April 2015

More bridge players take on the Eggheads

Another team of bridge players has taken on “the most formidable quiz team in the country” on the BBC show Eggheads, following the appearance of the Lavender Bridge Mob, from Lavender BC, on the programme last month,.

The Five Diamonds (pictured with the Eggheads and host Jeremy Vine) - Nick Smith, Chris Cooper, Emily Middleton, Marc Lee and Denis Gough - appeared on the show on Thursday 9th April. You can see how they got on via the BBC iPlayer.

If you want to know how they did, read on for more details....

British Spring Sim Pairs

This week it's the British Spring Sim Pairs and we'd like to wish all those taking part good luck. Below you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries as soon as they come in. This time we've added a new feature where players can comment on interesting boards - see the announcement for further information.

Tuesday 7th April Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 8th April Commentary Booklet
Thursday 9th April Commentary Booklet
Monday 13th April Commentary Booklet

Channon & Bakhshi win Under 19 Pairs

The Under 19 Pairs Championship was held at the Easter Festival in London, and was won by Isaac Channon & Jasmine Bakhshi (pictured left).

Isaac and Jasmine (both London) finished on 56.12%, with Harry Madden (Derbys) & Daniel Winter (Yorks), and Jamie Muller (Surrey) & Andy Cope (Warks), tied for second on 54.08%.

de Botton/Malinowski amongst winners at London Easter Festival

The main event at the Easter Festival in London, the Championship Pairs, was won by Janet de Botton and Artur Malinowski (both Middlesex) (picture). They finished on 62.16% and won by the very slim margin of 0.03%, ahead of Karl Baumann & Geir Brekka (both Norway) in second and Tom Townsend & Mark Teltscher (both London) in third. The pairs in second and third were separated by less then 0.01%. This was surely one of the smallest ever differences across the podium places.

The Championship Pairs was part of the Championship Series for the Player of the Year competition, and victory takes Janet and Artur in to the top twenty. The updated standings are available here.

The Swiss Teams event was won emphatically by Anita Sinclair, David Gold, Andrew Robson, Zia Mahmood (all London), & Peter Crouch (Kent) (picture). They won all seven matches, including three maximum scores of 20, and finished on 120 VPs. The team of David Bakhshi (London) & Ollie Burgess and Michael Byrne (both Manchester) & Heather Bakhshi (London) were second on 101 VPs, losing only to the Sinclair team. Janet de Botton & Artur Malinowski and Tom Townsend (all London) & Thor Erik Hoftaniska (Middlesex) were third on 95 VPs.

The Flighted Swiss Pairs event was won by Peter Taylor & John Amor (pictured left, both Kent), who won all their matches to finish on 116 VPs. Tony Verran (Essex) & Brian Gladman (Surrey) were second on 104 VPs, and Mark Davies & Richard Creamer (both London), who didn't lose a match, finished third on 102 VPs. The B Flight Swiss Pairs was won by Annabel Burrows & Lyn Poole (both Surrey) (picture).

The Really Easy Afternoon, for less experienced players, was played across three venues - London, Billericay and Ilkley at the Northern Easter Congress. It was won by Ian Northcott (Berks & Bucks) & Matt Harman (London) with 63.54%. Vivienne Goodman & David Goodman (both Yorkshire), who played in Ilkley, were second on 63.05%, and David Cannan & Jean Cannan (both Essex), who played in Billericay, were third on 61.11%.

Juniors knocked out in quarter finals of Dutch White House event

England was represented in the White House competition in the Netherlands by two junior teams in the first week of April.

They competed against 22 other international junior sides, and both teams bowed out at the quarter-final stage.

England was represented by:

  • A: Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts and Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton
  • B: Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw and Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal
  • NPC for both teams: Alan Shillitoe
  • Littlewoods star at Northern Easter Festival

    The Northern Easter Festival was held in Ilkley and run by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU, began with mixed and open pairs events. Paul Littlewood & Fiona Littlewood (both Herts) won the mixed pairs, 3% ahead of Nigel Durie & Pauline Durie (both North East), with Alan Jarvis (Yorks) & Suzy Lawson (Avon) in third. The Open Pairs was won by Graham Wood & Phillip Anwar (both Yorks) on 60.76%, with John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) second on 60.07%. Diana Roberts & Glenda Bouttell (both Yorks) were third.

    The same names dominated the the Swiss Pairs which followed, with the Littlewoods winning again. They finished with a score of 156 VPs, Alan Jarvis & Suzy Lawson finishing second on 153 and Alan Mould & John Holland finishing third on 148.

    John and Alan completed their set of podium finishes by winning the Swiss teams. They combined with Gary Hyett (Manchester) and William Crook (Notts) to win all of their seven matches, and finished 17 VPs clear of the field. There was a tie for second with Nicholas Greer (Manchester), John Parsons, Ed Levy (both Staffs) and David Debbage (Lancashire) finishing on the same score as Julian Gibson, Val Gibson, John Atthey (all North East) and Millie Jones (Manchester) - the Greer team won the head-to-head match in the final round to draw level.

    Sim pairs comments feature

    We have added a new feature to our online Sim Pairs commentary - a comments board which will allow you to make observations on the hands, discuss your play, and analyse the results with your fellow participants.

    An example is here, with the comments board at the foot of the page, and the feature will be available for every hand which is in play each evening (of course we can't give you the links now as you'd see the hands before you play them).

    We hope you will use it and some interesting and fun conversations will take place.

    If you need any help using the feature please check the Comments board help page.

    How do we deal so many boards?

    We are regularly asked how we manage to deal all those thousands of boards for our tournaments, so we decided to put together this short instructional video which explains it all. We hope you find it enlightening.