November 2015

England Under 15s finish well against experienced field in the Czech Republic

England's Under 15 have taken part in a competition in Hluk, in the Czech Republic from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th November. They performed well as they were the youngest side in the competition, their opponents being mainly Under 20 and Under 25 teams.

The team of Jasmine Bakhshi, Liz Gahan, Harry Madden, Alex Pemberton and Oscar Selby, with David Bakhshi acting as NPC, finished ninth of the eleven team in the initial stage. They then improved, finishing fourth of seven in the consolation Swiss Teams event. Across the two competitions they won their last seven matches.

Jasmine and Liz were the leading English players in the pairs event which followed, finishing 12th of the 23 pairs.

December issue of English Bridge out now

The December 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.

This is the final issue which will be edited by Elena Jeronimidis. We would like to thank her for all her work with the magazine, and wish her well in retirement. We say farewell to her on page 62 of this issue, and meet the new editor, Lou Hobhouse, on page 51.

For more information on accessing our online magazine archive, please read on...

Board and committee positions filled at AGM

At the Annual General Meeting of the English Bridge Union, which took place yesterday (Wednesday 25th November) in London, positions on the board, and on standing committees, were filled. Please read on for more information.

Andrew Petrie has stepped down from the board after serving as both Vice Chairman and, most recently, as Treasurer. The shareholders joined Chairman Jeremy Dhondy in thanking Andrew for his many years of service.

Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

The winners of the Simultaneous Pairs prizes for 2015 were drawn during the EBU's Annual General Meeting which took place in London on 25th November.

The pair which achieved the best score within their club in any of the EBU organised Simultaneous Pairs events were entered in to the draw.

The pair which won the £1000 first prize were Susan Dodds & Hetty Jackson of Castle Morpeth Bridge Club. EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, is pictured drawing their names. The additional prize winners can be seen here.

The prize winning Clubs were also selected, with every club which entered a heat of any EBU organised event included in the draw. The £1000 first prize was won by Wantage Bridge Club in Oxfordshire. The additional prize winners can be seen here.

The overall winners of each event in the EBED Spring & Autumn Simultaneous Pairs, and the British Simultaneous Pairs Events, also win prizes. They can be seen here.

To take part in the 2016 events, and be in with a chance of winning a prize next year, please see the Sim Pairs area of the website

Presentations made to award winners at AGM

Presentations have been made to the winners of EBU awards at the Annual General Meeting which took place in London on Wednesday 25th November.

The inaugural Tony Priday Award, given for an outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects, was presented to Bernard Teltscher by Vivian Priday (pictured).

A Diamond Award, given in recognition of excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams, was presented to David Burn. Sandra Landy was also honoured and she will receive her Diamond Award at a later date.

A Silver Award was presented to Philip Mason, and Dimmie Fleming Awards were given to Barry Brelsford of Lancashire, Bernard Eddleston of Hertfordshire, Leslie Reece of Warwickshire, Geoff Smith of Kent, and Charlotte Vine of Middlesex. David Burgess and Joan Burgess of Nottinghamshire, David Galpin of Sussex, Elizabeth Muir of the North East, and Colin Woods of Cumbria, will also receive Dimmie Fleming Awards - presentations to them will be made at local events in the coming months.

The contribution of Elena Jeronimidis, the retiring editor of English Bridge, was also recognised. A presentation will be made to her in the new year.

Information on all the award winners can be seen via the links below.

Sussex Juniors visit House of Lords

Junior bridge players from Sussex visited the House of Lords on Tuesday 24th November to play minibridge with the peers.

The youngsters acquitted themselves well against their more experienced opponents, and so as to not damage the winning streak the Lords' team is enjoying they didn't keep score.

Following the visit, two of the participants, Holly and Ruby, were interviewed on BBC Radio about the visit, and why they enjoy bridge. EBU General Manager, Barry Capal, also discussed the rising popularity of bridge, and the ongoing efforts to have it recognised as a sport. This interview was simultaneously broadcast on many local stations, and a link to the interview is available below.

Stretford BC affiliate

Welcome to Stretford Bridge Club which has affiliated with the EBU.

They play on five days of the week, with classes for improvers, and a host system for their afternoon sessions. Visitors are always welcome. See their website for full details of their sessions.

As the name suggests they play in Stretford, in south west Manchester.

Tollemache finalists known

The qualifying round of the Tollemache Cup took place on 21st & 22nd November, with eight teams reaching February's final, including the defending champions, Middlesex.

The competition is for teams of eight representing EBU counties and WBU districts. The qualifiers from each of the four groups were:

Group A - Kent, London
Group B - Middlesex, Worcestershire
Group C - Manchester, Yorkshire
Group D - Surrey, Berks & Bucks.

The final takes place on 13th & 14th February.

England's teams finish 3rd & 5th in European Champions Cup

The team representing England have finished in 3rd & 5th places in the European Champions Cup. The event was successfully hosted by the EBU at Horwood House near Milton Keynes.

This is an annual competition for the national club champions from the top 10 countries in the previous European Championship, plus the holders and a team from the host nation. England was therefore represented by two teams.

The EBU team of Simon Gillis, Tom Hanlon, Zia Mahmood, Boye Brogeland, Espen Lindqvist & Erik Saelensminde won the bronze medal. The England team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, & Mike Bell, David Bakhshi won the playoff for 5th place.

The EBU would like to thank Simon Gillis both for his support of this event and also for bringing such a diverse and talented team to enhance the event.

More information is available here, or on the EBL event website.