Two 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 either Woodbridge or 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.
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 a yet to be determined location.
The new event will probably 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the new webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.
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