Release 2.19o
Returning to Face-to-Face Bridge

With Covid restrictions lessening, the return of face-to-face bridge now seems a little nearer than it did a couple of months ago and the EBU have provided some timely guidance to help clubs plan for restarting when the situation allows.

For the full details, see the EBU website - click here..

HBA Committee Meeting

Key points from the Committee Meeting of May 1st are available here..

Congratulations to all those achieving new master point promotions. Click here.. to see the full May list.

Club Directors - click here for useful information on training courses and updated flowcharts.

Youth - new handbook and safeguarding policies also applicable for vulnerable adults,

EBED are here to help you. 

Marjorie Lukyn Charity for 2020-21 Season

The HBA charity for the 2020-21 season is DENS ( Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter ).Their aim is to be the first port of call for people in Dacorum who are facing homelessness, poverty and social exclusion. They ensure individuals have access to temporary and short-term accommodation, and individuals and families have access to emergency food and provisions. They provide accommodation options to support people to move on and sustain their own tenancy and they provide advice and training; empowering people to develop their skills and build confidence.

This website provides details of all bridge clubs that are affiliated to the County Assoc and the EBU
Marjorie Lukyn Charity

Part of the table money that every player pays for a session goes to EBU with a smaller portion going to HBA. HBA decided previously to rebate their portion to clubs since the start of the current financial year to help them through the current difficulties.

This rebate up to 31st March amounted to almost £2,000 and several clubs decided to donate some or all of their rebate to HBA’s nominated Marjorie Lukyn charity for 2020/1, which bolstered the monies raised from various club heats.

That charity was DENS, proposed by HBA member Pat Henry, and a donation of £1,482.17 has now been sent to them. And DENS 'thank you' email can be read here..

Welcome to Barnet U3A

We welcome Barnet U3A who have recently affiliated to the EBU and become the county's 23rd HBA club.  They play exclusively online on RealBridge and are aimed at beginners and improvers.  For more details, their website is:

Forthcoming HBA Events

All the HBA events listed below will be staged on RealBridge.

Swiss Pairs: Saturday 31st July 2021 at 12:00

Swiss Teams: Sunday 1st August 2021  at 12:00

Click here.. for details and entry forms

Click here.. for paying entry fees

Note that we are also staging a further green-pointed weekend on September 18-19. Details are available via the Herts Event Calendar.

Other Forthcoming Herts Events

Many Herts clubs are now running open sessions, available to all HBA members. These include Teaching, Gentle Duplicates aimed at newcomers & improvers and normal duplicate events.  Click here.. for the details.

Further Afield

All county events below are green-pointed and on RealBridge unless stated otherwise. 

Date Event Details
June 26 - 27 Berks and Bucks Swiss Teams & Pairs Click here..
28 June - 1 July Bridge: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) are holding a 4 day international conference to to discuss topical issues facing the game today, with open playing sessions for all ranges of ability Click here..
July 17 - 18 London Online Congress Click here..
September 4 Bedfordshire Swiss Pairs Click here..

For links to other counties' websites - click here

Seniors Teams

A vey big Well Done to Saroj & Alan Ellis and Bernard & Margaret Eddleston, winners of the Seniors Teams on May 11th, beating a strong field by a clear margin.  Results..  

Herts vs Bedfordshire

Hertfordshire played it first county match of 2021/22 season against Bedfordshire on Sunday 9th May. It was staged on Realbridge.

The result was clean sweep:
A Team 16-04
B Team 20-00
C Team 20-00

Congratulations to everybody. Well Done!

Humble Cup Final

Congratulations to Francis Eddleston, Steve Allen, Tom Dessain & Tugrul Kaban, worthy winners of this season's Humble Cup.

Championship Pairs
Championship Pairs

Reigning 2019 Championship Pairs winners Celia & Derek Oram successfully retained the trophy with another fine performance in the 2021 final, the first to be held online. This marks the 14th time that they have been Herts champions, a phenomenal and unrivalled record.  Our deepest congratulations to them both.  Results.. 

Ranked Masters Pairs

Our congratulations to Martin Lowes & Richard Pettengell for winning the 2021 Ranked Masters Pairs and also to second-placed Paul Saffer and John Melchior who win the prize for the highest-placed pair who have not yet reached the rank of Master.

Marjorie Lukyn

The 2021 Marjorie Lukyn Final was won by John Morgan & Mark Wadsworth, narrowly beating Stephen Lipman & Kiku Lester in second place.  Our congratulations on a fine result in a large field. Click here for the Results.

Eccles Cup

A very big "well done" to the Hemel Hempstead team of Lesley Peers, Anne Short, Margaret Ainsworth, Pat Henry, Susan Woodhams, Meena Jefferys, Stuart Tarrant & Debbie West, winners of this years Eccles Cup. Click here.. for the Results page.