February 2020

Entries Open for 2020 Premier League

Applications are invited for those wishing to play in the 2020 Premier League.

The event takes place over three weekends in the autumn, and acts as an international trial, with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the 2021 Camrose Trophy series, and in the European Champions' Cup 2021, if England qualifies. It is also part of the Championship Series, with points earned towards the Player of the Year competition.

Please send teams from 4-6 to charlie@ebu.co.uk for consideration.

The three preliminary dates for the weekends are:

12th - 13th September
All Divisions

17th - 18th October
All Divisions

7th - 8th November
All Divisions

Bernard Teltscher

We’re sad to report the death of Bernard Teltscher, President of the London Metropolitan Bridge Association and sponsor, as well as winner of, the prestigious Lederer and Teltscher trophies.

EBU Chairman, Ian Payn said “Not only was Bernard a fine player, but also a great patron of the game he loved so much and played so well. He was President of the London Metropolitan Bridge Association and a deserved first recipient of the EBU’s Tony Priday Award. Our condolences to Bernard’s family and friends.”

Young Bridge Challenge Entries Closing Soon

Entries for the Young Bridge Challenge are closing soon.

The Young Bridge Challenge is a historic annual schools cup competition hosted by EBED. It is a one-day bridge event for school-aged players of all experience levels.

More information including the online entry form can be found at https://www.ebedcio.org.uk/ybc. It is completely FREE to enter, and entries of single players or pairs are also welcomed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Giles Ip via e-mail giles@ebedcio.org.uk. You can also phone 01296 317228.

Margaret Curtis

We’re sad to report the death of Margaret Curtis, former EBU Vice President, Vice Chairman and Tournament Committee Chairman.

EBU Chairman, Ian Payn said “Bridge in England had no greater friend than Margaret. No-one did more in her beloved Essex or for the game as a whole. She will be much missed and our condolences go to both her family and friends, who were legion”.

Keep Bridge Alive Pro – Am Pairs

Last week Sam Punch introduced her inspirational Keep Bridge Alive Pro-Am Tournament. With the assistance of pros, amateurs and journalists, she hosted a tournament to raise awareness and funding for her campaign.

The event was the inspiration of professor Samantha Punch, of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stirling. She is an international bridge player herself and has recently launched the ‘Keep Bridge Alive’ campaign in a bid to promote the advantages of playing the card game – and encourage more people, of all ages, to give it a try.

Harrogate Congress Results

The Swiss Pairs event at the Harrogate Congress was won by Henry Rose & James Thrower (pictured) who claimed top spot. Fresh off the back of his win at the Peggy Bayer, Henry Rose is the youngest ever player to win an event at the Harrogate Congress. Second place went to the pair of Dave Robinson & Rob Lawy and Michael Byrne & Tom Slater in third. George Bak & Nichola Cockerill-Smith (pictured) came top in the B stratification and Scott Wang & Hanna Tuus (pictured) came to in the C stratification for the Swiss Pairs.

The main Swiss Teams event was won by the team of Geoff Kenyon, Carole Kelly, Robin Jepson & Alan Brosgill (picture), with the team of Michael Byrne, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley & Rhona Goldenfield taking second place. The B stratification was won by the team of Mark Tilley, Ufuk Cotuk, India Leeming & Shahzaad Natt, and the C stratification was won by the team of Scott Wang, Hanna Tuus, Daisy Dillon & Laura Ersek (pictured).

The congress began with Open, Mixed and Improvers Pairs and Improvers Teams competitions. The Open Pairs was won by Nick Woolven & Richard Winter (picture), finishing ahead of Ufuk Cotuk & Mark Tilley in second. The winners of the Mixed Pairs were John Brearley & Judy Brearley (picture), with Colin Porch & Beverley Basquil and Gillian Emerson & Peter Skuse in joint second place. The Improvers Pairs was won by Carole Wilson & Karen Kayes (picture), slightly ahead of second place John Ungar & Miranda Hughes. The Improvers Teams was won by Adrian Hornby, Helen Dickinson, John Ungar & Miranda Hughes (picture).

The Congress was run by Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on behalf of the EBU.

Lederer Memorial Trophy Results

The Lederer Memorial Trophy, one of the most prestigious events on the English bridge calendar, has been won by the team of Andrew Robson, Alexander Allfrey, Ed Jones, Tom Paske. The invitation event is organised by the London Metropolitan Bridge Association, and the results, photos and event history are available on their event website.

March Team wins Silver Plate

The Silver Plate, the consolation event for the Gold Cup, has been won by the March team.

The Silver Plate is for English or Welsh teams defeated in either the first or second round of the Gold Cup. Scotland has a separate consolation event, the winners of which drop into the Silver Plate at the quarter-final stage.

The 2019 Silver Plate involved 68 teams. The final, played yesterday at Leicester Bridge Club was between the two English teams. The March team (pictured, left to right) of Damian Hassan, Val Gibson, Julian Gibson & Bill March beat the Swanson team of Charles Chisnall, Ken Ford, Bob James & Ian Swanson by 44 IMPs.

  • Full results
  • John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

    For the third year in a row, John Holland has won the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

    John, who has won the competition on seven previous occasions, earned 25,760 points in 2019. Gary Hyett, was second with 23,083. Mike Bell was third with 21,562.

    In the Gold Points list, Mike Bell ended the year on top, followed by John Holland (last year's leader) and David Gold.