England's Women compete in China - Brown/Brock 2nd in pairs

The England Women are in action in the 2017 Beijing Hua Yuan Cup Elite Bridge Tournament.

In the opening pairs tournament, featuring 24 pairs, Fiona Brown & Sally Brock finished second, Lizzie Godfrey & Nevena Senior were fourth, and Catherine Draper & Nicola Smith were twelfth.

The event continues with a teams tournament from Wednesday to Saturday. A team from Scotland is also taking part.

Entries open for European Open Team trials

The EBU will hold trials for pairs to represent the England Open Team in the 2018 European Team Championships.
The trials, scored by Ximps, will be held over 4 full days, 12th to 15th January 2018, at the Young Chelsea BC. The top two pairs will be selected for the team, plus Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson who have been pre-selected.
The number of pairs in the trials will be limited. Applications should be made to dawn@ebu.co.uk by 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs will be notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.

Patterson wins Gold Cup

Congratulations to the Patterson team - Derek Patterson, Willie Whittaker, Andrew Black, Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King and Andrew McIntosh - who have won the 2016/17 BGB Gold Cup. They had an interesting series of matches, winning their Quarter-Final against Hackett by 1 IMP, then their Semi-Final against Allfrey by 1 IMP, and finally the Final against Brock by ... 127 IMPs!

The losing finalists were Sally Brock, Neil Rosen, Barry Myers, Martin Jones, Norman Selway and Kay Preddy (photo), who had beaten Reardon by 33 IMPs on Saturday. The finals were held at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London.

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