Entries for knockout competitions closing soon

The deadline for entering the Crockfords Cup has been extended until 10am on Friday 21st September, so there is still chance to enter but the draw will be made that afternoon so any later entries may not be possible.

Entries for the National Inter Club Knockout - the NICKO - close on Monday 24th September. Entries should be made by club secretaries on behalf of entrants from their club, so if you wish to take part please ask the secretary to submit the entry form from the competition webpage.

De Botton team leads Premier League

The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

The Second Division is being led by the team of Paul Fegarty, Catherine Curtis, David Kendrick & Mike Scoltock (Paul Barden and Jonathan Mestel will join the team in later rounds).

James Thrower, Ali Ahmed, Petar Ivanov & Todor Tiholov lead the Third Division (Fiona Brown will join the team in later rounds) - however that division is playing two round-robins (not three) and the first round is yet to be completed.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

Scott & Plumley, and Hauge team, win main events in Guernsey

The ten-day Guernsey Congress concluded on Sunday in the same way it started the weekend before - with an emphatic victory in the Swiss competition.

On the first weekend Alan Scott & Robert Plumley took the Swiss Pairs title by 19 VPs from Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke. On the second weekend, Rune Hauge, Reidar Laland, Erik Saelensmind & Dan McIntosh were even more dominant, finishing the Swiss Teams 24 VPs ahead of Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Maureen Stairs & Brian Stairs. This was the fourth consecutive year that Rune and Reidar have won the competition.

The other winners at the congress were:

Pre-Congress Pairs & Open Pairs - Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke Pivot Teams - Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Carolyn Fisher & Pat Watson
Men's Pairs - Ted Latham & Peter Baxter Ladies' Pairs - Angela Walters & Kathie Gill
Senior Pairs - Carolyn Fisher & Pat Watson Mixed Pairs - Jill Morgan & Martin Jones
Multiple Teams - Erik Saelensminde, Reidar Laland, Alan Scott & Robert Plumley Senior Teams - Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Maureen Stairs & Brian Stairs

We're recruiting a new Communications Officer

The EBU is looking for a new full-time Communications Officer to be involved with all aspects of our publications and communications strategy, with our membership as well as in the wider community.

Candidates should have good literacy and numeracy skills, be able to communicate effectively with both the written and spoken word, and be self motivated and able to plan and organise. They should be IT literate and able to use IT, including social media, confidently for communications purposes.

Some weekend working may be necessary to ensure media coverage of some special events. A reasonable knowledge of the game of bridge would be a significant advantage.

A fuller job description is available here.

The successful applicant would primarily work in our Aylesbury office though some off-site work would be required and some working from home might be possible. The successful applicant will ideally start in the role in late October, with a starting salary in the region of £30,000, depending on previous experience.

Applications should be made by 9am on Monday 24th September - please submit a CV and covering letter to Office Manager, Karen Durrell - karend@ebu.co.uk

Clark & Panchagnula win U26 Pairs

Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula have won the Under 26 Championship Pairs, which took place in London this weekend.

They finished on +140 IMPs, with Ian Robson & Eshan Singhal in second on +118.2. Under-21 pair Sam Anoyrkatis & Elizabeth Gahan were third. The leading under-16 pair was Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty who finished in ninth.

Hinden team leads qualifiers in European Mixed Teams Trials

The first stage of the trials to represent England in the European Mixed Teams Championships has been completed, with the Hinden team going through as top seeds.

Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Michael Byrne & Fiona Brown will have the first choice of opponents in the semi-final stage. The semi-final and final will take place on 8th-9th December.

The three teams joining them in the semi-finals are:
Catherine Seale, David Gold, Claire Robinson & John Atthey;
Anita Sinclair, Peter Crouch, Helen Erichsen, Espen Erichsen, Simon Cope & Marion Robertson;
Sarah Bell, Mike Bell, Alex Hydes, Yvonne Wiseman & Heather Dhondy.

The European Mixed Teams Championships are in Lisbon in February.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs have taken place and you can find all the results and commentaries via the links below. Master Points will be credited to the accounts of the top third of the field once the results are finalised in a few weeks' time.

Profits from the event go to the charity English Bridge Education & Development, to help its work in creating the new bridge players, and bridge teachers, which are necessary for the game to thrive. Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Monday 3rd September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 4th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 5th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 6th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 7th September Commentary Booklet

Mike Bell wins Player of the Year Championship

Congratulations to Mike Bell, winner of the Player of the Year Championship for 2017/18.

The Championship awards points for finishing in the top positions of major competitions, and Mike topped the table after winning the Premier League and Spring Foursomes, and high finishes in the Gold Cup and National Point-a-Board Teams.

The leading players were:

1st Mike Bell 37 2nd= David Gold 34 7th Chris Jagger 27.5
2nd= Alexander Allfrey 34 2nd= Andrew Robson 34 8th Tom Townsend 24
2nd= Tony Forrester 34 6th Graham Osborne 33

The full list of points scorers, and information on the 2018/19 competition, which restarts in October with the finals of the Gold Cup and the Two Star Pairs at the Autumn Congress, can be seen via www.ebu.co.uk/poty

Entries open for Teltscher Trophy and Lady Milne Trials

Applications are invited to compete in the Teltscher Trophy Trials, and the Lady Milne Trials.

Teltscher Trophy Trials
The trials will take place 15th – 16th December 2018 at the West Midlands Bridge Club in Solihull.

The Teltscher Trophy takes place in Scotland (venue to be confirmed), 5th-7th April 2019.

In line with European Bridge League and Bridge Great Britain eligibility criteria, players need to be born in 1958 or earlier to play in the Teltscher Trophy in 2019 and 2020.

Applications to dawn@ebu.co.uk by Monday 15th October 2018. The entry fee is £340.00 per team.

Lady Milne Trials

The Trials will consist of a Pre-Trial and a Trial. All applications will be accepted for the Pre-Trials, which take place 11th-13th January 2019 at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. The Trial, which will consist of a number of qualifying pairs from the Pre-Trials, plus any applicants the Selection Committee have chosen to exempt from the Pre-Trials, will take place on 1st-3rd February 2019, again at the Young Chelsea BC.

The entry fee will be £120.00 per player. The closing date for applications to dawn@ebu.co.uk has now been extended to the 24th October 2018..

The Lady Milne Trophy takes place 12th-14th April 2019, in Ireland (venue to be confirmed).

BBO operators needed

In order to provide coverage on Bridge Base Online of forthcoming competitions, we need more operators - those who sit at the table and watch, and click the relevant bids and cards as the play progresses so it appears online.

No previous experience is needed - it isn't hard and you can be shown what to do - and a contribution to your expenses at a rate of 80p per board is given.

Operators are needed for competitions at various times during the year in London and the West Midlands (including international trials, the Camrose Trophy, the Premier League, the Crockfords Cup, and Schapiro Spring Foursomes).

If you are willing to help, please contact gordon@ebu.co.uk for more details.

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