April 2014

Cambridge win the Portland Bowl

Cambridge University have won the Portland Bowl, beating the defending champions Imperial College in the final by 25 imps.

The semi-finals were held at the Portland Club on 5th April, with Imperial beating Edinburgh convincingly, and Cambridge beating Manchester. The final was held on 6th April at the same venue, and Cambridge team won 121-96.

The Cambridge team for the competition was Tommy Brass (Captain), Alexandra Birchall, Adam Bowden, Stefan David, Kyle Lam, and Toby Nonnenmacher. Imperial were represented by Filip Sebest & Kevin Satti, Jorrit Schafer & Kelvin Wong, and Sam Winslow.

Rowlands & Lee win National Pairs

Bob Rowlands & Peter Lee were convincing winners of the National Pairs, held on 5th & 6th April.

Bob and Peter, who qualified from the Regional Final in Leatherhead, won the final by over three per cent, ahead of Miles Cowling & David Jones in second and Julian Mitchell & Peter Clinch in third. This is the fourth time Bob and Peter have won the event, previously winning in 2003, 2007 and 2012.

The 'B' final was won by Michael Hampton & Bill Charlwood.

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight CBA registers as a charity

Bridge in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has received a boost with the recognition of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Contract Bridge Association as a charity. By affording HIWCBA this status the Charity Commission recognises the social benefit of the work HIWCBA does to organise and promote bridge in the county.

HIWCBA is the first county to be afforded this status, and joins a small number of clubs, and the new charity English Bridge Education and Development, in being recognised in this way. It is hoped that as more organisations are successful in their applications the information will be shared between successful and future applicants, and that the number will grow.

Canadian playing cards to change today

From today the Canadian Bridge Federation will be changing its playing cards to try to attract younger people to bridge. The cards will include famous Canadians, with the king being replaced on all cards by teen popstar Justin Bieber. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson will replace the queen and actor Michael J Fox, famous for the Back to the Future trilogy, will replace the jack.

From now on Canadian players will need to ask dummy to ‘play the Justin please’. There will be no penalty for asking for the cards by their former name, but it is hoped that such terminology can be phased out by the end of the year.

First Officer of Learning, Avril Sot, believes that by including popular and well-known faces younger players will be more interested in playing. ‘My daughter loves Justin Bieber,’ she says, ‘and any game where he is involved will certainly get her interested in playing. It may not be popular with everyone, but I am sure they will get used to it and appreciate that it is being done for the long term benefit of the game.’

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you like to see the EBU introduce a similar change in this country, and who would you include on the cards to get younger players interested? The boys from One Direction? Cheryl Cole? Follow the link below to give your opinion and cast your vote.