Release 2.19q

The county newsletter for June 2023 has now been added. It is under County Newsletters in the menu. If you have anything to go in the next bulletin, please click here to email the editor, Bob Pitts.

Help keep this website up to date

We need your help to keep the website up to date. Please use the Contact Us facility (click here) to let us know news, results, forthcoming events etc. If you spot any errors or missing links, please also use the Contact Us facility.  Please be sure to include your name as anonymous emails will be automatically deleted. Many thanks.

  Selection for International Events

Congratulations to the following Deva members on their selection to represent Wales in this year's home internationals events:

  • Joan Marray, with her partner Jo Copping, finished second in the women's trials and will compete for the Lady Milne Trophy and
  • Peter Kaufmann and Alan Stephenson won the seniors trials and will play in the Teltscher Trophy competition.

Following a highly-placed finish in the WBU Premier League, Peter and Alan have also been selected for the European Championships to take place in Denmark this summer.

Well done all of you and good luck!

Last updated : 7th Feb 2024 09:08 GMT

This is the consolation knock-out teams competition for those eliminated from early rounds of the main county teams event. Direct entry to this competition is also possible & perfect for those keen on playing teams bridge but not wishing to try the main event. Matches (24 boards) are mostly played online and the schedule is very relaxed and friendly. The draw for this competition will be made in mid-February. To enter (cost £12 per team) or for any queries, please contact the organiser Mark Madeley by completing the form below or by a direct email

Last updated : 20th Jan 2024 17:29 GMT
  Waterworth Cup 2024 - Fri 12th Jan

16 pairs competed for the Waterworth Cup which is the county pairs championship. Congratulations to the winners Simon Edwards and Alex Maddocks who came home with 60.44%, just a little way ahead of Mark Weeks and Stuart Matthews on 59.28%. In third place were Bob Pitts and Colin Humphrey. Thanks to our TD Nick Mayfield and to all pairs (our highest entry number for some time) for taking part. Full results are now available on the results calendar.


Last updated : 13th Jan 2024 18:20 GMT
  Northern Bridge League

The final round of this year’s Northern Bridge League competition took place on Saturday 14th October. Unfortunately, we did not perform particularly very well overall on the day with the A, B & C teams coming 5/6, 5/8 & 6/8 respectively. On Cross IMPs the B team pair of Steve Downes & Richard Davies came 3rd overall and there was also a strong performance by Chris Pope & Simon Edwards playing in the A team.

Looking at the cumulative results for the competition, the A team were 5th out of 6 & the B/C teams were both 6 from 8. Full details of the results for all rounds are available at:-


Thank to all who took part and especially the members of the county committee who agreed to take on the thankless task of acting as team manager for each round. Hopefully we can improve on our scores in next year’s competition. Details of this will be sent out to all involved as soon as they become available.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2023 10:19 BST
  Philip's Advanced Bridge Workshops

Calling all club players (and ambitious pupils):

  • Would you like to improve your results?
  • Are you and your partner(s) willing to develop your system?
  • Can you get to the Deva Bridge Club (Christleton, near Chester) on Friday evenings?

Starting on Friday 13th October, Philip Waring will be running a series of advanced bridge workshops aimed at helping anyone who wants to improve their system/results.

His Autumn 2023 schedule (click here) runs from now until Christmas ending with a revision/play session followed by a Christmas social event.


  • Each workshop costs £5 per person
  • Open to all
  • 7 pm start
  • No need to book
  • No partner needed (although it is important to go in step with your partner(s) when developing your system).

For further information please contact Philip Waring (

Last updated : 28th Sep 2023 10:25 BST
  County Teams League

Updated information for the 2023-24 season can now bee found under the relevant menu entry.

Last updated : 9th Sep 2023 08:51 BST
  MBL Funds

As many of you are aware the Merseyside Bridge League folded a few years ago because of a big fall in teams participating; a great shame as the league had been in existence for over 70 years. At the time of ceasing operations, the league had a healthy bank balance and as I was their Auditor, the League’s treasurer, Roger Arnold, asked me if I would take on the task of dealing with these funds.
I contacted the captains of all the teams who had played in the season leading up to the closing of the league and asked for their preferences. The overwhelming opinion was that the money should go to charity and the majority selected Claire House Children’s Hospice to be the recipient.
As Roger and I were co-signatories on the MBL account I thought this would be an easy task, but HSBC proved to be very difficult to work with. During the last couple of years I have sent numerous letter and emails, made many phone calls and even (once Covid restrictions permitted) visited my local branch to ask for their help. Their excuse was that they had lost some of the paperwork for the league covering the last 20 years, hence the delay.
I am pleased to say that we have now been able to send the League’s final account balance of £4774.96 to the Hospice. We have been sent a thank you letter from one of the parents of a child who had spent time at the Hospice and I will publish that in full in the October County bulletin (have a hankie ready when you read it).
Thank you to all of the League members for making this possible. You are wonderful Apologies for it taking so long but I am pleased it is all now sorted out.


Last updated : 17th Aug 2023 22:19 BST
The Waterworth Cup
(County Pairs Championship)
Director: Nick Mayfield
Scorer: Simon Anderson
Jim Davies Swiss Teams
Director: Nick Mayfield
Scorer: Simon Anderson
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs
Director: Nick Mayfield
Scorer: Simon Anderson
The Waterworth Cup
(County Pairs Championship)
Director: Nick Mayfield
Scorer: Simon Anderson
The Jim Davies Cup
(Swiss teams)
Director: Simon Anderson
Scorer: Simon Anderson