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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 Since the revoke was not established (law 63) the card played was withdrawn and replaced with a legal card (law 62).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 Evening - Monday 11th September 2017

We will be running a Swiss Pairs evening on Monday 11 September 2017.  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 tonight (21 August) and on the other Club evenings prior to the event.  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.

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.  Whilst the WBF has brought the new Laws in effective 1 Aug 17, the EBU is allowing Clubs in England to introduce the new laws when they are ready to do so between 1 Aug and 30 Sep 17.  Bracknell Forest Bridge Club will introduce them effective Monday 4 September – the 2007 laws will continue to be applied at all Club sessions up to and including Monday 28 August.

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.
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

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Club mobile 07982 742569

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:

11 Sep 17   Swiss Pairs
18 Sep 17   B&BCBA Sim Pairs
16 Oct 17    Francis Cup (Teams)
13 Nov 17   ECATS CiN Sim Pairs
27 Nov 17   Butler Pairs
11 Dec 17   Christmas Party

15 Jan 18   Committee Cup (Teams) Heat

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 *

4 Jun 18     Individual Competition

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

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
28th August 2017
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Keith Sheppard
Scorer: Derek Thornton
Opening Hall: Mark Carson
Closing Hall: Derek Thornton
  (Partner?)
4th September 2017
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Opening Hall: Derek Thornton
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
  (Partner?)
11th September 2017
Swiss Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Keith Sheppard
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Closing Hall: Keith Sheppard
  (Partner?)
Results
21st August 2017
Monday Pairs
Director: Chris Williams
Scorer: Bill Barclay
14th August 2017
Monday Pairs
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay
7th August 2017
Monday Pairs
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Click for the Members Only section
Messages

Club mobile 07982 742569

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:

11 Sep 17   Swiss Pairs
18 Sep 17   B&BCBA Sim Pairs
16 Oct 17    Francis Cup (Teams)
13 Nov 17   ECATS CiN Sim Pairs
27 Nov 17   Butler Pairs
11 Dec 17   Christmas Party

15 Jan 18   Committee Cup (Teams) Heat

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 *

4 Jun 18     Individual Competition

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

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
28th August 2017
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Keith Sheppard
Scorer: Derek Thornton
Opening Hall: Mark Carson
Closing Hall: Derek Thornton
  (Partner?)
4th September 2017
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Opening Hall: Derek Thornton
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
  (Partner?)
11th September 2017
Swiss Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Keith Sheppard
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Closing Hall: Keith Sheppard
  (Partner?)
Results
21st August 2017
Monday Pairs
Director: Chris Williams
Scorer: Bill Barclay
14th August 2017
Monday Pairs
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay
7th August 2017
Monday Pairs
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Bill Barclay