We will be holding a Handicap Pairs on the 16th of February. This is played as a normal pairs event and then at the end the current NGS ranking of all the players will be used to calculate a handicap for each pair, which is then applied to the results. The winners are thus the pair who beat their NGS ranking by the highest amount and in theory this should give everyone an equal chance of winning. There will be a prize of a bottle of wine each for the winning pair on handicap.
The County Mixed Pairs was won by Jane Morton & Stewart Fishburne, with Jane & Dick Rutter in 2nd place.
In the County Match against Warwickshire the 1st team lost 3-17, the 2nd team lost 7-13 & the 3rd team lost 3-17.
At the Christmas Charity Swiss Teams a vote was taken to determine which charity should be supported and Acorns Children's Hospice was a clear winner. Thank-you to everyone who brought prizes for the raffle which raised £226. 10 teams participated in the event which was won by Joyce, Stewart, Mike & Ian.
A National Pairs Heat was held on the 1st of December and the top 4 pairs qualify to play in the Regional Finals on the 15th of March.
Results and photos from the Malvern Congress can be found on the News page.
Martin Gill & Paul Slater won the Irene Allen Non-Expert Swiss Pairs, just beating Ian Lewis & Margaret Hanson. The Richard Lewis Trophy was won by Liz Smith & Steve Simmons.
The Committee are looking for a new Editor for Worcestershire Bridge News. If anyone is interested in do this then they should talk to Mike Willoughby, the current editor, or another Committee Member.
The latest edition of the Worcestershire Bridge News has been published (June 2014 Edition).
The Rules of Competition have been updated to reflect changes agreed at a recent Committee Meeting as follows :-
- The Seniors Pairs & Veterans Pairs have been combined into one event.
- The Pairs Ladder will only be split into two Divisions if there are at least 10 tables.
- The Phillipps Playoff is being replaced with a Phillipps Handicap Final where the averages from the heats are used as handicaps. This event is open to all players and if players do not have a Phillipps average then their handicap will be based on their NGS ranking.
- There is no longer a Championship Pairs Qualifier.
The WCBA Committee has been giving considerable thought to the feasibility of acquiring bridge premises for the use of Worcestershire bridge players that would be available 7 days a week, with the ability to cater for the growing demand for daytime bridge. It is envisaged that the premises will support at least a 20 table session with room for matches, teaching and storage with a basic level of catering. The planned venue will include adequate facilities for parking, toilets, heating etc. A few documents are available in the Members Only area of the website, one asking for feedback and one being a feasibility review. To access the Members Only area of the website for the first time you will need the Membership Registration Code which you can get from Paul Hammond or other Committee Members.