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New The EBU has created a series of videos featuring Gordon Rainsford to help club Tournament Directors deal with some of the more commonly occurring situations.

There are seven videos in the series: http://www.ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/td-videos 

The revoke
Opening lead out of turn
Unintended call
Insufficient bid
Call out of turn

Please remember that if one of these situations arises, you should, as a player, always call the director, and not try to sort this out yourself.


Update your record
Update your record

Middlesex is keen to contact members by email. We do this using the EBU database of members records. It maybe that your record is not up to date.

You can check it and amend it by going the the EBU website. Click here.

You will need your EBU number and password. You can obtain a password by clicking the "forgot password" box from the EBU if you don't have it.




The EBU National Grading Scheme is available here

EBU tournament page can be found here
Welcome to the Middlesex County Bridge Association website...
To be held at Pinner Bridge Club on Sunday May 6th 2018 at 2.00pm (prompt).

It is aimed at people who started lessons within the last few years and who have fewer than 1000 Masterpoints (or similar experience level).

¨           play at a relatively relaxed pace – about 10 minutes per board
¨           hand records with bidding and play commentary
¨           a break for mid-afternoon refreshments and a chance to chat to others
¨           trophies for the best performances
¨           EBU Masterpoints will be awarded
¨           a guaranteed friendly atmosphere and a good time for all!
¨           £5 per person (pay on the day)

Please enter on the Middlesex Bridge website
If you would like to play, but need a partner please contact tonystaw@blueyonder.co.uk and he will try to find a suitable partner for you.



Richard Hillman on winning the EBU London Easter Swiss Pairs

Simon Cope on winning the ACBL Silodor Pairs at the Spring North American Bridge Championships

Nevena Senior on winning selection for the England Women's team for the 2018 European Championships in Ostend in June

Waseem Naqvi & Tony Waterlow on winning the EBU Premier Grand Masters Pairs

Andrew Conway & Rob Corrie on winning the EBU Life Masters Pairs

Simon Cope & Tom Paske on winning the EBU National Point-a-Board Teams

Artur Malinowski on winning selection for the England Open team for the 2018 European Championships in Ostend in June


Gill Stock & Peter Hasenson on winning the EBU Year End Mixed Pairs

Shahzaad Natt on winning the EBU Year End Open Pairs

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Premier League

Andrew McIntosh on winning the Eastbourne Bowl at the EBU Autumn Congress

Andrew McIntosh on winning the BGB Gold Cup

Martin Jones & Neil Rosen on winning the BGB Silver Cup

Simon Cope on winning EBU Crockfords Cup

Nevena Senior, Nicola Smith & David Burn (Coach) on winning a silver medal in the Venice Cup at the WBF World Championships in Lyon 

Alexander Allfrey on retaining the Harold Poster Cup at the EBU Summer Congress

David Arundel & Andrew Bannock on winning the London July Swiss Pairs

Paul Walker & Frank Wharton on winning the Championship Pairs at the EBU Summer Seniors Congress

Artur Malinowski on finishing in 12th place in the Open Pairs Final at the European Open Championships. Alexander Allfrey finished in 31st place and Shireen Mohandes & Andy Bowles finished in 37th place. David Sherman won a silver medal in the EBL Cup.

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Schapiro Spring Foursomes and to Gerald Haase & Victor Silverstone on winning the Punchbowl

Artur Malinowski & Marilyn Malinowska and TGRs Bridge Club on winning the EBU NICKO

Martin Jones on winning the Harrogate Spring Congress Swiss Pairs

Andrew McIntosh on winning the EBU Point-a-Board Consolation Teams


Contract is 4 Spades by South.
West leads Heart King.
What is the line of play?


4 is Puppet to four spades

West led the king of hearts. Declarer could count nine winners and while a double finesse in clubs would offer around a 3:1 chance of success, declarer felt that he should be able to do better. He had recognised a classic sign of an elimination play as the way to make his tenth trick: plentiful trumps and a club suit that would benefit from such a plan. The problem was the diamond suit. He asked himself, “How can I prevent East from gaining the lead while preparing the sought-after elimination?” He was able to come up with the winning answer – he ducked the king of hearts. At trick two West shifted to a diamond, respecting East’s nine-of-hearts suit-preference signal. Declarer rose with the ace of diamonds then drew trumps with the king and ace. Next he played the ace and jack of hearts, discarding dummy’s two remaining diamonds. After winning with the queen of hearts West exited with a diamond, as he could not play a club without giving declarer his tenth trick. Declarer ruffed this in dummy then crossed back to hand with the queen of trumps to ruff his last diamond, thereby eliminating that suit. As all of the preliminary work was complete, declarer played the jack of clubs from dummy next and passed it to West when East followed with a low card. After winning with the queen of clubs West had no winning option. He had to give declarer his tenth trick, either by conceding a ruff-and-discard with a heart exit or by leading a club into declarer’s tenace.

2017 Middlesex Congress

Congratulations to:

Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne

Winners of the Swiss Pairs

Catherine Seale & Ian Pagan

Alan Kay & David Walker

Winners of the Swiss Teams

Mini Bridge for Children

Over 50 children aged 6-16 attended a series of Minibridge camps this summer organised by Middlesex County Bridge Association and held at Pinner Bridge Club.

Leading the team of volunteers was MCBA Vice Chairman Harish Patel, with teaching under the tutelage of MCBA President Paul Wilson and MCBA Committee member Harold Schogger. EBTA Professional teachers, with over 60 years teaching experience.

Several of the children achieved the necessary standard to receive EBED Minibridge Junior Award Scheme certificates. All the children said they enjoyed the camp and couldn’t wait for the next one!

The mayor of Harrow, Councillor Margaret Davine, kindly visited on Monday 14th August and commented, I was very impressed by the enthusiasm and standard reached by the children who attended the Minibridge Summer Camp and hope they will continue to enjoy playing throughout their lives.

MCBA Officers and Committee 2017/18

President: Paul Wilson

Vice Presidents: Jill Feldman & Gulab Shah


Chairman: Peter Hasenson 

Vice Chairman: Harish Patel

Treasurer: Pradip Shah 

Secretary: Debra Kleinman

Committee: Irene Fine, Dilip Mithani,

Harold Schogger, Lewis Selby,

Pankaj Shah, Victor Silverstone,

Jacqui Tobias, Tony Waterlow


EBU Shareholders

Peter Hasenson, Harish Patel

MCBA Roll of Honour 2016/17

Middlesex Cup

Victor Silverstone (Capt.), Gerald Haase, Jerry Harouni, Waseem Naqvi, Ian Panto, Tony Waterlow

Championship Pairs

Catherine Seale, Nick Simms

Mixed Pairs

Ranjan Panchamia, Suren Velayutham

Ladies Pairs

Vanessa Clarke, Jacqui Tobias

Senior Pairs

Susan Moss, David Moss

Dorset Cup

Russell Tenzer (Capt.), Gary Diamond, Jeff Hartstone, Murray Leader

'No Fear' Gentle Pairs

Ben Lewis, Senthur Shanmurgorasa

Committee Cup

Peter Hasenson (Capt.), Ben Ritacca, Harold Schogger, Frank Wharton

Club Teams of 8

Pinner Bridge Club

League Division One

Jill Feldman (Capt.), Neil Rosen, Anne Rosen, Keith Bennett, Richard Hillman, Simon Cope 

League Division Two

Heather Tan (Capt.), Nicole Cook, Ray Clarke, Matthew Tan

League Division Three

David Landes (Capt.), Dennis Backer, Denice Golend, Jeff Harris, Stuart Leigh, Russell Spiro

Congress Swiss Pairs

Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne

Congress Swiss Teams

Jeffrey Allerton, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Phillip Wood

Middlesex Plate

Azad Hussein, Harry Asher, Anojan Pothalingham, Suren Velayutham

Championship Pairs Final
Director: Richard Banbury
Mixed Pairs Final
Director: Richard Banbury
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - postponed to May 6th
Director: Tony Staw
Championship Pairs Qualifier 1
Director: Gary Conrad
Mixed Pairs Qualifier 2
Director: Gary Conrad Satish
Championship Pairs Qualifier 2
Director: Gary Conrad
Club Teams of Eight
Director: Richard Banbury
Mixed Pairs Qualifier 1
Director: Richard Banbury
Championship Pairs Qualifier 1 - cancelled due to snow
Director: Gary Conrad
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
29th Apr 2018
Ladies and Gents Pairs
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Gary Conrad
 Click for more information
6th May 2018
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - rescheduled
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Tony Staw
 Click for more information
6th Jun 2018
Committee Cup
Totteridge BC 19:45
Director: Gary Conrad
 Click for more information
24th Jun 2018
Dorset Cup
Pinner Bridge Club 12:00
Director: Gary Conrad
 Click for more information
24th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
25th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
23rd Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet
24th Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet