HERTS CONGRESS

Hertfordshire has released details of its popular green pointed congress next July.

The two day event will be on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July at the usual venue - Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, Ware SG12 0UQ.

For all the details click on HERTS. To enter on line, click PAIRS (Saturday) and/or TEAMS (Sunday)

ANALYSIS

A card play technique highlighted by Andrew Robson during a Masterclass held locally provided the answer to playing a tricky hand at the Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club. Suffolk captain Rick Hanley explains how. Click on ANALYSIS to read 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

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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EAST ANGLIAN BRIDGE WEEKEND - 2 & 3 MARCH

The 2019 East Anglian Bridge Weekend will be at a new venue - and feature a new competition.

After several years at the Ipswich waterfront home of the University of Suffolk, the event is switching to the Blackbourne community centre in Elmswell, which hosts an increasing number of Suffolk bridge fixtures. Just north of the A14 and 10 miles east of Bury St Edmunds, the spacious premises offer good facilities and ample car parking.

The two day event will be on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March, with Swiss Pairs on the Saturday (1pm start) and Swiss Teams on the Sunday (11am start). Also, for the first time, there will be Relaxed Teams on Sunday (3pm start), aimed at less experienced players.

To enter on-line, for the Pairs click SATURDAYfor the Swiss Teams click SUNDAY and for the Relaxed Teams click RELAXED. To pre-order food for either day click MEALS. If you would prefer to download, complete and post an entry form click on FORM.

BRIDGE LUNCH - WEDNESDAY 22 MAY @ ELMSWELL

A choice of dishes - including a vegetarian option - is being offered for the next Suffolk bridge lunch - on Wednesday 22 May (1pm).

Gerry Ford and his daughter, Emily, are both professional chefs and their menu for the event will be Coq au Vin or Leek and Three Cheese en croute with Red Pepper sauce - followed by Lemon and Almond Merinque Roulade or Winter Fruit Salad.

The delicious two course lunch + a glass of decent wine - and a 24 board duplicate to follow - costs £17.50p per player, which represents outstanding value.

The bridge lunch takes place at the Blackbourne community centre, Elmswell (IP30 9UH).

To reserve a place for you and your partner, click on BRIDGE LUNCH and complete the online form. If you prefer to download, complete and post an entry form click on FORM.

FORTHCOMING SUFFOLK EVENTS

JYL MARSH INDIVIDUAL CANCELLED:

We are very sorry, but the Jyl Marsh Individual competition, scheduled for next Sunday February 24, has been cancelled because we have not had enough entries to justify running this event.

Apologies to those who were looking forward to playing.


LITTLE CLACTON WEEKEND:

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 6-7 APRIL 

11am start

Weeley Village Hall, Weeley, CO16 9DH

Swiss Teams Saturday, Swiss Pairs Sunday both 6*7-Board Rounds with Lunch.
Also 'Play with Experts' on Saturday evening with Supper and Wine.
Swiss £16pp per event/ Sat Eve £12 pp

Click LITTLE CLACTON to enter on-line. Click BP W/E to download an entry form.

Maximum of 20 tables. 


CLARE SWISS PAIRS:

SUNDAY 12 MAY - 11am start

Lavenham village hall, CO10 9QT

£17.50 per player (includes substantial sandwich lunch)

To download an entry form click on CLARE

PRYORS ROMP HOME IN MID ANGLIA PAIRS
 

A decent turnout of 30 pairs took part in the Mid Anglia Pairs at Woodbridge on Sunday but it is doubtful if there has been such a wide margin victory in the recent history of bridge locally as that achieved by Malcolm and Karen Pryor.

By half-time the England Seniors player and his partner enjoyed a virtually unassailable lead and far from resting on their laurels, they kept their foot firmly on the pedal to finally notch up a score of +125. IMPs - more than 50 IMPs ahead of runners-up Din Gudka and Cathy Rowland. Suffolk captain Rick Hanley and Andre Gray were third.

With a reasonable turnout of county players, not to mention England youngsters Liam and Jamie Fegarty who partnered their parents, Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, the annual renewal of the Mid Anglia appeared to be up to strength.

To see the full results click on MID ANGLIA. For a flavour of the day, click on PHOTO GALLERY.

BAH HUMBUG - NEW END-OF-YEAR COMPETITION

Three significant changes to the Suffolk events calendar for 2019 have been agreed by the county's bridge association.

For the first time, the Senior Pairs will be staged at multiple venues on the same day, to enable more players to take part.

The competition on Wednesday 10 July will take place in the evening at Clare (its traditional home) and Nowton Park (home of Abbeygate bridge club) and in the afternoon at Ipswich & Kesgrave.

Staging events at a geographical spread of locations was one of the suggestions made at a meeting of club representatives organised by the county last year. Another idea from that meeting has resulted in the Ladies, Mens, Mixed, Married Pairs being amalgamated into a new Suffolk Autumn Pairs on Sunday 15 September.

The SCBA has also responded to the enforced absence of club bridge for up to a fortnight over Christmas and the New Year by agreeing to stage the Bah Humbug Pairs on Sunday 29 December at Elmswell.

The new event will involve a late morning start and around 32 boards. In addition to a prize for the overall winners, there will also be a Handicap (based on NGS grades) prize - not to mention the best mince pies in Suffolk and a glass of something festive. More details in due course.

BEST BEHAVIOUR AT BRIDGE

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 (click on 2½ No Trumps) 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 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.

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.

 

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%

 

IN THE PAST...

To see older items please click on NEWS ARCHIVE

PAIRS SEMI-FINAL

David Willson and Simon Riley were the comfortable winners of the Suffolk Championship Pairs semi-final which was staged at two venues - Elmswell and Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club - on Friday evening.

The Stowmarket pair finished more than 5% clear of Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland, with Norman Less & John Hancock in third place. Click on RESULTS to see all the scores.

Forty eight pairs took part and the top 24 qualify to play in the final at Nayland village hall on Sunday 14 April.

* Qualifiers should clck on FINAL and complete the online entry form.

ANALYSIS

Norman asks why two 'Grands' went astray at Abbeygate. 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

'I have always been rubbish at holidays.'

Glyn Button on rainfall - lots - and how bridge came to his rescue. 

Click on 2½ No Trumps, the antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, to read more.

BURY SWISS PAIRS

The Bury Swiss Pairs ended in a dead heat on Sunday with, left to right, John Bloomfield & Andre Gray sharing the spoils with Roger & Jill Tattersfield.

36 pairs took part. To see all the scores click on RESULT

SUFFOLK v CAMBS & HUNTS

Suffolk travelled to Cambs & Hunts for their first county match of the new year - and returned home with little to show for it.

The 'A' team lost 20-0; the 'B' team 17-3 and the 'C' team 15-5. To see all the scores, boards played, X-IMPs etc click on SUFFOLK. To read captain Rick Hanley's report click on NEW YEAR.

The county’s remaining matches are:

v Cambridge University (a) 10 March

v Norfolk (h) 24 March

Click on 2019-20 to see Suffolk's  ECL fixtures for next season

Results
Championship Pairs Semi Final - Top 24 Qualify
Mid Anglia Pairs
Suffolk v Cambs & Hunts
Suffolk v Essex
Suffolk Championship Teams Rnd 1
Plate
Suffolk Champs Teams Rnd 2
Suffolk Sims Pairs 2019
Club Teams of 8 Championship
Felixstowe Congress Swiss Teams
Calendar
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 28th Apr 2019
Suffolk v Herts (h)
Elmswell 2.00pm
Sun 19th May 2019
AGM Pairs
Assington 3.00pm
Wed 22nd May 2019
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 1.00pm
Sun 30th Jun 2019
Club Teams of Four
Lavenham
12.00 noon
Wed 10th Jul 2019
Seniors Pairs
Kesgrave 2.00pm
Wed 10th Jul 2019
Seniors Pairs
Clare & Abbeygate 7.00pm
Sun 18th Aug 2019
Suffolk v Northants (h)
Elmswell 2.00pm
Sun 8th Sep 2019
Suffolk v Essex (a)
2.00pm
Sun 15th Sep 2019
Suffolk Autumn Pairs
Lavenham
12.00 noon
Sat 5th Oct 2019
Open Pairs
Felixstowe 1.00pm