CBC - Well done Shirley & Marie!
YHBC - YHBC - Teams Series (6/6) - Well done Jane, Viv, Norma & Irene! Well done to Barbara, Val, Joyce, John & Ian for winning the Series!
CBC - CBC - Thurs Champs (3/10) - Well done Nick & Ian!
CBC - Well done John & Ian and a major WELL DONE to Karen & Stephanie!
YHBC - Well done Jill & David!
Hants Congress, Pairs - Well done Cathy & Andrew!
Special congratulations to Jill & Colin, top of our local pairs in 7th, great result!
Nick & Ian and Andy & Robert also in the top 50 and more local pairs also took part - great to see so many of our pairs in these events!
Hants Congress, Teams - Well done Cathy & Andrew, Ralph & Steve!
Congratulations to Jill, Colin, Nick & Ian finishing in the top 10 and Jill & Colin also had a great X-Imp score of +35!
Weds 20th: YHBC - Beryl Doughty (12/12), Sun 24th: EBU - Portland Pairs (Mixed)
CBC - Well done Mark & Ian!
YHBC - Well done Sheila & Peter and Phil & Jerry!
BBL - Div1 - Camberley vs Ascot C (Away match for Ian, Jill, Alan C & David P) - Camberley lost 3-17
CBC - CBC - Teams Series (2/6) - Well done Margaret B, Margaret W, Barbara & Ian!
CBC - Well done Val & Michael and Tricia & Anne!
YHBC - Well done June & John and Pat & Allan!
Surrey Seniors - Well done Richard & Geoff! - Local interest, 2 pairs in the master points, Penny & Susan (7th) and Barbara & Pitti (18th) - well done all!
EBU National Pairs Qualifier - Well done Tim & Robert! Not the finest hour for local pairs, headed by Colin & David in 93rd, Ian & Nick 103rd and Simon & David 138th - Ian & Nick were 30th at half time but a disastrous second half!
South East 1
South East 2
South East Overall
Weds 13th: YHBC - Teams Series (6/6), Thurs 14th: CBC - Thurs Champs (3/10), Saturday 16th: Hants Congress, Pairs, Sunday 17th: Hants Congress, Teams
CBC - CBC - Monday Champs (2/10) - Well done to Mark & Ian!
YHBC - Well done Chris & Ian!
CBC - Well done Barbara & Pitti!
BBL - Div2 - Yateley A vs BF A (Away match for Alan B, Ian, Colin & David S) - Yateley A won 16-4, well done all!
Friday 1st March
CBC - Well done David & Tony and Barbara & Trevor! 13.5 tables too, great attendance!
Thurs 7th: CBC - Teams Series (2/6), Sunday 10th: Surrey Seniors, EBU National Pairs Qualifier
CBC - Well done Jo & Ian!
BBL - Div1 - Well done Camberley, winning 11-9 (Ian, Simon, Colin & David vs Ascot B)
Surrey - Div3a - Well done Camberley, winning 16-4 (Geoff, Frances, Linda & vs Ascot B)
3Counties - Well done Trevor & Barbara, winning with a great score clost to 70%
YHBC - Beryl Doughty Cup (11/12) - Well done David & Derek and Marion & Ian!
Farnham - Sylvia Rose - Well done to Simon's team winning against a very tough team (Langford Vs Varda), Nick's team lost to John's team 5-15 (Browne Vs Fairhurst)
CBC - Well done Margaret & Margaret!
BBL - Div1 - Camberley Lost to a tough side 4-16 (Away match for Ian, Simon, Julie & Richard vs Ascot A)
BBL - Div2 - Yateley Lost 6-14 (Home match for Alan, Jo, Jill & Colin vs Ascot D)
CBC - Well done David & Trevor!
YHBC - Well done Marion & Alan and Martin & Bob!
EBU Ranked Masters (Life - Session 1) - EBU Ranked Masters (Life - Session 2) - Ian & Nick holding their own day 1 with 2 + scores
EBU Ranked Masters (Life - Session 3) - EBU Ranked Masters (Life - Session 4) - Ian & Nick have 1 disaster session and 1 minor plus session
EBU Ranked Masters (Premier Grand Masters) - Well done Roger & David
EBU Ranked Masters (Grand Masters) - Well done Mike & Sarah
EBU Ranked Masters (Premier Life & Life) - Well done Bogdan & Roman (Premier Life), Andrew & Rob (Life)
EBU Ranked Masters (National & Regional Masters) - Well done Heather & Claire (National), David & Howard (Regional)
EBU Masters - Well done Roger & Iain
Mon 25th: CBC - Monday Champs (2/10)
CBC - Florence Lewis Crockery Cup - Well done Jo, Ian, Nick & Keith! Great attendance (13 tables) too.
YHBC - Teams (Committee Cup Qualifier) Well done Gillian, Nick, Pamela & John!
The top 4 Teams can now enter the Final on 7th April in Windsor for the Committee Cup and we wish them well:
Gillian Watts & Nik Halliday and John Gatrell & Pamela Brown
Sheila Brent & Peter Peterson and Irene Vest & Norma Wilcox
Val Cooper & Joyce Brown and Barbara Regan & John Kilner
James Roberts & Bobbi Turnbull and Trevor & Barbara Hobson
Farnham - Sylvia Rose - Ian, Nick, Judi & Margaret K lost 6-14
CBC - CBC Thursday Championships (2/6) - ♥ Happy Valentines Day ♥ !!! Well done to Margaret & Margaret!
CBC - Well done Frances & Geoff and Moira & Jim!
YHBC - Well done Val & Lesley and Nick & Ian!
SCBA Mixed Pairs - Well done Julia & Steve!
Interesting Hand: Hand 2 - Playing Benji, partner opens 2♣ (21/22 NT or 8PT in a suit equivalent, 12+) - it comes round to me and I give it some thought then pass - puzzled look from Ops, mild horror from partner (though silent)! I had 4 points and 7 ♣s to the J, unlikely that anything is on so my best shot is to play in ♣s - it worked!!!
Interesting Hand: Hand 30 - Continuing the theme above, 1NT from Ops, 2♣ from partner (♥s and Another suit), I have 6 ♣s and 4 points (KJ♣) so again, I pass - another good score....! Occasionally, lateral thinking is needed - "how can I help partner and where can I offer value", sometimes, it is by being unusual and leaving partner in a suit they don't expect...!
Berks & Bucks Perkins Cup (Teams) - Well done Charles, Bill, David & Evelyn!
Weds 20th: YHBC - Beryl Doughty (11/12) ; BBL Matches in Div 1 and Div 2 Sat/Sun 23/24th: EBU Ranked Masters
CBC - Well done Barbara & Val!
Interesting Hand: Board 10 - On an auction that goes Ops 1♥, P, 2♣, P, 2♠, P, 3♥, P 4♥, P, P, Me..... I have a weak 2♥ opener and not sure what to do - as they have bid ♠s and ♣s I fear doubling will alert the danger and they will escape - I think with hands like this, pass is the only viable choice which I did.
YHBC - Well done Jill & Ian!
Interesting Hand: Board 21 - How to bid this? I thought for ages and decided to open 5♥ - partner bid 6♥ - good result but.... How do we find 7♥? I feel it is to do with exclusion blackwood (I ask for Aces, excluding ♦s) but we need to agree the suit first, tricky.....
CBC - Well done Arthur & Tim!
BBL - Yateley A Match - (Alan B & Marion, Simon & Andy) Well done all, winning 13-7 and moving back to the top of Division 2!
CBC- Well done Rebecca & Roger!
YHBC - Well done Val & Lesley and Barbara & Ian!
Mon 11th: CBC - Teams (Florence Lewis Crockery Cup) ; Weds 13th: YHBC - Teams (Qualifier for B&B Committee Cup) ; Thu 14th: CBC - Teams (Championship Series)
CBC - Monday Championsips (1/10): Well done Lesley & Joyce!
NICKO Plate (Round 1) (Ian & Nick, Jill & Alan B) Vs Ditton - a Win for the Ops, Ditton. A very pleasant team and a good tea at half time - awful weather to drive though but made it there and back safely.
YHBC - Well done Margaret & Lesley and Bob & Irene!
Farnham Benzimra Champs - Farnham's Club Championships - Well done Gabriel & James!
CBC - No Bridge due to Snow risk.
Friday 1st Feb
YHBC - No Bridge due to Snow risk.
Berks & Bucks County Pairs Final - Well done Roger & Peter!
Richmond Blue Point Swiss Pairs - Well done Michael & Adrian!
No Events - watch out for some League matches in Surrey & BBL and a Home Counties Match Thursday 7th Feb
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Jane & Tim and May & Martin!
Surrey League Match - Lewis (Ian, Simon, Jo & Alan B) Vs Hughes - Victory to Hughes (Brian, Lee, David P & Colin) 14-6
CBC Committee meeting
YHBC - Beryl Doughty (10/12): Well done Irene & Bob! Sheila & Peter are holding onto the lead with 2 rounds to go. Superb result for Marianne & Rosalie too, well done both!
BBL Div 1 - League match: CBC (David P, Alan C, Jo & Simon) Vs Aerospace - A great win for Camberley, well done all!!!
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Rachel & Nick!
Interesting Hand: Board 20: When you don't have a fit, NT! Not always, here my partner opened 1♥ and jumped to 3♥ on the re-bid, I panic and bid 3NT - I made it but shouldn't have - Ops led away from KQ♥ and then didn't play ♠'s through me but set-up my second suit (♦s). Defence is hard but very important, don't help declarer....!
Interesting Hand: Board 22: Leading trumps. Partner opens 3♦ (weak and long). Ops rightly bid 3NT. I sacrifice as I believe Ops will make it (and they should). Now, when you have the balance of the points it is not always easy to double but you MUST lead a trump. Even if it is a singleton trump or AK, lead it and stop any cross ruffing. As an aside, well played partner!
BBL Div 2 - League match: Yateley A (Alan B & Jo & Jill & Colin) Vs Bracknell Forest B - Lost 7-13 in a tight match
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Frances & Geoff, 73.48%!!!!
YHBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Val & Lesley!
Mon 28th - CBC Monday Champs (1/10), Tue 29th - NICKO Plate match, Wed 30th - Farnham Benzimra Champs, Sun 3rd - Berks & Bucks County Pairs Final
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Colin & David!
Lady Rose Plate (Event not live as yet for scores) - Ian's team won away vs a Richmond team - well done, Ian & Nick, Jo & Alan!
YHBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Chris & Ian and Jill & Colin!
Interesting Hand: Board 9: Playing precision, we were able to find out about the second suit and a 4/4 fit (much better than the 6 card ♠ suit with a 6/1 fit) - I mis-counted the ♠'s and lost a trick I shouldn't but most of the field are in ♠s not ♥s - worth looking for a better fit if room in the bidding.
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Rosemary & Norma!
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Penny & Susan (and Special mention to Angela & Colin with a superb result!)
YHBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Jill & David!
Mon 21st - Surrey League match, Weds 23rd - Beryl Doughty, BBL League match, Thurs 24th - BBL League match
BBL Div2 - Teams League (Yateley A): Well done on winning 18-2 (Alan B & Jo, Colin & David P)
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done David & Nick!
May 6th Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs - Entry Form now available on YHBC and CBC
YHBC - Team Session: Well done Alan, John, Colin & David (Colin & David achieving over 70% as a pair on X-Imps!!!). The season is now within a fraction of a % for the lead and 1 event to go in March....
Interesting Hand: Board 14, A wild hand here, at our teams event, mainly a flat board but potential for big swings. Can anyone work out a sequence to get to 6♦ by EW (the only slam available)? Incredible that NS cannot make more than 8 tricks in their suits and EW have minor fit and have to ignore the 6 card major - an impossible hand but worth a look.
BBL Div1 - Teams League (Camberley A): A narrow Loss 8-12 (Simon & Margaret, Alan C & David P)
CBC - Thursday Championships (1/10): Well done Lorraine & John!
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Margaret & Ian and David & Connie!
YHBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Jo & Alan!
This was also a qualifier for the Waller Bowl (Berks Pairs Final) - well done to all who qualified:
Jo & Alan
Marion & Vivek
June & John
Val & Lesley
Barbara & Ian
Jo & Alan
Marion & Vivek
June & John
Val & Lesley
Barbara & Ian
Surrey - Affiliated Club Teams of 8 - CBC 13th out of 14 - last at half time though and finished on a high (Ian & Marion, Simon & Margaret B, Jane & Keith W, Nick & John F)
Interesting Hand: Board 5 (Half 1), A good contract by NS and the first hand of the day. I decide to lead 3♠ from AXX and found partner with 6 to the Q - Declarer played the J♠ (on a guess) and partner wins with the Q♠ and returns the lead, I take the K♠ and return it for 6 tricks off the top, then my A♦ - was pleased with my lead!!!
Berks & Bucks - County Pairs Qualifier - Top 16 qualify, Colin & David a very creditable 4th and have made the cut for the final on 3rd February, well done both!
Regular club sessions but no club events, Ian's team have a Lady Rose plate match Monday (Away)
No Bridge, New Years Eve
Tuesday 1st (2019)
New Years Day!!! Hope all saw the New Year in style - we had a nice gathering at ours with some friends from the local clubs and ate, drank and played games - Happy New Year!!!
We were saddened to hear the news that a previous member, Arnold Bradshaw, passed away. Arnold was a key player locally and nationally and was known throughout the area as a fierce and strong player - he will be missed by many.
Master Point Promotions - Last Listing of the year published, well done to YHBC and CBC players (pages 19 & 20):
YHBC - First Session of the New Year: Well done Colin & Lesley!
Interesting Hand: Board 10, 7♥ bid and made by Val & Vee, relied on the ♥ finesse (brave to take it!!!), well done both.
Interesting Hand: Board 13, 6♠ bid and made by Ian & Chris, Precision 1♣, 2♥ (alerted as semi-positive), 3♣ overcall - 6♠ (punt) by Ian - partner needs A♥ (he has it), K♦ needs to be on side (it is), phew...!!!
Farnham - First Session of the New Year (Sylvia Rose, Teams): Well done Nick & Marie (with partner's) winning 18-2 and guaranteeing the team a place in the "A" Final with 1 match to go.
We were saddened to hear the news that a popular Surrey player, Richard Millard, passed away, he was my County Team Captain for several years and a good friend - he will be missed by many.
CBC - First Session of the New Year (Teams): Well done Philip, Andy, John & Keith - a strong start to the series (they were champions last season!).
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done John & Dorothy and Norman & John!
Interesting Hand: Board 11, 6NT and 6♥ bid and made a few times (neither of which should make!) but 6♣ not bid at all (the only slam there!), 6NT fails on a ♠ lead.
YHBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Colin & David!
Interesting Hand: Board 1, 6♦ is cold, how to get there though? Saddened to say we didn't get to game
Warwick Congress - 3 Day Congress, Day 1 - 6 Events for the warm up day, no local players though: Mixed - Mens - Ladies - Teams Red - Teams Green - Teams Blue
Warwick Congress - 3 Day Congress, Day 2, Swiss Pairs: The largest attendance in recent years with 62 Tables, 1 local pair (finished in the middle with 3 wins).
Warwick Congress - 3 Day Congress, Day 3, Swiss Teams: Another good attendance with 57 tables, 1 local pair with team mates (finished in the middle again with 3 wins).
Teams at YHBC on Wednesday 9th, Waller Bowl Qualifier at YHBC on Friday 11th, Thursday Championship (1/10) at CBC on Thursday 10th, Surrey event for Affiliated Clubs Teams of 8 (CBC have a team entered) on Sunday 13th, Berks&Bucks event for County Pairs Qualifier (Local Pairs have entered) on Sunday 13th
No Bridge, Christmas Eve
Christmas Day!!! Hope all had a great Christmas!!!
CBC - Regular Club Session: Well done Margaret & John!
Interesting Hand: Hand 17 was interesting. With 13 points each for East and West, 5♦ is the optimum contract. However, this is important in terms of who plays the hand. If East opens 1♣ and West bids 1♦ (no rush), then North should lead out the A♥ and the K♣ will follow later. However, if East opens 1♦ (feeling that they don't want to reverse later), then South has a much harder lead choice. Could easily lead a ♠. Now, AK♠ to discard the K♥ and 12 tricks make after losing the K♣ later! Unfortunately, we made the wrong choice on each bid (for this hand)! Partner Opened 1♣ (nothing wrong with that). I respond 1♦ and I then missed the 3♥ bid as a splinter! With some extra bidding I eventually land partner in 6NT which he has to convert into the impossible 7♦ - 0%!!! Can't win them all but, we were right to be considering the slam (I feel) and had East been in 6♦, would it have made I wonder.....
EBU - Year End Congress: Swiss Pairs (1/3). One of our members Son is currently leading after Day 1, well done Chris Cooper!
CBC - The final Session of 2018: Well done Tricia & Anne!
EBU - Year End Congress: Swiss Pairs (2/3). Chris drops to 21st after a tough session today.
EBU - Year End Congress: Swiss Pairs (3/3). Chris finished in 8th after a strong last session. Overall Rankings HERE
EBU - Year End Congress: Jack High Pairs. A great concept for a competitive event for regular club players. Not many local players entered though.
We were saddened to hear the news that a much loved and long standing member, Marion Scott, has passed away, we will miss you Marion.
EBU - Year End Congress: Open Pairs (1/2). A few local pairs participating. Open Pairs (2/2).
EBU - Year End Congress: Mixed Pairs (1/2). No local pairs participating. Open Pairs (2/2).
EBU - Year End Congress: Swiss Teams. The final event of the year in London. I have been keeping an eye out for local players and pleased to see one of my partners, Chris Purvis finish 20th with his team mates winning 5/7 matches, a great performance, well done!!!
First session of YHBC on Wednesday 2nd, Teams at CBC on Thursday 3rd
With the ending of the Bridge Diary (of an Addict!!!), a few comments have been raised and some people still want to know what is happening in the Bridge Clubs and events that may include our members (YHBC and CBC).
To this end, welcome to the new Bridge Journal with a weekly Summary!
This is intended just as a roundup of the week's events and note for the diary on "next week". We will include some "well done" messages, as well a summary of what happened this week, links to events and pointing out interesting hands.
This will be a weekly summary but posted nightly with future events "greyed out" until after the event where links will be added.
Watch this space....!