February 2016

Junior Award Scheme available to teachers and bridge clubs

The Junior Award Scheme is an important and exciting initiative from English Bridge Education & Development. It is an award scheme that offers graded attainment levels and aims to give young people positive reinforcement, confidence and a sense of achievement through monitoring and encouraging the student's progress along their bridge learning journey. We hope they will enjoy working to complete each level.

There are six levels for the student to achieve - covering all standards from starting to play minibridge through to competing at high levels - with certificates of achievement awarded for each level attained.

For more information visit the EBED website. To take part in the scheme you should contact EBED to receive the assessment cards, and the teaching material can be downloaded from the EBED website.

Free subscription to Bridge Magazine available to junior players

A free year's subscription to Bridge Magazine has been made available by the publishers to all bridge players under the age of 25. Interested juniors should email tao@chess.co.uk with their name and email address.

Bridge marathon for Sport Relief

Members of Stamford Bridge Club will be taking part in a bridge marathon on 18th-19th March to raise money for Sport Relief, and everyone is welcome to join them.

There are those who still doubt whether bridge is a 'sport', but there will be no questioning the skill, and mental and physical stamina, on display in this endurance event. Competing in this 'mind sport marathon' will be a fitting way to support the sport-oriented charity. Funds raised through Sport Relief support education and health projects in the UK and overseas, including projects for dementia sufferers which is apt given the link between playing bridge and alleviating the impact of cognitive decline.

Players can take part in any number of three-hour sessions, and some will attempt to play for the whole 24 hours! To support the players, volunteers from SBC will provide much-needed refreshments to sustain those playing through the night. Anyone interested in taking part, should contact Marcus Witt for more information on 01780 767384 or marcusstamfordwitt@gmail.com. Donations to Sport Relief for their efforts can be made here.

Pictured getting in some training are SBC members (left to right) David Banks, Paul Redfern, Tracy Riddington, Jo Martin, Jane Eayrs, Cliff Orme and Terry Knights.

John Holland tops Master Point list for fifth time

Congratulations to John Holland, who has topped the annual Master Points for the fourth year in succession. He has claimed the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points accumulated in the calendar year, for a fifth time.

John earned 29,397 points, with Derek and Celia Oram gaining the next most, each accumulating 22,517. Derek continues to gain on John Durden atop the all-time list of Master Point winners, and now trails by just over 51,000.

John Holland's good year has seen him reclaim the top spot in the Gold Point rankings. He moved marginally ahead of the 2014 leader, David Gold, holding 98.92 to David's 98.02. Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester and Alexander Allfrey complete the top five.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club. Kostadin Vasilev of Chipstead Duplicate Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Roger Arnold of Liverpool Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Joe Mallabone of Lytham Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third.

The full Master Point lists for 2015, including a breakdown by county, can be accessed below. All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

Bridge England Sim Pairs

The Bridge England Sim Pairs has now concluded and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries below. The hand write-ups are provided mainly by current and former members of our international teams.

The money raised from the Bridge England Sim Pairs goes towards funding England’s international teams, and the 2016 event will go towards supporting the England Under 15 team. The Under 15 squad was formed in 2015, and the team was fourth in their first event, the European Championships, thereby earning an invitation to the 2016 World Championships.

Not only do these Sims support the team's involvement in the competition, but also the practice events for a larger squad of juniors, organised by a group of volunteer coaches. Those clubs which are taking part are therefore supporting both our junior internationals, and also the next generation of players. The EBU Selection Committee thanks them for their involvement.

Tuesday 2nd February Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 3rd February Commentary Booklet