Release 2.19o
Beginners Corner

We have 32 newcomers learning on line bridge so this is a new sequence of card play questions and answers to support them.

Card play Q1

Card play Answer 1

YCBA On line Stepping Stones Special

On Sunday 28th February from 2.30pm to 4.30pm the YCBA is running a FREE Stepping Stones event for players with an NGS of 5 or below. There will be 6 x 2 board rounds. ENTRY FORM

NEW FEATURE FOR 2021 number 3

We have a new regular feature for 2021. These are regular extracts (with permission of course) from Andrew Robson's The Next Level. These are very instructive and thoughtful approaches to bridge at intermediate and above. Our third feature is Coping with intervention

Wednesday morning session on Real Bridge

Every Wednesday  at 10am there will be a Guided Play session on Real Bridge and you can see and talk to those playing at your table. This is aimed at less experienced players and you don't need a partner. Results will be uploaded to the club website but will not earn master points or NGS but will earn EBU magazine points. Note there will be a new session link each week and you can log in directly from the calendar entry. For more information contact 

YCBA on line Teams of Four Winter League

The third set of match results are available in RESULTS . The fourth round will be on Sunday 7th March. This  series will include three cup matches (played with teams from your division) so there will be 5 Sundays involved with 7 league matches and the three cup games. Please note the second match start time will now be 4.15pm. All league fixtures can be see at Winter league fixtures   

I Pad Tutorial for Zoom meetings

Ivan Watling and Louise Elliott have put together a very useful short You Tube video on how to use Zoom with an iPad.

Zoom Tutorial

On line tuition

Mike Collier is currently running a weekly on line bridge tuition session on BBO on Thursday evenings at 7pm. Other Olicana members are welcome to "come along". All free. Search jmcilkley to find the table.

Cow and Calf In Ilkley

Committee Minutes

The latest committee minutes and updated telephone list are now in the Members Only section along with archived minutes too.

Welcome to Olicana Bridge Club

We have three on line Duplicate Pairs earning master points. On Monday evenings we run a 20 board Duplicate Pairs on BBO (Bridgebaseonline) starting at 7.15pm. On Thursday  evenings we have Duplicate  Pairs on Real Bridge at 7.15pm. On Friday afternoons we run an 18 board Duplicate Pairs on BCL(Bridgeclublive) starting at 2.15pm. We have a guided play session on Wednesday morning at 10am on Real Bridge (no master points). All events will cost £1.50 per player for members who have renewed their subscriptions and £2.50 for all other players. Detailed instructions on how to play in each event can be downloaded from the links below. Members will be invoiced monthly in arrears for each game played and it would be appreciated if members could use their EBU number only as a reference.

BCL Olicana Club link

How to play in BCL club room

How to play in BBO club room

How to play on Real Bridge

Host pair guidance

Note direct links to the Real Bridge sessions will be posted on the calendar entry at least 24 hours before the event to simplify login.

Bridgeclublive (BCL)

We have a well established individual club area under Bridgeclublive (BCL) which you can access by following this link.


BCL is essentially a private on line club and  as from 31/12 the EBU has terminated their special relationship to award master points. You need to be a full member of bridgeclublive to participate in club sessions and in various tournaments. The cost is £12 inc VAT per month (there are various other options too) but there are no extra fees outside this. If you have not already registered please register via this BCL registration form  which should offer free membership for 50 days to existing Olicana bridge Club members (as they are also EBU members).

Once you have joined as a full member you can set up a personal profile with your preferred bidding system(s). You should also register as an Olicana member so you need to go to Members then Clubs to click on Olicana. This will enable you to see when other Olicana members are playing. You can also add other Olicana members to your Friends list.

If you are new to on line bridge it is recommended you start in the Social Bridge section to familiarise yourself with on line bridge before moving on to match pointed Pairs and teams of four). BCL has lots of help to get you started see HELP to get started. You may want to try out social bridge with four Olicana members. You can also set up a private table in the Social Room see Private Table  NOTE THERE IS NOW AN OPTIONAL AUDIO/VIDEO FEATURE IN SOCIAL AND TEACHING ROOMS. DO TRY IT OUT. IT IS A RED ICON AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF THE SCREEN.

To see a step by step guide on playing in the Dropindropout daily  tourney watch this video DIDOVIDEO

To play our BCL teams of four please familiarise yourself with this Teams guidance

Teams 23rd February matches

Match 1

Team Clifford LOST vTeam Hopkins  by 3 IMPS

Team Andrews DREW  v Team Ebbutt 

Team Wharmby WON v Team Edwardson  by 12 IMPS

Match 2

Team Ebbutt LOST v Team Edwardson by 21 IMPS

Team Wharmby LOST v Team Clifford  by 2 IMPS

Team Hopkins LOST  v Team Andrews by 27 IMPS

Please email if you would like to enter a new team for the next Tuesday  by Friday prior to that date.

We also have a regular  dropindropout (DIDO) event every Wednesday. You  can play at any time of the day but you need to play a minimum of 16 boards to qualify for the Olicana leaderboard. Here are the Olicana  results from the DIDO event on Wednesday 24th February.

Bridge Club Live - DIDO Tourney Archived Leader Board for Olicana Bridge Club UK
Dealt 24/02/2021 07:01:00  For 16 or more boards played

The Raw% is the average of the % achieved for each board
The Bds% is the result after including the number of boards played
n/a shows when the score is <=50% or fewer than 16 boards played
Starting 28th Dec 2014: DPs are issued based on the Bds%
See our webpage: Information > Tournaments > DIDO Tourney
Rank Alias Bds% Raw% mps Max mps Bds Bds Played DPs
001 eastjohn7 64.43 64.43 504.5 787 16 39-42 45-48 59-62 69-72 129
001 valmab 64.43 64.43 504.5 787 16 39-42 45-48 59-62 69-72 129
003 LaurenceAnd 60.35 59.26 562 957 20 1 34 36-41 50 65-68 76-79 94-96 57
003 Margaret280 60.35 59.26 562 957 20 1 34 36-41 50 65-68 76-79 94-96 57
005 CU3ADouglas 57.23 57.23 463.5 807 16 5-8 18-21 35-38 88-90 93 0
005 CU3AMargaret 57.23 57.23 463.5 807 16 5-8 18-21 35-38 88-90 93 0
007 Bob.S 55.57 53.94 810 1503 32 2-4 9 24-31 50-53 56-59 62-63 69-70 79-80 89-90 93-96 0
007 LaurieRn 55.57 53.94 810 1503 32 2-4 9 24-31 50-53 56-59 62-63 69-70 79-80 89-90 93-96 0
009 JAK-OLICANA n/a 45.12 339 750 16 11-14 49-56 82-85 0
009 JohnW24006 n/a 45.12 339 750 16 11-14 49-56 82-85 0
011 NIgel_RicB n/a 43.26 578 1342 28 13 40-43 49-56 70-73 76-78 82-83 89-94 0
011 ShirinB62315 n/a 43.26 578 1342 28 13 40-43 49-56 70-73 76-78 82-83 89-94 0
013 PatriciaW60993 n/a 41.63 564.5 1369 28 18-21 32-37 39-40 52-55 64-71 82-85 0
014 JanetL6714 n/a 32.87 258 787 16 18-21 52-55 64 69-71 82-85 0
Bridgebaseonline (BBO)

We are now offering a weekly Olicana only Duplicate Pairs event on BBO on Monday evenings at 7.15pm. If you have not played in these sessions before please register with your BBO user name to by the previous Sunday evening.

If you have not already signed up on BBO (it is free to join) please see these helpful guidelines put together by the EBU BBO guide  To look at your results and conduct a review see Post mortem (with thanks to John Blackett from Ripon Bridge Club).

On line chat abbreviations

There are quite a number of on line chat abbreviations which newcomers to on line bridge might like to know. They include

WPP well played partner. VWPP very well played partner. WPO well played opponents. BRB be right back. TYP/TUP thank you partner. WJO weak jump overcall. BLP/HLP bad/hard luck partner.

Milan Macura and Pete Hollands

There are some very entertaining videos from Czech player MILAN MACURA who was Junior World Champion in 2009. These are free on You Tube where Milan takes a hand from Funbridge tournaments and works through the bidding and then the declarer play or defence. He has a free Livestream each week too. You might also like to look out for the Australian Pete Hollands on You Tube, he has a lot of interesting bridge teaching videos and also plays the weekly free 8 board solitaire bridge on BBO (five card majors, strong NT with robots).

9High Daily EBU competition

There is now a daily EBU competition at 11am for players with an NGS rating of no more than 9. 12 boards, relaxed session, cost $2 per player. Follow the link    9high  for more details.

Bernard Magee is a popular bridge teacher (son of Mr Bridge) and initially offered FREE on line livestreamed videos. These are designed for players at all levels. You might like to search on You Tube for his series on the Losing trick count (LTC) covered in episodes 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Episode 10 is for complete newcomers to LTC, episodes 11, 12 and 13 become more advanced. Topic 24 is on teams of four tactics. Well worth a look. From July all new presentations  will be via his new website  and you will need to subscribe at £13.99 per month.

Andrew Robson bridgecast

A further option to entertain and hopefully enlighten bridge Club members is a daily series of bridgecasts from the well known teacher and international bridge player Andrew Robson. There are three channels each 6 times per week entitled  beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each costs £7.99 per month plus VAT (so just under £10). If interested, please click BRIDGECAST to subscribe to the channel of your choice or multiple channels as appropriate.  Andrew robson also has lots of books, flippers etc available BOOKS


Congratulations to our SIX new TD's who have successfully passed their final assessments. David Goodman, Jacqui Farrar, Tom Morton and Lindsey Wharmby passed with distinctions and John Cole and John Williams passed. Well done everyone. Hopefully they will get the chance to put their training into practice some time soon!

25th February 2021
Duplicate Pairs on Real Bridge
Contact to confirm participation.
RealBridge Login
26th February 2021
On line Zoom tutorial followed by supervised play
26th February 2021
Duplicate Pairs in our BCL club room
1st March 2021
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
Guided Session on Real Bridge
Scorer: Shiona Dawson
Swiss Pairs on BBO
Scorer: Oliver Cowan
Duplicate Pairs in our BCL club room
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
Duplicate Pairs on Real Bridge
Scorer: Brian Davison
Guided Session on Real Bridge
Scorer: Shiona Dawson