The November newsletter is now out.
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Congratulations to Sean and Colleen Haffey on winning the Intermediate Pairs for the second time.
Second were Gill & Steve Woodward.
Well Done to both Pairs.
Congratulations to Richard and Christine on winning the recent Petersfield Swiss Teams (with another Pair)
Something different for next year
It has been great to see players from all sessions and all abilities joining in the Teams League.
To build on this a new competition is being introduced for the second Monday of each month – the Basingstoke Ladder.
The competition is for pairs, who will play with those of a similar standard by running the evenings as two sections.
For more information and to see how it will run, click on this box.
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.
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) or Christine Ray (02380253239. email email@example.com )
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
The club's telephone number is 01256 541988.
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
Our three annual competitions have now finished and our congratulations to the winners.
Player of the Year was again Chris Kinloch who finished with 2 stomping last scores to ensure victory (60.2%). It had been close up to a couple of weeks ago with Lindsay McDougall and Martin Bevan in contention.
Partnership of the Year had new winners this year with Graham Ledger & Lindsay McDougall (56.9%). John fairhurst and Phil Brown were second.
Six Partners was again Richard (63.4%) who led throughout the year.
Well Done to all.
The AGM will be held on Monday 19th November starting at 5.45pm for 6.00pm followed by normal club bridge.
Nominations for next year's Committee are on the notice board.
Prizes will be awarded to this year's winners but if you do not come on the night, they will be donated to the Xmas party.
Click on this box to see agenda.
Next Supervised Play session
Following the positive feedback received after the first session, a second event has been organised for Friday 30th November starting at 10.30.
The format will be the same as the previous session - playing hands whilst being observed by experienced players who will discuss the bidding and play of the hands. Please can you email John Glasscock if you would like to attend.
As before, the cost of the session will be £2
The Committee have now planned the Xmas Party to be held on Wednesday 19th December.
This year it is again being held off site at Chute Pavilion at the Recreation Ground in Sherborne St. John to accommodate all our members. (No separate night celebrations this year)
It was a great success last time and allowed all the different nights to mix.
However this year we are selling tickets as a contribution to the cost of the free drinks, food and prizes to save people the trouble of bringing food and prizes (and to encourage people not to drop out at the last moment!)
Tickets will be on sale at £5 and you will need to sign up on the list on the notice board and pay any Committee member.
Lighthearted military Bridge will again be played. You don't need to have a team and we will make up any partnerships or singles as needed although of course you can play with your favourate partner/team mates if you wish.
Live music will be played by John and his band, lots of spot prizes, sparkling wine when you arrive, raffle and as much food and drink as you like.
It will be a great evening so book up early.
Congratulations to Bill May and Cristel Beard for winning the Miriam Cup - the Thursday night competition.
They were actually placed 2nd, but one of the top pair - Mary Ferguson wasn’t eligible because she is not a regular Thursday player. Her partner was David Crossby so deserves a mention as they had an enormous score of 72%.
Well done to them all.
Congratulations to Graham Ledger & Lindsay McDougall on winning the Club Pairs over the 2 weeks played.
It was an exciting finish with 3 Pairs in contention and after frantic scoring, Graham and Lindsay emerged as the winners by 0.5% with Sandra and Tracey in seond place.