December 2016 English Bridge
payment as we are all volunteers
and do it for the love of the game.
I started a new course this year
and was told that, as I wasn't a
qualified teacher, books would cost
£25 rather than the previous £20,
plus increased postage charge. For
unqualified teachers who charge
pupils for lessons I can understand
the change. To impose a higher
charge on volunteer teachers seems
unfair. Ian R Leake
First of all very well done.
Anybody who introduces new
people to the game of bridge
clearly understands the social
benefits of the game particularly
to older people.
The national coursework books,
Book One Beginning Bridge and
Book Two Continuing Bridge are
hugely popular with our teachers
and students and to help them get
the best out of the resource we
provide teacher training courses
throughout the year at a variety of
Attendees of these courses are
signed up to EBTA (English Bridge
Teachers Association) free of
charge for one year. Thereafter this
subscription based service costs
just £17 a year.
EBTA is well worth joining
regardless of whether you have
been on a teacher training course
or not, it provides lots of resources,
teacher insurance and discounts
on coursework books.
Many teachers pass these
discounts on to their students -
others use them to help pay for the
recruitment of new players.
It is worth pointing out that all
teachers are independent
(although some are attached to
clubs) and their bridge tuition
charges range from the big London
clubs which may charge a
premium to many unsung heroes
such as yourself who teach for no
charge at all.
For the cost of one coursework
book you can subscribe to EBTA
and receive so many benefits to
help both you and your students.
Education Manager, EBED
Referring to the article on the
EBU website, 'Lib Dem Leader
gives support to VAT-free bridge'.
Do I take it that competition fees
will only be 5/6 of the current
charge if the Union is successful?
If VAT on entry fees was
removed then, yes, there would be
After many unpromising starts
We find ourselves bidding six hearts,
But missing the queen
Can so frequently mean
That the chance of it making departs.
David A De Saxe
In response to this one:
I started the evening with Eva,
A notorious under-achiever.
She got into trouble,
A penalty double.
Not a thing I could do except leave her.
We received this one:
Today, I am writing this letter
To say that my bridge has got
Another chance, please -
I will practise my squeeze -
The kind you will never forgetta!
Well past her bedtime, at home
M/s Hobhouse slumped reading a pome
'They all think they are bards
But it's not clear what's worse,
Their Bridge or their verse,
But I wish they'd stick to their cards'.
Defining shape is vexation
Counting is as bad
The Rule of Eleven doth puzzle me
And practice drives one mad.
Thomas J Paton
Oh, what a declarer was Lou!
She unblocked an ace at trick two.
Had twelve tricks on top
And North couldn't stop,
Thirteen with a Vienna Coup
A rash of latecomers - that's it for the moment!
When you see the 'LB' sign in an
ad vert isement in the magazine, it
• The organisers of the holiday
have applied for, and received, a
licence from the EBU.
• They may choose to give Master
Points in accordance with EBU
• These Master Points will be
added to player records.
• The bridge will be played in line
with EBU regulations and byelaws,
thus affording all players
the protection of playing within
the jurisdiction of the EBU.
All county events advertised have
an EBU licence.
NOTE: Any events licensed by
another National Bridge Organisation
will not be able to have Master Points
credited to members' records save for
Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland,
Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and
Australia. The conversion of Green
Points to Gold Points will only happen
at English events, the BGB Gold Cup
and Home Internationals.