March 2015

April issue of English Bridge out now

The April 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.

For more information on accessing our online magazine archive, please read on...

Liz Phillips: 1923 - 2015

We were sad to learn of the death of Liz Phillips at the age of 92. Liz was a recipient of the Dimmie Fleming award for services to bridge in Surrey, and won a number of national competitions. Her obituary, written by one of her playing partners, Peter Lee, is available below.

The funeral will be at Putney Vale Cemetery on 15th April at 12.20 pm.

Westley & Robinson win Portland Pairs

The Portland Pairs has been won by Mark Westley & Helen Robinson of Hertfordshire.

The mixed pairs event was held across multiple venues around the country, and Mark & Helen, who played at Welwyn Garden City and won their heat by over 11%, achieved 66.13% when the event was scored nationally.

Warner Solomon (Devon) & Caroline Macpherson (Somerset), who won the Exeter heat, were second with a national score of 63.84%. Marion Robertson (London) & Mike Bell (Manchester) were third overall with 62.87%, having won the Richmond heat.

The full national results, and the results from each heat, are available through the results index below. Please note that the results are still provisional.

Join Us for Bridge - with Shaw Taylor

Shaw Taylor, perhaps best known for the Police 5 programme in which he encouraged viewers to "keep 'em peeled", passed away last week.

Amongst his television work Shaw, who was a keen bridge player, featured in a series of programmes focusing on bridge. Those who might enjoy a trip down memory lane, or who are new to the game, may enjoy the dramatic tension and inner-monologues of Join Us for Bridge.

National Pairs qualifiers known

The provisional list of qualifiers to play in the National Final of the National Pairs is now available, with 50 pairs qualifying from the five Regional Heats which took place on 15th March.

The highest scoring pairs at each heat were:

Bradford: 62.65% - Bill Townsend & Tony McNiff (both Yorkshire)
Bristol: 60.88% - Tim Brierley & Mike Elliott (both Avon)
Leatherhead: 65.97% - Krzysztof Ginda & Mark Hooper (both Dorset)
Peterborough: 61.75% - Michael Rawlins & Nigel Rawlins (both Hertfordshire)
Solihull: 61.81% - David Perkins & Carole Mueller (both Berks & Bucks)

The full list of qualifiers is available below. It will be finalised in the next few days, and invitations to sent to all those who qualified.

The EBU's Youth Policy

The EBU Youth Policy, recently approved by the EBU Board, is now available at (a word version is available here). The EBU commends this document to all of our affiliated clubs and counties and points out that each and every club, indeed whether affiliated or not, has a legal obligation to comply with the law of the land.

Please note a small amendment was made to the policy on 23rd March.

For more information please read on.

Change of schedule for Gold Cup

The Gold Cup, organised by Bridge Great Britain, will have a new schedule for 2016.

The closing date for entries is Monday 1st June 2015 and should be made to BGB as usual. The first round of matches should be completed by the end of September 2015, with the Finals being played in August in the following year. The Silver Plate won't be affected, and will start in either December 2015 or January 2016.

For more information please visit the Bridge Great Britain website.

Good turnout at 2015 Surrey Schools Bridge Event

Apart from one year when inclement weather intervened, Surrey CBA has organized the Surrey Schools Bridge Event since 1999 and this year's event on 6th February at St Paul's Boys School in Barnes was no exception. With about 50 boys and girls attending, the turn-out was better than in recent years with 12 pairs in MiniBridge Pairs and 7 tables in Teams-of-Four Bridge.

In the MiniBridge competition, Rufus Smith and Blake Pearce (Claremont Fan Court) tied for first place with Jasmine Woods and Aidan Fellows (Weydon), while the Teams Bridge competition for the Surrey Cup was won by the St Paul's Boys 'B' team of Roman Evans, Quentin Gueroult, Max Groeller and Carlo Mancini. Attractive engraved cups were presented to the winners by Sarah O'Connor (St Paul's Girls School) and each participant took away a large bar of chocolate. Thanks to Tom Lyster organizer at St Paul's Boys School and the event tournament director and scorer Trevor Hobson, the event was a great success with many boys and girls enjoying their first experience at competitive bridge.

With more schools playing proper bridge in the North Surrey and South London area, the SCBA hopes to initiate a small Surrey bridge league in the near future

by Bomi Kavarana, CYO/Surrey

Crofts team wins Silver Plate

The Silver Plate has been won by the team of Dan Crofts (Captain), Celia Day, Sandra Fenton (all Staffs), Gary Hyett (Manchester), Graeme Robertson (Beds) and Andrew Thompson (Norfolk).

The foursome of Graeme, Gary, Andrew and Dan won the 48 board final against the team of Julian Mitchell (Captain), David Clifton, Peter Clinch and Christine Jepson (Andy Ryder had played for the team earlier in the competition) (all Sussex) by just 5 IMPs, having come back from 32 IMPs behind with 16 boards to play.