India, but then it isn't quite as far away (and it has
some splendid curry houses).
Godfrey King is an experienced event organiser
and he will be in Birmingham to chair a meeting of
bridge's embryonic Barmy Army and discuss the
options for a group of English fans going to Chennai.
Godfrey was a one-man Barmy Army (maybe more
of a scouting party) at the European Champion ships
in Opatija last year and he displayed incredible
bravery when he found himself surrounded by a
battalion of Polish supporters in the Vu-graph
theatre during the England-Poland Seniors match.
I, too, will be in Birmingham, holding auditions for
cheer-leaders; please bring your own pom-poms.
Bridge's Barmy Army was our working name for
the club. Then we thought of The Bridge Travellers,
but in ten years' time those bits of paper that go
round with the boards will be well and truly extinct
and the reference will be lost. What have travellers
been replaced by? Electronic scoring devices. Now
there's an idea - what about 'England Bridge Mates'?
We spoke to the guys who run the Bridgemate
franchise in the UK and they have agreed to chip in
a bit to help us with some shirts!
If you would like to be kept informed about the
England Supporters Club and its plans for Chennai
and elsewhere, then please contact Godfrey at
ENGLAND WIN GOLD
IN WORLD MIND GAMES
England's Women's team has won a gold
medal at the World Mind Games in Beijing.
In a dramatic inal the lead changed hands
several times in the inal set, and England
started the inal board trailing by 4 IMPs.
Then in one room the England pair made
game, and in the other the Dutch pair stayed
in a part-score, so the lead changed hands for
a inal, decisive time, and England had
won by 3 IMPs. You can read more in
the report on the event website.
Congratulations to the team: in the photo,
from the left, Heather Dhondy, Fiona Brown,
Sally Brock, Catherine Draper, Nicola Smith
and Nevena Senior.
Organised by SportAccord, the organisation
for both Olympic and non-Olympic
inter national sports federations, the World
Mind Games also included Pairs and Individual
competitions. English players dominated
the Individual event: Nicola Smith won the
gold medal and Catherine Draper, who had
been in the lead for several rounds, the
bronze; Heather Dhondy inished fourth and
Sally Brock sixth. In the pairs, the best England
result came from Dhondy and Senior in
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THE LADY MILNE
Home Nations Championship
for Women's teams, including
an England team and an EBU team
17-19 April 2015
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