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Richardson Team Wins 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 6 impd were the team of Mark Richardson, Jennie Griffiths, Iain Mackenzie & Roger Burkeman with a score of +31 (-4 on the night and a handicap of +35).
The team of Jim Chapman, Jonny Richards & Pat Dowdeswell & Chris Hall were second on +25 (+15 on the night and a handicap of +10).
Congratulations to the winning team!
Schapiro Spring Foursomes
Several RBC players will make their way to Stratford Upon Avon this bank holiday weekend to play in the prestigious Spring Fours. The Spring Fours is one of the great events in the English calendar and has become one of the toughest events in domestic bridge. The competition is run as a Double Elimination with team eliminated early dropping into the Punchbowl event.
7 RBC players are in the main draw across 4 Teams.
Good luck to all of you. Their progress can be followed here.
Durham "A" win Portland Bowl Finals
The Portland Bowl Finals rounds took place this weekend, 13th - 14th April 2019 at the world famous Portland Club in London. Three Reading Bridge Club members were part of the winning team, Edmund Lea, Charles Bucknell (capt) and Euan Sarson.
In the final, Durham A beat Cambridge B by 29 IMPs, 120-91, having trailed by 22 IMPs with eight boards to go, until a spectacular comeback saw them gain 51 IMPs in the final stanza. This is Durham’s third victory in the competition. Prior to this, Cambridge had won this event six times in a row, with Cambridge B winning the last five of these.
County Knockout Teams
Congratulations to Peter Hawkes's team of John Howard, Peter Jackson, Mike Perkins, Tim Rees and Ian Reissmann in reaching the Final of the County Teams of Four knock-out for the Crowhurst Quaich at South Bucks Bridge Centre on 1st April.
Unfortunately the team lost by 73 IMPs to Dick Davey's team of Sally Brock, Gary Jones, Barry Myers and Ed Scerri.
Congratulations for reaching the Final.
Annual Berks vs Bucks Match
Bucks retained the Philip Thornton Shield in the annual Berks v Bucks match played on 20th March - winning 2 out of the 3 matches. The Bucks A-team won their match by 70v33 IMPs; the Bucks B-team won by 54v37 IMPs and the Berks C-team won by 56v43 IMPs.
The RBC representatives were:
Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson
Jonny Richards & Mike Ribbins
David & Janet Barnes
Ian Reissmann & John Howard
James Chapman & John Greenhalgh
Mick Green & Gordon Maxwell
George Jeronimidis & Cyril Berkeley
Sam Botfield & Martyn Jordan
Roger Burkeman & Clair Sirkis
Carey & Dianne Sayer
Mike Nunn & Gary Stevens
John Tattersall & Doug Baker
Congratulations to all those who took part.
England retains Junior Camrose Trophy
For the third year in a row, England has retained the Junior Camrose Trophy, which this year was hosted by Ireland.
Former Reading member Charles Bucknell was part of the winner England team. They finished with a total of 152.04, Scotland were second with 145.58.
Congratulations to Charles and the rest of the team.
The Full England Team was (L-R):
Shahzaad Natt, Charles Bucknell, Ian Robson, Ben Norton, David Bakhshi (NPC), Dominic Price, Eshan Singhal.
RBC Pair Win County Pairs Championship Final
The County pairs final took place on the 3rd February. Roger Donato & Peter Hawkes were the winners of the Rex Avery Trophy with 59.52%, 4% clear of 2nd place. Congratulations to both Roger and Peter.
Winter Competition Winners - September 2018 to February 2019
The winners of the 2018 Winter cup competitions are below.
1. Peter Jackson 62.16%
2. Tony Parkinson 59.58%
3. David Barnes 58.97%
Laycock Cup (Handicap)
1. David Barnes 54.38%
2. Janet Barnes 52.53%
3. Roger Burkerman 51.35%
1. Roger Burkeman 60.44%
2. Sam Botfield 60.16%
3. Christine Sanders 59.63%
Bilbey Cup (Handicap)
1. Roger Burkeman 57.14%
2. Jackie Paxford 56.61%
3. Linsey Joyce 56.23%
If you want to see how you did in these competitions then head over to the Competition Archive Section of the website.
"Mixed" Success at Berks and Bucks Teams
The Mixed Swiss teams took place in Windsor on the 2nd December for the Carole Mueller Trophy.
Janet & David Barnes, Mike Ribbins & Jonny Richards were clear winners 19vps ahead of the runners-up, Carole & Herb Mueller, David Perkins & Phil Thornton.
Congratulations to Janet, David, Mike & Jonny!
2018 Presidents & Francis Cup Winners
The Presidents and Francis cups concluded at the end over November. These are the prestigious yearlong Individual & Pairs competitions. This year Peter Jackson has managed the double winner both competitions.
Peter Jackson - 58.12%
Mike Perkins - 55.55%
David Barnes - 53.47%
Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson - 57.89%
Mike Perkins & Peter Hawkes - 55.79%
Mike Ribbins & Pat Dowdswell - 53.82%
Congratulation to Peter and to Mike. Next Year the competitions rules changes slightly to include every Tuesday in these competitions. See the competition page for details.
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.
Success 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%
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%
1. David Salmon 55.81%
2. Dale Thomas 55.33%
3. Sue Mullally 54.36%
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 email@example.com or call 07512 762 995.
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 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!
Parkinson, Mackinder, Green & Jeronimidis Win the Reading Spirit Teams of 4
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).
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