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Bridge in Merseyside & Cheshire
Bridge in Merseyside & Cheshire

This is the official website of Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association.  We hope you will find the information you are looking for.  If you don't, please use the "contact us" facility to email us. Click here to send your query/comments.

Learn to play bridge!

Many of the clubs in Merseyside offer beginners' and/or improvers' lessons. There are also easy duplicate sessions for improvers. As these change in availability it is not possible to keep a definitive list on this site. You can access the clubs' websites through the link top left on this site. Depending on where you live, possible clubs to try include Blundellsands BC, Deva, Liverpool BC, and Merseyside Bridge Centre. 

For other suggestions, please click here to go to the EBU (English Bridge Union) education charity's website. 

Merseyside & Cheshire Facebook Page
Merseyside & Cheshire Facebook Page

Are you on Facebook? Why not visit our Facebook page. Click on the logo. If you "like" the page you will get updates on forthcoming events etc. 

Archived News
Play EBU Bridge Online

Did you know you can now play in EBU tournaments online from the comfort of your own home?  You need to be a member of BBO, which is free and very easy to join, and then the individual tournaments cost a minimal amount ($1US) to enter. You can earn EBU masterpoints. The main page of the BBO website gives details of the times and days. 

Scottish National Women's Teams

Scottish National Women's Teams 16-17 Jan

Congratulations to Jean Keen, who with partner Suzy Lawson (Avon), Roz Bavin (Jersey) & Pam Pearce (Gloucs), finished 6th out of 24 teams after finishing in 2nd place at the end of the Saturday session. There were some strong teams, including the Scottish National representative team who were worthy winners. It was apparently a very enjoyable & well-run event, and the Sassenachs were made most welcome at the new Melville Bridge Club!  

Manchester Congress

The Manchester Congress was held on the weekend of 2/3 January at the V&A Hotel in Manchester.

Best M&CBA results were

Championship Pairs - 5th out of 65 pairs - Tracy Capal and Paddy Murphy

Championship Teams - 5th Peter Richmond (with Roger Allison, Liz and Bill Wattleworth of Lancashire); 6th Sheila Shea, Edward Jones, Margaret Barnes, Wynn Williams

The teams were divided into 3 sections with 29 teams in all. 

Well done to everyone.

Northern Year End Congress

This EBU event was held in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire between Christmas 2015 and New Year 2016. There were some good results for Merseyside & Cheshire players:

Swiss Pairs:

Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks
David Stevenson & Liz Commins
6= Gary Hyett & Margaret Howe

Swiss Teams:

David Stevenson & Liz Commins
    Stuart Matthews & Mark Weeks

Well done everyone!

EBU Silver Plate
David Stevenson writes: "The final of the EBU Silver Plate between David Stevenson - Liz Commins  Paul Roberts - Julian Merrill Paddy Murphy (M&CBA) - Simon Edwards (N Wales), and a team from the Derby area was played over 48 boards at the East Midlands Bridge Academy, near Derby, on Tuesday 10th January 2017.
Unfortunately our team failed to recover from losing 28 imps over the first 16 boards, and finally lost - by one imp!"
Great try guys!
In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we have to record the passing of Pete Lloyd on Friday 17 January 2014.
Pete was a well liked player in league, County and other events until he retired from bridge 3 years ago to pursue his musical interests.
Our thoughts are with his wife Karen and their families.

The funeral is at Thornton Crematorium on Wednesday 29 January at  3.20pm followed by refreshments at the Royal Oak on Warrenhouse Road

Camrose Trophy

Every year the Home International Series for the Camrose Trophy takes place, with England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire battling it out over 2 long weekends of bridge. To ensure that no team sits out for a session, each nation takes turns to provide a second team and in 2016 it is the turn of Wales to do so. After a good performance in the recent Welsh Premier League a pair from our County - Barry Jones and Bob Pitts - have been selected to play in the Welsh B team. They will play during the first Camrose weekend 8-10 January which takes place in Eire. The event can be watched on-line via BBO. We wish them every success (as long as they don't beat England of course!)

Changes in Executive Committee

The Cabinet is not the only body to have a reshuffle! The M&CBA Executive has also been playing musical chairs! 

John Hampson has stepped aside from his role as Deputy Chairman in order to concentrate on his new role as Chairman of the Selection Committee. The new Deputy Chairman is Julian Merrill. Paul Roberts has indicated that he will delay his retirement as Chairman, if required, to allow Julian time to get used to his new role, which traditionally leads to the incumbent taking over the Chairmanship.
Julian's former role as Treasurer is being taken on by Bernard Kaye (in addition to his role as NBL representative), so a big welcome to him.
Resignation of Sally Bugden

Resignation of Sally Bugden leads to changes in EBU Charity.

Letter from the EBU January 2014. Click here to open in a new window.

M&CBA's Newest Grandmaster

Congratulations to Bob Pitts who is the latest Grandmaster in the County. According to the EBU ranking lists we now have 10 Grandmasters and 4 Premier Grandmasters in the County. That is not counting those who have achieved that rank through the WBU but also play regularly in, and for, M&CBA. Not bad for such a small county!

New alerting and announcing rules


There are some changes to announcing and alerting from 1 August. There is a new summary which you can read by clicking here


The main changes are to extend announcement:
1. natural 2NT openings [tell opponents the range] and Stayman [only four-card Stayman] and Transfers after 2NT openings. 
2 non-forcing short minor openings, as played by some people with 5-card majors [short club] or Precision [short diamond]. Now instead of alerting them you say "May be two/one/none" being the minimum number of cards in the suit. 
Strong clubs and either/or clubs are still alerted, three-card minors are natural and neither alerted nor announced.

The one notable change to alerting is that after an opening bid, if any of the next three calls are an artificial suit bid then they are alerted even if they are above 3NT.
David Stevenson, County Chief TD
New alerting and announcing rules
EBU Gold Award M&CBA president Grattan Endicott

Grattan Endicott wins EBU Gold Award

At yesterday's AGM a number of awards were presented.

Gold Award

This award, given for outstanding contribution to the management/administration of the game at national and/or international level, went to: Grattan Endicott - Merseyside & Cheshire.

Many congratulations Grattan.  For full article, click here.