December 2017

England's Women competing in China - three silvers for Sally Brock

The members of England's Women team have been competing in China in the 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games. The competition featured four of the world's leading teams, and Fiona Brown & Sally Brock, Catherine Draper & Nevena Senior, and Lizzie Godfrey & Nicola Smith were invited to play following the team's medal winning performance in the 2017 Venice Cup.

In the opening teams competition, England were beaten in the final by Sweden.

In the Pairs competition, Sally & Fiona finished 2nd, Nevena & Catherine were 4th, and Nicola & Lizzie came 7th.

In the individual competition, Sally completed a hat-trick of silver medals. She was the only English player to finish in the top half of the field.

England Juniors play in Channel Trophy this weekend

England's Junior teams have traveled to Leuven, near Brussels, to take part in the Channel Trophy this weekend. The competition pits England, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands against each other, with competitions for the U26, U26 Women and U21 teams.

The England teams are:
U26: Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton ; NPC: Paul Barden
U26 Women: Yvonne Wiseman & Alexandra Birchall ; Siyu Ren & Laura Covill ; Ewa Wieczorek & Olivia Bailey; NPC: Giorgio Provenza
U21: Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden ; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; NPC: Michael Byrne

Matches can be watched on Bridge Base Online from 6:45pm this evening (see their schedule for details). The event concludes on Sunday morning.

Junior fundraising rolls out

Fundraising to send our four Junior Teams (U26; U26 Women; U21; U16) to the World Youth Teams Championships next year has begun in earnest.

EBU Vice-Chairman Ian Payn has taken responsibility for the campaign after the resignation of Darren Evetts from the EBU Board. He will be supported by the Chairman of the Selection Committee, Gillian Fawcett, Squad Leaders, players themselves and their parents, in his endeavours to engage counties clubs and individuals in raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

County Chairmen have already been written to, and the response so far has been encouraging (Sussex having already raised funds well before the letters even went out), and we have also received a very generous donation from the Worshipful Company of Playing Card Makers.

This campaign has only two rules:

  • 1. No contribution is too small, We are grateful for any effort.
  • 2. No hard sell: this is an entirely voluntary affair.

There is very exciting news on the major sponsor front, as well. Squad Leader for the Women’s U26 Sally Brock has managed to acquire a massive £10,000 donation from Touchlight to fund travel and, crucially, training for the U26 Women’s team. We are incredibly grateful to them.

"Touchlight is delighted to support the Under 26 Women’s Bridge team and look forward to seeing their progress throughout 2018.
Touchlight was established on the conviction that our ever-increasing understanding of DNA would lead to its emergence as a material of the future. As such we have developed, patented, scaled and evidenced a revolutionary enzymatic platform to enable the new generation of DNA-based products."

But it’s not all about big packages – we want everyone who wants to, to feel a part of this, to feel they’re encouraging the future of the game.

If you want some ideas or further information please e-mail Ian Payn (idp@ebu.co.uk) or Peter Stockdale (peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk).

Teshome team wins Silver Plate

The Silver Plate - the consolation event of the Gold Cup - has been won by the team of Sarah Teshome, Tony McNiff, Richard Winter and Bill Townsend (with Tom Cohen who played in an early round).

They beat the team of Nick Stevens, Colin Dean, David Kenward and Gareth Roberts by 14 IMPs in the final.

EBU Christmas opening hours

Office hours: The EBU office will be closed for the Christmas period from midday on Friday 22nd December until 9am on Tuesday 2nd January.
We will also be closed from midday on Friday 15th for the afternoon for the staff Christmas meal.

The Bridge Warehouse: The last posting dates are Wednesday 20th for 2nd Class Post & 48 hour courier delivery, and Thursday 21st for 1st Class Post & 24 hour courier delivery. Orders should be made by midday on those days.
Orders can be placed online over the Christmas period - www.ebu.co.uk/bridge-warehouse - and will be dispatched when the office re-opens in January.

Competitions: If you wish to enter one of the Year End Congresses in London or Blackpool please make every effort to do so in advance of the office closing for Christmas, although you can enter at the venue in London.
Please enter online through My EBU, or via 01296 317203/219 or comps@ebu.co.uk.

Give our online games a try over Christmas

Christmas is a great time to try our online games with Funbridge.

As well as the usual games we have on Saturdays and Sundays there are also two extra games on Boxing Day and on New Year's Day. You can choose to play in a game scored by match points, or by IMPs, or in both. As you partner one of Funbridge's 'robots', and play against two other robots, you can play at any time between midnight and 10pm, and you can stop and restart as often as you want. It's ideal for the gaps between games of charades or while waiting for the sprouts to boil.

Acol is one of the bidding systems available for you to choose, and you can set which conventions and carding methods you and your robotic partner play.

The games cost €2 (when bought through the Funbridge website - by charging in Euros we can charge less than £2), and Master Points can be won. There is also a monthly competition with cash prizes. The games are open to everyone.

We hope you will take part. Please see the FAQ for more details on the games and for information on how to play.

Cambridge A win London Cup for university teams

University teams this weekend competed for the London Cup, a one day Swiss teams competition organised by Imperial College Bridge Club, and supported by English Bridge Education and Development, Young Chelsea BC and Farnborough BC.

16 teams from seven universities took part. The Cambridge A team, of Ben Kompa, Ryan Chan, Kripa Panchagnula and Jonathan Clark (pictured left to right with ICBC Chair Louise Selway), claimed the trophy.

EBED is keen to support university bridge clubs - please contact them if they can help in any way.

Updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge

The EBU Board has made updates to Best Behaviour at Bridge (BB@B), the EBU's 'code of conduct' which it would expect to be followed in all games of bridge.

One key addition is in the opening paragraph, which requires that

    "...anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class than any other person".

Whilst such incidences are thankfully rare in bridge, this hopefully addresses any concerns relating to 'hate crimes' which are now being recognised within society as a whole.

At the AGM the Shareholders voted to agree changes in the Byelaws relating to Disciplinary Rules. One change was to include a breach of the fundamental principles of BB@B as an offence which could be punished under the Disciplinary Rules.

We are confident that the vast majority of members play in way which adheres to all aspects of BB@B, but we hope that members are comforted by the fact that there are procedures in place to address the occasions when some members fall short of what would be expected. We would emphasise that the appropriate course of action is to raise any incidents with the TD as soon as they happen. Suffering in silence, or only telling a friend, will not help to eradicate from the game the behaviour of the few people who act inappropriately, and waiting until later to report it makes it much hard to deal with it effectively.