Lancashire Contract Bridge Association
Release 2.19r
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
Fri 19th July 2024
Sat 20th July 2024
Mon 22nd July 2024
LOP Open

To play in our Lancashire Online Pairs games you need to register. It is free just click this link    Lancashire Online Pairs   Or via the menu on the left hand side


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Lancashire has a bridge club in most major towns, with many having a host system to ensure visitors can get a game. Contact details, club times, beginners, intermediate classes are on the Clubs page though you should check before attending a new club. This website has details of forthcoming competitions and results. Membership of an affiliated Lancashire club  entitles you to play in Lancashire competitions, be eligible for Lancashire County Teams, and attend all Lancashire Council Meetings. Lancashire CBA has a data protection policy ref LCBA Privacy Notice.pdf

Pls contact the WebMaster for any omissions, corrections for the site.

LCBA as a charity

LCBA as a charity

Following on from our registration, we have now established our new bank account and LCBA has commenced trading as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).  Any BACS payments should be made to the following:

Beneficiary: Lancashire Contract Bridge Association (Type as much as you can)
Bank: Lloyds 
Sort Code: 30-54-66
Account Number: 

Our constitution can be found by clicking LCBA Constitution - 28May24.pdf

Welcome to LCBA
NBL Match 1 13th July 2024

The first round of the Northern Bridge League took place on Sat 13th July 2024 on RealBridge. 
In the A division, Lancashire were 4rd of 4 teams. (M Tomlinson/L Smith, S Woodcock/S Clarke, B Alston/C Mitchell, D Hilton/D Fazackerley). Sue & Stuart were best on XImps
In the B division  Lancashire were 3rd of 8 teams (J &J Brearley, A Lum/D Costich, D Hilton/D Fazackerley, S Challinor/D Costich). Andrew & Dave were 2nd on XImps.

In the C Division, Lancashire were 5th= of 6 teams (C Ashworth/S Judd, M Blake/KBroadbent, L Hichen/D Fairweather, S Gregson/G Beattie).Linda & Debs were best on XImps.

Full results at Cumbria BW but will be eventually on the Northern Bridge League site.

LOP Quarter 2 2024 Competition

Congratulations to all the prize winners

Main Competition 

Winners Nick Woodcock and Sue Fjortoft

Second Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke

10 and under NGS

Winners Jeffrey Moore and Steve Ellis

Second Arthur Southwood and David Quick

BrianMas accounts are being credited accordingly

NBL July 13th Match Joining Instructions

These are the instructions for the NBL match on July 13th 2024. The Player Links are:

Attached here are the NBL Instructions 2024.docxfor Team Captains to pass onto players.  Player links for each of the divisions are below.
Death of Member - Paul Evans 1945-2024
Death of Member - Paul Evans 1945-2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Paul Evans.   Paul has served the Lancashire County as Chairman (2001-4) and Membership Secretary for many years and been a longstanding committee member. Paul has been associated with Bolton BC for over 40 years and served as Chairman, Tournament Secretary, Tournament Director along with many years of contribution on the committee. He was a very strong player having represented Lancashire for many years. He was a delight to partner, always gentle, courteous and good humoured at the table. He will be very sadly missed by all his partners and all his opponents who had the pleasure of bridge with him at the table. Further details will follow

Beginner Lessons

Complete Beginners: click here to access nine free online lessons with Jack Stocken, one of the UK's most popular Bridge teachers. No need to register or download anything, just enjoy the lessons.

The free lessons come with a detailed worksheet and a link to enable beginners to play mini bridge online (on BBO).





LCBA Simultaneous Pairs - Tuesday 10Sep24

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As part of the national Festival of Bridge, Lancashire is holding a Simultaneous Pairs competition on Tuesday 10th September 2024.  This event is open to any LCBA Affiliated Clubs to enter, free of charge.


● Clubs enter by completing the online form – please click HERE.  This is a FREE event for clubs, their only cost being the normal club UMS charge (44p per player). LCBA is paying for everything else including £80 in prizes.  Clubs are free to charge table money or not as they wish.

● The Festival of Bridge is focussed on fundraising for Cancer Research (UK) and clubs may therefore wish to donate the table money and/or hold a separate collection for the charity.  This is totally a decision for the club, and any money collected can be donated via this link HERE.

● Heats can take place at any time on the Tuesday, to suit the club entering.

● Free commentaries, by England international, Jeremy Dhondy, will be available on the LCBA website from Wednesday 11th September - please tell the players.

● There are up to 28 boards available and at least 18 must be played.  Clubs can choose to play any number, 18 to 28, with any movement that suits.

● PBN/DUP dealing files will be sent to the nominated club contact on, or around, Monday 2nd September, allowing plenty of time for the boards to be dealt.  These files must be confidential to the nominated contact and people dealing.  Any club that cannot handle DUP or PBN files should tick the appropriate box on the entry form, and they will receive a PDF file of the deals to make up by hand.

● Clubs should score their heat but must not make their results public until the next day.  The XML file must be sent to Oliver Cowan by email at, ideally on the Tuesday but if not then the Wednesday.

● The results of the club heat should also be uploaded to the EBU as normal.  A normal club UMS charge will be applied, and Master Points awarded.

● Oliver will re-score the event over the whole field and put the county-wide results on the LCBA website.

● Master Points will be awarded for the club county-wide event at District Scale (1.5 times the normal Club Scale).  Players may therefore get 2 Master Point awards, one for their club heat and one for the county-wide event.

● Prizes for the county-wide event: First pair (2x£20), Second pair (2x£10), Highest pair, both players NGS less than 10 on the LCBA database on the day of the event (2x£10).

Play Without The Experts (PWTE) Congress

FESTIVAL OF BRIDGE – Play Without The Experts (PWTE) - Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th Sept

As part of the Festival of Bridge,the EBU is holding a national event at Barton Manor Hotel near Preston, for players, NGS 10 and below.  This PWTE Congress will be a tremendous opportunity for developing players in Lancashire to experience a national bridge congress with a new format offering both competitive match point sessions and seminars, all taking place at a luxury spa hotel.  Oliver Cowan, who is building a national reputation for enjoyable and well run bridge events is organising this event as a volunteer, with all proceeds being donated to Cancer Research UK.

Players can book into the whole event or particular sessions, and you can find all the details by clicking HERE.  Continuing its investment in developing players in the county, LCBA is offering Lancashire members who are booking individual sessions, a £2 discount. Any member can book up to 4 sessions under this scheme.  It’s first come, first served - once the £200 budget has been allocated it will be full price.


LOTL 2nd Quarter Fixtures

The fixtures for the 2nd Quarter LOTL are now available via the links below. There are 2 divisions of 9 teams.

The first fixtures are scheduled for 11th April 2024.

Div1               Div2

LCBA Summer League Teams of Eight

The fixtures and results for the Summer League Teams of Eight can be found via the links below.

Div1        Div2        Div3

Weekly Schedule (BBO)
LOP Open 7pm
LCBA Competitions 2024


The calendar for 2024 is






Club Teams of 8

Sun 25th Feb



EBU Garden Cities qualifier

Championship Pairs

Thu 28th March



EBU Corwen qualifier

Madeline Berney

Sun 5th May 11am



Swiss pairs

Restricted Pairs (Jack High)



LCBA KO Teams of 4

Nov – May (entries by 31Oct)



Pachabo qualifier

LCBA Congress

16-17 November


Barton Manor Hotel

Swiss pairs & Swiss teams

LCBA Mixed pairs

Sun 8th December


St Anne’s

Match point pairs

Conditions of Contest and entry details are published on the LCBA website.

Non LCBA Forthcoming Events


MCBA GP Swiss Teams Sun 28 Jul Altrincham BC
NBL Match 1 Sat 13th July RealBridge
NBL Match 2 Sat 17th Aug RealBridge
NBL Match 3 Sat 14th Sep RealBridge
NBL Match 4 Sat 19th Oct RealBridge
WBU Llandudno Swiss Pairs Aug 3-4 Llandudno
Play without the Experts Sep 8-11 Barton Manor,Preston
Bridge It's a Big Deal Festival Sep 9-15  
Manx Bridge Congress Sep 13-15 Isle of Man
Cumbria/Westm Swiss Congress Sep 21-22 Kendal BC
Lancs  v Cumbria Match Sep 29 Keswick BC
Chester Bowl Oct 20  
Porthcawl Congress Nov 1-3  
Tolle Qual Nov 9-10 RealBridge
EBU Congress
EBU Congress
Lancashire v Manchester County Match 30th June 2024

The inaugural Lancashire v Manchester match took place at Bolton BC on Sunday 30th June 2024. There were two matches - an Open and a Jack High team of 6 pairs with each pair playing 3 matches of 14 boards against each opponent.  The final scores were in the Open Lancashire 109 - Manchester 71 and in the Jack High Lancashire 118 - Manchester 62. Best Crossimps were D Costich & N Sutcliffe, J & A Wilkins in the Open and  John & Sandra Dootson in the Jack High. Full results on this site.

LOTL Q1 2024

LOTL season Q1 2024 is now complete with the final leading two teams in each division as below

Division 1

Winners:  John Morrell, Marianne Farr, Mike Nicholson, Rod Greenhalgh, Jeff Smith

Runners Up: Sue Woodcock, Nick Woodcock, Stuart Clarke, Michael Fay

Division 2

Winners: Neil Roberts, Terry Fleetwood, Andrew Mcgrae, Raj Subramanium

Runners Up: Rose Parker...

Division 3

Winners: Charle Nixon, John Gordon, Chris Nicholson, David Quick, Arthur Southwood, Ian Douglass

Runners Up: Helen Dent, Ian Eswards, Kamleh Garg

LOP Competition Q1 2024

Congratulations to the successful pairs in the Monday Night LOP Competition Winners
Open: Andrew Petrie and Jeremy Dhondy

Runners up Open: Nick Woodcock and Sue Fjortoft

For the Jack and Under Competition

Winners Chris Waddington and Martin Cousins

Runners Up Brenda Begley and Trevor Mayes

BrianMas accounts will be credited with the appropriate prizes

Players are reminded that if they have a credit balance in their account they can request the money be paid into their bank account or into their club account if they have one