September 2014

Entries now open for Lady Milne trials

Entries are now invited for the Lady Milne Trials, which take place 23rd-25th January 2015 in London (venue: Richmond Bridge Club). The exact format and timings will be published once the final entrants are known.

The Lady Milne Trophy is the competition for the Women's Teams of the Home Nations and takes place 17th-19th April 2015 in England (venue: Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport). As the host nation we will enter two teams; England and EBU.

Two pairs have been exempted from the trials and will form part of the England team:
Jane Moore – Gillian Fawcett
Sarah Teshome – Catherine Jagger.

The winners of the trial will be invited to join the England team. The next three placed pairs will form the EBU team.

The entry fee is £88.00 per player. Please make applications for entry to or on 01296 317219. The closing date for entries 5th January 2015 and all entries are subject to approval by the Selection Committee. Please note that space at the venue is limited, so it may be necessary to reject some applications. If so, a decision will be made immediately after the closing date for applications.

Allfrey leads after second weekend of Premier League

The second weekend of the Premier League took place in Manchester on 27th & 28th September, and the team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Andrew McIntosh and David Bakhshi won all six matches to rise to the top of the standings. They lead by just over 3 VPs from the Dhondy team (Heather Dhondy, Sally Brock, Brian Callaghan, Barry Myers and Frank To), which is 37 VPs clear of the third placed Crouch team (Peter Crouch, Simon Cope, Ben Green, John Holland).

In Division Two, the de Botton team (Janet de Botton, Espen Erichsen, Artur Malinowski, Waseem Naqvi, Nick Sandqvist and Tom Townsend) maintained their lead, and are about 13 VPs ahead. The Bell team (Mike Bell, Fiona Brown, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke) have moved into second, and the Rosen team (Neil Rosen, Martin Jones, Ian Draper, Jeremy Willans, Kay Preddy, Norman Selway) are third.

The final weekend takes place on 7th to 9th November. The winners of the First Division earn selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2015 Camrose Trophy series, and in The European Champions' Cup 2015.

October issue of English Bridge out now

The October issue of English Bridge will be delivered to eligible members soon, and is available online in the members area of the website.

Some new columns containing 'county news' - 'Local Results' and 'In Memoriam' - are available in both the online magazine, and via the English Bridge page of the website.


We are sorry but a mistake slipped into page 33 of the printed version of the October issue of English Bridge. The Five Clubs overcall by North which is published as referring to Hand 6 should apply instead to Hand 4. The error has been corrected in the online edition of the magazine.

EBU meets with English Chess

The officers of the EBU met with their opposite numbers in the English Chess Federation earlier this week to discuss matters of mutual interest including Charity Conversion, VAT Relief, Publicity, Sponsorship and promoting both of our activities as mind sports. We agreed a number of possible strategies and will be in closer contact from now on to develop some initiatives.

Guernsey Congress ends with Simpson team win

The Confiance Guernsey Bridge Congress concluded at the weekend with a win for the Simpson team in the 4-session Swiss Teams. They finished 5 VPs ahead of Skorchev, with Malinowski in third. Congratulations to Angus Simpson, Alex Gauld, Andy Hall and Robert Plumley.

The first weekend's Swiss Pairs was won by Rob Lawy and Andrew Thompson, with clear daylight between them and second-placed Alan Cooke and Maris Sheppard and another big drop to Rune Hauge and Reidar Laland in third.

You can find the results from all the events at Guernsey on the event's results page.

Young Chelsea BC recognised as a charity

We are pleased to report that the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London has been recognised as a charity by the Charity Commission. This will assist them in their promotion of bridge within the community, and also as they seek to establish new premises in which to play and teach.

It joins a growing list of bridge clubs and County Associations which have been recognised as charities. In addition the English Bridge Education and Development charity is working towards growing the game nationally and building the infrastructure which will make that aim a reality. For more information on its activities please visit the website, contact, or call 01296 317218.

Earlier this month the EBU announced the work it has done with the Charity Commission to develop an approved governing document and support materials for bridge clubs applying to register as charities. This will hopefully enable more clubs to receive this recognition. More information is available via the link below, or from the Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski - or 01296 317206.

First EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs raises £15,000

The first EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs event was held over the week of September 8-12th 2014, raising close to £15,000 for English Bridge Education & Development. Almost 200 clubs up and down the country (as well as one Scottish club) took part in this first national fundraising event on behalf of the charity, boosting its efforts to promote the learning and playing of bridge across the community. All participants were able to enjoy expert commentary on the deals, provided by internationally recognised top players, teachers and journalists such as Sally Brock, Brian Senior, Paul Bowyer and Mike Pomfrey.

The current leaders of the heats are:

Monday 8th September Aileen Cunningham and Chris Stenning Morpeth Bridge Club
Tuesday 9th September Pam Taylor and Clive Richardson Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club
Wednesday 10th September Jackie Davies and John Neville Leverstock Green Bridge Club
Thursday 11th September Malcolm Dawson and David Thompson Bishop Auckland Bridge Club
Friday 12th September Ponn Yogeswaran and Kiku Lester Friends Bridge Club

The winners at every club taking part will be entered into an EBU prize draw with generous prizes of up to £1000 per pair. A similar award is available to the clubs - with the winners for both draws being announced at the EBU AGM in November.

The results, more information on the prize structure, and details of future simultaneous pairs events can be found here

A big thank you to all those who participated in making this first EBED Autumn SIMS such a great success.

NICKO entries closing soon

Entries for the National Inter Club Knock Out (NICKO) close on Monday 22nd September. Please ensure all entries are made on or before that date. Entries should be made by club secretaries using the form on the event webpage.

The NICKO is probably the most popular of all our tournaments and is a knockout competition for teams of four representing the same affiliated bridge club. Any affiliated club can enter a team, and can enter as many teams as it wishes. So if you want to take part just ask your club secretary to enter you, your partner and your team mates using the form on the website.

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.

Event webpage