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Play It Again (Sam)

Some Club members may be unaware of a wonderful Bridgewebs feature for reviewing your results. Go to "Results", and click on "Scorecards". Under each hand, there's a "Play It Again" button that's been around for a while. A new feature - the "Results Analysis" button - gives all sorts juicy statistics, including X-IMPs for teams events. See the Help File for a full explanation. 

Ian Moss - Partner Friendly Bridge Mentoring

Those wanting to kick-start radical improvement in their game might like to consider one-to-one play and mentoring with top Essex player Ian Moss. Click on this box for full details. 

 
Welcome to First Class Bridge Academy
EBU Really Easy Afternoon - Sat 27th May

To be held at Barleylands, as part of the EBU's Spring Bank Holiday Congress. Open to those with fewer than 5,000 master points and below a J on the NGS. 14:00 start. £8 per player. Entry is via the EBU, though entry is possible on the day. Prizes and Blue Points as advertised on the EBU website.

Bidding Boxes

Bernie will be receiving a further supply of bidding boxes shortly. Contact him for details if interested. 

Mid Essex Still a Top Club!

Last year we announced the Club as the highest "new entry" in the EBU's list of Top Clubs. This year, based on player sessions from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017, the Club has moved up 4 places to No. 37. Well done to all for making the club such a success - and thanks to Bernie for his continued energy in developing bridge in Essex. 

EBU Really Easy Afternoon - Friday 14th April

Contratulations to Club regulars Mustapha Rahaman and Richard Manning, who won the Really Easy Pairs, ahead of 51 other pairs nationally, having taken part in the Barleylands session. Well done!

Play with an Expert - 4th Feb 2017

Well done to Club member Clive Smith who - with John Sutcliffe - won the "Play with an Expert" competition ahead of 17 other pairs. 

ECBA Swiss Pairs - 8th January 2017

Congratulations to Club regulars Paul & Val Mollison who were Runners-up and to Cath Gilmore & Ann Morgan who came 4th in the Essex Swiss Pairs on Sunday 8th January. 

Fletcher and Cup for Clubs - Sunday 30th October 2016

Overall a disappointing Sunday for the Club. The team in the Fletcher was lying 2nd at half time, but had a disastrous second half. However, congratulations to the team in the Cup for Clubs (Janice Ashby, Terry Stevens and Carolyn & Alan Veats) who ended up positive overall. 

Congratulations!

This website draws attention to successes by the Mid Essex team, and by Club regulars in County or National competitions. As part of a set of new initiatives, we intend to draw members' attention to lesser but equally important successes within the Club by those either relatively new to the game, or who don't often feature amongst the usual suspects who win things. 

One of these initiatives is to congratulate players who win a duplicate session for the first time. These will be noted on the page that provides links to the ladders. So, ...

To find out more, follow the links on the Results Archive & Ladders Page (click here)

Weds Afternoon Seminars - June 2017

Bernie is running a 3-session seminar on the topic of Strong NT and 5-card majors. Cost is £20 for all three sessions or £8 per session. The sessions will be on Wednesdays 7th, 21st and 28th June at 13:30 - 16:30. 

World SIMS - Saturday 3rd June

Bernie is hosting a session for this event. £5 for 30-32 boards. No host system on this occasion.  

Basic Course - 2017

The 2017 season starts on Wednesday 20th September, 13:30. The first two lessons are free, thereafter £7 per class on a pay-as-you-go basis.  For more details, contact Bernie. 

ECBA Notice Board

Bernie has set aside the Notice Board by the biscuits to advertise upcoming Essex County events. The latest ECBA Events Calendar can be found there. Those interested might like to inspect it, or click on this box for the ECBA website. 

EBU Members Area

Bernie would like Club members to be aware of the EBU (English Bridge Union) Members Area (click on the heading above) which enables you to see your Master Points and NGS (National Grading System) rating. Set up initially requires Bernie to send your email address to the EBU (you can subsequently remove it) so your password can be emailed to you. If you'd like to be set up, please let Bernie know your email address (eg. via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Beginners Club

An ideal starting place for someone who wants to play Club bridge. A host system is in operation so you are sure of a partner. Thursday mornings 10:00 to 12:45.

Bernie Hunt's Animated YouTube Tutorials!

The unbelievable truth is that these pearls of wisdom have had more views than both the free Andrew Robson and Tony Forrester tutorials put together. For the animated presentations Click Here.

Don't miss out on these highly invaluable/educational tutorials on YouTube. There are some luddites who would rather suck a lemon than utter a sentence with partnership aid understanding all included! For the remainder of us that are caring and sharing and like our partners get along you'll be surprised just how useful this aide memoire is!! Brought to you by the hard and time consuming work of Brian Moreton.

1st Friday - Butler Scored Session

Every 1st Friday session of the month will be scored using the Butler system. This scores the session closer to Teams. For a fuller description Click Here. If you don't do so well you might well empathise with Blakey!

Results
26th May 2017
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
25th May 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
25th May 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
Calendar
27th May 2017
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 10:30
29th May 2017
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
30th May 2017
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 13:30
Weds Afternoon Seminars - June 2017

Bernie is running a 3-session seminar on the topic of Strong NT and 5-card majors. Cost is £20 for all three sessions or £8 per session. The sessions will be on Wednesdays 7th, 21st and 28th June at 13:30 - 16:30. 

World SIMS - Saturday 3rd June

Bernie is hosting a session for this event. £5 for 30-32 boards. No host system on this occasion.  

Basic Course - 2017

The 2017 season starts on Wednesday 20th September, 13:30. The first two lessons are free, thereafter £7 per class on a pay-as-you-go basis.  For more details, contact Bernie. 

ECBA Notice Board

Bernie has set aside the Notice Board by the biscuits to advertise upcoming Essex County events. The latest ECBA Events Calendar can be found there. Those interested might like to inspect it, or click on this box for the ECBA website. 

EBU Members Area

Bernie would like Club members to be aware of the EBU (English Bridge Union) Members Area (click on the heading above) which enables you to see your Master Points and NGS (National Grading System) rating. Set up initially requires Bernie to send your email address to the EBU (you can subsequently remove it) so your password can be emailed to you. If you'd like to be set up, please let Bernie know your email address (eg. via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Beginners Club

An ideal starting place for someone who wants to play Club bridge. A host system is in operation so you are sure of a partner. Thursday mornings 10:00 to 12:45.

Bernie Hunt's Animated YouTube Tutorials!

The unbelievable truth is that these pearls of wisdom have had more views than both the free Andrew Robson and Tony Forrester tutorials put together. For the animated presentations Click Here.

Don't miss out on these highly invaluable/educational tutorials on YouTube. There are some luddites who would rather suck a lemon than utter a sentence with partnership aid understanding all included! For the remainder of us that are caring and sharing and like our partners get along you'll be surprised just how useful this aide memoire is!! Brought to you by the hard and time consuming work of Brian Moreton.

1st Friday - Butler Scored Session

Every 1st Friday session of the month will be scored using the Butler system. This scores the session closer to Teams. For a fuller description Click Here. If you don't do so well you might well empathise with Blakey!

Results
26th May 2017
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
25th May 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
25th May 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
Calendar
27th May 2017
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 10:30
29th May 2017
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
30th May 2017
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 13:30