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

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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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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 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.

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.

ACADEMIC STUDY OF BRIDGE

Ever wondered why we play bridge? Well, here’s the (not very surprising) answer...

A survey has been conducted into why people play bridge, with researchers at Stirling University analysing responses from more than 6,000 players.

The study, undertaken in association with English Bridge Education & Development, has resulted in a 24 page report whose conclusions are hardly earth shattering.

“Overall it was found that people play bridge because they enjoy it – either it is fun, or they enjoy the challenges the competitive game presents, and that it provides a sociable and friendly atmosphere,” the report concludes.

To see the full report click on ENJOY

BRIDGE LUNCH

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.

Club Teams of Four Winners
Club Teams of Four Winners

Mike Sherer & Rick Hanley and Jeff Orton & Andre Gray with Chris Rickard