June 2015

Bridge part of 2018 Asian Games

It has been announced that the 2018 Asian Games, to be held in Jakarta, will include bridge.

The event, organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.

The 2017 South East Asian, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, will also include bridge. The World Bridge Federation believes the inclusion of bridge at these two events "is fundamental to help bridge to be accepted at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games". As previously reported the WBF were specifically invited to submit an application, and this has been duly sent to the Tokyo Committee - they are awaiting a decision as to whether they will be invited to proceed to Phase II of the application process.

WBF news item

Manchester BC wins Garden Cities Trophy

Manchester Bridge Club has won the Garden Cities Trophy, the EBU's inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight.

The team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland, John Hassett, Jeff Morris, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock finished on 103 VPs, to take the club's fourth victory in the competition. Cambridge Bridge Club was second on 97 VPs, with Chislehurst Bridge Club from Kent in third.

The eight team final was held in Solihull at West Midlands Bridge Club on Saturday 13th June.

Manchester team wins Pachabo Cup

The Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton has won the Pachabo Cup, held in West Bromwich on 6th & 7th June.

The event, for the winners of each county's teams of four event, is scored using a combination of Point-a-Board and VPs. The Manchester team rallied after a slow start to lead at the halfway stage, and ultimately finished on 239 points, 5.5 points ahead of the field.

The Surrey team of Jeffrey Allerton, Mike Scoltock, Graham Osborne and Frances Hinden narrowly took second place, finishing just half a point ahead of the Kent representatives, Gerald Tredinnick, Stuart Tredinnick, Jeremy Willans and Norman Selway.

England Juniors third in Finland

The England Juniors have come third in the junior international event at the Midsummer Bridge Tournament in Salo, Finland, this weekend.

The team of a Rob Myers, Shivam Shah, James Paul and Alex Roberts finished behind the Hungarian and Estonian Under 25 teams. They won five of their nine matches, including victory over the champion Hungarian team in the final match to take the bronze.

In the open teams which followed they finished 7th of the 31 teams, and were the third highest junior team. In the open pairs which concluded the event, Alex & James were 11th, and Shivam & Rob were 15th, out of 54 pairs.

Particular mention should go to Rob, who was co-winner of the award for 'Best Played Hand' at the event, sharing the prize with Jun Nakamaru-Pinder from Scotland. You can read about the hand on page 5 of the report below.

Byrne team wins Online Knockout

The National Online Knockout Championships has been won by the team led by Michael Byrne. (Hugh Mcgann, Kieran Dyke, Fiona Brown, with Ed Jones and Tommy Garvey in earlier matches).

They faced the team of Pottage (Julian Pottage/Pat Shields, Johnny Richards and father Simon Richards and Mike Pownall and Richard Plackett) over 32 boards played on June 4th over 4 sets of 8.

In set one team Byrne took an early lead of 16 imps aided by the right siding of a game on the first board but set two saw Pottage strike back thanks to a well timed psyche by Plackett which picked off an enemy slam.

However after that Byrne turned up the heat and won the 3rd set 23-0 to lead by 25. Pottage bravely fought on but again were whitewashed in the final set losing 22-0.

The final was played in good spirits and saw a varied international flavour. Many of team Pottage represent Wales, and members of team Byrne were from and have represented Australia, Ireland and England.

The final of the consolation plate competition will take place later this month.

The Online Knockout runs annually from January to June. Entries for the 2016 competition will open in the autumn.

Minister endorses health and wellbeing benefits of bridge

Sports minister, Tracey Crouch MP, has today spoken of the benefits of playing bridge.

When asked by fellow MP Bob Blackman for an update regarding the status of bridge, and other mind sports, as sports, she replied “I recognise that many of these games are enjoyed by many people and that the mental agility required in this activity can help with conditions and bring many health and wellbeing benefits". She added that approaches for funding support could therefore be made to the departments of education or health.

Kingston Seymour BC affiliates with the EBU

Welcome to Kingston Seymour Bridge Club which has today affiliated with the EBU.

The club meets every Tuesday in the village hall in Kingston Seymour, a village between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare in north Somerset.

They describe the games as "very relaxed" and say that "everyone is very welcoming".

Robinson & Jepson win Corwen Trophy

Dave Robinson & Graham Jepson (Yorkshire) have won the Corwen Trophy, held in Birmingham on 30th - 31st May. The Corwen Trophy is open to the leading pairs in the pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU.

Dave & Graham (pictured with EBU Vice Chairman Ian Payn) finished with 61.49%, aided by a final round of 71.68%. In second place were Andrew Southwell & Ian Lancaster (Sussex) on 60.69%, and Graham Osborne & Frances Hinden (Surrey) were third with 58.12%.