The Barnstaple Hotel
23 to 25 Feb 2018
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for beginners and improvers
Carol Ritzen. (EBUTA)
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Roundswell is not available on 14 June as the Blood Donor Service is using the hall. There will be no bridge then. The Championship Pairs will now be played on 7 and 21 June as 31 May is the Whit Week half-term. We are sorry for the alteration.
NORTH DEVON CONGRESS
About 40 local players joined over a hundred visitors to compete in THe North Devon Congress at The Barnstaple Hotel at the end of February. Congratulations to all prize winners and to all who made the congress so successful Click to get a report, photos and full results.
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.
Many club members were among the sixteen teams at The Dartington Swiss Teams at Filleigh on 4 Feb. There was an excellent hot lunch and a profitable draw. The East Devon Team of Terry Cannon, Dick Andrews, Robin Giles & Keith Ponsford took the trophy with Stephen, Brent & Alison playing with Ian Walsh sharing second place with Richard Lingham, Viv Mably, Ann Slee & Graham Hoare. Malcolm, Marjorie, Carole & Linda Ashworth took the risers prize. The event was organised by Neil with Carol directing and Richard C running the scoring. Prizes were presented by Elizabeth. Penny organised the draw while Diane & Alan provided coffee as usual. Thanks to all who helped in any way to make the event a success. Click for full results.
The Anoyrkatis family won the Swiss Teams at The EBU Riviera Congress in Torquay at the end of June 2017, following Sam & Theo's triumph in the Under 21 Championship Pairs at The Easter Festival in London. In July Theo played in The England Team at Under 16 level in the European Youth Championships in Slovakia. The team was fourth out of sixteen countries. In December 2017 Sam & Theo played for the England Under 21 team in The Channel Trophy near Brussels, their team coming second in a four nation competition. Sam & Theo represented England in February 2018 in The Peggy Bayer, the Under 21 Home International Series, beating both Scotland and Northern Ireland 60-0 and Ireland 50.55-9.45. An outstanding performance. They have now been selected to play in the Under 21 team in The World Youth Championships being held in China in August 2018
Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs run by Anna Gudge of ECats were played in all four affiliated North Devon clubs from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 November. Profits which go to Children in Need have totalled nearly £900,000 over fifteen years. For overall results click here.
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.
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.
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.
March 16th saw the concluding round of this year's singles competition with 21 individuals qualifying overall. Six pairs exceeded 58.5% with 3 pairs either side of 60%, Below 60%, Fay & John had a good outing a little shy of 60 and just ahead of John & Regina. 2% the other side of 60 were 2 Stephens in third place behind Brent & Penny who just trailed winners Sam Mckibbin & Chris Bray. In the overall competiton, as anticipated Alison was much too far ahead of the field to be caught although Penny & Brent had a good stab at it pushing Richard W to fourth spot.
Penultimate round of the league. Its very tight at the top of Division One with Richard Mclaughlin's team in the lead with 79 VP's, Richard C on 76, John Boxall on 75, Catherine Davey on 72 and Penny Gowland on 70. All to play for. In Division 2 John Sach's team on 74 leads Liz Martin on 69, Barbara Rennie on 53 is in 3rd place. The big winners this week were John Boxall's team in Div 1 and Liz Martin in Div 2. Please can everyone make sure that you are playing the correct opposition and that your team mates are at another table! sitting the opposite way to you playing against the other half of the same team!
Congratulations to Sam & Theo who have been selected to play in the Under 21 team at the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, being held in China in August.
In the Annual Masterpoints listing from the EBU Sam and Theo were 13th and 15th on the Junior Leader Board while David S , Harry A & Roger G were 6th, 7th and 10th in Devon with 9 other club members also in the top 50. Several promotions in January, Theo A to Regional, Ian Nunn to Tournament and Carole Reid to Advanced Master. Just one in February Liz Martin who has reached 1* Master. Congratulations to them all.