October 2018

De Botton team stays ahead in Premier League

Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend remain atop the First Division of the Premier League after the second of three weekends of matches.

Their lead has been trimmed a little, however, and they are now 10.28 VPs ahead of Cameron Small, Jon Cooke, Ben Green, Ankush Khandelwal, John Cox & Peter Taylor. The Allfrey team is in third.

The Second Division is led by Patrick Shields, Richard Chamberlain, John Atthey & Garry Watson, with the Mossop team 17.3 VPs behind.

The team of James Thrower, Ali Ahmed, Petar Ivanov & Todor Tiholov have continued to dominate the Third Division, and are 31.39 VPs ahead of the Sansom team.

The third, and final, weekend of matches is on 3rd-4th November. The winners of the First Division earn an invitation to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

谢谢 (thank you)

All the expenses are in and we have done our sums, and it seems that the money raised by the membership for the Junior teams to participate in the World Youth Team Championships in China, coincided almost exactly with what the project cost. There is a very small surplus in donations over costs and this will be used towards reinforcing the training of our Juniors going forward.

This was a huge achievement, and we would once again like to express our thanks to all those who contributed - clubs and counties, schools and companies, and of course all individual members who donated to help with this worthy cause. This will not be forgotten, and those players who went and experienced the atmosphere and the rigour of a World Championship will not forget that this opportunity was afforded them by the generosity of others.

Chris Owen: 1986-2018

We were saddened to learn of the death this week of Chris Owen. Chris represented England in numerous junior competitions between 2005 and 2011, including two European Junior Championships. He was a prominent part of bridge in the North East, having been part of their winning Tollemache Cup team in 2011, and NEBA has posted an obituary on its website.

The funeral will be on Thursday 8th November at 12.30pm, at All Saints Church, DL3 8DT.

Owen & Senior win Two Star Pairs

The Two Star Pairs, the main competition at the Autumn Congress, has been won by Clive Owen & Brian Senior (pictured). They were highest scorers in the qualifying round, and carried this form in to the final where they went on to win by nearly 3%. Richard Creamer & Trevor Mathews were second, and Justin Hackett & Martin Taylor were third.

The Two Star Pairs was the second competition in the 2018/19 Player of the Year Championship, and Clive and Brian are new entries at 11th in the standings.

The Satellite Pairs (the 'B' final) was narrowly won by Gill Stock & Shahzaad Natt (see picture here), who were just 0.11% ahead of Andrew McIntosh & Alex Hydes.

The Swiss Pairs - for non-qualifiers, and those joining the congress after the qualifying rounds - was won by Michael Rawlins & Naomi Gibbs (see picture here), with Roman Gembicki & Bogdan Drobny in second.

The Congress continued with a multiple teams event, with a qualifying round, followed by three finals. The 'A final', for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by Rob Lawy, Andrew Thompson, Warner Solomon & Lorne Anderson (see picture here), with Filip Kurbalija, Diane Kurbalija, David Kendrick & Jeremy Dhondy in second, and the 2017 winners, the Black team, in third.

The Burlington Cup (the secondary final) was won by Celia Oram, Derek Oram, Dee Lindon & Peter Lindon (see picture here), and the Sussex Cup (the consolation final) was won by David Gold, Catherine Seale, Tom Paske & Bjorn Tiller (see picture here)

Bridge lessons reach top gear

Autumn is the busiest time of year for bridge lessons, and this month many have started around the country at bridge clubs, and with independent teachers.

In a humorous column for the Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson has written about his recent attempts to learn to play to bridge - with varying degrees of success, confusion, and inebriation.

There may still be chance to join a lesson near you - to find your nearest club or teacher, and link to their website, use the online directory.

Oram team reclaims Gerard Faulkner Salver

For the third time in five years, the winners of the Seniors Knockout competition for the Gerard Faulkner Salver are Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Alan Kay & Jeremy Dhondy.

In a very close final, the 2014 and 2015 champions defeated Brian Senior, Norman Selway, Paul Hackett & Sandra Penfold by just 3 IMPs (Alan Mould also played for the runners-up in an earlier round).

Goodbyes and hellos in Aylesbury

We have recently waved goodbye and said hello, to some staff members at our Aylesbury offices.

This week, Liz Goodchild has left the EBU after six years with us. After initially working in the Bridge Warehouse, Liz has recently been our Receptionist, and we wish her well in her new adventures. We have welcomed Briony Mobey as her replacement.

A little belatedly, we should also say farewell to Emma Gardiner, and welcome to Steve Walker, as Bridge Warehouse Assistant.

24 different winners at Andalucia Congress

Another successful overseas Congress has come to an end, with an almost unprecedented number of different players enjoying success in the week's events. 24 different players were victorious in sunny Andalucia, with more than twenty other different players finishing in a runners-up position.

Waseem Naqvi & Jorg Dombrowe were the winners of the Swiss Pairs, losing only one of their ten matches to finish on 153 VPs. Steve Ray & Georgia Ray were second, 18 VPs behind, with Susan Pell & Carole Kelly and Joy Blakey & Irving Blakey tied for third on 130 VPs.

The Swiss Teams was won by Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy (pictured) who finished on 136 VPs. Brian Crack, Shirley Goldwin, Veronica Petrie & Andrew Petrie were second with 130 VPs.

The full list of winners was:

  • Pre-congress pairs: Veronica Petrie & Andrew Petrie
  • Swiss Pairs: Waseem Naqvi & Jorg Dombrowe
  • Women's pairs: Linda Fleet & Mary Homer
  • Men's pairs: Ted Latham & Bernie Hunt
  • Mixed pairs: Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy
  • Open Pairs: John Brearley & Judy Brearley
  • Pivot Teams: Green & overall - Bill Gardner, Sylvie Grant, Linda Quigley, Jon Harrison; Red - Albert Kitchin, Mike Harbour, Linda Fleet, Mary Homer; White - Gilly Cardiff, Adrian Fontes, Andrew Bennett, Karen Dewar;
  • Swiss Teams: Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Denis Murphy & Pearl Murphy

The next Overseas Congress takes place in Athens, 30th January - 5th February 2019.

Crouch team wins Gold Cup

The prestigious Gold Cup, organised by Bridge Great Britain, has been won by Peter Crouch, Anita Sinclair, Zia Mahmood, Marion Michielsen, Simon Cope & Glyn Liggins. The team, minus Anita, are pictured receiving the trophy from BGB's Sandra Claridge.

They defeated Jeremy Dhondy, Ian Pagan, Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan (pictured here) by 33 IMPs in the final. The defeated semi-finalists were the Green and Cliffe teams.

This was Peter's seventh success in the competition, moving him to equal fourth on the list of most victories. Only Tony Forrester (13), Boris Schapiro (11) and Terence Reese (8) have won more often. It was a third victory for Zia, a second for Simon and Glyn, and first for Anita and Marion.

The Gold Cup provided the first scores in the EBU's Player of the Year Championship, with the Crouch team taking an early lead. The next scoring event is the Two Star Pairs at the Autumn Festival.