September 2016

David Anning: 1939 - 2016

The EBU is sad to learn of the death last week of David Anning.

David's contribution to bridge in Kent began over thirty years ago, and he held numerous positions over the following years. This summer the KCBA had nominated him for a Dimmie Fleming Award, and this had recently been approved by the EBU. The Board send condolences to Mr Anning's family.

You can read the nomination received from the KCBA here.

Open & Women's teams defeated in quarter finals of World Bridge Games

England's Open and Women's teams both bowed out of the World Bridge Games in Wroclaw, Poland, yesterday, having lost in the quarter-finals.

The Open team fell behind early in their match against the Netherlands, and trailed by 42 IMPs after two sessions. Gains in sessions three and four meant they were 8 behind with 32 boards to play, but a bad fifth session saw the Dutch take an almost unassailable lead, which they increased in the final session.

The Women's Team started well against China, in a match where the lead changed hands multiple times. They trailed at the midway point, but rallied in the early stages of Tuesday's play, and led during a fifth session which ultimately ended with the Chinese 6 IMPs ahead. China then went on to win the final session by 20, eliminating the defending champions.

The 'home nations' will be represented in the semi-finals, however, after the Scottish Women's team beat Norway convincingly in their quarter final. They will now play France.

The Mixed Team reached the knockout round on the very last board of the qualifying stage, but were then defeated by Bulgaria in the last-16. The Seniors team exited the competition during the group stage, finishing in 18th position.

The NPCs have continued to add to their blog during the event, with news and deals from the competition.

Open team: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne, David Bakhshi & David Gold, Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, NPC: Chris Dixon, Coach: David Jones
Women's team: Sally Brock & Nicola Smith, Fiona Brown & Catherine Draper, Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior, NPC Derek Patterson, Coach David Burn
Seniors team: John Holland & Brian Senior, Patrick Collins & David Kendrick, Sandra Penfold & Norman Selway, NPC Paul Hackett
Mixed team: Susanna Gross & Alex Hydes, Catherine Seale & Tom Paske, Sarah Teshome & James Thrower
182 ‑ 137
223 ‑ 120
147 ‑ 216
QFThe Netherlands
112 ‑ 206
154 ‑ 180
You will be able to watch some of the matches on Bridge Base Online.

Simon Cochemé has written an introduction to the event, available by clicking 'read more'.

Members successful at County TD Course

The annual EBU County TD training course took place over the weekend of September 10th/11th at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry.

Course members were put through their paces with some fiendishly difficult directing simulations provided by Mike Amos. There were fewer candidates taking the course this year (perhaps knowing how tough it is put some people off) but congratulations to the following who were successful:

  • Distinction Pass: Adrian Goulding (Wakefield), Jeff Smith (Manchester)
  • Pass: Don Collier (Great Missenden, Bucks), Neil Cliff (Dereham, Norfolk), Mike Green (Reading) and Alan Rodger (Chelmsford, Essex)

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs is now complete and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below as soon as they are available.

This event is supporting the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development, and the entry fees will go specifically to funding EBED's work relating to the social and health benefits linked to playing bridge, including combatting social isolation and cognitive decline.

Thank you to everyone who took part for supporting EBED.

Monday 5th September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 6th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 7th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 8th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 9th September Commentary Booklet