October 2015

Dyke & Byrne win Great Northern Swiss Pairs

The Great Northern Swiss Pairs, held on 3rd-4th October, was won by Kieran Dyke (London) & Michael Byrne (Manchester).

The event, run by the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU, was played over 12 rounds, with Kieran & Michael winning 11 of their matches. They finished on 191 VPs, 24 VPs ahead of second place. Tom Cohen & Sarah Teshome (both Yorkshire), who won ten matches, were second, and Alan Hayward & Tom Copeland (both Yorkshire), who also only lost twice, were a further 2 VPs back in third.

The Improvers Pairs, which was held on the Sunday afternoon, was won by Joan Eager & Brian Eager (both Yorkshire). They finished on 64.77%, with John Attree & Peter Allison (both Lancashire) second on 63.19%.

EBUScore now available

We are pleased to announce that EBUScore is now available.

EBUScore is the new name for the software developed by Jeff Smith, and which has previously carried the names PairsScorer and TeamsScorer. It is available free of charge to affiliated clubs. Information is available here, and this help site carries information on switching to, and using, EBUScore.

Whilst we hope that EBUScore will become the standard for our affiliated clubs, there is no necessity to switch to it unless your club wishes to do so.

New Editor of English Bridge appointed

We are pleased to announce that Lou Hobhouse has been appointed the new editor of English Bridge. She has already begun working on her first issue, which will be February 2016.

Lou is based in Somerset where she has a nomadic bridge school. She has been teaching for over eight years. She plays regularly at 'Lovely Langport' bridge club and occasionally at Yeovil, Taunton and Wells.

Lou started her career working for the Financial Times, latterly for the newsletter department. In 1998 she was the launch editor of a 'rather dry' monthly magazine called Asian Infrastructure which continued to occupy her for about 10 years. Talking about her new appointment she said, "it's very exciting to be working on a magazine where the content focuses on my all-consuming passion, and a real privilege to be hob-nobbing with such great and clever contributors".