Leicestershire Contract Bridge Association
Blue and White book changes

There are some important changes in the Blue and White books which we recommend you should be aware of. They include announcing short minor suit openings, alerting non-forcing change of suit responses which now include non-forcing responses to opening pre-empts and finally a new, simpler and wider definition of a "strong hand". The EBU document New Blue Book and White Book 2017 New Blue Book and White Book 2017Link to EBU summary document provides a useful one-page summary of these changes.

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge changed on 1st August 2017

The World Bridge Federation updated the Laws of Duplicate Bridge in 2017. These came into effect in England on 1st August 2017. The new 2017 Laws must be implemented at Club level by 1st October. The LCBA will switch over for its competitions on 20th September, i.e the first league match. 

Buy a copy of new rules Link to EBU Shop

EBU webpage New Laws of Bridge Link to EBU new laws webpage

Gordon Rainsford (EBU chief tournament director) videoLink to Gordon Rainsford Video

EBU 'How can I help you?' TD videosLink to EBU TD videos

Midland Counties League

The County teams played their first Midland Counties match of the season on 10th September 2017. We played Derbyshire (Home) and the results were :

First team (Dawes)   Won 19-1 (+208 imps)
Second team (Porter)   Lost 2-18 (-169 imps)
Third team (Markham)   Lost 2-18 (-145 imps)

More detailed scores and hands 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). 

Ben Norton Young Player of the Year

Ben Norton & Alex Roberts

Ben Norton & Michael Alishaw

Congratulations to Ben Norton who enjoyed a successful EBU Summer Meeting at Winter Gardens, Eastbourne on August 4th - 13th

  • Ben and Michael Alishaw won the 'Play with the experts' on 7th August
  • Ben and Alex Roberts won the Under 26 Championship pairs on 8th August
  • Ben received the Young Player of the Year award on 13th August
  • Summer meeting HubLink to EBU Summer meeting Hub
Scarborough - 27th July to 30th July

An enthusiastic group of 12 LCBA players travelled to Scarborough for four days of bridge at the annual congress.

Pride of place must go to Simon Stokes and Alison Nichols who won prizes for finishing a very impressive 9th out of 130 pairs in the main event held over Saturday and Sunday, also ending up 3rd in the pre-congress pairs on the Thursday. The Hilton team (Lyn Hilton, John Milne, Richard Smith and Ian McKelvey) also won a prize by finishing top in the consolation teams event on Friday evening.

Other achievements were an 8th place for Lyn and John in the pre-congress pairs where Anne and Steve Wright also finished well in the top half of the field. Simon’s team (Simon, Alison, Brian and Sheila Stockdale) qualified for the B final of the teams event on Friday but were rather below par in the final. In the main event there were top half finishes for Brian and Sheila, Lyn and John and Jenny Grant and Bharat.

No less competitive but thoroughly enjoyable was the annual putting (golf, not shot!) competition on the Saturday which was jointly won by Richard and Ian with 47 strokes. Everyone stayed in the Esplanade Hotel situated on the edge of the cliff with beautiful views over the South bay of the town but with the main advantage being that the bar was open all night!

Mention must also be made for Pat Watson who, together with teammates from Warwickshire, finished 2nd in their qualifying section of the teams event and thus qualified for the “A” final in the evening, a very impressive achievement.

Leicestershire Green Point Event

The Leicestershire Green Pointed Event on 17th June 2017 was won by William Crook & Ankush Khandelwal (Nottingham) with an impressive score of 100/140 and seven wins. Five leicestershire pairs entered amongst the 36 pairs competing, but unfortunately no top half finish. Ben Norton entered with Harry Madden (Derbyshire) (who played for the England Under 16s in the World Youth Championships last August (Ben played in the same event with the Under 26s)) and they finished 10th. Full results can be found in the results section.

AGM photo gallery 2017

The LCBA Annual General Meeting photo galleryLink to AGM photos is now available. Guest of Honour was our new life member Irene Krantz. When in please click on "slideshow" to start viewing.

Market Harborough Bridge Club

We are pleased to report that Market Harborough Bridge Club have become affiliated to the English Bridge Union. The club have duplicate evenings on Mondays (excepting bank holidays) at The Angel Hotel. Full details available on their website Link to Market Harborough Bridge Club website .

Executive committee minutes

The latest committee meeting minutes (7th March 2017) are now posted under LCBA Information, minutes.

Calendar change- League Forum

Please note the change to the League Forum date. The Forum is now scheduled for Thursday 7th September 2017 (previously Thursday 31st August). Venue is still the Rothley Centre.

View League Tables , Results and Fixtures
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Results
10th Sep 2017
MCL 1 v Derbyshire
16th Jul 2017
Presidents Cup Session All
17th Jun 2017
LCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
11th May 2017
Pairs League 5
10th May 2017
Joyce Cup
3rd May 2017
Hyman Crammer Trophy
30th Apr 2017
Midlands Mixed Pairs
26th Apr 2017
Buckby Cup (Mens Pairs)
26th Apr 2017
Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs)
23rd Apr 2017
Gimson Trophy Final
13th Apr 2017
Pairs League 4
12th Apr 2017
Stanley Trophy Heat 7 of 7
9th Apr 2017
LCBA Charity Swiss Teams
8th Apr 2017
National Pairs Final
Calendar
20th Sep 2017
LCBA League 1
23rd Sep 2017
DCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
24th Sep 2017
DCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Teams
Spondon 13:00
27th Sep 2017
Stanley Trophy Heat 1 of 7
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19:15
4th Oct 2017
LCBA League 2
8th Oct 2017
MCL 2 v Gloucestershire
Away 14:30
11th Oct 2017
Otto & Edith Bowl (Mixed Pairs)
County Bridge Club 19:15
18th Oct 2017
LCBA League 3
25th Oct 2017
Stanley Trophy Heat 2 of 7
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19:15
1st Nov 2017
LCBA League 4
8th Nov 2017
Leicestershire Cup R1
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19.15
12th Nov 2017
MCL 3 v Nottinghamshire
Away
15th Nov 2017
LCBA League 5
18th Nov 2017
Tollemache Cup Qualifier
The St Johns Hotel, Solihull
View League Tables , Results and Fixtures
No EBU Login required

Click for division 4 Click for division 3 Click for division 2 Click for division 1

League Team Captain / Player Login
EBU Login required
  • 1. Click on the link above
  • 2. Enter your EBU login details
  • 3. Select Utilities : EBULeague
  • 4. Select your team from list
Results
10th Sep 2017
MCL 1 v Derbyshire
16th Jul 2017
Presidents Cup Session All
17th Jun 2017
LCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
11th May 2017
Pairs League 5
10th May 2017
Joyce Cup
3rd May 2017
Hyman Crammer Trophy
30th Apr 2017
Midlands Mixed Pairs
26th Apr 2017
Buckby Cup (Mens Pairs)
26th Apr 2017
Olga Cup (Ladies Pairs)
23rd Apr 2017
Gimson Trophy Final
13th Apr 2017
Pairs League 4
12th Apr 2017
Stanley Trophy Heat 7 of 7
9th Apr 2017
LCBA Charity Swiss Teams
8th Apr 2017
National Pairs Final
Calendar
20th Sep 2017
LCBA League 1
23rd Sep 2017
DCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Pairs
Spondon 13:00
24th Sep 2017
DCBA / Joint Counties Green Point Swiss Teams
Spondon 13:00
27th Sep 2017
Stanley Trophy Heat 1 of 7
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19:15
4th Oct 2017
LCBA League 2
8th Oct 2017
MCL 2 v Gloucestershire
Away 14:30
11th Oct 2017
Otto & Edith Bowl (Mixed Pairs)
County Bridge Club 19:15
18th Oct 2017
LCBA League 3
25th Oct 2017
Stanley Trophy Heat 2 of 7
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19:15
1st Nov 2017
LCBA League 4
8th Nov 2017
Leicestershire Cup R1
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19.15
12th Nov 2017
MCL 3 v Nottinghamshire
Away
15th Nov 2017
LCBA League 5
18th Nov 2017
Tollemache Cup Qualifier
The St Johns Hotel, Solihull