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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. 

 
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. 

Bernie's Eastbourne Weekend 2017

CLICK HERE FOR THE SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT

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. 

Intermediate-Level Seminars

The Autumn Series is now complete. A new series will start in the New Year, pitched at around the same level. More information in due course!

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. 

Mid Essex a Top Club!

If you thought your club was a hive of activity you'd be right! The Club is the highest "new entry" - at No. 41 - in the EBU's list of Top Clubs, based on player sessions for the year  1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. Well done to all for making the club such a success - and thanks to Bernie for his energy in developing bridge in Essex. 

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)

Basic Course - 2017

The course for 2016 is now over - but watch this space for details of the 2017 season, starting next mid-September on a mid-week afternoon. 

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
21st Feb 2017
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
20th Feb 2017
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie Hunt
Scorer: Bridgemates
18th Feb 2017
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
Calendar
23rd Feb 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Barleylands 10:00
23rd Feb 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
24th Feb 2017
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
Barleylands 19:30
Basic Course - 2017

The course for 2016 is now over - but watch this space for details of the 2017 season, starting next mid-September on a mid-week afternoon. 

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
21st Feb 2017
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
20th Feb 2017
Monday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie Hunt
Scorer: Bridgemates
18th Feb 2017
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Director: Bernie
Scorer: Bridgemates
Calendar
23rd Feb 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Barleylands 10:00
23rd Feb 2017
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 19:30
24th Feb 2017
Friday Duplicate Pairs - Advanced
Barleylands 19:30