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A blast from the past

Ever wondered what Mr Ely Culbertson looked and sounded like?  Watch this short clip from the early 30s.

Note his name is pronounced "ee-lee"


MCBA Officers and Committee 2019/20

President: Paul Wilson

Vice Presidents: Jill Feldman & Gulab Shah

Chairman: Peter Hasenson 

Vice Chairman: Harish Patel

Treasurer: Pradip Shah 

Secretary: Debra Kleinman

Committee: Gary Diamond, Irene Fine, Lyn Fry, Harold Schogger,

Lewis Selby, Jacqui Tobias, Tony Waterlow

EBU Shareholders

Peter Hasenson, Harold Schogger

New EBU club director training course in early 2020

A new EBU club director training course has been set up to be hosted at Richmond BC, all taking place Jan to Mar 2020. The dates for the 4 days are as below.  Timings are 10.30 to 4.30 each day.

Jan 18th: How to run a club duplicate

Feb 1st : Day 1 Book rulings

Feb 29 : Day 2 Book & Judgement Rulings

March 21st : Assessment

Course information and full course calendar can be found here : http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/td-training  email   richard@ebu.co.uk

New The EBU has created a series of videos featuring Gordon Rainsford to help club Tournament Directors deal with some of the more commonly occurring situations.

There are seven videos in the series: http://www.ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/td-videos 

The revoke
Opening lead out of turn
Unintended call
Insufficient bid
Call out of turn

Please remember that if one of these situations arises, you should, as a player, always call the director, and not try to sort this out yourself.


Update your record
Update your record

Middlesex is keen to contact members by email. We do this using the EBU database of members records. It maybe that your record is not up to date.

You can check it and amend it by going the the EBU website. Click here.

You will need your EBU number and password. You can obtain a password by clicking the "forgot password" box from the EBU if you don't have it.




The EBU National Grading Scheme is available here

EBU tournament page can be found here
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Welcome to the Middlesex County Bridge Association Website
MCBA EGM 01/10/20 Agenda

MCBA EGM, 01 October 2020, starting at 18:45 to be held on Zoom


1. Register of Attendance

2. Apologies for absence

3. The 2020 AGM shall be held on Zoom immediately following this meeting

Last updated : 1st Oct 2020 15:46 BST
MCBA AGM 01/10/20 Agenda

MCBA AGM, 01 October 2020, starting at 18:50 to be held on Zoom


  1. Register of attendance

  1. Apologies for Absence

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting

  1. Matters Arising

  1. Chairman's Report

  1. Treasurer's Report & Adoption of the Accounts

  1. Election of Officers

  1. Election of Committee

  1. Election of Shareholder

  1. Appointment of Auditors

  1. Honoraria

  1. MCBA P2P rate 2020/21 (currently £0.07)

  1. Any Other Business
Last updated : 1st Oct 2020 15:46 BST
2020 AGM


The following nominations have been received:


Lyn Fry

Vice Chairman

Harish Patel


Pradip Shah


Debra Kleinman


Mike Christie

Gary Diamond

Irene Fine

Peter Hasenson

Vic Martin

Harold Schogger

Lewis Selby

Tony Waterlow

Nominations are invited from the floor for the two remaining vacancies

EBU Shareholder

Peter Hasenson


An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Middlesex County Bridge Association will be held on Zoom on Thursday 01 October 2020, starting at 18:45.

The Annual General Meeting of the Middlesex County Bridge Association will be held on Zoom on Thursday 01 October 2020, starting at 18:50.

Applications for the position of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee Member (10) and EBU Shareholder are now invited.

Nominations to include a proposer and seconder should be sent to the Hon Secretary, Debra Kleinman by email to: middlesex.bridge@gmail.com

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 16th September 2020.

Following the AGM, the Committee Cup will take place on BBO in the form of a mini Swiss Teams. Online entry now open.

Debra Kleinman

Hon Secretary, MCBA

Last updated : 1st Oct 2020 15:38 BST
Results Middlesex Weekly online Pairs - results

Tuesday 29th September

1    Dinesh Nathwani & Gary Diamond

2    Harry Silverman & Lewis Selby

3    Pearl Murphy & Lyn Fry

4    Suzanne Obrart & vanessa Clarke

5    Asil Esenbel & Jim Jenkins

Last updated : 1st Oct 2020 15:35 BST
Metropolitan Cup

Save the Date

2020 Metropolitan Cup will take place online on Sunday 29th November.

Teams of 8 in A, B & C divisions.

More details to follow shortly.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2020 15:35 BST
Over My Shoulder Bridge

Ever wonder what goes through the mind of the expert when they are playing? You can read it in books, but how about hearing and seeing in real time?

There are recordings of a number of events here, on a YouTube channel called "Over My Shoulder Bridge"

The YouTube videos are in English, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch and Hebrew.

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:10 BST
Movers & Shakers - Bridge documentary from 1997 (London)

The link below is directly to a site that allows you to watch (no login, no fee) a bridge documentary about Alison, a novice, who prepares and plays in her first ever duplicate at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club (YCBC), in London.

Alison is from north London, and you may recognise some Middlesex players in the first half of the episode. You'll see quite a few scenes showing the YCBC.

The intended audience for the series was the general public and it was broadcast on  Channel 4.

This is under copyright, so please keep that in mind and respect the ownership.

Link to the episode:  https://licensing.screenocean.com/record/116857/media_id/801516

Series Name: Movers and Shakers. This episode is called: Dream Contract

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:10 BST
Postponement of events

We regret to inform you that due to the current and ongoing status of the Coronavirus in the UK and beyond, we have decided to postpone all live bridge events.

We will advise you, if and when, a revised timetable is arranged. Some events may be cancelled altogether, and some might be played at a later date. There are too many uncertainties to make any commitments.

Stay safe. Middlesex County Bridge Association

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:10 BST
Congrats to Middx Trialists

After a 5-day trial, the team called Pheonix, emerged as winner.

The event they were playing in was the qualification for The World Bridge Games, due to be played in this summer, in August. Of course, with so many issues going on, the event itself  may or may not go ahead.

But let's congratulate the winning team:  

James Thrower, Croz Croswell, Marusa Gold & Todor Tiholov.

James, Marusa and Todor are Middlesex players.

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:10 BST

Middlesex Wins the Tollemache!

Congratulations to Neil Rosen (Captain) & Anne Rosen, Steve Root & Todor Tiholov, Ian Pagan & Shahzaad Natt, Keith Bennett & Richard Hillman

Photo: EBU. See here for more.

Tollemache 2020
Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:09 BST
Middx Players in winning team for National PAB Teams

Kevin Castner's team, winners of the National Point-A-Board comprised:

Phil King, Kevin Castner,Stefan Skorchev,Petar Ivanov, Dessy Malakova 

The team who came third, captained by Anita Sinclair, were:

Peter Crouch, Anita Sinclair, Simon Cope, Tom Paske

Middx players are in red  - well done to all of you.

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:09 BST
Middlesex Online Pairs Championship

1st Sebastian Kristensen & Stefano Tommasini 61.28%

2nd John Troiano & James Thrower 59.95%

3rd Szczepan Smoczynski & Marty from Scotland 57.69%

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:14 BST
Ivor Miller
Ivor Miller

We are saddened to announce the passing of long time Middlesex member Ivor Miller and send our condolences to his family and friends.

Ivor won the Middx Cup 1999, Plate 2008, Committee Cup 2006,

Dorset Cup 1999/2000 & 1995/96, Gentleman’s Pairs 2007/08, 1998/99, 1997/98 & 1992/93,

League 2000/01, 2001/02 & 2002/03



Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:14 BST
Middlesex Cup

Congratulations to Neil Rosen (Captain), Keith Bennett, Simon Cope, Richard Hillman, Martin Jones and Anne Rosen on winning the 2018/19 Middlesex Cup.

They beat Jonathan Harris (Captain), Petar Ivanov, Steve Root and Todor Tiholov in the final by 1 IMP!

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:08 BST
2019 NICLF results

The Inter-County Leagues National Final, held in June 2019 was won by Leicestershire. Middlesex were second, by just one IMP. Well done to the squad:

Steve Root & Jonathan Harris; Todor Tiholov & Marusa Gold; Eduard Malhasyan & Petar Ivanov; Steve Capal & Andrew Sobell

Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:08 BST
Committee Cup 2019

Congratulations to Lyn Fry (Captain) & Lizzie Godfrey, Shireen Mohandes and Andy Bowles on winning the Committee Cup.

Committee Cup 2019
Last updated : 18th Aug 2020 09:07 BST


MIDDLESEX WEEKLY CLUB NIGHT - starting Tuesday 11th August

We want to welcome you to a special weekly event to support clubs in Middlesex.

You will be playing with your friends  in the "relaxed" atmosphere you enjoy in your local clubs.  You might be used to playing at Brentham, Ealing, Enfield, North London(Stanmore), Pinner or Totteridge or at another club in a nearby EBU County  Now you can join others from those clubs to play in our own weekly event.  If you want to bring a friend to join you, that's fine too.  

We will be playing on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm (sign in on BBO from 6.00pm).  We will be giving masterpoints at the County Level. That is, 1.5 times the regular club level.  The cost will be BBO$4/player.  There will be 18 boards and you should be in bed by 9.30!!

To join you should:

1.  Go to BBO - Competitive area.

2.  Find Middlesex Weekly Club Night

3.  Enter yourself and your partner.

4.  Wait patiently until the cards arrive.

5.  Enjoy your game.  The results will come to you at the end.

6.  Go to the Middlesex website the next day where you will see your name when you come in the top five.

 Looking forward to meeting up with lots of you on the 11th. 

All profits are to be distributed to the local Middlesex clubs.



24th March: Novice Pairs - CANCELLED

5th April: Mixed Pairs - two sessions starting at 12:00 POSTPONED to a future date

26th April: Championship Pairs - two sessions starting at 12:00 POSTPONED to a future date

4th June: Committee Cup - one session starting at 19:30 POSTPONED to a future date

13th June: Seniors Pairs - one session starting at 14:00 POSTPONED to a future date

Drive for Youth

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is launching a major drive to recruit young players by offering to teach bridge to every student in London. Yes, all 375,000 of them!

The project is being led by three of England’s brightest young players, India Leeming, Louise Selway and Athena Chow.

The main course launches in autumn 2020. A pilot event is being held on April 18th & 19th 2020.

The pilot event is for Chess players, Go players, Board-Gamers and members of Mensa, who are known to enjoy intellectual challenges, as well as students.

The cost is just £35 for the weekend course. The venue is 54 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8HA.

For full details visit https://www.bridgewebs.com/youngchelsea/ and click “Classes”

For further information please contact:

David Parry   dparry@theoakleaf.co.uk   07710 653 786.

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#2978 Pairs Middlesex Online Pairs Championship
MCBA Teams of 8
Director: Richard Banbury