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
CL Rules



All entries for a Club are made by the Secretary or Club League Representative who will be informed by
Bob Warrender of the fees  which must be paid to SCBA Treasurer (£50 per team if 10 in each division, £45 if 9, £40 if 8)
The name, initials phone number of each team captain
and names of core members of each team must be sent to Bob Warrender.

        1.Team members must be bona fide members of the club which they represent.

No player may represent more than any one club in the league.

A club must nominate a core of 4 to 8 players for each of the Club’s teams. These team members are expected to play most matches and cannot play for another team.

 Clubs must also have a pool of ‘infrequent players’ who can play for any of that Club’s teams if core team members are not available.

 ‘Infrequent players’ may  play for any team of the same club for a maximum of three matches.


Teams must make every effort to play matches on the designated night.

Reasons and consequences if this is not possible:

a) A Captain may not be able to field a team due to illness or holiday commitments of two or more team members (NOT because strongest players are not available) and has informed the opposing Captain and Bob Warrender with at least a week’s notice if a holiday committment or 24 hours if due to illness.

b) All or some of a team fail to arrive due to an accident, breakdown or illness en-route.

c) All or some of a team fail to arrive with no acceptable reason as in a) or b).

For a) and b) the Captain of the team prepared to play on the designated night may refuse to play the match privately or Captains may agree to play the match privately as soon as possible and with the team prepared to play on the designated night dictating where the match should be played.

For c) the match cannot be played privately, the offending team scores zero VPs for the match .

If a Captain refuses to play a match the team which was unable to play receives the smallest of:

       (i) 8 VPs           
      (ii) their end of programme average VPs
       (iii) 20 minus opponents average VPs (excluding defaulted matches and penalties).

The opposing team for a), b) or c) receives the greatest of:

      (i) 12 VPs             
      (ii) their end of programme average VPs 
      (iii) 20 minus opponents average VPs (excluding defaulted matches and penalties). 


Players in teams in ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions must be EBU members.


      2. Three divisions operate. New teams are usually assigned to Division 'C'.

In principle two teams are promoted and two relegated, but this may be affected by :

  • any increase or decrease in the total number of teams.
  • the option of a Captain of a less experienced team to remain in a lower division.
  • If entry exceeds 30 teams, the league may be organised into4 divisions.


      3.Teams play one match of 24 boards against each team in their division.

The total IMP difference is converted to VPs using the scale on Results Sheets.


      4. Permitted conventions are at EBU licence level 4 in 'A' & ‘B’ divisions, but level 2 in 'C'.


      5. Matches are played at Woolavington Village Hall (7.15 pm start) on dates given in the fixture list.

Twelve boards are played against one pair of opponents, boards are IMPed during a  break, then a further twelve boards played against opponents other pair.



If the team has completed less than 50 % of its matches, all VPs for matches involving that team will be discounted. (Winning teams will still get their EBU points.)

If the team has completed at least 50% of its matches, all VPs to be retained and any team which  has not played a match against the team which withdrew will be awarded VPs as in 1 above.     

Dates:    Sept 15, Oct 27, Nov 24, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 16, April 27, May 11