The Xmas Party was a great success with every one enjoying themselves.
Our special thanks to Sam for organising the food, Vera -the Drink, John and his band, Helen and Christine for making sure correct number of tables and Richard for directing.
To see the photos of the lucky and unlucky players and other photos click on the link on the menu.
Does the photo above show the smartest men in town?
The January newsletter is now out.
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(although of course you can see all of the newsletters by clicking on News and Items)
Eric celebrates his 90th birthday.
Congratulations to Richard & Christine Ray, Keith & Andrew Bennett, Steve Tearle & Tracey Adams and Chris Kinloch & Iain Climie on progressing through to the final of the Solent cup after a hard won contest versus Petersfield (our long term friends and rivals in this competition!)
Also to Sean Haffey, Colleen Haffey, Sandra Ruffell, Mary Lucas, John Glasscock, Sam Golding, Mary Ferguson, Andrew Ferguson through to the Final of the Basingstoke Cup.
Good Luck to both teams.
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 Club ladder is starting to settle down and continued with 13 1/2 tables which we hope will continue.
We have made a minor change in the scoring while the competition ‘beds in’. The aim being to get the right level of movement between the different sections. Not too much bouncing around each time but conversly, not making it too difficult to move between sections. We will reasses after the third round.
To see the latest results and probably where you would play next time (depending on new partnerships and who turns up) click on this box.
Richard thanks every one for their patience the other night whilst allocating players and also to John for the scoring and assistance on where the split was.
The next dates for Chris's improvers sessions are:-
Friday 8th Feb Cue bidding continued
Friday 22nd Feb Signals & Discards
Friday 8th March Fourth Suit Forcing
Friday 22nd March Doubles continued
Friday 12th April Stayman after opening 2NT
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.
Congratulations to Bunny Leonard who won £40 on the scratch card she won at the Xmas Party.
No begging letters please!!
The next supervised play session will take place on Friday 15th February starting at 10.30am.
The session will be to discuss 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.'
Congratulations to Keith Williams who won the Xmas Quiz as the only one to get their entry in on time!
Chris Kinloch was second with the highest score followed closely by Helen.
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