The May newsletter is now out.
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Congratulations to the winner of this year's Individual competition, Chris Kinloch. Taking the best four scores of the six sessions he finished with an excellent average of 59.9% His partners who contributed to this success were Stan Babb, Georgina Bovill, John Glasscock and George Collins. Second was David Lewis with an average score of 56.1%, and third was Stan Babb with an average of 55%. Very well done!
Many thanks to Chris and David for directing and to all participants in what is a most worthwhile and challenging contest. The Individual will resume in October.
There have been several complaints recently about slow play at the club. The Committee discussed this at our April meeting and agreed the following:-
If a pair is consistently slow, directors will give a gentle warning that a board may be removed– explaining that it is only fair to all other players that a steady pace is maintained by all. Some directors will use the clock to help police the speed of play, announcing that no new boards should be started if there is less than 3 minutes to go in the round.
We wish to balance all players enjoyment and not penalise pairs but if a board is taken away, then a penalty may be give and the award an Average+ to the non-offending pair and an average- to the slow pair.
Please do not be upset or offended if you are asked to speed up a bit. Remember the scorer who is often very late leaving the club because one or two tables are still in play when everyone else has left.
For easy tips on speeding up your play, click on this box.
Basingstoke has won the Basingstoke Cup against Newbury and ended the long run of Newbury triumphing against us
However, it was a close run thing, as after a strong first half the team, they had some wobbles in the second half and nearly let it slip.
However, the final score was 62-56 giving a 6 IMP win. Phew!! Close in teams of 8.
Congratulations to the team of Andrew & Mary Ferguson, Sean & Colleen Haffey, Sandra Ruffell & Mary Lucas and John Glasscock & Sam Golding.
The EBU have now updated the videos on the new laws. They are very easy viewing and even if you are not a director, they're worth having a look.
Either click on this link or the "Useful links" box on LHS.
Bridge for all players
Basingstoke Bridge Club, the largest club in Hampshire with its own premises and licenced bar, welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert.
We play duplicate pairs on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 7.30pm. Please be seated at 7.20pm to ensure a prompt start. Alternately the first Monday or Friday of each month is scheduled for teams of four. There is also duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons starting at 1.00 pm.
If you think you may be late, phone the club on 01256 541988.
Mondays and Fridays are our main evenings with Thursdays being more relaxed with less experienced players and playing fewer boards.
Table money is £2.00 for members. Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome, (table money £3.00). On most Monday and Friday evenings and Tuesday afternoons there is a host, so any player arriving without a partner can always get a game. However please check the calendar to make sure there is a host on the relevant day. There is always a host on Thursday. There is no host on Wednesday, but please telephone Viv Morris (01256 889946) and she will try to arrange partners.
All sessions are scored electronically by Bridgemate and printed hand records are available.
A beginners' course (running from September to July) takes place on Tuesday evenings, 7.00 - 10.00. Please contact Chris Kinloch (01264 333175. email firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information.
Improvers' sessions with a teaching topic and hands to play simultaneously (1.00pm - 4.30pm) are planned for occasional Friday afternoons and are posted on the web site. Members intending to attend these sessions should contact Chris Kinloch (as above).
Supervised play sessions are planned for occasional Friday mornings. Please check the web site for these.
The chess club meets on Wednesday evenings. For information please phone John Shaddick on 01256 469749. There is also a link to their web site - www.basingstokechessclub.co.uk
If you would like to know more about our club, please ring me on 01264 333175, or e-mail email@example.com
Helen Kinloch Chairman
The Club hosted this year’s Corn Cairdis Tournament in which three teams of 4 (EBU officials, Hampshire county and Basingstoke club) played against an equivalent three teams from Ireland.
To read report and pictures of the weekend, click on the link on the LHS
It's also in the Basingstoke Gazette.
NEXT ROUND MONDAY 20TH MAY
If you click on this link, you can see the latest positions and probably where you will play next time (depending on who comes and with which partner)
The next supervised play session will be on 14th June. Put the date in your diary.
The session will continue with the reasoning behind chosen bids and card play with a number of experienced 'supervisors' on hand to review hands played.
The charge for the session will be £2 per person, all of which will go to the club.
If you would like to attend, please drop a note to John Glasscock (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that an approximate idea of numbers attending is known.'
This year's Team League has now finished and Congratulations to Tracey Adams, Chris Kinloch, David Lewis, John Shergold and Richard Ray (not pictured) on again winning Division 1.
It came down to the last match and last year's promoted Sean Haffey team could have won it but unfortunately had a bad night and heavily lost. They did however win on handicap.
Also Congratulations to Jean & Stan Babb, Alistair Bodin, Danielle Sissingh, Eric Clucas, Jonny Noble & Vera Watts who won Division 2. (Unfortunately no picture)
The handicaps made little or no difference to Division 2.
Viv and Jane have again organised the weekend away in October.
Click on this box to see the details and how to book or contact Viv.