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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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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.


The latest 6 monthly competitions were completed at the end of August. The Tuesday results were as follows: In the Brown Cup, Mike Perkins won with 60.01% ahead of Dale Thomas with 56.82% and Mike Ribbins with 56.81% - that's probably one overtrick in 6 months behind!!! In the Laycock Cup Handicap competition the positions were essentially reversed and the winner was Dale Thomas with an adjusted average of 55.11%, from Mike O'Neill with 53.70% and Mike Perkins with 51.58%.

The Thursday results showed that in the Boucher Cup, the winner was Rob Sassoon with 63.06%, ahead of Pam Hanson with 62.14% and Leon McArdle with 61.91%. In the Bilbey Cup Handicap competition John Bowen won with an adjusted average of 55.01% from Andy Fothergill with 54.97% and Vince Hull with 53.53%. In the Thursday competitions Ken Jones would have featured but is ineligible due to his Tuesday Handicap and results obtained in the Individual Competition held on 29th August are excluded.


This event was held last Tuesday. The result shown in the main Results section is before the handicaps were applied, since Master Points can only be awarded on a non-handicap basis. After the Handicaps were applied there were no changes in the team order (I believe the second year running where this has been the case). The scores after handicap were:

1. Perkins/Hawkes/Bond/Greenhalgh          59 + 4 = 63

2. Ribbins/Barnes/Maxwell/Sirkis              25 + 24 = 49

3. Donato/Watson/Dawson/Dawson           -4 + 32 = 28

4. Parker/Brown/Thomas/Spielmann         -27 + 28 =  1

5. Mullen/Plank/Carver/Carver                -52 + 32 =  -20

Thursday Competition Winners

Apologies for the late announcement of the Thursday Competition winners for the period September 2012 to Februray 2013 but there were a couple of issues regarding semi-duplicated names that need ed to be sorted before the results could be confirmed.

However for the Boucher Cup it's congratulations to Dave Mullen with a 1% margin from Pam Hanson with Jackie Paxford a further 1/2% away in 3rd place. In the Bilbey Handicap Cup David Salmon was a clear 3% ahead of Mel Thomas who had about 1/2% margin from Rita Harrigan. Well done to you all.


To Sam Botfield and Peter Parsons who have won the Thursday event at the British Spring  SIM pairs with a massive score of over 73%. Great victory guys.

Gold Cup Win for John Howard

Winning the Gold Cup, the major British Teams trophy on the Bridge calendar is pretty much the high point of ambition for all Bridge players. This year John Howard joins this elite group. I'm sure he would be the first to admit to the assistance of his regular partner Andy Bowles and four other teammates, but it is nevertheless a great achievement and on behalf of all in the club I offer him our very warmest congratulations.

John becomes I think the 5th member of Reading Bridge Club to win the Gold Cup, following Eric Crowhurst and Alan Wardman in 1971 and David Mossop and Tim Rees who won in 2000 (and then retained the trophy the following year). Now there's a new challenge for John!

Tony Parkinson, President RBC

County Competitions

Links to the BBCBA County Calendar and to the details for the next County Events are in the left hand column. Clicking on the appropriate item will take you to the relevant page of the County Web Site.

Tony Parkinson


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A different sort of Handicap Competition

Reading Bridge Clubs Handicap Competitions have always had very precise rules about the Handicap Calculation, how it is applied, and the eligibility of members to qualify in the final reckoning. It is not surprising therefore that a generalised system such as Bridgewebs does not currently provide a methodology which enables the the Reading Handicap competitions to be calculated automatically. The latest version however goes some way towards providing methods that begin to mirror some of the traits of the Reading system. I have suggested to Bridgewebs that they make further enhancements to their allowable handicap methodologies to cater for the Reading systems.

In the meantime however I have defined a new handicap competition, based on the Laycock Cup which can be calculated automatically by Bridgewebs. It can be observed on the "Competitions" Page under the "Handicap Competition" title. Note that there is no intention currently that this should replace the Laycock Cup, which will continue to be calculated by our own proprietary software.

The essential features of the new competition are as follows:

1. The competition runs over the same period and the same events as the Laycock Cup. It has the same eligibility rules (i.e. 8 appearances in the period with 3 different partners to qualify).

2. The Individual Handicaps for the period are the same as for the Laycock Cup (the exception being that for members with no handicap Bridgewebs ascribes an arbitrary handicap of 5).

3. The score adjustment works somewhat differently to the Laycock Cup. In this case the adjustment is applied to ones score on each appearance. The adjustment is calculated as the average of the handicaps of you and your partner, so a highly ranked pair are adjusted more severely than a lower ranked pair. Ones overall average score is then the average of the adjusted scores for each appearance and the ranking list is then generated by placing eligible members in order of their average adjusted score.

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30th Oct 2014
Leaving Party for Rob
Scorer: RS
28th Oct 2014
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
23rd Oct 2014
Scorer: Leon
21st Oct 2014
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
16th Oct 2014
Scorer: kj
14th Oct 2014
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
9th Oct 2014
EBU Autumn Sim Pairs
Scorer: RS
7th Oct 2014
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
2nd Oct 2014
Scorer: gs
30th Sep 2014
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
25th Sep 2014
Pro-Am Teams
Scorer: RS
23rd Sep 2014
Scorer: RS
18th Sep 2014
Scorer: kc
16th Sep 2014
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
11th Sep 2014
EBED Sim Pairs
Scorer: kj
3rd Nov 2014
'C' v Bourne End 'A'
7.30 pm
6th Nov 2014
'A' v Austenwood 'A'
7.30 pm
7th Nov 2014
Chiltern League T4 Goswell v Cherrett
9th Nov 2014
Butler Pairs for the Jarrett Cup
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Gary Conrad
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11th Nov 2014
SIM Pairs Children in Need
13th Nov 2014
SIM Pairs Children in Need
7.15 pm
23rd Nov 2014
Friendly Pairs for the Tony Boothroyd Plate
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Rob Sassoon
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26th Nov 2014
'B' v New Amersham 'C'
7.30 pm
7th Dec 2014
Mixed Swiss Teams for the Carole Mueller Trophy
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Nick Doe
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9th Dec 2014
Committee Cup Heat Teams of 4 (Optional Entry)
7.15 pm
10th Dec 2014
'B' v Austenwood 'B'
7.30 pm
11th Dec 2014
Committee Cup Teams of 4 (Optional Entry)
7.15 pm
15th Dec 2014
Chiltern 'A' v Wallingford
7.30 pm
8th Jan 2015
SIM Pairs British Winter
7.15 pm
13th Jan 2015
National Pairs (Optional Entry)
7.15 pm
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