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Welcome to Farnham Bridge Club
Welcome

 Farnham Bridge Club is regarded as one of the premier clubs in the area with members from other towns in the Waverley Borough, West Surrey and North East Hampshire. It is affiliated to the Surrey County Bridge Association (SCBA) and the English Bridge Union (EBU). We currently have about 150 members. Visitors and potential new members are always welcome. Email our secretary David  Kirkpatrick kpbroadoak@gmail.com in advance for details.

Members can enjoy playing duplicate Contract Bridge in accordance with the EBU rules and EBU membership is now included.

Bridge every Wednesday & Friday, seated by 7.25 pm SHARP for 7:30 START at:

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey  GU9 7QR

We play in the Barley Room on both Wednesdays and Fridays.  

 

Please note: The Maltings hopes to have the lift back in action by Monday Jan 15th. Members who cannot use the stairs are advised to check with the Maltings (01252 745444) on the progress of this work.

SIDNEY CHISHICK SWISS TEAM COMPETITION

SIDNEY  CHISHICK  SWISS  TEAMS - Farnham Bridge Club is hosting this Blue Pointed Teams event in Aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. It is a scheduled for Wednesdays APRIL 4th and 11th 2018 at the Maltings Farnham. Start time 7:30 pm "promptly". There will be three 8 board matches each evening. Cost £32 per team.   Click here for details of how to enter SIDNEY CHISHICK SWISS TEAMS 2018 and to access the application form.  We welcome both members and non members.

Surrey Teams of Eight

Congratulations to our Club team - Gabriel Hearst, Tim Green, Tim Rees, Simon Foale, Judi Coady, Marie Thomson, Mike Kinsey and Owen Leigh - who performed admirably in the Surrey Affiliated Clubs Teams of 8 on the 14th of January. They finished in a highly-commendable third place, against extremely strong opposition.

Law of Total tricks

In a recent issue of the EBU bridge magazine, Andrew Robson wrote an article on the "Law of Total Tricks".   It is not so much a law, as an interesting alternative method of hand evaluation compared to high card points.  Gordon Wren, a long-standing and valued member of our club, was intrigued and undertook an in-depth analysis of hands played at our club over several months.  With our encouragement, he sent it to Andrew Robson's team, who were extremely impressed, and also sent it to the EBU.  To quote Laura Hobhouse of the EBU -  " (Gordon) That is an amazing analysis - you will be called upon when a reader wonders about a probability!"

The "Law" was developed by Jean Rene Vernes of France in the 1950's, and in summary states

The total number of tricks available on a deal is equal to the total number of trump cards both sides hold in their respective best suits, where the total number of tricks is defined as the sum of the number of tricks available to each side if they could choose trumps.

This method works on the assumption that for shapely hands, the combined length of the trump suit is more significant than points or HCP in deciding on the level of the final contract. It is of most value in competitive bidding situations where the HCP are divided roughly equally between the partnerships.

LoTT is said to be most accurate when the HCP are fairly evenly divided between the two sides and the bidding is competitive. Experts apply adjustment factors to improve accuracy.  This topic is also covered by Larry Cohen in 'To Bid or Not to Bid' and 'Following the LAW'.

Click here for Gordon's analysis and article, a great way to stimulate your little grey cells in January.

President's Salver Qualifiers

Congratulations to the teams finishing in the top four on Friday November 3rd.  They now qualify for the semi-finals.   The draw is:

  Team finishing 1st (Mark Davies’s team)  versus team finishing 4th (Susan Taylor’s team).

  Team finishing 2nd (Nick Browne’s team)  versus team finishing 3rd (Mary O’Connor’s team).

As the top two teams tied, the choice between 1st and 2nd positions was made on the result of the boards they played against each other.

Captains should arrange matches on mutually convenient dates.   Semi-finals should be completed by end-February at the latest, and finals by end-April.  If matches are played at the club, normal table money is due.   Results should be communicated to Mike O'Donnell, by the winning captains.

Farnham Bridge Club Supports Local Charity

Farnham Bridge Club runs two Blue Pointed charity events each year, the Richard Currie Swiss Pairs and the Sydney Chiswick Pairs. This year we have raised in excess of £1000 for the Phylis Tuckwell Hospice.

News

BLUE POINTED OPEN SWISS PAIRS Competition at the Bourne Club on Sunday 25th March at 1:00 pm.  Click here for FULL DETAILS Swiss Pairs Bourne Clubs Flyer.docm.

Results
Wed 17th Jan 2018
Sylvia Rose (Teams)
Farnham Maltings
Scorer: Mike
Sun 14th Jan 2018
Affiliated Teams of 8
(SCBA)
Scorer: Shirley Pritchard
Sun 14th Jan 2018
Surrey Affiliated Clubs Teams of 8
(SCBA)
Richmond
Director: Steve Foster
Fri 12th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings
Wed 10th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings
Director: Hilary Havelock
Scorer: Peter Symm
Fri 5th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings
Director: James
Scorer: Mike
Calendar
Fri 19th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Wed 24th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Fri 26th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Sun 28th Jan 2018
Surrey Mixed Pairs
(SCBA)
Oxshott 13.00
Director: Richard Banbury & Shirley Pritchard
Scorer: Richard Banbury
 Click for more information
Wed 31st Jan 2018
Benzimra (Pairs) (counts for PFG Duplicate Pairs)
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Fri 2nd Feb 2018
Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
News

BLUE POINTED OPEN SWISS PAIRS Competition at the Bourne Club on Sunday 25th March at 1:00 pm.  Click here for FULL DETAILS Swiss Pairs Bourne Clubs Flyer.docm.

Results
Wed 17th Jan 2018
Sylvia Rose (Teams)
Farnham Maltings
Scorer: Mike
Sun 14th Jan 2018
Affiliated Teams of 8
(SCBA)
Scorer: Shirley Pritchard
Sun 14th Jan 2018
Surrey Affiliated Clubs Teams of 8
(SCBA)
Richmond
Director: Steve Foster
Fri 12th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings
Wed 10th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings
Director: Hilary Havelock
Scorer: Peter Symm
Fri 5th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings
Director: James
Scorer: Mike
Calendar
Fri 19th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Wed 24th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Fri 26th Jan 2018
PFG Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Sun 28th Jan 2018
Surrey Mixed Pairs
(SCBA)
Oxshott 13.00
Director: Richard Banbury & Shirley Pritchard
Scorer: Richard Banbury
 Click for more information
Wed 31st Jan 2018
Benzimra (Pairs) (counts for PFG Duplicate Pairs)
Farnham Maltings 7:30
Fri 2nd Feb 2018
Duplicate Pairs
Farnham Maltings 7:30