Release 2.19p

The committee is trialling tea and coffee at the Monday afternoon session only throughout December. This will demonstrate a safe procedure for players to get refreshments but there will be no break. Any feedback to Sue Maybury or Malcolm Harding please.

Yorkshire League Match 2 f2f

Our three teams played their second matches on Sunday November 21st as follows

A team 4 v 16 York A

B team 1  v 19  Wetherby A

E team  15 v 5 Huddersfield C 

Cow and Calf In Ilkley

Kwan Bevan Art Exhibition

Last year one of our members Kwan Bevan held an auction of her paintings to raise money for our NHS heroes. You can see one of the pictures at the club which was donated by a buyer. Kwan is holding an exhibition of her new work at the Manor House Studio in Ilkley from 17th to 19th December. See EXHIBITION for more details.

Children in Need Sim Pairs

Thanks to everyone who supported Children in Need Sim Pairs on Thursday 11th November f2f. All proceeds will go to Children in Need. Please could all players click DONATE to donate to Children in Need if you can. Here is the hand commentary COMMENTARY

Click here to see results compared with clubs throughout the UK who played in this Sim Pairs CiN overall results


Yorkshire League Visiting Teams

In line with YCBA recommendations all members of visiting teams for the 2021/22 f2f Yorkshire League season should note the Olicana Bridge Club guidance for playing at our Club. Visiting teams should particularly note the requirements regarding vaccinations and the situation regarding refreshments. We look forward to welcoming all of our visiting teams. See GUIDELINES

Christmas Charity Pairs

Oliver Cowan is running a handicapped Charity Pairs on Saturday 11th December from 2pm to 6pm with a choice of platforms (BBO or Real Bridge). Cost £20 per pair with net proceeds in aid of a Leeds charity Homeless Street Angels. For full details see  Charity Pairs

THE NEXT LEVEL number 11

These are regular extracts (with permission of course) from Andrew Robson's The Next Level where there are 145 articles. These are very instructive and thoughtful approaches to bridge at intermediate and above. Our next feature is Transfers 3   the book is available from Andrew Robson Bridge Club.

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 

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 are delighted to welcome  members back to f2f events. We have guidelines to assist in returning GUIDELINES  We require all players  to  have had both Covid vaccinations (subject to individual medical situations). We have a modern effective ventilation system so we would encourage everyone to dress appropriately. There are currently four sessions each week in the club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with play starting at 7.05pm (booking recommended)  and on Monday and Friday afternoons at 1.45pm (no booking required) . In addition Stepping Stones is now on the first and third Friday evenings for less experienced players and a Social Intermediate session on the second Friday evening  (no booking needed).  Please do not bring cash to pay for f2f sessions, we will invoice members bi monthly for all sessions played £1.50 members, £2.50 non members. Please remember that no premises can guarantee to be Covid free so members have to take their own individual decisions and above all please keep everyone's safety in mind when returning to the club.

Playing on line in Club events

We recognise that not all members will be ready to play f2f bridge just yet. So, each week, we have two on line Duplicate Pairs earning master points. We run a 20 board Duplicate Pairs on BBO  on Monday evening starting at 7.15pm. We have Thursday evening Duplicate  Pairs on Real Bridge at 7.15pm. Finally, we have a guided play session at 10am on Wednesday morning on Real Bridge (no master points). All events will cost £1.50 per player for members 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 bi-monthly in arrears for each game played and it would be appreciated if members could use their EBU number only as a reference.

How to play in BBO club room

How to play on Real Bridge

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 will also maintain our well established individual club area under Bridgeclublive (BCL) which you can access by following this link.

 BCL home page

BCL is essentially a private on line club. You need to be a full member of bridgeclublive to play in their 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).

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  

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

Andrew Robson bridgecast

The well known teacher and international bridge player Andrew Robson has four channels each 6 times per week entitled  beginner, improver, 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

On line resources

There are a wide range of resources to help improve your bridge, many are subscription only . These include

Bernard Magee is a popular bridge teacher  and you can access his videos via BERNARD

Jack Stocken is a Yorkshire bridge teacher and you can access his live streams via JACK

Milan Macura (Czech) and Pete Hollands (Australian) have lots of free videos on their You Tube channels.

29th November 2021
Afternoon Duplicate Pairs in the Club
29th November 2021
BBO Duplicate Pairs
30th November 2021
Duplicate Pairs in the Club
1st December 2021
RealBridge Guided Session
Afternoon Duplicate Pairs in the Club
Director: Jacqui
Scorer: Malcolm
RealBridge Duplicate Pairs
Scorer: Shiona Dawson
Real Bridge Guided Session
Scorer: Les Rothnie
Tuesday teams in the Club
Director: Stuart
Scorer: Janet
BBO Duplicate Pairs
Scorer: Oliver Cowan