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♠ Director ruling - A revoke, where the player that had revoked realised before the trick was
completed. Since the revoke was not established (law 63) the card played was withdrawn and replaced with a legal card (law 62). The revoke was by a defender so the revoke card stayed on the table as a major penalty card (law 62B1). The next non-offending player was allowed
to withdraw the card he had played and play another (law 62C1).

 Did you know? - If a claim has been made, you cannot ask for the cards to be played (although this is changing with the advent of the 2017 Laws).

♠ Tip - If you do not have a convention card that supports your system the TD may rule against you. Complete a convention card!

 
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Welcome to Bracknell Forest Bridge Club

Welcome to Bracknell Forest Bridge Club!

We are a medium sized club located at Brownlow Hall in Newell Green, Bracknell with a membership of c50 people and 8-11 tables at each session. We organise a variety of duplicate bridge events and also participate in organised Sim pair events - our aim is to provide a different style of event each month! We run a number of member only club events and have a number of teams who compete in the Bracknell League, the Pivot Cup and the Greens Cup. Our club night is Monday and we typically play 24 hands at each session. We are EBU affiliated and award master points at the majority of events.

We are a super friendly bunch! We have playing scorers and directors at each event who manage to maintain the right balance between a well managed evening and a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors and new members most welcome. Please see the information panel for further details or contact secretary@bfbridge.org.uk

 

Swiss Pairs Event - Monday 26th February 2018

Bracknell Forest Bridge Club will be running a Swiss Pairs evening on Monday 26 February 2018.  Members who have taken part in one of these events before will recall that it does not have a fixed movement – unlike our normal Howell or Mitchell movements.  Instead, after the first round, pairs are matched against those with a similar score.  For a successful Swiss Pairs evening, we need an even number of pairs so we do not have a sit-out table.  Pairs wishing to play on the evening are asked to put their names on the list that will be on the booking-in table in the Club on the 12th February and again on 19th February.  Members who wish to play on the night, but will not be in the Club beforehand, can register by email to Bill Barclay at director@bfbridge.org.uk.  Similarly, any individuals who wish to play and do not have a partner should register their interest with Bill.

As we do need an even number of pairs, entries will be confirmed on a first come, first served, basis.  If you do enter and subsequently find that you cannot play on the night, please let Bill know at the earliest opportunity.

Teams of 4 - Monday 15th January 2018

Congratulations to Les Anthony’s team (Les Anthony & Andrzej Kwiatkowski, Steve Hollister & Chris Williams) for winning the Club Heat for the Committee Cup on Monday 15th January.  With nine teams taking part in the competition, we are able to send three teams to the final, which will be held at Windsor on Sunday 8th April.

Unfortunately, due to a slight problem with the way this version of Bridgewebs parses our results files, we are unable to display master points with the results of teams competitions.  So, although the results do not show them, Master Points at Club level were awarded for the heat at the rate of 30 each to the members of the winning team, 20 each to those placed second and 10 each to those in third place.  The Master Points have been directly credited to the EBU accounts of the individuals concerned.  

Christmas Party - Monday 11th December 2017
Christmas Party - Monday 11th December 2017

Congratulations to Foy Rees who won the Committee Trophy at the Christmas Party Individual Competition on 11th December. Unfortunately, we are unable to display the results in the normal place but you can see them by clicking on this link:  Results.

Jim Graham won a Christmas Cake playing bridge bingo and we raised enough money for Crisis at Christmas to provide a homeless person with food and shelter over Christmas. Thank you!

 

 

Children In Need - Monday 13th November 2017 186.52 raised!

A huge thank you to everyone that participated in the ECAT's simultaneous pairs event, together we raised an amazing £186!

Check your ranking via the following link

http://www.simpairs.com/ranking.asp?session=004136&ClubID=Overall

 

 

Francis Cup Teams of Four Competition - Monday 16th October 2017
Francis Cup Teams of Four Competition - Monday 16th October 2017

Congratultions to Mary Harvey's team (Mary, Elaine Longstaff, Ann Francis & Peter Francis) winners of the 2017 BFBC seeded teams event, the Francis Cup. 

Both Mary's team and Cliff Nicholl's team (Cliff, Andrzej Kwiatkowski, Hang Lac & Amanda O'Neill) scored 54 IMPS but Mary's team won the play off matches between the two teams which determined the winners in a draw situation.

Berks and Bucks CBA Sim Pairs - Monday 18th September 2017

Congratulations to Andy and Martin who came 11th overall out of the 185 pairs (in 8 clubs) who took part in the Monday session of the Berks and Bucks Simultaneous Pairs on Monday 18th September.  The full results can be viewed on the EBU Sim Pairs web page (www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs).

Introduction of New Laws of Duplicate Bridge

Earlier this year, the World Bridge Federation completed its ten yearly review of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge and the EBU has issued an updated book of Laws applicable to the game in England. Bracknell Forest Bridge Club has introduced them effective Monday 4 September.  Please bear with Directors who may take a little time to familiarise themselves with the new book and layout. 

The trend with the new laws is to try and reduce the number of occasions where boards are cancelled and artificial adjusted scores are awarded.  Whilst most of the laws relating to the common situations we are likely to encounter in the Club remain principally the same as in the 2007 Laws, there are some subtle changes of wording and members are asked to be patient with Directors if they are called to give a ruling whilst they find their way around the new laws. The EBU has produced a poster (link here) that summarises two key changes that all players should know about:  the procedure governing a claim; and the use of comparable calls to replace insufficient bids and calls out of rotation. 

  • The procedure governing a claim has effectively been changed to follow practice at the table where, after a claim has been made, the non-claiming side has said ‘play on’.  The old laws actually required play to stop and the TD to be called in the event of a disputed claim – generally honoured more in the breach than the observance.  The new laws allow play to continue, provided all agree.  However, if the TD is called and declarer’s stated line does not adequately account for all the tricks he is claiming (perhaps because he hasn’t drawn all the opponents' trumps and has not stated that he is drawing trumps when he claims), the TD can rule that the declarer takes a line of play that is less advantageous to him.  If the defence insist on ‘playing on’ and declarer wakes up to the fact that there is an outstanding trump and draws it, the defence cannot then claim that they might have made a trump trick and then call the TD.  The advice remains to call the Director if you are not happy with a Claim that has been made.
  • Comparable Calls will allow the bidding to continue in circumstances where, after an insufficient bid or a call out of rotation, offender’s partner would have been silenced for the rest of the auction. The poster at the above link covers this in more detail.
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Please continue to use the Find a Partner facility if you are looking for a partner.

 

Competitions and Events 2017/18

Members are asked to note the following dates for their diaries:


12 Feb 18   Waller Bowl (Pairs) Heat*
26 Feb 18   Swiss Pairs
12 Mar 18   Club Stratified Sim Pairs
8 Apr 18     Committee Cup Final **
23 Apr 18   Teams of 4
7 May 18    EBED Spring Sim Pairs
13 May 18  Waller Bowl Final **
28 May 18  Tom Fegarty Cup (Individual Competition)
4 Jun 18     AGM

* Only Club members may participate in the Club heats for the Committee Cup and Waller Bowl.

**The finals of the Waller Bowl and Committee Cup will be held at Windsor.

Tom Fegarty Cup
Tom Fegarty Cup

 Congratulations to John Walton who won a closely fought individual competition for the Tom Fegarty Trophy on Monday 5th June. For the detailed results, please click the link below.

Link to 5 Jun 17 Individual Competition Results

♠  Click Here! ♣ 

Alf Biggs Trophy Winner
Alf Biggs Trophy Winner

Congratulations to Philip Jackson who won the Alf Biggs Trophy for 2016/17 with a grand total of 616 Master Points, ahead of Chris Williams on 560 followed by Steve Hollister on 548 and Peter Muggeridge on 540. The full ranking table is available under the Competitons tab on the Main Menu. 

Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs

Congratulations to Les and Cliff and Peter and Philip who came third and fourth respectively in the Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs held on Thursday 1 June at Finchampstead Memorial Hall.  The full results table can be viewed here.

EBED Simultaneous Pairs - Monday 8th May 2017

Congratulations to Chris Williams and Steve Hollister who won our heat of the EBED Sim Pairs on Mon 8th May.  As at midday on the 9th with results in from 20 clubs, they were the leading pair with a staggering 77.63% out of the 331 whose results had been uploaded.  The complete ranking list can be viewed here:  www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs/000218.

Berks and Bucks Committee Cup Winners

Congratulations to Keith Sheppard’s team (Keith and Jenny, John and Sue Moor) for winning the Berks and Bucks annual Club Teams of Four Committee Cup competition on Sunday 2 April 2017 at Windsor against a strong field of 24 teams from clubs across the county area.  For more details and a photo, see the Berks and Bucks CBA home page http://www.bridgewebs.com/bbcba/

Calendar
26th February 2018
Swiss Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Keith Sheppard
Opening Hall: Derek Thornton
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
  (Reservation)
5th March 2018
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Mark Carson
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
12th March 2018
EBU Stratified Sim Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Results
19th February 2018
Monday Pairs
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay
12th February 2018
Monday Pairs (Waller Bowl Heat - Members only)
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Bill Barclay
5th February 2018
Monday Pairs
Director: Chris Williams
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Click for the Members Only section
Messages

Club mobile 07435 444051

Please continue to use the Find a Partner facility if you are looking for a partner.

 

Competitions and Events 2017/18

Members are asked to note the following dates for their diaries:


12 Feb 18   Waller Bowl (Pairs) Heat*
26 Feb 18   Swiss Pairs
12 Mar 18   Club Stratified Sim Pairs
8 Apr 18     Committee Cup Final **
23 Apr 18   Teams of 4
7 May 18    EBED Spring Sim Pairs
13 May 18  Waller Bowl Final **
28 May 18  Tom Fegarty Cup (Individual Competition)
4 Jun 18     AGM

* Only Club members may participate in the Club heats for the Committee Cup and Waller Bowl.

**The finals of the Waller Bowl and Committee Cup will be held at Windsor.

Tom Fegarty Cup
Tom Fegarty Cup

 Congratulations to John Walton who won a closely fought individual competition for the Tom Fegarty Trophy on Monday 5th June. For the detailed results, please click the link below.

Link to 5 Jun 17 Individual Competition Results

♠  Click Here! ♣ 

Alf Biggs Trophy Winner
Alf Biggs Trophy Winner

Congratulations to Philip Jackson who won the Alf Biggs Trophy for 2016/17 with a grand total of 616 Master Points, ahead of Chris Williams on 560 followed by Steve Hollister on 548 and Peter Muggeridge on 540. The full ranking table is available under the Competitons tab on the Main Menu. 

Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs

Congratulations to Les and Cliff and Peter and Philip who came third and fourth respectively in the Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs held on Thursday 1 June at Finchampstead Memorial Hall.  The full results table can be viewed here.

EBED Simultaneous Pairs - Monday 8th May 2017

Congratulations to Chris Williams and Steve Hollister who won our heat of the EBED Sim Pairs on Mon 8th May.  As at midday on the 9th with results in from 20 clubs, they were the leading pair with a staggering 77.63% out of the 331 whose results had been uploaded.  The complete ranking list can be viewed here:  www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs/000218.

Berks and Bucks Committee Cup Winners

Congratulations to Keith Sheppard’s team (Keith and Jenny, John and Sue Moor) for winning the Berks and Bucks annual Club Teams of Four Committee Cup competition on Sunday 2 April 2017 at Windsor against a strong field of 24 teams from clubs across the county area.  For more details and a photo, see the Berks and Bucks CBA home page http://www.bridgewebs.com/bbcba/

Calendar
26th February 2018
Swiss Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Keith Sheppard
Opening Hall: Derek Thornton
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
  (Reservation)
5th March 2018
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Mark Carson
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
12th March 2018
EBU Stratified Sim Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Results
19th February 2018
Monday Pairs
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay
12th February 2018
Monday Pairs (Waller Bowl Heat - Members only)
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Bill Barclay
5th February 2018
Monday Pairs
Director: Chris Williams
Scorer: Bill Barclay