De Botton team leads Premier League

The team of Janet de Botton, David Bakhshi, Espen Erichsen, Glyn Liggins, Artur Malinowski & Tom Townsend lead the First Division after the first weekend of the Premier League. They ended the first round-robin with a 13.85 VP lead over the team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Tom Slater & Alec Smalley (Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock will join the team in later rounds).

The Second Division is being led by the team of Paul Fegarty, Catherine Curtis, David Kendrick & Mike Scoltock (Paul Barden and Jonathan Mestel will join the team in later rounds).

James Thrower, Ali Ahmed, Petar Ivanov & Todor Tiholov lead the Third Division (Fiona Brown will join the team in later rounds) - however that division is playing two round-robins (not three) and the first round is yet to be completed.

The second and third weekends take place on 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November.

In addition to this being a prestigious competition in its own right, it serves as a trial with the winners of the First Division earning selection to represent England in one weekend of the Camrose Trophy.

Clark & Panchagnula win U26 Pairs

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

They finished on +140 IMPs, with Ian Robson & Eshan Singhal in second on +118.2. Under-21 pair Sam Anoyrkatis & Elizabeth Gahan were third. The leading under-16 pair was Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty who finished in ninth.

Hinden team leads qualifiers in European Mixed Teams Trials

The first stage of the trials to represent England in the European Mixed Teams Championships has been completed, with the Hinden team going through as top seeds.

Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Michael Byrne & Fiona Brown will have the first choice of opponents in the semi-final stage. The semi-final and final will take place on 8th-9th December.

The three teams joining them in the semi-finals are:
Catherine Seale, David Gold, Claire Robinson & John Atthey;
Anita Sinclair, Peter Crouch, Helen Erichsen, Espen Erichsen, Simon Cope & Marion Robertson;
Sarah Bell, Mike Bell, Alex Hydes, Yvonne Wiseman & Heather Dhondy.

The European Mixed Teams Championships are in Lisbon in February.

EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

The EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs have taken place and you can find all the results and commentaries via the links below. Master Points will be credited to the accounts of the top third of the field once the results are finalised in a few weeks' time.

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 to everyone who has taken part.

Monday 3rd September Commentary Booklet
Tuesday 4th September Commentary Booklet
Wednesday 5th September Commentary Booklet
Thursday 6th September Commentary Booklet
Friday 7th September Commentary Booklet

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