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EBU Masterpoints Promotions latest

There have been several recent promotions for Blaby members in the EBU Masterpoints Promotions list since I last posted them.

Well done to the following:

Gill Ivell - One Star Master
Martin Stone - Advanced Master
Chris Biggs - County Master
Jane Smith - District Master
Malcolm Newel - Area Master
David Ambrose - Club Master

You can see your current status on this and the National Grading Scheme by logging on to My EBU (see Useful Links in menu above).

Play it again

Now that we enter the hands at the Club, why don't you look at the Play it again feature which shows how it should be done - double dummy of course!

Members Only

The Members Only section contains a notice board where you will be able to leave messages for other registered members, advertise for partners, amend your details etc. To register e-mail me at

Bridge Warehouse
Bridge Warehouse

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
This is one of a number of changes which have been made as part of ongoing efforts to increase the shop's revenue, and thus provide more profit for reinvestment by the EBU in providing activities and services for members, clubs and counties.
To visit the site follow this link.


Welcome to Blaby Bridge Club
Neil and Pat Beasley Dimmie Fleming awards in English Bridge Magazine
  • Neil and pat awards
  • Neil and Pat receiving Dimmie Fleming Awards
  • Neil Award
  • Pat Award

After months of COVID-19 delays, we are delighted to report that Neil and Pat have finally been presented with their prestigious Dimmie Fleming awards by LCBA Chairman Dean Benton.

The Dimmie Fleming award is given by the E.B.U. to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of bridge at County Level. Neil and Pat are only the 5th and 6th Leicestershire recipients of the award,  following George Taylor, Marjorie Hathaway, Ramnik Samani and Robert Northage. Well deserved and thank you.


Further to this piece which we reported last year, an article about Neil and Pat winning this prestigious award has been included in the February 2021 edition of the English Bridge magazine. 


The Dimmie Fleming Award is given by the EBU to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of bridge at County Level.

We are delighted to report that this year the LCBA nominations for Neil and Pat Beasley have been accepted and were announced at the LCBA 2020 AGM. Neil has given 40 years and Pat 25 years of service to the County Association, in which through dedication and hard work they have served on several LCBA committees. Neil has been Vice Chairman, Chairman and Past Chairman, Tournament Secretary for 21 years and Master Points Secretary since 2004. Pat was Membership Secretary for 25 years and also Minutes Secretary and other positions.

Despite the problems with the Coronavirus, this has been a momentous year for Neil and Pat. In February they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. They are just starting their 60th year at Blaby. And now this award

A big thank you from all at Blaby the LCBA and congratulations on the Awards.



The Club
The Club

The Club was founded in 1947 by Nora and Harold Toon. Both were keen bowls players so the Bridge Club has always used Blaby Bowling Club as its premises apart from the summer months when bowls takes precedence.
We play every Tuesday starting at 7:15pm prompt. Visitors are always welcome when partnering a member. A pair of visitors are also welcomed. Please contact us if you intend to play.
For directions to the Club look under Information in the menu on the left.

Beryl Cooklin

I am sorry to report that Beryl Cooklin died on Monday 8th March after a long illness.

Both Beryl and her husband Henry, who died last year, were fine bridge players. They have given great service to Leicestershire Bridge over many years achieving many successes. Originally they played league bridge very successfully with the former Spencefield Bridge Club.

Both were long-time members of Blaby, being an integral part of our A Team. Both supported the Club and enjoyed several of our social activities such as Wine and Dine evenings.

A very courteous and pleasant lady, Beryl will be greatly missed.

Marjorie Gilbertson

I am very sad to have to report that Marjorie Gilbertson died this morning, March 3rd, at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. She had been ill for some time.

Marjorie was a long-standing member at Blaby and a fine bridge player. A lovely lady, she was a pleasure to play with.

I will post further details when I have them.

An update from the LCBA

Please see the following letter from the LCBA sent to all Clubs which gives an update on the situation of bridge in Leicestershire.

I am writing to give you an update about LCBA thinking about competitions for this season and to tell you about what LCBA can offer its affiliated clubs and members at this time.

The teams of 8 league

At our last meeting we reviewed the position with regard to our competitions. By now we would normally have played three rounds of the teams of 8 league. While I thought the chances of playing a full season were remote I had been hoping the position would change sufficiently to allow us to play a limited league programme starting in January 2021. There is no indication at this stage that this will be possible and the November lockdown, which was announced after our last meeting, reinforces that view. So LCBA has taken the decision to abandon the teams of 8 league for 2020-21, with a view to starting it again in September 2021 if circumstances permit.

Other teams and pairs competitions

We also thought it most unlikely that we would be able to run our annual competitions playing face to face in 2020-21, though if the position changes significantly we would revisit that decision. We have decided not to run competitions for our existing trophies online this season. LCBA is currently running a Stanley type competition and a Swiss teams competition online and intends to offer further competitions in the New Year once those competitions are complete. One possibility is a competition aimed at NGS 9 or below, but we would like to hear your suggestions and feedback. We would consider running competitions played in one session or over several evenings and while we are not holding competitions for our current trophies we would consider holding competitions in similar formats if there is demand (as we are currently doing for the Stanley type competition). Please treat this as an opportunity to let me know what you and your members would like.

The Midlands Counties Online League

In the past LCBA has entered three teams for the Midlands Counties League. This year it is being played online. Some of the players who have represented the county in the past are not playing online, so we are on the lookout for players who would be interested in doing so on an online basis. If any pair or any individual in your club is interested please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Assistance for clubs to set up as virtual (i.e. online) clubs

We now have 6 clubs in Leicestershire that have regular sessions of on-line bridge, offering master points, NGS submissions to the EBU and the ability for EBU members to continue subscribing to the EBU through the P2P scheme.  These 6 clubs have all signed up to an EBU sponsored Virtual Club scheme on Bridge Base Online (BBO) and are running duplicate pairs sessions regularly – some on two or more days a week.  LCBA is running a monthly ‘on-line Stanley’ competition and has started a Swiss Teams event – again being run on line.  Full details of these and any other competitions will be advertised on the LCBA web-site, so please keep checking it regularly. If your club is already playing online we are always available to offer help and advice, but this part of the letter is really aimed at clubs who have not taken this option.

The reason I am writing is to establish whether there is any assistance LCBA can offer to your club and its members with regard to playing on-line.  If you wish to become an on-line virtual club able to run your own sessions, we can help by initially running sessions on BBO for you while training your own team of on-line TDs so that you are able to set up and run your own on-line sessions.  There would be no charge for this – other than the charges set by BBO (typically £1.00 per table per session) and the UMS fee paid to the EBU per player (which is no different to your normal club session charge).  It may be that you would prefer to join forces with another club – either one that is already established on-line, or another that has yet to move to the on-line format, and we may be able to help facilitate this.  We can also offer ‘taster’ sessions if you wish to look at what is involved in setting up and running an on-line virtual club in order to help you decide whether or not this format is for you, and provide similar assistance to any of your members who may have no experience of playing on line and would like to start.  BBO is free to join and playing on BBO is free for all casual games; fees are only charged for organised Club tournaments and other competitions that would attract an EBU UMS charge. 

If there is anything we can do to assist you or your members with playing on-line bridge, please let me know.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Dave Pollard

General Secretary LCBA

Two new LCBA online tournaments

The LCBA are advertising two new BBO competitions, namely 

  • Online Stanley - pairs
  • Lockdown Swiss Teams - teams of 4

The Online Stanley does not replace the Stanley Trophy but it is designed for those with a NGS of 10 or more.

The  Lockdown Swiss Teams will consist of between 5 and 7 rounds, each against different teams and up to 2 weeks between each round.

If you are tempted by either or both competitions you can get full details and entry forms on the LCBA website. You can get to the LCBA website by clicking this link.

Virtual LCBA
Virtual LCBA

The LCBA are setting up a Virtual Bridge Club which will start by running fortnightly duplicate sessions on Saturday mornings starting 10:00.  We hope you can support their events. You will need to register with them on the LCBA website.

Online Bridge

As you know, the EBU have responded to the closure of bridge clubs during the present Coronavirus crisis by running EBU games on Bridgebase Online (BBO) every day for the last two months and they say they have been going extremely well.

However, some players have found the competitiveness a bit intimidating so the EBU are going to start a new “9-high relaxed tournament” at 11am every day starting this Monday, May 25th.

There are more details on the EBU website but Gordon Rainsford, Chief Executive of the EBU, gives us the following information about the proposals:

  • Like all our other games, these will be 12 boards costing BB$1.50 each. This not only helps support the EBU but also currently puts 1/3 of the money into a fund specially for supporting our affiliated clubs;
  • They will be aimed at less-experienced players and those who have an NGS no higher than a 9;
  • Only Level 2 agreements will be allowed (no multi 2Ds) and we expect that Acol will be the dominant system, although simple five-card majors systems will be allowed;
  • Players who don’t follow the ethos of the games will be asked not to come back – do tell the TD if your opponents fall into this category;
  • “Undos” will be allowed if you mis-click – but they aren’t intended to allow you to change your mind once you have chosen a call or play, just for mis-clicks.

We know that a number of our “virtual clubs” are planning games like this aimed at similar groups of players and if you are lucky enough to belong to such a club we encourage you to support it by choosing to play in their games rather than ours. However, for those of you who don’t belong to such a club, or who want to play at a different time of day, we hope that having this daily game available for you will be a welcome option.

We have information about getting started with BBO on our website. You are strongly advised to buy $BB on the BBO website and not through an app on a smartphone or tablet because Apple and Google add a hefty surcharge to these transactions.

I do hope to see many of you at these games, either next Monday or on subsequent days, but if you have any questions about them do feel free to get back to me.



Following a committee meeting on Monday 16th March the decision was taken, in common with many other clubs in the area, to close the Club from Tuesday 17th March until further notice. The two league matches due on Wednesday at the Club are also cancelled as are the final matches of the season.

We regret having to take this action, but have no option given the current situation.

Please keep in touch with this website for further information and stay safe.

Final League Tables

As you know both Blaby teams' matches were cancelled from 18th March onwards because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The LCBA, after consultation with League Forum members and the League Sub-Committee, have decided to freeze the league tables as they stand as it is clearly not possible to play any matches in the foreseeable future. Positions are decided on average points per match. Furthermore, as so many matches have been left unplayed they have decided that only one team in each division will be promoted and relegated. This does not affect either of our two teams which both had a decent season - albeit a rollercoaster one for Blaby A.

In Division Two Blaby A team finished in 4th place.

In Division Three, Blaby B finished in 5th place.

You can see all the results and final tables in the menu on the left under Leicestershire League 2019/20

It is extremely unlikely that that a new league season will begin any time soon and in any case it can't happen until club play begins again. 

In the meantime look after yourselves. 

Club Cup Round Six
Director: Mike Allsopp
Scorer: Chris Biggs
Club Duplicate
Director: John Arnold
Scorer: John Arnold