March 2014

Radio play on Reese/Schapiro 'cheating scandal'

BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a play on Wednesday 2nd April at 2:15pm which centres on the Reese/Schapiro 'cheating scandal' of 1965.

Those unfamiliar with the event should read on for the BBCs summary of the scandal, or follow the link below to an article on the topic.

April issue of English Bridge available in the members area

The April issue of English Bridge is available to read and download from the members area.

Follow the link in the menu above, and log-in using your EBU number and password – if you can’t remember your password go to In order to receive a password reminder we must have your up-to-date email address. Once you have logged in, look in the right-hand menu, beneath the ‘Latest sessions’ and ‘Latest Master Points’ tables – you should see the magazines listed. Once the magazine has opened, if you wish to print any pages, or download the magazine to read off-line, click on the ‘spanner’ icon in the top right of the page and choose the relevant option.

If you do not wish to receive a printed copy of the magazine then we would ask that you opt out, either by updating your preferences in the members section of the website, or by letting us know by email to or on 01296 317201

CBAI defeats EBU in Corn Cairdis

The EBU was defeated by CBAI (the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland) in the this year's Corn Cairdis (Cup of Friendship) by 299 VPs to 180. Congratulations to CBAI.

The event was held at Regent Bridge Club in Ireland, and the scores and photos from the event can be seen on their website.

The EBU Team was: Officials Team - Peter Stocken & Dinah Stocken, Jeremy Dhondy & Simon Cocheme; County Team - Philip Mason & Robin Ashdown, Ian Johns & John O'Sullivan; Club Team - Ron & Lesley Millet, Marlene Jones & David Banks

Repeat winners in Online Games Competition

sephcat and evemh were emphatic winners of the Online Games competition for March, repeating their success from the previous month. They finished with 2.02 BBO Master Points, with diana_eva and hrothgar in joint third on 1.06.

sephcat and evemh will share the first and second place prizes, with each receiving BB$15.

The next competition will start tomorrow - the first day of April. The player who accumulates the most BBO Master Points in our games in each calendar month will receive BB$20. Second place will receive BB$10, with prizes being split in the event of a tie. The competition is open to everyone, including non-EBU members and those overseas, and hopefully gives an added incentive to those who play infrequently, or are thinking of playing for the first time.

As well as competing for the monthly prize you can also try to move up the overall point winners list (there is no prize for this, but the kudos is certainly significant) and you can earn EBU Master Points.

Games are played on Bridge Base Online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm, Saturday at 4pm (with IMPs scoring), and Sunday at 4pm, 6pm and 9pm

Albert Dormer (1925 – 2014)

The EBU is sad to learn of the passing of Albert Dormer (1925 – 2014) who contributed in many ways to British and International bridge, as player, journalist and administrator.

He was twice winner of the Gold Cup, in 1958 and 1963, and won the World Senior Pairs in 1990 with Alan Hiron. His journalistic career included time as bridge editor for the London Times, editor of British Bridge World, World Bridge News, and the International Bridge Press Association Bulletin, and contributing editor of The Encyclopaedia of Bridge. He was author and co-author of ten other books, including the Complete Book of Bridge. He was named IBPA Personality of the Year in 1981. His work in bridge administration included serving as Executive Assistant to the WBF President from 1982-1986.

England Juniors playing in White House Internationals

The England team of Alex Roberts & Toby Nonnenmacher and Simon Spencer & Kyle Lam, with NPC Mike Bell, will represent England in the 10th White House Junior Internationals in Het Witte Huis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event takes place from 30th March to 4th April 2014 and can be watched on vugraph via BridgeBase Online.

26 teams from 19 European countries, plus teams from China and Japan, will play a three-day (17 matches) round robin, producing four semi-finalists who will play a 42 board KO-match on Thursday 3 April resulting in the final on Friday 4 April. The teams that miss a semifinal birth will play consolation finals at Thursday and a Matchpointed game at Friday.

New Directors appointed

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Directors to the EBU’s Board.

Rob Lawy, from Somerset, is appointed to complete the term of office vacated by our past Chairman, Sally Bugden. Anthony Golding, from Hertfordshire, is appointed to the Board under Article 11.10.

Brock & Myers win Portland Pairs

The Portland Pairs took place on Sunday 23rd March and was won by Sally Brock and Barry Myers.

The Portland Pairs is a mixed pairs event, held simultaneously at fifteen venues around England and Wales, and scored across the whole field.

Sally and Barry were the highest scorers at the Richmond heat, and their score improved from 67.02% to 68.17% when scored nationally, giving them top position by nearly three per cent. Rebecca Dickinson & Alan Jarvis finished second, having finished in top place at the Sheffield heat, and Audrey Kueh & Shahzaad Natt finished third, having been placed second at the Richmond heat.

English success at Pakistan International Championships

English teams took the top two places at the recent 2014 Pakistan Day International Bridge Championship. The UK2 team of Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Mike Bell and Alex Hydes won convincingly, going through the competition unbeaten. The Barmy Army team of Sandra Penfold, Brian Senior, Tom Paske and Ed Jones claimed second place. In the pairs event which preceded the teams competition, Sandra and Brian finished second.

Join Lavazza and other stars in the Spring Fours

Team count: 55 Maria-Teresa Lavazza has entered her world champions - Giorgio Duboin, Agustin Madala, Noberto Bocchi, and Argentinian star, Alejandro Bianchedi - for the EBU’s premier event, the Schapiro Spring Foursomes. It will be the first time for many years that an Italian team has played in an EBU competition. She is not alone in finding the event attractive. World Champion Eric Saelensminde is among a contingent from Norway. Sabine Auken and Roy Welland, now on the German team, will be joined by Zia Mahmood and Marion Michielsen, the latter having made such an impact for the Netherlands. Add to the mix the Danes Denis and Morten Bilde, the Bulgarians Kalin Karaivanov and Rumen Trendafilov, the Polish Spingold winners Wojciech Gawel and Rafal Jagniewski, and top players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and you have a mouth-watering field. Here is a golden opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world. All you need is a partner and teammates who would enjoy the experience and your entry would be accepted. Neapolitan Club - the online bridge magazine - have an article about the event here