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Across the county, the majority of clubs are now playing face-to-face.  See LOCAL CLUBS in the menu above for details.

GCBA bridge is mostly playing on BBO and on Realbridge, but is now running about one face-to-face game per month. Please support these.

SPECIAL EVENTS

At the start of the new year, running from 6th-8th January 2023, is the Midlands Counties Congress, running online on RealBridge.  Full details here.

On Saturday 4th March, Leicestershire CBA is running a Green Point Swiss Pairs at their new (and very attractive) premises - details can be found with the entry form on this web page.

On Sunday 19th March, Newent BC is running the Newent Bowl, live at the Newent Community School, and with afternoon tea and other refreshments included in the price.  Full details here.

At the end of April - on Satruday 29th and Sunday 30th, GCBA and Cheltenham Bridge Club are hosting the Cheltenham Congress, live at Dean Close School.  Put the date in your diary - full details here.

LATEST NEWS/CHANGES

08 Jan 2023 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - January 2023 - no December issue.

3 Dec 22 : minutes of the December committee meeting (our thirtieth online meeting) and the draft minutes of the AGM

3 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.

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.
9-HIGH SWISS PAIRS

The next event is Saturday 28the January; click here iifyou are playing in the event.  The game starts at 1400 hrs.

EBU NATIONAL PAIRS

The system for qualifying changes this year; now it is INDIVIDUALS who qualify by being part of a pair which scores above 55% in any club game in any affiliated club in the two weeks starting Monday 6th February. The individual can then pair up with anyone else who has qualified, to play in the online regional final which takes place on Sunday 26th March.  Makes sure you have a few club games in those two weeks to ensure you qualify.

NEXT SPECIAL EVENTS
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Next chance is the Midlands Inter-County 9-High Swiss Pairs taking place on RealBridge on Saturday 28th January and starting at 1400 hrs; The County is allowed to enter as many pairs as we can in this event, and the County score is determined as the sum of the top three scores of pairs from the county - so the more entrants we have the better;  Your chance to represent Gloucestershire!  Details on this flyer.

AND THEN AND OPEN TO ALL : a Junior Team Fund raising event on Satruday 4th March; the event starts at 1200 hrs and will have three short sessions of bridge, punctuated by lunch and then a tea break; a number from the current English Junior Squads will attend, and we will play deals from some prestigious events in the past and will have commentaries on these and a Q&A session after each 12 boards. The entry fee - including all the freshements - is £25 per person, and you need to sign up as a pair (but if you need a partner ask Patrick on ctd@gcba. ..........

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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
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Last year County-wide top scorers were Patrick Shields (overall and Green Points),  Jonathan Bailey (Blue Points) and Dan McIntosh (local points).

The latest Nov 2022 figures show the leaders as Jackie Davies (all points and local points),  Garry Watson (Green Points) and Ro Kaye (Blue Points) - but there is still one month to be recorded and one month to play.

Every year the EBU also works out who has earned most local Master Points in every affiliated clubs, and there is a prize draw into which all those winners go, with £500 given out in cash prizes. ..........

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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 ....

NEW MASTER POINTS GRADES

There are new EBU lists out showing the in-year collection of Master Points by members of the county; you can see lists sorted by Green, Blue and local points - and we have differnt people leading each of those lists. There are still two months in which to move yourself further up the list!

Congratulations to Lesley Harrison on reaching Grand Master and to Ashok Kwatra on reaching Life Master and to all the other promotions detailed here.

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 S19 M2
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 2
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S19 M1
SPRING COUNTY LEAGUE 1
MCOL Leics v Gloucs
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 1 (first) on BBO
SPRING OPEN TEAMS 1
ST1 DIVISION 1 : VP SCORES
COUNTY LEAGUE 5 - LIVE preferably
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S18 M6
AUTUMN PAIRS LEAGUE 7 (last) on BBO
MIDLANDS COUNTIES : WARWICKSHIRE (A)
Calendar
30th Jan 2023
SPRING COUNTY LEAGUE 2
1900
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31st Jan 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S19 M3
6th Feb 2023
SPRING OPEN TEAMS 2
1900
7th Feb 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S19 M4
12th Feb 2023
MIDLANDS COUNTIES : WORCESTERSHIRE (H)
13th Feb 2023
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 3
1930
14th Feb 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S19 M5
20th Feb 2023
SPRING COUNTY LEAGUE 3
1900
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21st Feb 2023
9-HIGH Swiss Pairs S19 M6
27th Feb 2023
SPRING PAIRS LEAGUE 4
1930