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8th Mar 2020
Premier League (By invitation Only)
Dunholme Village Hall 13:00
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14th Mar 2020
County Swiss Pairs Championship
Dunholme Village Hall 11:30
Director: Helen Barr
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County Championship Pairs
Dunholme Village Hall 11:30
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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

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.

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
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
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

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

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.

Inter County Bridge
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* Northern Bridge League: 1 x Team of 8: 12th October 2019 at Bolton BC
 
The Lincolnshire team converged on Bolton from multiple directions and all arrived in good time. The Bolton club is in a quirky old building but the main room provided excellent playing conditions and the half time food provided was equally good. Our bridge was not so good, and the team finished in last place on the day, but we won against two teams and scored 52 VPs which was our second best result of the series and a big improvement over the 23 VPs of the previous event. ..........
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Lincs Gold & Lincs League
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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

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.

NATIONAL EVENT

♠  MASTERS PAIRS  

Sunday 1st March at Scunthorpe Bridge Club, starting at 1pm

This GREEN POINT Competition is open to players below the rank of Regional Master.
  It will be played as a 2-session, 24 boards per session, 1-day event scored by match points simultaneously across several centres, competing for the Ann Staveley Trophy.

Entry fee £9.00 per player
Closing Date for Entries 28th February
Venue: Scunthorpe Bridge Club, 55a Sunningdale Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2TW

Free parking on site and on road. Free tea/coffee/biscuits. Soft and alcoholic drinks available to purchase. Players may bring their own food. There are no shops available nearby.

Entries to suebarra29@gmail.com or call Stuart Knox on 01652 655724 

THE NEXT LCBA EVENT

Swiss Pairs

For the Gilbert Fry Memorial Cup

Dunholme Village Hall, Honeyholes Lane, Dunholme, LN2 3SU

Saturday, 14th March 2020, 11:30 am

Table Money £5.00

Mid-session refreshments available from Gloria

Swiss Pairs are played in several rounds, typically from five to ten, where in each round you play a match typically between 5 and 8 boards against another pair.  The actual numbers will depend on the number of entries.  The opponents in the first round will be chosen at random, but after that the Swiss element comes in and for later rounds you are matched against opponents close to you in the ranking list. Now you play another match and carry on for as many matches as there are in the tournament, moving up or down the field at the end of each round. The better you do the tougher your opponents should be. Normally you can only play against another pair or team once so even if you are leading the field you cannot play against the pair lying second if you have played them before. You will be drawn against the closest contestant you haven't previously played.  The result of each match is determined from the match points obtained on each board when your score is compared with all the other scores as in a normal pairs event.  The final result is determined by points gained not matches won.

Pre-entry is required and it is assumed that refreshments will be needed unless you advise otherwise.  Please email to Glynn at glynglo@gmail.com at least a week before the event.

Director: Helen Barr

Modest prizes will be awarded at the AGM in June 2019

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:

Reg Loosley & Mary Jo Mangion with 75.60%
Louth Duplicate Bridge Club, Friday 26th July

Winners 2019 Roy Hughes & Dennis Mellor with 74.35%

Please notify Adrian Underwood if you achieve a contending score.

Results
Bainton Trophy Final
Director: SK
Scorer: SK
Bainton Trophy Semi-Final
Director: Helen Barr
Lincs Gold Semi Final Elwick v Lewis
Scorer: Roy Brixton