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DAVID CALDOW

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of David Caldow on 23rd April. David had suffered long and very debilitating illnesses for many years and sadly became a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic. He was a long time member of the LCBA and Scunthorpe BC, where his name appears on most of the honours boards and many times on some. He was an able and fierce opponent at Club and County level and also participated in many National events. Our thoughts and condolences go to his daughter, Catherine and his family and friends at this awful time. Because of the current Covid-19 regulations his funeral will only be able to be attended by his very close family, but I'm sure we will all be thinking of them at this sad time.

NATIONAL EVENT

♠  EBU MASTERS PAIRS  

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

INTER COUNTY BRIDGE

President's Cup

Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association will be running a teams of 8 event again this year for the President's Cup.

This year Derbyshire is the host County. It will be held on 27th/28th June at East Midlands Bridge Centre, The Old School, Chapel Street, Spondon, Derby DE21 7JR. It will start on Saturday 27th June at 12.00noon, finishing by 9.00 pm, and starting on Sunday at 11.00 am, finishing by 5.45 pm. It is permitted to have more than twelve players in a team with changes on the second day.

Would any pairs wishing to be considered for the LCBA team please let Glynn have their names as soon as possible. Email: glynglo@gmail.com or phone 01652 654872.

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Welcome to Lincolnshire Contract Bridge Association
LINCOLNSHIRE CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
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

 

CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

ON-LINE BRIDGE
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.  Video calls, lessons, surgeries and videos have and are taking place.  New relationships and new ways of doing things are being formed. Lotsof private games are also being played online.  There are a lot of options to suit (nearly) everyone 👍

Bridge Learning opportunities
* Bridge Surgeries (live video Q&A chat with a "bridge doctor".  Kiat has run 4 of these so far, with Rodney Mitchell helping out on a couple of them)
* Teaching Bridge Online.  EBED ran a live video (recordings and details here and here) for teachers, with another next week (Tue)., more info here 
* Bridge video series on YouTube : e.g. Peter Hollands : Bernard Magee : Andrew RobsonOver My Shoulder Bridge
* Howto use BBO : EBU helpful info to do soCreating a Team Match 

EBU Matches online
Lincolnshire has at least one team in the "EBU Lockdown League April 2020" - Division 6 of 12 with 14 teams a division! 
   Kiat Huang & Rodney Mitchell, Mark Wardell & Jackie Pfister, Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke,  Kiat Huang & Mark Wardell
   8 board matches every Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun at 6pm.  We are not doing that well, but we are enjoying it.
   Other teams enter the next league! 

Facebook group : Lincolnshire Bridge
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LincolnshireBridge
32 members, a lot of current news and discussions with the Lincolnshire bridge community go there - not limited to LCBA members, also includes South Lincs.

WhatsApp group : Lincolnshire Bridge 
23 participants, marketplace to set up matches, urgent requests for players etc.
Invite link - https://chat.whatsapp.com/LYfqpshDk7dKniObgPNNWU

Friendlies
Anyone can create a friendly!.  If you have a pair or a team and would like help finding opponents, joining a group or have ideas, please contact Kiat Huang on 07526-810553 or kiat...@gmail.com.

Over the Shoulder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKq2Mxnf2ek - Tom Townsend
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/590329724 - Kiat Huang & Péter Talyigás (captains talking during the Lincolnshire v Budapest match)

Happy learning, playing and socialising!
 
SWISS PAIRS

Swiss Pairs

The Swiss Pairs was held at Dunholme on Saturday 14th March. Twenty pairs competed in five 8 board rounds, the eventual winners being our Competition Secretary, Glynn Elwick, partnered by Keith Stewart and well ahead of the joint second pairs, Edward Harris & Rodney Mitchell, Bill Crymble & Anthony Corry. Our thanks to Helen Barr for organising and directing a pleasant afternoon of bridge, and to Gloria for her usual appetising buffet lunch.

BAINTON TROPHY

Bainton Trophy

The Bainton Trophy final was played at The City of Lincoln BC on Sunday 16th February.  The winners were Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams closely pressed by Mo Parsons & Maurice Ladlow.  39 boards were played in a 6½ table Full Howell movement carefully arranged over 9 tables so that 3 sitters could be accommodated.  Our thanks go to Stuart Knox who ably directed the event and produced instant results.

We would also like to congratulate Mike Llewellyn who won enough green points in this event to enable him to qualify as a Life Master.  Well Done!

Mike & Megan, Adrian & Andy and Simon & Joanne will represet the county at the Corwen Trophy in May.

The next LCBA open event is the Swiss Pairs, to be held at Dunholme Village Hall on Saturday 14th March. 

BAINTON TROPHY SEMI-FINAL

Bainton Trophy Semi-Final

The Bainton Trophy Semi-final was held at Dunholme on 2nd February.  The 29 pairs who had qualified in their Club heats played a simple 30 board Mitchell movement with an arrow switch on the last two roundsThe winning pair was Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton closely followed by Simon & Joanne Hill.  The top 14 available pairs will play in the final at City of Lincoln BC on 16th February.  A great afternoon of bridge for all.

Thanks to all those who supported this event, to our Director, Helen Barr and our Competitions Secretary Glynn Elwick for producing another very enjoyable afternoon of bridge, and to Gloria for producing a very appetising buffet lunch.

The next open event will be the County Swiss Pairs on SATURDAY 14th March at 11:30am at Dunholme Village Hall

MEN'S & LADIES' PAIRS
Men's & Ladies' Pairs

The Men's & Ladies' Pairs event was held at Dunholme on the 19th January.  Twelve Men's Pairs and five Ladies' Pairs combined in a single event of 81/2 tables playing a 32 board hesitation Bowman.  Winners of the Men's Pairs were our Competition Secretary, Glynn Elwick partnered by Pete Stackhouse on 61.22%, hotly pursued by Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton on 60.71%.  Clear winners of the Ladies' Pairs were our Secretary Sue Barraclough ably partnered by Brigid Hughes on 54.34%.  It was another great afternoon of bridge enjoyed by all.

Thanks to all those who supported this event, to our Director, Stuart Knox and our Competitions Secretary Glynn Elwick for producing another very enjoyable afternoon of bridge, and to Gloria for producing a very appetising buffet lunch.  Special thanks also to Stuart Knox for his perseverence in setting up our bridgemate service for the first time.  No more paper travellers!

The next few events are somewhat restricted.  The Premier League on 26th January is by invitation only, the Bainton Semi-final on 2nd February is for qualifying pairs from the Club heats and The Bainton Final 16th February is for the winning semi-finalists.  The next open event is the County Swiss Pairs Championship on 14th March at Dunholme.  Scunthorpe Bridge Club is also hosting a National Masters Pairs competition on 1st March, open to players below the rank of Regional Master.

All Comers Pairs
January All Comers Pairs

The first County event of 2020, the January All Comers Pairs was held at Dunholme on the 5th.  Thirteen experienced players together with thirteen less experienced players produced a tightly fought 32 board contest, the eventual victors being our President, Adrian Underwood, partnered by David Minnis, and with close runners up Margaret McLeod and Hazel Shipley.  It was a great afternoon of bridge enjoyed by all.

Thanks to all those who supported this event, to our Director and Competitions Secretary Glynn Elwick for producing another very enjoyable afternoon of bridge, and to Gloria for producing a very appetising buffet lunch.

The next event is the Men's and Ladies' Pairs at Dunholme at 12:00 on 19th January, closely followed by the Bainton Trophy semi-final on 2nd February

Garden Cities Qualifier
Garden Cities Qualifier
 
The County heat of the Garden Cities Qualifier event was held at Scunthorpe BC on Sunday December 8th. The event is a teams of Eight competition where the players represent their Clubs.  Only three of the Affiliated Clubs in the County provided a team which is a truly disappointing response from our Clubs. Scunthorpe provided three teams and Louth Duplicate and Heighington provided a team each.  None of the other Clubs raised a team.  Each team played four matches of eight boards each match so that meant 32 boards in total. The event was well directed by Stuart Knox and was played in a very friendly atmosphere.  After all the dust had settled and the results had been collected and checked it was confirmed that Scunthorpe (Llewellyn) had won the heat with a score of 60 VP's  and runners-up Louth Duplicate scored 52 VP's. This means that Scunthorpe have won the County heat for the first time in several years. They now go forward to represent the County at the Regional Final at Bradford BC in April next year. The Scunthorpe team comprised Stuart Knox & Keith Stewart, Pete Stackhouse & Glynn Elwick, Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams, Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton.  Well done to all.

The next event will be the All Comers Pairs at 12:00 on 5th January at Dunholme.
ALL COMERS PAIRS
November 2019 All Comers
 
Eleven pairs turned out for the All Comers Duplicate Pairs at Dunholme Village Hall yesterday ( November 24th ). Everybody had a very enjoyable time during the duplicate session directed by Stuart Knox. Not only did Stuart Direct the event but, partnered by Jeremy Wong, they won the event in considerable style scoring an impressive 67%. To make it a good session for Scunthorpe BC, runners-up were Andrew & Louise Lewis who scored 58.83%.  Gloria Elwick provided an excellent selection of refreshments for the half-time interval. Many players look forward more to the interval than to the bridge! Thank you, Gloria.
 
Next event Garden Cities Heat, Sunday December 8th at SCUNTHORPE BRIDGE CLUB starting at 12.00. Teams of Eight. Please let Glyn know about your Club's participation asap. Players must have been a member of their Club for at least three months. Players please note that refreshments will be limited to sausage rolls/mince pies/tea and coffee.
RANDOM SEEDED TEAMS

Random Seeded Teams

The Random Seeded Teams was held at Dunholme Village Hall on 3rd November 2019.  22 pairs had entered, making up 11 teams of seeded and unseeded pairs, randomly selected by our director, Helen.  Another exceptionally good turnout, and a great fun event.  We played ten 3 board rounds with a mid session refreshment break.  Congratulations go to the winning team of seeded pair Mark Wardell & Mark Wain and unseeded pair Zubair Ahmed & Brenda Louise Bassford, closely pursued by the team of seeded pair Kiat Huang & Rodney Mitchell with unseeded pair Helen Bailey & Jeff Jeffery. 

Thanks to all those who supported this event, to our director Helen Barr and our Competitions Secretary Glynn Elwick for producing another very enjoyable afternoon of bridge, and to Gloria for producing a very appetising buffet lunch.

The next event is the All Comers Pairs at Dunholme at 12 noon on Sunday 24th November, followed by the Garden Cities Qualifier at Scunthorpe BC on Sunday 8th December

GHOST PAIRS

Ghost Pairs

The Ghost Pairs was held at Dunholme Village Hall on 13th October 2019.  24 pairs had entered.  A great opening event for the season with an exceptionally good turnout, which, it is hoped, will be repeated.  We played twelve 3 board rounds in a Mitchell share and relay movement, with a half hour refreshment break.  Congratulations to N/S winners Mark Wardell & Kiat Huang, closely pursued by Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton, and E/W winners Ron Wall and Edward Harris, with John Gaunt & Debbie Burton not far behind. 

Thanks to all those who supported this event, particularly to our director Stuart Knox, who spent much time sorting out and correcting all the results except one, to our Competitions Secretary Glynn Elwick for producing another very enjoyable afternoon of bridge, and to Gloria for producing a very appetising buffet lunch.

The next event is the Random Seeded Teams at Dunholme at 12 noon on 3rd November.

Lincs League & Gold Cup
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Lincs League & Gold Cup

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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AGM & Herbert Trophy Pairs

AGM & Herbert Pairs

The Association's AGM was held at Dunholme on Sunday 2nd June. Turn out was good with more than 30 members attending.  The Officers' reports were generally good, attendance at the County events was stable or improving and plans are afoot for the County to participate in Northern and Midland League events once more.  We also look forward to our Vice-Chair's report following his visit to the EBU meeting at the Chelsea Bridge Club in May. Paul Wokes has stepped down as Secretary and we give him our thanks for all his years of service to the County.  He will be replaced by Sue Barraclough.  All other officers and committee members remain as last year.  Following the AGM, 16 pairs fought for the Bill & Eileen Herbert Trophy.  Congratulations to the winners, Maureen Parsons & Maurice Ladlow, closely pursued by Chris Phillips & Alan Millington.

Thanks to all those who supported this event, and to our Competitions Secretary Glynn Elwick for producing another very enjoyable afternoon of bridge.

The events for next year will be published as soon as the Committee has approved them.

ON-LINE BRIDGE RESULTS

*  Lincolnshire v 15 Counties MCWG Tournament - 23rd May
Result Overall Win to Lincolnshire
Roy Brixton, 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 Wiltshire
Team Captains, Rodney Mitchell, Kiat Huang, Ruby Schnalke, Mark Brackley
Simon Hill, Mark Wain, Megan Williams, Lindy Mastenbroek-Andrew

Full Result

*  Lincolnshire v Gloucestersshire - 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 Derbyshire - 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 ()

NEXT EVENT

Championship Pairs, Postponed

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.

Best this year so far:

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 Adrian Underwood if you achieve a contending score.

Results
County Swiss Pairs Championship
Director: Helen Barr
Premier League (By invitation Only)
Director: Glynn
Scorer: Roy
Bainton Trophy Final
Director: SK
Scorer: SK