Dougie Mac event - Friday 28th September @ 1pm
Castle Comfort cup - Sunday 4th November
Keith Healey is now running Friday afternoons as a handicapped duplicate. We are encouraging beginners and improvers to join in. We would also like more experienced players to volunteer their services and, if possible, pair up with an improver - perhaps once or twice a month. 1pm START. Please contact Keith on 01782 460639
A folder outlining club members' privacy rights under the Data Protection Act has been placed alongside the photocopier in the bar.
The EBU Grading System
How are grade bands and numeric bands related?
EBU grades are divided into 13 playing card bands, ranging from
‘Ace’ at the top to ‘Two’ at the beginners’ end. Each band, except the end
bands of ‘Ace’ and ‘Two’, covers a grade range of exactly 2, with ‘Eight’
having a range of 49-51. To split up the highest graded players the Ace band
(and only this band) is divided into four suits. The full set of bands and their
numeric equivalents are shown below.
Ace of Spades
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Diamonds
Ace of Clubs
Many bridge clubs have handicapped pairs events and the National Grading
Scheme can provide Club Secretaries the best available ready-made
handicaps for players. Each player’s handicap can be derived roughly by a
simple conversion scale of -6 for a Current Grading Band of "Ace" to +6 for the
band of "2". A partnership’s handicap is the sum of the two player’s handicaps
and this is the amount by which the event’s percentage score is adjusted in
determining the handicapped result.
A stumbling block will occur if a club member makes their grading “private”,
but logic would dictate that it would be unlikely that a player who wishes their
gradings to be kept private would wish to participate in a handicapped event.
More precise handicaps can be derived from the grade values themselves.
Using these, a partnership’s handicap is the average of the two grades
subtracted from 50%.
The National Grading Scheme thus provides scope for Counties and other
organisations also to construct ranked, flighted or handicapped events based
on players’ current grades, should they feel that any such events may be
Certainly at club level, most players enjoy the boost of having a session when
they score better than their average. Handicapped ranking lists enable club
players who would otherwise usually be in the bottom part of the field to finish
higher up the list on these occasions, and thereby heighten their enjoyment of
the game. If your club has a sweepstake, it could be handicapped, or perhaps
handicaps might be used for club party or celebratory events.
At 8th July 2012 the top rankers were: