April 2014

Join our second Really Easy Afternoon

At the Spring Bank Holiday Congress in Bournemouth we will hold our second Really Easy Afternoon. The first event at the Easter Festival in London was a success and we hope that you will join us at this event, or encourage your friends and relatives to take part.

The event is intended as an introduction to 'congress bridge' for those who may have recently learned how to play, or have yet to take the next step in the development of their game. It is open to pairs and individuals, and to EBU members and non-members alike.

It will take place at the Carrington House Hotel on Knyveton Road in Bournemouth, just five minutes drive from the town centre and beaches.

Of course for more experienced players there is the main congress, held at the same venue from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th May.

For more information, please read on...

Entries open for World Bridge Series

Entries are now open for the 14th Red Bull World Bridge Series. The event will be held from 10th to 25th October in Sanya, China, and includes Pairs and Teams events with mixed, open, women's and senior categories.

The full schedule can be see on the event website, and entries can be made via the World Bridge Federation website.

52nd European Teams Championships England Women’s Team

Fiona Brown and Catherine Draper have been selected for the England Women’s Team in the 52nd European Teams Championships.

Fiona was part of the gold medal winning team in the European Championships in 2012 and also the World Olympiad in 2012 and the silver medal winning team in the World Teams Championships in Bali 2013. Catherine was a gold medal winner in the World Mind Sport Games (Olympiad) in Beijing in 2008.

Gold and Gross win Easter Championship Pairs

Congratulations to David Gold and Susanna Gross who took home the prestigious Championship Pairs at the Easter Festival of Bridge at the weekend. They had an excellent final session to beat Graham Sadie and Patrick Shields, who came second. Shireen Mohandes and Andy Bowles were third.

In the Swiss Teams, Paul Huggins, Liz Clery, Ryan Stephenson and Stuart Nelson finished a strong 10 VPs ahead of second place, while Chris Wilson and Aleksandar Lishkov triumphed in the Swiss Pairs on Easter Monday.

England Women 4th in Lady Milne

England Women finished fourth in the Lady Milne competition, held over the weekend of 11th - 13th April in Gormanston, north of Dublin.

England were represented by Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett, Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen and Christine Jepson & Catherine Curtis, with Derek Patterson as NPC.

England started well, winning their first two matches, but then suffered large defeats to Scotland and Wales, and a narrower loss to Ireland.

Scotland claimed their 13th victory in the competition, winning by 21 VPs, ahead of Ireland in second and Wales in third.

Lady Milne this weekend

The contest for the Lady Milne Trophy takes place this weekend in Gormanston, north of Dublin.

England will be represented by Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett, Catherine Seale & Anne Rosen and Christine Jepson & Catherine Curtis, with Derek Patterson as NPC.

The pairs qualified for the team at the trial in January, finishing well clear of the rest of the field.

England are defending champions, with Jane and Gillian part of the winning team in 2013. Catherine Curtis has the distinction of playing in the Lady Milne and Camrose in the same season, the first English woman to do this in many years.

The Lady Milne started in 1934 as the Ladies Championship of the National Bridge Association. (Lady Milne was assistant secretary to the NBA.) It became the trophy for the Ladies Home Internationals in 1950. So far England have won 48 times (including one tie with Scotland in 2011), Scotland 12 times (including one tie), Wales three times and Northern Ireland twice. The Republic of Ireland rejoined the event in 1998.

Play begins on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend. Matches can be watched on vugraph via Bridge Base Online.

Devon School of Bridge affiliates

Welcome to the Devon School of Bridge, which affiliated with the EBU today.

The Devon School of Bridge offers teaching to all levels of ability from Absolute Beginners and Improvers levels 1, 2 and 3 through to supervised play and advanced Workshops for more experienced players. It also holds a very friendly duplicate every Friday afternoon.
All members and visitors are welcome, regardless of ability or ranking, and they operate a host system.

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