January 2018

Are you ready to be GDPR compliant by 25th May 2018?

All clubs and counties hold data about their members including names, addresses and other contact details.

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force, adding significantly to the existing Data Protection legislation and providing the possibility of severe sanctions against organisations that fail to comply.

Since all clubs and counties are separate legal entities from the EBU, you are responsible for complying with all applicable legislation including the GDPR.

In order to help you prepare for this, please read this information document which will point you towards more help and document templates on our website, with the aim of making it easier for you to understand what you need to do. Please note though that this does not constitute legal advice and you should seek specialist advice if you are unsure of your responsibilities in any respects.

Further collated information to date is available here.

Do look at this information carefully now and consider what steps you need to take to ensure compliance by the 25th May. We will be happy to help in whatever way we can if you have further questions - please contact gordon@ebu.co.uk.

Clive Keep wins January online competition

Clive Keep has won January's online games Ladder Competition. Clive's four best scores in our online games with Funbridge in December averaged 64.55%, with Howard Jennings second with 63.94% and Robert Dixon in third with 62.68%. All the players receive a cash prize.

A new ladder competition for February starts in Thursday's game, and an annual competition is underway with Matthew Covill taking an early lead.

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

Dhondy & Smith win Lady Milne trials

The trials to represent England in the Lady Milne have been won by Heather Dhondy & Abbey Smith. They finished the 16-pair trial on +93.51 IMPs after 120 boards, with Alexandra Birchall & Qian Li in second on +58.93 IMPs.

Those pairs qualify automatically to represent England.

Update: Heather Bakhshi & Claire Robinson, who finished third in the trial, have been selected to complete the team.

The Lady Milne will take place in Scotland 13th-15th April.

February issue of English Bridge out now

The February 2018 issue of English Bridge is out now.

The online version, which contains extra content, 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.

Please note the change to the policy for the distribution to magazines to households currently receiving more than one copy - please see here for more details.

Change in magazine policy to help reduce waste

In order to help reduce the number of copies of English Bridge which are 'wasted', we are changing the way the magazines are distributed.

From the April 2018 issue, we will only dispatch one magazine per household, unless you opt in to say you wish to receive all the magazines to which the members of your household are entitled. The distribution of the diary is not affected.

We believe this is the environmentally and financially responsible action to take, but we are only trying to eliminate waste. If your household reads all the copies which are currently received, so you want to continue receiving them all, then we are very happy to send them to you. But to continue receiving them you must opt-in. Alternatively if you are happy for your household to receive only one copy as one is unread, or a single copy could be shared, then you need take no action.

How to opt-in

The best and easiest way to opt-in is by changing the setting on your account on My EBU. All you need to do is...

  • Log-in to My EBU (if you don't know your password then you can reset it here)
  • Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then click on the box labelled 'Receive multiple magazines at my address' which is in the 'account settings section' of the page. Then click 'save changes'.

Only one member of each household needs to do this.

Stamford Youth Bridge Academy has 'a grand' 2017

Stamford Youth Bridge Academy (SYBA) has celebrated a hugely successful 2017 with the announcement that it brought bridge to over 1000 youngsters during the year.

In SYBA’s Starter Bridge Pilot Project 2017/18, Stage One certificates were awarded to over 1000 students aged 7 to 13. This is a great achievement for all involved. Congratulations go to the driving forces behind the group - Liz Dale, Sandra Curran and Jenny Harding - and all the 'Bridge Buddies' - the volunteers who are giving their time to introduce the game to the pupils and school teachers.

They are currently working regularly each week with over 200 youngsters in 13 local schools, and the scheme has expanded to include 'satellite clubs' working in the Bourne, Oakham and Rutland, Oundle and Kettering areas.

For more information on SYBA, and how you can engage with its work, please see its website - www.syba.org.uk.

Cope team wins National Point-a-Board

The National Point-a-Board Teams has been won by the team of Simon Cope, Ed Jones, Tom Paske, Tom Townsend & Andrew Murphy. They finished 4.2 points ahead of David Kendrick, Jon Cooke, Mike Bell & Sarah Bell, with Alan Mould, Barry Myers, John Holland & Ben Green in third. Simon and Tom Paske also won the competition in 2016.

The consolation final was won by Graham Sadie, Richard Granville, Richard Chamberlain & Patrick Shields (see picture here).

The event was part of the Championship Series, with points available in the Player of the Year competition. By finishing in second place Mike Bell moved to the top of the table and holds a three point lead.

Understanding the recent rule changes on 2-level openings

Frances Hinden, Vice Chair of the Laws & Ethics Committee, has written an article to help with understanding the changes to the rules on 2- and 3-level openings, which were introduced in the Blue Book (section 7C) in August. It may be of interest to some players and to most TD's.

TD's, and interested players, can discuss all topics related to Laws & Ethics in the TD Forum.

Allerton & Jagger win European Open Trials

The trials to play in England's Open team in the 2018 European Championships have been won by Jeffrey Allerton and Chris Jagger. They finished the four day trial on 110.50 IMPs, with David Bakhshi and Artur Malinowski in second on 76.87. Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke were third on 61.25, the top three pairs finishing well clear of the field.

The top two pairs will be invited to be part of the team alongside Andrew Robson & Tony Forrester, who were already selected.

The 2018 European Championships will be held in Ostend, Belgium, 6th - 16th June.