July 2016

Applications For Teltscher Trophy Trials

Applications are invited from teams for the Teltscher Trophy Trials which take place at the West Midlands Bridge Club, 16th -18th December 2016. The Teltscher Trophy takes place in Northern Ireland 19th – 21st May 2017.

The entry price per team is £360.00.

Please send applications to dawn@ebu.co.uk by 31st October 2016.

Manchester retains National Inter-County League Trophy

The National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at Coventry Bridge Club on Sunday 10th July.

Congratulations to Manchester who retained the 'A' final, Warwickshire for winning the 'B' final, and Hertfordshire for winning the 'C' final.

Pictured are the Manchester team (L to R: Tom Slater, Michael Byrne, Kath Nelson, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, Alan Nelson, Alan Mould, Alec Smalley).

Wolfendale and Davey win at Eastbourne

The Summer Seniors Congress took place in Eastbourne this weekend and Nigel Wolfendale and Dick Davey were the winners of the main Championship Pairs. Having won the qualifying session, they continued their good form to comfortably win the A Final and finish over 3% clear of Kathy and Denis Talbot in second. Sandy Davies and Tom Gisborne won the B Final, and Sue and Nick Woodcock won the Swiss Pairs.

The Swiss Teams was a little closer. Phil Thornton, Bob Holder, Robert Procter and Michael Robinson won their first five matches, but stumbled in the penultimate match against the Hackett team. They needed to win their last match to take the trophy, and did so with plenty to spare. The Hackett team finished second, with the Collins team third.

European Youth Pairs Championships finish on Sunday

The 13th European Youth Pairs Championships finish on Sunday in Liepaja in Latvia. The event has been taking place over five days, with competitions for Under 26 Open, Under 26 Ladies, Under 21 Open, Under 16 Open, and Mixed Pairs for all ages.

England has a large representation in the event - click 'read more' below to see the full list of English participants. Good luck to them all.

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

Alishaw & Kennedy win Riviera Swiss Pairs; Lawy team wins Swiss Teams

Michael Alishaw (London) & Stephen Kennedy (Sussex) (pictured) have won the Swiss Pairs at the Riviera Congress. They lost only one of their twelve matches, and finished on 179 VPs, 18 ahead of the field. This is another good performance by the junior international pair - amongst other results they were the leading qualifiers in the National Pairs.

Edward Leatham & Nick Forrest (both Wilts) were ahead of Michael & Stephen with two rounds to play, but two defeats saw them finish in second place. Alex Maddocks & Warner Solomon (both Devon) won their last seven matches to race up the table and finish third, a further 2 VPs behind.

The Swiss Teams event was won by Rob Lawy (Avon), Andrew Thompson (Norfolk), Stefan Lindfors and Jim Grant (both Devon) (see picture here). They lost only once in their seven matches, finishing on 100 VPs. In second place were Richard Lingham, Ann Slee, Brigid McElroy and Ruth Edmondson (all Devon) - they also only lost once, and finished on 98 VPs. Dave Latchem (Wiltshire), Sheila Coda, Rod Marks (both Somerset) and Mark Hooper (Dorset) were third with 96 VPs.