Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association

The YCBA promotes, manages and supports EBU affiliated
competitive bridge play in our county.

Latest News and Info

New Year Bonanza

Online Yorkshire League

Online League Teams of 4

Entries have closed for the Winter 2024 season of the online Yorkshire League. 36 teams have entered. They will be split into 3 leagues (10, 10 & 16). Each team will play 9 matches.

Matches will take place on Sunday afternoons: 7th and 21st January and 4th February. The fixture list will be published soon.

Full information including competition rules is available via the Current Season link on our website

New YCBA Facebook Page

Launch of YCBA Facebook Page

YCBA has opened a new Facebook page.to

  • issue information about YCBA events and initiatives which are of interest to bridge clubs and a wider audience;
  • publicise good news stories and celebrate successes occurring across Yorkshire in our bridge clubs.

We are reliant on our members in clubs to share your good news stories with us. You may be holding an open day, running a bridge seminar or an event you would like to advertise. In short, anything that you think will have a wider interest beyond your own bridge club.

To find the page, search for Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association on Facebook.

Please send in your good news stories and ask your members to follow our Facebook page, and hopefully our site will grow over time. We hope you will “like” our contributions and comment on them, as appropriate. You are also encouraged to share our articles on your own bridge club or private Facebook pages.

Please email your suggested text to Mark Dunkley at secretary@theyorkbridgeclub.com . All narrative should ideally be accompanied by at least one picture or photo. Facebook is a visual medium so pictures are essential.

If including people on your photos, please ensure you have permission to post their photo on Facebook.

Please give the Facebook account your support.

Jim Proctor

It is with much regret that we have learnt of the death of Jim Proctor on 7th November. Jim played most of his Yorkshire bridge at Scarborough where he had many successful partnerships and represented the county on numerous occasions. However, possibly locally and nationally he will be remembered as a senior tournament director. Jim was the longest serving member of the EBU Tournament Directors’ panel at the time of his retirement in 2016. He joined the panel in 1974, and had held the top rank of National Tournament Director for several decades. At the Summer Meeting in 2016 he was made a Life Member of the EBU for his services. We extend our sympathy to Jim’s partner Kevin and all his friends around the county and country .

His funeral service is at Woodlands crematorium, Scarborough on Thursday 23 November at 2.00 pm if you wish to attend and pay your respects in memory of him.  

Hotel booking for Harrogate Spring Congress

For the Harrogate Spring Congress in February, hotel bookings should be made by the 12th January to get the room allocation at the agreed rate.

Click here for the events page.

Free Club TD Seminar

Free Club Seminar: Don’t miss your chance to quiz the Chief TD
On November 14th at 10.00am we will be running a free online seminar on the topic of directing club sessions. This is not a training session for new directors; rather it is a chance to discuss issues such as:
…How to keep a session friendly
…How to get help with a difficult ruling
…Recent law changes from a club perspective
…Common problems when directing and tips on how to solve them
We will have the Chief TD Gordon Rainsford in attendance. If there are subjects you would particularly like to discuss please let us know in advance so we can be sure to include them.
Book now by contacting sam@ebu.co.uk.

Online Yorkshire League – Winter season

Online Yorkshire League – Winter season

Entries are now open for the Winter 2024 season and will close on 30th November.   The match days are 7th and 21st January and 4th February.    Teams of four representing clubs affiliated to YCBA compete in the League.   Matches are played on BBO or RealBridge.    For further details and how to enter, visit the Leagues pages of this website and/or contact your club secretary.

Members Meeting

Members Meeting

Nov 25th, 2023 11:00 AM 

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Members Meeting 2023

It may (but probably not!) have come to your attention that the annual members meeting will be coming up shortly. This is a meeting which is held as part of the constitution and the board would encourage you to attend if at all possible. Details of how the meeting will be run appear at the end of this article.

This is a chance for all members of the YCBA, where their first county of allegiance (or registered as a second county) is Yorkshire, to question the board, assess how we are doing, put ideas forward that we may not have thought of and for the board to give an update of what we are doing to progress bridge in the county. The good news is that there will be a free session of about 18 boards, to be run on BBO, for all members who attend (provided of course they want to play) with a prize of free entry (pairs) to the Spring Congress in Harrogate in February 2024. So how can you fail to want to attend if only to put faces to names (if you haven’t inspected the website!) of members of the board.

If you are unable to attend but would like a question/query to be answered, please let the acting secretary (Robin Jepson) have your details at least one week before the meeting.

The meeting will be held on Zoom as we feel that this offers the best approach to try and get a broader spectrum of members from across our large geographical county and the details are as follows:


Time: Nov 25th, 2023 11:00 AM 

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 864 5451 1992

Passcode: 253265

Should this link, for any reason fail to work, it will be on the website as well.

Let’s hope the weather is a bit better then and we hope to see you there.

David Guild/Nick Woolven (YCBA Co-chairs)

EBU Venetian Overseas Congress Winners

The winners of the overseas Congress Swiss Teams were

Stuart Davies
Nichola Cockerill-Smith
Lesley Bridson
Catherine Thompson

All Yorkshire.

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