February 2019

Winter 2019 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

The Winter 2019 edition of the Club Management Focus Newsletter is available now here.

It contains news, articles to help you in the running of your clubs, details of forthcoming events, and important information about club administration. If you need any advice, or have any suggestions for issues you would like covered in the next newsletter, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Lederer Memorial Trophy Results

The Lederer Memorial Trophy, one of the most prestigious events on the English bridge calendar, has been won by the team of Andrew Robson, Tom Paske, Alex Allfrey, Ed Jones. The invitation event is organised by the London Metropolitan Bridge Association, and the results, photos and event history are available on their event website.

England fifth at European Mixed Teams

The England team have finished fifth at the European Mixed Teams Championship in Lisbon, Portugal. It was an up-down-campaign that kept their supporters guessing until the very end. A great start, a fairly quiet couple of days in the middle that left them in danger of missing out, and a superb finish where they won seven out of the last eight matches. They have now qualified for the World Championships in Wuhan, China, in September. Congratulations to all the team!

Representing England: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Jeffrey Allerton (picture)

Masters Pairs Results

The Masters Pairs this weekend was hugely successful in its new format, with a four-fold increase in the number of entries. It is for those ranked below Regional Master, was held at multiple venues around the country, and scored nationally.

The winners were Alick Fraser & Nick Elmslie, with a score of 66.15 and played at Richmond Bridge Club. Second place went to Roger Burkeman & Iain Mackenzie, who played at South Bucks Bridge Club. Matthew Ticehurst & Nic Poletti, who played at Stamford Bridge Club, finished third.

Apologies for the delay in publishing the results. Thank you for your patience.

Ranked Masters Pairs Results

Six pairs were victorious this weekend in the Ranked Masters Pairs, this year held in Peterborough.

The winners were as follows:

Premier Grand Masters Pairs - David Kendrick & Roger Gibbons (picture)
Grand Masters Pairs - Sarah Bell & Mike Bell (picture)
Premier Life Masters Pairs - Bogdan Drobny & Roman Gembicki (picture)
Life Masters Pairs - Andrew Conway & Rob Corrie (retained from last year)(picture)
National Masters Pairs - Claire Robinson & Heather Bakhshi (retained from last year)(picture)
Regional Masters Pairs - Howard Jennings & David Stern (picture)

Scottish Team win Silver Plate for the first time

The Silver Plate has been won by a Scottish Team for the first time in the history of the competition.

The Silver Plate is the consolation event for the Gold Cup.

The Silver Plate is for English or Welsh teams defeated in either the first or second round of the Gold Cup. Scotland has a separate consolation event, the winners of which drop into the Silver Plate at the quarter-final stage.

The 2018 Silver Plate involved 70 English teams and one Welsh team, plus the winning Scottish team (who joined in at the quarter finals stage).

The final, played yesterday at Cardiff Bridge Club was between the Welsh and the Scots. The Scottish team (pictured) of John Dick (capt), Eddie McGeough, Kevin Strathern and David Wiseman beat the Welsh team of Mike Best (capt), Mark Roderick, Simon Richards and Trevor Towers (Kevin Maddox played in an earlier round) by 8 IMPs (picture of both teams).

Derek Oram goes top of All Time masterpoint list

Some time in November last year, quite probably unbeknownst to those playing, Derek Oram broke a very long-standing record, becoming the top masterpoint scorer in English history. John Durden, who sadly passed away in 2005, had built up such a huge lead at the top that it took over 13 years to catch him up.

Masterpoint records from the early years are unfortunately a little patchy. When they were digitised in the 1990s, they went on to the new database in one big lump, so we have no way of knowing, for example, who was #1 in 1985. But from the data we have available, it seems likely that John had held the number one spot for at least 30 years, and it may well be longer.

If you click read more, you can see some rankings from key years in the past.

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 six previous occasions, earned 26,361 points in 2018. Gary Hyett, was second with 21,699. Celia Oram and Derek Oram were joint third with 20,365. John also topped the Gold Point list.

The highest scoring Junior was Ben Norton, with last year's winner Shahzaad Natt in second.

In the All Time Leaderboard, Derek Oram is now top with 847,077 points, having overtaken John Durden.

Lederer Memorial Trophy

This year's Lederer Memorial Trophy, run by the London Metropolitan Bridge association, takes place this weekend, at the RAC in Pall Mall. Ten top-flight teams are invited to take part, and amongst those coming from far and wide are (in alphabetical order) Peter Berteau; Dennis Bilde; Boye Brogeland; David Gold; Gunnar Hallberg; John Holland; Krzysztof Kotorowicz; Cedric Lorenzini; Andrew Robson and last - but by no means least - Zia, plus too many world class players to mention.

Play starts at 12 noon on Saturday, 11 am on Sunday. There will be BBO coverage throughout.

If you're planning to drop by and watch in person, please observe the RAC weekend dress code.

Tel Aviv Bridge Festival

The 53rd Tel Aviv Bridge Festival will take place from 31st May to 6th June 2019

The organisers of the Festival have written to the EBU Selection Committee advising they are offering funding for four international teams to participate in the Open Pairs and Open Teams at the Festival. Teams are subject to their approval.

The offer is for a team of four and consists of free accommodation 3rd-6th June (two twin rooms for 4 nights), free entry and shuttle from hotel to venue.

Further details of the event can be found on the event website

If your team would like to be considered please contact dawn@ebu.co.uk by 28th February.