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Internationals News

Entries invited for 1st European Winter Games

The EBL is inviting entries for the first European Winter Games, which will take place in Monaco from 5th - 11th February. The main event is a teams competition for the Zimmerman Cup, and there is also a 'board-a-match' competition.

More information is available on the event website. Entries should be made directly to the EBL via their website

England's teams finish 3rd & 5th in European Champions Cup

The team representing England have finished in 3rd & 5th places in the European Champions Cup. The event was successfully hosted by the EBU at Horwood House near Milton Keynes.

This is an annual competition for the national club champions from the top 10 countries in the previous European Championship, plus the holders and a team from the host nation. England was therefore represented by two teams.

The EBU team of Simon Gillis, Tom Hanlon, Zia Mahmood, Boye Brogeland, Espen Lindqvist & Erik Saelensminde won the bronze medal. The England team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, & Mike Bell, David Bakhshi won the playoff for 5th place.

The EBU would like to thank Simon Gillis both for his support of this event and also for bringing such a diverse and talented team to enhance the event.

More information is available here, or on the EBL event website.

Mixed results for England Women in Hua Yuan Cup

England's Women's team has taken part in the Hua Yuan Cup in China. Promoted as the 'World Women Elite Bridge Tournament' it featured seven international teams, and team from the host city of Beijing.

In the Pairs event Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper achieved an excellent result, finishing second, just 0.2% behind the winners. Sally Brock & Nicola Smith were 11th, and Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior we're 21st.

In the teams event, the result was more disappointing, with England finishing at the foot of the table after two wins and five defeats. The winners were the team representing Beijing.

Mossop team wins Premier League

The Premier League has been won by the team of David Mossop, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Alex Hydes, David Price and Colin Simpson (pictured left).

They started the second weekend in second place, behind the De Botton team, and the lead fluctuated between the two teams for the early part of the weekend. When both teams lost in round 5 and 6 the Allfrey team, who were undefeated across the weekend, moved ahead of them both, and held a very marrow lead with one match to go. With first playing third, and second playing fourth, any of those four teams could have won, and when the Allfrey and Hinden teams drew, the Mossop team's victory took them back to the top of the table for a final and decisive time. After 336 boards they had finished just 2.9 VPs ahead of the team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, David Bakhshi and Mike Bell. The Hinden team was third, a further 4.48 VPs behind.

The winners have earned selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2016 Camrose Trophy series, and the European Champions' Cup 2016 if England qualifies.

The Second Division was won by Andrew Black, Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh, Derek Patterson and Gerald Tredinnick. They had a very strong finish to the event, scoring 58.55 out of a possible 60 in the final three rounds, including two 20-0 victories against their near rivals, and won by 19.29 VPs. The team of Neil Rosen, Ian Draper, Martin Jones, Kay Preddy, Norman Selway and Jeremy Willans were second.

The First Division is part of the Championship Series, so all the members of the Mossop team are now joint leaders of the Player of the Year Competition.