May 2017

Welcome to Castle Cary BC

We are pleased to welcome Castle Cary Bridge Club, in Somerset, the most recent club to affiliate with the EBU.

The club meets in the Methodist Church in Castle Cary on Thursday evenings, and visitors are welcome.

Brian Cook: 1936-2017

The EBU is sad to learn of the death last month of Brian Cook.

Brian was editor of English Bridge from 2001 to 2007. Writing in the magazine after Brian's final issue, then Chairman Sally Bugden said "(Brian) has been a consummate professional throughout his editorship. Personally speaking, he has been a pleasure to work with, and has provided a huge amount of support to the EBU’s role in developing bridge in England. We thank him for his excellent contribution...he leaves the magazine in extremely good shape".

His obituary from his local newspaper, in south Devon where he was a keen bridge player and teacher, is available here.

Nonnenmacher team wins National Swiss Teams

The National Swiss Teams has been won by Toby Nonnenmacher (London), Ed Jones (Oxon), Kieran Dyke (London) & Michael Byrne (Manchester).

The new event on the calendar (after the National Teams Congress was split in to two separate events) took place at West Midlands Bridge Club, and was run by Warwickshire CBA on behalf of the EBU.

The Nonnenmacher team won 12 of their 14 matches, finishing with 200 VPs. Nicola Smith (Middlesex), Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock (both Manchester) & Michael Prior (Kent) were second with 181 VP, and Ben Green (London), John Holland (Manchester), Barry Myers & Sally Brock (both Berks & Bucks) were third with 176 VPs.

The B Stratification winners were Neil Ford, Sue Ford, Paul Owen & Jon Garrett (all Warks), who finished in 22nd. There were joint winners of the C stratification prize in 26th=: the junior team of Henry Rose (Oxon), Jasmine Bakhshi (London), Imogen La Chapelle (Norfolk) & Elizabeth Gahan (Warks); Rob Wilson, Maggie Webster, Chris Quarmby, Mary Currigan & Judith Currie (all Warks).

Colin Simpson receives Diamond Award

Colin Simpson has received the EBU's Diamond Award. Jeremy Dhondy presented the award to him this week, having previously announced at the EBU Shareholders' Meeting that Colin would received the award.

The Diamond Award recognises excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams.

Colin is a Senior World and European Champion, having won those events in 2009 and 2014 respectively. These were among his eight appearances for England's Senior team in major competitions, and he played for the Open team in five major championships in the early part of the millennium. He has also represented England numerous times in the Camrose and Teltscher Trophy competitions.

Jeremy Dhondy contributes to Mr Bridge's magazine

EBU Chairman, Jeremy Dhondy, has written articles for the magazine distributed by Mr Bridge. In these articles he explains: what the EBU is doing to help clubs, players, and the game in general, in England; how to encourage more people to play; and the benefits of affiliating and supporting the national governing body. Thanks to Mr Bridge for permission to share these articles.

Play for England in Commonwealth Nations Championships

The Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships is held every four years and will next be held in Australia at the Gold Coast Congress on 14th – 18th February 2018.

The Selection Committee invites applications for suitable players to apply to represent England at this event. Applications, which should be received by the 29th May, will be considered from teams or from pairs willing to be matched up to form a team. This team will be entirely self-funding – there will be no financial support from the EBU. Please send applications to

EBED Spring Pairs

The EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs take place this week, and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries linked below. Good luck to all those taking part. Masterpoints will be credited as soon as all the results are in and checked.

EBED is targeting the proceeds on “improving and developing the infrastructure for bridge teaching in England”

Monday 8th May Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 9th May Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 10th May Commentary Booklet
Thursday 11th May Commentary Booklet

Eight teams reach Garden Cities final

The eight teams which will consist the final of the Garden Cities Trophy are known, after the Regional Finals took place on Saturday. The competition is for each county's teams-of-eight champions.

The qualifiers are:
Northern heat, at Bradford: Manchester BC, Manchester; Nottingham BC, Nottinghamshire
South West heat, at Bristol: Bristol BC, Avon; Allendale BC, Dorset
South East heat, at Richmond: Tunbridge Wells BC, Kent; Btons BC, London
Midlands heat, at Peterborough: Cambridge BC, Cambs & Hunts; Norfolk & Norwich BC, Norfolk

The final will take place on 24th June.

Gordon Rainsford to be new EBU General Manager

The EBU Board of Directors is delighted to announce that it has appointed Gordon Rainsford to be the new EBU General Manager. He will take on the role as from Monday 10th July and replace Barry Capal, who is retiring.