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SPECIAL EVENTS

DATE CHANGE: GCBA and Cheltenham Bridge Club are hosting the Cheltenham Congress, live at Dean Close School.  April is impossible, and the new dates are 26th-27th August - please put these in your diary.  Swiss Pairs and then Swiss Teams, as usual.  More details idc.

Way ahead in July, on 22nd-23rd, we will have the Gloucestershire-Herefordshire Congress at Ross-on-Wye.  The entry forms are now available from this page.

LATEST NEWS/CHANGES

24 Mar 2023 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - March 2023 

20 Mar 23 : minutes of the March committee meeting (our first face to face meeting after thirty-two online meetings)

03 Jun 22 : The AGM took place last night. The accounts for the past year are now available for inspection.  The President's report is here.  The list of trophy winners congratulated at the AGM is here. And here are the draft minutes of the AGM

03 Jun 22 : for the year ending March 2022  Financial Report and Accounts

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

Results from 2022 results from 2021

County Leagues

2022-2023 LEAGUES

2021-2022 ONLINE LEAGUES 

 

Welcome to Gloucestershire County Bridge
♠  This is the official website for the GCBA. If you want to know more about the GCBA click here.   ♣
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 SPECIAL EVENTS ITEM in the left hand column below for Congress, Green Point and Blue Point events.
EBU GREEN POINT SWISS PAIRS

The first of the series of ten Online One Day Green Point events being organised by the EBU is taking place on Saturday 25th March - you can enter using the MYEBU interface on the www.ebu.co.uk web page.

BBO BIDDING COMPETITION

If you want a test - and to be marked against the experts - try the BBO competition at this link.  It occurs monthly and there is a commentary from many world champions.  Entries are due in by 28th March.

ONLINE 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 2023

  Full details on its own web page.

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

  • first : Open Teams live at Cheltenham BC
  • second & fourth : Pairs League on BBO
  • third & fifth : County League, with matches preferred as live at CBC, but allowed as online when either team asks for that. 

You can just turn up for the Open Teams games (ever as a pair, you'll get a game), 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.

 "WEEKLY" SWISS TEAMS

  Full details here

  • first series won by the JONES team
  • second/fourth/sixth/seventh by the SHIELDS team,
  • third by LINDFORS
  • fifth & eighth & ninth series by the DENNING team,
  • and tenth series by the CONSTABLE team.

 THIS EVENT IS NOW ON HOLD; THE EBU IS RUNNING A VERY SIMILAR EVENT WHICH TEAMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENTER.

IT IS CALLED THE NATIONAL TEAMS LEAGUE. THREE TEAMS FROM GLOUCESTERSHIRE PLAYED THE FIRST SERIES, ONE IN EACH OF THE THREE DIVISIONS. ENTRIES BY 11 JANUARY 2023.

  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 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

next series starting in on 14th January 2023

new pairs can join; email online-swissp@gcba.org.uk. 

 OTHER EVENTS

JUNIOR FUND RAISER

  • at Cheltenham BC, on Saturday, 4th March 2023

COUNTY TROPHIES

  • Cotswold Cup : might be February 2023
  • Rank Xerox Trophy : might be March 2023

 

BRIDGE TEACHING
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Here is a list of what we know. ..........

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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 cub 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 : Cheltenham

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.

  • 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.
  • ....  waiting for something good to happen ....

BRIDGE LESSONS FOR YOUNGSTERS

Click HERE to join the BRIDGEWHIZ Class

NEW IN BRIDGE
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A platform called INTOBRIDGE has just gone live.  You can see what it looks like in this movie of commentary by Zia on a Pro-Am game. ..........

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Results
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S20 M2
SPRING COUNTY LEAGUE 4
Match Pointed Pairs
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S20 M1
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 5
MIDLANDS COUNTIES : OXFORDSHIRE (A)
SPRING OPEN TEAMS 3
JUNIOR FUND RAISER session 1
JUNIOR FUND RAISER session 2
JUNIOR FUND RAISER session 3
U26 challenge all Overall
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 4
Calendar
27th Mar 2023
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 6
1930
28th Mar 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S20 M3
3rd Apr 2023
SPRING OPEN TEAMS 4
1900
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4th Apr 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S20 M4
11th Apr 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S20 M5
15th Apr 2023
COUNTY PAIRS FINAL
1100
17th Apr 2023
SPRING COUNTY LEAGUE 5
1900
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18th Apr 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S20 M6
20th Apr 2023
Match Pointed Pairs
1900
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24th Apr 2023
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 7
1930