January is a busy month for International Bridge, starting with the trials for the Senior team for the European Championships, which took place last weekend, and ending with the Women’s Lady Milne trials at the end of the month.
In between the focus switches to the Open team and the 2014 Camrose. The first weekend is being played in deepest mid-Wales, in Llandrindod Wells, the scene of Wales’ only Camrose victory, in 2011. England will be hosting the second weekend in easily-accessible Manchester in March.
The two English teams each includes a married couple playing together as a partnership, a comparative rarity. England has Nevena and Brian Senior, the EBU team has Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty. John Holland played two Camrose matches with Michelle Brunner after they were married (and two before). Before that you have to go back (I think) to Jane and Tony Priday in the ‘70s. Frances Hinden and Jeffrey Allerton have played together for England in the recent past, but not as a pair. They are both playing for the EBU team this year, but not on the same weekend.
The two English teams play each other on Friday night (and I do mean night - the match is scheduled to finish at 23:35). You can follow that match impartially on BBO, and after that you can support both teams independently and vociferously for the rest of the weekend.