Paul Whetton has been appointed Suffolk captain elect and is using his new role to offer a series of articles aimed at players who represent the county, or aspire to do so - but should help us all improve our game.

Paul's aim is to raise the level of performance by Suffolk players and he explains the thinking behind his approach in his first article. Click on BAR to read it.

All Paul's columns are available by clicking on Raising the Bar in the menu below. The latest one is entitled Hand Evaluation.


Rick Hanley is standing down as Suffolk captain at the end of the current Eastern Counties League season. As announced previously, he will be succeeded by Paul Whetton.

Despite have a small pool of players to call on compared to other counties, and with some top Suffolk players choosing not to represent the county, his tenure has been marked by an overall improvement in results, notably by the B and C teams.

Richard Evans, chairman of Suffolk bridge, said: "Rick has been an excellent captain whose enthusiasm, leadership and ideas have inspired the county squad and underpinned its improved performance. He has also shown great courage at a time when he has not enjoyed good health."


Rick (L) & Paul (R)


The second Suffolk golf bridge day attracted 20 players at Aldeburgh recently and the hope is to make this a regular annual event at one of the country's top courses.

18 holes of golf, lunch, 18 boards of bridge and a clever scoring algorithm produced an overall winner - John Skinner & Guy Lesser. The golf was won by Paul MacLachlan & Duncan Smith while Nick Farr & Derek Brinkley topped the bridge scores.

The event will take place next year on Monday 21 October 2024 (9am start)


Bridge lunch has its own VAR moment

Sheila & Peter, top of the Handicap, and Richard & Mary, overall winners

And the winners are...

Except they weren't.

After the results for the last board of the Suffolk Bridge Lunch were punched into the Bridgemate, Gerry Ford and Jan Havard-Davies topped the score on the computer and were duly fêted as the winners.

However, the technology had not collected all the results and, after checking, the computer had a change of heart and Richard & Mary Evans came first - with Sheila Barnes & Peter Routley topping the Handicap.

Frankly, the results were secondary to a wonderful lunch prepared by Gerry and his daughter, Emily, while Suffolk Bridge provided the 22 pairs with a free glass of wine.

To see all the results click on LUNCH


Marc Chawner, a top Essex player, has produced a sequel to his popular compilation of no-trump hands and how to play them (scroll down this column to see) - and kindly offered them to players in Suffolk.

To read, click on SUIT PLAY BY DECLARER, and  BBO, to see how BBO robots played the hands (clever!) To complete the trilogy, Marc has produced a comprehensive article on defence. Click on DEFENCE to read.

There is plenty for players of all abilities in the above. Thanks once again to Marc.


 The format for this year's competition is as follows:

1. Heats to be held in Clubs during October/November. The heats will be F2F. There will be an online open heat in January 2024 for anyone who has missed their club heat.

2. All players who achieve 50% or more in a heat will be eligible to take part in the Final at Elmswell (IP30 9UH) on Sunday April 21, 2024.

3. Players may attempt qualification once - please ask players before play starts if they wish to attempt qualification.

4. Any out-of-county players who achieve more than 50% in a heat will not be eligible to play in the Final since the top three pairs in the Final will be invited to represent Suffolk in the Corwen Trophy to be held F2F on June 1/2, 2024.


The Autumn Festival, which attracted 14 tables at Elmswell on Sunday, is an amalgam of several smaller events which used to fill the calendar, but all the trophies remain - and there is even an extra one.

The prize winners were: Rod & Sue Oakford (Festival winners), Simon Riley & Jaroslaw Grochowski (Mens Pairs) Jan Wynne & Gill Newton (Ladies Pairs), Alaric & Dorothy Cundy (Veterans) Tim Evans & Chris Park (top of the Handicap).


Suffolk bridge is offering an unprecedented number of venues and sessions where players new to bridge can learn the game or improve their skills this autumn. Click on LEARN to see the range of courses and sessions on offer across the county.

If you - or a friend - is interested in attending any of the courses and requires more information click on ENQUIRIES and let us have your details.


Rod & Sue Oakford, who play for Cambs & Hunts and live in Lowestoft, won the Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs on Sunday.

They finished ahead of Andre Gray & David Willson, with Paul & Wendy Lefort in third.  22 pairs took part.

To see all the results click on MIDANGLIA


No trump contracts are like Marmite. You either love or hate them.

Players who fall into the latter (not to mention former) category might just wish to have a look at a fascinating article packed with loads of different hands produced by Marc Chawner, one of Essex’s very best players, on their county website. It kicks off with some relatively straight forward examples before featuring some crackers which will test the best.

Click on NO TRUMPS to read.


If you have friends who would like to learn bridge but are not sure how to go about it or where to go, ask them to email learnbridge@suffolkbridge.co.uk

To find a teacher in your area click on BRIDGE TEACHERS


With more clubs opening their doors, and some also offering teaching and learn & play classes, click on BRIDGE IN SUFFOLK to find out what is available.

While every attempt has been made to ensure the information is accurate, please let us know of any omissions or corrections by clicking EmailSuffolk



It's been long overdue, but Suffolk Bridge now has its own Facebook  page.

The social networking site offers another way to advertise events and, in particullar, to reach non-bridge players who might be interested in learning the game.

To find the page, go to Facebook and search for Suffolk Bridge.


Suffolk Bridge now has a dedicated website for archive mateiral collected over more than 40 years, including winners of the county's main competitions.

Many thanks to Jill Tattersfield for compiling all the material and to Peter Bushby for makiing it publicly available by setting up the website. Click on ARCHIVE to see everything.


Paul Rickard and Tony Pearson 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 Paul or Tony

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Clare Bridge Club Swiss Pairs
Sunday 5th May at 10:45 for 11am, Lavenham Village Hall
This is a blue pointed event and will be directed by Rob Richardson.
The cost is £17.50 per player, and includes a delicious sandwich lunch.
To enter, please apply (preferably) online by completing this form. Payment is by BACS or by post. The postal address for payments is Clare Bridge Club 29A Friars St. Sudbury CO10 2AA.


The entry form for the Suffolk Club Teams of 4 is now live, click on the link below.

This event matches club against club and each club may enter multiple teams. Each team must consist of four players.

Where and When:

Blackbourne Community Centre, Elmswell IP30 9UH

Sunday 24th of March 10:45 for 11:00 am.

Tea and coffee will be available on the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Please contact the event manager Tim Evans for more details on 07785 973803

To enter, click on Teams of FourEntry fee is £20 per team.


Norfolk Congress
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2024
Once again there's something for everyone at this year's Norfolk Congress; on Saturday there's Swiss Pairs along with a Really Easy competition for those less experienced players.  On Sunday it's Swiss Teams. 
The Swiss events, dependant on numbers, will have multiple prizes in all sorts of categories so, if you play well on the day, there's a good chance you will leave with some of the accolades, not to mention the admiration of your fellow players. 
Please click on Congress to go to the Norfolk County website for full details


The next 9-High Pairs event is being held at Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester (CO4 9SR) on Sunday April 7.

This is for players with an NGS grade of 9 or below.

Don't know your NGS grade? Just  click HERE and type your name in the Search box.

Please be seated by 1.45pm for start of play at 2.00pm and we expect to finish around 6.00pm.

We will have a mid-session break when nibbles and a glass of wine will be provided on the house.

Click ENTRY for the entry form (also in the Menu on the left) - the entry fee is £10/head.

NGS grades will be checked on April 4 and any entrants who have progressed to NGS 10 will be advised and their entry fee returned.


Compete in your regular club duplicate to earn a place in the National Pairs Regional Final on 24th March. Any pair that scores over 55% in a club game between 4th February and 17th February will be entitled to enter in the Regional Final.

Click on National Pairs for more information

Obviously you can't compete in this competition if you are playing in the Teams of Four event at Elmswell!

Debbie and Martin Patsi and Joan

24 Pairs competed in the "Bah Humbug" - the SCBA traditional event between Christmas and New Year. Overall winners were Debbie and Martin Burwood from Dovercourt Bridge Club. The Handicap winners were Patsi Barnes and Joan Watson from Bury Bridge Club. Overall results can be seen here.

Well done to them all !


Woodbridge won the Suffolk Club Teams of 8 for the second year running at Colchester on Saturday - and thereby qualified to represent the county in the 2024 EBU Garden Cities Final.

Following their success 12 months ago, a bureaucratic issue prevented the club from taking their place in the national event but hopefully there will be no such problems this time round.

The Club Teams of 8 is always one of the most enjoyable events of the year, in part due to an excellent tea provided by the XVIIth Colchester Sea Scouts group.

Chris & Paul Rickard, the event managers, galvanised eight teams to take part while Rob Richardson stepped in at late notice as the director. Stansfield (pictured right) were runners-up ahead of Ipswich & Kesgrave in third. Click on EIGHT to see all the results.

Congress prize winners with Jo Harpur, the event manager
Chris & Gary first: the rest nowhere!

The impact of lockdown and online bridge has been felt particularly by county congresses around the country - but Suffolk bucked the trend on Sunday with what visitors described as an excellent turn out.

A few years back, 17 tables would have been considered something of a disappointment but in the current climate those are stellar numbers.

This year's renewal returned to the traditional format of a qualifying round with the top 16 pairs playing in the congress final and the remainder playing a consolation final.

Chris Green & Gary Rogerson put up a phenomenal performance to win the main final in a canter.

Many thanks to Jo Harpur who managed the event and did much to ensure a successful day, and Rob Sassoon, who directed the event with aplomb.

To see all the results, go to the Results column on the right and click the relevant event.

Handicap Prize:

Paul & Chris Rickard

Top qualifiers:

Rod Oakford & John Liebeschuetz

Consolation Pairs:

Mike Sherer & Jeff Orton

Suffolk Congress Pairs winners:

Chris Green & Gary Rogerson


To see older items please click on



Very sad to report that Mary Evans, founder member of Stansfield Bridge Club and wife of Suffolk Bridge Chairman, Richard, has died, aged 68.

Click MARY for the full obituary, funeral arrangements and memorial service details on the Stansfield website.


Congratulations to Simon & Jaroslaw

Click RESULTS to see all the scores.


First of all, a declarer problem for you from the match vs Norfolk on January 14.  The answer is at the end of the report.

You are North as declarer in 4H and the lead is a low spade.  In the bidding East shows at least 10 cards in the minors.  The lead was a low spade to your King, plan your play.

To read Rick Hanley's report, and the answer to the declarer's problem, click on REPORT


For family health reasons Richard Evans has stood down from his role as SCBA Chairman and from his other responsibilities on the County Committee.

Jeff Orton has taken over as Acting Chairman until the AGM in May.


The new season - it's the 16th! - of the Suffolk Online Teams League is underway, with 27 teams playing in six divisions.

Results will be available by clicking on WINTER. Final results from Season 15 (and previous seasons) can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULTS

ECL v Norfolk home
Bah Humbug
Club Teams of 8
Bridge with Lunch
Suffolk golf bridge
Suffolk Congress Pairs Qualifier
Suffolk Congress Pairs Final
Suffolk Congress Consolation Open Pairs
Suffolk Congress Pairs Qualifier - with handicaps (click tab within results to see handicaps)
ECL v Beds home
Autumn Festival
ECL v Essex home
Woodbridge MAP session 1
Woodbridge MAP session 2
Woodbridge MAP Overall
ECL v Cambs & Hunts away
AGM Pairs
Championship Pairs
Club Teams of Four
ECL away v Norfolk
Sat 2nd Mar 2024
Norfolk Congress
Wensum Valley 1.30pm
Sun 3rd Mar 2024
Norfolk Congress
Wensum Valley 11.00am
Sun 17th Mar 2024
ECL v Northants away
Online RealBridge 2.00 pm
Sun 24th Mar 2024
Club Teams of Four
Elmswell 11.00am
Sun 7th Apr 2024
NGS 9-High Pairs
Highwoods, Colchester 2.00pm
Sun 21st Apr 2024
Championship Pairs Final
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 12th May 2024
AGM Pairs
Following 2.00 pm AGM
Wed 5th Jun 2024
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 12.30 pm
Sun 23rd Jun 2024
Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs
Woodbridge 11.00 am
Sun 7th Jul 2024
ECL v Beds away
Online RealBridge 1.00 pm
Sun 28th Jul 2024
Summer Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 8th Sep 2024
Autumn Festival
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 22nd Sep 2024
ECL v Herts home
Online RealBridge 2.00 pm
Sat 5th Oct 2024
Suffolk Congress Pairs
12.00 noon
Sun 6th Oct 2024
Suffolk Congress Swiss Teams
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 13th Oct 2024
ECL v Cambs & Hunts home
Online RealBridge 2.00 pm
Mon 21st Oct 2024
Suffolk golf-bridge day
8.30 for 9.00 am
Wed 23rd Oct 2024
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 12.30 pm
Sun 27th Oct 2024
ECL v Norfolk away
Online RealBridge 1.00 pm
Sat 16th Nov 2024
Club Teams of Eight
Colchester 2.00 pm