July 2017

Cambs & Hunts win National Inter-County League Trophy

The National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues took place at Coventry Bridge Club on Sunday 9th July.

Congratulations to Cambs & Hunts who won the 'A' final, on their first appearance in the Final for many years.

Manchester won the 'B' Division final, and Hertfordshire pipped Gloucestershire on a split tie for 'C' Division title.

Pictured are the Cambs & Hunts team (L to R: Nadia Stelmashenko, Catherine Curtis, Tim Pike, Paul Fegarty, Paul Barden, David Kendrick, Simon Barb, Victor Milman)

Walker & Wharton win at Summer Seniors Congress

The Summer Seniors Congress took place in Eastbourne this weekend, with Paul Walker & Frank Wharton winning the main competition, the Championship Pairs. They finished on 56.25%, with David Patterson & Paula Hopkinson second with 53.68%, and Charles Chisnall & Bob James, and Harold Curran & Anne Fitzpatrick, tied in third with 53.06%.

The B Final was won by Margaret Eddleston & Bernard Eddleston on 56.14% with Michael Keeping & David Benjamin in second on 55.97%.

The Swiss Pairs - for those eliminated from the Championships Pairs, or joining the congress on the second day, was won by Roy Garthwaite & Heather Hobson.

The final day's Swiss Teams was won by Celia Oram, Derek Oram, Dee Lindon & Peter Lindon. They were the only undefeated team in the competition and finished on 104 VPs. Sue Woodcock, Chris Kinloch, Helen Kinloch & Nick Woodcock were second with 97 VPs and Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Colin Webb & Gayle Webb were third with 94 VPs.

Graham Smith appointed to County Working Group

Chairman Jeremy Dhondy writes: "I'm pleased to announce that as from today Board Director Graham Smith will be taking on the Board responsibility for the County Working Groups. I'd like to thank him for this and also thank Darren Evetts for the work he has done between the group's inception and the present."

Farewell to Barry Capal

Barry Capal retired on Friday after eleven years as General Manager of the EBU. He was the longest serving GM since the title was created, and only Dimmie Fleming served longer in the former position of Executive Secretary.

Gordon Rainsford, who will be the new General Manager said “I’d like to wish Barry all the best in his retirement and thank him for his time at the EBU. I’m very excited about my new role and delighted to have such a pleasant and professional staff to help me in it!”

Barry has written a final blog with his farewell thoughts, and some highlights of his time at the EBU. Click read more to see it in full.

Stamford BC kicks off busy summer of junior bridge events

A busy summer of junior bridge events started on Friday when Stamford Bridge Academy hosted an Inter Schools Card Play day. Over seventy young players from seven schools took part, competing in either minibridge or bridge. The trophies were presented by Alan Shillitoe, manager of the England Under 26 squad and a driving force in the creation of the Junior Award Scheme.

This was part of Stamford's rapidly growing junior bridge programme, led by Liz Dale, Jenny Harding, Sandra Curran and Marlene Jones. Thirty-four members of the bridge club have received “buddy” training, and have gone on to create the chance for students to learn in sixteen schools so far - and that figure is set to grow.

Stamford is one of the many clubs which will be holding bridge and minibridge sessions over the summer holidays, giving youngsters a fun way to spend some of their school holidays, and allowing them to take their first steps in bridge.

A list is available on the EBED website. If you know of any others then please let us know.

EBED will also be holding the annual Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University on 1st-3rd September - see here for more details.

The Under 26 Championship Pairs will be taking place on 7th-8th August as part of the Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.

Robin Barker joins the EBU staff

Welcome to Robin Barker, who has joined the EBU staff as Deputy Chief Tournament Director.

Robin will be working on matters relating to Laws & Ethics, and in the planning and running of EBU events. Gordon Rainsford will continue as Chief Tournament Director when he takes over as General Manager, following the retirement of Barry Capal later this month, however much of the 'day-to-day' work in this area will be done by Robin. Please consider Robin to be the first point of contact for enquiries - robin@ebu.co.uk.

Youth and family ties prevail at Riviera Congress

Junior players were on the top step of the podium for both of the events at the Riviera Congress this weekend.

Shahzaad Natt & Stefano Tommasini (both London) (pictured with EBU Board member, Rob Lawy), were winners of the Swiss Pairs competition. They finished on 167 VPs from their 12 matches, 6 points ahead of Warner Solomon & Alex Maddocks (both Devon). Rob Lawy (Avon) & Andrew Thompson (Norfolk) were a further VP behind in third.

The winners of the Swiss Teams competition was the all-Anoyrkatis team (all Devon), with juniors Sam and Theo teaming up with Sally and Harry to take the title (see picture here). They scored 96 VPs in their seven matches, with Chris Cooper (Oxon), Michael Short, Gareth Evans (both Avon) & John Atthey (Gloucs) in second on 93, and the Igoe team (London) third with 90 VPs.