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A page noting the progress of Essex-resourced teams in the national knock-out competitions (NICKO, Crockfords, Gold Cup, etc.) has now been added (Link). It would be helpful if Essex teams with victories to report could alert the Web Master of them via the menu item in the list above. 

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Seniors' Cup

Members attention is drawn to the next session of the Senior Pairs, which takes place on Wednesday 11th March at Little Baddow Village Hall starting at 11.00 (tea/coffee available from 10.30). The cost is £26 per pair, which includes lunch. This a single session of bridge.

Obit: Tony Judge

The ECBA is sad to announce the death of Tony Judge. In recent years Tony played in Hertfordshire but in his younger years he played in and for Essex with some success. He was a member of the team when Essex won the Pachabo Cup in 1980 and in 1984 his team won through to the semi-final of the Gold Cup.

The funeral will be held a St. Thomas More RC Church, Hodings Road, Harlow, CM20 1NW, at 11:30 on Wednesday 11th March. 

Ray Cornell Trophy / Helliar - 22/02/2015

Well done to Mid Essex Bridge Club for winning the Ray Cornell Trophy and the right to represent Essex in the Garden Cities Competition. Well done also to Thorpe Bay A for comfortably winning the Helliar Trophy and to Mid Essex A for coming an equally comfortable second. 

Really Easy Afternoon - Friday 3rd April 2015

As part of the EBU Easter Festival of Bridge, a satelite of the Really Easy Afternoon is being held at Barleylands. The event starts at 14:00 and will complete by 17:30, with a short break mid-way. Both rooms are available. The event is intended for newcomers to the tournament scene and is therefore open only to those with fewer than 5,000 local points. Cost is £8, inclusive of tea/coffee + biscuits, and is payable to the EBU (Website or Form). 

Venue Changes

The Essex Committee have responded to feedback about the Mixed Pairs event that was held at the Romford Community Centre (Collier Row) in December and decided to change the venues of forthcoming events as follows:

  • Ray Cornell Trophy (Helliar; Feb 22nd) was held at Mountnessing.
  • Pairs Championship (Apr 12th) will now be held at Navestock Side.
Gwen Herga Trophies - 13/02/2015

This year there were sufficient entries in the Gwen Herga to enable the ladies and gentlemen to play in their own sections. Congratulations to our winners:-

  • Ladies: Marcia Levan-Harris & Coral Fallon, with Linda Fleet and Mary Homer runners-up.
  • Gentlemen:  Monty Krimgoltz & Cecil Leighton, with Peter Oake & Robert Elliott runners-up.
Lanzarote - February 2015

Several Essex pairs and teams took part in the EBU Lanzarote Overseas Congress - with notable success for Gad Chadha whose team came second in the Swiss Teams, and for George & Maureen Vede who came 5th in the Ladies', Men's & Mixed Pairs.

EBU Master Points Lists - 2014

The EBU Master Points Lists for 2014 are now out (Link). Congratulations to Pat Johnson, who received national recognition at Level 3 (Link) and to Dave Brace of Hutton DBC for being a lucky whatsit and winning second prize in the Club Champions Prize Draw (Main Link, and this Link).  

Essex National Pairs Heat - 30/01/2015

Congratulations to Ray Clarke and David Clark for winning the Essex Heat of the EBU National Pairs, and to Chris & Sue Taylor as runners-up. Best of luck in the Regional Finals to both pairs and to the other four qualifying pairs.  

Essex Contract Bridge Association
Essex Contract Bridge Association

(A constituent member of the English Bridge Union)


The ECBA was formed in 1946. We now have over 1600 members and 30 affiliated clubs.  More.....

Change of Web Master

Sandy Riach has decided to step down as ECBA Webmaster and the ECBA committee have appointed Theo Todman with immediate effect. The committee wish to thank Sandy for all his efforts that have greatly improved communication with members in recent years.

Saxons / TGR League

The new season ("Spring 2015") has started - follow the link to see the results.

The ECBA have decided to cancel the day time pairs league competition; this includes the one that was due to start in March 2015.

County Mentoring Scheme

On the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Barleylands there will be a county mentoring event. This is to encourage potential county players to improve their game. The cost is subsidised by the ECBA and is £3 per person. Please see your club secretary for more details. 

Portland Pairs at BARLEYLANDS

The EBU have agreed to run the Portland Pairs event at Barleylands on Sunday 22nd March 2015. (Portland Pairs is a Green Pointed Mixed Pairs event run at various locations around the country with combined scoring). We congratulate Bernie Hunt on getting this recognition for his club and hope members will support him and reserve the date in their diaries. 

Sun 22nd Feb 2015
Ray Cornell Trophy (Helliar)
Mountnessing 14.00
Fri 13th Feb 2015
Gwen Herga Gentlemen
Stock 19:30
Fri 13th Feb 2015
Gwen Herga Ladies
Fri 30th Jan 2015
National Pairs Championship (Essex Heat)
Stock 19:30
Wed 11th Mar 2015
Seniors Pairs
Little Baddow 11:00
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Sun 15th Mar 2015
Play with an Expert
Barleylands 13:00
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Sun 22nd Mar 2015
Portland Pairs
Barleylands 12:00
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Fri 3rd Apr 2015
Really Easy Afternoon
Barleylands 14:00
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