Release 2.19n

The EBU has recently announced the top 50 clubs by player sessions and Olicana was the top club in Yorkshire and 10th overall in England to the year ending March 2020. Let us hope it is not too long before we are able to get back together again.

New for Saturday morning

We are running a new "coffee morning" via Zoom on a Saturday morning at 10am throughout July initially. A short presentation followed by chat and practice play in Bridgeclublive teaching rooms. If interested please let Brian Davison know via

Coffee morning virtual

Declarer Quiz Challenge

Here is our weekly Quiz on Declarer play.

Declarer 7

Declarer 7 answer

On line tuition

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


Kwan Bevan's silent auction of 8 of her paintings to raise money for our NHS Heroes has now closed and Kwan would like to thank everyone who took part. £600 has been raised so congratulations and thanks to Kwan. 

Yorkshire Cancer Research

On behalf of Yorkshire Cancer Research, thank you to all who gave a donation and to those who had bought tickets and have donated the money to YCR.
It is most unlikely that this event will run this year but hope that you will support us again should we be able to do so in the future.  Best wishes Alison Speller.

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 set up an individual club area under Bridgeclublive (BCL) which you can access by following this link.


BCL is an EBU affiliated Club so you can earn master points if you play in certain Tournaments. 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.

Please try it out  (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 and using "Zoom" to meet virtually.

To see a step by step guide on playing in the Dropindropout daily  tourney click here    DIDOHELP 

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

Teams 30th June matches

Match 1

Team Hopkins WON  v Team Andrews by 20 IMPS 

Team Clifford LOST v TeamCollier by  23 IMPS 

Team Wharmby WON v Team Ebbutt by 2 IMPS 

Match 2

Team Hopkins  LOST v Team Collier by 10 IMPS 

Team Clifford WON  v  Team Wharmby by 2 IMPS

Team Andrews LOST v Team Ebbutt by 18 IMPS

Please email if you would like to enter a new team for Tuesday 7th July by Friday 3rd July.

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 1st July.

Bridge Club Live - DIDO Tourney Archived Leader Board for Olicana Bridge Club UK
Dealt 01/07/2020 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 MargaretAnd 69.31 67.27 808 1206 20 1-4 32-33 35-44 61-64 192
001 LaurenceAnd 69.31 67.27 808 1206 20 1-4 32-33 35-44 61-64 192
003 The Dark Lord 66.37 66.37 621 936 16 37-40 52-63 181
003 The Rock Chick 66.37 66.37 621 936 16 37-40 52-63 181
005 TonyW85890 n/a 47.51 547 1144 20 4-7 28-31 61-64 79-82 87-90 0
005 Scary Steve n/a 47.51 547 1144 20 4-7 28-31 61-64 79-82 87-90 0
007 CharlesB76696 n/a 46.19 725 1571 28 5-8 16-19 25-28 52-55 58-60 65 69-72 86-89 0
008 NIgel_RicB n/a 43.66 494 1108 20 14-15 17-18 34-37 42-46 48-50 76-79 0
008 ShirinB62315 n/a 43.66 494 1108 20 14-15 17-18 34-37 42-46 48-50 76-79 0
010 Bob.S n/a 43.50 593 1358 24 7-10 29-32 48-51 59-62 87-94 0
010 LaurenceR24684 n/a 43.50 593 1358 24 7-10 29-32 48-51 59-62 87-94 0
012 LouiseE Olicana n/a 41.56 403 948 16 5-8 16-19 36-39 59-61 69 0
012 Ivan_at_olicana n/a 41.56 403 948 16 5-8 16-19 36-39 59-61 69 0
Videos for Advanced Players

Thanks to Anthony Taglione for finding these from Czech player MILAN MACURA who was Junior World Champion in 2009. These are free on You Tube and are presented five times a week where Milan takes a hand and works through the bidding and then the declarer play or defence. Challenging. You might also like to look out for the Australian Peter Hollands on You Tube, he has a lot of interesting bridge videos too.

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 $1.50 per player. Follow the link    9high  for more details.

Bernard Magee is a popular bridge teacher (son of Mr Bridge) and is currently offering FREE on line livestreamed videos via You Tube at 11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Back copies of previous free videos are also available. These are designed for players at all levels. Note topic for the week commencing 20th April was the Losing trick count (LTC) Covered in episodes 10, 11, 12 and 13 which you can still access on line.  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.


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!

YCBA Virtual Swiss Teams

The YCBA are running a Swiss Teams on BBO over the weekend of 18/19 July. You can enter via ENTRYFORM  Cost is £30 per team with 5 × 7 board matches.

Defence Challenge

Here is our weekly Defence Quiz

Defence 7

Defence 7 answer

7th July 2020
CLUB CLOSED but try teams on bridgeclublive in the evening
8th July 2020
CLUB CLOSED but DIDO on bridgeclublive
9th July 2020
10th July 2020