EUROPEAN TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Teams Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary, concluded yesterday, Saturday 26th June. These Championships are notoriously demanding, with the Open event in particular being probably the toughest bridge event on the planet – even tougher, overall, than the Bermuda Bowl World Championships.
The Open event was won by France, with Wales (Patrick Jourdain/Gary Jones; Tony Ratcliff/Julian Pottage; Richard Plackett/Simon Richards; NPC Alan Stephenson) finishing 33rd of the 37 teams with 289.7 Victory Points – a respectable average of 8 VPs (out of a possible 20) per match. England finished 10th; Ireland 12th; and Scotland 35th.
No doubt the Welsh team would have liked to finish higher, but this was a commendable effort, especially given that we were fielding two new partnerships and a third (Jourdain/Jones) who might reasonably have expected to be enjoying the calmer waters of the Seniors event.
The Women’s event, in which Wales did not field a team, was won by the English Ladies team, cementing their reputation as probably the strongest women’s squad in world bridge.
Israel won the Seniors event, in which 24 teams competed. Wales (Mike Tedd/John Salisbury; Paul Denning/Patrick Shields; Filip & Diane Kurbalija; NPC Alan Stephenson) finished 21st. Ireland were 8th; England 10th; and Scotland 19th.
53rd EUROPEAN BRIDGE TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Teams Championships, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, begin this Thursday, June 16th, and will run to Saturday the 25th.
Wales is sending two teams – an Open and a Seniors team – and you can follow their progress via the European Bridge League website. Also, the Championships will be extensively covered on BBO (BridgeBaseOnline), so if you haven’t done so already now is a good time to download this free program.
The Welsh Teams are as follows:
Patrick Jourdain/Gary Jones; Richard Plackett/Simon Richards; Julian Pottage/Tony Ratcliff; NPC: Alan Stephenson
Mike Tedd/John Salisbury; Paul Denning/Patrick Shields; Filip & Diane Kurbalija; NPC: Alan Stephenson
We wish both teams the best of good fortune.
WELSH WOMEN’S BRIDGE
Gilly Clench is attempting to raise the profile – and the standard – of Welsh women’s bridge through a variety of initiatives that she is co-ordinating. As a first step she has (today) written to over fifty Welsh women players, outlining her plans.
Those written to are not in any sense ‘selected’ other than in the very loose sense that their names have been passed to Gilly. Responsibility for selection – for example of next year’s two Lady Milne teams – remains with the selectors and is not conditional upon participation in this initiative. That said, a focus upon the training and practice needs of women players is very welcome and we hope it will be supported.
If you haven’t heard from Gilly, but would like to receive a copy of her preliminary email, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org