Unidentified Trophy

The Union is used to finding that its various trophies sometimes seem to disappear but here is one that turned up at an auction in Leicestershire recently.

Northleigh Challenge Cup

The inscription reads as follows:


So far no-one in the NIBU community has been able to recall such an event being played. The only possible link is with a certain Geoffrey Fell who was a long-time official within the English Bridge Union. He died in 1971.

Any helpful comments should be sent to Hon. Secretary Michael McFaul mjmcfaul@gmail.com .

NIBU Lockdown Teams Event (Swiss Format)

The NIBU is proposing to run a Swiss Teams event online. Entries are welcome from players from all home nations. This is NOT an attempt to hold the annual NIBU league fixtures online but a completely separate event.

Details of the event can be found here .

Team Entries to date. (Last updated on 29 October at 12 noon)

Anyone interested in fielding a team should submit their team name e.g. ‘Bill’s Bruisers’ along with the names of up to 6 team members on or before 31 October to Harold Curran. Contact details below:

Email:       haroldcurran@hotmail.com
Mobile:   07718392819

Belfast Swiss Pairs (IMP Scoring) – 15 November

Following on from the great entry by Intermediate Players in the Autumn Congress, there will be 2 sections in this event.  As well as an Open Section, by popular demand, there will be an Intermediate Section.  We would encourage all Intermediate Players to take part in this fun event.

The competition will commence at 11 am. This will be a 1 session event of 48 boards with a 1 hour break at 1.45 pm. The event is due to finish at 5.45pm approximately.

Entry Fee: $10 per person.

Click here for entry form

On Line Tournaments

NIBU run three online tournaments

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday begin at 7pm and will run under vNIBU136
The entry fee will be $2 per person 

Click here for a guide to entering and playing in these tournaments

All competitors should note that BBO retains a complete archive of all hands played. Should any player fall under suspicion of cheating, their playing records may be accessed and presented as evidence

Results of the NIBU Tournaments can be viewed in the Results Calendar.

NIBU Interclub Duplicate Club Pairs

Two heats of the NIBU Interclub Duplicate Pairs were held during the week beginning 20 September. The winners of each heat are as follows:

Heat 1A (130 pairs) : Paul and Helen Tranmer, 72.41%
Heat 1B (60 pairs; Beatrice Lowry and Tom McKeever, 64.79%

As usual, we are very grateful to Ian Hamilton for his efforts over many years in organising the Interclub Duplicate Pairs.

Click here to see the full results.

NIBU Autumn Congress

The NIBU Autumn Congress was held online from 11th-13th September

A very big thanks to Ian Hamilton for his efforts over many weeks in setting up and administering our first online Congress. The event was an outstanding success with entries from all over the UK and Ireland. Total entries were as follows:
            Mixed Pairs – 90 pairs
            Congress Pairs – 60 pairs
            Congress Teams – 48 teams
            Intermediate Pairs – 50 pairs
            Open Pairs(2 events) – 32/26 pairs.
Click here for Congress website where full details and results are available


The AGM took place at La Mon on Sunday 23rd August from 2:30pm.

Attendees were appropriately socially distanced !!

Draft Minutes of the AGM can be viewed here