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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 9-HIGH Swiss Pairs
BBO Swiss Pairs : May-June 2020


  1. Starting on Sunday 17th May, one 12-board match per week (Sunday-Saturday) each week following.  Entries must be emailed to 
  2. No player can be NGS-JACK or above; if one player is NGS-10 then partner must be NGS-8 or below; any combinaiton of NGS-9 and below is allowed.
  3. Initial entries are required by COP Friday 15th and and the matches for the first week will be announced on Saturday 16th on the GCBA website.
  4. Thereafter matches for the week will be announced by email and 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 (top scorers play top scorers, etc, so you meet pairs of similar strength); we are having 6 matches in the series and no repeats.
  6. This game is being organised by the GCBA for Gloucestershire players, but partners from outside the county are allowed.
  7. Late entries to the competition are no problem, and such pairs will come in with a 50% score.

Any further queries will be managed by the GCBA CTD.

The VP scale in use is as follows :

SCORE 50-50.54 50.55-51.65 51.66-52.78 52.79-53.95 53.96-55.19 55.20-56.53 56.54-58.04 58.05-59.80 59.81-62.01 62.02-65.30 65.31+
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 other pair to found out their BBO names and to arrange a day and time to play.  Note that BBO is much less busy morning and afternoon than it is evening.  To make it easy to arrange matches, you could keep 1030 every Monday morning as free time for this match?

2.  To create the match on BBO follow the following steps (all players are assumed to have a BBO account - if not here's how to sign up

  • First login and all players must go to "Casual" and then one player from the four must go to "Start a Table".  
  • Set the scoring method (top left, drop down list) to Matchpoints and put GCBA Swiss Pairs in the title
  • Click on "Permission required to play" and click on "Invisible" (this is need to stop random people coming to the table) and then pull on the scroll bar until you see the "Reserve Seats" option and fill in the four names of the two pairs.
  • Now hit "Start Table - competitive game" and an invitation will be send to exactly your three other names to come to the table. Then you play.
  • The scores will be visible in the HISTORY tab on the right; your result will be matchpiointed against the result of (eventually 15) others who played the same board. Some of these scores will be from good players, some from bad and they may seem a bit random, but that should average out over 12 boards to give you a fair result.
  • After you have played 12 boards make a note of the %age for each pair (this quite often changes, and sometimes noticeably, after the event if matchpointing is not complete when you finish).  You need to email the result to, who will convert it to VPs using the above scale and enter it on the system.   Everyone should then hit the BACK or HOME button to leave the match.
  • If anything goes wrong during this, BBO-message to patr1cks, or send me an email, or phone 01242 570710. 

5.  If a match cannot be scheduled within the week then it will be declared an 8-8 draw.  If someone has to sit out the system gives them a score of 14 VPs.  Cumulative results will appear on the GCBA website.

6.  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 Pairs : August-September 2020 : entries

We list below all the pairs confirmed as playing in the competition. Late entries will be accepted too. The event will run for up to six weeeks.

  • Hylary Kingham & John Polhill
  • Jan Kinane & Beverley Graham-Jones
  • Pauline Mussi & Jonathan Bailey
  • Rowan Lytheer & Jim Berry
  • Cath Jack & Lynn Edwards
  • Ruth Thomas & Caroline Bristol
  • Ros Reeves & Tony Reeves
  • Alan Thomas & Teresa Thomas
  • Liz Rowley & Karen Rix
  • Else Ogden & Graham Ogden
  • Mark Bowrne & Richard Berrington
  • Richard Williams & Janet Miles
  • Andrea & Martin Pegler
  • Derek Boreham & Moya Jackson
  • Neville Shorrick & Jill Hunter
  • Caroline Bourke & Polly Clark
  • Steve Betteley & Helen Morris
  • Gordon & Val Atkinson
  • Ralph Brooks & Diana Davies
  • Ron Young & Geraldine Smith
  • Barbara Clark & Gary Wilby
  • <number 22>