The team completed its inaugural year in the Chiltern League with a 13-7 win away to Newbury A. This leaves Burnham at the top of the division, from which only a 20-0 win by Loddon Vale in their final match can depose them.
Things have worked out pretty much as we'd hoped, providing opportunities for members who wouldn't otherwise get 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].
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.
Our last seminar took place on Monday, March 4th.
This month's topic was "Pressure Bidding" which is an aggressive approach to competitive bidding that a partnership may choose to use in various agreed situations (seat positions and deal vulnerability).
Click on this section to open the seminar notes.
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