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February 2018 English Bridge

www.ebu.co.uk

HIGHS, LOWS AND STATISTICS

T

echnology has come into its own and who

ever thought bridge didn't need it? The

EBU's Michael Clark has pulled together

great facts and figures showing the amazing feats

some players achieved in 2018.

Let's start with high scores, and we'll look only at

matchpointed pairs. The clear winners, with the

incredible score of 92.50%, are Lorraine Cameron

and Anne Tierney, playing at Halifax Bridge Club on

15th June. If you look at their scorecard they scored

a frankly ridiculous 12 outright tops on their 15

boards. Congratulations to them:

The strongest non-EBU event of the year was the

A flight of the National Inter-County League Final,

which is an event for the winners of the regional

inter-county leagues. They had a 62.75 strength of

field. The strongest county event was the Berks v

Bucks A Team match (62.39), with the Yorkshire

Congress Pairs Final close behind (62.15). And the

strongest club event, with a 61.03 Strength of Field,

was a quiet Wednesday evening at the Young

Chelsea in October - it seems only the strong pairs

turned up!

We won't look at the very worst scores of the year,

since they're all likely to be beginners. But the worst

performance of the year for someone who had a

50+ grade was 20.00%, a heart-sinking 30% below

par. Their grade has since recovered, you'll be

pleased to know.

Best of luck to everyone for 2019, and may you

enjoy your bridge no matter what scores you get.r

Lorraine and Anne were the only pair to score

90% this year. Some 65 pairs scored 80% or higher

with a minimum of 10 boards played.

It can be easier to get high scores in shorter

sessions, so the award for the highest score in a

session of 20+ boards goes to June Dixon and Jennie

Rea, who scored 85.30% on March 7th at Grantham

Bridge Club. What an achievement.

These weren't the largest NGS jumps of the year,

though. For that we have to go to Linton Bridge

Club, where on 22nd June Graham Liddington and

Lian Watkin scored a whopping 33.10% above par.

They were one of only three pairs with mature

grades to beat par by 30% or more in 2018.

STRONGEST BRIDGE

Where was the strongest bridge played this year?

Unsurprisingly, EBU events dominate this list. In

fact, the strongest event this year is the strongest

event we've ever held: the European Pairs Trials in

January. This is the only event that has ever had an

average grade of an Ace of Spades. The five

strongest events of the year (note that the Spring

Fours is not graded) are:

1 European Pairs Trials 67.14

2 Premier League Division 1 66.84

3 Crockfords Final 65.76

4 4 Stars A Final (Summer meeting teams) 65.36

5 European Seniors Trials 65.07

EBU BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The EBU Board remained unchanged after the

AGM in late November. Five people stood for four

places. Ron Millet, Anthony Golding and Jerry

Cope were re-elected and will each serve a threeyear

term. Graham Smith was elected for a twoyear

term. Bev Godfrey has stood down from her

role as an appointed member of the board. The

Board comprises Jeremy Dhondy (Chairman), Ian

Payn (Vice Chairman), Jerry Cope (Treasurer),

Heather Dhondy, Gillian Fawcett, Anthony

Golding, Rob Lawy, Ron Millet and Graham

Smith.

MORPETH BRIDGE CLUB

We apologise that, when reporting the 50th

anniversary of Morpeth Bridge Club in the last

issue, we referred to it as the neighbouring Castle

Morpeth Bridge Club.

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