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Welcome to Essex Contract Bridge Association
ECBA Competitions - Mixed Pairs
ECBA Competitions - Mixed Pairs

Congratulations to:

Robert Elliott & Maureen Huntingford

for winning the ECBA Mixed Pairs

Laurie & Stephanie Burtt

for winning the ECBA Flitch Trophy


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ECBA Competitions

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Swiss Pairs  on Sunday, 13 January - Entry Form

Gwen Herga  on  Saturday19 January - Entry Form

Woodham Ferrers Congress on Sat/Sun 26/26  January - Entry Form

Andy Robson Masterclass on 1 February in Lavenham, Suffolk

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ECBA Members


We are sad to announce the death of      YVONNE DIAS   .  Our thoughts are with her husband Sam and her son Gavin.

IN MEMORIAM from Allan Greenstein:   

It is with great sadness that I record the passing of YVONNE DIAS, my bridge partner for 40 years. Once Yvonne's children had grown up and married Yvonne took bridge lessons. Yvonne had always played card games and had developed natural card sense. Once she had mastered the basics of the game it killed her interest in all other card games.  Yvonne was my favourite bridge partner and I kidded  myself I was hers!  We played together in the Essex leagues for more than 30 years and for well over 90 % of that time we were in the A division. We also had the honour of representing Essex in county matches.  Yvonne was the perfect lady at the bridge table always polite and courteous. She would offer help and advice to weaker players, but only if asked. We had the understanding that if we spotted a perceived mistake in partner's bidding or play we would point it out but only mention it once. We discussed bridge but never argued once in all that time.

Yvonne played at the Southend and Leigh bridge club where her name appears on the honours boards 36 times ...more than any other lady player. Yvonne had similar success at the Thorpe Bay bridge club, her favourite venue.

Yvonne is survived by her husband, Sam, and her son, Gavin, who both play bridge, but, as I keep telling them, great as their loss is, I am sure my loss is much greater as I have lost my lovely, lovely bridge partner!!


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ECBA Committee

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Chris Taylor has resigned from the Selection Committee due to increasing work pressures.

The ECBA Committee would like to thank him for his efforts over the last four years.


John Sutcliffe has agreed to take over as Chairman of Selectors with immediate effect. 


EBU Tollemache

Report from the Tollemache Qualifier

The Tollemache is the major event for all the Counties of England. 

The Qualifier was an exhausting weekend - up to 98 boards against lots of international players.

Essex Team came 5th in their Group (3 positions higher than last year).

Good Results for Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer: 5th (of 39) +0.92 imps per board.

Children in Need Sims

321 Pairs   in   33 Essex Clubs

took part in the 2018 Children in Need Sims in which an amazing 9,218 Pairs in 555 clubs participated.


to all directors, scorers and players who donated their time and money for this worthy cause.

ECBA Competitions - Sue Taylor Teams

Congratulations to:

Chris Taylor & Sandy Riach, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer

for winning the Sue Taylor Memorial Trophy


ECBA Competitions

Fletcher Trophy

Mid Essex

Chris Taylor & Simon Moorman, Paul Mollison & Bernie Hunt, Richard Register & Robert Elliott, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer

Cup for Clubs


Cath Fox & David Embleton, Les Woolard & Val Poter

Congratulations to the Winners

and a big   Thank you   to the Organisers, Directors and all the Players.

ECBA Competitions

Congratulations to:

Mike Graham & Ian Moss

for winning the Autumn Seniors


EBU Competitions

   ♠   ♠     EBU  AUTUMN  CONGRESS  ♠   ♠  

Congratulations to:

Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner, Robert Elliott & John Sutcliffe

for a very respectable 6th place in the Teams A Final, after winning in their qualifying section.

Metropolitan Cup

   Results from the Metropolitan Cup

Essex A (10/10)     Essex B (2/9)    Essex C (6/9)

P Johnson & P Scotting (B) +58, P Mollison & B Hunt (B) +32, K Thompson & G Olliffe (C) +44, M & D Gilbert (C) +26

British Autumn Pairs SIMS

   ♠ ♠ ♠     SIMS  - 1st National   ♠ ♠ ♠  

Congratulations to Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner

(Thorpe Bay, with 74.24%)

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Eve Goblets 2017/18

Congratulations to the   ♠   EVE GOBLETS   ♠    Men & Ladies Winners:

Marc Chawner (56)


Pat Johnson (27.5)

(A constituent member of the English Bridge Union)

The ECBA was formed in 1946. We have around 2,100 members and 26 affiliated clubs. 

We now have 3 clubs that are amongst the 50 most active in the country. 




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ECBA Clubs - First Bridge Academy, Barleylands

A message from Bernie Hunt:

Barleylands runs Seminars on most Thursdays in Spring.

Seminars will resume on January 10th.

£8pp which includes the booklet on the subject.

Club News

     A message from Loughton Bridge Club    

With immediate effect Loughton Bridge Club are no longer able to continue the Friday afternoon sessions. Visitors are always welcome to our club on the Monday and Wednesday sessions. 

Essex Clubs - Upminster & Cranham Bridge CLub

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ECBA welcomes the new, EBU affiliated

Upminster & Cranham Bridge Club

Friday Evening session & Bridge Lessons

We wish Tony and Sue French every success with this new club.

ECBA Clubs - Hutton BC

A message from Tony French:

Hutton’s new Play & Learn session starts from Monday 8th October at Hutton Community Centre - 13:00 - 16:00.

Up to 18 boards with hand records will be played and discrete questions may be asked of the session leaders, inexperienced players may refer to notes and although etiquette will be observed it will be fully explained. The club is ideal for any player undertaking lessons, any with limited experience, those just returning to the game or anyone looking to test new systems or partnerships. This is a highly social and friendly session looking to gently introduce players to our club and the scene at large, any player/s at any standard looking for a game on Monday afternoons are most welcome. The session will be scored manually but not EBU graded.

The club is hosted so there is no need for a partner, the session costs £2.50 for club members and £4 for others.


Club News

♠    Learn to play Bridge in 14 weeks   ♣ 

Joan McGuffin, Fast Track  Bridge Classes, starting 8 October

for more information call 07842-245047/423763

EBU Master Points Lists - 2017

The annual lists showing Master Points gained in 2017, and ranks at the end of the year, have been published by the EBU.

A host of new reports showing master-point lists and promotions, enhancing the EBU reports, have been developed by your webmaster. Click here for reports.

The Competition Programme 2018-19 has now been emailed to Club Secretaries. Please note that the Programme may get out of date, so check the website Calendar and onward links for current information. 

County News

This column in the EBU magazine was discontinued at the end of 2017 as the majority of members were sourcing more up-to-date information from county websites and newsletters, and a survey of the readership indicated that other content should be given priority.  For County News Archive click here.  

Top Clubs

Based on the EBU's statistics for 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 we have 3 clubs amongst the 50 most active in the country. 

Play It Again (Sam)

Some Website users may be unaware of a wonderful new and updated Bridgewebs feature for reviewing your results. Go to "Results", and click on "Scorecards". Under each hand, there's a "Play It Again" button that's been around for a while. A new feature - the "Results Analysis" button - gives all sorts juicy statistics, including X-IMPs for teams events. It only applies where automated deal files have been uploaded. See the Help File for a full explanation. 

Mixed Pairs
Mixed Pairs Session 1
Mixed Pairs
Barleylands, CM11 2UD
Bridge Day for Yomelelani Trust
St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Wickham Bishopa
Sun 16th Dec 2018
ECL v Suffolk (away)
Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell IP30 9UH 14:00
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Sun 6th Jan 2019
ECL v Beds (home)
Barleylands, CM11 2UD 13:00
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Sun 13th Jan 2019
Swiss Pairs
Barleylands, CM11 2UD 13:00
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Sat 19th Jan 2019
Gwen Herga Ladies' Pairs
Barleylands, CM11 2UD 14:00
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