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The fourth Oxford Junior Bridge Club competition was held at Oxford Bridge Club on the afternoon of 3rd February, when forty-four childrem, aged 8-16 years, descended upon the elegantly refurbished premises, generating laughter and goodwill. The juniors came from near and far for this event.
Congratulations to our scorer, Lisa Furnival and TDs Mike Fletcher and Peter Sherry, who managed to run three sections and to keep the boards and children moving. The four tables of mini-bridge players were high in enthusiasm and, in some cases, low on experience! The winners, Olivia Zamora and Isabella Bravo, had only been playing for a week! Second place went to Emily McAndrew and Martha Ward, who had been playing for two weeks!
Novice bidding winners, Lawrence Crean and Thomas Rice achieved a staggering 80.56%, more than 16% more than the second pair, Daniel Bruce and Grace Harrison. James Cater and Theo Sinclair just pipped Zane Soonwalla and Freddie Beneat to top position in the Advanced Bidding section scoring 70.83% and 69.17% respectively. WELL DONE TO ALL OF THEM.
At 4.15.p.m. we called a halt and everyone descended upon the tea table, groaning with goodies, mostly donated by parents, many of whom joined us for tea, while Lisa and Mike feverishly attempted to get a result.
When announcing the winners, organiser, Holly Kilpatrick warmly thanked the Chairman and Trustees of Oxford Bridge Club, who had kindly given the beautiful premises free of charge. Pat Lewis, Chairman of OBC, presented the prizes.
On 2nd January 20 children plus parents, grandparents and tutors spent the day at the Chantry House in Henley. In the morning they improved their skills, 12 of them trying bridge bidding for the first time, and in the afternoon, after a pizza from Zizzis anda run around at the park, they played in a competition, many for the first time. The bridge competition was won by Elizabeth Cooper and Pat Lewis (OBC chair), and in second place were Ella(Gillotts) and John(grandpa) Chamberlain. The minibridge competition was won by Alex(Goring PS) and grandpa Holman. The prizes were fun packs of cards collected on round the world cruises and donated to us. It was lovely to be joined by so many families including a French bridge playing grandfather called Luis. This was probably due to the fact that it was held during the Christmas holidays. Elizabeth Cooper, Iris and Noah Bennett also received their silver awards on the national junior award scheme.
Nettlebed School played its Xmas competition this month. There were four tables of children, 3 of minibridge and 1 playing bridge. The very good cake was supplied, as usual, by Gillian Lonsdale who teaches at the school. Nettlebed School has had a bridge club continuously for 10 years.
Top left Year 5 girls teaching minibridge to year 3 children at Kidmore End Primary School.
Top right New Scotland Hill winners of school minibridge SIMS
Left- junior players enjoying the sun and cake after a competition at Wallingford.
The Bridge For Schools Team brings bridge to all schoolchildren in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Its volunteers provide their time freely to teach bridge and minibridge in schools. Follow the Bridge4Schools tab on the left hand side of the screen for more information.
For a headteacher’s view of our activities please look at Bridge in a Village Primary School which you will find under 'Bridge & Education'.
In addition to in-school clubs the Team runs a Junior Bridge Club in Oxford that is open to all 8 – 18 year olds wishing to play bridge or minibridge, or to receive tuition as well as a fun weekend in Cheltenham at Easter each year. Follow the links on the left hand side for further details.
Since we started in Berkshire the Bridge4schools team has taught bridge in over 45 schools in Berks, Bucks and Oxon, and typically teaches to around 600 children in our busiest terms.
If you would like to learn to play bridge at your school, or would like to become one of our volunteer helpers, please phone your area contact .
S & W Oxfordshire Alison Nicolson 01235 851403.
S Oxon(W Berks) Joan Bennett 01491 579795.
Central Oxfordshire Holly Kilpatrick 07753 672001.
Bucks (E Berks) Tony Aston 01753 885166
For email addresses see 'Organisers' under 'Information' tab
The Wessex weekend in Cheltenham was held on 7th/8th April 2018 and was fully booked with 70 children attending. The England U21 squad used it as a training session, and at a joint session where 40 Cheltenham BC members played with40 children , the young guns came out top.
The junior event at Ardingly in Sussex on 7th/8th July 2018 was a great success, being fully booked for boarders well in advance. The event at the Portland Club on June 17th attracted 10 tables of bridge players, mainly from the London area. It was a fantastic venue to visit, rejoicing in the address of '36, Pall Mall', and was run by Simon Stocken on behalf of the Davenport Trust. Let's increase the number of Berks, Bucks and Oxon children attending it next year.
The JTI at Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire ran a great bridge programme at the beginning of September, but also allowed the children to choose two very physical activities from Zip-wire, GoKarting, Abseiling, human table football(a vicious game!) and others
A fantastic performance by English juniors in general and local ones in particular. Pictures are Tommy Brass (left) from Berkshire with his Bronze medal in the U26 event, and on the RHS are Henry Rose (left) from Oxford who won a Bronze in the U16 partnering Oscar Selby from London. Details of the results can be seen on the EBU website. Oscar and Henry are also members of the England U16 team who have reached the final of the Online teams event. Good luck in the finals to all the team.
This has been an exciting week starting the new year. We have held taster sessions at Badgemore and Trinity Primary Schools in Henley, as well as at Nettlebed, Crowmarsh,Sonning Common and Marcham, so all their bridge clubs are up and running with a keen group of year 5s and 6s. There are many more schools starting again in the next few weeks, but there are so far approximately 150 Oxfordshire children playing, which suggests that the total will rise to 300 or so. Apart from the weekly sessions in schools, there are at least three training days and competitions planned in January, February and March, by which time they will be experts! It is a delight to see the bridge clubs as part of the school culture in those where it has been established for up to nine years, since both the children and the volunteer helpers all enjoy themselves. There are also more children being welcomed into the local bridge clubs, reducing the average age of the players, as they improve and seriously increasing the biscuit consumption.
24 teams of four from all over the country competed in this event, and local representation was provided by 3 teams from Oxfordshire and 2 from Reading in Berkshire. The Reading A team qualified from the pool into the knock out, but were unfortunate to come fourth. The local success came from the Reading B team consisting of Euan Sarson, David Fryer, Will Clennell and Matthew Wadsworth who won the schools plate. This meant coming second from the remaining 20 teams, only being beaten by a mixed, but experienced team of international players. The three teams from Oxfordshire, mainly based around its junior bridge club, came respectable 6th, 10th and 11th in the plate, so can feel pleased with themselves, as many will be at school for some time yet.
It was a great weekend for all, but once again, Oxfordshire children did us proud.The Sunday competition was won by Oxford's Jacob and Thomas Potter (NS), with the EW winners being Aidan(Oxford) and Roland(Sussex). Many children gained awards under EBEDs scheme, and once again, the Oxfordshire contribution was 1 Bronze (Sam), 3 silver(Finn, Cameron and Zoe), 3 gold (Thomas, Jacob and Aidan).
The food and accommodation provided by Cheltenham Ladies College was superb, as were both the food and facilities at the bridge club.Many of the children were coming for the third time- itself a recommendation. Their behaviour was exemplary- we have been invited back for 2019.
On Wednesday 19th July, a group of 16 juniors, (15 boys and 1 girl!) from schools in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, visited the House of Lords for a friendly bridge match. Divided into small groups, the children were given fascinating tours of the historic building, after which the bridge match began in the beautiful River Room, overlooking the Thames. The Lords were outnumbered by the juniors and tables were made up by visiting teachers, so the winners, from Reading School, were the pair with the most plusses on their scorecard! The children were all given a lovely memento of the afternoon.
Afterwards, we enjoyed a very generous tea in the River Canteen and at the end of the afternoon some of us were lucky enough to be shown the secret underground route to Westminster Tube Station.
The sixteen pupils, who took part, attend the following schools: Abingdon School Oxon, Dr Challoners Bucks, Epsom College, Highdown Oxon, Reading School, Berks, the Dragon School, Oxford, Summer Fields School Oxford, Magdalen College Oxford and the Oxford Junior Bridge Club.
Many thanks to the Lords for their time and generosity.
England had qualified for the final in all four age groups which was fantastic. Oxfordshire provided 3 members of the squads with Laura Covill and Eva Wieczorek playing in the U26 girls team, and Henry Rose in the U16 team. Sadly, all our teams were knocked out in the round robin stage.
On 17th January a team of 8 Reading schoolboys travelled to London with their teacher, Judy Honikberg, to play against St Paul's School. Many of the the Reading Boys have been playing, when school work permits(!), at Reading Bridge Club, where they have halved the average age some nights. The match was played over 20 hands as 2 teams of four. All the boys played magnificently, but in particular on one hand, one Reading pair bid and made 7 No Trumps, whilst the other Reading pair bid to 7 Hearts which failed on a 5-0 split. Neither St Paul's pair bid a slam, probably due to vigorous interference bidding by the Reading boys. The final result was 86 IMPs to Reading with no negative scores, which was a stunning result.
The third competition was held at Oxford BC(OBC) on the afternoon of 19th November when twenty two children aged 8-14 years descended upon the balloon decorated premises generating laughter and goodwill.
The bridge club and adult helpers were warmly thanked. Prizes were awarded in the three categories of minibridge, novice bidders and experienced bidders and were presented by Pat Lewis the Chairman of OBC.
1. Minibridge 1st. Oscar Ngong from Summerfields (+ adult), joint 2nd Harry Ellis and Amelia Beecroft from Kidmore End, and Sam Soonawalla(Dragon) and his partner Oliver Christiansen from Millbrook School Grove.
2. Novice bridge players 1st Dimi Fitzherbert from Summerfields(+adult)
3. Bridge players 1st Thomas and Jacob Potter(Dragon School), 2nd Aidan Saunders(Summerfields) and Zane Soonawalla(MCS)
The participating children came from 9 schools Abingdon, Didcot girls, The Dragon, Harrow, Kidmore End Primary, Marcham Primary, Magdalen College, Millbrook nr Wantage and Summerfields
This was a new venture held at Cheltenham in 2016. Over 100 children came of whom over 25% were from Oxfordshire. Berkshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Devon, London, Sussex, Cardiff and Worcestershire were also represented.The tutors all freely gave their time and included the coaches of all the England junior squads (U15, U20 and U25), the food was excellent, and the only downside was the weather which curtailed the usual outdoor activities.
This event mustered 20 tables with 8 juniors competing- a record. Jack and Nathan won 2nd prize whilst David and Ed won the non-expert prize- both cash prizes and very welcome to teenagers! All eight of them won at least one match and were universally praised by the adults for their superb table manners.
This was held at Loughborough University and was attended by children from much of the country. The facilities and food are amazing as you would expect from a venue used to feeding Olympic athletes. The excitement for us was that the main event, earning them the Arnott Davidson Trophy was won by Jack and Nathan from Reading School. It is very much a family event with one couple bringing four children and another three as well as many grandparents. The same atmosphere is found at the Chletenham weekend in the Spring.
The Dragon team of Will Wauchope, Thomas Potter, Freddie Yu and Richmond Yeung came 3rd in the Schools Cup beating the usual prestigious schools, the Perse, Haberdashers Aske, Manchester Grammar, Loughborough Grammar, RGS Malvern and managed to trounce Eton College in the playoff for 3rd place! See below for a hand from this match reported by Andrew Robson in The Times. They succumbed only to the winners,Westminster and the runners up, St. Paul's!
20 teams entered this year and our Junior Bridge Team of Zane Soonawalla, Jacob Potter, George and Elizabeth Cooper came 8th in the Harry Scully Trophy, a cup for teams from different schools.
Henry Rose's Under 16 second team came 2nd in the Harry Scully Trophy, narrowly beaten by the Under 16 first team.
A GREAT DAY FOR OXFORDSHIRE BRIDGE!
For more pictures refer to our blog - see left hand column.
Below is the hand from The Times:
Fifty children, 10 family and 10 tutors enjoyed a fabulous weekend in April at Cheltenham Ladies College and Bridge Club.Volunteer tutors included the Welsh and U20 squad coaches- lucky children. Activities included late night speedball for teenagers, rounders frisbee etc.for all, and amazing food and accommodation supplied by Cheltenham Ladies College.
Three Oxford Junior Bridge Club pairs took part in the June Oxford Congress: Jacob and Max Potter, Zane Soonawalla and Aidan Saunders and Freddie Beneat and Freddie Wivell.
In the Swiss pairs on Saturday Zane & Aidan won three of their eight matches.
In the Swiss Teams on Sunday the OJBC team of Zane, Aidan, Thomas Potter and Freddie Yu won the best non expert team prize.
An England Under 16 team finished seventh in the Czech Republic Junior Teams Championship at the end of November.
The team of Oscar Selby & Henry Rose, Jasmine Bakhshi & Liz Gahan, Alex Pemberton & Andy Cope, with NPC: Mike Bell, competed against eleven other junior sides - including some U26 teams and many with more international experience.
They struggled in their opening qualifying matches, finishing fifth of the six teams in their group. They bounced back well, however, finishing second in the next group phase to move on to the 5th-8th playoff. They lost their 'semi-final' but an emphatic victory in their final match saw them claim 7th place and improve on their good performance in the 2015 competition.
Henry Rose (on the right of the picture) started bridge at the Dragon School when he was 8 years old and has been attending the Oxford Junior Bridge Club regularly since it started in 2014; in fact, he was their first pupil.
OXFORD JUNIOR BRIDGE CLUB
20th November 2016
The second Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition was held at the Oxford Bridge Club on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November when twenty-five children, aged 9 – 15 years, descended upon the balloon decorated premises, generating laughter and good will. The juniors came from a variety of schools around the city and county and from as far afield as Sonning Common, Reading and the Midlands!
Congratulations to our scorer, Diane Coe and TDs, Mike Fletcher and Peter Sherry, who managed to keep boards and children moving, in spite of the speed differentials and the cross table chatting! and thanks to David Bygott for all the competition photos.
This year we merged the experienced bidders with the novices and awarded prizes in both sections.
The mini-bridge players (left) might have been low in numbers but were high in enthusiasm and played eight boards from a recent simultaneous pairs competition. Two young entrants have only been learning for four weeks!
At 4.15 p.m. we called a halt and everyone descended upon the tea table, groaning with goodies, mostly donated by parents, many of whom joined us for tea, while Diane feverishly attempted to get a result.
When presenting the prizes, organiser, Holly Kilpatrick warmly thanked the Chairman and Trustees of the Oxford Bridge Club, who had kindly given their premises free of charge. In the mini-bridge section, first prize went to Carl Shelley, whom, although playing with an adult, had played all the hands and chosen the contracts. In the novice bidders section our winners were Jennifer Ellis and Jacob Hathaway from Sonning Common.
In the “experienced” bidders section first prize went to Richmond Yeung and Inigo Sanchez-Asiain from the Dragon School. Some of the results were extremely close and congratulations to all the children who took part. Full results are listed below:
1st Richmond Yeung and Inigo Sanchez Asiain
2nd Megan Jones and Henry Rose
1st Jennifer Ellis and Jacob Hathaway
2nd Jacob Potter and Freddie Beneat
1ST Carl Shelley
2nd Freya Cook and Louisa Alvey
3rd Harry Litchfield and Zach Matthews
4th Merlin Kavanna and Hanmer Hanbury
There were some very good county players at the annual event on Sunday, and our junior members played really well against them, all of them winning at least one of their 'minimatches' as well as enjoying the substantial tea. The pairs finished as follows:- 3rd Jamie Muller/JB, 25th George Anstis/John Mewes, 28th Nathan Galpin/Jack Lawrence, 37th Dominic Cooke/ Edmund Lea. This is the 3rd year running in which the junior participation has increased, and Jamie Muller at 16, is the highest placed ever junior.
Henry Rose has every right to be beaming! He has just heard the news that he has been selected to play for the Under 15 England team in the Youth Bridge World Championships to be held in Italy in August. Henry started bridge at the Dragon School when he was 8 years old and has been attending the Oxford Junior Bridge Club regularly since it started in 2014; in fact, he was their first pupil.
Hers is Henry and the two teams from Salsomaggiore.