Bookham Afternoon Bridge Club
Bookham Afternoon Bridge Club
 
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Spare Partners

If you've signed up as Spare Partner but you are unable to play that day, please try and arrange a swap with another member, then amend the list. Any problem? Contact Maureen Paxton on 01372 750675.

Club Competitions

There are four club competitions: best individual average (minimum 25 events); best pairs average (minimum 20 events); most improved average score over the previous year (minimum 25 events); handicap pairs competition. 

The year runs from 1st September to 31st August the following year.   You can see your current average score under "Competitions" in the Menu above.

 
BOOKHAM AFTERNOON BRIDGE CLUB
BOOKHAM AFTERNOON BRIDGE CLUB

Bookham Afternoon Bridge Club is a long-established club, we are approaching our 50th anniversary.   We play Duplicate Bridge on Monday and Thursday afternoons, using Bridgemate for scoring.  The Club is an affiliated member of the EBU.

Our home, the Old Barn Hall, is a very attractive venue.  We usually have about twenty tables.  Play starts at 1.15pm (new visitors should arrive by 12.50pm).  A spare partner is usually available (but check the Calendar first).

We welcome visitors.  You should contact the Secretary if you would like to apply for membership. The Menu Box on the left has contact details and more information (see "Information" / "Where and When").

Surrey Sim Pairs
Surrey Sim Pairs

Bookham players were very successful in the Surrey Sim Pairs event.  On Monday Sheila and Garry Hayter were third (of 226 pairs at 11 clubs) with a competition score of 67.85%.  On Thursday Penny Webster-Smith and Sandra Cape were in first place (of 237 pairs at 12 clubs) with a competition score of 70.91%.  Well done!  You can see all the results on the EBU site [click here].

We collected £340 in additional table money for the Brigitte Trust, a local charity that provides support and practical help at home to people facing life-threatening illness and to their families.  The Trust website has more information [click here].

The Deals Are Not Fixed
The Deals Are Not Fixed

When you play in a Sim Pairs event you might pick up a hand with an unusual distribution which is difficult to bid, or you might bid a contract which looks straightforward but fails because of an unexpected distribution of cards in your opponents’ hands.  Players sometimes explain these hands by saying that the deals in these events are fixed or adjusted to make the games more challenging.  That is not correct.

We have checked with the EBU.  The deals in these Sim Pair events, and all other EBU events, are computer generated and random.  Sim Pairs events may have some unusual card distributions, but the unexpected distributions are just random variation, the hands have not been deliberately fixed to surprise and frustrate you.

New Member
New Member

 

Sally Bradbury is now a member.

Play Better Bridge - Defence Signalling
Play Better Bridge - Defence Signalling

We are starting a new series with advice on improving your bridge.  We asked players who do well at Bookham the question “What single piece of advice would you give to someone who was trying to improve their bridge?”

Margaret says “Against a suit contract, if your partner leads an Ace and then has to change suit because of strength or shortage in dummy, you can (sometimes) show your partner which suit you prefer.  Play a high card to show the higher of the other two suits or a low card to show the lower suit.  A “middling” card would be neutral.”

There was a good example of the opportunity to signal a suit preference on Board 20 on 9th February. 

North was playing a 4 Spade contract.  East's opening lead was  A (from  AKxx) which won against a singleton in dummy.  East then had to decide which suit to switch to.

West held: ♠ 86  86452  92 ♣ A632.  Playing 2 shows a preference for Clubs.

Margaret Main  February 2017

The Disruptive Power of the Weak Two
The Disruptive Power of the Weak Two

Weak-Twos can be very disruptive as an opening bid or as a weak jump overcall.  This new Hand of the Month (posted 2nd February) considers Board 26 from Monday 23rd January.  If you were sitting East, did you open 2 hearts?   Click here to see the analysis.

Applications for Membership

The following Visitors have made three visits to the Club and are now applying for membership: Richard Paine, John Taylor, Martin De Forest-Brown, Krys O'Neill.

For more information about the procedure for prospective new members see our Rules and Procedures [click here].

14th February 2017

Click for the latest results
Winners Monday 20th February

NORTH/SOUTH

Penny Webster-Smith & Sandra Cape with 64.38%

EAST/WEST

Roy Middleton & Dermot Connolly with 62.10%

Winners Thursday 16th February

NORTH/SOUTH

Penny Webster-Smith & Sandra Cape with 70.00%

EAST/WEST

Alick Fraser & Bill Archer with 65.28%

Calendar
23rd February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Main Hall 13.15
Director: Coral Wabe
Scorer: Martin Pulsford
Host: Joan Barwick
27th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Main Hall 13.15
Director: Peter Higgins
Scorer: Chris Argent
Host: Mike Evans
2nd March 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Main Hall 13.15
Director: Chris Pullan
Scorer: Jim Tate
Results
20th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sandra Cape
Scorer: Kate Castree
16th February 2017
Surrey Sim Pairs
Director: Sheila Hayter
Scorer: Sandra Cape
13th February 2017
Surrey Sim Pairs
Director: Peter Higgins
Scorer: Sue Moss
Click for the latest results
Winners Monday 20th February

NORTH/SOUTH

Penny Webster-Smith & Sandra Cape with 64.38%

EAST/WEST

Roy Middleton & Dermot Connolly with 62.10%

Winners Thursday 16th February

NORTH/SOUTH

Penny Webster-Smith & Sandra Cape with 70.00%

EAST/WEST

Alick Fraser & Bill Archer with 65.28%

Calendar
23rd February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Main Hall 13.15
Director: Coral Wabe
Scorer: Martin Pulsford
Host: Joan Barwick
27th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Main Hall 13.15
Director: Peter Higgins
Scorer: Chris Argent
Host: Mike Evans
2nd March 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Main Hall 13.15
Director: Chris Pullan
Scorer: Jim Tate
Results
20th February 2017
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sandra Cape
Scorer: Kate Castree
16th February 2017
Surrey Sim Pairs
Director: Sheila Hayter
Scorer: Sandra Cape
13th February 2017
Surrey Sim Pairs
Director: Peter Higgins
Scorer: Sue Moss