On Monday December 17th we shall be holding our Xmas Pivot Teams event. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the Club during December in order to allow us to cater for the appropriate number of guests - festive drinks and nibbles will be available in the Garden Room from 6:45 p.m. If you'd like to come along but don't have a partner or team-mates, please contact Nigel L.
Our first seminar in the New Year takes place on Monday 7th January, the topic to be advised.The half-hour seminar starts promptly at 18.45, it's free and open to all. We operate a hosting system, so you don't need to come with a partner if you want to stay on and play, which we hope you will.
On Monday January 21st we shall be running an OPEN heat of the Berks & Berks Club Teams Championship (Committee Cup). Please note that team members who have already attempted to qualify for the Final at a heat at another Club, or intend to attempt to qualify for the Final at another Club in the future are requested to mark "NQ" against their team on the table slip. The Final will take place on Sunday 7th April 2019 at Windsor - if a qualifying team does not wish/is unable to participate the opportunity will be offered to the next highest ranking team in the heat.
This is the hand we were discussing when time ran out.
South was playing in 7♠ with the initial lead of ♥A. The contract makes if South finds ♦Q, but can he/she do better than rely on the 50% chance of a correct guess? Can we make anything of the club suit? We could play West for the singleton king, K x, or K x x [11% chance] or East having the King in any holding [50% chance]. But if we're going to take our chances with the club suit, we should first boost our chances by looking for ♦Q singleton or doubleton [33%]. So, the conclusion is that we'll try to drop ♦Q, then take a ruffing finesse in clubs against East. We first remove the two trumps held by the defenders, then play ♦AK, before embarking on the ruffing finesse.
As it happens, ♦Q comes down, and we've made our contract.
And the summary:
The results of the 2017-18 annual competitions are:
As a result of competing in the Waller Bowl heat held at Burnham on Monday 26th November 2018 the following pairs have qualified for participation in the Final to be held at Windsor on Sunday 28th April 2019:
There were eleven competing pairs out of 19 giving rise to three qualifying places.
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