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Sun 31st May 2020
Virtual Romsey 4
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Sun 7th June 2020
Virtaul Romsey 5
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Sun 14th June 2020
Virtual Romsey 6
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Sun 21st June 2020
Virtual Romsey 7
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Virtual Romsey 8
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Welcome to Hants & IOW CBA



There can be no face to face county events in lockdown. Instead HIWCBA are setting up county inter club leagues and pairs events on BBO. Note: Although matches could be played online if you wish, teams are not expected to complete hiwcba league and knockout events online.

HIWCBA ONLINE LEAGUE - For general information on county competitions page click here 


Previous Winners

June 2020 Progress

Online Div 1

Badger Farm Entries being confirmed/taken

Online Div 2

Island M Entries being confirmed/taken



Saturday 30th May (and every Saturday thereafter) Dorset Online Pairs tournament (BBO 2pm)
Sunday 31st May (and every Sunday thereafter) HIWCBA Virtual Romsey Pairs 4 (BBO 2pm) Competition Entry

Online League Congratulations

Congratulations to Badger Farm (Jeremy Baker, Nick Craik, Jeremy Dhondy, Fred Hotchen, Dave Huggett, Andy Hughes) and Island M (Chris Brayford, Peter Marchant, David McCulloch, Christine Naughton) winners of the first season of the HIWCBA Online league competition. Badger Farm won all 7 of their league 1 matches and finished well ahead of second place Chichester (Peter Burns, Philip Hunt, Yves Lebrec & David Telfer).  Division 2 had more teams and was much closer with Island M finishing just 3 VPs ahead of Petersfield N (Dennis Adams, Jenny Ashby, Richard Assad & Nicholas Silk) in second place. Entries are now being taken for season 2 in June. Also dont forget to enter the regular sunday online virtual romsey event - next on on BBO on Sunday 31st May at 2pm - enter here.

Last updated : 28th May 2020 23:41 BST
Virtual Romsey 3 Congratulations

Congratulations to Andrew Doye & Lilias Lamont (Pictured above in the real Romsey) and Gill Weeks & Stephen Martin (just stars in the real Romsey's eyes) winners of virtual Romsey 3 on 24th May - full results here. This puts Lilias & Andrew well ahead in the virtual romsey victor ludorum (see here). And virtual bridge must go on. Enter for virtual Romsey 4 next sunday 31st May here.

Last updated : 25th May 2020 10:27 BST
Virtual Romsey 2 Congratulations - and lets make it regular

Congratulations to Phil Norman & Derek Maggs plus Karen Dewar & Adrian Fontes (3 of them pictured above in the real Romsey winning the 2019 & 2018 Yuletide events. Derek, native turned overseas raider, at least now knows the time this side of the world but he hasn’t visited Romsey anytime recently.). They were winners of their sections of the Virtual Romsey pairs on BBO on Sunday 17th May (results here). The director, Mike Kinsey again said it went so well that there will be another virtual Romsey (3) next Sunday -same time same place - enter here.
Note: There are still gremlins affecting the display of master points on this site for BBO events. They are shown in the virtual "Virtual Romsey Victor Ludorum" event here, which shows that Lilias Lamont & Andrew Doye (2nd both times) currently have the most Virtual Romsey master points.

Last updated : 17th May 2020 21:01 BST
Virtual Romsey Congratulations And Try Again Next Week

Congratulations to Ian & Clare Fearon & Fred Hotchen & Jeremy Baker (pictured above in the real Romsey!) winners of their sections of the virtual romsey pairs on BBO on Sunday 10th May (results here). The director, Mike Kinsey said it went so well that there will be a virtual Romsey 2 next sunday - same time same place - enter here. Hopefully all will try again and maybe next time it will be a harder search for archive photos of the winners.
Note: There are gremlins affecting the display of master points on this site for BBO events. They are shown in the virtual "Virtual Romsey Victor Ludorum" event here. Note (eg Chairman & Webmaster) that the motto of this virtual victor ludorum is "Its only for fun. If at first you dont succeed try, try again."

Last updated : 11th May 2020 07:12 BST
Romsey is virtually back!

In reality Romsey hasn't been anywhere, but now you can enjoy most of the thrill of an afternoon in the Crosfield Hall from the comfort of your own home. HIWCBA have successfully trialled running a Pairs Tournament on BBO.  Now we are setting up a regular event. And when better than the traditional 14:00 on Sunday. The first event will be on May 10th. Please enter here The entry form requires your BBO aliases. The page with the entry form on it also provides general  instructions  on playing on BBO and instructions about playing in HIWCBA OnLine Pairs. We said 'most'? Unfortunately we have not found a way of providing Ann's plated teas on-line. Also for now the event will be a little shorter (18 boards).

Last updated : 5th May 2020 07:34 BST
Pottage Cup Congratulations

The Pottage Cup (HIWCBA Pairs championship) concluded on Sunday 15th March with 16 pairs competing in the final at Romsey. Congratulations to the winners : James Clark & Owen Leigh.(pictured above). With over 4.5% between 1st and 2nd (Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes), over 2 percent between 2nd and 3rd (Tim Smith & Gabriel Hearst), and almost 7 percent between 3rd and 4th (Lilias Lamont & Andrew Doye), an event that one would expect to be close somehow seemed not to be - although 5th place (Stuart Strachen & Eleanor Rice) were looking to sneak into 4th right up to the end. If national events were being held, the top four pairs would qualify for the Corwen Trophy national event for the top pairs in county pairs championships.

Last updated : 16th Mar 2020 08:55 GMT
Valentine, IBM and out of county congratulations

Sunday 16th February saw a select few brave the weather conditions and enter the HIWCBA Valentine Teams in Romsey. Congratulations to the winners Mike Fithyan, Mike Kinsey, Richard Ray & Christine Ray who led throughout and finished 21 vps ahead of the second place team of Steve Preston, Fred Hotchen, Nick Craik & Dave Huggett in an event that was well directed by Tim Anderson.

This continues Mike Fithyans fine run of form. He has just returned from the EBU Overseas Congress in Rome where Mike Fithyan & Adian Fontes were part of the team that won that congress's swiss teams. Well done to them.

Also, the IBM cup HIWCBA simultaeneous took place during the week beginning 10th february and with all the results in (here) it looks like lots of money will have been raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance (The field was larger than last years) and that the HIWCBA committee are in good bridge form with HIWCBA committee members in each of the top three pairs. Congratulations to Andy Hughes & Fred Hotchen for winning the event.

All who have qualified should not forget to turn up to the Pottage Cup semi final in Romsey at 2pm on Sunday 23rd February and those of you interested in improving their bridge should look to attend the next Dave Huggett Seminar on 1st March.

Last updated : 17th Feb 2020 18:03 GMT
Candlestick Pairs : Congratulations & Credit

The candlestick 'swiss' pairs on 2nd february became an unusual event when the director (Mike Kinsey) left the bridgemates at home. Well done to the director for not panicing and enabling the event to complete albeit with some manual post event checking and some less than perfect round assignments on the way - final results and explanation/apologies from the director here
Congratulations to everyone for helping the event to complete successfully - you will all receive a £10 credit for a future HIWCBA event for this.
And congratulations also to the winners Steve Preston and Andy Hughes with Mike Fithyan and Stuart Burnett second. Unusually, these pairs played 12 different pairs between them (noone in common) and did not play each other. These leaves Steve well ahead in the Derek Gibbins victor ludorum and Andy second with several people just behind him.
The next HIWCBA event in romsey is the Valentine teams on the 16th february. There is still time to enter this event - free for those with credit from the candlesticks!

Last updated : 11th Feb 2020 07:20 GMT
Invitation Pairs
On Sunday 19th January HIWCBA welcomed more than fifty players to the inaugural Chairman's Invitation Pairs. Nobody was entirely sure how the event would turn out, but the aim was to play some bridge and also discuss how clubs and the County could be better aligned. The bridge was won by Mark Witham and Bob Jubb from Portchester (well, Andy Hughes  was top scorer but he can hardly win his own prize, can he!)
From a broad list of topics, the discussion over an extended tea-break focused on membership development. Principally how clubs and HIWCBA could facilitate the progression of bridge players from beginners, through social bridge, to club and county players.  A more detailed report and recommendations will be prepared shortly. We really appreciated the contributions, and it was a good to see new faces at Romsey: just sorry that the reception should have been more professional! We hope the attendees found it both enjoyable and useful. We look forward to lots of entries to future events such as the Candlestick Swiss Pairs and the Valentine Teams
Last updated : 21st Jan 2020 07:22 GMT
Mid Winter Teams Congratulations

Congratulations to Steve Preston, Dave Huggett, Christine Ray & Richard Ray (pictured above),  winners of the Mid Winter Teams in Romsey on the 12th January. No late entries meant that the 11 team event was run as a 4 board per match multiple teams, with Team Preston running out winners 24 imps ahead of the second place team of Bob McRobert & Fred Hotchen, Geoff Oldfield & Peter Crouch - helped by an 11 imp gain in their head to head match where underbidding allowed Richard to successfully declare 2D on board 42 and  misdefending allowed Christine to successfully make 4S on  board 44. This gives Steve Preston a healthy lead in the Derek Gibbins Victor Ludorum. The event was enjoyed by all so please now enter the next Romsey event - the Blue Pointed Candlestick Pairs on the 2nd February.

Last updated : 13th Jan 2020 07:46 GMT
Happy New Year & Chidwick Congratulations

Happy New year, and time to enter those anagramed competitions as follows:

PEACE TO GUT :  Pottage cup. Many heats have been held but there is still time to enter here.
EAT DIMMER TWINS : Mid winter teams - enter here.
CAKE RIP CLASS DINT : Candlestick Pairs - enter here
HO ARRESTING PREENING CHOP MESS : Green Point Hampshire Congress - enter here.
WIC HAM BAG : HIWCBA AGM. Thats some time in the future and cant be 'entered yet'
HARMED VAGUE SETTINGS : Dave Huggett Seminars - enter here.
DIM PANDA, EXAM MISS (LADDER RISEN), IRE : Pairs (Mixed, Married, Mens and Ladies) - enter here.
LATEST NAÏVE MEN : Valentine teams - enter here.

Also, the final standing for the december HIWCBA simultaeneous - the chidwick cup - are confirmed (here) - and congratulations to the winners Marian Grasso & Carol Parkes of the Island Bridge club and also to all who entered for supporting the HIWCBA charity of the year (Hampshire Air Ambulance). The next HIWCBA simultaeneous is the IBM cup in february (details here): Clubs and pairs please make it one of your new years resolutions to  take part in that.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2020 16:21 GMT
Yuletide Congratulations

Merriment, mince pies, raffle (in aid of Hampshire Air Ambulance), spot prizes and the Yuletide Mini Swiss Teams (results here) were the order of the day at Romsey on 15th December. Congratulations to the victors Karen Dewar, Adrian Fontes, Julian Sykes & Phil Downham (pictured above) who won despite only tieing their last round match against the second place team of Robin Khan, Nick Craik, Steve Preston & Dave Huggett. Board 31, where the winning strategy for the vulnerable NS pairs was to keep as low as possible rather than go for game (Karen & Adrian stopped in 3S off 1) and the winning strategy for EW was to get the contract off as much as possible (Julian & Phil took 4S off 4), gave the Dewar team its share of the spoils and a 13vp victory in the final table.
We hope to see you puzzling at the anagrams above and, perhaps as a result, entering more HIWCBA events in the new year.
Its now almost half way through the season and so our eyes turn to the Derek Gibbins Victor Ludorum standings where Steve Preston's second place at the Yuletide has given him a slender lead over Tim Smith

Last updated : 16th Dec 2019 07:19 GMT
Bloxsom Congratulations

The start of Advent saw a late entry for the Bloxsom Teams (results here) that meant that there were 12 teams and the event could be run in the director's favorite Australian Swiss Danish format. At the start of the last round when the Danish (ie potential repeat match) element kicked in, Team Clark (James Clark, Owen Leigh, Tony Truluck, Tim Smith) and Team Hughes (Andy Hughes, Fred Hotchen, Dave Huggett, Steve Preston) knew they were going to be first and second, with Team Clark taking a 2vp lead into the final match. Tim & Tony started with a failing 6D (two top spades missing) and also played in 5C which didnt have a hope, so expected to be second. But Dave & Steve also bid the 6D and Andy & Fred got it wrong in the slam region on another board (6H-1) and also missed a game that was bid by James & Owen. So in the end Team Clark were convincing 16-4 winners and Bloxsom champions (pictured above). As is now the norm, the event was well directed by Mike Kinsey and enjoyed by all.  HIWCBA hope to see you and others again in HIWCBA events later in the season - eg. the Yule Tide Mini Swiss teams on the 15th December (where mulled wine, mince pies and a raffle will be available)  and the Mid Winter Teams in January.

Last updated : 2nd Dec 2019 18:34 GMT
Solent Trophy, Jubilee Cup, Simple System & Other Congratulations

Sunday 10th November was a well attended (10 teams) Teams of 8 day in Romsey - too many people to corral for a  photograh and difficult to judge how one is doing but at the end Petersfield United - The Reds (Steve Preston & Mike Fithyan, Owen Leigh & James Clark, Lilias Lamont & Tony Truluck, Tim Smith & Gabriel Hearst) triumphed to win the Solent Trophy and qualify to represent HIWCBA in the Garden Cities Trophy next april. 2nd were Badger Farm (Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes, Fred Hotchen & Jeremy Baker, John Folkes & Tony Page, Clare & Ian Fearon) who therefore retain the Jubilee cup that they    won last year. Full results here or here.

Rather simpler(!) was the simple systems simultaeneous held in clubs between the 28th october and the 1st November. Congratulations to the winners Georgina Boase & Jennifer Privett from Meon Bridge Club and to all who took part (full results here)- the event (especially meon bridge club - well done!) raised lots of money for Hampshire Air Ambulance.

In recent national events congratulations to Jeremy Dhondy for winning both the pairs event and the teams event at the Seniors Congress, and also to Team Lamont (Lilias Lamont, Andrew Doye, Liz Senior & Stephen Scott) for almost making the 2018-2019 Nicko Plate final - initially tying their semi-final but losing the extra boards.

With such a large turn out for the teams of 8 lets hope all are encouraged to enter the next HIWCBA events - the Bloxsom Teams and YuleTide during december. 

Last updated : 11th Nov 2019 12:43 GMT
Inaugural Wessex Swiss Pairs Congratulations

Sunday 13th October saw the inaugural running of the Wessex Swiss Pairs. 11 tables of pairs enjoyed 6 rounds of 7 boards well directed by Mike Kinsey. At tea, with catering as excellent as ever, Andy Hughes and Steve Preston had only dropped 3 vps and this proved enough to win - even though they lost the fourth round to the eventual 2nd place pair of Bob McRobert & Chris Kinloch and followed this with only a draw against Tim Smith & Tony Truluck.  Although Lelsey Lewis & Tim Dunsby (potential Dorset raiders) started well in the final round, they only finished 3rd when Andy & Steve recovered to 17-3, which was plenty. Congratulations to all.

Last updated : 13th Oct 2019 21:22 BST
HIWCBA Tollemache Cup Team Selection

The Tollemache Cup is the EBU's inter-county championship for teams of eight. The following team has been selected to represent HIWCBA at the Tollemache qualifier in Daventry on the 16th/17th November: Andy Hughes/Jeremy Dhondy, Peter Crouch/Geoff Oldfield, Dave Huggett/Steve Preston, Bob McRobert/Chris Kinloch, Sonia Zakrzewski/Gareth Birdsall. No reserve pair has been selected. Well done on your selection and good luck in the qualifier.

Last updated : 11th Oct 2019 13:23 BST
Candover and Earlier Congratulations

Congratulations to Lilias Lamont, Tim Smith, Philip Mitchell & Mike Kinsey (pictured above) winners of the first event of the HIWCBA 2019-2020 season - the Candover Swiss Teams. The event attracted 15 teams (2 more than the previous year) and was well directed by Tim Anderson. With one round to go only 1 vp separated the top three teams and, in Danish style, top played 2nd, and 3rd played 4th etc in the final round. That saw Team Ray, who were 4th at the end of round 5 beating Team McRobert 16-4 to rise to second place meaning that Team Lamont's 13-7 victory over Team Dhondy was enough to secure them victory.

The candover teams was enjoyed by all; We hope to see all (and more) back for later HIWCBA events - starting with the Wessex swiss pairs on the 13th October. Also, if by chance you found it hard to decide if bids were forcing or not or penalty or take out then you may choose to attend the popular Dave Huggett seminar on 6th October

At tea, those 2018-2109 season trophies that had not previously been presented were presented (pictured below): View the County Competitions page to see what they won. 
Also, the Dorset 2019-2020 season started earlier than the HIWCBA one and saw a successful raid by HIWCBA members John Jones and Celia Parsons winning the Chope Salver (final picture below)
Congratulations to all.


Last updated : 12th Oct 2019 18:51 BST
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