Suffolk v Cambridge University11-Mar-2018

Suffolk defeated the University team 17-3 (+59 IMPs) – almost a rerun of last year's result.

See the board-by-board results.

Also the 2017-18 Eastern Counties League.

English Senior Teams Trial Playoff5-Mar-2018

Suffolk's Malcolm Pryor was part of the Shelley (Peter Shelley, Malcolm Pryor, David Muller, Alan Mayo, Rob Cliffe & Trevor Ward) who, having fought through the Senior Trials, beat the fancied Hackett sextet in the playoff.

Malcolm will now represent England at the European Senior Championships in Ostend, Belgium, 6-16 June 2018.

More details and links to results on the EBU Website.

Teams Events4-Mar-2018

Sunday dawned with the forecast thaw and both events were well supported.

Club Teams-of-Four

Colchester took the Thornway Cup:

1.Colchester (Hanley)219 VPs
Andre Gray & Rick Hanley, Jeff Orton & Mike Sherer
2=Ipswich & Kesgrave (Edwards)210
Phillip Edwards & Anne Edwards, Dinesh Gudka & Cathy Rowland
3=Bury St. Edmunds (O'Reilly)210
Michael O'Reilly & Doc Lacey, Helen Mason & Norman Less

See full results and matchpoint awards.

Really Easy Teams

The first teams event in the Really Easy series saw a close finish:

1.Peter Green & Nicki Green, Fred Mason & Martin Prince113 VPs
2.Chris Park & Christine Mapus-Smith, Sue Daglish & Clarissa Machin112
3.Sally Beckett & Salome Smit, Jo Stark & Jill Merriam94

See full results and matchpoint awards.

2018 Really Easy Teams winners

Really Easy Teams Winners: Nicki Green, Peter Green, Fred Mason & Martin Prince (Competition Secretary Chris Rickard centre).

2018 Club Teams winners

Club Teams-of-Four Winners: Mike Sherer, Rick Hanley, Jeff Orton & Andre Gray (Competition Secretary Chris Rickard on right).

See more photos.

Weather Update3-Mar-2018

Club Teams-of-Four and Really Easy Teams

We currently expect the forecasted thaw will be sufficient to continue with these events at Elmswell on Sunday 4th March. Entrants have been contacted by email and informed of the situation.

We are in contact with the staff at Elmswell and will make a final decision Sunday morning.

The Jyl Marsh County Individual25-Feb-2018

Framlingham Bridge Club hosted the socially-oriented Jyl Marsh Individual event again, providing excellent facilities and an outstanding tea. Dave Walker retained the trophy which he won last year, narrowly beating 2015 winner Simon Riley.

1.Dave Walker63.02%
2.Simon Riley59.90%
3.Francis Chinkin56.35%

See full results and matchpoint awards.

2017 Master Point Lists20-Feb-2018

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Club Champions

First past the post in each club's annual Master Point race.

In the EBU prize draw Framlingham was the first club out of the bag and John Pope was the lucky recipient of the £400 first prize!

Abbeygate Bridge ClubJohn Bloomfield*1869
Aldeburgh Bridge ClubCarol Smith*760
Bury St. Edmunds Bridge ClubKevin Fletcher* and George Moody435
Clacton Contract Bridge ClubEileen Ellis454
Clare Duplicate Bridge ClubAndrew Moore879
Colchester Duplicate Bridge ClubEric Newman*558
Deben Bridge ClubSam Wilson and Bim Wilson434
Felixstowe Bridge ClubGlynn Whitehead*564
Framlingham Bridge ClubJohn Pope273
Frinton Bridge ClubMike Williams*445
Heritage CoastDilys Hall517
Ipswich & Kesgrave Bridge ClubChristopher Chambers1316
Ipswich Hospitals Bridge ClubJoan Mayhew*314
Little Clacton Bridge ClubChristine Cooke564
Newmarket Bridge ClubGraham Miller513
Stansfield Bridge ClubRichard Evans1241
Stowmarket Bridge ClubDavid Willson**1065
Stratford St. Mary Bridge ClubKeith Belsey and Roger Bacon811
Sudbury Contract Bridge ClubEric Newman672
Woodbridge Bridge ClubBob Webb*1440

* Club champions who retained their title from 2016

** Club champions who are undefeated since awards were first made in 2010.

Prize Winners

In past years only leaderboards for Levels 4-6 were available. Technology has caught up and now rankings for Levels 1-3 are available too.

Level 1(Life Masters and above)
Malcolm Pryor9660
Level 2(National and Premier National Masters)
Richard Evans5007
Level 3(Regional and Premier Regional Masters)
Simon Riley6310
Level 4(Star Masters, Tournament Masters, Premier Masters)
Paul Flavell4742
Level 5(County Masters, Masters, Advanced Masters)
Bridget Smith3486
Level 6(District Masters and below)
Caro Hunt1816

Suffolk's full lists are available from the dedicated EBU page.

Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts18-Feb-2018

The Suffolk were able to celebrate their first win of the 2017-18 season, 15-5 (+36 IMPs) over Cambs & Hunts. The 'C' team also won by the same margin (but +45 IMPs) but the 'B' team lost 8-12 (-15).

This match completes the season for the second and third teams but the first team has one more fixture, against Cambridge University (11-Mar). With one result still to arrive, both 'B' and 'C' teams are respectably placed mid-table.

See the board-by-board results.

Latest standings in the 2017-18 Eastern Counties League.

Suffolk Pairs Semi-Final16-Feb-2018

There were 53 pairs seeking a place in the Championship Pairs Final. The top 12 East-West and North-South qualify by right to all-play-all final at Nayland Village Hall on Sunday 8th April at 2.00pm. If any of those 24 drop out the next in line will be invited to play.

These pairs set the pace in the semi:

1.Michael O'Reilly & Conor Bignell64.97%
2.Eric Newman & Mike Sherer61.82%
3.Stephen Bickerstaff & Edward Wallbutton60.83%
1.Paul Maclachlan & Dave Allen67.08%
2.Peter Edwards & Frances Moor58.72%
3.Cathy Rowland & Dinesh Gudka58.00%

See the full results for all the placings and Master Point awards

If you are unable to take up a qualification place, please contact as a reserve list will be created.

Stansfield Bridge Club's Artful Support of Youth26-Jan-2018

The success of all four English Junior Teams (U26 Open, U26 Women, U21 and U16) at the European Youth Championships in 2017 delivered a problem the EBU are, in the many respects, pleased to have: the responsibility to send those teams to Suzhou in China later this year.

No surprise then that we might see dedicated fund-raising this year but Stansfield Bridge Club's idea is as unexpected as it is brilliant. Fortunate to have renowned artist Rui Paes in their midst, they are selling prints of a special bridge artwork in support of the youth teams.

Dr Double by Rui Paes

Dr Double by Rui Paes

Rui has the reputation for free use of the double card, hence the title and subject matter. The limited edition print is taken from an original previously on show at the club's art exhibition last year. Rui is an acclaimed painter, illustrator and muralist, whose works include illustrating Madonna's children's book which made the Top 10 New York Times Best Seller List.

Artist, Rui Paes

The prints of Dr Double measure 14½" x 11" and cost £25 (+p&p). The prints will be signed by the artist in a limited edition numbered 1 to 500. All the profits will go to funding the England teams.

To obtain your print please order direct from Stansfield Bridge Club.

There is more about Stansfield's initiative on:

Suffolk match club fundraising

Suffolk are matching the funds raised by Stansfield and will do so for any club that supports the Youth Teams in China. Subject to a maximimum of £200 per club and a county-total of £800.

Suffolk Mid Anglia Pairs21-Jan-2018

The Mid Anglia Pairs at Woodbridge was very well attended – 34 pairs enjoyed an excellent day of IMP-scored bridge, which was won by Malcolm and Karen Pryor with Phillip and Anne Edwards in second place. We were very pleased to see two junior players in the field, and even more pleased when they both finished near the top – 3rd and 7th overall. Thanks are due to Woodbridge for hosting the event again.

1.Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor86.70 IMPs
2.Phillip Edwards & Anne Edwards77.29
3.Jamie Fegarty & Catherine Curtis70.98

See the full results for all the placings and the Blue Point awards.

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.

Earlier entries…


Leagues & Knock-Outs

Eastern Counties League

Forthcoming Matches

  • Sun 22-Apr-2018 2:00pm Bedfordshire – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 15-Jul-2018 2:00pm Hertfordshire – Away
  • Sun 16-Sep-2018 2:00pm Northants – Away - Stamford BC, PE9 2RN
  • Sun 16-Dec-2018 2:00pm Essex – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 6-Jan-2019 2:00pm Cambs & Hunts – Away
  • Sun 10-Mar-2019 2:00pm Cambridge University – Away
  • Sun 24-Mar-2019 2:00pm Norfolk – Home - Elmswell

Recent Results

League Cross-Table

Eastern Counties League 2017-2018
Updated 13-Mar-2018

Calendars & Brochures

'Year at a view' PDFs.

Competitions Brochure PDFs.

Forthcoming Events

  • Sun 18-Mar-2018 1:00pm National Pairs Regional Final – Various
  • Sun 25-Mar-2018 12:00 noon Portland Pairs – TBA
  • Sun 8-Apr-2018 2:00pm Championship Pairs Final – Nayland Village Hall
  • Sat 14-Apr-2018 2:00pm Saturday National Pairs Final – See EBU site
  • Sun 15-Apr-2018 11:00am Little Clacton Swiss Pairs – Weeley Village Hall
  • Sat 21-Apr-2018 2:00pm Garden Cities Regional Final – Peterborough
  • Sun 22-Apr-2018 2:00pm ECL: Bedfordshire – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 6-May-2018 11:00am Clare Swiss Pairs – Lavenham

Table Talk

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