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


Somerset is planning for the West-of-England Congress to happen in the Winter Gardens this year (8-10 October) - watch this website for updates.

County Leagues


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



31 Jul 21 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - July/August 2021 

29 Jun 21 : minutes of the June committee meeting (our tthirteenth online meeting)

13 Jun 21 : minutes of the 2021 AGM have published. Please send any necessary corrections to 

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)

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.

There will be a very simple pattern of Monday night games during May - August

  • Bank Holiday Mondays there are no GCBA games
  • First and Third and Fifth Mondays (except BH) there is a multiple teams game on RealBridge : team captains must tell by 1600 on the day if they intend to play.
  • Second and Fourth Mondays there is a fresh run of our (imp scoring) Pairs League with 4+ divisions of 6 pairs each : new entrants welcome but must inform by 1600 on the day if they intend to play.
CLEVERLY Teams League

You may be familiar with the friendly but competitive Cleverly Teams League, if so you will know that traditionally it involved teams of 4 playing in one of the team’s homes with refreshments. That had to move online obviously and for the forthcoming September 2021/April 2022 season online remains the default with face to face being only if both teams (and HMG) are comfortable with that. Several clubs had teams last season, some even multiple entries. This note is to invite you to put together a team(s) to join in. Last season’s team captains have already been contacted.

The structure will be confirmed once the number of teams is known, but following past consultation we may well choose three divisions. Expect one match per month of 2x8 boards with the option for 2x12 if both teams agree. Online platform options include BBO or RealBridge if you have access. There is an entry fee of £8 per team to cover  usually about 7 matches. This is a fun event to play in and all are welcome. If you are able to put together a team (or two or more!) then please put in an entry as follows:

Team Name, Captain, contact details and EBU number : Team members and their EBU numbers (if applicable).   Please enter by Monday 16th August.   Replies to

This is core team members, the odd substitution is fine when needed and players are not limited to being club members even. The standard varies according to division with the top division including some good players, with less experienced ones in the lower division. Friendliness is common to all.


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


  Full details on its own web page.

On the four Mondays of the month ...

  • first: multiple teams on RealBridge
  • second : Pairs League on BBO
  • third : multiple teams on RealBridge
  • fourth : Pairs League on BBO.

For the teams - you need to tell that you want to come, and you will then be given the link.

There is no GCBA game on Bank Holiday Mondays.




  Full details here

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

  new teams welcome

  next series will be biweekly over May-July

  email to



  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
  • sixth series won by MILES & WILLIAMS
  • seventh &eighth series won by POLHILL & WILKINSON 
  • ninth series won by REEVES & REEVES

  new pairs can join




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 Qualifying Round will be on Satruday 10th April, and the final takes place on Saturday 15th May.


There are plenty of opportunities around

    • 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 ( 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 evening at 1915 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.


    • *NEWS*  The Cheltenham team led by Ashok Kwatra & Jack Armorgie has won Division 4 of the Lockdown League and moved themselves back up to Division 3. 
    • 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 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 Nicky Ferguson & Stan Powell came 1/16 with 75% on 11th July,  Kristian Cole & robot friend now have 15 wins in 2021 (24th July, 20th and 18th and 12th and 9th June and 5th May plus three in April the latest on the 25th, four in March, and two earlier), Simon Hartley & Ashok Kwatra came 1/63 on the 20th April, Ashok Kwatra & David Simons came first on 25th March and 18th March,Allan Sanis & Patrick Shields had a win on 4th March, Patrick Shields (with Richard Granville) came 1/27 on 14th Feb, Patrick Shields (with Rob Lawy) came 1/57 on 11th Feb, Chris Hickey & robot friend came top with over 76% in the Fast Game on 10th Feb, Jim Simons & Patrick Phair came 1st on 28th January, : PLEASE REPORT ANY OTHER SUCCESSES.
    • 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 

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. Call the TD if you have any difficulty accepting.
  • THE GCBA and EBU Regulation on Convention Cards & Notes:
    • You are allowed, during an online game, to consult your own CC or notes during the bidding.

There is further information about online regulations in the EBU's SKY BLUE book which we follow, except where specified above.


Well done to county players

  • David Atthey & Alison Pritchard, Lesley Harrison & Ashok Kwatra came first in the A-final at the Scottish Summer Congress on 4th July
  • Rob Lawy & Rob Stevens, Diana Nettleton & Patrick Shields came first in the Swiss Teams and the EBU Virtual Seaside Congress on 2nd July
  • The County A-team came first in the inter-region play-offs of the Regional Inter-County League winners - well done to Andrew & Joe, Dan & Paul, Garry & Richard, Richard & Rob
  • The County C-team did the same in their division - well done to Ben & Peter, Jim & Val, John & Mark, Roger & Tony.

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.


**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 $2 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.

>>   REALBRIDGE : offers you an audio/video interface to a Duplicate Bridge game (and to a casual room too) which has been set up by a bridge organisation.  It is alittle demanding of your system/bandwidth but offers a much improved experience over other sysetms.

>>    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 and we can share this.



TD TRAINING : EBED is running a course for new directors, at Solihull (WMBC) on Tuesday 18th February. It is the first of four monthly sessions leading to an assessment and qualification.

There is lots of learning to be done at the Gloucestershire Youth Bridge - click here for its website.

CHELTENHAM :  The teaching team are starting a new series of lessons starting in September. For more information see the club web site.

GLOUCESTER:  Lessons available on Monday at Gloucester B.C.;  see the GBC website for details.

NEWENT : Starting 27th September 2019 (1850 hrs for 1900).  More details at click here.  EBU qualified teachers, and it runs for two terms.

MALMESBURY (Tetbury & Cirencester) : Robert Cobbold offers "fun and friendly bridge for beginners and beyond.  07526451532" 

TETBURY : Jim Edwards runs lessons as part of the South Cotswolds Bridge Club venture - see the web site.

CHIPPING SODBURY: Lessons start in September after a free taster session on 10th September. - see website

WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE (boundary of South Glos and Glos, NW Wiltshire) : Ian Cooke (accredited EBUTA teacher) offers lessons for beginners, improvers and runs Gentle bridge sessions. Contact details here.

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 reEBU's Master Pairs: in a field of 266 pairs, Kristian Cole & James Wellsted came 31st. for inclusion here.

Staffs & Shrops Green Point Congress Apr21: in the Swiss Teams the team of Jack Armorgie & Garry Watson, Diana Nettleton & Alan Wearmouth came 4th out of 34 teams. 

EBU's Master Pairs: in a field of 266 pairs, Kristian Cole & James Wellsted came 31st. 

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.


NOMADS Bridge Club - no more :(
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Joe Angseesing has advised "Nomads will not restart when the pandemic allows F2F again - so Cheltenham is welcome to use the Thursday evening slot when normality restarts. ..........

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