May 2014

Taylor & Hackett, and Solomon team, win in Oxford

The Oxford Midweek Congress was held 27th to 29th May.

The Championship Pairs event was won by Martin Taylor & Justin Hackett, just 0.17% ahead of John Holland & Pat Davies. Warner Solomon & Taf Anthias were third. The B stratification was won by Lloyd Sarsby & Gitte Sarsby, with Susan Dunnett & Andy Baruch winning the C stratification.

Those who performed well in the Pairs continued their run of form in the Swiss Teams event. Warner Solomon, Taf Anthias, John Holland and Pat Davies (pictured, with John absent) joined forces to take the top prize, finishing 8 VPs clear. Paul Littlewood, Fiona Littlewood, Derek Oram and Celia Oram were second, and Justin Hackett was joined by Paul Hackett, Roger O'Shea, and Jason Hackett to finish third.

The B stratification of the teams was won by the team of Pat Johnson, Peter Scotting, Geoff Wootton and Tony Verran. The C stratification was won by Michael Green, Chris Shambrook, Gordon Maxwell and Ilan Sirkis. Their pictures are available below.

Congratulations to them all.

June issue of English Bridge available now

The June issue of English Bridge is available online via the members area of the website.

Printed copies have been posted and should be delivered in the next few days.

The online magazine archive contains issues of English Bridge back to 2007, and also Contract Bridge Journal from the 1940s and 50s, and EBU Quarterly from the 1960s.

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Rees & Kay amongst winners at Spring Bank Holiday Congress

Tim Rees and Alan Kay (pictured with EBU Chairman Jeremy Dhondy) were narrow winners of the Championship Pairs at the Spring Bank Holiday Congress in Bournemouth, finishing just 0.16% ahead of Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne. Miles Cowling & David Jones had an excellent final session to move into third place.

The 'B' final was won emphatically by Maxine Julius & David Arundel, who finished over five per cent ahead of their nearest rivals, Bill Gardner & Heather Dhondy.

The Swiss Pairs, for those who did not reach the finals or were unavailable to take part in the earlier stages of the Championship Pairs, was won by Alastair Gidman & Lorna Swadling. They finished twelve VPs ahead of second placed David Gold & Allison Green.

The first winners of the weekend were in the Really Easy Afternoon which took place on Saturday afternoon. The event was intended as an introduction to congress bridge for those with less experience, and was won by Christine Denning & Titia van der Heijden. Tom Nell & Richard Hawkes were second.

The congress concluded on Monday with a Swiss Teams. This was won by Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Mike Scoltock & Paula Leslie. They won six of their seven matches to finish on 111 VPs. There was a tie for second, with the team of Liz Hayton, Addis Page, Stephen Gore & Geoff Fogg and the team of Jette Bailey, Alan Bailey, Warner Solomon & Taf Anthias both finishing on 97 VPs. The 'B' Stratification in the event was won by the team of Anne Waterhouse, Rosetta Smyth, Michael Butler & Eva Butler.

Congratulations to all the winners over the weekend.

EBU Online Games cancelled for the summer

The spring months have seen a significant decline in the number of players taking part in the EBU Online Games, and the majority of the recent games could not take place due to insufficient people. It was therefore decided not to run the games during the summer.

No games will take place until further notice.

We are sorry for any disappointment caused by the cancellation of the games.

We will reassess their viability later in the year with a hope of starting them again in the autumn.

Premier League Dates

The event will be held on:

  • 1st Weekend: 20th - 21st September 2014 (Richmond Bridge Club Div 1, Wimbledon Bridge Club Div 2, London)
  • 2nd Weekend: 27th - 28th September 2014 (Manchester Bridge Club)
  • 3rd Weekend: 7th - 9th November 2014 (West Midlands Bridge Club, Solihull)
  • Reserve Weekend: 31st October – 2nd November 2014

There will be a change in the Conditions of Contest for 2014 to require each player to play one match against each team. The full Conditions of Contest will be published in due course.

Ireland win Teltscher Trophy, with England third

The Teltscher Trophy, previously known as 'the Senior Camrose', has been won by Ireland (pictured left receiving the trophy from event patron Bernard Teltscher). They won the three day event in Belfast by 2 VPs, picking up enough points against Great Britain in the final match to finish narrowly ahead of their opponents.

England, represented by Clive Owen and Brian Senior , David Kendrick and Roger Gibbons (pictured here), improved after a slow start. They were second highest scorers in the second set of matches to move from sixth after the first evening up to third overall.

NPC Simon Cochemé kept a blog throughout the event, giving an entertaining report on some of the highlights of the weekend.

Brighton Hub and Forum

The Brighton Summer Meeting is less than three months away, so hopefully you are planning your trip to the South coast for sun, sea and small slams.

We have two resources which will hopefully help you make the most of your trip to Brighton. The Brighton Discussion Group is a forum in which you can ask questions about the congress, get advice on parking, share tips on restaurants, and try to find partners or team mates for our events. Wendy has set the ball rolling for 2014, and is looking for a partner.

We also have the Brighton Hub. During the congress this will have results, photos and articles, but over the next few months it will provide a summary of the travel, accommodation and tourist information.

For the full congress schedule, and entry information, please visit the event webpage.

If you have any questions, or have any advice to pass on, please share it with us, and let's make Brighton brilliant.

Online games - updated schedule

Unfortunately it has been necessary to end the lunchtime speedballs.

All other games, and the monthly prize competition, are continuing as before. The games are run by EBU directors, with Master Points awarded, and there is chance to win cash prizes in our monthly competition.

The schedule is now:
every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm;
every Saturday at 4pm (with IMPs scoring);
every Sunday at 4pm, 6pm and 9pm.

All games are 16 boards in 96 minutes.