Suffolk v Cambridge University13-Mar-2017

Suffolk defeated the University team 17-3 (+64 IMPs).

That's the whole of the result because after shrinking from three teams to two, the students now only field one. Let's hope that is just the ebb and flow of talent and enthusiasm of organisers and not a truly worrying sign.

See the board-by-board results.

East Anglian Bridge Weekend – Sunday5-Mar-2017

Swiss Teams

Pryor (Malcolm Pryor, Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler David Cooper) from Suffolk retained the Swiss Teams – with an increased VP score.

Teams Winners

(l-to-r) David Cooper, Karen Pryor, Malcolm Pryor, Neil Bresler.

1.Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler & David Cooper105 VPs
2.Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting, Sandy Riach & Chris Taylor92
3.Gillian Hall & Eileen Townsend, James Tullett & John Barker91

See the full listing.

Lost property: Two umbrellas were left at the venue – get in touch via the congress link, .

East Anglian Bridge Weekend – Saturday4-Mar-2017

Swiss Pairs

After seven matches Roger Timmins and Michael Bradley from (Newmarket club but technically Cambs & Hunts) had won every one and were almost a match clear. In an echo of last year's top three, Gabriel Ip and Paul Darby were again second and a Suffolk pair were third.

Pairs Winners

(l-to-r) Michael Bradley and Roger Timmins.

1.Roger Timmins & Michael Bradley116 VPs
2.Gabriel Ip & Paul Darby99
3.David Willson & Simon Riley93

See the full listing.

Really Easy Pairs

New for the EABW, this was the second Really Easy Pairs following the event at Felixstowe last year. Jan Turner and Jean Gaffer from Little Clacton won with a super score.

Really Easy Winners

(l-to-r) Jan Turner and Jean Gaffer (with Chris Rickard centre).

1.Jan Turner & Jean Gaffer69.91%
2.Lynda Tibbs & Pam Edmonds56.94%
3.Tony Trathen & Mary Moir55.56%

See the full listing.

The Jyl Marsh County Individual19-Feb-2017

Dave Walker enjoyed the respectful support of his partners and the respectful fear of his opponents to breeze through the competition without a bad board – well done him. All 24 players enjoyed a very sociable afternoon's bridge.

1.Dave Walker68.33%
2.Marcus Hopkins60.83%
3.John Pope60.00%

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

Suffolk Pairs Semi-Final17-Feb-2017

Forty-four pairs sought a place in the Championship Pairs Final. The top 24 qualify by right to all-play-all final at Nayland Village Hall on Sunday 23rd April at 2.00pm. If any of those 24 drop out the next in line will be invited to play.

Thes front-runners in the semi:

1.Paul Flavell & Bridget Smith64.68%
2.Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor61.41%
3.David Price & Jenny Price60.81%

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.

2015 Master Point Lists14-Feb-2017

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Club Champions

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

Abbeygate Bridge ClubJohn Bloomfield*1269
Aldeburgh Bridge ClubCarol Smith948
Bury St. Edmunds Bridge ClubKevin Fletcher357
Clacton Contract Bridge ClubMike Williams374
Clare Duplicate Bridge ClubDavid Price1007
Colchester Duplicate Bridge ClubEric Newman599
Deben Bridge ClubSally Ledger531
Felixstowe Bridge ClubGlynn Whitehead556
Framlingham Bridge ClubRichard Waters408
Frinton Bridge ClubMike Williams506
Heritage CoastMichael Shine554
Ipswich & Kesgrave Bridge ClubDiane Whitley1263
Ipswich Hospitals Bridge ClubJoan Mayhew*381
Little Clacton Bridge ClubFrank Gibson548
Newmarket Bridge ClubRoger Timmins**498
Stansfield Bridge ClubBridget Smith823
Stowmarket Bridge ClubDavid Willson**1371
Stratford St. Mary Bridge ClubChristine Cooke694
Sudbury Contract Bridge ClubMike Malin*621
Woodbridge Bridge ClubBob Webb*1085

* Club champions who retained their title from 2015

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

Sadly (yet again) none of the county's club champions was lucky in the EBU prize draw.

Prize Winners

Leader Board Level 4(Star Masters, Tournament Masters, Premier Masters)
Mr JR Pearson43121 Star Master
Leader Board Level 5(County Masters, Masters, Advanced Masters)
Mr David Green2543County Master
Leader Board Level 6(Unranked, Club Masters, District Masters)
Mrs Carol Smith2774District Master

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

Club Teaching Course at Kesgrave6-Feb-2017

Ipswich and Kesgrave are hosting a course run by English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) to train club teachers on Sat/Sun 29th/30th April 2017 at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre where the club plays.

This course equips attendees to teach the EBED Bridge for All course. From the EBED website:

To help membership recruitment in your club, English Bridge Education & Development is now running an important teacher training initiative to help all bridge clubs to 'grow their own' membership through an integrated teaching programme.

The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club. This needs to be as part of programme to which the whole club is committed and which is designed to attract new members into bridge and then nurture their development within the world of duplicate play.

The EBU offers affiliated clubs a discount of 20% on the course fee of £106. KWMCC is on Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 1JF; see or Ipswich & Kesgrave BC.

Applicants should apply directly to Lisa Miller (01296 317217) at EBED. Further details can be found on the dedicated webpage.

Suffolk Mid Anglia Pairs22-Jan-2017

Two pairs were clear of the rest of the field in Suffolk's Blue-pointed event, the Mid Anglia Pairs. After a very enjoyable 54-board IMP-scored marathon hosted by the Woodbridge club, Neil Bresler and David Cooper beat Norman Less and Helen Mason by less than half an IMP.

1.Neil Bresler & David Cooper90.84 IMPs
2.Norman Less & Helen Mason90.38
3.Roger Tattersfield & Jill Tattersfield63.15

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

Club Tournament Director Courses in 201718-Jan-2017

The Norfolk Bridge Association and English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) are holding Club Tournament Director Courses in 2017 at the Abbey Hall, Church Street, Wymondham, NR18 0PH.

  • Saturday 11th March: Essentials & Book Rulings (£45.00)
  • Saturday 22nd April: Judgement Rulings (£45.00)
  • Saturday 20th May: Assessment (£54.00)

All courses run from 10:30am – 5:00pm and the lead instructor is Nicole Cooke.

Above costs are to EBU members and clubs are invited to sponsor attendees. (Non members, £50, £50, £60 respectively.)

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but you will need to take your own lunch.

Entries to Richard Banbury, 01296 317218; local organiser Roger Amey, 01263 713476. Answers to queries about the course can be found on the EBED Frequently Asked Questions page.

Suffolk v Northants15-Jan-2017

The county teams suffered a bad start to the new year losing all three matches against Northamptonshire.

The 'A' Team lost 8-12 VPs (-16 IMPs), the 'B' Team lost, 9-11 (-9) and the 'C' lost 3-17 (-60).

See the board-by-board results.

SCBA Pairs Championship Open Heat Extension13-Jan-2017

Additional Heat – 9th February 2017

The inclement weather conditions on the 12th January may have prevented pairs from playing in the Open Heat held at Ipswich & Kesgrave that night. Consequently we have designated an additional 'last chance' heat to be played on February 9th at Kesgrave to accommodate anyone prevented from competing for a place in the semi-final because of the weather concerns.

The semi-final will be played on 17th February in Lavenham.

Suffolk Championship Teams4-Dec-2016

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


Carey won all their matches and took the Plate which was settled on the day.

(Malcolm Carey & Barbara Carey, Phillip Edwards & Anne Edwards)
42 IMPs
(Con Hanson & Pauline Hanson, Clive Rowe & Patrick Grant)
(Jo Harpur & Norman Less, Patsi Barnes & Joan Watson)

Championship Round Two

From Round 2, the top four teams go through to the knock-out semi-finals. As winners of the qualifier, Hanley have the right to choose their semi-final opponent. They selected Evans, therefore the other semi-final is Price v Sherer (higher-placed teams from round two having home advantage).

(Rick Hanley & Graham Beeton, Christopher Chambers & Peter Gemmell)
88 IMPs
(David Price & Jane Moore, Rosemarie Mascall & Jenny Price)
(Mike Sherer & Eric Newman, David Morran & Julian Lang)
(Richard Evans & John Bloomfield, Peter Bushby & John Wilmott)

See the full results with all team line-ups.

Earlier entries…


Bridge With Lunch
24th May 2017

The second Suffolk Bridge with Lunch moves eastwards to Somersham Village Hall, IP8 4QA.

  • First it's lunch, at 1pm.
  • Then it's bridge; expect to finish abolut 6pm.

Download an entry form for more details

Contact organiser

Leagues & Knock-Outs

Eastern Counties League

Forthcoming Matches

  • Sun 25-Jun-2017 2:00pm Bedfordshire – Away
  • Sun 16-Jul-2017 2:15pm Hertfordshire – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 17-Sep-2017 2:00pm Norfolk – Away
  • Sun 26-Nov-2017 2:00pm Northants – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 7-Jan-2018 2:00pm Essex – Away
  • Sun 18-Feb-2018 2:00pm Cambs and Hunts – Home - Elmswell
  • Sun 11-Mar-2018 2:00pm Cambridge University – Away

Recent Results

League Cross-Table

Eastern Counties League 2016-2017
Updated 20-Aug-2016

Calendars & Brochures

'Year at a view' PDFs.

Competitions Brochure PDFs.

Forthcoming Events

  • Open Pairs Fri 31-Mar-2017 Norfolk Congress – Taverham
  • Sat 8-Apr-2017 2:00pm Saturday National Pairs Final – See EBU site
  • Sun 23-Apr-2017 2:00pm Championship Pairs Final – Nayland Village Hall
  • Sat 6-May-2017 2:00pm Garden Cities Regional Final – Peterborough
  • Sun 7-May-2017 Earlier start Clare Swiss Pairs – Lavenham
  • Sun 21-May-2017 Following AGM AGM Pairs – Nayland Village Hall
  • Wed 24-May-2017 1:00pm Bridge with Lunch – Somersham Village Hall
  • Sat 3-Jun-2017 Corwen Trophy – See EBU site

Table Talk

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