June 2016

Steve Burton: 1945 - 2016

Steve Burton, a member of England's winning Camrose Trophy team of 1973, passed away last month. His funeral will be on 20th June and details are on the Kent CBA website.

Steve's international career started as a junior, and he represented Great Britain in the 1970 Junior European Championships. He was an active member of Kent bridge, and won the Pachabo Cup for the county in 1996, as well as winning many other local and national titles.

Yvonne Andrews: 1926 - 2016

Yvonne Andrews, a Life Member of Warwickshire CBA, and winner of a Dimme Fleming Award from the EBU in 2000, passed away on 8th June 2016.

Yvonne had devoted over thirty years of service to bridge administration and development in Warwickshire, including a period as Chairman.

Please take the EBED survey relating to the benefits of playing bridge

Update: The survey is now closed

As members will hopefully have read in the April issue of English Bridge, and in May's EBED newsletter, English Bridge Education and Development is undertaking research with Stirling University in to the health and wellbeing benefits of playing bridge. A survey has been produced to gather data to help in this study.

There is a commonly held view that those playing bridge tend to remain alert into their 80s and 90s, but is it true that the game can help maintain brain fitness? This online survey explores the effect of bridge, in tandem with social participation more widely, on wellbeing and quality of life.

They seek responses from everyone:

  • bridge players and non-bridge players
  • all ages

The response from bridge players has been excellent, but more replies are needed from 'non-players'. Please take part and encourage as many friends and family as possible to take part too.

Take the survey at: https://stirling.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/social-participation-and-wellbeing-ebu

It should take 10-15 mins to complete. On completion of the survey you can contact the research assistant to enter a draw to win one of two £100 Amazon vouchers.

Pagan & Fry win Corwen Trophy

Ian Pagan & Lyn Fry, from Middlesex, have won the Corwen Trophy which took place on 4th - 5th June.

The event is for the leading pairs in the current pairs championship of each County Association of the EBU.

This was Ian's third victory in the competition, with Lyn winning for the first time. They finished on 60.29%, with Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes, representing Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, second with 58.17%. Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer, representing Essex, were third with 57.68%.

Changes to appeals agreed by L&E Committee

At the meeting of the Laws & Ethics Committee which took place on 25th May, changes were agreed to some existing terminology and penalties.

It was decided that the term “frivolous” when applied to appeals would be replaced by “without merit” (or "meritless" when used as an adjective).

After discussion it was agreed to introduce from 1st August 2016 the following revised arrangement with regard to penalties for appeals without merit: (The change is shown in italics)

    A contestant or his captain may appeal for a review of any ruling made at his table by the Director. Any such appeal, if deemed to lack merit, may be the subject of a sanction. This sanction will be both of:
    • A score adjustment equivalent to twice the standard adjustment (e.g. 20% of a top, 6 IMPs or 1 VP).
    • A financial deposit (£20 for pairs games, £30 for teams).

This was considered to be fairer as a financial penalty alone was believed to have differing impacts on different different players, whereas if combined with a score penalty it would be more equal in effect.