Slowly and surely some of us are lurching into the 21st Century, whilst others have been there since 1999. Whether we like it or not mobile technology and social mediocracy(!) have made a massive difference to our lives. However there are some occasions when we should resist the temptations that these media induce. And one of these is whilst playing bridge.
For various reasons (imminent grandchildren is one which springs to mind) you might need to keep your phone on you, but put it on vibrate so that it won’t disturb others in the room (be careful where you position it though – or you could be in for an unexpected surprise!). But please don’t answer it if it vibrates. The caller will leave a message, and if it’s really important you could deal with it out of the playing room, at the end of the round.
Text messages and emails are also (all too) frequently received. They’re not so important that they must be viewed straightaway. Again, if you are sitting out, or if there is a gap at the end of a round, then you could leave the room, check your device, and deal with anything which you consider important enough.So there is absolutely no excuse for viewing your mobile device at the table, even when you have completed play and you are waiting to move. Indeed the EBU’s White Book, Section 2.8.4, even suggests the penalties which should be imposed if someone is seen to use them. So why not chat to your opponents – it’s (usually) less rude!
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The relatively fledgeling partnership of Bill Burrows and Ian Hutchison (with or without handicap adjustments) claimed The Shirley Wimbles Handicap Pairs Trophy on Monday the 13th, posting the best score of the night (62.34%) - It's worth noting that Ian has now won it three times in the last five years with three different partners. A close second (unadjusted) was Stuart Knox and Keiron Barron, but they were leapfrogged by Bill Barker and Eileen Barker when adjustments were taken into account. 'Adjusted Score' positions can be found on the notice board. Well done to all.
A big "well done" to all involved. The first Scunthorpe v Scarborough Bridge Clubs Challenge match was a roaring success. You can read more about it by CLICKING this link.
The final results of the British Spring Sim Pairs are now in. The clubs leading lights were Alan Davies and Janice Hill finishing a very creditable 31st out of 807 participants, with a score of 63.25%. If you would like to look at the full results you can CLICK this post for a link to the appropriate EBU page.
Should anyone be interested in gaining the skills necessary to become a Club Director - There are going to be some Training Classes, at our Club, run by EBED (the Education and Development arm of the EBU) over four Saturdays during the Summer months.
Look out for a 'Registration Sign up list' on the Clubs Notice Board - which will have more details. If you have any further questions Susan Barraclough is the goto person.
Championship Pairs 2019. As of recent years: it appears to be a tactically sound ploy to scrape into the final from the qualifier, then post a spankingly good score in the Final. This years master tacticians are Andy Lewis and Roy Brixton, our congratulations go to them both. Their nearest challengers were Glynn Elwick and Pete Stackhouse who were far enough behind even with their 'decent' 50% follow-on from the previous week.
Men's and Ladies Pairs Championship 2019. Dunholme on Sunday the 14th of April. 14 Pairs entered the Men's event and 8 pairs for the Ladies. Tied on the same score were Paul Wokes & John Brocklehurst with Chris Phillips & Alan Millington - no photo finish was required in the ladies event with Janet Sharman and Katy Lishman victorious. Of the 44 players, 13 were SBC members: Mike Llewellyn and Glynn Elwick were 4th in the Men's event and Margaret McLeod & Hazel Shipley and Trish Herring & Brigid Hughes were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Ladies event. Well done to all. The usual additional information can be found on the county website.
24th March - LCBA Championship Teams. 8 teams entered the event of which were 12 SBC members. Only one team containing any SBC players made the Final (Andy Lewis, Roy Brixton, Catherine Caldow and Dave Caldow) but they did that in style by winning the qualifier .. unfortunately, and I'll quote Andy .. "We peaked too early" as they only managed Third out of the Four Teams in the main event - The overall winners were a team comprising of Nick Hunter, Ruby Schnalke, Paul Wokes and John Brocklehurst. There was however club success in the 'Consolation Teams' with Mike Llewellyn, Megan Williams, Glynn Elwick and Pete Stackhouse as they finished in first place and will be awarded the Turner Brumpton Trophy.
Detailed scores, hand records and a report can be found on the LCBA County website.
After two weeks of potential partnership confusion: The winners were the team comprising of Keiron Barron, Stuart Knox, Ken Taylor and Stuart Watson, with a final tally of 129 Victory Points.
Two teams ended up as close 'seconds', Trish Herring's team and Margaret McLeod's team. They each had 123 VPs, but second place went to Trish since her team beat Margaret's in the head-heads by just ONE Imp. Who said overtricks don't count at teams?
CLICK HERE for the consolidated results.
Sunday 10th March. In a competitively fought Qualifying heat, 10 pairs went through to the County Pairs Final.
City of Lincoln Bridge regulars Chris Phillips & Alan Millington finished victorious with almost 65%. The SBC pairing of Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams finished second with 61%, Keith Stewart was third (partnering Andrew Green) and Glynn Elwick & Pete Stackhouse finished fourth. In the consolation pairs, Maureen Parsons & Maurice Ladlow were the winners with Stephen Travis & David Hall runners up. Of the 25 entering pairs there were 18 SBC club members, well done to all. Details of the hands and more in-depth results can be found on the County website.
Richard Tupper and Peter Sharman (from Boston Bridge Club) were the winners of this years Bainton Trophy on Sunday 24th February. SBC was well represented in the Final but it wasn't to be our year for success. Our highest placed club member was a creditable second place in Keith Stewart (in partnership with 'City of Lincoln' player Andrew Green) and the highest 'All SBC Pairing' was Mike Llewellyn and Megan Williams in 7th position. Hand & Result details can be found on the LCBA website (shortcuts can be obtained from the Left-Hand Side 'Useful Links' submenu or by clicking the County Map on the Right-Hand side of the Top Banner).
The LCBA County Swiss Pairs event held in Dunholme on Sunday 17th February was attended by 14 of our members in a field of twenty-three pairs. The overall winners were Ron Wall and Brian Smith who seemingly led from start to finish. The highest SBC member was Keith Stewart (equal third) playing with Roy Hughes and the pairings of Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton and Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams were our next highest placed, in positions 6 & 7 respectively. Most battles were hard fought with a pretty decent standard of play throughout. Another enjoyable event run by Helen Barr and the home baked mid-session refreshments by Gloria Elwick was as delicious as always.
A more in-depth view of the results can be obtained by going to the LCBA website.
[CLICK on the Lincolnshire County Flag Emblem in the Top-Right of our homepage as a shortcut to the LCBA website]
Having posted the best scores for both weeks of 'The Vic Llewellyn Championship Teams' Competition: The runaway victors are the team comprising of Philip Harland, Susan Barraclough, Martin Button and Terry Fenton. Deserved congratulations go to the winners and many thanks to all who partook.
We offer our congratulations to a team of four Lincolnshire players (who regularly play in LCBA events) of Kiat Huang, Mark Wardell, Nick Hunter and Ruby Schnalke who won the recent Harrogate Congress Swiss Teams against a very high class field. If you want to read more CLICK HERE for a link to the EBU webpage.
In trick-taking card games such as Bridge, the 'seven of diamonds' is known as the "beer card".
Whereby it can be agreed between partners that if a contract is made (diamond part-scores notwithstanding) in which declarer's thirteenth trick is won with 'the beer card' then their partner buys them a drink.
In a less serious bid to improve our bar takings why not have this agreement with your partner? Let us know of any successful wins and we'll endeavour to post the hands & play on the website. Cheers.
Looking to improve your declarer play? Originally an expensive software purchase: Bridge Master 2000 is now available for FREE. It's an interactive program and one of the best/fun ways to improve your play - the problems range from Beginner to World Class so regardless of your level I can't recommend it highly enough. Unlike other methods of learning it forces you play the cards in the 'right way', otherwise it'll switch the defending layouts in such a way that you'll fail - if stuck, a commentary of the hand is available explaining the How's and Why's of the correct technique particular to that hand.
So how do you get it? Simply create a BBO (Bridge Base Online) account - you can click here to link to the website - then go to PRACTICE menu, then TRAINING TOOLS, then the BRIDGE MASTER button.
Any (computer related) problems see me (Simon) in the Club and I'll try and help. Happy Learning.
A team comprising of Glynn Elwick, Margaret McLeod, Mike Llewellyn, Megan Williams, Andy Lewis, Philip Harland, Stuart Knox and Keith Stewart represented Scunthorpe Bridge Club in the recent Garden Cities Heat held at Dunholme (on Sunday 27th January). In the closing stages of a closely contested event the three teams of SBC, City of Lincoln and Louth were "all in with a shout" of claiming the all-important top place - it was the team from Lincoln that emerged victoriously and it is they we pass on our best wishes as they will now represent Lincolnshire in the Semi-Finals. SBC ended up finishing third out of the six club teams entered. Better luck next year all.
Apologies for being slightly old news. A couple of weeks ago at the 'All-comers Pairs' event held in Dunholme (13th January 2019) the first five places were claimed by Scunthorpe Bridge Club members. Congratulations go to the overall pairing of Mike Llewellyn and Rennie Bennington with a score of 61.73% followed by (in second to fifth order) Megan Williams and Glynn Elwick; Roy Brixton and Jane Brown; Andy Lewis and Louise Lewis; Stuart Watson and David Hall. Once again a County event was well represented by our club with 15 members out of a total of 15 pairs. Well done to all.
Hearty Congratulations, Scunthorpe Bridge Club has another qualified Club Tournament Director. Roy Brixton has in recent weeks undertaken the CTD course in Nottingham and we are happy to report that he passed the exam at distinction level.
The last club trophy of 2018 and congratulations go to the team comprising of Mike Llewellyn, Megan Williams, Ken Thomas and Roy Brixton winning by a 19 IMP margin from the second placed team of Glynn Elwick, Margaret McLeod, Andy Lewis and Louise Lewis. Thanks to all the players who took part in this enjoyable Teams event. Click Here for the combined Week 1 and Week 2 scores.
Just a bit of extra information on Glynn Elwick's Dimmie Fleming award - you can read the EBU's biography page by clicking here. Already been said in the previous related news article, but worth repeating - 'wholly deserved'.
Tuesday Afternoon start time. It seems not everyone could make the earlier start so it's been decided that it is in everyone's best interest to revert back to the 'normal' time of 1:30 pm. Nothing ventured nothing gained ...
To be fair not exactly breaking news.
'Bridge Magazine' was a quality monthly publication bought by subscription and ran from 1926 to December 2017. Unfortunately, in these times of easily available online information, its demise was perhaps inevitable.
However, it's been running this year under a new guise as a free download - its continuation will be reliant on sponsorship which in turn is dependent on the number of downloads/registrations ..etc.
Even if you're only likely to read the occasional article, please register and (regularly) download - you'll be doing your fellow bridge players (present and future) a good service. You can click here to link to the page.
Recognition for the many years of sterling County administrative work, the EBU has bestowed Glynn Elwick with the prestigious Dimmie Fleming Award. This I believe is only the fourth time a Lincolnshire member has been given this accolade since it's inception in 1985 (others being Roy Hughes 2008, Mrs Drene Brown 2011, Mrs Elaine Proctor 2012). Many congratulations and wholly deserved.
SBC escapee and Charlie Chaplin look-a-like Dave Trinder has thrown down the gauntlet (on behalf of his new bridge club in Scarborough) to a challenge match. Town pride, club honour and perhaps even a trophy is at stake – the aim is to have a competitive teams event involving sixteen of each clubs better players in what is hoped to be an annual fixture.
The inaugural match is to take place in Scarborough in the spring of 2019. A coach is to be organised for members who fancy partaking or those that would just like to kibitz / walk along the prom / play the penny arcade slots or just go skinny dipping. A chippy tea is thought to be the best way to close what should be a grand day out.
See the club notice board for further details and for voting on preferred dates.
For those on Facebook, you can now find us (and give a like) by searching 'Scunthorpe Bridge Club' within Facebook (or click here). Contact Jo or Simon for News, Ideas, Help, Problems etc.