Hinden team leads Premier League after first weekend

The team of Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke & Chris Jagger are leading Division 1 of the Premier League after the first weekend. They took a large lead on the first day but this was reduced to just 4.63 VPs on the second day by the Allfrey team (Alexander Allfrey, Mike Bell, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Graham Osborne & Andrew Robson) - in part by a large victory in the head-to-head match. The Rosen team lies third.

Division 2 is being led by the Morris team (Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley, plus Catherine Draper & Andrew Woodcock joining the team later in the competition), 12.43 VPs ahead of the Dhondy team, with the Shields team in third.

The Gipson team (Paul Gipson, Alex Gipson, Sarah Bell & Alex Roberts, plus Simon Creasey & Graeme Robertson joining the team later in the competition) are ahead by just over 3 VPs in Division 3. The Igoe team is second, and the Porro team in third.

The second of the three weekends of matches takes place on 23rd-24th September. There will be coverage of Division 1 on BBO.

We are sorry for the problems with the coverage on BBO over the weekend. This was due to technical issues and operators being unavailable at short notice.

Allfrey & Robson retain Player of the Year title

Alexander Allfrey and Andrew Robson have jointly won the 2016/17 Player of the Year competition, retaining the title they won last year.

The competition awards points for finishing in the top places in the EBU's most prestigious events. Alexander and Andrew's main successes came with victory in the Swiss Pairs at the Summer Meeting, and as part of the winning team in the Premier League and Spring Foursomes.

1st= Alexander Allfrey 46 7th Zia Mahmood 32
1st= Andrew Robson 46 8th Tom Hanlon 30
3rd Mike Bell 42 9th Boye Brogeland 24
4th David Bakhshi 41 10th= Espen Erichsen 17
5th= Tony Forrester 34 10th= Chris Jagger 17
5th= David Gold 34

The full results, and more details on the competition, are available here.

Learn to play with Bridge for All this autumn

Autumn is the ideal time to start learning to play bridge, with lots of lessons beginning around the country in the next few weeks. Many of these will be using Bridge for All, the national learning programme administered by the national bridge charity English Bridge Education & Development.

Bridge for All offers a range of books and courses to enable you to learn in a way which best suits you, whether that is one lesson a week, or a more intensive course.

To help introduce the options available, EBED has produced the video below. Please share it with anyone who may be interested in learning to play. If you want to display the video on your website please get in touch.

For more information on learning through Bridge for All visit the EBED website, or contact them.

Online competitions get off to a great start

The EBU's online competitions with Funbridge got off to a great start this weekend, with 71 players taking part on Saturday, and 84 playing on Sunday.

The ability to play whenever was convenient, and stopping and restarting whenever needed - made possible by playing with, and against, 'robot' partners - means it easy to take part and fit the game around the rest of your weekend.

The games will be taking place every Saturday and Sunday - why not give them a try this coming weekend?! For more information on taking part then please see here.

If you took part this weekend, and have any comments on what the EBU can do to increase your enjoyment of the games, or the likelihood of you playing again, then please get in touch.

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