Somerset Contract Bridge Association
Somerset Contract Bridge Association


There is a  (seemingly) once in a lifetime chance coming up in Cheltenham, to listen to Zia Mahmood talk about the game of bridge, and to play some hands he has prepared and learn from them. It happens on Friday 8th December at Hatherley Manor Hotel and starts at 11.15; if you go visit the Cheltenham BC website ( you can find details of how to apply for tickets.   They cost £45 but that includes lunch and any profits go to a good cause.  

Dorset are holding a Multi-Teams event for the Weymouth and Hardwick Cups hosted by Dorchester Bridge Club, on Monday 4th December, commencing at 7.00pm.  This is a friendly event, with cash prizes including a ‘non-expert’ prize and teams from Somerset are welcome to enter on line at






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Thank you to all who took part.

I attach the final stratified results showing the points earned for your club - I hope you will also enter the 2nd part of the competition in January and encourage others to do likewise!

Congratulations to John Staite & John Carroll on winning the event & to Michael & Marie Blades on winning the Lundie Reese Trophy.


EBU County News November 2017
Team Competition Event Details
  AGM Swiss Teams

Played at Woolavington after the AGM which starts at 1pm.

Partnerships will draw for team mates from two pools of players - the ‘Lions’ and the ‘Tigers’. The ‘Lions’ will be the pool of pairs with the highest NGS rankings in the field. Their ‘Tigers’ team mates will be from the pool of pairs with the lowest NGS rankings in the field. During each round the teams’ pair from the Lions pool will play against each other, and consequently the teams’ pairs from the Tigers’ pool will also play against each other.

There will be prizes for first place and for the best ascending team in the second half.

  County Swiss Teams

Played at Woolavington


  Mixed Teams of Four

Played at Woolavington

Teams must include at least one man and one woman.

  Paul Jones

Played at Woolavington

Captains partner each team member in rotation.  

  County League for Clubs

Date: Specified Fridays at Woolavington Village Hall

24 board matches are played in three divisions and scored by imps converted to VPs.

Clubs may enter as many teams as they wish. A player can only represent one club during the season.

To try and avoid match dates having to be rearranged due to unavailability, it is suggested that each team has a pool of up to eight core players on which to call. A player in the team’s core group cannot play in one of the club’s other teams However a club can form a non core group of players who can be available to play for any of the club’s teams, if and only if a team is unable to fulfil a fixture with players from its core group. A player from a club’s non core group can play up to two times for a single club team during the season.

One day team events are played on an all play all basis with scoring by imps converted to VPs. Depending on the number of teams, the director will try and play between 36 to 45 boards for each event.      

  Club Teams of Eight for the Bill & Nora Williams Trophy


Played at Woolavington

Clubs may enter any number of teams of eight bona fide club members who need not be SCBA members but must be members of the EBU.

  Championship Teams of Four

Green points are awarded at all stages for this our principal knockout team’s event.

It should be noted that no more than two specified members of the team can have primary allegiance to another County at the time of entry and then throughout the entire period the team is participating in the event.  A player may not be a member of more than one team.

The event is a knockout competition and entries must be made by 1st September.

Matches will be played privately by arrangement. To avoid long delays in playing matches the captains must agree two dates (both to be before the round’s final play by date). In the event that the first date cannot be met then the second date becomes mandatory. If there are still problems, Frank Coltman must be contacted. She has the ultimate right to dismiss one or both teams if she reasonably believes that insufficient effort has been made to ensure a match is completed by the round’s play by date.

Knockout matches are played in 8 board stanzas. In the early rounds the match will be over 32 boards, in the semi-final over 40 boards and in the final over 48.boards.

In the event of a tie, extra boards equivalent to one eighth of the scheduled match are played and the procedure repeated until a victor is decided.

Seating Rights. The captain winning the toss may take the first choice or pass the right to his opponent. 1st choice: select one stanza with seating rights (i.e. how to place own pair after the opponents have seated). The choice then alternates, each captain selecting two stanzas (but not the last two at one turn).