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Northern Section
North Devon Congress
North Devon Congress

The Barnstaple Hotel
23 to 25 Feb 2018
Click for details

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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SEASONS GREETINGS TO YOU ALL


Mulled Wine, mince pies and fun bridge from about 6;45 on December 21. All welcome with no need to come in a partnership.
Then  Open Pairs on January 4 and Teams on January 11

The North Devon Congress 2018 is now booking. Click here for details, entry form and some pictures.  A list of confirmed enties is on the left.

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.

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.

Many members of the club played in THE MATCHED SWISS PAIRS at Filleigh on 5 November. 34 pairs entered to form 17 matched teams, enjoy an excellent lunch and raise nearly £500 for The North Devon Hospice and Macmillan Nurses. The event was largely organised by Neil, with Penny and Jacqui running the draw and Diane & Alan providing a welcoming coffee. Carol directed with Richard C helping with the technology. After a very close contest long time leaders Liz Martin's team fell away at the end allowing the Grimshires and Munns into third place leaving Carol, Richard C, Dulcie & Margaret S just ahead of Kevin Yardley & Jenny Burman from Exeter playing with John & Regina. The Plymouth team of Ruth Street, Susan Merrick, Clare Hamon & Barry Smale took the risers prize. Results are available at the right.

Further success for the Anoyrkatis family winning the Swiss Teams at The EBU Riviera Congress in Torquay at the end of June, 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 winning ten of their fifteen matches and totaling 181 of 300 VPs and qualifying to play in the World Chmpionships in China in 2018. Click here for the Europeans Results Page.

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.

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. 

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
Pairs Night - December 14th

Tonight the EW results were very flat with 7/9 pairs over 50%, only two ahead of 55% and the 8th pair on 48.5%. Fay and Jan were in contention for 1st place with their last result still to come in. They failed to overtake Paul & Richard W, then in first place and finished third. The last result to come in did see Neil & Linda take the top spot. NS was a different story with only two pairs beating 52%. Stephen & Brent were second on 57.5% but pre-eminent winners were Elizabeth & Roger on nearly 68%. Thanks to Fay for hosting. Well done all. 

Congratulations

Please follow this link to see a fuller narrative on the first of this years Section Swiss Pairs events won by David and Harry. Results are shown on the club web-site too.

Masterpoint Rank Promotions

Just one promotion in November Congratulations to Paul Hide on reaching 1* Premier Master. Click to see full EBU listing.

League Table
Latest League Hands
Results
14th Dec 2017
Open Pairs
7th Dec 2017
Teams 3/Div 1
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
7th Dec 2017
Teams 3/Div 2
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
30th Nov 2017
Section Swiss Pairs
23rd Nov 2017
Singles 2/Open Pairs
16th Nov 2017
C I N Sims
9th Nov 2017
Open Pairs
5th Nov 2017
Filleigh Nov 2017
2nd Nov 2017
Teams 2/Div 1
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
Calendar
21st Dec 2017
Christmas Bridge 7.00 mulled wine +bridge
4th Jan 2018
Open Pairs
11th Jan 2018
Teams 4/Div 1
11th Jan 2018
Teams 4/Div 2
18th Jan 2018
Mixed pairs
25th Jan 2018
Open Pairs/Julia Chadwick qualifier
1st Feb 2018
Teams 5/Div 1
1st Feb 2018
Teams 5/Div 2
Click for the latest results
Pairs Night - December 14th

Tonight the EW results were very flat with 7/9 pairs over 50%, only two ahead of 55% and the 8th pair on 48.5%. Fay and Jan were in contention for 1st place with their last result still to come in. They failed to overtake Paul & Richard W, then in first place and finished third. The last result to come in did see Neil & Linda take the top spot. NS was a different story with only two pairs beating 52%. Stephen & Brent were second on 57.5% but pre-eminent winners were Elizabeth & Roger on nearly 68%. Thanks to Fay for hosting. Well done all. 

Congratulations

Please follow this link to see a fuller narrative on the first of this years Section Swiss Pairs events won by David and Harry. Results are shown on the club web-site too.

Masterpoint Rank Promotions

Just one promotion in November Congratulations to Paul Hide on reaching 1* Premier Master. Click to see full EBU listing.

League Table
Latest League Hands
Results
14th Dec 2017
Open Pairs
7th Dec 2017
Teams 3/Div 1
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
7th Dec 2017
Teams 3/Div 2
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
30th Nov 2017
Section Swiss Pairs
23rd Nov 2017
Singles 2/Open Pairs
16th Nov 2017
C I N Sims
9th Nov 2017
Open Pairs
5th Nov 2017
Filleigh Nov 2017
2nd Nov 2017
Teams 2/Div 1
Scorer: Carol Ritzen
Calendar
21st Dec 2017
Christmas Bridge 7.00 mulled wine +bridge
4th Jan 2018
Open Pairs
11th Jan 2018
Teams 4/Div 1
11th Jan 2018
Teams 4/Div 2
18th Jan 2018
Mixed pairs
25th Jan 2018
Open Pairs/Julia Chadwick qualifier
1st Feb 2018
Teams 5/Div 1
1st Feb 2018
Teams 5/Div 2