October 2017

Is it a sport? Try this quiz...

The old question of "what is a sport?" has arisen again as 'pole sports' (which you may associate with 'pole dancing') have taken a significant step towards full recognition in the UK as a 'sport'.

This, and our recent legal cases (on which we hope to have more news in the not too distant future), has prompted the Telegraph to produce a quiz asking 'sport or not?'.

Give it a try here.

Halkidiki Congress a great success

Many EBU members have returned home this week after a great congress in Greece. Halkidiki was the venue for what Congress Manager Peter Jordan - a veteran of many Overseas Congresses - described as "a great success", rating the hotel and staff as "the best yet".

Gad Chadha and Debbie Sandford were the winners of the Swiss Pairs competition, finishing on 139 VPs from their ten matches. Alison Pollok & Ann Slee were second with 135 VPs and Cathy Smith & Andrew Smith were third with 134 VPs.

The Swiss Teams competition was won by Joy Blakey, Irving Blakey, Sandy Davies & Tom Gisborne. They scored 131 VPs in their ten matches, finishing 2 VPs ahead of Tim Matthews, Babs Matthews, Bill White & Joyce White.

To see a list of the other winners click 'read more'.

The next Overseas Congress will take place in Budapest in February - see here for more details.

Autumn Congress - change of venue on Friday afternoon

The EBU Autumn Congress takes place 20th - 22nd October.

Unfortunately the venue - Wokefield Park - has told us that they are unable to provide us with the space for which we had contracted on Friday, until 5pm. Obviously we are very unhappy about this but have little alternative except to make other arrangements for the first session on Friday, which is what we have done.

The first session on Friday - the first session of the Two Stars Pairs, and the Really Easy Afternoon - will take place at a venue on the Reading University Campus. We will then relocate to Wokefield Park for the remainder of the congress. For more details, please click 'read more' below.

Patterson wins Gold Cup

Congratulations to the Patterson team - Derek Patterson, Willie Whittaker, Andrew Black, Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King and Andrew McIntosh - who have won the 2016/17 BGB Gold Cup. They had an interesting series of matches, winning their Quarter-Final against Hackett by 1 IMP, then their Semi-Final against Allfrey by 1 IMP, and finally the Final against Brock by ... 127 IMPs!

The losing finalists were Sally Brock, Neil Rosen, Barry Myers, Martin Jones, Norman Selway and Kay Preddy (photo), who had beaten Reardon by 33 IMPs on Saturday. The finals were held at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London.

Prize competition underway on Funbridge

The ladder competition for the EBU's online games is underway. The members with the highest cumulative score from their best four results each month will win prizes - see here for more details.

As a prelude to that we ran an unofficial competition in September, with the top three scorers each receiving a copy of the GOTO Bridge software, kindly donated by Funbridge.

The usernames of the winners were: LiliasL, DoctorOctopus, and Pembos.

The results for that competition are available here.

For more details on playing in our online games on Funbridge, please see this FAQ page.

Owen & Holland win Great Northern Swiss Pairs

Clive Owen (North East) & John Holland (Manchester) have won the Great Northern Swiss Pairs with a score of 180 VPs from their twelve matches. This was the third time they have each won the competition, and the second time as a partnership.

Clive & John lost only once across the weekend, and finished 15 VPs ahead of Robin Jepson & Alan Brosgill (both Yorkshire). David Debbage (Staffs & Shrops) & Viv Wood were third with 161 VPs.

The Improvers competition was won by Joan Eager & Brian Eager (both Yorkshire). They scored 68 VPs from five matches, with Lindsey Wharmby & Caroline Moseley (both Yorkshire) in second on 60 VPs. There was a tie for third on 58 VPs between Katherine Libbert & Jon Crook (both Yorkshire), and Neil Macdonald & Lorraine Macdonald (both Yorkshire).

The event was run by Yorkshire CBA on behalf of the EBU.

October issue of English Bridge out now

The October 2017 issue of English Bridge is out now, and a printed version will be delivered to all eligible members in the next few days.

The online version, which contains extra content, including some highlights from a busy summer of junior bridge lessons around the country, and quizzes on some of the main articles, is available via My EBU (use the 'Magazine' link in the top right corner of the My EBU webpage). More information on accessing and using the online version is available here.

The County News, which is now part of the online version of the magazine, can also be accessed directly via this link - County News (an archive of these sections is available here).