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News January / February 2015

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EBU TEACHER TRAINING COURSE

Date:          Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015

Time: 10 am start

Location:   Wearside Bridge Club, Sunderland

Tutor: Mick Clark,
(Professional Bridge Teacher/Qualified Director)

Cost:           Currently the EBU are offering one free teacher training course to each affiliated club within any 24 month period. £106 for a second delegate from any one club.

Course restricted to maximum of 12 delegates.

Contact Mary Page for full course details, Tel : 452 7341

 
 
 


DIRECTORS COURSE
The following dates have been agreed:

WEARSIDE BRIDGE CLUB
8 March 2015 (Essentials)

19 April 2015 (Book Rulings)

28 June 2015 (Judgement Rulings)

and 13 September 2015. (Assessment)


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Niman Israel Mixed Teams winners, Inga & Neil Aiston, Mary Page & Brian Lumsden

NIMAN ISRAEL TEAMS
This year, the Niman Israel Mixed Teams competition made a welcome return to the NEBA calendar. Held at Stannington, this sociable event was played for the 1st time in 4 years.

The competition has a unique format that requires each player to play with all other members of their team, and this leads to many bidding (& play) misunderstandings.

Accepting this, a select band of seven teams played the 48 boards in a very friendly atmosphere efficiently marshalled by director Chris Benneworth.


 

 

NEW BBC QUIZ SHOW - BEAT THE BRAIN

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BBC are looking for teams of Bridge players to take part in a new quiz show hosted by John Craven. The show will test the quality of your mind not the quality of your general knowledge. Instead of questions, teams will be facing fiendish puzzles, challenging mind games and devilish logic problems that will test their mental capabilities to the limit.

At the moment Andrew Devlin is on the hunt for teams to take part and he would love to get  a bridge team on board!

I have application forms and further details.
If you are interested ring Neil on 0191 413 4224
or contact Andrew directly at
andrewdevlin@objectiveproductions.com

 

EBU NATIONAL PAIRS COMPETITION.

Please be aware that for 2015/16 the format of the competition is changing, and there will be only two stages. 

The first stage will be the Regional Finals, which will be held at an increased number of venues. (For the North East the Regional Final will be held at St Georges Bridge Club – date still to be advised).

There will therefore not be any club heats. All venues will play the same boards and the event will be scored across the entire field. The top 50 pairs nationally will qualify to play in the National Final. In addition the venues will be divided into regions, with each region scored by itself, with the winning pairs being awarded ‘regional trophies’.

We hope that this will encourage greater interest in the event and lead to a National Final of quality.

Peter Stockdale Communications Officer 01296 317215

FREE PLAYING CARDS
Over the coming weeks all affiliated clubs will be able to receive from the EBU three free multipacks of playing cards.
FULL INFORMATION HERE
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HEXHAM BRIDGE CLUB - 40 YEARS YOUNG
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HEXHAM Bridge Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in December at its playing venue, Wentworth Leisure Centre.
Founder member, Mrs Jean Charlton, cut a celebratory cake to mark the event and members enjoyed wine and seasonal nibbles.

Founded in 1974 and previously known as Stocksfield & District Bridge Club, the club moved to Hexham in 1987 and changed its name in 2004. In honour of past members who donated trophies the club runs five internal competitions and presents a trophy to the pair who achieve the highest percentage during the year. The club is affiliated to the EBU, enters a team in the North-East inter-area league and enters various county and national events annually. The club currently has over seventy members and duplicate bridge is played on Thursday evenings in a relaxed, friendly but competitive manner. Visiting players are always welcome. - (Norman Robinson)

FOR WEB DISPLAY on club websites
The posters below (and any other images on the NEBA website) are all jpg files saved at 72 dpi.
If you wish to put any of these images on your club site, simply RIGHT CLICK on the image.
This will give you the option to 'SAVE AS' and where you want it to be saved on your computer.
They can then be uploaded to your website without any problem with size.
Because these images are low resolution they will open on websites very quickly and they take very little memory on your computer.

They are NOT suitable for printing and will appear very pixelated in printed form.
 

FOR PRINTING for club notice boards
To print as an A4 poster the file needs a higher resolution and this means that the file takes more time to download.
The dowload files are saved as pdf files at around 300 dpi.(Too big to send to clubs via email.)
NEBA website is the 'shop' where you can collect the poster (free) by clicking the DOWNLOAD button.
To try it out, click on either the Niman Israel or the Deanes Salver links shown below.
When the poster is saved to your computer you can print directly from the pdf file.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL CLUB MEMBERS ARE MADE AWARE OF THE COMPETITIONS.


Your first two events of 2015 are shown below.
Clubs are asked to print the pdf posters and display them on their club notice boards.


We would also ask clubs to announce the competitions with some enthusiasm before each bridge session. Your new executive committee are working hard to promote our game but we desperately need the support and commitment of all NEBA clubs.





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TEACHING BRIDGE (From the Council Meeting)
Simon Barb, Education and Development Manager, EBED, has contacted our Chairman with a view to running a training course to develop bridge teachers in the North East as part of their Club teacher programme – for which each EBU-affiliated club is able to nominate one person at concessionary rates (currently free.) It was agreed that Clubs would be contacted to see if anyone is interested – the course would need about a dozen delegates to make it viable.


YOUTH BRIDGE (From the Council Meeting)
Simon Barb has also asked whether any member would be interested in taking on the position of County Youth officer and would be prepared to investigate bringing bridge into the schools in the North East area. The Chairman will make enquiries.

"The Chairman is pleased to advise Roger Chappel, Secretary of Hurworth Bridge Club, has kindly agreed to take on this role."

EBED STUDENTS & SCHOOLS -
National Simultaneous Pairs

A sim pairs event open to all bona fide bridge students who are currently having lessons through an EBUTA teacher, Bridge for All or any other teaching scheme. It is also open to schools. Heats can be run any time during March, and more than one session can be held if needed. A minimum of one table is all that is needed to hold a heat so even the smallest of groups can be involved.

 The event gives students the opportunity to play in one of their first national events, competing against all the other students entering across the country. It is fun to play in, with just the right amount of challenge to make it exciting and interesting! A hand commentary is provided so both students and teacher can consider the hands where they could have done better.

 There were over 300 pairs entered in 2014, and we hope to have even more this year. Entry is free and is made by bridge teachers on behalf of their group.

If you need any further information then please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa by phone on 01296 317217 or email

Thank you in advance for helping the next wave of bridge players to flourish.   

Peter Stockdale EBU Communications Officer 01296 317215


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Received today Fri. 23rd Jan.
Bit late but I am assured that late entries will be accepted

EBED STUDENTS & SCHOOLS -
NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS

A sim pairs event open to all bona fide bridge students who are currently having lessons through an EBUTA teacher, Bridge for All or any other teaching scheme. It is also open to schools. Heats can be run any time during March, and more than one session can be held if needed. A minimum of one table is all that is needed to hold a heat so even the smallest of groups can be involved.

The event gives students the opportunity to play in one of their first national events, competing against all the other students entering across the country. It is fun to play in, with just the right amount of challenge to make it exciting and interesting! A hand commentary is provided so both students and teacher can consider the hands where they could have done better.

There were over 300 pairs entered in 2014, and we hope to have even more this year. Entry is free and is made by bridge teachers on behalf of their group.

 

NEWCASTLE BRIDGE CLUB CONGRESS 2015

 It is with regret that the Club will NOT be holding a Congress this year. 

It is hoped that  you will all continue to support this event in future years.

2015 PORTLAND PAIRS
CLICK for information

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CHRONICLE CUPS & ST GEORGES SHIELD
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Winners of the NEBA Chronicle Cups competition were
Bohdan Hnyda & John Eglington, here receiving the trophy from NEBA Chair Val Gibson. Throughout the tightly fought competition over 52 boards, no pair established a commanding lead and the winners were less than 0.5% ahead of the runners up Damian Hassan & Bill March.

In the St Georges Shield competition, the winners, Nichola Cockerill-Smith & Beverley Godfrey held a clear lead at the end of the 1st session and held on despite a very strong challenge by the runners up Adrian Darnell & Nigel Martin.


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Both events ran very smoothly,
directed by Norman Gray and Ann Caygill.

 

DEANE SALVER
The 2015 Deane Salver attracted a magnificent 17 tables to Brunton Bridge Club on Sunday 8th February.
Old Pros from across our region and a number of newcomers to tournament bridge enjoyed the reduced format of 36 boards and a delicious high tea at half time provided by Mary Page and and army of helpers.

The event was professionally directed by Norman Gray and Ian Eckford.

Winners were Liz Muir and Don Reid.
Runners up were Inga and Neil Aiston.
The NGS prize went to Pam and Alan Greenhill

 

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CUMBRIA CONGRESS
59th Annual Bridge Congress will be held on
March 20th - 22nd 2015 at 
Windermere Hydro Bowness on Windermere.

The webpage is at http://www.bridgewebs.com/cumbria/

2013/14 MASTER POINTS
In the highest category -
for Life Masters to Premier Grand Masters - Frank Springett, a Premier Life Master, achieved the 7th highest total of Masterpoints in the country.

In the Regional Masters Category, Brian Lumsden was 9th in the country.

Locally, Jim Hodgson won the most masterpoints in the Star Masters category.

Mrs. I Burns achieved the most Masterpoints in the County Masters section and in the category up to District Master, the winner achiving the most master points in the NEBA area was Joan Compton.

Congratulations to them all!

BRIDGE TEACHERS

The Students National Simultaneous Pairs is open to all bona fide bridge students who are currently having lessons through EBUTA, 'Bridge for All' or any other teaching scheme.
It is also open to schools.

MORE INFORMATION HERE

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TENUOUS LINK
Well, a tennis link.
The nephew of Brunton and Cramlington bridge player Lenny Paes has won the Australian Mixed doubles playing with Martina Hingis.
They won the Open mixed doubles title on Sunday as she teamed up with India’s Leander Paes to beat last year’s winners, France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Canada’s Daniel Nestor, 6-4, 6-3

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The 41-year-old LeanderPaes won the mixed double titles at Melbourne Park in 2003 with that well known bridge enthusiast Martina Navratilova.

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