Release 2.19p

Our test event went very well. The club is airy,  well ventilated and looking fresh after the redecoration. We look forward to welcoming members back to the club from Tuesday 3rd August. Don't forget to book in before you come.


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 eighth feature is Weak Stayman   the book is available from Andrew Robson Bridge Club.

YCBA Summer League

The Summer league has now concluded and many congratulations to Ilkley Icons 1 who won Division 2 and to Ilkley Icons 8 who were runners up in Division 6 (which was very very close with Ilkley Icons 5 in third place and only 5 Vps covering the top 5 places).

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 

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 are  really looking forward to reopening the club for face to face bridge from Monday 2nd August. We will initially run a blend of f2f and on line events to try and cater for as many members preferences as possible. There will be a booking system for f2f events with a maximum of 10 tables. We would encourage all members to ensure they have had both Covid vaccinations (subject to individual medical situations)  before our reopening date. In August there will be three  sessions per week in the club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with play starting at 7.05pm. There will be on line sessions on BBO on Monday evening at 7.15pm, and on Real Bridge on Wednesday morning (guided session) and Thursday morning at 10am. Please do not bring cash to pay for f2f sessions, we will invoice members bi monthly for all sessions played. See Olicana reopening for guidance details but  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.


We have two 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.  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 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

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 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

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 results for Wednesday 21st July.

Bridge Club Live - DIDO Tourney Archived Leader Board for Olicana Bridge Club UK
Dealt 21/07/2021 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 54.40 54.40 267.5 503 16 42-45 48-51 75 78-83 88 0
001 valmab 54.40 54.40 267.5 503 16 42-45 48-51 75 78-83 88 0
003 JAK-OLICANA 54.40 54.40 279 506 16 26-29 31-32 36-41 69-72 0
003 jmcilkley 54.40 54.40 279 506 16 26-29 31-32 36-41 69-72 0
005 JanetL6714 53.31 53.31 261 504 16 20-23 59-62 68-75 0
005 PatriciaW60993 53.31 53.31 261 504 16 20-23 59-62 68-75 0
007 EricF16000 51.40 51.06 457 864 28 3-6 14-17 20-23 33-36 46-49 76-79 90-93 0
007 Bob.S 51.40 51.06 457 864 28 3-6 14-17 20-23 33-36 46-49 76-79 90-93 0
009 Buddy n/a 49.76 329.5 655 20 1-3 8-12 17-20 41-44 58-61 0
009 hannah21 n/a 49.76 329.5 655 20 1-3 8-12 17-20 41-44 58-61 0
Bridgebaseonline (BBO)

We have 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).

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. 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).

Bernard Magee Livestream

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. All new presentations are via his website 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 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

Jack Stocken has set up a new bridgecast where he takes you through interesting daily hands to help improve your bridge. Jack is a well known Yorkshire bridge player and teacher. There are two options intermediate and advanced both costing £9.50 per month or you can subscribe to both for £14.50. Click here to link to Jack's weblink.  You can also register to access four free mini lessons on doubles via Free videos


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!

28th July 2021
Guided Session on Real Bridge
Aimed at less experienced players. Will not earn master points or NGS but will be eligible for EBU magazine points. For more information contact
 RealBridge Login
29th July 2021
Duplicate Pairs on Real Bridge
Contact to confirm participation.
30th July 2021
On line Zoom tutorial followed by supervised play
2nd August 2021
BBO Duplicate Pairs
Reopening trial pairs
Director: Tony
Scorer: Ian
Duplicate Pairs on BBO Swiss Pairs
Scorer: Oliver Cowan
Duplicate Pairs on Real Bridge
Scorer: Shiona Dawson
Guided Session on Real Bridge
Scorer: Les Rothnie..
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
Scorer: Oliver Cowan