May 2016

Pianola free for a year to affiliated clubs

As a new benefit for affiliated clubs (old and new), we have arranged a deal for those wishing to try Pianola. As a part of your EBU affiliation you can use Pianola completely free of charge for twelve months.

Pianola allows clubs to manage their membership, communicate with their players, publish the club’s results and build a website. Players benefit from personal analysis of their performance and can use the system to advertise for a partner, when they need one. Pianola integrates closely with the EBU database in real time, so changes you make in Pianola are automatically and instantly replicated on the EBU database. Adding or removing members, uploading results, retrieving all your members' NGS and grade information - Pianola automates the whole process. Many of these features are unique to Pianola, and it is seen by many as the leading online platform for bridge clubs.

To take advantage of this offer contact sales@pianola.net and mention you're an EBU club.

Entries open for 2016 Premier League

Applications are invited for those wishing to play in the 2016 Premier League.

The event takes place over three weekends in the autumn, and acts as an international trial, with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2017 Camrose Trophy series, and in the European Champions' Cup 2017, if England qualifies. It is also part of the Championship Series, with points earned towards the Player of the Year competition.

Update: A Change of Date - Due to a clash with an international event we are now holding the third weekend of the Premier League on the reserve weekend date of 5th-6th November at West Midlands BC.

Applications for entry should be made to dawn@ebu.co.uk by 5th June 2016.

Further details are available on the event webpage.

EBED Sim Pairs raises over £11,000 for health project

The EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs has recently finished, with over 130 clubs and 2300 pairs taking part. The event has raised over £11,000 which will be specifically used to help fund English Bridge Education and Development's work researching and promoting the health and social benefits of playing bridge. Thank you to all who took part.

Work on this project is already underway, with researchers at Stirling University preparing a survey which will gather information to look at the effect of playing bridge on the respondents' perception of various topics.

This is just the first stage of a larger project that will take place over the coming months and years. If you would like to continue to support EBED’s work one way to do so is by entering the EBED Autumn Sim Pairs which will take place 5th to 9th September.

EBUScore training sessions at the Summer Meeting

At the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne there will be two training sessions for those wanting to learn how to use EBUScore, or how to get more from it.

These will be on Friday 26th August at the Winter Garden, and organised in conjunction with English Bridge Education and Development. The morning session will be an introduction to the basics of EBUScore for those unfamiliar with the software (or the Jeff Smith suite on which it is based). The afternoon session will be for more experienced users, and will address the scoring of more complicated events and look at more advanced ‘troubleshooting’.

Each session will be free to those who are part of an EBU affiliated club, but places must be booked in advance via the EBU Competition Department – 01296 317203/219. When booking please let us know the club you are representing. Places at the sessions may not be available to those who do not register in advance.

EBUScore is the bridge scoring program provided and maintained by the English Bridge Union. It is available free to all affiliated clubs, counties and EBUTA (now EBTA) teachers. Find out more at www.ebu.co.uk/ebuscore.

Ireland win 2016 Corn Cairdis match

The annual Irish-English Friendly, for the Corn Cairdis (Cup of Friendship), took place 7th - 8th May at the delightful Monument Bridge Club in Limerick. Congratulations to the Irish for beating the English by 247 to 232 VPs. In the 24 year history of the competition, the English have won fifteen times, the Irish nine. Full details of the match can be found here.

Next year's event is being hosted by Norfolk. If any club or county would like to host the event in 2019, please contact Peter Stocken at puzzyboo17@gmail.com.

The English teams (pictured) were:

  • Officials: Peter Stocken (Doncaster) & Philip Mason (Malton); Ron & Lesley Millet (Leeds)
  • County: Sue Gill & Matt Millson (Norfolk); Jim Deacon (Corby) & Mark Tilley (Stamford)
  • Club: Marcus Witt & Bill Chadwick (Stamford); Alan Coker & Doreen Simpson (Stamford)

Bridge players raise funds for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

Two bridge-themed fund-raising initiatives in aid of Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research have recently taken place. First, the Big Bridge Quiz, won by Brian Short of Edinburgh, raised in the region of £3,000. Second, 'Some Enchanted Evening', an evening of bridge mixing elite players and 'amateurs' held in the glamorous Glaziers’ Hall, on the river near London Bridge, raised nearly £20,000 for the charity. Winners on the night were Gunnar Hallberg and Anita Sinclair.

Finalists for Garden Cities Trophy decided

The Regional Finals of the Garden Cities Trophy took place on Saturday 7th May at four venues. The event featured 33 teams of eight which won their county championship, and the top two at each heat progress to the National Final which will take place on 25th June.

Defending champions Manchester BC topped the table at the Bradford heat, winning all of their matches. Deva BC, from Merseyside and Cheshire, finished second and join them in the national final.

At the Peterborough heat, last year's runners up Cambridge BC qualified comfortably. They won all eight of their matches, and finished 41 VPs ahead of Kettering BC from Northamptonshire.

The Regional Final held in Bristol produced the closest results, with only 10 VPs out of a possible 160 covering the top 5 teams. Trowbridge County Town BC, from Wiltshire, finished top, with a tie for second between Taunton BC, from Somerset, and Allendale BC from Dorset. The tie was split in favour of Taunton.

Young Chelsea BC, representing London, and Reading BC, from Berks & Bucks, were the two qualifiers from the Regional Final held in Richmond.

Oram team wins Hubert Phillips Plate

The Hubert Phillips Plate - the consolation event for those knocked out of the early stages of the Hubert Phillips Bowl - has been won by the team of Derek Oram, Celia Oram (both Herts), Peter Lindon and Dee Lindon (both Berks & Bucks).

The competition is for mixed teams, and is played on the pivot principle so each player partners each of the team mates for a third of the match. Aggregate scoring is used.

Playing against Irene Robinson, Mike Huggins, Jeremy Rickard, Peter Shelley and Jack Terry (all Avon), the Oram team built up a huge lead of 3280 after 32 boards of the 48 board final. This was whittled down to 2560 after 40 boards, and then, with the Robinson playing aggressive and enterprising bridge, they almost snatched victory. The piled up 2390 points in the last eight boards, but it wasn't quite enough, and they missed out by a mere 170 points.

EBED Student Sim Pairs results available

The results of the EBED Student Sim Pairs, which took place throughout March, have been finalised. See the EBED website for the winners.

Book soon for Lake Garda Congress

If you hope to join us at the Bridge Overseas Lake Garda Congress in October, then please book soon. There are still double/twin rooms available from our allocation but these will only be held until 13th May. After that requests for rooms will depend on availability from the hotel. Our allowance of single rooms has been booked, and there is a waiting list should any more single rooms become available from the hotel.

Please make all accommodation enquiries and bookings to Bridge Overseas 0800 0346 246.

The congress takes place 5th - 11th October 2016 at the Grand Hotel, Gardone. Further information on the venue and schedule is available on the event webpage.

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