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The annual Suffolk simultaneous pairs will take place on November 22, 25 and 26 - and this year our new World Senior Silver Medallist Malcolm Pryor will be writing the boards commentary. Last year 138 pairs took part across nine clubs. 

Five clubs have already signed up for this year's renewal. Clacton (Fri 22nd); Abbeygate, Clare Woodbridge (all Mon 25th); Stansfield (Tues 26thand we hope to confirm the participation of Ipswich Hospitals; Framlingham; Deben and Hadleigh very soon.

If your club isn't participating this year feel free to ask a club that is whether you can play as a visitor.

You can only play once as the same hands are used each night with results only published on Tuesday evening.

Chris Chambers was a member of a team which did particularly well at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.

Malcolm reports on a slam hand in the final match which helped to determine the finishing positions. To read more, click on Suffolk@TheNationals


Suffolk travelled to Barleylands to take on Essex at the weekend and, unusually, two of the three matches ended in 10-10 draws.

The A team held a solid lead with the final eight board session to go but the hosts staged a comeback to prevail 12-8. Both the B and C teams tied their games.

To see all the results, click on Suffolk v Essex


Chris Green and his panel of county players have produced the September set of hands for The Auction - and they include some tough ones.

Just click on THE AUCTION and you will see the East and West hands for eight boards. Work out how you would bid a hand, then click on Show Answer.


Don't you just wish sometimes that you could play a hand again?

Well, you can...thanks to the wonders of Bridgewebs.

The 'Play It Again' feature is not that well known, but easy to use.

On your club website (or this one) just go to Results, click on any pairing and you will see below the hand 'Play It Again' (arrowed)

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Norman delves into a devious play during a hand at Stowmarket bridge club. 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

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

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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Competitions around the county to suit all tastes over the coming months...



Stansfield village hall, CO10 8LW

Most bridge competitions are won by the best players, with the rest making up the numbers. But that is not the case with the Stansfield Handicap Pairs where players are handicapped according to their abiulity, so every pair has an equal chance of success. Handicaps are based on the EBUs NGS ratings.

ROAD CLOSURE: A road in Stansfield is closed for repairs. If you are travelleing from the Bury St Edmunds direction click on MAP for an alternative route.

Please allow extra time for journey and arrive by 10.45am

The entry fee is £15 per pair. Prizemoney totals £300. Please bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

Enter online by clicking STANSFIELD HANDICAP PAIRS

Maximum field 17 tables. Entries so far 16½ tables!

2018 winners: I&K



Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester CO4 9SR

Entry fee £112 per team. Includes an excellent tea

Click on TEAMS OF EIGHT to enter online or ENTRY to download and post a paper entry.

The venue has a capacity of 24 tables and we now have entries from 12 different clubs. The entry list is therefore now closed but if any further teams wish to be put on a waiting list would they please contact the Competitions Secretary, Chris Rickard.



Nayland village hall - CO6 4JH

Stage 1 is played by all competing teams. Stage 2 is played in two sections; the top half from stage 1 play for four semi-final places, the lower half play for the Plate.

Semi-finals and finals played by mid-Feb and end-April 2020 respectively.

Entry £60 per team; includes tea.

Enter online by clicking TEAMS or to download and post paper form click FOUR


SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER - 11am start

Blackbourne centre, Elmswell IP30 9UH

Christmas and the New Year tends to play havoc with club bridge timetables - last year some clubs were closed for two weeks - so this festive cracker aims to fill the gap.

Around 30 boards, starting and finishing at convenient times. A free sausage roll, mince pie (said to be the best in Suffolk!) and glass of wine. Entry fee £12.50 per player.

To enter online click BAH HUMBUG or to download and post a paper entry click FESTIVE

2019 winners: Malcolm & Karen Pryor


SUNDAY 19 JANUARY - 11am start

Community Hall, Station Rd,

Woodbridge IP12 4AU

A two session, Blue pointed event scoredf by IMPs. Tea/coffee provfided, but not lunch

Entry: £12. enter online by clicking MID ANGLIA or to download and post entry click WOODBRIDGE

SUFFOLK v NORFOLK - You couldn't make it up!

Suffolk came out on top against Norfolk in the annual local derby on Sunday, during an afternoon not without drama.

The A team halved 10-10, the B team enjoyed a thumping 18-2 victory, while the C team prevailed by 14-6.

The C team's success was unusual. With play due to start at 2pm, one of the C team pairs found themselves in Elmswell (where home matches are played) blissfully unaware that the match was taking place at Wymondham, just south of Norwich.

With no other players around and a party being set up in the room where they expected to play bridge, they realised their mistake and set off for Norfolk...except, for reasons best known to themselves, they started driving east towards Ipswich.

All of which meant they arrived more than an hour late and the rules stated that the entire C team should be penalised 3 IMPs for each of the eight boards in the first set, which the pair had missed. By the end of the second set the C team was even further in arrears and the position appeared hopeless.

However, following a half time break for tea - rated the best on the county circuit - the miracle of all miracles took place and the C team played way beyond themselves to run out convincing winners, much to the relief of the late pair...who shall remain anonymous (they hope!)

To see all the results, X-Imps etc click on NORFOLK


Online bridge from the comfort of your home on two Sunday evenings - 20 October and 3 November - starting at 7pm

Playing bridge online is a fun way to improve your game, whether it be at Pairs or Teams and Peter Bushby is organising two events on Sundays in the near future.

 It's free

Peter will help players through any learning curve using Bridge Base Online and will act as Partner Broker

There will be two groups: experienced and improvers

It is easy look back at how everyone did on each board: card by card; bid by bid

Click on 20 October to play on that date and/or 3 November to play then


Suffolk players enjoy clean sweep

For the first time in many years, home players won all the main prizes on the opening day of the Felixstowe Congress.

Leading the way at Suffolk's flagship event were Paul Maclachlan & Dave Allen (above) who won the Championship Pairs Final.

The pair, who are regulars at Stansfield and Clare, led for much of the way but saw their advantage whittled away only to just nudge back in front on the final board.

The opening Pairs qualifier, won for the second year running by David Willson & Simon Riley, resulted in the top 16 pairs playing in the Final: the next 16 contested the Consolation Final - won by county captain Rick Hanley & Graham Beeton - and the remaining 22 pairs played in the Open Pairs, won by Eric Newman & Diane Whitley. The non-expert prize went to Russell Tenzer & Gary Diamond, the overall winners 12 months ago.

To see all the results, scroll down the right hand column and click on the relevant event.

Graham Beeton & Rick Hanley Eric Newman & Diane Whitley Russell Tenzer & Gary Diamond

The Swiss Teams on Sunday attracted 25 teams and the winners were Richard Sissons & Jenny Kendall from Kent, making their first appearance at Felixstowe, who teamed up with Brian & Valerie Barrett from Norfolk. The best placed Suffolk players were Roger & Jill Tattersfield who finished third with team mates Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy.

Meanwhile, in the Relaxed Pairs Tony Trathen & Mary Moir stormed away from their rivals with a 69.84% winning score.

Richard Sissons & Jenny Kendall and Valerie & Brian Barrett Tony Trathen & Mary Moir

The photograph of a car marooned in the sea at Felixstowe was too good an opportunity to miss when it came to promoting this year's congress at the seaside venue.

'Get to Felixstowe the easy way' we said, urging players to book online...never thinking that water might actually scupper their chances of playing.

That was before the heavens opened on Sunday morning and the resulting downpour led to flooding all along Undercliff Road West leading to the Lesiure Centre where the Congress was taking place.

As the flooding levels crept higher and higher around breakfast time, covering the pavements, locals were speculating it might even flood the centre.

Fortunately the rain stopped in time; the torrent of rain slowly drained away and all was well....just!


England's Senior team - including Suffolk player Malcolm Pryor - lost out to Denmark in the final of the d'Orsi trophy by 194-167.

With one stanza to go, England had narrowed the gap to just 9 IMPs, but the Scandinavian side enjoyed the better of the final set of boards.

However, a silver medal represents an excellent performance. The Ladies won their play off with Netherlands to gain bronze in the Venice Cup, while the Mixed team lost out to Romania. In the Bermuda Bowl, Poland beat the Netherlands

To see all the results click on CHINA.


New format well supported

The Suffolk Autumn Pairs, incorporating the Mens, Married, Ladies & Mixed Pairs of old, was staged for the first time at Lavenham on Sunday and attracted 17 tables.

The overall (and Mixed Pairs) winners were Dave Walker & Sue Smith (top photo). The other winners were Norbert Voelker & Mike Sherer (Mens), Jo Harpur & Helen Mason (Ladies) David & Jenny Price (Married) while a new Handicap prize went to Tim Evans & Marion Berry (bottom photo, with Suffolk competitions organiser, Chris Rickard)


Local club director training courses available

Every sport and game needs someone to run the event, whether it be an umpire, referee - or director.

A well run bridge session adds to everyone's enjoyment. One that is poorly run...well, let's not go there!

In a bid to guarantee the former and eliminate the latter, the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association is offering affiliated and non-affiliated clubs some local courses on directing.

The courses are one day only and designed for small groups. They can be tailored to specific requirements, such as:

  • club director training - the basics
  • refresher course for existing directors
  • scorer training: EBU Score/Score Bridge/Bridgemates/Arc scorer
  • the Laws of Duplicate bridge - a presentation for players

The club director training is very much aimed at allowing participants to support their local club. It is not a replacement for a full (four day) EBU directors course. The cost is £20 per person for affiliated clubs, £40 for non-affiliated clubs.

For more details, contact Jacks Morcombe, Suffolk's chief tournament director, or Peter Bushby by clicking on DIRECTOR PLEASE


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


Glynn Button, on his search for immortality via a bridge convention - preferably invented by someone else which he can 'borrow'.

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


Norman reflects on the most bizarre hand from the two day Suffolk Congress at Felixstowe. Click on MoreOrLess to read more.


Can you emulate Debby & Maria?

Qualifying heats for the 2019-20 Suffolk Championship Pairs are taking place at most clubs this month.

You can play in the heat without attemptying to qualify but if you wish to attempt to qualify you must notify the director before play commences.

All players attempting to qualify must be bona fide members of the club and have primary allegiance to Suffolk. A score of 50% or more will qualfiy a pair for the semi-finals at Elmswell on Friday 14 February. The final takes place at Nayland on 5 April.

For all the details about the competiton, won last year by Debby Sutcliffe & Maria Allnutt,  click on CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

If you qualify for the semi-finals click on SEMI-FINAL to enter the next stage.

Norfolk vs Suffolk Overall
Felixstowe Congress Relaxed Pairs
Felixstowe Congress Swiss Teams
Felixstowe Congress Pairs Qualifying
Felixstowe Congress Championship Pairs Final
Felixstowe Congress Consolation Final
Felixstowe Congress Open Pairs
Suffolk Autumn Pairs
Suffolk vs Northhants
Seniors Pairs
Relaxed Teams
Club Teams of Four
Bridge with Lunch
AGM Pairs
Suffolk v Herts (h)
Championship Pairs Final
Suffolk v Norfolk
Relaxed Teams
EABW Swiss Teams
EABW Swiss Pairs
Sun 27th Oct 2019
Stansfield Handicap Pairs
Stansfield - CO10 8LW 11.00am
Sun 3rd Nov 2019
Online bridge on BBO
See story in middle column 7pm
Sun 10th Nov 2019
Club Teams of Eight
Colchester 2.00pm
Fri 22nd Nov 2019
to Tuesday 26th: Suffolk Sims
Sun 8th Dec 2019
Suffolk Championship Teams
Nayland 11.00am
Sun 29th Dec 2019
Elmswell 11.00am
Thu 9th Jan 2020
Suffolk Championship Pairs Open Heat
Kesgrave - IP5 1JF 7pm
Sun 12th Jan 2020
Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts (h)
Elmswell - IP30 9UH 2.00pm
Sun 19th Jan 2020
Mid Anglia Pairs
Woodbridge - IP12 4AU 11am
Sun 26th Jan 2020
Bury St Edmunds Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 11am
Sun 2nd Feb 2020
Suffolk v Cambridge University (a)
Sun 9th Feb 2020
Suffolk v Bedfordshire (a)
Fri 14th Feb 2020
Suffolk Championship Pairs semi-final
Elmswell - IP30 9UH 7pm
Sat 15th Feb 2020
Tollemache Cup final
see EBU website
Sun 16th Feb 2020
Tollemache Cup final
Sat 7th Mar 2020
East Anglian Bridge Weekend - Swiss Pairs
Elmswell - IP30 9UH 1pm
Sun 8th Mar 2020
East Anglian Bridge Weekend - Swiss Teams
Elmswell - IP30 9UH 11am
Sun 8th Mar 2020
East Anglian Bridge Weekend - Relaxed Teams
Elmswell - IP30 9UH 3pm
Fri 13th Mar 2020
Norfolk Congress
see Norfolk CBA website
Sat 14th Mar 2020
Norfolk Congress