January 2018

Cope team wins National Point-a-Board

The National Point-a-Board Teams has been won by the team of Simon Cope, Ed Jones, Tom Paske, Tom Townsend & Andrew Murphy. They finished 4.2 points ahead of David Kendrick, Jon Cooke, Mike Bell & Sarah Bell, with Alan Mould, Barry Myers, John Holland & Ben Green in third. Simon and Tom also won the competition in 2016.

The consolation final was won by Graham Sadie, Richard Granville, Richard Chamberlain & Patrick Shields (see picture here).

The event was part of the Championship Series, with points available in the Player of the Year competition. By finishing in second place Mike Bell moved to the top of the table and holds a three point lead.

Understanding the recent rule changes on 2-level openings

Frances Hinden, Vice Chair of the Laws & Ethics Committee, has written an article to help with understanding the changes to the rules on 2- and 3-level openings, which were introduced in the Blue Book (section 7C) in August. It may be of interest to some players and to most TD's.

TD's, and interested players, can discuss all topics related to Laws & Ethics in the TD Forum.

Warehouse/Sales Assistant wanted

The EBU seeks a Warehouse/Sales Assistant to work in the Bridge Warehouse. The position involves taking and dispatching orders, and liaising with the Bridge Warehouse Manager to maintain stock levels.

See here for more information on the position and submitting your application.

Allerton & Jagger win European Open Trials

The trials to play in England's Open team in the 2018 European Championships have been won by Jeffrey Allerton and Chris Jagger. They finished the four day trial on 110.50 IMPs, with David Bakhshi and Artur Malinowski in second on 76.87. Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke were third on 61.25, the top three pairs finishing well clear of the field.

The top two pairs will be invited to be part of the team alongside Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester, who were already selected.

The 2018 European Championships will be held in Ostend, Belgium, 6th - 16th June.

EBED gives support to junior fundraising

English Bridge Education & Development has offered its support to the ongoing fundraising efforts for the junior teams participating in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships.

Not only will EBED be making a donation from its funds, but a page has been established on its website which allows individuals to make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED, thereby allowing Gift Aid to be reclaimed. These donations will then be included as part of a larger donation by EBED to the EBU to support the junior teams.

Part of EBED's remit is to promote and develop the playing of bridge by those in full time education, and its constitution makes specific provision for supporting junior involvement in events organised by the World Bridge Federation. The fundraising will not only contribute to the costs of participation, but also to the squad's training sessions in the build up to the event so they can perform as well as possible in the competition. EBED hopes that this may give further enthusiasm to youngsters who may just be starting to play; that it may motivate more to give bridge a try; and that it may encourage more people to set up bridge activities for young players.

The EBU, and those involved in the squads are very grateful for EBED's contribution.

An update on sponsorship activity can be seen here.

Online games expanded; new year-long competition introduced

Following the success of our weekend online games with Funbridge, we have now introduced a game on Thursdays, which started on 18th January.

The games are proving popular as you can play at any time during the day (between midnight and 10pm), stopping and starting as often as necessary. This is because you play with, and against, robots, so don't need to be online at the same time as your partner or opponents. This means you can play any time, anywhere.

For more details on how to play, please see our FAQ page.

New year-long competition

In addition to our monthly ladder competition, we will be running a year-long competition in which you can win cash prizes. In the year-long competition, the player with the highest average from their 20 best scores in games played in 2018 will win £200, with further cash prizes for the rest of the top ten. This is in addition to the Master Points you can win in each game.

Join Stansfield BC in supporting England's junior teams

Stansfield Bridge Club has hit on an artistic way to raise money towards the cost of sending England's four junior teams to the World Youth Team Championships in August.

A limited edition print of a mesmerising bridge scene - entitled 'Dr Double' - by Rui Paes, an acclaimed painter, illustrator and muralist, is being offered for sale with all the profits going to support the junior teams. This is in addition to a donation from the club's own funds, and a further contribution through a raffle.

We are very grateful to all involved for their donation and for making this novel method of fundraising possible.

The prints will be signed by the artist in a limited edition numbered 1 to 500. Anyone wishing to purchase a mounted print (measuring 14½" x 11"), and in so doing give support to the junior teams, should place an order through Stansfield BC's website. The cost is £25 + post and packaging.

To find out more about the artist, and the print, click 'read more'.

England leads Camrose Trophy after first weekend

England sit atop the table after the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations'.

On a tightly contested weekend in Northern Ireland, England was one of four teams to win three out of five matches, but did so by sufficient margins (and kept the defeats small enough) to finish in first place. England are 4.93 VPs ahead of the CBAI team (as hosts of the second weekend Ireland can enter two teams) and 10.56 ahead of Ireland.

Well done to the England team: Michael Byrne & Kieran Dyke; Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; NPC, David Burn.

The final weekend takes place in Ireland on 2nd-4th March.

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