Leicestershire Contract Bridge Association
Leicestershire Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

The Leicestershire Green Pointed Pairs event is on 5th March 2016 at Spondon. Please click for the entry form which is available as a pdfLeicestershire Green Pointed Swiss Pairs entry form (pdf) or microsoft word (docx)Leicestershire Green Pointed Swiss Pairs entry form (docx) document.

Bedfordshire Green Pointed Teams event

This year the LCBA are not running a teams event on Sunday 6th March 2016 to accompany the Saturday Swiss Pairs event. If you are interested in playing teams on that Sunday Bedfordshire CBA are running an event at the Wilstead Village Hall. Details are available on the Bedfordshire CBA web siteBedfordshire CBA home page

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The Leicestershire CupLink to Leicestershire Cup 2015-2016 results and draw and Leicestershire Cup PlateLink to Leicestershire Cup Plate 2015-2016 results and draw are now into the semi-final stage. Team Preston has beaten Team Cook to reach the Leicestershire Cup final (10/02/2016).

If you are visiting Thailand be warned that it is not only drugs that the customs officials might be searching your luggage for, the possession of 3 packs of cards might land you in serious trouble! See the story below (04/02/2016).

We have added BOLS Bridge tips BOLS Bridge tips to our list of links in the Skill Centre articles menu. From 1974 - 1994 the world's experts submitted expert tips to BOLS the Dutch Distillers and each year a panel of eminent IBPA members voted on the very best of these tips. The articles came to our attention in the latest Andrew Robson Bridge newsletter which reminded us of his 1991 runner up entry "play pre-emptor for a singleton trump". Andrew argues that if an opponent pre-empts with a 7 card suit then his most likely hand pattern is 7-3-2-1 (53% of hands including a 7 card suit have this shape - 71% if you discount a 4+ card side suit). If the pre-empt is with a 6 card suit the hand pattern is more likely to be 6-3-3-1 or 6-4-2-1 than 6-3-2-2 or 6-4-3-0. Therefore if pre-emptor leads his suit then the hand most likely contains a singleton trump and declarer should go to work on that basis. A multitude of similar gems can be found (04/02/2016)

Josephs Bowl Round 2 and Butterworth Langley Trophy Round 1 results (with hands) are now available in the results section (30/01/2016).

The County teams played their fifth Midland Counties match of the season on 24th January 2016. We played Nottinghamshire (Away) and the results were :

First team (Dawes)   Won 14-6 (+68 imps)
Second team (Porter)   Lost 9-11 (-7 imps)
Third team (Markham)   Lost 0-20 (-226 imps)

More details including tables and results analysis can be found on the Midland Counties League Link to Midland Counties League page page (in Competitions / League menu). The first team are now in third place (25/01/2016).

The Stanley Trophy Summary after heat 4 is now available. In can be found through the Competitions information page or through this link Stanley Trophy results after heat 4 (18/01/2016).

The Leicestershire Pairs League Round 1 results and hands are available through the results section. Round 1 leaders are Division1 Brian & Sheila Stockdale, Division 2 Diana Bowden & Richard Rees and Division 3 Judy Hill and John Young.

Congratulations to team Val Rees (Pauline Dignan, Gilly Walton, Susie Tyler) who beat team Judy Hill (Jonathan Hughes, Krystina Krzeczkowska, Roy Davies) by 4 imps to win the Wilde Cup.

The pages linked to the Christmas quiz answer (below) can be found in the Skill Centre > Probability theory page. The original quiz question is in LCBA news.

If ‘the 5-level belongs to the opponents’...... who owns the 6 level? Article by John Wilcox posted on Loughborough Bridge Club web site is an enjoyable article arising from a hand played in Stanley Trophy Heat 1 written by John Wilcox. John has posted some interesting articles on the Loughborough Bridge ClubLoughborough Bridge Club website website and we thank him for the permission to link. (23/11/2015).

There were some Leicestershire connections in this year's House of Lords vs House of Commons match. Details are in the article below (23/11/2015).

Bridge club raided in South Pattaya (Thailand)

In Thailand playing cards have a law all for themselves called the Playing Cards Act B.E.2486 (1943)Playing Cards Act B.E.2486 (1943) . Section 8 explains that "no-one shall possess more than 120 cards or sell playing cards irrespective of their quantity, unless those cards have been produced by, or have been stamped with the seal of, the Excise Department". According to a report in the Pattaya OnePattaya One (3rd Feb 2016) a raid was made on a bridge club in South Pattaya for offenses relating to the act. Thank you to Jonathan Hughes for forwarding the story.

National Teams Congress - Point a Board event

The National Team Congress was held at the Holiday Inn (Birmingham Airport) on 16th and 17th January 2016. Simon Stokes (Ian Bruce, Duncan Happer and Jim Mason) played in the Point a Board competition and finished 7th of 18 on Saturday to qualify for the final of the premier event. In a very strong field on the Sunday they had a disappointing session in the final.

This Point a Board tacticsArticle by David Gold in June 2013 English Bridge (Page 25) article by David Gold (turn to page 25 of magazine) explains how Point a Board works and the tactics that need to be employed.

Christmas Quiz answer

The problem is the infamous Monty Hall Problem. In 1975 there was a US television game show called “Let′s make a deal” hosted by Monty Hall in which contestants asked Monty to open one of three doors to reveal their prize.

The solution involves the application of Bayes′ Rule which is a famous rule of probability theory. The rule provides a model for an important process in human reasoning, namely learning from experience. Bayes tells us how we should modify the strength of our belief in a particular hypothesis after we′ve learned some new bits of evidence.

In bridge we start with many hypotheses which we are familiar with. We know that if the defenders have 6 cards in a suit they are split 3-3 only 36% of the time. That is our base point. But then as bits of evidence come in we need to revisit that hypothesis. The bidding (or lack of bidding), the lead, the play to trick one in suit, the play to trick two in suit, the split in trumps or another side suit all provide evidence that needs to be assessed.

The Monty Hall answerAnalysis of Monty Hall problem is perhaps surprising in how emphatic it is. The answer includes a game simulator that you can run 1,000,000 times to demonstrate that the answer is real.

The Principle of Restricted Choice examplePrinciple of Restriced Choice example is a demonstration of an application of Bayes′ Rule to bridge and also argues that if we think of the principle as the much more pleasantly named Freedom of Choice then perhaps we could have a greater affinity with it. The example again includes a simulator that runs through 1,000,000 hands to demonstrate that the answer has some foundation.

The Tollemache Cup

The Tollemache Cup EBU Tollemache Cup page is an inter-counties team of eight competition organised by the EBU. Entry is open to the 39 County Associations of the EBU and the 4 regions of the Welsh Bridge Union. The qualifying round of the event was held on the weekend of 21st to 22nd November 2015 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Birmingham Airport (13.30 start on Saturday finishing at approximately 17.00 on Sunday). The qualifiers are run in four sections, with each team playing every other team in the section. The top two teams in each section will qualify for the final weekend on 13th to 14th February 2016. Each team is limited to 12 players and the Leicestershire players will be

Duncan & Kerri Happer

Paul Bowyer & Jim Mason

Colin Dean & Nick Stevens

Ben Norton & Dick Pathan

Yasser Haider / Simon Stokes / Ian Bruce

This year 35 Counties and East Wales competed in 4 groups of nine. Leicestershire finished 4th in Group A. Results can be viewed through the link in the results section.

Last year 35 teams competed in 3 groups of 9 and 1 group of 8.

Previous Results:

2014 Tollemache Cup Qualifier Nov 2014 finished 6th of 8 in Group D

2013 Tollemache Cup Qualifier Nov 2013 finished 7th of 9 in Group D

2012 Tollemache Cup Qualifier Nov 2012 finished 4th of 9 in Group C

2011 Tollemache Cup Qualifier Nov 2011 finished 8th of 9 in Group D

2010 Tollemache Cup Qualifier Nov 2010 finished 7th of 9 in Group B

The first event was run in 1934. Leicestershire have won the Tollemache Cup once, in 1979. The team was D F Griffiths, A N Odams, P A Harvey, A K Pathan, J D Beattie, Barry Seabrook, K A Forsyth, Paul Bowyer, E N Wilde

Ben Norton wins 2015 IBPA award

Ben Norton won the 2015 International Bridge Press Association Richard Freeman Junior Deal of the Year award with his partner Freddie Illingworth. The event was the 15th International Championship of the Czech Republic of School and Junior Teams (August 2014). The hand was Board 5 which was brilliantly bid by Ben and Freddie to 7H. You will find the award and deal on page 12 of the IBPA award press release Link to IBPA award press release . Well done Ben.

LCBA League - 2015/2016

You can follow your team through the EBU League Management System using the links in the top right of the Home page (without EBU Login). If you are a team captain then it is important to note that your normal EBU login this season will not take you to the league. You need to log in to "My EBU". A link is provided on the right to get you into the correct place. Follow the instructions and you will find your league to enter results and players.

If you are not a team captain you can do exactlly the same (we encourage you to try it) and see all the additional information (including your team's fixtures in reverse date order) that your captain can see, but you will not be able to change any data. Let us know if you have any problems.

New Competition Menu

We have a new Competitions / League section which combines all information on our own competitions (including the League) , the Midlands Counties league and the Green Pointed Events run by LCBA , Derbyshire CBA and Nottinghamshire CBA. We hope you can find everything you want but if there is anything that you are looking for that you cannot find then please let us know using the Contact Us menu.

Results
10th Feb 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 5
27th Jan 2016
Josephs Bowl Round 2
27th Jan 2016
Butterworth Langley Trophy Round 1
24th Jan 2016
MCL 5 v Nottinghamshire
14th Jan 2016
Pairs League 1
13th Jan 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 4
13th Jan 2016
Wilde Cup
6th Dec 2015
MCL 4 v Gloucestershire
Calendar
17th Feb 2016
LCBA League 11
21st Feb 2016
MCL 6 v Staffordshire
Greenfields 14.30
24th Feb 2016
Josephs Bowl Round 3
Blaby Bowling Club 19.15
24th Feb 2016
Butterworth Langley Trophy Round 2
Blaby Bowling Club 19.15
2nd Mar 2016
LCBA League 12
5th Mar 2016
LCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon
9th Mar 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 6
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19.15
10th Mar 2016
Pairs League 3
Rothley Centre 17.15
13th Mar 2016
National Pairs Regional Heats (no LCBA Heat this year)
14th Mar 2016
County Club Holiday (Mon-Thu)
16th Mar 2016
FREE for rearranged LCBA League matches
20th Mar 2016
MCL 7 v Warwickshire
Away 14.30
23rd Mar 2016
LCBA League 13
30th Mar 2016
FREE for rearranged LCBA League 13 matches
Results
10th Feb 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 5
27th Jan 2016
Josephs Bowl Round 2
27th Jan 2016
Butterworth Langley Trophy Round 1
24th Jan 2016
MCL 5 v Nottinghamshire
14th Jan 2016
Pairs League 1
13th Jan 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 4
13th Jan 2016
Wilde Cup
6th Dec 2015
MCL 4 v Gloucestershire
Calendar
17th Feb 2016
LCBA League 11
21st Feb 2016
MCL 6 v Staffordshire
Greenfields 14.30
24th Feb 2016
Josephs Bowl Round 3
Blaby Bowling Club 19.15
24th Feb 2016
Butterworth Langley Trophy Round 2
Blaby Bowling Club 19.15
2nd Mar 2016
LCBA League 12
5th Mar 2016
LCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon
9th Mar 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 6
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19.15
10th Mar 2016
Pairs League 3
Rothley Centre 17.15
13th Mar 2016
National Pairs Regional Heats (no LCBA Heat this year)
14th Mar 2016
County Club Holiday (Mon-Thu)
16th Mar 2016
FREE for rearranged LCBA League matches
20th Mar 2016
MCL 7 v Warwickshire
Away 14.30
23rd Mar 2016
LCBA League 13
30th Mar 2016
FREE for rearranged LCBA League 13 matches