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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
Frequent Fliers

Those of you who have played more than 150 club Pay to Play sessions in the 2016-17 financial year (1st April – 31st March) - at any affiliated Club, not just Mid Essex - will have had a P2P rebate credited to your EBU account. If you are eligible, and the EBU has your email address, you should have already received an email from them. See your EBU members Area.

Bidding Boxes

Bernie has a further supply of bidding boxes available at £6 each. Contact him if interested. 

EBU Really Easy Afternoon - Sat 27th May

Congratulations to Club members Janet Pollit & Clive Smith who came second in the Barleylands heat and also nationally when the results were combined with those competing in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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)

New Really Easy Club

Bernie is starting a new Really Easy Club, meeting on Fridays at 10:30, commencing 22nd September. The first session is free!

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
22nd Aug 2017
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
21st Aug 2017
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
19th Aug 2017
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
Calendar
24th Aug 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Barleylands 10:00
24th Aug 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
25th Aug 2017
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
Barleylands 19:30
New Really Easy Club

Bernie is starting a new Really Easy Club, meeting on Fridays at 10:30, commencing 22nd September. The first session is free!

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
22nd Aug 2017
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
21st Aug 2017
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
19th Aug 2017
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
Calendar
24th Aug 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Barleylands 10:00
24th Aug 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
25th Aug 2017
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
Barleylands 19:30