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SUMMER TEAMS of 4 2015


This competition will be held at Reading Bridge Club on Wednesday 15th July 2015.

All club members are invited to enter. You do not need to have participated in the Chiltern League.

Please arrive by 7pm for a prompt 7.20pm start.


Entries (as a Team of 4) to the organiser

Michael Drew 0118-9723007



Cost £3.50 per player (payable on the night).

Competition Results from February to May 2015


The results of the 6 monthly competitions ending in February 2015 were as follows:


Bilbey Cup (Thursday Handicap)


Martina Zwieflhofer 56.85%, Sonia Nash 54.16%, Sam Botfield 53.80%


Boucher Cup (Thursday)


Pete Bamford 63.12%, Sam Botfield 59.83%, Pam Hanson 59.63%


Brown Cup (Tuesday)


Mike Perkins 59.55%, Pat Dowdeswell 56,42%, Peter Hawkes 55.00%


Laycock Cup (Tuesday Handicap)


Mike Perkins 52.08%, Mark Richardson 51.93%, Tony Parkinson 50.50%


The Reading Spirit Handicap Teams was won by David Barnes, Jonny Richards, Janet Barnes & Mike Ribbins, with Peter Hawkes, Joyce Baldock, Giorgio Jeronimidis & tony Parkinson some way back in second place.




In the Berks & Bucks League of 8 Reading "A" surrendered their title to New Amersham "A", while the "B" Team won Division 2 and will return to Division 1 next year and the "C" Team finished a touch off the pace in Division 3. In the League of 4 Mike Perkins' Team won Division 1 in a nail-biting final day, winning by a split tie after the Bowdery Team could only manage a 1 IMP victory over Tony Parkinson's Team. David Barnes Team won Division 2 by some distance and will contest Division 1 next year.


Reading Bridge Closure


Reading Bridge will be closed to motor traffic for 2 weeks from Monday May 18th to Saturday May 30th. This will obviously severely impact those members who live north of the river, but will probably also cause major traffic problems in and all around Reading. Members should therefore allow extra time for their journeys for the next 2 weeks.

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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2nd Jul 2015
Scorer: kc
30th Jun 2015
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
25th Jun 2015
Scorer: gs
23rd Jun 2015
Bridge Plus Cup Teams of 4
Scorer: mike perkins
18th Jun 2015
Scorer: Leon
16th Jun 2015
Scorer: pat dowdeswell
11th Jun 2015
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
9th Jun 2015
Scorer: david barnes
4th Jun 2015
Scorer: Leon
2nd Jun 2015
Scorer: mike perkins
28th May 2015
Scorer: kc
26th May 2015
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
21st May 2015
Annual General Meeting
Scorer: gs
19th May 2015
Scorer: ajp
14th May 2015
Scorer: Leon
5th Jul 2015
Teams for the Perkins Cup
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Director: Gary Conrad
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15th Jul 2015
Chiltern Lge Summer Teams
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