The club now has a mobile phone. The number is 07761 257256. This is switched on only during normal weekly sessions or matches. To contact the secretary John Greenhalgh ring 07970 903 163 (or by email by clicking on the box below).
Any queries about the club should be directed in the first instance to the Secretary John Greenhalgh.
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If you notice any errors on this website or have ideas for improvements then please email Jonny Richards by clicking on this item.
For external competitions where the entry is made by the Club you can now submit your entry via the web site. If you click on this item then an email will be generated which will be sent to the Competitions Secretary.
RBC @ Tollemache Qualifiers Update
The qualifiers for the Tollemache Cup took place last weekend (17-18 November) in Daventry. The Tollemache Cup is the inter-county championships for teams of eight run by the EBU. Six RBC members represented 3 counties. Ian Reissmann, John Howard, Mike Perkins and Tim Rees are all playing for Berks and Bucks, Chris Cooper is playing for Oxfordshire and Jonny Richards playing for East Wales.
The qualifying event was played in 4 sections with a round robin in each section. Berks & Bucks were in Section C with both Oxfordshire and East Wales in Section B.
Both Berks and Bucks and Oxfordshire qualified for the finals in February. Berks and Bucks topped section C from Merseyside & Cheshire winning 5 of their 7 matches. Oxfordshire finished 2nd in section B winning 3 and drawing 2 matches in a close group led by Cambs & Hunts. East Wales won 3 out of 7 matches but finished outside the qualification places. Full results can be found here.
Congratulations to those that qualified and good luck in the finals in February.
Sucsess at Seniors Congress for RBC
The Seniors Congress took place in Gloucester this weekend (2nd-4th November) with Reading Bridge Club well represented.
The weekend kicked off on Friday with a qualifier and semi-final for the pairs championship. The qualifier was won by Mike Ribbins & Pat Dowdeswell with 65.61%, with David & Janet Barnes 6th on 56.47% and Ian Mackinder & Bob Dowdeswell 11th on 54.51%. All 3 qualified for the main Semi Final. Their fine form continued in the Semi Final with Ian & Bob 6th, Mike & Pat 7th and David & Janet 13th, all qualifying for the final on the Saturday. In the Final Mike & Pat came out on top of the RBC trio finishing 3rd on 53.22%, David & Janet were =9th and Ian & Bob 14th.
Alongside the final there was a Swiss Pairs event. Mike Wemble & Peter Hawkes finished =8th out of 57, with James Bond and his partner also in the top 20 in =12th.
On the Sunday the event moved onto its Swiss teams competition. Once again it was our Pairs finalists that shone. David & Janet Barnes teamed up with "the Wennells" from North Wales to finish 2nd (93vps) behind the runway winners (122vps) and Mike & & Pat, Ian & Bob teamed up to finish =8th (78vps).
RBC Tuesday Comes to Thursday 11th Oct 2018
14 and a half teams took part in the biannual Tuesday comes to Thursday event.
Congratulations to the prize winners:
1. Simon Fixter, John Bradbury, Chris Hall and Peter Hawkes +42 IMPs
2. Peter Jackson, Janet Barnes, Sam Botfield & Pam Hanson +24 IMPs
3. Paul Fanning, Avril Catto, David Barnes & Roger Donato +16 IMPs
Spot Prize (+0 imps) - Peter Bamfrod & Jackie Paxford
Also a BIG thank you to Janet Barnes for Organising this event!
Summer Competition Winners - March 2018 to August 2018
The winners of the 2018 summer cup competitions are below. There were some incredibly close events over the six months:
1. Mike Ribbins 59.89%
2. Pat Dowdeswell 59.41%
3. Jonny Richards 59.22%
Laycock Cup (Handicap)
1. Keith Goswell 51.91%%
2. Jonny Richards 51.64%
3. Cyril Berkeley 51.02%
1. Nigel Cooper 59.66%
2. Sam Botfield 58.58%
3. Ann Ellis 58.04%
Bilbey Cup (Handicap)
1. David Salmon 55.81%
2. Dale Thomas 55.33%
3. Sue Mullally 54.36%
If you want to see how you did in these competitions then head over to the Competition Archive Section of the website.
Teaching Classes Begin at RBC
Fun, friendly beginners' bridge class are starting on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 19.30. These will be run by Daisy Dillon an EBTA associate teacher.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07512 762 995.
Reading Bridge Club 2018-2019 Calendar Published
The bridge clubs 2018-2019 Calendar has now been published. To find a full list of events please see the Calendar section of the website. A selection of the events to look forward to are below:
Reading Lo8 Teams Selected
The Selection committee (ratified by the RBC committee) have selected the teams to represent Reading Bridge club in the 2018-2019 Berks & Buck League of 8 competitions. The teams are as follows:
Congratulations on being selected and good luck for the season ahead. Your captains will be in touch shortly to arrange your matches for the season.
Barnes, Dowdeswell, Greenhalgh and Hawkes Win the Bridge Plus Cup
The Bridge Plus Cup was held on Tuesday 12th June with 5 teams taking part. The result was a close one with David, Pat, John and Peter winning with a score of +24 imps from the team of Chris Cooper, John Howard, Mike Perkins and Tim Rees on +20.
This was the 6th time David has won the Bridge plus cup moving him into =3rd in the winners list behind T. Rees (8), S.Johnston (7) and tied with M.Perkins.
Congratulation to the winning team.
3rd Place for Reading Bridge Club in the Garden Cities Final
A team of 8 players from Reading Bridge club represented the club in the Gardens Cities Final in Solihull on the 23rd June. The team of Ian Reissmann, Tim Rees, Peter Hawkes, Mike Perkins, Pat Dowdeswell, Mike Ribbins, Jonny Richards & Jim Chapman finished on 76vps behind Deva bridge club and Tunbridge Wells. THe team finished with 4 wins and 3 losses (2 of which were agaisnt the top 2 teams).
Reading Bridge club has a good recent history in the event winning the finals back in 2016 and are please to back that up with another good result this year.
Further congratulation to Jim Chapman and Jonny Richards who were the highest Reading pair on the bulter and 6th highest out of the 32 pairs.
Hawkes Team Finsh 6th in Pachabo Final
The Hawkes team of Peter Hawkes, Mike Perkins, Tim Rees, Ian Reissmann and Peter Jackson finished 6th in the Pachabo final on the 9th/10th June in Bedford. The Pachabo Cup is the EBU's inter-county team of four Championships where teams qualify by winning their county teams of 4 event.
This competition is unique in the way it is scored. The boards that are played in the head to head matches are scored via 2 methods. Firstly the boards are scored in a "point-a-board" form, so if the net scores are positive on the board the team wins 2vps, if the score is the same 1vp and if the net score is negative then 0 vps. Once the boards are scored via PaB then the same boards are scored by with a more traditional IMP scale and converted to VPs. Both sets of VPs are added together to get the result of the match.
Congratulations to the Hawkes team on the great result!
Reading Bridge Club AGM & New Commitee
The Reading Bridge club AGM was held on the 17th May with many members turning up before the evenings bridge. The minutes of the AGM can be found here for those of you that couldn't make it.
Part of the AGM was the election of the new committee. This year there are a few new faces on the committee, most notable a new President!
Pat Dowdeswell has taken over from David Barnes as the new President of the Reading Bridge club after David's 4 year reign. The Club and Committee would like to thank David for his work as President over the last 4 years!
The only other change to last year's committee is Martina Zwieflhofer has been elected to the committee after Leon McArdle has stepped down after a couple of years.
The clubs committee and roles for 2018-2019 are:
Reading BC Dominate as Jackson & Bond win Waller Bowl
From the 332 pairs who competed in 26 heats of the Club Pairs Championship, 56 pairs qualified to play in the Final with Peter Jackson & James Bond winning the Waller Bowl with a huge score of 65.95%.
With all players qualifying at clubs in the county, the final was held across 2 sessions of 18 boards at Windsor Community Centre.
There was further success as 6 of the top 12 pairs were all from Reading Bridge Club. Runners up were Pat Dowdeswell & Mike Ribbins (60.65%), followed by John Greenhalgh & Jim Chapman (58.08%) in 5th place, and winning the second session overall, Keith Goswell & Elaine Lloyd (57.36%) in 8th with junior pair Dom Cooke & Edmund Lea (57.10%) 9th and Mike Nunn & Rita Evans (55.66%) 12th.
This is a phonemical performance from all those involved and is great to see Reading BC feature so prominently in county events.
Congratulation to everyone that qualified for the final as well as those mentioned!
Hawkes Team Wins 2017 - 2018 County Knock-out
Congratulations to Peter Hawkes, John Howard, Mike Perkins, Tim Rees, Ian Reissmann & Peter Jackson on winning the 2017-18 County Teams Knockout Championship. The Hawkes team feature prominently in the honours board with 54 victories between them (Mike 19, Peter & Ian 11, John 6, Tim 5 and Peter 2)
The team got off to a nervy start with a 3 imp win over the Lynch team in round one before recording two convincing wins in rounds 2 and 3. They then met the Lindon team in the final coming away with a 40 imp win (80-40).
Peter's team win the Crowhurst Quaich and will be invited to represent the County in the Pachabo Cup (the EBU's inter-counties teams of four competition) on 9th/10th June.
Congratulation to all 6 of you and good luck in the Pachabo.
Parkinson, Mackinder, Green & Jeronimidis Win the Reading Spirit Teams of 4
5 teams contested the Reading Spirit Teams of 4 event on the 8th May. The Handicap teams of 4 event is an "all play all" teams event where your team is given a handicap based on the grading of the players in your team. An A team player will receive no handicap, a B team player will receive a handicap of +5, a regular Tuesday player will receive a handicap of +8 and all other players will receive +10. (i.e. if you had 4 B team players in your team you would start on +20 imps).
After playing 6 boards against each team the winners by just 1 imp were the team of Tony Parkinson, Ian Mackinder, Mick Green & Georgio Jeronimidis with a score of +55 (+32 on the night and a handicap of +23).
The team of Mike Perkins, Ian Reissmann, Peter Jackson & John Greenhalgh were second on +54 (+49 on the night and a handicap of +5).
Congratulations to the winning team!
Strength in Depth at Reading bridge Club
What Reading bridge Club has achieved this year in the Berks & Bucks leagues of 8 hasn’t happened for years! Reading bridge club currently has the highest places C team, B Team and A Team in the leagues. This is a huge achievement for RBC and demonstrates the strength of the players at the club and the club itself.
Below is a brief review of each team’s season:
The C team finished 5th in Division 2, boasting 5 wins and 4 losses totalling 92 vps having been promoted last season. Their biggest win came against Stoke Mandaville A, a crushing 19-1 victory. This was a great effort from the team of, Sam Botfield (Capt.) & Martyn Jordan, Doug Baker & John Tattersall, Peter Bamford & Steve Tearle, Nigel Cooper & Roger Burkeman, Trish Lee & George Sankey, Carey Sayer & Dianne Sayer as well as appearances from Dianne Browne & Dale Thomas and Lean McArdle & Chris Hall. A special mention to Peter and Steve who topped the C team cross imps.
The B team finished 4th in a very competitive Division 1. Although they only managed 3 wins and a draw from their 9 matches they amassed 84vp at just under 10vp per match. There was a notable early season victory (17-3) against 3rd placed Burnham A, a team the A team failed to beat. Congratulations to the team of, Mike O'Neill (Capt.) & Michael Green, David & Janet Barnes, Tony Parkinson & Joyce Baldock, Peter Hawkes & Chris Kinloch and Chris Hall & Leon McArdle with key contributions from Keith Goswell, George Jeronimidis and Jim Chapman.
As previously reported the A team won the Division 1 title for the 3rd year in a row with a score of 143 vps. A Key 13-7 win against 2nd placed New Amersham A helped Reading A to in by 2vps. Congratulation to the team of, Mike Perkins (Capt.) & Ian Reissmann, John Howard & Tim Rees, Pat Dowdeswell & Mike Ribbins, Jonny Richards & Chris Cooper and John Greenhalgh & James Bond. Jim Chapman and Peter Hawkes also appeared in the team and helped the team to qualify for the Garden Cities final.
Congratulation to all those involved and good luck for the start of the next season in September.
Success for Reading at the Committee Cup
The Committee Cup was held of the 8th April at Windsor Community Centre with 2 Reading teams taking part. 88 teams competed in Heats at 13 Clubs throughout Berks & Bucks with 21 teams qualifying for the Final.
Pat Dowdeswell, Mike Ribbins, John Greenhalgh & James Chapman were victorious on the day winning 15 of their 20 matches and finishing 24imp clear of the field.
Mike O'Neill, Georgio Jeronimidis, Leon McArdle and Chris Hall finished 8th winning 10 matches.
Congratulations to both teams.
Winter Competition Winners - September 2017 to February 2018
The winners of the the seconds half of the 2017 cup competitions are below:
1. Mike Perkins 56.66%
2. Roger Donato 55.07%
3. Peter Jackson 54.76%
1. Georgio Jeronimidis 52.60%
2. Roger Donato 51.10%
3. Roger Burkerman 50.32%
1. Peter Bamford 61.02%
2. Pam Hanson 58.93%
3. Sam Botfiled 58.86%
1. Andy Fothergill 54.81%
2. Gill Smith 53.07%
3. David Salmon 52.44%
Jonny Richards Ocotber 2017
Berks and Buck finished 3rd in the Tollemache Finals, the EBUs Premier Teams of Eight competition, this weekend, 8vps behind the winners Kent. Berks and Buck picked up some big victories along the way beating both Lancashire and Dorset by over 100imps. Congratulation to both John Howard and Ian Reisseman.
Chris Cooper was also playing in the event for Oxfordshire. Although Oxfordshire finished 6th, Chris and his partner (Alan Wilson) were 4th in the x-imps with an impressive 0.66 per board from there 98 boards.
For full results and cross imps please click Here
Double sucsess for RBC at the County Pairs
The final of the County Pairs Championship and Plate took place on the 4th February where several members of Reading Bridge Club took part.
Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson (Left picture) won the 45 board Championship Final with 57.78% from David Green & David Calcutt.
Also Joyce Baldock & Jim Chapman (Right picture) won the 44 board Plate final with 58%, 2% clear of 2nd place Eva Wallen & Evelyn Crossley.
Congratulations to both and good luck to Mike & Peter who, as a result, qualified for the Corwen (The National Pairs Final) in June!
(L-R: Peter Jackson & Mike Perkins)
RBC Tuesday Comes to Thursday 2nd Feb 2018
15 teams took part in the biannual Tuesday comes to Thursday event.
1. Nathan Galpin, Jack Lawrence, Sam Botfiled & Martyn Jordan +66 IMPs
2. Mike Ribbins, Chris Hall, John & Annette Chamberlain +50 IMPs
3. David Barnes, Jim Chapman, Linsey Joyce & Ann Ellis +43 IMPs
Ascenders Prize - Roger Donato, Dianne Brown, Nick Highsm & John Coomber
Spot Prize (-26 imps) - Ann Francis, Andy Fothergill, Chris Fox-Green & Ann Brown - 23 IMPs
Also a BIG thank you to Janet Barnes for Organising this event!
Reading Bridge Club Annual Competitions 2016-17
The Club's Annual Tuesday Competitions for 2016-17 were completed on Tuesday (21st November). Roget Donato has continued his excellent run in 2017 winning both of the annual competitions (to go with the Brown & Laycock won in the first half of the 2017 biannuals):
1. Roger Donato - 54.17%
2. Mike Perkins - 53.83%
3. Mike Ribbins - 52.73%
Mike O'Neill & Roger Donato - 55.98%
Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson - 54.70%
Jim Chapman & Jonny Richards - 54.17%
Jonny Richards Nov 17