Make sure you have an up to date list of member telephone numbers (ask Gill if you need one)
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Use the members only section of website to request a partner (ask Gill if you need help)
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Put your name on the list on the club notice board
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Ring Gill at home on
0151 924 0868
or send her a text to
0798 117 0515
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Ask the TD to announce at start of a session
Don't forget the Annual General Meeting at 7:30 tonight, Tuesday 11th December.
Members who are registered on the website can view a set of our accounts to 30 June 2018 by clicking on this item.
Every Thursday morning 10am to 12:30pm
Come along for some relaxed informal bridge, a cuppa and a chat
Play at a leisurely pace with help on bidding or play available
Partners not required
Any questions contact Ann Brewer on 0151 949 1329
Members and visitors are reminded that there are no parking charges for the use of the Council controlled car parks in Crosby Village after 6 p.m. Consequently anyone attending one of our evening sessions should be able to park free of charge.
We sometimes receive comments from members that they believe hands are ‘rigged’ and are intentionally made to include abnormal distributions and awkward situations that they do not enjoy. This is not the case.
The hands are computer dealt, and each set is used exactly as dealt by the dealing program (we use Bridge Composer incorporating Big Deal for this). There is no manipulation of the hands, nor do we deal 100 and pick the ‘strangest’ 30. They are as natural as those that would be dealt (assuming adequate shuffling) at any bridge event. So whilst there may be a 5-0 split, or an eight card suit, this is no more likely in these than in any other bridge event that has properly random hands. Some players who are used to hand dealing with packs that have not been sufficiently shuffled may find these hands to be more ‘lively’ than they are used to. That is not because these hands are fixed, simply that hands dealt from poorly shuffled packs are not properly random.
There should be no difference between the computer generated hands and those that have been shuffled correctly and dealt manually.
Advantages of pre-dealt boards:
A hand record is available which makes going through the results (particularly the travellers) much more interesting. If you want to improve your play, it is important to review what happened at the table but nobody can remember all the hands in a session. Having a record of the hands is the best way to do this. It enables you to see what partner had in the bidding and play. One hears conversations which start:“ I had x and y in spades, so many hearts etc .., what should I bid?”. How much easier if you have a record of the hand!
It allows you to see that you and partner are using the same system, it enables you to identify your weaknesses: when you have missed a game you should have bid or bid one you should not have, for instance. If you are not interested in this sort of post mortem, then you have lost nothing, but those who want to improve find them vital.
A hand record allows the director to sort out issues when cards are put back in the boards in error.
Computer dealing avoids the chore of shuffling and dealing at the table. Some of us with arthritis find it difficult to shuffle adequately. (Mathematical research has shown that seven interweave or riffle shuffles are required to randomise the cards in a pack)
So why is the hand above being shown?
This was hand 7 in the evening duplicate on Wednesday 12th September 2018 - a very rare event because it was passed out by the entire room. Random can be boring too!
We have discontinued the Mentored Duplicate that was previously held on the second Tuesday of each month. As an alternative please consider the Social Duplicate on Thursday Mornings
Every two months our county bridge association produces a newsletter, for which we are indebted to Bob Pitts as the editor. Most of you should receive a copy by e-mail, if not there is a copy of the August 2018 bulletin available here.
I'm sure Bob would welcome items for inclusion in future editions.
The new year starts on 1st July
Subscriptions are now due
All of last year's competitions have now been finalised and full details can be found on the Honours Board