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THIS CLUB YEAR'S ROLL OF HONOUR.

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......AND CLUB'S GALLERY OF THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS!
DILWORTH CUP 2017.
DILWORTH CUP 2017.

Congratulations and a hug from Marjorie to Heinz!

WALTER SCOTT MEMORIAL TROPHY 2017
WALTER SCOTT MEMORIAL TROPHY 2017

Mary S and Lyn, teamed up with Jackie W and Heinz.

FAIRLAMB CUP 2017
FAIRLAMB CUP 2017

Millie and John.

CLUB PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
CLUB PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

Our Club Champions again this year!

Congratulations Sheila and Colin!
PAUL JONES 2017
PAUL JONES 2017

Millie and John A with Richard and Grant.

 

KENNEDY PLATE 2016
KENNEDY PLATE 2016

Congratulations to Alan and Mike.

GARDEN CITY TEAM OF EIGHT FINAL 2016
GARDEN CITY TEAM OF EIGHT FINAL 2016
STEELE TEAMS OF FOUR 2016
STEELE TEAMS OF FOUR 2016

Winners Anona and Valerie, with Sue and Mike L - a new successful combination!

LADIES PAIRS 2016
LADIES PAIRS 2016

Second time for Doreen. Well done!

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015.
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015.

Our 2015 Club Champion, new member Dorin, with Christine H runner-up. During the evening they played with twentyfour different partners!

 
HOME PAGE
HELLO! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.
HELLO!  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.

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.

SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO VIEW ALL ITEMS ON THIS PAGE AND LATEST RESULTS - AND USE THE MENU ON THE LEFT TO SEE MUCH MORE!!
COUNTY PERCENTAGE.

It isn't too late to put in your entry for The County Percentage Competition. It is an individual event. As long as you are available for the final on Sunday 29th. April, when you play with everyone in the room, pay your £1 to Lesley and put your name down, then then your entry will be welcome! You don't need to go with a partner. It was great fun last year. Everytime you play at our club, with any partner, your scores will be added to your rolling average. How many qualify will depend on the number of entries. Last year, everyone was invited to take part, and County would like to boost the numbers this year.

See you there!

 

COUNTY PERCENTAGE.
DILWORTH CUP 2017.
DILWORTH CUP 2017.

In order to qualify for our Club Percentage 2017 - The Dilworth Cup -  members must play with at least three different partners over the season. Furthermore only three scores with a given partner will be counted. The percentage is gained from the results in our Club Percentage nights, which are designated dates throughout the season from January to September. The best seven scores from fifteen will count.

Congratulations Heinz with a superb average of 61.93%. He played with six different partners over the season - three of the sessions with Jackie W who is runner up with 59.26%. Roger was only 0.01% behind Jackie in third place. Thirtysix members qualified this year including a few of our Improvers.

WALTER SCOTT TROPHY.

The Walter Scott Memorial Trophy was well supported this year with ten teams, giving our Directors a fairly straight forward movement to organise, with an easy table arrangement for sharing boards. (Thanks James and Colin!)

We had two expected visitors - Sheena and Richard  - who had requested team mates if possible and Jim and yours truly happily made a team with them. Therefore we didn't qualify for the cup. So the trophy - and wine! - will go the second place team for the evening..... Jackie W and Heinz with Lyn and Mary S. They had 124VPs well ahead of the third place 'runners up' and last years winners Jenny McD and Anne R with Sue and Mike L. with 103. 

 

SPARE PARTNER LISTS.

Sheila has drawn up the Spare Partner list for October until the end of December. We very much value the contribution this makes to our club and it's members. If you feel you would be able to be 'The Spare' during the week after Christmas, we would love to hear from you. It often happens that 'other halves' can't manage their regular game during this festive period and players would really appreciate being able to have a game that week. And we would like to see as many a possible!       yes

COLIN'S IMPROVERS TROPHY 2017

 STOP PRESS!

Our club has introduced a new competition playing for The Colin's Improver's Cup, aimed at encouraging less experienced members. To qualify members must have the EBU master point ranking of 'Unranked' or Local Master. Every time a member plays, either on Fridays or Wednesdays between now and the end of December, their scores will be averaged and carried forward. You must play at least five times, not necessarily with the same partner, in order to qualify. And....you will only be allowed to win the cup once! To see how you're doing, look at the menu on the left side of The Main Page (green!) and click on Our Club Competitions > Colin's Improver's Cup. You will see all your recent results and your current average. If your name doesn't appear, you are either over ranked or you aren't a member and need to speak to Treasurer Christine! If you wish to find out about your EBU Master Point ranking, look into the Member's Area at the top right hand side of the Main Page. You need to register with a password in order to gain access to this area of our website. Please contact me if you need help with this. JPM

Good Luck to all our Improvers!

OUR MEMBER'S CURRENT EBU RANKINGS.

Our member's current EBU rankings can now be found in the Member's Area. Several of our club competitions require your ranking and this is a much easier way of checking for you! The list only contains our club members, so it will save you trolling through hundreds of names on Somerset's list! It is also up to date, and rolling each month, whereas the complete all time EBU list is changed annually. Many of you have already registered to gain access for both our Member's Area and our club's committee minutes, but if you haven't yet, refer to instructions in The News Page or click here. Once registered it is very easy to look up all member's rankings. Either click on 'Members' - which also shows members who are as yet unranked - or better still look into 'Ranking', and they're all there in order! If your name doesn't appear, then maybe you need to speak with Treasurer Christine!!!!! So.....you've probably forgotten your password - don't worry, you can get a reminder. Just follow the links. If you still need help or a reminder of the initial registration password..........I'm here. JPM.

Test.....can you find our new Life Member, just upgraded now!!!! Congratulations to ?????

 

 

THE FAIRLAMB CUP 2017.

The Fairlamb Cup was played on two consecutive Wednesdays and the percentage results for both evenings were averaged out to give an overall result. Players needed to play with the same partner on both nights, and no mens pairs were eligible. This was one of the original stipulations required by the Fairlamb Family when they donated the trophy many years ago.

The results between the winners and runners up were seriously close - just .17% separating them. Some serious checking has been going on, hence the delay in announcing the results. Congratulations go to Millie and John Angell, who just pipped Sally Stuttard and Chris Thomas. Well done both pairs. Thirteen pairs qualified, but we had eight other pairs who also joined in for the evenings and were very welcome. Look into the Main Menu > Our Club Competitions > The Fairlamb Cup 2017 to see the breakdown of the results.

STEELE TEAMS 2017.

This year we had nine teams enter our Steele Teams Event. It meant careful listening about the movement and bridgemate was required, but with very careful planning and directing only  one or two people got lost, but they were easily put on the right track by the pooled efforts of our directors! Les and Heinz with Jackie W and Roger were clear winners from runners up Richard and Terry, with Rob and Lou.

OUR CLUB MOBILE PHONE.

Our beady eyed secretary Lesley has spotted our club mobile phone's number on the club card is a misprint! However, the number in 'Information > Where and When' in the Home Page Menu is correct. Please check the number saved on your mobile is correct in case you need to contact the club on a club night after 6.45pm and also confirm with anyone likely to need to get in touch  with you in case of an emergency at home. 

LADIES AND MEN'S PAIRS.

Congratulations from The Yangtze River to Valerie and Anona and Nigel and Heinz for coming top in their sections in the 2017 Ladies and Men's Pairs event. With fourteen Ladies pairs and ten Men's - and I see....no mixed this year, twelve tables was an excellent turnout. With no outgoing email, I'm very cut off from you all. The Chinese government has blocked all gmail, and many other servers! So....hello, we're here and it's super!

Well done for what looks like a very good evening!   J.

 

DID THE FINESSE WORK FOR YOU?

A bridge mugging – we name the perpetrator!

 

     It has been reported that a bridge mugging took place at Taunton Bridge Club last Wednesday.

The victim was no less than Rob Lawy, probably our best player.

 

He was playing in 4♠ and this was the club suit:

Declarer  ♣ A K 9 4    Dummy  ♣ J 8 2.

 

Having drawn trumps, he led the 2♣ from dummy.

The next hand played the queen and he won with the ace.

Now he can surely make all four club tricks by playing a club to the eight.

 

But, no, the finesse lost to the ten.

The defender had played the queen from Q 10 doubleton and brilliantly fooled declarer!

 

   Independent witnesses confirm that the mugger was Vivienne Bedingham, whose case comes up shortly.                       Colin.

NOVEMBER COMMITTEE MINUTES.

Your committee's minutes for November have now been ratified and ready for you to access in The Minutes Archive. Use your own password for access.

MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017.

What a close run thing! Only .05% separated Sheila and Colin, our new Mixed Pairs Champions from Jackie W and Les! We are used to seeing Sheila and Colin at the top, but this is the first time in recent history they have won this competition. Well done Sheila and Colin. We had a very full room, including a new visitor and likely new member - another Sheila - with thirteen and a half tables, and nineteen mixed pairs. And, well done also to Lyn and Mary S who gave Sheila and Colin their only bad board! Thankyou to everyone for supporting our Mixed Pairs Championship. 

MICHAEL CODA CUP 2017.

As a result of players' generosity towards The Michael Coda Cup, our County Treasurer Richard has been able to send £487 each to Minehead, Burnham and Weston-Super-Mare RNLI Stations. There is a thankyou letter from Minehead on display on our club notice board.  yes

 

PAUL JONES COMPETITION.

 

We had ten teams on the list for this year's Paul Jones Competition. On the day it became eleven and on the night it went back to ten again! But we can easily cope with that.     'Norths, please make sure on every round that you have the correct pair and the correct boards!' 'North, please make sure you enter the correct board number. You're sharing and the boards may come to you out of order!'.'I'll move the boards!'. This rang out very loud and clear after nearly every round. THANKYOU Richard for keeping us going so successfully this year. He didn't have one 'Director Please'  AND......James had a computer free game as there were no mistakes for him to deal with. Well done everyone. Brilliant!

And despite all the distraction for Richard, he and his team - Grant, and Millie and John A , still came out in the top spot with +45 points! Joint Runners-up were Audrey, Christine H with Rita and Christine L, and   Peter and Colin R with Naomi and Margaret with +25. 

SPARE PARTNER ROTA.

The club really appreciates the goodwill of the many members who regularly make their contribution to the club by being The Spare Partner. It's a vital service we provide. New members coming along on their own feel welcomed and new partnerships develop. Players who have had a cancellation are still able to come along and have a game. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to complete the calendar. Therefore the committee has made the decision to increase the exclusion limit for Spare Partners to 15 miles, although we do realise that some members living further way than this already fill a spot and do their spares nights. Secretary Lesley has requested you confirm you are willing and able to do a spare partner night, and if you have a preference for Wednesday or Friday Sheila will try and accommodate this. Those living quite a distance may prefer to do their nights during the lighter evenings to enable them to get home in daylight. Again, please let us know. Thankyou for your support, and fingers cossed we can keep the list complete.    yes

 

GARDEN CITIES TROPHY.
GARDEN CITIES TROPHY.

Our Team of Eight travelled North to compete in the Garden City Trophy Final. Playing against some of the top teams in the country, they came fourth out of eight teams, winning four matches and only just losing a fifth. Well done to Colin and Rob, Richard and Norman, Sheila and Roger, and JackieW and Heinz - who stepped in to the breach to complete the team!

And.....a note from Colin.......There were lots of slams. On this hand:    Q 8 7 5,    A K J 8 7 5 4,    A,    7,  the hearts never got mentioned!
Partner overcalled the 3
 opener with 3. The most practical bid now is 4NT, Key Card Blackwood and partner shows three 'Aces'.
That must be the A
 and A, K and, with a 9-card fit in spades, 7 must be odds on. It duly rolled home for a good swing to Taunton.

Colin

 

 

 

 

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LATEST RESULTS!

Scroll down this page for easy access to our latest results - and view other items on the way!

FORGOTTEN WHEN YOU'RE SPARE PARTNER?

Check to see when you're 'The Spare' by looking in Calendar. 

There are a few changes. Thankyou for re-arranging.

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US.
To contact us, look in the menu under 'Information' and either 'Contact Us' or 'Where and When' - or - if you've registered as a member of our club in the member's area, leave a message for everyone in there!
OUR CLUB'S MASTER POINTS PROMOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER.
OUR CLUB'S MASTER POINTS PROMOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER.
 
There are no promotions for our club for September.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL TIME EBU RANKING 2016.

Click here.

SOMERSET CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
Click here to link to the Somerset Contract Bridge Association website, and enter County competitions online.
I have added SCBA into the Main Menu on the left side of this page. It will contain some items that the SBCA committee have requested we publish. Please have a look.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOMERSET CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
NEWS ABOUT COUNTY SEMINARS.
The Somerset County Bridge Association is advertising several seminars.  Use the link above in Somerset Contract Bridge Association, go to County News Page in the left menu and see what has been organised that you might enjoy.
 
 
 
 
DATES TO THINK ABOUT!

Club Events -

Friday 20th. October - Handicap Pairs.

And County -

November 5th. - Restricted Interclub  Open to NGS ranks J & lower.

November 26th. - Swiss Teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES TO THINK ABOUT!
COUNTY SUCCESS!

Swiss Pairs - 1st. Roger with Colin Juneman

Mixed Pairs - Jette and Alan Bailey.

 

 

 
WEST OF ENGLAND CONGRESS

West of England Congress entries are now being accepted by entering online through the Somerset County Website. AND the good news is, the event is being held at The Winter Gardens  again this year. But the numbers will be restricted, so get your entry in early.

See the full details on SCBA web-site.
MONTHLY FRIDAY EVENING IMPROVER'S RESULTS AND COLIN'S NOTES.

Colin's comments about Friday 9th. September, our 'early Friday' session for our Improvers, and Colin's notes about Doubles.

 

Instructions on how to access our club night results can be found by clicking here and looking at the first item on the page.

 

Results
Fri 13th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: James
Scorer: James Woodman
Wed 11th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: James Woodman
Calendar
Wed 18th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Lesley
Scorer: James
Spare Partner: Jenny McDermott
Fri 20th Oct 2017
HANDICAP PAIRS
Director: James
Scorer: James
Spare Partner: NO SPARE PARTNER
Wed 25th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Colin
Scorer: James
Spare Partner: John Angell
Click for the Members Only section
LATEST RESULTS!

Scroll down this page for easy access to our latest results - and view other items on the way!

FORGOTTEN WHEN YOU'RE SPARE PARTNER?

Check to see when you're 'The Spare' by looking in Calendar. 

There are a few changes. Thankyou for re-arranging.

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US.
To contact us, look in the menu under 'Information' and either 'Contact Us' or 'Where and When' - or - if you've registered as a member of our club in the member's area, leave a message for everyone in there!
OUR CLUB'S MASTER POINTS PROMOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER.
OUR CLUB'S MASTER POINTS PROMOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER.
 
There are no promotions for our club for September.
 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL TIME EBU RANKING 2016.

Click here.

SOMERSET CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
Click here to link to the Somerset Contract Bridge Association website, and enter County competitions online.
I have added SCBA into the Main Menu on the left side of this page. It will contain some items that the SBCA committee have requested we publish. Please have a look.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOMERSET CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
NEWS ABOUT COUNTY SEMINARS.
The Somerset County Bridge Association is advertising several seminars.  Use the link above in Somerset Contract Bridge Association, go to County News Page in the left menu and see what has been organised that you might enjoy.
 
 
 
 
DATES TO THINK ABOUT!

Club Events -

Friday 20th. October - Handicap Pairs.

And County -

November 5th. - Restricted Interclub  Open to NGS ranks J & lower.

November 26th. - Swiss Teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATES TO THINK ABOUT!
COUNTY SUCCESS!

Swiss Pairs - 1st. Roger with Colin Juneman

Mixed Pairs - Jette and Alan Bailey.

 

 

 
WEST OF ENGLAND CONGRESS

West of England Congress entries are now being accepted by entering online through the Somerset County Website. AND the good news is, the event is being held at The Winter Gardens  again this year. But the numbers will be restricted, so get your entry in early.

See the full details on SCBA web-site.
MONTHLY FRIDAY EVENING IMPROVER'S RESULTS AND COLIN'S NOTES.

Colin's comments about Friday 9th. September, our 'early Friday' session for our Improvers, and Colin's notes about Doubles.

 

Instructions on how to access our club night results can be found by clicking here and looking at the first item on the page.

 

Results
Fri 13th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: James
Scorer: James Woodman
Wed 11th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Richard
Scorer: James Woodman
Calendar
Wed 18th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Lesley
Scorer: James
Spare Partner: Jenny McDermott
Fri 20th Oct 2017
HANDICAP PAIRS
Director: James
Scorer: James
Spare Partner: NO SPARE PARTNER
Wed 25th Oct 2017
Duplicate
Director: Colin
Scorer: James
Spare Partner: John Angell