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Welcome to the ECBC website!       Email 
    Phone  contact ==>  (03) 9877-7213 or 0405 101729   Site host: eXpression Systems 

Click here to see where ECBC play duplicate bridge on Monday and Friday evenings 7.30pm to 10.40pm (approx. finish)

Click here to see where you can learn Bridge    ► Beginners' Class Details  

Current Schedule Classes/Supervised sessions 

Eastern Contract* Bridge Centre,  Box Hill (Melbourne) Australia,  is a growing, friendly Bridge Club
catering for Bridge players of all levels (from Beginner to "Better than Average").

Classes and competition events are conducted throughout the year and on ANY night we will guarantee
you a partner if you need one! (When you come to ECBC you will ALWAYS get a game!)

You may contact the Centre's Director (Chris Raisin)  on the above phone numbers for further
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* Contract Bridge is another name for Duplicate Bridge.


Click here for latest WBF News!                                         Click here for Software/Books/Bridge Supplies (some free!)

Melbourne Cup Night, Monday 31st October, 2016 : Come along and bring a couple of extra dollars (or more) for usual fun sweeps (non-profit)........Competitivebridge on both Monday and Friday evenings (except Good Friday and Xmas Day/Xmas Eve) in afriendly, family-like atmosphere...A partner will ALWAYS be supplied if needed!...Beginners and Intermediate classes all week long (Click on "Classes" button).......

  Supervised (Social) sessions at Blackburn (see below).......... Duplicate Bridge Monday and Friday evenings at Burgess Family Centre, Barwon St, Box Hill (Off Elgar Rd)............For Classes click CLASSES button  on left of screen..........
  Click here for ABF latest News/Coming Events/Results


Install Bridge Base Online & Play for free!    Matches schedule to start soon! (Live!)       
Bridge Base Forums                                           Matches recently played                      
VuBridge (now free!)   Play practice hands and receive advice!  CLICK HERE

Changes Daily

Ron Klinger - Improve your Bridge

To obtain your current ABF MasterPoints E
To obtain your current CARDS rating E
CLICK HERE  (BridgeName=initial+surname: e.g. JSMITH)
(Player Number = ABF number)


ECBC News Scroll

19 Oct 16


We are now on countdown to the First Yeh Online Bridge World Cup, and the teams are all looking forward to what is going to be a really exciting and innovative event ! There has been a series of Press Releases relating to both the tournament and to some of the players. You can find these articles at:
There is also a lot of interest is the event itself, especially since Bill Gates himself is playing !
It starts on 31st October and can be watched online across the world using either BBO or "OurGame", so please check the times of play detailed here: .
You and your friends can then watch players battling it out from the venues in USA, China and Europe. It is the first time such an event has been staged, with commentary from experts and with live video footage of the players … personally I can’t wait !

To read the initial article on the event click on this link: Bridge across the world

18 Oct 16

 ► Latest FULL results è Click on "Monday Results" button (left of screen)

15 Oct 16

 ► Vu-Bridge Blue "Hand of the Week"    (Intermediate):Forcing Stayman

15 Oct 16

 ► Vu-Bridge Green "Hand of the Week" (Newcomers):Careful Now!
03 Oct 16

Latest (Oct 2016) VBA Bulletin

22 Sep 16


From 19/9/16 there is a new way to review hands played at the club! Each session will now have a link to BridgeWebs allowing you to either review and play the hands (using the same line of play that "Jack" played them) or to deviate from Jack's play to see if a different line of thought can make more tricks. You choose the contract!
Give it a try by clicking on: "Analyze and Play Hands" and replay as any times as you wish (you can even step back through the play and change your plan of action).
(Let us know what you think about this feature!)

17 Sep 16

 ► Winners in Bill Hughes Trophy - Your Red Points have now been added (Provisional) to the ABF Materpoints Database
09 Sep 16

Congratulations to our top performing pair in the Australia-Wide Pairs 2016 (Christine Paine and her partner).
They came 199th (out of 1603). Tough competition - only 4 losing hands out of 25 but they still missed out on Red Points! :-(

07 Sep 16 Click here for latest (Aug2016) ABF Masterpoints Centre Newsletter
07 Sep 16 Click here for latest (Sept2016) ABF Newsletter (full colour magazine of articles & pictures in PDF format)
16 Aug 16 Results of Bill Hughes Trophy 2016 è Click HERE for all results or click HERE for results of just our clubs players.
Congratulations to Oliver Goodman and David Hill who were ranked 57 out of 962 world wide! Where did you come?
03 July 16

Congratulations to the Christine Paine and Martin Murphy who came 10th (out of 40) in the Australian National
Butler Pairs 2016 held in Queensland this weekend (2nd and 3rd July).......They played at the rather swank Kedron/Wavell Services Club in Chermside .....For full results of their bridge event click HERE
This terrific result was followed their great win in Melbourne at the Vic Simultaneous Pairs (see below).
How tremendous is this pair! (No wonder they keep winning at our club's home events most weeks!)
....(No pressure! LOL)

23 Jun 16

2016 Bill Hughes Trophy (3rd of our 4 big comps. for the year)
Monday 27th June 2016 
Cost is only $4 + Table Fee [ i.e. Members $14-00, Visitors $15-00]
Do join us for this event, which is great fun and gives you the chance to
compete against other pairs from all over the world (mainly UK but also USA/Canada/Europe)
An annual favourite event at our club with prizes coming from the UK for the local winners
(mini-trophy for winners and pens for runners-up) . Printed analysis of each hand supplied via
PDF on this web site.  Again you can watch as clubs upload from all around the world, and get
the "buzz" of excitement as the scores change. (Note: Hand results on the website will not be available until 6th July 2015 since clubs around the world participate on different days)                       

29 May 16

Congratulations to the Christine Paine and Martin Murphy who won the finals of the Victorian Simultaneous Pairs 2016 (Restricted section)!.......They collected $2000 in prize funds to cover cost of airfare to and from Brisbane
(plus accomodation and fees) in order to play at the Australian National Congress (ANC) on 2nd-3rd July 2016.....
All the club wishes them the best of luck (but with their skill they may not need it!)
and we hope they enjoy themselves "in the big time"!

09 Apr 16 Congratulations to David McKenzie for becoming a contender for McCutcheons Trophy (Local **)
Click here to view current trophy contendors (McCutcheon Trophy: Players winning most Masterpoints in a period)

09 Apr 16

 ► Updated ABF Masterpoint Reports (March 2016) includes club's most improved!
..........Just click on Red button on left "MasterpointRpts" or click here

15 Jan 16

 ► Updated yearly calendars of events for 2016...........Please note that RED POINT events in 2016 will be on
the THIRD Monday of selected months (Feb-Mar,May,Jul-Nov) Click here or on link at top of this page.

20 Dec 15

 ► Christmas break
  Last Fri night for 2015    : Fri     18 Dec 2015
Last Mon night for 2015 : Mon  21 Dec 2015 (Xmas Party.....$12 & plate with something on it...Not biscuits)
First Mon night for 2016 : Mon 11 Jan 2016
First Fri night for 2016    : Fri     15 Jan 2016

11 Nov 15

 ► Even if you are not a "new" member of the ABF, reading the ABF Newcomers Kit is a real eye-opener and
contains a lot of interesting things of which that bridge players may not be aware.
Have a read by clicking HERE

03 Nov 14

 ► ECBC Melbourne Cup 2015 Draws :  $1-00 Sweep  $2-00 Sweep    Official Race Results     Sweep Results

05 Jul 15

 ► Do you know your current "CARDS" rating ?  (See above - its different from your ABF ranking)

05 Jul 15

 ► Players' Bidding Pads are recorded for EVERY session at ECBC !!
We continue to be perhaps the only club in the world to do this!
(nearly all bids made at the club since 01/12/08 are on record!....whew!!)
Click on "Monday/Friday Results" buttons (left of screen) and select "Handouts"on a particular session

05 Jul 15

 ► Vu-Bridge:  Special Bidding Quiz (Intermediate/Experts)

04 Jan 15

 ► Congratulations to trophy winners for 2014:
                                      Club Champion 2014
Martin Murphy
        Deanne James Trophy Winners 2014
Liz Wilby & Simon Smith   

01 Nov 14

 ► Win prizes! Try the new Puzzle Page from Australian Bridge:
   Click here for easy puzzles and win!

24 Sep 14

 ► To save space on our servers, the links on the "Results" pages for both "Hands"
and "Handouts" will remain active for only 12 months after the date their associated
events.These items are still obtainable on request (just send an email to

28 Aug 14

 ► Latest ABF News/Coming Events/Results now available anytime via new link which appears below the scrolling "ticker-tape" items on this page (above this listing).

23 Aug 14

 ► Exciting NEW Bridge "on-line" magazine from Australian Bridge produced especially
 for Novices! Cost is $25 p.a. for 6 issues - GREAT READ and fun for
new/intermediate players -
view a FREE sample by clicking this link==> VIEW FREE SAMPLE", or get a sample
(in PDF format ) by clicking==> PDF sample or purchase a years subscription
(6 on-line issues) for $25-00 through "The Bridge Shop" (click here)

06 Apr 14


Relaxation on late arrivals. Partners are now ALWAYS guaranteed! ==> Click here

16 Oct 13

 ► Game Changer - A Bridge to unexpected places Click Here then watch video!

05 Oct 13


Click "Std American System" button on left side of screen...Update on "CRO" convention
(pages 57-59)

18 Sep 13

 ► How NOT to play bridge!!  Click here

12 Jul 13

 ► Changes to "Alerting" rules from 1st August 2013 Click here

10 May13

 ► A letter from the ABF Secretary to all ABF members

03 May13

 ► 81 Years young Betty making a real difference to the world of bridge by teaching it to young people in need. Can you help her out? Click here

06 Mar 13

 ► See Warren Buffett  doing what we know best Click here

02 Mar 13

 ► We are in the News! - Extract from VBA Newsletter Mar 2013 (see below) Click here for quick read

20 Feb 13

 ► Make the most of your entries - Click here to see, play and learn free of charge! (VuBridge)

07 Jan 13


Photo Gallery updates  See photos taken at the 2012 Christmas Party (and Video of live entertainment!)

25 Oct 12

Added New button to show "Events" at ECBC,VBA and ABF     (just below "Ladders/Averages" button)

18 Sep 12

 ► See the number of countries that visit our website! Click here
18 Sep 12  ► Great addition to useful links-      (Clue: "Look! Up in the sky!..It's a's a .....")       Click here

29 Apr 12


Are you interested in how we record all our bidding in a session and then produce a printed
record of same after the session? (Click here) . Just send us an email and we will send you
details! Send email

12 Apr 11

 ► Want to see our dealing machine in action?    Click here    and  also  here!
10 Sep 10  ► Sad day for Bridge!   Click here

28 Jul 10

 ► Warning!........Be careful how you treat your bridge partner! Click here
21 May10 Australian Systems-Colour definitions
                                                    ( a PDF document of AUTRALIA'S standards-it clarifies the
                                                     colour coding for systems in this country-See earlier posting on

                                                     28 Apr 2010 for New Zealand's Standards
28 Apr 10 New Zealand Systems-Colour definitions
                                                  ( a PDF document of New Zealand's standards-it clarifies the
                                                    colour coding for systems in that country-See later posting on
                                                    21 May 2010 for Australia's Standards)
27 Apr 10 Enjoy a mini "Bridge holiday" in Gippsland (drive yourself) ==> Click here
25 Dec 09 To all Bridge Players world-wide - A special message from the DirectorClick here

24 May 09

 ► Interesting news telecast on Bridge by CBS Television in the USA   Click here
13 May 08  ► Gary Brown's latest Top Tips are here!  (#6)       Tip #1    Tip#2   Tip#3   Tip#4   Tip#5  Tip#6
27 Apr 08 Link to new Victorian Bridge Forum - Click the "Bridge Links" button

17 Mar 08


Articles - New article   "Finding Pattern of a Bridge Hand"

11 Mar 08


Cheat Sheets updated (and fixed) for various conventions...Click "Cheat Sheets" button

10 Mar 08  ► New Quizzes now available-Beginner,Level1,Level2:    Click►Quizzes/Competitions/Movies
11 Dec 07 Ron Klinger - Improve your Bridge - Daily Puzzles etc. (◄ Click link or go via "Bridge Links" button)
21 Oct 07  ► Bridge Laws from ABF with addendum alterationsLaws 2007    More Details
19 Feb 07  ► Update to BHV program:  New version 1.98.2 Click here
18 Oct 06


ECBC ScreenSaver....Click here to get it now (select OPEN/RUN and then Unzip)

12 Jul 06


Jack's "World Bridge Standard" system used by Jack when playing our hands Click here

03 Jun 06 Details of new Bridge Ratings scheme ("CARDS") developed by George Kozakos, Paul Marston and Ian McKinnon ...... Click here
14 Feb 06 Play Online tournaments at StepBridge  ► Click here for latest message
14 Dec 05 Exciting news from StepBridge - Latest Australian On-Line Bridge Club  ► Click here

27 Oct  05


Updated "Negative Doubles" in document  "A Standard American System" (page 15)

25 Oct  05



24 Oct  05



02 Jul   05

Added Quick Link at top of all pages to "Events/News"...Use it when you first arrive at ECBC

18 Feb 05


Have we now hit big time publicity?  Click here

17 Oct  04  ► Added "Practice Hands" button to left-hand menu on all ECBC screens

03 Oct  04


"Bridge Laws" added as a link on button down left hand side of screen (2nd group)

16 Oct  04  ► ABF Alerting Regulations added (new button down left-hand-side) here

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