Goodbyes and hellos in Aylesbury

We have recently waved goodbye and said hello, to some staff members at our Aylesbury offices.

This week, Liz Goodchild has left the EBU after six years with us. After initially working in the Bridge Warehouse, Liz has recently been our Receptionist, and we wish her well in her new adventures. We have welcomed Briony Mobey as her replacement.

A little belatedly, we should also say farewell to Emma Gardiner, and welcome to Steve Walker, as Bridge Warehouse Assistant.

Entries for Lady Milne Trials close next week

Applications are invited to compete in the Lady Milne Trials.

The Trials will consist of a Pre-Trial and a Trial. All applications will be accepted for the Pre-Trials, which take place 11th-13th January 2019 at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. The Trial, which will consist of a number of qualifying pairs from the Pre-Trials, plus any applicants the Selection Committee have chosen to exempt from the Pre-Trials, will take place on 1st-3rd February 2019, again at the Young Chelsea BC.

The entry fee will be £120 per player. The closing date for applications to is 24th October 2018.

The Lady Milne Trophy takes place 12th-14th April 2019, in Ireland (venue to be confirmed).

Oram team reclaims Gerard Faulkner Salver

For the third time in five years, the winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Alan Kay & Jeremy Dhondy.

In a very close final, the 2014 and 2015 champions defeated Brian Senior, Norman Selway, Paul Hackett & Sandra Penfold by just 3 IMPs (Alan Mould also played for the runners-up in an earlier round).

Crouch team wins Gold Cup

The prestigious Gold Cup, organised by Bridge Great Britain, has been won by Peter Crouch, Anita Sinclair, Zia Mahmood, Marion Michielsen, Simon Cope & Glyn Liggins. The team, minus Anita, are pictured receiving the trophy from BGB's Sandra Claridge.

They defeated Jeremy Dhondy, Ian Pagan, Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan (pictured here) by 33 IMPs in the final. The defeated semi-finalists were the Green and Cliffe teams.

This was Peter's seventh success in the competition, moving him to equal fourth on the list of most victories. Only Tony Forrester (13), Boris Schapiro (11) and Terence Reese (8) have won more often. It was a third victory for Zia, a second for Simon and Glyn, and first for Anita and Marion.

The Gold Cup provided the first scores in the EBU's Player of the Year Championship, with the Crouch team taking an early lead. The next scoring event is the Two Star Pairs at the Autumn Festival.

24 different winners at Andalucia Congress

Another successful overseas Congress has come to an end, with an almost unprecedented number of different players enjoying success in the week's events. 24 different players were victorious in sunny Andalucia, with more than twenty other different players finishing in a runners-up position.

Waseem Naqvi & Jorg Dombrowe were the winners of the Swiss Pairs, losing only one of their ten matches to finish on 153 VPs. Steve Ray & Georgia Ray were second, 18 VPs behind, with Susan Pell & Carole Kelly and Joy Blakey & Irving Blakey tied for third on 130 VPs.

The Swiss Teams was won by Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy (pictured) who finished on 136 VPs. Brian Crack, Shirley Goldwin, Veronica Petrie & Andrew Petrie were second with 130 VPs.

The full list of winners was:

  • Pre-congress pairs: Veronica Petrie & Andrew Petrie
  • Swiss Pairs: Waseem Naqvi & Jorg Dombrowe
  • Women's pairs: Linda Fleet & Mary Homer
  • Men's pairs: Ted Latham & Bernie Hunt
  • Mixed pairs: Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy
  • Open Pairs: John Brearley & Judy Brearley
  • Pivot Teams: Green & overall - Bill Gardner, Sylvie Grant, Linda Quigley, Jon Harrison; Red - Albert Kitchin, Mike Harbour, Linda Fleet, Mary Homer; White - Gilly Cardiff, Adrian Fontes, Andrew Bennett, Karen Dewar;
  • Swiss Teams: Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy

The next Overseas Congress takes place in Athens, 30th January - 5th February 2019.

England promoted to second for 2014 European Championships

The European Bridge League have promoted England from third to second place in the final standings of the Open competition at the 2014 European Team Championships.

Positions were reassigned following the disqualification/withdrawal of the Israel and Germany teams in relation to cases of alleged cheating. Monaco has been announced as the new winners, with the England team in the silver medal position.

Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett, NPC Simon Cope, and coach Ben Green are pictured receiving their now-out-of-date bronze medals.

EBED seeks volunteers for forthcoming study

English Bridge Education & Development is undertaking research in to the cognitive benefits of playing bridge, and needs volunteers.

Your may recall an earlier request for volunteers, but they continue to need bridge players who are willing to participate in the study.

They are specifically looking for right-handed women, aged between 60 and 80, who have been playing bridge for at least 10 years.

Please see here for more details, and for information on how to find more about what your participation will involve. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Another World medal for Sally Brock

Congratulations to Sally Brock who has added to her hugely impressive haul of international medals, after winning the silver medal in the Mixed Teams at the World Bridge Series in Orlando. This follows her victory in the Women's teams competition earlier in the event.

Playing as part of the Wilson team, Sally fell just short of a second World title in as many weekends, the Manfield team coming from behind in the second half of the final to take the gold medal.

Two other teams with English participants reached the last 16 of the competition: Rosenthal (David Gold & Marusa Gold); & Gillis (Simon Gillis);

In the Mixed Pairs competition, the leading English pair was Sarah & Mike Bell who finished ninth. Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne also reached the A Final. In the Open Pairs, David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski came 14th.

Fiona Brown and Sally Brock are World Champions; plus silver & bronze for English players

Fiona Brown and Sally Brock are World Champions! After success in recent years for England's Women's team, they have now added the McConnell Cup, the World Championship for Women's teams at the World Bridge Series. Unlike in other Championships, where teams are restricted to players of the same nationality, this event is open to teams of players from more than one country, and in combination with four players from the USA Fiona and Sally have claimed the gold medal.

Whatever the result in the final, there would have been cause for British celebration, as they defeated a team which included Nicola Smith, Yvonne Wiseman, and Scotland's Paula Leslie.

And to complete the set of medals, a bronze medal has been won in the Rosenblum Cup (for Open teams) by the team of Andrew Robson, Alexander Allfrey, Tom Paske & Ed Jones.

Congratulations to them all. This medal haul makes it the best result by English players in the event in many years - and with more competitions over the next five days there may still be more... (see here)

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