Stroud BC's new Monday afternoon session - details here.
Latest draft of GCBA Strategy added - read it here.
Saturday Team Training CANCELLED for March 2nd. New date March 23rd
We are very sad to announce that Ian died on Monday afternoon 4th February.
Ian will be missed by so many of us. We send our thoughts to Val and all their family.
The Funeral is on Friday 1st March at 11.00am at Cheltenham Crematorium. There will be refreshments afterwards at the Ellenborough Hotel and everyone is welcome. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, to Sue Ryder or the Blue Cross.
For Ian's Obituary click: Ian Constable Obituary.pdf
10 Feb 2019 : committee minutes from 04 February out.
09 February : moved the Newent Bowl advert to the Upcoming Special Events page
27 January 2019 : latest newsletter - Jan/Feb 2019
We need to remember that these are aids to obtaining full disclosure (ie, you know as much about your opponnents system as they do) but that they are not the only means to that end. Carrying and exchanging convention cards is another approach. It is our duty when playing to ensure that the opposition are not disadvantaged by lack of disclosure. To avoid giving unauthorised information to partner, we can only volunteer information - outside of the above mechanisms - once partner is no longer involved. We should automatically do this as dummy or as declarer before the opening lead is faced, but if defneding we are only allowed to do it at the end of the hand. In that last case, if declarer has been disadvantaged then the Director must be called and (s)he will retore equity.
In comcmon situations, failures to alert to the right time or alerting when not necessary do very little damage to the game. We must therefore be gentl with newcomers to Duplicate Bridge when they stumble on these.
A short reminder on announcements is available by click here, and the more complete EBU version is available from click here.
Copies of the WBU version of the 2017 Laws (spiral bound and clear acetate covers) can be obtained via the WBU web site, or from Fleming Bridge Supplies. Cost for individual copies is cheaper than the EBU book, and the WBU will do a discount if a bulk order is put in.
A summary of the rule changes prepared by Patrick - click here. A more detailed list created by Tony Haworth - click here.
A new editiion of the Laws will come into force at the start of August across England. The changes are not radical; many of the changes are clarifications of current practice and the general thrusts of the Laws remain (a) to reach a meaningful bridge result as often as possible, and (b) to restore equity, rather than to punish. Briefings on the rule changes were given before the bridge game at Stroud, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury in AUgust 2017 (and can be repeated on request - if your club wishes to host such a session please ask Patrick).
Poster with the above - click here.