The Barnstaple Hotel
28 Feb to 1 Mar 2020
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Sally Anoyrkatis (a very experienced and succesful player) is now running classes in North Devon.
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Please let me have any comments, including suggestions for changes or additions.
The 16th and 30rd of May are Swiss Teams. Rules for seperating tied teams are on this website. Results from the first week are on the right.
Please will those who have cups bring them in for engraving in the next few weeks.
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.
NORTH DEVON CONGRESS 2019
RESULTS FROM LINKS ON RIGHT
Congratulations to overall winners David Jones & Jan Duncan from Bristol and runners up Malcolm & Catherine Boyack,with Graham Horscroft & Mike Walsh just behind Sam & Theo were in 4th place after leading on several rounds, just ahead of Andrew Thompson & Mike Fletcher. Carmen & David were in 6th taking the Local Prize. Gillian Toogood & Wendy Miller were the best residents out of the main prizes. Dinner on the Saturday was followed by a most succesful quiz in the bar with Mike Fletcher testing some sixty participants. Swiss Teams on Sunday was vry closely contested with nearly a third of the field in realistic contention after going into the last round and with a tie for first place
Congratulations to Sam and Theo for their outstanding England Under 21 performance on 15 to 17 February in the Peggy Bayer Camrose competition played in Belfast. The young England team won all their nine matches with an average better than 19-1! Sam & his partner, Liz Gahan, were well ahead in the Butler rankings with Theo and his partner, Andy Cope, in second place ahead of the third England pair. Click here for more details.
Members might be interested in reading Michael Byrne's assessment of the two brothers. 'Theo was on the team last year and is hoping to successfully defend his title. Nicknamed the dark destroyer (because he is incapable of having any sensible auctions involving the club suit) he plays with a quiet and steely reserve, pausing only to look confused when the opponents play cards that he thought were already in his own hand. He hails from a place called Devon, which is where people from London move to when they want to escape the pollution and crime.
Sam can be spotted from several miles away since he wears luminous crocs (the make of shoe not the animal) on his feet. He is easily excited and changes his hair style as often as he changes which suits he is playing on in 3NT, neither with any great success it must be said. Sam is always excellent at working out why he just went down in a cold contract, just time to go down in the next one in fact!'
Many members of the club played in the section Swiss Pairs at Braunton and/or the Dartington Swiss Teams in Filleigh early in February.At Filleigh £250 was raised for the ND Hospice and £54 for Macmillan Nurses. Results for both events are on the North Devon website. Click to go there.
North Devon booklet for 2018/19 with The Barnstaple Bridge Club section from page 15
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.
Eight teams for the Swiss this year. After the first week Peter Cresswell's team has a two point lead. Because of the small number of teams week 2 the starting assignments will be 1st v 2nd, 3rd v 4th etc. Therafter normal assigning but teams may meet those they played in the first week, no more than once.
Promotoins in March & April: Stephen Rafferty to 5* Premier Regional Master, Nicky Sandom to 5* Regional Master, Carole Reid to 1* Master & Venetia Anoyrkatis to District Master. Congratulations to them all.
Some thoughts from Brent on some hands from the March teams. Comments can be posted to the message board reached from the link on the left.