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News Archive - 2017

This page shows old "News Items" published in, or relating to, the current calendar year, for which the Home Page no longer has room. It includes hyperlinks to the detailed Results, where available.

Items are in reverse-date sequence: the most recent first. 

See the menu items to the left for earlier years. These are segregated by calendar year, rather than competition year, as it's probably easier to find things that way. 

The pages for the now-defunct "Friendly League" (Club Teams of Eight) have been placed below the general archive. 

Your Web Master may in the near future initiate a project to sort these annual pages into a more meaningful Archive, but so far all that has been done is to tidy them up and make the context apparent. In the interim, suggestions from the membership are welcome! 

ECBA Autumn Seminars

Postponement of ECBA Seminar scheduled for Sat 25th November

It is with regret that the ECBA have had to postpone Marc's Seminar "To Bid or Not to Bid" until the New Year due to ill-health.  Marc has been laid low with a virus and has decided that he will be better able to give of his best at a later date.

Essex Competitions - Cancellation


Please note that due to severe weather conditions today's Mixed Pairs Competition @ Barleylands has been cancelled.

Essex Competitions - Cancellation
Hutton - Autumn Bridge Weekend October 2017

Hutton Bridge Club is holding it's first "away weekend" at the Ardington Hotel in Worthing, Sussex over the long weekend 20th - 23rd October 2017. The weekend is open to all. Click on this box for full details. 

EBU Bridge Overseas Halkidiki Congress, 9th - 15th October 2017
  • 2017 Halkidiki Albert
  • 2017 Halkidiki Rest
  • 2017 Halkidiki Team1
  • 2017 Halkidiki Team2

Looks like half the Essex squad found their way to Greece! There were many successes for Essex or former-Essex players, often mingled with other Congress attendees in partnerships or teams. Too many to mention individual results. Hopefully you can make out the usual suspects from the photos. Click here for full details

Felixstowe Congress - 2017

Several Essex pairs did well in the Swiss Pairs on Saturday 30th September. Ray Clarke & Graham Beeton won the Championship final, having been runners-up in the QualifiersPaul Spencer & Marc Chawner were 5th, having won the Qualifiers. Richard Register & Robert Elliott were 6th. 

John Peacock

We are saddened to announce that John Peacock - Chairman of the Mayflower Club and well known to most viewing this site - passed away on Friday 8th September. Our thoughts are with Carol at this time.

The funeral will be held on Friday 29th September at 12:30 at Chelmsford Crematorium, North Chapel. There will be a reception afterwards at the Bear, Stock. To help with catering arrangements, please let Carol (or Bernie Hunt) know if you intend to attend. 

Follow this link for a brief in memoriam.  

Essex / Herts GP Weekend - September 2017

Green pointed weekend - Saturday/Sunday 23/24 Sep 2017

Wodson Park, Wadesmill Rd, Ware, SG12 0UQ

Click here for more information and an entry form.

Essex / Herts GP Weekend - September 2017
Essex / Herts GP Weekend - September 2017

Congratulations to those Essex pairs and teams who did well over the weekend of 23-24 September, and thanks to all those who supported the event. In particular, "well done" to:-

  • Swiss Pairs:
    • 3rd: Graham Foster & Ray Clarke
    • 5th: Simon Moorman & Peter Oake
    • 6th: Sandy Riach & Chris Taylor
    • 7th: Richard Perryman & Mike Wren
  • Swiss Teams:
    • 2nd Sandy Riach & Chris Taylor, Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner
47th Beds & Northants Congress

Well done to Bernie Hunt, Sheena Millins and Paul & Val Mollison who flew the flag for Essex and came 4th in the GP Swiss Teams. 

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Master Points Promotions

The EBU announced the creation of the new "Star Grand Master" ranks in July. Congratulations to Peter Franklin who tops the Essex list as a 4 Star GM. These and other promotions can be found from the EBU website, or here (by date) or here (by Club). 

Essex Leagues: 2017-18

Entries are solicited for the coming season. Teams need to do two things:

email Bernie Hunt or phone him on 07973-925315, and
→ enter as for a normal competition (Link).

New teams are welcome! There will be friendly leagues as last year. 

Essex / Herts GP Weekend

Green pointed weekend - Sat/Sun 22/23 July 2017

Wodson Park, Wadesmill Rd, Ware, SG12 0UQ

Click here entry form and brochure.

Essex / Herts Weekend - July 2017
Essex / Herts Weekend - July 2017

Well done to Tony Verran who - with Brian Gladman of Surrey - won the Swiss Pairs.

Also congratulations to Richard Register & Robert Elliott and Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison who came 4th in the Swiss Teams.

Summer Seniors - July 2017

Congratulations to Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer who won the first stanza of this season's Seniors competition. David Piper & Ray Clarke were second and Richard Register & Alan Cohen third.

London Congress - GP Swiss Teams - Sun 16 Jul 2017

Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting were joined by Albert Kitchin & Theo Todman to form a scratch team in the above event, held at the Young Chelsea. The team came 6th out of 27 in a very tough field, so is worth a brief mention. Well done team!

Inter-County Leagues National Final 2017

As a consequence of their winning the ECL in the 2016/7 season, the Essex "B" Team earned the right to compete in the Inter-County Leagues National Final held in Coventry on Sunday 9th July 2107. They performed creditably, coming 3rd of the 4 qualifiers, missing out on second place by 1VP. 

Bedfordshire GP Swiss Pairs

ECBA members are encouraged to enter the Bedfordshire Bridge Association Swiss Pairs to be held on Sunday 18th June 2017, starting at 12:00.

Click here for more information. Click the heading for a link to the Bedfordshire website which contains a menu item with the entry form.   

Berks & Bucks Swiss Teams - 18th June 2017

Well done to John Sutcliffe & Sandy Smith, Martin Smith & Sandy Riach who came 5th out of 45 in a strong field. They were in third place with a round to go. 

Pachabo Cup - June 2017

More good news! Paul Spencer, Marc Chawner, Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison acquitted themselves well in Daventry over the weekend of 11th/12th June, coming 9th out of the 29 county teams that took part. They represented Essex in virtue of winning the ECBA Teams of 4 KO. 

George Curtis Teams - June 2017

Well done to Winnie Godber who teamed up with Anne Catchpole of London and Rick Hanley & Graham Beeton of Suffolk to win the George Curtis Teams, in what was almost a re-run of last year. Richard Register & Robert Elliott; Ian Moss & Peter Oake were second and Linda Fleet & Jon Ward; Angela Fenton & Alan Aylott were third. A somewhat reduced field of seven teams took part.

Corwen Trophy - June 2017

Well done to Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner who came 5th (of 100) in the Corwen Trophy, the national inter-County Pairs competition. Down a couple of places from last year's excellent result, but it looks like they were on course for a comfortable victory until a disappointing last round. 

Club Pairs - June 2017

Well done to Hutton, who won the ECBA Club Pairs on Sunday 4th June. The overall winners were Coral Fallon & Jon Ward (Hutton) and the runners up were Paul Hickson & Ian Yeats (Waltham Forrest).

For the results - including the Club rankings - follow this link.

World SIMS - Saturday 3rd June

Bernie Hunt is hosting a session for this event at Barleylands. £5 for 30-32 boards. No host system on this occasion.  

EBU Really Easy Afternoon - Sat 27th May 2017

Congratulations to Vinaychandra Gandhi & Amarjeet Singh and Janet Pollit & Clive Smith who came first and second respectively in the Billericay heat and also nationally when the results were combined with those competing in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

SBU Overseas Congress - May 2017

Congratulations to Peter Oake, Simon Moorman, Chris Taylor & Linda Fleet who - with partners & team-mates - did well in various events at the Scottish Overseas Congress in Huelva, Spain. Click on this box for the News Archive, which contains full details and some photos!

SBU Overseas Congress - May 2017
  • Huelva 1
  • Huelva 2
  • Huelva 4

Congratulations to those Essex players who did well on their travels to Punta del Moral, Huelva in Spain!

  • Pre-Congress Pairs - 3rdPeter Oake and Simon Moorman
  • Open Teams - 2ndChris Taylor, David Wing (London), Denis Loynes and Sue Evans (both Worcs)
  • Swiss Pairs - 4thPeter Oake and Simon Moorman
  • Ladies Pairs. - 2ndLinda Fleet and Joan Lees (Scotland)
  • Swiss Teams -
    • 1stChris Taylor, David Wing (London), Sandy Davies and Carole Kelly (both Yorks)
    • 3rdPeter Oake , Simon Moorman, William Whyte (Scotland) and Knut Koppang (Norway)
  • Post-Congress Pairs - 5thPeter Oake and Simon Moorman
Mixed Teams of Four & AGM

Further entries are solicited for the Mixed Teams of Four being held prior to the AGM on Sunday 14th May. It is hoped that as many as possible will stay on for the AGM, and that others not taking part in the bridge will also attend. 

Entries should be made using one of the usual methods, but as both the ECBA Treasurer and Webmaster are on holiday the week prior thereto, would late entrants please also let Paul Mollison know beforehand so that the correct movement can be planned. 

Mixed Teams of Four - May 2017

Congratulations to Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting; Jacek Lapszys & Sandy Riach who won the first event of the new season - the Mixed Teams. Click here for the Results and Cross-IMPs

Eve Goblets - 2016-17

Congratulations to Paul & Val Mollison who have won the Men's and Ladies' Eve Goblets for the season just ended. This is the ECBA Victor Ludorum competition, with points awarded for successes in those ECBA competitions open to all ECBA members.  

West Essex League Division 1

Well done to Waltham Forresters (Tony Verran, Stuart Dunstan, Phil Mattacks & Andrew Barker) who won the league, beating their main rivals - Loughton Collier (Phil Collier, PeterScotting, Michael Watson & Sandy Riach) - into second place in the last match of the season. 

Essex Teams of 4 - Plate

Congratulations to Laurie Burtt's Team (with Stephanie Burtt, Sandy Smith, John Sutcliffe & Dennis Valtisiaris) who beat Chris Megahey's Team (with Alaric Cundy, Tony Philpott, Nigel Bardsley & Margaret Curtis) in the final of the Teams of 4 Plate. 

Lambourne Jersey Festival, 21st - 30th April 2017

Chris Taylor is up to his usual tricks with David Wing. They won the Seniors Pairs on Tuesday. Paul and Val Mollison came 3rd (of 32) in the Mid-week Pairs on Wednesday. Paul & Val again did well in the Mixed & Open Pairs on Thursday, coming 4th (of 34) and winning the Flitch, while Alan Aylott & Jon Ward were 5th.  Chris Taylor and David Wing joined forces with Paul & Val Mollison in the Swiss Teams, and ended the Festival on a high, coming 3rd (of 24). 

Essex Switch Cup 2016/17

Congratulations to Peter Scotting's team (with Sandy Riach, Mike Watson & Phil Collier) who have won this year's Switch KO. They defeated Peter Oake's team (with Simon Moorman, Robert Elliott & Steve Cade-Bowyer) in the final. 

Eve Goblets points have been assigned. 

Essex Championship Pairs, 23rd April 2017

Well done to Paul & Val Mollison who won the Championship Pairs - the premier pairs event in the ECBA calendar. Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner were second and Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy third. Graham Foster & Dennis Johnson won the Consolation Final. Alan Cohen & Richard Register won Qualifier.  John & Ann Davison won the B Flight Pairs

Eve Goblets points have now been assigned. It's close!

EBU Easter Festival of Bridge - 2017

Congratulations to Pat Johnson and her team (Peter Scotting, Tony Verran, with Brian Gladman of Surrey) who came 9th out of 63 teams in the Swiss Teams, defeating some teams replete with internationals in the process.  

Tony Verran, again with Brian Gladman, came 2nd (of 16) in the B Flight Swiss Pairs

Earlier, Mustapha Rahaman and Richard Manning, of Mid Essex DBC, won the Really Easy Pairs, ahead of 51 other pairs nationally, having taken part in the Barleylands session. Well done!

ECBA Leagues - 2016/17

The season is coming to its conclusion, and first blood to the Barleylands team (Peter Oake, Robert Elliott, Steve Cade-Bowyer & Simon Moorman) who have won the S/E Essex Division 1, winning all their matches. 

Eve Goblets points have been assigned to the Barleylands team, as well as to Academics in second and Ultra Llama in third.  Val Mollison has now taken the lead in the Ladies, with Peter Franklin Frank Morrison retaining their lead in the Mens. 

Essex Teams of 4 - Final

Congratulations to Marc Chawner's team (with Paul Spencer, Peter Franklin and Frank Morrison; Alan Cohen and Richard Register had played in an earlier round) for a convincing victory in the final of the Essex Teams of Four KO. They defeated Theo Todman's team (with David Tennet, Chris Taylor and Albert Kitchin). 

Click on the heading for more information on this and other Essex KO competitions.

Eve Goblets points have been applied. Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison now share the lead in the Men's. Positions in the Ladies are unchanged, with Margaret Curtis in the lead. 

EBU Really Easy Weekend
EBU Really Easy Weekend

Well done to Tony & Sue French who made their way to Wroxton in Oxfordshire over the weekend 31st March - 2nd April 2017. They won the Saturday Afternoon session (EW).


Tony and Sue are comparatively new to the game but very enthusuastic and will be well-known to many in the Brentwood area as they have been central - with other club members - in saving the Hutton Club from near-extinction, such that it is now thriving and meets twice a week.  

Thorpe Bay vs House of Lords

On Wednesday 29th March two teams of 4 from TBBC took on the House of Lords, winning their matches comfortably. It seems this may become an annual event. Tanya Genthe - who organised the event with Baroness Henig - has prepared a write-up for the Southend Echo. Click on this box for more information. 

ECBA Competition Programme - Summer 2017

The above programme has now been emailed to Club Secretaries. Click here to download. Note that the Programme may get out of date, so check the website Calendar and onward links for current information. 

ECBA Seminar - 25th March 2017

Essex Grand Master Marc Chawner is delivering another of his well-received Seminars at Barleylands,  on Saturday March 25th at 14:00 – 16:30. The topic is Competitive Bidding. The cost is £5 on the door. 

Click this box for the flyer. Further seminars will be announced in due course. 

Eastern Counties Leagues Results

The 2016-17 season is now over and the highlight was that the ECBA "B" Team won their division, and so are eligible for the National Inter-County League Final which is provisionally scheduled for Sunday 9th July at Coventry Bridge Club. Click this box for more information. 

EBU Members Area - March 2017 Upgrade

Please note that from 17th - 24th March the EBU will be retiring the old Members Area and replacing it with an upgraded MyEBU. This will place a temporary block on results uploads to the EBU, and the processing of Masterpoints and NGS ratings. 

Portland Pairs - 19th March 2017

Well done to Peter Oake who - in partnership with Debbie Sandford of London - won the Billericay heat of the Portland Mixed Pairs, held at Barleylands, coming 8th nationally (of 312 pairs). Peter and Ann Clark also did well, coming 15th. 

Seniors Cup - 2016/17 Winner

Well done to Graham Foster, winner of this season's Seniors Cup (thereby retaining his title) and to Val Mollison in second place. In joint third were Chris Chorley (again a repeat of last lear) and Paddy Murray

Congratulations to  Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy who won the Spring session, with George & Maureen Vede in second and Monty Krimgoltz & Cecil Leighton in third place.

National Pairs Regional Finals - 12th March 2017

A heat of the Eastern Region Final of the 2017 National Pairs was held at Barleylands on Sunday. The sessions were open to all comers and attracted some pairs of national standing as well as the Essex hopefuls. Four Essex pairs qualified for the 50-pair All-play-all National Finals in April in the following positions nationally:-

  • 17th: Robert Elliott & Peter Oake
  • 26th: Sandy Smith & Martin Smith
  • 42nd: John Sutcliffe & Richard Register
  • 48th: Ashley Nicklin & Frances Alexander

Well done to our qualifiers and best of luck for the Finals in Daventry. 

East Anglian Bridge Weekend - March 2017

Well done to Pat Johnson, Peter Scotting, Sandy Riach and Chris Taylor who came 2nd (of 24) in the Swiss Teams

Masters & Ranked Masters Pairs, Feb 2017

A super result for Ann Owen & Cath Fox who came 2nd nationally in the EBU Masters Pairs, winning the heat at Barleylands on Sunday 26th February.  

Well done also to Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer and to Albert Kitchin & Chris Taylor, who came 5th and 6th respectively in the EBU Grand Masters Pairs held over the same weekend in Birmingham. 

Gwen Herga Trophies - 18th February 2017

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

  • Ladies: Pat Johnson & Fran Alexander, with Ann Savory & Pat Watkinson runners-up.
  • Gentlemen:   Graham Foster & Ashley Nicklin, with Jacek Lapszys & Michael Watson runners-up.

The results have been applied to the Eve Goblets Victor Ludorum competitions. Margaret Curtis remains in the lead in the Ladies competition, but there's a .3-way tie for the Mens, with David Sherman now joined by Frank Morrison & Peter Franklin. 

Ray Cornell Trophy - Sunday 12th February 2017

Well done to Thorpe Bay B for winning the Ray Cornell Trophy and to Lingwood for coming second. Thorpe Bay also comfortably won the Teams of Eight competition - the Ray Cornell Prize and the right to represent Essex in the Garden Cities Competition, with Mountnessing and Mid-Essex in joint second. 

The full results (including the Butlers) are here

Bridge Overseas - Chris Taylor Hat Trick

Congratulations to Chris Taylor, partner David Wing and London team-mates, who won the Swiss Teams in Lisbon by a comfortable margin.  

This is the third time in a row Chris and David have won the Swiss Teams overseas, having won in Oct 2016 (EBU, Lake Garda) and May 2016 (SBU, Dubrovnik)

St Edith's Bridge Club

After over 30 happy years on Wednesday evenings in the W.I. hall in Billericay, St. Edith's Lane Bridge Club has closed due to falling numbers. Formed from a night school class in the early eighties, it enjoyed a more relaxed, less formal, atmosphere.

The Hutton Bridge Club, which meets in Becket Keys School (Sawyers Hall College until 2012) in Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, was looking late last year to expand the evenings on which it ran duplicate sessions. This was a more convenient venue for quite a few of the remaining St Edith's members, so it was decided that this offered a more viable option going forward.

Play will continue to be on Wednesday evenings. The final AGM of the St Edith's Lane Bridge Club was held before play at 19:10 on Wednesday 8th March.  

Website Problems - February 2017

Apologies to those of you who have been unable to access the website over the last couple of days, when service has been intermittent. The problem is nothing to do with Bridgewebs, but with the servers that host the domain name.

So, if you use "http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/" and get a server error, use "http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/" instead. This link goes directly to Bridgewebs without going via the Domain Name Server. 

And jot this down for future reference!

Play with an Expert - 4th February 2017

18 players fairly new to the game paired up with more experienced partners to contest the event. Congratulations to:-

  1. Clive Smith (assisted by John Sutcliffe)
  2. Penny Hanson  (assisted by Linda Fleet)
  3. Pam Pamphilon (assisted by Audrey Hartley)

Our thanks go to all the "experts" who volunteered to play. 

Click here for the full results. 

Woodham Ferrers Congress - January 2017

Well done to the winners of the 33rd Woodham Ferrers Congress, held this year at Barleylands:-

  1. Swiss Pairs: Richard Register & Robert Elliott
  2. Swiss Teams: Sandy Riach & Chris Taylor, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer
ECBA Swiss Pairs - 8th January 2017

Congratulations to the following who took the top 3 places in the Swiss Pairs:-

  1. Jacek Lapszys & Michael Watson
  2. Paul & Val Mollison
  3. Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison

The full results are HERE. Blue points have now been added.

Note that there was a computer problem with the assignments for Round 2. Potentially disadvantaged pairs have been compensated with VP adjustments in accord with the EBU White Book Section 3.5 ("Mismatches in Swiss events").

The results have now been sent to the EBU, and the Eve Goblets points awarded & the leader board updated.