November 2014

New Diamond Award announced

At the AGM the Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, announced that a new award, called the Diamond Award, would be presented in early 2015 . It would be presented to players in recognition of their excellence and success over a sustained period, and their contribution to England's international success.

The inaugural recipients will be announced in February.

Yorkshire schools visit House of Lords

Teams from three Yorkshire Schools visited Westminster on Tuesday to take part in a bridge match against the House of Lords.

Players from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, Fulford School in York, and Rossett School in Harrogate took part, and although the team from the House of Lords won, the scores were close and all the teams acquitted themselves well.

Prior to the match the players and accompanying staff were greeted by the Lord Speaker (as shown in the picture to the left), and were taken on a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Following the visit, Mahmoud El Khatib of QEGS was interviewed on Radio Leeds about the visit, and in general about playing bridge. You can listen to the interview using the link below.

Annual report presented at AGM

The Annual Report of the English Bridge Union for the financial year 2013-2014 was presented to shareholders by the Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, at the Annual General Meeting on 26th November. It is available below for all members to read.

Sim Pairs prize winners announced

The winners of the Simultaneous Pairs prizes for 2014 were randomly selected during the EBU's Annual General Meeting which took place in London on 26th November.

The pair which achieved the best score within their club in any of the EBU organised Simultaneous Pairs events were entered in to the draw.

The pair which won the £1000 first prize were David Cairns & Reg Underwood of Horsham Bridge Club (pictured left). The additional prize winners can be seen via the link below.

The prize winning Clubs were also selected, with every club which entered a heat of any EBU organised event included in the draw. The £1000 first prize was won by West Sussex Bridge Club. The additional prize winners can be seen via the link below.

The overall winners of each event in the EBU Spring Simultaneous Pairs, the EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs, and the British Simultaneous Pairs Events, have already received their prize money.

To take part in the 2015 events, and be in with a chance of winning a prize next year, please see the Sim Pairs area of the website

Outstanding contributors to English bridge recognised at AGM

Awards recognising outstanding contributors to bridge in England were presented at the Annual General Meeting of the English Bridge Union, held in London on 26th November.

A Gold Award was presented to former EBU Chairman, Sally Bugden (pictured left receiving her award from current Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy).

Silver Awards were presented to Brian Crack of Kent, Mike Hill of London, and Graham Jepson of Yorkshire.

The Dimmie Fleming Award was presented to Joy Mayall of Sussex, and Robert Northage of Leicestershire. Dimmie Fleming Awards have also been awarded to Jim Barker of Cornwall, Mike Mollart-Rogerson of Hants & IOW, and Bob Warrender of Somerset - they will receive their trophies at a later date.

Top seeds amongst Tollemache qualifiers

The qualifying round of the Tollemache took place 22nd - 23rd November, with the primary seeds all qualifying. Last year's top four finishers - Berks & Bucks (the holders), Kent, London and Middlesex - all finished in the top two in their group. They are joined in the finals by Avon, Cambridgeshire, Manchester and Lancashire.

The finals take place 14th - 15th February 2015.

England's representatives 6th in European Champions' Cup

England's representatives were sixth in the European Champions Cup which took place in Milan over the weekend.

England were represented by the winners of the 2013 Premier League, the Allfrey team, and this comprised Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester & David Gold, and David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh.

The competition can be likened to football's Champions League, with Europe's twelve leading countries represented by the winners of their domestic competition. The winners were G.S. Allegra of Italy, who beat Bamberger Reiter of Germany in the Final.

We are pleased to announce that England will host the 2015 event in November next year. It will take place near Milton Keynes. Spectators will be welcome, and offers of help would be much appreciated. Full details will be available nearer the event.

Hylda Townsend: 7th March 1913 - 13th November 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hylda Townsend.

Hylda passed away peacefully at 10.30pm on Thursday 13 November 2014 at the age of 101.

Hylda was a Vice President of the EBU, a keen player, and a committed bridge administrator and organiser.

Hylda's obituary is available here.

Hylda’s funeral and service of celebration of her life will take place on Wednesday 17 December 2014, 11am at Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3NL, and afterwards at West Midlands Bridge Club, 909 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3EP.

Entries open for 1st World Cup of Online Bridge

Entries are now open for the 1st World Cup of Online Bridge, organised by Bridge Big. Total prize money for the event is €25,000 with €8,000 for the winner.

The grand final of the event will be held on 1st February 2015 and is open to all players. It will be possible to enter the final directly or through qualifier tournaments which will run until 31st January. Players can register on