July 2016

August issue of English Bridge, and Members Diary, out now

The August 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.

The 2016/17 Members Diary will also be dispatched with this issue to eligible members. If you have previously opted out of receiving a printed copy of the magazine, but wanted a diary, then you will receive the magazine on this occasion as this is easiest and most cost-efficient way of delivering the diary to you.

If you have not accumulated enough magazine points to receive a diary, but would like one, you will be able to purchase one from the EBU Shop next week.

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

English team wins event at North American Bridge Championships

Dan Crofts & Gareth Hyett and Edward Levy & Oliver Burgess were winners of the Swiss Teams on Tuesday at the Summer North American Bridge Championships in Washington DC. Although billed as a 'side event' it nonetheless featured a quality field of 55 teams, so was a good result for the English team.

Norman team wins Online KO Plate

The Plate competition for the Online Knockout Teams has been won by Philip Norman, Joanne Norman, Krzysztof Ginda and Mark Hooper (all Dorset), after they were victorious in the final by 55 IMPs.

The runners-up were the team comprising Mark Denny, Filippo Broccolino, Stephen Kennedy, Roger Poulter and Matthew Smith (all Sussex).

The main competition was won by the Bryant team. The 2017 competition will start in January, with entries opening in the autumn.

Patrick Jourdain: 1942 - 2016

The EBU is sad to learn of the death of Patrick Jourdain on Thursday 28th July following a short illness.

Patrick made an enormous contribution to bridge in the UK and around the world, as both a player and journalist. He made more than seventy international appearances for Wales spanning six decades, and also played in the Camrose for Scotland on two occasions when he was working north of the border. He was a regular player at some of the EBU's biggest congresses, and enjoyed a number of successes - as recently as 2014 he won the Seniors Pairs at the Summer Meeting.

As bridge correspondent for the Daily Telegraph for nearly 25 years he was one of the leading voices in bringing bridge to the widest possible audience, whether reporting on competition results, or on news that transcended bridge's 'niche' audience - it was not unusual to see his name on the front pages. He was also the 'bridge-journalists journalist', editing the bulletin of the International Bridge Press Association for twenty years, and also serving as the organisation's President. That bridge news and results reached a worldwide audience via various media outlets owed a lot to Patrick's endeavours.

Ever the dedicated journalist, he penned his own obituary to ensure that the media would have their copy in timely fashion.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral will be on 9th August in Cardiff - details are here.

Graham Smith joins EBU Board

We are delighted to welcome Graham Smith to the EBU Board as an appointed director. He will attend his first meeting in September.

Brian Jackson: 1938 - 2016

London Metropolitan Bridge Association have reported the death of Brian Jackson, one of the foremost rubber bridge hosts. An obituary is available via their website.

British Summer Sim Pairs

The British Summer Sim Pairs is now over and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries linked below. Masterpoints will be credited as soon as soon as all the results are in and have been checked.

Monday 25th July Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 26th July Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 27th July Commentary Booklet
Thursday 28th July Commentary Booklet

Smith & Webb win Midland Improvers Pairs

Steve Smith & Jason Webb (both Staffs & Shrops) have won the Midland Improvers Pairs which took place earlier this month. Organised by the counties which form the Midlands Regional Group, the event was held at two locations - Derbyshire and Warwickshire - with the scores then combined. Steve & Jason scored a very impressive 73.83% to take the title by a large margin. They are pictured receiving their trophies from Linda Curtis, Chairman of Staffs & Shrops CBA, and EBU Board member, Darren Evetts.

Anna Lis & John Higgs (both Staffs & Shrops) were second with 63.41%, and Barrie Witcomb & Pamela Selden (both Derbys) were third with 58.59%.

Fantoni-Nunes banned by EBL

The European Bridge League have announced their verdict on Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, who were accused of using a series of illegal signals.

"The Disciplinary Commission of the EBL has concluded that Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes have been guilty of infractions of the laws of bridge. Accordingly, they have been banned from playing together for life, and are separately prohibited from playing in any EBL events or activities for a period of 5 years. Additionally, the costs of the investigation and hearing have been awarded against them."

They also received a lifetime ban from playing in EBL events as a partnership. This follows the ban impose by the Italian Bridge Federation (FIGB) in April.

England juniors perform well at European Youth Pairs Championships

The 13th European Youth Pairs Championships finished on Sunday in Liepaja in Latvia. England had a large number of pairs competing (some are pictured), and there were some good results and prize winning performances.

The highest finishers in any of the main competitions were Oscar Selby & Harry Madden who finished 5th of the 23 pairs playing in the Under 16 Pairs, just a few match points outside the medal places. Shivam Shah & Freddie Illingworth were winners of the President's Cup, the consolation event for all pairs failing to qualify for a main final. Nick Dean, playing with Carolina Pimenta of Portugal, won a prize for leading 'transnational pair' in the President's Cup.

Alex Roberts & Ankush Khandelwal gained the kudos of being the highest scorers of the 61 pairs in the qualifying rounds of the Under 26 pairs - though ultimately they finished 15th in the final. Will Roper & Alex Birchall also reached the final in that event.

Two English pairs reached the final of the Under 21 Pairs - Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula finished 11th, and Ben Norton & Sam Behrens were 13th. In the Women's Under 26 Pairs, Yvonne Wiseman & Carina Negreanu finished 10th of the 20th pairs.

Carina Negreanu & Nick Dean were England's leading pair in the Mixed Pairs, finishing 10th of the 52 pairs. The winners were Jun Nakamaru-Pinder and Olivia Bailey of Scotland meaning further bragging rights for British bridge.

The competitions are being followed by a three day youth bridge camp in which some of the English juniors will be taking part.