November 2017

Uppingham School and Bourne Academy visit House of Lords

Update: BBC East Midlands Today has reported on the trip, and also visited the young bridge players, and their mentors who introduced them to the game. It was shown on 4/12/17 and is no longer available through BBC iPlayer.

Pupils from Uppingham School and Bourne Academy, who have been learning as part of Stamford Youth Bridge Academy (SYBA), visited the House of Lords yesterday to play with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Bridge. Following a tour of the Palace of Westminster, and lunch, the young players participated in games of bridge and minibridge, impressing the Peers with some of their card play, and delighting them with the enthusiasm they all had for the game.

Many thanks to Baroness Henig and the members of the APPG for hosting the visit.

SYBA is the educational arm of Stamford Bridge Club which was set up to encourage more young people from schools and other organisations to play bridge.

The visit was organised jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education and Development, which is working to introduce bridge to a wider youth audience and enable more bridge to be played in schools. For help starting a bridge group for young players, please contact

Bell & Gold win at North American Bridge Championships

Mike Bell and David Gold have won the Open Board-a-Match (Point-a-Board) Teams at the Fall North American Bridge Championships. They were part of the Schwartz team which won one of the main events in the ACBL's congress in San Diego. This continues a run of success in such events for their households, with their respective 'other halves', Sarah Bell and Marusa Basa, having won the Mixed Board-a-Match at the Summer NABC.

December issue of English Bridge out now

The December 2017 issue of English Bridge is out now.

Some printed copies have already been delivered to eligible members. Some copies were delayed and we hope they will be delivered later this week. Delivery has been delayed to some addresses in the following postcode areas:

The online version, which contains extra quizzes and county news, 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. County News can also be accessed directly via this link - County News (an archive of these sections is available here).

Dean Swallow wins November's online competition

The winner of November's Funbridge Ladder Competition is Dean Swallow. Dean's four best scores in our online games in November averaged 64.58%, with Ryan Stephenson second with 63.43% and Dave Simmons third with 63.06%.

These players receive a cash prize, and a copy of the GOTO Bridge software, kindly donated by Funbridge.

A new ladder competition will take place in December. Our games on Funbridge take place each Saturday and Sunday, and there will be an extra game on Boxing Day. As you can play at any time during the day, stopping and restarting as often as necessary, you should be able to fit playing around any festive activities this month. Each game costs just €2, and Master Points can be won.

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

Darren Evetts leaves EBU Board

Darren Evetts has tendered his resignation from the EBU Board of Directors, which has been accepted by the Chairman. We thank Darren for his service since joining the Board in 2013.

2017 Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

At this week's AGM the 2017 Sim Pairs prize draw took place. Each host club, and the top pair at each club, were entered in to a draw.

The full list of winners, including the runners-up from the prize draw, and the overall winners for each heat, can be seen here. The winners of the top prizes were:

Pairs winners
1st Prize - £1000 per pair Cliff Short & Anne Short Hemel Hempstead Bridge Club
2nd Prize - £500 per pair Frances Moor & Peter Edwards Deben Bridge Club
3rd Prize - £200 per pair Jim Ramadan & Charles Broughton-Pipkin Petersfield Bridge Club
Club winners
1st Prize - £1000 York Bridge Club Yorkshire
2nd Prize - £500 Lines Bridge Club Cambs & Hunts
3rd Prize - £200 Stamford Bridge Club Northamptonshire

The 2018 will have a similar prize structure, and entries for all events are open now. We hope you will take part as the proceeds from each of the events helps to support bridge in England.

  • The British Sim Pairs (in January, April, July and October) and Club Stratified Sim Pairs (in March) help to support the work of the EBU in providing services to you, the members, and to your clubs and counties
  • The Bridge England Sim Pairs (in February) helps to support England's international squads, including the four junior teams which will be competing in the World Championships in China in 2018
  • The EBED Sim Pairs (in May and September) helps to support the work of the charity English Bridge Education and Development

For more information on the competitions, and how clubs can register to take part, see the information via the Sim Pairs webpage.

EBU accounts - an overview of income and expenditure 2016-17

Every year, the EBU’s annual accounts are made available. This year's account were approved by the Shareholders at the AGM yesterday, and will be made available online soon alongside those from previous years which are available at

We are aware, however, that some people find this information a little impenetrable, so some charts were created to give a simple overview of the source of the EBU’s income, and where the money is spent. These can be seen by clicking 'read more'. We hope this is interesting and useful to you in understanding how the EBU’s finances are structured.

Contributions to bridge recognised at AGM

The EBU presented awards in recognition of various members' contributions to bridge in England at the AGM in London yesterday.

* - presentations to be made at a later date

Congratulations to all recipients, and we thank them for their contribution.

Elections for EBU Board and Standing Committees held at AGM

The EBU AGM took place on 22nd November. The following people were elected/re-elected to the EBU Board and Standing Committees:

The Board
There were four nominees for three positions. The votes received were as follows:-
Elected: Jeremy Dhondy - 60 votes; Ian Payn - 52; Rob Lawy - 42; each will serve a three year term of office expiring in 2020
Not elected: Paul Roberts - 39.

The Board of Directors may also appoint a further Director for one year at a time.
Jeremy Dhondy was re-elected as Chairman, and Ian Payn as Vice Chairman - both were uncontested.

The Selection Committee
There were four nominees for four positions. Elections were held to determine the length of term of the candidates.
Three year term: Gillian Fawcett - 55 votes; David Bakhshi - 54; Jeremy Willans - 40
Two year term: Paul Barden - 29

The Laws & Ethics Committee
There were four nominees for four positions. Elections were held to determine the length of term of the candidates.
Three year term: David Burn - 55 votes; Heather Dhondy - 54
Two year term: Martin Pool - 51
One year term: Alan Wilson - 38

To see the current members of the Board and Standing Committees, click 'read more'.

Qualifiers known for Tollemache Final

Qualifying for the finals of the Tollemache Cup - the inter-county championships for teams of eight - has taken place. The top two teams in each of four groups have progressed to the final.

Manchester comfortably topped Group A, with Cambs & Hunts in second - defending champions London missed out, finishing fourth. Oxfordshire and Lancashire qualified from Group B. Group C was won emphatically by Kent, with Dorset just a single VP ahead of Derbyshire for the second qualifying spot. In Group D, Hants & IOW finished in first, with Berks & Bucks taking second place.

The final will take place on 10th-11th February.