CLUB REPRESENTATIVES MEETING ON 25 JULY
A meeting of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association committee and representatives of affiliated clubs is taking place at Elmswell village hall on Wednesday 25 July.
The agenda will be wide-ranging and include:
Club members who wish to comment on any of these or other relevant issues should make their views known to their club secretary before the meeting.
Anyone seeking further information can contact the SCBA Chairman, Jeff Orton (above) by clicking on JEFF
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
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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The third Suffolk bridge lunch attracted 40 players from all over the county. A fabulous two course meal and wine, prepared by Gerry Ford and his daughter Emma, was followed by 27 boards.
Richard Evans & Paddy Lockwood from Stansfield finished top ahead of Jan Wynne & Jim Sawyer, with Jill & Roger Tattersfield. Many thanks to Jill for organising another successful event and to Gerry & Emma for a delicious lunch. To see all the scores and boards played click on RESULT.
Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the new webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.
If you would like to publicise a forthcoming event or submit a news item for this website click Richard or Paul
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 on Wednesday.
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.
The Felixstowe Congress, the flagship event in Suffolk's bridge calendar, takes place this year on Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October - and entering has never been easier.
Just click on FELIXSTOWE and you can complete an on-line entry form. Or you can download an entry form with all the details by clicking on CONGRESS
As usual, the Open Pairs is staged on Saturday starting at 1pm while Sunday is reserved for Swiss Teams (11am) and the increasingly popular Really Easy Pairs (3pm) which is aimed at less experienced players.
* A volunteer standby pair is required for Saturday at Felixstowe. They will have free entry if they play (worth £25 each) and are still eligible for the prizes. If they are not needed, they will have free entry to any other SCBA event of their choosing in 2018/19. Please click email@example.com if interested.
IPSWICH SWISS PAIRS:
SUN 2 SEPTEMBER
As part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club are staging a special version of their annual blue-pointed Swiss Pairs on Sunday 2 September - with increased prize money, a full buffet lunch and a non-master's prize
The event, restricted to 60 pairs, takes place at the Kesgrave community centre - 11.30am start. To download an entry form click on I&K. To enter on-line click on ENTER
LADIES' & MEN'S PAIRS:
WED 12 SEPTEMBER
For the Ladies' Bowl and John Gudge Trophy.
Lavenham village hall - 7pm start - Entry £6 per player.
To download an entry form click on PAIRS. To enter on-line click on LAVENHAM
STANSFIELD HANDICAP PAIRS:
SUNDAY 21 OCTOBER - 11am start
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
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.
The Suffolk Bridge website will carry a number of new features in the coming weeks and months, including a blog.
As its name suggests, '2½ No Trumps' will examine the quirky and more light hearted aspects of local bridge - and offer the chance for members to give their take and views on a game we all enjoy.
All suggestions and contributions gratefully received. Send them to 2½ No Trumps
Each week at most clubs there is a hand of interest, particularly with the increasing use of duplimate machines.
Norman Less, a stalwart of Abbeygate and Bury St Edmunds bridge clubs, loves nothing more than tracking down the hands which have most of us scratching our heads, and analysing how they should have been bid and played.
He will be scouring club websites and local competition results for his Hand of the Week - and would appreciate members sending him unusual boards they have played. Just email him at Hand of the Week
You can read his first offering by clicking on Hand of the Week in the menu or clicking Good defence rewarded?
Suffolk enjoyed mixed fortunes in their match agains Hertfordshire at the weekend. The A team lost 7-13, the B team won 13-7 and the C team succumbed 1-19. To see the full results please click on ECL
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.