White Book for 2018 now available; Blue book unchanged

The updated White Book for 2018 is now available - 2018 White Book.

A list of changes made to the 2017 version is available here.

The significant change for TDs and players is the increase in procedural and disciplinary penalties - 25% top/6IMP/1VP and 50% top/12 IMP/2 VP (though of course, for players, this only affects them if they fail to follow procedure or behave badly!). Other changes relate to the new laws of bridge from 2017, updates made by the EBU, and changing interpretations by the Laws & Ethics Committee.

The Blue Book is unchanged in 2018 - the 2017 remains the correct book to use.

EBU makes donations to charity

The EBU is pleased to have made donations to charity on behalf of its members.

Whenever a club holds a charity event a special, reduced licence fee is paid to the EBU, and the EBU periodically donates the collated fees to charity.

The fees collected for the financial year 2016/17 - £1057.89 - have been donated to support hospice care for children and young adults.

The fees for 2017/18 - £1026.90 - have been donated to EBED, to help support its work to continue the growth of the game in England.

Atthey & Robinson, Dhondy team, and Catchpole & Schiff win in Scarborough

The EBU's Congresses have concluded their summer tour of the English coast with the newly-expanded Scarborough Congress.

Play began on Wednesday with the new addition to the schedule - the two-day Northern Seniors Pairs Championship. This was won by Anne Catchpole & David Schiff (pictured), with Arthur Hughes & Shefton Kaplan in second, and Alan Cooke & Gary Hyett - who were top scorers in the qualifying round - in third.

The B final was won by Jim Deacon & Trevor Thrower, and the Consolation final by Lyn Hilton & John Milne (see picture here).

Alongside the Senior Pairs on Thursday was an Open Pairs which was won by John Atthey & Richard Bowdery (see picture here).

John continued this form in to the weekend when he teamed up with Claire Robinson to win the Swiss Pairs (see picture here). They won ten of their twelve matches to finish on 176 VPs, with defending champions Sarah Teshome & Richard Winter in second on 166 VPs. There was then a three-way tie for third, just 1 VP behind, between Henry Rose & James Thrower, Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke, and Bill Niccol & John Gladders. The winners of the B Stratification prize were Phil Morrison & Tom Cohen, and the C Stratification prize went to James Carpenter & Jason Levesley.

Sandwiched between the Pairs events was a Multiple Teams competition which was won by Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, John Holland & Jackie Pye (see picture here). Sarah Teshome, Richard Winter, Daniel Winter & Liam Sanderson were second, with Steve Raine, Chris Cooper, John Sansom & Jason Hackett in third. The B final was won by William Clennell, Dominic Cooke, Charles Bucknell & Dominic Price (see picture here). The Chorley team and Smoczynski team were the top scorers in the Consolation finals (see picture here).

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