November 2016

Allfrey team wins Premier League

The team of Alexander Allfrey, David Bakhshi, Mike Bell, Tony Forrester, David Gold & Andrew Robson have won Division 1 of the Premier League.

They started the final weekend narrowly behind the Rosen team, but a clean sweep in their final seven matches saw them take the title by a comfortable margin. The team of Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Chris Jagger, Graham Osborne & Ian Pagan moved up in to second place, 44 VPs behind the winners. The Rosen team and De Botton team were a few VPs back in third and fourth.

The victory means the Allfrey team have earned the chance to represent England on one weekend of the 2017 Camrose trophy, and to play in the 2017 Champions Cup. They have also moved to the top of the standings in the Player of the Year Competition.

Division 2 was won by Sandra Penfold, Ben Green, John Holland, Brian Senior & Nevena Senior. They finished just 1.27 VPs ahead of the team of Simon Gillis, Simon Cope, Peter Crouch, Alan Mould & Gary Hyett. The Harris team was third, and the Pryor team fourth.

WBF Autumn Online Women’s Bridge Festival starting soon

The WBF Autumn Online Women’s Bridge Festival takes place 14th – 20th November and includes individual and pairs events. The prizes include free entry to the winner and a partner of her choice to the European Women’s Pairs Championship in Montecatini next June.

Full details are available at

British Rail team wins NICKO Plate

The British Rail A team have won the NICKO Plate, defeating Chichester A in the final by 81 IMPs.

The final, held at Basingstoke BC, was closely contested in the first half, but in the second half the British Rail team pulled away to win by a convincing margin. The winning finalists are pictured - left to right: Roger Mallinson, Peter Kelly, Andy Wells & Alex Hogg (Sheila Kelly and Cedric Cockcroft played in some of the earlier rounds). The Chichester team during the competition was David Telfer, Peter Burns, Michael Campbell, Gerry Hegan, Yves Lebrec & Peter McLarens.

House of Lords wins annual match v. Commons

The House of Lords defeated the House of Commons by 48 IMPs in their annual bridge match yesterday. The Lords team led by 50 IMPs at the halfway point, and although the Commons team reduced the deficit in the third quarter the Lords team pulled away again in the final set. The House of Lords now leads the series 23-19.

The Tony Berry Trophy, for best played hand, was won by Bob Blackman MP and Lord Hamilton of the Commons team for their defence which defeated a slam by two tricks. They are pictured here receiving their trophy from judge Tom Townsend.

The match was sponsored by Lord Kalms, and organised by the two captains, Baroness Henig, and Bob Blackman MP.

The hands were set Paul Bowyer, and his fun and educational commentary is available for you to read below.

Refreshed Bridge for All Books now available

The Bridge for All books, which are the main textbooks for the national bridge teaching programme, have undergone a refresh over the summer, and the new versions are now available.

English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) have worked with well-known bridge professionals to update the content to include more modern methods, and to also give the books a fresh, new look.

These books are available to EBTA (English Bridge Teachers Association) members at a discounted rate, and EBTA members can also receive a full teaching guide. See the EBED website for more details on joining EBTA.

Please order the books from Lisa - 01296 317217 or

Prize Vouchers - redeem yours by 1st May

Please be aware that prize vouchers - which were last issued at congresses in 2009 (thereafter prizes have been credited directly to your EBU account) - will not be accepted after 1st May 2017.

Please search your drawers to unearth any you may still have. If you find any then please send them to:
Accounts, English Bridge Union, Broadfields, Bicester Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8AZ.

We hope that you will include an entry for a forthcoming congress, or an order from the EBU Shop, so they can be used for payment for that. But if not then they can be credited to your account for future use or withdrawal.

Lavazza team wins Online Bridge World Cup

TThe first Online Bridge World Cup has been won by the Lavazza team. The competition was contested by four teams competing from different locations around the world - Seattle, Turin and Beijing.

Bill Gates was playing in the BBO team, based in Seattle, and has shared this picture of himself in action: