December 2019

Year End Congresses

The Year End Congresses in London and Blackpool have now completed.

The Jack High Swiss Pairs for players with a NGS grade of Jack or below was won by Virginia Crouch & Myra Tipping who finished one VP ahead of Sue Ford & Paul Wiltshire. They are pictured with Jerry Cope (EBU Treasurer).

The winners of the Swiss Pairs in London were Alex Hydes & Lynton Stock (pictured here) who won 9 out of their 11 matches to win by 11 VPs. The Mixed and Open Pairs the next day were won by Kevin Castner & Marusa Gold and Gunnar Hallberg & Phil King (pictured here) respectively. Kevin and Marusa scored over 70% in their first session and won by over 5% in the end; it was closer in the Open Pairs with Gunnar and Phil winning by a little over 1%. The Swiss Teams on the final day had 86 teams competing and was won by Black (Andrew Black, David Gold, Andrew McIntosh & Phil King) who finished on the same VP score as Brock (Sally Brock, Gilly Cardiff, Ed Scerri & Barry Myers) but won the title after the tie splitting procedures were applied.

In Blackpool the winners of the Mixed Pairs were Jeff Smith & Rhona Goldenfield and the winners of the Open Pairs were Ollie Burgess & Mark Weeks. The Swiss Pairs was won by John Dearing & Jeremy Stanforth who finished 3 VPs ahead of Paul De Weerd & John Large. Jeff and Rhona were victorious again in the Swiss Teams playing with Jackie Pye and John Holland, their team won 6 out of 7 matches to win by 17 VPs.

  • London Results
  • Blackpool Results
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    Channel Trophy

    The Channel Trophy in Utrecht, Netherlands took place this weekend. England was represented by three of our junior teams - the U26 Women, U26 and U21.

    Congratulations to the U21 team who won their group; after losing their first match they won their next 5 matches to win just ahead of France. In the U26 Women group France won comfortably but England finished just ahead of Netherlands and Belgium to claim 2nd place. The U26 team had a tough weekend and despite winning two matches finished last in their group.

    Full results are available here.

    The teams were:

    2019 High Scores

    2019 is almost done with, so we thought it would be fun to wrap up the year with a few facts and figures. Who got the highest score of the year? What was the largest NGS increase? Where was the strongest bridge played? Read more to find out.

    Autumn 2019 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

    The Autumn 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.

    Young Chelsea L Team win NICKO

    The National Interclub Knockout has been won by Young Chelsea L Team.

    The Young Chelsea L team (pictured, from left: Neil Rosen, James Thrower, Andrew McIntosh and Ali Ahmed) won by 11 IMPs in a tight match against Young Chelsea A team.

    In addition to the players pictured, Joe Fawcett and Szczepan Smocynski played for the Young Chelsea L team in earlier rounds of the competition.

    U16s Three Seas Trophy

    This past weekend some of the under 16 squad were busy playing an online tournament, the Three Seas Trophy, which took place online on Bridge Base Online.

    Giorgio Provenza, squad leader for the U16s, has written a blog with news on the squad's recent activities - click read more.

    This weekend coming (20th - 22nd December) there is action for three more junior squads - the U26W, U26 and U21. These teams will be playing in the Channel Trophy in Utrecht, Netherlands. More details of squad selections here.

    Are you passionate about the teaching of bridge? Do you have some spare time?

    If so, you may be interested in the part time role that EBED are currently recruiting. The role is based in Aylesbury and suitable for someone with good bridge knowledge and preferably someone with experience of teaching bridge.

    For more information, see the the job description. If you would like further details or are interested in applying for the role, email Closing date for applications is Friday 10th January 2020.

    Website Updates

    You may have noticed that over the weekend some parts of the EBU website were updated.

    These updates not only affect the layout of the site, but have also increased the content available.

    Click read more to see the list of updates