July 2015

August issue of English Bridge out now

The August 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.

Eligible members will also receive the 2015-16 diary (unless you have previously opted out of receiving it). Diaries, like printed copies of the magazine, are dispatched to those who have sufficient Magazine Points. If you do not have sufficient Magazine Points then sorry but you are not eligible to receive the diary. You can read more about magazine points here.

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Due to the lead time necessary in the production of the diaries, some information is now out of date. Any changes to information in the diary is summarised here.

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England team compete in Chairman's Cup

England have been represented in the Chairman's Cup in Örebro, Sweden, this week by David Kendrick & Victor Milman and Paul Barden & Jonathan Mestel.

They qualified from the Swiss Teams event to play in the knockout stages, but were beaten in the Round of 32. They then went on to reach the last sixteen of the Bonus Cup.

The Chairman's Cup is the primary open teams event run by the Swedish Bridge Federation. David was part of the England team which won in 2014.

British Summer Sim Pairs

The British Summer Simultaneous Pairs has now finished and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Don't forget to leave a comment on the board pages if you played any fun or interesting hands. Masterpoints will be credited as soon as all the results are in and checked.

The results page for each board also includes a link to a double dummy feature so you can see what you could, or should, have done on each board.

Monday 27th July Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 28th July Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 29th July Commentary Booklet
Thursday 30th July Commentary Booklet

Gibson team wins Hubert Phillips Bowl

The team of Bill March, Clive Owen, Val Gibson and John Atthey (all North East) (pictured left to right) have won the Hubert Phillips Bowl.

They defeated the team of Sally Brock, Barry Myers (both Berks & Bucks), Phil King and Rob Sheehan (both London) in the final of the mixed pivot teams competition.

It was a very close match, with the Gibson team leading by only 210 points (the competition uses aggregate scoring) with ten boards to play. They pulled away in the final set, however, to win by 1470.

Holland & Mould defend titles at Scarborough Congress

John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) starred at the Scarborough Summer Congress, defending both the Multiple Teams and Swiss Pairs events.

Playing with Jeremy Dhondy & Bill Hirst (Kent) (team pictured left), who were also their partners in 2014, they finished third in their qualifying section, and then went on to dominate the final, winning by 29 IMPs. The team of Simon Cope (Middlesex), Alistair Kent (Channel Islands), Duncan Happer (Leics) & Ben Green (Londonn) were second, with Jason Hackett (Staffs), John Sansom (Wrocs), Steve Raine (Notts) & Chris Cooper (Oxon) in third.

The 'B' final of the teams event was won by Glenda Lloyd, Peter Boardman (both Cumbria), Sally Wraight & Philip Wraight (both Westmorland) (picture).

John & Alan then went on to win the twelve round Swiss Pairs by 19 VPs (picture). They scored 90 out of a possible 100 on the final day to move up from sixth. Ciaran Coyne & Hugh McGann were second, with Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly (both Yorkshire) in third, a further 5.5 VPs behind.

The opening event was the Pre-Congress Pairs which was won by Simon Stokes & Alison Nichols (both Leics) (picture) on 62.5%, with Giles Ip & Gabriel Ip (both Norfolk) second on 61.9%.

U25s 4th in European Championships

The England Under 25s have finished 4th in the European Youth Bridge Championships. Having led for much of the event it was disappointing that they finished outside the medals, however it was the side's best result since the Great Britain team in 1994, and was an excellent performance.

Congratulations to Tom Paske & Shivam Shah; James Paul & Alex Roberts; Dan McIntosh & Rob Myers; NPC: Alan Shillitoe; Coach: Jon Cooke

Click read more for their results

U20s end European Championships in 13th

The England Under 20s have finished 13th in the European Championships.

In the words of NPC Michael Byrne, "Whilst the bridge has been disappointing and we did quite badly, the team were a credit to their country, and the EBU should be very proud they have such responsible young men and women representing them."

The team was: Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC: Michael Byrne; Coach: Bryony Youngs

Click 'read more' for their results

Tax Tribunal refers ‘Bridge is a sport’ appeal to European Court

On 14th July the Upper Tribunal of the Tax and Chancery Chamber heard the case as to whether bridge should be considered a sport for VAT purposes. The case has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to ensure that the intention of the EU article which gives tax exemption to sport is properly followed.

Representing the EBU, David Ewart QC argued that the purpose of the legislation to grant VAT exemption was intended not to support only ‘physical activities’ but instead to encourage participation in all activities with social and health benefits. The presiding officials acknowledged that playing bridge provides these benefits, and as there was no legal precedent on which to base the ruling, referred the case to the CJEU for a judgement on the true intent of the legislation.

Under 15s 4th in European Championships

The England Under 15 team has finished 4th in the 25th European Youth Team Championships.

The team was formed only six months ago, so this represents an excellent result for players making their international debuts. They won eight of their eleven matches, and finished only 9 VPs behind the gold medal winning Polish team - which they beat convincingly on the first day.

Congratulations to Daniel Winter & Jack Ronayne, Liam Sanderson & Isaac Channon, Harry Madden & Oscar Selby, NPC Paul Barden and Coach David Bakhshi, and to the coaches and volunteers who helped them to prepare for the tournament.

Click 'read more' for their results.

Annual County TD training programme

The annual County TD training programme started on May 16th with the County TD Preparation Day held at the Aylesbury office. This is followed, in October, by the 2-day County Course at the Coventry Hilton.

Full details are available here.