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Schedule confirmed for 2017 European Open Championships

The 8th European Open Championships will take place 10th to 24th June 2017 in Montecatini Terme, Italy. The EBL have confirmed the schedule for the event, which will include Pairs and Teams events in the Open, Womens, Seniors, and Mixed categories. The schedule is available here.

Open & Women's teams defeated in quarter finals of World Bridge Games

England's Open and Women's teams both bowed out of the World Bridge Games in Wroclaw, Poland, yesterday, having lost in the quarter-finals.

The Open team fell behind early in their match against the Netherlands, and trailed by 42 IMPs after two sessions. Gains in sessions three and four meant they were 8 behind with 32 boards to play, but a bad fifth session saw the Dutch take an almost unassailable lead, which they increased in the final session.

The Women's Team started well against China, in a match where the lead changed hands multiple times. They trailed at the midway point, but rallied in the early stages of Tuesday's play, and led during a fifth session which ultimately ended with the Chinese 6 IMPs ahead. China then went on to win the final session by 20, eliminating the defending champions.

The 'home nations' will be represented in the semi-finals, however, after the Scottish Women's team beat Norway convincingly in their quarter final. They will now play France.

The Mixed Team reached the knockout round on the very last board of the qualifying stage, but were then defeated by Bulgaria in the last-16. The Seniors team exited the competition during the group stage, finishing in 18th position.

The NPCs have continued to add to their blog during the event, with news and deals from the competition.

Open team: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, NPC: Chris Dixon, Coach: David Jones
Women's team: Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, NPC Derek Patterson, Coach David Burn
Seniors team: John Holland & Brian Senior, Patrick Collins & David Kendrick, Sandra Penfold & Norman Selway, NPC Paul Hackett
Mixed team: Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes, Catherine Seale & Tom Paske, Sarah Teshome & James Thrower
182 ‑ 137
223 ‑ 120
147 ‑ 216
QFThe Netherlands
112 ‑ 206
154 ‑ 180
You will be able to watch some of the matches on Bridge Base Online.

Simon Cochemé has written an introduction to the event, available by clicking 'read more'.

World Youth Championships - England perform well, but miss the podium, in consolation event

After a good qualifying competition, the English Lions (Shivam Shah, Freddie Illingworth, Alex Roberts & Yvonne Wiseman) and English Cubs (Ankush Khandelwal, Ben Norton, Oscar Selby & Liz Gahan) unfortunately failed to finish on the podium in the consolation event of the World Youth Team Championships. The Lions finished well clear of the field in qualifying, finally getting the results that their play earlier in the event deserved, and although they led at the halfway point in the final they slipped back in to fourth. The Cubs qualified in 8th, and finished 9th in the final - a great result for the young team.

The NPCs have been writing blogs throughout the event. They can be read here.

World Youth Championships - U16s finish in 8th, U26s in 15th

The main events have reached a conclusion for our teams in the World Youth Team Championships in Italy, with the Under 16s finishing in 8th and the Under 26s in 15th.

The Under 16s (referred to as 'kids' on the event website) played the Netherlands in the 7th-8th play-off on Day 6 of the event, and took a good lead after the first session. They lost a very 'swingy' second set to fall behind narrowly with 14 boards to play, and the Dutch team pulled away in the final session to claim the 7th place. The team should be very pleased with their performance, however, given their lack of experience at this level. To win more than half of their matches in the round robin phase on their first appearance on the world stage was an excellent achievement. NPC Sarah O'Connor has reported that the team remained in high spirits throughout the event, and have thoroughly enjoyed the competition. With so many years as junior players ahead of them, let's hope it is the first of many good performances from this group.

The Under 26s ('juniors' on the event website) won one of their final three matches, so remained in midtable. Whilst the finishing position will be disappointing, their NPC has reported that they have played much better than their scores have suggested - for example, he has lost count of the number of 'anti-percentage' grand slams that have been made against the team. It is also worth noting that despite finishing 15th their score was closer to the team in the 8th qualifying spot than it was to the team in 18th. They will now play in a consolation event for teams not progressing to the knock-out stage, so will hope to get their share of the luck this time, and compete for some silverware.

The NPCs are reporting from the event - you can read their blogs here - and also check our social media accounts (which is perhaps more fitting for a junior event) for news and photos from Italy.

Under 26s: Shivam Shah & Freddie Illingworth; Alex Roberts & Ankush Khandelwal; Ben Norton & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: Alan Shillitoe; Coach: Jon Cooke
Under 16s: Harry Madden & Oscar Selby; Jasmine Bakhshi & Liz Gahan; Megan Jones & Henry Rose; NPC: Sarah O’Connor; Coach: Mike Bell