December 2016

Get your Christmas gifts from the EBU shop now, with free postage for larger orders

Updated: Please note that the offer on free postage mentioned below has now ended

The EBU shop has a wide selection of items which make great prizes for your Christmas party, or as stocking fillers for bridge-playing friends and family. Click on the image to the left to see some of the gifts we have available.

We are pleased to be offering free postage on orders from the EBU Shop over £100 (including VAT and any relevant discounts).

This offer is for those ordering before Wednesday 21st December 2016 and delivery must be to the UK mainland (excluding 'the Highlands & Islands'). To order and take advantage of this offer please call 01296 397851 or email bridge.shop@ebu.co.uk (this offer cannot be used for online orders). You can see all the available products, which includes bridge equipment, stationery, accessories and gifts, in our online shop.

The shop is likely to be busy in the lead up to Christmas, so please order as early as possible.

Irens team wins Teltscher Trophy trials

The team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway and Colin Simpson have won the trials to represent England in the 2017 Teltscher Trophy.

They won five of their six matches to finish on 96.55 VPs, 12.08 VPs ahead of the team of Paul Hackett, John Holland, Gunnar Hallberg, David Mossop, David Price and Brian Senior.

The 2017 Teltscher Trophy takes place in Northern Ireland from 19th – 21st May.

Double Dutch at the Junior Channel Trophy; England employ 'three second rule'

70 junior internationals put the 'young' back in the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, as it hosted the Junior Channel Trophy this weekend.

The Netherlands won two of the competitions, securing a narrow victory in the U26 event, and a comprehensive win in the U26 Women's competition. The U21 competition was won by the French team. The Dutch winners of the Channel Trophy (for the U26 competition) are pictured receiving the cup from Baroness Henig of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge.

Baroness Henig expressed her delight at seeing such enthusiasm for bridge amongst the young players, gave thanks to the organisers of the event, and praised the NBOs in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for their support of junior bridge.

England finished second in all three competitions. The U26 team ended the first round-robin in fourth, but good wins in the second set of matches, including a big victory over Belgium in the final match, saw them leap up in to second place. The U21s were in third for much of the event, but results in the final match - a large win against Belgium and defeat for the Dutch against France - saw them jump in to second place. The U26 Women were second for much of the event, and finished comfortably in that position, a long way behind the runaway winners, but 17VPs clear of third.

The England teams were Under 26s: Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts; Will Roper & Alex Birchall; Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; NPC: Alan Shillitoe
Under 21s: Ben Norton & Sam Behrens; Kripa Panchagnula & Jonathan Clark; Daniel Winter & Liam Sanderson; NPC: Michael Byrne
Under 26 Women: Laura Covill & Olivia Bailey; Yvonne Wiseman & Megan Jones; Jasmine Bakhshi & Liz Gahan; NPC: Bryony Youngs.

Tournament Bridge in England: 1925-1945

Those who have an interest in bridge history will hopefully enjoy reading this book over the festive period. Written by keen bridge historian Richard Fleet, it looks, as the title suggests, at the competitions that took place during a key period in the game's history. He also focuses on some of the main contributors, personalities, and great players of the era.

Thanks to Richard for all his work in putting this together and for sharing it with us all.

Enter the 2017 Sim Pairs - support bridge in England and maybe win big prizes

A new year of Sim Pairs events organised by the EBU starts in just a few weeks. We hope you, and your club, will be taking part.

The entry fees from each of the events help to support bridge in England.

  • The British Sim Pairs (in January, April, July and October) and Club Stratified Sim Pairs (in March) help to support the work of the EBU in providing services to you, the members, and to your clubs and counties
  • The Bridge England Sim Pairs (in February) in 2017 helps to support England's junior international squads, which is crucial for the development of youth bridge
  • The EBED Sim Pairs (in May and September) helps to support the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development, and in 2017 it will specifically support their efforts to improve and develop the infrastructure for bridge teaching in England

As well as helping the development of bridge, by taking part you, and your club, can win prizes. Each host club, and the top pair at each club, will be entered in to a prize draw (at the 2017 AGM) with a chance to win £1000.

The winners of the top prizes in 2016 were:

Pairs winners
1st Prize - £1000 per pair Shiv Datt & Richard Cumming-Bruce Marylebone Cricket Club Bridge Society
2nd Prize - £500 per pair Brian Smith & Ron Wall Louth Duplicate Bridge Club
3rd Prize - £200 per pair Gill Gold & Ray Green Hexham Bridge Club
Club winners
1st Prize - £1000 Grantham Bridge Club Leicestershire
2nd Prize - £500 Horsham Bridge Club Sussex
3rd Prize - £200 Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club Hertfordshire

The full list of winners, including the runners-up from the prize draw, and the overall winners for each heat, can be seen here.

For more information on the competitions, and how clubs can register to take part, see the information on the Sim Pairs webpage. A list of participating clubs can be seen by clicking on each competition.

Manchester BC members do well at puzzles on Radio4

Radio 4's You & Yours programme wanted to test out a new puzzle book, produced by GCHQ, so they took it along to Manchester Bridge Club.

When contacting the EBU to arrange the visit, the producers said they were looking for people who were keen to tackle puzzles and had good logical and lateral thinking. They had immediately thought of bridge players, and a trip to Manchester BC seemed to be ideal.

And the bridge players didn't disappoint, doing well with the puzzles - listen to see if you could answer the questions they were given.

TGR wins the NICKO

TGR A have won the 2015-16 National Inter-Club Knockout (NICKO), beating New Amersham B in the final.

It was a closely contested final, with TGR ultimately winning by just 9 IMPs after 48 boards. This was the first win in the competition for a TGR team, and for its team members: Artur Malinowski, Thor Erik Hoftaniska, Marilyn Malinowska, Graham Orsmond, Tom Townsend and Janet de Botton.

The defeated New Amersham team was Dick Davey, Sally Brock, Barry Myers and Ed Scerri.

"Bridge is cool": The Times reports on the rising popularity of bridge among young players

Bridge is "quite cool". So say the increasing number of juniors learning to play.

The Times featured an article on Saturday reporting on the rise in popularity of bridge amongst young players. The charity English Bridge Education and Development regularly receives calls from schools and bridge teachers wanting to introduce bridge into the classroom, and the number of juniors involved in activities organised by the EBU, EBED, affiliated clubs and counties, has risen sharply.

Bridge is proving very popular with the young players - in the article Gabriel, a pupil at Weald Primary School, describes it as "quite cool". Not only is bridge a fun activity for the children, but teachers and parents have also observed how it offers numerous opportunities for academic and personal development.

The BBC also featured the story on Radio 5 Live (see below) and talked to school teacher Ann Hutchison and junior internationals Jasmine Bakhshi and Liam Sanderson. The story was also on their Breakfast program on Sunday morning (sadly that is not available to watch on the iPlayer), and on Radio 5 Live.

English Bridge Education and Development are very keen to help establish bridge groups in schools and can provide equipment, teaching materials and contacts in the local area to help get things off the ground. Please contact Richard Banbury - richard@ebedcio.org.uk - for more information.

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