This has now become the Club Championship and Plate. It consists of a qualifying heat plus a final. After the qualifying heat, the top half of the field play for the Cup and the lower half of the field play for the Plate.
In 2017 the qualifying heat will be on Wednesday 8th November. The final will be on Wednesday 13th December.
The last winners of the Cup were Berry and Graham Hedley and the winners of the Plate were Bridget Keates and Jill Butcher
Created in Coventry by George Cuthbertson and John Pyner, the competition is run in divisions of 4 tables, where over a period of 5 months, each pair plays 2 eight board matches against every other pair in their division. After each match, the E/W pairs score up as teams with the other N/S pairs in their division. The final scores for each match are converted from imps to VP’s.
Scoreboards of the results are displayed during the evening after each match is completed and cumulative scoresheets are put up on the website and at the club after each session has been completed. Master points are awarded at the end of each series. There is promotion and relegation at the end of each series plus a free entry for the next series to the winners of each division.
Not only is the event very social but over the series, the teams scoring reduces the randomness that is often associated with pairs events. It is important to bid close games and slams and NOT to go for big penalties!
The competition is played on the first Wednesday of the month and the New Series will start on Wednesday September 6th and will run for 5 months finishing on Wednesday January 3rd 2017.
Attendance and Substitutes:
Full attendance is required for this competition so as to avoid an eight board sit out. However substitutes are allowed (either individuals or pairs). Any substitute or substitute pair can play more than once and for different people. Their score will be allocated to the original entrants. It is the responsibility of the original entrants to arrange their substitutes.
In 2017 the winners of the Green Section were David Gritt & Vida Bingham and the winners of the Blue Section were Bill Nicolle & Linda Gardiner
Spring, Summer & Wnter Series each run over 4 month periods.
This event is held on the third Wednesday of the month from January through to August. The Spring series is from January to April and the Summer Series is from May to August and the Winter Series from September - January.
The event is expertly directed by Graham Hedley and each evening consists of 4 x 7 board matches with a prize for the winners of each evening. Pairs can drop in and out to suit but there is an extra cumulative prize for the leading pair over the whole of each series – (please note that only one substitute is allowed in each series).
The Spring series in 2016 was won by Graham & Berry Hedley. The Summer series in 2016 was won by Peter Griffin & Leon Northeast.
THE BRADLEY-CROUCH CUP
This competition (including the non-expert section) is played on each Thursday evening in January to March. A player's three best results are counted, one in each month. Partners must be club members. "NGS Stratification" will be used and the non-expert trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring player with an EBU National Grading Scheme (NGS) grading of 6 or below (i.e. <47%). (Stratification will be based on members’ EBU NGS ranking on 1 January.)
The winners in 2017 were Adrian Alexander and the winners of the Non Expert were Rob Jenner and Eric Jenner
This competition runs through July & August on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesday. Players can play with the same or various partners. Prize awarded to the best individual with a minumum of 5 scores to count.
The Winner in 2017 was Chris Jago
NON EXPERT TROPHY
This trophy is awarded to the non-expert (fewer than 5000 master points as at 1st April) who attains the most master points at club sessions in the following year.
The winner in 2017 was Alan Clifford
THE ERIC VALENTINE REEVES MEMORIAL PRIZE
This is now the Mixed Pairs Championship and is played the closest Tuesday to Valentine's Day. There is a prize for the leading pair plus a Flitch prize for the leading married couple.
The winners of the Mixed Championship in 2017 were Mick Carrington & Lindsay Geddes and the winners of the Eric Reeves prize in 2017 were Berry & Graham Hedley
The date for this event in 2018 is Tuesday February 13th
ANNUAL CLUB INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION/ PAIRS CHAMPIONS
A competition for the best individual and best pair in the club with the highest average score from 1st April to 31st March with a minimum of 10 sessions played for pairs and 20 sessions for individuals to be played.
In 2017 the individual winner was Philip Hunt and the winning pair was Lindsay Geddes and Mick Carrington
WSBC LADIES & MENS PAIRS
This is a one session event where a prize is given to the leading Ladies pair and Mens pair.
If there is a sufficient entry the event is run in separate divisions for ladies and men with both sections playing the same boards.
However with less than 10 pairs in each division, the competition is run in a single section with all the Ladies pairs sitting North/South and all the Mens pairs sitting East/West.
In 2016 the Mens Pairs was won by Peter Griffin & Leon Northeast and Chris Jepson & Liz Lancaster won the Ladies Pairs.
The 2017 event will be on Tuesday 12th September.
THE THOMASON TROPHY
This competition is held on Thursday evenings through the year, and is restricted to members who have less than 5000 registered master points as at 1st April. The winner is the member who attains the most master points during the bridge year.