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We need your help with our research project

English Bridge Education & Development is undertaking research in to the cognitive benefits of playing bridge, and needs volunteers - both bridge players and non-bridge players - who are willing to participate in the study.

They are looking for right-handed women, aged between 60 and 80.

Please see here for more details, and what your participation will involve.

Wessex Youth Bridge Weekend 2018

Prizegiving

On the 7th and 8th of April, over 50 young bridge players attended the Wessex Youth Bridge Weekend at Cheltenham Bridge Club and Cheltenham Ladies' College.

A fantastic weekend was had by all, with the main prize, the Kwatra Cup, being awarded to Jacob and Thomas Potter.

Many of the children who attended the weekend completed various levels of the EBED Junior Award Scheme, and were presented with their certificates in the prize-giving at the end of the course.

The juniors enjoyed a mixture of teaching and competition, including joining in with Cheltenham Bridge Club's Saturday Evening session, where they received a warm welcome from the members, who really enjoy having such an unusual boost to their numbers.

The prize for the most intriguing result of the weekend came (unsurprisingly) in the late night Speedball bridge on Saturday, where one North-South's 4 spades redoubled + 1 (scoring 1080) was denied being a top board by one East-West playing in 4 spades doubled going off 7 (scoring 2000).

Many congratulations to everyone at Wessex Youth Bridge for their third successful weekend like this, and we're already looking forward to next year!

Full results of the bridge sessions are available on GCBA's website.

For more photographs of the weekend, go to EBED's facebook page.

Nominations accepted for 2018 Teaching Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the teaching awards presented jointly by EBED and the EBU.

The Alec Salisbury Award is made to the school teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting bridge.

The Tom Bradley Award is made to the (non-school) teacher who has made the most effective contribution to promoting youth bridge.

More information on the awards and the process for making a nomination is available here.

Over 50 youngsters play in Warwickshire's Junior Challenge

On Friday, 16th March, Warwickshire CBA welcomed over 50 Year 5 & 6 pupils from two local schools to West Midlands Bridge Club to take part in their annual Junior Challenge.

At the end of the afternoon 15 participants were awarded certificates for completing the Minibridge part of EBED's Junior Award Scheme.

They also participated in the minibridge section of EBED's Students and Schools National Simultaneous Pairs which is taking place this spring. The hands can be played up until 31st March, so there is still chance for groups to take part.

The event was supported by EBED, WCBA, West Midlands Bridge Club, and thanks goes to the schools and staff for giving WCBA the opportunity to introduce the pupils to the wonders of the game of bridge.

Haberdashers’ regains Schools Cup

The Young Bridge Challenge, organised by EBED, took place in Loughborough on Saturday 10th March with young players from schools from around the country taking part in bridge and minibridge competitions.

24 teams contested the bridge competition which started with a Swiss Teams, after which the top teams representing a single school went on to a knockout phase to contest the Schools Cup.

This was won by Senthur Shanmugarasa, Ben Lewis, Jack Ronayne, Kavinthan Vickneswaran from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School. This was HABS' eighth win in the last nine years, and Jack is the first person to win the competition on four occasions. They beat the defending champions, Liam Sanderson, Theo Gillis, Oscar Selby & Carlos Lapuerta of Westminster School (picture), in the final. HABS B beat Reading in the third place playoff.

The remaining teams continued the Swiss Teams competition. The top finishers were the team of Elizabeth Gahan, Imogen La Chapelle, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope (picture) and they won the Harry Scully Trophy. The Schools Plate - for the highest finishing team from one school - went to William Clennell, Matthew Wadsworth, David Fryer, Euan Sarson of Reading (picture), after they finished in second place.

Thank you from all involved to Loughborough Grammar School for hosting the event.

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