Sheffield Bridge Club News

  • Yorkshire New Year Congress

    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... read more...
    Thursday, 07 January 2021 by
  • World's only Double Elimination KO 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... read more...
    Monday, 21 December 2020 by
  • Online Yorkshire League Season 1

    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.... read more...
    Tuesday, 08 December 2020 by
  • Handicapped Swiss Pairs current status

    Here is the draw for the 4th round and positions after 3 rounds. 22 pairs have entered this event which will last over 6 matches in 3 months in Bridge Club Live. Here are the positions after Round 3: Here is the draw for Round 3. Please scroll down for name translations! read more...
    Tuesday, 08 December 2020 by Barrie Partridge
  • The EBU November 2020 Funbridge winner

    ... 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 read more...
    Tuesday, 01 December 2020 by
  • Swiss Pairs League

    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 if you are interested in playing. read more...
    Monday, 30 November 2020 by
  • David Jones

    We have received the sad news that David Jones passed away yesterday in the palliative care unit at the Northern General Hospital. Our condolences to his widow, Pat. David and Pat originally joined Sheffield BC around 40 years ago. read more...
    Wednesday, 04 November 2020 by
  • Bobby Chambers

    The sad news has reached us that Bobby Chambers has died. Bobby had been a member of SBC for many years, playing mostly on Friday evenings. Bobby was part of the team that organises the Spring Charity Swiss Teams events. She was 89 and passed away in her sleep. read more...
    Saturday, 10 October 2020 by Barrie Partridge
  • EBU Great Northern Pairs

    Congratulations to Julie and Ian Grant on their 2nd place out of 64 in the Great Northern Pairs which replaced the Great Northern Swiss Pairs this year. They managed a huge score of 63.4% over the two sessions, coming second in each session. They were beaten by a York pair on 64.1% but were over 5% ahead of the pair in 3rd place. 64 boards were played over the two days. Ian and Julie very recently won the Isle of Man Congress Pairs, so are having a good run! read more...
    Tuesday, 06 October 2020 by
  • 9 SBC teams in the Yorkshire Online League

    The first Yorkshire Online League starts in October and Sheffield BC has entered nine teams, all starting in high divisions. I expect a second season to follow after the new year, as the F2F YL season has been confirmed as cancelled. 128 teams entered altogether and there are 16 divisions of 8 teams of four each. All matches to be played in BBO. A (Div 1) Dave Robinson, Tony Sowter, Sandy Davies, Tom Gisborne B (Div 1) Richard Pike, Arthur Hughes, Ian Grant, Julie Grant C (Div 2) Bazil... read more...
    Monday, 28 September 2020 by Barrie Partridge
  • Polka Tulk Blues Band promoted again!

    Bazil Caygill, Matthew Kiggins, Dominic Rayner, Keith Cornish, Ian Johns, John O'Sullivan and Chris and Jon Derrick, the Polka Tulk Blues Band team, have won Division 4 of the EBU Lockdown League Season 5 with a match to spare, having been promoted from Division 5 last season. Congratulations to them, and commiserations to the Dylan Boys team, including Sandy Davies, Tom Gisborne and Dave Robinson, who have missed promotions from Division 2 by just 1.5 VPs There were 10 divisions of this league.... read more...
    Saturday, 19 September 2020 by Barrie Partridge
  • Isle of Mann Congress Swiss Pairs on BBO

    Congratulations to Julie and Ian Grant on winning the Isle of Mann Congress Swiss Pairs by a huge margin. There were 60 pairs playing seven matches of six boards each. Their 64.51% score is quite impressive over 42 boards, and nearly 6% ahead of second place. Unusually for a Swiss event, it was possible to be drawn against pairs you had already played, and Julie and Ian played the last three matches against the same pair, as both pairs were way ahead of the rest of the field! read more...
    Friday, 18 September 2020 by
  • Swiss Pairs League underway in BCL

    The first SBC Swiss PairsLeague in BCL is underway with 16 pairs participating. Taking the lead after the first match are Ron Muse and Wendy Pye-Smith with Alison Ross and Jan DeForges in second The event started on Monday, 7th September and is running for 12 weeks (6 matches) We play one match every 2 weeksby arrangement with your opps. Play in either Daily MPS (non-DIDO mode) or Social. Each match to consist of 18 boards. All organised by Ian Grant. VP scales: Max VP 50.45 10 51.38 11 52.32 12 53.30 13 54.34 14 55.45 15 56.71 16 58.18 17 60.03 18 62.78 19 9999.00 20 read more...
    Sunday, 30 August 2020 by
  • Another SBC duplicate pairs!

    Karen and Andy McDonald scored a massive 75% to win our second duplicate pairs trial event in Bridge Club Live yesterday. Commiserations to Richard Gilbert and Dave Ritchie on having merely achieved second place despite a huge 69.44%. Ten pairs competed in an all-play-all movement of 18 boards. Full results at It is intended to start regular sessions very soon on BCL. read more...
    Thursday, 20 August 2020 by
  • First SBC duplicate pairs in 5 months!

    Bridge Club Live has hosted our club's first duplicate pairs movement for some months. 6 tables took part and winners were Mary Cousins and Steve Willis with 68%, closely followed by Ian and Julie Grant on 66%. The event was of 16 boards and a Howell-type movement was played with 8 rounds of 2 boards each. I am hoping to get the full results onto this web site soon. This coming Wednesday another event will be held as part of BCL's trial runs, and it is hoped to run regular sessions probably twice... read more...
    Saturday, 15 August 2020 by Barrie Partridge
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