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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 2015-16

Full details of the committee, and who's doing what, can be found under 'Information', 'Committee 2015-16'.

Committee minutes

The approved Committee meeting minutes for July 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 nearly 150 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.

Beginners classes 2016 - 2017
Beginners classes 2016 - 2017
A new 'Beginners' Course (held in partnership with Calderdale Adult Education) started on Tuesday the 13th of September 2016.
As usual this course is run by fully-qualified EBU Professional Bridge tutor Mick Clark.  He can be contacted on 07927 409142, or email mclark2@gmail.com for further details of these and other courses.
Forthcoming events

The next event will be on Friday October 7th for the Minnie Owen Cup (unranked members only). It will be followed on Tuesday October 11th by the Ladies and Gents pairs competititions.

Congratulations!

The Saturday Swizzlers was won by Shirley and Joan in fine style, closely followed by Barbara and Les.   It was well planned, well executed and congratulations are due to Janet Bishop and helpers, (not forgetting Bill and Stephen for directing the actual competition), for giving members a very pleasant evening.  It is a new departure for Halifax Bridge Club and it is to be hoped that more will follow.

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.

2015/16 Yorkshire League

 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 2015/16 fixtures and can be found here.

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.

Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association (YCBA) News

The latest edition of the YCBA News bulletin is available to view at http://www.ycba.co.uk/

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 Summer Solstice Plate was won in convincing style by Yvonne Brian and Stephen Cordingley, showing the standard of this year's students. Yvonne and her partner took away the plate and a set of champagne flutes.  The runners up, Doris and Gillian, consoled themselves with an ornate wine glass apiece.  There was, alas, nothing to put in either set of glasses!  The next major tournament for Tuesday afternoon will be the Christmas Cup, although handicap events will be held and a M&S gift voucher will feature in the prizes.  Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings are, (like Wednesday and Friday night), hosted and visitors are most welcome. Learners are especially welcome, and help will be given as required except on Wednesday, attracting as it does Master Points.  Any enquiries to Hx 379683.

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
30th September 2016
Fri 7pm (Beginners)
Director: Stephen
30th September 2016
Fri 7pm (Improvers)
Director: Grant
3rd October 2016
Mon 7pm (Teams)
Director: Liz
Results
29th September 2016
Thu 10am
Director: Alan
28th September 2016
Wed 7pm
Director: bill
Scorer: stephen
27th September 2016
Tue 1pm
Director: GGW
Scorer: GGW
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 Summer Solstice Plate was won in convincing style by Yvonne Brian and Stephen Cordingley, showing the standard of this year's students. Yvonne and her partner took away the plate and a set of champagne flutes.  The runners up, Doris and Gillian, consoled themselves with an ornate wine glass apiece.  There was, alas, nothing to put in either set of glasses!  The next major tournament for Tuesday afternoon will be the Christmas Cup, although handicap events will be held and a M&S gift voucher will feature in the prizes.  Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings are, (like Wednesday and Friday night), hosted and visitors are most welcome. Learners are especially welcome, and help will be given as required except on Wednesday, attracting as it does Master Points.  Any enquiries to Hx 379683.

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
30th September 2016
Fri 7pm (Beginners)
Director: Stephen
30th September 2016
Fri 7pm (Improvers)
Director: Grant
3rd October 2016
Mon 7pm (Teams)
Director: Liz
Results
29th September 2016
Thu 10am
Director: Alan
28th September 2016
Wed 7pm
Director: bill
Scorer: stephen
27th September 2016
Tue 1pm
Director: GGW
Scorer: GGW