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2014 Congress

This will be the second weekend of September 2014, Friday to Sunday 12-14th.

Please click for Info and Application Form

Can you play for OUABA teams?
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2012 AGM Minutes
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Match against Cambridge Alumni 2014

The 16-a-side match against Cambridge Bridge Circle will take place at the Oxford & Cambridge Club on Saturday 11th October.  A strong field are playing, and we hope to reverse the results of the previous few occasions.

Are you interested in playing in matches for the OUABA?  If so, please see the section in News&Matches and email the Match Secretary, Phil Meats, with your contact details, and your level.

Annual Weekend Congress

The annual weekend congress in Oxford now regularly attracts around 40 alumni with new players joining each year, partly as a result of learning about our activities from this website.  Participants range from club to international players;  but whatever standard or ability, everyone is extremely welcome and the atmosphere is always friendly whilst at the same time competitive. The format of each congress often varies slightly from year to year.  In 2014 we shall once again be meeting at Worcester College on 12-14 September.  The Application Form can be opened by clicking the links on the left. To see the accommodation, please take a look at the College website, which can be found through the Useful Links option on the left of this page.

A new addition for 2014 will be Painting and Drawing workshops led by Judy Meats, for non-bridge-playing participants.   More details in the Information and Application form.

House of Lords match April 2014
House of Lords match April 2014

The House of Lords welcomed the OUABA team to a friendly match, preceded by tea.  We were trailing by 14 imps at half-time, but rallied to win by 32 imps.  Two game contracts required dropping singleton Kings, which was unexpected, but then it is the same for both sides. The team was Peter Lee and Malcolm McIvor, Robert Sheehan and John Ockenden, Andrew and Dinah Lintott, and Phil Meats and Andrew Clarke.  Our thanks to Baroness Henig.

Sunny afternoon for match against OBC 22 March 2014
Club/OBC March 2014
OBC post match celebrations
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The match against Oxford Bridge Club was a friendly and pleasant afternoon, with the sun shining.  The alumni were trailing by 15 imps at half-time, but, fortified by an excellent tea, rallied to win by 31 imps.

2013 Match v Oxford & Cambridge

Thanks to everyone for taking part in an exceedingly close match.  The Oxford & Cambridge emerged with just 1 imp more. So any one hand could be held to be the key turning point, even a single overtrick could have counted, ah well.

The two teams then mingled and enjoyed lively and friendly conversation over a superb supper, and continued in the bar afterwards.

2013 Congress
2013 Alumni Cup Talking Tactics
2013 Association Dinner long view
2013 Worcester Pairs Winners Catherine RiceEvans Rex Goad 3
Rob Dixon presents Alumni Cup 2013 to Phil Meats and Gary Stevens
2013 Alumni Cup Winners Gary Stevens Phil Meats
2013 Teams Winners
Club/2013 Association Dinner
Worcester College Gardens 2013 by Judy Meats
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The annual Congress was held at Worcester College on 6-8 September.  This was an excellent event, with feedback such as 'most enjoyable congress yet', and 'food better than top-class London restaurants'.  We had a full programme of friendly and relaxed duplicate pairs and teams bridge in the splendid setting of one of Oxford's hidden gems.  The Linbury Room was peaceful, spacious and light, with views over extensive College gardens.  

The Alumni Cup (Saturday afternoon and evening) was won by Gary Stevens and Phil Meats. 

The  Worcester Pairs (Friday evening and Sunday morning) was won by Catherine Rice-Evans and Rex Goad.

The Saturday morning Teams was won by Tony McWalter and Dave Walker with Nick McCarthy and Jon Wittmann.

Congratulations to them all.

ABC or Alumni Bridge Cuppers

      Alumni Bridge Cuppers Event     

 The inaugural Teams of 4 Bridge Event took place at The Mitre (in The High) on  Saturday 20th April.  Seven teams represented rather more Colleges, and included guests from the fens.  The  match was played in two halves of 18 boards, either side of an excellent lunch.  There was one appeal, of coffee-housing, which was appropriate since we were in a  splendid coffee-house.  

Congratulations to the winners, Eric Wood & Peter Finbow and Tony Whateley & Robert Bush.
  

ABC 2013 Fens team
ABC 2013 players postmortem
ABC 2013 players postmortem
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Match against House of Lords
Match against House of Lords

This match was played at the House of Lords on Wednesday, 21stNovember, 2012 and resulted in a narrow win for OUABA by 25 Imps, revenge for defeat the previous year.

Our team consisted of Malcolm McIvor and Ewen Moir, Rex Goad and Phil Meats, Ian Budden and Janet Leach, and Nick McCarthy and Jon Wittmann. The game was preceded by an excellent tea (see picture) and was interrupted on three occasions by the division bell, but was played in a pleasant friendly atmosphere which all present very much enjoyed. We are grateful especially to Lady Henig who made all the arrangements.

Ewen Moir

Match v Cambridge Alumni 2012

The 16 aside 32 board match was played using a movement devised by Ivor Jones of Cambridge which allowed 'teams of four', ie two pairs, to play four x four-board matches in each half. The Oxford players were allowed to be stationary through the first half - as John Newman, the Cambridge director of the match, was 'not sure if Oxford travelled well'.

The first half was quite even with only three strong results - two to Cambridge and one to Oxford - so that at half-way Cambridge led by just 2 IMPs. However, after a splendid tea, courtesy of Oxford's previously long-standing Treasurer, RichardWhittington, and his wife Dorothy, it was all to play for!   It continued neck and neck, apart from a few bad hands, and Cambridge wonby 57 IMPS.

The match was played in very good spirit.  Both captains, Steve Burton for Cambridge and John Deech for Oxford, thanked the Oxford City Bridge Club for the use of their club and the good competition.

The Oxford team was:

Chris Cooper and SusanStockdale
David Ewart and Sarah Dunn
Roy Smith and Nick Smith
Karen Pryor and MalcolmPryor
Sandra Landy and Richard Newton
John Deech and JohnGreenhalgh
Rob Procter and Steven Noble
Diana Lintott and AndrewLintott
(Ewen Moir and Malcolm McIvor played the first two boards to cover for a late arrival.)
What would you bid?

This came up at Teams scoring.  What would you bid as South?

Decide on your bid before revealing the other hands.  For the outcome click here.

This was the score sheet:

P-1-P, and P-1-1-2-2 led to EW  finding comfortable game, even slam, in the minors.

P-1-1-2-4 All Pass.  EW are unsure, and pass out.  One EW found 3N, which was unwise at Teams scoring.

It pays to bid your hand boldly, to your limit (5 with partner + your 5 cards =10 tricks), and do not bid again. 

                   NS       EW         NS IMPs        EW  IMPs

3N W -1        100                       10.9

4 N -1                   50                8.8

4 W +2               170                6.8

3 E +4                 190                6.4

5 W +1               620                                 1.8

5 W +1               620                                 1.8

5 E +1                 620                                 1.8

5 E +2                 620                                 2.3

6 W =                1370                               12.4

6 E +1               1390                               12.8

Who are we? Our History
Who are we?  Our History

The Oxford University Alumni Bridge Association took root early in 1997, leading to an annual September weekend congress at Wadham College and the introduction of team matches during the year.  As affiliates of the Oxford University Society (OUS) our events are publicised in Oxford Today.  For more information about OUS visit www.alumni.ox.ac.uk.

At the weekend congress we hold duplicate pairs competitions, our major event being for the Alumni Cup, and also teams of four and Chicago.  We also make time for a short and instructive bridge seminar, conducted by one of our leading players.  All alumni and current students, whatever their experience or standard, are welcome, and we are happy to accommodate those who can participate in only part of the weekend.   

During the year, we enjoy matches with teams of four or eight against the House of Lords, our Light Blue counterparts and the Oxford & Cambridge Club, and we are continually seeking to widen our scope in this direction. We welcome new ideas, new matches and new members. 

If you would like to join OUABA there is a once-only Life Membership of 10 per person or 15 per married couple. New Members should send an e-mail to the Membership Secretary, Phil Meats at philip.meats@btinternet.com, giving their e-mail and postal address, who will give instructions as to how payment can be made.

For further details contact our Treasurer, Rex Goad at rjg1141@gmail.com

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2014 Congress at Worcester College

There is a good turnout for the 2014 Congress, but there is still time to make a late booking.  See the link on the left to the information and application form.

Alumni Cup Winners

The winners of the 2013 Alumni Cup are:-

Philip Meats & Gary Stevens

Click here to view the Alumni Cup Winners since its inception in 1997

Report on Match v Cambridge
This article was written by Nick Smith and appeared in the Oxford Times on 11 Oct 2012
The Birth of the OUABA

Click Here to read about the birth of the Alumni Bridge Association

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