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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Competition 2017 - 2018 Results


Farnham Bridge

2017 – 2018

Competition Winners

Phil Garner Trophy

Gabriel Hearst & Graham Davison

Sylvia Rose Cup

Marie Thomson, (Nick Browne,
Judi Coady, Mike Smyth not pictured) 
with Graham Davison

Haver Trophy

Winner Graham Rose
(not pictured),
cup received by Sara Rose
with Graham Davison

Richard Currie
Swiss Pairs

2017 Winners with Douglas
and Erica Currie

Charles Chisnall and David Owen

Delft Cup

Winner James Bond with
Graham Davison

Sylvia Rose Plate

Mike O'Donnell, John Bryant,
Erica Currie,
(Ann Haring-Pedrocchi,
Liz Petts,
David Stallan not pictured) 
with Graham Davison



Nick Browne (not pictured) Ian Lewis 
with Graham Davison

Sidney Chishick Bowl &
Presidents Salver


Mike Kinsey, Robert Buxton,
Mark Davies,Mike Fithyan,
(Owen Leigh & Dave Hinkin
not pictured)


Last updated : 17th May 2018 08:19 BST
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.

Last updated : 22nd Mar 2018 16:14 GMT

In  June of this year, representatives of the Bourne Bridge Club, Farnham Bridge Club and 3Counties Bridge met to discuss how the bridge communities in Farnham could co-operate more.   Following this, we canvassed several bridge groups in our area.  We were amazed and encouraged to find that there were 14+ active bridge groups in our area, with a combined membership of over 600, and a diverse range of bridge playing and learning opportunities.  There was also strong support for greater communication and co-operation.

Specifically, we agreed three “All Farnham Bridge” priorities, which this newsletter covers in more detail.  Click here for Farnham.Newsletter 1.pdf

  1. Communications and publicity.
  2. Youth Bridge.
  3. Charity and education events.

Last updated : 1st Jan 2018 13:21 GMT
New EBU Laws (Copy)

Our directors have decided to implement the new EBU laws on Friday 1st September. 

These new laws can be found here on the EBU website.

Last updated : 1st Jan 2018 12:58 GMT
Gordon Wrenn - Presents Statistics on Card Distribution

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?

Last updated : 1st Jan 2018 13:44 GMT