ANDREW ROBSON RETURNS TO SUFFOLK IN 2019

Andrew Robson, the leading bridge teacher/player in the country, is returning to Lavenham village hall early next year to give another of his acclaimed master classes.

The event on Friday 1 February is being organised by Clare bridge club. Click on ANDREW ROBSON for more details and to download an entry form.

TOLLEMACHE TROPHY

The qualifying rounds for the Tollemache Trophy, the national competition for county teams of eight, took place at the weekend. Suffolk finished seventh in their group and thereby failed to make it to the finals. Click on Table, Results and Cross Imps for more details.

Click on TOLLEMACHE to read captain Rick Hanley’s report.

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

www.suffolkbridge.co.uk

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.

www.suffolkbridge.co.uk

add it to your favourites!

SUFFOLK BRIDGE WEBMASTERS

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

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AS THE SEASON OF GOODWILL APPROACHES...

GOOD MANNERS: Is it too much to ask?

Loosely interpreted, the EBUs 'Best Behaviour at Bridge' owes much to Manners Makyth Man, the motto of William of Wykeham - and Winchester College and New College, Oxford - both of which he founded in the 14th Century.

Indeed, the EBUs CODE, which asks players to be pleasant to each other and the director, might be better named Best Manners at Bridge.

The Suffolk bridge committee is taking a particularly strong line on 'bad behaviour/manners' and cracking down on anyone found to be in breach of the code. As with most counties, the culprits in Suffolk can be counted on the fingers of one hand - but that is a handful too many.

To highlight the issue, this website is running a series of cartoon strips devised by Peter Bushby (see below), and an article (see right) by Glyn Button, the chairman of Framlingham bridge club, whose regular blog has delighted so many readers.

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SUMMER LEAGUE 2018

The Summer League has attracted plenty of attention this year with seven teams in division 1 and six teams in division 2 playing a total of 34 matches.

Ipswich and Kesgrave Diamonds were Division 1 winners with 302 VPs, followed by Colchester in second with 293.

Colchester II won Division 2 and will be promoted for next year's competition.

Mike O'Reilly, who organises the league, commented: "A total of almost 15 000 master points were awarded this year and special thanks are due to the team captains who spent many hours trying to organise the timetables of eight of their club players in  the 34 matches.

"They also had to arrange venues and sort out transport and without their excellent efforts the event would never suceed - thank you all!"

SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
 

After the dead-heats of the Felixstowe Congress, the Championship Teams at Nayland produced wide margin successes.

The event attracted 12 foursomes on Sunday and following a qualifying heat, seven contested the main event while the remaining five played for the Suffolk Plate.

The team of Mike Sherer, Chris Green, Rick Hanley and Peter Sutcliffe (below left) finished a distance clear of David Price, Jane Moore, Cleopatra Hensby and Jenny Price in the main event. The top four teams now take part in a knock out to determine the overall winners.

It was a similar story in the Suffolk Plate, with Joan Watson, Mike O'Reilly, Patsi Barnes and Peter Bushby (below right) well ahead of Richard Evans, Susan Nisbett, John Bloomfield and Celia Jeal.

Results: Click on ROUND 1 and ROUND 2 and PLATE. Click on PICTURE GALLERY for views of the day.

In the semi-finals, Hanley will host Edwards/Carey and Price will host Talaga.

* A lightweight brown jumper was left behind. Chris Rickard has it - please contact her on 01206 331599 to get it back.

CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS SEMI-FINAL
If you qualified at your club for the semi-finals but have not yet entered, click on PAIRS to enter on-line, or click SEMIS to download an entry form
SUFFOLK SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS 2019

Suffolk Sims turned into a procession by Hospitals pair

Peter Brown and Bob Kemp are the wide-margin winners of this year's renewal of the Suffolk Simultaneous Pairs.

Playing at Ipswich Hospitals bridge club, they recorded a county wide score of 72.30%, well clear of Richard Evans and David Unwin from Stansfield (65.37%, with another gap back to Jane and Pat Hudson (62.89%) from Deben in third.

The highlight of the winner's success was 7NT bid and made on Board 20, a feat matched by only one other of the 138 pairs who took part.

Nine clubs participated: Abbeygate, Clacton, Clare, Deben, Framlingham, Hadleigh, Ipswich Hosptials, Stansfield and Woodbridge. Peter Bushby co-ordinated the scoring in addition to writing a commentary on the boards played. Click on SIMS to see all the results and COMMENTARY for analysis of the boards.

FORTHCOMING SUFFOLK EVENTS

 

MID ANGLIA PAIRS:

SUNDAY 20 JANUARY - 11am

Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge IP12 4AU →

A two session pairs event scored by IMPs. Tea/coffee/soft drinks available all day. No food is provided but there are numerous local places to eat lunch - or you can bring your own. Entry: £12 per person.

To enter on-line, click on MID ANGLIA. Or download an entry form by clicking on WOODBRIDGE and post it.


BURY ST EDMUNDS SWISS PAIRS:

SUNDAY 27 JANUARY - 11am

Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell IP30 9GY

Entry £30 per pair (including lunch). 

Click BURY to enter on-line. Click SWISS to download an entry form.


JYL MARSH INDIVIDUAL:

SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY - 2pm

Framlingham Conservative Club, Church Street, IP13 9BH

Between 24 and 32 boards, playing with different partners using simple systems + an excellent tea. The winner receives the Waters Cup, won last year by Dave Walker (right). Entry: £12 per head.

Click JYL MARSH to enter on-line. Click INDIVIDUAL to download an entry form.

CLUB TEAMS OF 8
VICTORIOUS: (l-r) Peter Sutcliffe, Din Gudka, Malcolm & Karen Pryor, Chris Chambers, Cathy Rowland, Peter Gemmell and Chris Green.

Ipswich & Kesgrave produced a stunning performance to run away with the Suffolk Club Teams of 8.

After building up a big lead by half-time, they finally won by 30 VPs, eqivalent to a match and a half.

A strong Clare line up finished second with near neighbours Stansfield taking third spot, ahead of Bury and Colchester A.

This event is invariably popular - a maximum field of 12 teams took part - and a contributory factor is the wonderful tea at half-time prepared by the local sea scouts.  

The supremacy enjoyed by I & K was reflected in the X-Imps table in which three of the clubs pairs - Peter Sutcliffe & Chris Green, Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland, and Peter Gemmell & Chris Chambers - filled the top three spots while the other pair, Malcolm & Karen Pryor, were fifth out of 48 pairs!

To see a breakdown of the finishing positions, the teams, individual match scores, the boards played and the X-Imps table, click on RESULT. Click on PHOTOS for more views of the event.

If your club needs a new director, now's your chance to get them trained...

EBED (English Bridge Education & Development) is running training sessions in Ipswich next February/March on Running a Club Duplicate and becoming a certified EBU Club Director.

Click on DIRECTOR, PLEASE! to see full details.

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%

 

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.

SUFFOLK BLOG

"Having to be exposed to this flow of post-board, low intensity, corrosive verbal bile across the table is one of the most unpleasant experiences associated with the game."  

GLYN BUTTON on manners and much more besides. Click on 2½ No Trumps, the antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, to read more.

ANALYSIS

Overbidding does not always end in disaster as Norman discovered 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

CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

During October most Suffolk clubs staged 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

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BECKON FOR MALCOLM

Suffolk's Malcolm Pryor will play in the World Bridge Team Championships (D'Orsi Bowl) in China next year after the England seniors finished eighth in the European team chamionships.

The full team representing England will be John Holland & Alan Mould, David Muller & Malcolm Pryor, Peter Shelley & Trevor Ward. NPC: David Jones. The event takes place at Wuhan, Hubei Province from 14-28 September.

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!

Results
Suffolk Championship Teams Rnd 1
Plate
Suffolk Champs Teams Rnd 2
Suffolk Sims Pairs 2019
Club Teams of 8 Championship
Felixstowe Congress Swiss Teams
Felixstowe Congress Really Easy Pairs
Felixstowe Congress Pairs Qualifying
Felixstowe Congress Championship Pairs Final
Felixstowe Congress Consolation Final
Calendar
Sun 16th Dec 2018
Suffolk v Essex
Elmswell 2pm
Sun 6th Jan 2019
Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts
Away 2pm
Thu 10th Jan 2019
Championship Pairs Open Heat
Kesgrave 7.00pm
Sun 20th Jan 2019
Mid Anglia Pairs
Woodbridge 11.00am
Fri 15th Feb 2019
Championship Pairs Semi Final
Elmswell 7.00pm
Sun 24th Feb 2019
Jyl Marsh Individual
Framlingham 2.00pm
Sat 2nd Mar 2019
EABW Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 1.00pm
Sun 3rd Mar 2019
EABW Swiss Teams
Elmswell 11.00am
Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Relaxed Teams
Elmswell 3.00pm
Sun 10th Mar 2019
Suffolk v Cambridge University
Away 2pm
Sun 24th Mar 2019
Suffolk v Norfolk
Elmswell 2pm
Sat 6th Apr 2019
Little Clacton Swiss Teams
Weeley 11.00am
Sat 6th Apr 2019
Little Clacton Play with an Expert
Weeley 6.30pm
Sun 7th Apr 2019
Little Clacton Swiss Pairs
Weeley 11.00am
Sun 14th Apr 2019
Championship Pairs Final
Nayland 2.00pm
Sun 19th May 2019
AGM Pairs
Assington 3.00pm
Wed 22nd May 2019
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 1.00pm
Wed 10th Jul 2019
Seniors Pairs
Clare 7.00pm
Sun 15th Sep 2019
Suffolk Autumn Pairs
Lavenham
12.00 noon
Sat 5th Oct 2019
Open Pairs
Felixstowe 1.00pm