August 2018

Malcolm Harris, 1939 - 2018

The EBU is sad to report that Hertfordshire's Malcolm Harris, a familiar face at tournaments at county and national level, has passed away aged 79. There is some more information about him, and his funeral, at the Hertfordshire Bridge Association website.

Photo of Malcolm (on the right) winning the 1995 Easter Championship Pairs with Ian Panto, courtesy of Peter Hasenson.

New club and teacher directory

We have launched a new directory, which hopefully makes it easier for anyone to identify their nearest club or bridge teacher, and to find out information on any in which they are interested. This replaces the map which used to be accessed via the menu on the right of the homepage. You will now see the EBU/EBED Directory in its place.

You can search using your postcode, or can generate a list of clubs and teachers by county from the menu at the top of the page.

Hackett & Taylor, and Murphy team, win at Northern Midweek Congress

The Northern Midweek Congress saw its highest entry for five years, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

The two-day Championship Pairs was won by Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor who finished with 60.00%, only narrowly ahead of the defending champions, Graham Osborne & Philip Wood, who scored 59.86%. Tom Cohen & Alan Jarvis completed the podium with 58.96%.

The Swiss Teams competition was won by the team of Pearl Murphy, Val Gibson, Martin Kane & Bill March (picture here). They finished with 99 VPs from their seven matches, 5 VPs ahead of Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Tim Chanter & Helen Wildsmith. The Solomon and Carpenter teams tied for third with 92 VPs.

Deb Casey receives Alec Salisbury Award

We are delighted to have presented the Alec Salisbury Award to Deb Casey of Claremont Fan Court School, in Surrey. The Alec Salisbury Award is awarded jointly by the EBU and English Bridge Education & Development to a serving school teacher who has made a significant contribution to schools bridge.

She is pictured receiving the award from EBU Vice Chairman, Ian Payn.

Teltscher team wins Four Star Teams to conclude Summer Festival

The Summer Festival has concluded with the Four Star Teams competition, which was won by the Teltscher team - Mark Teltscher, Zia Mahmood, Tom Townsend, Artur Malinowski & Bernard Teltscher. They were just 4 VPs ahead of two teams tied for second, and chocoholics will enjoy the fact it was between the Green and Black teams - Ben Green, Andrew Murphy, Jon Cooke & Cameron Small, and Gunnar Hallberg, Derek Patterson, Andrew McIntosh & Phil King respectively.

The B Final was won by Chris Dixon, David Jones, Trevor Ward & Peter Shelley, with Kieran Dyke, Frances Hinden, Paula Leslie & Jeffrey Allerton in second. The Swiss Teams, which continued after the top team progressed to the finals, was won by Norman Selway, Kay Preddy, Sandra Penfold & Brian Senior (picture).

Also in the second phase of the Festival were two midweek competitions held at venues around the country, two one-day Swiss Pairs competitions, and a curtain-raiser to the Team's competition at the Royal National. The winners were:

  • Mixed Pivot Teams: Bernard Goldenfield, Irving Blakey, Rhona Goldenfield & Joy Blakey
  • Mixed Pairs: Tracy Capal & David Sherman
  • Saturday's Swiss Pairs: David Wright & David Fletcher
  • Sunday's Swiss Pairs: Eryk Gozdowski & Tony Mutukisna
  • Point-a-Board Teams: Petar Ivanov, James Thrower, Todor Tihilov & Ali Ahmed

Summer Festival Hub (for results, articles from the Festival, and more)

Despite good performances, all junior teams knocked out of World Youth Team Championships

Despite some excellent performances at times, all four England teams at the World Youth Team Championships in China have missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages. The U16s narrowly missed out, finishing just outside the top eight in 9th place. The U26s and U26 Women both finished in 12th, and the U21s finished in 16th.

That all four England teams qualified for the competition exceed all expectations, so their performances in competing among the elite of world junior bridge, against countries where bridge is given far more importance in the national curriculum, is a credit to the players and their coaches. Whilst there will be a sense of disappointment in the squad that none of the teams progressed to the quarter finals, we can all be proud of their efforts, and be confident that England has a bright future in international junior bridge. Only a few of those in China will be too old to play in the 2020 WYTC, so the squads will be looking to use this event as a springboard to compete for medals at future events.

The NPCs have been writing blogs whilst in China, and these give an insight in to the highs and lows they experienced at the event - read them here.

Consolation events: The U16s led in the early stages of their consolation event, but with little to lose the other teams got more and more wild, and England slipped out of the top places. So they may not leave with any honours, but as Giorgio writes in his final blog, it has been "an amazing experience" for the team, and he gives his sincere thanks to all the supporters, particularly their sponsors Tetragon and No Fear Bridge, for making it possible.
In the Transnational BAM (point-a-board) competition, the England U20 Lions finished 10th and the Ingerland team (the U26s) in 11th.

The teams were:
Under 16: Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC: Giorgio Provenza; coach: Laura Porro (picture)
Under 21: Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC: Michael Byrne; coach: Alex Roberts (picture)
Under 26: Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; Kyle Lam & Toby Nonnenmacher; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton; NPC: Paul Barden; coach: Graham Osborne (picture)
Under 26 Women: Yvonne Wiseman & Liz Gahan; Olivia Bailey & Ewa Wieczorek; Laura Covill & Siyu Ren; NPC: Sally Brock; coach: David Burn (picture)
We would again like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraising. The response has been fantastic – not only because it has provided financial support but also because it has emphasized the importance that the membership places on junior bridge, giving a boost to all of those involved in knowing that they are appreciated. If you intend making a donation, but haven't yet had chance to do so, please note that the donation page on the EBED website will be closed at the end of August. You could still donate by other means, but if you want to ensure gift aid is included, please use that donation page before the end of the month.

Hacketts second in India

Jason and Justin Hackett have finished second in the Pairs competition at the annual HCL International Bridge Championship in New Delhi. India's most prestigious congress attracts an international field, and Jason and Justin were beaten only by the Russian pair of George Matushko & Dmitry Rogov.

Tim Anderson joining EBU as Membership Development Officer

We are pleased to welcome Tim Anderson to the EBU staff. Tim will be starting on 3rd September as our Membership Development Officer, and will be working with the regions involved in the expanding Membership Development Project - initially started, with success, by Yorkshire CBA - to help them bring more members into affiliated clubs.

In this part-time role, Tim will be using his background in marketing, publicity, and most recently in journalism, to help clubs and counties involved in the Membership Project reach out to existing, and potential, bridge players in their region. Tim has acted as Chairman, or in other committee positions, at various bridge clubs, and is also a County TD, so has a wealth of experience in bridge to combine with his professional skills. Once he starts in the role he can be contacted at (the address will not be active until 3/9/18).

Sixteen different winners at Really Easy Congress

The 2018 Really Easy Congress has taken place just outside Warwick, with an almost unprecedented number of different winners across the five competitions.

The event was aimed at those with less experience of 'congress bridge', and the honours were well spread with sixteen different players finishing in first place at some point during the weekend. The main competition, a seven match Swiss Pairs, was won by Kate Webb & Neil Smith (pictured), with 106 VPs, just ahead of Kate Pledger & Steve Beckley who scored 102.

The leading players in each competition were:

Friday afternoon Welcome Pairs N/S - Helen Smithson & Denver Gorman E/W - Paul Winstone & Roger Harris
Friday evening Pairs N/S - Maju Sethia & Sampat Sethia E/W - Giles Thompson & Chiho Thompson
Saturday afternoon Pairs N/S - Ruth Wethey & Clare Tingle E/W - Helen Cameron & Louise Wilson
Saturday evening Teams Maju Sethia, Sampat Sethia, Shirley Kayne, Wendy Trayhern
Sunday Swiss Pairs 1st - Kate Webb & Neil Smith
2nd - Kate Pledger & Steve Beckley
3rd - Ian Sidgwick & Paul Spencer
4th - Giles Thompson & Chiho Thompson