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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
Release 2.19m
The 2020 congress dates are Sat 10 Oct and Sun 11 Oct

 Winners and Results on the left. Events coming up and ongoing on the right.

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 the all 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 : 20th Mar 2020 11:56 GMT
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 : 20th Mar 2020 12:02 GMT
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 : 20th Mar 2020 11:47 GMT

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 Feb 2020 15:59 GMT
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 : 16th Feb 2020 17:38 GMT
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 : 29th Jan 2020 18:10 GMT
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 : 29th Sep 2019 23:35 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 : 29th Sep 2019 23:34 BST


Andrew McIntosh & Peter Hasenson (NPC) on winning the Camrose for the English Bridge Union

Andrew Conway & Rob Corrie on winning the EBU Life Masters Pairs for the second year in a row

Neil Rosen on winning the EBU National Point-a-Board Teams

Last updated : 26th Jan 2020 12:35 GMT

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

Novice Pairs, Tuesday 24 March, Highgate Golf Club


When:  Tuesday, 24th March, 2020.  10.30am for 11.00am

Where: Highgate Golf Club, Denewood Road, London, N6 4AH.  Plenty of free parking available. 

What:  A gentle duplicate competition (with trophies and prizes).  The emphasis is on everyone having a good time; plenty of time to play the hands; friendly.

Who:  Those who do not play a lot of club bridge, who are returning to bridge after a break or who are attending lessons.  If you do play in an EBU club you will have an NGS of less than 8.

How:  After meeting for coffee and settle in at 10.30 we start play at 11.00 and play 12 boards before lunch (soup and sandwiches) an a further 8 boards after lunch  There will be hand copies at the end plus a discussion session with Lyn Fry to discuss any differences of opinion you might have had.

How much:  £25/pair, payable on the day.     Sign up by emailing Lyn Fry:  lynettefry@hotmail.com

For more information phone Lyn on 07973 303 141.   LINK to facebook page

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.

Events in nearby counties

Best place to look is www.ebu.co.uk   direct link to calendar is here. Always double check the event website for updates.

20-21 Mar - Hampshire Congress

29 Mar - Portland Pairs (many venues, link)

10-13 Apr - Easter Festival - London

17 May - Kent Green Pointed Swiss Teams (link)

23-25 May - Spring Bank Holiday congress - London (link)

6-7 June - Oxfordshire Congress (link)

20-21 June - Berks and Bucks Green Pointed Weekend Pairs and Teams  (link)

11-12 July - London Congress (link)

18-19 July - Herts Green Pointed weekend (link)

And many more. For all Events please look at the EBU site and click CALENDAR.

Middx Mixed Pairs - Sunday 5th April.

Middx Mixed Pairs -  Sunday 5th April.

It will be held at TGRS, free parking on Sunday.

It starts at 12.00, two sessions, £15 per person including refreshments and teas and coffees.

Prize money is £60 for the winners and £40 for the runners up

MCBA Teams of 8
Director: Richard Banbury
MCBA Teams of 8 Overall
Middlesex Congress Swiss Teams
Middlesex Congress Swiss Pairs
Director: Rob, Gary, Mick and Miranda
Met Cup 'B' X-IMP Pairs
Met Cup 'C' X-IMP Pairs
Metropolitan Cup 'B' Results
Metropolitan Cup 'C' Results
Metropolitan Cup A results
Metropolitan Cup A XImps Overall