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Internationals News

7th European Open Championships underway

The 7th European Open Championships has started in Tromso, Norway. Many English players are involved in the event which includes pairs and teams events in open, women's, senior and mixed categories, and runs from Saturday 27th June to Saturday 11th July.

The first event was the Mixed Teams, in which three teams including English players reached the knockout stages. The teams of:
Sandra Penfold, Brian Senior, Nevena Senior & Roumen Trendafilov (Bulgaria);
Simon Cope, Marion Robertson, Desislava Malakova (Bulgaria) & Stefan Skorchev (Bulgaria);
Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Janet De Botton, Artur Malinowski, Apolinary Kowalski (Poland) & Ewa Miszewska (Poland);
were knocked out at the 'last 16' phase.

In the mixed pairs Brian Senior & Sandra Penfold, Sally Brock & Barry Myers, Janet De Botton & Artur Malinowski, Tom Paske & Catherine Seale, and Graham Osborne & Frances Hinden qualified for the 'A' semi-final, which takes place on Wednesday.

The event is being shown on Bridge Base Online with play starting at 10am and concluding around 7:30pm on most days.

Ireland win Teltscher Trophy, England third

The Teltscher Trophy has been won by Ireland. England were third in event - the competition for senior teams from the 'Home Nations', previously known as the Senior Camrose - which took place 15th to 17th May in Gormanstown, Co. Meath.

England were represented by: Brian Senior, Norman Selway, Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, and David Kendrick, with Simon Cochemé as NPC. They are pictured from right to left. They finished on 97.54 VPs after the ten matches, with Ireland first on 123.90, and Scotland second on 111.39.

Simon contributed a blog entry as a prelude to the competition. You can read it here.

Wales win Lady Milne; England 2nd, EBU 4th.

Wales have won the Lady Milne Trophy - the match between the women's teams of the home nations - by a small margin, with England second and Scotland third. The event took place from 17th to 19th April in Birmingham.

Although Wales only won two of their five matches they picked up enough VPs to claim the trophy. Wales finished on 56.92, with England scoring 54.71 and Scotland 53.72.

As hosts England were permitted to enter two teams, and the EBU team finished fourth. Like both England and Scotland - and indeed Northern Ireland who finished fifth - the EBU team won three of their five matches. It was the margins of victory (or defeat) which decided the final placings.

The teams were:

England (picture): Sally Brock & Anita Sinclair; Gillian Fawcett & Jane Moore; Catherine Jagger & Sarah Teshome; NPC - David Burn

EBU (picture): Marietta Andree & Janet Cahm; Hannah Cornfield & Kath Stynes; Sarah O'Connor & Anne Rosen; NPC - Simon Cochemé

The full results, and a post-match blog from NPC Simon Cochemé, are available below.

Juniors knocked out in quarter finals of Dutch White House event

England was represented in the White House competition in the Netherlands by two junior teams in the first week of April.

They competed against 22 other international junior sides, and both teams bowed out at the quarter-final stage.

England was represented by:

  • A: Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts and Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton
  • B: Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw and Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal
  • NPC for both teams: Alan Shillitoe