Our standard organisation for Monday evening is that we start play promptly at 7:30, play 26/27 boards, and finish at 10:45. In order for the Director to be able to start play at 7:30, the movement must have been entered into the computer, and boards[/movement cards] distributed, so he/she needs to know the number of participating pairs/teams by 7:25. If you know you won't arrive by 7:25, please notify either the Centre or your partner that you're on your way and your expected arrival time.
Club policy as validated by the recent members' vote is that 3-board sit-outs for pairs events are to be avoided and so, with a half-table, our standard movement will be based on 2-board rounds. Our Directors have been instructed that, once the movement for the evening has been selected, it should not be significantly changed to accommodate unnotified late arrivals, particularly where this might prejudice the prompt commencement of play.
Choosing the opening lead is one of the hardest aspects of defence, but one of the most important. For good players, getting the defence off to a bad start is probably the most frequent reason for recording a bad score on a board. Even the best reasoned leads will be wrong sometimes because there is very often little information to go on. In this month's free 30 minute seminar, Bill Godenzie will be reviewing the thought processes that help the defender on lead make the best choice more often. The seminar will be in the Garden Room of the SBBC, starting at 18:45 next Monday, May 13th. All are welcome - you don't have to be a Burnham member to attend. The seminar will finish in time for our normal Monday evening duplicate session. We provide a host for all our pair sessions, so you can come along even if your regular partner can't make it.
The Chiltern League Elimination Pairs Final was held at the Reading Cricket & Hockey Club in Sonning on Wednesday 1 May. We had 4 pairs qualifying for the final from our Club heat on 1 April. Bob Holder & Nigel Marlow finished 3rd, Nigel Lancaster & Steve Gore 6th closely followed by John Coleman & Marilyn Murtagh in 7th, Alec Black & Colin Godbold were 19th. This is a very pleasant venue in which to play bridge, although the Rebellion beer visible through the tightly-shuttered bar was a little tantalising.
The Club is intending to enter a team-of-8 into the Chiltern League again in the new season. Please talk to Nigel Lancaster if you'd like to be involved - you'd be very welcome.
The team completed its inaugural year in the Chiltern League with a 13-7 win away to Newbury A, leaving Burnham at the top of the division. Loddon Vale weren't able to manage the 20-0 victory needed in their final match to upset things [they lost 5-15].
Things have worked out pretty much as we'd hoped, providing opportunities for members who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to represent the Club to take part. Some 15 members played for the team, with Colin Dale taking the role of administrative captain.
Thanks to all who've supported the Club in this venture: we hope that as many of you as possible will take part in the Chiltern Elimination Pairs heat at the Club on April 1st [see below].
This year's AGM and annual prize giving is on June 10th, starting at 19:00.
The results of the 2017-18 annual competitions were:
In the Seniors Congress which took place on November 2nd - 4th 2018, Nigel Wolfendale & Phil Thornton, playing with Robert Proctor & Michael Robinson, won the Swiss Teams event by a margin of 29 VPs.
Burnham members have already featured in the initial Berks & Bucks CBA competitions of the 2018-2019 season:
Forthcoming competitions are:
We have twice weekly sessions of good standard Duplicate Bridge at the very attractive South Bucks Bridge Centre - a purpose-converted 16th Century barn in its own grounds, between Beaconsfield, Maidenhead and Slough
Our main session is at 7.30 every Monday evening, when we play Pairs, except Teams of Four on the third Monday each month except when this is a bank holiday. A host is available to play with anyone without a partner on Pairs evenings.
We use Bridgemates, for instant scoring, with current scores displayed on a large screen. Hand records and results print-outs are available within a few minutes of the end of every session.
Several teams from the Club compete in the Berks and Bucks League of 8, with the A team in the first division. We also encourage less experienced players and hold monthly free seminars before the start of an evening session.
A host is available for all Monday evening Duplicate Pairs sessions,
so anyone coming along without a partner is guaranteed a game. This service may be used by any player not more than 6 times in a calendar year.
This does not apply for teams evenings or special events- check the calendar