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Our New Dilworth Cup winner 2018. Congratulations Mike!
Congratulations to Eve, Sue, Mike and Stuart. A good start for their year!
Nigel and Heinz have filled these tankards before - cheers!
Mary S and Lyn, teamed up with Jackie W and Heinz.
Millie and John.
Our Club Champions again this year!
Winners Anona and Valerie, with Sue and Mike L - a new successful combination!
Second time for Doreen. Well done!
We wish everyone a lovely Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.........and successful bridge during 2019.
The Taunton Bridge Club is affiliated to the Somerset Contract Bridge Association and to the English Bridge Union.
Our club nights are held on Wednesday and Friday evenings in the Catholic Centre, The Mount, Taunton, TA1 3NR. There is ample free parking in the School car park which is adjacent to the Catholic Centre. We have a spare partner rota operating on all club evenings so players without a partner are guaranteed a game. There isn't normally a spare partner on competition evenings/Sims events. We use Bridgemates to score at the table, so results are available at the end of play. We welcome players of all standards - our aim is to help and encourage.
We like to start play at 7pm prompt and therefore arrival before 6.50pm would be appreciated to enable the Director to organise the movement and Bridgemate can be set up.
Do join us! Visitors are very welcome.
Pudsey is thrilled! Children in Need has topped the £1000,000! Thanks to everyone in our club who supported this event. We don't know our total contribution yet, but watch this space.
Congratulations to Rob and David for being in lofty 12th. place nationally with 68.77%. Their % went up!!!!
The Kennedy Plate is an established competition in our club, designed to give less experienced members a chance to hold that deluding trophy in their hands. With fewer tables than usual for Friday - only nine and a half - eleven pairs qualified by having a rank of Five Star Master or below. But...what a pleasant and relaxed evening it was. Thankyou Mike for keeping things running so smoothly. Thank goodness we now have everyone's EBU rankings stored safely away in our club database with Bridgewebs because the EBU decided to use this weekend to do a big administration update on My EBU where your rankings can be found, and they were on 'shut down'. But they did inform me. Thanks for the warning EBU!
Congratulations go to Susan Whytock and Ernie Whitehead (3rd overall) with 55.53%, and runners up with 54.95% - Director for the evening Mike Leach and new partner for the night - Jackie M (me!). Thankyou to everyone who supported this evening - without the 'over qualified' who played, we would have had a very small turnout. To see the full results for this competition go to Main Menu > Our Club Competitions > Kennedy Plate 2018.
Mike also thanked 'Sandra the Tea' who has now, for personal reasons, sadly left us.
For 2018 we have a new winner for The Dilworth Cup - the club's percentage competition. Run over the whole year with fifteen designated dates between Fridays and Wednesdays, to qualify the winner must play on at least seven occasions and no more than three times with the same partner. Congratulations go to our new director Michael Leach, with an average over his best seven games of 59.96%! He played with four different partners over the season and his best result was 66+%. Very close on Mike's heels was runner up Jennie McDermot who was only .23% behind! Hmm......the worst result for both if them was when they played together and got 37+%!!!!! Discounted of course!
The Kennedy Plate - to be played on Friday 9th. November - is open to any pairs currently Five Star Master and below. Because of the intricacies of setting up a competition, I can't set up this event to get a finalised result on the night. Various items need to be checked. Your rankings are now downloaded directly onto Bridgewebs and will be up-to-date.
You can find your partner's EBU ranking by looking in The Member's Area using your own password. However, everyone is very welcome to come and join in. This event is designed to give less experienced players a chance of holding that trophy! We look forward to seeing you.
Congratulations to Mary S and Steve T for winning our Handicap Pairs Competition. They had a very good 63.58 % and with their -1.97% handicap still held on to the top spot! Jennie McD and Anona were runners up, holding on to their second place too! To see how you fared and find out how your handicap affected your result, go into Our Club Competitions in the Main Menu. Twenty two pairs competed, with handicaps varying between -7 and +15. A big range. Thank you for joining in this year.
If you notice your name - or anyone elses - is spelt incorrectly in any uploaded results please tell James to enable him to make a correction. Bridgeweb's Competition set up can't handle spelling errors and will treat you as a non member and won't accept your name in a club competition!!!!! This gives the 'button presser' (me) nightmares trying to sort it out! It will also give you -5 handicap in The Handicap Pairs! Thanks - JPM.
If we are unlucky and are unable to find a Spare Partner, don't forget there has always been the facility in The Member's Area to 'Find a Partner'. Use your own password to gain access, and click on 'Find a Partner' near the top left hand corner, click again on PR (partner required), type in your name and press Confirm. Your name will then appear in the Main Calendar and on the small calendar near Results at the bottom right side of the Home Page. You can also opt to show your email or telephone number, which will only appear when you 'tick', or if you prefer not to do that, we all have the club card with members' telephone numbers. Hopefully someone else without a partner will contact you! So....keep an eye on our website! This system may be used for any clubnight, including Competition nights when we don't provide an official Spare Partner. Worth a try. Let us know how you get on.
For various reasons your Committee has needed to make the following date changes in our calendar. The Annual General Meeting will now be on Friday 30th. November at the earlier time - 6.00pm.
Congratulations to Sheila and Colin for coming out on top in the Fairlamb Cup 2018 with 58.93%. Very close on their heels were Sue and Stuart Pratt, only .38% behind with 58.55%. Marjorie and John, who were running top after the first night were third.
The Fairlamb Cup was donated to our club in 1956, and the Fairlamb family laid down certain rules. The event has to be played over two sessions and is open to Ladies Pairs and Mixed Pairs. Only nine pairs qualified this year, as several people weren’t available to play on the second week. You can view the full results in Our Club Competitions in the Main Menu.
We have two new directors in our club! Well done to Marilyn and Mike for completing the Directors course. Mike has already shown his new found skill and directed on a Wednesday. We put him through his paces! If you would like to have a go and take a Directors course, please contact one of our officers. We do need more Directors to spread the load.
We had nine tables - including a couple of mixed pairs - taking part in our Ladies Pairs competition. It was a very close run thing between Jennie McD and Jenny F who were only .24% ahead from Sally and Liz. The men had only four tables with Heinz and Les coming out top, well ahead of runners up - Tony Still and John F. Well done and thankyou to everyone who supported this club event, and to James and Colin for managing the evening so efficiently, and re-arranging everything to accommodate people who arrived not realising the event was in the calendar! Thankyou!
Those with beady eyes will have noticed the final result for the Men's Pairs has changed and this has affected the pair in Runners Up position. It means Alan and Mike are now in 2nd place. An inaccurate entry had been entered onto the traveller and couldn't be spotted until after the results had been uploaded onto Bridgewebs. Tony and John F are now third.
Congratulations go to Sheila and Roger....this years winners in our Club Mixed Pairs event. They were 10% ahead of runners up Sue and Mike. With eight tables they had a very successful evening and just one bottom.........to Sue and Mike of course!
Well done Taunton!
Our Team of Eight came top by quite a large margin in this year’s County Teams of Eight Competition. This means they will again represent Somerset in the Garden Cities Regional Final in Bristol! Here they are being presented with the County trophy. Sheila and Colin, Sally and Richard, Alan and Jette, and Jackie W and Roger....he’s hiding! Good luck from all of us in the next round.
Congratulations to Rob and Ian - our Premier Grande Master and Premier Life Master - for their success in our Club Championship Pairs event. Sadly, only six and a half tables, but maybe members are still recovering from the Beast From the East! Good to see James back with us too.Thanks John for holding the fort. Director Roger and Heinz in second place gave Rob and Ian a run for their money, but it seems something went wrong for them on board 18! Maybe 3NT was a step too far and just asking to be doubled!
A huge thankyou to all our members who contributed to The Michael Coda County Charity Event. The total for both the Wednesday entry fees and the table money for the Friday nights from our club including a donation is £250 which is fantastic. The County's total collection will be shared between the Bay Community Centre in Burnham and The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Our Paul Jones style competition was very successful with eleven teams this year........a record! It was a very light hearted evening with some very varied teams, some playing with people they haven't played with before! This gave some very interesting contracts and all part of the fun. What did we agree to play? Do we play......? The traveller for one board showed 1NT, 2C, 3H, 2H, 2S, 3D, or 3C!! So take your pick! The regular pairings for Sue, Mike, Stuart and Eve paid off and they were well ahead of runners up - Jean and Pat with Sheila and Colin.
Well done everyone and thanks for joining in.
We will always do our best to keep the club going but sometimes the weather will beat us! Any hasty cancellation will be posted on our site, or, if you wish contact, David, Sheila, Kate or Jackie M for the latest information.
Scroll down this page for easy access to our latest results - and view other items on the way!
Check to see when you're 'The Spare' by looking in Calendar.
Sheila has now published the new Spare Partner List for January, February and March. If you are unable to honour your date, please arrange to swop.
Tony Parkman - Club Master.
Grant Weston - 1 Star Premier Master.
Kate Pilkington - 3 Star Regional Master.
Steve Fletcher. - Premier Regional Master.
Club Events -
Wednesday 19th. December - Christmas Drinks.
Friday 21st. December - Party Night.
And County -
Sunday 6th. January - Swiss Teams.
Sunday 20th. January - Interclub Teams.