Here is the draw for the first round of the third series of Swiss Pairs run by Ian Grant in BCL. Real names are shown below.
We have received the sad news that June Dyal passed away earlier today following a long illness. June had been a SBC member for many years and was a former vice-chairman.
Her funeral will be this Friday at 10am at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium. Because of current restrictions, we are not able to attend (unless invited) but a video will be made which can be seen live or later. For details on how to access this, please e-mail Barrie Partridge
Congratulations to the Sheffield C team of Bill Barraclough, David Duckworth, Richard Gilbert and David Ritchie on finishing third in Division 1 of the second season of the Online Yorkshire League for Teams of Four, having been promoted after the first season from Division 2 to Division 1.
The Sheffield A and B teams tied at 6th equal.
Congratulations also to the Sheffield D team of Glyn Foley, Peter Camm, and Simon, Rsemary and Rob Woolham on winning Division 3.
Sheffield had 8 teams in the league,...
Congratulations to the Polka Tulk Blues Band team on winning Division 2 of the EBU Lockdown League. They had guaranteed promotion to Division 1 with a match to spare. One half of the team is Bazil Caygill with Matthew Kiggins and Dominic Rayner. The other half is based in Germany and includes former SBC member, Martin Cantor.
Sandy Davies, Tom Gisborne, Dave Robinson and Tony Sowter (Sheffield A) have won the final of the Winter Cup by beating Arthur Hughes, Richard Pike and Ian and Julie Grant (Sheffield B). Congratulations to the winners and to both teams on reaching the final!
Congratulations to Margaret Johnson and Bruno Brugger on taking the lead on the 108th and last board to win the Handicapped Swiss Pairs. 22 pairs entered this event which lasted over 6 matches of 18 boards in 3 months in Bridge Club Live. Thanks to Ian Grant for running the event so smoothly. Here are the final rankings:
Tom Gisborne, Sandy Davies, Arthur Hughes and David Banks have eventually won the final of last season's Waddington Shield, Yorkshire's premier Knockout Teams event. They beat a Leeds team captained by Nick Woolven by 17 IMPs.
This win qualifies our team to compete in last year's Pachabo, which wasn't actually held!
Congratulations to the Polka Tulk Blues Band team, comprising Bazil Caygill and Dominic Rayner, and Chris and Jon Derrick, together with a North European pair with connection to recent SBC member Martin Cantor, on finishing second in Division 3 of the EBU Lockdown League and thus earning promotion to Division 2 for the next season soon upcoming.
Gaining similar promotion is a team containing recent SBC Chairman, David Waxman, having come fourth in Division 3.
Commiserations to the other Sheffield-based...
Congratulations to Bazil Caygill and Matthew Kiggins on finishing 8th out of 142 pairs in the Swiss Pairs event at the EBU Spring Congress that would have been at Harrogate had it not been held online this year. Ian and Julie Grant finished 28th. There were 7 matches of 7 boards each.
Arthur Hughes, David Banks, Tom Gisborne and Sandy Davies finished 1st equal in the Swiss Teams, the second of the two main events in the Yorkshire New Year Congress that replaced the EBU Year End Northern Congress. There were 26 teams.
Arthur and David also headed the Cross-IMPs table which showed good scoring by Chris and Jon Derrick and Ian and Julie Grant for their respective teams. Congratulations to all the above, and also to Richard Pike and David Waxman, 4th out of 74 in the Swiss Pairs...
Congratulations to Julie and Ian Grant on winning the Timber Trophy, the World's only Double Elimination Knockout Pairs, held each year on Bridge Club Live, with a format based on the EBU Spring Foursomes. They remained undefeated throughout while every other pair was defeated twice!
In the final, they beat the No 7 seeds, a pair of Kent County players. Ian and Julie were seeded No 3. Both these pairs had earlier beaten the No 1 seeds from Bristol and Bulgaria. Two years ago, Ian and Julie reached...
The first season of the online Yorkshire League has finished with our B Team coming second in Division 1 and our D and I Teams in the promotion zone.
Our B Team, Arthur Hughes, Richard Pike, Julie and Ian Grant, finished 2nd in Division 1, with our A Team, Sandy Davies, Tom Gisborne, Dave Robinson and Tony Sowter in 4th place.
It looks like they will be joined for Season 2 by Division 2 runners-up, our D Team of Richard Gilbert, David Ritchie, Robin Warner, Bill Barraclough and David Duckworth....
... is Graham Jepson, who had the highest average score over his six best results partnering and playing against robots. He won £30 and got his name on the home page of the EBU web site. More details at
Congratulations to Julie and Ian Grant on winning the longest Swiss Pairs event ever held by Sheffield BC, six matches of eighteen boards each, held over a twelve week period using Bridge Club Live. Thanks to Ian for running the event.
A new Handicapped Swiss Pairs will start on 6 December. Please contact Ian at email@example.com if you are interested in playing.