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Welcome to Burnham Bridge Club
Seminar 1 April: Light Opening Bids

In tonight's seminar Nigel Lancaster discusses light opening bids, i.e. 1-level bids in the 10-11 HCP range.

How do you assess whether a particular hand is worth an opening bid? What is your principal objective in opening light? What are the pros and cons of such openings?

The seminar starts promptly at 6.45, lasts half-an-hour, and is free to all.

We look forward to seeing you later.


Burnham C(hiltern) League-of-8 Team

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].

Chiltern Elimination Pairs Heat, 1 April

Most of you will be aware that we were no longer able to put together a third team for the Berks & Bucks league-of-8 competition this year, so we decided instead to enter a team for the Chiltern League teams-of-8 equivalent. This has the benefit of allowing us to draw on members committed to other clubs for Berks & Berks purposes but uncommitted as far as the Chiltern League is concerned. And where necessary we can involve 'A' and 'B' team players as occasional reserves.

The Chiltern League runs an annual Elimination Pairs event, with heats held in clubs and qualifying pairs competing in the final on 1 May. We've decided to hold a heat as part of our normal pairs event on Monday 1 April. Pairs are eligible to qualify provided at least one member of the partnership has been involved with the Chiltern League team, but for the most part this will be a normal pairs event [though we may operate it on a single-winner basis]. This heat will be different from for example a Waller Bowl heat in that the number of qualifying pairs is determined by the size of the entire field, not just by the number of potential qualifiers.

For more information contact Nigel Lancaster.

Spring Dates for your Diary
Spring Dates for your Diary

Our next seminar takes place on Monday, April 6:45 in the Garden Room - the focus being on light, 1-level, opening bids, and exploring the factors to be taken into account - vulnerability, position, rule-of-n?. As always visitors are welcome, and as we operate a hosting system you do not need a partner to be able to participate in the duplicate session which follows.

Later in the month our Annual Members Bluebell Walk is scheduled for Saturday 4th May - further details will be available shortly.


Burnham AGM & Prize-giving


The results of the 2017-18 annual competitions are:

Competion Winner Score 2nd Score 3rd Score
Club Pairs David Herod & Rob Walther 56.39 Chrys Poole & Steve Lee 56.18 Phil Thornton & Sandra Belcher 55.48
Teams of Four (Gwen Stoneham) Nigel Wolfendale 316 Chris Mooney 268 Bob Holder 240
League of 8  (Peter Hall) Bob Holder 321.3 David Owen 281 David Herod 205.3
6 Partners  (Addis Page) Nigel Marlow 61.8 Joan Murphy 61.3 David Owen 59.9
Masterpoints (Chairmans Cup) Bob Holder 588 Joan Murphy 565 David Beever 552
Improvers' Shield (Raymond Worrall) David Herod & Rob Walther 3.75% Frances Sargent & Newark Smelt 3.67% Chrys Poole & Steve Lee 3.52%


Waller Bowl Final Qualifiers


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:

  • Graham Dickens & Sue Dickens(S)
  • Michael Harris & Dinah Kane
  • Callum McKail & Nigel Wolfendale.

There were eleven competing pairs out of 19 giving rise to three qualifying places. 

England Senior Congress


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.


Berks & Bucks CBA Events


Burnham members have already featured in the initial  Berks & Bucks CBA competitions of the 2018-2019 season:

  • Heather & Matthew Tan won the Swiss Pairs for the Denys Jenkins trophy on 17th October 2018, with  David Owen & Bob Holder in joint 2nd place, Dick Davey & Paula Hopkinson in 4th place, and Liz Hayton & Angela Flintoft in 5th place
  • David Owen & Bob Holder were placed second in the Mixed Swiss Teams for the Carole Mueller Trophy held at Windsor on Sunday 11th November, after finishing 1st equal with a Butler score of 74 - leading the field by a clear margin of 25, the final result being determined from the head-to-head boards. Evelyn Crossley & Eva Wallen finished in 4th place. 
  • David Perkins & Phil Thornton playing with Carole & Herb Mueller were placed second in the Butler scored pairs for the Jarrett Cup held at Windsor on Sunday 2nd December.  As there was a 3-way tie for the 3rd place, this was awarded on the basis of the head-to-head tie-break results to Evelyn Crossley, David Owen, Bill  Godenzie & Charles Chisnall.
  • Charles Chisnall, David Owen, Bill Godenzie & Evelyn Crossley won the Perkins Cup in the teams event played at Windsor on 17th February, with Nigel Wolfendale, Bob Holder, Dick Davey & Paula Hopkinson taking second place.

Forthcoming competitions are:

  • The Senior Pairs for the Directors' Cup to be held at SBBC on 17th April 2019

About Burnham Bridge Club
About Burnham Bridge Club

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.

Monday Night Host

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



Director: David
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Nigel
Chiltern Elimination Pairs Heat
Director: Sue and Graham
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Nigel
Newbury A v Burnham C
Director: David
Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Malcolm & Pat
Mon 29th Apr 2019
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Sue & Graham
Mon 6th May 2019
Duplicate Pairs
7.30 pm
Mon 13th May 2019
Duplicate Pairs
7.30 pm
Mon 20th May 2019
7.30 pm
Mon 27th May 2019
Duplicate Pairs
7.30 pm