Issue with NGS calculation now fixed

Earlier today and yesterday we had an issue with NGS not being calculated. This has now been fixed. If you are still experiencing problems with NGS please contact us.

Transatlantic Seniors Cup

The three week Transatlantic Seniors Cup starts today.

Each evening one match will be shown on the BBO Vugraph with a half hour delay, starting at 7.30 pm.

The event, organised by the Polish Bridge Union, is in memory of Julian Klukowski - one of their most successful senior players. This 3 week event begins tomorrow - January 18th with matches at 7pm on BBO in a Swiss teams type of event for the first 2 weeks. In a top class field of 38 teams. England have two teams in the event:

National Point-a-Board Teams

Entries to the National Point-a-Board Teams closed on Friday 15th January.

This year the event is held on RealBridge, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January as an all-play-all round robin. This is a great opportunity to play in a national point-a-board event from the comfort of your own home.

As well as providing a rare opportunity to play with this fascinating and skillful form of scoring (known as Board-a-Match in North America), the congress will be ideal for players wishing to add to their Green Point tally since there will be enhanced master points (masterpoints will be awarded for matches won at a 50% enhanced rate in the qualifier and main final of the event).

Entry is £200 per team. The easiest way to enter is online through My EBU. You can also call 01296 317203 or email comps@ebu.co.uk.

For further information, visit the National Point-a-Board webpage or the results page.

Chair of English Bridge Education & Development

EBED is looking to recruit a successor to the current (non-executive) Chair, Andy Margetts, whose term ends this Summer. EBED is the national bridge education charity and its aims include: promoting the game of duplicate bridge; developing learning programmes and training materials (both online and physical) for teachers and students; training bridge teachers and tournament directors; and encouraging youth duplicate bridge throughout England. The EBU is a major donor to EBED.

We are looking for someone who really cares about the game of bridge and is passionate about promoting the game for future generations. The successful candidate is likely to have played a significant leadership role in their career (whether it be in a business, governmental, charitable or academic environment) and have the gravitas to lead a national organisation. They should be capable of thinking strategically, be able to work collaboratively with a range of personalities to create an effective team, possess the acumen necessary to make sound decisions and have a good understanding of the bridge world. As Chair, you will be ultimately responsible for governance of the Charity. The successful candidate will lead EBED’s board of Trustees and work with EBED’s CEO, Giorgio Provenza, to continue to develop the Charity.

A job description and profile of the role is available here. If you would like to register your interest in applying, or ask for further information about the position or the recruitment process, please email Andy at andy@ebedcio.org.uk.

Bridge on BBC Radio York

Jack Stocken, bridge teacher, and Mark Dunkley, secretary of York Bridge Club, were both interviewed yesterday afternoon on BBC Radio York's mid-morning show.

You can listen to Jack and Mark promote bridge as a game for all ages and all abilities via the BBC Radio York website. Jack's interview starts at around 1 hour 54 minutes. Mark's interview starts after 3 hours 26 minutes.

Jack hosts a daily bridge podcast and teaches bridge online. Mark has written a book about the first 75 years of York Bridge club, featured in the latest issue of Club Management Focus.

The interviews follow last week's article in the Sunday Times and Chris Lohan's (EBED Teacher of the Year, 2019) subsequent interview on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio West Midlands, along with Gordon Rainsford (EBU Chief Executive).

Clubs' Representative on the Board

Following a vote of EBU affiliated clubs, Gayle Webb has been chosen to be co-opted on to the Board as the clubs’ representative. Five candidates stood and after the two with the fewest votes were eliminated with their votes transferred to the remaining three, the results were:

Gayle Webb - 59
Nicky Bainbridge - 40
Peter Grundy - 13

Changes to sentencing guidance

At the end of December a meeting was held involving the lead volunteer representatives of the Disciplinary Panel, the Prosecution Panel and the Online Ethics Investigation Group as well as the Chairman of the Laws and Ethics Committee. The meeting, the first of its kind, was organised by the Chairman of the EBU, who was also present. It was a very constructive and pro-active meeting resulting in a full understanding of the issues facing each aspect of the disciplinary process.

Camrose Trophy First Weekend

The first weekend of the Camrose Trophy 2021 took place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January 2021.

After the first weekend of play, Ireland lead with a score of 60.71. In second place are the England team with 59.39 and Wales in third place with 49.79. Scotland finished on 44.42, Northern Ireland with 44.09 and the WBU team scored 39.60.

The second weekend will take place from 5th - 7th March, hosted by Wales.

EBU Competitions in 2021

The EBU is continuing to make firm decisions three months in advance of scheduled events and is clearly not in a position to confirm any live EBU events yet. However, the information below should give some idea of our plans and expectations for the rest of this month and the first part of the coming year.

All online congress and competition events run by the EBU listed below will be held on RealBridge, which not only provides a better playing experience over the alternatives, but also allows us more freedom with the formats we use, the prices we charge and the prizes we give. We do not however have any plans currently to vary our offering of regular daily online games on BBO.

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