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Thanks Paul! We're all very excited to have such a strong field this year. 

(it's spelled Schapiro, by the way)
 
EBU Shapiro Spring Fours 2014
As I write every year, the Spring Fours is comfortably the toughest weekend tournament of the year in the UK, starting on a Friday night and finishing on Tuesday evening, a double-elimination event based on 32-board matches. This year it starts on Friday 2 ...
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Thanks for the name correction. It seems that I have misspelled Schapiro since my blog began so have fixed numerous posts!
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England win Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer

England successfully managed to defend both their Home Internationals titles at the weekend in Belfast.

The Junior Camrose was close, with England in second place after two of the three rounds, but a strong final third gave them a win by 14 VPs. Scotland came second.

The Peggy Bayer was less close as England ran away with a 37 VP lead by the end. Again, Scotland finished second.

Congratulations to both teams!

Junior Camrose: Shivam Shah, Tom Paske, Toby Nonnenmacher, Michael Alishaw, Simon Spencer, Kyle Lam, NPC Tom Townsend.

Peggy Bayer: Freddie Illingworth, Ben Norton, Nick Dean, Sam Brehens, Stephen Kennedy, Rhys Munden, NPC Michael Byrne.
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Berks and Bucks defend their Tollemache title

Congratulations to the Berks and Bucks team who have won the Tollemache Cup for county teams of eight for the second year in a row. Things were a lot closer than last year, with second-placed Kent just 3 VPs behind and third-placed London just 4 VPs behind them.

The team was identical to the 2013 champions: Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Ed Scerri, Gary Jones, Tim Rees, John Howard, Andrew Murphy and Richard Bowdery.
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England Open Team announced for 2014 Europeans

The Open Team for the European Championships, to be held in Opatija Croatia in June, has been announced. Good luck to: Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson, David Bakhshi & David Gold and Jason Hackett & Justin Hackett. The captain and coach to be announced later.

This selection sees the reformation of the Forrester-Robson partnership, former European champions (in 1991) and arguably the most successful English pair of recent times. They are joined by Bakhshi & Gold who, with different partners, have represented England in the most recent European Championships and Bermuda Bowl, and by the Hackett twins who were part of the England team who finished second in the World Olympiad in 2008.
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Once the Allfrey pairs decided how they wanted to play, hard to see what else the selectors could do especially given the poor performance in the Camrose.

A team that I expect to contend for a Bermuda Bowl place.
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Hackett team wins Senior European Trials

Congratulations to the Hackett team: Paul Hackett, Colin Simpson, John Holland, Gunnar Hallberg, David Mossop and David Price who won the final of the Senior European trials at the weekend. They were trailing the Senior team by 19 IMPs after the first day but had a tremendous day two and ended up winning 271 - 163 over the full 96 boards.

They will now represent England at the European Championships in Croatia in June.
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England win Camrose Trophy

England have won the Camrose Trophy for the third year running. The team of (left-to-right in the photo) Tom Townsend, David Gold, Ben Green (NPC), Andrew Robson, Alexander Allfrey, Tony Forrester and David Bakhshi dominated the second weekend, winning all five matches and the cup by 7 VPs.

The England team from the first weekend was: Ben Green, John Holland, Norman Selway, Derek Patterson, Brian Senior, Nevena Senior and NPC Simon Cochemé.

Northern Ireland completed a terrific event to finish second, narrowly ahead of the EBU team which England fielded due to being the hosts.

Results: http://www.ebu.co.uk/node/1424
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John Holland wins Sunday Telegraph Salver and tops Gold Point list

The annual masterpoint reports were released today, and John Holland has retained his trophy, winning the most points during the 2013 calendar year. His total of 30,941 was well ahead of Ed Scerri (last year's third place) and Derek Oram (last year's eighth place).

John's terrific year also meant he moved up from second to top the end-of-year Gold Point list, swapping places with last year's winner David Gold. David Bakhshi, the 2010 winner, moves up to 3rd place.

At the club level, the prize draw for all the club champions was also held.  Congratulations to these lucky winners:

1st. Brian Colvin of St. Austell Bridge Club (£400)
2nd. Keith Collins of Bromsgrove and District Bridge Club (£200)
3rd. Dennis Ellis of Aylsham and North Walsham Bridge Circle (£100)

You can see all the reports, at national, county and club level, at the link below. Well done to all the winners, and good luck in your campaign for 2014!
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Moore and Fawcett win Lady Milne Trials

The trials to select the ladies team at the Lady Milne in April were held at Richmond Bridge Club at the weekend. Jane Moore and Gillian Fawcett won by an enormous margin, scoring more IMPs than second and third combined. The top three pairs will be automatically selected for the England team, so congratulations also to Catherine Seale and Anne Rosen, and Christine Jepson and Catherine Curtis.

http://app.pianola.net/Results/Session18181
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Holland team wins first Point a Board teams, de Botton wins Swiss

Congratulations to John Holland, Ben Green, +Jeremy Dhondy  and Brian Callaghan who won the new Point-a-Board teams in Northampton at the weekend, comfortably ahead of second place.

In the Swiss Teams, run in parallel, Janet de Botton, Artur Malinowski, Wasim Naqvi and Thor Erik Hoftaniska won, again comfortably ahead of second place.

All the results can be found on our website: www.ebu.co.uk
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Allfrey wins Gold Cup

The Allfrey team (Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Peter Crouch and Oliver Segal) have won the 2012/13 BGB Gold Cup.

They beat the Senior team (Brian Senior, Nevena Senior, Sandra Penfold, Ed Jones, Glyn Liggins and Joe Fawcett) by 12 IMPs in the final, but that was a big victory compared to their semi-final where they beat the Irens team by 0.4 IMPs. Apparently there was a ruling where the director gave a weighted score; surely the closest Gold Cup match in history?

The win is Tony Forrester's twelfth, putting him one clear of Boris Schapiro in the all-time winners list. Andrew Robson has won six and Alexander Allfrey and Peter Crouch, five.
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