1932 - 2015
WE are sad to learn
of the pas sing of
Mr Sharif was
not only a great
actor, but one of
the most famous
bridge players and
one of the greatest
advocates of the
game. He once famously
is my living,
but bridge is my
In 1967 he formed the 'Omar Sharif Bridge
Circus' which toured the world playing exhibition
matches with, and against, some of
the leading players of the time. In his prime
he was often considered to be among the top
ten players in the world. He also coauthored
newspaper columns and books,
and licensed his name to bridge computer
games and apps, becoming possibly the most
recognised face in the bridge world, both
amongst players and the general public.
He took part in a number of events in
England during his bridge career, including
the Easter Congress and Spring Foursomes,
and is cited by many bridge players as the
opponent, or partner, whom they most remember,
or would most like to have.
He passed away in Cairo, aged 83.
Alastair Cook, is 630. I did some research and came
up with lists for the England Open, Women and
Senior bridge players in European and World events.
Bridge's Open list starts in 1932, and includes
Terence Reese at 32, David Gold at 100 and Alex ander
Allfrey (the most recent) at 109. The Women's
list starts in 1935; Rixi Markus is at 27 and Susan
Norton (Stockdale), the latest, at 82. The Senior list
only dates back to 2000, and the current England
sextet are numbered from 13 (Paul Hackett) to 28
You might be interested to know that Cuthbert
Collingwood, number 7 in the Open list, is the
grandfather of actor Charles Collingwood, who
plays Brian Aldridge in The Archers.
You can find the lists on the EBU web-site under
Internationals - History. (5) A few of the early players
only have surnames. If you have a parent or grand parent
who played for Great Britain before the war,
and can give me some details, please do so.
Rumour has it that the EBU has offered a year's
free membership to any player who gets a tattoo of
Tennis and golf have oft-quoted ranking lists for
their players. The World Bridge Federation
maintains lists for the three categories, although
some great bridge players will never appear in them
because the teams in which they played weren't
good enough (the George Best syndrome). The
majority of points are earned by finishing in the top
eight at World events, or the top five at Zonal events,
such as the European Championships. Points are
degraded at 15% per year.
Following the England Women's team's wonder ful
run of success over the past few years, it should
come as no great surprise that five of our Venice
Cup team are ranked in the top 40, with Nicola
Smith and Sally Brock first and second. (6)
David Gold is the highest ranked England Open
player at 93, with the other five Chennai-bound
players in the top 200. (6)
The Senior team are all in the top 100, led by Paul
Hackett at 11 and John Holland at 12. (6)
World rankings can vary, so tattoos are not re com
mended unless, perhaps, you reach number 1.
What about it, Nicola? You could have '46' (your cap
number) on one ankle, and a golden '1' on the other.
If you do it quickly, I am sure Elena would give you
the front cover of the next issue of English Bridge. r
14 English Bridge August 2015 www.ebu.co.uk
A MESSAGE FROM
In my column in the June issue of English Bridge I
gave an incomplete answer to a question about
dummy being mis-sorted when put down on the
table. I said that the normal revoke laws apply if
dummy has revoked. I should have clarified that
those normal revoke laws tell us there is no 'rectification'
(automatic penalty) for an established revoke
from dummy, but that if the revoke causes
damage we adjust 'in equity' using Law 64C.