Spade Heart  Diamond Club
2020 Club Director Training

If you need any further info, please contact training organiser Richard Banbury at

The training dates at Spondon are:

  • Sunday 22nd March “How to run a club duplicate”
  • Sunday 19th April Book Rulings
  • Sunday 10th May Book & Judgement Rulings
  • Sunday 24th May Assessment

The first of these 4 dates is optional – and serves as an introduction to the rest of the course. For info about course content etc, please see here

The course trainer is Barrie Partridge

There is also a course starting soon in Leicester if that is a more convenient venue for anyone. There’s no problem to mix and match between different venues and dates (although ideally best to do the individual days in the right order). Courses can be booked in part  or in full – and can be completed over a 2 year period of necessary. Members of non-affiliated clubs are welcome.

The full course calendar can be found here

2020 Spring Masterclass
The DCBA would like to invite you to a Masterclass on Saturday 21st March 2020.

For those of you who were at the Andrew Robson Seminar in October this email is to let you know the date of the next Masterclass will be on Saturday 21st March and NOT Friday 27th March as originally advertised.

The Masterclass will start at 9.30am and finish at approximately 4pm. It will include three workshops and a light lunch. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. The workshops will be run by some of our more experienced bridge players and each workshop will focus on a particular topic. These topics are likely to include one on bidding, one on defence and one on how to play the cards. Details of each workshop together with a timetable for the event will be sent out at the beginning of January.

The total cost for the day will be £20 per bridge player. There will be a limit of 64 players for this event so early booking is advisable if you want to be guaranteed a place. Booking has already started. Bridge players in Derbyshire will be given priority until 21st January. After this date players from Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire will be contacted and invited to attend. 

The Masterclasses are a great way to help bridge players improve. To reserve a place on the Masterclass you can either reply to this email or text Anne Townsend on 07377 555341. Once you have reserved a place, you will be sent details of how to pay. Looking forward to another successful Masterclass in 2020!
Teaching at Duffield

Graham Jepson of Sheffield has initiated mini-bridge at William Gilbert Primary School at Duffield among a group of very enthusiastic and pleasant youngsters.  However, Graham needs to pass this on to someone more local.  If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in continuing with this work, please would you get in touch with Mary Marshall on 01335 360582.  Graham will be at the school for 2 more sessions, tomorrow and a week on Monday.  (The normal DBS check is mandatory but Graham assures me that the EBU would pay for this.)

More Derbyshire Success

Congratulations to Harry Madden and the England under 21 team for winning the Channel Trophy!!! See results here.

His captain, Michael Byrne, said the team are a joy to captain.

England Euro Teams Trial

Hopefully some of you saw viewgraphs on BBO of the England Trials this last weekend, hosted by EMBA at Spondon.

Both the venue and excellent work from the EMBA team (led by Anne Townsend) made the event very successful.

Many thanks to all the team at EMBA for their fantastic, hard work!

Brigden Final

In the long overdue final of the Brigden, Richard Edwards (+ Bob Ross, Peter Kelly and Alex Hogg) beat Andy Wells (+Cedric Cockcroft, Roman Gembicki and Janusz Adamowicz) by a single IMP!

Teams of Eight News

Please note that Rolls-Royce home matches for the rest of this season will take place at Spondon.

Also note that Rolls-Royce B and Ripley Orange have withdrawn this year.

County match vs Gloucestershire

There were mixed result against top-of-the-table Gloucetershire, with both 1st and 3rd teams losing.

But with help from excellent results from Paul Knighton and Mike Douglas, the 2nd team won 16-4.

You can click on the match result on the right of the home page to take you to the GCBA site or see Butlers by clicking on the County Matches link on the left of the home page.

A Good News Story...

A few nights ago our team played a Brigden knockout team of 4 match against a team from Ripley. We have known each other for rather a long time but I would still like to record what a pleasure it was to play this match in the correct spirit. Everybody can always do better. We all make mistakes but there was no criticism, no falling out, plenty of banter and also a nice speed of play (finished by 10.15).

It was a pity one team had to lose. Even more so that the margin of victory after 28 boards was 1 IMP ! So there were 364 tricks contested and 1 trick separated the teams. Thanks to all players involved. Trevor Pilkington

Tournament Direction

Please note that the Brigden, Vic Morris and Teams of 8 competitions have no official TD so please don't call for one and expect a reply. For more information click here.

Mixed Teams & India Cup

The Mixed teams an India cup competitions scheduled in September are being moved to other venues date and venues TBC.

DCBA Xmas Party

The prize winners in the less experienced group were:

1st Paul Atkins (playing with an experienced partner!) 41 match points

2nd Karen Jackson and Jack Judd 31 match points

3rd Adrian Goddard and Dean McCluskey 30 match points

Tournament Directors
There are a number of events promoted by the DCBA where there is no Tournament Director  - Brigden, Vic Morris, Teams of 8 etc. Any director who is there is present as a player in their own right and, as such, it is grossly unfair on them and their teams for people to demand immediate directorial assistance from them. It is extremely unlikely that a match cannot continue without resolution at that time.

  1. Please try and resolve it between the Team Captains. There are copies of the 2017 laws at Spondon if needed.
  2. If this is not possible and one of us is present then make a clear note of the problem and ask for help at the end of the event with all parties present.  
  3. If no director is present then by all means contact one of us at home (at a reasonable time please) or ask for a ruling by email with all the facts included and approved by both teams.
  4. In extremis there are a number of EBU directors who will give rulings over the phone. List on the EBU web site.

Well done to all three Derbyshire teams for winning their county matches on Sunday 13th Oct against Worcestershire. For more details, click on County Matches on the left of this page.

In the September Green Point Event at Spondon, Derbyshire's Amanda Sowter & John Griffin came second in the Swiss Pairs and Margaret Watson, Pat Hobson, Graham Burgess & Cedric Cockcroft also came second in the Swiss Teams.

The Atkins Cup, run by Bakewell Bridge Club, was won by John Griffin & Malcolm Young. Full results can be found here.

Corwen success

Congratulations to Cedric Cockcroft and John Squibb for coming 16th in the recent Corwen Trophy, which is a national pairs event.

Gerry Fletcher Individual

Congratulations to John Griffin for winning the Gerry Fletcher Individual on 6th Aug 2019. For full results click here.

Scarborough Congress

Congratulations to Alan Kenny, Richard Horsley, John Griffin and Malcolm Young for coming second in the A Final of the teams at Scarborough.

Derbyshire Junior Success
Derbyshire Junior Success

In the final round of the competition, the U21 team with Harry narrowly lost to the winners Holland, but it was enough to move them into 3rd place as the silver medallists France thrashed Poland. They qualify for the World Championships next year.

In the U26’s the first 8 teams of the 23 qualify for the World championships next year. At the start of the day England were 10 victory points off Czech Republic, the 8th placed team. Both teams had resounding wins, but at the end England were still 8.5 VPs off the 8th slot, now held by Bulgaria. Ian played in the second game, and a 20 IMP gain on the last two boards saw them whitewash Ireland 20 – 0. They were now 3VPs behind Israel, 6 behind Bulgaria and 8 behind the Czechs.

The final game was against eventual silver medalists Holland. After 7 hands they were 19 IMPs behind, clawed it back to be 4 ahead, then with 2 hands to go were 8 behind. The Czechs had finished their 15 boards, still 5 VP’s ahead. On board 14 the Dutch stopped in 5H, but Kennedy and Ye bid and made 6NT. On the last board England needed to gain at least 3 IMPs to get the necessary VP’s.  Norton and Natt made an overtrick in 3C, 110 points. So Kennedy and Ye needed to get a positive score. The Dutch bid 3NT, a contract made by 9 other pairs. The pressure told and the Dutch player erred in trying to establish Diamonds rather than clubs. Down 1.  5 IMP’s to England who gained 8th place with 270.67 VP’s to 270.11.

The ladies team with Hannah Tuus had an up-and-down series of matches, finishing 8th of the 9 teams.

The England U16 team also took a Bronze medal, finishing 3rd of the 18 teams by the narrow margin of 1.2 VPs.

I have attached two bulletins from the 27th European Youth Team Chamionship. In particular see p14 from Bulletin 3 and p9..12 from Bulletin 4.

Bulletin 3.pdf

Bulletin 4.pdf

Smedley Trophy

Congratulations to Don Smedley and John Griffin for winning the Smedley Salver in 2019. Click here for full results.

Website Changes

Since mid April, I have been learning about the DCBA website and making some changes. Below is a summary and some help for you to find your way around...

  1. Up to date - I have updated the honours boards and other pages, hopefully so the website will be more current.
  2. Simplify - I've tried to reduce the clutter and group similar items together under standard menu items on the left.
  3. Left Menu - Where left menu items are in UPPER CASE, you will find more options below by clicking on the heading. E.g. If you click on MASTERCLASSES you will see a sub-menu containing many of the masterclass document delivered by our experts 

Roger Floutier 3rd May 2019

Young Derbyshire Superstars

Hanna Tuus - Hanna's biography

White House, Amsterdam U26: March 2019    3rd place in Junior Channel Trophy: 2018    3rd in Junior European Championships: 2017    2nd with Ian Robson in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2017

Ian Robson - Ian's biography

1st in Junior Camrose: 2019    3rd in European Youth Pairs U26: 2018    2nd in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2018    2nd with Hanna Tuus in Eastbourne U26 Pairs: 2017

Harry Madden - Harry's biography

Channel Trophy, Lille U21: December 2018    World Youth Championship, China U21: 2018    1st in Peggy Bayer: 2018    Junior Channel Trophy: 2017

World Youth Teams: 2016    Peggy Bayer: 2016    Czech Junior Teams U15: 2015     European Youth Teams U15: 2015