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  • World Youth Team Championships
    The World Youth Team Championships start on Thursday 9th August in China.
    Yorkshire's Daniel Winter will be playing in the under 21 squad.
    To follow the action, send messages of support or make donations, please click on the heading.

  • Bridge Teachers
    You are cordially invited to update the details of your lessons on the LearnBridgeYorkshire website
    It's free and you may attract some more students

  • EBU Development Officer
    Do you think you could help clubs to "grow" their membership and improve services to players?
    This could be your chance. Click on the heading and follow the links for more information.
    If you would like to discuss the issues with someone local, please contact Lesley Millet

  • Yorkshire Simultaneous Pairs
    YCBA runs three simultaneous pairs events every year, in September, February and June.
    They are very popular with members and the latest developments look set to make them even more enjoyable.
    From this year, the EBU will look after the merging of the scores from all the club heats.
    James Carpenter will be managing the events and you should direct your enquiries to him.
    Please click on the heading for more information, or click on James to e-mail him.

  • Presidents Cup
    30th June 2018
    This prestigious annual inter-county event involves teams of 8, mainly from the North of England, but also North Wales and the Welsh borders. Yorkshire was represented by Alan Brosgill & Robin Jepson, Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly, Alan Hayward & Tom Copeland, Tom Gisborne & Sandy Davies. The winners were Manchester.

  • Gisborne win Hubert Phillips Plate
    Tom Gisborne's team (Sandy Davies, Dave Robinson, Richard Pike) have won the Hubert Phillips Plate.
    They beat Barrie Cantello's team by 1880 aggregate points.
    Please click on the heading to visit the EBU website, then click on the 'Final Round' link.

  • National Inter-County Final
    24th June 2018
    For the 5th year in succession, Yorkshire SE went to represent the county in the 'C' division. The team was Jason Levesley & Iain Crockatt, Stuart Kay & James Carpenter, Rod Hose & Mary Whyms, Nigel Bean & Chris Gough. They finished in 2nd place, behind Hertfordshire.

  • System cards in the Yorkshire League and other Yorkshire events
    The Yorkshire League Committee has published an advisory note in response to a question asked at the YCBA annual general meeting in 2018. Please click on the heading to see it.
    System cards are available to download from the EBU website and, as a supplement, there is a completed system card suitable for use by players at 'Improvers' level. Please e-mail Brian Davison [briandavison1948@gmail.com] or telephone 0113 258 9824 if you would like a copy.

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    You may already have seen reference to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018, The purpose of the GDPR is to provide a set of standard data protection laws across the EU, making it easier for you to understand how your data is being used and to give you greater control over its use.
    The YCBA has been busy helping affiliated clubs understand the implications of GDPR and giving advice on how to implement any changes that are necessary. In addition, the YCBA has developed a Privacy Notice which is where you can find full details of all these matters including:
    * What data we collect and what we use it for
    * Where we get it from and to whom we give it
    * What we do to ensure its security
    If anyone has a questions about how we use your personal data or any other matter relating to the YCBA and GDPR, please contact the Secretary.
    To view the Privacy Notice as a web page, please click >> HERE
    For a downloadable pdf file, please click >> HERE

  • Congratulations to Lol Hinchcliffe, Mary Hinchcliffe, Bernard Vielle & Clare Vielle, for winning the Yorkshire Cup
    and to Sheila Galloway & Liz Wickens, Freda Conquest & Susan Pell for winning the Nelson Rosebowl

  • National Inter-County Leagues Final
    The team for Yorkshire SE won the 'C' division last year, and will represent us in the final.
    The line-up is:
    Stuart Kay (captain) and James Carpenter (York)
    Jason Levesley and Iain Crockett (York)
    Mary Whyms and Rod Hose (Sheffield)
    Nigel Bean and Chris Gough (Doncaster)
    The final will be held on 24th June at Coventry Bridge Club, start time 12:00 for 12:30
    (Coventry & North Warwickshire Cricket Club, Binley Road, Coventry CV3 1HB - map)
    Please click on the heading of this paragraph for more details about the final

  • Yorkshire Golf Clubs Bridge Tournament
    The Final of the Bridge competition for Golf Clubs was held at Harrogate Golf Club,
    (Yorkshire Union President Alastair Davidson's home Club.)
    The two finalists were the winners of their respective divisions played over the winter months. The defending champions Moor Allerton N were facing newcomers Rudding Park and at half time the champions were only one point ahead.
    In spite of the match being so close and tense, the game was played in a very friendly spirit.
    At the conclusion, the Rudding Park team had feared they had "blown it" when they conceded 10 points on the last board.
    In a format where the margin of victory can exceed 50 pts, the final totals revealed that Rudding Park had gained 2 points in the second half and edged over the line by a single point.
    The Rudding Park team was led by Barry Whiteley, with Rob Cave, Ron Ransome and Colin Smith
    who are pictured receiving the YCBA trophy from President Alastair.
    The Moor Allerton team were captained by Neville Bush with Michael Killen, Martin Edge and Helen Land
    and were awarded the runners-up plate.

  • Gisborne in Hubert Phillips Plate Final
    Tom Gisborne's team (Sandy Davies, Dave Robinson, Richard Pike) have reached
    the final of the Hubert Phillips Plate, where they will play Barrie Cantello's team.

  • Volunteer needed to set up (but not to score) Simultaneous Pairs
    The results are now handled by the utility on the EBU website, but we still need someone
    to deal the hands and organise the commentaries. Please click on the heading for more information

  • Daniel Winter
    He's just been selected for the Junior Camrose. This is an u25 event and given that Dan is still at school,
    it's a tremendous compliment. He's one of the youngest players ever to play in a Junior Camrose.
    Dan's had double good news this week because he's just found out he has an offer from Cambridge University
    to read Natural Sciences. Now he's just got to get the grades ...
    For more on the Junior Camrose, please click on the heading.
    To see the current make-up of the Junior Squads, please click here
    If you are interested in sponsoring the juniors, please follow the links on the EBU website.

  • Yorkshire Pairs
    The county championship was won by Les Brown and Roger Sharp, with an impressive score of 61.83%
    The leading 5 pairs will be invited to represent Yorkshire in the EBU Inter-County Pairs (Corwen Trophy)
    Particular thanks go to Bradford Bridge Club for hosting the event and to Elaine van Heel and her team
    who provided an excellent buffet for all to enjoy

  • London Year-End Congress
    27th - 30th December 2017
    Swiss Teams
    Tim Prior and James Thrower, playing with Gavin Mackay and Croz Croswell, came 3rd with 98vps
    77 teams competed

  • Blackpool Year-End Congress
    28th - 30th December 2017
    Swiss Pairs
    Alan Hayward & Tom Copeland were 4th with 126vps; 51 pairs competed
    Swiss Teams
    Julie & Ian Grant with team-mates Ron & Lin Birch came 4th with 87 vps; 29 teams competed

  • Channel Trophy
    15th - 17th December 2017, Leuven, Belgium
    Daniel Winter gained further international recognition in the England U21s team,
    finishing in a commendable 2nd place behind France

  • Teltscher Trials
    16th - 17th December 2017, Solihull
    The trials to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy have been won by the team of Sandra Penfold & Norman Selway and Tony Forrester & David Kendrick.
    In a dramatic finish to the event, the Penfold team played the undefeated team of Sandy Davies & Tom Gisborne and Dave Robinson & Warner Solomon in the final round, with the two teams separated at the top by just 2VPs (the Penfold team having the edge by virtue of larger winning margins in the earlier matches). The match ended in a tie, and the Penfold team were victorious overall.    Results
    The Teltscher Trophy - the Senior Camrose competition - will take place in Wales on 19th - 20th May 2018.

  • IMSA Elite Mind Games
    9th - 15th December 2017, Huai'an, China
    Fiona Brown, as a member of the England Women's team, has been competing in China in the 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games. Fiona finished 2nd

  • EBU Silver Plate 2016-17
    The team of Sarah Teshome (capt), Richard Winter, Bill Townsend and Tony McNiff have won the EBU Silver Plate.
    In the final they beat Nick Stevens' team 14-0.
    Please click on the heading to visit the EBU website, then click on the 'Final Round' link.

  • Gerald Faulkner Salver 2017
    (EBU Seniors Knockout Teams)
    Richard Edwards' team, which included Tony McNiff, Dave Robinson, Bill Townsend, Bob Ross & Robin Jepson
    have beaten Dee Lindon's team 4-0 to win the trophy.
    Please click on the heading to visit the EBU website, then click on the 'Final Round' link.

  • Tollemache Cup
    Qualifier: 18th - 19th November 2017, Solihull
    Yorkshire's team for the 2017-18 Tollemache is as follows:-
    NPC Graham Jepson
    David Robinson/Daniel Winter
    Sandra Penfold/Brian Senior
    David Waxman/Dominic Rayner
    Alan Hayward/Tom Copeland
    Stuart Davies/George Bak

  • High Level Bridge
    18th October 2017
    at Bradford Bridge Club
    John O'Sullivan & Ian Johns won and Daryl Kayes & Chris Boyes were 2nd
    Both pairs received cash prizes
    Please click on the heading to see the results

  • Bridge Overseas Congress
    Halkidiki, 9th - 15th October 2017
    Pre-Congress Pairs%
    1stGill Woodcock & Julia Staniforth63.49
    2ndTom Gisborne & Sandy Davies61.41
    3rdSue McIntosh & Philip Cooper61.01
    Swiss Pairs Vps
    5thTom Gisborne & Sandy Davies128
    6thSue Pell & Carole Kelly126
    Pivot Teams (Red)Imps
    1stJoy Blakey, Sandy Davies, Irving Blakey, Tom Gisborne88
    2ndShelagh Flett, Catherine Thompson, Jill Foggitt, Stanley Robertson68
    4thRoy Garthwaite, Heather Hobson, Ted Latham, Janet Latham46
    Mens Pairs%
    1stRoy Garthwaite & Ted Latham66.20
    Ladies Pairs%
    3rdJanet Latham & Heather Hobson56.76
    Mixed Pairs%
    6thPearl Murphy & Denis Murphy57.38
    Swiss Teams Vps
    1stJoy Blakey, Sandy Davies, Irving Blakey, Tom Gisborne131
    6thShelagh Flett, Catherine Thompson, Jill Foggitt, Stanley Robertson119

  • The Waddington Shield
    Yorkshire's county teams championship for 2017-18 has begun with 14 teams
    To see the draw, please click on the heading

  • Northern Bridge League
    A Division: Yorkshire 1 finished in 3rd place with 216 vps; Yorkshire 2 were 4th with 197
    B Division: Yorkshire were 4th with 288 vps
    C Division: Yorkshire SE had a marginal lead going into the last match
    They managed to score enough to win the division overall for the 4th successive year
    Yorkshire NW were 3rd with 250 vps; please click on the heading for more information

    Yorkshire SE will represent the North of England in the 'C' division of the Inter-County Finals
    These are provisionally scheduled for 24th June 2018

  • Great Northern Swiss Pairs
    30th September - 1st October 2017
    Robin Jepson & Alan Brosgill were 2nd with 165 vps
    Bazil Caygill & Matthew Kiggins were 5th with 156
    and Geoff Kenyon & Carole Kelly were 6th with 153
    78 pairs competed. Please click on the heading to see more.

  • EBU Bridge Shop gets a revamp
    The Bridge Shop has had a thorough overhaul; to see the story behind this, please click on the heading.
    If you would like to browse and see what's on offer, please click on the logo:-

  • Garforth Swiss Teams
    17th September 2017
    Garforth Bridge Club ran their 33rd Annual Swiss Teams at Collingham Village Hall on Sunday.
    (Yes, it really has been going since 1985!) The new caterers also gave it a fillip with their winning menu.
    Congratulations to Michael & Audrey Jeal and the Garforth members for maintaining this tradition.
    Judith Biles, Sue Pell, Carole Kelly, and Geoff Kenyon were clear winners with 101 vps.
    Please click on the heading to visit their website for more details.

  • Guernsey Congress
    8th - 17th September 2017
    Janet & Ted Latham, Peter & Agnes Baxter won the Pivot Teams with 46 imps
    In the Seniors Teams they were 3rd with 40 imps
    Ted & Peter also won the Mens Pairs with 60.71%
    In the Swiss Pairs Peter & Agnes were 4th with 140 vps, while Janet & Ted were close behind with 139

  • Northern Bridge League
    After three fixtures, with one to go, Yorkshire's standing in the league is as follows:
    In the 'A' division, Yorkshire 1 and Yorkshire 2 are 4th and 3rd, with 164 and 167 VPs respectively.
    The joint leaders are on 170 VPs
    In the 'B' division, Yorkshire have improved their position from 8th to 6th (equal with Manchester, on 186 VPs.)
    Yorkshire teams lead the 'C' division, with Yorkshire SE on 199 and Yorkshire NW on 196 VPs.
    Please click on the heading to visit the NBL website.

  • Success in National Knock-Outs
    Richard Edwards, Bob Ross, Tony McNiff, Bill Townsend, Dave Robinson & Robin Jepson beat Stan Harding's team by 78 imps to reach the final of the Gerard Faulkner National Seniors KO. Sarah Teshome, Richard Winter, Bill Townsend & Tony McNiff have reached the semi-final of the Silver Plate.
    (Please click on the name of the competition, then the round link)

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