September 2017

Learn to play with Bridge for All this autumn

Autumn is the ideal time to start learning to play bridge, with lots of lessons beginning around the country in the next few weeks. Many of these will be using Bridge for All, the national learning programme administered by the national bridge charity English Bridge Education & Development.

Bridge for All offers a range of books and courses to enable you to learn in a way which best suits you, whether that is one lesson a week, or a more intensive course.

To help introduce the options available, EBED has produced the video below. Please share it with anyone who may be interested in learning to play. If you want to display the video on your website please get in touch.

For more information on learning through Bridge for All visit the EBED website, or contact them.

Online competitions get off to a great start

The EBU's online competitions with Funbridge got off to a great start this weekend, with 71 players taking part on Saturday, and 84 playing on Sunday.

The ability to play whenever was convenient, and stopping and restarting whenever needed - made possible by playing with, and against, 'robot' partners - means it easy to take part and fit the game around the rest of your weekend.

The games will be taking place every Saturday and Sunday - why not give them a try this coming weekend?! For more information on taking part then please see here.

If you took part this weekend, and have any comments on what the EBU can do to increase your enjoyment of the games, or the likelihood of you playing again, then please get in touch.

Catherine Draper becomes World Grand Master

Catherine Draper was one of the four players who, after last month's World Teams Championships in Lyon, became WBF Grand Masters. She is one of eight active English women to have reached this milestone.

She is pictured receiving her certificate of achievement from WBF President Gianarrigo Rona (photo credit: WBF).

EBUScore manual now available

A new manual, to help those who use, or want to start using, EBUScore, is now available.

EBUScore is the bridge scoring program provided and maintained by the English Bridge Union. It is available free for affiliated clubs, counties and EBTA teachers. They can download the software via My EBU.

Sinclair team wins Crockfords Cup

The Crockfords Cup has been won by the Sinclair team of Dennis Bilde, Simon Cope (capt), Anita Sinclair, Peter Crouch & Zia Mahmood (plus Glyn Liggins, not pictured, who played in the early rounds). They prevailed by a single victory point in the closely contested eight team final.

The Sinclair team finished on 93 VPs from their seven matches, with the Barton team of Mark Moran (capt), Hugh McGann, Rory Boland, Tom Hanlon, Tommy Garvey & John Carroll on 92 VPs. There was a tie for third place on 77 VPs between the Jagger team and Mossop team.

This was a first victory in the event for all of the Sinclair team bar Peter, who also won in 2012.

Matches were shown on Funbridge Live, and can be viewed again through the archive feature.

The Crockfords Plate - the consolation competition for those beaten in the early rounds of the Cup - was won by Ian Reissmann, Andrew Murphy, Steve Eginton, Tim Rees, Mike Perkins & Chris Cooper (Chris not pictured). They finished on 93 VPs, with the team of Peter Lee, Ingar Hansen, David Burn & Arun Suri in second on 90 VPs.

Don't forget that entries for the 2017/18 Crockfords Cup close on 7th September - enter online through My EBU or on 01296 317219.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs has taken place and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Results will be finalised and Master Points credited once all the results have been submitted and checked.

English Bridge Education & Development is targeting the proceeds on “improving and developing the infrastructure for bridge teaching in England”. Thank you to all clubs and players who are taking part to support this important work which will help to ensure that new players can enter the game, and help it to thrive for decades to come.

One important project in this area which has recently been completed is the development of Fast Track Bridge - the new learning programme which gives the opportunity to learn to play bridge in just 24 hours of lessons.

Monday 4th September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 5th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 6th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 7th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 8th September Commentary Booklet

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