January 2016

Teaching survey of EBU affiliated clubs

Affiliated clubs have been invited to take a survey on the teaching of beginners which goes on at their club - or the reasons why none is done if that is the case. The information from this survey will be used to help the EBU formulate its policy on this aspect of education. A link to the survey was emailed to all clubs on Friday 29th January. If you club has not received a link to the survey please contact us.

Clubs which participate in the survey will be entered into a draw, with three randomly chosen clubs receiving credit to spend at the EBU Shop.

February issue of English Bridge out now

The February issue of English Bridge has been sent to all eligible members, and is also available to read online via the members area 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 - the online version of this issue has an additional 14 pages of content.

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

Entries open for 16th European Women’s National Pairs Championships

Entries are being taken by the European Bridge League for the 16th European Women’s National Pairs Championships. The event will be held in Budapest on 16th to 18th June 2016, prior to the European Teams Championships. Those who are interested in participating should enter through the EBL website before 31st May. More information on the event is available here. EBU members must fund their own participation in the event.

Entries open for the Young Bridge Challenge

The 2016 Young Bridge Challenge will be held on Saturday 5th March 2016 at Loughborough Grammar School. It is a free, one-day bridge event for school-age players of all experience levels, and is organised by English Bridge Education and Development.

It consists of:
Schools Cup for teams of four players all from the same school.
Swiss Teams for teams of four players from bridge clubs, schools or mixed teams from more than one school.
Minibridge Pairs for players of school age who are just learning the game.
Short pairs duplicate for accompanying adults.

Where possible please enter in advance. To enter, or for more information, please download the entry form from the EBED website, phone Lisa Miller on 01296 317217 or send an e-mail.

Under 25 women invited to training weekend

Any female bridge players aged under 25 would be welcome to join the first Young Women’s Bridge Squad training weekend. It will be held at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London on 20th & 21st February. If you would be interested in taking part please contact squad leader Sally Brock.

Penfold team wins Senior trials

The team of Sandra Penfold (Yorks), David Kendrick (Cambs & Hunts), Patrick Collins (Kent), Norman Selway (Kent) and Colin Simpson (Berks & Bucks) have won the trials to represent England in the European Championships.

They won a head-to-head match against the team of Paul Hackett (Staffs & Shrops), Gunnar Hallberg (London), John Holland (Manchester), David Mossop, David Price (Suffolk) and Brian Senior (Yorks) - both teams qualified from the first stage of the trials in December. The Penfold team took a 32 IMP lead after the first session, and although the size of their advantage fluctuated they were always ahead, ultimately winning the 96 board final by 41 IMPs.

The European Championships take place 16th to 26th June in Budapest.

Brown & Erichsen win Lady Milne trials

Fiona Brown (Yorks) & Helen Erichsen (Kent) have won the trials for the England team for the Lady Milne Trophy, which were held on 22nd to 24th January in London.

They will be joined in the team by Christine Jepson (Sussex) & Catherine Curtis (Cambs & Hunts), who were runners-up in the trial. The team will be completed by a third pair who will be chosen by the Selection Committee. The Lady Milne event takes place in 15th to 17th April in Northern Ireland.

Fiona & Helen finished the six session trial on 110.88 IMPs, with Christine & Catherine on 107.49. Closely behind were Sarah Ewart & Ewa Kater (both London) on 103.78.

International trials taking place this weekend

Two international trials take place this weekend, with places in the women's team for the Lady Milne and the senior's team for European Championships at stake.

Play in the Lady Milne trials starts this evening (Friday) at 7pm, and concludes on Sunday. Matches can be watched on Bridge Base Online. The list of entrants, and information on the schedule and format, can be seen here. The two top finishing pairs will be offered a place in the Lady Milne team. The remaining pair will be selected by the Selection Committee. The event takes place in Northern Ireland in April.

The senior's trials sees the top two teams from the first stage - the Hackett team (Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, David Mossop, David Price and Brian Senior) and Penfold team (Sandra Penfold, Patrick Collins, David Kendrick, Norman Selway and Colin Simpson) - playing on Saturday and Sunday, with the winners qualifying to play in the European Championships in Budapest in June.

Template for organising league competitions available

Following requests from some league organisers, the Laws & Ethics Committee has put together a 'template' of regulations which leagues can adopt if they wish. This may help those starting leagues from scratch, or those who are looking to update their regulations or fill any missing gaps.

There is no necessity for any league to adopt any of the suggestions if suitable regulations are already in place. It is merely offered for those who require it.

If you have any queries please contact the L&E Committee Secretary: 01296 317228 or lecsec@ebu.co.uk

A free trial at Bridge Club Live for EBU Members

EBU Members who are not already members of Bridge Club Live (BCL) can enjoy a free, 50 day trial of the online bridge website. The free trial will allow you to try out BCL, to see if you enjoy playing online when you're not able to play at your local club. Simply register via the link below, and start playing.

BCL is affiliated with the EBU as an Online Affiliated Club, and is able to issue Master Points for their sessions which meet the necessary requirements for points to be awarded.

The Online Affiliated Club category, and the Online Knockout Teams competition, were introduced to help EBU members who have difficulty playing ‘face-to-face’ with their regular partner, and those in more remote parts of the country, to become more involved in ‘affiliated’ competitions organised by the EBU or by affiliated clubs.

The Master Points awarded are full value ‘local points’, and count towards all EBU Master Point rankings. They can be earned in most BCL competitions. Playing at an Online Affiliated Club does not, however, afford the player some of the benefits which would come from participation at a ‘face-to-face’ club – the player does not become a member of the EBU through Universal Membership; magazine points cannot be earned through these competitions; the results will not be included in the National Grading Scheme.

More information on Bridge Club Live, and other options for playing online, is available via our Online Bridge webpage.