February 2017

Youngsters enjoy half-term bridge events

The February half-term was a break from school, but not from mental exercise as a number of bridge events for junior players took place. Unlike school, however, these proved to be very popular with the youngsters! Events included:

  • At West Midlands BC a group who had played minibridge at school were introduced to bidding, and had even bid and made seven clubs before the two hour session had ended.
  • At the Roehampton Club 18 youngsters, ranging in age from 6 to 14, with their parents, grandparents and helpers, were given a 2 hour introduction to mini bridge. The organisers report it was great fun - and not just for the children!
  • Wimbledon BC had 20 youngsters learning minibridge. It proved very popular, with one parent reporting they have already played a few times at home. The club is hoping to hold more sessions in the Easter Holidays.
  • In Guernsey, pupils in years 5 & 6 took part in the minibridge part of the EBED Students and Schools Sim Pairs. If your school or club would like to take part please see here for more information.

If you are planning any activities for youngsters - perhaps during the Easter holidays - please let us know. A calendar of upcoming junior events is available on the EBED website.

Zia team wins Lederer Trophy

The prestigious Lederer Trophy has been won by the team of Zia Mahmood, Jan Jansma, Simon Cope, Peter Crouch, Anita Sinclair and Allison Green (NPC). The invitation event is organised by the London Metropolitan Bridge Association, and the results, photos and event history are available on their event blog.

Seven champions crowned in Masters and Ranked Masters Pairs

Seven pairs were victorious this weekend in championships aimed at those with specific Master Point rankings.

The Ranked Masters Pairs at Birmingham featured six of these events, and the winners were:

The closest finish was in the Life Masters where Janis Maurins & David Woulds were pipped by just 0.33 IMPs.

The Masters Pairs, for those ranked below Regional Master, was held at seven venues around the country, and scored nationally. The winners were Elisabeth Bingham & Lars McBride (picture), who played at Richmond BC, with Ann Owen & Cath Fox, who played at First Class Bridge Academy in Billericay, finishing in second.

Croswell and Jones win at Harrogate

Congratulations to Croz Croswell and Martin Jones, who have won the two-day Swiss Pairs event at the Harrogate Spring Congress. They needed a strong finish and achieved exactly that, edging out Degsy Williams and James Thrower into second, ahead of Jack Stocken and Bill Townsend who were third.

The Swiss Teams on Sunday was less close, with the team of Paul Hackett, John Sansom, Brian Senior and Sandra Penfold winning every match to finish 17 VPs ahead of the Murphy team in second. The O'Connor team was third.

Wigoder team second in Cavendish

EBU member Charles Wigoder has finished second in the teams competition at the prestigious Cavendish event in Monaco. The team he captained was defeated in the final, which came down to the very last board, by a team captained by Zia Mahmood.

The team of English internationals, David Mossop and Paul, Jason & Justin Hackett, lost in the semi-final to the Mahmood team by a single IMP.

England win Junior International double

The Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer competitions took place at the weekend in Dublin and England ran away comfortable winners in both events.

In the Junior Camrose, the U26 team started off with a loss to Scotland but recovered quickly and ended up winning with a match to spare, ahead of Scotland and Ireland. This win makes it five in a row for England, and for Shivam Shah.

The U21 Peggy Bayer team (pictured) showed little mercy in reclaiming the trophy from Ireland, with every result going near maximum and ending up with 177.79 out of a possible 180 VPs from the weekend. More than 100 VPs behind them, the fight for second place was more competitive with the CBAI team edging out the Ireland team.

Under 26 team: Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Oliver Powell & Jon Derrick; Shivam Shah & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: Simon Cope; Asst NPC Harry Anoyrkatis (picture here)
Under 21 team: Ben Norton & Sam Behrens; Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC: Michael Byrne

Winter 2017 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

The Winter 2017 edition of the Club Management Focus Newsletter is available now here.

It contains news, articles to help you in the running of your clubs, details of forthcoming events, and important information about club administration. If you need any advice, or have any suggestions for issues you would like covered in the next newsletter, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mike Bell tops Master Point list for 2016

Congratulations to Mike Bell, who has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for the first time.

Mike earned 25,712 points, with Jason Hackett second with 20,741, and John Holland - who was top scorer for the previous four years - third with 20,647. David Gold has reclaimed the top spot in the Gold Point rankings, with Andrew Robson in second, and 2015 leader John Holland in third.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club. Pam Moore of Ridgeway Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Inu Kassam of Wimbledon Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Michael Shine of Herts & Essex Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third. The top scoring, lower-ranked players in each county also receive small prizes.

The full Master Point lists for 2016, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below. All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

London wins Tollemache Cup

London has retained the Tollemache Cup, winning the eight team final by 11 VPs. The team of Mike Bell, Sarah O'Connor, Nick Sandqvist, Tom Townsend, Phil King, Stelio Di Bello, Paul Lamford, David Ewart, Heather Dhondy and Kieran Dyke (NPC Ian Payn) finished on 99 VPs, with Middlesex and Kent tied in second place.

This was London's 21st victory in the competition, stretching their lead on the all-time list.

English success at the NEC Festival in Japan

EBU members were on the top two steps of the podium at the NEC Bridge Festival in Japan this weekend. The team of Jason Hackett, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior & Alex Hydes (picture) defeated Barry Myers, Sally Brock, and Americans Karen McCallum & Cenk Tuncok in the final.

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