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What is stratification?

Stratification is a way for clubs to spread their Master Points awards so that players of all ranks have a greater opportunity to earn points. In the past, to give less experienced players a better chance to earn Master Points, you would have to separate them from your Grand Masters and have them playing in their own section. That's if you are lucky enough to have a club large enough to be able to split into multiple sections!

Stratification allows all players to compete within a single large section, whilst awarding Master Points to the lower-ranked players as if they had been competing in their own section. In summary: Players are divided into categories based on their Master Point rank. A ranking list is produced for each category. Any pair that finishes in the top third of their own category earns Master Points. If they do well in relation to pairs that are more highly ranked than them, they could earn Master Points for that instead, if that would have been more beneficial (i.e. pairs are not penalised for being in a lower category).

Last updated : 9th Mar 2012 12:27 GMT

We are using a variety of movements to accommodate a variety of table numbers. Our premise is to avoid a 3 board sit-out wherever that is possible. We are using  straight Mitchell,  share and relay Mitchell,  skip Mitchell,  Hesitation Mitchell ,  Howell and Bowman movements. For all but ordinary Mitchell movements the table card shows the next move as does the Bridgepad too.

Sometimes, of course, the nature of an event dictates the movement, eg a single winner movement is required when a trophy is at stake.

As long as everyone waits for the director to call the move there really should be no problem but don't forget to keep the board in the middle of the table pointing in the right direction!

Awaiting the director's call to move for the next round can be even more important in a teams evening, not least because the next move is not necessarily a carbon copy of the previous round

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2012 15:47 GMT

This acronym stands for Best Behaviour at Bridge.

The EBU has published the following statement:

Greet others in a friendly manner prior to start of play on each round

Be a good "host" or "guest" at the table

Make your convention card readily available to your opponents and fill it out completely

Make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents

Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play

Take care of your personal grooming

Ensure that your mobile phone is turned off

Enjoy the company as well as the game

Remember that it is rude to criticise your partner or opponents in public, to be less than polite at the table, to gloat over good results or object to the call of the tournament director or to dispute  a director's ruling.

The EBU goes on to say:

If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner the director should be called immediately. Annoying behaviour, embarrassing remarks or any conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties. This can include immediate board penalties, and if a future violation is incurred at the same event, disqualification from future competition in that event. Any further violations may result in a disciplinary hearing where the player's future participation in tournaments will be considered.

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2012 15:48 GMT
Six-monthly Ladder and Ascenders Awards

The ladder will run over a 26-week period, January to June and July to December.

  • Members will be ranked in order of the accumulation of their best 10 weeks percentages over the 26 week period and must have at least ten scores to qualify.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top pair overall
  • Prizes will also be awarded to the individual who has climbed the furthest from their previous ladder position.
  • The ladder positions will be regularly updated and posted on the notice board.
  • Additional Master Points are awarded for the pairs competition only see the EBU's Master Point Handbook.
Last updated : 3rd Mar 2012 14:57 GMT

 Children In Need 


Thank you everybody who played in this event, thanks to your generosity we raised £250 !




Last updated : 14th Nov 2017 09:06 GMT
Universal Membership-Pay To Play

From April 2010 everyone playing in an affiliated club will become a member of the English Bridge Union. Individuals will no longer pay an annual subscription; the EBU will be financed by a session fee levied on each player. The fee in 2010 will be 35p per player per session; 29p will go to the EBU and 6p to Bedfordshire Bridge Association. Each club will pay a reduced annual affiliation fee-30, down from 35.Clubs will no longer pay separately for Master Points-LBBC paid 213 in 2008/9.

As a result of this change everyone will receive the annual six copies of English Bridge together with the EBU diary; the club receives a reduction of nearly half of the amount it has paid in recent years for its annual insurance policy. Other benefits will include director training, reductions in certain personal insurance, car rental and hotel rates as well as bridge advice and discounts on bridge materials.

Leighton Buzzard Bridge Club Committee has unanimously decided that the club should continue its affiliation-in other words status quo should be maintained. Bridge is and will remain a very cheap hobby. We play bridge because we love it and we feel confident that members will wish to support the national and local organisations as they seek ways of strengthening the game.

During the year the committee will look at the financing of these developments. retention of the current  subscription and a modest increase in table money are the likeliest options/

Naturally committee members will be happy to answer questions and it is open to members to challenge the committee's recommendations. This can be done by an EGM and the club rules are available via the club's website or any member of the committee.

The schedule of implementation is that the EBU requires a decision from clubs in August 2009. In the autumn names and addresses etc of members will be required. It is perfectly possible for members to withhold such information but that may mean some reduction of services, where addresses are required, to that member.

The committee unanimously recommends this policy to members.

David Gilling Chairman July 2009

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2012 15:48 GMT
Rule changes

Those Affecting Players


You should shuffle your cards after the hand before returning them to the board.

You are still required to agree a hesitation, for example, whenit happensand the TD should be summoned if there is any disagreement. The new laws state that the best time to claim actual damage is at the end of the hand (e.g. rather than on sight of dummy).


You are now allowed to ask about the meaning of an indivdual call in the opponents' auction.But it shouldn't be done in such a way as to suggest a call or play to partner such as "does that 2H bid show hearts?"-perhaps indicating that the questioner holds hearts.


Sometimes players ask questions because they do not think their partner has understood. It is illegal to do so.


There is a short period betweenthe final pass and the first card being faced, when questions are asked. This is now called the Clarification Period. Players may consult their own system cards during this time to make sure that nothing has been misexplained, for example.


When you put the dummy down you must display it with the lowest ranking cards near declarer.


Dummy can no longer ask a defender whether he has revoked. However, he can still ask declarer.


Defenders are allowed to ask one another whether he has revoked. This returns to a situation outlawed in 1987.


Players are now allowed to point out that a quitted card is pointing the wrong way. Declarer can do it at any time;dummy or defenders can do it only until the lead is made to the following trick.


It's now official-the chief object while playing is to obtain higher score than other contestants!

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2012 15:59 GMT