August 2014

The Rudolfs, Bakers and Baileys win in Telford

The Telford Midweek Congress was a great advert for marital harmony at the bridge table, with couples scooping many of the prizes.

The Championships Pairs, which took place across the first two days, was won by John & Pauline Rudolf (picture). They finished on 62.05%, with John Holland & Pat Davies second on 60.84%. John Sansom & Grahame Weir were third with 58.89%.

The B Stratification of the competition was won by Martin & Jennifer Pope. The C Stratification winners were Angela Adams & Leonie Pulford.

In the Swiss Teams event, the team of Robert & Jacqueline Baker and Alan & Jette Bailey (picture) recovered from losing their first match to win the next five, and claim victory by 6 VPs. The team of Joy & Irving Blakey, Barbara Lewis and Alec Smalley were second, with Taf Anthias, Pat Davies, John Holland and Warner Solomon in third.

Entries for Crockfords Cup close soon

Entries for the Crockfords Cup - England's premier teams championship for teams of four - must be received by Thursday 11th September.

The 2014-15 Crockfords Cup is part of the Championship Series, in which points can be earned towards the Player of the Year Championship which carries a £1000 prize.

There is a Plate competition (at no extra charge) for any unseeded teams who lose their first match, ensuring every unseeded team will play at least two matches.

Please enter online via the members area of the website, by telephone on 01296 317203/219 or by email to

World Youth Teams Championships in Istanbul

The 15th World Youth Teams Championships in Istanbul have concluded. The winners were: Juniors (Under 25s) - Norway; Youngsters (Under 20s) - Sweden; Girls - France; Kids (Under 15s) - Poland.

Unfortunately there was no English representation as our teams did not qualify.

Junior Teach-In 2014

The Junior ‘Teach-In’ has taken place, with junior players of all abilities - from beginners to internationals - meeting in Loughborough for a weekend of competitions, lessons and social events. It was a great success, with more attendees than in 2013, and a great weekend was had by all. Thank you to all the tutors and helpers who volunteered their time and expertise to make the weekend possible.

Pictures from the weekend are available here.
Results from the weekend are available here

The event will take place again in August 2015 - we hope to see many youngsters (and accompanying relatives if they wish) then.

Telford Midweek Congress starts on Tuesday

The Telford Midweek Congress, a fully Green-pointed congress featuring a Championship Pairs and a Swiss Teams event, starts on Tuesday.

The Pairs takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Swiss Teams on Thursday. The schedule also allows time to see the sights of the area, or enjoy the hotel's facilities (which include a golf course).

Both events will be ‘stratified’ into three categories with extra prizes and Master Points available for those in the "B" or "C" categories. Entry fees are specially reduced for this particular congress.

To enter please do so through the members area of the website, or contact the Competitions Department - 01296 217203/219,

The Brighton Congress reaches its conclusion

The 2014 Brighton Summer Meeting ended on Sunday evening. We hope everyone who took part enjoyed their experience and will be joining us again in 2015. The dates for your diary are 14th to 23rd August.

To look back on what took place please visit the Brighton Event Hub. It has news, results and photographs, and we were very pleased to have Brian Senior contributing articles during the event. We also have video of Andrew Robson's discussion of the hands from Saturday morning.

EBU Quarterly now online

The full back catalogue of EBU Quarterly is now available online. The magazine ran from April 1966 to June 1984, with four issues per year (as the name would suggest).

It is part of the archive of magazines, which includes English Bridge from 2007, and Contract Bridge Journal from 1946 to 1955.

Oram team wins Senior Knock-out

The Gerard Faulkner Salver, the Seniors Knockout Teams competition, has been won by the team of Alan Kay, Derek Oram (captain), Celia Oram and Jeremy Dhondy (pictured left to right). On Sunday they won a closely contested final against Victor Silverstone, Gerald Haase, Tony Waterlow and Ian Panto.

The match was played over six eight-board rounds, and only one set saw a double-figure gain for either team. The second set proved to be the crucial boards as the Oram team picked up 38 IMPs in that round, and eventually won by 39 IMPs.