Free bridge evening to mark Sudbury's 40th anniversary

Sudbury contract bridge club is holding a 40th birthday party on Friday 5 July when there will be snacks, refreshments, wine - and free bridge. And everyone is welcome.

The evening gets underway at 7pm at Sudbury AFC, Kings Marsh Stadium in Brundon Lane (off Bulmer Road, Sudbury). CO10 7HN


Bury St Edmunds bridge club is hosting a heat of the Bill Hughes Sims Pairs on 27 June (7pm).

This is an international event with more than 50% of the entry fees returned as prizes and trophies. Booklets are given to competitors with a commentary by a top player.

The club meets at Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2PJ. Visitors are welcome and the cost will be £5.

Fifty two pairs took part in the Clare Swiss Pairs at the weekend. The event was won by Alison Lloyd & Simon Stokes (centre) from Cambs & Hunts. David & Jenny Price (right) were runners-up ahead of Chris Hollingsworth & Gerry Ford (left) in third. Click on CLARE to see all the scores.

Andy Higginson & Chris Kennedy from Colchester bridge club were the comfortable winners of the Suffolk birdge lunch at Elmswell on Wednesday.

The event attracted 24 pairs, the largest turn out since the county starting organising bridge lunches, and included a number of players who do not usually play in Suffolk events.

An enjoyable two course lunch with wine served as an appetiser to the bridge that followed. To see all the scores click on LUNCH

Congratulations to Frinton Bridge Club on their 50th Anniversary.  The occasion was celebrated by about 50 current and former members with a lunch at Frinton Golf Club, followed by a bridge session.  It was fitting that the bridge was won by one of the founder-members, Tony Haig-Thomas (playing with his brother, David). Results are HERE.
NEW SUFFOLK MEMBER Dovercourt Bridge Club which recently affiliated to the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association.



A team from Ipswich & Kesgrave performed with great credit at the weekend in the regional finals of the Garden Cities Trophy, the EBU's inter county teams of eight competition.

The eight players - Peter Gemmell, Chris Chambers, Maria Allnutt, Debby Sutcliffe, Peter Sutcliffe, Chris Green, Malcolm Pryor and Karen Pryor - finished a very close up third behind teams from Warwick and Cambridge bridge clubs.

Unfortunately only two teams from each of the four regional finals make it through to the final of the competition. To see the results, click on GARDEN

Mike O'Reilly is stepping down from the Suffolk bridge committee after many years as a member. He was presented with something suitably refreshing as way of a thank you by Chris Rickard, the county's competitions secretary, following a recent meeting of the committee.

Hertfordshire has released details of its popular green pointed congress next July.

The two day event will be on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July at the usual venue - Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, Ware SG12 0UQ.

For all the details click on HERTS. To enter on line, click PAIRS (Saturday) and/or TEAMS (Sunday)


When Suffolk captain Rick Hanley and his partner missed a slam, he decided to email US expert Marty Bergen and - for $1 a minute - seek his opinion.

How did he rate my bidding?

Within a couple of hours, I discovered the answer.

He didn't rate it all! Nor did he rate my partner's bidding as being much better.

Click on Consulting The Oracle to read more.


Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.

If you would like to publicise a forthcoming event or submit a news item for this website click Richard or Paul

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Chris Green (plus the combined brains at I & K!) unveil new web feature 

A new monthly column which aims to help a wide range of players bid hands of varying complexity is being produced for this website by Chris Green.

In addition to playing for Suffolk, Chris runs teaching courses in the Ipswich area and he will seek out the top brains of regular players at the Ipswich & Kesgrave club to help him with The Auction.

Eight boards will be featured each month and the wonders of this website’s software means initially the answer to the bidding conundrum (and often one or more hands) will be hidden from view while players reach their own conclusions.  

The bidding system will be based on the EBU teaching course (click CONVENTION CARD): weak No-Trump, four card majors, Stayman, Transfers, 3 weak twos etc. To see this month’s hands just click on THE AUCTION

The Auction is the latest bidding/play feature on Suffolk Bridge and is intended to complement Suffolk at the Nationals by Malcolm Pryor, More or Less by Norman Less and Captain's Log by Rick Hanley.



Jubilant 2018 winners: Mike Sherer, Rick Hanley, Jeff Orton, Andre Gray


Lavenham village hall CO10 9QT

Club Teams: 12 noon start

Relaxed Teams, for less experienced players: 2.30pm start

Teams of Four, from the same club, for the Thornway Cup.

Clubs can enter more than one team.

£56 per team (includes lunch). £20 for Relaxed Teams 

To enter online click TEAMS. To download an entry form click on FOUR.

2018: Andrew & Jane Moore

SENIOR PAIRS at multiple venues


Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club IP5 1JF 2.00pm

Clare bridge club CO10 8PX 7pm

Abbeygate bridge club IP29 5LU 7pm

Same boards - merged results. Entry fee £6 per player

Click on SENIOR to enter online. Click PAIRS to download an entry form.

Three into one



Lavenham village hall  CO10 9QT - 12 noon

For many years, Suffolk Bridge has run events for Mixed Pairs, Married Pairs and Ladies' & Men's Pairs. Recently, attendance has been limited because events with restricted partnerships on a weekday evening disrupt both players' calendars and their regular partnerships.

It is now planned to amalgamate these events into one - the Suffolk Autumn Pairs - to be held on Sunday September 15 in Lavenham Village Hall. Start time will be 12.00 noon and a sandwich lunch will be provided at the interval.

Trophies or prizes will be presented to the winners in each historical category (Men, Ladies, Mixed & Married) plus a new Handicap category, providing more opportunities to win (no-one can win in two categories) and no necessity to arrange one-off partnerships.

We anticipate playing an extended session of Bridge with a relatively early finish. To enter on-line click AUTUMN. Click PAIRS to download a ‘paper’ entry form.



Pier Leisure Centre IP11 2AE

It is never too early to book your annual bridge visit to the seaside!

The 39th Suffolk Congress at Felixstowe is the county's flagship event and takes place this year on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October at the Pier Leisure Centre - and entries are already coming in.

The Championship Pairs are on Saturday, starting at 1pm. On Sunday, the Swiss Teams start at 11am, and the Relaxed Pairs for less experienced players (fewer than 2500 Masterpoints) begin at 3pm.

To enter on-line click on FELIXSTOWE


Three significant changes to the Suffolk events calendar for 2019 have been agreed by the county's bridge association.

For the first time, the Senior Pairs will be staged at multiple venues on the same day, to enable more players to take part.

The competition on Wednesday 10 July will take place in the evening at Clare (its traditional home) and Nowton Park (home of Abbeygate bridge club) and in the afternoon at Ipswich & Kesgrave.

Staging events at a geographical spread of locations was one of the suggestions made at a meeting of club representatives organised by the county last year. Another idea from that meeting has resulted in the Ladies, Mens, Mixed, Married Pairs being amalgamated into a new Suffolk Autumn Pairs on Sunday 15 September.

The SCBA has also responded to the enforced absence of club bridge for up to a fortnight over Christmas and the New Year by agreeing to stage the Bah Humbug Pairs on Sunday 29 December at Elmswell.

The new event will involve a late morning start and around 32 boards. In addition to a prize for the overall winners, there will also be a Handicap (based on NGS grades) prize - not to mention the best mince pies in Suffolk and a glass of something festive. More details in due course.


A chance remark during a recent Winter League match revealed that the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Two members of the original group who met in 1979 to restart the association - Phillip Edwards (left) and Malcolm Carey - are still active in the county today and Phillip has very kindly penned a potted history of the SCBA.

In it he also explains the geographical anomaly within the SCBA which means clubs from north east Essex are included but clubs from north Suffolk are excluded. To read more click 40thANNIVERSARY

David Willson & Simon Riley Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland

You remember playing in your Club's heat of the Suffolk Championship Pairs last October?

Pairs scoring over 50% qualified for the Semi-final played in February and the top 24 pairs there qualified for the Final in April.

And the top three in the Final were eligible to represent Suffolk in the Corwen Trophy - which was played on June 1/2 in Daventry. 

Just two pairs went to Daventry, David Willson/Simon Riley and Din Gudka/Cathy Rowland, and both finished in the top half of a very strong field. Congratulations to the four of them. Click CORWEN to see the full results, and SUFFOLK to read Malcolm Pryor's analysis

2019 AGM

The annual general meeting of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association was the best attended for years.

Forty nine people made it to Assington village hall to hear about the activities, achievements and finances of the association over the past 12 months and nearly all stayed on for bridge afterwards - won by Malcolm & Barbara Carey (click on RESULT to see all the scores).

In his chairman's report, Jeff Orton said the SCBA now had 22 affiliated clubs following the recent addition of Dovercourt bridge club. Following a break of several years, the committee held a 'very constructive' meeting with representatives of clubs and this would be repeated in July, when some non-affiliated clubs would also be invited.

He underlined the 'increasingly firm line' taken by the association against bad behaviour. A new conduct committee had examined three incidents and taken action where appropriate. He also touched on the changes to the website which appeared popular - with more than 33,000 hits so far this year - and changes to the make up of the committee.

Jacks Morcombe, the new chief Tournament Director, has joined the committee together with Paddy Lockwood. A third person will be co-opted to fill the recent vacancy of general secretary. To read his report in full, click on CHAIRMAN.

Chris Rickard, the competitions secretary, reported good attendance at most events and in response to numerous requests the starting times of some events had been brought forward to 11am or noon. Click on COMPETITIONS to read her full report and WINNERS to see who was successful in comnpetitions during the year.

Roger Tattersfield, the treasurer, reported on a 'very satisfactory' year with a surplus despite investing in long term initiatives which should benefit bridge in Suffolk. To obtain more details about the finances click on TREASURER and email Roger.


Debby & Maria win Championship Pairs for the fourth time

A nail biting finish to the final of the Suffolk Championship Pairs ended with Debby Sutcliffe and Maria Allnutt winning the event for the fourth time.

After six and a half hours of play and the result of the final board still awaited, Jane & Andrew Moore held the narrowest of leads over Debby and Maria. But when the last score was punched in via the Bridgemate the positions were reversed. Eric Newman & Mike Sherer were third, ahead of Jo Harpur and Conor Bignell.

The winners first landed the Championship Pairs back in 1991-2 and also were successful in 2011-2 and 2014-5. 

Unusally, all 24 pairs who qualified for the final back in February stood their ground and contested the final. To see all the scores, click on FINAL

 You could be forgiven for thinking this quartet has just won the lottery

Mary Moir, Tony Trathen, Lynda Tibbs and Mark Leggett have every right to smile. They were the winners of the first Relaxed Teams event at the East Anglian Bridge Weekend.The weekend, run by Suffolk in conjunction with Cambs & Hunts and Norfolk, was staged at Elmswell for the first time and the new venue appeared to be well received by competitors. The Swiss Pairs on Saturday attracted 48 entries, the Swiss Teams on Sunday saw 21 teams take part, while the Relaxed Teams, aimed at less experience players, was supported by four teams.

The Tractor Boys are very much second best to the Canaries on the soccer ground, but on the field of bridge the honours were shared between the home county and Norfolk.

Suffolk county captain Rick Hanley partnered Graham Beeton to win the Swiss pairs, just pipping the Norfolk duo of Giles Ip and Alan Oddie. In the Swiss Teams, Norfolk gained the upper hand with Paul Darby, Steve Dannell, Giles Ip and Mark Hill gaining a last board success over last year's winners - Malcolm & Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler & David Cooper.

The third placed team deserve a special mention: Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, who partnered their two talented teenage sons, Liam and Jamie.

To see all the placings and scores for the two days click on SWISS PAIRS, SWISS TEAMS or RELAXED TEAMS.

Click on PHOTOS to see more of the action.

.... and Chris Rickard has added to her collection of post-bridge-event lost property - this time a beautiful turquoise Passigatti scarf. If the owner wants it back, please email


A decent turnout of 30 pairs took part in the Mid Anglia Pairs at Woodbridge on Sunday but it is doubtful if there has been such a wide margin victory in the recent history of bridge locally as that achieved by Malcolm and Karen Pryor.

By half-time the England Seniors player and his partner enjoyed a virtually unassailable lead and far from resting on their laurels, they kept their foot firmly on the pedal to finally notch up a score of +125. IMPs - more than 50 IMPs ahead of runners-up Din Gudka and Cathy Rowland. Suffolk captain Rick Hanley and Andre Gray were third.

With a reasonable turnout of county players, not to mention England youngsters Liam and Jamie Fegarty who partnered their parents, Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, the annual renewal of the Mid Anglia appeared to be up to strength.

To see the full results click on MID ANGLIA. For a flavour of the day, click on PHOTO GALLERY.


GOOD MANNERS: Is it too much to ask?

Loosely interpreted, the EBUs 'Best Behaviour at Bridge' owes much to Manners Makyth Man, the motto of William of Wykeham - and Winchester College and New College, Oxford - both of which he founded in the 14th Century.

Indeed, the EBUs CODE, which asks players to be pleasant to each other and the director, might be better named Best Manners at Bridge.

The Suffolk bridge committee is taking a particularly strong line on 'bad behaviour/manners' and cracking down on anyone found to be in breach of the code. As with most counties, the culprits in Suffolk can be counted on the fingers of one hand - but that is a handful too many.

To highlight the issue, this website is running a series of cartoon strips devised by Peter Bushby (see below), and an article (click on 2½ No Trumps) by Glyn Button, the chairman of Framlingham bridge club, whose regular blog has delighted so many readers.

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To see older items please click on NEWS ARCHIVE


Lady Luck plays her part in bridge, Norman had it in spades -   literally - when reaching a slam at Stowmarket.

Click on MoreOrLess to find out more. If you play an unusual or interesting hand at your club, Norman would love to hear about it. Just email him at Hand of the Week


In his own inimitable style, Glyn Button ponders the origin of bridge players: Nature or Nurture?

Click on 2½NoTrumps, the antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, to read more. 


Four teams progressed from last December's Championship Teams event, competing in a knockout format for the right to represent Suffolk in the national Pachabo Cup. Rick Hanley,with Peter Sutcliffe and Malcolm & Karen Pryor, qualified for the national event which was won by a very strong team from Manchester. Click the title of this item for the local knockout results and HERE for the Pachabo Cup results.


Suffolk's 'A' team started the 2019-20 Eastern Counties League in fine style by beating Hertfordshire 14-6 on Sunday.

The 'B' and 'C' teams did not fare so well, losing 14-6 and 17-3 respectively.

To see all the results and scores, click on COUNTY

The EBU has offered some guidance on ensuring the 'security' of duplimated boards at clubs, which has been endorsed by the SCBA. To read more please click on SECURITY
Bridge with Lunch
AGM Pairs
Suffolk v Herts (h)
Championship Pairs Final
Suffolk v Norfolk
Relaxed Teams
EABW Swiss Teams
EABW Swiss Pairs
Championship Pairs Semi Final - Top 24 Qualify
Mid Anglia Pairs
Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts
Suffolk v Essex
Suffolk Championship Teams Rnd 1
Suffolk Champs Teams Rnd 2
Suffolk Sims Pairs 2019
Club Teams of 8 Championship
Felixstowe Congress Swiss Teams
Felixstowe Congress Really Easy Pairs
Felixstowe Congress Pairs Qualifying
Sun 30th Jun 2019
Club Teams of Four
12.00 noon
Sun 30th Jun 2019
Relaxed Teams
Lavenham 2.30 pm
Wed 10th Jul 2019
Seniors Pairs
Kesgrave 2.00pm
Wed 10th Jul 2019
Seniors Pairs
Clare & Abbeygate 7.00pm
Sun 18th Aug 2019
Suffolk v Northants (h)
Elmswell 2.00pm
Sun 8th Sep 2019
Suffolk v Essex (a)
Sun 15th Sep 2019
Suffolk Autumn Pairs
12.00 noon
Sat 5th Oct 2019
Open Pairs
Felixstowe 1.00pm
Sun 6th Oct 2019
Swiss Teams
Felixstowe 11.00am
Sun 6th Oct 2019
Relaxed Pairs
Felixstowe 3.00pm
Sun 13th Oct 2019
Suffolk v Norfolk (a)
Sun 27th Oct 2019
Stansfield Handicap Pairs
Stansfield 11.00am
Sun 10th Nov 2019
Club Teams of Eight
Colchester 2.00pm
Sun 8th Dec 2019
Suffolk Championship Teams
Nayland 11.00am
Sun 29th Dec 2019
"Bah Humbug" Pairs
Elmswell 11.00am
Sun 12th Jan 2020
Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts (h)
Elmswell 2.00pm
Sun 2nd Feb 2020
Suffolk v Cambridge University (a)
Sun 9th Feb 2020
Suffolk v Bedfordshire (a)