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At the Bridge Club AGM held on Monday 10th April we elected a new Committee.  To see their names and photos just click the Committee link.  We also agreed a small amendment to the Constitution - click the Constitution April 2017 link. 

Both links are available under About the Club, on the main Menu (top left, above).

 
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Yorkshire Leagues -season 2016-17

Yorkshire League

With the last round of matches complete, congratulations must go to the C team who despite narrowly losing their last match 9-11 finished top of Division 8 and to the D Team who won their last match 14-6 to go top of Division 10

Both of these teams will be promoted for next season.

The A Team won their last match16-4 and finished a creditable 3rd in Division 2 whilst the B team lost 5-15 but just avoided relegation from Division 5.

 

 

Visitors Welcome

We take pride in making all our visitors welcome - and we were delighted to have had some from both near and far over the last couple of months.  Nine-year-old Ethan Tremble and Daniel Carder, from Danny's class in Featherstone played with a confidence and style that impressed us all, and we hope to see them again soon.  Joan Shaw (Barrow in Furness) and Marie Flanagan (Bann, County Mayo) were an irrepressible pair who brightened up both the Monday and Thursday session at each end of the EBU Northeren Midweek Congress, and it was a pleasure to meet Clyde Mallinson (South Africa) again, even though some years have passed since he was last with us.

And that's not to mention Graham Price, Alan Jones, Bob Brown and Chris Senior, all from local clubs - do come back and see us again.

Welcome to you all!

Play without the Experts - more Success!

Playing with better players is a great way to improve your bridge..... but if they are of a much better standard it can be hard work at times, as some of our players in the EBU Northern Midweek Congress found (see across).

However, YCBA have now introduced a 'Play without the Experts' competition, open only to those with an NGS grading of Jack or below, and the first staging was at York Bridge Club on Sunday 24 July. 

Wakefield fielded three pairs, and Pat and Chris Maynard finished a very creditable third overall.

Congratulations to them!

The full results are available on the EBU website at https://app.pianola.net/Results/Session102240.

 
Welcome to Wakefield Bridge Club
Fun Bridge Event

The Fun Bridge Event in aid of Helen's House Children's Hospice and in memory of Baby Florence held at Wakefield Bridge Club on the 19th May was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to the winners Peter Jeans & Rosemary Makings N/S and to John Roberts and Shirley Bastow E/W.

The event raised a grand total of £1000 including generous donations from friends and members at Wakefield, Ossett and Huddersfield bridge clubs. (See https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/FlorenceAnnie).

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all concerned for their support in making the event possible. Special thanks go to Pat and Chris Maynard who directed the tournament as smooth as clockwork and to all those who helped with catering, donating raffle prizes and with general organisation and planning - in particular Shirley Bastow, Pauline Parker and Margaret Sewell.

With love and gratitude from,

Karen & Martin 

Welcome
Welcome

Wakefield Bridge Club

Wakefield Bridge Club is based at the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club, Sandal Hall Close, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6ER. The club was founded in November 1953 and now has about 130 members.

We play duplicate bridge on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and - for beginners - on Monday morning.  See the note to the right for more detail on the different sessions.  We generally field between eight and eleven tables, and visitors are always welcome.   

The club has ample parking and a fully licensed bar.  Although we play in an upstairs room disability is no handicap to playing - there is a stair lift, and table movements can readily accommodate the less mobile.

The Secretary is Stephen Hanslip.  Please contact him on 01924-220863 or 0781 555 3130 - or at secretary@wakefieldbridgeclub.org.uk.

The Match Secretary is Chris Maynard.  For any enquiries about Yorkshire League Matches please contact him on 01924-276877 or 07962 019 661 - or at bridgeclubchris@googlemail.com

The club subscribes on members' behalf to Pianola, an online tool which helps you review your performance, analyse where you went wrong - and see how you can do things better in future.  If you have accepted the invitation from the club to join, just click the button below to log in to Pianola.  If you would like another invitation simply email or phone the Secretary.

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The Charity Cup

The winners of the Charity Cup on Monday 19 December choose the charity which will benefit from the proceeds of the raffle at the Thursday party night - and it was a real delight to see husband and wife combination Karen Lemm and Martin Fenton come out on top after a closely fought evening.  Many congratulations to them both!

Their chosen charity is The Samaritans, and we hope that all attending the party on Thursday will be generous in their support of this very worthy cause.

The Charity Cup
Interesting Hands

If you have an interesting hand or you or your partner made a brilliant play then let us know and we can show it here.

Out and About

It's very encouraging to see how many of our players are now taking part in competitions away from the club.

The EBU Congress in Wakefield attracted many players from the club, in addition to those given honourable mentions above.  Three pairs went to the Play without the Experts event in York (see left), again with some success, and we also had representation in the Castle  event in Scarborough.  If you haven't yet considered trying one of these 'outside' events, could this be the time to start....? 

 

Click for the latest results
Looking to start playing bridge....?

Newcomer to the game, intrigued by what you have heard or seen?

Returning to the game, after a long time away?

Able to play, but no partner - not sure how to find one?

We may have the answer - just call the Secretary Stephen Hanslip on 0781 555 3130, or email him at secretary@wakefieldbridgeclub.org.uk.

All you have to do is make that first step - we'll take it from there!

Our Playing Sessions
Our Playing Sessions

Our playing sessions have now settled down into their new pattern, and although we can't claim to offer something for everybody there is a reasonable mix.....

Monday Morning - Guided Play -  The emphasis is on playing the game, but at a gentle pace that will help build confidence and experience.  These sessions aim to ease the transition from lessons to play, and experienced players are always on hand to offer support to newcomers and returners to the game.  Advice can be given during the play itself, and nobody need feel out of their depth.  It's helpful if you can come with a partner, but with plenty of club hosts on hand you are guaranteed a partner - and you can usually chooose between sombody of your own standard, or an experienced club member. 

This is perhaps the most popular route in to the club; we see new players on a regular basis, and everybody is welcome.  And if you just want to turn up and watch for a while, and talk about the game with an established player, that's fine too.

On alternate Mondays we conclude with a short teaching session covering some aspect of the game which the Monday players have asked for, based on learning points in the hands that we have just played.  This second part lasts about 30 minutes (always finishing by 12.30) and you can stay or not as you wish.  And if you feel ready to launch out into something a little more demanding, why not try the Lighter Bridge sessions on Tuesday evening? 

Tuesday Evening - Lighter Bridge - The relaxed evening sessions see us play at a (very) slightly slower pace than on Monday and Thursday evenings, and with only 18 - 21 boards we aim to complete the session by 10 pm.  Club hosts are always on hand, so you are guaranteed a partner for the evening, and for those who want it there is plenty of help and advice available - once the hand has been played!  All players receive credits towards their National Grading Scheme scores, and there are  EBU Master Points for the winners and runners-up.

Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere, and the beginner would find them quite testing.  Our normal mode of play is Pairs; for a few months after the start of our new year in April 2016 we ran regular sessions of cross-imped scored Pairs (that is, Pairs scored as Teams) and from late October we have moved on to regular monthly Teams events - at this point, still on a trial basis.  See the separate note on this page.  From time to time we also have other Teams events, we are currently planning a Swiss Pairs event for late November, and the last session of our year, at the end of March, is an Individual competition. 

Need to know:

Please try to be in the playing room 15 minutes before the advertised start of play.  Results are always available immediately at the end of play. 

A visitor's first session is free, and the next three sessions - up to an overall limit of four - cost table money + 50p.  Before the fourth session is reached visitors may be invited to apply for membership of the club.

Monday morning - start 09.30; finish before 12.30; table money £2.

Tuesday evening - start 19.00, finish about 22.00; table money £2.

Monday and Thursday evenings - start 19.10, finish about 22.30; table money £2.50

Membership 2015 - 2016: £35 per annum (and pro rata for those joining during the year).

The Calendar....

The Calendar shows the first three dates only.... please click the Calendar tab on the left of this page for the full list of forthcoming events.

 

Results
25th May 2017
Teams Event
Director: Peter Wallace
Scorer: Chris Maynard
22nd May 2017
Monday No Fears
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Peter Wallace
22nd May 2017
Monday Evening
Director: Peter
Scorer: Chris
Calendar
12th Jun 2017
Teams Event
Please ensure that you attend as a full team of four....
15th Jun 2017
YCBA John Gerrard Sim Pairs
27th Jul 2017
Teams Event
Please ensure that you attend as a full team of four...
Click for the latest results
Looking to start playing bridge....?

Newcomer to the game, intrigued by what you have heard or seen?

Returning to the game, after a long time away?

Able to play, but no partner - not sure how to find one?

We may have the answer - just call the Secretary Stephen Hanslip on 0781 555 3130, or email him at secretary@wakefieldbridgeclub.org.uk.

All you have to do is make that first step - we'll take it from there!

Our Playing Sessions
Our Playing Sessions

Our playing sessions have now settled down into their new pattern, and although we can't claim to offer something for everybody there is a reasonable mix.....

Monday Morning - Guided Play -  The emphasis is on playing the game, but at a gentle pace that will help build confidence and experience.  These sessions aim to ease the transition from lessons to play, and experienced players are always on hand to offer support to newcomers and returners to the game.  Advice can be given during the play itself, and nobody need feel out of their depth.  It's helpful if you can come with a partner, but with plenty of club hosts on hand you are guaranteed a partner - and you can usually chooose between sombody of your own standard, or an experienced club member. 

This is perhaps the most popular route in to the club; we see new players on a regular basis, and everybody is welcome.  And if you just want to turn up and watch for a while, and talk about the game with an established player, that's fine too.

On alternate Mondays we conclude with a short teaching session covering some aspect of the game which the Monday players have asked for, based on learning points in the hands that we have just played.  This second part lasts about 30 minutes (always finishing by 12.30) and you can stay or not as you wish.  And if you feel ready to launch out into something a little more demanding, why not try the Lighter Bridge sessions on Tuesday evening? 

Tuesday Evening - Lighter Bridge - The relaxed evening sessions see us play at a (very) slightly slower pace than on Monday and Thursday evenings, and with only 18 - 21 boards we aim to complete the session by 10 pm.  Club hosts are always on hand, so you are guaranteed a partner for the evening, and for those who want it there is plenty of help and advice available - once the hand has been played!  All players receive credits towards their National Grading Scheme scores, and there are  EBU Master Points for the winners and runners-up.

Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere, and the beginner would find them quite testing.  Our normal mode of play is Pairs; for a few months after the start of our new year in April 2016 we ran regular sessions of cross-imped scored Pairs (that is, Pairs scored as Teams) and from late October we have moved on to regular monthly Teams events - at this point, still on a trial basis.  See the separate note on this page.  From time to time we also have other Teams events, we are currently planning a Swiss Pairs event for late November, and the last session of our year, at the end of March, is an Individual competition. 

Need to know:

Please try to be in the playing room 15 minutes before the advertised start of play.  Results are always available immediately at the end of play. 

A visitor's first session is free, and the next three sessions - up to an overall limit of four - cost table money + 50p.  Before the fourth session is reached visitors may be invited to apply for membership of the club.

Monday morning - start 09.30; finish before 12.30; table money £2.

Tuesday evening - start 19.00, finish about 22.00; table money £2.

Monday and Thursday evenings - start 19.10, finish about 22.30; table money £2.50

Membership 2015 - 2016: £35 per annum (and pro rata for those joining during the year).

The Calendar....

The Calendar shows the first three dates only.... please click the Calendar tab on the left of this page for the full list of forthcoming events.

 

Results
25th May 2017
Teams Event
Director: Peter Wallace
Scorer: Chris Maynard
22nd May 2017
Monday No Fears
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Peter Wallace
22nd May 2017
Monday Evening
Director: Peter
Scorer: Chris
Calendar
12th Jun 2017
Teams Event
Please ensure that you attend as a full team of four....
15th Jun 2017
YCBA John Gerrard Sim Pairs
27th Jul 2017
Teams Event
Please ensure that you attend as a full team of four...