UPDATED 14th SEPT
The government announced on 9th September that starting on Monday 14th September, social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England. Although there will be some exceptions to this, none seem to cover the situation of any bridge clubs.
We announced then that this seemed to us to remove any doubt there may have been in our earlier advice to clubs about whether clubs can run any face-to-face games, and made clear that this will not be possible until such time as further changes or clarifications to the rules may be announced.
We have since then had our attention drawn to another two more recent government documents: the first says:
With the end of Lockdown League season 5, we are now inviting entries for the next season. It will follow the same format as the previous seasons and will start on Monday 28th September.
The deadline for confirming entries is Wednesday 23rd September at noon. Captains are to enter via this link and then await further communication. Entries are £30 per team and will be invoiced to the player allocated on the form.
There will again be prizes for the top two teams in each division, £40 for first place and £20 for second.
Please note, the price increase for this event is due to BBO recently adding a charge for team games.
The Bridge Warehouse is continuing to fulfil orders on a monthly basis. Orders placed in September will be despatched by Friday 2nd October.
We are pleased to announce that from October, orders will be despatched weekly.
We are sorry but we are currently unable to take telephone orders.
The Laws and Ethics Committee has created an Online Ethics Investigation Group to examine cases of suspected cheating and provide the EBU’s Prosecution Panel with information to help them when cases arise from this. The group is headed by Sarah Bell and currently comprises David Burn, Joe Fawcett, Ben Norton, Peter Clinch, Stephen Kennedy, Neeraj Tanna and Michael Byrne.
The EBU Disciplinary Panel has also been developing sentencing guidance for national use, which may be helpful for other bodies involved in any disciplinary cases of this sort.
It establishes the standard sanction for cheating as an individual to be 3 years membership suspension and for any pair that colludes the standard sanction will be 10 years suspension from membership. The names and sanctions should be published on the front page of the website.
Play an EBU tournament in September, get a refund in October!
Funbridge are offering all who participate in one EBU tournament in September, a refund in October. This offer is available throughout the whole of September.
This offer is limited to only one federation (EBU) tournament per player played before 1st October 2020 and doesn’t apply to free tournaments.
For more details visit Funbridge
In order to provide a regular game for less-experienced players who work or are otherwise busy during the day-time, starting on Monday 14th September we will offer a new “Relaxed 9-high Tournament” daily on BBO at 7.30pm. It will have the same format as our popular 11am game: $1.50 for 12 boards, 8 minutes per board, no robots, aimed at novice-intermediate players with an NGS of 9 or less.
To register for the games, log on to Bridge Base Online -> Competitive -> All Tournaments and put “EBU” in the search box. You will be able to select the appropriate game from the list from about two hours before it starts.
The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs starts today and you can find all the results and commentaries via the links below. Results will be finalised, and Master Points credited, once all the results have been submitted and checked.
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 for taking part, and we hope you will support the EBED Spring Sim Pairs, 10th - 13th May, 2021
The County Chair meeting took place on Wednesday via Zoom. The minutes will be written and published shortly.
For those who missed the meeting, it was recorded and you can watch the full session on the EBU YouTube channel: County Chair Meeting 2nd September 2020 (Please note the discussion about clubs reopening starts 38 minutes in)
To read the chat and questions click read more.
Those who have concerns about the actions of another EBU member should raise them with the Secretary of the Laws and Ethics Committee, email@example.com and should not make public accusations or insinuations on social media.
It is useful for reports of online bridge hands to be accompanied by a link - instructions for doing this from BBO are provided.