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Lancashire has a bridge club in most major towns, with several clubs having a host system to ensure visitors can get a game. Contact details, club times are on the Clubs page though you should check before attending a new club. Beginners, intermediate classes are also listed on the Clubs page. This website has details of forthcoming competitions and results. Unaffiliated clubs may become a direct member of the EBU. This 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

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Archives 2019
LCBA Mixed Pairs (Sun 22 Sep 2019)

LCBA Mixed Pairs Championship

(Holders: Ian Kane & Barbara Eastabrook)

A two session pairs event held at Poulton Bridge Club. 10 Blackpool Old Road, Poulton-Le-Fylde FY6 7DH
(Tel 01253 884844) on Sunday 22 September 2019 starting at 11am

Entry Fee £10 per player (juniors £5). Bring your own Food
                  BACS Payment is available - BACS SC 30-98-97 AC 73560068 Ref MP19-Surname .
Entries to: Jeremy Stanforth, 62 Cartmel Road, Lytham, St Annes, Lancs FY8 1DF Email: jeremy@stanforth.f9.co.uk Tel: 07775 974704
Prizes: Dependent on the number of entries.07775974704
Master points to County Scale for top half of the field
Permissable Systems and Conventions: Level 4
General Conditions: All players must be EBU members affiliated to the LCBA.  Non LCBA primary members may pay a £2 fee for LCBA secondary membership.

FORM
Knockout Teams-of-Four (Entries by 30Sep19)

LCBA Knockout Teams of 4 Championship

(Cup Holders: A & V Petrie, A Lum & D Costich, I Edwards)
( Plate Holders: S & N Woodcock, B Carr & S Clarke)

A knockout for Teams of four with 24 board rounds and a 32 board final. Teams that lose their first match will enter a Plate competition played along similar lines to the main competition.

Entry Fee £28 per team of 4,5 or 6 players, only four of whom may play in any one match.
                  BACS Payment is available - BACS SC 30-98-97 AC 73560068 Ref T419-Surname
Entries by 30 September 2019 to: Jeff Smith, 28 Windsor Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0FF Tel: 0161 702 3773 Email jasmith@nildram.co.uk
Cheques payable to: LCBA
Master points Green Points will be awarded for each match won, in the main competition. Local Points will be awarded in the plate.
Prizes: The winners will hold the Blackburn Bridge Club Cup for one year and there will be money prizes for the winners and runners up in the main competition and for the winners of the Plate competition.
Permissable Systems and Conventions: Level 4
General Conditions:
1 All players must be EBU members with primary allegiance to the LCBA
2 Unless the away captain agrees otherwise, all matches shall be played within the LCBA area.
3 No person may play for more than one team.
4 A single draw covering all rounds will be made early in October and will be sent to the captains, together with the full rules of the competition.

Pachabo: The winning team will be invited to represent the County in the Pachabo Cup to be held on 6/7 June 2020 at a venue tba. The entry fee will be paid by the LCBA.

FORM
LCBA Congress GP Swiss Pairs (Sat 26 Oct 2019) Preston BC

LCBA Congress Swiss Pairs For The Douglas Trophy

(Holders: Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke)

A two session swiss pairs event held at Preston Bridge Club, St Walburges Garden, Weston Street, Preston
(Tel 01772 720060)
on Saturday 26 October 2019 starting at 11am. 

Entry Fee £15 per person (does not include meal so bring your own food as the break time will be limited)
                  BACS Payment is available - BACS SC 30-98-97 AC 73560068 Ref SP19-Surname
Entries to: Mike Tomlinson, 65 Westwood Road, Burnley BB12 0HR Email: mike9.tomlinson@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 07391 468820
Prizes: Dependent on the number of entries.
Master points Green Pointed
Permissable Systems and Conventions: Level 4
General Conditions: All players must be EBU members. The organisers reserve the right to change the format should numbers necessitate it

FORM
LCBA Congress GP Swiss Teams (Sun 27 Oct 2019) Preston BC

LCBA Congress Swiss Teams For The Southport Bowl

(Holders: D King & M Nicholson, S Norris & R Greenhalgh)

A two session swiss teams event held at Preston Bridge Club, St Walburges Garden, Weston Street, Preston
(Tel 01772 720060)
on Sunday 27 October 2019 starting at 11am

Entry Fee £15 per person (does not include meal so bring your own food as the break time will be limited)
                  BACS Payment is available - BACS SC 30-98-97 AC 73560068 Ref ST19-Surname
Entries to: Mike Tomlinson, 65 Westwood Road, Burnley BB12 0HR Email: mike9.tomlinson@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 07391 468820
Prizes: Dependent on the number of entries.
Master points Green Pointed
Permissable Systems and Conventions: Level 4
General Conditions: All players must be EBU members. The organisers reserve the right to change the format should numbers necessitate it

FORM
Manchester Congress 5/6 Jan 2019
Manchester Congress 5/6 Jan 2019

Congratulations to Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye who won the annual Manchester Congress Teams playing with John Holland and John Hassett. Well done to Cros Croswell and Degsy Williams who finished 3rd in the Pairs competition. Full results on Manchester Bridge Club site.

LCBA Butler Pairs 20 January 2019

Congratulations to Mike Tomlinson and Jeremy Stanforth who won the LCBA Butler Pairs just ahead of Sue Woodcock/Stuart Clarke and Rodney Lighton/John Currie.
There were 21 pairs in the all play all competition held at Preston BC. Full rankings on Results page.

LCBA Championship Pairs Sun 3Feb2019 Bolton BC

There were 15 pairs playing in the LCBA Championsip Pairs ably run by Rob Turner at Bolton BC. Congratulations to the Winners J Dearing/J Stanforth, second were J Smith/J Pye, third J Brearley/R Shine and fourth N Sutcliffe/BLoveridge. These four pairs have earned the right to represent LCBA in the Corwen to be held on 1st/2nd June 2019 at the Mercure Hotel, Daventry.

LCBA Teams of 8 at Bury BC on 24th Feb 2019

The Lancashire Teams of 8 competition took place at Bury Bridge Club with eight teams entered  - two teams from Bury, Bolton, Poulton along with Preston and Southport.  Bolton B were leading at halftime, but Preston won at the end, with Bolton A, Bolton B and Southport close behind. Preston will represent Lancashire in the Garden Cities Trophy Regional Final at Bradford on Saturday 27th April.

Manchester GP Swiss Pairs 2 March 2019
Manchester GP Swiss Pairs 2 March 2019

Congratulations to Sue Woodcock & Stuart Clarke who won the Manchester GP Swiss Pairs held at Altrincham on Sat 2nd March 2019. Sue & Stuart are pictured with Manchester CBA chairman Irene Davies. Full results at Manchester BC Website

Eric Howarth Cup Sun 3rd March 2019

Andrew Petrie was part of the winning team at Deva BC in the Eric Howarth Cup on Sun 3rd March 2019. He partnered Catherine Draper with teammates Dave Debbage and Andrew Woodcock

Nat Pairs Qualifier 10Mar2019

Following their win at Deva the previous week, congratulations to another success for Andrew Petrie & Catherine Draper who won the National Pairs Heat at Bradford on Sunday 10Mar2019 and qualified for the 50 player final at Stratford on 6/7 April 2019.

NWBA Spring Congress Teams 7 April 2019

Congratulations to Mike Tomlinson and Linda Smith, Jeff & Ann Wilkins who won the NWBA Spring Congress Teams held at Wrexham on Suinday 7th April with 15 teams taking part. In fourth place were Sue Woodcock & Michael Faye, Nick Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft. Full rankings on NWBA Wensite.

Fylde & East Lancs Bridge Leagues

The Fylde league Div 1 Team of 8 was won by Preston BC. Among players representing them were Mike Tomlinson & B Pickering, Don Hilton & Dagmar Fazackerley, Andrew Lum & John Brearley, Andrew Petrie & Bill Alston, Bob Loveridge & Nick Sutcliffe, Jackie Pye & John Holland. Full details at Fylde site. The East Lancs League Div 1 Teams of 4 was won by John Morrell's team (Jeff Smith, Brian Irlam & Paul Hepworth). Full details at East Lancs site

Preston Blue Point Pairs 14 April 2019

The Preston BP two session Pairs was held at Preston BC on 14th April. There were 24 pairs with nearly half the field being manchester Players. The winners were Andrew Petrie & Jeff Smith, second were Jackie Pye & John Holland and third John Hassett & Jeff Morris. Full results at the Preston site.

LCBA Teams of 4

Congratulations to Andrew Petries Team (Veronica Petrie, Andrew Lum, David Costich and Ian Edwards) who won the LCBA Teams of 4 competition and thus qualify to play in the EBU Pachabo cup later in the year, They beat John Brearleys team (Ross Shine, Dagmar Fazackerley & Don Hilton) in the final by 47 Imps.

Northern Easter Festival 21 April 2019
Northern Easter Festival 21 April 2019

Congratulations to Jackie Pye who played with John Holland, Alan Mould & Michael Newman to win the Swiss teams in the Northern Easter Festival at Ilkley. Other good performaces from Lancs players were Jeff & Ann Wilkins, Linda Smith & Mike Tomlinson finished 4th, Sue Woodcock & Stuart Clarke, Nick Woodcock & Sue Fjortoft finished 6th,  John & Judy Brearley, Barrie & Julie Newall finished 7th. There were 28 teams and full results on EBU web site.

Garden Cities Regional Final 28 Apr 2019

Well done Preston BC Team of 8 that finished 2nd in the Regional Garden Cities Heat at Bradford on 28th april 2019 and qualify for the Final later in the year.
The Regional Finals of the Garden Cities trophy took place over the weekend in four locations. The top two teams at each qualified for the National Finals, which will take place on 15th June. In the heat at Bradford BC,  Preston (Lancashire) finished 2nd - (John Brearley, Andrew Lum, Bob Loveridge, Mike Tomlinson, Don Hilton, Dagmar Fazackerley, Bill Alston, Andrew Petrie)

Madeleine Berney Swiss Pairs (Sun 5 May 2019)

The Madeleine Berney Swiss Pairs was held at Brierfield BC on Sunday 5th May. The winners were Andrew Petrie & Don Hilton, second Andrew Lum & David Costich. Full details on Results page.

Madeleine Berney Swiss Pairs (Sun 5 May 2019)
EBU Corwen 1/2 June 2019

Well done to John Brearley and Ross Shine who have finished 3rd out of the 94 pairs in the EBU Corwen played over 4 sessions on the June 1/2 weekend.

Nicko Plate

Bury Athaneum A team has reached the latter stages of the Nicko Plate beating the Preston A team in the 3rd round. The team is Paul Worswick, Dave Hammonds, Andy Green & Paul Beckwith. Good Luck in the next round!

Bernard Goldenfield (1932 - 2019)
Bernard Goldenfield (1932 - 2019)

We are sorry to report the death of Bernard Goldenfield, one of Manchester's strongest and best known and loved bridge players and a constant presence at bridge events both locally and nationally for around six decades. An obituary can be found on the Manchester County Bridge site

EBU Pachabo 8/9 June 2019

The team of Ross Shine & Dave Costich, John Brearley & Dagmar Fazackerley represented Lancashie County in the annual Pachabo Cup competition. They finished 19th of 29 teams.

Garden Cities 15 June 2019

The Garden Cities Final took place on Sat 15 June 2019 with the Preston Team:
Mike Tomlinson with Bob Loveridge
Don Hilton and Dagmar
Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock
Andrew Petrie and Bill Alston

Seven seven matches, after 5, preston was leading the field...but then lost the 6th heavily 20 0 and the last match marginally and came a respectable 4th

Presidents Cup 29/30 June 2019

Lancashire finished a creditable 4th of 9 teams in the annual Presidents Cup held at Bradford BC on Sat/Sun 29/30 June 2019. The winners were Merseyside.
The leading pair was Degsy Williams & Bob Loveridge who topped the crossimps when they played on the Saturday having not played together for 6 years! Full details at: Merseyside County Site

LCBA County Teams of 4 Plate

Congratulations to Sue Woodcocks team (Nick Woodcock, Stuart Clarke & Bill Carr) who have won the 2019 LCBA County Team of 4 Plate. In the final, they beat Mike Nicholson's team (Des King, Stuart Norris & Rod Greenhalgh) by 31 Imps.

NBL Match 1 - 13 Jul 2019
The first round of four of this season's Northern Bridge League took place on Saturday 13th July.
In the A division at Sheffield, the team of Paul Evans/Alan Whittam, Mike Nicholson/Des King, Stuart Challinor/Tony Wilkinson, John Morrell/Marianne Farr finished 5th of 7 teams. Alan/Paul, Stuart/Tony were our best pairs on the cross imps.
In the B division at Bradford, the team of Andrew Lum/David Costich, Bill Carr/Michael Faye, Jeremy Stanforth/John Dearing, Bob Loveridge/Nick Sutcliffe finished 4th of 8 teams.  Andrew/David were our best pair on the cross imps.
In the C division at the new venue of Preston, the team of Barry Brelsford/Steve Ellis, Ian Edwatrds/Veronica Petrie, Bill & Hazel Winter, Les Hoy/Keith Stewart finished 6th of 8 temas.  Barry/Steve were our best pair in 4th place in the cross imps.
Full results are on the NBL web site.
Scarborough Summer Congress 24-28 Jul 2019

In the Senior's Pairs on July 24-25th, Jackie Pye and John Holland were second.  In the Teams on July 26th, Jackie and John won the Multiple Teams B Final with Bill Hirst and Jeremy Dhondy.  Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke, Nick Woodcock and Sue Fjortoft won the Open Teams Consolation. In the main Swiss Pairs on July27-28, Nick Woodcock and Sue Fjortoft finished second, and Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke finished 5th out of 108 pairs. Congratulations to all. Full results are on the EBU web site.

County Club Challenge 10 Aug 2019

Congratulations to the winners Neville Edmondson and Susan Brennan who represented Bury
Runners up were Trevor Mayes and Eric Holden who represented Brierfield.  Full results on the results page.
I would like to thank Andrew Petrie for helping me at the start and thank Maxine, Catherine Draper and Catherine's mother for the excellent catering and for the support during the day 

Bill Alston

Lancs v Cumbria Match 11 Aug 2019

Congratulations to the Lancashire Team who beat the Cumbria Team by 232 Imps in the annual encounter. Best pairs on the Crossimps were Mike Nicholson/Des King, Jeff & Ann Wilkins and Barry Brelsford/John Dearing for Lancashire. The match was ably run by Ken Johnson. full details at Cumbria Website

NBL Match 2 17 Aug 2019
The second match of four of this season's Northern Bridge League took place on Saturday 17th August.
In the A division at Brierfield, the team of John Brearley/Andrew Lum, Mike Tomlinson/Bob Loveridge, Paul Hepworth/Rick Bentley, John Morrell/Marianne Farr finished 2nd of 7 teams. John/Marianne were 2nd and Mike/Bob were 4th on the cross imps.
In the B division at the new venue of Altrincham, the team of Paul Evans/Alan Whittam, Bill Carr/Michael Faye, Paul/Worswick/Dave Hammonds, Barry Brelsford/Steve Ellis finished 4th of 8 teams.  Bill/Michael were our best pair on the cross imps.
In the C division at Bradford, the team of Alan Purdy/Dave Pendleburi, Veronica Petrie/Ian Edwards, John & Cath Ashworth, Steve Bentley/Marilyn Blake were winners in the 8 team division.  Steve/Marilyn were first, Alan/Dave were second in the cross imps.
Full results are on the NBL web site.
Crockfords Plate Finalists 18 Aug 2019

Congratulations to Bob Loveridge, Nick Sutcliffe, Mike Tomlinson, Jeremy Stanforth, Linda Smith who have qualified for the final of the Crockfords Plate. They beat a strong team from Young Chelsea in London in a closely fought match.  They will now play in the national final, joining 7 other teams to play in an all-play-all, multi-teams event at Coventry, on the weekend of Saturday 31 August.  Lancashire County wishes them the very best of luck in the final.

NBL Match 3 - 21 Sep 2019
The third match of four of this season's Northern Bridge League took place on Saturday 21st September 2019.
In the A division at Bradford, the team of Mike Tomlinson/Keith Ashcroft, Don Hilton/Dagmar Fazackerley, Stuart Norris/Rod Greenhalgh, Tony Wilkinson/Alex Wilkinson finished 5th of 7 teams.
In the B division at Preston, the team of Andrew Lum/David Costich, Paul Evans/Alan Whittam, Jeff & Ann Wilkins, Stuart Challinor/Angus Kirby finished 5th of 8 teams..
In the C division at Altrincham, the team of Les Hoy/Brian Apfel, Marilyn Blake/Steve Bentley, Bob/Hazel Winter, Duncan/Diane Ault finished 4th of 9 teams. Duncan/Diane were 3rd and Les/Brian were 7th on the Ximps.
Full results are on the NBL web site.
LCBA Mixed Pairs (Sun 22 Sep 2019)

There were 13 pairs playing at Poulton BC in the LCBA Mixed Pairs ably run by Ken Johnson. Winners were Jeff Morris/Rhona Goldenfield, second Stuart Clarke/Sue Woodcock, third Jeff Smith/Jackie Pye.

Wales Midweek Congress 8-10 Oct 2019

The new midweek Wales congress was held in Hay on Wye in Hereford on 8-10 Oct 2019. Congrats to Roger Allison who won the Open Pairs with Peter Richmond, and to Jackie Pye who won the midweek Teams playing with John Holland, Gary Hyett / Graham Kirby. Full details at: WBU Results

NBL Match 4 12Oct2019

The final match of this season's Northern Bridge League took place on Saturday 12th October 2019.
In the A division at Bolton, the team of Jeff Smith/Jackie Pye, Bill Alston/Colin Mitchell, Paul Hepworth/Rick Bentley, Sue Woodcock/Stuart Clarke finished 3rd of 7 teams. Jeff/Jackie were 6th on CrossImps
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In the B division at Bradford, the team of John Dearing/Jeremy Stanforth,Angus Kirby/Stuart Challinor, David Costich/Andrew Lum,Bob Loveridge finished 2th of 8 teams. Best CrossImps were Bob/Nick (4th).
In the C division at Preston, the team of David Pendlebury/Alan Purdy,Barry Brelsford,Steve Ellis, Robin Atkinson/Pauline Holden, John Warner/Jose Mercer finished 4th of 9 teams. Barry/Steve were 2nd on Crossimps.

The Haley Cup award for 2019 has been won by John Morrell and Marianne Farr. This is based on the best two Ximps scores over all 4 NBL A team matches.

Full results and final positions are on the NBL web site. The annual NBL meeting is next Thursday 11am at Bolton BC and all interested parties are invited to attend.

North Wales GP Swiss Pairs at Mold 13Oct2019

There were 13 tables at this annual NWBA GP Swiss Pairs. Well done to the winners Jeff Smith/Rhona Goldenfield, with second place Bob Loveridge/Mike Tomlinson. Full results at North Wales Bridge Results

EBU Really Easy Congress 11-13 October 2019

Two players from Preston Bridge Club - Kate Webb and Jan Edwards competed in the EBU Easy congress and won one Afternoon Pairs Event and were second in the SwissPairs.
See EBU website Results re full results.

Lancashire Congress 26/27 Oct 2019

The Lancashire Congress was held at Preston BC with 30 pairs on Saturday and 14 teams on Sunday. The pairs was won by Rodney Lighton & John Currie, second Mike Tomlinson & Linda Smith. The teams was won by Alan Purdy & Bill Nicchol, Roger Allison & Peter Richmond, second Paul Beckwith & Andy Green, Steve Ward & Paul Morrell. See full ranks on the results page

Tollemache Qualifier 16-17 November 2019
Lancashire failed to qualify finishing in 5th place out of 9 teams in the Tollemache Qualifier held at Daventry on 16-17th November 2019. The team was J Smith/J Pye, N & S Woodcock, C Croswell/D Williams, P Hepworth/R Bentley, B Loveridge/M RTomlinson. Nick & Sue Woodcock had the best CrossImp score in the team, with J Smith/J Pye also positive on CrossImps. Full results are on the EBU web site.
John Buck 1943-2019

We are sorry to report the passing of John Buck. He was 76 and had been suffering from Parklinsons for some years. John in the mid 1960’s played a lot of bridge for Southport when he was partnering George McConkey. From the late sixties through to the early eighties the Manchester team of Bernard Goldenfield, Denis Robson, John Buck and Raymond Semp were one of the finest in the North.  They reached the Gold Cup final in 1983 after which John Buck retired from competitive bridge. Click here for an obituary written by his long time partner and friend Raymond Semp.

Rob Turner

It is with profound sadness that we report Rob Turner has lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Sunday 24 November 2019. Rob was an EBU TD and he ran and directed at many events over the last 20 years. In particular, he ran many of the county and local Lancashire events in the last few years. Always courteous and kind, his contribution at all levels of the game has been huge and he will be greatly missed by many friends and colleagues across the bridge community and beyond. Our sincere condolences to Mary, Rob's real-life (as well as bridge) partner for the last 40 or so years.

LCBA Competitions
This year Lancashire Contract bridge Association has agreed to keep the cost of the upcoming Lancashire competitions down and at only £10 per black or blue event and £15 per green point event. This is the cheapest in the north of England if not the country so please come out and support the competitions. Two events coming up soon after Christmas!
 
Saturday 18th January 11am at Preston Bridge club a BUTLER PAIRS. Only £10 per person bring your own lunch a nice early finish likely to be around 6pm or earlier.
 
Sunday 2nd Feb Championship pairs county qualifier for the Corwen cup held at Bolton Bridge club 11am start again £10 bring your own lunch. This event is only for players wiith first allegiance to Lancashire. The top 4 pairs qualify to represent Lancashire in the Corwen.
 
Both competitions may be entered online on this site, payment can still be made on the day or contact Mke Tomlinson (mike9.tomlinson@hotmail.co.uk Tel 07391 468820) and he will put the entry on for you !
 
Blackpool Year End 28-30 Dec 2019

The annual Blackpool Year End Congress was held at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool from 28-30 Dec 2019. Well done to successful Lancashire pairs. The Mixed Pairs was won by  Jeffrey Smith & Rhona Goldenfield, second were Jackie Pye & John Holland. The Swiss Pairs was won by John Dearing & Jeremy Stanforth. The SwissTeams was won by Jeffrey Smith & Rhona Goldenfield, Jackie Pye & John Holland. In third place were Keith Stewart, John Wittaker, John & Ros Halliwell. Full results on the EBU site.