Lancashire Contract Bridge Association
Release 2.19r
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
LOP Open
Scorer: Mitch
Fri 24th May 2024
Sat 25th May 2024
Mon 27th May 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


Leeds Swiss Pairs    Sun 12 May

Recent Updates
Player Accounts
21st May 2024 10:54 BST
Matches 2024
19th May 2024 20:22 BST
County Matches
18th May 2024 16:01 BST
Welcome to LCBA
Garden Cities Regional Final

Lancashire finished 2nd equal in the Regional Final held on 12th May 2024. Unfortunately, they lost on a split tie for qualification to the Garden Cities Final.

Madeleine Berney 5 May 2024

The Madeleine Berney Swiss Pairs was held on 5th May 2024 at Brierfield BC with 32 pairs taking part. Well done to the winners Andrew Petrie & Rick Bentley. 2nd on a split tie was Kath Nelson & Rhona Goldenfield and 3rd Linda Smith & Mike Tomlinson. Full results at Madeleine Berney Results

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 Teams of 4 Final 24 Apr 2024

The 2024 final of the LCBA Teams of 4 was played over 24 boards. Congratulations to the winners M Tomlinson & L Smith, J & A Wilkins who beat P Hepworth & R Bentley, B Alston & C Mitchell by 17 Imps. The winners (supplemented by runners up if necessary) will represent LCBA in the Pachabo Final on RealBridge on June 8th/9th 2024.

LCBA as a charity

LCBA as a charity

We have received the following email from the Charity Commission:

Dear Applicant,

You have applied to register the above organisation as a charity.

We are satisfied that LANCASHIRE CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities

Our next step is to secure a new bank account for the organisation and as soon as we have this, the charity will start operations.  In line with the agreed resolution at the EGM, the existing LCBA as an Unincorporated Association will then be wound up and all its assets transferred to LCBA(CIO).


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

Mr Denis Robson 1934 - 2024
Mr Denis Robson 1934 - 2024

We are sorry to announce the death of Mr Denis Robson on 10th March 2024 after a long period in a rest home. Mr Robson was a self-confessed bridge addict since being introduced to the game as a young boy. A regular in the Lancashire county side, twice a Gold Cup finalist and with an England international cap to his name, he was a worthy Grand Master. An accountant by profession, he was Thwaites brewery chairman for three years, having joined the Daniel Thwaites board of directors in 1980. Denis was Chairman of the EBU from 2002-6. He married Val in 1959, they had five children Alison, Jacqui, Nicole, Robert and John.  After giving up bridge at the top level he played with Val in local events.  When Val died in 2021 Denis returned to his roots living in a nursing home in Sunderland.

The funeral will be on Wednesday 27th March.  12.00  funeral mass at St John's RC Church, High Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 9EE.  13.00 funeral tea in St Johns Parish Centre, corner of High Lane and Chequers Road M21 9DL, 200m walk from the church.  Cars can be left in the church car park or parking available at the parish centre, entrance on Chequers Road.  The family will attend a committal service at Manchester Crematorium after the funeral before joining mourners at the Parish Centre. Please e-mail me if you intend to attend so that I can give the family some idea of numbers for catering.

Selection Process



1. All players must be members of the EBU. Players in the Tollemache must have first allegiance to Lancashire. Any member (Primary, Dual or Associate) may play in any other matches.

2. Teams to represent LCBA will be selected annually for the Tollemache Cup, the Northern Bridge League, and matches against Cumbria and Manchester. Players will be invited to form their own Team in the Presidents Cup.

3. Teams will be picked by a Selection Committee, which will be appointed by the LCBA Trustees ratified at the AGM.

4. The Selection Committee maintains a database of pairs of suitable standard to represent the County. Prospective players who believe they are not on the database and wish to be considered should make themselves known to the Chairman of Selectors.

5. Criteria employed in the selection of teams include established experience; involvement and performance in National, Regional LCBA County and Club events; and a desire to give pairs of sufficient ability the opportunity to represent the County.

6. Selection of the team to represent Lancashire in the Tollemache Cup will be based on picking the best available pairs.

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)

Sun 4th August



NGS J and below

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


Leeds Swiss Pairs Sun 12 May Leeds
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs Deva Sat 18 May Deva BC
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
Northern Easter Festival 30-31 March2024

The Northern Easter Festival was held at Harrogate over the weekend of 30-31 March 2024.  Congratulations to Mike Tomlinson & Linda Smith who won the Swiss Pairs.

LCBA Corwen Qualifier 28March24

The LCBA Championship Pairs was run online this year with 13 pairs taking part. Congratulations to the winners Paul Hepworth & Rick Bentley, 2nd  Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye, 3rd Cath Ashworth & Barbara Heaton, 4th Nick & Sue Woodcock.  These four pair have qualified to represent LCBA in the Corwen on the 15th-16 June 2024 at Yarnfield Park, Stone.  Full ranks available in the Results section.

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

LCBA TEams of 8 25 Feb 2024

There were 7 teams playing 6 x 7 board rounds at the LCBA Teams of 8 competition held at Bury on 25Feb2024. The winning team was Bolton A (J Smith/M Farr, S Norris/R Greenhalgh, M Nicholson/J Morrell, P Evans/A Whittam) with Brierfield second and Preston third. They will represent Lancashire in the Regional Final of Cities Trophy on 11th May 2024. See results page for full details.

Cumbria/Westmorland Swiss Teams/Pairs 23/24 Sep 2023

Well done to Mike Tomlinson, Bob Loverdge, Stuart Clarke, Michael Faye who won the Cumbria/Westmorland GP Swiss Teams held at Kendal Bridge Club on 23 Sep 2023. Second were Jeff Smith, Rhona Goldenfield, Jackie Pye & John Holland. Full results at Swiss Teams  Well done to Jackie Pye and John Holland who won the Swiss Pairs on 24 Sep 2023. Full results at Swiss Pairs

Cumbria Match 10Sep2023

The annual Lancashire v Cumbria match took place on Sunday 10th September 2023 at Poulton BC. The final score was Lancashire 260 Imps Cumbria 177 Imps so Lancashire won by 83 Imps. Andrew Lum / David Costich and Mike Tomlinson/ Brian Irlam were the top pairs on XImps. The full details are at Lancs v Cumbria Match