March 2016

My EBU updated

My EBU, the replacement for the old Members Area, received a few updates today. Among the changes are:

  • Clubs and Counties can now submit USEBIO files (see instructions)
  • Clubs and Counties can now register to enter a Sim Pairs event
  • The League Management System renamed EBULeague
  • Sessions can now be deleted from the session display. The button only appears if it is possible to delete the session.

We are also pleased to launch our knockout draw program, called EBUKnockout. This is the counterpart to EBULeague, and allows clubs, counties and districts to manage their knockout events. It is fully functional but still very new so please report any issues you encounter, or features that are missing. Anyone planning to use EBUKnockout should read the instructions first.

We will migrate all the existing EBU Knockout events to the new system over time.

April issue of English Bridge out now

The April 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 also has additional content.

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

Goldenfields win main event at Northern Easter Festival

Bernard Goldenfield & Rhona Goldenfield (both Manchester) were emphatic winners of the three session Swiss Pairs event at the Northern Easter Festival. They were undefeated in their eleven matches, and finished on 172 VPs. This was Bernard's third victory in the event, and Rhona's second. John Holland & Alan Mould (both Manchester) were second on 157 VPs, with Julian Merrill & Paul Roberts (both Merseyside) third on 148 VPs.

The Swiss Teams event was won by Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye (both Lancs), Peter Stocken & Philip Mason (both Yorks). They trailed the team of Joy Blakey, Irving Blakey, Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield (all Manchester) prior to the final match, but defeat for the Blakey team - their only loss of the competition - and victory for the Smith team saw them swap places, with the Smith team winning by a single victory point.

The congress started with a Mixed and Open Pairs. The Mixed Pairs was won by Hugh McGann & Fiona Brown (Yorks) with 62.66%, with Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly (both Yorks) second with 61.66%. The Open Pairs was won convincingly by John Holland & Alan Mould. They scored 64.07%, with Heather Harvey & Jacqui Farrar (both Yorks) and Graham Wood & Phillip Anwar (both Yorks) tied in second with 53.33%.

An Improvers Pairs event was won by Margaret Edwardson & Stuart Edwardson (both Yorkshire). This also formed part of the Really Easy Afternoon held concurrently at multiple venues, and Margaret & Stuart were the leading pair in the 'B' stratification, and fifth overall, when the event was scored nationally.

The event was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

Townsend wins twice at Easter Festival

Tom Townsend (London) was the star performer at the Easter Festival in London, winning both the Championship Pairs and the Swiss Teams.

Playing with Mark Teltscher (London), Tom finished the three session Championship Pairs on 59.94% (they are pictured receiving the trophy from Heather Dhondy). Michael Byrne (Manchester) & Kieran Dyke (London) were second with 58.90%, with Celia Oram & Derek Oram third on 58.50%.

Tom then teamed up with Nick Sandqvist (London), Janet de Botton and Thor Erik Hoftaniska (both Middlesex) to win the Swiss Teams event (see picture here). They won six of their seven matches to finish on 101 VPs. Gerald Tredinnick, Derek Patterson, Norman Selway & Kay Preddy (all Kent) also won six matches, but by smaller margins, and finished second on 95 VPs.

The event concluded with a Flighted Swiss Pairs event. The A flight was won by Waseem Naqvi & Tony Waterlow (both Middlesex) (see picture here). They won six of their seven matches, only scoring less than 15 in the match they lost, to finish on 115 VPs. Sarah O'Connor & David Bakhshi won all seven of their matches, but by smaller margins, so finished in second, 8 VPs behind.

The B flight was won by Andy Margetts & Michelle Margetts (both Surrey) (see picture here). They were only defeated in their final match, and finished on 100 VPs. Ruth Masri & Sami Masri (London) were second on 90 VPs.

The event also included a Really Easy Afternoon, for less experienced players. The same hands were played at various locations, and scored across the whole field. The winners were Amarjeet Singh & Gurdeep Singh (both Essex) who played in Billericay. Naseer Dashti (Kent) & Andrew Cull (Surrey), who played in Wimbledon, were second. Margaret Edwardson & Stuart Edwardson (Yorkshire), who were the top pair at the Ilkley heat, were the leading pair in the 'B' stratification.

Siblings win Under 21 Championships

Jasmine Bakhshi and Liam Sanderson (both London) have won the Under 21 Championship Pairs which took place at the Easter Festival (they are pictured receiving their trophy from Heather Dhondy). Jasmine defended the title which she won last year - the first person to do so since 2002.

The siblings finished on 62.67%, with Dylan Dissanayake & Jack Ronayne (both Middlesex) second on 59.88%, narrowly ahead of Nick Heymann (London) & Roger Ren (Herts) who scored 59.50%.

By coincidence, Jasmine and Liam, and parents David & Heather Bakhshi, are featured in the April issue of English Bridge which is available online now, and will be coming through letterboxes very soon.

Juniors miss out on prizes in Amsterdam

England's juniors competed in the White House Junior Internationals in Amsterdam last week (20th - 26th March), and put in a solid, but ultimately fruitless, performance.

In the teams event, which included teams from 15 European countries, the Red team reached the quarter finals where they lost to eventual winners Poland. The White team narrowly missed out on qualifying for that stage, finishing two places outside the qualifying spots.

In the pairs event which followed, half of the pairs finished in the top half of the field, with Michael Alishaw & Ben Norton the top performers, ending 11th of the 40 pairs.

England were being represented by:
England White: Yvonne Wiseman & Ben Norton; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw
England Red: Alex Roberts & Ankush Khandelwal; Shivam Shah & Freddie Illingworth
Captain for both teams: Jon Cooke

Nominations requested for junior teaching awards

The EBU invites nominations from any school, club or other organisation or individual for the Alec Salisbury and Tom Bradley Awards.

The Alec Salisbury Award is made to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge.

Alec Salisbury was the EBU's Schools and Youth Officer for many years, being instrumental in the introduction of Minibridge

Typical achievements might include: Establishment of a school bridge club; developing the range of players within that club; participation in county/EBED youth events; support for the Junior Award Scheme; promotion of academic and non-academic benefits of bridge within the school and community.

See previous winners (most recently awarded to Amy Huber of Carshalton High School for Girls)

The Tom Bradley Award is made to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most contribution to promoting youth bridge

Tom Bradley was the former Treasurer of the EBU, who was a champion of attracting new players into the game of bridge.

Typical achievements might include: Major contribution to Junior Bridge Development; creating a sustained interest in bridge; Interaction with the adult bridge community; support for the Junior Award Scheme; promotion of academic and non-academic benefits of bridge within the community.

See previous winners (most recently awarded to Dave & Jill Armstrong of Sussex)

Please send nominations for either award to Richard Banbury - - before 23rd May.

EBU Small Grant Funding for Affiliated Clubs and Counties

The Board of the EBU have decided to create a Small Grants Fund for grants to EBU affiliated Clubs or Counties, and have delegated the operation and grant making decisions to the General Manager.

The idea is that we will consider proposals for such expenditure as a dealing machine or electronic scoring devices. Any approved grants would be based upon a “matched funding” basis only.

Clubs will be required to provide details and accounts to support their application. The idea is to offer grants to those clubs or counties that would otherwise have difficulty in affording an item.

Supported applications should be made, by email, to the General Manager at Please note that there is only a limited amount in the fund and when it is gone it is gone; continuing affiliation by clubs will be a specific requirement along with a potential for other conditions which may vary for each applicant.

Update: Due to an overwhelming response, applications are suspended at present.

Murphys win Portland Pairs

Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy (both Yorkshire) have won the Portland Pairs, the EBU's mixed pairs championship which took place on Sunday 20th March. 360 pairs took part, playing at fifteen venues around England and Wales, with the event scored across all locations.

Playing at the Sheffield heat, Denis and Pearl achieved 62.94% when scored nationally. This put them just over one per cent ahead of Ian Walsh & Alison Pollok (both Devon), who played at Exeter, with John Moore & Pauline Serby (both Hants & IOW), who played at Wallingford, just behind them in third.

Elena Jeronimidis receives Life Membership award

At the AGM in November it was announced that Elena Jeronimidis, who was retiring as editor of English Bridge the following month, would receive Life Membership of the EBU. She received her award this week from EBU Board Member, Heather Dhondy.

Elena was Editor of English Bridge from 2007 to 2015, during a time of significant changes for the EBU and for the magazine. Chairman Jeremy Dhondy wrote about her work in her final issue of the magazine, and you can read his tribute here.