May 2019

Team Brock Wins The Hubert Phillips Bowl

The Hubert Phillips Bowl, the National Championship for Mixed Pivot Teams, has been won by Sally Brock’s team (Barry Myers, Phil King and Robert Sheehan), who beat Alan Mould’s team (Jackie Pye, John Holland and Jeff Smith) by 430 aggregate points in the final played over 60 boards at the East Midlands Bridge Centre at Spondon, near Derby.

Sally Brock and Robert Sheehan now move ahead of John Holland with seven wins in the competition (all as team-mates) to John’s six.

Gunnar Hallberg played in an earlier round for the winning team.

Upcoming Club Director Training Course Dates

English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) has organised the following training courses for aspiring club directors. Each course consists of four days. There are additional spaces available at each venue, so please book if you would like to attend. The courses are open to all and can be booked by individuals or by clubs on behalf of their members. Participants can select different venues for each part of the course as necessary (i.e. it’s not essential to do all the dates in one go at a single venue!). For additional information, or for clubs to make a booking, please contact Richard Banbury by email while individual EBU members can book directly via MyEBU.

Shashou and Sandqvist win Championship Pairs

Nathalie Shashou and Nick Sandqvist (pictured) won the main pairs event at the Spring Bank Holiday Congress in Stratford. Their score of 55% was just enough to push Dinah Caplan and Michael Byrne into second place with a score of 54.25%. Phil King and Kevin Castner were third with 53.44%.

The B Final in the Championship Pairs was won by Robin Wright and Alan Wilson (picture) on 57.14%, ahead of second place Simon Cope and Diana Nettleton with 54.68%. Eric Cummings and Ceri Pierce finished third with 54.44%.

The teams event was won by David Gold, Catherine Seale, Phil King and Kevin Castner (picture), with the Solomon team in second and the Hearst team in third. The winners of the B stratification teams final were Mary Johnson, Michael Mahoney, Richard Smith and Jonathan Hughes (picture).

Those not reaching the A or B Final, or joining the Congress on the second day, contested a Swiss Pairs which was won by Todor Tiholov and James Thrower (picture), with Waseem Naqvi and Ben Ritacca in second.

June issue of English Bridge out now

The June 2019 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 via My EBU (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.

Top 50 clubs by players 2018/19

We're pleased to announce the top clubs by number of player sessions in the year (2018/19). The top 5 are below - click 'read more' for the top 50.

1 Richmond Bridge Club =
2 Wimbledon Bridge Club =
3 Stamford Bridge Club 1
4 West Midlands Bridge Club Limited 1
5 Cheltenham Bridge Club 2

In previous years we have included Bridge Club Live in this list as our one online bridge club, but since the basis of measuring their UMS is rather different from other clubs we have decided not to include them this year. Similarly we are not including our Funbridge games, although it is interesting to note as a reflection of the evolution of the game, that had we done so they would have come in at number 8.

Spring 2019 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

The Spring 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.

Bridge clubs and technology

Membership Campaign Officer Tim Anderson has written a new blog post looking at how bridge clubs can utilise technology as a key aspect of service to members.

In the blog, Tim addresses the ever changing use of technology in relation to bridge clubs, including dealing machines and website platforms such as Bridgewebs and Pianola.

Farewell to David Emerson

David, who joined EBED last year as Youth Officer, left EBED last Friday 17th May. We would like to thank him for his contribution during his short time in the role and wish him all the best in the future.

Our new EBED Youth Officer will be Giles Ip, who joined us a few weeks ago, please join us in welcoming Giles to the team. There are some very exciting projects that are in store at EBED and he will be directly involved in expanding youth bridge activity in the United Kingdom.

Ireland wins Corn Cairdis match

Ireland won the Corn Cairdis match - an annual match between teams representing the County, Club, and Officials elements of the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI). The event, hosted this year by the Basingstoke Bridge Club for Hampshire, took place last weekend 11th and 12th May.

The EBU team was:
Officials: Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes; Philip Mason & Peter Stocken
County team: Heather McGinn, Guy Malcolm, Richard Ray, Helen Kinloch (Saturday), and Chris Kinloch, Iain Climie, Karen Dewar & Julian Sykes (Sunday)
Club team: Steve Tearle, Tracey Adams, Andrew Ferguson, Mary Ferguson (Saturday), and Steve Tearle, Tracey Adams, Ann Goss & Helen Kinloch (Sunday).

The winning Irish team (Pictured, left to right): Donek Szenejko, Martin Brady, Mary Timoney, Paul Delaney, Sean O Lubaigh, Maureen Pattinson, Bob Pattinson, Peter O’Meara (Captain), David Redmond, David Dunne, Seamus Costello, and Liam Gaynor.

EBED Spring Sim Pairs

The EBED Simultaneous Pairs starts today and you'll be able to find all the results and commentaries at the links below. Results will be finalised, and Master Points credited, once all the results have been submitted and checked.

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 for taking part, and we hope you will support the EBED Autumn Sim Pairs, 2nd - 6th September.

Monday 13th May Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 14th May Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 15th May Commentary Booklet
Thursday 16th May Commentary Booklet