Entries open for Open European Trials

We are accepting entries from pairs wishing to compete in the Open European Trials. The Trials will consist of three stages, to select two pairs, (to join a third pair to be selected at a later date), to form the team to represent the England open team in the 2020 European National Teams Championship, to be held in Funchal, Madeira, from the 17th to 27th June 2020.

Entries should be sent to gordon@ebu.co.uk by 5th September and all applicants will be accepted to at least the first stage of the trials.

The entry fee will be £150.00 per player for the first stage played, plus £75.00 for those who play in a second stage.

Clark & Panchagnula win U26 Pairs

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

They finished on +110.5 IMPs, with Theo Gillis & Jack Ronayne in second on +69 and Eshan Singhal & Ian Robson in third with +62.4.

Steve Barnfield

We were saddened to learn of the death of Steve Barnfield. Earlier this year, he was presented with a silver award for his long service to Regulation and Laws & Ethics. He was Chairman of the L&E for six years and served on the committee before that. He was a referee for some years and he was also until recently the EBU pro bono advisor.

He will be sadly missed and we send our condolences to his family.

His long time friend Richard Fleet has written a heartfelt obituary.

His funeral will be held on Monday 2nd Sep at 11.30 in Tunbridge Wells

New EBU forum to discuss EBU tournaments

Following the well-attended meeting at Eastbourne on the way forward for EBU tournaments, we now have a new forum to discuss this, both in general and in respect of the Summer Meeting. Those who are not already registered with the forums will need to do so before they can post, but it’s straightforward and anyone who does not appear to be a spammer will be routinely approved! Various short posts have been created to start the discussions off, reporting a number points that were made at the meeting or have been since.

Mossop team wins Four Star Teams to conclude Summer Festival

The Summer Meeting concluded on Sunday with the Four Star Teams competition, which was won by the team if David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Justin Hackett and Jason Hackett. They were 12 VPs ahead of the second placed team of Paul Denning, Richard Plackett, Patrick Shields and Richard Chamberlain.

The B Final was won by Artur Malinowski, David Herman, Waseem Naqvi and Hussain Ali, with Mike Ash, Christopher Chambers, Paul Barton and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder in second. The Swiss Teams, which continued after the top team progressed to the finals, was won by Tom Townsend, Bernard Teltscher, Phil King, Kevin Castner and Mark Teltscher.

Summer Meeting Hub (for results, articles from the Summer Meeting, and more)

Bridge England Sim Pairs now supporting Junior Teams

The Bridge England Simultaneous Pairs, will now be supporting the EBU Junior Teams and as such has been re-named the Junior Squad Sim Pairs. The event will still take place on the usual dates next February, and will also keep the same format.

The next Juniors Squad Pairs will take place: 3rd – 6th February 2020. We hope that your club will consider hosting a heat, and support our junior teams, and that you will encourage your members to take part – if not at a heat at your club, then at one in your local area.

Your participation, and contribution towards ensuring bridge has a bright future, is greatly appreciated.

Clubs should enter via the EBU website. Members interested in playing can find lists of all the clubs taking part on the EBU website.

School's Out For Summer...

Summer holidays can seem never ending when you are trying to come up with new, fun things to do with the children and grandchildren, week after week. Well fear not, the staff at EBED Youth have got you sorted!

Places are still available for the EBED Junior Teach-In 2019 and with this event just around the corner, why not come and enjoy a packed weekend of Bridge Tuition, Coaching and plenty of Play for all young people.

This fun filled event is being held at The King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton, from 30th August – 1st September 2019. The price is £150 for Juniors and £180 for accompanying Adults including Full-Board accommodation, the Bridge and other fun activities! Non-Residential places are also available. To book online, please visit www.ebedcio.org.uk/JTIbooking

For more information, contact Giles on 01296-317228 or e-mail giles@ebedcio.org.uk.

Bridge storyline on Coronation Street

Tune in to Coronation Street again tonight at 7.30pm for the continuation of the storyline involving Ken's bridge club. Taking place in the iconic Rovers, bridge player Ken decides to host a club night in the pub. He is joined by Brian and Cathy, Evelyn, Geoff and Yasmeen, but things don't go quite go according to plan.

To help create the storyline, the show's writers consulted EBU member and Manchester bridge player David Debbage, seen pictured with some of the cast of the show.

The storyline continues into next week.

  • Watch on ITV 1 from 7.30pm or catch up on the ITV Hub
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