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.

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Welcome to Essex Contract Bridge Association
The Essex Bridge Academy - Grand Launch

The Essex Bridge Academy (EBA) is being set up by The Essex Contract Bridge Association (ECBA) to promote and support the teaching of bridge in Essex.

The lifeblood of bridge is getting new people playing. The teachers, are the ones that provide the source of new players; to keep bridge alive we need new players. The ECBA have taken the decision to support teachers as much as possible; hence the setting up of the EBA.

It is a not-for-profit organisation; it is purely to encourage the teaching of bridge in the County.

The inaugral meeting will take place 26th September, 5.30pm at Barleylands.

All are welcome, but especially that most valued of commodities the Bridge Teacher. You do not have to be registered with the EBU/ECBA, if you would like to be part of this exciting new enterprise come along. Please contact John McCoy - john@johnmccoy.co.uk. We will be contacting all registered teachers by email.

More details of the EBA and the launch meeting can be found here.

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Essex Bridge Academy Seminars
Essex Bridge Academy Seminars


Doubles and Overcalls

The EBA series of seminars are underway after a highly successful start; the next subject to be addressed by Bernie Hunt, the maestro of bridge teaching, will be Doubles and Overcalls. This highly contentious subject has been the topic many heated partnership debates. Come along and find out where partner has been going wrong. Better still bring them along, then you can save your breath to cool your porridge!

The esteemed Lyn Falder was so impressed with the first seminar that she put pen to paper, or more accurately finger to keyboard:

 “.... how much I enjoyed yesterday’s seminar and how useful it was. I loved the way it was taught (playing the hands first and then discussing); it enabled the memory to take in far more. I am so looking forward to the next one and will spread the word on how good it was.”

£9.50 per person

Saturday 15th October 2.00pm 

Barleylands Click here for a map to Barleylands

Tea, coffee, biscuits and heating included.

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Herts/Essex September Congress

Essex Contract Bridge Association & Hertfordshire Bridge Association jointly present a weekend of

Green Pointed Swiss Events online on the RealBridge platform.

Swiss Pairs: 12 noon on Saturday 17th September 2022 click here to enter

Swiss Teams: 12 noon on Sunday 18th September 2022 click here to enter

 7 boards x 7 rounds.  There will be a 30 minute break after the 4th round.

 £15 per person per day (payable in advance as £30 per pair or £60 per team)

RealBridge: If you have not used RealBridge before, try a taster session here and we strongly advise you to check your microphone and camera by clicking click here..

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EBU Summer Congress - Winner Tony Verran
EBU Summer Congress - Winner Tony Verran

 

The flagship EBU Summer Congress at Eastbourne has the Swiss Pairs as its blue ribband event. This year it has been won (equally) by Essex stalwart Tony Verran and his partner Brian Gladman of Surrey.

 

An absolutely stonking result against a whole host of International players. The trophy went elsewhere on countback, this does not detract in any way from a truly magnificent performance.

 

Many, many congratulations to Tony and Brian.

 

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Essex Teams of Four Knockout
Essex Teams of Four Knockout

The Teams of Four Knock Out Competition is resuming this Autumn. Please contact Val Mollison to let her know of your interest - val@valmollison.com. Register on the website to enter here.

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Suffolk Congress
Suffolk Congress

Elmswell - Sunday 2 October

Swiss Pairs - 11am start

The Suffolk Congress will be a one day Swiss Pairs played Face 2 Face at Elmswell on Sunday 2 October, starting at 11am.

In a bridge world very different from the pre-pandemic era, the county committee decided a traditional two day event at Felixstowe was not a viable option

The day's bridge will comprise seven 7-board rounds, with Rob Sassoon directing. The cost, including a quality snack lunch, is £25 per person.

To enter, please click SUFFOLK CONGRESS The Congress Event Manager is Jo Harpur who can be contacted on 07946 523285 The event takes place at Blackbourne Community Centre, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell. IP30 9UH

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Essex Leagues Re-Starting
Essex Leagues Re-Starting

 

It is planned to re-start the ever popular Essex Leagues.

If you would like to be involved in this fun, competitive and sociable format please register your interest with Marcia

marcialevanharris@gmail.com

 

You will need a team of four with a match a month generally, 24 boards to be played. Face to face is preferred as it is the sociable element that we wish to promote. Once interest levels are known we'll set out the leagues and schedule.

 

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Essex Contract Bridge Association
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The ECBA was formed in 1946. We have around 1,700 members and 17 affiliated clubs. ..........

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Play It Again (Sam)
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Some Website users may be unaware of a wonderful new and updated Bridgewebs feature for reviewing your results. Go to "Results", and click on "Scorecards". ..........

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Based on the EBU statistics for 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 (no data for 2020/21 due to Covid) we have 3 clubs amongst the 50 most active in the country. ..........

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Results
Essex/Herts Congress- Swiss Teams
RealBridge online
Essex/Herts Congress- Swiss Pairs
RealBridge online
Club Pairs
Barleylands
ECL - Suffolk (home)
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Calendar
Sun 16th Oct 2022
ECL - Norfolk (home)
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Sun 23rd Oct 2022
Fletcher
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Sun 13th Nov 2022
Cup for Clubs
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Sun 20th Nov 2022
Sue Taylor
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