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EBU News


A short introduction to the events and our representative teams

THE 41st World Bridge Team Championships will be played in Bali OPEN TEAM

on September 16-29 (watch them on Bridge Base Online!). The two

main events are the Bermuda Bowl for Open Teams (the oldest and

most prestigious event in bridge, held for the first time in 1950 in

Bermuda) and the Venice Cup (a more recent, but no less presti-

gious event, first held in 1974 in Venice) for Women’s Teams.

Qualification to either event is by zones which, as regards Europe,

means that teams, selected by their respective national bridge

authorities, must come in the top six at the preceding European Allfrey Robson Bakhshi Townsend

Teams Championship (this time, it was the 2012 event held in

Dublin). The last time England qualified for the Bermuda Bowl was

in 2005; our Women qualified more recently, in 2011. The World

Teams Championships are held every odd-numbered year.


Forrester Gold Cope Green

Alexander Allfrey – Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi – Tom

Townsend, Tony Forrester – David Gold; NPC: Simon Cope;

coach: Ben Green.

As the bridge correspondent for the Times, English Bridge colum-

H Dhondy Senior Smith Brock nist and sought-after bridge teacher and lecturer, Andrew Robson

needs no introduction. His partner, Alexander Allfrey, is a psycho-

therapist and occasional bridge teacher. Together, they have dom-

inated the national English bridge teams scene for some time.

When Allfrey and Robson, for family reasons, had to pull out of

the European Championships in Dublin last year, David Bakhshi

and Tom Townsend replaced them at short notice and played an

important part in qualifying for the Bermuda Bowl in Bali. David is

Stockdale Brown J Dhondy Burn a professional bridge player and teacher; he is the first Brit to win a

major US pairs title, the Silodor Open Pairs, in 2013, since Forrester

Heather Dhondy – Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith – Sally Brock,

won the same event in 1998. Tom Townsend was in the team that

Susan Stockdale – Fiona Brown; NPC: Jeremy Dhondy; coach:

won the Junior World Championship in 1995 in Bali – so that’s a

David Burn.

good omen!

This is the same team that won the European Women’s Teams

Telegraph bridge correspondent and most-capped England player,

Championships in Dublin and then went on to win the World Mind

Tony Forrester is another England star who needs little introduction.

Sports Women’s Bridge Teams Championships in Lille last year.

His partner, David Gold, was not even born when Tony started

Our Women’s Team is one of the strongest ever, with several world

dominating the English game. David is now a full-time bridge pro

titles under their belts. All six are ranked in the Top 50 by the World

with several major international successes to his name, and is one of

Bridge Federation. Heather Dhondy, Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith

only three English players ranked in the Top 100 by the WBF.

and Sally Brock are all bridge professionals, though Sally also works

Simon Cope, the young bridge pro who captained our Open

as a typesetter. Susan Stockdale works as a director of a company

team at the European Teams Championships in Dublin last year,

that markets and distributes products to the animal healthcare sec-

will again be the non-playing captain. Ben Green, a management

tor; Fiona Brown works in a pharmacy.

consultant and bridge professional who was coach to our Open

As is by now well known, our women have a team ritual: they

team in Dublin, will once again fulfil this demanding role.

don’t sit at the bridge table before putting on a few drops of laven-

der oil to keep the bad spirits away. It obviously works well for them!


Jeremy Dhondy, a retired school-teacher, is well known to English

Bridge readers from his popular Laws column. He will choose the Our teams thank all those players and clubs who supported them

line-up, check the scores, ensure the right players turn up in time, by taking part in the Bridge England Sim Pairs, enabling them to

and generally run around double-checking there are no glitches. enjoy better training facilities and go to Bali.

Coach David Burn, a bridge professional, will lend his strong shoul- It is now their ambition to do us proud at the bridge table and

ders and an amazing bridge knowledge in support. we wish them all the best. Good luck! August 2013 English Bridge 29


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