Junior Camrose this weekend

The Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer competitions take place this weekend in Ireland. Play begins on Friday evening and you can watch some of the matches on Bridge Base Online.

England's Under 26 team will be looking to win the Junior Camrose title for a fifth consecutive year, and the Under 21 team will be hoping to reclaim the Peggy Bayer trophy after a third place finish in 2016 broke a run of five straight victories.

Under 26 team: Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Oliver Powell & Jon Derrick; Shivam Shah & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: Simon Cope; Asst NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Under 21 team: Ben Norton & Sam Behrens; Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC: Michael Byrne

New membership software to be introduced in March

In March we will be installing our Membership Management system in the Aylesbury offices. As you might imagine, this will be a substantial undertaking and so we ask our clubs and members for patience during the transition period.

The process will start on 17th March and this will necessitate a short period when there will be a suspension to some activities which require access to our database. For more information on this, please click the 'read more' link below.

If everything goes smoothly, we hope that by 24th March we will be back up and running with our new system and will be able to resume all of these services. Of course, going live with a new system is not the end of the story. For a few weeks our staff will be getting to grips with a substantially different set of tools, so we hope our members and clubs will bear with us through this period.

The transition shouldn't affect many members, and most will not even notice anything different. One notable change is that we will finally be removing the old Members Area, and replacing it fully with My EBU, which will incorporate some new features.

If there are any changes to this planned schedule, we will advise all parties.

Please note that the EBU Shop is a separate system and will continue to function as usual. So please keep shopping both online and by telephone.

Wigoder team second in Cavendish

EBU member Charles Wigoder has finished second in the teams competition at the prestigious Cavendish event, in Monaco. The team he captained was defeated in the final, which came down to the very last board, by a team captained by Zia Mahmood.

The team of English internationals, David Mossop and Paul, Jason & Justin Hackett, lost in the semi-final to the Mahmood team by a single IMP.

The Pairs event, featuring a number of EBU members, takes place Friday to Sunday.

Three national competitions coming to a venue near you soon

In the coming months we have a number of Green Pointed events which take place at multiple venues around the country, and are then scored across all locations. There may be a heat very close to you, giving you a chance to play in a national event without needing to travel very far.

Masters Pairs
26th February
Specifically for lower ranked players. This event is open to players below the rank of Regional Master. High ranked players should enter the Ranked Masters Pairs.

National Pairs
Regional Finals - 12th March
The first stage of the competition, with qualifiers competing in the national final on 8th-9th April

Portland Pairs
19th March
The national mixed pairs competition.

To see the full list of venues please visit the webpage of each competition or look on this map for an overview of all locations.

Please take our survey on English Bridge magazine

To help us know more about what you do, and don't, like about the magazine in its current form, and for you give feedback on how you might like to see the magazine develop in future, we have a survey which we hope you will take.

It is available at http://www.quicksurveys.com/s/Rj72J

Any members completing the survey can opt to enter a draw to try to win £50.

The survey will close on Monday 13th March.

Teaching award nominations now being accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development:

  • The Alec Salisbury Award - to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge
  • The Tom Bradley Award - to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most contribution to promoting youth bridge

Please click 'read more' for further details on the nomination process. Nominations should be made by 23rd May.

Mike Bell tops Master Point list for 2016

Congratulations to Mike Bell, who has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for the first time.

Mike earned 25,712 points, with Jason Hackett second with 20,741, and John Holland - who was top scorer for the previous four years - third with 20,647. David Gold has reclaimed the top spot in the Gold Point rankings, with Andrew Robson in second, and 2015 leader John Holland in third.

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. Pam Moore of Ridgeway Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Inu Kassam of Wimbledon Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Michael Shine of Herts & Essex Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third. The top scoring, lower-ranked players in each county also receive small prizes.

The full Master Point lists for 2016, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below. All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

English success at the NEC Festival in Japan

EBU members were on the top two steps of the podium at the NEC Bridge Festival in Japan this weekend. The team of Jason Hackett, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior & Alex Hydes (picture) defeated Barry Myers, Sally Brock, and Americans Karen McCallum & Cenk Tuncok in the final.

Bridge England Sim Pairs

The Bridge England Simultaneous Pairs is now over and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Results will be finalised and Master Points credited once all the results have been submitted and checked. Best of luck to everyone taking part.

The proceeds from the event go towards supporting our international teams, and in 2017 it will specifically be supporting our junior squads. Thank you to everyone who is taking part and supporting their build up to the summer's European Championships in Slovakia.

Tuesday 7th February Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 8th February Commentary Booklet

This half-term start a youngster's love of bridge

The school holidays can be a great time to introduce bridge to children. This February half-term start a youngster you know on the path to a lifelong love of bridge.

The EBU Shop has a number of products which can help, including books which will suggest ways to introduce the game to younger people, and practical equipment such as card holders to help smaller hands get to grips with 13 cards.

There are also some clubs running 'taster' sessions for younger players during the holidays. These include (but may not be limited to): Wimbledon BC; Roehampton Club; West Midlands BC; If you know of any others please let us know.

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