April 2018

EBU wins Corn Cairdis match

The EBU won the Corn Cairdis match - an annual match between teams representing the County, Club, and Officials elements of the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI) - by a narrow margin this weekend.

The EBU won 241.72 - 238.28 in the match at Dún Laoghaire Bridge Club.

The EBU team was:
Officials: Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes; Philip Mason & Peter Stocken
County representatives: Maureen Kimbley & Bogdan Drobný; Suzanne Gill & Graham Hardman
Club representatives: Jan & Martin Pooley; Helen & Chris Kinloch

More games added to online schedule; Covill wins April competition

The popular online games which we hold on Funbridge - www.funbridge.com - have been expanded, with games taking place every Tuesday from 1st May. There will also be extra games on the two Bank Holidays in May - Monday 7th and Monday 28th.

The number, and size, of the prizes given in the monthly competition have been increased. From May the top 5 will win prizes, with a first prize of £30 each month.

The games are popular as you can play at any time during the day (between midnight and 10pm), stopping and starting as often as necessary. This is because you play with, and against, robots, so don't need to be online at the same time as your partner or opponents. For more details on how to play, please see our FAQ page.

April competition

April's competition has been won by Matthew Covill. His top four scores in the month averaged 67.32%. John Pemberton was second and Gordon Rainsford was third.

Understanding how your data is used in compliance with the GDPR

You may already have seen reference to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018, either in English Bridge magazine or in the wider media. We have made a start on implementing it with information on this webpage, not only for individual members but also to help clubs and counties comply with their legal obligations.

Update: All members for whom we hold an email address were emailed with information on 27th April*. Please check your inboxes, however please note that action is only required if you wish to change your information, or how we use it.
* - a follow-up email to those to whom the original email bounced, and addresses were subsequently corrected, was sent on 18th May

The purpose of the GDPR is to provide a set of standard data protection laws across the EU, making it easier for you to understand how your data is being used and to give you greater control over its use.

The EBU undertakes to collect and use your personal data in compliance with the GDPR. Our legal basis for processing this data is our legitimate interest as a membership organisation.

We use the data for the administration of your membership, the communication of information and the organisation of events. We only share your contact details with English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) and your county of affiliation; we provide a limited amount of data for use by scoring programs to ensure that they correctly identify members.

We have a Privacy Notice which is where you can find full details of all these matters including:

  • What data we collect and what we use it for
  • Where we get it from and to whom we give it
  • What we do to ensure its security
  • How you can see what data we hold about you and limit its use
  • How you can ask for inaccuracies in data to be corrected

Your club and county will likely contact you in due course with information on their policies.

For further help or information please contact Gordon Rainsford - gordon@ebu.co.uk.

  • GDPR information; Privacy Notice
  • EBED Spring Sim Pairs

    The EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs has taken place and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Master Points will be credited as soon as all the results are in and checked.

    Profits from the event go to the charity English Bridge Education & Development, to help its work in creating the new bridge players, and bridge teachers, which are necessary for the game to thrive. Thank you for taking part, and we hope you will support the EBED Autumn Sim Pairs, 3rd-7th September.

    Monday 30th April Commentary Booklet
    Tuesday 1st May Commentary Booklet
    Wednesday 2nd May Commentary Booklet
    Thursday 3rd May Commentary Booklet

    U16 & U21 teams for China selected

    The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

    The teams will be:
    U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
    U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

    Giorgio has written a new blog, with updates on the U16 squad's training and on their participation in an online competition organised by the WBF. To read it click here.

    We are delighted by the number of members, clubs and counties which have made a donation to the fundraising effort to support the four England junior teams which will be competing in China, but there is still a long way to go. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time to make a donation, and all contributions, of whatever size, are gratefully received. See here for more details.

    Eight teams reach Garden Cities final

    The eight teams which will consist the final of the Garden Cities Trophy are known, after the Regional Finals took place on Saturday. The competition is for each county's teams-of-eight champions.

    The qualifiers are:
    Northern heat, at Bradford: Manchester BC, Manchester; Deva BC, Merseyside & Cheshire
    South West heat, at Bristol: Petersfield BC, Hampshire; Bristol BC, Avon;
    South East heat, at Richmond: Tunbridge Wells BC, Kent; Reading BC, Berks & Bucks
    Midlands heat, at Peterborough: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire; Peterborough BC, Cambs & Hunts;

    The final will take place on 23rd June.

    Grants available to clubs for capital expenditure

    Once again a fund is available from which grants can be made to assist affiliated clubs with capital expenditure. Applications are being taken, and should be made by Monday 30th April.

    The most common applications have in the past been for assistance with buying dealing machines or wireless scoring systems, though in principle any capital expenditure might qualify. You can read about the grants given in 2016 and 2017 here.

    The EBU will provide funding to successful applicants of no more than half the total expenditure, but there is a limited fund available and in order to help as many clubs as possible those who apply for a smaller proportion are more likely to be successful.

    Clubs that are successful must undertake to remain affiliated to the EBU for at least three years or else to repay the appropriate portion of the grant.

    Applicants should email gordon@ebu.co.uk with the following information:

    • What equipment is needed and what is its total cost
    • How much contribution from the EBU is being requested
    • Where the remaining funds will come from
    • Why the club can’t fund the entire purchase (providing a copy of the club’s accounts might be useful supporting documentation in this regard)
    • Whether other clubs will also benefit from the grant, such as if the club is intending to deal boards for another club as well

    Barden & Kendrick win National Pairs

    The National Pairs competition has been won by Paul Barden & David Kendrick.

    50 Pairs had qualified for the National Final from the Regional Finals, and David & Paul finished atop the rankings with 59.04% after the two days of play. Ankush Khandelwal & Ben Green were second with 57.72% and Sandy Riach & Jacek Lapszys were third with 57.01%.

    The trophies for the Regional Finals were also awarded (see here).

    The National Pairs is part of the Championship Series of competitions, with results counting towards the Player of the Year Competition. David's victory has moved him up to 13th place; Paul is a new entrant at 20th=.

    England second in Lady Milne Trophy

    England has finished second in the Lady Milne Trophy which took place in Edinburgh. The team of Heather Dhondy & Sally Anoyrkatis*, Alexandra Birchall & Qian Li, Heather Bakhshi & Claire Robinson, with NPC: David Burn, won four of their five matches, losing only to eventual winners Scotland.

    Despite Scotland going through the competition undefeated, England's large victories in other matches meant they finished just 3.43 behind. Ireland finished third a further 10 VPs behind. The Scottish team was Abi Wilson, Sheila Adamson, Liz McGowan, Fiona McQuaker, Sam Punch & Paula Leslie.

    * - Sally replaced Abbey Smith, who was originally selected but was unable to take part

    A new online shop for the Bridge Warehouse

    The Bridge Warehouse has a new online shop. We hope you like the new, modern platform, and that you find it easy to use.

    All profit from sales in the Bridge Warehouse is reinvested by the EBU in activities and services for its members and affiliated clubs. If everyone shops at The Bridge Warehouse we will all be better off, so please support it. If you see an item that is cheaper on another site then please get in touch with us before you shop elsewhere - we will match competitors’ prices where possible.