Suffolk v Essex7-Jan-2018

Suffolk had another match they will want to forget: the 'A' Team started brightly, taking the first set decently but slumped thereafter to a 2-18 VP defeat (-76 IMPs), the 'B' Team lost 7-13 (-18). The 'C' Team thought they had secured a losing draw but a late scoring recap found an extra IMP for the opponents and they too lost, 9-11 (-4).

See the board-by-board results.

Suffolk Championship Teams3-Dec-2017

Round One qualified seven teams played to the championship Round Two, the remaining seven contested the plate.


Gudka (Dinesh Gudka & Cathy Rowland, Tony Shearman & Robert Green) won all their matches and took the Plate which was settled on the day.


Championship Round Two


As winners of Round Two, Price (Jenny Price & Rosemarie Mascall, David Price & Cleopatra Hensby) had choice of sem-final opponents and selected Barnes (Patsi Barnes & Joan Watson, Michael O'Reilly & Doc Lacey). The other semi-final is therefore Cooke (Christine Cooke & Roger Bacon, Elizabeth Knowlson & Robin Dromard) versus Orton (Jeff Orton & Rick Hanley, Peter Gemmell & Christopher Chambers).

See the full results with all team line-ups.

Suffolk v Northamptonshire26-Nov-2017

Suffolk had mixed fortunes: the 'A' Team suffered, losing 0-20 VPs (-143 IMPs), the 'B' Team won 14-6 (+27) but the 'C' Team lost, 3-17 (-61).

See the board-by-board results.

Suffolk Simultaneous Pairs22-Nov-2017

Frinton produced the winners for the third year running when Julie Menzies and David Haig-Thomas won the Suffolk Simultaneous Pairs. Prizes go to the top four pairs:

1.Julie Menzies & David Haig-ThomasFrinton70.76%
2.Kevin Fletcher & George MoodyAbbeygate70.10%
3.Simon Riley & Anne WilmerWoodbridge67.32%
4.Malcolm Kraushaar & Gordon MitchellHadleigh65.39%

145 pairs from Abbeygate, Clare, Deben, Framlingham, Frinton, Hadleigh, Ipswich Hospitals, Stansfield and Woodbridge bridge clubs took part.

See the full results including Masterpoint awards and a copy of the commentary.

Tollemache Qualifier19-Nov-2017

With the draw now known earlier in the week, Suffolk approached Saturday knowing their place in the 'Group of Death'. The draw is partially seeded as last year's eight finalists are split between the four groups but along with two seeds (holders London and Manchester), two counties who narrowly missed out last year (Cambs & Hunts, Surrey) dropped into Group A. The remainder were contenders from past eras.

With that context established Suffolk struggled and finished bottom, gaining some scalps on the way. This wasn't as bad as it looks and, as a whole, the team played in line with ratings. It's a tough game.

The county were represented by Rick Hanley (Capt.), Chris Chambers, Peter Gemmell, Eric Newman, Jeff Orton, Karen Pryor, Malcolm Pryor and Mike Sherer.

Cambs & Hunts16-141877919696
North East21359-516161480

Full results are on the EBU site (Group A).

Suffolk Club Teams-of-Eight12-Nov-2017

In an enlarged turnout, Ipswich and Kesgrave (Cathy Rowland, Din Gudka, Anne Edwards, Phillip Edwards, Maria Allnutt, Barbara Barker, Peter Gemmell and Chris Chambers) retained the Abbeygate Shield.

Ipswich & Kesgrave**1268129191517181817151
Colchester (A)1417**131201718814914136
Colchester (B)1113739**13119131999
Stratford St Mary3564341113214**56

See the results and line-ups.

The turn out was the best for many years, almost 100 Suffolk players enjoyed the Abbeygate Shield Teams of Eight. Ipswich & Kesgrave qualify to represent the County in the Garden Cities Trophy. As in recent years, an excellent tea was provided and served by the local Sea Scouts (below with players and ample provisions).

Sea Scouts at Teams-of-8

Hadleigh Bridge Club Affiliates to EBU and Suffolk3-Oct-2017

Hadleigh Bridge Club has affiliated to the EBU and becomes Suffolk's 21st club. All clubs with websites are linked from this page and details of club games and how to get in contact are on the Clubs page.

From the Hadleigh BC website:

We meet at the Hadleigh Football Club where there is easy parking including wheelchair access, for our day or evening sessions.

Mondays at 7:00pm. Duplicate bridge usually finishing between 9:30 and 10:00. The Monday evening sessions operate throughout the year, except for bank holidays.

Tuesdays at 2:00pm. Chicago bridge for about 3 hours. There is a host system so you are guaranteed a game and can just turn up. The Tuesday afternoon sessions run from September until the end of July.

New members and guests are always welcome, from novices to experienced players, for more information, please email the club at: . Please could all guests contact the club before attending to ensure that we have sufficient scoring devices. Any guest attending will be bound by our general 'flexible' rules.

On request we will run training sessions at 1:00pm on Tuesdays for novices or players wishing to improve their play or develop their bidding. A basic understanding of bridge is preferred. Please email the club for more information.

Summer and Christmas Teams events. Every Summer we hold a teams-of-four event on a Monday evening. The Gentle Trophy is awarded to the winning team of fours at our Christmas Party. Both of these events are for members only, or invited guests.

Felixstowe Congress1-Oct-2017

Another successful congress with even more people taking part over the two days. Against the run of recent years, Suffolk players dominated the teams, taking first, second, fourth and half of fifth.

Swiss Teams
1.David Willson, Simon Riley, Eric Newman, Diane Whitley95 VPs
2.Chris Green, Robert Green, Christopher Chambers, Peter Gemmell93
3.Paula Leslie, Catherine Curtis, Ingar Hansen, Paul Fegarty89
Championship Pairs
1.Graham Beeton & Ray Clarke64.38%
2.Michael Bradley & Roger Timmins60.42%
3.Catherine Curtis & Paul Fegarty57.71%
Consolation Pairs
1.Rod Oakford & Simon Barb63.33%
2.Bim Wilson & Sam Wilson57.29%
3.Roger Tattersfield & Jill Tattersfield57.08%
Open Pairs
1.John Bloomfield & Richard Evans63.89%
2.Karen Pryor & Malcolm Pryor61.62%
3.Tony Baker & Viv Mason57.41%
2017 Felixstowe Really Easy Pairs winners

Really Easy Pairs Winners Sheila Gibson and Tony Trathen (centre) with SCBA Competitions Secretary Chris Rickard (right) and their teacher Vicky Potter (left).

Really Easy Pairs (Sunday)
1.Tony Trathen & Sheila Gibson64.06%
2.Mary Deeks & Dennis Deeks58.85%
3.Jean Gaffer & Jan Turner55.47%

All in all 65 pairs competed on Saturday, 31 teams and 17 pairs on Sunday.

Use the links in the event names for the results or the Congress results summary, more photos of prize-winners in the gallery.

World Wide Bridge Contest23-Sep-2017

Cleopatra Hensby and Jenny Price in Beijing, playing in the final of the World Wide Bridge Contest.

WWBC Final

At time of writing (11:25) they are in play and the results are like on a club night, watching a screen that comes round only every few seconds in a minute. Oh, it doesn't have names on it but individual player IDs….

Jenny and Cleopatra are 69 & 70 and might be 34th. Or possibly that's some other folks. Details from the WBF site for the WWBC.

Suffolk v Norfolk17-Sep-2017

The third Eastern Counties League match of the new season was away to Norfolk. Suffolk lost all three matches; the 'A' Team narrowly, 9-11 VPs (-9 IMPs), the 'B' match 7-13 (-21) and the 'C' Team, 4-16 (-52).

See the board-by-board results.

Suffolk Men's and Ladies' Pairs13-Sep-2017

Bim Wilson & Trissa Orange won the Ladies' Pairs by the narrowest of margins from the title holders, Jane Moore & Elizabeth Tora, while Andrew Moore & David Price won the Men's Pairs by a distance.

Ladies' Pairs
1.Bim Wilson & Trissa Orange66.37%
2.Jane Moore & Elizabeth Tora65.92%
3.Helen Mason & Joan Watson52.83%
Men's Pairs
1.Andrew Moore & David Price67.36%
2.Ralph Parish & Paul Whetton57.89%
3.Paul Flavell & Conor Bignell57.14%

See the full results: Men's and Ladies'.

Winter League 2017-201821-Aug-2017

The Winter League is Suffolk's premier arrange-and-play teams event – and one of the best ways to play bridge in Suffolk.

It is competitive but friendly bridge with matches played in players' homes on dates agreed between captains. There are promotions and relegations between the divisions at the end of each season. The competition runs between October and April inclusive with each team typically playing one 24-board match a month. Squads of up to six are allowed, with (usually) only four at each match.

Contact league Secretary to register interest or ask any questions by Sunday 10th September.

Not played the Winter League before?

New teams are very welcome at all levels. If you are new to teams bridge and find the idea attractive but are somewhat fazed by facing experienced opponents the League Secretary would still like to hear from you. If there is sufficient interest new divisions can easily be created.

See Full rules and regulations.

Earlier entries…


Leagues & Knock-Outs

Eastern Counties League

Forthcoming Matches

  • Sun 18-Feb-2018 2:00pm Cambs and Hunts – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 11-Mar-2018 2:00pm Cambridge University – Away
  • Sun 22-Apr-2018 2:00pm Bedfordshire – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 20-May-2018 2:00pm Hertfordshire – Away
  • Sun 29-Jul-2018 2:00pm Norfolk – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 16-Sep-2018 2:00pm Northants – Away - Stamford BC, PE9 2RN
  • Sun 16-Dec-2018 2:00pm Essex – Home - Elmswell

Recent Results

League Cross-Table

Eastern Counties League 2017-2018
Updated 7-Jul-2017

Calendars & Brochures

'Year at a view' PDFs.

Competitions Brochure PDFs.

Forthcoming Events

  • Sun 21-Jan-2018 11:00am Mid-Anglia Pairs – Woodbridge
  • Sun 28-Jan-2018 11:00am Bury St Edmunds Swiss Pairs – Great Barton Village Hall
  • Sat 10-Feb-2018 Tollemache Cup Final – Solihull
  • Fri 16-Feb-2018 7:00pm Championship Pairs Semi Final – Elmswell
  • Sun 18-Feb-2018 2:00pm ECL: Cambs and Hunts – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 25-Feb-2018 2:00pm Jyl Marsh Individual – Framlingham
  • Sun 4-Mar-2018 2:00pm Club Teams of Four & – Elmswell
  • Open Pairs Fri 9-Mar-2018 Norfolk Congress – Taverham

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