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The telephone number of the club is 0118-9573077. This is answered only during club sessions or  matches. At other times please contact the secretary John Greenhalgh on 0118-9791806 (or by email by clicking on the box below).

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Committee Cup Heat 9 Dec


Those of you with an enquiring mind will no doubt have noticed the inconsistency in the originally published Results list for the above competition. The teams were ranked by Team Number rather than by the score they achieved. In order to show the teams in score order I had to generate the scores for the individual matches. Since I no longer had access to those figures the details in the now published list for the individual match scores are entirely a figment of my imagination. The main point is that the totals are correct so the team order is now correct also.


This shows that the teams in the qualifying positions were Team 2 and Team 1. However the members of Team 1 are unable to play in the final so have withdrawn, thus promoting Team 4 into the second qualifuying slot.


So the qualifiers are:

1. Mike O'Neill, Giorgio Jeronimidis, Ian Mackinder and Roger Donato.

2. Keith Goswell, Elaine LLoyd, Dale Thomas and David Spielmann.


Good Luck to both teams in the final.

BBCBA County Competitions


Links to the BBCBA County events are now automatically shown in the Reading BC Calendar entries in the Right Hand Column. You can click on the "More Info" button in these entries to take you to the appropriate.details on the BBCBA web site.

Tony Parkinson

6 Monthly Competitions concluding in August 2014


Apologies for the delay in posting these results to the web. They have however been available on the Notice Boards at the club.


On Tuesdays the Brown Cup was won by Mike Perkins (average 59.40%) from Tim Rees (average 59.02%) with Pat Dowdeswell third (56.88%). The Laycock Cup (the Handicap Competition) was won by Janet Barnes (52.61% adjusted) from Tony Parkinson (51.88%) and Keith Goswell (51.67%).


On Thursdays the Boucher Cup was won by Pam Hanson (62.29%) from Leon McArdle (61.27%) with Dave Mullen third (60.98%). The Bilbey Cup (Handicap Competition) was won by Rod Plank (adjusted percentage 54.23%) from Peter Bamford (53.11%) and Dave Mullen (53.04%)

Commonwealth Bridge Championships


Congratulations to Tim Rees and the Welsh Team for winning the Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Bridge Championships in Glasgow. England took the Silver Medal and India the Bronze. However all were upstaged by the Chairman's Team who beat England in the Semis and Wales in the Final. However not being a National side they were ineligible to win a medal. So its Tim and his team (including also B & B's Gary Jones) who can display the fruits of their success.

RBC Handicap Competitions (Laycock & Bilbey Cups)


Some additional options have been added to the Bridgewebs Competitions methods which enable the Laycock and Bilbey Cups to be calculated automatically in a manner (almost) identically to that used by our own proprietary software. The difference is in the way that those without a relevant handicap are treated. In the Laycock Cup the RBC rules aver that those who have not played 10 times on Cup nights over the years are ineligible for the competition. In the Bilbey Cup the RBC rules state that anyone who did not play 6 times in the previous 6 monthly period will have a handicap of 0. The Bridgewebs system applies an arbitrary handicap of 5 in either case. The effect of these differences depends on individual circumstances but in general it will make it very difficult rather than impossible for a non-handicapped person to head up the Laycock Cup rankings and will make it much less likely that a non-handicapped player can lead the Bilbey Cup rankings. Note that in both cases we will still need to calculate the current handicaps for players in both competitions and will need to manually exclude any players who regularly play on Thursdays if their Laycock cup handicap is too good.

Reading Spirit Handicap Teams


The Reading Spirit Handicap Teams for 2014 was held on May 13th. The results listing on the web is that before the application of Handicaps since Master Points can only be applied to non-handicapped events. However for I think the third year in a row the Handicaps have had minimal effect on the final order. I believe we need to consider how to award handicaps next year to try and even up the field more.


However the result this year was a tie for first place (after application of handicaps and also because their head to head match was tied).

1=.. David & Janet Barnes, Mike Ribbins and Peter Hawkes 30+9 = 39

1=.. Mike O'Neill, Tony Parkinson, Joyce Baldock and Jim Chapman 27+12 = 39

3=.. Pat Dowdeswell, Ian Mackinder, Ilan Sirkis and Cyril Berkeley 17 + 15 = 32

3=.. Keith Goswell, Jennie Griffiths, Dale Thomas and David Spielmann 16 + 16 = 32


Director Training Successes
The Club is delighted to welcome 6 new fully qualified Tournament Directors to its ranks. Congratulations to James Bond, Ken Carver, Chris Cook, Pat Dowdeswell, Leon McArdle and Gill Smith for passing the EBU Club Tournament Director Assessment course – and a special well done to James, Pat, Leon and Gill for all passing with a distinction, an outstanding achievement!

Annual Tuesday Competitions 2012-3

Both Tuesday Annual Competitions were completed on 19th November. The Individual Competition for the Presidents Cup was won by Mike Perkins with 57.88%, from Tim Rees with 57.03% and Peter Hawkes with 55.47%. Not surprisingly the Pairs Competition for the Francis Cup was won by Mike and Tim in tandem with 61.70%, from Mike (again), this time in partnership with John Howard, scoring 58.76%, with Gunsel Akyol and Peter Banks with 58.20% third. Well done to all of them and the rest of us need to try harder next year.


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18th Dec 2014
Scorer: Leon
16th Dec 2014
Scorer: mike perkins
11th Dec 2014
Committee Cup Teams of 4 (Cancelled - now normal Pairs session)
Scorer: ken
9th Dec 2014
Committee Cup Heat Teams of 4 (Optional Entry)
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4th Dec 2014
Thursday 2
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2nd Dec 2014
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27th Nov 2014
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18th Nov 2014
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13th Nov 2014
SIM Pairs Children in Need
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11th Nov 2014
SIM Pairs Children in Need
Scorer: DLB
6th Nov 2014
'A' v Austenwood 'A'
Scorer: gs
4th Nov 2014
Scorer: Mike Perkins
30th Oct 2014
Leaving Party for Rob
Scorer: RS
8th Jan 2015
SIM Pairs British Winter
7.15 pm
11th Jan 2015
County Pairs Qualifier
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Rob Sassoon
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12th Jan 2015
Reading A vs. New Amersham A
7.30 pm
13th Jan 2015
National Pairs (Optional Entry)
7.15 pm
14th Jan 2015
Chiltern 'A' v Loddon Vale
25th Jan 2015
Friendly Swiss Pairs
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Rob Sassoon
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27th Jan 2015
Spring IMPs Butler Pairs
28th Jan 2015
Chiltern League T4 Goswell v Beer
2nd Feb 2015
Hawkes v. Green
7.30 pm
5th Feb 2015
Pro-Am Teams of 4
7.15 pm
8th Feb 2015
County Pairs Final & Plate
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Gary Conrad
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10th Feb 2015
Waller Bowl Pairs (Optional Entry)
7.15 pm
11th Feb 2015
Chiltern 'A' v Goring & Streatley
12th Feb 2015
Waller Bowl Pairs (Optional Entry)
7.15 pm
23rd Feb 2015
Chiltern 'B' v Chiltern 'A'
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