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Halifax Bridge Club
 
Club details

The address of the club is:-

44 Prescott Street,

Halifax

HX1 2QW

Phone: 01422 352346 (please don't use for day-to-day contact)

Contacts:

President: Mr Grant Ward

01422 379683

grantgward@gmail.com 

website queries: alanpmcd@gmail.com
 
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Committee 2016-17

Full details of the committee, and who's doing what, can be found under 'Information', 'Committee 2016-17.

Committee minutes

The approved Committee meeting minutes for November are online. Find them under 'Information';'Committee minutes'.  They are confidential to members so you will need to know the procedure for entering user name and password to access them.  Check with Grant or email Alan McDonald for help.

Flower and Card Organiser

Bill and Stephanie Binns have taken on the role of arranging flowers and cards for our members. If you are aware of anyone who might appreciate a token of kindness, please let Bill or Stephanie know. 

 

Welcome to the website of the club that offers duplicate bridge sessions for young and old.

The club has its own private premises and is well established, providing duplicate bridge sessions for over 170 members. It is a member of the English Bridge Union and the majority of the club events generate EBU Masterpoints. There are also occasional sessions that tie in with simultaneous county or national events. In addition to a comfortable playing area, the club has its own kitchen and licensed bar.

Halifax Bridge Club has three teams of eight players that compete during the Winter months in the Yorkshire Sunday League.

2016/17 Yorkshire League

Unfortunately, it wasn't a great day for our teams on Sunday 4th December.  The A team lost 19-1 away to Keighley'B'; the 'B' team lost 0-20 to Huddersfield 'D' and the 'C' team lost 2-18 at home to Wakefield 'D'.

(If you are interested in playing (either regularly or as an occasional reserve) for the Sunday teams, please put your name on the notice in the club or speak to Liz Bailey. Details of the 2016/17 fixtures can be found here and the home hands are under 'Yorkshire League 2016-17')

Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association (YCBA) News

The November 2016 edition of YCBA News is now available to view at ycba.co.uk/ycbanews (click on the link to view)

Improvers Course April 2017
Improvers Course April 2017
A new "Improvers Course" will start in April 2017. As usual the course will be run by Mick Clark, now accredited by the EBU as a "Professional Bridge Teacher". For more details of this and other courses see "Learn to play Bridge" in the menu on the left or to book a place Mick can be contacted at mclark2@gmail.com or on
07927 409142.
Relaxed Bridge in Halifax

Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning aggregate ladders are  moving along nicely, and the first steps on the ladder will be on the notice board very soon.  The aggregate scoring system encourages adventurous bidding and there are surprising differences between matched pair scoring and this system. These sessions will always be hosted and we positively welcome newcomers and visitors!  A small amount of help can be given to absolute beginners or those unfamiliar with duplicate. One point to note is that the start time for Tuesday afternoon has reverted to 1PM, starting on 2nd August. Friday night is also of course hosted and is an excellent starting point for those entering the fray after lessons or a long time away from the game. Help is freely available and the game is played at a pace to suit learners.  There is no visitor surcharge on Friday night, which runs from 7pm to 9-30ish, and of course all are welcome.

Hosted sessions

Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning sessions are hosted: they're relaxed and open to learners and beginners. 

Wednesday nights are open events and are EBU-scoring, but they are managed at a pace suited to encourage improvers to attend and progress. You are welcome to turn up without a partner and be sure of a game.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are not being hosted at present.

Friday evenings are hosted.

Facebook
Facebook

We're on Facebook. If you are too, please find us at https://www.facebook.com/Halifaxbridgeclub and 'like' us there. Tell your friends too - especially if they might join or be interested in our lessons.  Thanks to Sherran Edel for setting this up.

Parking Arrangements
Parking Arrangements

The arrangements in the local streets are pay and display from 8 am to 6 pm, and after that time parking is to be permitted to anyone, including us, on both sides of the street.   Please check the parking signs to be on the safe side.

Our existing parking in Rileys, in the enclosed area at the back, and opposite, all remain unchanged. Cars parked opposite during bridge play require current permits.

Members will be aware that we have privileged, free use of some parking spaces in Clare Hall, opposite the club.  However, that use is under threat because of cars not being parked "tight" to the wall and obstructing the road to residents.  Members are asked to pull in to within a foot of the wall in future, dropping off passengers prior to parking. This concession is invaluable to us and members are asked to comply to safeguard this facility.

Please contact Grant on 379683 with any queries.

Click for the latest results
Find a partner

If you are looking for an ad hoc partner you can now use the web if you are on email.  Go to the link in the left-hand menu. Members on email should have received an email explaining how to log in, and their password. If you have any difficulty, contact Alan on alanpmcd@gmail.com

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The 2016 Tuesday afternoon Twizzle trophy was won by the narrowest of margins by Christine and Judith, pipping Doris and Gillian by a fractional amount.  The trophy was presented to the two popular winners along with the traditional accompaniment.  The runners up received a slightly smaller bottle apiece and all four were loudly applauded for what was an excellent afternoon's play.  Those bringing up the rear were rewarded with club pens, which have some rarity value. Hazel and Gillian received vouchers for having the highest aggregate scores. The mincers-courtesy of Hazel and Valerie- and the gala pie-courtesy of Derek- were washed down with copious amounts of sherry prior to returning to the table at half time. The normal director received a token of esteem, Christmas card and a poem read out by Hazel to much amusement. The aggregate table will start in the New Year but will be based upon the percentile results and scored rather differently.  They will of course appear on the notice board.  The next event for a Tuesday will be an "Individual" on the 20 December to mark the shortest day.  The best E/W and N/S will receive a small prize, no need to put names down!  As always this will be hosted and is open to visitors and of course all members. 

Friday night bridge

Friday evenings at the club have become established for those wishing to improve their bridge in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Recognising their success, the Committee has now drawn up a rota of directors and scorers for future sessions.  You do not need to bring a partner- just turn up for a 7pm start at a cost of only £2-50.  Please speak to Liz (01422 376560) if you have any questions, either as a learner or member wishing to assist.  Alternatively, contact Liz at elizabeth@brooklands5.freeserve.co.uk

Rule changes

There are new Blue and White books from 1 August 2014 after a review of the rules.  In future any conventional bids on the first round of bidding must be alerted or announced.  In addition, any bid at the 3  or 4 level on the first round as a response to opener must be alerted as these are usually cue bids, splinter bids or asking bids and are therefore not natural. Formerly, anything above 3NT required no action.  In the first round Stayman and transfers are not alert-able but remain announce-able. Natural bids in the first round require no action.

Here's a scan of the ebu summary.  (Sorry, this is not showing correctly in all browsers)

Here's a link to the ebu page about the changes, and this is their new summary of announcing and alerting.

Correction period for results

Results may be corrected up to five days after the start of play of a given session.  Under Law 79 (C) (1) we need to publish this notice.  Of course results are primarily the responsibility of the players at the table.  Normally small errors in the results are corrected within 24 hours.  If you have a query about a result contact the director of the night or Alan at alanpmcd@gmail.com.

Acknowledgement

Thanks to Sandra Landy for allowing the use of many of her articles as teaching aids, Andrew Kambites for his practice hands and The English Bridge Union for allowing their learning resources to be made available on the Halifax Bridge Club website. See Lesson Materials.

Calendar
12th December 2016
Mon 7pm
Director: Liz
12th December 2016
Mon 7pm (Improvers)
Director: Stephen
13th December 2016
Tue 1pm
Director: Grant
Results
9th December 2016
Fri 7pm (Improvers)
Director: Grant
Scorer: Heather
9th December 2016
Fri 7pm (Beginners)
Director: Stephen
Scorer: Stephen
8th December 2016
Thu 7pm
Director: Michael
Scorer: Gordon
Click for the latest results
Find a partner

If you are looking for an ad hoc partner you can now use the web if you are on email.  Go to the link in the left-hand menu. Members on email should have received an email explaining how to log in, and their password. If you have any difficulty, contact Alan on alanpmcd@gmail.com

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The 2016 Tuesday afternoon Twizzle trophy was won by the narrowest of margins by Christine and Judith, pipping Doris and Gillian by a fractional amount.  The trophy was presented to the two popular winners along with the traditional accompaniment.  The runners up received a slightly smaller bottle apiece and all four were loudly applauded for what was an excellent afternoon's play.  Those bringing up the rear were rewarded with club pens, which have some rarity value. Hazel and Gillian received vouchers for having the highest aggregate scores. The mincers-courtesy of Hazel and Valerie- and the gala pie-courtesy of Derek- were washed down with copious amounts of sherry prior to returning to the table at half time. The normal director received a token of esteem, Christmas card and a poem read out by Hazel to much amusement. The aggregate table will start in the New Year but will be based upon the percentile results and scored rather differently.  They will of course appear on the notice board.  The next event for a Tuesday will be an "Individual" on the 20 December to mark the shortest day.  The best E/W and N/S will receive a small prize, no need to put names down!  As always this will be hosted and is open to visitors and of course all members. 

Friday night bridge

Friday evenings at the club have become established for those wishing to improve their bridge in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Recognising their success, the Committee has now drawn up a rota of directors and scorers for future sessions.  You do not need to bring a partner- just turn up for a 7pm start at a cost of only £2-50.  Please speak to Liz (01422 376560) if you have any questions, either as a learner or member wishing to assist.  Alternatively, contact Liz at elizabeth@brooklands5.freeserve.co.uk

Rule changes

There are new Blue and White books from 1 August 2014 after a review of the rules.  In future any conventional bids on the first round of bidding must be alerted or announced.  In addition, any bid at the 3  or 4 level on the first round as a response to opener must be alerted as these are usually cue bids, splinter bids or asking bids and are therefore not natural. Formerly, anything above 3NT required no action.  In the first round Stayman and transfers are not alert-able but remain announce-able. Natural bids in the first round require no action.

Here's a scan of the ebu summary.  (Sorry, this is not showing correctly in all browsers)

Here's a link to the ebu page about the changes, and this is their new summary of announcing and alerting.

Correction period for results

Results may be corrected up to five days after the start of play of a given session.  Under Law 79 (C) (1) we need to publish this notice.  Of course results are primarily the responsibility of the players at the table.  Normally small errors in the results are corrected within 24 hours.  If you have a query about a result contact the director of the night or Alan at alanpmcd@gmail.com.

Acknowledgement

Thanks to Sandra Landy for allowing the use of many of her articles as teaching aids, Andrew Kambites for his practice hands and The English Bridge Union for allowing their learning resources to be made available on the Halifax Bridge Club website. See Lesson Materials.

Calendar
12th December 2016
Mon 7pm
Director: Liz
12th December 2016
Mon 7pm (Improvers)
Director: Stephen
13th December 2016
Tue 1pm
Director: Grant
Results
9th December 2016
Fri 7pm (Improvers)
Director: Grant
Scorer: Heather
9th December 2016
Fri 7pm (Beginners)
Director: Stephen
Scorer: Stephen
8th December 2016
Thu 7pm
Director: Michael
Scorer: Gordon