Congratulations to the English Women’s Team, who won the gold medal in the World Bridge Games in Lille, France beating Russia in the final (Poland came third)! The open series was won by Sweden with Poland second and Monaco third (Monaco is a sponsored team which includes top pairs from Norway and Italy).
Results and information:
English Bridge Union
World Mind Sports Games
The England Women and Senior teams have qualified for the last 16 of the Word Mind Sports Games being held in Lille, France. Sadly the Open team has been knocked out. Take a look at what’s happening with the World Bridge Federation or English Bridge Union.
In addition to Bridge, the World Mind Sports Games includes Chess, Draughts, and Go. It is held every four years in the year of the Olympics.
Bridge was featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on Thursday 20 October 2011. This included a visit to the Young Chelsea Bridge Club where I played and taught for 5 years.
Follow this link to listen to the programme (the Bridge starts after 30 minutes).
The English Bridge Union (EBU) is this year celebrating its 75-year anniversary. [The EBU is the national governing organisation for Bridge in England. It currently has over 50,000 members.]
The special edition English Bridge magazine for June 2011 talks about the positive impact of Bridge on the health and wealth of the nation. Here are a few headlines:
- All Party Parliamentary Group for the development of Bridge established in 2009. This is encouraging school children to learn Bridge (through MiniBridge) to improve their mathematical ability (amongst other things). It is promoting Bridge for older people to stay mentally agile and socially active.
- Current initiative by the EBU to have Bridge recognised as a mind sport.
- Charitable status achieved by the Hitchin Bridge Club.