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EBU News

n AUGUST 2015

14-23 Summer Meeting, Brighton

(see advert on page 52)

17-20 Really Easy Congress, Brighton

(see advert on page 12)

20-29 World Youth Open

Championships, Opatija, Croatia

25-27 Northern Midweek Congress

Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa

(see advert on page 48)

n SEPTEMBER 2015

4-6 Isle of Man Congress, Douglas

5-6 Crockford Finals

Holiday Inn, Bir'ham Airport

7-11 EBED Autumn Sim Pairs, Clubs

11-20 Confiance Guernsey Congress

La Trelade Country House

(see advert on page 48)

12-13 Premier League 1st Weekend

Manchester Bridge Club

12-13 Bedford Congress

Milton Keynes

18-20 Cornwall Congress

Falcon Hotel, Bude

26-27 Cumbria/Westmorland GP Week end,

Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

26-27 Derby GP Weekend, Spondon

26-27 Essex/Herts GP Weekend,

Wodson Park, Ware

26-27 Surrey GP Weekend

Guildford Leisure Centre

26-10 Oct Bermuda Bowl/Venice Cup/

D'Orsi Bowl, Chennai, India

n OCTOBER 2015

2-4 West of England Congress

Weston super Mare

3-4 Great Northern Swiss Pairs

(see advert on page 48)

3-4 Felixstowe Congress

Felixstowe Leisure Centre

5-8 British Autumn Sim Pairs, Clubs

7-13 Bridge Overseas Rhodes Congress

Ixia, Rhodes

16-18 Autumn Congress, Peterborough

(see advert on page 48)

16-20 Blue Point Holiday, Hampshire

(see advert on page 21)

24-25 Lancashire Congress

Bolton (Sat), Blackburn (Sun)

24-25 Malvern Congress

St John's Sports Centre

30-1 Nov Really Easy Weekend,

Horwood House Hotel, Bucks.

(see advert on page 45)

31-1 Nov Premier League 2nd Weekend,

C&NW Bridge Club

CALENDAR

OF EVENTS

THE Blue Book and White Book

are updated each year on

August 1st, but this year the

changes are not sub stantial.

One change in the Blue Book is

to allow some distributional

strong 1® or 1t openers (only)

to be 1 HCP weaker than for merly.

All other require ments

will remain the same, so such an

opener must by agreement be:

(a) any hand of at least 16 HCP,

or:

(b) any hand meeting the Rule

of 24, or:

(c) subject to proper dis closure,

a hand that con tains

at least the normal

high-card strength asso ciated

with a one-level

opening and at least eight

clear-cut tricks.

The important change in the

White Book is to the way we

deal with mis-bids. These will

no longer be treated the same

way as psyches (classifying

them as red, amber, green), but

will instead be dealt with by

using the existing laws on Misinformation

(MI) and Un authorised

Information (UI).

This means that if you misbid

and your partner ap peared

to have catered for that

possibility, the TD will con sider

whether your stated agreement

really is your ac tual agreement

and, if not, whether your

opponents might have been

damaged by MI.

The other thing the TD will

look at is whether either

partner gave UI, through

alerting, explaining, making a

comment or using body

language. If so, that UI may well

limit what the part nership is

now allowed to do.

The intention of these

changes is not to be softer on

players whose partners cater for

their mis-bids, but to allow

bridge scores to stand when a

mis-bid really hasn't damaged

anyone.

BLUE AND WHITE BOOK UPDATE

CHAMPIONS' CUP

FROM 11th - 14th November

the EBU will host the Champ ions

Cup at Horwood House

near Milton Keynes.

This event, the first Euro pean

event held in England since

2002, is for the winners of the

major domestic competition of

Europe's ten top countries in

the previous European Teams

Championships.

England and the EBU will be

represented by the winners of

the Premier League - the team

captained by Alexander Allfrey

- and by a team captained by

Simon Gillis (interview page 53).

Spectators wishing to attend

can watch the elite of Europe's

players at the table. The event

will also be shown on Bridge

Base Online. Timings will be

confirmed on the EBU website

nearer the event. Any volun tgordon@ebu.co.ukng to help would be

appreciated and should contact

gordon@ebu.co.uk.

The event history can be seen

at www.eurobridge.org/europea

n-champions-cup.aspx.

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