Dean Swallow wins November's online competition

The winner of November's Funbridge Ladder Competition is Dean Swallow. Dean's four best scores in our online games in November averaged 64.58%, with Ryan Stephenson second with 63.43% and Dave Simmons third with 63.06%.

These players receive a cash prize, and a copy of the GOTO Bridge software, kindly donated by Funbridge.

A new ladder competition will take place in December. Our games on Funbridge take place each Saturday and Sunday, and there will be an extra game on Boxing Day. As you can play at any time during the day, stopping and restarting as often as necessary, you should be able to fit playing around any festive activities this month. Each game costs just €2, and Master Points can be won.

For more details on playing in our online games on Funbridge, please see this FAQ page.

Darren Evetts leaves EBU Board

Darren Evetts has tendered his resignation from the EBU Board of Directors, which has been accepted by the Chairman. We thank Darren for his service since joining the Board in 2013.

2017 Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

At this week's AGM the 2017 Sim Pairs prize draw took place. Each host club, and the top pair at each club, were entered in to a draw.

The full list of winners, including the runners-up from the prize draw, and the overall winners for each heat, can be seen here. The winners of the top prizes were:

Pairs winners
1st Prize - £1000 per pair Cliff Short & Anne Short Hemel Hempstead Bridge Club
2nd Prize - £500 per pair Frances Moor & Peter Edwards Deben Bridge Club
3rd Prize - £200 per pair Jim Ramadan & Charles Broughton-Pipkin Petersfield Bridge Club
Club winners
1st Prize - £1000 York Bridge Club Yorkshire
2nd Prize - £500 Lines Bridge Club Cambs & Hunts
3rd Prize - £200 Stamford Bridge Club Northamptonshire

The 2018 will have a similar prize structure, and entries for all events are open now. We hope you will take part as the proceeds from each of the events helps to support bridge in England.

  • The British Sim Pairs (in January, April, July and October) and Club Stratified Sim Pairs (in March) help to support the work of the EBU in providing services to you, the members, and to your clubs and counties
  • The Bridge England Sim Pairs (in February) helps to support England's international squads, including the four junior teams which will be competing in the World Championships in China in 2018
  • The EBED Sim Pairs (in May and September) helps to support the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development

For more information on the competitions, and how clubs can register to take part, see the information via the Sim Pairs webpage.

EBU accounts - an overview of income and expenditure

Every year, the EBU’s annual accounts are made available. This year's account were approved by the Shareholders at the AGM yesterday, and will be made available online soon alongside those from previous years which are available at www.ebu.co.uk/official-documents.

We are aware, however, that some people find this information a little impenetrable, so some charts were created to give a simple overview of the source of the EBU’s income, and where the money is spent. These can be seen by clicking 'read more'. We hope this is interesting and useful to you in understanding how the EBU’s finances are structured.

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