October 2014

Bell & Hydes win Two Star Pairs at 70th Autumn Congress

Mike Bell and Alex Hydes (pictured left) were winners of the Two Star Pairs at the 70th Autumn Congress, which took place 17th - 19th October in Peterborough.

By winning the event Mike and Alex have taken an early lead in the Player of the Year Championship, a competition which awards points to those who finish in the top places of the EBU's most prestigious competitions.

Mike & Alex finished on 58.91% with Jackie Davies & Malcolm Pollack second on 57.26%, and Nick Boss & Richard Johnson third on 54.89%. The Satellite Pairs final was won by Nick Sandqvist & Tom Townsend (picture), and the Swiss Pairs event was won by Richard Granville & Gad Chadha (picture).

Friday afternoon saw the Really Easy Afternoon take place across three venues, with the hands being played at the main congress in Peterborough, and also at Richmond and Bradford Bridge Clubs. The event was scored across all three venues, and was won by Margaret Alder and Bob Webster (picture) with 67.21%. Tony French & Sue French were runners-up with 65.99%. Susan Norgate & Peter Buckingham were the leading pair playing at Richmond, and Janet Emmett & Hazel Greenwood were the leading pair at Bradford. Peter Jones & Christophe Nigond received the first prize for the B stratification.

The multiple teams competition on Sunday saw three finals contested. The 'premier' final, for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by Nick Sandqvist, Tom Townsend, Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski (picture). They finished 13 IMPs clear of the second placed team of Robert Miller, Ufuk Cotuk, Jim Deacon & Chris Wormleighton. The 'secondary' final, for the Burlington Cup, was won by Dan McIntosh, Alex Gauld, Angus Simpson & Claire Robinson (picture), and the 'consolation final', for the Sussex Cup, was won by Susanna Gross, David Gold, Catherine Seale & Tom Paske (picture).

Montenegro Congress a great success

The Bridge Overseas Montenegro Congress concluded on Wednesday, and was a great success. Over 160 players enjoyed eight days of bridge and the chance to experience the wonderful weather and scenery of coastal Montenegro.

The Swiss Pairs event was won by Bernard Themis & Angela McCready (pictured with Jane Taylor of Bridge Overseas) who finished 15 VPs ahead of Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield, who in turn were 10 VPs clear of a five-way tie for fifth. The Swiss teams events was won emphatically by Tim Matthews, Babs Matthews, Bill White & Joyce White (picture). They were 20 VPs clear of the field, with Graham Foster, Frances Alexander, Mike Harbour & David Clark leading the chasing pack. The rest of the results, and pictures of the winners, can be seen via the links below.

The next overseas congress is in Lanzarote on 5th - 11th February 2015. Escape the last weeks of the British winter and join us for some Canarian sunshine, wonderful beaches and scenery, and most of all some great bridge.

Eggheads wanted

The makers of the BBC show Eggheads are looking for contestants, and have made a request for bridge players to take on their elite quizzers.

If you are interested in taking part please contact peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk and he will forward to you the information and entry form.

German 'cheating pair' and teammates stripped of medals

The German team which contained a pair accused of cheating have been stripped of the gold medals they won in the 2013 d'Orsi Seniors Trophy at the World Championships held in Bali. The World Bridge Federation have announced that the German team would be removed from the standings, with USA II elevated to gold medal winners, Poland awarded second place and France third.

The pair were accused of coughing to convey information.

Tony Priday: 13th August 1922 - 9th October 2014

We are sad to report the death of Tony Priday at the age of 92.

Tony was a hugely successful player and non-playing captain for Great Britain for many decades, and enjoyed many victories in domestic competitions. He also gave generously of his time to the EBU, serving on a number of committees. As well as a player and administrator, Tony was a long-serving bridge journalist, having been appointed the Sunday Telegraph’s first columnist.

As Richard Fleet writes in Tony's obituary, "Tony will be remembered for his gentlemanly attitude as much as for his great ability at the game".

Tony's obituary is available here.

"Tony embodied everything that was good about bridge, a great player and charming gentleman. He was also a significant champion of change in the organisation that he loved, quietly supporting and advising me through the process. He was held in great affection and will be sorely missed". Sally Bugden, EBU Chairman 2008 - 2013

"Tony was a great player and servant of the game. He was a Vice President of the Union for 45 years, longer than anyone else, and throughout the period I knew him always had useful advice delivered in the most kindly of ways. He will be sorely missed and all at the EBU offer condolences to Vivian and all his family". Jeremy Dhondy, EBU Chairman

Kath & Alan Nelson win Great Northern Swiss Pairs

The Great Northern Swiss Pairs, held on 4th-5th October, was won by Kath & Alan Nelson.

The event, run by the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU, was played over 12 rounds, and Kath & Alan finished on 165 VPs, narrowly ahead of William Crook & Richard Winter on 163.5 VPs. The rest of the top five were not far behind, with John & Pauline Rudolf on 161 VPs, Celia & Derek Oram on 160 VPs, and Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly on 159 VPs.

An Improvers Pairs event was held on Sunday and was won by Gillian Emerson & Alan Stephenson with 65.15%. Sheila Leadbeater & Gail Hutton were second on 63.26%, and Sylvia Hall & Christine Willey were third with 59.47%.

Your chance to play with the stars

The popular Night of the Stars event is set to return, and gives you the chance to play with current and former members of the England teams, some of the game's most well known names, and even the EBU Chairman.

The auction for the opportunity to play with a star is on 23rd November 2014, with the bridge being played on 26th February 2015.

All proceeds support Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Maggie’s, Mencap and React.

Please see the event website for further details.