Bridge Fraud URGENT

In a further follow up to the article last week about fraudulent emails, we ask all clubs to remain vigilant with regards to “phishing” emails.

There have been a number of clubs that have reported being targeted, with at least one resulting in a financial loss.

The pattern seems to be that they get the name of the Treasurer and someone else on the committee (presumably from the club website) and then write to the Treasurer asking them to pay a bill (examples include the fraudulent email purporting to be from the Bridge Warehouse), or transfer money. They give some payment details (including sort code and account number), and then sign the email as being from the other club official.

Please ensure all committee members, especially Treasurers, are familiar with the potential signs of a fraudulent email. Please think twice about making any payments, and always check if these payments are expected before proceeding. Once a payment has been made via bank transfer the bank can do very little to stop or reverse the payment.

There can be lots of tell-tale signs that it isn't genuine, although easy to miss if you are not vigilant. Some signs the email may not be genuine are:

  • URL links within the email do not match genuine websites (hover over the link without clicking on it to check it)
  • The return email address is different from the sender
  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • The email asks for personal information or payment

If you have any concerns regarding emails received from the EBU please contact us directly. Any suspicious emails should be reported to Action Fraud.

Leicestershire wins at Inter-County Leagues finals

The National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at Coventry Bridge Club on Sunday 16th June.

Congratulations to Leicestershire who won the 'A' final for the first time since their victory in the inaugural event in 2007.

Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire retained their ‘B’ and 'C' Division titles, making it four times in succession for Hertfordshire.

Pictured are the Leicestershire team (Simon Stokes, Nick Stevens, Ian Bruce, Dick Pathan, Jim Mason, Colin Dean, Duncan Happer, Ben Norton)

EBED Teacher’s Conference

This weekend saw the return of the EBED Teacher’s Conference, held this year in Milton Keynes.

Based on feedback received from the 2017 Teachers Convention, the theme for the event was Recruitment and Advertising where the weekend was full of talks, case studies, presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions.

The highlight of the weekend was the inaugural EBED Teacher of the Year Award which was given by EBED Chairman Andy Margetts to Chris Lohan (pictured), much deserved for her hard work and dedication. Video of the award presentation.

Manchester wins Pachabo Cup

The Pachabo Cup has been won by the Manchester team of Michael Newman, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, John Holland (pictured, left to right). Three of the four were also winners in last years winning team, they were joined this year by Alan Mould. All were part of Manchester's winning team in 2015.

The Pachabo Cup is contested by the holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association of EBU, and 29 counties took part in the event held on 8th - 9th June. It uses a hybrid system of scoring, combining both 'point-a-board' and IMPs converted to VPs.

Manchester scored 210 with Hants & Isle of Wight (Andy Hughes, Jeremy Dhondy, Steve Preston and Dave Huggett) in second on 208.5. Gloucestershire were third with 198, and in equal fourth place with 193.5 were Middlesex and Worcestershire.

Barden and Cooke win Corwen Trophy

Paul Barden and Jon Cooke representing Cambs & Hunts won this year's event with 61.18% over four sessions. The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships. Paul and Jon previously won it in 2014.

Second place was taken by Ed Scerri and Dick Davey from Berks & Bucks with John Brearley & Ross Shine of Lancashire in third.

Upcoming Club Director Training Course Dates

English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) has organised the following training courses for aspiring club directors. Each course consists of four days. There are additional spaces available at each venue, so please book if you would like to attend. The courses are open to all and can be booked by individuals or by clubs on behalf of their members. Participants can select different venues for each part of the course as necessary (i.e. it’s not essential to do all the dates in one go at a single venue!). For additional information, or for clubs to make a booking, please contact Richard Banbury by email richard@ebedcio.org.uk while individual EBU members can book directly via MyEBU.

Entries for the Gerard Faulkner Salver closing soon

Applications to enter the 2019/2020 Gerard Faulkner Salver close on Monday 17th June.

Introduced in 2002, the Seniors Knockout Teams for the Gerard Faulkner Salver has proved to be very popular event. It is open to teams consisting of four to six players, all of whom are EBU members born in 1958 or earlier.

The event is played as a knockout throughout, with matches played privately. Matches prior to the semi-finals will be played over 32 boards, the semi-finals 40 boards, and the final 48 boards. Matches in the early stages will be arranged so as to avoid long journeys wherever possible. There is a repechage round for first round losers, so all non-seeded teams are guaranteed at least two matches.

The entry fee is £79 per team. The easiest way to enter is online through MyEBU. You can also call 01296 317203/19, email comps@ebu.co.uk.

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