U16s reach online semis; team to be sponsored by Tetragon

England's U16 squad has continued its preparations for the World Youth Team Championships by progressing to the semifinals of the WBF Youth Teams Online Championships, after a narrow victory over France.

We are also delighted that Tetragon will be sponsoring the U16 squad. We are very grateful for their donation, and this takes the fundraising through the £50,000 barrier.

We are getting close to our fundraising target, so further contributions of any size will be very welcome. Donations can be made through the EBED website. Alternatively, please support West Midlands BC's fundraising Swiss Pairs taking place on 18th July.

Giorgio Provenza, squad leader for the U16s, has written another blog with further news on the squad's activities - that can be read by clicking 'read more'.

100 juniors play in Stamford inter-schools event

100 young players have taken part in Stamford Youth Bridge Academy’s 2nd inter-schools event.

10 schools competed in the over-subscribed competition, and received awards from Gordon Rainsford, and from local MP, Nick Boles.

More details are available on EBED's website. Photos can be seen here, via Stamford BC.

Smith & Wilson, and Solomon team, win at Riviera Congress

The EBU's month at the seaside started this weekend with the Riviera Congress in Torquay.

The Swiss Teams was won by Warner Solomon, Alex Maddocks, Bill Taylor & Robert Miller, with 105 VPs from seven matches. They are pictured receiving the Wing Trophy from donor David Wing. Rob Lawy, Andrew Thompson, Jim Grant & Stefan Lindfors, finished second, 7 VPs behind. Tim Chanter, Helen Wildsmith, Graham Pollack & Andrew Whittome were third. The 'non-expert' prize was won by Martin Baker, Dave Strawbridge, Norman Botton & Ian Dalrymple, who finished fifth.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Janet Smith & Alan Wilson (see picture here). They finished level with Rob Lawy & Andrew Thompson on 162 VPs after 12 matches, but took the title by virtue of victory in the head-to-head match. There was also a tie for third place between Dan McIntosh & Tim Gauld, and Diane Kurbalija & Filip Kurbalija, who finished on 155 VPs. The 'B' Stratification prize was won by Stuart Bridge & Roger Karn, who finished 14th. The C Stratification prize was a tie between Bill Luscombe & George Delafield and Hanna Tuus & India Leeming.

England juniors reach semis in Israel

The England U26 team continued their preparations for the World Youth Team Championships with a good performance at the Tel Aviv International Bridge Festival. Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy and Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton were narrowly defeated at the semi-final stage - by just 7 IMPs to the eventual winners. Michael and Stephen then went on to compete in the Pairs competition where they finished 13th of the 80 pairs in the A Final.

Support the junior teams
We are delighted that donations continue be made to the fundraising effort to support the junior teams competing in the World Youth Team Championships. The total has reached over £42,000, which is excellent, but we still hope to reach £60,000 by the time the teams fly east. If you would like to support them please donate through this page on the EBED website.

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