June 2014

Paske/Cooke and Hampton Team winners at Riviera Congress

The Riviera Congress took place in Torquay on 27th to 29th June, with Swiss Teams and Swiss Pairs events taking place.

The Swiss Teams was won by the team of John Amor, Michael Prior, Keith Ashcroft & Michael Hampton. They are pictured (named from left to right) receiving the trophy from donor David Wing. They were one of three teams to win six of their seven matches, and their wins were large enough to take the title by seven VPs. The team of Alex Hogg, Alex Maddocks, David Jones & Trevor Ward were second, and Jackie Davies, Chris Smart, Roger Sweet & Naomi Gibbs.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Tom Paske & Jon Cooke (picture). They finished 12 VPs ahead of Alex Hogg & Alex Maddocks, who completed a weekend of 'close but not quite' with a second 2nd place. Taf Anthias & Pat Davies were third.

Seniors win European gold!

The England Seniors team have won a gold medal at the European Championships in Opatija, Croatia. The team of Paul Hackett & David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland, David Price & Colin Simpson, with NPC Simon Cochemé, dominated the final round robin after a shaky first match, winning 8 matches in a row and finishing up 12 VPs clear of silver medalists Sweden. Poland were third. This is England's first medal in this event and it also means they now qualify for the World Championships in Chennai next year, an event they won in 2009.

Our other two teams are going strong too. The Open team won their group and go through to the second Round Robin with the fifth best carryover and a terrific chance of picking up another medal. The women are currently lying first with five matches to play.

Thanks to Anna Gudge for the picture

Dunn team wins Hubert Phillips Plate

Congratulations to the team of Sarah Dunn (Captain), Nick Boss, David Ewart, Richard Johnson, Ewa Kater and Tom Townsend who have won The Hubert Phillips Plate.

The competition is for those who lost in the first round of the Hubert Phillips Bowl - the mixed, pivot teams knockout competition.

52nd European Bridge Team Championships

Mon 30th, 09:30F4Germany
17.45 ‑ 2.55
6.25 ‑ 13.75
Mon 30th, 13:30F5Russia
12.80 ‑ 7.20
6.25 ‑ 13.75
Mon 30th, 16:20F6Croatia
17.31 ‑ 2.69
15.66 ‑ 4.44
Tue 1st, 09:30F7Norway
11.48 ‑ 8.52
1.91 ‑ 18.09
Tue 1st, 13:30F8Sweden
1.56 ‑ 18.44
16.09 ‑ 3.91
Tue 1st, 16:20F9Monaco
14.60 ‑ 5.40
RR Total209.65297.60132.61
Position3 / 182 / 231 / 10
The 52nd European Bridge Team Championships have concluded, with all three teams winning medals. See the news items above for more details.

The NPCs have been writing blogs throughout the competition, giving update and insights into the matches and what goes on 'behind the scenes'.

5th Garden Cities win for Coventry & North Warks BC

Congratulations to Coventry & North Warwickshire Bridge Club who successfully defended the Garden Cities Trophy, and claimed a fifth win in the last ten editions of the event. They won six out of seven matches to finish 15 VPs clear of Hurworth BC and Manchester BC, who tied in second place.

The members of the winning team have all won the trophy multiple times, with Stephen Green and Roger Bryant playing in all five of the club's victories, David Jones in four, and Garry Watson, George Cuthbertson, Ian Handley, Martin Jones, and David Kenward in three.

Dip Your Toe In affiliates with the EBU

Welcome to Dip You Toe In, which has today affiliated with the EBU.

Dip Your Toe In is a club for less experienced, improving and intermediate players, and meets on Tuesdays in Taverham, near Norwich. Visitors are welcome, but individual players should contact the club in advance to try to arrange a partner.

Bridge-based World Cup Predictions

Can you predict World Cup results based on recent bridge matches between the two nations? This blog will have a go each day, and link to some matches and hand records from recent bridge tournaments to find the answers.