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Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup will be held this year on 23rd November and will be a Swiss Pairs event, pairs will need to be known prior to the event so keep on eye on the notice board in the club for the list to add your name to.

 
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Yorkshire Leagues - season 2017-18

Match 2 November 12th

A V's Sheffield B at Home Lost 6-14

B V's Shelley away Won 15-5

C V's Keighley C Away Won 12-8

D V's Ilkley E at Home won 13-7

Next Matches December 3rd. Team selection on November 23rd

 

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
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On Wednesday 18th October Yorkshire held the first "High Level Bridge" competition at Bradford Bridge Club which was open to NGS Grades of Queen, King and Ace.  I am pleased to report that John O'Sullivan and Ian Johns won the event with a massive score of 66% which was a whole 9% better that the pair in second place.  A huge well done to John and Ian on this great achievement.

Teams Night

The latest Teams Event, for the Jim Smillie trophy, was held on Monday 9 October 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 Russ Parkinson, John Milne, Brian Leggetter & Tony Murray with a score of 79 IMPS with John O'Sullivan, Ian Johns, Peter Jeans & Rosemary Makings in second place with 77 IMPS.  The next teams event will be on Thursday 9th November.

The current leader board after five events is as follows:

  • Pat & Chris Maynard - 37.5 points
  • Russ Parkinson - 36
  • Ian Johns - 33.5
  • Peter Jeans & Rosemary Makings - 33 

For full list see below

Jim Smillie Trophy Leading Positions.pdf

 

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 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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Edna Hunter Trophy
Edna Hunter Trophy

The Edna Hunter Trophy was once again held at Wakefield Bridge Club on Sunday 17th September and was this year contested by eight teams representing Wakefield, Ossett and Barnsley.  The eventual victors were the Ossett team of Karen Lemm, Martin Fenton, David Hannam and Richard Porteus with a score of 57 IMPS with the team of Jennifer & Bill Davies, Margaret Watson and Geoff Bloom finishing second with 46 IMPS, this was back to back victories for the winners as they also won the event last year.  The bridge was directed by Pat Maynard and the scoring was done by Chris Maynard.  A substantial buffet tea was enjoyed by all at half time and thanks must go to Pat Maynard and Beverley Barrows for organising the catering.

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.

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.

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 about 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
16th Nov 2017
Thursday Evening
Director: Tony
Scorer: JE
14th Nov 2017
Tuesday Lighter bridge
Director: Karen
Scorer: John
13th Nov 2017
Monday morning No Fears
Director: Danny
Scorer: John
Calendar
23rd Nov 2017
President's Trophy Event - Swiss Pairs
Please sign up - as a pair - on the list in the club room.....
3rd Dec 2017
Yorkshire League Match 3
11th Dec 2017
Teams Event
Please ensure 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.

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.

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 about 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
16th Nov 2017
Thursday Evening
Director: Tony
Scorer: JE
14th Nov 2017
Tuesday Lighter bridge
Director: Karen
Scorer: John
13th Nov 2017
Monday morning No Fears
Director: Danny
Scorer: John
Calendar
23rd Nov 2017
President's Trophy Event - Swiss Pairs
Please sign up - as a pair - on the list in the club room.....
3rd Dec 2017
Yorkshire League Match 3
11th Dec 2017
Teams Event
Please ensure you attend as a full team of four....