September 2016

Entries being taken for Teltscher Trophy and Lady Milne trials

Applications are invited from those players wishing to participate in the trials to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy and Lady Milne competitions.

Teltscher Trophy Trials: 16th - 18th December at West Midlands Bridge Club. Applications to by 31st October. More details

Lady Milne Trials: 27th - 29th January at Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Applications to by 12th December. More details

Allfrey & Robson win Player of the Year Competition

Congratulations to Alexander Allfrey and Andrew Robson who are joint winners of the 2015-16 Player of the Year Competition.

In the competition players gain points based on finishing in the top places of the most prestigious events on the EBU calendar. Alexander and Andrew won the Harold Poster Cup Swiss Pairs event at the Summer Meeting, were part of the winning team in the Schapiro Spring Foursomes, and were in teams which were runners-up in the Crockfords Cup and Premier League.

Over 140 players scored points in this year's competition - the top ten was:

1st= Alexander Allfrey 41 6th= David Bakhshi 29
1st= Andrew Robson 41 6th= Tony Forrester 29
3rd Jason Hackett 35 6th= David Mossop 29
4th= David Gold 30 6th= David Price 29
4th= Justin Hackett 30 6th= Colin Simpson 29

The competition will run again in 2016/17. For more information see here.

Mossop team wins Crockfords Cup; Ransley team wins Plate

The team of David Mossop, Alex Hydes (London), Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett (both Staffs & Shrops), David Price (Suffolk) & Colin Simpson (Berks & Bucks) have won the 2015-16 Crockfords Cup. All the team have won this competition three times or more, with Alex retaining the trophy he won last year with different teammates; the other five all won the 2013-14 competition together.

The competition is played as knockout with the final eight teams playing an all-play-all final. The Mossop team finished just 2 VPs ahead of the team captained by Alexander Allfrey (Middlesex) - David Bakhshi, Mike Bell (both London) and Tony Forrester (Herefordshire) played with him in the finals and Andrew Robson and David Gold (both London) played in earlier rounds. Finishing in third place was the team of Brian Senior, Sandra Penfold (both Yorkshire), Nevena Senior, Tom Paske (both Middlesex) & Ed Jones (Oxfordshire).

The Plate competition, for those knocked out of the Cup in the early rounds, was won by Brian Ransley (Sussex), Michael Davis, Ben Ritacca (both Middlesex) & Brian McGuire (London), plus John Wilmott (London) who played in earlier rounds (see photo here). They finished 4 VPs ahead of Uday Hegde, Jerry Cope (both Middlesex), Alan Kay, Francis Morton & David Walker (all Hertfordshire) - Anthony Golding (Hertfordshire) played for this team in earlier rounds.

Welcome to Sovereign Harbour BC

We are pleased to welcome Sovereign Harbour Bridge Club which has recently affiliated with the EBU.

Based in Eastbourne they play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club. Visitors are always welcome, and they always run a host system so no partner is required.

Schedule confirmed for 2017 European Open Championships

The 8th European Open Championships will take place 10th to 24th June 2017 in Montecatini Terme, Italy. The EBL have confirmed the schedule for the event, which will include Pairs and Teams events in the Open, Womens, Seniors, and Mixed categories. The schedule is available here.

English juniors do well in Swedish championships

Three English juniors performed well in the Swedish Junior Championships last weekend. Yvonne Wiseman, playing with Adam Stokka, narrowly missed out on a place on the podium, finishing in fourth place just 0.2% behind third. Oscar Selby & Megan Jones finished sixth - a good performance considering they are still Under-16s and the event was open to Under-26 players.

EBU members feature in IBPA awards

The International Bridge Press Association awards were announced during the World Bridge Games, with a number of EBU members featuring amongst the winners and nominees. The awards recognise the best in bridge journalism and writing - though of course the author is also dependent on good subject matter, so being the subject of a nominated work is also noteworthy.

David Bird won the award for Book of the Year for The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl. This was the first time he won the award, having been shortlisted on four previous occasions.

Brian Senior was nominated for the Junior Deal of the Year award, reporting on a hand played by English U16 player Liz Gahan. England U26 player Yvonne Wiseman was also featured in this category as the subject of a nominated article.

In the Best Bid Deal of the Year auctions by Colin Simpson & David Price, and by Jason & Justin Hackett, were the subjects of nominated articles.

Gauld & McIntosh and Laland team win main events at Guernsey Congress

The Guernsey Congress finished yesterday after ten days of competitions.

The four session Swiss Pairs on the first weekend was won by Tim Gauld (London) & Dan McIntosh (Channel Islands) by a single Victory Point. They overtook long time leaders Gary Hyett (Manchester) & William Crook (Notts) on the final match, with both pairs winning but Tim & Dan by a larger margin. Janet Latham & Ted Latham (both Yorks) were third, a further 11 VPs behind.

The four session Swiss Teams on the second weekend was won emphatically by Reider Laland, Fred Moen, Erik Saelensminde and Rune Hauge (Channel Islands). They raced in to a large lead in the early matches, and although they lost twice on the final day two maximum victories meant they finished 32 VPs clear of the field. Two teams tied on 122 VPs from their ten matches - Ruth Edmondson, Brigid McElroy, Ann Slee & Alison Pollok (all Devon) and Pamela Reiss, Dominic Flint (both London), Jonathan Hoffman & Gail Hoffman (both Middlesex).

The other winners were:

  • Pivot Teams - updated: Ruth Edmondson, Brigid McElroy, Ann Slee & Alison Pollok (all Devon) won on a split tie ahead of Rune Hauge, Andy Hall, Robert Plumley (all Channel Islands) & Reider Laland
  • Men's Pairs: Tim Gauld (London) & Dan McIntosh (Channel Islands)
  • Women's Pairs: Linda Stocks & Margaret Crangle (both Warks)
  • Seniors Pairs: John Honey & Fiona Honey (both Channel Islands)
  • Mixed and Open Pairs: Maureen Stairs & Brian Stairs (both Beds) and Chris Jones & John Thrower (both Berks & Bucks)
  • Multiple Teams: Rosalind Morgan (Devon), Jean Squires (Oxon), Bruce Curry & Brian Browse (both Dorset)
  • Seniors Multiple Teams: Agnes Baxter, Peter Baxter, Janet Latham & Ted Latham (all Yorks)

Top ten finishes for English pairs at World Bridge Games

The World Bridge Games in Poland have concluded, with two English pairs finishing in the top ten of their respective Pairs events.

Paul Hackett & John Holland finished in ninth place in the Seniors Pairs and Nevena Senior & Fiona Brown in tenth place in the Women's Pairs.

Andrew McIntosh & Phil King, who qualified in second place for the Open Pairs final, finished in 21st; Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes who qualified in third place for the Mixed Pairs final finished in 15th.

In the Teams competitions, two gold medals were won by the Netherlands, and two by the USA. Unfortunately the Scottish Women were defeated in the bronze medal match. England's teams only progressed as far as the quarter final stages.

Goodbye to John Pain

The EBU has said a fond farewell to John Pain who has retired after fifteen years with the organisation. John was Education Manager for many years – looking after the teachers' association EBTA (formerly EBUTA), TD training and bridge education in schools, in addition to the Bridge for All work - and more recently looked after Laws & Ethics matters (a role which will be taken on by Ian Mitchell).

All the staff wish him well in his retirement, although he will be returning to Aylesbury occasionally as he will be doing some work for English Bridge Education and Development, including assisting with their archive of teaching materials.