SUFFOLK’S ‘MISSING’ PLAYERS

 

Are you one of Suffolk's 'missing' bridge players who is consistently left in the dark about local competitions and news?

Up to 200 of the county's 1,000 EBU members could be affected because information, such as an inaccurate email address, is on the EBU database - or simply does not exist.

The good news is that you can check and, if necessary, update your personal details. To find out how click on MISSING

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Welcome to Suffolk Bridge's new website which will bring you results, news and much more besides.

The county now has one dedicated website - www.suffolkbridge.co.uk - as opposed to the two which existed before. It is hosted by Bridgewebs, whose package of bridge friendly software is used by most clubs and counties.

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SUFFOLK BRIDGE WEBMASTERS

Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the new webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.

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THE STORY OF THE FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS 2018

Championship Pairs:

DEAD HEAT

Swiss Teams:

DEAD HEAT

Top 'Non-Expert' Team:

DEAD HEAT

In the 38 year history of the Felixstowe Congress, the results have never been as nailbitingly close as those witnessed in the latest renewal. Both the main events - the Championship Pairs on Saturday and the Swiss Teams on Sunday - ended in dead heats, as did the contest for the leading 'Non-Expert' team.

Because trophies are awarded for all three events, Rob Sassoon, the chief tournament director, and Jeff Orton, the SCBA chairman, spent overtime poring over the rule book to work out who were the outright winners. The outcome was determined by how the contestants who tied for first place performed against each other during their respective competitons.

* To see all the scores, scroll down the right hand column to Results and click on the relevant competition. For a flavour of the weekend, click on PHOTO GALLERY

FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS DAY 2: SWISS TEAMS

Every card, every board, every score counts. And never more so than on Sunday at the Felixstowe Congress.

With a live screen showing the running results in the Swiss Teams, numerous players watched in suspense as the final scores were posted - and resulted in two dead heats.

The two teams sharing first place were last year's winners - Eric Newman & Diane Whitley, David Willson & Simon Riley - and (pictured top left) Norman Less & Helen Mason, Mike O'Reilly & Peter Bushby.

And a little further down the results two other teams were in a dead heat for the 'Non-Expert' prize - awarded to the leading team whose members are all below the rank of National Master.

Rob Sassoon and Jeff Orton consulted the rule books and determined that the Helen Mason team were overall winners while the 'Non-Expert' prize went to the Stansfield quartet of Paddy Lockwood & Gerry Ford, Kathy Rose & Penny Easting (centre photo).

The Really Easy Pairs, which is contested by less experienced players who have won less than 1,000 Master Points, did not require a judge to determine the outcome. Alison & Conrad Simons (pictured right) put clear daylight between themselves and runners-up Sheila Boxshall & Mark Leggett.

Felixstowe Swiss Teams
1= Helen Mason & Norman Less, Peter Bushby & Mike O'Reilly 92VPs
1= Eric Newman & Diane Whitley, David Willson & Simon Riley 92VPs
3   Brian & Valerie Barrett, Mary Kingdon & Trish Foster 89VPs

 

 

 

Really Easy Pairs
1   Alison & Conrad Simons 58.33%
2   Sheila Boxshall & Mark Leggett 52.99%
3= Sally Beckett & Salome Smit 50.52%
3= Maggie Ellison & Elizabeth Abercrombie-Barnett 50.52%

 

FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS DAY 1: CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

Gary Diamond & Russell Tenzer won the Suffolk Championship Pairs at the first time of asking - with a helping hand from Mrs Tenzer.

The north London pair only decided to head to Felixstowe after Russell got a 'free pass' to attend. “I have never been allowed to go away for a bridge weekend before but she is away learning bridge with her club this weekend so I was able to come here. Gary and I did some research and found that the only congress was on at Felixstowe."

The duo, who normally play their bridge at Pinner and the MCC bridge clubs, won by the narrowest margin. They tied for first place on 62.12% with Paul Darby asnd Gabriel Ip from Norfolk, but won on a countback.

Earlier in the day, David Willson & Simon Riley from Stowmarket finished top of the 62 pairs who took part in the Pairs Qualifier.  The Consolation Pairs was won by Ipswich pair Cathy Rowland & Din Gudka while the Open Pairs was won by Sandra Nicholson and Krys Kazmierczak.

Scroll down the right hand column to Results and click on the relevant event.

The left photo shows Gary (left) and Russell (right) with SCBA chairman Jeff Orton. David Willson (l) and Simon Riley are in the centre photo. The Open Pairs was won by Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak (right photo)

Championship Pairs Final
1= Russell Tenzer & Gary Diamond 62.12%
1= Paul Darby & Gabriel Ip 62.12%
3   Brian & Annie Davies  57.39%

 

 

 

Consolation Final
1  Cathy Rowland & Dinesh Gudka 65.15%
2  Michael Kempster & Ralph Parish 63.83%
3  Paul & Fiona Littlewood 63.45%

 

 

 

Open Pairs
1  Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak 69.44%
2  Dave Allen & Paul MacLachlan 61.81%
3  David & Linda Powell 55.90%

 

OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS

STANSFIELD HANDICAP PAIRS:

SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER - 11am start

Stansfield village hall - Entry fee £7.50p per player

Following the inauguaral Handicap Pairs last year, Stansfield is repeating the event this autumn - and once again it is open to players from other clubs.

Unlike any other local bridge competition, this one gives everyone an equal chance of success, due to the handicap system. Weaker or less experienced pairs receive a percentage start from stronger combinations. Handicaps for players range from -6 (best players) to +6 (weakest players) and are based on the EBUs National Grading System.

This year's renewal in Stansfield village hall (CO10 8LW) is on Sunday 21 October with a 10.45 for 11am start. Prize Money will be £300.  To find out more about the Handicap Pairs click on HANDICAP where you can download an entry form. The easiest way to enter is online by clicking STANSFIELD


CLUB TEAMS OF EIGHT:

SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER - 2pm

Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester

Entry fee £104 per team

For the Abbeygate Sheild, this has proved an increasingly popular event in recent years. To enter on-line, click on TEAMS. To download an entry form click on EIGHT

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS:

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER - 2pm

Nayland village hall - Entry fee £56 per team

Teams of Four championship stages 1 & 2. Stage 1 is played by all competing teams. Stage 2 is played in two sections. The top half from Stage 1 play for the four semi-final places. The winners of the Green Pointed event are invited to represent Suffolk in the Pachabo Cup.

To enter on-line, click on CHAMPIONSHIP. To download an entry form click on NAYLAND

COUNTY 'BRAINS TRUST' GENERATES NEW IDEAS

Are Handicaps, earlier starts and multiple locations for competitions the way forward?

A meeting of representatives from clubs throughout Suffolk produced a series of proposals aimed at boosting county events in the years ahead.

The gathering orgainised by the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association at Elmswell was the first of its kind for seven years and attracted more than 30 people.

The topics covered during the four hour session included county competitions, bridge websites and the internet, county directing, teaching and attracting new members, junior bridge and membership records.

Currently, only 10% of Suffolk's bridge players enter county events and a variety of factors which inhibit attendance were put forward - including the perception that there was 'no chance of winning so it’s not worth entering.'

Several suggestions to boost attendance included having Handicap events, similar in concept to those in sports such as golf and horse racing, where weaker partnerships receive a percentage start based on their respective NGS grades. All pairs would have an equal chance of success.

Jeff Orton, chairman of the SCBA, said afterwards: “I was particularly impressed with some of the constructive comments from the club representatives, especially those concerning improvements to the county's programme of events, teaching, and attracting new members.  

“The county committee will review these comments and investigate how they can be incorporated - this has already started.  After the meeting several club representatives said they thought it had been useful; so much so that a repeat is planned for next year.”

Click on MEETING for full coverage of the event, including a junior bridge initiative being pioneered by Carol Smith.

SUFFOLK SENIOR PAIRS @ CLARE

Moore the merrier as local pair triumph again

Andrew & Jane Moore (left) added to their remarkable record in the Suffolk Senior Pairs when they won the title once again at Clare.

The local pair lifted the Stokes Trophy in 2013 and 2016 and, in addition, have won the event playing with other partners on at least six occasions over the past decade.

Cathy Rowland & Din Gudka, who won 12 months ago, were runners-up ahead of Christine Cooke & Roger Bacon in third spot. Roger & Jill Tattersfield (right), who finishned fourth overall, won the Veterans prize for the top pair aged 70+.

The event attracted 10½ tables  - a respectable turn-out given the alternative attraction of England's world cup match against Croatia. To see all the scores and boards played, please click on RESULTS

HANDS OF INTEREST: the hearts slam - and holding your nerve in 1NT

Roger & Jill Tattersfield focus on two intersting hands from the Senior Pairs. Please click on ANALYSIS to read their thoughts.

CLARE COUPLE WIN SUFFOLK MIXED PAIRS

Sarah & Nick Farr (top right) are the new winners of the Ringer Cup after finishing top of the Suffolk Mixed Pairs at Lavenahm.

The pair from Clare - where Sarah is Chair - finished ahead of Nancy Williams & Paul Maclachlan from Stansfield in second spot. Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland and May Li & John Gan tied for third place with May & John (bottom right) winning the Lang Cup for the highest placed married couple (excluding the winner).

The event attracted 12½ tables, thereby continuing the healthy upward trend in entries to county competitions.

To see all the scores and boards played click on MIXED or go to the right hand results column and click on the relevant date.

ANALYSIS

Norman explores the fall out from a very distributional board at Abbeygate bridge club. Click on MoreOrLess to find out more.

If you play an unusual or interesting hand at your club, Norman would love to hear about it. Just email him at Hand of the Week

SUFFOLK BLOG

"So North should have been Dummy with an exposed card. East should have been a defender with 13 penalty cards.

South ‘who had done nothing wrong’, should have been Declarer with nine exposed cards, and poor West - who actually had done nothing wrong - should have been on lead, but had been pre-empted by North"  

Tony Shearman on a local, real-life Director's nightmare. Click on 2½ No Trumps, the antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, to read more.

SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS THIS MONTH

During October most Suffolk clubs are holding heats for the annual Suffolk Championship Pairs.

This competition has three stages: heats at clubs in October (with an extra heat at Ipswich & Kesgrave in January, open to those who missed their club heat); a semi-final held at Elmswell on the evening of Friday 15 February 2019; a green-pointed final at Nayland village hall on Sunday 14 April 2019.

For more details click on Championship Pairs Summary 

For those who score 50% or more in their heat, and who meet the entry conditions, click on SemiFinal to download an entry form, or PairsSemiFinal to enter online.

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE

Suffolk played Northants at Stamford's purpose built bridge club, which is rated deservedly as one of the best in the country.

The A team lost 7-13, the B team 8-12 and the C team 6-14.

See the Results section below for more details.

The county’s remaining matches are:

v Essex (h) 16 December

v Cambs & Hunts (a) 6 January

v Cambridge University (a) 10 March

v Norfolk (h) 24 March

NEW COUNTY DIRECTORS

We have two new additions to the ranks of County Directors after Christine Cooke and Jacks Morcombe took, and passed, the annual County Directors' training course on September 8 and 9. 

Congratulations to them both!

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BECKON FOR MALCOLM

Suffolk's Malcolm Pryor is set to play in the World Championships in China next year after the England seniors finished eighth in the European team chamionships.

Click on EUROPEAN to see the results for the England Open, Women and Senior teams (all three qualified for the World Championships). And you can find out more about Malcolm by clicking on Pryor.

LEARNING

Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club is launching an Improvers Learn and Play series of seminars and play sessions this autumn.  

The aim is to try to develop a pipeline of new members for the club who have achieved intermediate status and would like to develop their bidding and playing skills to the next level.

The sessions begin on Tuesday 9 October and are in a separate room at St. Johns and Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester CO4 9SR on a Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Click on COLCHESTER to find out the topics that will be covered and to download a flyer.

Results
Felixstowe Congress Swiss Teams
Felixstowe Congress Really Easy Pairs
Felixstowe Congress Pairs Qualifying
Felixstowe Congress Championship Pairs Final
Felixstowe Congress Consolation Final
Felixstowe Congress Open Pairs
Suffolk v Northants
Ipswich & Kesgrave 60th Anniversary Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs
ECL Herts vs Suffolk
Seniors' Pairs
Calendar
Sun 21st Oct 2018
Stansfield BC Handicap Pairs
Stansfield village hall 11am
 Click for more information
Sun 11th Nov 2018
Club Teams of 8 Championship
Colchester
Sat 17th Nov 2018
Tollemache Cup Qualifier
Sun 2nd Dec 2018
Suffolk Championship Teams
Nayland village hall
Sun 16th Dec 2018
Suffolk v Essex
Elmswell 2pm
Sun 6th Jan 2019
Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts
Away 2pm
Sun 10th Mar 2019
Suffolk v Cambridge University
Away 2pm
Sun 24th Mar 2019
Suffolk v Norfolk
Elmswell 2pm