April 2017

General Manager, Barry Capal, to retire in July

Barry Capal yesterday informed the Board and staff of his intention to retire in July, after eleven years as General Manager of the EBU. The Board will make a statement in the coming weeks regarding his replacement.

Hughes & Preston win National Pairs

Andy Hughes & Steve Preston (both Hants & IOW) have won the National Pairs at the final held in Daventry on 8th & 9th April.

Andy & Steve finished atop the fifty pairs who qualified from the Regional Finals, with a score of 59.46%. Julian Mitchell & Peter Clinch (both Sussex) were second with 57.38%, pipping Steve Root & Lynton Stock (both Middlesex) who scored 57.27%.

It was Andy & Steve's second victory in the competition, having also won in 1988. The National Pairs is part of the Championship Series with points earned towards the Player of the Year Competition. Andy & Steve are new entries in joint-22nd position in this year's competition.

Farewell to Peter Jordan

Peter Jordan, a much-loved member of the EBU staff, has retired from the Competitions Department. He hasn't left us entirely as he will continue to run the Overseas Congresses, and be involved with the EBU's Really Easy Weekends, but he will no longer be 'the voice of competition bookings'. Nick Doe's baritone has joined Dawn in the Competitions Department.

Best wishes to Peter in his semi-retirement - he will be missed by colleagues and members alike.

EBU makes donations to Macmillan Cancer Support and EBED

The EBU is pleased to have made donations to Macmillan Cancer Support and English Bridge Education and Development, on behalf of its members.

Whenever a club holds a charity event a special, reduced licence fee is paid to the EBU, and the EBU periodically donates the collated fees to charity. The funds collected for the financial year 2014/15 have been donated to Macmillan to support their work, with £1343.50 given to help fund more nurses and therapists to help people through cancer treatment.

The funds for 2015/16 - £1191.61 - have been donated to EBED, the national charity for bridge, to help support the development of the game in England and bring the benefits the game offers to a wider audience.

Submission Code 11 re-introduced

The EBU has re-introduced session submission Code 11 to meet the need of several thriving bridge clubs that offer inclusive supervised sessions to their members. These sessions are not Novice sessions (as more than 10% of the players have more than 1000 Master Points) but as supervision is given, it is not appropriate to award Master Points or grade the sessions for NGS. Sessions submitted under Code 11 will be charged full UMS but not submitted for NGS grading and Master Points will not be awarded. The sessions do qualify for magazine points. The Code 11 will also be available for purely social sessions where the players do not want to be graded and Master Points are not awarded.

If you need any further information on submission codes, please contact our Club Liaison Officer, Bev Puvis - bev@ebu.co.uk or 01296 317206.

Welcome to three newly affiliated clubs

We are pleased to welcome three clubs to the English Bridge Union.

Welcome back to Poulton Bridge Club which has reaffiliated with the EBU from this month. When discussing the re-affiliation of the Lancashire-based club, Club Chairman, Geoffrey Cowell, wrote that a primary reason was that they "believe that a large and successful Club like ours should be a member of the national body responsible for the game". The club is situated in the centre of Poulton-le-Fylde, near Blackpool, and plays nine sessions each week (Monday to Saturday).

Hailsham Bridge Club, in Sussex, has also joined the EBU this month. The club plays in the town on Monday evenings and Friday afternoons.

Sonera Bridge Club, in Middlesex, has recently affiliated. The club is newly established and plays in South Kenton, in north west London, meeting every Thursday night. They also hope to introduce weekend sessions, and a comprehensive education program for newcomers and intermediaries.

Visitors are welcome at all three clubs. For more details please see their websites.

East & Leese win Swiss Pairs at Really Easy Weekend

Anne East & Gill Leese were the winners of the main Swiss Pairs event at the Really Easy Weekend which was held in Wroxton, near Banbury.

The event, for less experienced players, featured eighteen pairs in the competitions across the weekend. Julia Disney & Sue Endersby, Michelle Cox & Anna Collett, Tony & Sue French, and Peter & Susan Illsley were also winners during the event.

The next Really Easy Weekend will be 27th to 29th October 2017 in Stratford-upon-Avon.