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Yorkshire Leagues -season 2016-17

Yorkshire League

Another satisfactory round in the League with only the B team not acheiving a win, never the less gaining a draw.

Congratulations must go to the C team who have already become champions of division 8 with 1 match still to play, and to the D team who are now top of division 10.

With only 1 round to go the A team are 3rd in division 2 whilst the B team are 3rd from bottom in division 5 and need a win to avoid relegation.

The latest results were A team won 12-8, B team drew 10-10, C team won 17-3 and the D team won 19-1

 

 

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.

 
More Success For Wakefield Players

Karen Lemm and Martin Fenton finished a very creditable =24th out of 102 in the Swiss Pairs event at the EBU Harrogate Spring Congress, they also won the "C" stratification prize, very well done Karen and Martin.  Also at the same congress John O'Sullivan and Ian Johns, with fellow Yorkshire team mates John Hayton and Mike Jackson, finished 5th in the Swiss Teams event out of a field of 63, they were the leading team made up of all Yorkshire players so well done to them too.  Also last week the Wakefield team of Ian Johns, John O'Sullivan, Adrian Goulding and Geoff Newman won their quarter final match in the Yorkshire Trophy by the huge margin of 4 IMPS and the team of Ian, John, Geoff and Tony Murray won their 3rd round match in the Gerard Faulkener Salver by an even smaller margin of 1 IMP, they are now into the last 16 of this National competition. 

Bridge Lessons Coming Soon

Janet Easter will be running another course of bridge lessons aimed at developing your defence against No Trump contracts.  The course will begin on Friday 24th Feb and run for five weeks (3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th March), lessons will be held in the Ossett Community Centre and will run from 9:30 to 12:00. The cost of the course will be £20 for the five lessons but places are limited to 20 so make sure you get in early to avoid disappointment, please contact Janet via email at janeteaster1@btinternet.com or phone her on 01924 870896 to book your place.  The programme for the course will be as follows:

Week 1 - No Trump Leads

Week 2 - 3rd Hand Play

Week 3 - Opening Leaders Next Play

Week 4 - 2nd Hand Play

Week 5 - Count Signals & Discarding

Teams Night

Our next teams night will be held on 23rd February 2017, teams at all levels are welcome to enter, and handicapped results will be available as before - but for those Teams below the rank of Regional Master it will also serve as the Qualifier for the Yorkshire Cup Teams Final, to be held on Sunday 9 April.  You can see your rank displayed on the EBU website - go to the members page, log in, and choose the Master Points page.  As a guide, only nine of our 143 members are of this rank or above, and therefore ineligible for the Yorkshire Cup Final.  A sign-up sheet for this event is now on the club notice-board.

 

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.

Login to Pianola

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
21st Feb 2017
Tuesday Lighter Bridge
Director: Peter Wallace
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
20th Feb 2017
Monday No Fears
Director: Peter
Scorer: J
20th Feb 2017
Monday Evening
Director: Tony Johnson
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
Calendar
23rd Feb 2017
Teams Evening
Please sign up your team one week ahead.
5th Mar 2017
Yorkshire League - Match 7
 Click for more information
9th May 2017
YCBA Individual Competition - at Wakefield
10.00
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
21st Feb 2017
Tuesday Lighter Bridge
Director: Peter Wallace
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
20th Feb 2017
Monday No Fears
Director: Peter
Scorer: J
20th Feb 2017
Monday Evening
Director: Tony Johnson
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
Calendar
23rd Feb 2017
Teams Evening
Please sign up your team one week ahead.
5th Mar 2017
Yorkshire League - Match 7
 Click for more information
9th May 2017
YCBA Individual Competition - at Wakefield
10.00