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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:

Hon Sec: Mr Grant Ward

01422 379683

grantgward@gmail.com 

website queries: alanpmcd@gmail.com
 
Recent Updates
Useful Links
8th Feb 2016 11:36 GMT
Home Page
7th Feb 2016 17:16 GMT
Committee minutes
1st Feb 2016 12:26 GMT
League hands (home)
24th Jan 2016 19:25 GMT
 
Pages viewed in 2016
 
Annual General Meeting 2015

The 65th AGM of the Halifax Bridge Club was held on the evening of 12th May 2015.  DRAFT minutes are posted under 'Committee Minutes'.

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 December 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. 

 
Party time, Christmas 2015
Party time, Christmas 2015

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.

Forthcoming events

The Clarice Sutcliffe Individual competition will be held on Wednesday February 10th. (Members only).

This will be followed on Thursday 11th February by the Margery Cartwright SIM pairs (Open event), and on Thursday 10th March by the ECATS SIM Pairs, also an Open event.

Thursday morning social bridge

The Thursday morning sessions will run all February in their present format and timings.  On the fourth or fifth session, Stuart Swaine (President) and one or two others will seek the opinion of attendees to see what, if anything, needs to be changed. A lot of members have asked for an extra daytime session and this is the result.  The initial session was not badly attended for a new departure for the club but as with everything it's the members who decide if its going to work. Visitors are very welcome and of course the session is hosted and starts at ten.

Congratulations

Congratulations are due to the winners of our first competion of 2016. On Monday 18th January, the team of Mike Sutcliffe & David Friis with Grant Ward & Hazel Vaughan emerged triumphant from the Teams of Four contest. Well done to all.

Beginners classes 2015
Beginners classes 2015
The Beginners course started on Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 7 pm but it's not too late to join in. The first two classes are free! Fully-qualified EBU Professional Bridge tutor Mick Clark is running them, as ever.  He can be contacted on 01484 713677, or email mclark2@gmail.com for further details of this and other courses.
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 January 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 finds 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

Alternatively, please telephone Edward Lea to see if anyone else has been in touch.  Edward can be contacted on the following numbers.

01422 322829 or 07990 970993

He will then offer you any telephone numbers he has been given. If you use the answer phone please leave your telephone numbers.

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The Tuesday afternoon handicap on the 2nd February was won by Chris and Christine, with Anita and Keith snapping at their heels in a very close second.  There will not be a March handicap but the prize pot will be moved to the 22nd March which will be played as a match point pairs competition.  This event- to celebrate the Spring Equinox and Nhah Rhuz, the Persian New Year- will be hosted of course and visitors will be most welcome.  Any enquiries to Hx 379683.

Friday night bridge

Thanks largely to the efforts of Irene and Robert Johnston, 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 £2-00.  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

2015/16 Yorkshire League

Good news in our results on Sunday 24 January.  Both home matches were victories: the 'A's 13-7 against Wensleydale, the 'B's 11-9 against Doncaster 'E'.  The 'C' team held Huddersfield 'D' to a draw away.  Well done all! 

Full details of the fixtures and of previous results can be found here (2015/16 fixtures and results).

If you are interested in playing for one of the teams, or in being a 'reserve', please add your name to the list which is posted on the notice board in Prescott Street.

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.

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.

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.

Calendar
9th February 2016
Tues afternoon pairs
Director: Grant
10th February 2016
Clarice Sutcliffe Individual Competition
Director: Robert/Stephen
11th February 2016
Thurs morning pairs
Director: Grant
Results
9th February 2016
Tues evening pairs
Director: Edward Lea
Scorer: Heather
9th February 2016
Tues afternoon pairs
Director: Grant
8th February 2016
Monday Eve Upstairs Practice
Director: Stephen
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

Alternatively, please telephone Edward Lea to see if anyone else has been in touch.  Edward can be contacted on the following numbers.

01422 322829 or 07990 970993

He will then offer you any telephone numbers he has been given. If you use the answer phone please leave your telephone numbers.

Tuesday afternoon Handicaps

The Tuesday afternoon handicap on the 2nd February was won by Chris and Christine, with Anita and Keith snapping at their heels in a very close second.  There will not be a March handicap but the prize pot will be moved to the 22nd March which will be played as a match point pairs competition.  This event- to celebrate the Spring Equinox and Nhah Rhuz, the Persian New Year- will be hosted of course and visitors will be most welcome.  Any enquiries to Hx 379683.

Friday night bridge

Thanks largely to the efforts of Irene and Robert Johnston, 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 £2-00.  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

2015/16 Yorkshire League

Good news in our results on Sunday 24 January.  Both home matches were victories: the 'A's 13-7 against Wensleydale, the 'B's 11-9 against Doncaster 'E'.  The 'C' team held Huddersfield 'D' to a draw away.  Well done all! 

Full details of the fixtures and of previous results can be found here (2015/16 fixtures and results).

If you are interested in playing for one of the teams, or in being a 'reserve', please add your name to the list which is posted on the notice board in Prescott Street.

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.

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.

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.

Calendar
9th February 2016
Tues afternoon pairs
Director: Grant
10th February 2016
Clarice Sutcliffe Individual Competition
Director: Robert/Stephen
11th February 2016
Thurs morning pairs
Director: Grant
Results
9th February 2016
Tues evening pairs
Director: Edward Lea
Scorer: Heather
9th February 2016
Tues afternoon pairs
Director: Grant
8th February 2016
Monday Eve Upstairs Practice
Director: Stephen