March 2018

Over 50 youngsters play in Warwickshire's Junior Challenge

On Friday, 16th March, Warwickshire CBA welcomed over 50 Year 5 & 6 pupils from two local schools to West Midlands Bridge Club to take part in their annual Junior Challenge.

At the end of the afternoon 15 participants were awarded certificates for completing the Minibridge part of EBED's Junior Award Scheme.

They also participated in the minibridge section of EBED's Students and Schools National Simultaneous Pairs which is taking place this spring. The hands can be played up until 31st March, so there is still chance for groups to take part.

The event was supported by WCBA, West Midlands Bridge Club and EBED, and their thanks goes to schools and staff for giving WCBA the opportunity to introduce the pupils to the wonders of the game of bridge.

Alishaw & Kennedy top of National Pairs qualifiers

The Regional Finals of the National Pairs took place on Sunday - albeit with a reduced number of venues as a result of cancellations due to the bad weather.

The leading pair, when the event was scored across all the venues, were Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy (who played at the Patcham heat) - they were also leading qualifiers in 2016. David Norman & Roger Eddleston (Patcham) in second and Tom Gisborne & Sandy Davies (Bradford) in third.

The top 50 pairs will be invited to take part in the National Finals which will be held in Coventry (not in Wyboston or Daventry as previously stated)

There were also prizes for those with the best score when the event was scored within each region. These were won by:

Region Name Heat
Northern Region Tom Gisborne & Sandy Davies Bradford
Midlands Region Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas Solihull
Eastern Region Ufuk Cotuk & Mark Tilley Stamford
South East Region Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy Patcham
South West Region All heats cancelled

Colin Simpson: 1948 - 2018

We are sad to learn of the death on Sunday of Colin Simpson.

Colin was a recipient of the EBU's Diamond Award in 2017 for his excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams. He was a Senior World and European Champion, and had represented England's Open and Senior teams in 13 World and European competitions.

His friends and team mates have described him as a great player, and a lovely man to spend time with both at, and away from, the table.

His obituary is available here.

English success in Philadelphia

Two English pairs have won competitions at the Spring North American Bridge Championships in Philadelphia.

Simon Cope & Peter Crouch won the Silodor Open Pairs, and Sally Brock & Fiona Brown won the Smith Women’s Pairs.

Haberdashers’ regains Schools Cup

The Young Bridge Challenge, organised by English Bridge Education & Development, took place in Loughborough on Saturday 10th March with young players from schools from around the country taking part in bridge and minibridge competitions.

20 teams contested the bridge competition which started with a Swiss Teams, after which the top teams representing a single school went on to a knockout phase to contest the Schools Cup.

This was won by Senthur Shanmugarasa, Ben Lewis, Jack Ronayne, Kavinthan Vickneswaran from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School. This was HABS' eighth win in the last nine years, and Jack is the first person to win the competition on four occasions. They beat the defending champions, Liam Sanderson, Theo Gillis, Oscar Selby & Carlos Lapuerta of Westminster School (picture), in the final. HABS B beat Reading in the third place playoff.

The remaining teams continued the Swiss Teams competition. The top finishers were the team of Elizabeth Gahan, Imogen La Chapelle, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope (picture) and they won the Harry Scully Trophy. The Schools Plate - for the highest finishing team from one school - went to William Clennell, Matthew Wadsworth, David Fryer, Euan Sarson of Reading (picture), after they finished in second place.

Thank you from all involved to Loughborough Grammar School for hosting the event.

Two new Board members appointed

Two new members have been appointed to the EBU Board of Directors.

We offer a warm welcome to:

  • Bev Godfrey - manager of St Georges Bridge Centre in Darlington, a bridge teacher, and member of the North Eastern Bridge Association Executive - who will have a specific focus on 'club matters'
  • Gillian Fawcett - current Chair of the Selection Committee, and a participant for England in ten Lady Milne competitions - who will focus on 'International issues' and on matters relating to 'sponsorship'

Club Stratified Sim Pairs

The Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs takes place this week 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.

The results will be stratified based on four categories:

A One or both members of the pair are at, or above, ‘Tournament Master’
B Both members of the pair are below ‘Tournament Master’
C Both members of the pair are below ‘Star Master’
D Both members of the pair are below ‘District Master’

The A stratification is also the main stratification - anyone is eligible to win prizes for that stratification.

Blue points and local points will be awarded to the top third of the overall ranking list. In addition, the top 1/3 of each stratification will get blue points and local points. If you are entitled to overall points and points for your strat, you will only get the higher of the awards – you won’t get two lots of points.

Monday 12th March Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 13th March Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 14th March Commentary Booklet
Thursday 15th March Commentary Booklet

Shelley team wins Senior European Trials Playoff

The trials to represent England in the Senior team at the European Championships have been won by Peter Shelley, Malcolm Pryor, David Muller, Alan Mayo, Rob Cliffe & Trevor Ward.

The closely contested playoff against the team of John Hassett, David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, Brian Senior, and Paul Hackett, was decided by 24 IMPs over 96 boards. Four of the six sessions were won by only single figure margins - a 39 IMP win in session 4 proved decisive for the Shelley team.

The European Team Championships take place in Ostend, Belgium, on 6th-16th June.