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Sally's Blog

The new  weekly Thursday start time of 6.45 is being observed and thanks to everyone for helping in the change. Many regular players have been on holiday  in September and we look forward to welcoming them back. The charge is still £5 members £10 guests to include tea, coffee, biscuits and services of a Professional Director. There is also a cash bar and the ability to order sandwiches for the break.

Sunday October 22 2.30pm is our monthly Sunday afternoon bridge session. These are played in a relaxed way and suitable for less advanced players as well as regular Thursday  players. Please aim to arrive by 2.15pm

Thursday October  26 is open pairs so as well as RAC members, other St James club members or closely allied club are welcome to attend without the usual requirement of playing with an RAC member.

Annual Championship Pairs Sunday 5 November 12.30pm for 1pm start

This is our annual flagship event and is always popular. We play 24 boards before breaking for a substantial and tasty afternoon tea and then play a further 24 boards. It is possible to just play one session (including afternoon tea ) if you prefer, but to win the magnificent Championship cup you need to play both sessions. For new players to this event by far the majority of players play both sessions . There will be prizes for winners of each session as well as the main overall Champions prize.

Bookings are now open and you should already have received booking details but I attach the booking form again at the bottom of this e mail. 

Christmas Dinner will be on Thursday 7 December so please put the date in your diaries with full  details available nearer the time 

Sally Found (on behalf of Bridge Activity Committee Pall Mall )

 
 
 
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RAC vs. Roehampton

On 20th June the RAC played an away match against Roehampton and won by 33 IMPs.

The team was: Andrew Kisiel (Captain, Brigitte Kisiel, Mark Alcock, John Craggs, Michael Bailey, John Kemball, Terry Smith and Marina CP (substitute for Barbara Smith who was unwell).

RAC vs Cumberland --Well done, Team

On 23/05/17 The RAC played the Cumberland and won by 60 IMPs.

The Team: Sally (Captain)-Paul, Stephen-Michele, Dorette-David G. and debutants and star performers Mark Alcock and David W.

Well done, Team!

Competition news

RAC beat Royal Mid Surrey on Feb 1st. Whilst down at half time by 28 IMPs, they managed to turn the game around and win by 22 IMPS. Well done all!

 
St James's Clubs Café Bridge
St James's Clubs Café Bridge

The popular Café bridge drive over 30 Boards was efficiently hosted by the RAC on 9 October. RAC, In &Out, Athenaeum, Carlton and Reform were participants. The event with 50 Pairs was convincingly won by Paul Thornton & Gary Diamond (66%) Athenaeum/MCC  from Joan Halpern  & Phil Meats, Carlton. Top ten finishes by Marina Channing Pearce/Terry Smith (4th), Pauli Laumen / Ursula Martin, Barbara Smith/Anne East, John Kemball /Helge Wennike for RAC deserve an honourable mention. 

The cards for no known reason were surprisingly dull, with just two good slams, and a definite N/S bias (21- 19 average points a hand). Of last year’s winners, Arun Suri and Tony Scouller, they were nowhere to be seen. Perhaps Bd 6 personified their day: East deals and they only are vulnerable.

After the weak 2H opening the bidding (EW silent) continued P – P – X – P - 3H – 4S. East began with three rounds of H and North to preserve his shaky trumps discarded two D and cashed out for +420. We noted that 6C and +450 were both makeable and looked for a good board, but EW scored just 9 out of 48 mps.                                         

Last updated : 13th Oct 2017 11:18 BST
...and more

When the Arrow switch came for the last 6 boards things picked up with hand 15.

South dealt and decided in the light of their prevailing score (46%)  to open an off centre 1NT after a Stayman try North bid an invitational 4NT and South accepted to 6NT as can be seen this cold but just 4 pairs found it. The eventual winners went off in 6S!

A thoroughly enjoyable event.

Last updated : 13th Oct 2017 11:16 BST
Hurlingham - the one that got away

Pall Mall and the Hurlingham Club wheeled out their big guns for their annual anticipated tough contest of match bridge. The first 6 boards were played without incident and it was difficult to assess which gun had taken an early lead. Then the wheels came off. 3 rogue boards were introduced and played by possibly the most experienced foursome in the room but not by anyone else who played the correct match boards. A bit like a streaker slipping on to the pitch in a cup final at Wembley, scores a goal, and then slips off the pitch spotted only by the fourth official.

It was okay though because the bell went for dinner and the mishap morphed into an excellent meal, curtesy of PM banqueting, red wine and let's take our coffee as we play the final 12 boards. Except that while the 16 were sitting in their correct seats for H2 one foursome played twist with the boards and played in the wrong polarity, thereby voiding the results for 6 boards. This may have gone unnoticed apart from two slams being being bid by an RAC pair who proclaimed their success and relief having embarrassed themselves with two errant doubles earlier in the evening, only to discover the voidable nature of the results!

Such fun, bridge has never been more exciting, everyone had a really good evening and for once no one had a clue who actually won or lost.

Michael
 

Last updated : 11th Oct 2017 14:22 BST
Recent matches

Pall Mall v Woodcote Park

 

PM successfully reversed last year's defeat with a winning result against WP in an afternoon match played in the splendid Oaks Room at Woodcote Park. This is despite Sally and Paul Found showing their true loyalties by playing for WP and WP being ably captained by Pauline Knee.

 

Downstairs v Upstairs 

 

Downstairs squeaked home by 5 Imps over 20 boards against a nervous but confident quality Upstairs team, ably captained by their leader Anne Catchpole. The difference between the sides was one bid of 6NT by the ferocious partnership of Salter and Bailey but we won't mention their failure to spot a 7H lay down preferring the safer 4H +3!

Last updated : 27th Sep 2017 16:25 BST
RAC to meet Olgiata Golf Club
RAC to meet Olgiata Golf Club

The weekend of 15-16 September saw a club team visit Rome to play our annual match against the Olgiata Golf Club.  The highlight of the visit was not particularly our result but our meeting with Benito Garozzo, former world
champion with the Italian Blue Squad.  Our hosts had kindly invited Benito, one of the all time bridge greats, to join the opening dinner.

Olgiata have latterly proved much too strong for us, and this year we had agreed to experiment by putting together a joint team with Oxford and Cambridge, to better match Olgiata.  However, illness and Ryanair cancellations took a toll
and we had to put in a squad missing one established partnership.  So while we were ahead at half time, in the end Olgiata won.  However, the three established partnerships gave at least as good as they got, our friends from Oxford and
Cambridge enjoyed the occasion, and we've high hopes for next year when Olgiata will be visiting London.'

Last updated : 19th Sep 2017 13:45 BST
RAC - ACF. Results

The team against the French had to be modified due to Tony's ill health. The new alignment was:

Blue Team Ross (Captain)/Lester, Howard S/Colin; Andrew/David G, Terry/Marina.

Red Team: Michael (Captain)/David Ma, Robin/Dorette.

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In spite of missing Tony and Paul, the RAC lost by just  two IMPs. 

Last updated : 19th Jun 2017 14:50 BST
Bienvenue à Londres - RAC plays ACF

On Friday 16th June the RAC will face the ACF at Pall Mall, 40 boards match, 1 team of 8 and 1 team of 4.

Here are the teams:

RAC Blue : Ross Cope (Captain)-Lester Pereira; Tony Scouller-Paul Weston; Andrew Kisiel - David Glass; Terry Smith-Marina Chaning Pearce.

RAC Red:   Michael Bailey (Captain)- David Mannoch; Howard Salter-Colin Freeman.

Last updated : 15th May 2017 12:58 BST
RAC Centenary --- We are back

Great news that RAC Blue won by a distance and RAC Red came a credible 6th out 9 missing out on the 4th place by not very much ! The Carlton Club came 2nd and the competition was played in the right spirit with an enjoyable dinner.

Our players were for RAC Blue                                  

Terry Smith, Capt - Marina Chaning-Pearce, Ross Cope - Lester Pereira, Tony Scouller - Paul Weston, Andrew Kisiel - David Glass                                               

and for RAC Red                                   

Michael Bailey, Capt - David Mannooch, Simone Wand - Howard Wand, Howard Salter - Brigitte Kisiel,  Robin Kilborn - Dorette Birshan                                      

Congratulations to our team !                               

Last updated : 11th May 2017 09:57 BST
Devonshire Trophy 2017
Devonshire Trophy 2017

Congratulations to the Portland Club Blue team captained by Jonathan Davis who convincingly dispatched RAC Elite in this year's Devonshire Trophy final.

In the Plate Congratulations go to Oxford and Cambridge Omega who prevailed in glorious style over their Hurlingham opponents.

Updated Devonshire 2017 match results

Last updated : 29th Mar 2017 22:00 BST
Results from the 6th March Team Event vs. Queens

The opposition showed up short of a player. As a substitute could not be found, Queens' spare player went home and a "lame" match was played. RAC won by default. By everybody's account the dinner was excellent.

Last updated : 10th Mar 2017 16:48 GMT
RAC Bridge Circle Members Survey
RAC Bridge Circle Members Survey

Update

A word from Howard

Hopefully, you will all have seen the findings of the Survey we carried out earlier this year. In the briefest of summaries, those who replied were largely satisfied with the Thursday duplicates and took part in the bi-monthly teams’ events. Having a ‘no fear’and/or ‘Pro-Am’ duplicate to introduce the Intermediates into playing with the Thursday regulars was met with a large degree of agreement but only if played quarterly rather than more regularly than that. A large number were interested in training sessions at the Club.... Please click for complete report

Last updated : 1st Feb 2017 16:15 GMT
Country Club House
Country Club House

The Club has a second club house, at Woodcote, Epsom, Surrey. Another bridge section operates there independently.

DUPLICATE on 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Monday evening each month; and CHICAGO on the 2nd Monday each month.  For more information: www.bridgewebs.com/royalautomobileepsom or RAC Woodcote 01372 276311

Last updated : 19th May 2015 22:26 BST
Results
Thu 12th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Thu 12th Oct 2017
Gentle Duplicate
Mon 9th Oct 2017
St.James' Clubs Bridge Drive
Thu 5th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Calendar
Thu 19th Oct 2017
Duplicate
6:45 start
Sun 22nd Oct 2017
Sunday Duplicate
2:30pm
Thu 26th Oct 2017
Open Pairs
6:45 start
Thu 2nd Nov 2017
Duplicate
6:45 start
Cotton Cup 2017 Semi Finals
New start time for Duplicate

Thursday Bridge start time from Thursday 7th September 2017 onwards will be 6.45pm. Please try and arrive in time for our director to get the movement sorted for 6.45pm start.

Hand of the Week

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Bridge Open Pairs Championship Sunday 5 November 2017
Bridge Open Pairs Championship Sunday 5 November 2017
Bridge Open Pairs Championship Entry Form- 2017
Results
Thu 12th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Thu 12th Oct 2017
Gentle Duplicate
Mon 9th Oct 2017
St.James' Clubs Bridge Drive
Thu 5th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Calendar
Thu 19th Oct 2017
Duplicate
6:45 start
Sun 22nd Oct 2017
Sunday Duplicate
2:30pm
Thu 26th Oct 2017
Open Pairs
6:45 start
Thu 2nd Nov 2017
Duplicate
6:45 start
Cotton Cup 2017 Semi Finals
New start time for Duplicate

Thursday Bridge start time from Thursday 7th September 2017 onwards will be 6.45pm. Please try and arrive in time for our director to get the movement sorted for 6.45pm start.

Hand of the Week

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Bridge Open Pairs Championship Sunday 5 November 2017
Bridge Open Pairs Championship Sunday 5 November 2017
Bridge Open Pairs Championship Entry Form- 2017