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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.

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
First Class Bridge Academy and Club

Welcome to the website of First Class Bridge

There is bridge played at Barleylands every day from Monday to Saturday catering for every level from complete beginners to the very highest echelon of bridge players. Most sessions are hosted so you can just turn up and play without a partner.

There are regular starter courses for complete beginners and a number of supervised bridge sessions for those wishing to go to the next level.

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Ray Cornell Double Success!!
Ray Cornell Double Success!!

Mid Essex had a double triumph; winning both the Ray Cornell Trophy and the Prize.

The Trophy (teams of 4) winning team: Robert Elliott & Simon Moorman, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer.

The Prize (combined a and b teams overall) winning team: Robert Elliott & Simon Moorman, Marc Chawner & Paul Spencer, Paul Mollison & Bernie Hunt, Steve Cade-Bowyer & Pat Johnson.

The X IMP's were topped by Marc and Paul with Paul and Bernie a highly creditable 4th.

The team will now go forward to represent Essex in the national Garden Cities Competition.

Very well done to all.

ps. The picture is Bernie celebrating in his usual understated way!

 

Bernie's Spring Seminars 2018

There will be a seminar each month, followed by a refresher afternoon generally two weeks afterwards if there is sufficient interest. This month's seminar:

Leads, Discards and Signals

Thursday 1st March @1.30pm  

Does your opening lead lead partner astray. When the opposition ask what's your discard system do you say we don't have one and why doesn't your stupid partner (they all are!) lead to your strong suit.

  • What to lead and why.
  • Discards and their hidden meanings.
  • Signals - when and how to give the green, amber or red.

This seminar is suitable for all levels.

Cost:  £7.50pp including the booklet

Location: Barleylands                     Practice session - subject to interest: 15th March  @ 1.30pm

Club Sessions

Monday Evening 7.30    Intermediate/Advanced

Tuesday Afternoon  1.30 Improvers

Thursday Morning  10.00  No Fear/Improvers

Thursday Evening  7.30  Improvers

Friday Morning    10.30  Really Easy

Friday Evening 7.30  Advanced

Saturday Morning 10.30  Improvers

Supervised Play

Supervised play is a great way to improve your game in a relaxed environment. Come along on your own or with a partner. Either shuffle and deal or play hands from an earlier session.

Tuesday  10.30    Ann, Jon and Bernie

Wednesday  10.30  Ann, Cath and June

Friday Afternoon 1.30  Terry and Brian

Bernie Hunt's Eastbourne Weekend February 2018

Friday Afternoon - Allcomers 2.30

Friday Evening - Advanced Duplicate Room A Improvers/No fear Room B 7.30

Saturday Morning - Seminar 10.30. This years seminars will be on dealing with interference.

Saturday Afternoon - Allcomers 2.30

Saturday  Evening - Advanced Duplicate Room A Improvers/No fear Room B 7.30

Sunday Morning - Seminar 10.30 Dealing with interference.

Sunday Afternoon - Allcomers 2.30

Sunday Evening - Advanced Duplicate Room A Improvers/No fear Room B 7.30

Click on this box for full details. 

 

 

Events at Barleylands

We are holding numerous County and National events at the club this year

Please see the big screen when you are next in, better still come along and compete!

Improvers 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!

Don't miss out on these highly invaluable/educational tutorials on YouTube.  Brought to you by the hard and time consuming work of Brian Moreton.

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 (via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Results
25th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Afternoon
24th Feb 2018
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
24th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Afternoon
Calendar
25th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Evening Advanced
Hotel 19.30
25th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Evening No Fear
Hotel 19.30
26th Feb 2018
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
Bernie Hunt's Eastbourne Weekend February 2018

Friday Afternoon - Allcomers 2.30

Friday Evening - Advanced Duplicate Room A Improvers/No fear Room B 7.30

Saturday Morning - Seminar 10.30. This years seminars will be on dealing with interference.

Saturday Afternoon - Allcomers 2.30

Saturday  Evening - Advanced Duplicate Room A Improvers/No fear Room B 7.30

Sunday Morning - Seminar 10.30 Dealing with interference.

Sunday Afternoon - Allcomers 2.30

Sunday Evening - Advanced Duplicate Room A Improvers/No fear Room B 7.30

Click on this box for full details. 

 

 

Events at Barleylands

We are holding numerous County and National events at the club this year

Please see the big screen when you are next in, better still come along and compete!

Improvers 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!

Don't miss out on these highly invaluable/educational tutorials on YouTube.  Brought to you by the hard and time consuming work of Brian Moreton.

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 (via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Results
25th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Afternoon
24th Feb 2018
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
24th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Afternoon
Calendar
25th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Evening Advanced
Hotel 19.30
25th Feb 2018
Eastbourne Evening No Fear
Hotel 19.30
26th Feb 2018
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30