March 2014

Join our Really Easy Afternoon at the Easter Festival

At the Easter Festival of Bridge in London, on Friday 18th April, we will hold our first Really Easy Afternoon. We hope that you will join us at this event, or encourage your friends and relatives to take part.

The event is intended as an introduction to 'congress bridge' for those who may have recently learned how to play, or have yet to take the next step in the development of their game. It is open to pairs and individuals, and to EBU members and non-members alike.

It will take place at the Royal National Hotel on Bedford Way in Bloomsbury, just off Russell Square.

Of course for more experienced players there is the main congress, held at the same venue from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April. For more information, please read on...

Haberdashers Aske win Schools Cup

The team of Jack Ronayne, Dylan Dissanayak​e, Jonathan Clark and Kripa Panchagnul​a (pictured) from Haberdashers' Aske school have won the School's Cup, defending the title the school won in 2013.

They beat the Loughborough Grammar School team of Ben Norton, Sam Parry, Surendran Harendra, Ben Palmer by 15 imps in the final. A Loughborough Grammar School team and a team from Manchester Grammar School were the beaten semi-finalists, with LGS winning the 3rd place play-off.

The event was part of the Young Bridge Challenge, held in Loughborough on 15th March, which saw a number of competitions take place. The Harry Scully Trophy was won by Harry Madden, Bethany Madden, Gideon Harvey and Daniel Winter. The Plate competition was won by the St Paul's School team of Theo Heymann, Nicholas Heymann, Meng Chen Li and Joe Benton. The minibridge competition was won by Jack Bratley and James Ruxton.

The next junior competition is the Under-19 pairs, held in London as part of the Easter Festival of Bridge.

National Pairs Regional Finals

The Regional Finals of the National Pairs took place on 16th March at five venues in England.

The South-East Regional Final in Leatherhead was won by Jean Smallwood & Eddie Lucioni.
The South-West Regional Final in Bristol was won by Miles Cowling & David Jones.
The Midlands Regional Final in Solihull was won by Mark Goddard & David Hodge.
The Northern Regional Final in Bradford was won by Stuart Davies & Richard Winter.
The Eastern Counties Regional Final in Peterborough was won by Paul Darby & Steve Dannell.

One hundred pairs across the heats have qualified to play in the National Finals in Bedford, on the weekend of 5th and 6th April 2014.

England win the Camrose

The England team has won the Camrose for the third year running.

After the first weekend, held in Wales in January, the England team were 8 VPs off the lead. They overhauled this deficit by winning all five of their matches on the second weekend, held in Manchester, to win by 7 VPs.

Congratulations to the team of Ben Green (also NPC for the second weekend) & John Holland, Norman Selway & Derek Patterson, Brian Senior & Nevena Senior, Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester & David Gold, and Tom Townsend & David Bakhshi, and NPC Simon Cochemé. The team from the second weekend is pictured with the trophy.

Northern Ireland were second, and the EBU team were close behind in third place (there were two English teams by virtue of being host for the second weekend). Well done on their bronze medal to Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty, David Kendrick & Jonathan Mestel, Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger, Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne, and Phil King & Cameron Small, and NPC David Burn.

2014 Women's Online Spring Bridge Festival

The 2014 Women's Online Spring Bridge Festival will take place 7th – 13th April 2014.

As the name suggests it is just for female players. Run by the WBF and taking place on Bridgebase Online there are a number of pairs and individual tournaments, taking place at different times to suit players in different time zones. So, there is likely to be an event to suit you.

The winner will receive the entry fee for themselves and the partner of their choice at the Women’s Pairs Championship in Sanya, China, together with accommodation in a twin room for the duration of the Pairs event.

If you take part let us know how you get on.

If you enjoy playing online please look at the EBU Online Games.

Smith/Smith and Byrne/Murphy/Green/Holland win at York Spring Congress

The York Spring Congress took place 28th February to 2nd March, substituting for the usual congress in Harrogate.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Cathy Smith & Andrew Smith (pictured left). The narrowly trailed Ed Scerri and Gary Jones prior to the penultimate round, but a 19-1 win saw them leapfrog their nearest rivals, and a victory in the final round secured the title. They finished on 142, with Ed and Gary on 130 and Celia Oram and Derek Oram on 129.

The Swiss Teams was won by the team of Michael Byrne & Andrew Murphy and Ben Green & John Holland (photo). They comprehensively won their first six matches, but defeat in their final match meant they only won by 4 VPs. Second were Martin Jones & Gavin Mackay and Matthew Brown & Degsy Williams who, by beating the Byrne team in the final round, moved up a place in the standings. Tied for third, 1 VP back, were the team of Joy Blakey & Irving Blakey and Rhona Goldenfield & Bernard Goldenfield, and the team of Paul Hackett & John Sansom and Sandra Penfold & Brian Senior.

The weekend opened with the Open and Mixed Pairs events. Bogdan Drobny & Roman Gembicki won the Open Pairs, ahead of Ben Green & John Holland. The Mixed Pairs was won by Celia Oram & Derek Oram with Lorna Swadling & Alastair Gidman in second.