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Lincolnshire has lost yet another of its bridge players. Maurice passed away peacefully at home on the morning of 17th October. Maurice just loved bridge at Club, County and National level. He first learnt the game as a young soldier in Hong Kong. The highlights for him were when Lincolnshire qualified for the Tollemache Final and reaching the 5th round of the National Gold. The day before he died he was still dreaming and whispering bridge terms - 2NT, 3NT, Jack of Hearts, etc and when Mo asked him what the contract was, he said 6NT. He just adored the game. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

I read with great sadness of the death of Maurice. One of his two favourite bridge memories was when Lincolnshire qualified for the National Finals of the Tollemache. I share that memory in that I was Non Playing Captain of that Team. What a wonderful weekend we had. Our success was particularly noteworthy in that in those days only six finalists went forward from the qualifying round ; now it is eight. Throughout Maurice and Mo were a 'go to' pair for me, always steady and dependable. Commiserations to Mo. As always best wishes, Julian (Foster)

F2F Bridge & Government Regulations 07/10/20

The EBU has so far been unable to get advice from any government bodies giving details of how or when bridge clubs might be able to play face-to-face while following the regulations. Public Health England have told us that if the games are in a community hall or similar then this guidance may apply, particularly section 3c. PHE have also said “Advice regarding a venue being Covid Secure can be obtained through the Local Authority for that venue and will differ depending on the venue, its size and function.”

The EBU will not be organising any face-to-face games or competitions for the foreseeable future. Whilst clubs are responsible for making their own decisions and arrangements, they should do so in full knowledge of the latest general and social distancing regulations.


Lincolnshire Bridge WhatsApp Group

This social media group is restricted to LCBA Members. For up-to-date news of events, matches, partners, requests for players, etc.
To join, please contact the webmaster.


Scunthorpe Bridge Club is holding regular Pairs Tournaments at 7:15pm on Mondays and at 7pm on Thursdays until further notice. Visitors are welcome to participate if they so wish. The tournament ID is vEBU209858, and it will appear on the BBO list at about 2 hours before start time. If you would like to play, please let me know your BBO ID so that I can add you to the include list. If anyone would like to play regularly in these events, they would be expected to make a one off contribution of £5 to the Club. Take care, Roy


President's Cup

Has been moved on-line for 2020. LCBA will not participate

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Held at Scunthorpe BC on 1st March, the overall winners were Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton, who achieved second place nationally. The following links show the results.

Local Results

National Results

1st Nov 2020
BBO Virtual All Comers Pairs
BBO 14:30
Director: Roy Brixton
8th Nov 2020
BBO Virtual All Comers Pairs
BBO 14:30
Director: Roy Brixton
15th Nov 2020
BBO Virtual All Comers Pairs
BBO 14:30
Director: Roy Brixton
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Welcome to Lincolnshire Contract Bridge Association

Welcome to the Lincolnshire Contract Bridge Association web site.

The Association was founded in 1946.  Its aims are to promote and further bridge in Lincolnshire, to organise competitions in the County and to participate in matches with other counties.

Lincolnshire Bridge Clubs



Last updated : 3rd Oct 2020 11:53 BST

I have been in contact with the organisers of Realbridge and they have offered us the opportunity of holding our own (free) session. This will take place on Wednesday 28th October at 7:15pm, probably 18 boards. I will direct the session, closely observed by an expert. If anyone would like to attend, please let me have your email address so that I can add you to my list of attendees. Personally, I think it provides a much closer experience of face-to-face bridge than BBO. You arrive in a virtual room, where you select and sit at a table opposite your partner. You and the other pair can have your video and audio switched on so that you can see and speak to each other. Bidding and play follows normal face-to-face rules, so announcing and alerting is done by your partner as usual. I know that some have expressed concern that old tablets will not work. Possibly, but you can still use this software, like BBO, with no video and no audio. It would just not be so much fun. Full details are on their web site at Realbridge. Even the TD can play. Oh, and it is cheaper than BBO. Webmaster.

Last updated : 24th Oct 2020 22:33 BST
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Warmest greetings from the volunteer bridge players who run the Lincolnshire Contract Bridge Association! We hope very much that you are well and also able to enjoy bridge, whether it is playing online, reading books and articles or discussions to improve partnership understandings. Very many bridge players all over Lincolnshire, indeed the country, miss the enjoyment of playing Bridge in person.  Because of Coronavirus,  a new term emerged for how we played our much-loved game, Face-to-Face bridge, often shortened to F2F bridge. ..........

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Last updated : 7th Oct 2020 08:46 BST


BBO VIRTUAL All Comers Pairs

On-line bridge with BBO
Sunday, 1st November 2:30pm
Table Money BB$3.00

These virtual duplicate bridge events will continue every Sunday until further notice. Our previous events produced a lot of positive feedback which demonstrated how much the players enjoyed a relaxed and friendly session of bridge for all ranks of players. These sessions will start at 2:30pm.

 They are open to LCBA members and their guests.

The sessions will be 18 (or up to 24) boards played in a Mitchell or Howell movement, dependent on numbers. Robots will be available for any player who wants to play but has no human partner. There will be a partnership desk. The sessions are expected to last about 2½ hours. Would players please be on-line in the competition area 5 minutes before a session is due to start. Allow more time if this is your first EBU sponsored tournament because you will need your EBU number. The tournaments will appear in the BBO All Tournaments list 2 hours before the start time.

There are no specific rules, but players are advised to have a look at the instructions for setting up an account on BBO and joining a tournament. These are displayed on the left side of the County web site home page under menu item “On-line Bridge”. Anyone who has not previously played in our LCBA virtual club must let me have their BBO ID and EBU number well before the start time.


Director: Roy Brixton

Last updated : 26th Oct 2020 09:22 GMT
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Bridge activities for Lincolnshire players

There has been a small explosion of interest, which is growing, in all aspects of bridge, be it playing, learning, collaborating, beyond any previous boundaries of club county or country.  New partnerships and new teams have sprung up.  Players who have never been online before are discovering its pros and cons and making it work for them. ..........
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Last updated : 7th Oct 2020 08:42 BST
Lincs League & Gold Cup 2019/20
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Lincs League & Gold Cup - Suspended UFN

Lincs Gold Cup

The Lincs Gold Cup is the main County teams competition and is a knockout event and is played for Green Points. The draw for this event has been made by your webmaster.  The home team (first named) provides refreshments for the away team. ..........

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Last updated : 14th Aug 2020 08:46 BST

I am hoping to set up another Virtual League to run for the rest of this year and into early 2021. Our first Virtual League has just completed and you can see the results here. Do you think that you would like to have a go? We had 11 teams competing and I would like to get at least 15 this time, so that we can run three divisions. This would enable players of all abilities to continue to play competitive bridge in a friendly way against other players of approximately the same standard. As before, we would set the same rules and the results would be sent to the EBU and masterpoints awarded accordingly. The cost will be the same as the first season at £20 per team. If you think this might appeal to you please let me know of your interest by email to webmaster.

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The LCBA is planning to enter the Midland Counties League, which this year will be played on BBO. There are eight other counties, and we will play them all. Each match will be 2 x 16 boards, and will take place on the afternoon/evening of the second Sunday of each month. ..........

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The 2020-21 National Inter Club Knock Out (NICKO) is now open for entry. At just £72 per team (cheaper than last year) we are delighted to inform you that the draw will be made with no geographical constraints as the entire Knockout will be held online. The closing date for entries is midday Saturday 21st November, with the first round taking place from 24th November. ..........

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At the Virtual All Comers Pairs tournament played on Sunday 25th October with 7 x 3 board rounds in a full Howell movement, our congratulations go to Andy & Bot. Well Done!

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Dear Club/County Official 
The government has just announced that starting on Monday 14th September, social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England. Although there will be some exceptions to this, none seem to cover the situation of any bridge clubs.
This removes any doubt there may have been in our earlier advice to clubs about whether clubs can run any face-to-face games, and makes clear that this will not be possible until such time as further changes or clarifications to the rules may be announced. ..........

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Notice to all Affiliated Clubs and Members of LCBA

Approximately three weeks ago, I sent an email, on behalf of the Committee of the LCBA, to affiliated club secretaries requesting that they canvass their members regarding the issue of our being unable to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) within the prescribed timeframe and format.

Thank you to all those members and the 7 clubs who have made known their opinions and preferences. Of the 7 clubs that responded, 4 were in favour of waiting until a ‘Face to Face’ AGM could be held rather than holding a virtual AGM by video link, with the remaining 3 expressing no strong preference. ..........

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*  Lincolnshire v Deva BC (Merseyside & Cheshire) - 6 teams 1st to 7th August
Result 75 - 45 VP (4.5 to 1.5) to Lincolnshire
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Roy Brixton, Stuart Knox,
Maria Vietri-Nelson, Patricia Donaldson & Cathy Platt
Full Result

*  Anglo-Roman Towns League
Louth/Scunthorpe v Chester
- 5 teams 2nd July
Louth/Scunthorpe win by 13.20-6.80 average VP
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Kiat Huang, Mark Brackley,
Roy Brixton & Megan Wiliiams

Full Result

*  Anglo-Roman Towns League
Louth/Scunthorpe v Hitchin
- 5 teams 23rd June
Louth/Scunthorpe win by 14.20-5.80 average VP
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Kiat Huang, Mark Brackley,
Roy Brixton & Ruby Schnalke

Full Result

*  Anglo-Roman Towns League
Louth/Scunthorpe v St Albans
- 5 teams 16th June
Louth/Scunthorpe win by 15.14-4.86 average VP
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Kiat Huang, Ruby Schnalke, 
Mark Brackley & Roy Brixton
Full Result

*  North v South Lincolnshire 3 teams - 14th June
Overall result a draw.
South Lincolnshire 30.09 VP to North Lincolnshire 29.91 VP

Team Captains, Aaron Hutton, Alison Howarth & 
Roy Brixton
Full Result

Town Championship - 9th May to 14th June
Louth v Scunthorpe v Grimsby v Alford v Stamford

Grimsby 58.10 VP Team Captain Ron Wall
Louth 50.41 VP Team Captain Alison Howarth
Stamford 35.57 VP Team Captain Marcus Witt
Alford 32.84 VP Team Captain Mark Wain
Scunthorpe 22.30 VP Team Captain Roy Brixton
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v 15 Counties MCWG Tournament (Category A) - 13th June
Result Lincolnshire 14th out of 16 Counties
Rodney Mitchell (Capt) & Chris Barnard, Ron Wall & Brian Smith,
Kiat Huang & Mark Wardell
Full Result

*  Anglo-Roman Towns League
Louth/Scunthorpe v York
- 5 teams 9th June
Louth/Scunthorpe win by 13.89-6.11 average VP
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Kiat Huang, Ruby Schnalke, 
Mark Brackley & Roy Brixton
Full Result

*  Anglo-Roman Towns League
Louth/Scunthorpe v Bath
- 6 teams 4th June
Louth/Scunthorpe win by 14.67-5.34 average VP
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Kiat Huang, Mark Brackley, 
Roy Brixton, Megan Williams & Patricia Donaldson
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v Warwickshire - 4 teams 30th-31st May
Warwickshire win by 2.5 wins to 1.5, although 38.38-41.62 VP to Lincs 
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Mark Wardell, Mark Brackley &
Roy Brixton
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v Norfolk - 5 teams 22nd-30th May
Result 39.73-60.27 VP to Norfolk
Team Captains, Kiat Huang, Rodney Mitchell, Mark Brackley
Roy Brixton & Dee de Witt
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v 15 Counties MCWG Tournament (Category B) - 23rd May
Result Overall Win to Lincolnshire
Roy Brixton (Capt) & David Hall, Alison Howarth & Andrew Howarth,
Mark Brackley & Marion Brackley, Mark Wain & Megan Williams
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v Wiltshire - 8 teams 17th May
Result 79.94-80.06 VP to Gloucestershire
Team Captains, Kiat Huang, Ruby Schnalke, Mark Brackley, Simon Hill
Mark Wain, Megan Williams &  Lindy Mastenbroek-Andrew
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire - 7 teams 3rd May
Result 49.52-90.48 VP to Gloucestershire
Team Captains, Aaron Hutton, Kiat Huang, Nick Hunter, Roy Brixton
Megan Williams, Patricia Donaldson & Brian Nunn
Full Result

Lincolnshire v Warwickshire - 5 teams 30th Apr.
Result 34.44-65.56 VP to Derbyshire

Team Captains, Aaron Hutton, Kiat Huang, Mark Wain, Roy Brixton &
Janice Troughton
Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v Berkshire (cat A) 23rd Apr. 2 x 12 boards

Ron Wall & Brian Smith, Kiat Huang & Andy Lewis

Lincolnshire v Derbyshire (cat A) 16th Apr.  2 x 12 boards
Result 63-36 to Lincolnshire!

Ron Wall & Brian Smith, Kiat Huang & Andy Lewis

North v South Lincs Cup (cat B) 13th Apr.  2 x 8 boards
Result 50-19 to North Lincolnshire!

Janice Troughton & Mary Jo Mangion, Mark Wain & Maria Vietri-Nelson

Lincolnshire v Budapest!  12th Apr 3 x 8 boards (pivot teams)
Result 74-107 to Budapest!

Kiat Huang & Andy Lewis, Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke

Town Championship : Louth v Scunthorpe v Grimsby
5th Apr : Louth (67) v Scunthorpe (30)
18th Apr : Scunthorpe (1) v Grimsby (80)
21st Apr : Grimsby () v Louth ()

Waitrose Trophy

The Waitrose Trophy is awarded at the AGM to the Pair with highest percentage score above 70% in a club duplicate session of 8 tables or more in the previous 12 months.

Winners 2020

Kiat Huang & Ron Wall with 77.86%
Louth Duplicate Bridge Club, Friday 13th March 2020

Winners 2019 Roy Hughes & Dennis Mellor with 74.35%

Please notify the webmaster if you achieve a contending score.

BBO Virtual All Comers Pairs
Director: Roy Brixton
BBO Virtual All Comers Pairs
Director: Roy Brixton
Lincs Virtual League Forlorn Hope v Nettleham
Scorer: Roy Brixton