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Internationals News

Allerton & Jagger win European Open Trials

The trials to play in England's Open team in the 2018 European Championships have been won by Jeffrey Allerton and Chris Jagger. They finished the four day trial on 110.50 IMPs, with David Bakhshi and Artur Malinowski in second on 76.87. Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke were third on 61.25, the top three pairs finishing well clear of the field.

The top two pairs will be invited to be part of the team alongside Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester, who were already selected.

The 2018 European Championships will be held in Ostend, Belgium, 6th - 16th June.

EBED gives support to junior fundraising

English Bridge Education & Development has offered its support to the ongoing fundraising efforts for the junior teams participating in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships.

Not only will EBED be making a donation from its funds, but a page has been established on its website which allows individuals to make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED, thereby allowing Gift Aid to be reclaimed. These donations will then be included as part of a larger donation by EBED to the EBU to support the junior teams.

Part of EBED's remit is to promote and develop the playing of bridge by those in full time education, and its constitution makes specific provision for supporting junior involvement in events organised by the World Bridge Federation. The fundraising will not only contribute to the costs of participation, but also to the squad's training sessions in the build up to the event so they can perform as well as possible in the competition. EBED hopes that this may give further enthusiasm to youngsters who may just be starting to play; that it may motivate more to give bridge a try; and that it may encourage more people to set up bridge activities for young players.

The EBU, and those involved in the squads are very grateful for EBED's contribution.

An update on sponsorship activity can be seen here.

Join Stansfield BC in supporting England's junior teams

Stansfield Bridge Club has hit on an artistic way to raise money towards the cost of sending England's four junior teams to the World Youth Team Championships in August.

A limited edition print of a mesmerising bridge scene - entitled 'Dr Double' - by Rui Paes, an acclaimed painter, illustrator and muralist, is being offered for sale with all the profits going to support the junior teams. This is in addition to a donation from the club's own funds, and a further contribution through a raffle.

We are very grateful to all involved for their donation and for making this novel method of fundraising possible.

The prints will be signed by the artist in a limited edition numbered 1 to 500. Anyone wishing to purchase a mounted print (measuring 14½" x 11"), and in so doing give support to the junior teams, should place an order through Stansfield BC's website. The cost is £25 + post and packaging.

To find out more about the artist, and the print, click 'read more'.

England leads Camrose Trophy after first weekend

England sit atop the table after the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations'.

On a tightly contested weekend in Northern Ireland, England was one of four teams to win three out of five matches, but did so by sufficient margins (and kept the defeats small enough) to finish in first place. England are 4.93 VPs ahead of the CBAI team (as hosts of the second weekend Ireland can enter two teams) and 10.56 ahead of Ireland.

Well done to the England team: Michael Byrne & Kieran Dyke; Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; NPC, David Burn.

The final weekend takes place in Ireland on 2nd-4th March.