gold Point list is headed by Andrew Robson.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club, and each Club Champion is entered in to the draw. John Pope of Framlingham Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Malcolm Schofield of Hampton Duplicate Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Deirdre Sanders of Patcham Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third.

The top scoring players in each county in Master Point categories 4 to 6, and the top scoring players nationally in categories 1 to 3, also receive small prizes.

The Master Point leaderboards for 2017 can be accessed below - all lists can be filtered by county using the options in the menu at the top of the page.

To see your personal Master Point information, log-on to My EBU and follow the link at the top of the Master Point page. Alternatively, you can search for yourself using the box in the top right of any 2017 Master Points page. Well done to those who reached personal milestones during the year.

All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

England has retained the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, with emphatic wins in both competitions.

By virtue of hosting the event this year, a second English team was permitted to participate in the Junior Camrose competition, and it was this EBU team which provided the main competition to the England team, finishing second, 13 VPs behind the winners. Scotland was third.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with more than double the score of second-placed Ireland.

The English participants were:
Junior Camrose: England team - Yvonne Wiseman & Alex Birchall; Kyle Lam & Toby Nonnenmacher ; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton; NPC Paul Barden
EBU team - Laura Covill & Siyu Ren; Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy ; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Peggy Bayer: Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Jack Ronayne & Theo Gillis; NPC Michael Byrne

The English squad will be looking to build on this result as they prepare to take part in the World Youth Team Championships in China in August. To contribute to the fundraising effort to support the teams' participation in the event, please make a donation through this page on the EBED website.

Orams and Smith team win main events at Harrogate Congress

The main events at the Harrogate Congress have been won by Celia & Derek Oram and the team of Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould (picture). The Congress was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

In the Swiss Pairs, Celia & Derek enjoyed three large wins in the final session to move up the table to the top spot. Their rise was not as big as the eventual second-placed pair of Steve Raine & Ankush Khandelwal who moved from 18th at the start of the final session in to the runners-up position. Stefano Tommasini & Kiril Delev were third.

The Smith team were undefeated in their first six matches of the Swiss Teams, but a defeat in the final match to the second-placed team of Tom Dessain, Tugrul Kaban, Mark Hill & Giles Ip resulted in a victory by just 3 VPs. Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield, Alan Nelson & Kath Nelson were third.

The congress began with Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs competitions. The Open Pairs was won emphatically by Nick Woolven & Alan Jarvis (picture), finishing 5% ahead of Henry Rose & James Thrower in second. The winners of the Mixed Pairs were John Atthey & Claire Robinson (picture), with David Turner & Jill Rushton in the runners-up spot.

The Improvers Pairs was won by Lindsey Wharmby & Caroline Moseley (picture). Sheila Furness & Carol Keighley were second and Stephen Bodle & John Roper were third.

2018 Women's Online Spring Bridge Festival

The 2018 Women's Online Spring Bridge Festival will take on Bridge Base Online place 9th – 15th April.

It is run by the WBF and the overall winner will receive entry and accommodation for themselves and the partner of their choice at the Women’s Pairs Championship in Orlando, in September.

If you take part let us know how you get on. If you enjoy playing online please look at the games which we run on Funbridge three times a week.

Welcome to newly affiliated clubs

Welcome to the clubs which have recently affiliated with the EBU.

  • North London BC in Stanmore. They hold a weekly session at 8pm on Wednesdays
  • Besses o'th Barn BC in Manchester. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in Whitefield in the north of the city.
  • Freeland BC in Oxfordshire. They meet informally at present, but intend playing in Freeland Village Hall in future.

Update:
Letchworth Heritage BC have also affiliated this month. They play on Monday afternoons, and also have a Friday morning student class for beginners and intermediates.

Model constitutions updated

Updates have been made to the model constitutions available for both clubs and counties.

These updates have been made following the changes which were made to the EBU's Best Behaviour at Bridge policy.

Clubs and counties are advised to note these updates and make any changes to their constitutions as appropriate.

India wins Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition

India has won the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Competition in Australia, beating a team from the host nation in the final.

England A (Steve Eginton, Bill Hirst, Gary Hyett, Chris Duckworth, Brian Callaghan) lost in the quarterfinals, and England B (Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, David Burn, Kieran Dyke) narrowly missed qualification for the knockout stages. Scotland, and the Presidents team, both of which included EBU members (Victor Silverstone & Gerald Haase, and Roger O'Shea, Derek Patterson, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett & Paul Hackett, respectively) were losing semi-finalists.

The competition featured 36 teams, from 12 Commonwealth nations, including Wales, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

February issue of English Bridge out now

The February 2018 issue of English Bridge is out now.

The online version, which contains extra content, is available via My EBU (use the 'Magazine' link in the top right corner of the My EBU webpage). More information on accessing and using the online version is available here.

Please note the change to the policy for the distribution to magazines to households currently receiving more than one copy - please see here for more details.

Change in magazine policy to help reduce waste

In order to help reduce the number of copies of English Bridge which are 'wasted', we are changing the way the magazines are distributed.

From the April 2018 issue, we will only dispatch one magazine per household, unless you opt in to say you wish to receive all the magazines to which the members of your household are entitled. The distribution of the diary is not affected.

We believe this is the environmentally and financially responsible action to take, but we are only trying to eliminate waste. If your household reads all the copies which are currently received, so you want to continue receiving them all, then we are very happy to send them to you. But to continue receiving them you must opt-in. Alternatively if you are happy for your household to receive only one copy as one is unread, or a single copy could be shared, then you need take no action.

How to opt-in

The best and easiest way to opt-in is by changing the setting on your account on My EBU. All you need to do is...

  • Log-in to My EBU (if you don't know your password then you can reset it here)
  • Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then click on the box labelled 'Receive multiple magazines at my address' which is in the 'account settings section' of the page. Then click 'save changes'.

Only one member of each household needs to do this.

Success for EBU TD, Nicole Cook

At the European Bridge League's Tournament Directors workshop in Cyprus this weekend, Nicole Cook achieved an A grade. This entitles her to attend next year’s EBL Main TD course. Well done, Nicole.

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