April 2019

Booking now open for advanced Director Training Day

Booking is now open for the advanced Director Training Day at the following venues/dates:

  • Advanced Director Training – Darlington (St Georges) – Sunday 30th June
  • Advanced Director Training – Eastbourne (summer Meeting) – Friday 9th August

Individual bookings can be made online via MyEBU – while club/county bookings, and any other queries, can be email to richard@ebedcio.org.uk The course is run from 10.30 to 4.30. Course fee is £55.

The first of these courses at Aylesbury on Saturday 11th May is already fully booked with 16 delegates, but players are welcome to contact me if they want to put their name down on the “reserve list” in the event of a last minute cancellation.

The residential county directing course will be held as usual at the Coventry Hilton on 14/15 September. Anyone wishing to know more information should contact me via richard@ebedcio.org.uk

Buffett Cup

The 2019 Buffett Cup was held in China last week, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province.

The European team finished in second place, with the results on the last board deciding the winners USA. There were four English Players in the European team:

China, getting the most points in the individual, finished 3rd.

For all the results visit the Buffett Cup website.

Farewell to Dawn Mertens

Dawn Mertens retires from the EBU today, having been on the staff for nearly twenty years. Aside from her work in the Competitions Department, where many members will have spoken to her on the phone when entering events, she has also been the secretary to the Selection Committee and to the Tournament Directors Development Group.

Although she plans to spend more time with her partner Bill on their narrow boat, regular attendees of our Really Easy Weekends will be glad to know she will still be involved with running them.

We wish her all the best, and will miss her quiet efficiency in the office. Her place on the staff has been taken by Jake Cope, who joined us a few weeks ago.

London Easter Festival Results

Simon Gillis & Erik Saelensminde (picture) were the winners of the Championship Pairs at London Easter Festival over the weekend, with a score of 60.11%. In second place were David Gold and Catherine Seale with 58.80% and in third were Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne with 58.28%.

Easter Sunday saw the teams event, which was won by Jack Mizel, Tore Marskar, Brian Senior and Ingar Hansen (pictured, left to right not including Jack Mizel) with a score of 100 VPs, just ahead of the Baker team in second place. Three teams were joint in third place with 93 VPs, the teams of Sansom, Ivanov and Hackett.

On Monday there was the Swiss Pairs and Jack High Swiss Pairs events. In the Swiss Pairs, Heather Bakhshi and David Bakhshi (picture) claimed first place with 113 VPs, Mike Eden and Carrie Eden were second with 108 VPs and Ben Green and Ankush Khandelwal were just behind in third with 106 VPs. The Jack High Swiss Pairs, was won by Alistair Brown and Terry Dillon (picture) with 85 VPs, who were just 1 VP ahead of Philip Goldenberg and Diana Cook in second. Stephen White and Ala Swietochowski were third with 81 VPs.

Jepson & Brosgill win Northern Easter Festival Pairs

Congratulations to Robin Jepson and Alan Brosgill (pictured) for winning the main Swiss Pairs at the Northern Easter Festival in Ilkley with 172 VPs. In second place were Steve Ray and Georgia Ray with 162 VPs and in third place were Jackie Pye and John Holland with 141 VPs.

The Swiss Teams was won by Jackie Pye, John Holland, Alan Mould and Michael Newman with 107 VPs (picture). The Hayward team finished second, just 2 VPs ahead of the Kenyon team in third place. The Improvers Teams competition was won by Katherin Libbert, Jon Crook, Andrew Pearson and Kathy Pearson (pictured). The Binks team finished second, with the Clifford team in third place.

The weekend started off with a Mixed Pairs, Open Pairs and Improvers Pairs. The Mixed Pairs was won by David Harrison and Jill Rushton (picture), with Michael Levi and Fiona Brown in second. The Improvers Pairs was won by Andrew Pearson and Kathy Pearson (picture), with Tony Harmer and Anita Craig in second place (picture). The Open Pairs was won by Andrew Thompson and Dan Crofts (picture), with Pat Watson and Carolyn Fisher in second place.

Durham "A" win Portland Bowl Finals

The Portland Bowl Finals rounds took place this weekend, 13th - 14th April 2019 at the world famous Portland Club in London.

In the final, Durham A beat Cambridge B by 29 IMPs, 120-91, having trailed by 22 IMPs with eight boards to go, until a spectacular comeback saw them gain 51 IMPs in the final stanza. This is Durham’s third victory in the competition, their last one coming in 2008. Prior to this, Cambridge had won this event six times in a row, with Cambridge B winning the last five of these.

In the semi-finals Cambridge B beat Cambridge A, while Durham A beat UCL B. UCL B conceded to Cambridge A in the third-place playoff.

The Durham A team, from left to right in the attached photo, was Edmund Lea, Charles Bucknell (capt), [Christopher Kemp, Chairman of the Portland Club], Dominic Price and Euan Sarson.

England regain Lady Milne Trophy

The Lady Milne Trophy - the annual women's home international series - took place this weekend in Ireland. The English team of Sally Brock & Gilly Cardiff, Susanna Gross & Catherine Draper, Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman with NPC Andrew Murphy, won back the trophy which Scotland had pipped them to last year. They won all five matches, including an important 10.22 - 9.78 victory over nearest rivals Scotland, who were just 7 VPs behind at the end.