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20th May 2019
Basingstoke Ladder
Director: Richard Ray
Scorer: Martin Bevan
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A close run thing!
A close run thing!

Congratulations to Richard Ray & his partner on winning the County Ranked Pairs.

Richard was ahead at tea and stayed there until the last round when Christine Ray & her partner threatened to the extent that with only one round of 4 boards outstanding they were 3rd. After the 3rd board, they were 2nd. After the 2nd board they snatched the lead but unfortunately on the last board they had a bad result and Richard came through.

A good result for the Rays but what about matrimonial harmony!!

At last! Club wins Basingstoke Cup. Congratulations
At last! Club wins Basingstoke Cup. Congratulations

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.


  • Chris explains what to bid
  • Chris gives a helping hand

Beginners Classes

Chris Kinloch, a grand master and former chairman of the club, runs beginners’ classes on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm to about 10.15pm from September to July. These are open to members and non-members alike. There is usually about half an hour of teaching,with the rest of the evening devoted to playing and discussing hands based on the topics covered.

Students always receive a hand-out of notes on the session and solutions to problems from the previous week, plus some new problems to tackle for the next session.They also receive copies of the hands they have played, together with commentaries.

For more information phone Chris on 01264 333175


People can then move onto Thursday evening which is a gentle introduction to Duplicate. Anyone can come along without a partner as the organisers will play if necessary. There are often nine or ten tables. Thursday members are encouraged to try Monday and Friday evenings.

Improvers' sessions

Chris also runs a series of sessions for improvers throughout the year. There is about 20-30 minutes teaching followed by lots of hands to play simultaneously and discuss.



One day Seminars:-

Christine Ray is a professional EBUTA teacher who coaches and teaches students at Southampton University. She is also available for one day seminars on any topic.

For more information phone Chris on 023 80253239 or email