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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  User name: Muso9290  Password: 344117.  Helen asks you to log in about 5 minutes before the start of the service.


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 season 20-21
Mondays from September 2020

This page is just raising options being considered for what happens during what would be out 2020-2021 season.

There is considerable doubt that we will see face to face bridge this side of Christmas, and perhaps not until well into summer of 2021.  These are therefore plans for online bridge, the need for which might disappear or might not.


  • We want to hold quality events to keep the top players playing and to help the remainder develop.
  • A fixed time for these sessions saves players a lot of thinking and planning, and Monday evening seems the obvious candidate.
  • We need to provide a mix of pairs and teams, the former for ease of attendance and the latter to balance out the pairs provision from clubs.


  1. We run alternate sessions as Swiss Teams and Swiss Pairs (with 4 6-board matches).  We run the Swiss Pairs as matchpoints at some points, cross-imp pairs at others.
    1. Each session will be independent of the others (scoring-wise) and in both pairs and teams the first round of the evening has to be a random assignment.
  2. We treat each three month segment as distinct giving either 6 or 7 sessions in a pairs and teams series in each quarter.
  3. We assign POINTS to the top 6 places in each teams game and to the top 8 places in each pairs game, and the season's winners will the those who collect the greatest number of points.
  4. We will charge for all these games at a BB$4 rate.

Any thoughts please by email to 

Alternatives : 

  1. We can run the Knock Out much as usual, with head-to-head matches throughout.
  2. We could run the County League possibly with one Monday a month as the default date - and shared boards for those who play that evening
  3.  ??