June 2014

North East BA representatives win Pachabo Cup

The team of John Atthey, Julian Gibson, Val Gibson and Bill March, representing the North East BA, has won the Pachabo Cup.

The competition is for holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association of EBU, and a North East team won for the second time, the previous time being in 2011. John also won the event in 2008 with Gloucestershire.

They finished on 213.5, well clear of the Manchester representatives (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton) on 200.5. The Lancashire representatives (Catherine Draper, Andrew Petrie, Andrew Woodcock, David Debbage) narrowly claimed the third step on the podium on 186.5.

Brock team wins 2013/14 Hubert Phillips

The 2013/14 Hubert Phillips Bowl has been won by the team of Sally Brock (Captain), Gunnar Hallberg, Barry Myers and Rob Sheehan.

The event is a mixed pivot teams, using aggregate scoring, and the Brock team won by 180 points after sixty boards - a very narrow margin after such a long match. In fact the final was close throughout, with the opponents, the team of Tom Gisborne (Captain), Sandy Davies, Mike Pomfrey and Dave Robinson, leading by 10 points with ten boards to play.

This is the fifth time that Sally and Rob have won the Hubert Phillips Bowl. It is a first victory in the event for Gunnar and Barry.

The 2013/14 competition results can be seen below. The 2014/15 competition recently started with many first round matches now completed.

English Juniors second in Finland

English Juniors put in a strong performance to finish second in the Junior Invitational Teams at the Midsummer Bridge Tournament in Finland. The team of Basil Letts, Ankush Khandelwal, Kyle Lam and Simon Spencer won six out of seven matches, including a win over the eventual winners Norway, but their margins of victory were not great enough to claim the top spot ahead of the Norwegians.

The team are pictured with their medals (l to r, Alan, Kyle, Ankush, Basil, Simon).

In the Open pairs event which followed, the top English performer was junior team NPC Alan Shillitoe who finished 11th out of 71 pairs.

German 'cheating' case - an update

In March the World Bridge Federation found a leading German pair guilty of cheating. They were accused of using a system of coughs to convey information. The German Bridge Federation - DBV - launched an internal commission to investigate the allegations, and they have released their report. The translated version is available below.

Barden & Cooke win Corwen Trophy

Paul Barden & Jon Cooke (pictured with EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy) have won the Corwen Trophy, held in Northampton on 31st May and 1st June.

The Corwen Trophy is open to the leading pairs in the current pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU. Paul and Jon qualified as representatives of Cambs & Hunts CBA, and finished with 59.69%, narrowly beating 2011 winners Peter Lee & Bob Rowlands of Surrey on 59.51%. Completing the podium were Paul Madden & John Squibb of Derbyshire on 58.75%.