Want to Play Bridge in Essex?


Essex Contract Bridge Association welcomes new and existing bridge players across the county. If you would like to learn bridge, play at club or county level please get in touch - john@johnmccoy.co.uk.

Middlesex Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs

Middlesex Blue Pointed Online

Open Swiss Pairs

A Level 4 Online Event on RealBridge

 11:00am Saturday 18th November 2023

6 x 6-boards 30-minute break after 3 rounds


Early Bird Payment £12.50 per person (£15 after 30th September)

£5 for under 18s and £12.50 for under 25s

 Click here to enter 


Final date for entries is midnight 16th November 



Kent/Sussex Green Pointed Congress

Kent & Sussex are running a joint congress

Green Pointed Swiss Pairs - Saturday 28th October 2023, 11am start

Green Pointed Swiss Teams - Sunday 29th October 2023, 11am start

Entry fee £25 per player per day for Swiss Pairs or Swiss Teams. Optional cooked lunch available each day (£14 per person).

Events at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club Entry Form.


Suffolk GP Bridge Congress 2023
Suffolk GP Bridge Congress 2023

The 2023 Green Pointed Suffolk Congress Pairs will be held at Elmswell IP30 9GY on Sunday October 8 starting at 11.00am. Entry fee is £20/head.

More details and entry form here.

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Welcome to Essex Contract Bridge Association
Swiss Pairs | Green Pointed | 24th September | 11.00am
Swiss Pairs | Green Pointed | 24th September | 11.00am

This is our most colourful event, it is the Blue Ribbon event of the year and it is Green Pointed. If that's not enough colour there are greenbacks to be won (well good old fashioned pounds actually).

Guaranteed 1st Prize of £100!!

It's at Barleylands CM11 2UD, which can be found here - map. It is very handily located being just 20 mins. from - Chelmsford | Dartford Tunnel | M25/M11 Jn.

The cost is £25 per person (£50/pair) and we are rewarding the loyalty of ECBA Affiliated Club Members who will receive a 20% discount i.e. £20 per person.


Full details and an entry form can be found here.

Support Your Local Club
Support Your Local Club

We are highlighting the Affiliated Clubs in Essex. They need your support, if not they may not be there when you want to play.

Loughton bridge Club

Visitors: Very welcome at Loughton  Bridge Club.

When: Monday 19:10 for 19:30 start

Where: Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell IG7 6DP, Map

Why: Sociable, friendly club, excellent standard 

Cost: £3.00 members / £5.00 non-members. First visit free!

Teaching/supervised: Teaching for beginners and improvers.

Hosted: No but call Linda Jenkins - 07825 017410 - for assistance finding a partner.

Website: Can be found here.


Worldwide Essex events

Following the successful match against the Canadian club more international events are planned.  

From Wednesday 14 June, Essex Bridge will be running an International Pairs Event on RealBridge. This will be a fornightly event

Marc Chawner is in contact with many Bridge Clubs around the world to invite them to the above event. Countries included are Kenya, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Australia, amongst others.The Canadian club is keen to play on a regular basis.

The event will start @ 7pm on every other Wednesday. It will be absolutely free to enter and is anticipated to be a 21 board pairs event.

If you are interested in participating in this event this Wednesday (14 June) or any future Wednesday, please contact Marc Chawner

on  Marc.Chawner@aol.com.  Marc will then provide you with the relevant RealBridge Website Event Link.

No Trump Contracts - Marc Chawner
No Trump Contracts - Marc Chawner


Marc Chawner is adding to his magnus opus, this time it's No Trump play.


Most of the best players in Essex were set the task of playing in a makeable NT contract - more often than not they failed.


See if you can do better, if not with Marc's hands maybe the next time you play at the club.


Download the pdf here. It is everything you could ever want to know about NT play!


Once again the ECBA would like to express their sincere gratitude to Marc for this formidable work.

First Class New Session - Thurs @ 6.30pm
First Class New Session - Thurs @ 6.30pm

It is always good to be the bearer of glad tidings, First Class Bridge are starting a new session on Thursday Evening at 6.30pm at Barleylands. When clubs are finding it hard for the evening sessions always good to announce a club raging against the dying of the light. So with Bernie's inimitable presence as host, let's not go gently into that good night but get along for an even better evening at Barleylands. I also understand that the county chairman will be in attendance, but don't let that put you off! And FYI the first session on the 7th September is free.

Please ley Bernie know if you are planning to attend - firstclassbridge@btconnect.com.

Essex Leagues Re-Starting
Essex Leagues Re-Starting


The Essex leagues have re-started. Entry form here.


Good luck and play well!


Essex Squad for the Tollemache Cup 2024 Qualifier

The following pairs have been selected for the Essex Squad for theTollemache Cup 2024 Qualifier.  The qualifier will be played on RealBridge over the week-end 11th-12th November 2023.

Bernie Hunt (Capt) & Paul Mollison

Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer

Mike Graham & Ian Moss

Peter Oake & Colin Scott

Ashley Sawyer & Gary Waller


Reserves: Audrey Hartley & David Embleton


National Handicap Pairs 10 September 2023

The National Handicap Pairs Championship started in 2021 with the results based on scores handicapped by NGS grade, so anyone has the opportunity to do well on the day, regardless of their experience level. In the first year's event this proved to be the case when it was won by a pair whose NGS are 6 &7. Handicaps will be based on the average NGS of the two players in each pair, so all players will need to have their NGS visible. It is a single session competition of around 30 boards.

The local heat is at 1pm at Barleylands, Billericay. Entry is £7.50 per person (Including free tea/coffee, biscuits etc.) There is also a café below the premises open until 4pm.  All details and entry form on the First Class Bridge website.


Entries for this year's NICKO (National Inter Club Knock Out) are open. 

The NICKO is open to all affiliated EBU bridge clubs. Entry £86 per team.

The early rounds are 24 boards, increasing to 32 boards for the quarter-finals and semi-finals and 48 boards for the final. See National Inter Club Knock Out for more information.


NICKO Entry Form   Please return the completed form to comps@ebu.co.uk. The closing date for entries is Monday 9 October at midday.



Bridge Lessons at Falcon

New bridge courses start on 26th June, Improvers start 9.30am then 2 hours of duplicate bridge playing with an expert to finish at 12.30pm.

Beginners start at 10.30am on 26th June. finish approximately 12.30 pm

If you who wish to attend please contat Valdie Poter 07722516561 or Valpoter@hotmail.com

Essex Contract Bridge Association
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International Bridge Event 20th Sept
September Essex Boot Camp
International Bridge Event 6th September
International Bridge Event Wednesday 23rd August
Sun 24th Sep 2023
Essex Swiss Pairs GP
Barleylands 11am
Sun 1st Oct 2023
ECL v Cambs & Hunts
RealBridge H 1.00
Sun 22nd Oct 2023
Barleylands tbc
Sun 29th Oct 2023
Cup for Clubs
Barleylands tbc