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Internationals News

Junior Channel Trophy this weekend

The Junior Channel trophy takes place this weekend. The competition is held in Lille, and involves teams from France, Belgium, The Netherlands and England. The Under 25s are defending the title they won in 2013.

England are represented by
Under 25
James Paul & Alex Roberts; Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw; NPC Mike Bell

Under 20
Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Oliver Powell & Jonathan Derrick; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC Michael Byrne

U25 Women
Sarah O’Connor; Sinead Bird; Yvonne Wiseman; Laura Covill; Carina Negreanu; NPC Alan Shillitoe

Nicola Smith wins gold, Catherine Draper bronze, at World Mind Games

Following their success in the teams event at the World Mind Games, England's women have continued to add their medal haul from 2014. In the individual event in Beijing Nicola Smith won the gold medal, and Catherine Draper the bronze.

English players dominated the event, as Heather Dhondy finished fourth, and Sally Brock sixth.

The climax of the event was very exciting, with Nevena Senior's result on the final board of the competition meaning Nicola nipped into the lead by a single match point. Read the report here.

It has been a great year for the women's team of Nicola, Catherine, Heather, Sally, Nevena and Fiona Brown, as they had previously won a silver medal at the European Championships in the summer. Roll on the Venice Cup in October.

England win gold in World Mind Games

England's Women's team has won the gold medal at the World Mind Games in Beijing.

In a dramatic final the lead changed hands multiple times in the final set, and England started the final board trailing by 4 IMPs. Then in one room the England pair made game, and in the other the Dutch pair stayed in a partscore, so the lead changed hands for a final, decisive time, and England had won by 3 IMPs. You can read more in the report on the event website.

Congratulations to the team of Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Sally Brock & Nicola Smith; Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper.

In the pairs event which followed the leading English pair was Nevena and Heather in seventh.

The event, which is organised by SportAccord, the organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations, concludes with an individual competitions across the next two days.

Matches can be watched on Bridge Base Online. The hours of play are available on the BBO Vugraph schedule.

Thanks to Anna Gudge for the picture.

Teams for the World Championships selected

In 2015 England will, for the first time, be represented at the World Championships by three teams. The Open, Women's and Senior's teams all qualified by virtue of their medal winning performances at the 2014 European Championships. The event takes place in Chennai from 26th September to 10th October.

The teams which will represent England are:

Open team
Justin Hackett & Jason Hackett; David Gold & David Bakhshi; Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester; NPC: Simon Cope

Women's team
Sally Brock & Nicola Smith; Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper; Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; NPC: TBC

Senior team
Paul Hackett & David Mossop; Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland; David Price & Colin Simpson; NPC: Simon Cochemé

Support the team:
- The Bridge England Sim Pairs in February will raise funds to help towards the costs of participation in the event. By taking part in the Sim Pairs you can help the teams who are representing us all on the world stage. And you can benefit too - all heat winners will be entered into the prize draw at the end of the year with the chance to win £1000 for you, or your club. Please see the Sim Pairs pages for more information.

- A group of England supporters will be traveling to India and spending some time in Chennai to watch the action. If you are interested in joining them contact Godfrey King.