The April newsletter is now out.
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Congratulations to Graham Ledger & Lindsay McDougall on winning the Mollie Simmons Cup.
We collected £310.00 which will be paid to St Michael's Hospice.
There were 11 tables for an extremely enjoyable event. Well done to Chris, Sam and Helen for running and organising the event.
Many members do not realise what goes on at the EBU and how it interreacts with Clubs and Counties.
Well, it is a membership-funded organisation committed to promoting the game of duplicate bridge. It is made up of 39 County Associations each with nominees holding shares based on the number of members within their respective Counties . At its AGM in November, the shareholders elect a Board of eight directors to run the organisation and determine policy in the government of the game and general matters.
As it happens, our club has 2 (Richard Ray & Keith Bennett) of the 3 Shareholders for Hamshire and attend the meetings.
Richard always compiles notes of the meetings as he believes that the membership needs to know what is going on and that the EBU does work on its members behalf. If you wish to read the latest November notes, click on the link on the LHS under EBU Shareholder Notes. May's notes are also there.
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 email@example.com ) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Kinloch Chairman
The next supervised play session will be on 3rd May followed by 14th June. Put the dates 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 (email@example.com) so that an approximate idea of numbers attending is known.'
The 5th round of the club ladder was again an eventful night but the Director is beginning to think he is ill fated. For the second time, we had no duplicate boards and the scoring software had a glitch. This meant that the lower section had to score by hand! Our Scorer, John, valiently tried to correct the problem but was unsuccesful. Our apologies whilst you had to wait for this.
Running 2 sections is not a problem provided that players look at the movement card (or Bridgemate) and follow the instructions!
Despite these problems, it has now settled down and it won't be long before a players bad scores will be deleted provided they play enough times.
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)
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.
Congratulations to Christine & Richard Ray on coming second (with another Hampshire pair) in the recent Hampshire Congress Swiss Teams
The next date for Chris's improvers sessions are:-
Friday 12th April Stayman opposite 2NT opener
All sessions (1.00 - 4.30 pm) begin with 20 -30 minutes teaching followed by lots of hands to play simultaneously and discuss.
Please contact Chris if you intend to participate as it is important to know numbers.