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Yorkshire Leagues - season 2017-18

Teams for the next round of matches on 28th January.

A Team away to Doncaster A

Geoff Newman (C) & Malcolm Pollack

Brian Leggetter & Tony Murray

John O'Sullivan & Ian Johns

Adrian Goulding & Tony Johnson

B Team away to Leeds D

Dennis Thompson (C) & Janet Easter

Malcolm Robinson & Alan Jones

David Hughes & Nigel Walker

Karen Lemm & Martin Fenton

C Team home to Doncaster D

Peter Wallace (C) & Christine Stack

Chris & Pat Maynard

Roger & Pauline Parker

Peter Jeans & Jenny Davies

D Team home to Garforth B

John Roberts (C) & Shirley Bastow

Pat Sellwood & Anne Cooper

Les Lammas & John Walker

Janet Pratt & Margaret Sewell

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!

 
Welcome to Wakefield Bridge Club
Teams Night

The latest Teams Event, for the Jim Smillie trophy, was held on Thursday 11th January and was contested by nine teams. 

The results before handicap are shown in the usual place on this page, but first place after handicap went to the team of Perter Wallace, Christine Stack, Roger Parker & Pauline Parker with a score of 102 IMPS with Peter Jeans, Jenny Davies, Les Lammas & Basil Huntley in second place with 89 IMPS.  The next teams event will be on Monday 12th February 2018.

The current leader board after nine events is as follows:

  • Peter Jeans - 59
  • Pat & Chris Maynard - 55.5 points
  • Rosemary Makings - 51
  • Jenny Davies 50

For full list see below

Jim Smillie Trophy Leading Positions.pdf

 

Fast Track Bridge
Fast Track Bridge

Learn and play in just 24 hours!

This high-speed introduction to the world's best card game has made a great start, with 21 takers and already quite a buzz to the sessions.  Thinking caps are needed - full time....! 

If you missed your chance to join this course just get in touch with the Secretary Stephen Hanslip on 0781 555 3130 for information on the next opportunity to learn.

Christmas Cup
Christmas Cup

The Christmas Cup is awarded to the winners after handicap of the Christmas Party pairs, and the worthy winners this time were Christine Stack and Bryan Hutton.  Many congratulations to them both!  The before-handicap results in the main Results section show that they finished very close behind the formidable partnership of veterans Brian Leggetter and Bryan Grayson, so their 'handicap' win was very well-deserved.

Club President Geoff Newman presented them with the trophy.

Charity Cup - 18 December 2017
Charity Cup - 18 December 2017

The irrepressible husband and wife duo Karen Lemm and Martin Fenton swept all before them when they retained the Charity Cup that they had first won in 2016.  Many congratulations to them!

Winning the trophy gives them the right to nominate the charity to benefit from the 2017 Christmas Party raffle, and they have chosen The Helen's House Children's Hospice.  This hospice is where their dear granddaughter Florence spent the last few days of her very short life, and is a cause dear to Karen and Martin's hearts.

Many thanks to Dave Westwell for the picture of the worthy winners receiving the trophy from the Club Secretary. 

President's Trophy
President's Trophy

The President's Trophy Competition was held on Thursday 23rd November and once again took the format of a Swiss Pairs event.  26 pairs took part and after the lead changed hands several times the eventual winners were David Hughes and Nigel Walker (here left, and centre) with a score of 75 VPs, with Chris & Pat Maynard finishing a close second with 73 VPs, (these two pairs met in the first match with David & Nigel recording a large victory so Chris & Pat did very well to get back to second place), third place went to Martin Fenton & Karen Lemm with 65 VPs.  The President Geoff Newman presented the winners with the new trophy, and the event was (again!) very smoothly run by Adrian Goulding who did an excellent job; it was enjoyed by all those who took part.

Interesting Hands

Here is another hand sent to me by club member Steve Brough.  West leads the ♠ 6 and East plays the ♠ 9, how can you make your contract?

Our best chance of nine tricks are 2 Spades, 1 Heart, 5 or 6 Diamonds and 2 Clubs, the danger is if East is able to hold up the  K for one round then we will need an entry to dummy to cash the rest of the Diamonds.  The only entry to dummy is the ♠ Q, if we nonchalantly win trick one with the ♠ 10 then the defenders can stop us getting to dummy with the ♠ Q.  Try the effect of winning trick one with the ♠ K, assuming the lead is 4th highest then we know that West holds the ♠ A so now the defenders cannot stop the ♠ Q being an entry, this is an example of pausing at trick one and making a plan.

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 more than 160 members.  (Please note that the Fast Track Bridge course which started in January 2018 is held at Brookhouse WMC - see details at the top of this page.)

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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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.  And if you are a complete beginner - why not try the Fast Track Bridge course, starting in January 2018?  For full details, just look left....

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.

Once 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 will 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.  This session is proving increasingly popular - we now regularly have 12, 13 or more tables.

Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere, and the beginner would find them quite testing.  Club hosts are available on an occasional basis, but if you don't have a partner please check with the Secretary before attending.  Our normal mode of play is Pairs, but we also have regular monthly Teams events.  These are shown on the Calendar, but if you are planning on joining us at one of those evenings, again, please check with the Secretary first.  From time to time we also have other Teams events, and an occasional Swiss Pairs event; the last session of our playing 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 by 22.00; table money £2.

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

Membership 2016 - 2017: £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
18th Jan 2018
Thursday Evening
Director: Tony J
Scorer: JE
16th Jan 2018
Tuesday Lighter Bridge
Director: Stephen Hanslip
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
15th Jan 2018
Monday No Fears
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
Calendar
28th Jan 2018
Yorkshire League Match 5
8th Feb 2018
Date to be confirmed - YCBA Margery Cartwright Sim Pairs
11th Feb 2018
Yorkshire League Match 6
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.  And if you are a complete beginner - why not try the Fast Track Bridge course, starting in January 2018?  For full details, just look left....

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.

Once 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 will 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.  This session is proving increasingly popular - we now regularly have 12, 13 or more tables.

Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere, and the beginner would find them quite testing.  Club hosts are available on an occasional basis, but if you don't have a partner please check with the Secretary before attending.  Our normal mode of play is Pairs, but we also have regular monthly Teams events.  These are shown on the Calendar, but if you are planning on joining us at one of those evenings, again, please check with the Secretary first.  From time to time we also have other Teams events, and an occasional Swiss Pairs event; the last session of our playing 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 by 22.00; table money £2.

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

Membership 2016 - 2017: £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
18th Jan 2018
Thursday Evening
Director: Tony J
Scorer: JE
16th Jan 2018
Tuesday Lighter Bridge
Director: Stephen Hanslip
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
15th Jan 2018
Monday No Fears
Director: Danny Parsonson
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
Calendar
28th Jan 2018
Yorkshire League Match 5
8th Feb 2018
Date to be confirmed - YCBA Margery Cartwright Sim Pairs
11th Feb 2018
Yorkshire League Match 6