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.
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.
add it to your favourites!
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
Ipswich & Kesgrave produced a stunning performance to run away with the Suffolk Club Teams of 8 on Sunday.
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.
SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER - 2pm
Nayland village hall, CO6 4JH
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
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.
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.
Top 'Non-Expert' Team:
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
A hand from Aldeburgh bridge club catches the eye of Norman this week. 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
"The moral of this story is clear: be careful who you welcome into your club and never serve them turkey if you let them in.."
"The moral of this story is clear: be careful who you welcome into your club and never serve them turkey if you let them in.."
GLYN BUTTON reflects on a lesson from history 'across the Pond', which takes in the Kamikaze No Trump, the Colonial System and the Colonial Club. Click on 2½ No Trumps, the antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, to read more.
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.
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
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!
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.