Patrick Jourdain: 1942 - 2016

The EBU is sad to learn of the death of Patrick Jourdain this morning following a short illness.

Patrick made an enormous contribution to bridge in the UK and around the world, as both a player and journalist. He made more than seventy international appearances for Wales spanning six decades, and also played in the Camrose for Scotland on two occasions when he was working north of the border. He was a regular player at some of the EBU's biggest congresses, and enjoyed a number of successes - as recently as 2014 he won the Seniors Pairs at the Summer Meeting.

As bridge correspondent for the Daily Telegraph for nearly 25 years he was one of the leading voices in bringing bridge to the widest possible audience, whether reporting on competition results, or on news that transcended bridge's 'niche' audience - it was not unusual to see his name on the front pages. He was also the 'bridge-journalists journalist', editing the bulletin of the International Bridge Press Association for twenty years, and also serving as the organisation's President. That bridge news and results reached a worldwide audience via various media outlets owed a lot to Patrick's endeavours.

Ever the dedicated journalist, he penned his own obituary to ensure that the media would have their copy in timely fashion. Loyal to the Daily Telegraph, he has asked that they have the opportunity to use it first, but we will post Patrick's words next week.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

England compete in Chairman's Cup, starting this weekend

The England team's bid to reclaim the Chairman's Cup, the most prestigious teams event on the Swedish bridge calendar, starts on Saturday. Sally Brock & Barry Myers and Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne will be looking to best over 170 teams, with players from over a dozen countries, to win the title which the England team won in 2014.

In addition there are other EBU members making the trip to Örebro independently - all the teams can be seen via the link below - and we wish them all luck.

August issue of English Bridge, and Members Diary, out now

The August issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online via the members area for those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, those who prefer to read a digital version, or those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links - the online version also has additional content.

The 2016/17 Members Diary will also be dispatched with this issue to eligible members. If you have previously opted out of receiving a printed copy of the magazine, but wanted a diary, then you will receive the magazine on this occasion as this is easiest and most cost-efficient way of delivering the diary to you.

If you have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a diary, but would like one, you will be able to purchase one from the EBU Shop next week.

For more information on accessing our online magazine archive, please read on...

British Summer Sim Pairs

The British Summer Sim Pairs takes place this week, and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries below as soon as they are available. Good luck to all of the pairs taking part.

Prior to each heat the clubs which are taking part can be seen by clicking on the relevant date below.

Monday 25th July Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 26th July Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 27th July Commentary Booklet
Thursday 28th July Commentary Booklet

English team wins event at North American Bridge Championships

Dan Crofts & Gareth Hyett and Edward Levy & Oliver Burgess were winners of the Swiss Teams on Tuesday at the Summer North American Bridge Championships in Washington DC. Although billed as a 'side event' it nonetheless featured a quality field of 55 teams, so was a good result for the English team.

Norman team wins Online KO Plate

The Plate competition for the Online Knockout Teams has been won by Philip Norman, Joanne Norman, Krzysztof Ginda and Mark Hooper (all Dorset), after they were victorious in the final by 55 IMPs.

The runners-up were the team comprising Mark Denny, Filippo Broccolino, Stephen Kennedy, Roger Poulter and Matthew Smith (all Sussex).

The main competition was won by the Bryant team. The 2017 competition will start in January, with entries opening in the autumn.

Graham Smith joins EBU Board

We are delighted to welcome Graham Smith to the EBU Board as an appointed director. He will attend his first meeting in September.

Order from the EBU shop for collection at the Summer Meeting

If you are attending the Summer Meeting, and would like to place an order from the EBU Shop to collect at the venue, please do so by midday on Wednesday 17th August. This will save on shipping costs for you.

We will have a selection of stock from the shop available for purchase during the congress, but to ensure we have what you want in sufficient quantity please try to order in advance. The full range of stock can be seen on the online shop.

Brian Jackson: 1938 - 2016

London Metropolitan Bridge Association have reported the death of Brian Jackson, one of the foremost rubber bridge hosts. An obituary is available via their website.

Updates to the Blue Book and White Book now available

The annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book have been made by the Laws & Ethics Committee. They are available to download or view now. These regulations apply to all events held on or after 1st August 2016. Summaries of the changes to both books are also available.

A small number of copies of the Blue Book produced in 2015 are available for purchase through the EBU Shop - there will be an insert which covers the changes for 2016. The White Book is not available in a printed form.

The L&E Committee has also produced the next in the set of booklets of EBU Appeals. This covers all the appeals made at major EBU events in 2014, and is now available to download.

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