December 2014

Teams for the World Championships selected

In 2015 England will, for the first time, be represented at the World Championships by three teams. The Open, Women's and Senior's teams all qualified by virtue of their medal winning performances at the 2014 European Championships. The event takes place in Chennai from 26th September to 10th October.

The teams which will represent England are:

Open team
Justin Hackett & Jason Hackett; David Gold & David Bakhshi; Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester; NPC: Simon Cope; Coach: Andrew Murphy

Women's team
Sally Brock & Nicola Smith; Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper; Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; NPC: Derek Patterson;
Coach: David Burn

Senior team
Paul Hackett & David Mossop; Gunnar Hallberg & John Holland; David Price & Colin Simpson; NPC: Simon Cochemé

Support the team:
- The Bridge England Sim Pairs in February will raise funds to help towards the costs of participation in the event. By taking part in the Sim Pairs you can help the teams who are representing us all on the world stage. And you can benefit too - all heat winners will be entered into the prize draw at the end of the year with the chance to win £1000 for you, or your club. Please see the Sim Pairs pages for more information.

- A group of England supporters will be traveling to India and spending some time in Chennai to watch the action. If you are interested in joining them contact Godfrey King.

Camrose teams selected

The teams which will represent England in its defence of the Camrose Trophy have been announced.

First Weekend
Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden; Captain: David Burn

Second Weekend
Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson; Tony Forrester & David Gold; David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh; Captain: Andrew Robson; Assistant Captain: Godfrey King

The first weekend takes place in Edinburgh, 9th - 11th January. The second weekend is in Northern Ireland, a few miles outside Belfast, on 6th - 8th March.

Bridge makes the world go round

Scientists recently identified a mineral that makes up 38% of the earth, and they have named it bridgmanite. Reports suggest that the most abundant substance on the planet has been named after an eminent scientist, Percy Bridgman, but surely this naming is just an acknowledgement that bridge makes the world go round?!

Thanks to Martin Cantor for bringing this to our attention.

December issue of English Bridge out now

The December issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online for those members who have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a printed version, those who prefer to read a digital version, or those members who wish to access the ‘web content’ to which the magazine links.

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Juniors 5th in Czech Republic

The England Under 20 team were fifth in the Junior Teams Championship of the Czech Republic held in the town of Hluk. In total 13 teams from 6 countries took part.

The team of Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton, and Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy, with NPC Michael Byrne, just missed out on qualification for the semi finals but won both of their knock out matches in the consolation play-offs to finish 5th, beating Austria and Hungary U25s.