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The various bridge groups in the Farnham area combined to run an "All Farnham" Festival of Bridge in the Maltings Great Hall on the afternoon of Friday 24th August. There were over 160 participants,making this the biggest bridge event to be held in Farnham for decades. Particants ages ranged from 8 years old to 99 and there were different sections of bridge to suit all abilities, from beginner to grand master. All feedback to date has been that it was a uniquely enjoyable and friendly event, really demonstrating that the great game of bridge is alive and well in Farnham and has appeal for all ages and abilities.
Participant Jeremy Dhondy, Chairman of the English Bridge Union, presented the bridge trophies. Graham Davison and Joe Dinnen won the "Open Duplicate" , Beverley and Graham Sylvester-Evans won the "No Fear Duplcate", with Lene Rasmussen and Maureen Butler winning the Chicago section. All partipants were also given a free invitation to participating bridge clubs and a free invitation to a lesson given by 3 Counties Bridge.
There was also special award presented by the Mayor of Farnham and the chair of the English Bridge Union to Mrs Annabel Sommerfelt of Weydon School for "Exceptional contribution to the development of youth bridge in Farnham". Annabel, with Douglas Wright, launched the Weydon after-school bridge club several years ago. Since then, week-in week-out Annabel has led and encouraged the group, coached with the help of local bridge playing volunteers, and handled the essential admin that goes with such a task, all this in addition to her own heavy teaching workload. The Weydon school bridge group has been described as a "beacon of light", having won multiple Surrey Schools bridge trophies and also been invited in 2016 to visit and compete against the House of Lords.
Special thanks are due to the Farnham Institute for their grant, and for grants from two sponsors Arena Travel and Bridgeclublive. These grants funded all the trophies and enabled under 21s and participants in the beginner/taster session to participate free. The overall event, targetted to break even, made a modest profit of just over £100 that is being donated to Alzeimers UK. Hopefully, the Festival will become part of the Farnham bridge calendar. There are also plans to hold a "Farnham Cafe Bridge" event on Monday May 13th next year.
The blue-pointed Richard Currie Swiss Pairs was held on Sunday, 29 July 2018 at the Maltings in Farnham. This Charity event was well attended and 36 pairs competed fiercely. Frances Treble managed the entries superbly, and, alas, our traditional standing -by pair were not needed, as one entry arrived on the Sunday morning itself. Half the number of players were guests, some of them regulars, a fact that is highly appreciated.
The usual suspects , David Owen and Charles Chisnall did win again, for the third time ! The photograph of the handing -over of the Trophy looks the same as last year but is brand new. Erica and Douglas, Richard’s parents joined us at the end of play.
The Director, Mick Green, well briefed by our new Secretary Joyce Baldock during the preceding weeks, was very professional, pleasant and patient. Many mistakes were made using the Bridgemates but Mick just corrected these with a big smile. Jenny and Mary had to work hard to coax our tempremental dealing machine to produce over 200 hands.
The atmosphere in the air-condioned Tindle Studio was very positive and the refreshments, ably supervised by Brigitte Ebert excellent. Our President, Graham Davison, sold 325 raffle tickets and 12 prizes were won by the generous participants.
One serious note, directed at the members of Farnham Bridge Club: an event like the RCSP leaves a lot to be cleared away at the end of a long day. Brigitte was busy till well after 21.00 h., as hardly anyone lent a helping hand. This should not be the case!
Phil Garner Trophy
Gabriel Hearst & Graham Davison
Sylvia Rose Cup
Marie Thomson, (Nick Browne,
Judi Coady, Mike Smyth not pictured)
with Graham Davison
Winner Graham Rose
cup received by Sara Rose
with Graham Davison
2018 Winners with Douglas
and Erica Currie
Charles Chisnall and David Owen
Winner James Bond with
Sylvia Rose Plate
Mike O'Donnell, John Bryant,
David Stallan not pictured)
with Graham Davison
Nick Browne (not pictured) Ian Lewis
with Graham Davison
Sidney Chishick Bowl &
Mike Kinsey, Robert Buxton,
Mark Davies,Mike Fithyan,
(Owen Leigh & Dave Hinkin
A number of members have queried over the years "are our computer-dealt hands really random?", as we have had instances of strange and unusual individual or sequences of hands. I recently decided to investigate further.
The Duplimate machine we have (see ww.duplimate-uk.com/) uses "Big Deal" random deal generator software. This was developed by a group from the University of Maastrict in response to widely held concerns about previous, reputedly random, bridge software dealers. Read the article https://sater.home.xs4all.nl/doc.html, if you want to know more; it may both interest and re-assure you. This software is now widely used, including for the Bermuda Bowl & almost all other major competitions across the bridge world. So... my conclusion is "yes, our computer dealt hands are genuinely random", that unusual hands and other events do occur as a natural consequence. (Mike O'Donnell)
Take the time to read two interesting articles by Gordon. They cover the topics - "Do you get more than your fair share of weak hands?" and "13 Weeks of E-W Bias" (details taken from club stats!).
Why not put the kettle on and download Gordon Wrenn on Weak Hands.pdf or Click here for Gordon's analysis and article, a great way to stimulate your little grey cells. This topic is also covered by Larry Cohen in 'To Bid or Not to Bid' and 'Following the LAW'.