July 2014

Kendrick & Lamford, and Dhondy team win at Summer Seniors Congress

David Kendrick & Paul Lamford (pictured centre and left) were winners of the Championship Pairs at the Summer Seniors Congress in Eastbourne. After a strong performance in the qualifying round they won the final with a score of 56.25%. Janet Smith & Alan Wilson were second with 55.15%, and Bogdan Drobny & Maureen Kimbley were third with 54.78%.

The 'B' final was won by Berry Hedley & Graham Hedley (picture). They were nearly 2% ahead of Nigel Marlow & Nigel Lancaster, who themselves were around 3% clear of the rest of the field.

Vida Bingham and Nigel Osmer (picture) won all seven matches in the one-day Swiss Pairs event to take victory with 107 VPs. Malcolm Lewis & Nicky Adamson were second on 99 VPs, and Graham Foster & Steve Cade-Bowyer were third on 98 VPs.

On Sunday, the Swiss Teams was won by the team of Jeremy Dhondy, Alan Kay, Patrick Collins & Peter Law (picture). They were the only team to win all seven matches, and finished 5 VPs ahead of the team of Paul Hackett, Roger O'Shea, Colin Simpson & David Price. There was a tie for third between the team of Phil Thornton, Bob Holder, Robert Procter & Michael Robinson, and the team of Malcolm Harris, Maria Budd, Celia Oram & Derek Oram.

Worcestershire wins National Inter-County Leagues Finals

The National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at the West Midlands Bridge Club on Sunday 6th July.

Congratulations to Worcestershire who won the 'A' final, Lancashire for winning the 'B' final, and to Sussex who won the 'C' final. Pictured are the Worcestershire team (L to R: Steve Allerston, John Sansom, Richard Jephcott (Captain), Stewart Fishburne, Nick Forward, Mike Willoughby, Ian Thompson, Simon Harrison).

Autumn Sim Pairs now supporting EBED charity

The Autumn Simultaneous Pairs will this year be organised by English Bridge Education and Development CIO, with the EBU running the event and acting as its agent for entry fees. The funds raised from the event will go to the charity to help in its mission: the furtherance of bridge as an activity which enriches the life of all, and, secondly, a specific aim to foster bridge among those in full-time education.

Furtherance of the charity’s work depends upon the involvement of as many of you as possible in fund-raising events such as this. More details of the charity’s programmes, as well as information on how you can contribute, will soon be available via the charity’s website. Alternatively contact simon@ebedcio.org.uk

The event takes place throughout the week of 8th-12th September. Clubs should enter via the EBU website. Members interested in playing can find lists of all the clubs taking part on the EBU website.

European Championships round-up

What a great European Championship for the England team - the best in recent history, and perhaps only bettered by the performances in 1950, 1961 and 1963 when the Great Britain team won gold in the Open and Women's competitions (there was no Seniors event). Since the introduction of the Seniors event only one other time has a country won a medal in all three competitions - France in 1995 - so this performance by the England teams is a rare occurrence.

In addition, all teams qualified for the World Championships in 2015 in Chennai. The Seniors won the D'Orsi Bowl in 2009, and the Women were second in the Venice Cup in 2013.

The Seniors won Gold

The team of Paul Hackett & David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland, David Price & Colin Simpson, with NPC Simon Cochemé, dominated the final round robin after a shaky first match, winning 8 matches in a row and finishing up 12 VPs clear of silver medalists Sweden. Poland were third.

The Women won Silver

England Women's team of Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, with NPC Derek Patterson and coach David Burn, were narrowly pipped by the Netherlands after a final day in which the lead of the competition changed multiple times, and came down to the final board in the Estonia-Netherlands match. This adds to a long run of success for the England Women's team which has seen them pick up two gold medals and two silver medals in the last four major international events.


The Open Team won Bronze

The Open team of Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett, with NPC Simon Cope and coach Ben Green started the qualifying round slowly, but improved to win their group with the fifth best carry-over. They soon moved into the medal places, and beat the legendary Monaco team in their final match to secure the place on the podium - and so doing denied them victory. The competition was won by Israel.


The NPCs of all the teams wrote blogs throughout the competition, giving updates and insights into the matches and what was going on 'behind the scenes'.

Women's team win European silver!

England Women's team have won silver in the European Championships. They were narrowly pipped by the Netherlands after a final day in which the lead of the competition changed multiple times, and came down to the final board in the Estonia-Netherlands match. This adds to a long run of success for the England Women's team which has seen them pick up two gold medals and two silver medals in the last four major international events.

Congratulations to Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, NPC Derek Patterson and coach David Burn.

A Bronze medal for the Open team!

The European Championships have ended well with the Open team winning a bronze medal. They beat the legendary Monaco team in their final match to secure the place on the podium - and so doing denied them victory. The competition was won by Israel.

Congratulations to Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett, NPC Simon Cope and coach Ben Green.

This completes a hugely successful tournament for the England team, as it is the first European Championships from which all teams have returned with medals (in fact, only one other country has achieved it - France in 1995). Well done to them all.

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