News March / April 2015
BRIDGE AS A SPORT - THE JUDICIAL REVIEW
Bridge has again been in the headlines recently, with reports in the national media on the case involving the EBU, Sport England, and whether ‘bridge is a sport’.
In the most recent hearing Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that a judicial review could be undertaken against Sport England’s refusal to recognise bridge as a sport. This is a first step in the legal process to have Sport England recognise bridge as a sport, so whilst it is not a definitive decision in itself it is an important and positive step towards a favourable ruling and a reversal of Sport England’s position.
Some of the recent news articles and radio/TV features are available at https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/2029
EASTER FESTIVAL AT ILKLEY
The EBU Northern Easter Festival was held in Ilkley and , began with mixed and open pairs events. Paul Littlewood & Fiona Littlewood (both Herts) won the mixed pairs, 3% ahead of Nigel Durie & Pauline Durie (NEBA).
In the Swiss Teams, there was a tie for second with Nicholas Greer (Manchester), John Parsons, Ed Levy (both Staffs) and David Debbage (Lancashire) finishing on the same score as Julian Gibson, Val Gibson, John Atthey (all NEBA) and Millie Jones (Manchester). FULL RESULTS
URGENT- DIRECTORS COURSE
Simon Barb from the EBU says "I am very keen to hold this course, but we are in grave danger of needing to reschedule (perhaps to the autumn) in order to make the course viable." - -
"The current buy-one-get-one –free offer is expiring in the Summer and this will almost certainly be the last chance for the NE clubs to get benefit from this concessionary pricing."
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)
If you or your bridge club have not yet signed up for this course PLEASE contact Norman Gray as a matter of urgency firstname.lastname@example.org
Members will be sad to learn that Giles Foster passed away on Monday 23rd February in the Bradford Royal infirmary, having been in hospital since Thursday the 12th. Giles had not been well for the past few years but had continued to be able to get out and play his very much beloved game of bridge. His most recent successes were Mixed Pivot Teams in December 2014 and the Yorkshire Pairs in February: Giles had a very long and illustrious bridge career both in Yorkshire and nationally. He was a Grand Master and played for many years at national level with Rita and more recently with Richard Winter and Steve Ray.
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.
NORTH EASTERN LEAGUE
The Gibson team has won the North East League having beaten the Muir team in both the away match (27 imps) and the home match (8 imps).
The Gibson team was Val, Bill March and John Atthey for both matches.. Julian Gibson and Clive Owen played a match each.
The winning team will represent NEBA in the Pachabo
NATIONAL PAIRS - REGIONAL FINAL
In the National Pairs Regional Final at Bradford, John Eglington & Bohdan Hnyda qualified in third position for the National Pairs Final to be played at West Bromwich . Also qualifying for the final, in 9th position, were Mike Ferguson and David Broadhead.
NEBA PRESS AGENT
Congratulations to John Dobson who has been appointed as the NEBA Press Agent Agent.
John is presently the Club Scorer and Web Administrator of the Bishop Auckland Bridge Club.
In case you ever need to put faces to the names of Tournament Secretaries or any of our NEBA officials you can access them from the home page of this website. Official Information
HUBERT PHILLIPS SUCCESSES
Val Gibson (Captain), John Atthey, Bill March, Clive Owen
Round 1 beat Teshome S at home
Round 2 bye
Round 3 beat Senior B away
Round 4 beat Hackett J away
Round 5 beat Jones D away
Round 6 (Semi Final) versus Mitchell J away
I have just been informed that our team has beaten the Mitchell team and have reached the Final of this prestigious Knockout competition. A brilliant performance when playing against some of the best teams in the country!!!
Round 7 THE FINAL will be a home match against
Sally Brock's team.
The 'riffle' shuffle (pictured), which involves cutting a deck in half and shuffling the halves into each other, is the most effective and random. A dealer needs to repeat the process seven times to ransomise the pack and this can be done in less than 30 seconds.
If a dealer uses an overhand shuffle (pictured), which involves quickly inserting random chunks of cards from one hand into the majority of the deck of cards held in the other, they will need to do it 10,000 times to achieve similar results to the riffle shuffle.
A technique called smooshing (pictured) also known as wash, corgi and chemmy, involves randomly laying the cards face down on a table and messing them up with the hands over and over again. It needs to be done for around one minute for the cards to be truly random and difficult to guess.
THE BEST SHUFFLE!?!
Peri Diaconis, a Stanford mathematician, said that there are a staggering 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,
configurations in a perfectly random deck.
‘It's more than the number of particles in the universe,’ he said.
Read the full article from the MAIL ON LINE HERE
NEBA KEMPSON VASES
21 Teams competed for the Kempson Vases Teams Trophy at Stannington on 29th March. The winners were David Brickland, Don Reid, Inga and Neil Aiston who were well ahead at the break thanks to a 7NT - bid with a missing ace. They managed to hold on in the second round.
The competition was efficiently directed by the Chief Tournament Director David Gold, ably assisisted by Ann Caygill. Thanks also to Cramlington Bridge Club and Anne Bell who stepped in to make up a team who were one short due to illness.
BRIDGE PLAYERS v EGGHEADS
In our news page for Nov/Dec. 2014, EBU were invited to provide a team of quizzers to challenge the 'Eggheads'.
Tonight, 9th April, a team of bridge players from across the UK, calling themselves 'Five Diamonds', challenged the 'Eggheads' on the BBC 2 Quiz show.
Four of the five players survived to the final round and the team eventually beat the Eggheads who generously applauded their performance. The 'Five Diamonds' team won £11,000.
The only two Eggheads in the final round, Pat and Dave failed to answer the sudden death question "In which county is the model village Stewartby.?"
It is NOT in County Durham as the Eggheads guessed!
The Five Diamonds (pictured with the Eggheads and host Jeremy Vine) were - Nick Smith, Chris Cooper, Emily Middleton, Marc Lee and Denis Gough.
NEBA INTER CLUB COMPETITION
After 9 years, the Hurworth 'A' stranglehold on the 1st division was broken when Brunton 'A' won their last match to take the title. It has been a particularly good season for Brunton as all three teams won their respective divisions and during the 15 matches played only one match was lost.
CLUB CHAMPION PAIRS
Ken Pattison and Peter Allan won the NEBA Club Champion Pairs competition for Darlington Bridge Club. They won both sessions and finished on a creditable 60%. Runners up were Liz Muir and Don Reid representing Brunton Bridge Club who lead the race for the John Clarke Salver.
The event provided NEBA with the first opportunity to use their newly purchased 'Bridgemates' and after a minor teething problem they contributed well to the overall professionally organised event that was superbly presented by director Norman Gray. Well done NEBA!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH Full story HERE
Utterly democratic, impeccably healthy and commendably charitable, the London Marathon is the most virtuous of sporting events. If you were casting about for its exact opposite you might settle on – ooh, I dunno, maybe bridge?
Sedentary, snobbish, fuelled by a diet of bridge rolls, iced fancies and gin, a viper’s nest (if the novels of Agatha Christie are to be believed) of murderous competitiveness, bridge surely doesn’t count as a sport at all, does it? A nasty game for spiteful people who would be better off getting outdoors and running around a bit is surely nearer the mark.
Not according to Mr Justice Mostyn, who last week gave the English Bridge Union leave to mount a judicial review of a ruling by Sport England that the pursuit is not a sport (and thus not eligible for lottery funding). Sport England claimed that playing cards is no more a sporting activity than “sitting at home reading a book”. Its QC, Kate Gallafent, argued that “the starting point of the definition of sport is physical activity. Bridge cannot ever satisfy this definition.” OH YES IT CAN!
More on this Norman Rockwell Painting HERE
NEBA v EAST of SCOTLAND
The teams for the annual NEBA v ED Scotland match to be played on Sunday 5 July at Berwick Bridge Club are:
Liz Muir (C) and Don Reid
Clive Owen and Damian Hassan
Liz Reese and Bob Watts
Neil and Inga Aiston
Nigel Durie (C) and Pauline Durie
Beverley Godfrey and Nichola Cockerill Smith
Mary Page and Aileen Cunningham
David Milner and David Joy.