April 2016

Alford BC affiliates with the EBU

We are pleased to welcome Alford Bridge Club, which has affiliated with the EBU.

The club plays on Thursday evenings in Alford, in east Lincolnshire.

Fantoni-Nunes banned by Italian Bridge Federation

It has been reported that Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, one of the pairs accused in the 'cheating scandals' last year, have been banned by the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) following its investigation. Reports state that the pair were found guilty and have received a lifetime ban from the FIGB from playing as a pair, and individual three year bans. The EBL will consider the matter further at an EBL Disciplinary Commission hearing at the end of May.

Changes to charges for club teacher courses

English Bridge Education and Development runs Club Teacher Training courses which help all bridge clubs to ‘grow their own’ membership through an integrated teaching programme. The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club.

Since 2010, the EBU has offered to pay for one free place for its affiliated clubs, every 2 years, on the Club Teacher Training course.

Through the charity EBED, the EBU intends to invest in producing new educational material, with the aim of helping people to learn how to play bridge more quickly and easily and inspire them to join Clubs. This is an objective that we are told by Members should be of the highest priority to safeguard the future of our game. To help EBED, and EBU, finance this, we are rebalancing our financial support to teacher training in Clubs by replacing ‎the one free place scheme with a standard discount of 20% for all teaching courses booked only by affiliated Clubs.

These new arrangements will take effect for all Club Teacher Training courses booked on or after 1 September 2016, and the discount will apply to all bookings received from, invoiced to, and paid by, an affiliated club. All other bookings are to remain at the full price.

Entries for Gold Cup now open

Entries are now open for the Gold Cup, the premier British teams event.

The closing date for entries is Monday 6th June, with the event running from June 2016 to October 2017.

The event is organised by Bridge Great Britain, with first and second round losers gaining entry to the Silver Plate which is administered by the EBU.

For more information, or to enter the Gold Cup please visit the Bridge Great Britain website.

British Spring Sim Pairs

The British Spring Simultaneous Pairs is now over, and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries linked below. You can leave a comment on any board through the boards pages, where you will also be able to play through the hand in the double-dummy viewer. Master Points will be credited when all the results are in and have been checked.

Monday 4th April Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 5th April Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 6th April Commentary Booklet
Thursday 7th April Commentary Booklet

Multiple winners at Really Easy Weekend

The Spring Really Easy Weekend took place in Wroxton, near Banbury, on 1st to 3rd April. It was aimed at less experienced players, who enjoyed an event which combined competitions with the social aspects of a residential weekend. Five different pairs won competitions across the three days.

Dave Spink (Kent) & Gerry Lynch (Northants) (pictured) won Sunday's Swiss Pairs competition. They won all five of their matches, and finished 23 VPs clear of the field. Tony French & Sue French (both Essex) were second, with Sarah Hubbard (Avon) & Barry Davies third.

In the pairs competitions on Friday and Saturday the winners were Pat Flavell & Ken Flavell (both Herts) (twice), Jan Radley & John Radley (both Essex) (twice), Ivor Richards & Jill Richards (both Sussex), and Valerie Fullforth & Gill Humby (both Herts).

The next Really Easy Weekend will be held in Alfriston, in East Sussex, on 28th to 30th October 2016. We will return to Wroxton next April, with dates also in the diary for Alfriston in June 2017, and Stratford-upon-Avon in October 2017.

In addition, the Really Easy Congress will take place as part of the Summer Meeting at Eastbourne, on 22nd - 25th August. This caters for all levels of 'novice' players - from those who have recently learnt, through to those who play club bridge but have not yet moved on to 'congress bridge' - and includes lessons and competitions. Please see the event webpage for more information.

Applications invited for EBU Board positions

The board of the EBU has eight elected directors. It may also appoint up to two additional directors for a period of one year (renewable annually).

We are looking to the possibility of appointing one or two directors. The positions are voluntary. Applications would be particularly welcome from those with an interest in retailing (including online retailing) and/or marketing.

If you are interested and would like to know more please email the Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy (jeremy@ebu.co.uk).

EBUScore available free to EBUTA (now EBTA) members

We are pleased that we are now able to make EBUScore available free of charge to all EBUTA (now EBTA) members. They can download the software by logging in to the members area of the website.

EBUTA (now EBTA) is a membership organisation for all bridge teachers. It is administered by English Bridge Education and Development. Please see their website for more information.

Titchfield BC granted charitable status

Titchfield Bridge Club has recently applied for, and has been granted, charitable status as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). They would be very happy to provide advice, documentation and other info to other clubs affilliated to the EBU if they are thinking of going down this route. The Committee's email address is 2016_tbc_committee@emaildodo.com.