England wins Teltscher Trophy

England have retained the Teltscher Trophy, at the 'Senior Camrose' which took place in Belfast.

The England team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway & John Holland started slowly, losing three of their first four matches, but thereafter were undefeated. They finished on 138.82 VPs, with Ireland second on 122.39 VPs, and the Patron's team (which included Clive Owen & Brian Senior) third on 96.83.

It is believed that Tony and David are the first English players to have won the Junior Camrose, Camrose, and Senior Camrose.

The NPC for the team was Derek Patterson. Colin Simpson, who recently received the EBU's Diamond Award, was selected for the team but due to ill-health was unable to take part.

Top 50 clubs by players 2016/17

Every year we produce a list of the top 50 clubs by number of player sessions in the year, and we are pleased to announce this year's list. The top 5 are available below, and the full list can be seen via the 'read more' link.

1 Richmond Bridge Club =
2 Wimbledon Bridge Club =
3 Kenilworth Bridge Club =
4 West Midlands Bridge Club Limited =
5 Bristol Bridge Club =

Welcome to Castle Cary BC

We are pleased to welcome Castle Cary Bridge Club, in Somerset, the most recent club to affiliate with the EBU.

The club meets in the Methodist Church in Castle Cary on Thursday evenings, and visitors are welcome.

Brian Cook: 1936-2017

The EBU is sad to learn of the death last month of Brian Cook.

Brian was editor of English Bridge from 2001 to 2007. Writing in the magazine after Brian's final issue, then Chairman Sally Bugden said "(Brian) has been a consummate professional throughout his editorship. Personally speaking, he has been a pleasure to work with, and has provided a huge amount of support to the EBU’s role in developing bridge in England. We thank him for his excellent contribution...he leaves the magazine in extremely good shape".

His obituary from his local newspaper, in south Devon where he was a keen bridge player and teacher, is available here.

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