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.

Excellent Result in the EBU Pachabo Cup

Very well done to our Essex team at the Pachabo Cup. Our team consisting of:

Val Mollison/Brian Davies

Marc Chawner/Paul Spencer

Paul Mollison/Bernie Hunt

came 10th out of 24. For this prestiguous national event, it is our best performance for a good long while.

In fact, it may possibly be the best since Sunday Night at the London Palladium was prime time.



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Welcome to Essex Contract Bridge Association
Club Pairs
Club Pairs

Essex clubs are invited to enter up to 4 pairs to represent their club.

Players must not have been selected for the Essex A or B ECL squads in the last 5 years.  C squad members are welcome.


Players will play about 32 boards.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout.


There will be a cup and a prize of a set of 24 packs of playing cards for the club whose top two pairs have the highest combined score.


The Entry fee is £10 per pair. Book here.

Meet the Chairman
Meet the Chairman


The  ECBA are very interested to hear your views and suggestions and to explain how they are looking to support bridge in Essex.

The Chairman, John McCoy, will  be holding open forums at: 

Loughton BC 18th July @ 6.30pm
Southend and Leigh BC 25th July @6.15pm

After you are more than welcome to enjoy the evening session of bridge.


We will be providing wine and comestibles. Your views are important to us, please take the time to come along.

The Herts and Essex Summer Congress
The Herts and Essex Summer Congress


The annual Herts and Essex green pointed Summer Congress takes place the weekend of 30/31st July. It will be a face to face event, if we are to carry on with events like these it needs your support. It is at the Wodson park Leisure Centre.  Where I hear you ask - you know Ware. That is just over half an hour from junction 28 of the M25 - you'd queue longer to get pictures of our venerable monarch on sticky paper. So no excuses then, come along and support your county!

Swiss Pairs, Saturday 30 July 2022, 12pm - Click here for Entry Form

Swiss Teams, Sunday 31 July 2022, 12pm - Click here for Entry Form

Entry Fees £52 per pair or £104 per team - click here for Payment Page

For Detailed Information click here


The Margaret Curtis Pairs


Congratulations to Bernie Hunt and Paul Mollison for a sterling performance in winning the Margret Curtis Pairs Event. Very well done to George and Maureen Vede, and Graham Beeton/Robert Elliot for an excellent equal 2nd place.


It was great to see the return of face to face bridge at an Essex event, and a host of familiar faces that haven't be seen together for a good long while. 

The Margaret Curtis Pairs
Thanks to Outgoing Chairman
Thanks to Outgoing Chairman


A  massive vote of thanks to our outgoing Chairman Paul Mollison, Paul took over in turbulent times and steered ECBA for over 8 years.

The Chairman, John McCoy, presented a crystal bowl to Paul at the Margaret Curtis Pairs to thank him for all his hard work.

Paul a heartfelt Thank You!

Thanks to Petra
Thanks to Petra

Petra has resigned as the Webmaster, initially  helping out at very short notice and then steering information output through the very difficult lock down period. An absolutely splendid effort - thank you Petra. Additionally Petra has also audited the accounts.


The Chairman, John McCoy, presented Petra with a token of our appreciation.

ECBA - Committee
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The AGM was held on the 14th May and a new committee was elected. There are some existing stalwarts, without whom the ECBA wouldn't be functioning and some new blood - do they know what they've let themselves in for!

Congratulations and welcome, the full committee is listed below. ..........

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EBU Summer Congress

EBU Link for more details.

Junior Bridge Camp
Junior Bridge Camp

For full details click here.

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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ECL - Suffolk (home)
Margaret Curtis Pairs
Barleylands CM11 2UD
Home Counties League Essex v Kent
Sun 17th Jul 2022
Club Pairs
Barleylands 1.00pm
Sun 24th Jul 2022
ECL - Beds (away)
tbc 13:00
Sat 30th Jul 2022
Herts/Essex Congress - Swiss Pairs
Ware 12:00
 Click for more information
Sun 31st Jul 2022
Herts/Essex Congress- Swiss Teams
Ware 12:00
 Click for more information