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Blundellsands Bridge Club
 
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0151 924 0868

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0798 117 0515

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Club Competitions
The Eileen Webster Shield Kay Dow Trophy Pearson Rose Bowl
 
To add extra interest we award a series of annual trophies which, with the sole exception of the Eileen Webster Shield, are all based on cumulative performances at particular sessions throughout our Competition Year.
All members are eligible and will automatically be included in any competition when they play in a qualifying session.  Nonetheless each session remains a stand-alone event to be won or lost on the evening without regard to these competitions.

 Competition Year 

With effect from 1st July 2013 the club's year, both for membership and competition purposes commences on 1st July and continues to 30th June in the succeeding year.

Note: We made certain changes to the competitions between 2011 and 2013 which are outlined here

 Duplicate competitions for partnerships: 

Each of these trophies is awarded to the partnership with the best six percentage scores in aggregate from the Duplicate Bridge sessions on the relevant evenings during our Competition Year.

 

Pearson Rose Bowl  - the second Friday of each month   
more about the Pearson Rose Bowl

Peter Reid Cup - the third Friday of each month   
more about the Peter Reid Cup

Club Championship Pairs - the fourth Friday of each month     
more about the Club Championship

Bartholomew Tray - the fourth Wednesday of each month   
 Duplicate competitions with individual winners: 
 

Kay Dow Trophy (the first Friday of each month) Kay Dow Trophy - This trophy is awarded to the individual with the best six percentage scores in aggregate during the Competition Year. The total must include scores with more than one partner and only the first three scores with any particular partner may be counted.
More about the Kay Dow Trophy

Norman Green Trophy (the second Wednesday of each month) - This trophy is awarded to the individual with the best six percentage scores in aggregate during the Competition Year. The total must include scores with a minimum of two different partners.
More about the Norman Green Trophy

Tallon Handicap Trophy (the first and third Wednesdays of each month) - Awarded to the individual with the best ten handicapped percentage scores in aggregate during the Competition Year. In July 2014 we introduced a new and more sophisticated method of handicapping which is explained in full on our page about the Tallon Handicap Trophy.  To qualify the total must include scores with a minimum of two different partners.  
More about the Tallon Handicap Trophy

 Rubber Bridge Competitions: 
 

Carmichael Cup - Awarded to the player with the highest sum from their six best rubbers over the year at our Thursday evening Rubber Bridge (only rubbers of 1500 or more recorded)

Thomas Cut-In trophy - Awarded to the player with the highest sum from their six best rubbers over the year at our Monday evening cut-in Rubber Bridge (only rubbers of 1,000 or more are recorded).

 Eileen Webster Shield: 

The Eileen Webster Shield The Eileen Webster Shield is a one day duplicate pairs competition open to all members, normally held in January or February each year. The trophy is awarded in honour of our late chairman's wife.
Click here to be redirected to a series of pages about this competition.

Handicaps

With all of our Duplicate results being fully computerised, we decided in 2014 that the time was right to change the way we handicapped the Tallon Trophy on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  The results for these sessions are now handicapped instantaneously and full details of players' handicaps are always available on the website.

The handicaps are calculated at the end of each calendar month taking into account the club results of each player in the previous twelve months.  All of the uploaded percentage results from our standard pairs events during the previous twelve months are aggregated and divided by the number of sessions involved to obtain an average.  This average when taken away from 50% gives us the player's handicap for the ensuing month.  In some cases the handicap will be positive and in other cases it will be negative.

For each partnership playing in a handicap session the handicap that is applied is the average of the two individual players handicaps.  This is added or subtracted to their score for that particular session to produce the handicapped result.

Players who are producing above average results will have a negative handicap, effectively reducing their scores.  Less experienced players will have a positive handicap, effectively increasing their scores.

In most cases we anticipate that new players, other than experienced players with an existing EBU record, will start without any handicap and will effectively generate their own handicap by the beginning of their second month.

The Small Print:
Competitions Year:
Since 2013 the club's competition year has been from 1st July to 30th June in the succeeding year.  Prior to 2011 it was from 1st September to 31st August with a transitional arrangement in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Members Only: Only members are eligible for these competitions and members can only count scores achieved whilst playing with a fellow member.