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9th Aug 2020 18:16 BST
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15th Jul 2020 12:03 BST
BPS Schedule and MPs/NGS

In line with the BPS survey majority response, Monday and Saturday tournaments have been moved to evening sessions. From Saturday August 8th, Monday and Saturday BPS sessions will be eligible for MPs and NGS with remaining BPS events eligible for MPs only. Bolton only sessions remain ineligible for MPs and NGS.

This means the BPS schedule going forward is:

  • Monday 2pm (Restricted - beginners NGS 6)
  • Monday 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 11am (1st/3rd/5th Pairs, 2nd Swiss, 4th Imps)
  • Wednesday 2pm
  • Thursday 11am
  • Friday 2pm (Restricted - NGS 10 and below)
  • Saturday 7:30pm
  • Sunday 2pm

The Bolton only schedule remains::

  • Tuesday 7:25pm
  • Thursday 2:55pm
Last updated : 4th Aug 2020 14:16 BST
EBU Virtual Sim Pairs - Thursday 23 July 11am

The EBU Summer Sim Pairs took place in the BPS session on Thursday 23rd July at 11am, hosted on BBO. NS Winners were M Farr & J Morrell and EW Winners were Ann Adkin and Kevin Holden.  The overall results, commentaries are on the EBU site (Sim Pairs) at EBU Sims

Last updated : 27th Jul 2020 11:48 BST
Online Teams of 4

Bolton Bridge Club has fielded teams of 4 and 8 members in various leagues and events for many years. Lancashire Contract Bridge Association currently runs a team events league which restarts in September. We have recently been contacted about running a similar rated teams of 4 match against Deva Bridge Club (Chester)..   If you are interested in representing Bolton, then please let us know by email to It would be helpful if you have already got together with others to form a Team but if not we can see if we can match people up. Here is a brief outline of what playing in team events is like:

Eight players organize themselves into two teams of four players. All the 8 players need to be online. One player (the host)  creates the team game.  Invites will appear and once all the invited players have accepted, a team game will start up shortly after creation, and the 8 players are placed in their seats at gametime. The NS pair for each team plays the opposing EW pair at each table.When the specified number of boards are completed, that table is closed. When both tables have closed, the match is scored.  Teams scoring is by IMPs so the two scores at the table are compared and the difference is converted to imps on a standard scale.

Players can see the results in a few ways:   

  1. Enter the tourney, click TOURNAMENT RESULTS for a summary.
  2. Enter the tourney, click MOVIE for a board by board listing with IMPs/MPs for each board
  3. Use to see the "travellers"
Last updated : 28th Jul 2020 09:38 BST

A number of new BBO registrations now takes the total for Bolton Bridge Club to 164. 139 of these played in tournaments during the month and in total there were 1289 plays by Bolton members. There were 41 tournaments played. Eight of these were Bolton only events. Of the remaining 33, in conjunction with the Preston and Southport clubs, 24 were open to all players, 5 were restricted to partnerships with an average NGS grade of 6 or less and 4 restricted to partnerships with an average NGS grade of 10 or less. The two events held on 30th June were both charity events.

The table below shows a summary of average percentages by Bolton players where they have played in 4 or more online tournaments in the month of June.


Avg Gross


Avg Net

Marianne Farr


Peter Dawe


Jeff Smith


Jo Kelly


Mary Finch


Janice Drake


Stephen Fanning


Helen Gott


Mike Nicholson


Stephen Fanning


Paul Evans


Jean Maden


Ken Wood


Chris Maden


John Wilson


Mike Nicholson


Alan Whittam


Doreen Seddon


Dave Thomson


Marianne Farr


Paul Vose


Mary Finch


Barbara Heaton


Rosemary Coffey


Last updated : 10th Jul 2020 23:56 BST
NHS and Hospice Charity Events Tue 30 June
NHS and Hospice Charity Events Tue 30 June
Thank you to everyone who played in the two Fundraising events for the NHS and Hospice Charity on Tuesday 30 June.  We raised an amazing £375.00 for these two great causes.

The BPS Charity online session winners were John Simm and Wendy Blyth. Hand commentaries available courtesy of the EBU - click HERE
The Bolton Charity online session winners were Ken Wood and Dave Thomson.   

Congratulations to them, and many thanks to everyone who played.

Last updated : 13th Jul 2020 17:22 BST

As many of you may already know, Austin Barnes decided that he would stand down from the Committee at the time of the Annual General Meeting. This was after serving many years as a Committee Member, ten years as President and the last three years as Immediate Past President.  As you will know after having to cancel the original Meeting due to the Club closure, the AGM was finally held last night,  albeit by virtual on-line meeting.

At the meeting Duncan Ault announced Austin’s retirement and said that the Committee wished to mark the event in a very special way that would show how much the Committee and indeed the whole Club valued Austin’s contribution.

So in recognition of the many years and huge amount of work that Austin has done he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Club.    However it was felt that we wanted to do something more for Austin and so, despite his reluctance, we are renaming the Spring Ladder, the Austin Barnes Trophy.   A new trophy and Honour Board will be acquired.

If it had been normal times we would have asked Austin to attend the meeting to be personally presented,  with as many people as possible able to attend.  But in view of the strange circumstances we are currently in,  that was not possible.   It is therefore our intention that once we are all back together again we will hold a special event to mark his achievements.

In the meantime we hope you will all join us in thanking Austin for everything he has done.

Last updated : 13th Jul 2020 17:23 BST

Next BPS game Monday 10th August at 2pm (Restricted)

Next Bolton-Only Game Tuesday 11th August at 7:25pm

Bolton Only TD Rota

Tuesday Aug 4th 7:25pm - Brian
Thursday Aug 6th 2:55pm - Paul (Sandra)
Tuesday Aug 11th -7:25pm - Brian (Stephen)
Thursday Aug 13th 2:55pm - Sandra (Paul)
Tuesday Aug 18th 7:25pm - Stephen (Brian)
Thursday Aug 20th 2:55pm - Paul (Jeff)
Tuesday Aug 25th 7:25pm - Stephen
Thursday Aug 27th 2:55pm - Jeff
Tuesday Sep 1st 7:25pm - Brian
Thursday Sep 3rd 2:55pm - Sandra (Paul)

BBO Sessions

Entry fee is £2:50 for all sessions. Bolton-only sessions Tuesday 7:25pm, Thursday 2:55pm.  Other sessions joint with Preston/Southport BC.  Restricted Monday, Friday 2pm.  BPS Monday/Saturday evening eligible for Masterpoints/NGS. Other BPS sessions eligible for MPs only. All Sessions 9 x 2 boards except for Monday Beginners 6 x 3 boards.

BPS Online Restricted
Scorer: Bill Wattleworth
BPS Online Open
Scorer: Bill Wattleworth
BPS Online
Scorer: Bill Wattleworth
11th August 2020
BPS Online Swiss
11th August 2020
Bolton Online
12th August 2020
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