Winter & Teshome win Swiss Pairs at Scarborough

The Scarborough Summer Congress took place this weekend (27th - 30th July), and the three session Swiss Pairs competition was won by Richard Winter & Sarah Teshome (both Yorkshire). They lost only one of their twelve matches and finished 11 VPs clear of the field. Jeffrey Allerton (Surrey) & Philip Wood (Notts) were second, with Georgia Ray & Steve Ray (both North East) a further VP behind.

In Friday's Multiple Teams competition the winners were Paul Darby, Steve Dannell, Mark Hill & Giles Ip (all Norfolk). They finished 2 IMPs ahead of John Atthey (Gloucs), Claire Robinson (London), and 50% of last year's winning team, Tim Prior & Paul Brereton (both Yorkshire). The 'B' final was won by Babs Matthews, John Farmer (both Cumbria), Bill White & Joyce White (both Manchester).

The Pre-Congress Pairs on Thursday was won by Rowena Clow & Claire Robinson (both London).

August issue of English Bridge out now

The August 2017 issue of English Bridge is out now, and a printed version will be delivered to all eligible members in the next few days. The 2017/18 Members' Diary will also be delivered with this issue to those eligible members who have not opted out of receiving one. If you are not eligible to receive a diary, and would like to purchase one, they are available from the Bridge Warehouse.

In response to feedback in the readers' survey there are four new columns starting this month. We hope you enjoy them.

The online version, which contains extra content including quizzes on some of the main articles and a feature on some of the junior initiatives taking place around the country, is available via My EBU (use the 'Magazine' link in the top right corner of the My EBU webpage). More information on accessing and using the online version is available here.

As explained in the last issue, as of this issue the County News in its traditional format is no longer part of the printed version of the magazine, and is instead part of the online version of the magazine. It can also be accessed directly via this link - County News (an archive of these sections is available here).

Updates to the Blue and White Books for 2017 now available

The annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book have been made by the Laws & Ethics Committee. There finalised versions can now be viewed and downloaded.

There is also a summary 'poster' covering the significant changes in the Blue Book. This is available for clubs to print off and make available on their noticeboard, or to distribute to interested members.

Please note that new regulations relating to ‘strong’ bids have replaced the Extended Rule of 25 - see the Blue Book for more details.

The content of these books applies to all events held on or after 1st August 2017.

Young bridge players visit House of Lords

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge welcomed another group of young bridge players to the House of Lords this week. The visit was by players from the Bridge4Schools programme in Berks, Bucks & Oxon, and started with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. They then played bridge with six Peers from the APPG - all of whom were all delighted with the enthusiasm the young players had for the game, and impressed by how well they played.

Many thanks to Baroness Henig and the members of the APPG for hosting the event, and to Joan Bennett for making the arrangements with the schools/parents.

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