Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association

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

Inter-County competitions

Northern Bridge League

The NBL is a teams-of-eight competition between the County Bridge Associations of Northern England and North Wales. There are three divisions: A and B for the former County A and County B teams, and C for teams of good club standard. There is also a Junior division.

Yorkshire teams for the 2021 season are as follows:

+ Yorkshire 1 and 2

+ Yorkshire B

+ Yorkshire C

The NBL season has four fixtures, all on Saturdays, usually between July and October

The Northern League’s own website and results can be found using the links on the right

National Inter-County League

+ ‘C’ Final results June 2019

The Yorkshire team won the ‘B’ division this year, so they will represent Yorkshire at the Inter-County Final, scheduled for 14th June 2020 at Coventry Bridge Club.

The team will be

  • George Bak/Steve Blackburn (captain)
  • Roy Garthwaite/ Heather Hobson
  • Terry Read/Bob Marchbank
  • Keith Joules/Barney Nisbet

Inter-County Player Selection

The YCBA Board delegates responsibility for selection of players for the Northern Bridge League, Presidents Cup and Tollemache to selection committees. There are many factors to take into account in selection decisions, but the main considerations are:

Criteria for selection for the Northern Bridge League (NBL)

  1. Established or evolving partnerships
  2. Competing in Yorkshire League and/or Online Yorkshire League Division 1, 2 or 3
  3. Some experience of playing with success against good standard opposition in national and county competitions.

Criteria for selection for the Tollemache and President’s Cup

  1. Established partnerships *
  2. Recent success in national and county level competitions.
    Weighting for Teams events will be significantly higher than Pairs events.
  3. Competing in 5 or more NBL Division 1 events within the last 3 years with a positive average butler / cross-imp rating.
  4. Competing in Yorkshire League and/or Online YL Division 1 or 2 with a positive average butler / cross-imp rating over the last 3 years.

* Exceptions may be made due to late withdrawals, new partnerships with good recent record or other exceptional circumstances.

The current composition of the selection committees can be found in the ‘About YCBA’ section.

If you would like to be considered for any of Yorkshire’s teams, please make yourself known to the chair of the selection committee.

YCBA pays the entry fees, but there is a charge made at the venue to cover the cost of catering & hire of the venue, part of which is paid by the YCBA.

The entry fees for the Tollemache Cup and President’s Cup competitions will be paid in full by the YCBA. If an overnight stay is required, the YCBA may make a contribution to the cost of the stay.

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