April 2016

Articles from Spring Foursomes available over the weekend

The Schapiro Spring Foursomes takes place this weekend in Stratford upon Avon, and Brian Senior will be providing daily articles on some of the deals from the competition.

These will be available via the results page for the event.

Brian wrote articles on deals from the 2015 event - you can find them here should you wish to read them and get in the mood for this year's event.

The seedings and first round draw for the event are now available. There will be coverage on Bridge Base Online on Monday and Tuesday.

Schapiro Spring Foursomes this weekend; seedings announced

The Schapiro Spring Foursomes takes place this weekend in Stratford upon Avon, with 55 teams competing in one of the most prestigious events on the EBU calendar.

The seedings for the event are now available, with England's Alexander Allfrey, David Bakhshi, Mike Bell, Tony Forrester, David Gold & Andrew Robson receiving the number 1 seed. The first draw is also available.

14 nationalities are represented in the event, with many elite international players vying for the title. Play starts on Friday evening, and uses a double elimination format, with the final taking place on Tuesday evening. There will be coverage on Bridge Base Online on Monday and Tuesday.

Need a partner for a congress?

If you are looking for a partner, or team mates, for an upcoming congress, then try the new message boards which we have added to most of the competition pages. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage for the congress in question and you will be able to post a message to say you are seeking someone, or you can reply to someone else who is looking.

England teams successful in match against France

England's Open and Women's teams have played against France in a warm-up match for international events later in the year, including the European Championships which will be held in Budapest in June.

The Women's team won by 100 IMPs over the three days. The Open team were not playing directly head-to-head as the match incorporated the French trials.

Venue changes for forthcoming congresses

We are pleased to announce three changes of venue for congresses later this year:

We hope these new venues will lead to a more enjoyable event for all participants. For further details on the congresses, and the venues, follow the links above.

Bridge helping ladies stay healthy and active into their 90s

BBC Woman's Hour on Radio 4 today looked at how women in their 90s have managed to stay healthy and active. Two interviewees from Birmingham cited bridge as one of the biggest influences on their prolonged good health, noting both the benefits of keeping the mind active, and also the social benefits of playing bridge after the death of their husbands.

The interview is available on the BBC website for a limited time - scroll to 15:00 for the start of the interview (which lasts around six minutes).

If you know someone - of any age - who would like to learn then please refer them to our map, which shows all affiliated clubs and EBUTA (now EBTA) teachers in the country. They can then locate their local teacher or club and enquire about lessons.

The EBED Sim Pairs event, which takes place in the first week of May, will be raising funds to help English Bridge Education and Development undertake work relating to the social and health benefits linked to playing bridge, including combatting social isolation and cognitive decline. Clubs which are participating can be seen on our sims pages - click on the date in question for a list of registered clubs.

Hasenson & Sherman win National Pairs

Peter Hasenson & David Sherman (both Middlesex) have claimed the National Pairs title, winning the national final which took place on 16th & 17th April.

The national finals featured 50 pairs who qualified from nine regional finals which took place in March.

Peter and David finished national final on 56.97%, with Stuart Davies & George Bak (both Yorkshire) in second on 56.72%. Catherine Seale & Ian Pagan (both Middlesex) were third with 55.99%. Juniors Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy, who were the leading pair in the regional finals, finished fourth.

The National Pairs is part of the Championship Series in whcih points can be won toward the Player of the Year title. Peter and David's victory puts them 19th= in the race for the prize, which is led by Simon Cope.

England win silver in Lady Milne Trophy

England have finished second in the Lady Milne Trophy, the competition for the national women's teams from the five NBOs of the British Isles which took place just outside Belfast.

The winners were Scotland, who dominated the event, winning all five matches with relative ease, and finishing on 87.68 VPs out of a possible 100. The England team of Fiona Brown and Helen Erichsen, Christine Jepson and Catherine Curtis, Sarah Ewart and Ewa Kater, with NPC Heather Dhondy, won all matches with the exception of a 20-0 defeat to Scotland. They finished on 63.20 VPs, with Ireland third on 49.57 VPs. Defending champions Wales were fourth.

England women vie for Lady Milne

The Lady Milne Trophy, for the five NBOs of the British Isles, is being held this weekend in Belfast. England haven't won since 2013, and will be hoping to regain a trophy they have won 47 times overall. Good luck to all the team: Fiona Brown and Helen Erichsen, Christine Jepson and Catherine Curtis, Sarah Ewart and Ewa Kater, with NPC Heather Dhondy.

Matches will be broadcast on Bridge Base Online, and results can be found at the organisers' website.

Cambridge retains Portland Bowl

The University of Cambridge has retained the Portland Bowl, for the British inter-universities championship, beating a team from the University of Oxford in the final.

The winning team is pictured - left to right: Michael Alishaw, Helen Holmes, Adam Bowden, Kyle Lam (captain), Freddie Illingworth, Chris Derrick.

The semi-finals and finals were played at the Portland Club in London on 9th and 10th April. Cambridge B beat Manchester A in one semi-final, and Oxford A beat Durham A in the other.

The final between old rivals Cambridge and Oxford was a close match, but victory went to the light blue team, by 115 IMPs to 90. Durham won the third-place playoff by 124-68.

This was a third consecutive victory for Cambridge, and its 13th overall (Oxford is second with 9), and Kyle Lam became the ninth person to win the event in three consecutive years. He joins a number of players with three victories, with only Chris Jagger (five) and Greg Moss (four) having won more.