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More news from an old friend
More news from an old friend

NEW!  Mike receives a top award from the Chairman of  Berks and Bucks FA for being scrumptious.

He scrubs up well in a suit!

Click on the text to watch the video. Look out for Mikes knees!

I sent an email to Mike Dobson congratulating him on Sunderland surviving the drop this season:-)

He writes 'On a refereeing note got an email yesterday saying I have been awarded the FA Community Award sponsored by McDonalds for "outstanding service to refereeing" which will be held at Madeski Stadium and have to let them have a video beforehand so all in all quite a bit going on'

Very big congratulations from us all! He also says that he is playing twice a week in local bridge clubs.
Lucky clubs is a
ll I can say!
 

 

 

Galley Miller!
Galley Miller!

Paul has kindly volunteered to make sure that we all stay shipshape by overseeing the organisation and victualing in the kitchen.
Naturally we will all still do our own washing up and wiping down as before.

 

Bournemouth Bridge Holiday
Bournemouth Bridge Holiday

Our own Mike Dobson has taken over from Richard Czapski in running what used to be called Elwyn's bridge Holiday. (Do keep up!)
Unless global warming takes a hike in the next eight months we cannot guarantee that the weather will look like the picture:-)
Click on the text to find out more.

Chief Host Angel !
Chief Host Angel !


Our club has always been a great advocate of 'everyone gets a game'. Just turn up and a partner will be found - every time.
It particularily suits people graduating from courses who have yet to find a regular partner and people new to the area who want to try our club (good choice!)

Our lovely Maureen is our Chief Host Angel.  Her task is to allocate volunteer hosts to session dates.
She looks a bit shocked here actually:-)

Hello Stephen!
Hello Stephen!

A very warm welcome to our new TD. We all know and love Stephen of course and it's not easy this TDing stuff. He handled everything so well on his first night in charge. It didn't help that the centre's WiFi was down but the results were still in the player's boxes by 11pm. Very well done Stephen! 

Bad Weather Cancellations
Bad Weather Cancellations

If the weather is a bit tricky a decision whether the session will be held will be taken no later than 5pm on the day of the session and posted here on the website.

Am livid because you went to bed with an Ace!

Announcing this that and the other
Announcing this that and the other
We have all got used to 'announcing' the range of partners opening bid of 1NT. Now the rules have been extended to announcing the range of the opening bid of 2NT.
Subsequent transfers and Stayman also require an announcement.
Additionally those of us that play 5-card major suit openings, a minor suit opening that could be two cards or fewer should be announced even if it is non-forcing. 
 
Come and join us!
Come and join us!

Is our bridge club like this? No! We are far younger and more vibrant - honest!

New to Buckinghamshire and played a bit before?
Or maybe played ages ago and want to get started again.
Or perhaps you play at another local club that plays on a different night


Whatever your reason visit our friendly club. You will be more than welcome.
We meet every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Town centre location. Bags of parking space.
A partner will be found, no need to pre-book - or bring your own partner.
 EBU affiliated. Instant scoring with hand records.
Our club specialises in newcomers and improvers.
Beginner's courses and improvers seminars
 

New!  Commentary of the session's hands by top international players and authors Andrew Kambites and Brian Senior (and me!) will be emailed to the players immediately after the session. By the time you get home the commentary will be in your inbox. The commentary includes suggested auction and some play and defence points on each of the deals.
 
Contact sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com - and lets see how we can get you started.
 Or just turn up!


   

We Love Andrew Robson and his Tea Party
We Love Andrew Robson and his Tea Party

Andrew Robson is a columnist for The Times newspaper. He is a top international player. He runs a great bridge club in London.
He does what we do at Aylesbury Vale. He teaches new students then provides a place to play at his club for their onward development and enjoyment.
In a series of articles in The Times, Andrew describes the problem with many bridge clubs. Some of the established players simply cannot help themselves.

Many people fresh from courses find that far from being cherished and made welcome they are the subject of rude, officious, critical and intimidating behaviour. He, like me, despair of this. Having gently nurtured and encouraged new players through sixty hours of learning, to have them disappear after a couple of club sessions to social bridge forever, not to see them again is heart breaking.

Andrew operates what he calls a zero tolerance rule. He says, no bad behaviour is allowed. Ever. That the North/South players should behave as if they are hosting a tea party. A cheery hello when the opposition arrive at the table, a thank you when they depart and a nice cheery smile at all times.

The thing is beginners will alway be a bit slow to begin with. They will fiddle with the bidding box. They will get the odd top board against you using a complete misbid or a bizarre lead.
But at our bridge club, like Andrews' bridge club, where we specialise in evolving beginner's from classroom to clubroom we rely on an especially friendly playing environment to continue our work. And, like Andrew, may find it neccesary from time to time to ask established players to move on for the sake of the bigger picture.

 

Seminar in Southampton
Seminar in Southampton

Seemed strange to be doing a seminar in Southampton this weekend and not being on a ship!

Oh My Goodness!
Oh My Goodness!

It was the Night of the Stars when our Nick Stubbs and Ray Heath played Zia Mahmood.
With a field that boasted at least a dozen household-name world champions our intrepid duo played in the event which raised over £50K for four charities.

Ray picks up the story ..
"After an energy-sapping evening the last two boards were against Zia!

Nick bid and declared what felt like the most nerve racking game of his life.  When he finally made it with an overtrick, he mopped his brow out of relief it was over.

 

Then the final board of the evening.  Zia asked "Is this the last of the evening?"  Ray said "Yes, so impress us."  Zia's partner opened the bidding 1 with Zia responding 1 . The auction continued to 1NT.
At this point a director asked if anyone had mislaid a spectacle case and Ray briefly looked up from the table.  At this precise moment Zia bid 6
.  "Did I miss something in the bidding?" Ray exclaimed! 
Nick and Ray were suitably impressed and never happier to have received a joint bottom".

 

Our featured board was board 2.
East/West were playing 5-card majors and a strong no trump and so East had to open a short 1
♣.
A nice quiet 1 response from Zia followed by a 1NT rebid (now 12-14) bid by East and Zia flies into action!
The contract needs both the K
♠ and the K right.
Zia would be fairly confident that the K
♠ was right as Ray had overcalled a spade. In value terms the K♣ was probably marked with the overcaller too. He has no other finnesing position anyway so needs must!
I am assuming that Ray led the K
. Zia will win, ruff a heart to get back to hand and play a small club to the Q♣, when the K♣ pops up with North it just remains to win any return then ruff a couple of losing clubs in dummy (before drawing trumps) take the spade finnese and claim the contract. 
It is a cheeky slam. Against the odds. But it is the last hand of the evening and Zia's partnership needed to get some imps on the board. Thats Zia.

6 bid and made losing just to the K♣. 

 

Simply the Best

Chris Ainley and Geoff Warburton scored a magnificent 74% - not quite a club record as Jonathan and Rosalie scored 75% last year - recently playing North/South at our club.
Just to prove that it is not all luck they were the only pair on board 11 to evaluate their hands correctly. Chris opens this magnificent hand with 1
♠.
I am assuming the actual auction but this is how it probably (should) have gone.
Most Souths passed but Geoff realised that the singleton club added much value to his hand and so even with only three spade cards managed to squeak 2
♠.
It was a great squeak!
Chris's hand now improves with the known spade fit and the singleton diamond and has no trouble in reaching for the 4
 card.
Winning the lead (albiet a bizarre 10
 rather than the more natural Q) Chris must now optimise the dummy's singleton club and start ruffing away those club losers rather than draw the trumps. Most made eleven tricks but only Chris and Geoff bid it. Worthy winners.

41st best place to live!
41st best place to live!

Aylesbury Vale has been voted the 41st best place to live in the UK.
We have no doubt that our bridge club of the same name has contributed to this bestness.

The Way we Were
The Way we Were

Sue looks back at how things were when she first started at a bridge club nearly forty years ago (I know!)
Somethings never change of course. There are still 52 cards in a pack. And still the odd joker down at the club.
But the way we access our information has transformed the way we view things.
Click on the picture to read the story.

 

National Treasure RIP
National Treasure RIP

Tony Priday who died this week was one of the last of the greats. It was such a privilege to spend time with him last year .

Dinner with a national treasure is always a treat. On board ship was Tony Priday and his wife Vivian. We heard great stories of legends such as Stan Stayman and Omar, Reese and Schapiro.

Tony with his wife Vivian beat everyone in sight in the daily duplicate and even gave us all a seminar on hands played. 

Click for the latest results

Brian Senior writes our commentatries on the first Tuesday of the month.
August is a very busy month for him as he plays and does the bulletins and commentaries at the Brighton congress.
Click on the text to read his topic on preempting which was first published last week at Brighton.
There is some very interesting stuff, such as if you preempt with a poor suit but high point count it rarely pays off because the opposition are less likely to have anything on their way and very likely to have a great defence to your contract.
We do of course emphasise that the preempting suit should be good quality of course, for the above reasons. Buts its great to remind ourselves why.

 

 

 

Children in Need
Children in Need

This year the CiN sim Pairs will be on Tuesday 10th November. We are already planning it!

Farewell Omar
Farewell Omar

Working for the EBU had its very good moments.  This was taken in the late 1990s at the Macallan Pairs in London. I was invited by our Helen Schapiro to join a dinner table with him, Boris and other top players where the language du jour was French!
As it happens school girl french could work out the most common question that evening. 'rouge ou blanc'?

One of the questions I was most asked was 'is Omar really a good player'. The answer to that was yes.

Another legend departs.

Guest Commentators Andrew Kambites and Brian Senior join us

Our club has engaged the services of two of the countries top bridge authors to write the commentary for our Tuesday club sessions.

Our improvers especially have enjoyed reading the commentaries after each session.
And now they will get a top expert's take on how the bidding should proceed for each deal that they have played.
It is such a good aide to the learning process to find out what you should have bid on a hand. There will also be one or two playing and defensive tips too.

Top authors Brian Senior and Andrew Kambites have each agreed to guest a commentary once a month.

As before the commentary will be in your inbox as soon as you get home from the session on Tuesday evening.

For the other weeks in the month am afraid you will just get me:-)

Watch Out - They are Coming to Get You!
Watch Out - They are Coming to Get You!

The class of the first part of 2015 are coming to get you next Tuesday.
Be afraid. be very afraid!

250!
250!

Tessa held a charity bridge drive for Macmillan on Saturday 24th May
Our own lovely Keith Smith won the overall prize with the highest score 

Where Do Our Members Live
Where Do Our Members LiveBuckinghamshire - Oxfordshire -Bedfordshire
Aylesbury. Whichurch. Leighton Buzzard. Buckingham. Wendover. Oving. High Wycombe. Chinnor. Long Crendon Haddenham. Berkhamsted. Mentmore. Tring. Monks Risborough. North Marston. Thornborough. Great Kimble. Gawcott. Bicester. Chesham. Gt Missendon. Ibstone. Brill. Bierton. Haydon Hill. Weston Turville. Marsworth. Aston Clinton. Winslow. Cublington. Waddesdon. Gt Brickhill. Steeple Claydon. Little Horwood.
Seminars
Seminars

AVB specialises in seminars for coaching groups, clubs and cruise ships. Anything from 2-hour topic sessions to two-day full seminars. The theme for most of the seminars is how to deploy basic systems such as Acol and SAYC more effectively. With the use of projector and screen, complex issues such as responding to partners overcall, handling big hands and deploying barrage bidding properly are made simple and fun. At a recent 2-day seminar in West Wales, Chairman of Haverfordwest Bridge Club Judith Graham-Jones commented

"so many thanks for your wonderful presentation. Everyone was thrilled with it and asking for more! So many complimentary remarks about YOU. The visuals in particular were marvellous and such fun".
A full programme of seminars are booked well into 2014 with Fred.Olsen and P&O cruises. To find out about dates for these cruises or to enquire about a seminar for your club contact sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com
Mini Bridge Booklet
Mini Bridge Booklet

Mini Bridge is a simple intro to the game used by all good teachers. In fact it is a very good game in its own right. Most established bridge authors don't much bother with the subject, preferring to stick to the intricicies of the big game.
Many of the existing publications are joyless and dire.

Very Easy Mini Bridge is a 20 page full colour, spiral bound, laminated publication. As you would expect from this author, it is full of fun, humour and is very, very easy to understand.
This booklet is ideal if you want to teach your children or grandchildren the rudiments of the game. 
Bridge author, Andrew Kambites comments 'this booklet is typical Sue Maxwell - and that is a compliment'
If you would like a copy, email Sue at 
sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com
20% discount applies to all members present and past of AVB, P&O cruisers and EBUTA teachers.

Results
25th Aug 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard
18th Aug 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard
11th Aug 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard
Calendar
1st Sep 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Comms - BrS
8th Sep 2015
Tuesday Pairs
15th Sep 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Click for the latest results

Brian Senior writes our commentatries on the first Tuesday of the month.
August is a very busy month for him as he plays and does the bulletins and commentaries at the Brighton congress.
Click on the text to read his topic on preempting which was first published last week at Brighton.
There is some very interesting stuff, such as if you preempt with a poor suit but high point count it rarely pays off because the opposition are less likely to have anything on their way and very likely to have a great defence to your contract.
We do of course emphasise that the preempting suit should be good quality of course, for the above reasons. Buts its great to remind ourselves why.

 

 

 

Children in Need
Children in Need

This year the CiN sim Pairs will be on Tuesday 10th November. We are already planning it!

Farewell Omar
Farewell Omar

Working for the EBU had its very good moments.  This was taken in the late 1990s at the Macallan Pairs in London. I was invited by our Helen Schapiro to join a dinner table with him, Boris and other top players where the language du jour was French!
As it happens school girl french could work out the most common question that evening. 'rouge ou blanc'?

One of the questions I was most asked was 'is Omar really a good player'. The answer to that was yes.

Another legend departs.

Guest Commentators Andrew Kambites and Brian Senior join us

Our club has engaged the services of two of the countries top bridge authors to write the commentary for our Tuesday club sessions.

Our improvers especially have enjoyed reading the commentaries after each session.
And now they will get a top expert's take on how the bidding should proceed for each deal that they have played.
It is such a good aide to the learning process to find out what you should have bid on a hand. There will also be one or two playing and defensive tips too.

Top authors Brian Senior and Andrew Kambites have each agreed to guest a commentary once a month.

As before the commentary will be in your inbox as soon as you get home from the session on Tuesday evening.

For the other weeks in the month am afraid you will just get me:-)

Watch Out - They are Coming to Get You!
Watch Out - They are Coming to Get You!

The class of the first part of 2015 are coming to get you next Tuesday.
Be afraid. be very afraid!

250!
250!

Tessa held a charity bridge drive for Macmillan on Saturday 24th May
Our own lovely Keith Smith won the overall prize with the highest score 

Where Do Our Members Live
Where Do Our Members LiveBuckinghamshire - Oxfordshire -Bedfordshire
Aylesbury. Whichurch. Leighton Buzzard. Buckingham. Wendover. Oving. High Wycombe. Chinnor. Long Crendon Haddenham. Berkhamsted. Mentmore. Tring. Monks Risborough. North Marston. Thornborough. Great Kimble. Gawcott. Bicester. Chesham. Gt Missendon. Ibstone. Brill. Bierton. Haydon Hill. Weston Turville. Marsworth. Aston Clinton. Winslow. Cublington. Waddesdon. Gt Brickhill. Steeple Claydon. Little Horwood.
Seminars
Seminars

AVB specialises in seminars for coaching groups, clubs and cruise ships. Anything from 2-hour topic sessions to two-day full seminars. The theme for most of the seminars is how to deploy basic systems such as Acol and SAYC more effectively. With the use of projector and screen, complex issues such as responding to partners overcall, handling big hands and deploying barrage bidding properly are made simple and fun. At a recent 2-day seminar in West Wales, Chairman of Haverfordwest Bridge Club Judith Graham-Jones commented

"so many thanks for your wonderful presentation. Everyone was thrilled with it and asking for more! So many complimentary remarks about YOU. The visuals in particular were marvellous and such fun".
A full programme of seminars are booked well into 2014 with Fred.Olsen and P&O cruises. To find out about dates for these cruises or to enquire about a seminar for your club contact sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com
Mini Bridge Booklet
Mini Bridge Booklet

Mini Bridge is a simple intro to the game used by all good teachers. In fact it is a very good game in its own right. Most established bridge authors don't much bother with the subject, preferring to stick to the intricicies of the big game.
Many of the existing publications are joyless and dire.

Very Easy Mini Bridge is a 20 page full colour, spiral bound, laminated publication. As you would expect from this author, it is full of fun, humour and is very, very easy to understand.
This booklet is ideal if you want to teach your children or grandchildren the rudiments of the game. 
Bridge author, Andrew Kambites comments 'this booklet is typical Sue Maxwell - and that is a compliment'
If you would like a copy, email Sue at 
sue@aylesburyvalebridge.com
20% discount applies to all members present and past of AVB, P&O cruisers and EBUTA teachers.

Results
25th Aug 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard
18th Aug 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard
11th Aug 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Richard
Calendar
1st Sep 2015
Tuesday Pairs
Comms - BrS
8th Sep 2015
Tuesday Pairs
15th Sep 2015
Tuesday Pairs