News

6-November-2018

Knock-Out Draws

Draws for the next round in both knockouts have been made – see left-hand links. Captains have been informed. There is one either-or which is expected to be resolved next week.

13-November: The final Round 1 match has been played.

2-October-2018

2018 SURDOC

Congratulations to David Hull, Stuart Leigh, Chris Brewin and Brian Kelly of Stock Exchange who won the annual teams.

TeamStoForCivBtABtBRACWhiBtCLivKPMIMPs
Stock Exchangex-1771341216-11111045
Formtex17x-20-22174-49111931
Civil Service-720x156-4-113-627
Buttons A-1322-15x110943122
Buttons B-4-17-6-1x10-111-22414
RAC Rolls Royce-12-44-10-10x-3-5-423-21
White Rabbits-1641-913x6-131-22
Buttons C11-9-1-4-115-6x12-21-24
Livesey Second-11-11-3-32413-12x-3-24
KPMG Blue-10-196-1-24-23-1213x-48

See the full results.

21-September-2018

SURDOC – Places Left

Two places remain for this year's SURDOC Trophy on Tuesday 2nd October. We are now accepting additional teams from clubs and indeed, those made up of players from more than one LBH participating team.

The following teams have already entered:

See full details (or from left).

12-September-2018

Website

There have been a few changes to the forms that record results and team details. In the main these are 'under the hood', to consolidate data and better manage the end of its useful life. That part, the removal of personal details from historical records, is ongoing.

The results submission has been tidied so, I hope, adding new players is more intuitive. If any irregularities emerge, I'd like to know.

4-September-2018

AGM Tomorrow, Wednesday 5th September

6:15pm at Room 3, Church House Westminster

The AGM and captains' meeting (to arrange fixtures for the season) is almost upon us. There will be no paper copies at the AGM of the following documents – please print your own if you require them (the fixtures sheet is especially useful).

For information the forthcoming season will look like this:

AGM Agenda
  1. Opening by chairman
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Approval of the minutes of the 2017 AGM
  4. Matters arising from the 2017 AGM
  5. Chairman's report
  6. Arrangement and Cancellation of matches
  7. Treasurer's report
  8. Election of officers
  9. Appointment of Auditor
  10. Dates for SURDOC and Selfridges
  11. Playing of League and Cup matches
  12. Any other business

At conclusion of AGM,

Or download printable copy [PDF].

1-September-2018

New Season Update

A personal thanks to all captains for prompt replies to registration invitations. I had thought the AGM was 10 days later and the pre-season was correspondingly shorter than previous but, if anything, it has run more smoothly.

The 2018-19 League Season will be one team larger than last year: TKFH have returned, there is a new RAC team, 'Spitfire' but we have lost the National Audit Office who, despite winning Division Five last year, can no longer raise a team.

The draw for the knockout is now available from left.

22-August-2018

New Season!

AGM: Wednesday 5th September, 6:15pm at Room 3, Church House Westminster

See this map [PDF]. Please come to the North Door entrance in Great Smith Street as the Dean's Yard entrance shuts at 6:00pm.

Agenda and other documentation to follow.

The AGM will be followed by a captains' meeting to arrange fixtures.

League and Knockout

The draft divisions are linked from left and is broadly the result of 'two up, two down' from last year's standings. We are pleased to welcome a new team, RAC Spitfire, and to balance the divisions, some thirds have been promoted.

The first-round draw for the Cup will be made closer to the AGM when there is more confidence in the number of teams competing.

SURDOC

The teams-of-four event is on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, 6:00pm at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, 54 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8HA. See the full details.

Registration for 2018-2019

Team entries are managed online via this website. Captains have been sent an email detailing how to access and confirm/amend all their team's details – entry to League/KO/SURDOC, contact information, line-ups.

If your captain is away or has stood down, please get in touch and you'll be sent a code to access your team's details. At the very least we need you to press the button and confirm you are entering again this year.

Note:

31-August-2018

Gainsborough Plate

Congratulations to CMS Alumni (Roy Griggs, Arthur Dyson, David Reuben, Mark Nichols) who beat Lavender Blue (Andrew Stimson, Anne Stimson, Bill Harvey, Roger Boothman) in the final, 50-35.

14-June-2018

Leslie Dodds

Congratulations to Stock Exchange 'A' (Peter Cogliatti, David Hull, Stuart Leigh, Jimmy Strauss), beat RAC Rolls Royce (Andrew Kisiel, David Glass, Brigitte Kisiel, Pralab Barua) in the final (Brian Kelly played for Stock Exchange in an earlier round).

League

All matches complete! This year's honour roll:

Division 1.
Buttons 'B'
Division 2.
White Rabbits
Division 3.
Wanderers
Division 4.
RAC Rolls Royce
Division 5.
National Audit Office

Only the Plate final to go…

15-May-2018

AGM Date: Wednesday 5th September

The 2018 AGM at which fixtures will be set for the 2018-19 season, will be on Wednesday 5th September. The venue will again be the Church Commissioners' Office, 5:30pm for 6:15pm.

Full details to follow in due course, entry to the League, Knockout and SURDOC will again be online.

15-May-2018

Congratulations to Andrew McAlister and Roy Westwater who, after placing second in 2016 and 2017, have their names on the cup.

1.Andrew McAlister & Roy Westwater55.62%
2.Marina Chaning Pearce & Ross Cope53.75%
3.Konrad Mau & John Gibbons53.75%

See the full results.

23-April-2018

Selfridges Pairs

As announced below, Tuesday May 15th is the Selfridges Pairs at the Young Chelsea, Goldhawk Road.

The bare details are: single-session matchpoint pairs; 6:00pm for sandwiches etc., 6:30pm prompt start to play; £12.50 per player payable on the night; prior registration required; limited to 26 pairs.

See the full details.

12-March-2018

Advance Notice – Selfridges Pairs

Tuesday May 15th has been booked for the Selfridges Pairs at the Young Chelsea.

1-December-2017

John Lewis

Regrettably John Lewis have withdrawn from the League (Division Two). Their captain has written to all opponents.

28-November-2017

Knockout Draws

The draws for the Leslie Dodds Cup (round-one winners) and Gainsborough Plate (others) have now been made and are available from the left. There should be 13 teams in each – and consequently three byes – but there are also three yet-to-be-played round-one fixtures (or perhaps, yet-to-be-reported?). Naming and shaming:

These have all been resolved. Livesey have withdrawn from the Plate.

Those teams are facing a double-default if they do not play before 8-Dec-2017.

The play-by date for round-two remains at 12-Jan-2018. Arguably it might be put back due to recent troubles (and consequent late draw) but as there are only five matches in each event, I have left it unchanged.

27-November-2017

Service Update (4)

Literally minutes after writing the text below I had another email from Mark Newton:

More changes to your web server

I am still 'messing about' I got the sizing of the virtual hard disc wrong so am having to make a copy of the server but will more disk space.

This means can you leave of any updating until after the weekend please?

Sorry for all this.

Needless to say, that erased my update but I reapplied the local version. Draw for knockouts tomorrow, Tuesday (all being well).

24-November-2017

Service Update (3)

It's been a frustrating period with the website intermettently unavailable for sometimes, days. I hope that is now at an end. After being moved to a temprary server (see below) it came to light it too was not in good health. Today I received the following update:

New server installed

I have copied the old server across over night and will be switching over to the new one soon. If you have uploaded any new information overnight or this morning, this will be lost in the transfer. Just re upload the changes and all should be fine. None of your setting should change.

There will be a small amount of downtime as the IP addresses are moved.

Mark Newton
MD Ecats Ltd

I will make the draw (now overdue) for the knockouts for Monday 27th November.

31-October-2017

Service Update (2)

The whole site was down from about 6pm yesterday until just before noon.

30-October-2017

Service Update

The mail server was not working properly and though submitting results did not cause an error and did redirect to the 'mail sent' page, no confirmation mail was received. At least until an hour or so ago when the stream was 'unblocked'.

Understandably there were duplicates as captains tried again. I've checked these and most were faithful copies but where there were discrepancies in line-ups, I've gone for the latest. Please feel free to correct if the scorecard is wrong.

27-October-2017

2017 SURDOC

Congratulations to Konrad Mau, John Gibbons, Andrew Shillam and Mike Shilling of White Rabbits who won the annual teams on Tuesday 24th.

TeamWhiNatRACStoButHabButKPMCivForIMPs
White Rabbits**73-213-811515-737
National Audit Office-7**02-710229-121027
RAC Morgan-30**-43-12111351225
Stock Exchange2-24**626-2-5-11624
Buttons A-137-3-6**-79-6112012
Habeas Corpus - Livesey8-1012-267**7-100-3
Buttons B-11-2-112-9-7**14211-11
KPMG Blue-5-29-13561-14**191-29
Civil Service-1512-511-110-2-19**-1-30
Formtex7-10-12-6-200-11-11**-52

See the full results.

Service Announcement

The delay in posting the SURDOC result was due to a malicious attack on our host's servers affecting multiple sites. We haven't been inconvenienced other than being unable to update this week until now. It is not out of the question that we might see some teething problems having been moved to a clean server.

AGM Tomorrow, Wednesday 6th September

6:15pm at Room 3, Church House Westminster

The AGM and captains' meeting (to arrange fixtures for the season) is almost upon us. There will be no paper copies at the AGM of the following documents – please print your own if you require them (the fixtures sheet is especially useful).

For information the forthcoming season will look like this:

AGM Agenda
  1. Opening by chairman
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Approval of the minutes of the 2016 AGM
  4. Matters arising from the 2016 AGM
  5. Chairman's report
  6. Invitation to London Trophy teams
  7. Treasurer's report
  8. Election of officers
  9. Appointment of Auditor
  10. Dates for SURDOC and Selfridges
  11. Playing of League and Cup matches
  12. Any other business

At conclusion of AGM,

Or download printable copy [PDF].

2-September-2017

Unfortunately in recent weeks there have been problems with emails both to and from the LBH mailboxes.

But at the time of writing, submissions from the website are now working again.

12-August-2017

New Season!

AGM: Wednesday 6th September, 6:15pm at Room 3, Church House Westminster

See this map [PDF]. Please come to the North Door entrance in Great Smith Street as the Dean's Yard entrance shuts at 6:00pm.

Agenda and other documentation to follow.

The AGM will be followed by a captains' meeting to arrange fixtures.

SURDOC

The teams-of-four event is on Tuesday, 24th October 2017, 6:00pm at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club, 54 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 8HA. See the full details.

Registration for 2017-2018

Team entries are managed online via this website. Captains have been sent an email detailing how to access and confirm/amend all their team's details – entry to League/KO/SURDOC, contact information, line-ups.

If your captain is away or has stood down, please get in touch and you'll be sent a code to access your team's details. At the very least we need you to press the button and confirm you are entering again this year.

Note:

19-July-2017

AGM: Wednesday 6th September, 6:15pm
Room 3, Church House, Westminster SW1P 3NZ

The 2017 AGM and captains' meeting will again be in early September. Resolutions for consideration and nominations for officers or members of the committee are invited. Those must reach the committee by 27th August (10 days before AGM).

Registration for the new season will begin in early August. As in recent years, entries will be online only.

This map [PDF] shows the location of Church House. Please come to the North Door entrance in Great Smith Street as the Dean's Yard entrance shuts at 6:00pm.

30-June-2017

Young Chelsea Ladies Teams 2017

The Young Chelsea Bridge Club is delighted to present its first Ladies Swiss Teams. It will be held at the club premises (54 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8HA) over the weekend of 16th & 17th September 2017.

The format is ten 10-board matches, entry is £300 per team (4, 5 or 6 players). There will be a generous prize pool (amounts dependant on entries).

Further details on the YC website alternately download a flyer [PDF].

25-April-2017

Selfridges Pairs 2017

Congratulations to John Bernard and Nigel Stuttard, winners of our annual Pairs, commiserations to Andrew McAlister and Roy Westwater, runners-up for the second year running.

1.John Bernard & Nigel Stuttard58.97%
2.Andrew McAlister & Roy Westwater57.69
3.Bill Linton & Tim Pelling54.49
4=Richard Evans & Peter Smith52.88
4=Konrad Mau & Neeraj Tanna52.88

See the full results.

9-April-2017

Selfridges Pairs

As announced below, Tuesday April 25th is the Selfridges Pairs at the Young Chelsea, Goldhawk Road.

The bare details are: single-session matchpoint pairs; 6:00pm for sandwiches etc., 6:30pm prompt start to play; £10 per player payable on the night; prior registration required; limited to 26 pairs.

See the full details.

12-January-2017

Advance Notice – Selfridges Pairs

Tuesday April 25th has been booked for the Selfridges Pairs at the Young Chelsea.

8-December-2016

Normal service for results has been resumed.

5-December-2016

Panic over!

The draws of 22nd November have been reinstated.

Thanks to Mark Newton, ever helpful man in charge of ECats who host this site. He was able to retrieve backups and restore the files. I will have to do some (careful) work behind the scenes so that the KO results are processed properly but it's no more than I deserve. There might be a delay in posting KO (not league) matches.

2-December-2016

Plate and Cup Draws

Both Plate and Cup draws have been accidentally corrupted and the original fixtures posted below (and until today) lost.

Unfortunately there is no way of recreating the draw except by appeal to the teams involved. I would be very grateful if you could write to with the details of your fixture. This will almost certainly mean that the draws for round 3 will be another random draw.

I am very sorry for the inconvenience.

22-November-2016

Plate and Cup Draws

There is one match still to play but the draw for the second rounds in both Cup and Plate have now been made. The first round can still be seen and used but now the links from the left-hand navigation go to the competitions proper.

The next round should be complete by Friday 13th January 2017 … a generous allowance on an extra month as I might have made the draw earlier.

27-October-2016

New Team

Welcome to Canary Wharf a new club and a new team in Division Five.

They heard about the LBH only recently but have moved with speed and enthusiasm to join the League. They have already made contact with other teams in their division.

4-October-2016

2016 SURDOC

Congratulations to BTONS, Tim Pelling, Bill Linton, John Bernard and Nigel Stuttard who took the first prize of the 2016-17 season.

TeamBTOCivRACStoHabLivLavHurRACNAOIMPs
BTONSx9-31431224231983
Civil Service-9x624-2101114-9449
RAC Morgan3-6x-810-3-110211339
Stock Exchange-14-248x26-117131118
Habeas Corpus-32-10-2x-5012-1214-4
Livesey Bridge Club-12-103-65x-9-6719-9
Lavender Blue-24-111109x181-20-25
Hurlingham TFKH-2-14-10-17-126-18x2515-27
RAC Elite-39-21-1312-7-1-25x0-49
NAO-19-4-13-11-14-1920-150x-75

See full scores and line-ups.