September 2014

England win Commonwealth silver medal

England have won the silver medal playoff at the 4th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship after beating India in the playoff. Congratulations to Ben Green & John Holland and Phil King & Cameron Small.

The gold medal was won by Wales by virtue of being the only national team to reach the final. The championship was won by the Chairman's team which comprised England international players Paul Hackett, David Bakhshi, Jason Hackett, David Mossop, Justin Hackett and Andrew McIntosh.

The England 2 team of Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty and David Kendrick & Jonathan Mestel narrowly missed a qualifying place, finishing in 5th in their group just 4.18 VPs outside the top four.

The results can be seen by clicking 'read more'

Robson & Forrester second in Cavendish

Andrew Robson and Tony Forrester have finished second in the prestigious Cavendish Pairs, held in Monaco. They finished ahead of a world class field, beaten by only Krystof Buras and Gregorz Narkiewicz of Poland.

In the Ladies Pairs, Barbara Hackett, partnering Matilda Popilov of Israel, were winners of the B Final.

Hackett team wins Crockfords Cup; Gisborne wins Plate

The Crockfords Cup has been won by the team of Jason Hackett, David Mossop, Justin Hackett, David Price and Colin Simpson (pictured).

They were second highest scorers on both days of the all-play-all finals, contested by the teams which reached the 'last eight' of the knockout competition, and finished on 91 VPs. On 83 VPs in second place was the team of Ian Draper, Anne Rosen, Martin Jones, Neil Rosen, Gerald Tredinnick and Stuart Tredinnick. The team of Graham Osborne, Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton and Peter Lee were third on 79 VPs.

It was Colin's second victory in the competition, and his teammates have all now won the Cup four times.

The finals of the Plate competition were contested alongside the Cup finals. The winners were Tom Gisborne, Mike Pomfrey, Arthur Hughes and Richard Pike (picture) on 96 VPs. Peter Collins, Peter Law, Steve Auchterlonie and Malcolm Lewis were second on 86 VPs, and Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Dee Lindon and Peter Lindon were third on 83 VPs.

* - please note that Colin Simpson is not listed in the results, but was part of the Hackett team which played over the weekend.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The Autumn Simultaneous Pairs takes place all this week in aid of English Bridge Education and Development, the new charity focused on supporting the growth of bridge in England. Please take the time to read more about the charity at the front of the booklet and why we need your help. You'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below each evening as soon as they come in. Good luck to all those taking part.

Monday 8th September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 9th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 10th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 11th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 12th September Commentary Booklet

Changes to Player Session Rates codes from 1st October 2014

Please note that the information in this news item is now out of date. Please refer to the changes for 2016/17 referenced in this document.

As outlined in the recent Club Management Focus newsletter and in the new Master Point and Licensing Handbook, there are changes to Player Session Rates (PSR’s) 04, 11 & 22 coming into effect. These are the codes currently used for submitting results of the various different types of teaching/supervised play sessions.

The EBU Board have decided to simplify the structure because under the old structure players who didn’t pay (and may have received help) were awarded Master Points, while those who paid half-price didn’t receive any. Hence the decision to remove PSR’s 04 and 11 from 1st October 2014.

PSR 22 will remain and be the only code for submitting supervised play or training sessions but clubs which do not wish to register such training sessions do not have to do so. In other words, if the players do not wish to earn magazine points then the club can choose not to register these sessions. Please note that if an individual wishes to become an EBU member in order to receive the EBU magazine and enjoy the other benefits of EBU membership then they can always join as a ‘Direct Member’ – see

If you require any further clarification then please don’t hesitate to our Club Liaison Officer, Andrew Urbanski, by emailing or calling 01296 317206.

Documents to help clubs become charities now available

The EBU is pleased to announce that it has worked with the Charity Commission to develop an approved governing document and support materials for bridge clubs applying to register as charities. We hope that this work with the Charity Commission will be of great benefit to those clubs who are interested in pursuing charitable status.

Bridge clubs can be registered as charities following the Charities Act 2006 which recognised that it is "charitable to advance amateur sports or games, which promote health by involving physical or mental skill or exertion". Once a club has received charitable status it will find it easier to apply to schemes run by public, grant-making trusts and local government, as well as gaining tax relief on some of its activities.

The documents and materials for clubs applying to register as charities are available once a club has logged-in to the members area of the website. Anyone needing further information should contact our Club Liaison Officer, Bev Purvis, by emailing or calling 01296 317206.

The charity English Bridge Education and Development began operating in April, and 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.