2015 – Volunteering to help at the Lederer

We are looking for volunteers to help at the event especially on Saturday 28 Feb. This would not be for anything complicated. You would sit at one of the tables and recording the bidding and the cards played to the first few tricks. (The results are then used by our hand analysts to award prizes for best bid/declared/defended hands at the end of the event.)

If you would be able to help for a couple of matches then please email lederertrophy@gmail.com

2015 – Watching the play

The Lederer is a great opportunity to watch some top-class bridge. There are two main ways to watch:

In person

If people are in London on 28 February or 1 March and want to kib in person then please come along. You can choose which table you watch if there are players you’re particularly interested in. There will also be a room where a panel of experts discusses the Vugraph matches and answers questions about the bidding and play.

There is a small charge (£10 for one day, £15 for both) for attending in person and you will need to book ahead. If you’re interested email lederertrophy@gmail.com

Some of the matches will be broadcast live on BBO’s Vugraph which is free to watch. We won’t be showing everything but we will make sure you see some good stuff.

2015 – The teams

This year’s Lederer will be held at the RAC in central London. The following teams will be playing:

The Holders: Bernard Teltscher, Victor Silverstone, Phil King, Stelio Di Bello, Willie Coyle, with President’s team regular John Matheson replacing Tom Townsend this time. (NPC Kitty Teltscher)

England Open: Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester, David Gold and David Bakhshi – a formidable team who will be representing England in the Bermuda Bowl later this year.

England Women: Sally Brock, Nicola Smith, Heather Dhondy and Catherine Draper, four members of the England gold-medal winning team at the World Mind Games in Beijing in 2014, with two of Scotland’s finest – Liz McGowan and Sam Punch.

England Seniors: Paul Hackett, David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, Colin Simpson and David Price – European Senior gold-medallists.

Zia and Friends: Zia Mahmood, Roy Welland, Sabine Auken and Denis Bilde – four international superstars.

De Botton: Janet de Botton, Artur Malinowski, Nick Sandqvist, Tom Townsend, Thor Erik Hoftaniska and Dror Padon – this team has won just about every major English competition and quite a few international ones as well.

Gillis: Simon Gillis is bringing along a team of Norwegian stars: Boye Brogeland, Espen Erichsen and Espen Lindqvist.

Gold Cup: Stefan Skorchev, Borislav Popov, Cameron Small and Jonathan Cooke.

Ireland: Mark Moran, Tom Hanlon, Tommy Garvey, John Carroll and Rory Boland – the ever-popular and highly successful Irish squad. (NPC Gráinne  Barton)

London: Gary Jones, Ed Scerri, Ray Robinson, Jerry Harouni and Richard Bowdery.