All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

The Senior team had out-performed many expectations by lying within a VP of second place before the final day. That results went against them on the final day, seeing them slide down to eighth, should not detract from the performance of a team all making their debuts at this level. France were the convincing winners.

The Women's team fell tantalising short of another international medal, finishing just 2.56 VPs behind the bronze medal place. But for a team which at one stage was 20th of the 23 teams, their strong comeback to finish in fifth will be a consolation. Scotland also qualified, finishing in seventh, and the competition was won by Poland.

Like the Women, the Open team had to recover from indifferent early results. Rarely in the top ten in the first week, the team remained resilient, and found form in time to record eight victories in the last ten matches and move up the table. They finished seventh, with Norway taking the top prize.

The NPC's have written blogs from the event, and the start of the most recent posts can be seen by clicking 'read more' (go to the foot of the page and click the article to link through to the full blog entry).

Well done to all the teams, which were: While the opening rounds of the competition for the Open Teams took place, there were Women's and Seniors' Pairs competitions. The leading English performers were Fiona Brown & Helen Erichsen who finished 10th.

More Help With TD Rulings

The EBU, in conjunction with the EBL and the WBF, has updated our acclaimed series of TD Videos to bring them in line with the 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge. The new videos, together with three of the original ones that have not been superseded, are available on the Laws & Ethics section of the website.

Stansfield Bridge Club support our junior teams

As reported in April’s English Bridge, Stansfield Bridge Club have been raising money to help our four junior teams go to China for the world championships in August. Local artist Rui Paes donated prints of his original artwork “Dr Double” to be sold with all proceeds going to the junior fund and this week the club presented us with a cheque for £1300.

Pictured are (L to R) Gordon Rainsford (EBU general manager), Richard Evans (club chairman), Rui Paes and Jerry Cope (EBU treasurer).

June issue of English Bridge out now

The June 2018 issue of English Bridge is out now and will be delivered to eligible members in the next few days.

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.

Megan Jones first recipient of Junior Award Scheme Diamond Level

Congratulations to Megan Jones on becoming the first ever recipient of the Junior Award Scheme's highest award, the Diamond level. The certificate was presented by EBED's David Emerson at Stratford-upon-Avon Bridge Club, where Megan regularly plays and directs.

The Junior Award Scheme is run by English Bridge Education & Development, and recognises achievement and improvement in all levels of bridge, from minibridge up to the Diamond level. For more information on Megan's achievement, and on the scheme, see the EBED website.

Nominations for Dimmie Fleming Awards now open

Nominations can now be made for a Dimmie Fleming Award, which recognises those who have made a significant contribution to county bridge over a long period.

All members can put forward suitable candidates, however the nominations should be submitted to the EBU by a County official, to confirm that it has the approval of the County Committee. Nominations should be made using this form by 22nd August.

EBED supports bridge PhD; candidate wanted

English Bridge Education & Development and partners are funding a 3 year PhD Studentship in the Sociology of Bridge - Bridging the Gap: An Exploration of Transitions in Play through the Lifecourse.

A suitable PhD candidate is sought. Bridge knowledge is not essential. For more details see this page of the EBED website, and for full further information and application details please see here.

Queries about the position should be sent to Prof. Samantha Punch - s.v.punch@stir.ac.uk

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

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