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August 2017 English Bridge


The last magazine had an

interesting article by Simon

Cochemé on the use and misuse

of the Stop Card (June 2017,

p26). I have found that at club

level, my level, it is virtually

never used properly and a fair

proportion of club players think

it is to warn partner that they are

about to make a jump bid and

hence leaving it down on the

table is pointless.

Furthermore when I, as the

next bidder, wait the required

balance of the 10 seconds it's

often thought I have hesitated.

Can a club decide not to use the

card or can the EBU come up

with a procedure that is not a

'pain' (Simon's word for it)?

Stuart Watson

It is only a 'pain' when the

bidding is clear 1´-2´-Stop 4´. It

is now unlikely the opposition will

bid. But there can't be a rule for

every situation. The Laws &

Ethics committee did consider how

to improve the 'stop' procedure but

concluded that the current rule is

the most practical. Clubs are,

indeed, able to make their own

procedures, and can decide not to

use the Stop Card. But I would not

recommend having a different

rule - it would be confusing for

visitors and for your players when

they play elsewhere.

Robin Barker

Deputy Chief TD


I recently saw something very

unusual at the bridge table. It

happens rarely that declarer wins

the first trick of 13 with a five.

However, in this instance

declarer won with the four! The

lead was the ´3 - a trump.

Dummy followed with the ´2,

RHO was void, so declarer

comfortably won with the ´4.

Anders Wallen

WHEN you see the 'LB' sign in an ad vert isement

in the magazine, it means that:

• The organisers of the holiday have applied for,

and received, a licence from the EBU.

• They may choose to give Master Points in

accordance with EBU scales.

• These Master Points will be accepted and added

to player records.

• The bridge will be played in line with EBU

regulations and bye-laws, thus affording all

players the protection of playing within the

jurisdiction of the EBU.

All county events advertised have an EBU licence.

NOTE: Any events licensed by another National

Bridge Organisation will not be able to have Master

Points credited to members' records save for Wales,

Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, New

Zealand and Australia. The conversion of Green

Points to Gold Points will only happen at English

events, the BGB Gold Cup and Home Internationals



ALTHOUGH staff of English Bridge

and the staff of Danby Advertising

(Advertising Agent for English

Bridge) take reasonable

precautions to protect the

interests of readers by ensuring as

far as practicable that

advertisements in the pages of

English Bridge are bona fide, the

magazine and its publisher, the

EBU, cannot accept any

undertaking in respect of claims

made against advertisers, whether

these advertisements are printed

as part of the magazine, or are in

the form of inserts. Legal remedies

are available if redress is sought,

and readers who have complaints

should address them to the

advertiser, should consult a

local Trading Standards Office or

a Citizens Advice Bureau or their

own solicitors. Members

should ensure when booking

holidays that they take

suitable precautions to protect

their booking: check the

company is part of a relevant

organisation (e.g. ABTA); take

out suitable travel insurance;

pay at least £100 by credit

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prices advertised may not be

accurate due to currency

exchange rate fluctuations or tax


There was great

excitement in June when a

team of Irish visitors

descended on Norwich for

the Corn Cairdis, or Cup of

Friendship - an annual

match which has been

staged alternately in

England and Ireland since

1993. The event pits teams representing the clubs, counties and officials of

the EBU against those of the CBAI.

This year it was Norfolk Contract Bridge Association who hosted the

event. Suzanne Gill undertook the huge project, which included a civic

reception with the Lord Mayor at the Theatre Royal and dinner at City

College's Debut restaurant, together with two days of competition at the

Costessey Centre.

The Irish team was well ahead on Saturday night and it looked as though

it would sweep to victory as it had in 2016. The champagne and wine

flowed freely at dinner and a good time was had by all, with celebrations

continuing until an advanced hour. This seemed to work to England's

advantage as we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on the Sunday.

The Irish Team captain Rita Cassidy commented on how friendly

everyone was. 'We were disappointed not to win but congratulations to the

English team,' she said. 'And there's always next year!'


Photo: Suzanne Gill


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