Release 2.19n
Trial on line duplicate

We are taking part in a trial duplicate for Olicana members only on Bridgeclublive on Friday 7th August starting at 1pm. We shall play 18 boards and the session will conclude no later than 4pm. You need to be a full member of BCL to take part. If you would like to play please email 

Sad News

Sad to report that Richard Barton died on Monday August 3rd and our thoughts are with his wife Ann and his family. Richard was a stalwart of Wednesday mornings.

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

Now on Saturday morning

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

Coffee morning virtual

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. There is now a NEW option to start a private table in the social room see Private Table

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 4th August matches

Match 1

Team Clifford  WON  v Team Ebbutt by 19 IMPS 

Team Hopkins WON v Team Collier by 25 IMPS 

Team Andrews WON v Team Wharmby by 13 IMPS 

Match 2

Team Hopkins  WON v Team Ebbutt by 41 IMPS 

Team Clifford LOST v Team Wharmby  by 27 IMPS

Team Andrews LOST v Team Collier by 12 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 5th August.


Bridge Club Live - DIDO Tourney Archived Leader Board for Olicana Bridge Club UK
Dealt 05/08/2020 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 The Rock Chick 68.96 68.96 524 766 16 9-12 18-21 30-33 46-49 187
001 The Dark Lord 68.96 68.96 524 766 16 9-12 18-21 30-33 46-49 187
003 JAK-OLICANA 65.49 65.49 482.5 740 16 1-2 15-18 42-45 47-48 53-54 95-96 165
003 JohnW24006 65.49 65.49 482.5 740 16 1-2 15-18 42-45 47-48 53-54 95-96 165
005 NIgel_RicB 60.72 59.58 588.5 989 20 8 11-14 20-21 23 59-66 80-83 96
006 CharlesB76696 55.45 54.64 563.5 1037 22 17-20 37-44 49-52 55-60 0
007 Richard 18 54.29 54.29 412 766 16 10-17 42-45 66-69 0
008 LaurenceAnd n/a 49.50 471 959 20 6-9 14-16 21 31-42 0
008 Margaret280 n/a 49.50 471 959 20 6-9 14-16 21 31-42 0
010 Bob.S n/a 45.64 697 1539 32 1-4 7-22 30-33 35-37 40-44 0
010 LaurenceR24684 n/a 45.64 697 1539 32 1-4 7-22 30-33 35-37 40-44 0
012 PeterB17446 n/a 43.85 425.5 959 20 21-27 30 67-70 76-79 82-85 0
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.

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 typically presented five times a week where Milan takes a hand from Funbridge tournaments and works through the bidding and then the declarer play or defence. Challenging. You might also like to look out for the Australian Pete 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 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.


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 Play without the experts

The YCBA Play without the experts takes place virtually on BBO on Sunday 9th August from 2pm to 6pm over 24 boards. To enter your NGS rating must be a JACK or below. Cost £15 per pair. The event will be followed by a hand discussion on Zoom by a top Yorkshire player.

Entry form

Declarer Challenge

Here is our weekly Declarer Quiz

Declarer 11

Declarer 11 answer

Defence Challenge

Here is our weekly Defence Quiz

Defence 11

Defence 11 answer

6th August 2020
Zoom tour around BCL rooms and subsequent tutorial
7th August 2020
On line Zoom tutorial on BCL followed by supervised play
7th August 2020
Trial on line Duplicate Pairs on BCL at 1pm.
Email to confirm your place.
8th August 2020
Coffee Morning on Zoom and BCL