Fixture lists for the 2018 - 2019 season are now available on the YCBA Website.
Visitors are always welcome to our club.
On Monday morning (supported play) and Tuesday evening you can come without a partner.
On Monday and Thursday evenings please come with a partner, or contact the Secretary in advance to see whether a partner is available.
The competition for the Jim Smillie Trophy continues to be very keen, and the next round of the competition will take place on Monday 21 January (a change from the previously advertised 14 January).
The Jim Smillie Trophy is awarded to the person with the highest total of the best seven scores over the year. Current scores from the first 8 events are shown in the attachment below - the December totals will be added shortly.
Jim Smillie Trophy 2018 Nov.pdf
West leads the two of clubs, South wins in hand and plays a spade towards dummy. West wins with the king and switches to the four of hearts. How should declarer plan the play
Declarer should win trick three with the ♥ A and play ♦ K. When East follows with a small diamond, South discards his last heart. All enemy lines of communication are now broken and it only remains for South to knock out the ♠ A and draw the last trump.
West's lead is obviously a singleton so the danger is that the defense may take 2 spades, 1 heart and 1 club ruff. However, in order to obtain the ruff, access to the East hand is essential. When declarer is faced with this situation he must look for a way to cut the communications (that is why this play is called the 'Scissors Coup'). All that means is that you swap losers - but the safe hand is left on play.
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 185 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 email@example.com.
The Match Secretary is Geoff Newman. For any enquiries about Yorkshire League Matches please contact him on 01924-276549 or 07720878696 - or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
All you have to do is make that first step - we'll take it from there.
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 shows the first three dates only.... please click the Calendar tab on the left of this page for the full list of forthcoming events.