The Charity Challenge Simultaneous Pairs
ECatsBridge is the organiser of the annual Charity Challenge Cup.
The 2018 event will be on Thursday 8th March
We are going to raise funds for RNLI in 2018 - this is for two reasons, the main one being that Mark's brother, Geof, who died unexpectedly in the Spring this year, was a great supporter of RNLI and at his funeral a collection was made specially for them. During his life he loved his weekends away and firmly believed in Kenneth Graham's view that "there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” We could guarantee that the Christmas card we received from him each year would be one of the RNLI Charity Cards ... we will miss it dreadfully this year I know.
The other reason is ... that now we live on an island we are even more aware of the importance of this wonderful group of people who put their lives at risk so often to go to the rescue of stranded ships. So please please support us if you can.
The entry fee is £3.00 per player for clubs having the booklet, £2.50 for clubs taking everything by email.
You may be aware that the EBU makes it a condition of the licence giving us the right to award overall Master Points for this event that any English clubs must be affiliated and also have to pay the normal P2P charge – this doesn’t affect clubs in other countries of course. Non-affiliated clubs who wish to play in the event would be subject to a surcharge by the EBU but we have taken the decision not to offer this as an option at this stage.
However, as we know that many English clubs who participate in this event are NOT affiliated, we are going to run two separate sessions, one for the affiliated clubs which will receive the overall master points and those from other countries (Scotland, Wales, Ireland or anywhere else in the world where clubs join in) and one for the non-affiliated English clubs so that they are not left “out in the cold”. We won’t be able to award master points of course. The session numbers are on the results pages for the event. Both these sessions will display on the website of course, and Mark has added to the program so that there will be an overall ranking list displayed as well – also scored across the whole field – so that everyone can see where they would have come overall.
Please, please join us if you can – the Charity is such an important one, and we would love to give them a nice big cheque at the end ! And, as I say, if you can, please try and collect money over and above the entry fee – donations really help.
Mark Horton is the author of the commentary - hopefully he got it right !!