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Barnstaple Bridge Club
 
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Northern Section
Bridge Classes
Bridge Classes

Bridge Classes
for beginners and improvers

Carol Ritzen. (EBUTA)
Phone 01271 343394
Click here to go to Carol's website for further details

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Welcome to Barnstaple Bridge Club

We were grateful to Brent for a most interesting seminar before the Swiss Teams on competing at all levels with a minor suit. He is now offering a seminar on making slams at Taw Vale at 6:00 pm on 5 June

We have a host for June 1. Please let Linda know or sign up at the club if you can host on any date after that.

PLEASE NOTE There is no bridge on 8 June as the hall is being used for elections.

Barnstaple is the premier duplicate bridge club in North Devon.  The club, which is affiliated to the EBU, meets on Thursday evenings at The Roundswell Community Centre, beside Sainsbury's store in Barnstaple.  There is ample free parking and easy wheel chair access.   Play starts at 7:00pm, please be seated by 6:55pm so the movement can be chosen.  Table money (£3.50 for visitors) includes tea/coffee and biscuits.  Bridgemate Scoring is used on most evenings. Duplimated boards, with printouts of the hands, are used for Teams and Prize Nights. 
Visitors are very welcome at all pairs evenings including Competition and Prize Nights.  On pairs evenings a host is usually available to play with any unpaired visitor, please check on the calendar on the left to show when teams are being played and if there is a host. Please arrive by 6:50pm if you need a partner.  

For more information click here.

On Easter Saturday Sam & Theo won the Under 21 Championship Pairs at The Easter Festival in London with scores in both sessions of just over 60%. The cup was presented by Barry Capel, Manager of the EBU. On the Friday they were second in The Really Easy Pairs with 64%. Congratulations to them both. Click here for full results. In addition we must congratulate Theo who has been chosen to represent England at Under 16 level in the European Championships later in the year.

Andrew Robson gave two highly successful seminars in North Devon on 23 March. In the afternoon 44 largely less experienced players at Bishops Tawton Village Hall learnt techniques for bidding unbalanced hands and overcalling.  In the evening at Roundswell he developed techniques for bidding with minor suit fits and handling hands with quacks. All who attended found him an excellent tutor, both lucid and amusing into the bargain, and will doubtless benefit from the seminars in future play. Our thanks go to the DBA who organised his tour of Devon and to Carol who worked hard to make the sessions a success.

 

The North Devon Congress 2107 is now over. 
Congratulations to all who made the event successful.

Click here for brief details and some pictures. 
 

DVD Library
Through the generosity of one of our members Barnstaple & Taw Vale Clubs have been able to set up a DVD library with a complete set of 36 Bernard Magee Tutorial DVDs  available on free loan to any North Devon bridge players. Click for details.

Congratulations to the sixteen members of the club who played in the interclub teams of eight in Exeter. This year the entry was under the banner of Taw Vale. The A team of  Richard W & Alison, Sally & Harry, Paul & Brent and Carol & Richard C held onto an early lead winning 5 and drawing 2 of the eight matches to just beat Torquay A to the prize. The B team of Sam & Theo, David C  & Roger L, Jane K  & Sam  and Chris & Gill R finished eighth out of the nine teams.  Taw Vale will now send a team to the regional final at Bristol in May.  Our thanks go to Richard Watkins for organising the teams.

Hosts

We are pleased that the hosting system is continuing to work well and grateful for all volunteers. Do remember there will be a host available to play with any unpaired member or visitor on most pairs evenings including competition nights. Please just turn up after checkin the Calendar at the left to see when teams are being played and if there is a host.  Please do not feel that there is any absolute restriction on the number of times members may use the hosting system and be put off coming to play on any particular evening.
Please remember the system does require volunteers.  If each member is willing to host once a year, no-one should in fact need to host more than once every TWO years.

 

 Are you making the right ANNOUNCEMENTS & ALERTS?
Do you know the PERCENTAGES when you play?

How can you get two different scores when you play SIMS?
Are COMPUTER DEALT hands abnormal?
Do you know why we ARROW SWITCH?
 
Click to find answers to these questions.

Prize Nights

Are regular open pairs nights when all are welcome and non-club members may win the prizes.   There will be prizes for the pair with the highest aggregate score and for the pair with the highest score after a handicap has been applied based on the two players playing record.  Visitors will be allocated an appropriate handicap.  Click to see current handicaps.

The Barnstaple Club supports the EBU in its efforts to improve the behaviour of bridge players and the enjoyment of ALL at the bridge table. The EBU guide to BestBehaviour @Bridge, our proposals to encourage Friendly Bridge and Reminders So That All Will Have An Enjoyable Evening  are available on our notices page. Please click to go there and please read them.

Click for the latest results
Congratulations

Nine and a half tables on the first really nice evening of the year. Congratulations to winners Carol & Richard and second placed Nicky & Alison. Brent & David and Chris & Graham also topped 60%.

 

League Table
Latest League Hands
Results
25th May 2017
Open Pairs
11th May 2017
Swiss Teams
28th Apr 2017
Gents Pairs
27th Apr 2017
Ladies Pairs
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
20th Apr 2017
Teams 7
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
20th Apr 2017
Division 2
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
13th Apr 2017
Open Pairs
6th Apr 2017
Open Pairs (Sims cancelled)
30th Mar 2017
Open Pairs
Calendar
1st Jun 2017
Open Pairs
Host: Yes
8th Jun 2017
No Bridge General Election
15th Jun 2017
Open Pairs Championship Pairs
22nd Jun 2017
Open Pairs Championship Pairs
29th Jun 2017
Open Pairs
6th Jul 2017
Open Pairs
13th Jul 2017
AGM 6.00pm/Prize Giving, Dinner
20th Jul 2017
Open Pairs
Click for the latest results
Congratulations

Nine and a half tables on the first really nice evening of the year. Congratulations to winners Carol & Richard and second placed Nicky & Alison. Brent & David and Chris & Graham also topped 60%.

 

League Table
Latest League Hands
Results
25th May 2017
Open Pairs
11th May 2017
Swiss Teams
28th Apr 2017
Gents Pairs
27th Apr 2017
Ladies Pairs
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
20th Apr 2017
Teams 7
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
20th Apr 2017
Division 2
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
13th Apr 2017
Open Pairs
6th Apr 2017
Open Pairs (Sims cancelled)
30th Mar 2017
Open Pairs
Calendar
1st Jun 2017
Open Pairs
Host: Yes
8th Jun 2017
No Bridge General Election
15th Jun 2017
Open Pairs Championship Pairs
22nd Jun 2017
Open Pairs Championship Pairs
29th Jun 2017
Open Pairs
6th Jul 2017
Open Pairs
13th Jul 2017
AGM 6.00pm/Prize Giving, Dinner
20th Jul 2017
Open Pairs