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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.

Chris Kinloch

You will be sad to know that Chris Kinloch died on 7th July.  For many years Chris played regularly in Gloucestershire; he was a respected member of the county team and a good friend to many of us.  We send our condolences to his wife Helen and her family.  The funeral will be held at 2pm on 28th July at Andover Crematorium.  As there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend in person, there will be a live stream of the service.  Go to www.obitus.com.  User name: Muso9290  Password: 344117.  Helen asks you to log in about 5 minutes before the start of the service.

LATEST NEWS/CHANGES

24 Jul 20 : minutes of the July committee meeting (our third online meeting)

15 Jun 20 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - Jun 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.

County League

MONDAY LEAGUES: Div 1  2and then Div 1A, 1B, Div 2A, 2B

CLEVERLY TEAMS :  Div 1, NorthSouth

GCBA ONLINE Events

GCBA runs the Monday night bridge (mostly short series of event) at Cheltenham bridge Club, and a variety of weekend events (more stand-alone).

The latest GCBA Rules are found by clicking here.   A summary of current competitions is at click here or click here for a printable calendar.   The latest GCBA Rules for the Cleverly Teams League (replacing the Clubs League) are found here.

For more details on any event, choose from the menu on the left under GCBA Events - selecting either Monday or weekend, and either Pairs or Teams.

  • For County Pairs Championship & Ace of Clubs & AGM Pairs : see the Weekend Pairs menu
  • For Everett Cup & Cotswold Cup & Bredon Vale: see the Weekend Teams menu
  • For Rank Xerox TEAM-OF-8 : see the Monday Teams menu
  • For others : see the Monday Pairs and Monday Teams menus

EVERYTHING IS ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

USE THE TABS ON THE LEFT FOR ONLINE INFORMATION.

Monday Nights : 2019 -20

These Events are generally multi-session but pre-entry is mandatory only for the County League (but notice of newcomers is always welcome - by email to ctd@gcba.org.uk). The Monday night pattern depends on which Monday of the month it is

  • FIRST MONDAY : four sessions of Winter Swiss Teams (Sep-Dec),  four sessions of Spring Teams (Jan-Apr), one Summer Teams, and three Summer Pairs (May-Aug).
  • SECOND MONDAY : four sessions of Autumn Pairs (Sep-Dec),  two sessions of Winter Swiss Pairs (Jan-Feb), and one session of Spring Swiss pairs (Mar), BH pairs (April), Individual (May), one Summer pairs and two summer teams (June - Aug)
  • THIRD MONDAY : eight sessions of the County League (Sep-Apr), two sessions of Summer Teams and two sessions of Summer Pairs (May-Aug).
  • FOURTH MONDAY : different events throughout. They are all matchpoint pairs except for the COunty KO Qualifying on 22nd October.
  • FIFTH MONDAY : we have given up on New Year's Eve in December, but have League in Sept & Mar, A celebration evening in Dec, Summer Teams in June and BH pairs in Aug.

More details are given in the tabs on the left (Monday Night Pairs, Monday Night Teams).

There are no restrictions on entry imposed by a person's county of allegiance.  The only effect that has is on representing Gloucestershire in the Corwen or Pachabo if you happen to do well in the County Pairs or the County Knock-Out.

Weekend Events : 2019 -20

The GCBA runs a mix of matchpoint pairs events and teams events, with some open to all, and some restricted entry.  More details can be found on the tabs on the left, but the summary is

  • Open events, with teams scoring : Everett Cup and Costswold Cup (entry as a pair).
  • Finals with club qualifying rounds : County Pairs (open) and the Ace of Clubs (restricted).
  • Restricted entry ("non-expert") teams game for club representative teams : Bredon Vale.

The events are spread throughout the year and on a mix of days, in an attempt to avoid ruling any player out of all of them. These events take place at Cheltenham Bridge Club, and the starting time is given on the calendar (and in the item's description).

GEOFFREY PATERSON trophy

This is awarded annually to whoever collects the greatest number of Master Points on Monday evenings, in the September to August year.  Those who have played in the top County team (Dawes or Tollemache) in the past three years are not eligible. The trophy was given to the County by Jamie Paterson, Geoffrey's son in 2011. 

Winners in the past have been

  • 2011 : Anne Swannell ahead of Richard Harris
  • 2012 : Tony Letts ahead of Richard Harris
  • 2013 : Paul Lilley ahead of Wendy Angseesing
  • 2014 : Anne Swannell ahead of Richard Harris
  • 2015 : Wendy Angseesing ahead of Lesley Harrison
  • 2016 : Martin McWilliam ahead of Paul Lilley
  • 2017 : Ashok Kwatra ahead of Peter Swales
  • 2018 : Roger Schofield ahead of Tony Letts
  • 2019 : Mike Wignall ahead of Ashok Kwatra

Email to Tournament Director (ctd@gcba.org.uk)