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SPECIAL EVENTS

On 10-11 February, the East Wales Green Point Congress (pairs on Saturday, teams on Sunday) is running at Gwent bridge Academy. It's not far to go and they are very hospitable.  Details here.

On Saturday 2nd March, we have a Midlands 9-High Swiss Pairs - poster click here,   Entry form click here.

In March 2024, on the 16th, Newent BC will be hosting the NEWENT BOWL, its annual Blue Pointed event.  Details and the entry form can be found by clicking here. 

On the 21st April, Stroud BC is running a Cafe bridge event , a charity event in support of Stroud Grace Network.  Details here.

LATEST NEWS/CHANGES

21 Jan 24 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - Jan 2024.

21 jan 2024 : draft minutes of the 8th January committee meeting (back to face-to-face)

03 Oct 23 : draft of the AGM minutes are available

01 Aug 23 : programme for the new season is now published.   And an updated set of rules.

THE 2023 AGM : PRESIDENT'S REPORT - click here.      TREASURER'S REPORT - click here.     AGENDA FOR THE AGM - click here.

Click on this box to see the draw and the current status of the matches played.

Results from 2023 Results from 2022 results from 2021

County Leagues

2023-2024 LEAGUES

2022-2023 LEAGUES

 

Welcome to Gloucestershire County Bridge
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GCBA now has a Facebook presence : search on "GCBA bridge" or click here to find it; if you have a Facebook account, you can "follow" the page and get all the news delivered to you as it happens.
GCBA sends out emails occasionally from members@bridgewebsemail.com; to ensure you receive these, you might want to tell your email client that this is a "trusted sender"
INTERVIEW ON RADIO GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Jan was interviewed in the radio this week - click on this link and forward to 2h41m to hear what happened.

You can read more about it o the BBC news - click here.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL EVENT

Some of Gloucestershire's top women players played in the WBF Women's teams event over the weekend. They teamed up with a player from Sussex, one from Surrey and an up and coming English Junior. Bridge was played for 3 days and the team played teams from several European countries, India, South Africa and South America.  The team didn't take the world by storm but everyone enjoyed it enormously.  It was an uplifting experience playing competitive and very friendly bridge with women from across the world.  If anyone is interested in joining our Gloucestershire sisterhood in an event like this in future, please contact Alison Pritchard - alison2no1@hotmail.com

NEXT GCBA MAJOR EVENT

... is coming on Saturday 2nd March at Cheltenham Bridge Club.  It is the the next county training session to which all are welcome.  You can turn up as a single or as a pair.  The session starts at 1300 hrs and runs for just over four hours. You will have great fun.  To reach the entry form click here.

This will prepare you well for the Stroud Cafe bridge event which the GCBA is supporting and which comes on 21st April -  poster here and some more details here.

CONGRATULATIONS
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Winners of the COTSWOLD CUP, by a whisker after playing the runners up in the last round, were Pam Pearce & Susan Sharp.  They were followed by Ben Ritacca & Peter Waggett.

At the end of the year, the top Master Points collector in the County is Jackie Davies (who also leads nationally) followed by Patrick Shields; in second place behind Jackie on collecting Black Points is Derek Boreham, second behind Jackie on Blue Points  is (equal) Frank Harsent & Trevor Howard, and on Green Points Garry Watson leads from Paul Denning. ..........

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BRIDGE EVENTS

Specially for less experienced players - there is a page on the EBU website dedicated to games for you - click here to see it.

 MONDAY EVENTS

SPRING 2024

  Full details on its own web page.

On the non-bank-holiday Mondays of the month (January-April) ...

  • first (not January): Open Teams, Swiss movement, with scores cumulating over six months. Live at Cheltenham BC with a 1900 hrs start.
  • second & fourth : Pairs League on RealBridge with sessions starting at 1930 hrs and the allocation to division is on the Monday webpage.
  • third & fifth : County League, with matches live at CBC, but allowed as online when both teams want that. 

You can just turn up for the Open Teams games a a foursome, but for the Pairs League and County League you need to tell ctd@gcba.org.uk that you want to come.

There is no GCBA game on Bank Holiday Mondays.

  9-HIGH SWISS PAIRS

  Full details here 

  • first  & second series won by KINGHAM & POLHILL
  • third series won by MILES & WILLIAMS
  • fourth series won by ATKINSON & ATKINSON
  • fifth & twelfth & 14th series won by BAILEY & MUSSI
  • sixth series won by MILES & WILLIAMS
  • seventh & eighth series won by POLHILL & WILKINSON 
  • ninth & 13th & 16th & 20th & 22nd series won by REEVES & REEVES
  • tenth series won by LYTHEER & LYTHEER
  • eleventh & 15th & 17th series won by BERRY & GREEN
  • eighteenth series won by BROOKS & DAVIES
  • nineteenth series won by MOXLEY & SHORRICK
  • twenty-first & twenty-fourth series won by MUSSI & WILKINSON
  • twenty-third series won by BOREHAM & JACKSON

Games on hold for now; possible restart in mid-2024; if interested email online-swissp@gcba.org.uk. 

 OTHER EVENTS

TRAINING SATURDAY

  • On the 6th January 2024, all welcome.  See the sign-up sheet under GCBA Events->GCBA Entry forms.

 

CLICK ON THIS BOX FOR DETAILS OF THE NEW 2023-2024 YEAR'S PROGRAMME.  There is a fresh set of GCBA Rules also available.

BRIDGE TEACHING & LEARNING
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Courses for Beginners and Improvers, and Play at Gentle Duplicate or Improvers Sessions  If you are offering teaching or learning additional to the below or would wish to add details please notify alan. ..........

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MASTER POINT CHAMPIONS

In 2021 County-wide top scorers were Patrick Shields (overall and Green Points),  Jonathan Bailey (Blue Points) and Dan McIntosh (local points).

In 2022 County-wide top scorers were Jackie Davies (overall and local Points),  Ro Kaye (Blue Points) and Garry Watson (Green points).

The 2023 figures for Gliucestershire at the end of February show Jackie Davies leading on all categories (she also leads nationally on total points).

The club champions for 2022 are now available - click here for the Gloucestershire leaders.  Well done to John Skjonnemand for the highest of those scores, but also to Kanwar Rahim who came first at two clubs and was second at Cheltenham as well.

REGULATIONS IN ONLINE BRIDGE
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There are some key differences in online play of which players should be aware:

  • The GCBA Regulations on UNDOs apply in bidding and in play, and are (EBU and others allow fewer cases): 
    • Please only request an UNDO for a genuine mis-click and not for a change of mind or because you were not paying attention.
    • Be generous in trusting your opponents to be honest and accept as often as you can. ..........
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TEACHING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

The lockdown is a wonderful opportunity for people to learn this game.  Why don't you look for anyone you could teach - see if these slide shows (updated 10 May) help

If you want to illustrate the game quickly to people - this amazing 3 minutes video shows it all.

Once you have got past this introduction you might find the material at this NZ site worthwhile.

ON-LINE BRIDGE
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This is a great way to keep your brain active, and to keep in touch with your friends. There are three primary options available, and these are well described on the EBU pages - click here to read.  

The key attributes of the options are

>>    BRIDGEBASEONLINE (BBO) : there are tens of thousands playing BBO each day, and the first EBU games on 17th March had 26 tables and 21 tables and ran smoothly. ..........

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Latest Trophy Winners
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BREDON VALE Cup : North Cotswolds 

COUNTY PAIRS : Joe Angseesing & Kanwar Rahim

COUNTY LEAGUE DIV ONE : Patrick Shields & Garry Watson, Diana Nettleton & Tom Paske

COUNTY LEAGUE DIV TWO : Allan & Judy Sanis, Brian Goalby, Tony Letts & Roger Schofield, Keith Sharp

COUNTY LEAGUE DIV TWO-A : Mike Wignall & Richard Harris, Tony Roberts & Roger Williams. ..........

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External Results

Please email any external result to results@gcba.org.uk for inclusion here.

  • The GCBA team which played in the friendly match against Essex on 29th July - and came out on top with a score of +46 imps across the four teams.  Full details - click here.   Well done!

  • Well done to the team of Paul Denning & Garry Watson, Dan McIntosh & Rob Myers who - representing Gloucestershire (as the County KO winners+1) - have just won the Pachabo Trophy.    Last year the County representatives were 3rd, and the County representatives have won the event previously in 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2008.  Paul Denning also played in three of these wins.

  • In the Midlands County Congress (RealBridge 6-8 Jan 2023) we can report
    • Ian Sidgwick & Paul Spencer came 7th out of 34 in the Open Pairs
    • Arun Nanda and partner came 13th, Jane Morton & Pam Pearce came 17th, and Roger Williams & partner 21st - in a field of 80 pairs in the Swiss Pairs 
  • The team led by Garry Watson (Richard Chamberlain, Paul Denning, Patrick Shields) won the 2022 run of the Gerald Faulkner Salver - the EBU Seniors Knock-Out Championship.
  • The County team failed - on a split tie - to qualify in November 2022 for the final of the Tollemache Cup.
  • Well done to Alison Pritchard (playing with Ollie Burgess) coming second in the 2023 Portland Pairs (British Mixed Pairs Championship) - in a field of 100 pairs. 
  • ....  waiting for something good to happen ....

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NEW ONLINE OFFERING - INTOBRIDGE

There is a newcomer in the space of online bridge that you might want to look at.  One of its unique features is the concept of "Ranked Play" - click here to read all about it.

BBO BIDDING COMPETITION
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If you want a test of your bidding prowess. ..........

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Results
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 4
COUNTY LEAGUE 8
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 3
MIDLANDS LEAGUES (DERB,away)
MCL M6 Glos-Derb
GCBA Winter Swiss T M4-6
COTSWOLD CUP
COUNTY LEAGUE 7
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 2
COUNTY LEAGUE 6
MIDLANDS LEAGUES (OXFO,home)
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 1
Calendar
2nd Mar 2024
TRAINING DAY
1300
4th Mar 2024
WINTER TEAMS 6 (Swiss)
1900
9th Mar 2024
MIDLANDS LEAGUES (WOSC,away)
11th Mar 2024
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 5
1930
18th Mar 2024
COUNTY LEAGUE 9
1900
 More Info
25th Mar 2024
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 6
1930
8th Apr 2024
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 7
1930
15th Apr 2024
COUNTY LEAGUE 10
1900
 More Info
22nd Apr 2024
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 8
1930
28th Apr 2024
COUNTY PAIRS FINAL
1200