September 2019

EBED Minibridge Sims (Free to enter)

Entries for the EBED Minibridge Sim Pairs close on Monday 7th October.

This is a great opportunity for any new students of the game to take part in an informal competition at an early stage of their learning.

12 hands have been prepared with a commentary for use by teachers with new students of any age group. The hands are organised in 3 groups of 4, with each of North, South, West and East declaring one hand in each group.

Silver and Bronze Medals at World Championships

The World Bridge Championships, concluded over the weekend, having started on 14th September 2019, in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Two of the England teams won medals at the Championships. Having won both a silver and a bronze medal, England were the only country to take home more than one medal at the Championships!

The Seniors team won Silver in the D'Orsi Cup, they played Denmark in the final. Denmark won the match 194 - 167 to take the gold medal (picture).

The Women's team were up against the Netherlands for the bronze medal in the Venice Cup. After a close match the England team won by just 5 IMPs (162 - 157) (picture).

From the Chairman:
    I'd like to congratulate all our teams on their fine showing in the recently completed World Championships in Wuhan. All four teams qualified for the Quarter Final from the round robin with our Mixed team winning the qualifying event. The open team had a tough quarter final against the USA and despite an early lead couldn't hold on but our other three teams proceeded to the semi-finals. The Women and Mixed lost but the Women won their bronze medal play off against the Netherlands on the very last board and our Senior's team won their semi-final and were silver medal winners losing the final narrowly.
    All in all an excellent performance and one I think the membership will join with me in saying well done to our teams.

The teams were:
Mixed: Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne; Sally Brock & Barry Myers; Fiona Brown & Michael Byrne; NPC: Paul Barden
Open: Jeffrey Allerton & Chris Jagger; David Bakhshi & Artur Malinowski; Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson; NPC: Neil Rosen; Coach: Andrew Murphy
Seniors: John Holland & Alan Mould; David Muller & Malcolm Pryor; David Kendrick & Trevor Ward; NPC: David S Jones
Women: Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior; Catherine Draper & Gillian Fawcett; Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman; NPC: David Gold; Coach: David Burn

Entries for NICKO extended

Entries for the National Inter Club Knockout - the NICKO - were due to close on Monday 30th September. They have now been extended until 10am on Monday 7th October.

Entries should be made by club secretaries on behalf of entrants from their club, so if you wish to take part please ask the secretary to submit the entry form.

The Garden Room Bridge Club affiliates

Welcome to The Garden Room Bridge Club which has affiliated with the EBU.

It is a new club in Gerrards Cross, Berks and Bucks, offering a friendly and social regular bridge session on Friday afternoons in the Colston Hall at Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre from 1.30pm.

IPBA Award for Simon Cochemé

At the annual general meeting of International Bridge Press Association, three awards were presented.

One of these was the Alan Truscott Award, which is presented periodically to an individual or organisation that, in the opinion of the IBPA Executive, has done something in the world of bridge that Alan would have approved of and appreciated. Alan was an IBPA Executive member, serving as its president from 1981 to 1985 and was the long-time bridge editor of the New York Times.

This year the award was presented to Simon Cochemé for his work over the last two decades writing humorous bridge related articles.

Robinson Team Wins Online Knockout

The EBU Online Knockout Teams competition has been won by Claire Robinson, Qian Li, Neeraj Tanna, Tony Ye, Siyu Ren & Alex Hydes.

They beat the team of James Thrower, Ali Ahmed, Todor Tiholov, Marusa Gold, Szczepan Smoczynski & Tenyu Tenev by 66 IMPs in the final.

Congratulations to all involved and well done to Team Robinson.

The 2020 competition will start in the new year with entries opening soon.

Welcome to Charlie Bucknell

We are pleased to welcome Charlie Bucknell who joined the staff last week. Charlie has joined the Tournament Department and will fill the role previously held by Jake Cope. Charlie is a member of the U26 squad.

  • Charlie's biography
  • Guernsey Congress Winners

    The ten-day Guernsey Congress concluded on Sunday with victory for Rune Hauge, Reidar Laland, Dan McIntosh & Tim Gauld (pictured) in the Swiss Teams event.

    The other winners in the congress were:

    Pre-Congress Pairs - Joan Murphy & David Killick (picture) Pivot Teams - Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Shirley Godwin & Brian Crack (picture)
    Men's Pairs & Seniors Pairs - Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke (picture) Ladies' Pairs - Janet Latham & Agnes Baxter (picture)
    Mixed Pairs - Susan Jones & Brian Parkin (picture) Swiss Teams - Rune Hauge, Reidar Laland, Dan McIntosh & Tim Gauld (picture)
    Multiple Teams - Dan McIntosh, Andy Hall, Alex Gauld & Tim Gauld (picture) Senior Multiple Teams - Brian Crack, Shirley Goldwin, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot (picture)