Otto & Edith Bowl

Congratulations to Alan and Linda Lord who won the Otto & Edith Bowl, our mixed pairs event, on 10th October 2018. The top four pairs were

  1. Alan and Linda Lord 61.64%
  2. Brian and Sheila Stockdale 58.99%
  3. Jenny Grant and Bharat Thakrar 57.94%
  4. Dick and Lucy Pathan 57.41%

The non-expert prize winners were Martin Stone and Joanna Tuppen.

Midland Counties League

The second Midland Counties match was on 7th October 2018. We played Nottinghamshire (Home) and the results were :

First team (Dawes)   Won 18-2 (+164 imps)
Second team (Porter)   Lost 3-17 (-127 imps)
Third team (Markham)   Lost 5-15 (-78 imps)

Well done to the Dawes team for their win. More detailed scores can be found through the results section. For fixtures, results, table and archive information refer to the Midland Counties League Link to Midland Counties League page page (in Competitions / League menu). 

LCBA Privacy Statement

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Paul Bowyer Seminars 2018

A big thank you to Paul Bowyer for an inspiring series of seminars on defense. He has kindly let us to post the hands that he guided us through. Enjoy.

Seminar 4 : 4th September 20184th September hands 1 to 16

Seminar 3 : 28th August 201828th August hands 1 to 16

Seminar 2 : 7th August 20187th August hands 1 to 16

Seminar 1 : 31st July 201831st July

Welcome to Bagworth Whistlestop Bridge Club

A new bridge club set up by Shelagh Rumbelow and Carol, Bagworth Whistlestop Bridge Club, is playing informal duplicate bridge on Thursday afternoons.  They have aspirations of affiliating to the EBU when the club becomes established, and we wish them every success. Further details are available in the Clubs and Venues section.

AGM photo gallery 2018

The LCBA Annual General Meeting photo galleryLink to AGM photos is now available. Guest of Honour was our long serving treasurer Henry Cooklin. When the gallery is loaded click play to go through the slideshow.

Ken Forsyth 1946-2018

It is with great sadness that the LCBA has to announce the death of Ken Forsyth at the age of 72. Paul Bowyer and Simon Stokes pay tribute to Ken in their obituariesLink to Ken Forsyth obituaries.

Leicestershire Pairs League

The Leicestershire Pairs League 2017-2018 has been completed after 5 rounds of matches. There were 26 pairs competing in divisions of 8. 10 and 8. Congratulations to the divisional winners.

LPL winners

  • Division 1 Ian Bruce & Mick Mahoney
  • Division 2 Lyn Hilton & Irene Krantz
  • Division 3 Beryl Allen & Richard Tyler

Final tables can be found in the results section (round 5). 

Ben Norton in winning team at National Swiss Teams Congress

Ben Norton with Ben Green, Andrew Murphy and Ankush Khandelwal were emphatic winners at the EBU National Swiss Teams CongressLink to EEBU report.They were undefeated in their 14 matches.

Ben has been selected by the EBU to represent England in the U26 World ChampionshipsLink to EBU announcement.The competition will be held in Wujiang, China from August 8th to 18th at Li Ze Culture and Sports Palace.

17th Youth World Team Championships websiteLink to 17th Youth World Team Championships website

Joyce Cup

The Joyce Cup is a pivot teams of four imp-scoring competition (each player plays boards with each teammate) and this year 10 teams competed. The top three teams were: 

  1. Ian Bruce, Alison Nichols, Ben Norton and Simon Stokes +95 imps
  2. Paul and Sue Bowyer, Jim Mason and Rick Wilde + 43 imps
  3. Angela Abbott, Ben & Joan Gibson and James Spencer +28 imps
Hyman Crammer

The Hyman Crammer is an invitational event where clubs are invited to but forward pairs for the competition, usually winners of clubs pairs competitions. 19 pairs played 9 three board rounds in a closely contested event. The top three pairs were: 

  1. Tim Glover & Steve Wright (Glenfield Bridge Club - Buildrite Club Championship winners) 58.66%
  2. Ian Bruce & Tony Kitson  (Clarendon) 57.35%
  3. Alison Nicholls & Peter Nuttall (County Bridge Club) 56.31%
Buckby Cup and Olga Cup

Congratulations to Duncan Happer & Jim Mason and Irene Krantz & Linda Stone who won the Buckby Cup (mens pairs) and Olga Cup (ladies pairs) respectively. The top three pairs in each of the two competitions were:

Buckby Cup

  1. Duncan Happer & Jim Mason 65.77%
  2. Ian Bruce & Simon Stokes 62.47%
  3. Tim Glover & Peter Neville 56.74%

Olga Cup

  1. Irene Krantz & Linda Stone 56.94%
  2. Pauline Dignan & Gail Tillen 56.25%
  3. Susan Bowyer & Joan Gibson 55.56%
LCBA League - Final rankings

The final round has been played and all the main issues settled (with the caveat that promotions and relegations are subject to the league structure next year). Full tables are available in the top right link.

Division 1

Champions : Clarendon

Runners-Up : Hinckley

Relegated : Loughborough A, Ashby A

Division 2

Promoted : Westcotes A and Bradgate A

Relegated : Golf and County C

Division 3

Promoted : Bradgate B and Leicester University

Relegated : Westcotes B and Ashby B

Division 4 

Promoted : Loughborough B and Bradgete C Red (three way tie with Ashby C split on results between the three teams).

Gimson Trophy

Congratulations to Gimson Trophy winners Ian Bruce and Mick Mahoney. The prizewinners and top four pairs in the final were:

  1. Ian Bruce & Mick Mahoney  58.83%
  2. Alison Nichols & Simon Stokes 57.05%
  3. Jenny Grant & Bharat Thakrar 55.83%
  4. Ben & Joan Gibson 52.96%
Club News

We are pleased to report that Bradgate Bridge Club, which is running popular sessions on Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon, is 50 years old this year. For details of their celebrations please find article in Club NewsLink to Club News page.

Leicestershire Cup and Leicestershire Cup

Congratulations to Team Rees (Richard Rees, Diana Bowden, Nick Daniels, Pauline Dignan, Val Rees, Phil Watts) who have won the Leicestershire Cup. They beat Team Thompson (John Thompson, Dennis Davis, Len Kvietkauskas, Alan Lord, John Myles, David Pettitt) +1100 aggregate in the final.

The Plate was won by Team Cook (Roger Cook, Gerardo Bucciero, Henry Cooklin, Marjorie Gilbertson, David Pollard, Pat Watson) who beat Team Krantz (Irene Krantz, Peter Nuttall, Linda Stone and Rick Wilde) in a closely contested final +130 on aggregate scoring.

Leicestershire Cup results and drawLink to Leicestershire Cup draw

Leicestershire Cup Plate results and drawLink to plate draw

Stanley Trophy

Congratulations to the Stanley Trophy winners Jim Mason & Ben Norton who won by a convincing margin. The final results can be found through the Competitions archive page or through this linkStanley Trophy results after heat 7. The prizewinners were:

  1. Jim Mason & Ben Norton
  2. George & Mary Brown
  3. Alison Nichols & Simon Stokes
  4. Andy Mackriell & Peter Nuttall
  5. Susan Bowyer & Rick Wilde
Yates Cup

Congratulations to Yates Cup winners Terry Green & Graham Langley. The competition is run as players attending bridge classes playing EW playing against more experienced players playing NS. This year we had a good entry of ten tables. The top four student pairs were:

  1. Terry Green & Graham Langley 62.50%
  2. Terry Griffths & Stan Stevens  56.25%
  3.  Iza Crump & Susan Nour 55.36%
  4.  Robyn Leckie & Kathey Moore 52.23%

Pauline Dignan & Val Rees topped the NS experts.

Samani Salver & Silver Plate Competitions 2018

The Samani Salver & Silver Plate competitions 2018 are now underway. A link to the draw and results is throught the menu (second item down) or here Link to Samani Salver & Silver Plate competitions 2018.

Joseph Bowl and Butterworth-Langley

Congratulations to Team Stokes (Simon Stokes, Ian Bruce, Colin Dean, Tim Glover, Peter Neville, Nick Stevens) who beat Team Mason (Jim Mason, Paul Bowyer, Duncan Happer, Kerri Happer, Ben Norton, Dick Pathan) by 52 imps in a tense encounter to win the Joseph Bowl. Team Wright bt Team Thompson to secure third place.

Team Halford (Peter Halford, Andy Mackriell, John Milne and Richard Smith) beat team Preston (Keith Preston, John Bee, Mary Johnson, Mick Mahoney, Audrey Mount and Ian Walkerdine) in the Butterworth-Langley final.

Joseph Bowl results and drawLink to Joseph Bowl draw

Butterworth-Langley Trophy results and drawLink to plate draw

Executive committee minutes

The latest committee meeting minutes 5th December 2017 are now posted under LCBA Information > minutes.

Wilde Cup

5 teams competed in the Wilde Cup this year, which is a teams of four ‘no fear’ style event for less experienced players. The winners were David Betterley, Linda Burdett, Gill Ivell and Chiman Haria. The prize for a team with all players ranked County Master or lower was won by Julie & Michael Jones, Paul Emberton and Mark Lansdale. Full results can be found in the results section.

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