July 2014

England team wins Chairman's Cup

The England team has won the Chairman's Cup - the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation. The team of David Kendrick & Paul Lamford and Michael Byrne & Mike Bell won the final emphatically, their opponents conceding with a quarter of the match still to play.

They had earlier finished 4th in the qualifying Swiss Teams, and then won four rounds in the knock-out competition to reach the final.

Please read on for Michael Byrne's report, Paul Lamford's report is here

Holland and Mould shine at Scarborough Congress

John Holland and Alan Mould were the stand-out performers at the Scarborough Congress, winning both the Teams and Pairs event.

They teamed up with Bill Hirst and Jeremy Dhondy to win Friday's multiple teams event, finishing 8 imps ahead of the team of David Stevenson, Liz Commins, Iain Roberts and Alan Oddie. The team of Geoff Kenyon, Carole Kelly, Robin Jepson and Alan Brosgill were third.

In the 'B' final the team of Barry O'Connor, Piers Percival, Stuart Coggrave and Pam Coggrave won comfortably by 41 imps. The team of Steve Male, Marilyn Silverdale, Bob McKinnon and Cathy Ferguson was second.

John and Alan (pictured left and right) then won the three session Swiss Pairs event over the weekend. They finished on 181 VPs, six clear of John Hayton & Philip Clark. Giles Ip & Gabriel Ip were a further two VPs back in third.

The event began with a 'pre-congress' Pairs on Thursday evening which was won convincingly by Linda Smith & John Halliwell. They finished eight per cent clear of the field on 69.23%. Second placed Adrian Knight & Prue Knight, and third placed Tom Paske & Alistair Kent, also scored over 60%.

August issue of English Bridge, and the 2014/15 diary

The August issue of English Bridge has been posted today and should be delivered in the next few days. Most members will also receive the 2014/15 Members Diary. We are pleased that we are able to send the diary to you with this issue, having listened to your feedback requesting it in time for September and the start of the new season.

The online version of the magazine is also now available through the members area of the website. Those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, or who prefer to read a digital version, can read the magazine online. Similarly those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links should read the magazine online.

For more information on the delivery of the magazine and diary, and on accessing our online magazine archive, please read on...

Brighton discussion schedule announced

The schedule for the 'Discuss it with an Expert' sessions to be held at the Brighton Congress has been announced.

This year we are delighted to welcome an esteemed group who between them have combined to earn (by our reckoning, and amongst other achievements): 3 European titles, 2 World Titles, 13 European and 3 World Championship appearances, over 50 Camrose and Seniors Camrose Caps, 12 Gold Cups, 10 Crockfords Cups, 11 Spring Foursomes titles, 5 Premier League titles, 9 medals as NPC or Coach in European and World Championships, and more Peggy Bayer (the Under-20s Home Internationals competition) titles than any other NPC in the history of the event. Combine this success as players and coaches with their talents as bridge authors, journalists and teachers, and we have a wonderful line-up.

Day Speaker(s)
Saturday 9th Andrew Robson OBE
Sunday 10th Brian Senior
Tuesday 12th Patrick Collins & Bill Hirst
Wednesday 13th John Holland & Gunnar Hallberg
Thursday 14th Michael Byrne & Simon Cope
Friday 15th Brian Senior - a special seminar on tactics for match pointed and point-a-board games
Saturday 16th David Burn
Sunday 17th Espen Erichsen

These sessions begin at 11:00am and are free of charge. We hope you will join us.

For information on the competitions that are taking place during the congress, please see the event website.

Really Easy Afternoon in October at three venues

At the Autumn Congress in Peterborough we will hold another Really Easy Afternoon. It will take place on Friday 17th October, and we hope that you will join us, or encourage your friends and relatives to take part.

The event will also be held concurrently at Richmond Bridge Club and Bradford Bridge Club, and it will be scored across the three venues. The event at each venue is open to all - EBU members and non-members alike.

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.

Of course for more experienced players there is the main congress, held at the same venue from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October.

For more information, please read on...

English success at European level continues

Congratulations to Graeme Robertson and Tom Paske who won the bronze medal in the European Under 25s Pairs Championships. They are pictured with the other medal winners (Graeme is on the left, Tom is 4th from the left).

This adds to the English medal haul this summer, following the success of the teams in the European Championships.

Tom also did well in the Mixed Pairs, finishing sixth with Sarah O'Connor. Sarah then went on finish fifth in the Girls Pairs with Sinead Bird.

England was represented by twenty four juniors across the four events at the European Youth Pairs Championships in Bergausen, Germany. They all acquitted themselves well with most pairs scoring over 50%.

New EBU Calendar

The EBU calendar, showing forthcoming competitions, has been improved and is now live on the site. The different types of event are now clearer and easier to filter, and it is now much easier for you to import the information into your own online calendar (whether you use Google, Apple, Outlook or other calendar). Guidance on how to do this is at the foot of the calendar page.

New videos for TDs

To help club Tournament Directors with some of the more commonly occurring situations in which they may be called we have produced a series of videos.

'How Can I Help You?' covers six 'errors', such as a revoke, and an insufficient bid. We hope you find them useful.

The videos can be viewed on our website, or through YouTube.

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