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Entries are being invited for the Suffolk Club Teams of 8, with the winners qualifying for the national Garden Cities competition.

For the second year running, the event will be online, hosted by BBO. Because conventional teams of eight movements are not available, clubs will divide each team of eight into two teams of four, who each a play a head to head match over 32 boards.

To enter online click TEAMSof8. To see regulations for the event click QUALIFIER. Entries close on 1 December.


Here is another masterclass from Andrew Robson for you to enjoy - at Lavenham Village Hall on Friday 4 February 2022.

Click Robson for full details.


With an increasing number of clubs and counties staging events on RealBridge, which has built in video and sound, click on PLAYER GUIDE to see how the online platform works.


Researchers at the University of Stirling are conducting focus groups with people aged 18 to 35 who have never played bridge (or at least not in the past five years). 

Participants will be invited to share their experiences of sports and related activities to test different ‘ideal types’ of bridge players – socialiser, competitor, self-improver, mind-gamer. The focus groups are fun and interactive and take approximately an hour to complete. If you have friends or family members that fit the profile, please encourage them to join the study. Findings will be used to develop a marketing strategy for bridge. To register interest, email:   


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


Chris Green and Jacks Morcombe are offering a host of new learning opportunities for beginneers and improvers this autumn - including a free online 'fast track' course starting next month and one hour seminars aimed at plugging knowledge gaps.

For all the details click JACKSandCHRIS

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Gary Rogerson & Chris Green (top). Malcolm Pryor & Peter Sutcliffe.

Ipswich in NICKO shoot out

A team representing Ipswich & Kesgrave has reached the final of the National Inter Club Knock Out (NICKO).

Despite being 14 IMPs adrift at half-time in their semi-final clash against a Young Chelsea team, they turned it round in the second half to win by 13 IMPs.

With Chris Chambers unavailable, Gary Rogerson was drafted in as his replacement to partner Chris Green, while Malcolm Pryor partnered Peter Sutcliffe.

In the final, I & K will meet a team from Brunton BC, based in Gosforth. It is the first time a team from a Suffolk club has reached the NICKO final.

  As is often the case in team matches, it is the contested part-scores rather than 'big' hands which determine the outcome. Chris Green analyses a key board - and turning point - in their match. Click on NICKO to read more.


Suffolk clubs are being invited to host a qualifying heat for the Championship Pairs by the end of the year - either Face2Face or online.

The annual competition is being run by Helen Mason and Jo Harpur and clubs have the choice of restricting heats to members or allowing visitors to take part.

Heats have to be played in October, November or December and anyone with a score of 50% or more can play in the semi-final on 6 February. For all the details of the qualifying events click on CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

Helen Mason & David Mathews posted an excellent performance for the 'B' team

County's 'B' team excels - again

Suffolk played Cambs & Hunts at the weekend and the end result was a familiar story with the 'B' team excelling while the 'A' and 'C' teams were on the wrong end of tough matches.

The 'B' team has now won its last four matches and with two matches remaining this season - against bottom placed Beadfordshire and top of the table Hertfordshire - there is much to play for.

To see all the scores and individual performances click on RESULT

Click on REPORT to read county captain Rick Hanley's reflections on the match


The quality of the largerst field to contest the Suffolk Congress Pairs for years was underlined by victory going to Nevena Senior, one of England's top lady internationals, partnered by Stephen Fordham.

The country's flagship event attracted 37 tables for the opening Pairs day, about a third more than normal, with competitors coming from far and wide, including Ireland and Scotland.

Carol Smith from Aldeburgh, partnered by Jaak Kand, fared best of the local players in fifth spot in the final, followed closely by David Morran and Jeff Orton in sixth.

The Consolation final went to Fowzi Baroukh & Joe Eskinazi while Suffolk pair Pauline & Con Hanson won the Open final. All the results are available in the right hand column.




SCBA fully supports the regulations updated and published by the EBU earlier this year entitled “Best Behaviour at Bridge”. These regulations apply to all events run by SCBA and by EBU, and to all events run by affiliated clubs. You can find the details by clicking on BEST BEHAVIOUR

The first two sentences of the regulations show their intent well: Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment.

SCBA members are requested to call the Director to deal with any breaches which are spoiling their enjoyment of the game. The regulations apply to on-line games as well as Face to Face.


And it was a similar story on Sunday, when a team headed by England international Jason Hackett won the Swiss Teams with a winning margin equivalent to more than a match.

However, the Suffolk quartet of Caroline Gemmell & Mark Honess and Andre Gray & John Pearson finished an excellent second.

The Ascenders Prize was won by Julie & Ian Grant and Malcolm Burch & Jacqui Bellinger.

Jason Hackett & John Sansom


and Nick Stevens & Clive Owen



Never played bridge on-line - and intimidated by what's involved? Don't be!

An A-B-C guide to playing bridge at BridgeBaseOnline (BBO) which covers the most basic points - how to get started, how to join a game - has been created for Suffolk Bridge by Peter Bushby, and even includes some very fancy film clips.

The big advantage of playing on BBO is that you can partner a real person (for example, your regular partner) - rather than a robot - and it can be free.

Don't feel left out...just click on HOW TO PLAY BRIDGE ON LINE.

In addition to the basics, the comprehensive guide also shows how you can enter Suffolk's regular Sunday evening duplicate, how to play a match between two teams of four, and much more besides.

The EBU has also produced a guide on how to play on BBO. Click on EBU to see.


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The draw for the Suffolk championship teams has been made and can be seen by clicking on DRAW.

More details to follow in due course...


The latest on line league for teams of 4 is underway, with 24 teams playing in five divisions.Results will be available by clicking on AUTUMN. Final results from Season 8 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULTS

Seven ‘Seasons.’ Five divisions of five or six teams. More than 350 matches. The Suffolk On-Line Teams League has now been going for over a year…And who were the winners? Click SOTL to find out.


The regular Online Suffolk Sunday Pairs is back after a summer break - every Sunday evening except when other County or Club flagship events are played. See Calendar below.

Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Congress Swiss Teams
Suffolk Congress Pairs Qualifier
Suffolk Congress Consolation Final
Suffolk Congress Open Final
Suffolk Congress Pairs Final
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Autumn Pairs
ECL Home v Essex
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
ECL Away v Northants
Sun 5th Dec 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Christine Cooke
Sun 12th Dec 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Paddy Lockwood
Sun 19th Dec 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Jacks Morcombe
Wed 29th Dec 2021
"Bah Humbug"
Sun 9th Jan 2022
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
BBO 7pm
Director: Jo Harpur
Sun 9th Jan 2022
ECL Home v Beds
Sun 30th Jan 2022
Bury Swiss Pairs
Sun 6th Feb 2022
Championship Pairs Semi-final
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 13th Feb 2022
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
BBO 7pm
Sun 13th Feb 2022
ECL Away v Herts
Sun 6th Mar 2022
Club Teams of Four
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 27th Mar 2022
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 10th Apr 2022
Championship Pairs Final
Nayland 11 am
Sun 8th May 2022
Clare Swiss Pairs
Lavenham 11 am
Sun 15th May 2022
AGM Pairs
following AGM
Sat 21st May 2022
EABW Swiss Pairs
RealBridge 11am
Sun 22nd May 2022
EABW Swiss Teams
RealBridge 11am
Wed 8th Jun 2022
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 1 pm
Sun 19th Jun 2022
Mid Anglia Pairs
Woodbridge 11 am
Sun 11th Sep 2022
Autumn Pairs
Lavenham 11 am