August 2019

Really Easy Autumn Break

There is still time to book your place at the Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel in Midsomer Norton near Bath, for the Really Easy Autumn Break, a house-party style event.

Designed for novice players of up to 5 years’ experience, this is a great way to enjoy a relaxing bridge weekend and meet some fellow players, with time off on the Saturday to enjoy the lovely surroundings. These weekends are strictly limited to 10 tables, so book your place now to avoid disappointment.

Players should be below the rank of Master and lower than a Jack on the NGS scale.

Crockfords finals this weekend

The finals of the Crockfords Cup and Crockfords Plate England's premier knockout competition - will take place this weekend in Coventry. The eight qualifying teams in each competition will compete in all-play-all finals, with the event concluding late on Sunday afternoon.

There will be coverage of one of the matches from the Cup competition on Bridge Base Online throughout the weekend. Timings can be found on the event information page.

Jasmine Bakhshi receives Joan Gerard Award

Congratulations to Jasmine Bakhshi who is this year's recipient of the Joan Gerard Award in the Under 16 category.

The Joan Gerard Award is presented to youth players who demonstrate aptitude, fair play, good sportsmanship and a friendly international spirit, rejecting any discrimination. They are presented every year at the Youth Bridge Teams Championships and at the World Youth Open Bridge Championships with the categories of a Junior, a Youngster and a Girl. The awards are named after Joan Gerard, who had been a long-time support of the WBF Youth Programs worldwide.

Nominations for the awards are made by attending players, NPCs, coaches, WBF championship officials and members of staff, with no one able to nominate players from their own country.

Jasmine is the first English player to win the award since Ben Green in 2003.

  • Joan Gerard Youth Awards - previous winners
  • World Youth Open Championships website
  • World Youth Open Championships

    The World Youth Championships are taking place in Opatija, Croatia. The event, which features pairs and teams events in four age/gender categories, takes place from 20th - 29th August.

    Update: In the teams events, England had one team reach the semi-finals, in the Under 26 Open teams category, as well as one English player, Laura Covill, being in a trans-national team that reached the semi-finals of the Under 26 Women's event. Both teams won bronze medals.

    Congratulations to Zane Soonawalla & James Cater, who won the B Final of the Under 16 event.

    Junior Teach-In This Weekend

    We're all looking forward to seeing lots of young people at the Junior Teach-In this weekend. We have an exciting teaching program to cater for all levels of ability, packed full of ways to improve their bridge! There are also some big competitions to play for, as well as a range of other activities to go alongside the bridge! Just a few days to go and still a chance to sign up! There will also be social media updates throughout the weekend. #EBEDJTI2019 #EBEDwelovebridge #juniorbridge

    More information on the EBED JTI page

    Mould & Holland, and Jarvis team, win at Northern Midweek Congress

    The Northern Midweek Congress has now concluded, with Harrogate the venue for three days of weekday bridge.

    The two-day Championship Pairs was won by Alan Mould & John Holland who finished with 62.60%, ahead Celia Oram & Derek Oram in second place, who scored 57.61%. Val Gibson & Pearl Murphy completed the podium with 57.33%.

    The Swiss Teams competition was won by the team of Alan Jarvis, Tom Cohen, Alan Hayward & Robert Dixon. They finished with 100 VPs from their seven matches, 6 VPs ahead of Bill Niccol, John Gladders, Graham Jepson & David Musson. The Gibson team was just one point behind with 93 VPs.

    Summer 2019 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

    The Summer 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.

    John Turner

    We’re sad to report the death of John Turner, Dimmie Fleming award winner. He will be sadly missed and we send our condolences to his family.

    His long time friend Mike Willoughby has written an obituary.

    Clark & Panchagnula win U26 Pairs

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

    They finished on +110.5 IMPs, with Theo Gillis & Jack Ronayne in second on +69 and Eshan Singhal & Ian Robson in third with +62.4.

    Bridge storyline on Coronation Street

    Tune in to Coronation Street again tonight at 7.30pm for the continuation of the storyline involving Ken's bridge club. Taking place in the iconic Rovers, bridge player Ken decides to host a club night in the pub. He is joined by Brian and Cathy, Evelyn, Geoff and Yasmeen, but things don't go quite go according to plan.

    To help create the storyline, the show's writers consulted EBU member and Manchester bridge player David Debbage, seen pictured with some of the cast of the show.

    The storyline continues into next week.

    • Watch on ITV 1 from 7.30pm or catch up on the ITV Hub