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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...
Middlesex Members at EBU Summer Festival

Four Star Teams: Winner Artur Mailinowski; 3rd Andrew McIntosh; 4th Simon Cope

Four Stars Teams B Final: 4th Peter Hasenson & John Vos

Swiss Teams: 3rd= Andy Bowles & Shireen Mohandes, Niall Igoe; 7th= Jerry Harouni, Waseem Naqvi, Ray Robinson & Tony Waterlow; 9th Martin Lerner & Ernest Schlesinger

Saturday Swiss Pairs: 5th= Anojan Pothalingam & Suran Velayutham

Sunday Swiss Pairs: Winner Tony Mutukisna

Point a Board Teams: Winner James Thrower, 5th= Nick Simms & John Vos, David Sherman

Mixed Pairs: Winner David Sherman

Mixed Pivot Teams: 5th Niall Igoe & Steve Root

GCH Fox Pairs: Winner Niall Igoe & Steve Root

Championship Swiss Pairs for Harold Poster Trophy: 2nd Waseen Naqvi & Tony Waterlow; 3rd Ian Pagan

Friday Open Pairs: 2nd Peter Hasenson & David Sherman

Middlesex Cup
Entries are now open for the MCBA's premier knock out teams event.  This is a green point event.
Teams may comprise up to 6 people and the entry cost is £20 per team.
The winning team will be invited to represent Middlesex at the EBU Pachabo Cup in 2019.
All losers before the round of 8 will be able to play in the Middlesex Plate for free.
The closing date for entry is now 20th October 2018  Click here for online entry. OR send an email to mcba.entries@gmail.com with your entry.
The draw will be made on 24th October 2017

Middlesex Calendar 2018/19

Seniors Pairs. Single session starting at 14:00

11th November 2018 at Pinner BC

Dorset Cup. Blue Pointed multiple Teams. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

2nd December 2018 at Pinner BC

Club Teams of 8. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

27th January 2019 at Pinner BC - Qualifier for the Garden Cities Trophy

Championship Pairs. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

31st March 2019 at Pinner BC - Qualifier for the Reg Corwen Trophy

Ladies and Gents Pairs. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

14th April 2019 at Pinner BC

Mixed Pairs. Blue Pointed. 2 sessions starting at 12:00

28th April 2019 at Pinner BC

** Bid of 2S is Weak Two **

Contract is 3 No Trumps by South.
West leads Club Ten.
What is the line of play?


West decided against leading a spade, rightly fearing that it might give declarer his ninth trick.  Instead, he opted for safety, leading the ten of clubs.  Declarer took the first trick with the ace of clubs and then cashed his remaining club winners. This enabled declarer to place West with ten cards in the black suits, so South decided to extract the remaining red-suit cards in West’s hand.

Declarer’s first move in that direction was to play the four of diamonds from hand to the eight, nine and ten from East. Declarer took the queen of diamonds continuation with the ace, West discarding a spade, and played the four of hearts from hand. West rose with the queen of hearts and exited with a heart to declarer’s ace. West had shown up with 6=2=1=4 shape. Declarer played the queen of spades next. It did not matter whether West took the ace of spades or ducked: declarer would make two spade tricks, along with one in hearts, two in diamonds and four in clubs for his contract.



Artur Malinowski on winning the 4 Stars Teams at the EBU Summer Festival

Artur Malinowski & Neil Rosen (NPC) on representing the England Open team at the European Championship. The team finished 7th and thereby qualified for the Bermuda Bowl World Championship in Sanya, China in 2019

Nevana Senior & David Burn (Coach) on representing the England Women's team at the European Championships. The team finished 5th and thereby qualified for the Venice Cup World Championship in Sanya, China in 2019

Shazaad Natt on winning the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Championship Pairs & Swiss Teams

Nevana Senior on winning the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Swiss Pairs

Alexander Allfrey on winning the EBU Shapiro Spring Foursomes for the third year in a row

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

Middlesex Cup 2017/18

Congratulations to:

Neil Rosen, Anne Rosen, Simon Cope, Martin Jones, Keith Bennett & Richard Hillman

Winners of the 2017/18 Middlesex Cup

Representative Bridge

Do you want to play bridge for Middlesex?


Middlesex fields representative teams in various competitions throughout the season.


The Metropolitan Cup is an early season Teams of 8 competition for the southern Counties. We field A, B & C teams, covering all standards of play and the event takes place this year on Sunday 30th September in East Grinstead.


We field two teams in the Home Counties League, an event for Teams of 8 currently between London, Surrey and Middlesex and which takes place once a month on Thursday evenings starting in November and finishing in the Spring. Most matches take place at TGRs Bridge Club, London W2. It is open to all players below the rank of Grand Master.


The Tollemache is the EBU inter-county championship teams of 8.


The Pachabo is the EBU inter-county teams of 4, open to the winners (or runners-up) of the County teams championship, in our case the Middlesex Cup.


The Corwen is the EBU inter-county pairs championship open to the highest placed pairs in each county’s championship pairs event.


All these events are Green Pointed and Middlesex pays the entry fees and provides refreshments to our competitors.


Applications are invited from Middlesex members, both pairs and individuals, to play for one or more of our representative teams. Please email your interest to us at mcba.entries@gmail.com

Middlesex Congress

Last year, to mark our 80th-anniversary, we donated all the profit from the Congress to our chosen charity Rays of Sunshine and thanks to your generosity, we sent a cheque for £2,500! Thank you to everyone who played, bought raffle tickets or made a donation.

"Rays of Sunshine is a UK registered charity that grants wishes to children, aged three to 18 years old, living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. We believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold – even if it is just for one day." raysofsunshine.org.uk

Registered charity number 1102529


2018 Congress:

Saturday 24th November

& Sunday 25th November

MCBA Officers and Committee 2018/19

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, Lyn Fry, Harold Schogger,

Lewis Selby, Pankaj Shah, Jacqui Tobias, Tony Waterlow


EBU Shareholders

Peter Hasenson, Harish Patel

Committee Cup
Director: Gary Conrad
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - rescheduled
Director: Tony Staw
Ladies Pairs and Gents Pairs
Director: Gary Conrad
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
11th Nov 2018
Seniors' Pairs
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Mick Green
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24th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Jewish Free School (JFS), The Mall, HA3 9TE
25th Nov 2018
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Jewish Free School (JFS), The Mall, HA3 9TE
2nd Dec 2018
Dorset Cup
Pinner Bridge Club 12:00
Director: Gary Conrad
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27th Jan 2019
Club Teams of Eight
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Mike Green
 Click for more information
17th Mar 2019
No Fear Gentle Duplicate - rescheduled
Pinner Bridge Club 14:00
Director: Tony Staw
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31st Mar 2019
Championship Pairs Final
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Richard Banbury
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14th Apr 2019
Ladies Pairs and Gents Pairs
Pinner BC 12:00
 Click for more information
28th Apr 2019
Mixed Pairs Final
Pinner BC 12:00
Director: Richard Banbury
 Click for more information
23rd Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
24th Nov 2019
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams