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February 2018 English Bridge

Another version is rubber

bridge for significant stakes

which is a challenging game

where accurate bidding such as a

3™ bid rather than a 2™ bid is

vital as the rubber proceeds.

Can we not all see that the

wonderful game of bridge can be

enjoyed at many different levels.

The skills are different but the

team or cross-imp game is not

superior - merely different - and

we need all forms of the game to

be encouraged and not fiddle

with the rules to the advantage of

one form. Crombie McNeil


I recently agreed to direct an

event for a bridge holiday

company which required me to

use the EBU Score Pairs app.

This turned out to be a

frustrating and time consuming

first time experience. How the

EBU can justify charging for this

app stuns me. Just one of the

many problems encountered was

trying to upload the results. I was

eventually helped by a fellow

tournament director who has felt

it necessary to write his own

notes running to over 2½ pages

of A4. Good software is both

intuitive and consistent.

EBUScore Pairs is neither. Lets

call a spade a spade and make life

easier for the users!

Chris Catchpole

We don't charge affiliated clubs

for it, but a number of nonaffiliated

clubs find it worth

paying for. We do have a useful

user guide available, though I see

that it doesn't have a lot of detail

about the upload process, so I have

asked for this to be improved. I

have also asked that some of the

terminology is simplified.

I must say, though, that using

any bridge scoring software for the

first time is likely to be a bit

frustrating and may well require

some outside assistance.

Gordon Rainsford, EBU CEO


I am interested in hearing from

any bridge clubs that have

implemented alternative systems

to replace the physical collection

of table money at each and Gail Tillen

Any responses should be

directed to who

can use them in the EBU

publication, Club Management

Focus. Ed


I would like my grandchildren to

learn bridge. One is 16 years old,

and her brother is 14. I am not

sure that our county has lessons

for youngsters. Jane Burnham

A great place to start is the

residential Junior Bridge Camps

for youngsters aged 8 to 21. There

are two coming up - one in

Cheltenham in early April (where

my daughter learnt with a friend),

see ad on page 21, and one in early

July in East Sussex - see p51. Lots

of children go to both, and make

friends who they see year after

year. Keep an eye on your county

website too (and neighbouring

counties) as many are starting

new initiatives to teach children in

the area. Ed


In response to the member who

suggested an EBU 'friendship

agency' we had just two replies.

One thought 'bring it on', while

the other suggested joining a local

U3A bridge group. I'm afraid the

interest does not justify any more

action. Ed


Cash prizes!

Club winners of EBU Sims

events are entered into a prize

draw. Congratulations to

Roger Poulter & Mark Denny

from Eastbourne BC who won

the £1,000 first prize.

Sue Cretch & Phil Cretch from

Alton BC won £500. Sandra

Nicholson & Krys Kazierczak

from Summertown BC won


Maidstone BC won the

£1,000 first prize

for host clubs.

British Airways BC won

£500 and Bletchingley BC

won £200.

Make sure your club enters

the 2019 Sims to be eligible for

the Winners' Draw and the

Club Draw

Entries for the 2019 events are

open. Proceeds from each

event help to support bridge

in England.

™ The British Sim Pairs

(January, April, July and

October) and Club

Stratified Sim Pairs (in

March) help to support the

work of the EBU in

providing services to you,

the members, and to your

clubs and counties.

´ The Bridge England Sim

Pairs (February) helps to

support the international

squads, especially the junior


tThe EBED Sim Pairs (May

and September) help with

the work of the charity

English Bridge Education

and Development.

For more information go to


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