Leicestershire Contract Bridge Association
LCBA 70th AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the LCBA will be held at the Greenfield Sports and Social Club, Loughborough LE11 3HZ on Wednesday 8th June at 19:15. Click here for the agendaLink to AGM agenda and 2015 AGM minutesLink to 2015 AGM minutes (subject to approval).

Vu-Bridge sign up Ben Norton

Ben Norton has joined Paul Bowyer on the Vu-Bridge team of writers. His first contribution is in V-Green Issue 95 (15th May 2016) where he works through 6 hands under the series title Tough Deals.You will find more information on Vu-Bridge further down the home page.

LCBA Green Pointed Swiss Pairs Event

The LCBA is running a second Swiss Pairs event this year instead of the Swiss Teams event that used to be run on the Sunday following the March Swiss Pairs. The date is Saturday 18th June, a 13:00 start at Spondon. Click on Competition Entries to link to the entry form.

Leicestershire Pairs League

The Leicestershire Pairs League 2015-2016 has been completed after 5 rounds of matches. There were 28 pairs competing in three divisions of 8, 10 and 10. Each pair plays against each other pair twice so there are 14 matches in division 1 and 18 matches in divisions 2 and 3. Round 5 was an exciting finale as the battle for promotion and relegation in all divisions was extremely tight. The tightest division was Division 1 where only 59 VPs separated top and bottom.

LPL winners

  • Division 1 Brian & Sheila Stockdale
  • Division 2 Keith Preston & Ken Vernon
  • Division 3 Paul Loveday & Richard Tyler
Joyce Cup

12 teams took part in the Joyce Cup which is a teams of four event where every player plays a number of boards with each of his 3 teammates. In this competition each player played 8 boards with partner 1 (4 matches of two boards) before returning back to score up (normal teams of four imp scoring) at the home table The process was repeated with partners 2 and 3. There was one sit out to create 11 matches (one against each opposing team). It is traditionally a difficult event for the TD as the movement is far from straightforward and all the players would like to thank TD John Wilcox who coped with a last minute change in team numbers and managed to get all the players sitting in the correct place with the correct boards 12 times with a movement miraculously found in the depths of his laptop. Full results can be found in the results section and the top two teams were:

Joyce Cup

  1. Team Linda Stone (Andy Mackriell, Ian Walkerdine and John Young)
  2. Team Mick Mahoney (Ian Bruce, Gerry Bucciero and Marjorie Gilbertson)
Buckby Cup and Olga Cup

Congratulations to Tim Glover & Peter Neville and Judy Hulland & Rebecca Ronan 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. Tim Glover & Peter Neville 63.66%
  2. Paul Bowyer & Rick Wilde 61.81%
  3. Duncan Happer & Jim Mason 59.26%

Olga Cup

  1. Judy Hulland & Rebecca Ronan 65.28%
  2. Diana Bowden & Val Rees 63.19%
  3. Sue Bowyer & Joan Gibson 56.94%
Gimson Trophy

Congratulations to Colin Dean & Nick Stevens who won the Gimson Trophy by a convincing margin. The top four pairs in the Gimson Trophy Final were:

  1. Colin Dean & Nick Stevens 63.07%
  2. Tim Glover & Peter Neville 57.30%
  3. Peter Halford & John Milne 54.52%
  4. Ben & Joan Gibson 54.24%
Stanley Trophy

Congratulations to the Stanley Trophy winners Ian Bruce & Mick Mahoney. The final results can be found through the Competitions information page or through this linkStanley Trophy results after heat 7. The prizewinners were:

  1. Ian Bruce & Mick Mahoney
  2. Alison Nichols & Simon Stokes
  3. Dick & Lucy Pathan
  4. Tim Glover & Peter Neville
Final League Tables 2015/2016

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The Midlands Mixed Pairs Flitch Cup was held on 1st May at Spondon (20 pairs) and we are pleased to report Dick and Lucy Pathan won with 27 match points to spare. Well done. The other Leicestershire representatives were Paul and Sue Bowyer who finished 7th. Link to results.Midland Flitch 2016 results (14/05/2016).

The County Club are organising their usual Hurwich Quaich competition (open to all LCBA members) which will start on 22nd June this year. Richard Tyler is now taking entries - please find details in Club NewsLink to Club News (14/05/2016).

The Joseph BowlLink to Joseph Bowl 2015-2016 results and draw has been won by Team Jim Mason (Paul Bowyer, Duncan & Kerri Happer, Ben Norton, Dick Pathan) who beat Team Anne Wright (Jenny Grant, Bharat Thakrar, David Twells and Steve Wright) in the final. In the Butterworth Langley TrophyLink to Butterworth Langley Trophy 2015-2016 results and draw final Team Simon Stokes (Yasser Haider, Peter Neville , Tim Glover / Susan Bowyer) beat Team Richard Tyler (Paul Loveday, Dick Bell, Jim Cooil) (02/05/2016).

The Leicestershire Pairs League Round 4 results and hands are available through the results section. Round 4 leaders are Division 1 Brian & Sheila Stockdale, Division 2 Alan Lord & John Thompson and Division 3 Richard Bell & Jim Cooil. We have a new table which shows all LCBA Pairs Leagues results up to and including Round 4. You will find the tables in the Competitions menu or through the link on the right hand side of this home page. (22/04/2016).

The LCBA/Glenfield Charity Swiss Teams event was won by Gary Duddle & Anne Wright, Jenny Grant & Bharat Thakrar. 16 teams competed in a very enjoyable event and results can be found in the results section. (11/04/2016)

Click here Leicester Mercury Students Trophy Results. Congratulations to Gilly Clear and Janet McEwan who retained the trophy. (05/04/2016)

The Midland Counties league has now been completed and the Leicestershire teams finished 3rd, 7th and 6th in Divisions 1 to 3 respectively. The first team finish was the highest for a number of years, well done. (04/04/2016)

The Leicestershire CupLink to Leicestershire Cup 2015-2016 results and draw has been won by Team Susan Bowyer (Paul & Susan Bowyer, Duncan & Kerri Happer, Jim Mason & Simon Stokes) who beat Team Preston (Keith Preston & Ken Vernon, Mary Johnson & Audrey Mount, Gary Duddle & Irene Krantz) in the final. The honours boardLink to Leicestershire Cup honours board shows that this is the 11th win for Team Bowyer in 12 years, well done. The Leicestershire Cup PlateLink to Leicestershire Cup Plate 2015-2016 results and draw was won by Team Halford (Peter Halford & Mike Mahoney, Richard Smith & John Milne / Peter Nuttall) who beat Team Rees (Richard Rees & Diana Bowden, Val Rees & Pauline Dignan / Gail Tillen) in the final. (31/03/2016).

The LCBA calendar for 2016/2017 is now available on the Calendar menuLink to LCBA Calendar (28/03/2016).

The County teams played their last Midland Counties match of the season on 20th March 2016. We played Warwickshire (Away) and the results were :

First team (Dawes)   Lost 2-18 (-149 imps)
Second team (Porter)   Lost 0-20 (-229 imps)
Third team (Markham)   Lost 6-14 (-52 imps)

Hands are available through the results link.

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) (21/03/2016).

The minutes from the January meeting of the Midland Counties Working Group Minutes of Midland Counties Working group meeting 21st January 2016are now available with appendix Harmonisation of Dates Feb - Apr 2017(17/02/2016).

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).

New event - Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs

The first Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs event will be held at three centres (Spondon, Solihull and Cheltenham) on Sunday 3rd July 2016. The event is aimed at players with less than five years playing experience who have less than 5000 master points.Players do not have to be a member of an affiliated club. Details are available hereMidlands Regional Improvers Pairs Advert.

EBED and Vu-Bridge working together

EBED and Vu-Bridge are working together to help students learn and improve their bridge. Vu-Bridge  provides an on-line series of lessons which run alongside the Bridge For All program. We have taken a look at Vu-Bridge and provide a review of what Vu-Bridge is and how their subscription services work. As well as products directly targeted at students they also provide a variety of e-newsletters for improving and advanced players.

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Results
12th May 2016
Pairs League 5
11th May 2016
Joyce Cup
4th May 2016
Hyman Crammer Trophy
27th Apr 2016
Buckby Cup (Mens Pairs)
27th Apr 2016
Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs)
24th Apr 2016
Gimson Trophy Final
21st Apr 2016
Pairs League 4
20th Apr 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 7 of 7
Calendar
4th Jun 2016
Corwen Trophy (Sessions 1 and 2)
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport 14:00
5th Jun 2016
Corwen Trophy (Sessions 3 and 4)
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport 10:45
8th Jun 2016
LCBA AGM
Greenfields
11th Jun 2016
Pachabo Cup (Sat & Sun)
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport 13:00
13th Jun 2016
County BC Simultaneous Pairs
Participating Clubs
18th Jun 2016
LCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
3rd Jul 2016
Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs
Spondon , Solihull and Cheltenham 14:30
5th Jul 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 1
Rothley Centre 19:15
10th Jul 2016
County inter-regional finals
Coventry Bridge Club 12:00
12th Jul 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 2
Rothley Centre 19:15
23rd Jul 2016
NCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
24th Jul 2016
NCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Teams
Spondon 12:00
9th Aug 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 3
County Bridge Club 19:15
16th Aug 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 4
County Bridge Club 19:15
Results
12th May 2016
Pairs League 5
11th May 2016
Joyce Cup
4th May 2016
Hyman Crammer Trophy
27th Apr 2016
Buckby Cup (Mens Pairs)
27th Apr 2016
Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs)
24th Apr 2016
Gimson Trophy Final
21st Apr 2016
Pairs League 4
20th Apr 2016
Stanley Trophy Heat 7 of 7
Calendar
4th Jun 2016
Corwen Trophy (Sessions 1 and 2)
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport 14:00
5th Jun 2016
Corwen Trophy (Sessions 3 and 4)
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport 10:45
8th Jun 2016
LCBA AGM
Greenfields
11th Jun 2016
Pachabo Cup (Sat & Sun)
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport 13:00
13th Jun 2016
County BC Simultaneous Pairs
Participating Clubs
18th Jun 2016
LCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
3rd Jul 2016
Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs
Spondon , Solihull and Cheltenham 14:30
5th Jul 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 1
Rothley Centre 19:15
10th Jul 2016
County inter-regional finals
Coventry Bridge Club 12:00
12th Jul 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 2
Rothley Centre 19:15
23rd Jul 2016
NCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
24th Jul 2016
NCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Teams
Spondon 12:00
9th Aug 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 3
County Bridge Club 19:15
16th Aug 2016
Paul Bowyer Seminar 4
County Bridge Club 19:15