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The All bridge activity remains online for the foreseeable future. GCBA is playing on BBO and on Realbridge

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Newent Bowl is back, running on RealBridge on Sunday 7th March - see the Newent BC website for details

County Leagues

NEW ONLINE LEAGUES 

  • MONDAY : Div OneDiv Two
  • CLEVERLY TEAMS : Div One,   Div Two is run as Swiss Teams and is on the results menu

LAST YEAR'S FACE TO FACE LEAGUES (all complete)

LATEST NEWS/CHANGES

22 Dec 20 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - Dec 2020  and the answers to the quiz are now available.

08 Dec 20 : minutes of the December committee meeting (our seventh online meeting)

09 Oct 20 : summary of the outcomes from the August survey is published.

11 Aug 20 : notes from meeting of club representatives : 02 Aug 2020

20 May 20 : Financial Report and Accounts for the year ending March 2020

05 Nov 19 : Selection Guidelines of the REC published (see Representative Events tab)

23 May 19 : minutes of the 2019 AGM have published.

Welcome to Gloucestershire County Bridge
♠  This is the official website for the GCBA   ♣ 
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.
Do check out the FORTHCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS page for Congress, Green Point and Blue Point events.
ONLINE BRIDGE EVENTS

 MONDAY EVENTS

On the four Mondays of the month ...

  • first: Swiss Teams then
  • second : Pairs League then
  • third : Teams League then
  • fourth : Pairs League, every month.

  Full details on its own web page.

   Now (27 Dec) updated for 2021

 

 "WEEKLY" SWISS TEAMS

  Full details here

  • first series won by the JONES team
  • second/fourth by the SHIELDS team,
  • third by LINDFORS
  • and the fifth series by the DENNING team.

  new teams welcome

  email to online-swisst@gcba.org.uk

 

  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 series won by BAILEY & MUSSI

  new pairs can join

  email online-swissp@gcba.org.uk. 

 

 OTHER EVENTS

CLEVERLY Teams League (details here)

GCBA Online Summer Pairs (done)

  • first series won by BUTLAND & WAGGETT
  • second and third series both won by RITACCA & WAGGETT

COUNTY Knock-Out (underway, draw here)

COUNTY PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP

  • still to be planned

 

There are plenty of opportunities around

  • GENTLE BRIDGE GAMES 
    • Cheltenham BC Gentle Duplicate : Tuesday and Thursday at 1000 (limited to NGS-7)
    • Tudor BC run a Gentle session on Wednesday afternoons at 1430 (and it's free) - look at their website for details
    • Stroud BC are starting a Sunday evening Gentle Duplicate : contact Nigel (nigelpitel@gmail.com) for details.
  • CHELTENHAM BC WEEKLY GAMES (see their website about access for non-members) which cost BB$4 per session -10 games to choose from - 
    • Open Duplicate : at 1345 hrs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; at 1930 hrs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and another at 1000 hrs Saturday
  • NEWENT Bridge Club : is now running a game every Wednesday afternoon at 1400 hrs and Friday evening at 1915 hrs : details on their website - click here.
  • SOMERFORD KEYNES Bridge Club : is now running a game, on alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1900 hrs : details on their website - click here
  • TUDOR Bridge Club in Chipping Sodbury : run online games on Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evenings : details on their website - click here.
  • STROUD Bridge Club : has started online pairs tournaments on third and fourth Wednesdays evenings of the rmonth (1900 hrs, $3.50) : **NEW** details now on the Stroud BC website
  • WOTTON Bridge Club : is now playing tournaments on Monday and Wednesday evenings on Bridge Club Live (you have to be a BCL member to play) : details on their website - click here.

 

  • EBU DAILY GAMES
    • *NEWS*  The CHELTENHAM WANDERERS team led by Roger Williams & Mike Wignall, has won Division 6 of the Lockdown League and earned themselves another promotion. 
    • Daily 9-HIGH relaxed game at 1100 hrs and *NEW*  at 1930 hrs
    • The Lockdown League : over 150 teams in 12 divisions, the fifth season is about to start; contact charlie@ebu.co.uk if you want to enter.
    • Daily games 1200, 1400, 1530, 1930, 2100 every day : full results at the EBURESULTS website - click here.  Worth noting is that seom proceeds from playing here go into the EBU clubs fund - so it also supports your local club (if it is affiliated).
      • Local successes recently have included Kristian Cole & robot friend had a win on 17th Jan and 11th Dec, folllowing two wins in each of November and October, Jim Simons & Patrick Phair came 1st on 18th Nov (and on 7th Oct), Ashok Kwatra & David Simons came 1st of 47 in the 18th Nov (and on 14th Oct), Ashok & Simon Hartley came 2nd/66 on 20th Oct, Val & Patrick P came =1st/49 on 17th Oct, Andrea & Stan Powell came 1/32 on 7th Oct, : PLEASE REPORT ANY OTHER SUCCESSES.
  • NEW TO DUPLICATE?
    • EBED run Assisted Duplicate sessions on Wednesday and Friday afternoons starting at 1400 hrs, with a teacher on-hand to answer questions as you play, and a ZOOM session afterwards for more discussion. All for BB$3 per session. 
    • OBA is running a NGS-5-HIGH pairs event on Saturday 1st August.  Click here for more details. {Last session was won by a Cheltenham pair - Val Barbour & Jan Kinane.
  • Online Inter-County events : our Representative Events Committee has been active with corresponding people in other counties and we are trialling online matches. Click here for the current status.  If you would like to become involved in representing the county in online competitions please email Alan Wearmouth on alan.wearmouth@gcba.org.uk 
GCBA - Committee & AGM

The GCBA Constitution asks for an AGM to happen in “in May or June of each year, or as soon as possible thereafter” and we had an AGM scheduled for 10th May but it has been postponed. The committee is concerned that its mandate will expire and indeed there is a limit to how long a person can be a committee member (six consecutive years, or three consecutive years in one post).  With uncertainty as to how well an online AGM would work, we have decided a first step would be to consult the membership – so we need your feedback please on

  1. Whether you feel we should organise an online AGM (noting that while you respond to this question those not online do not even see it)
  2. Whether the direction the committee is taking with the provision of online events and facilitating clubs to play online needs any re-direction
  3. Whether you know of anyone who could help bolster the committee which is currently running with two vacancies. We are particularly interested in people different from the “Monday Night Players” who currently populate the committee.

Contact any committee member or email to gcba-agm@gcba.org.uk with your thoughts.

PS : if thinking about the future you might also like to consider the page postulating what we might do online in the autumn (see LH menu)

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

**NEW** There is an offer of an intense learning-from-scratch course over the holiday period; click here for details  ***

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. The cost is $1.5 per 12 boards which is good value and EBU Masterpoints are assigned.  There is a great variety of bridge on BBO, but in the EBU competitions (NEW fast game at 1200, 1400, 1530, 1930 and 2100 hrs daily) the majority are playing Acol and are regular players at clubs in England.  You can turn up as a pair, and singletons can visit the partnership desk or play with a robot. Details on how to play an EBU game are HERE. There is lots of guidance on using BBO available from the EBU - click here - and at the Berwick Bridge Club - click here to view.  If ever you have to upload prepared hands to BBO for play - here's how.

>>    BRIDGE CLUB LIVE : you will need a BCL login but there is a free guest facility and a more complete service available for an annual fee. There are very attractive special offers at this moment - read here.  BCL is a friendly club and is based in England, so system familairy will be high. There is also the facility for Bridge Clubs to run their own sections within BCL, and this might be attractive to allow a club's players to keep in touch with each other.

>>    FUNBRIDGE : offers great facilities for playing bridge with robots, and you get an initial allocation of hands when you sign up, but have to pay a small amount per hundred hands thereafter. Robots are sometimes more predictable than humans, but sometimes less so; they bid and play fast.

There are apps available for BBO and FUNBRIDGE on mobile devices, and BCL is also available on phones through a browser.

Provided you are not playing competitively, the pleasure of online bridge can be serious enahnced by running alongside a video conference of the style supported by Zoom or Skype or Google Hangouts. Do try it.

If you have useful advice or experiences to relate, please email to online@gcba.org.uk and we can share this.

Latest Trophy Winners

Cotswold Cup : (equal)  Enid Castle & Sybil Davies,  Jonathan Bailey & Stan Powell

Autumn Pairs: John Councer & Mark Rogers

Swiss Teams: Peter Waggett & Mark Rogers, Tony Hill & Alan Wearmouth

Mixed Pairs:  Anne Swannell & Steve Sasanow (Flitch - Wendy & Joe Angseesing)

VIctor Ludorum - Geoffrey Paterson trophy: Mike Wignall

Summer Teams: John Councer & Mark Rogers

Summer Pairs: Joe Angseesing

External Results

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

EBU's Year End Congress: the team of Richard Chamberlain & Paul Denning, Graham Sadie & Patrick Shields won the congress Swiss Teams, winning all seven matches in a 94-team event.  

This year has turned into a year of internet bridge, but the County has not been without some success:

Eastbourne Bowl : this is the Major Teams Championship at the EBU's Autumn Congress and it was won by Paul Denning and Richard Plackett playing with two Welsh team mates.

Tollemache 2020-21 :  Twenty-seven counties' teams of eight played a full round-robin with the leading eight teams qualifying for the final in February. Gloucestershire started badly but recovered to end up in 6th place. Well done to Richard Butland & Garry Watson, Richard Chamberlain & Patrick Shields, Paul Denning & Richard Plackett, and Tony Hill & Alan Wearmouth.

Teltscher Trial :  the Teltscher Trophy is the name given to the Senior Home International Championship. Patrick Shields and Richard Chamberlain played in the trial and finished second in a field of fifteen pairs. They will represent England in the Teltscher weekend in April.

Year End Congress :  the recently held Year End Congress includes a one day Swiss Teams which this year had an entry of ninety-four teams. The event was won by Richard Chamberlain, Paul Denning, Patrick Shields plus ex-Gloucestershire regular Graham Sadie.

 

Results
GCBA League match 6 - RB games
GCBA League match 6 - BBO game first half
GCBA League match 6 - BBO game - second half
MIDLANDS COUNTIES ONLINE LEAGUE
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S6 M3
GCBA Swiss Teams S6 M1
GCBA Pairs League Series 2 #1
GCBA Pairs League Series 2 DIV3
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S6 M2
GCBA Monday Swiss Teams Series 2 #1
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S6 M1
CLEVERLY teams league Div2 R5
Calendar
24th Jan 2021
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S6 M4
25th Jan 2021
GCBA Pairs League Series 2 #2
1930
26th Jan 2021
GCBA Swiss Teams S6 M3
30th Jan 2021
MIDLANDS NO FEAR 8-HIGH SWISS TEAMS
1400
31st Jan 2021
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S6 M5
1st Feb 2021
CLEVERLY teams league Div2 R6
 Click for more information
1st Feb 2021
GCBA Monday Swiss Teams Series 2 #2
1930
2nd Feb 2021
GCBA Swiss Teams S6 M4
7th Feb 2021
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S6 M6
8th Feb 2021
GCBA Pairs League Series 2 #3
1930