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EBU forum for Tournament Directors

Following the recent change in the Laws, the EBU have set up an online forum for TDs -  this is open to everyone whether a qualified director or not. It may be found at

To log in for the first time

If you click on a restricted page you will be taken to a login window with a [Forgotten Password] button. You should enter your email address and click [Forgotten Password]. If this is a valid address (i.e. registered with the Club), you will be sent a pre-assigned password. Please then re-enter your email address in the login window, and the password, and click the [Logon] button. You can use the [Account] Tab to change the password to one of your own choice.

News Page
Our approach to convention cards

Unlike at EBU tournaments, convention cards are not compulsory at Harlow Knights Bridge Club.  Most partnerships play Acol or a similar natural bidding system.  However, you are required to have at least one convention card displayed if:

(a) you use any complex conventions at EBU Level 3 or Level 4, such as the Multicoloured 2D opening;

(b) you play a Strong Club or other system with artificial one-level opening bids.

Although you do not need a convention card if playing standard Acol (and also Benji and weak twos), it is a courtesy to opponents to have one available, especially if you are playing variants such as five-card majors or a strong no-trump. It can also help you if questions arise about the meaning of a bid or play.

We aim to be a friendly club and welcome both more and less experienced players.  Please do bear this in mind both when giving and requesting explanations, and aim to give as much detail as will be helpful to your opponents.

AGM 2019

We held our AGM on 31st May - thank you to all who attended. The draft minutes are available here HK AGM 2019 draft minutes.doc

New! Handicap teams league

In the light of the popularity of the handicap teams prize awarded at our recent AGM, the Club has set up a handicap teams league to run alongside our usual teams league. Teams will be handicapped on the basis of their average NGS rating, and a team handicap score calculated each month. We will use a points system (30 points for first place, 24 for second, etc.) to create a monthly league table. We will be awarding a cash prize to the top handicap team at the end of the year – and to make sure all our members get a chance, we have decided that the top two teams in the ‘regular’ league will not be eligible for a prize!

The rules for the competition can be found under the Competitions tab on the left hand menu, where you can also find the results of the league for the year to date (August round).

Hertfordshire Senior Pairs

Congratulations to Roy Young and Hazel Miles who came a close second in the Hertfordshire Senior Pairs on 23rd April. The first and second pairs were comfortably ahead of other combinations, so this was an excellent result.  A number of other Harlow members achieved good results in the competition, well done to all of them. 

Harlow pair win Herts County Cadet Pairs Final

Suman Rai and Kay Vowles won the Herts County Cadet Pairs Final at Welwyn on 12th April, with a score of 64.03%. It was nip and tuck with the top 2 pairs changing places several times over the last two sets of boards and the final result only being settled after the director made adjustment to some earlier scores incorrectly entered by other pairs. Congratulations to Suman & Kay!

Hertfordshire Bridge run a number of events throughout the year, for players at all levels. Please click here HBA Calendar Sept to Dec 2019.pdf  for copy of the current schedule. We would really encourage you to try these - especially for less experienced players, they are an excellent way to ease yourself in to playing competitions at something other than club level, without being too scary!

BridgeTabs scoring hardware
BridgeTabs  scoring hardware

The club has invested in a new scoring system called BridgeTabs. This uses hand-held tablets, one for each table, which interface with our scoring software. Like Bridgemates, only bigger, better and in colour!

We are now using them for all club evenings.

Laws of Duplicate Bridge - new for 2017

We have now adopted the new Laws of Duplicate Bridge. Copies of the updated White Book and Blue Book are available from the EBU. A brief summary of the changes is available here New laws 2017 summary.pdf.

Grant from Stansted Airport Community Trust

Stansted Airport Community Trust supports projects which protect and enhance the social, economic and environmental well-being of the community around Stansted Airport. The money donated by the committee is raised from passengers' and staff's unwanted foreign currency which is collected in the terminal.  They have approved a request from us for a grant for additional equipment for use by the club, including a new computer, a projector so we can project results without all having to gather around the computer, some additional hand-held tablets and some cards and bidding equipment. We are very grateful to them for this, and particularly as they have supported us before.