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The Cheltenham Congress and the Ross-on-Wye GP Weekend are both cancelled for 2020

The latest GCBA Newsletter is available click: GCBA Newsletter  Jun20

Minutes from the 2019 AGM now published.   2020 AGM postponed.


Somerset is running a full congress during 26 Sep - 4 Oct.  Details here.

North Wales is running a Swiss Pairs on Satruday 10th October. Details here.

Wiltshire is running a Green Point Swiss Teams on Sunday 18th October. Details here.

County Leagues


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



17 Sep 20 : minutes of the September committee meeting (our fifth online meeting)

12 Sep 20 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - Sep 2020 

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.

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Kambites has been granted the Silver Award by the EBU in recognition of his many contributions to the game over the years, which include

  • being a leading teacher, notably of youngsters who are now prominent players, who has always been very willing to share his teaching materials,
  • being a prolific author (and co-author with some well known figures) and making regular contributions to English Bridge and to the Mr Bridge magazine,
  • serving as Chief TD for the County and a senior congress director for the EBU, and for some time on the GCBA committee,
  • early work on bridge playing software, and in recent decades directing and running seminars and bridge holidays.

To help everyone understand, and to help it focus, the committee has agree on the following statement to explain what the GCBA does, what it wants to achieve, and how it wants to achieve this.

MISSION STATEMENT : to represent, and provide support to, all bridge clubs in the county, and to supply whatever bridge services that these clubs cannot provide to players or potential players in the county.

VISION STATEMENT : anyone who is or might be interested in the game of bridge in Gloucestershire has access to a plentiful supply of learning and playing opportunities.

VALUES STATEMENT : we will achieve our vision working in a collaborative way with all clubs and players in the county, and with neighbouring counties, based on the principles of inclusivity, transparency and mutual respect.

Feel free to hold your committee to account against these statements throughout the year.



  • Swiss Teams then
  • Pairs League then
  • Teams League then
  • Pairs League, every month.


 Full details on its own web page.



  Full details here

  • first series won by the JONES team
  • second by the SHIELDS team,
  • third by LINDFORS
  • now playing round 4 of series 4

  new teams welcome

  email to



  Full details here 

  • first and second series both won by KINGHAM & POLHILL
  • third series started on its last round

  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

Still to come 

  • Learners' Duplicate (Friday evenings from October 9th)
  • County Knock Out


There are plenty of opportunities around

  • CHELTENHAM BC WEEKLY GAMES (see their website for access for non-members) which cost BB$4 per session
    • Open Duplciate : at 1345 hrs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; at 1930 hrs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and another at 1000 hrs Saturday.
    • Gentle Duplicate : Tuesday and Thursday at 1000 (limited to NGS-7)
  • 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 to supplement their Wednesday teams games : please contact Nigel Pitel for details.


    • 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 Kristian & Robot coming 1/46 on 26th Sep, Ashok & Jack coming 1/22 on 6th September, Val & Patrick P coming 1/77 on 4th of September, Kristian & Robot friend 1st/58 on 16th July and 1st/76 on 4th August and 1st/33 on 14th August : 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 
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 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)


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.


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 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 for inclusion here.

Tollemache :  the EBU's inter-county teams of eight event was held over the weekend of 16/17 November. Thirty-six counties played in four groups of nine teams with the leading two teams from each group qualifying for the final in February. Gloucestershire were lying in mid-table after the first day, but a great performance on the Sunday saw them finish in second place to qualify for the final. Well done to Richard Butland, Garry Watson, John Atthey, Claire Robinson, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick Shields, Richard Plackett & Paul Denning.

CLEVERLY teams league Div2 R2
GCBA Swiss Teams S4 M5
GCBA Pairs League 2
GCBA Swiss Teams S4 M4
GCBA League 1 second half
GCBA League 1 first half
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S3 M6
GCBA Swiss Teams S4 M3
4th Oct 2020
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S4 M1
5th Oct 2020
GCBA Monday Swiss Teams #2
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6th Oct 2020
GCBA Swiss Teams S4 M6
11th Oct 2020
11th Oct 2020
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S4 M2
12th Oct 2020
GCBA Pairs League 3
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18th Oct 2020
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S4 M3
19th Oct 2020
GCBA League match 2
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20th Oct 2020
GCBA Swiss Teams S5 M1
25th Oct 2020
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S4 M4