September 2018

October issue of English Bridge out now

The October 2018 issue of English Bridge is out now and will be delivered to eligible members in the next few days.

The online version, which contains extra content, is available to members via My EBU (once you have logged in 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.

Geoffrey Breskal

The EBU is sad to learn of the death of Geoffrey Breskal at the age of 92. Geoffrey represented England in the Camrose Trophy twice, and won many national competitions, including the Gold Cup, Crockfords Cup and Spring Foursomes, each on two occasions.

EBU accounts - an overview of income and expenditure 2017-18

Every year, the EBU’s annual accounts are made available and presented for approval by the Shareholders at the AGM, after which they are available alongside those from previous years at

Since some people find this information a little impenetrable, last year we created some charts to give a simple overview of the sources of the EBU’s income, and where the money is spent. We have now produced updates of these charts based on the 17-18 financial year's data, which will be presented for approval at the forthcoming AGM.

The BBC has great time at Worcestershire Cafe Bridge

Presenters from BBC Hereford & Worcester radio have visited a Cafe Bridge event organised by Worcester BC with support from Worcestershire CBA. The presenters had a great time and found out more about bridge - its mental challenge, its great social aspects, and the numerous benefits to those who take part.

Some great interviews can be heard via the iPlayer (though only available for a month).

The event also raised money for Acorns Children's Hospice, and over £500 has been raised so far this year.

  • BBC iPlayer - features at 16:25, 25:15, 38:30, and 53:55.

Scott & Plumley, and Hauge team, win main events in Guernsey

The ten-day Guernsey Congress concluded on Sunday in the same way it started the weekend before - with an emphatic victory in the Swiss competition.

On the first weekend Alan Scott & Robert Plumley took the Swiss Pairs title by 19 VPs from Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke. On the second weekend, Rune Hauge, Reidar Laland, Erik Saelensmind & Dan McIntosh were even more dominant, finishing the Swiss Teams 24 VPs ahead of Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Maureen Stairs & Brian Stairs. This was the fourth consecutive year that Rune and Reidar have won the competition.

The other winners at the congress were:

Pre-Congress Pairs & Open Pairs - Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke Pivot Teams - Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Carolyn Fisher & Pat Watson
Men's Pairs - Ted Latham & Peter Baxter Ladies' Pairs - Angela Walters & Kathie Gill
Senior Pairs - Carolyn Fisher & Pat Watson Mixed Pairs - Jill Morgan & Martin Jones
Multiple Teams - Erik Saelensminde, Reidar Laland, Alan Scott & Robert Plumley Senior Teams - Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, Maureen Stairs & Brian Stairs

De Botton team leads Premier League

The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

The Second Division is being led by the team of Paul Fegarty, Catherine Curtis, David Kendrick & Mike Scoltock (Paul Barden and Jonathan Mestel will join the team in later rounds).

James Thrower, Ali Ahmed, Petar Ivanov & Todor Tiholov lead the Third Division (Fiona Brown will join the team in later rounds) - however that division is playing two round-robins (not three) and the first round is yet to be completed.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

Clark & Panchagnula win U26 Pairs

Jonathan Clark & Kripa Panchagnula have won the Under 26 Championship Pairs, which took place in London this weekend.

They finished on +140 IMPs, with Ian Robson & Eshan Singhal in second on +118.2. Under-21 pair Sam Anoyrkatis & Elizabeth Gahan were third. The leading under-16 pair was Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty who finished in ninth.

Hinden team leads qualifiers in European Mixed Teams Trials

The first stage of the trials to represent England in the European Mixed Teams Championships has been completed, with the Hinden team going through as top seeds.

Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Michael Byrne & Fiona Brown will have the first choice of opponents in the semi-final stage. The semi-final and final will take place on 8th-9th December.

The three teams joining them in the semi-finals are:
Catherine Seale, David Gold, Claire Robinson & John Atthey;
Anita Sinclair, Peter Crouch, Helen Erichsen, Espen Erichsen, Simon Cope & Marion Robertson;
Sarah Bell, Mike Bell, Alex Hydes, Yvonne Wiseman & Heather Dhondy.

The European Mixed Teams Championships are in Lisbon in February.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs have taken place and you can find all the results and commentaries via the links below. Master Points will be credited to the accounts of the top third of the field once the results are finalised in a few weeks' time.

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 to everyone who has taken part.

Monday 3rd September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 4th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 5th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 6th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 7th September Commentary Booklet

Liz Fraser: 1930 - 2018

The EBU is sad to learn of the death of well-known actress, and avid bridge player, Liz Fraser. Liz, perhaps known best for her roles in 'Carry On' films, was a member of numerous bridge clubs in London and was at the table only last month.