Congratulations to Marian Wilcox and Louise Wilson, and to Heather Westcott and Jennifer Romer, who tied first place in a tightly contested Ladies' Pairs event, with Sue Lane and Sue Evans in 3rd place.
In the Men's Pairs, well done to Paul Hammond and Paul Tapster who took the title, with Mike Vetch and David Waide in 2nd place and Geoffrey Herbert and Matt Newton in 3rd place.
After much editing and re-drafting, the full 2019-20 Calendar (from May) is now fully live, as is the hosting rota for Wednesdays.
We are going "paper-free" on calendars, following discussion at the AGM; you can find all calendar details, with updates, on the website as before.
- If you would like to download a paper copy of the text of the calendar, click here;
- If you would like us to print you a basic old-style card version, have a word with a committee member!
Please check your hosting date (rotation is approximately 13-14 months for Wed main calendar). There have been a few changes to the May/June/July dates since the draft was on view at the club two weeks ago.
If you have a problem with the date, do try to arrange a swap with someone, and let us know - (Richard Arrowsmith is host-rota secretary) - if you then draw a blank, we will try to help arrange a change.
LATEST NEWS: We have now finalised dates for our first VISIT to Romorantin, in June, with a return visit from our French friends at the beginning of October.
Seven people have so far registered interest, and five have already booked their flights; it may be possible to add more individuals and couples if the dates suit you - contact Mike urgently if you wish to take part!
The dates for the trip will be TUESDAY 4th June to SATURDAY 8th June; with the French coming to us from MONDAY 30th September to FRIDAY 4th October.
We anticipate flying to Tours via Stansted airport, with RyanAir as the airline.
Pics from the October 2018 event can be found here; a VIDEO greeting from M Gillier can be viewed here.
The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Wed 20th February;
Notably, Andy Cullen was elected to Honorary Life Member status, in recognition of many years of excellent servie to the Club, from its foundation in 1989.
Votes of thanks were recorded to many helpers and contributors, especially to Dick on his five years of outstanding work as Hon Treasurer.
Lots of PHOTOS will appear here very soon.
Earlier tips now added to the tips archive list, on the left-hand menu... Below are Tips EIGHT and NINE...
WEEK EIGHT: (and a New Year's Resolution for 2019?)
Be NICE to your partner!
Some players are scrupulously polite to their opponents (see Tip Three) but not so friendly to their partner - especially when partner is (or seems to be) making mistakes!
Firstly, if partner slips up, they're probably well aware of this but don't need to have it pointed out to them.
Secondly, if they don't know what they did wrong, you're probably not going to teach/improve them between now and the next hand; the next hand will have its own difficulties, and they (and you!) need their wits about them trying to get the next one right!
Thirdly, maybe they did the right thing, or had good reasons for doing what they did, but are too polite (!) to answer back!
Finally: it is not pleasant for your table guests to witness! It's only a game!
WEEK NINE: Teams Tactics - Thank to Jimmy for presenting this on Wed 16th January.
In most sessions we are playing for "Match-Points" in Pairs, and we know the value of making that overtrick or making 3NT + 1 (+430) rather than 4S (+420)
In Teams, most of the "IMPs" come from bigger hands (games/slams) where making or not making contract is worth +/-10 or 13 IMPs, whereas an overtrick may be worth 1 IMP or even nothing.
And even in Part-score, making/not making is generally worth +/-5 or 6 IMPs, and these add up!
SO: 1) as declarer, concentrate on making the number of tricks needed to make your contract, and only go for overtricks if that does not risk the contract. Look for safety plays, so you make EVEN when the finesse is offside.
2) As defenders, be prepared to take a risk, which may lead to overtricks if it goes wrong, if it's the only way to beat the contract - maybe underlead your ace (to get to partner's presumed King, so they can give you a ruff.
3) Take MORE risks (bidding THIN games) when RED (vulnerable) than when GREEN: the maths are in your favour - it pays in the long run because the return is approximately 2 to 1, whereas when GREEN it is close to EVENS.
For more detail on this, see this link
Photos are here - many thanks to Maureen for her organisation, and to Freda and team for the fantastic food!
Next Robson date: Fri 16th October 2020!
20th September 2018: Rufus, Trish, Ele, Sheila, Dennis and Andy O'H, putting Bridge and Worcester on the map via the BBC!
Listen (asap!) on this iPlayer radio link:
16m25 for the Rowdies (Rufus, Ele, Sheila, Trish and Dennis) (approx 5 mins); 25m15, where Kate actually describes us as "Bridge-Playing Dudes/The Rabble!"...
38m30 for the Chairman... (another 5 mins) (ignoring the debate about whether Bridge is related to Cribbage); Andy O'Hare with the top quotes of the day at 53m55... (another 4 mins)
New to Bridge? Looking for classes? Follow this link to find classes, all over Worcestershire; the HoW Beginners' course starts on Tuesday; and there are various other classes available for improvers and intermediates.
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Carol Glover, who passed away in hospital on Friday. Carol had recently become a regular at Tuesday afternoon sessions.
Janette visited her in hospital on Wednesday, with a card and good wishes from the Club.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Fred Rochelle, a much-loved and well-respected member of the Club for many years.
It was a always a pleasure to play with Fred, and we were delighted that he was able to return to play at both Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in the last year.
His funeral was held at Worcester Crematorium on Friday 27th July, at 12:15pm.
The Mixed Pairs Championships was a real cliff-hanger, with three different pairs leading during the last five minutes; in the end first place was a tie (not splittable) between Maureen & Jimmy and Sue & Dennis. Congratulations to all four; and well done to Dennis who has kept a hand on the trophy for the fourth consecutive year!
Third place was also tied, between Jane & Dick and Lyn & Paul.
This week sees the first anniversary of Tuesday Bridge; remember that we have a special offer of a FREE SESSION at Tuesday Bridge for all WBC members, (whether they usually play on Tue, Wed, or both): just come along (with a friend?) and claim your free game.
This offer is not transferable, but is available until the end of September.
We hope to see you any Tuesday soon...,
A good day was had by all at Caffe Bolero; five tables played a full all-play-all movement, and had a very nice lunch + a few coffees and cakes! Prizes went to Martin Gill, Andy + Lollie, and to the "wooden-spooners", Batman and Superman!
Players were generous in their donations to Acorns Children's Hospice, and, with a little extra from the event surplus, we raised £125 for our charity.
We hope to have another "multi-café" event in September!
Many thanks to all who have completed GDPR forms; we now have nearly all members' forms completed now. Trish won the prize for the first completed one!
If you have not yet completed a form, you can download the blank PDF from here; First SAVE the PDF to your desktop, then RE-OPEN it, tick the boxes and fill in the details. Then email back to Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The AGM took place on Wed 21st February; trophies for 2017 were presented; photos by Andy O'Hare below!
Members might like to know more about the Roger Bowles Bridge Library.
After Roger's tragic death in Dec 2015, his widow donated his extensive collection of Bridge books to us; it was agreed that these should be managed by the County Bridge Association, and they are stored by Martin Gill. The full list of some 125 titles (both educational and humorous) can be found here, along with Martin Gill's contact details.
We have a small "taster" selection at Claines for people to see, and books can also be booked out from there, using the notebook to record borrowing and return.
WED 13th: (RBL Claines): Well done to Jane and Marian, who won the Wed Xmas Party with an impressive 64%. Thanks to Jimmy for his Directing etc, and to Caroline for excellent food again! Photos below.
TUESDAY 19th: CAFE Party, Elgar's in Reindeer Court: went ahead as planned and a good time was had by all (8 full tables); winners were Martin (G) and Mike, just ahead of Sue (T) and Martin (P), with Sue (E) and Richard in 3rd place; the mini-toblerones were won by David and Peter.
We also collected £24-18 (and a US dime!) for our Cafe charity, Acorns Hospice.
Rather grainy pics - I think some food must have got on the lens!
Thanks to Andy O'Hare for the photos!
Well, that was fun! Well done to Lorna and Rufus (Winners), Pam and Sheila (2nd) and Andy and Richard (3rd); indeed to all, for making it such an enjoyable day, played in the best spirit.
Still a few sums to do, but we raised approximately £150 for Acorns too.
Lots of good publicity for the event and the game of Bridge, as Mike was grilled by his former pupil Elliott Webb on BBC H&W;
1) An early morning call, before the event, listen here at approx 1hr 55m20: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05ds9m5
2) A neat bit of video editing on FaceBook: (1400 views and counting - will we go viral??) https://www.facebook.com/..
3) More on Friday morning's show, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05dsb4k - scroll to 51 mins; including a nice interview with Sharon at the table.
MANY thanks from Mike to all the helpers, Tim, Andy, George, Peter, Dick, Mike W, and to Sue and Denn for coming along as back-up pair.
More pics to follow...
♠ If you are looking for a game of Duplicate Bridge, we would like to think you have come to the right place...♥
♦ Just click HERE for details on how to start playing at Worcester Bridge Club!♣
Our first Daytime Bridge session took place on Tuesday 20th June, with six full tables, and plenty of laughs and cakes! A fine win for Grahame and Tony... Session Two saw hosts Denn and Sue outscore Grahame and Tony; and another six and a half tables!
Next week, same time same place: HALLOW Parish Hall, starting at 1pm; please be there for 12-45pm, but bring table money! (£3.00 members, £4.00guests - but you can join on the spot for £5-00!) Do bring friends and guests - we will always have a host!
To ensure that we can be as welcoming as possible, we still need offers of HOSTING; and if you cannot help in any other way, why not offer to bring along a home-made cake or tray bake?
Full calendar, results, rotas and venue details are available on this site: look for the DAYTIME menu to get started!
at Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Claines, WR3 7PL, every Wednesday
Start time 7.15 for 7.30.
and at Hallow Parish Hall, Hallow Worcester, WR2 6PE, every Tuesday;
Start time 12-50pm for 1pm.
Visitors welcome, and host system in operation, for both venues
Our Intermediate Bridge sessions were to some extent a victim of their own success: after three highly productive years, almost all the "Inters" moved up into the Main Room and/or at our Tuesday sessions, or started playing at other clubs; we are fully committed to the idea of providing Bridge to suit all levels, and will be happy to run/resume Inter sessions if a viable number of newcomers come through; or as an extension of the Try-Duplicate section.
Try-Duplicate sessions continue to take place on the first Wednesday of each month: here we have fewer boards (15-18) and a host to help players throughout the session. Visitors are welcome, and there is no extra charge for these sessions: all players pay £2-50 table money. It is most helpful if you are able to let Mike know beforehand if you are coming, so that we can make up full tables easily.
Some of our old Inters/Try-Dup players have found that the "next step" for them is Tuesday afternoon Bridge (see Daytime tab for details): these are held at Hallow Parish Hall at 1pm; the pace is a little gentler, and of course these sessions are becoming famous for the cakes which people bring along!
Small adjustment to Tue 23rd April results, due to NS score on bd 13 having been entered in EW column.
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