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SPECIAL EVENTS

On Saturday 6th July the next Midlands Mixed Teams will be taking place, on RealBridge.  Applications to represent the county are welcome.  Please email rec@gcba.org.uk if you are interersted.

On the 20th & 21st July, we have the next Gloucestershire-Herefordshire Green Point weekend : details and entry forms can be found by clicking here.

The West-of-England Congress at Weston will happen this year on 11-13th October.  Two Green Point events.  Worth booking early! Details - click here.

LATEST NEWS/CHANGES

02 Jun 24 : draft of the AGM 2024 minutes are available (and includes the President's and Treasurer's reports)

15 Mar 2024 : draft minutes of the 8th April committee meeting

14 May 24 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - May 2024.

 

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

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

 

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NEXT BIG EVENTS

On Sunday 6th July the next Midlands Mixed Teams will be taking place, on RealBridge.  Applications to represent the county are welcome.  Please email rec@gcba.org.uk if you are interested.

On the 20th & 21st July, we have the next Gloucestershire-Herefordshire Green Point weekend : details and entry forms can be found by clicking here.

BRIDGE IT'S A BIG DEAL - THE FESTIVAL

EBU Bridge Festival (Bridge - It’s A Big Deal!) 9th September – 15th September

The EBU is organising a national festival of bridge called Bridge - It’s A Big Deal! (BIABD) to run from Monday 9th - Sunday 15th September. It will consist of numerous bridge related events throughout the UK, with the objectives of raising the profile of the game among nonplayers, attracting new players, raising money for a worthy cause, (Cancer Research UK), and having fun.

Here's a video to watch

As part of the festival, the EBU has planned some national events but see the main effort being made by local clubs planning their own events to support the festival objectives. Accordingly, it has provided ideas and resources for such activities plus lots of other relevant information on their website, www.ebu.co.uk/festival. The website also includes an events map showing details of all local events planned so far.

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR

ideas for your events

We are appealing to players in Gloucestershire, to ensure that their bridge club is taking part in what promises to be a fantastic festival; ask the committee to let us know what their plans are so we can publicise these appropriately.

Many thanks

Richard Barlow
County Bridge Festival Manager
Gloucestershire
Email: richard.barlow@gcba.org.uk

CONGRATULATIONS
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To Andrew Bull & James Hastie for winning the AGM Pairs on 19th May 2024;  winners on handicap were Jan Bailey & Patrick Shields

To the Stroud Cafe Bridge Team (Alison, Franceska, Michele) for such a successful event on 21st April, which raised £1000 for the Brimscombe-based Stroud Grace Network. A total of 32 pairs played, across four cafes.

The team of Richard Butland & Rob Stevens, Richard Chamberlain & Paul Denning have won all three of their matches to become the County KO Champions for 2024. ..........

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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

SUMMER 2024

  Full details on its own web page.

On the non-bank-holiday Mondays of the month (May-August) ...

  • first (not May): Open Teams, all-play-all. 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 : (not fifth May) Open Teams, with matches live at CBC

Alongside all Open Teams sessions, we will run a 9-High Teams game for those who wish to try out this form of competition.  Just turn up on the night as a foursome.

You can just turn up for the Open Teams games a a foursome, but for the Pairs 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

COUNTY PAIRS FINAL

  • On Sunday 28th April, with a 1200 hrs start, we have 20 pairs playing an all-play-all pairs event to determine the county matchpoints championship. Tjhe top pairs go forward to represent Gloucestershire in the EBU's Corwen Trophy in June.

COUNTY AGM & STEVE DARKE TROPHY

  • On Sunday 19th May, the AGM of the County Association will take place at 1300 hrs in Cheltenham bridge Club, and will be followed by a **free* game of bridge for all attendees, 

 

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 ....

NEW ONLINE OFFERING - INTOBRIDGE
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INTOBRIDGE has a new (late May 2024) feature - a daily challenge against a known expert. You play 5 boards that the expert played and compare results; often the day after they publish a video commentary on these deals, which is interesting to listen to.  Do try this. ..........

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TEACHER & TD TRAINING

See EBED offerings - coming up at Stratford-upon-Avon in Apr24 

See EBED offerings - coming up at Oxford in Jun24. 

Both the EBU and the GCBA can be persuaded to financially support volunteers - so don't be shy.

GENERATION GAME

There is a free game for child+guardian happening on RealBridge once a month.  The next game is Sunday 19th May and then 23rd June.  To register your interest (and receive the RealBridge link) contact Joan Bennett on 07548 782538 or joan@ebedcio.org.uk

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

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Results
SUMMER PAIRS LEAGUE 2
Summer Open Teams 2
Summer 9H Teams 2
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 2 + 9-HIGH TEAMS
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 1 + 9-HIGH TEAMS
Summer 9H Teams 1
Summer Open Teams 1
COUNTY AGM & STEVE DARKE TROPHY (free bridge)
SUMMER PAIRS LEAGUE 1
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 0
COUNTY PAIRS FINAL
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 8
Calendar
17th Jun 2024
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 3 + 9-HIGH TEAMS
1900
24th Jun 2024
SUMMER PAIRS LEAGUE 3
1930
1st Jul 2024
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 4 + 9-HIGH TEAMS
1900
6th Jul 2024
MIDLANDS MIXED TEAMS
1400
8th Jul 2024
SUMMER PAIRS LEAGUE 4
1930
15th Jul 2024
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 5 + 9-HIGH TEAMS
1900
20th Jul 2024
GLOS-HERE GP SWISS PAIRS
21st Jul 2024
GLOS-HERE GP SWISS TEAMS
22nd Jul 2024
SUMMER PAIRS LEAGUE 5
1930
29th Jul 2024
SUMMER OPEN TEAMS 6 + 9-HIGH TEAMS
1900