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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.


11 Aug 20 : notes from meeting of club representatives : 02 Aug 2020

08 Aug 20 : latest newsletter (by Garry Watson) - Aug 2020 

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

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

Online Swiss Teams
BBO Swiss Teams : May-Jun 2020


  1. Starting on Sunday 24th May, one 16-board match per week (Sunday-Saturday) each week following. [Series 1 rand 12 Apr-23 May]
  2. Teams must have four members and a designated captain, but may use as many susbtitutes as they wish (including members of other teams).
  3. For the first week assignments will be announced on Sunday 24th May by email and on the GCBA website.
  4. Thereafter matches for the week will be announced on the GCBA website on Sunday morning (but does depends on results being reported to the CTD).
  5. Match allocations will be done on Swiss principles; the number of matches and the allowance of repeat matches will be determined once the number of entries is known.
  6. Matches should be played in two segments with a change of opponents at the break. If setting up matches proves a problem, the captains are allowed to decide on one 16-board segment.
  7. This game is being organised by the GCBA but teams from neighbouring counties will be accepted.
  8. Late entries to the competition are no problem, and such teams will come in with a 50% score.

If you need a partner or team-mates, tell and he might be able to help. Any further queries will be managed by the GCBA CTD.

The VP scale in use is as follows :

IMPS 0-1 2-4 5-8 9-12 13-17 18-22 23-28 29-35 36-43 44-53 54+
VPS 10-10 11-9 12-8 13-7 14-6 15-5 16-4 17-3 18-2 19-1 20-0



1.  As soon as you get notification please contract the opposing captain to arrange a day and time to play.  Note that BBO is much less busy morning and afternoon than it is evening, and people have sometimes had repeated difficulty starting a match in the evening ("Error : too many tournaments"); to avoid this YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO AVOID SETTING UP A MATCH (OR THE SECOND STANZA OF A MATCH) BETWEEN 1945 AND 2045 BST.  Plan your matches accordingly.

2.  If enough people make the same suggestion, I will declare a preferred time for playing - it would then be up to players to try to keep that slot free, and make life easier for their captains by doing so. Optional.

3.  The name declared first on the line is the home team, and is responsible for identifying someone who is competent to set up the match.  Total newcomers to BBO might not have the permission to do it (BBO needs 100 logins first).  That player needs to be given the BBO names of the eight players - and can set things up as two 8-board stanzas (the default, two independent matches as far as BBO is concerned) or one 16-board stanza as the captains agree.  Try to include GCBA in the title of the match, as it might help me find results - but I also need you to email me ( the result once the match is finished. Details -

  • First login and go to "Competitive" and then to "Team Matches"
  • As long as you've had 100 logins you'll get an option "Create Match" and you click this (if not ask for help from me in advance)
  • On this new screen, DO NOT hit "Create Team Match" until you have filled everything in and checked it. You will need all 8 players online to complete, although you can proceed up to the last step in advance of that.
  • You have three tabs : first is for description and you can put "something GCBA" in the title and whatever team names you like.
  • In the second tab : put the number of boards, unclick kibitzers allowed but leave UNDOs ON and Barometer (scoring visible as you go along) default to OFF but can be ON if both captains want that - please discuss.
  • In the second tab : set the number of boards (16 if one stanza, but 8 if you are swapping oppo at half time)
  • In the third tab : put in the players names - noting that the top is the first TEAM, and that BBO will move players to the right table as you start
  • ONLY NOW hit the "Create Team Match" button; if you haven't put in all the right names you might find anyone joining your match and that is a real problem!
    • If the setup goes wrong, look for your Director tab (bottom right), click that then on the game, and then take the option to cancel.
  • Don't hit "Close" until the match has been created, and if it gives you an error ("Someone refused") then simply pause and press "Create Team Match" again.
    • You can actually leave that pop-up around until the time comes for the second stanza, and then you don't have as much entry to do (just move 4 people).
  • At the end of the match, don't worry if it says it cannot deliver the scores - that's just because the servers are overloaded currently, and the results will come, and are accessible later through Hand Records (from the BBO home screen).
  • Two videos by Paul Gipson are worth watching :, showing the proper method is brilliant, and the second, explains how not to do it,and it explains how to cancel a tournament, which is via the Director tab!

4.  If a match cannot be scheduled within the week (and remember any number of subs is allowed) then it will be declared an 8-8 draw.  Cumulative results will appear on the GCBA website.

5.  Do your best to support the principle of FULL DISCLOSURE, being profuse in your explanation of bids and your carding agreements. You can create a BBO convention card - video showing how is here.   And there is a nice video also available on alerting your own bids.  You are also encouraged to make your profile honest and complete - so that your opponents can tell against whom they are playing.

Any further questions or useful ideas - please email

BBO Swiss Teams : May-June 2020 : SERIES 2 entries

22 teams now.  Late entries will be accepted too, joining in from week two.  The event will run for six weeeks.

  • TIm Stanley-Clamp with John Arblaster, Mel Barlow & Ben Ritacca 
  • Val Constable ( with Patrick Phair, Jim Simons & Garry Watson
  • John Councer ( with Stuart King, Suzy Lawson & David Turner & Steve Turner
  • Paul Denning ( with Joe Angseesing, Richard Butland & Richard Plackett
  • Malcolm Green (malcolm, with Mike Lewis, Andrea & Stan Powell
  • Lesley Harrison ( with Paul Lilley, Martin McWilliam & Peter Swales
  • James Hastie () with Andrew Bull, Kristian Cole & Nicola Harris
  • David Jones ( with Peter Shelley, Marc Smith & Trevor Ward
  • Ashok Kwatra () with Jack Armorgie, Arun Nanda & Toby Roberts
  • Roger Miles ( with Ken Fillmore, Steve Sasanow & James Wellsted
  • Cynthia Moore () with Daphne Hogarth, Mary Jones & Chris Lewis
  • Alison Pritchard  ( with David Atthey, Graham Dickens & Sue Dickens
  • John Polhill ( with David Cook, Paul Clark & JOhn Skjonnemand
  • Tim Russell ( with Paul Archer, David Curnow & Sarah Watson
  • Allan Sanis ()  with Tony Letts, Judy Sanis & Roger Schofield
  • Richard Harris () with Betty Harris, Nick Haynes & Anne Swannell
  • Richard Seymour () with Linda Barrett, Liz Gyles & Steve Tedd
  • Patrick Shields ( with Diane & Filip Kurbalija and Dan McIntosh
  • Alan Wearmouth ( with Tony Hill, Mark Rogers & Peter Waggett
  • Roger Williams ( with Nicky Ferguson, Tom Jarman & Mike Wignall
  • Steve Allerston () with Nick Forward, Richard Jephcott & John Sansom
  • Stefan Lindfors ( with Rob Lawy, Harry Anoyrkatis & Sally Anoyrkatis
BBO Swiss Teams triples

Where we have an odd number of teams, we will run a "long" triple asking a group of three teams to play two matches over two weeks.

The teams can arrange these at any point during the two weeks, and in whatever order is convenient.  Both matches will be the standard format and both will be VP'd in the standard manner.