Nordic Bridge Union letter about cheating, and EBU sentencing guidelines

We have received this letter from the Nordic Bridge Union and we are pleased to express our support and willingness to work with other NBOs who are acting to address the scourge of cheating.

Earlier this month, the EBU Disciplinary Panel had announced that they have been developing sentencing guidance for national use, which may be helpful for other bodies involved in any disciplinary cases of this sort.

December issue of English Bridge available now

The December 2020 issue of English Bridge is out now and will be delivered to eligible members in the next few days. We hope you enjoy it.

Club Initiatives

Stretford Bridge Club, near Manchester and Halifax Bridge Club, in West Yorkshire share their experiences of bridge in Lockdown, page 54.

The Lady Milne and Teltscher Trophy

David Burn gives a write up of the victory for England in the Lady Milne Trophy on page 40, while David Bird discusses the nail biting finish of the Teltscher Trophy on page 44.

Contributions to bridge Recognised at AGM

The EBU presented awards in recognition of various members' contributions to bridge in England at the AGM via Zoom yesterday.

  • Tony Priday Award, for an outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects
      Peter Donovan (Direct Member from London)

  • Dimmie Fleming Award, recognising a long and valuable contribution to county bridge
      Elizabeth Kelly, Manx Bridge Union (picture)
      Pat Beasley, Leicestershire (picture)
      Neil Beasley, Leicestershire (picture)
      Peter Pennington-Smith, Norfolk (picture)
      John Withers, Staffs & Shrops (picture)
      Dick Wheeler, Sussex (picture)
      Elayne Meakin, Warwickshire
      Stuart Davies, Yorkshire

Congratulations to all recipients, and we thank them for their contribution.

2020 Sim Pairs prize winners drawn

At this week's AGM the 2020 Sim Pairs prize draw took place. Each host club that took part in a face to face event, was entered in to a draw. 4 clubs were drawn with each club drawn receiving £250.

Winning Clubs:

Club names County
Blundellsands Bridge Club Merseyside & Cheshire
Wellingborough Bridge Club Northamptonshire
Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club Kent
Lines Bridge Club (Saffron Walden) Cambs & Hunts

Board and Standing Committees announced

The EBU AGM took place today, 25th November. The following people were elected/re-elected to the EBU Board and Standing Committees:

Election for Board of Directors

There were four nominations for three positions. The votes received were as follows:-

Elected for a three year term of office expiring in 2023: Adrian Darnell - 53 votes
Re-Elected for a three year term of office expiring in 2023: Rob Lawy - 49 votes; Ian Payn - 46 votes
Not elected: Heather Dhondy - 28 votes

The Laws & Ethics Committee

There were three nominations for two positions. The votes received were as follows:-

Re-Elected for a three year term of office expiring in 2023: David Burn - 49 votes; Heather Dhondy - 44 votes
Not elected: Jeremy Dhondy - 31votes

Selection Committee

There were three nominees for three positions, therefore no election was required.

David Bakhshi and Jeremy Willans will be re-elected and Claire Robinson will be elected for a three-year term of office expiring in 2023.

Trials for Camrose 2021

Trials for the 2021 Camrose Trophy, the competition between the teams of the 'home nations', will be held 11th - 13th December. Both the Camrose itself and the trials for it will be played online, via RealBridge. The trial will be all-play-all over the three days with the top six pairs offered a place in a Camrose team.

Entries for this pairs trial cost £90 per player, are open to all and will be accepted from Monday 16th November until the closing date of Wednesday 9th December. You can enter online via MyEBU, by email to or via phone 01296 317203. Entrants must have paid before the event to be eligible to play in it.

Chairman’s Corner

And so another lockdown begins. I write on the first day of what is at the moment planned to be a month-long shutdown. The days loom ominously in front of us, the nights lengthen. Outside it’s cold – definitely a firm, November cold, and this morning in my neck of the woods there was even a thick fog, which lasted for some hours after dawn.

Alan Reid

We're sad to report the death of Alan Reid, former TD panel member, following a long illness. He will be sadly missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends.

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