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  Blue Book & White Book

Please note that the EBU has published a new Blue Book and a new White Book. Please see under menu option "EBU LAWS"

Last updated : 9th Aug 2023 08:25 BST

Click Here For Current Ranks

Last updated : 21st Aug 2023 16:51 BST
  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.

Last updated : 16th Oct 2020 09:23 BST
  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 3 tables or more in the previous 12 months.

Best 2025 so far

Mark Brackley and Jackie Pfister - 73.1% - Louth BC 10th July 2024

Winners 2024 Roy Brixton and Brigit Hughes with 77.5%

Please notify the if you achieve a contending score.

Last updated : 11th Jul 2024 17:09 BST
  Elaine Proctor

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of long time member Elaine Proctor.  Elaine was greatly involved in county events, and in the past was responsible for handwriting all of the county's masterpoint certificates - a lengthy task!  She represented Lincolnshire, for example, in the National Gold, and rose to the rank of Life Master, placing her 5th in the county rankings.  She founded the Lincoln Ladies Bridge Club, which played at Lincoln YMCA and raised money for charity; this later combined with Lincoln Bridge Club.  Elaine was also awarded the prestigious Dimmie Fleming Award for services to bridge. These awards are made specifically to publicly recognise those who have worked hard promoting bridge locally at County level.  I remember her as a very courteous and friendly player whenever I met her at the table.  She will be greatly missed.

Elaine's funeral will take place at 1.00 pm, Thursday 25th July at Lincoln Crematorium

Last updated : 5th Jul 2024 10:39 BST
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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 : 19th Mar 2024 08:19 GMT

Forthcoming Events:

8th Sept 2024  - EBU National Handicap Pairs Championship
Dunholme Village Hall 12:00

Last updated : 15th Jul 2024 12:30 BST


26 Honeyholes Lane, Dunholme, Lincoln, LN2 3SH

Sunday, 8th September 2024, 12noon

Entry Fee £6 each player
(to be collected in cash at the table)

Uniquely among national EBU events the results are based on scores handicapped by NGS grade, so anyone has the opportunity to do well on the day, regardless of their experience level. The competition will be played as a single extended session, about 30 boards, scored by match-points (the normal pairs scoring method) across all participating venues in the country. Handicaps will be based on the average NGS of the two players in each pair, so all players will need to have their NGS visible. To do well you simply have to play better than expected based on your NGS - anyone can win this event just by having a sufficiently good day! The results from the heats are combined and matchpointed across-the-field, as if it were a Simultaneous Pairs event – and the combined scores appear on the EBU Sims webpage. This is an open event for any EBU member with an NGS rating.

There will be a mid-session break for those who bring a packed lunch.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available free of charge.


Pre-entry is required as below

Deadline 9am on Saturday 7th September 2024

Director: Roy Brixton

Last updated : 18th Jul 2024 15:46 BST

Lincolnshire clubs are offering you the opportunity to learn to play bridge
The following links will take you to the Clubs' web pages, where you will find full details

Bassingham Bridge Club

City of Lincoln Bridge Club

Scunthorpe Bridge Club

Boston Bridge Club

Louth Duplicate Bridge Club

Grimsby Bridge Players Association

Last updated : 1st Jun 2024 09:54 BST
AGM & Herbert Trophy
Director: Mark Wardell
Veterans Cup
Director: Roy Brixton
League Girls on Tour v Boston Stumpers
8th Sep 2024
EBU National Handicap Pairs Championship
Dunholme Village Hall 12:00
16th Sep 2024
County SIM Pairs
Host Club Venues Evening
Clubs play normal Monday sessions using pre-set boards
 More Info
29th Sep 2024
Ghost Pairs
Dunholme Village Hall 12:00
A Teams event with N/S & E/W winners.
 More Info
  Eileen & Bill Herbert Trophy

24 members attended the Annual General Meeting of the LCBA held on 7th July 2024.  This was followed by a 6 table  "free to enter" pairs event, starting  at about 3pm. A hesitation Mitchell movement of seven x three board rounds was set. The honours go to Mark Wardell and Jackie Pfister, closely followed by Edward Harris and Rodney Mitchell.  A fun afternoon of bridge made a fine ending to this annual event.

Last updated : 22nd Jul 2024 10:33 BST
  County Leagues (virtual) 2023-24

The leagues give Lincolnshire players the opportunity to experience some teams bridge.  The difference in scoring between teams events and standard pairs events can be stark - making your contract becomes important, with over-tricks largely irrelevant. With an excellent entry of fourteen teams of four we were able to split into two divisions.  Within a division each team played one 24 board match against every other team.  All matches were played on BBO, which everyone found very easy to use.  The final results can now be seen on the website (under "competitions").  Well done to all who took part, much fun having been had by all.  Particular congratulations to the winners of each division.

The Division 1 winners were "Rueful Rabbits", comprising Rodney Mitchell, Edward Harris, Brian Smith, Andy King and Chris Barnard.

Triumphant in Division 2 were "Four Tops", with players Louise Lewis, Patricia Donaldson, Barbara Pearce, Susan Keast and Bill Keast

Last updated : 20th Jul 2024 15:34 BST
  Northern Bridge League - Day 1 of 4

Due to player drop-outs for a variety of reasons, we were only able to enter one team of 8 this year. This team was:

Kiat Huang and Edward Harris

Mark Wardell and Jackie Pfister

Roy Brixton and Jane Brown

Rodney Mitchell and Chris Barnard

This year, the A division was down to 4 teams from the 6 of last year. Manchester and Scotland had removed themselves down to the B division. The competition was still very tough, the average NGS of the field was a bit over 60% (this contrasts to 45-50% for most Lincs. club events and around 54% for county events at Dunholme). The Yorkshire team is one of the strongest in the country. We started out with an amazing 19-1 win against Mersey & Cheshire. The other 2 matches against Lancashire and Yorkshire were heavy defeats, but we ended the day standing second in the division (just!).


Team Victory Pts
Yorkshire 49
Lincolnshire 25
Mersey & Cheshire 24
Lancashire 22


All the pairs had reasonable sessions, but special mention must go to Roy and Jane. Making their first appearance at this level of county bridge, they had a very steady session and finished second in the pairs ranking for the Lincolnshire team.


Detailed results are at: Cumbria County Duplicate Association

Last updated : 18th Jul 2024 15:54 BST
  Veterans' Pairs

The Veterans' Pairs for the Margaret Balch Cup was held at Dunholme on Sunday 23rd June. A field of 14 pairs played a Hesitation Mitchell movement of 9 x 3 board rounds. In first place overall and clear winners were Alison & Andrew Howarth. Well Done! Runners up, Maureen Parsons & Keith Stewart  2nd and Mark Wardell & Jacqueline Pfister 3rd. A great fun afternoon of bridge enjoyed by all.

Last updated : 23rd Jun 2024 18:19 BST
  Lincoln Gold Plate

County Knockout Teams - Lincoln Gold Plate 2024
Many congratulations go to the Boston Stumpers team of Richard Tupper, Peter Sharman, Janet Sharman and Lesley Parker for their success in the Lincoln Gold Plate. The team were victorious over opponents Forlorn Hope in the final, and will be presented with the Barbara Maplethorpe Trophy at the AGM. My thanks to all of the teams that took part in the Knock-out teams, and well done to all for making the events such a great success overall. Mark Wardell

Last updated : 4th Jun 2024 18:11 BST
  Swiss Pairs

The Swiss Pairs for the Gilbert Fry Memorial Cup was held at Dunholme VH on Sunday 19th May. Fourteen pairs had entered and played six 5-board rounds. Congratulations to overall winners Alison & Andrew Howarth, closely followed by Ed Harris & Kiat Huang.  A smoothly run event enjoyed by all.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:08 BST
  Garden Cities Regional Finals

A team from Louth Duplicate Bridge Club represented Lincolnshire in the regional finals of the Garden Cities held in Stamford on the 11th May 2024.  The players involved were Rodney Mitchell, Glyn Jackson, Kiat Huang, Mike Waters, Mark Wardell, Jackie Pfister, Mary Jo Mangion and Janice Troughton.   The team played 9 matches, each against another county, winning four of them.  A very pleasing result, and a great day out! Mark Wardell. 

Results can be seen here 

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:11 BST
  Lincoln Gold Bowl

This is the county's premier knockout competition for teams of four. The final was played on 29th April 2024 between the Rueful Rabbits and Alford. The match was extremely close throughout: Alford eventually managed to win by just 1 imp, with the result in doubt until the last few cards of the last board. Congratulations to both teams.   The Lincoln Gold Bowl will be presented to the Alford team of Jackie Pfister, Mark Wardell, Aaron Hutton and Kiat Huang.  They also qualify to represent the county in the national finals, playing for the Pachabo Cup.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:11 BST
  9-High Pairs

The 9-High Pairs was held at Dunholme on Sunday 28th April. Ten pairs had entered but sadly two pairs had to withdraw before the start. The remaining eight pairs played 28 boards in a full Howell movement. The hands were played out in a relaxed atmosphere.  Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake were enjoyed during the interval.  Our congratulations to Sally Hippisley & Louise Mitcham, who came out top for the second year.  A pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:11 BST
  Mixed Pairs

The Mixed Pairs was held at Dunholme VH on Sunday 14th April. Seventeen pairs had entered and played a 9 table 3/4 Howell of 28 boards. Congratulations to overall winners of the Hannam Challenge Cup, Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke, followed by Mark Wardell & Jacqueline Pfister and Maurice Lynn & Jennifer Knowler. A smoothly run event enjoyed by all.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:10 BST
  County SIM Pairs

The Third County SIM Pairs of the 23/24 season took place on Monday 25th March. Five affiliated clubs provided a total of 67 pairs of all ranks and grades. A very successful result, with the honours going to Ethel (Chris) Taylor & Catherine Caldow from Scunthorpe BC, closely followed by Chris Heames & Ian Clarke from Spalding DBC and Rodney Mitchell & Glyn Jackson from Louth DBC. (Sadly, Heighington BC used the wrong board set and cannot be included).

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:10 BST
  Championship Teams

The annual County Championship Teams event was held on Sunday 17th March.  Eight teams participated in the qualifying event for the D & A Brown Trophy. The field was then split with the top four teams competing in the Championship Teams Final for the Dutton Challenge Cup, and the four lower ranking teams competing in the Championship Teams Consolation for the Turner Brumpton trophy.  An enjoyable day was had by all. Congratulations to the various winners, who were as follows:

Championship Teams Final: Team Heighington A with Mo Parsons, Debbie Burton, Nick Hunter & Ruby Schnalke
Championship Teams Consolation: Team Ruff Diamond with Bill Crymble, Cos Corry, Colin Ryan & David Minnis
Championship Teams Qualifier: Team Louth with Mark Wardell, Jackie Pfister, Ed Harris & Kiat Huang

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:10 BST
  Men's & Ladies' Pairs

The Mens's & Ladies' Pairs was held at Dunholme on Sunday 3rd March. A field of 6 Ladies' and 8 Men's pairs were combined to play a single session comprising a 3/4 Howell movement of 11 x 3 board rounds. In first place overall and clear Men's winners of the Vincent Cup were Alan Millington & Graham Marshall. In third place overall the Ladies' winners of the Sydney Vincent Cup were Mo Parsons & Debbie Burton. Well Done! Thanks to all present for providing a great afternoon of bridge enjoyed by all.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:10 BST
  Championship Pairs

The annual County Championship Pairs event was run on Sunday 18th February.  A healthy turnout of 12 tables participated in the qualifying event, for the Ernest Harrison Trophy. The top 10 pairs then competed in the Championship Pairs Final for the Arthur Wilson trophy, awarded to the overall winners. The remainder of the field played in the Championship Pairs Consolation Final, for the Bell trophy. An enjoyable day was had by all. We did experience a problem with the scoring system, and many thanks to all the players for their patience and understanding while we attempted to resolve the problem. Apologies for the fact that the results were a little delayed. Many thanks to Roy for his tremendous hard work at processing the results as quickly as he did. Congratulations to the various winners, who were as follows:

Arthur Wilson Trophy (for the Championship Pairs final):      Mo Parsons and Debbie Burton
Bell Trophy (for the Championship Pairs Consolation final):  Aaron Hutton and Kiat Huang
Ernest Harrison Trophy (for the qualifier):                              Rodney Mitchell and Mike Waters (beat Alison and Andrew Howarth on a split tie)
Margaret Briggs Trophy (highest pair both below Master):    Jeremy Wong and Helen Clapham
Lucy Osborne Trophy (highest senior pair):                           Alison & Andrew Howarth

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:10 BST
  Bainton Trophy Final

Sadly, one of our pairs had to withdraw at the last minute due to being unwell, and we were unable to raise a substitute. The remaining nine pairs participated in the "all-play-all" movement, playing 32 boards. All ran smoothly and it was an enjoyable afternoon of bridge for those taking part. The honours go to Rob Fabian & Brian Chamberlain, closely followed by Roy Brixton & Brigid Hughes and Maurice Lynn & John Hill. The top three pairs are eligible to take part in the Corwen Trophy next June. 

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:10 BST
  Bainton Trophy Semi-Final

We had a good turnout of 24 pairs for the Bainton Semi-Final playing a skip Mitchell of 11 x 3-board rounds. Despite a slight early hiccough as a result of a necessary movement change the event ran quite smoothly and was enjoyed by all. The honours go to Louise Mitcham & Sally Hippisley from Boston BC, closely followed by Anthony & Jean Lyndon-Smith from Heighington BC. Well Done! The top 10 pairs go on to the Final, which will be an "all-play-all" movement of 36 boards and for which all pairs will receive green Masterpoints.  

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:09 BST
  Charles Heward Trophy

The Charles Heward Trophy (Restricted Teams of Four) was held at Dunholme VH on Sunday 3rd December. Four teams had entered, two from Scunthorpe BC, one from City of Lincoln BC and one from Louth DBC.  All pairs played 24 boards from the 32 in play in a Stagger movement. Congratulations go to the winning Scunthorpe 1 team of Louise Lewis, John Mainwaring, Paul Readhead & Pam Readhead.  The restricted teams consisted of a team captain of any Masterpoint rank, and three players of rank below Master (less than 5,000 points). It was very encouraging to see many of our lower ranking players making use of the County facilities. Everything ran smoothly despite the atrocious weather and everyone had a very relaxed and enjoyable afternoon of bridge.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:09 BST
  Garden Cities Qualifier

Seven teams of eight from five affiliated clubs participated in this event on Sunday 12th November. Each team was split into two sections and the separate sections played identical American Whist movements of 6 x 5 board rounds. The results were combined to provide the overall winner. Congratulations go to the Louth team of Janice Troughton & Mary Jo Mangion, Edward Harris & Kiat Huang, Rodney Mitchell & Glyn Jackson, Mark Wardell & Jacqueline Pfister, having a VP score 93, well ahead of runner up City Sharks 74. Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon of teams of 8 bridge. The winning club (Louth) is eligible to enter the Regional Finals at Stamford or Bradford (F2F) on 11th May 2024. They will represent their club and the County. Details can be found HERE

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:09 BST
  Random Seeded Pairs

The Random Seeded Pairs (Teams event) was held at Dunholme VH on Sunday 29th October. Fourteen pairs had entered and so we were able to make up 7 teams by randomly selecting the tables occupied by the seeded and unseeded pairs. All pairs played 30 of the 35 boards in play in an American Whist single line movement. Congratulations to the North/South seeded pair Mark Wardell & Jackie Pfister and the East/West unseeded pair Sue Barraclough & Phillip Harland who won very convincingly.  Everything ran smoothly and it seems that everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon of bridge.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:09 BST
  Northern Bridge League
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The final session of the Northern Bridge League took place on the 14th October.

The “A” division is made up of the first teams from Yorkshire, Manchester, Lancashire, Scotland, Mersey and Cheshire, and Lincolnshire. Our team was:
Rodney Mitchell and Chris Barnard, Edward Harris and Andy King
Kiat Huang and Graham Marshall, Jackie Pfister and Mark Wardell

The “C” division has teams from Cumbria, Lancashire, Scotland, Yorkshire, Westmorland, Mersey and Cheshire, Manchester, and Lincolnshire. ..........

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Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:09 BST
  Ghost Pairs

Our second event of the season was the Ghost Pairs played at Dunholme on Sunday 8th October. Sadly, two pairs were lost due to illness, and so it only attracted five tables.  Winners N/S were Rodney Mitchell & Glyn Jackson and E/W were Louise Mitcham & Sally Hippisley. Well done both pairs. Our next event is the Random Seeded Pairs on October 29th. The event was played in a very friendly spirit and we would encourage as many members as possible to play in all our events. There is nothing to fear.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:09 BST
  National Handicap Pairs

We only managed to set seven tables for this National heat, but it was still an enjoyable afternoon of bridge for the attendees. Congratulations to Mark and Jackie for their prowess in coming top in our heat and seventh overall in the handicap nationally.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:08 BST
  Eileen & Bill Herbert Trophy

Twenty Eight members attended the Annual General Meeting of the Association and made up seven tables for "free to enter" pairs starting  at about 3pm. A simple standard Mitchell movement of seven x three board rounds was set. The honours go to Mark Wardell & Aaron Hutton, closely followed by Mike Llewellyn & Jackie Pfister. A fun afternoon of bridge made a fine ending to this annual event.

Last updated : 19th May 2024 19:08 BST