2016/7 COUNTY MATCHES
Keith Rodgers Needs YOU!
Keith Rodgers is Nottinghamshire County Team Captain. He is currently arranging teams for the County matches. There are 3 Divisions and Keith is aware that there may be some players who would like to be included but he does not have their details. Can anyone wishing to be considered email Keith with their contact details. Keith tries to get people a game where possible and the season goes on into 2017. Dates for these Sunday events are on the NCBA website, the first few are:
11 September Worcs. Home 10 October Oxford Away
13 November Derby Home 11 December Leics. Away
Summer Teams of Four Summer 2016 marked a fresh approach to the Teams of Four League. In the attempt to attract more teams, it was felt that running the T04 and the T08 in separate seasons might reduce the time commitment for folk and entice more people to enter. At this point the T04 competition is coming towards completion and things are getting close. Current results can be found on the NCBA website. Its close and nearing the end of the competition. Exciting!! Unfortunately some teams missed the start date; it was indeed a short deadline to announce the start of the new League and our apologies for that. BUT make a note for next summer- the DEADLINE TO ENTER THE 2017 SUMMER To4 is 1st May 2017 T04 are a great social way to enter into competitive Bridge- games can be played at any venue and time to suit - even in the afternoons and all standards are welcomed. If we get a few more teams entering we could run two Divisions. For more information contact me, Keith, the T04 Convenor: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Rules for NCBA Teams of Eight League - 2016
A new version of the Rules has been produced and has been distributed to all team captains within the League.
The main changes to the Rules were required because of the elimination of squads from the League. It was necessary to remove the concept of squads (groups of players from non-affiliated clubs) to comply with EBU legislation which requires that all teams competing in a County League must be playing on behalf of an EBU Affiliated Club. There have, therefore, been some changes and clarifications under the "Eligibility" section of the Rules to reflect these requirements.
Also under the "Eligibility" section of the Rules (item 9) there have been some clarifications to the Rules covering multiple teams from a single club and the usage of nominated players - often referred to as "starred" players.
Various clarifications have been added and grouped together under a "General" section at the beginning of the Rules (items 1 to 5).
An additional section has been incorporated at the end of the Rules entitled "Rules of Play" with two paragraphs (items 22 & 23) covering computer generated hands and the requirement for pairs to have convention cards.
No significant changes have been made to the section entitled "Matches and Results".
The Rules are available for viewing on the County's website:- http://www.bridgewebs.com/nottinghamshire
and are available for downloading if required.
Secretary, NCBA Teams of Eight League
TRAINING AND COACHING
Here is a list of developmental opportunities for this season.
EBU led Training for Directors.
3 formal comprehensive sessions with an assessment day leads to qualification with EBU as a Tournament Director (TD). Hosted in Nottingham Bridge Club. Dates:
Nov 19 Essentials
Dec 17 Book Rulings
Jan 14 Judgement rulings
Jan 28 Assessment
These Saturday sessions are stand alone- you can opt out of the assessment for example or complete them at a different venue if a particular date doesn’t suit you. Open to anyone including out of County players. Book via EBU website.
EBU led TD Refreshers.
A must day for T Directors (no assessment for this- just fun!) to refresh your knowledge and ask those pesky technical questions that you have always wrestled with. This is the first time such a session has been secured in our County and as it is so valuable to have competent and confident directors it is being generously subsidized by NBC, NCBA and EBU. Thank you all. Also open to non qualified TD’s who direct at clubs but don’t want/haven’t taken the EBU assessment. Date: 30 October 2016 Venue: Nottingham Bridge Club. Bookings and further details contact Toni at email@example.com
Do NOT turn up without booking as places are limited. See agenda below.
STOP PRESS: A great opportunity for all bridge players (not just EBU registered players) to get a short crash course (no assessment) summarizing the basic bridge rules and etiquette.
As it is being generously subsidized by NCBA, NBC and EBU, this is a great investment to help further your enjoyment and understanding of this great game. In what other sport (sic) can you play and not make the effort to learn the Rules?? Come and get an insight into what your TD does. This course will benefit everyone- its not threatening but illuminating! (NB: this crash course is the start of the TD refreshers day referred to above)
This is an EBU delivered seminar. Date: 30 October. Venue: Nottingham Bridge Club. For more details or to book contact Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CRASH COURSE AND TD REFRESHERS AGENDA
9.30 for 9.45 Welcome refreshments
9.45- 11.15 Session 1: Introduction to the Role of the TD and the key ‘Bridge Rules’ concepts FREE BUT MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE DUE TO LIMIT ON NUMBERS (FIRE REGS). (TD’s must attend the full day).
11.15-11.30 Tea break (refreshments included: people may depart or remain for session 2)
11.45 – 1.30 Session 2: Review of the main Book Rulings (£5)
1.30- 2.00 lunch – not included (all non TD’s/directors depart)
2.00- 5.00 Session 3:TD’s/Directors remain for in depth review of the more complicated TD calls e.g. Judgments/hesitations etc £25 full day
TO BOOK CONTACT Toni: email@example.com
WILLIE CROOK’S MASTER CLASS FOR ISSUE 3
HOW DID YOU FARE?
Graham Kirby found a scintillating defence in the semi-final of the Notts Teams Championship He reasoned that as they hadn’t bid 3NT and partner hadn’t doubled 3C for the lead then partner was suggesting an alternative so he led the H5 !!!! which went to the King and a heart to the Queen and Ace and the Jack cashed on which partner discarded the spade 4 - he now found the heart 3 and when dummy ruffed with the D5 his partner over ruffed with the Jack which promoted his Queen for one down.
What’s this about leading away from an Ace? Never say Never in Bridge!!
The full hand: