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

Max Bavin awarded WBF Gold Medal

Congratulations to Max Bavin, who has been awarded the World Bridge Federation's Gold Medal in recognition of his services over many years as the WBF's Head TD - a position from which he has recently retired.

The award was announced by WBF President Gianarrigo Rona at the World Championships which concluded this weekend in Lyon. Max became the EBU's Chief TD in 1986 (leaving the position in 2012) and was appointed the WBF's Head TD in 2003.

England win silver medal in Venice Cup

England's Women have won the silver medal in the Venice Cup at the World Championships. This great result means that England's Women have won medals in the last three Venice Cups - the only country to do so since 2003 - and in seven of the last eight major World and European competitions. Congratulations to Sally Brock & Fiona Brown, Catherine Draper & Nicola Smith, and Sandra Penfold & Nevena Senior (with NPC Derek Patterson and Coach David Burn).

The final against China started well, but the tide turned in the second session, and after five sessions England were willing to concede defeat.

NPC's blog: Derek Patterson, NPC for the team, has been writing a blog during the championship, and you can read it here.

Quarterfinal v. Russia

220-199
Semifinal v. Sweden

205-184
Final v. China

107-206 (concession after 5 sessions)

For the results from the round robin phase, and session results from the knockout stages, click 'read more'.

USA2 was winners of the both the Bermuda Bowl and D'Orsi Bowl competitions.

Update: In the Transnational Teams which ran in parallel with the main events, the Percy team of Peter Crouch, David Gold, Andrew Robson, Anita Sinclair, Zia Mahmood (USA) & Marion Michielsen (Netherlands) (with Marshall Lewis of Croatia as NPC) finished in third place.

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