February 2018

U16s continue preparations for China

The England U16 squad has held another training session as it prepares for the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, being held in China in August.

Squad leader Giorgio Provenza has written a new blog to keep you updated. Click 'read more' below to see it.

As noted in this article, we'd be delighted to hear from any members who would like to support the teams in any way - please don't hesitate to contact us. You can also make a donation to the fundraising effort through EBED's website, here.

UCL and Warwickshire Juniors triumph at 2018 Inter-University Bridge Festival

The 2018 Inter-University Bridge Festival took place on Saturday 24th February.

13 university teams took part, but it was the 'Warwickshire Juniors' team (Megan Jones, Imogen La Chapelle, Andy Cope, and young-at-heart Darren Evetts) which topped the table. The official winning university team were UCL C (Roy Goh & Ren Ziyu, Chua Teeyong & Lien Chongyou), with Imperial A in the runners-up spot, and Warwick A completing the podium.

The competition was organised by Warwick University Bridge Club, and supported by Warwickshire CBA and Coventry & North Warwickshire and West Midlands Bridge Clubs.

John Pemberton wins February online competition

John Pemberton is the winner of the February's ladder competition for our online games with Funbridge - the sixth different winner in the six months there have been EBU games on Funbridge. John finished with an average of 65.36% from his four best results. Clive Keep was second with 65.10%, with Jonny Richards in third on 64.71%.

A new competition for March starts on Thursday 1st, with games each Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the month. You play with, and against, robots, so can play at any time during the day, stopping and restarting as often as necessary. You can win Master Points in each game, and a chance to win cash prizes in the monthly and annual competitions. Why not give them a try?!

The annual competition averages each player's best 20 results during 2018, and 36 players have already registered that many scores. Matthew Covill currently leads with an average of 58.05%.

Seven champions crowned in Masters and Ranked Masters Pairs

Seven pairs were victorious this weekend in championships aimed at those with specific Master Point rankings.

The Ranked Masters Pairs at Daventry featured six of these events, and the winners were:

The Masters Pairs, for those ranked below Regional Master, was held at multiple venues around the country, and scored nationally. The winners were Eduard Malkhassyan & Kostadin Vasilev, who played at Richmond BC, as did second placed Richard Collins & Rhonda Collins. Geoffrey Herbert & Steven Simmons, who played at West Midlands Bridge Club, finished third.

2018 Women's Online Spring Bridge Festival

The 2018 Women's Online Spring Bridge Festival will take on Bridge Base Online place 9th – 15th April.

It is run by the WBF and the overall winner will receive entry and accommodation for themselves and the partner of their choice at the Women’s Pairs Championship in Orlando, in September.

If you take part let us know how you get on. If you enjoy playing online please look at the games which we run on Funbridge three times a week.

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

The highest scoring Junior (a new list for this year) was Shahzaad Natt. The Gold Point list is headed by Andrew Robson.

The winners of the Club Champions prize draw have also been selected. Club Champions are those who won the most Master Points in events held at each club, and each Club Champion is entered in to the draw. John Pope of Framlingham Bridge Club was first out of the hat and wins £400. Malcolm Schofield of Hampton Duplicate Bridge Club was drawn in second and wins £200, and Deirdre Sanders of Patcham Bridge Club wins £100 for being drawn third.

The top scoring players in each county in Master Point categories 4 to 6, and the top scoring players nationally in categories 1 to 3, also receive small prizes.

The Master Point leaderboards for 2017 can be accessed below - all lists can be filtered by county using the options in the menu at the top of the page.

To see your personal Master Point information, log-on to My EBU and follow the link at the top of the Master Point page. Alternatively, you can search for yourself using the box in the top right of any 2017 Master Points page. Well done to those who reached personal milestones during the year.

All the data is currently provisional - if you believe there are any anomalies please contact us as soon as possible.

Model constitutions updated

Updates have been made to the model constitutions available for both clubs and counties.

These updates have been made following the changes which were made to the EBU's Best Behaviour at Bridge policy.

Clubs and counties are advised to note these updates and make any changes to their constitutions as appropriate.

Welcome to newly affiliated clubs

Welcome to the clubs which have recently affiliated with the EBU.

  • North London BC in Stanmore. They hold a weekly session at 8pm on Wednesdays
  • Besses o'th Barn BC in Manchester. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm in Whitefield in the north of the city.
  • Freeland BC in Oxfordshire. They meet informally at present, but intend playing in Freeland Village Hall in future.

Letchworth Heritage BC have also affiliated this month. They play on Monday afternoons, and also have a Friday morning student class for beginners and intermediates.

England retains Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer Trophies

England has retained the Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies, with emphatic wins in both competitions.

By virtue of hosting the event this year, a second English team was permitted to participate in the Junior Camrose competition, and it was this EBU team which provided the main competition to the England team, finishing second, 13 VPs behind the winners. Scotland was third.

In the Peggy Bayer competition, England were emphatic winners, finishing with more than double the score of second-placed Ireland.

The English participants were:
Junior Camrose: England team - Yvonne Wiseman & Alex Birchall; Kyle Lam & Toby Nonnenmacher ; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton; NPC Paul Barden
EBU team - Laura Covill & Siyu Ren; Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy ; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; NPC Harry Anoyrkatis
Peggy Bayer: Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Jack Ronayne & Theo Gillis; NPC Michael Byrne

The English squad will be looking to build on this result as they prepare to take part in the World Youth Team Championships in China in August. To contribute to the fundraising effort to support the teams' participation in the event, please make a donation through this page on the EBED website.

Orams and Smith team win main events at Harrogate Congress

The main events at the Harrogate Congress have been won by Celia & Derek Oram and the team of Jeff Smith, Jackie Pye, John Holland & Alan Mould (picture). The Congress was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

In the Swiss Pairs, Celia & Derek enjoyed three large wins in the final session to move up the table to the top spot. Their rise was not as big as the eventual second-placed pair of Steve Raine & Ankush Khandelwal who moved from 18th at the start of the final session in to the runners-up position. Stefano Tommasini & Kiril Delev were third.

The Smith team were undefeated in their first six matches of the Swiss Teams, but a defeat in the final match to the second-placed team of Tom Dessain, Tugrul Kaban, Mark Hill & Giles Ip resulted in a victory by just 3 VPs. Bernard Goldenfield, Rhona Goldenfield, Alan Nelson & Kath Nelson were third.

The congress began with Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs competitions. The Open Pairs was won emphatically by Nick Woolven & Alan Jarvis (picture), finishing 5% ahead of Henry Rose & James Thrower in second. The winners of the Mixed Pairs were John Atthey & Claire Robinson (picture), with David Turner & Jill Rushton in the runners-up spot.

The Improvers Pairs was won by Lindsey Wharmby & Caroline Moseley (picture). Sheila Furness & Carol Keighley were second and Stephen Bodle & John Roper were third.