EBED Teaching Award 2019

English Bridge Education & Development have this year launched a new annual teaching award, to celebrate a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution via the teaching of bridge.

Nomination forms have been emailed to all current students. Examples of some of the criteria that EBED are looking to base the award on, are:

  • A significant impact a bridge teacher has had on your life or the life of your community
  • A significant improvement which has impacted on a bridge club due to a teacher's activity
  • A teacher who you feel has gone "above and beyond" to further the teaching of bridge

The award is specifically for the teaching of bridge to adults. Nominations are welcomed from any interested party, for more information or to request a nomination form emails should be sent to david@ebedcio.org.uk and should be received by 17th May 2019.

We hope to present this award at the EBED Teachers Conference, taking place from the 14th to the 16th of June at the Mercure Hotel, Milton Keynes (more information about the conference).

Cambs & Hunts win Tollemache Cup

Cambs & Hunts has won the Tollemache Cup - the inter-county teams of eight championship - claiming the trophy for the second time (the first in 1980).

The team (pictured) was: Paul Barden, David Kendrick (who was also part of the 1980 winning team for Cambs & Hunts), Jonathan Mestel, Jon Cooke, Giles Woodruff, Julian Wightwick, Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty

They finished on 87 VPs, 6 ahead of Berks & Bucks, with Manchester finishing in third.

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

For the third year in a row, England has retained both the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, which this year was hosted by Ireland at the weekend.

In the Junior Camrose, the England team finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with a total of 171.33, 2nd placed Ireland finished on a total of 95.27.

Congratulations to both teams.

The English participants were:
Junior Camrose team: Charles Bucknell, Dominic Price, Ben Norton, Shahzaad Natt, Ian Robson, Eshan Singhal (NPC: David Bakhshi)
Peggy Bayer team (pictured): Sam Anoyrkatis, Liz Gahan, Oscar Selby, Imogen La Chapelle, Theo Anoyrkatis, Andy Cope (NPC: Michael Byrne)

Novice team from Lincolnshire wins Harrogate Congress Swiss Teams

The main teams event at the Harrogate Congress was won by a team of relatively inexperienced players at this level, Kiat Huang, Mark Wardell, Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke (pictured). The team, from Lincolnshire played remarkably well as they had not played as a team before and had not won any previous EBU event. The Congress was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

European Bridge League TD promotion

Congratulations to Ian Mitchell, EBU staff member and secretary of the EBU Laws and Ethics Committee, who at the Tournament Director course of the European Bridge League in Antalya on 5th - 10th Feb, came 4th out of 60 in the overall assessment and was promoted to become an EBL Tournament Director.

Black Team 3rd in Cavendish

Team Black have finished 3rd in the Cavendish Team event in Monaco.

The team, consisting of Andrew Black, Gunnar Hallberg, Andrew McIntosh, Peter Bertheau, Derek Patterson, Phil King, defeated team Warriors to take the third place on the podium.

EBU members David Gold and Zia Mahmood also finished in 3rd place in the pairs event of the competition.

Full details of the results can be found on the Cavendish website.

Athens Congress Results

The Overseas Congress in Athens, sponsored by Bridge Overseas, concluded yesterday.

Sue McIntosh & Philip Cooper (picture here) were top in the Swiss Pairs, finishing with 140 VPs. Mark Westley & Maria Budd were second with 135 VPs, and Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot were third with 131.

In the Swiss Teams, the O'Hara team - Sue O'Hara, Nelson Stephens, Ruth Edmondson & Brigid McElroy - finished on 127 VPs, 6 VPs ahead of the field. The team of Chris Taylor, Joyce Skelton, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot were second.

February issue of English Bridge out now

The February 2019 issue of English Bridge is out now, and should have been received by post by all eligible members.

The online version, which contains extra content, is available to members via My EBU (once you have logged in use the 'Magazine' link in the top right corner of the My EBU webpage). More information on accessing and using the online version is available.

Bridge the gap between play and study

Researchers at the University of Stirling are using our card game to develop an academic discipline called the Sociology of Bridge. The University is launching a ‘Keep Bridge Alive’ campaign on Tuesday 5 February to establish the new field of study, which explores how interactions within the mind sport of Bridge encourage well being, healthy ageing and social connections.

It is hoped the research will highlight the benefits and skills that playing Bridge provides, including promoting focus and clear thinking, helping to alleviate stress and boosting self-esteem.

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