Welcome to Hadleigh Bridge Club

Welcome to Hadleigh Bridge Club, in Suffolk, which is our newest affiliated club. They play duplicate sessions on Monday evening, with Chicago sessions on Tuesday afternoons. Visitors are always welcome: if you require a partner on a Monday, email the club; on a Tuesday they operate a host system.

Allfrey team finish 4th for England in European Champions' Cup

England's representatives have finished fourth in the European Champions' Cup in Riga - the best performance by England's representative team in the history of the competition*. The Allfrey team - which earned the right to represent England by winning the 2016 Premier League - topped the table in the round robin phase, but lost the semifinal and third place playoff.

The team was: Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Bakhshi, David Gold, & Mike Bell

The competition - the equivalent of football's Champions League - was won by Dutch champions BC’t Onstein.

* - when England hosted the event in 2015 an 'EBU team' finished 3rd.

Become a bridge teacher and help the game grow

EBED is running two courses in the coming months which will get you started in teaching bridge and help membership of your club to thrive. Their two day Club Teacher Training Course provides training for club members who can then go on to provide a teaching programme at their club.

  • Halifax Bridge Club - 25th/26th November
  • EBU Headquarters in Aylesbury - 31st January/1st February

Both courses are open to everyone - to book a place on one of these courses, please contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217.

Please see the EBED website for more information.

Trials announced for Lady Milne and Women's European Championships

Applications to take part in the trials to represent the England Women’s Team in the 2018 Lady Milne competition, and the 2018 European Team Championships, are now being accepted.

The Lady Milne trials are on 26th-28th January, the trials for the European Championships will be 2nd to 5th March. For more details please click 'read more'.

New TD Forum available

In response to requests, we have established a TD forum where you can ask questions and discuss matters of interest. It is open to everyone - not just restricted to qualified TDs - and anyone needing help with any matter relating to the Laws can use it.

Since the Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 have fairly recently come into effect, we anticipate that there may be a number of questions that TDs will have that more experienced colleagues may be able to help with.

The forum is available at: https://www.ebu.co.uk/forum

Update: A sub-forum for those wishing to ask questions about scoring has been added.

Bridge not a sport for VAT purposes says EU court

The EBU has learned that the European Court of Justice has today overturned a recommendation from its Advocate General, and has ruled that bridge should not be considered a sport for VAT purposes.

This decision comes as both a surprise, and a disappointment, as we had welcomed the earlier recommendation made by Advocate General that bridge should considered a sport for this purpose. A positive ruling by the court would have both made participation in bridge competitions cheaper, and would have provided a rebate to the EBU which it could invest in bringing bridge – and the enjoyment and health benefits which participation offers – to a wider audience.

The Court did, however, leave open the opportunity for individual states to exempt bridge from VAT by recognising it as a ‘cultural service’. We are pleased by the court’s suggestion, and welcome the possibility that bridge activities may yet be exempted from VAT, however we have not yet considered the implications of the suggestion.

We would like to give our thanks to David Ewart and our legal team for their work throughout these legal proceedings.

Allfrey team wins Premier League

Division 1 of the 2017 Premier League has been won by the team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Graham Osborne, Tony Forrester, Mike Bell & David Gold.

The Allfrey team retained the title by a margin of just over 9 VPs from the team of Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke and Chris Jagger. The De Botton team was in third, a further 3 VPs back.

Through their victory the Allfrey team has earned the right to represent England in one weekend of the 2018 Camrose Trophy, and in the 2018 European Champions Cup (assuming England qualifies to enter a team). In addition, all the team bar Graham (who is a few points behind) have moved to the top of the standings in the Player of the Year competition.

Division 2 was won by Heather Dhondy, Sally Brock, Brian Callaghan, Barry Myers and Franklin To (see picture here). They finished 25 VPs ahead of the Morris team.

The Gipson team (Paul Gipson, Sarah Bell, Simon Creasey, Alex Gipson, Alex Roberts, Graeme Robertson, Ankush Khandelwal and Ed Jones) finished atop the newly-formed Division 3, however they needed to be a team of eight, rather than the permitted team of six, so the Gross team which finished second (Susanna Gross, Richard Bowdery, Ollie Burgess, Andrew Murphy, Toby Nonnenmacher, Graham Orsmond) were declared winners of the division.

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