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BRIDGE SEMINARS

Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club is running two summer seminars at Kesgrave Community Centre, both of which are free and open to players from other clubs.

Chris Green will lead a session on Card Play on Tuesday 28 August, and Chris Chambers will lead Bidding Good Hands on Wednesday 5 September.

Start: 7.30pm. Finish by 10pm. No need to book.

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BEDFORDSHIRE & NORTHANTS CONGRESS

The 48th Bedfordshire & Northants Congress takes place on 8 & 9 September.

Click on BEDS for all the details and to download an entry form. You can enter on-line by clicking on ENTER

HAND OF THE WEEK

Norman Less uncovers a hand at Bury St Edmunds bridge club which is so rare that the odds of it happening are 16,000-1. Click on Hand of the Week to find out more!

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

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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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FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS - OCTOBER 6 & 7 - ENTER NOW

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.

WINTER LEAGUE ON THE HORIZON

The Winter League is Suffolk's premier arrange-and-play teams event – and one of the best ways to play bridge in Suffolk. It is competitive but friendly bridge with matches played in players' homes on dates agreed between captains.

There are two divisions, a premier league and a second division. The second division is generally split into two sections according to geographical location to reduce travelling distances. New teams will typically enter the second division. Promotions and relegations take place between the divisions at the end of each season. 

The competition runs between October and April inclusive with each team typically playing one 24-board match a month. Squads of up to six are allowed, with (usually) only four at each match.

Please contact league Secretary Rick Hanley to register interest or ask any questions by Sunday 9 September

Not played the Winter League before?

New teams are very welcome at all levels. If you are new to teams bridge and find the idea attractive but are somewhat fazed by facing experienced opponents the League Secretary would still like to hear from you. If there is sufficient interest new divisions can easily be created.

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 on Wednesday 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.

OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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

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

"I don't know how dull but dependable, cardigan-wearing, Acol became pushy, designer-label clad ACOL but I know I don't like it...

2½ No Trumps, an antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, takes a sideways glance at Acol - or should that be ACOL? Click on acol to find out

SUFFOLK @ THE NATIONALS

Malcolm Pryor kicks off a new column - Suffolk @ The Nationals - in which he analyses hands or an aspect of play involving a local player taking part in a regional or national competition.

His first article concentrates on the prestigious Swiss Pairs event in the EBU Summer Congress at London over the weekend in which he highlights the power of pre-emptive bids. Click on S@TN to read more.

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 latest offering by clicking on MoreOrLess

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE

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

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.

Results
ECL Herts vs Suffolk
Seniors' Pairs
Mixed/Married Pairs
Bridge with Lunch
AGM Pairs
ECL Suffolk vs Beds
Suffolk Championship Pairs Final
Really Easy Teams
Club Teams of Four
Jyl Marsh Individual
Calendar
Sun 2nd Sep 2018
Ipswich & Kesgrave 60th Anniversary Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs
Kesgrave Community Centre 11.30am
 Click for more information
Wed 12th Sep 2018
Ladies' & Men's Pairs
Lavenham 7.00pm
 Click for more information
Sat 15th Sep 2018
Herts & Essex GP weekend
Ware
 Click for more information
Sun 16th Sep 2018
Suffolk v Northants
Stamford 2pm
Sun 16th Sep 2018
Herts & Essex GP weekend
Ware
 Click for more information
Sat 6th Oct 2018
Felixstowe Congress Open Pairs
Felixstowe 1pm
 Click for more information
Sun 7th Oct 2018
Felixstowe Swiss Teams (11am); Really Easy Pairs (3pm)
Felixstowe
 Click for more information
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