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NCBA Committee Meeting

The next County Committee Meeting will be held,
Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 5:30 pm in Nottingham Bridge Club.

Match Results

Team Captains are invited to email match results to the appropriate League Secretary Jane Hall  for Team of 8 results and Shirley Ashtari
for Team of 4 results

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2019 National Pairs

50 pairs qualified for the final of the EBU National Pairs held over the weekend of 6th and 7th April. Notts Ankush Khandelwal finished 4th playing with Ben Norton. They had previously won the Midlands qualifying heat.


Willie Crook, Ankush Khandelwal, Rob Sharpe, Steve Raine & Tony Sowter  are 2019 teams champions and will represent Notts in the Pachabo Cup.

They defeated Irene & John Auld, Stan Zygadlo & Lloyd Eagling who conceded when 42 imps down after 24 boards.


Pachabo Cup Results


Congratulations to Ankush Khandelwal who played in the winning team in the Punchbowl.

EBU report

JOURNAL CUP 17/3/2019

County champion pair 2019 are Stan Zygadlo & Lloyd Eagling who won the Journal Cup with 58.45% from David Hodge & Mark Goddard ( 56.75%), and Ewen MacIntyre & Nick Clarke ( 56.45 ).

24 pairs played in the event.

Athens Congress

Congratulations to Sue McIntosh & Philip Cooper who were top in the Swiss Pairs, finishing with 140 VPs.

Taken from

Athens Congress Results EBU site 



- Mike Nailard & Ian Nicholson  who won April's Cafe Bridge charity event, first of 42 pairs,

- Steve Raine whose team (Chris Cooper, John Sansom, Justin Hackett ) came 3rd in the teams event at the Scarborough Summer Congress,

- Hannah Tuus  who produced a "stunning piece of cardplay" in an U-26 traning match, noted by David Bird in August's English Bridge, and

- Ankush Khandelwal  who has won 3 of the past 5 Green Point Swiss Pairs events organised by Notts/ Derbyshire & Leicestershire.


Not for the first time Ankush Khandelwal & Willie Crook won this event. They won all 7 matches scoring 117 VPs to finish well clear in a  field of 36 pairs.  That makes 4 of the last 6 for Ankush; and plenty over the years for Willie. Irene & John Auld were 4th.

Full results on DCBA website

Pairs Result

Teams Results

CAMROSE TROPHY 1st - 3rd March 2019

Nottinghamshire's Ankush Khandelwal played with Ben Green for the EBU team in the second weekend of the home internationals. The EBU team won comfortably beating representative teams from the four home nations , including all England's established stars. Congratulations especially to Ankush who is undoubtedly England's leading young player.

EBU Web site

Ankush & Ben Green win Green Point Swiss Pairs

34 pairs played in Nottinghamshires Green Point Swiss Pairs on 21st July. 
Ankush Khandelwal & Ben Green won with a score of 116 VPs from 7 matches - 24 VPs clear of the field. Second were Max Blythe & Bob Penny; equal third were Julie & Ian Grant and Alan Patel & Roger Harris (not pictured).

Ankush and Ben

Max and RobJulia and Ian


Master Class

The date of the next Masterclass is:

27th February 2019.

It will cover 

Defence to multi 2 diamonds

This class is for all standard of players

Please Email

If you wish to attend

Corwen Trophy

Nottinghamshire were reprsented by Graham Lee and Frank Ball


LONDON 2018 Year End Congress

Ankush Khandelwal & Ben Green continued their winning form in the Open Pairs at this event. They were first in a strong field of 69 pairs over 52 boards.


Premier League 2018

Ankush Khandelwal and Ben green were members of the team that finished third in division 1.
They were clear leaders in the cross imps ahead of the EBUs top international pairs.

Results on EBU site

The Premier League is a team of 4 Competition and replaced the Camrose Trials - the Winners of division one earn the right to represent England in the Camrose [the home countries international competition between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland].  It has three divisions with promotion and relegation but only the winners of the top division play for England.  In the first instance you apply to division three to be accepted as a team on the results you have had in National Competitions and then hope to be promoted eventually into the top division to give you a chance to represent your Country.  Ankush's team finished third in division one and at one point were leading.  However each pair like our County matches are butler imped and Ankush and his partner finished top in the butler imps doing better than all the pairs in the winning team.  Very impressive. 


Congratulations to the Notts team of Willie Crook, Ankush Khandelwal,  Rob Sharpe & Graham Kirby who came second out of 25 county teams in the Pachabo Cup.

They started slowly but swept through the field thereafter almost catching the winners Manchester.

Results (Exteranl web site)

Journal Cup

Journal Cup
(NCBA Open Pairs Championship)

Congratulations to Rob and William.

1 William Crook and Rob Sharpe 68.29
2 Sandy Fulton and John Rolph 56.02
3 Steve Fordham and Keith Spencer 55.09

Full Results


Congratulations again to Notts Ankush Khandelwal who came second in the National Pairs playing with Ben Green.


Ankush Khandelwal had an outstanding result in this national event held at the West Midlands club. With his team mates ( Ben Green, Alex Murphy & Ben Norton ) he was unbeaten over 14 matches. They amassed 207 VPs to win ahead of the teams captained by Paul Fegarty (180 VPs) and Sally Brock (174 VPs).

Full Results (external site)

Lloyd is Winter Champion

The eighth and final Winter Pairs for 2017-18 had a disappointing 5 pairs playing.

Winners were Stan Kujinski & Richard Kowalski from Lloyd Eagling & Keith Rodgers.

Leaders now are Steve Raine & Willie Crook with 13 points; Lloyd with 11 and Keith Rodgers with 9.

The scoring is 4 for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Equal places share the points eg two pairs at 1st get 3 each.


Please note that the overall champion has to be an individual not a pair.

That means that Lloyd Eagling is the overall Winter Champion.


Winners of the Farr Cup for similar pairs are Steve & Willie .

Winners of the Black Cup for Mixed Pairs are the Aulds.

NCBA Mixed Pairs 2019

Congratulations to

Chris and Dorithy Close



Yet more success for Nottinghamshires Ankush Khandelwal who won the Grand Masters Pairs on 24th/25th February 2018. He partnered John Atthey and in the cross- imped event they finished with more than double the runners up score.

Results (External web site)

The 2018 Inter-University Bridge Festival

The 2018 Inter-University Bridge Festival took take place on Saturday 24 February 2018 at Coventry and North Warwickshire Bridge Club.

Teams from University College London, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Nottingham, Southampton and Warwick Universities along with Warwickshire Juniors, competed.

Nottingham finished 7th out of 14 Teams.

Results (External web site)


Congratulations to Ankush Khandelwal & Steve Raine who came second in the Swiss Pairs at Harrogate.

Result (External web site)

Priday Cup

30 September 2018

Keith, Bernard and Liz

1 Liz Rothwell and Bernard Plumb 61.46
2 Phil Ottewell and Barbara Hatfield 59.26
3 Allan and Hilary Kirkland 52.60


2018 County Teams of 4 Championship

On Sunday 28th January the qualifying event was comfortably won by Willie Crook , Ankush Khandelwal, Rob Sharpe & Graham Kirby. The top teams were:

Willie Crook        102 VPs
Sandy Fulton        76 VPs
Graham Brindley 74 VPs
John Auld              70 VPs

The semi finals are 32 boards:
1. Crook at home to Auld
2. Fulton at home to Brindley

The semis are to be completed in February (ideally). Away teams offer dates as per normal EBU rules.

Winners of Semi final 1 are at home in the final (to be completed in March ideally).

Click here for Results

Mixed Pairs 2017

Congrtaulations to Stan Zygadlo and Ellen Overton

Full Results

Woodborough Bridge Club

Woodborough BC have written the following article for the EBU.

How Woodborough BC increase its membership.


In the  qualifying stage of the Tollemache  (the EBU county teams of 8 championship) Notts won 5 out of 7 matches but failed to reach the final.

Irene & John Auld who played on the Sunday came first in the cross imps ranking across the 8 teams in group D.

Results on EBU site


The NCBA committee secretary would like to thank all Clubs and Individuals that completed a Survey.  Clare is currently compiling a report, which will take several weeks.  We have received over 40 replies.

Summary of Suvrey 2015 Survey results.docx

September Quiz

Winner of the September Quiz was Lloyd Eagling

The runner up was Paul Royal

Link to answers


Richard Page of Woodborough BC wins October FunBridge Ladder

See full report (EBU web site)


Congratulations to Peter & Margaret Savage of Mansfield who came 3rd of 78 pairs in this congress Championship Pairs on 29/9/2017.

Full Results (External web site)

Derbyshire Green Point Events 23-24 September 2017

Willie Crook & Ankush Khandelwal came second in the Swiss Pairs on Saturday 23/9/2017. Ankush therefore just failed to win three consecutive green pointed pairs events.
There was consolation in the Swiss Teams on Sunday which was won by the Notts team of Ankush & Graham Kirby and Willie & Steve Raine.

Under 26 comp at Eastbourne

Congratulations to Hanna Tuus (Nottingham University) and Ian Robsom (Derby BC) who finished second in the Under 26 Competion.

Full results available via EBU web page


Ankush Khandelwal & Graham Kirby won the Swiss Pairs on 22nd July with 117 VPs from 7 matches. This is the second such result for Ankush in five weeks.  Previously with Willie Crook he won the Leicestershire event.

Full Results.


Winners of the Swiss Teams were the Notts team of Keith Rodgers, Lloyd Eagling, Irene & John Auld who scored 99 VPs from seven matches.

Other Notts teams to do well were Gordon Fullerton, Shirley Ashtari, Ian Dovey & Dick Milne who came 5th, and Dave Cobley, John Black, Mike Nailard & Ian Nicholson, who were 6th playing in their first EBU competition,

Full Results

England U26 team

Congratulations to Notts member Hanna Tuus from Nottingham University who was selected to play for the England under 26 women's team which came third in the European Youth Championships..

EBU site


In the final at Sollihull on 24thJune Nottingham BC represented by  Nottingham Gambit ( Geoff Topol & Robin Fisher, Irene & John Auld, David Hodge & Mark Goddard, Rob Sharpe & Graham Kirby) came second of the 8 finalists.
This is the EBU event open to club  teams of 8 champions from every county and the result is Nottinghamshires best ever.

Comfortable winners were Manchester BC replicating the result in the Bradford qualifier.

Results (EBU web site)

Willie & Ankush win Leicestershire Green Points Pairs

William Crook & Ankush Khandelwal comfortably won this event on 17thJune 2017 scoring 111 VPs and winning all 7 matches.

Results (External web site)

Corwen Trophy 2017

Nottinghamshire were represented by Keith Rodgers and Lloyd Eagling

Results (externel site)

Priday Cup 2017

Congratulations to Barbara Pilbin and Pat Bevis.

Result %
1 Barbara Pilbin and Pat Bevis 66.30
2 Jim and Georgina Lyons 61.11
3 Brian Stein and John Nettleship 58.89

Full results available via Results Tab

EMBA Plate & Flitch Cup 2017

Congratulations to John and Irene Auld in winning the Midland Mixed Pairs Event at Spondon on 30th April 2017

Full Results (External web site)


Bernard Moore & Sandy Fulton are county pairs champions winning the Journal Cup by a tiny margin from  holders Keith Rodgers & Lloyd Eagling. Daphne & Mike Coggles were third making this a good event for Retford BC.

2017 Summer Teams of 4

Teams of 4 Summer League

A team may be picked from a squad of 8 Players

We have 12 Teams entered.

Please see menu for Rules  

Please send results to: and copy to


Steve Raine & Ankush Khandelwal  joint leaders in the Winter Pairs employed some big guns to establish a clear winner in the final drive.

Steve playing with Willie Crook won this contest scoring +60,  ahead of Ankush & Graham Kirby who scored +26 to come equal second with Irene & John Auld.

That means :    

Steve is overall Winter Champion with 14 points (best 4 scores), The maximum possible is 16.

Steve & Ankush win the Farr Cup for similar pairs with 12 points.

 Irene & John win the Black Cup for mixed pairs with a modest 5.5


After trailing at the half way stage of the season Gambit have won division 1 of the teams of 8 league. They beat runners up Retford A by 19-1 to win with a match to spare.

Keyworth A won division 2 from Retford B .

 Keyworth B had a great final match beating runners up Nottingham B by 17-3 to win division 3 by just 1 VP. 

Click for full Results

Teams-of-Four Knock Out Championship

The team of Willie Crook, Rob Sharpe, Ankush Khandelwal & Mark Goddard led the qualifying session with 124 VPs from John & Irene Auld, Bill Whalley & Pravin Tailor with 112.
Full details via results tab.

The seedings and quarter final draw (home team first) are now:

Crook 1 V Bleaney 8
Auld 2 V Plumb 7
Dovey 3 V Dale 
Fulton 4 V Brindley 5

The away team offers 3 dates in February following EBU guidelines. Matches are 32 boards .

Semi finals to be played in March are seeded to be 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 .

MIXED PAIRS 4 December 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the NCBA Mixed Pairs

Shirley Ashtari & Dick Milne



In the EBU county teams of 8 champonship qualifying at Birmingham Notts finished 4th in group D just 2VPs behind the second qualifying place.

On  Saturday Willie Crook & Ankush Khandelwar were the best pair across all 8 teams in the group and Willie ( who was unavailable Sunday) finished top of the individual cross imping with Ankush fourth.

Results on EBU site, see Group D


It is with great sadness that we have to report the death on 6th October 2016 of Dinah Mairs  one of the best known and best loved players in the county.

In his message to members Mark Goddard the chairman of Nottingham Bridge Cub refers to her many years of service to the club, including her time as secretary and Chairman. Her involvement was widespread and dedicated to everyone at the club. She was, Mark suggests, the embodiment of what the members want the club to be. 

 Donations in Dinah's memory for Fight for Sight may be sent to: A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service Nottingham NG3 1GF

2016 Summer Teams of 4

Congratulations to The Palookas in winning this years competition.

1: The Palookas
3: Optimists

Thanks to all the Teams that entered this year making it such an enjoyable competition.


Good luck to Nottinghamshires Ankush Khandelwal who plays for Englands Junior team in this event starting on Thursday 4th August.

Details on EBU site


Congratulations to Steve Raine who came 5th of 144 pairs in the Swiss Pairs and 3rd in the teams final.

Results (External web site)


Congratulations to William who becomes only the second current Notts player (with Graham Kirby) to attain the highest EBU rank.


Congratulations to the winners of the NCBA Green Point Events

Pairs: Carolyn Fisher and Pat Watson

Teams: John Gould, Alastair McCance, John Sowter and Amanda Sowter.

Sorry for the delay in publishing results

Corwen Trophy

The Corwen Trophy is an EBU pairs event.  Each County Association hold qualifying events and may send up to 3 pairs.

Steve Fordham and Keith Spencer represented Nottinghamshire in 2016.

The Final was held at the Holiday Inn Birmingham.

After a steady start in session 1 and a well placed 10th in session 4 they finished in the lower half due to an inconsistent performance in session 2.

This was an excellent event in which 98 pairs took part.

Full Results on EBU site

Midlands Regional Improvers Pairs 3rd July 2016

Open to all bridge players (from EBU affiliated, and non-EBU affiliated clubs) with less than 5 years bridge playing experience.  (EBU members should have no more than 5000 master points.)

NCBA has agreed to sponsor 1 pair from each club.

For further detail:


In the final on  19th May winners were Mark Goddard & David Hodge,  Sandy Fulton &William Crook, Rob Sharpe & Graham Kirby comfortably defeating John & Irene Auld, Lloyd Eagling & Keith Rodgers.

The winners will  represent Notts in the Pachabo Cup on 11/12 June 2016


Many congratulations to Ankush Khandelwar who was in the team winning the Punch Bowl from a very strong field.

The Priday Cup 2016
The Priday Cup 2016

Congratulations to Stephen Southorn and Brian Nowell.

Result %
1 Stephen Southorn and Brian Nowell 58.63
2= Christine and Bob Bagshaw 55.65
2= Alan Jillott and Dorothy King 55.65

Full results available via Results Tab


Congratulations to Kyle Lam who captained Cambridge B to victory in the Universities championship.

EBU web site

Journal Cup 2016
Journal Cup 2016
Result %
1 Keith Rodgers and Lloyd Eagling 61.82
2 Keith Spencer and Steve Fordham 57.53
3 Bernard Plumb and Liz Rothwell 57.05

Full results available via Results Tab.


After the final Winter Pairs on 13/04/16 (won by Steve Raine & Willie Crook) the results are:

Overall champion (12 points) is Willie Crook.

Farr Cup winners (9.5 points) are David Burgess & Gordon Fullerton.

Black Cup winners (8 points) are Shirley Ashtari & Ian Dovey.

Congratulations to all the above.


The fourth Winter Pairs event was the Christmas Pairs evening with wine and nibbles and a prize for the winners.

There was recognition for the work done over many years by Joan & David Burgess. They received the EBU's Dimmie Fleming award for services to bridge, the first married couple to be so recognised. The NCBA chairman presented the awards on the evening.

The winners of the prize were Sue & Frank Ball who won in a field of 17 pairs.

Further events are scheduled for the second Wednesday each month. The scoring will be butler imps where numbers permit, or normal matchpoints. Winners on each night receive 4 points, runners up 2 and third scores 1. The best 4 drives for pairs and individuals determine best mixed pair for Black Cup (holders John & Irene Auld ), best similar pair for Farr Cup (holders Stan Kujawinski & Richard Kowalski) and overall Winter Champion for best individual - not to be won by a pair (holder Richard Kowalski ).

Leading scores after 4 events are:

David Burgess 6
Gordon Fullerton 6
Toni Smith 4
Anthony Pettengell 4
Rob Sharpe 4
William Crook 4
Shirley Ashtari   4
Ian Dovey 4
Sue Ball 4
Frank Ball 4


Congratulations to Barbara Hatfield & Phil Ottewell county mixed pairs champions. They won comfortably from Mary Cook & Gerry Franklin with Jane Hall & Phil Dale third.

17 January 2016

Full result


The 2015 Notts Green Point weekend was on 18th/19th July at Spondon. 

46 pairs played on the Saturday. Dan Crofts and Gary Hyett the 2012 winners took the trophy again. Best placed Notts pair in 5th place were Steve Raine and Ankush Khandelwal..

2015 Notts Swiss Pairs.txt

2015 Swiss Teams
2015 Swiss Teams

19 teams played on Sunday. Convincing winners were Roman Gembicki, Arthur Hughes, David Musson & Frank Littlewood with a score of 114 VPs some 27 clear of the field.

2015 Swiss Teams.txt


After 7 events through to May 2015 the results are:

BLACK CUP for mixed pairs winners John and Irene Auld from Ian Dovey and Shirley Ashtari;
FARR CUP for similar  pairs winners Richard Kowalski and Stan Kujinski from David Burgess and Gordon Fullerton.
Richard Kowalski recorded the best 4 scores by a single player and takes the prize as Winter Wednesday Champion. 

 In the final  between the leading qualifiers:

1 William Crook, Rob Sharpe, David Hodge & Mark Goddard  plus Sandy Fulton,


2. John & Irene Auld, Bill Whalley & Tailor Pravin  plus Keith Rodgers & Lloyd Eagling.                   

 The winners were team Crook by 28imps.

Master Class 14 April

The first class held last week was a great success so Willie Crook has agreed to do another class.  This will take a similar format to the previous class and the boards from the county game due to take place on the 3rd April will be discussed.  If there any other topics you would like Willie to discuss will you let me know and he will aim to include them if possible.  The class is suitable for experienced bridge players particularly those who play for the county or aspire to play for the county.

The class will be held at Nottingham bridge club starting at 7pm on Thursday 14th April.  The charge will be £2.50.  Can you please email me if you are coming  as the room can only accommodate a fixed number of people.

Clare Batten

NCBA secretary


Congratulations to Mark Goddard & David Hodge winners of the Journal Cup and therefore NCBA pairs champions. They won from William & Daniel Crook with Mary Cook & Sue McIntosh. These pairs are eligible to represent Notts in the Corwen Trophy. 


Congratulations to Kyle Lam who captained Cambridge B to victory in the Universities championship.

EBU web site


In the Northern Easter Festival in York Willie Crook with team mates Gary Hyett. John Holland and Alan Mould easily won the Swiss Teams event.

PORTLAND PAIRS 22nd March 2015

This multi centre event is the EBU national mixed pairs championship. John & Irene Auld won the Stamford heat and overall came 7th out of 397 pairs.

Teams of 8 League - 2014-2015

Nottingham Gambit are confirmed as top of the League in division one with Retford A confirmed as runners up.

In a very competitive division two, Retford B finished in the top position after beating Woodborough A in the decisive final match. Wollaton finished in the runners up place.

Nottingham A have secured division three - Keyworth B are runners up.


All the NCBA qualifiers for the National Pairs Regional final at Solihull finished above average but only William and Daniel Crook qualified for the National final. They were 9th in a field of 50 pairs.


John & Irene Auld  led throughout to win the Swiss Pairs on 7th March at Spondon in a field of 40 pairs.

Harrogate Congress

Congratulations to Willie Crook who with team mates Richard Winter, Gary Hyett and Alan Mould cruised to victory in the Harrogate Congress Swiss Teams on 22nd February 2015.


18 pairs played in the NCBA Mixed Pairs championship on 11th January. Winners of the trophy  were Wendy Walker and Lloyd Eagling . Second were  Carol and Robin Fisher and third Retfords Mary Cook and Gerry Franklin. Congratulations to all the prize winners.

TOLLEMACHE 22nd/23rd November 2014

In their qualifying group of the Inter Counties Team of 8 competition Notts came 5th out of 9 teams. Winners of the group were Avon with London second. Notts were represented by William Crook, Rob Sharpe, Sandy Fulton, John Rolph, Irene and John Auld, Lloyd Eaging, Keith Rodgers, Mark Goddard, David Hodge, Graham Lee and Frank Ball. Our best player according to the EBU cross imping was Sandy Fulton.

Click to see two hands chosen by William Crook

SENIORS CONGRESS 31/10 14-3/11/14

In the Seniors Congress Swiss Teams Rob Sharpe and William Crook playing with Bill Gardner and Gary Hyett came joint second in a field of 56 teams just 1VP behind the winners.


In a field of 99 pairs at Leeds William Crook partnering Richard Winter came second just behind Kath and Alan Nelson.


Congratulations to Ankush Khandelwal who partnering Toby Nonnenmacher won the Open Pairs from a very strong field.

Full results on EBU website.

Gambit win Three counties 2014

 Nottingham Gambit retained the three counties trophy with 122 VPs from Derby B on 115. On the final evening on September 11th they came second for a third successive time behind winners on the night West Bridgford. 


NCBA/EBU Green Point Weekend at Spondon

Swiss Pairs 19th July 2014 : Notts pair William and Daniel Crook (pictured receiving trophy from NCBA Chairman ) were convincing winners in a field of 51 pairs with 111 VPs. Second were Angela Booth and Peter Bradley on 99 and  third were Notts pair Mark Goddard and David Hodge on 96.

Green Point Pairs Results 19-07-2014.xlsx


Congratulations to Sandy Fulton & Willie Crook whose team came 5th in the Senior Swiss Teams on 8th November.
Full results on EBU web site 

Swiss Teams 2014
Swiss Teams 2014

Swiss Teams 20th July 2014:  A low turnout of 15 teams but a win for Notts team Lloyd Eagling, Keith Rodgers, Irene and John Auld with 97 VPs from Ron and Lin Birch and Henry and Audrey Mc Bride with 92.

Green Point Teams Results 20-07-2014.xlsx

Junior Teams

Congratulations to Notts pair Simon Spencer and Kyle Lam who with Ankush Khandelwal and Basil Letts came 2nd in the Junior International teams at the Midsummer Bridge Tournament in Finland. 


The County teams final between Crook ( William Crook, Rob Sharpe, Sandy Fulton, David Hodge and Mark Goddard)  and Auld (John and Irene Auld, Lloyd Eagling and Keith Rodgers) was won by Crook by 13imps in a close match . 

Winners represented Notts in the Pachabo Cup held this year at Park Inn Nottingham 7th and 8th June.

Result 2014.pdf

Gloucestershire v Notts 11th May 2014

In the first match of the 2014 season Notts managed to draw 10-10 in the Dawes match but lost the Porter and Markham matches 20-0.

Journal Cup 2014

The JOURNAL CUP  the NCBA's principal Pairs Championship took place on Sunday 27th April at Nottingham Bridge Club.  

Winners were Sandy Fulton and William Crook from Irene and John Auld with Kyle Lam and Simon Spencer third. These pairs are invited to represent Notts in the Corwen Cup.

Winners of the  Presidents Cup are now Woodborough BC with a total of 172.57 combining Dick Milne and Alyson McClintocks scores with those of Jane Hall and Phil Dale.

Apologies to Bingham BC with a total score of 171.8 achieved by Ian Dovey and Graham Lee who were best pair.  


In the county match on 6th April 2014 at Spondon a depleted Notts team lost 8-12 in the Dawes match and 1-19 in the Porter. The Markham team saved the day for Notts with a 16-4 win.

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Notts pair win National Pairs Regional Final

Mark Goddard and David Hodge scored a big win in the National Pairs Regional final at Solihull. William and Daniel Crook also did well coming 9th of 51 pairs.

NCBA Mixed Pairs Championship 2014

Congratulations to Shirley Ashtari and Ian Dovey winners of the Mixed Pairs event.

Alyson McLyntock and John Ashworth were 2nd and Irene and John Auld came 3rd.These three pairs are invited to represent Nottinghamshire in the  Midlands Mixed Pairs Event.

Results of Mixed Pairs 2014.pdf


Congratulations to Kyle Lam and Simon Spencer members of England`s winning under 25 team.


The Notts team performed very creditably in the national county teams of 8 championship finishing a close 4th in their qualifying group-our best result for several years. The team was: William and Daniel Crook; Mark Goddard and David Hodge; Kyle Lam and Simon Spencer; Graham Lee and Frank Ball; Gerry Franklin and John Rolph.


68 pairs played in Saturdays Swiss Pairs. Best placed  for Notts were  Irene and John Auld who were 3rd behind joint winners Leicestershire`s Bill Hood and Bill Davis and Derbyshire`s Roman Gembicki and Janucz Adamowicz

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In Sunday`s Swiss Teams there was an entry of 29 and the Notts teams contended throughout. Eventual winners were Yorkshire`s Graham Jepson, David Fletcher, Glyn and Alex Foley just ahead of Mark Goddard, David Hodge, Andrew Scott and Geoff Topol.

John and Irene Auld, Keith Rodgers and Lloyd Eagling were 4th.

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Congratulations to John and Irene Auld on winning the Black Cup for mixed pairs and to Lloyd Eagling and Keith Rodgers who won the Farr Cup for similar pairs.


The 3 COUNTIES competition for 2013 was WON by

Nottingham Gambit


Nottingham Alderclarke

SECOND.  18 club teams from the three counties competed.

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In the Notts green point pairs on July 20th William and Daniel Crook were Notts top pair finishing 2nd in a field of 58 pairs. Winners were Janusz Adamowski and Roman Gembicki.

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The teams event on July 21st was won convincingly by David Hodge and Mark Goddard  with  team mates Paul Russell and John Haslegrave. They won all seven matches to head a field of 26 teams with 102 VPs.

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Team of 4 Championship 2013

Congratulations to the qualifiers.  The Semi-Finals are

1st Team: William Crook, Sandy Fulton, David Hodge & Mark Goddard
v 4th Team: Lloyd Eagling, Keith Rodgers, John & Irene Auld.

(Result 19th February :1st Team won-match conceded after 24 boards)

2nd Team: Mike & Daphne Coggles, Gerry Franklin & John Rolph
v 3rd Team: David Burgess, Gordon Fullerton, Frank Ball & Graham Lee.

(Result 12th March: 3rd Team won)

The Final (20th April) was won by William Crook, Rob Sharpe, David Hodge & Mark Goddard.

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Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the Journal Cup, Graham Lee and Frank Ball .

Second were Dick Milne and Alyson McLintock, and third were Ellen Overton and Stan Zygadlo.

EBU Swiss Teams Congress 19th/20th January 2013

47 teams struggled through the snow to play at Hinckley in the EBU annual Swiss Teams event. The Notts team of Mark Goddard, David Hodge, Irene and John Auld finished 3rd equal. Winners were Michael Byrne, Duncan Happer, Martin Jones and Neil Rosen.

NCBA Mixed Pairs Championship

15 pairs competed in the event on Sunday 6th January.  Congratulations to John and Irene Auld who retained the title, and also to Gordon and Angela Fullerton who were second, and to Mike and Daphne Coggles who were third.

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Congratulations to Keith Rodgers winner of the 2012 Presidents Cup. Lloyd Eagling was runner up.


Frank Ball won the 2012 Individual competition in a field of 19 players with an incredible score of 80.94%.

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Congratulations to the winning Leicestershire team of John Milne & Brian Marlow, Michael Mahoney & Trevor Barrett, and the Nottinghamshire runners-up Gordon Fullerton & Frank Ball, Ellen Overton & Keith Rodgers.

Derbyshire Green Point Event 29th/30th September

Geoff Topol, Andrew Scott, David Hodge and Mark Goddard came first of 32 teams in Sunday`s green point teams event beating erstwhile leaders Keith Rodgers, Lloyd Eagling, Irene Auld and John Auld in the last round.

David and Mark were also the best Notts pair in Saturday`s pairs coming 4th in a field of 76 behind winners John Sansom and Pam Pearce.


The summers Two Counties evenings ended on 13th September. Over the three evenings of the competition Retford A won division 1 (with frequent winners Gambit a disastrous 8th) and Wollaton won division 3 but overall Derbyshire won by a convincing 151 IMPs.

Two Counties Results 2012


The Summer events have now ended - the Black Cup for mixed pairs was won by Irene and John Auld and the Farr Cup for similar pairs was won by Daniel and William Crook.

The 2012 Presidents Cup starts on 3rd October.

Swiss Teams

In Sundays Swiss team event the Notts team of Irene Auld, John Auld, Keith Rodgers and Lloyd Eagling were winners in a field of 32 teams with a big score of 111 VPs from 7 matches.

Alec Salisbury Award 2012
Alec Salisbury Award 2012

Graham Jepson, for the EBU, presents Mary Mills with the Alec Salisbury Award 2012 for her work in teaching Bridge at Nottingham High School over some 20 years.

Notts v Derbyshire - 13th May 2012

In the County match against Derbyshire on 13th May the Dawes team lost 1-19, the Porter lost 2-18 and the Markham lost 0-20.

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National Pairs 2012

In the National Pairs final at Hinckley on 14th/15th April William and Daniel Crook finished a creditable 12th while John and Irene Auld were a disappointing 30th. Winners by a huge margin were Bob Rowlands and Peter Lee.

Midland Mixed Pairs Championship 2012

Mike and Daphne Coggles were 2nd in the Midland Mixed Pairs Championship at Spondon on 6th May.  Gordon and Angela Fullerton were 5th out of the field of 28 pairs.

Midland Flitch 2012


Winners with an impressive 66.71% were Gordon Fullerton & David Burgess, followed by Simon Spencer & Ankush Khandelwal with 64.34%, and Ray Furlonger & Phil Dale on 57.18%.

Leading pairs invited to represent Notts in the Corwen trophy on 26th/27th May. 

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In the regional finals on 18th March two Notts pairs qualified for the National Pairs final on April 14th/15th: Irene and John Auld were 5th and Daniel and William Crook were 9th having led at half time.

GREEN POINT EVENTS 21/22 July 2012

Saturdays Swiss pairs attracted 60 entries the winners being Dan Crofts and Gary Hyett.

Best placed Notts players were Graham Lee and Gordon Fullerton in joint 4th just ahead of William and Daniel Crook who led the event before slipping back in the final match against the winners.

Wednesday competitions

The Spring Cup ended on 29th February ; John Auld won with 291.88 from best 5 scores played. Gordon Fullerton and David Burgess were joint second with 287.65.

The new event now running is the Priday Cup.

Leicestershire Green Points event

Congratulations to Notts pair Graham Brindley and Gordon Fullerton who came 6th in a field of 46 in the Leicestershire pairs event on 10th March. Bill Hood and Ron Davis were winners. 


21 pairs competed in the first county event of 2012 on Sunday 8th January. John and Irene Auld were clear winners with 61.78% from Mo Logan and Alex Allen on 54.84 and Mike and Daphne Coggles on 53.32. The leading pairs are invited to represent Notts in the Midland Mixed Pairs and Flitch.

2011 Competitions

David Burgess won the Presidents Cup with a total of 356.94 for best 6 scores from 10 played. A fraction behind was regular partner Gordon Fullerton with 356.59 for 6 scores from 9. Gordon completed a good 2011 by winning the Christmas individual on 28th December.


The qualifying round of the inter counties teams of 8 championship took place on 26th and 27th November. Notts had a disappointing weekend finishing 8th out of 9 teams in their group but had the consolation of winning two matches.

Anniversary Teams 30th October 2011

Congratulations to the Lincolnshire team of Dave Pettengell, Paul Wokes, Mike Grant and John Brocklehurst who were convincing winners of this event. The Notts team of David and Joan Burgess, Carol Fisher and Martin Mellor were second.

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Congratulations to Frank Ball and Gordon Fullerton who came 6th in a field of 123 pairs in this event.


In the Derbyshire and Leicestershire Green Point event on 24th and 25th September Notts pair Gordon Fullerton and Graham Brindley came 3rd in the Pairs won by Mike Read and Nick Hodson. The teams was won by Derbyshire`s Mary and David Marshall playing with John Samson and Pam Pearce.


HF Holidays( kindly sponsored the Notts Green Points weekend providing holidays for the winners and vouchers to participants.

Roman Gembicki and Alex Hogg won Saturday`s Swiss Pairs and in Sunday`s Swiss Teams Roman won again partnering Cedric Cockcroft together with usual suspects Don Smedley and John Griffin. 


Winners this year with a total of 287.67% from their best 5 scores were David Burgess and Gordon Fullerton just ahead of Keith Rodgers and Lloyd Eagling with 285.10. Tim Anderson and Bernard Scanlon were 3rd with 275.24.


Congratulations to Ellen Overton and Lloyd Eagling who convincingly won the Black Cup for mixed pairs scoring 297.83% from their best 5 sessions. Previous winners Irene and John Auld were a distant second with 264.19 just ahead of Joan and David Burgess with 263.54.


England`s Youngsters including Simon Spencer and Ankush Khandelwal finished 4th  in the European Youth Bridge Teams Championships just out of the medals but qualifying for the 2012 World Championships.

2 Counties 2011

Congratulations to Alderclarke who won the prize for the best performances in the 2nd division at the third of the three sessions of the 2 Counties, and to Gambit and Aldeclarke who won the prizes for the best performances over the 3-session event for the 1st and 2nd divisions. Overall Notts won the event with +157 IMPs.

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William Crook and Sandy Fulton finished 5th out of 106 pairs in the Corwen Trophy at Daventry. This competition is for EBU county pairs champions and runners up. Notts other representatives Irene and John Auld were 22nd.

First were Surrey`s perennial winners Bob Rowlands and Peter Lee.

Wednesday Night Competitions

The Priday Cup has been won by John Auld with 292.93 from Lloyd Eagling on 291.33.

The Summer competitions commence on 25th May starting with the Black Cup for Mixed Pairs; the Farr Cup for similar pairs commences 1st June.


Retford A  won their final match 18-2 to take an unassailable lead over Gambit and so win division one of the teams of 8 league. Gambit have been champions for some 15 seasons but Retfords win was no accident: they lost just one match narrowly (to Gambit) but won all the rest including a 17-3 victory in the return match with Gambit. 

In division two Woodborough A are confirmed as champions having won their final match by 11 VPs to 9 against the second placed team Alderclarke.

Wollaton Park have now won division three with 128 VPs from Newark Cavaliers with 104.

In division four East Bridgford are confirmed as champions with 168 VPs from  Mansfield South with 155 VPs.  

2011 KO Team of 4 Winners
2011 KO Team of 4 Winners

David Hodge, Frank Ball, Gordon Fullerton & David Burgess won the KO Team of 4 Championship, beating Graham Brindley, Richard Kowalski, Chris & Dorothy Close in the final.


Congratulations to Terry Lynex and Marlene Mackie who won this event with 62.5% from joint seconds Mick Gauntley and Catherine Waldron and Steve Fordham and Toni Smith who scored 61.31%. 

NCBA Individual Championship

The 2011 Individual event was won by Gordon Fullerton with 67.71% ahead of Mike Bleaney with 63% and Tim Anderson on 60%.


Joint winners of the Spring Event are Gordon Fullerton and David Burgess with a total of 297.16 from their best 5 scores. Third is Irene Auld with 288.79.


David Burgess, Gordon Fullerton, Frank Ball and David Hodge won the County team of 4 qualifier on 16th January  ahead of the Retford team of Mike and Daphne Coggles with Gerry Franklin and Mary Cook.

See "Results" "January 23" "NCBA Teams-of-4 KO Heat" for KO stages.


Congratulations to Carol Fisher and Martin Mellor who won Sundays event with 65.88% ahead of previous winners Irene and John Auld who scored 63.24%.


The Presidents Cup finally completed despite weather delays and resulted in a joint win for Gordon Fullerton and David Burgess.  Lloyd Eagling played his sixth qualifying session on 22nd December to move into third place.

Tollemache Qualifier 20th-21st November 2010

Notts performed disastrously in their Tollemache qualifying group finishing last despite winning their final two matches. Cambs and Hunts won the group and Surrey also qualified.

All the established pairs were poor and the only bright spot was the performance of Graham Brindley and Graham Lee who stepped in on Sunday and did well. 

NCBA Anniversary Teams

The Anniversary Teams was won by Graham Brindley, Richard Kowalski, Ellen Overton & Keith Rodgers on a split tie from the Warwickshire team of David Franks, Adam Wood, Adrian Knight & Leslie Reece.

Derbyshire Green Pointed Swiss Weekend
Derbyshire Green Pointed Swiss Weekend


Green Pointed Swiss Weekend

25th - 26th September 2010

The best Notts result at this event was by John and Irene Auld, who were 3rd out of a field of 75 pairs on Saturday, and, playing with Richard Edwards and Giles Foster, were 5th out of 30 teams on Sunday. David and Joan Burgess came 7th equal in the pairs.

Black Cup
Black Cup

The Black Cup 2010 for mixed pairs was won by John and Irene Auld, with Lloyd Eagling and Ellen Overton runners up.

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Farr Cup 2010
Farr Cup 2010

The Farr Cup 2010 for similar pairs was won by Daniel Crook and William Crook, with David Burgess and Gordon Fullerton runners up.

Notts Swiss Pairs 5th September 2010
Notts Swiss Pairs 5th September 2010

Keith Rodgers and John Auld retained the Swiss Pairs trophy ahead of Irene Auld and Lloyd Eagling.

Notts Green Pointed Swiss Weekend
Notts Green Pointed Swiss Weekend


Green Pointed Swiss Weekend

17th – 18th July 2010

In a field of 80 pairs  NCBA players John and Irene Auld won the Swiss Pairs with 114 VPs from John Sansom and Pam Pearce on 102 VPs. Another Notts pair Gordon Fullerton and David Burgess were third. John Sansom and Pam Pearce won Sundays Swiss Teams playing with Joyce Skelton and Sandy Davies.