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Midland Counties League - Dawes Champions!!

The last 2018/2019 Midland Counties match was on 14th April. We played Derbyshire (Home) and the results were :

First team (Dawes)   Won 18-2 (+146 imps)
Second team (Porter)   Won 13-7 (+49 imps)
Third team (Markham)   Won 16-4 (+98 imps)

The Dawes team have won their league and were unbeaten throughout the season. If anyone can provide archive detail of the last time we were champions then we will report on that. Both the 2nd and 3rd teams were 5th in their respective leagues. 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). 

Yates Cup

Congratulations to Rosie Fowler and Cathy Sawers, 1st year students at the County Bridge Club, who won the Yates Cup. Runners-up were Tom Parry & Carole Barber. Results are available in the results section. 

Welcome St Oswald (Gimson Final and Joyce Cup venue)

The County Bridge Club is moving its bridge activities to its new premises on St Oswald Road on 22nd April with all club sessions except Saturday moving from St James Road. The venue will be known as St Oswald. The Gimson Final (28th April)  and Joyce Cup (15th May) will take place at St Oswald. Post code is LE3 6RJ. From the A563 ring road turn into Aikman Avenue where you will see the fire station on the corner, and then first right into St Oswald Road and drive to the end to find St Oswald.


LCBA League Final Positions 2018/2019

Congratulations to Clarendon who were handsome winners of Division 1 averaging 9.83 VPs per match, with runners up Glenfield A. In Division 2 Loughborough A were top with Grantham A second, Division 3 was topped by County C with JSH second, and Division 4 winners were County D followed by Westcotes B. The full tables are available from the top right menu. Hope you all enjoyed the season.

Josephs Bowl and Butterworth-Langley

Results from Josephs Bowl and Butterworth-Langley Trophy updated 11th April 2019. The Josephs final was won by Team Mason (Paul Bowyer, Duncan Happer, Jim Mason. Ben Norton and Dick Pathan) with runners up Team Wright, and the Butterworth Langley final sees Team Whiteman play Team Halford.

Josephs Bowl results and drawLink to Josephs Bowl draw

Butterworth-Langley Trophy results and drawLink to plate draw

Leicestershire Cup and Leicestershire Cup Plate

Congratulations to the winners of the Leicestershire Cup Team Whiteman and the Plate winners Team Thompson.

Leicestershire Cup results and drawLink to Leicestershire Cup draw

Leicestershire Cup Plate results and drawLink to plate draw

Charity Swiss Teams 2019

Glenfield Bridge Club hosted another enjoyable Charity Swiss Teams event supported by 12 teams. A big thank you to all the organisers for working so hard to make the event a success. Congratulations to Team Gibson (Angela Abbott, Ben & Joan Gibson and James Spencer) who came out top. Team Wright (Linda Stone, Bharat Thakrar, David Twells and Anne Wright) were runners up. Results and hands are available in the results calendar.

University of Sterling

Sam Punch from the University of Sterling is seeking financial support for research into the Sociology of Bridge which she is planning to undertake at the university with the aim of 'Keeping Bridge Alive'. She states: The key goals of KBA research are to transform the image of bridge, increase participation and enhance sustainability of the mind sport.

She is currently raising money to fund the project and is aiming to get as much as possible before next week when she is going to the US Spring Nationals where there is a strong possibility that whatever she has raised will be fund matched. There is much more information about the project here:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk Link to crowdfunder page

If you visit the link you will find that whilst many donations are anonymous there are some noteworthy individuals and associations - the Australian Bridge federation for one - emphasising the global nature of the appeal/problem.

Latest minutes

Executive Committee Minutes 29th November 2018 Link to minutesare now available

Leicester Mercury Bridge Trophy

We had a good entry of 11 pairs including many first year students taking part in their first competitive event. In an excellent event the top three pairs were:

  1. Anita Bartys & Tom Parry  75%
  2. Peter Ablett & Jean Pryor 62%
  3. Bhavna Patel & Chris Herbert 55%

Justin French & Chris Terry won the 1st year prize finishing 6th with over 50%.

National Pairs

Congratulations to Ben Norton (playing with Ankush Khandelwai) and Alison Nichols & Simon Stokes who qualified for the EBU National Pairs Final on 10th March 2019. They finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the Midlands Regional Heat at Solihull, and 6th and 19th in the overall National ratings.  

Leicestershire Green Point Event 2nd March

A good entry of 36 pairs enjoyed the event and thanks to director John Wilcox, and to Robert Northage & Dave Pollard who played to complete a half table. The winners were Sandy Davies (Yorkshire) & Roman Gembicki (Derbyshire). There were 11 pairs with Leicestershire interest and top half finishes for Andy Mackriell & Peter Nuttall (4th), Robert Northage & Dave Pollard (10th), Robert Missendon & George Strang (12th), Robert Kilip & Steve Fieldhouse (16th) and Brian & Sheila Stockdale (17th).

Wilde Cup

Congratulations to Team Betterley who were winners of the Wilde Cup on 13th February 2019. The event is an imp scoring teams of four event for less experienced players and we were delighted to see 10 teams enter. Runners up were Team Walker and non-expert prize went to Team Long. The same hands were played in both the Stanley Trophy and the Wilde Cup so those competing in the Wilde Cup can see how they compared with the scores in the Stanley Trophy.

Rutland Bridge Club

Rutland Bridge Cl;ub has changed its venue from 8th January 2019 to St Joseph's Catholic Church, Station Road, Oakham LE15 6QU. Play has also changed to Tuesday evening (from Thursday evening).

Grand Master Promotion

Congratulations to Simon Stokes who has been promoted to a Grand Master. To achieve this rank requires 120,000 master points including at least 600 green points. Simon joins Jim Mason and Paul Bowyer (Premier Grand Masters) and Pat Watson, Dick Pathan, Nick Stevens, Peter Harvey and Duncan Happer (all Grand Masters) as the Leicestershire players holding that rank or higher.

Midland Counties Congress

The Midland Counties Congress was held at West Midlands Bridge Club from Friday to Sunday 4th/6th January and Leicestershire were well represented. The event was well supported with 124 pairs and 57 teams competing in the main Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams events. In the Swiss Pairs Ben Norton (with Mike Bell) , Peter Nuttall & Richard Smith were on the top table for the final match. Ben & Mike won 19-1 to take the top position with Peter & Richard slipping to 7th. Pat Watson (with Peter Abbott) were 13th , Peter Neville & Bob Parker 19th. In the Swiss Teams Mary Johnson and Mike Mahoney playing with Andrew Leslie and John Mewes were 5th and Ian Bruce, Simon Stokes , Ben Norton and Nick Stevens were 7th. In the Friday mixed pairs event it was lovely to see Katie Bruce entering with son Daniel (aged 8).

Full results Link to MCC results page

Tollemache Qualifier 2018/2019

The Tollemache Cup qualifier 2018 was held at the Staverton Estate Hotel, Daventry on 17/18th November. The Leicestershire team was Jim Mason & Simon Stokes, Duncan Happer & Ben Norton, Colin Dean & Nick Stevens, and Rick Wilde with Dick Pathan / Kit Kitson. Leicestershire finished a creditable and close third (77 VPs) in group B behind qualifiers Cambs & Hunts and Oxfordshire (both 80 VPs). A well done to the team who were in contention for most of the event, but a loss against Yorkshire and an average result against three teams on the final day meant we just missed out.

The results were vs Cambs & Hunts lost 7-13 VPs, vs East Wales won 19-1, vs North East won 14-6, vs Yorks lost 5-15, vs Oxford drew 10-10, vs Warks won 11-9 VPs, vs Staffs & Shrops won 12-8. 

Tollemache Group B table.Link to Group B table

Tollemache results.Link to Tollemache results

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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

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Yates Cup
MCL 7 V Derbyshire
LCBA Charity Swiss Teams
Gimson Trophy Heat
Pairs League 3
Stanley Trophy Heat 6 of 7
Leicester Mercury Bridge Trophy
LCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
Pairs League 2
Stanley Trophy Heat 5 of 7
Wilde Cup
MCL 6 V Oxfordshire
Pairs League 1
28th Apr 2019
Gimson Final
St Oswald 14:00
1st May 2019
Buckby Cup (Mens Pairs)
Rothley Centre 19.15
1st May 2019
Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs)
Rothley Centre 19.15
2nd May 2019
League Forum
Rothley Centre (Lounge) 19:15
8th May 2019
Hyman Crammer
Rothley Centre 19.15
15th May 2019
Joyce Cup
St Oswald 19.15
16th May 2019
Pairs League 5
Rothley Centre 19.15
1st Jun 2019
Corwen Trophy (Sat & Sun)
8th Jun 2019
Pachabo Cup (Sat & Sun)
12th Jun 2019
Rothley Centre 19:15
22nd Jun 2019
LCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
tbc 12.00
20th Jul 2019
NCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
21st Jul 2019
NCBA Green Point Swiss Teams
Spondon 12:00