The HBA Charity for 2019-20

Proposals for next season's charity are still required!! 

The HBA normally supports 1 or 2 charities each year, preferably small local charities that will feel the benefit of our relatively small donation. Our nominated charity for 2017-18 was the Rennie Grove Hospice and through the Marjorie Lukyn, we raised £1,299 for them.  

Nominations should be sent to the HBA secretary by email, no later than May 10th, 2019. Please supply your contact details and any additional information about the charity that you can.

Congratulations to all those achieving new master point promotions, with particular mention to Tugrul Kaban who is now a Grand Master. Click here.. to see the March list.

HBA Committee Meeting

Key points from the Committee Meeting of April 1st are available here..

Do you want to learn/improve your bridge - click here.

Club Directors - click here for useful information on training courses and updated flowcharts.

Youth - new handbook and safeguarding policies also applicable for vulnerable adults,

EBED are here to help you. 

Eccles Cup

2018 winners: Harpenden Duplicate Bridge Club

An inter-club competition for teams of four pairs of limited rank (no player above 5* Star Premier Master). All players must be members of the club they are representing.



The total rank of all the players on a team is limited to 50 points on the following scale:

Club Master or below 2
Area Master or District Master 3
County Master 4
Master or Premier Master 5
Advanced Master, 1* Master or 1* Premier Master 6
2* Master or 2* Premier Master 7
3*, 4* ,5* Master or 3*, 4*, 5* Premier Master 8
Tournament Master up to 5* Tournament Master 8


A player's category is determined by their masterpoint rank at the start of the season (1st September).

For an unranked player, we ask clubs to use their discretion and knowledge of that player’s experience and recent and long term success in their events when selecting the most suitable category to ensure that the spirit of this competition is respected.

No player may be above 5* Tournament Master or 5* Premier Master, e.g, a Premier Tournament Master is not eligible.


For more information contact the Tournament Secretary at