July 2015

Ralph Churney: 1931- 2015

Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association have announced the passing of Ralph Churney at the age of 83.

Ralph won the Gold Cup in 1987, and went on on represent Great Britain in the Europa Cup in Denmark in 1988. He also won other major tournaments, including the Tollemache Cup, Silver Plate, National Swiss Teams and Life Masters Pairs.

He was a Director at Liverpool Bridge Club for many years. His funeral was held last week.

Keeping and Benjamin win at Eastbourne

The Championship Pairs A Final at the Summer Seniors Congress in Eastbourne was comfortably won by Michael Keeping and David Benjamin. Lying third at the half-way point they had a very good second session to pull 4% clear of Derek and Celia Oram in second place, with Matthew and Heather Tan in third.

The B Final was even more one-sided. John Jones and Adrian Fontes won both sessions with big scores, and finished up more than 10% clear of the rest of the field. Monica Lucy and Alan Cooke won the Swiss Pairs.

The weekend came to a close with the Swiss Teams on Sunday, which was won by the team of Bernard Teltscher, Victor Silverstone, Willie Coyle and Kitty Teltscher. They finished 11 VPs ahead of Ould, with Cooke and Oram in joint third.

Omar Sharif: 1932 - 2015

The EBU is sad to learn of the passing of Omar Sharif.

Mr Sharif was not only a great actor, but one of the most famous bridge players and one of the greatest advocates of the game. He once famously said "Acting is my living, but bridge is my passion.”

In 1967 he formed the "Omar Sharif Bridge Circus" which toured the world playing exhibition matches with, and against, some of the leading players of the time. In his prime he was considered by some to be one of the top ten players in the world. He also co-authored newspaper columns and books, and licensed his name to bridge computer games and apps, becoming possibly the most recognised face in the bridge world, both amongst players and the general public.

He took part in a number of events in England during his bridge career, including the Easter Congress and Spring Foursomes, and is cited by many bridge players as the opponent, or partner, that they most remember, or would most like to have.

He passed away in Cairo, aged 83.

Under 25 Championships at the Summer Meeting - winners to represent England

The EBU Selection Committee have announced that the winners of the Under 25 Championship Pairs will, if both players are 'England-eligible', each be offered a place on an England junior team during the following 12 months.

The Under 25 Championship Pairs takes place at the Summer Meeting in Brighton on Tuesday 18th August and is open to all juniors of any nationality.

All Under-25s are eligible for half-price entry to any EBU event. England junior squad members may be eligible for free entry to the weekend events at the Summer Meeting. Please see here for more details.

Juniors paying to enter the full congress are also eligible for the discount on entry to the 2016 Summer Meeting which is available to 'adult' members. Adults can receive £50 off their 2016 entry, juniors paying half price can receive £25 off.

Catherine Seale wins European bronze medal

Catherine Seale has won a bronze medal in the Women's Teams at the European Open Championships. She was playing with Marusa Basa (Slovenia), Gail Cameron & Vanessa Vos (both Zimbabwe), and this follows her success in the Mixed Pairs when she and Tom Paske were the highest finishing English pair (25th).

In the Senior's Pairs, David Kendrick & Patrick Jourdain (Wales) finished second in the 'A' semi-final, and went on to finish 7th in the final.

In the Open Pairs, Phil King & Andrew McIntosh, and Willie Whittaker & Peter Bertheau (Sweden), reached the final, finishing 22nd and 51st respectively.

The 7th European Open Championships is taking place in Tromso, Norway and concludes Saturday 11th July.

For more information on the progress of the English players, please use the read more link.

The event is being shown on Bridge Base Online with play starting at 10am and concluding around 7:30pm on most days.

Lost bag at Riviera Congress

A bag was taken from the Riviera Congress. It is a small man bag, black leather, 6 inch square x 1 ½ inch wide with a nice shoulder strap. If you have taken it by accident, or know anything about its whereabouts, please contact Peter Jordan at the EBU - 01296 317203.

Gardner team and Hampton & Amor win at Riviera Congress

The team of Bill Gardner (Kent), Mike Bell (London), Sean Mekie & Nicholas Greer (both Manchester), and the pair of Michael Hampton & John Amor (both Kent), have claimed victory at Riviera Congress, held in Torquay on 3rd to 5th July.

In the Swiss Teams, the Gardner team (pictured left) won all seven matches. After six matches they were level with the team of Richard Lingham, Ann Slee, Ruth Edmondson & Brigid McElroy (all Devon), but they beat them in the final round - inflicting the only loss on the Lingham team - to take the title. the Lingham team finished second, ahead of the team of Robert Miller (Northants), Bill Taylor, John Dakin (both Hants & IoW) & Eddie Lucioni (Sussex).

In the Swiss Pairs, Michael and John (picture) were undefeated in all twelve matches - winning ten and drawing two - to take the title by an emphatic margin of 26 VPs. Warner Solomon & Peter Bowles (both Devon) were second, with Keith Ashcroft & Michael Prior (both Kent) in third.

Warwickshire juniors visit House of Lords

On Wednesday junior bridge players, some from Bentley Heath C of E Primary School and others who are members of Warwickshire CBA, visited the House of Lords to play bridge and minibridge with the Peers.

The visit, arranged by Baroness Henig and members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge, began with a tour of the Palace of Westminster, before the children played bridge and minibridge with six Peers and EBU Board Member, and leading international player, Heather Dhondy.

The scores were very close, with all players acquitting themselves well, though ultimately the juniors narrowly lost.

Prior to the visit BBC Coventry and Warwickshire visited Bentley Heath to play a hand of minibridge, and also talked to the Chairman of the APPG, Bob Blackman MP.

Photographs from the visit are available below from Warwickshire CBA.