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18th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade

62/62 16 VPs 0 National Master King 60.07




Playing with my life partner in Richmond's Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs

Not our day today, we had a nice lunch though!  The first time I have finished last in an event but it had to happen sometime!

We didn't win any matches, mostly Ops did good things, a few errors by us and a few wrong choices but not much - just not our day!

Not enough to write about, will dust ourselves off and be better next time!

Playing in Round 1 of the NICKO tomorrow

17th November 2018


A relaxing morning and we wrote our shopping list watching Lego Masters!

Off to lunch with Dorothy & John, Dorothy provided a nice lunch and good conversation followed by rubber bridge.

We cut for partners and I played with Dorothy - she never gets any points but today she did!  We defended really well and also had points when we needed them (including a slam).

We joked about playing for money at the start, wish we had done so!!!

We went straight to Val's after to drop off the Tabs charging unit (I am not at CBC until Friday next week as have matches on Monday and Thursday).

A nice chat with Val & Keith with wine for me (Tea for Vee who was driving) then on to Tesco for the weekly shop.

A few corrections came in for YHBC Friday night so I did those (pushed us up a fraction too!).

Back home for a late dinner and caught up with a few Grand Designs recorded.

A nice Birthday, albeit a few weeks late!

Playing in Richmond's Swiss Pairs with Vee tomorrow

16th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+4.19 2/15 59.55 24 National Master King 60.25




Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Vee was home late tonight so I said to get take away later with the lodgers and I had ham & cheese toasties (was nice!).

Not in the best of spirits and fell asleep watching TV too - then made myself cheer up and went to bridge.

I sold quite a few Christmas tickets at the start of the night and we settled in for the session.

We started off making a couple of errors but they didn't turn out too bad, only 3 bad scores overall and we had some nice defence too!

We both enjoyed the night and had a few laughs, just what I needed after today.

Playing socially tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2     Partner finessed the K looking for the over-tricks, good idea but not this time
3   Well bid partner, even made an extra trick in the play
4   We got the defence right, everything Ops tried failed and we took advantage - I felt sorry for them as I think I would have played it the same way
10   Partner jumped to game (saying, no more!) - I didn't listen, sorry partner
11   Well bid Ops
13   I was pushy here but it paid off, if Ops cover my J when I finessed, they take me down, lucky
15   I played this well, lucky Ops didn't attack the s though
16   We were the only pair to bid game, partner didn't approve to my jumping to game but I maintain that she made a free bid of 1NT after Ops over-called and so she should have 8/9
20   A poor double by me here but we managed to get the defence right and made 2 tricks
22   I opened with this hand (rule of 19) and Ops were in actual pain when it was passing out in 2 - they knew they had to do something but didn't know what and passed, sorry Ops
16th November 2018 (Afternoon)


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
-13.35 10/12 45.08 0 National Master King 60.07




Playing with an irregular partner in a regular club session.

A hectic day at work, manage to leave on time to get to th club in time to set-up the Tabs.

Margaret away this weekend so playing with a friend.

All fine but having set-up, the Tabs won't start - so frustrating.  We abandon them again and use the old Pads.

I was so fed up, didn't play well, wasn't charming and partner didn't enjoy it, we don't play together often so should make the most of it but all wrong today, sorry partner.

I didn't agree with all of partner's bids and my play was dreadful - so bad I am not writing up the hands!

Pleased to see Val and Michael do well today as well as Dorothy & Margaret - Tricia & Anne back on form too!

Main thing is, apologies partner - forget the bridge, I should have been cheerful and allowed us to enjoy the time, no excuses, I am embarrassed sad

Playing again after dinner.

15th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+4.12 1/8 61.11 82 National Master King 60.64




Playing with a regular partner in the  John Warren  Final.

A busy day at work then a light dinner and off to the club early as taking my laptop (as a backup), monitor and the Tabs.

A lot of work has been done to ensure tonight works (scoring 2 sections with the new Tabs and 1 laptop).  Alan arrives early too and between we set it all up and no issues at all!

Then we start playing..... The boards don't match, the movement cards do not match the movement selected!

We now try to re-do the movement but it turned out to be the actual cards that were wrong and now all is in a mess.  We can't score manually either as we don't know the pair numbers or boards or where to go!

Alan Coales to the rescue!  I have the idea to get the table cards on screen so we can see them there, as we stumble through the first move, Alan then writes out each table card and where to move to and we are now all set, thanks Alan!

A Tab in the Plate section loses signal and Alan resolves that (he worked out how to retrieve the last round scores and entered the contracts in the new Tab too).

As we finish, Alan starts scoring up and I join him to make it quicker - between us we scored up, re-did the scores for last week (at Quali-Final rate) and scored both sections tonight and loaded to the EBU.  I re-did the event names on the web and added the Roll of Honour names.

Without Alan, it would have been a complete mess, thanks so much Alan!

It ended up as a "Green Take-Over", both directed, both won!  Tim with Marie and Jane with me!  Well done both and well done for coping with the Directing at both ends.

Val & Ann bid and made a grand slam tonight (nobody else did, we were in 6!).  We had a fairly consistent night though and more good than bad overall, surprising as I had written the night off from the start and tried to simply enjoy the cards!

Jane and I have now won this twice and 2nd last year too, thanks Jane!

Will use the Tabs again tomorrow and should be no issues - have decided to use Bridgemates next year from my own scoring kit in my bag and Tabs for the Plate section, will be easier separately as we can then "turn it off and on again" if needed!

Close to midnight when we finally left the club but all worth it in the end.

Our team played a tough match in the BBL tonight too but didn't quite win unfortunately, lots of matches coming up before Christmas now too, busy times ahead.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2     A helpful lead and skilful play
5   Well bid Ops
6   Well bid partner, we missed 5s but it is very hard to bid anything with my hand
9   Ops missed game
11   I forced partner to bid and she made it!
13   Needed a  lead
16   A good sacrifice here
17   I played well to make the extra trick, Ops refused to ruff with the Ace so I got my losers away on the s
18   We defended well here
19   The only pair to bid game
14th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+7.50 1/12 63.83 40 National Master King 60.46




Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session that was also part of the Children In Need Sim Pairs

I have added a calendar entry with windows into the National Results and also our club results re-scored nationally (or click HERE)

A good day at work (at home) and a visit from my friend at work who has finally got round to seeing our house!

I made Spaghetti Bolognaise tonight, was very nice!

Surrey had its annual Chairman's Lunch today too, our clubs were represented and all said it went well with good discussions and the bridge was ok too with all our pairs in the middle, well done all.

Off to Bridge and had a lot of boards to take with us (plus the Party tickets and raffle tickets and our laptop for the Improvers!).

We are not making much progress with ticket sales so far, need to try harder ASAP.

Vee hosted the Improvers with Val and had 3 tables (plus a half who moved up to the Main group and did ok).  Well done to Michael (our newest member) and Sally for just beating Vee & Val.

Colin & Jill did brilliantly and are now close behind Marion & I in the Wednesday ladder plus 3rd (as I write this) nationally in the Sim Pairs.  Marion & I, John & John and Trevor & Barbara are all currently in the top 100 too.

We had a great night in terms of declarer play and bidding (82% for Marion's declarer play, brilliant!) but our defending needs a bit of work.

I have now uploaded the results to the EBU (using the Charity Sim Pairs code as it's not charged by the EBU for this event).

A really fun night, with each session, Marion is "getting" my humour more (is that a good or bad thing?!!!).

Playing at CBC in the John Warren Final tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1     I had a helpful lead and so made 3  tricks and only lost 2 s at the end
2   Partner was brilliant here, only 1  stop but she got everything right (mainly the s)
3   A very tough contract, I can be end played but declarer didn't see it fortunately, put me in with a and I am stuck
5   Ops under-lead their Ace and so didn't get a ruff
6   Ops didn't bid this right, we weren't sure what to do either so passed
7   Ops doubled my 3s (Take Out) and had nowhere to run to, unlucky Ops
11   9 tricks are very hard to find here but partner did, the only one to do so!
13   Well bid and played partner
15   A low level contract but they all count, this one can't be made but partner made it (a few others did too)
16   Ops stole my bid, I thought I would be clever, it didn't work!
20   We can defend better here
21   We need to attack the s, I am not a fan of leading 4 from KQ sequences and it didn't work here
23   Partner jumped to 3NT and I then added pressure by jumping to 6NT, partner made it!
24   Good switch partner
13th November 2018


Half day at home today, Vee had the day off too.

I had my annual health check, all perfect (other than I smoke and need to lose weight!).

Tesco once I got home with Vee and we also did some Bridge club shopping as we had time.

Vee got a few more sets of boards dealt for YHBC and I did some members admin for both CBC and YHBC and we had a Roast tonight as we knew we had time.

The Roast was delicious, especially the roast potatoes, the oven here is so much better than our old one!

Badminton after dinner and I played quite well and am sweating a lot less, must be getting fitter somehow!  Only lost 1 game (which was a close game) and really enjoyed the session.

Playing at YHBC in the Children In Need Sim pairs (Extra £2 minimum) tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers at YHBC

12th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+1.20 3/17 58.12 21 National Master King 60.12




Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work and back to normal after the weekend!

I submitted the P2P for YHBC and CBC Friday sessions and our Director at Worthing has submitted all ours too, a bumper crop to look at tomorrow (and a few diary entries to go and amend the headings for tomorrow!).

I cooked simple food from the Freezer as Vee knew he would be late home tonight, he only just made it home in time to say goodbye to me as I left for Bridge!

I have now added a Christmas Party notice to CBC home page and the AGM minutes to the Members area.  Val has started selling party tickets too (I have mine and Vee's!).

The new Tabs worked tonight, quite a relief!  Val, Sylvia and I now know the process and I think we are now fairly confident - they were nice and clear and I think they go down quite well with the members.

We had a nice night tonight with a couple of blips, close to winning so it was a shame to have been good all night bar those.

Stayed to clear up and take the Tabs home for looking after and charging ready for Thursday.

The P2P wouldn't go at the end of tonight's session so I submitted from home.

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4     Game wasn't there on this hand and we were the only pair to stay in a makeable part score, good judgement partner
5   Ops were too ambitious
6   We didn't bid the slam but not everyone made 12 tricks
10   I thought I had 15 points here and 6 s, I only had 10 points - when I found myself left in 1NT I gulped, then made it!
11   Ops bid on freely, tempting but the part score is all that is there
12   I didn't finesse the Q, turned a top into a bottom here, sorry partner
15   I bid to the level of the fit after the double, didn't work this time
16   A good sacrifice, I hate letting Ops play in 2 of a major so will take action if possible!
18   Well played partner, lucky the Ops blocked the s but beautifully played
21   Well bid Ops
23   I got the trumps right and Ops didn't get the  ruffs going
11th November 2018

Worthing (4):

NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+3.21 3/16 60.71 24 National Master King 60.07




Playing with a regular partner in the second of the Worthing sessions (social weekend but Master Pointed)

Have been sent the results file so linked in the purple title above.

Last day today so we cleared the room and packed before Breakfast, had a nice breakfast again and then got dressed and loaded the car (with Margaret's and Linda's cases too) and settled the bill.

Bridge again just after 10am but a bit of a mess with people showing up who said they wouldn't play and others playing who arrived 25 minutes late!

To his immense credit, Paul (the Director) handled it all very well and moved everything round and sorted the boards, tables and pairs to enable the first round to carry on as if nothing had happened.  We kept to time too!

He also arranged for the Remembrance Service to be on a radio and we stopped to listen to the Last Post and a 2 minutes silence, we got a bit emotional here.

Bridge was good mostly but a few silly errors such as Vee telling me he had an Ace and a King but had no Aces......!

I was astounded to make 3NT on our first board, 21, when I had 5 points and no s and Vee had 9 points with 7s to the Ace, 8!  Nobody touched s, Ops set-up my 's and 's for me and 9 tricks rolled in....!

We had a few impossible 3NTs today which we both made and Vee played out of skin to make 3s on board 15 - all in all, we did well - all 4 scores above 60% and averaged 64.68%

A really nice lunch after bridge (Smoked Salmon then Roast Beef for me) then prize giving.

We won a few of the sessions but only claimed 1 prize, Paul handled this really well too allocating the prizes well and with good humour too.  We also won the overall prize so have 2 bottles of Prosecco, 1 bottle of champagne and a box of nice chocolates!

A lovely weekend and great company, had a good time with Margaret & Linda, very sociable.

A good run home, just over an hour and all sorted by 6pm (unpacked, washing on, changed clothes, made drinks and fed the Cats!).

Have also uploaded the minutes from the CBC AGM (viewed under the AGM Info tab when logged in via Members Only) and have changed the Pics on YHBC home page to the Remembrance Service (thanks to Rosemary & Marjie for attending on behalf of the club).

A nice postcard from Alan & Pamela arrived too, they are having fun (despite the Bridge!).

Hoping to get the new Tabs working again at CBC so will be at the club early to trial them again - should be ok.....!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

10th November 2018 (Evening)

Worthing (3):

NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+13.08 1/15 69.84 30 National Master King 59.94




Playing with a regular partner in the second of the Worthing sessions (social weekend but Master Pointed)

Have been sent the results file so linked in the purple title above.

A nice meal but the main was not quite right for a few of us, good overall though.

Bridge again tonight and 1 pair didn't show so we had a 3 board sit out, not a big deal though.

We had a couple of issues tonight where I got a bit cross but it turned out better than I thought with another win and a good percentage.

It included a 1700 and and a small slam bid, a few other good scores too....!

A nice few drinks tonight and good banter - last day tomorrow....

Worthing again tomorrow

10th November 2018 (Morning)

Worthing (2):

NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+6.02 2/16 63.49 30 National Master King 59.44




Playing with a regular partner in the second of the Worthing sessions (social weekend but Master Pointed)

Have been sent the results file so linked in the purple title above.

We had a lie in and then a good breakfast at 08:30 then started bridge at 10am (shuffle and deal).

A few blips today and Vee could have bid and played a little better on a few, we missed a slam on 13 but nobody bid it (I made all 13 too) and missed a Grand Slam on 14 but only one other bid the slam

Second today but still a good %, Margaret & Linda did a little better today too.

A nice buffet lunch then walked into town - had a good wander and looked at a few galleries - Margaret liked the look of the little mice in the display window and we decided to get her one secretly - gave it to her when back at the hotel and she squealed!!!  She deserves nice treats though.

Relaxing for a bit now then dinner and bridge again tonight.

Worthing again tonight

9th November 2018

Worthing (1):

NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+8.48 1/16 64.68 36 National Master King 59.21




Playing with a regular partner in the first of the Worthing sessions (social weekend but Master Pointed)

Have been sent the results file so linked in the purple title above.

We had a nice morning then drove to Margaret's and fixed her Laptop then Linda arrived and we all went off to Worthing (Vee driving).

We stopped at the Owl at Kingsfold on the way and ate far too much!

Arrive at Worthing with a few hours to kill so checked in to our rooms and then walked along the sea front (no rain but fierce wind!).

We needed Poppies and bought some at M&S, nice ones too - they only had 1 left but the girl serving said I could buy the one she was saving for herself, very kind!

An hours rest in our room then down for wine and canapes and then dinner - very nice!

Before we go down, I correct a name for the CBC results this afternoon (and sent a Congrats notice to Val & Linda who did very well coming 4th!).

I had Prawn & Crayfish, then Beef Bourginion then Chocolate Tort, yummy!

On to Bridge - shuffle and deal and an arrow switched Mitchell (same each session).  We started with Margaret & Linda who were very kind to us!

We were sensible throughout with just 1 playing error by me and 1 by Vee and managed to win!

Have loaded the Hands for YHBC as saw they were missing and sent Congrats to my friends who did well.

Drinks at the bar after but not many of us - early night then breakfast tomorrow (at 08:30 too, practically the afternoon!).

Worthing again tomorrow

8th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
-7.24 8/17 49.84 0 National Master Queen 58.88




Playing with a regular partner in the John Warren Qualifier.

I worked this morning then took the afternoon off to resolve the Teams scores at YHBC last night (which I did with John Gatrell, thanks John!).

Cats annual vaccinations at 5:15 so I got them in their boxes (not too bad this time) and no issues.

We had Mushrooms in Stilton on toast for dinner, really nice!  Then I took the new Tabs to CBC (early to help set-up and prepare for the session).

All was going well and all settings done, Sylvia set up the Tabs and then.............Nothing!  We tried for 40 minutes overall but no joy.

We switched back to the old Pads (with Alan Coales' help) and got the session complete, albeit with No-Play for my table and Sylvia's at the start.  A Pair also left early and didn't play the final round and there was another mix up and a fine.  Short on numbers too so only 8 pairs qualified for the final.

We stayed at the end until just gone midnight and had some hints of life from the units but not on all and no real clues to what went wrong, will try and resolve on Monday when I am back.

My bridge was terrible too, not a good night all in all.  It only gets a green highlight due to us qualifying for the Final (more pleased at how well Sylvia & Linda did though, the green thumbs up is for them!).

Off to Worthing for a Bridge Weekend tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3   Partner opened 3 and it got messy from there, Ops had s and s and chose the wrong suit, I was mean and doubled
4    I threw my away so couldn't get back to partners hand, sorry partner
8   I should bid 2 here and hope we stay there
11   3NT or 5?  Chose wrong here
13   I opened 5 (not sure I should but 3/4 both seemed wrong).  Partner wisely raised it
14   Ops were too ambitious
15   Well bid Ops
18   Ops were too ambitious
19   Well played partner!
22   Well bid Ops


7th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+1.33 2/10 +47 30 National Master King 59.16




Playing with a regular partner and Team Mates in round 4 of the YHBC Teams Series.

A good day today (in the office) and Mac n Cheese for dinner, yum!

Vee ended up playing in a team tonight as one didn't show and Val took the Improvers, it would have been better to have the 3 team mates in the Improvers and have 3 tables and 9 - we know for next time.

John Gatrell kindly collected the club equipment and came over to my house at lunchtime today (Thursday 8th) and we worked out that Table 4 had an extra set of results (I think from a previous session).  Once removed, the scores all make sense!  Phew....!!!

I have now re-done the event, submitted for P2P, re-done the Teams Results file and loaded to the Competitions section and analysis (below):

Playing at CBC in the JW Qualifier tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3   We bid and made game, Ops stayed in a part score against Team Mates
4    We did as we should, Team Mates defended brilliantly to take Ops off 2
10   Ops missed game against us
11   Ops bid the slam against us
15   I defended poorly to let 6 through, drat, sorry all.
22   We held Ops to 10 tricks in game, Team Mates bid and made a slam (nobody else bid it!)
24   We were the only pair to bid and make game (it is not really there but partner played brilliantly!)


6th November 2018


Not too busy today so stayed home and worked on CBC admin alongside work - have added 2 downloadable convention cards to the menu and cleaned up a bit (AGM items etc).

Vee came home from work and set-up the Diwali candles and marks by the front door, our neighbours Son was intrigued and came over to watch too (he is 9).

Time for a cuppa and get changed then we picked Margaret up and went to Jo's for a nice evening.

We had a long chat and a nice Chinese take-away (too much food and we all have doggy-bags!!!).

We enjoyed a bottle of champagne and a BIG bottle of Prosecco between the 4 of us (thanks Val F for the Prosecco!).  I only had a glass and a half as was driver.

Birthday's now done for another year (or 2 if we can get away with it, don't need the numbers to keep adding up anymore!).

Playing in a Team at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

5th November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs   Rank Grade
+9.50 1/11 61.88 40 National Master King 59.09




Playing with a regular partner after the CBC AGM

A busy day at work for me but came home early as Vee at home today (Family came over for lunch and he worked at home).

We had an early dinner then off to CBC to set-up for the AGM, didn't take long as quite a few arrived early to help.

The AGM was well organised and quite quick, no major issues or objections.

I forgot to mention the introduction of a new Friday Ladder Competition, I was so stressed about the new Tabs being used tonight!  Not a big deal and really, it is a Friday announcement any way.

So pleased to see Alan Coales get recognition for all his amazing work for the club, even tonight, he wasn't playing but helped set-up and helped with the new equipment for the first few rounds to ensure all was ok.  He will be missed from the Committee but I suspect (and hope!) he will continue to help.

Everyone took to the new Tabs extremely well, they are quite intuitive.  I think it was all quite positive.  The Frequencies hadn't come out as I had expected (ie 4 pairs made 3NT rather than 4 lines of 3NT making) but will tinker with that.  Will also abandon the lead check as importing the hands is not worth the effort (especially when it goes wrong!).  Other than that, I was pleased with how well it went and glad we had spent the time going through them and testing them - it helped to have 7 "experts" too!

Our night was good too, I was worried I would let partner down as my mind was elsewhere tonight but only a few blips and we won our first session with Tabs!

We stayed to clear up,took the Tabs home and also dropped shopping off for Dorothy before a birthday drink - HAPPY BIRTHDAY VEE!!!!!

Birthday meal with Margaret & Jo tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   Partner made just 1 declarer howler and 1 defensive howler, this was the declarer one....!
4    I felt stayman was the right thing to do with this hand, it paid off this time
10   We bid game, not many did
11   We missed the slam but so did everyone, unlucky for doubling Ops
12   We did as we should, others did not
15   Here is the defensive howler....
17   Well bid Ops
18   A close call here, we just got away with it
22   Nobody rescued the Ops here, bad luck Ops
24   We pushed Ops up, still not brave enough to double but a good score


4th November 2018


The morning after..... Actually, not bad for us - our Neighbours didn't enter the land of the living until 6pm!!!!

We sorted the house work, went to the shops for supplies (main shop done online this week) and then hosted Poker all afternoon (Vee won 2 of the 3 games, well done Vee!!!).

Got dressed up and then taken to Farnham for a Thai meal at the  Giggling Squid  then back to ours for coffee and cake.

A heavy weekend this one but good fun, must be a stone heavier now though!!!

The  Club Pairs Challenge  Final today too, Simon & Margaret best placed from our local pairs, well done both.

Sorted out the bins, washing up and washing (Ironing gets collected in the morning) and some more CBC admin bits.

Work tomorrow then get to the club early to help set-up the AGM and also the new scoring equipment, hope all goes well (we have all put a lot of effort into it so am hopeful).

Playing at CBC (AGM, 7pm) tomorrow

3rd November 2018


Caught up with This Is Us as always first thing then had the CBC Sub-Committee over to run through the Bridge Tabs for the last time before we start using them Monday (at the AGM, 7pm start).

The session went well although I had to use my own laptop and a few gremlins crept in at the start, useful in some ways as we sorted out issues and no more about what to do if things go wrong!

I have also added the Programme to the CBC menu now, Trophies and Roll of Honour available in the menu too and members numbers and emails accessed via the Members Only area (due to Data Protection).

Margaret came round in the afternoon for a glass of Prosecco and had a card and scones for our lodger (his birthday!) and a lot of pressies for us too!

We went over to our neighbours for a few glasses of Champagne at 6pm then onto Wings in North Camp for a Birthday meal.

We had an amazing meal then back to our Neighbours for more drinks and cheese - bit too much to drink but just about ok!

Playing Poker then out for another Birthday meal tomorrow

2nd November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs
-1.37 4/7 +4 0




Playing with a regular partner and Team Mates in the qualifier for the President's Salver.

Not our finest performance tonight but top 4 qualify and we made it (just!).

Have rolled on the YHBC site and added the hand file name, some doubts about which hands were used though - will check and validate ASAP.

A bottle of champagne when home, taken all day but finally celebrated my birthday!

Hosting the final session on the CBC Tabs then a Birthday meal out tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

7   A good sacrifice here as Team Mates made game
13    We tried for game when should have stayed in 3, it's teams though - close call
18   We defended well to take off the Ops as Team Mates made game
25   I couldn't make game but it was there, still hard to see it though
27   I made a penalty double of Ops 2 and partner thought I had points too, I can't have on this auction, we ended up doubling Ops into game


2nd November 2018 (Afternoon)


NGS Place Score MPs
-6.63 10/13 47.35 0




My birthday today and a nice day at work (although I left late as wanted to get cakes for the office and traffic is awful after 8am!!!).

Had a huge bottle from Val (to share with Vee) and 2 bottles from Dorothy (1 each) and some cards - wonderful friends at the clubs!  I took some sweets in today and all went too!

Bridge today was not good though, a shame but just didn't work.

So happy to see John & Dorothy at the top though, well done both!

I have re-loaded the hands from CBC last night as they didn't display correctly when loaded last night and have added 2 new members to CBC and sent a welcome e-mail.

Teams file loaded too, well done to John, Philip, Steve, Andy, Keith & Alistair!  3 in a row for their team (albeit a slightly new line-up this year).

As it is my birthday, I am not going through the bad scores (my diary, my rules!)........

Playing after dinner in a team for the President's Salver at Farnham

The Highs and Lows:

2   Ops made a preference on the major, better in s
6    I played well here
7   Ops didn't finesse the or take out my last trump
14   We pushed Ops up
18   We bid and made game
26   Ops didn't take their or  trick....


1st November 2018


NGS Place Score MPs
N/A Win 17-3 54




Playing with a regular partner in a Division 2 BBL match.

A day off today (although I still did 3 hours work!).

Chiropractor appointment at 9am then a few work items came up, then lunch and worked on CBC calendar as Linda & Val had made a fantastic job of putting the 2019 programme together (all now online on the CBC website).

Fajitas for dinner (I made the chicken, Vee the veg) then off to pick up Jo.  I offered to drive as Jo is on my way, was still coughing a lot tonight and felt a little drained, was worried about how I would do against a tough team.

Fortunately, we all played well with not many errors.  The Ops had a few system issues which cost them but we bid and played well too.  They are a nice team and capable of beating anyone when all working, it just didn't go there way tonight.

Have re-loaded the CBC results for tonight to show the X-Imps (Well done Geoff & Frances for topping the X-Imps and the event with Sylvia & Linda also a creditable 4th in X-Imps)!  Will finalise the series once David calculates the final table.

Also moved the Rota on for CBC and cleared the Find-A-Partner.

The October Promotions are now up on the EBU site (HERE) - 1 for each club, well done Tricia Mackintosh and Anne Thain!

Although not our members, pleased to see William's team mates promoted this month (Berks & Bucks section), well done to Dominic Cooke & Jack Lawrence!

Quite a few cards stacked up waiting for me and Vee too, will open mine in the morning (21 again tomorrow - well, 20.5 twice tomorrow!).

Playing at CBC then in a team for the President's Salver at Farnham tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4   Neither of us could find a bid so quietly took Ops off in 1N, we had game on, they bid it against Team Mates
6    We held Ops to a part score, Team Mates bid and made game
13   Ops competed when they could have left us in a part score and we defended well to take it off 400
21   Ops had a bidding issue here and went to 4S without a fit and we took it off 400
22   I bid 6NT and made it, had to find the QC which dropped as a doubleton - Team Mates held 3NT to 10 tricks
23   We missed game, Team Mates had their 1 blip of the night going off 800


31st October 2018


NGS Place Score MPs
N/A Draw 10-10 34




Playing with a regular partner in a Division 1 BBL match.

An average day working at home and also set-up ready for the match tonight as I hosted.

Our handyman also came and fixed our roof and the flush in the downstairs WC

Have added a note on YHBC about the Christmas party and added our Chairman's' picture to the home page too!

The match went well with a few blips, 15 up at half time but 15 down in the second half resulting in a draw, a few silly things could have swung it for us, still, our first points of the season!

2 Tables in the Improvers and a big score posted by Kevin & Geraldine!  Vee also made a start on the Christmas tickets and raffle.

Have added the hands to the Main group, rolled on the Rota and home page and scored the Improvers

Playing in another BBL match tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3   Partner made 11 tricks in s and Team mates took Ops off in their contract
7    We bid and made game, Ops made 9 in a part score
8   We were doubled in an unnecessary contract, Team mates made game to save some of the score
24   We let game through having pushed them to 5s (we should have taken it off really)


30th October 2018
30th October 2018


Worked at home today (and staying home until Friday) as nobody in the office and I am coughing more again today and want to keep germs to myself.

Vee made Toad in the Hole tonight, was very nice.

I still went to Badminton and I think it did me good to sweat, only lost 1 game too!

Division 3 in Surrey saw it's first home derby today, well done Geoff and team, bad luck Penny and team.

Heard from our YHBC Chairman today too, he is having fun in Tenerife (see picture!!!)

Playing at home in a BBL match for CBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers at YHBC

29th October 2018


NGS Place Score MPs
+8.92 1/18 64.80 36




Playing with an irregular partner in a regular club session.

In the office today (though not many others from my team were!).  A few issues today but generally, a good day and got my weekly reporting done.

Mac 'n Cheese tonight (yummy) then off to Bridge.  My partner is away today so an irregular partner stepped in.  He doesn't make it down often so it's good to get him a game at the club.

I have added a session summary at the top (and for last week's diary posts too) as a reference for me more than anything.  The diary post is normally around 23:30 to 00:30 (depending on when I get home and what I have to do before the diary update), the NGS will be updated the morning after once calculated by the EBU.

Tonight was good fun (other than 1 system error I made and a few doubtful bids), good fun and good bridge generally, shame Mark doesn't come and play more.

Tonight's score has also tipped me over last year's total for Master Points in a season, a new club record!  I know I shouldn't be proud (and it is really a recognition of the quantity of games I play rather than any ability) but still, it has cheered me up after a week of being un-well!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    This auction quickly got out of hand, 1, P, 1, 2NT, 3, 5, 5, 6, X - Ops wanted to double my 5s too, lucky escape!
3   We didn't defend well and Ops declared well, not a good combination for us!
4   We missed game but nobody else made 11 tricks
8   Partner played well to make the over-trick, Ops do better to take out the trumps I think
11   Well played partner, good end play to gain a trick (if Ops push a through dummy at any point it's finished though!)
13   Ops jumped to 4, I could only double now
14   Ops defended well, I made all I could but most are making 9 tricks, sorry partner
15   Good defence again here
19   Ops missed the fit
20   Ops switched from the s and discarded a to allow an extra trick for Partner
21   I was in the right contract making the right number of tricks
22   We missed game but so did everyone else and partner made more tricks, well played
23   Ops were too ambitious


28th October 2018


A busy but good day today.

Finished the laundry and a few house chores, did the weekly shop and had lunch then off to Basingstoke to go bowling with a few friends.  We haven't been bowling for a long time and it showed!

I won the first game and one of our friends is a very good bowler but he only got 99 (we all like to get 100 as a minimum).  Fortunately, I got 140 but the computer gave me an extra go twice so I got away with a few scores!!!

I would have won without them though so no big deal.  The second game I was second but still got more than 100 (102).  We used to regularly get close to 200 so quite poor by our old standards.

Back from bowling and our cats are making a lot of noise, they tend to start wanting dinner an hour early but today it was really early (the clocks went back!!!) - nobody ever explains to cats that the clocks change.....!!!

We then head over to our old house where the family who bought our house cooked a nice curry for us, they also gave us a gift box of specialist coffees, they are such a nice family.

I had a slightly awkward moment when we had dinner as they all eat with their hands (as Vee does), I use cutlery and it dawned on me that I would have to use my fingers too, which I did.  I confessed half way through though and used a spoon after that...!  I also found it odd that Vee and I ate at the table with their 2 grandfathers but the ladies were all in the kitchen - the ladies don't eat until after the men have!  Something I have never come across, seems so odd these days but we respected their culture.

We all chatted for ages (even after we said we need to go!).

Playing at CBC tomorrow

27th October 2018


We had our family over tonight (my Step-brother and Step-sister and their partners), cleaned the house, did the laundry and Vee made a cake (Victoria Sponge).

We had a nice chat and a few drinks and ordered pizza for everyone - was a good evening - we had set the lounge up with extra chairs but ended up staying in the kitchen all night!

A few of our local players ventured to Petersfield today for their Swiss Teams and both teams were joint 6th, not bad considering 17 teams entered and a few featured well on the X-Imps - well done all.

Bowling in Basingstoke then dinner at our old house tomorrow

26th October 2018 (Afternoon)


NGS Place Score MPs
(0.43) 3/9 53.36 10




Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Woke up and felt worse again but had to go the office today as I was running the monthly meeting on HDVC across 5 sites.  It went well fortunately (despite my coughing).

Finished in time to get to bridge and we got through the session!  I wasn't as cheerful as normal and lots of coughing around the room, the mood was a bit sombre.

We had an ok session (will be down on the NGS but in the points).  I am now 10 points off last year's record....

I actually did ok considering and partner bid well mostly but a few odd blips, still not bad and I actually feel better for playing.

Dorothy also not feeling great so John came out to play with Margaret W and also had an ok session, good to see John playing more.

Derek is not feeling great and I am not 100% so we have decided not to play tonight, I can't risk spreading my germs to Derek if he is already low.

Family coming over tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4    We kept forcing declarer with s and then drew trumps to make the last
6   We got the defence right here
9   Ops didn't take the K to allow me to make 11 tricks
12   I played well to make 11 tricks but Ops didn't play the A to give me 12
13   Partner put me into an impossible contract, she forced me to bid and then forgets I am only promising 6 points...  1NT was her re-bid
14   Partner played well here
16   Poor double by me
17   Not a good lead Ops....
21   Partner should only be 1 off here.....
22   Ops were too ambitious
23   I did well to make 7 tricks here...!
24   Pass my  bid partner....
25   Partner showed a much stronger hand than she had, 2NT or 3 is the contract


25th October 2018


A night off last night and an early night but still not great today.

Much better than yesterday though and less coughing, think both Vee and I are coming through the colds!

I cancelled bridge again tonight and my partner was very understanding, thanks Barbara.

I really wanted to play but didn't feel up to it and also don't want to spread any lingering germs, hopefully all ok tomorrow.

I am in the office tomorrow (no matter how I feel) as presenting the monthly reports as usual, then bridge in the afternoon and evening (all being well).

Well done Alan & David for winning - I see Jo played for the 4th time this week (and did well again), both Margaret's in the points too and above 50% for Val too.

Playing twice tomorrow (fingers crossed!)

24th October 2018


Not well today, worked at home but took the afternoon off and soaked in the bath.  It helped but still coughing, sneezing and constant runny nose, not good.

I decided to cancel playing tonight as didn't think I would play well and also don't want to spread germs.  Vee also has the same cold and stayed home too.

Margaret kindly came and picked up the hands for the Improvers and Val ran the session on her own.  I think there were only 5 plus Val so just social bridge and no scoring (which actually makes our lives easier on this occasion but a shame for the group).

Good to see my partner's top both directions (Jill with Colin and Barbara with John), well done both.

Great to see Marilyn 2nd with Winnie too, well done both!

I have updated the home page, Find-A-Partner and added the hands to the session description as usual and had a quick look at some of the results.

Will try and get an early night now though.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

23rd October 2018

Lady Rose:

Playing with a regular partner and team mates in the first round of the Lady Rose

I worked at home in the morning and some more CBC admin too.

One of our team mates had to pull out this morning but we had a substitute, thanks David for stepping in.

A close match and all square at half time but team mates made 2 blunders in the second half and we lost by 9, good fun though (despite a cold!).

Hands were pre-dealt and HERE for reference.

Nick has a lovely house in Fleet, superb setting and hospitality, thanks Nick!

Not feeling well enough for Badminton tonight so will stay home and rest.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Ops stayed in a part score, team mates found game in a minor
5   We stayed in a part score and made it, team mates took game off
6   I doubled Ops into game
8   Team mates made a bad sacrifice
15   Team mates in the wrong contract when a slam was on
17   We defeated a slam as Ops bid the wrong slam
24   Team mates in the wrong contract when game was on


22nd October 2018


NGS Place Score MPs
(7.18) 12/20 48.15 0




Playing with a regular partner in the Final of the Monday Championships

A busy day at work and rushed home for the handyman (checking our lounge roof as there seems to be a small leak).

Cooked curry tonight (I make the chicken curry, Vee does the rest!) and was yummy.

A fair amount of YHBC and CBC committee work throughout the day too and more when home tonight too.

Our session tonight was not bad, we just didn't shine.  Not many tops or bottoms!

Well done Nick & David for winning the Monday Championships, David Pinder second here and also second in the Thursday Championships, close on both

Playing in the first round of the Surrey Lady Rose tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

10    I should pass 1, I just felt there may be a better contract, alas, no
16   Bidding errors here, both at fault - we could have had Ops in 2 doubled too!
19   Ops were in a good contract but needed to ruff a to get home


21st October 2018


Between us, we did the shopping, washing and cleaning and had lunch and dealt 2 sets of boards (an Improvers set for Wednesday and a set for my Team on Tuesday).

I did the hands as Vee made Samosas for tonight but I needed help with the dealing too!

Social Teams tonight, 6 Pairs form teams each round and the top pairs wins - more about socialising and eating though (we all take something to eat and share).

We started off well (20-0 and 19-1 for the first round!!!) and stayed in front until the last round where we lost to 0 and 4 and came 2nd!

Good food and company and a lovely night - bins out when home and another weekend done!

Playing at CBC in the Final of the Monday Championships tomorrow

20th October 2018
20th October 2018

Day Off:

Day off today.

We packed a lot in though....

Caught up with This Is Us (our usual Saturday morning routine) and another stunning episode.

Then off to our old house to collect post and have a chat.

Back home for lunch then Alan & Pamela came over with all the YHBC boards, cards, laptop, printer and dealing machine as we will do the next stint of dealing for YHBC (well, Vee mainly).

My office is still quite useable with the extra equipment in (picture above), quite pleased with how it fitted in.  We expected we would have to find homes for the kit and bring it out to use and put away again but it all fits and there is still space in front of the printer for my work laptop!

I tend to work at home with my laptop on the left (or the club laptop) and my work laptop on the right.  Both laptop screens in use all the time and I switch the main monitor between them when I need a second screen - all works quite well and enables me to multi-task and get 2 days work done in 1 (well, almost!).  I can at least keep an eye on all e-mails plus have my phone in use for everything else.

We then sorted through all our paperwork and filing, cleared out parts of the house and put all office things in the office (stationery, envelopes, staplers, paper etc).

I have also been working on YHBC and CBC committee work today and got a lot done there too.

Caught up with Australian MasterChef, had dinner and watched TV with wine tonight.  Nice to be together with a cat each relaxing.

We have a few sets of boards needed for next week to get done plus cooking for tomorrow's event and shopping and weekly chores to do tomorrow.

Playing socially with our regular Teams group tomorrow

19th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Had Sausage and Chips from the Chippy tonight, easy and nice (John's influence as he said he would get fish and chips on his way home!).

Straight off to bridge after and had a fun session but it just didn't quite work, nothing in particular and neither of us made any really daft bids or play, just not quite there tonight.

We did have one huge score (2200!!!) but of course, it is only one board - I had a suspicion it would be 100% though....!

Taking over the YHBC Dealing Machine tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We did all we could but needed to be in 6NT
3   We got the defence right here, we made 2 s, a ruff and Q
4   I played this quite well
7   We need to let Ops play here
9   I tried to be clever and placed the  honours in each hand, they weren't and I lost entry to my tricks in dummy
10   Well bid and played Ops, we need to make declarer start the s though
11   I think partner needs to play the J from dummy and East covers, then we only lose 1
14   We need to compete to 3 here
15   Ops got a bit carried away
17   I made what I should, others didn't
22   This hand made the night!!!  I open 1NT, pass, 2, pass, 2, 3!!!!  Partner now bids 3NT, Ops bid 4 to compete (thinking there is a distributional hand in South), I double, South redoubles!!!!  2200, Wow!


19th October 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked from home today so I could collect Dorothy and we arrived early (having tried my new route!).

Set up the tables and started playing, was a nice fun session.  A few silly errors each but mostly good or very good.

Pleased to see Jean & Bobbi high up and Christine & Rosemary, well done all!

Quite a few noticed that John was not Margaret!  It is clear that she has been missed this week, back to normal next week.

Playing again after Dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner overcalled 1 and I have 4 HCP and 5 s so I jump to 4 (where he plays), my bid is simply the level of the fit but I didn't expect him to make it, he played so well he got an over-trick too!
3   Good defence partner, my s came good in the end!
4   Partner took my double out so I put him to game, our best score is 3 doubled....
5   Ops did as they should, not everyone did though
7   Hard to find the Grand but I think partner should have converted to NT - still, not many bid the slam at all so a good score!
8   I did as I should here
9   We play 5 card majors so missed our fit
12   Ops got into a mess here.....
22   This should have been a good sacrifice for Ops but nobody else bid 4 our way
23   Ops missed the slam and didn't throw a  on the K - Had I lead the A, we hold it to 11 as partner gets a ruff!


18th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another non-stop day today trying to juggle life with work and bridge and bridge committee work!

I got a full days work done by lunch time so spent a few hours on AGM items, preparing e-mails and a guide to the new Bridge Tabs (now available on CBC website under the Club Management menu and also in the AGM Information tab when logged in as a CBC member.

Iain came over for dinner again (I cooked Spag Bol) then we all went to bridge (Vee played with Iain).

So pleased to see them get a good score (although not high up) - like us, an OK score but not great position.

Really pleased to see Val & Pitti and Sylvia & Linda joint 3rd too!!!  More friends topped the pile though, well done Margaret & John (I am playing with John tomorrow afternoon too!!!).

We had a roller coaster session, I was daft on some hands and partner could have done better on some too, all fun though and we smiled throughout.

Well done to Alan & Marion, Jill & Colin tonight too, a good win in the BBL

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner can do a bit better than this but doesn't improve the score drastically, best to leave Ops in 3
4   Partner made a mistake and couldn't rectify it, she was apologising throughout the hand - it happens, no problem!
5   Ops could pass 4X and get a joint top, glad they didn't!
6   We had this off, near the end I am given my K and then I have a choice of playing a to guarantee they make the contract or a  for a chance partner has the A (She does!) - what did I choose.....
7   Ops thought they had 5/5 in the reds by mistake and so ended up in the wrong contract
10   Well doubled partner, it says they can make it but not the way it was defended
14   Ops bid s and their partner didn't lead them to get 2 s and a ruff, well played partner too
15   Well done partner for the over-trick!
16   I need to under-lead my A to get partner in so I can get a ruff to defeat this, difficult
17   Well bid Ops
18   We have game on but only one pair made 12 tricks and nobody bid game so Ops sacrifice didn't turn out to be good
20   I only bid once partner....!
24   Well bid Ops, shame partner is a good player, if she makes a bad lead (A) it would have been better, what a frustrating game!


17th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 7 of the Beryl Doughty Cup

Vee hosted the Improvers with Val and had 2 tables - a new guy showed up tonight too and I think there was a bit of renewed hope for the group too as more have said they are coming next week!

I am so pleased that the group may survive, it is a vital group and Vee and Val have put so much into it too, well done all!

Barbara & Gillian were set to move up to the main group but saw the need for them in the Improvers tonight and helped out by moving back to make a movement possible - they got their reward for their kindness by winning!!!

I worked at home this morning and then did some CBC work for the AGM and a new Friday Competition.  I also made a start on notes for the new BridgeTabs and a 1 page table guide to hand out at the AGM.  I still found time to see my friend and cheered him up and he gave my hair a quick trim too (he is also our barber!!!).

Young Iain came over for dinner then off to do his homework (for the course he is on, not school!).  He is here for dinner tomorrow too then playing with Vee at CBC.

Tonight was really enjoyable, I am too cheeky at times and pushed it a little tonight but I think (hope!) that my partner likes my sense of humour now (or ignores it and humours me!).

We would have been top if I had behaved myself on the last hand, all pass to me and I have 18 HCPs and 6s, I could open 1 (wrong) or 2 (correct!) - if I open 2, partner relays, I say 2 all pass - good score - I did neither and opened 4s for a bottom, sorry partner.

We have still consolidated our top spot for the series but Barbara & John are hot on our heels and Sheila & Peter still have 1 low score to improve on so could jump quickly, we need a 70% score!!!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Ops avoided the trap of NT's
4   We defended well here, Ops mis-played the s and gave partner a trick
5   I open 2 (weak) and Ops bid 2NT (meant as the minors) - this wasn't understood so after the 4 raise from partner, Ops bid 4 and partner doubled.
6   I was idiotic here, open 2 Ian and listen to partner.... GRRRRR, sorry partner
8   Partner played well here, 11 tricks are on but not everyone made them!
10   I was lucky here, if Ops carry on with the s I am stuck, phew!
11   We defended well to make our tricks, a tricky lead from me but it turned out to be the best lead allowing partner to make 2 tricks, I then made my K later
12   Well bid and played partner
16   A tough choice here, do I double 4 or put partner to game in s, on this occasion, I chose correctly (due to the vulnerability)
18   I opened 3 (terrible!), partner bid 3 (much better!) and was nearly there too, the finesse and she is home but how do you know if the Q is from QJ or singleton?  We were better to let Ops get in a mess anyway as it happens, sorry partner, I should not open here!
20   Well bid partner, 6 was very hard to find.  Ops defended well to put the pressure on but it was makeable (as partner said at the time)
21   Ops doubled my 1NT then got into a mess and I doubled them, we defended well too forcing the ruffs so I could draw trumps
22   I opened light but 2 suited and partner jumped to 2NT (I thought this showed a good raise) so I jumped to 4 and then made a mess of the play too!
23   Ops got a bit carried away here


16th October 2018


Day off (with some conference calls with work as laptop on all day!).

I started the day with my Chiropractor appointment at 9am (went well and feel better now).  Then I was due to have coffee with a friend but he couldn't get out, I didn't have much time as it happened so was a relief.

I went to the garage to get supplies for the day and had lunch then started the CBC sessions.

First was Val, David & Alan to go through the new Friday competition, we think we have the bones of it done now but I need to work through the practicalities of setting it up and running it.

Then the rest of the Tabs committee arrived and I took them through how to set-up the session and what happens when it goes wrong and how to use the tabs.

I think it went well and all grasped it fairly quickly and liked them.  I will do a 1 page note sheet to hand out to the members for the AGM session and give a quick speech on how to use them and why we have switched.

Vee came home as we were winding up and then made dinner and ate.  Just in time for 4 friends to come over for a Teams Tactics talk and to play bridge as Vee and I observed and commented.

I think it went well and some useful discussions.  Overall, they felt more comfortable with playing in the league than before we started - I hope they do well but more importantly, I hope they enjoy it!

A busy day but useful, I hope!

Playing at YHBC in Round 7 of the Beryl Doughty tomorrow

15th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A hectic day today, by the time I sat down at home, I fell asleep!  Only 10 minutes though but was tired!

Our friend is down this week so have fixed him up with my partners this week (but he can no longer make Weds), still, Jill tonight and Vee Thursday.  So pleased they did well tonight too, must have been Vee's cooking (he joined us for dinner tonight!).

Pleased Val & Shirley did well too, well done both!

We had a few disasters but generally good tonight, in the points again and am now within 50 of the club record.

Chiropractor session tomorrow morning, then coffee with a friend then Bridge Tab training with CBC then helping friends with Team Tactics in the evening (a busy day tomorrow!!!)

The Highs and Lows:

1    Partner didn't approve of my bidding but I think I have to show both suits and we wended up in a good contract
2   Well bid Ops, I gave a trick away by not realising partner's J was a singleton
3   Well bid Ops, it seems we should have competed but both too flat really
8   Well played partner
11   I made 10 tricks, as I should - others didn't
13   Partner can play better here
14   I think 1 should be opened with a singleton ....
15   Well bid Ops
16   Ops didn't find the right defence and partner played well
18   We are in the right contract and partner made an extra trick
21   My turn to find the extra trick, Ops found the killer lead and then switched suits, phew!
23   We stayed low enough here and partner played well to make it - made the Ops ruff with the master trump as she got a loser away, well played


14th October 2018


Vee went off at 04:30am to take Margaret to the station and then came home, started the washing and fed the cats and back to bed!

I let him lie in and went to do the shopping at 09:15am (the earliest I can leave as Tesco doesn't open until 09:30, tills at 10am).

I get home and Vee is up and we put shopping away and start on the prep for lunch - we had my Niece, her partner and her daughter (my Great-Niece!) here for the afternoon.

We had a lovely meal and a good time, they left just before 5pm and Scarlet (my Great Niece) was a pure delight, lovely to see them and she is learning letters and numbers now so much more interesting to talk to!

So well behaved too.

A lovely day today - will keep an eye on the Woking Swiss Pairs and update YHBC and CBC with the results link to their results and will add to this entry if any local pairs did well too.

Woking Results now up - mixed results for our local players, topping these were Julie & Richard (also winning the Non-Expert prize I note, would have thought them both above Non-Expert!), well done both.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

13th October 2018


Watched the next "This Is Us" first thing (our Saturday tradition now it seems!) then had Chris & Carole over for social bridge.

We had the hands from last night (where they played) and went through some queries, bidding systems and play techniques (such as, play the suit if a singleton in dummy).

We all enjoyed the session and had some Lemon Drizzle cake that Vee made!  They made a chocolate cake too which we will have tomorrow!

A bit more TV this afternoon catching up with the Australian MasterChef then shopping for tonight.

Friends came round at 7pm for Poker, had 3 games, all social and fun.  I was 2nd in one game but neither of us did an awful lot, mostly about the chat and drinking though!

Vee went to bed as soon as he was out of the 3rd game (getting up at 4am to take Margaret to the station!).

Family here for a Roast tomorrow

12th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session, also a one-off event for the Greta Clark Cup

After a nice dinner (albeit rushed) and having set-up the YHBC Club Weekend form online and done the diary entry for this afternoon (as well as bridge admin for CBC and YHBC), I head over to our old house.

We had a letter about the fridge we left for them and so took it back to them in case they want to extend the guarantee.  We had a nice chat and want to arrange a get together soon too.

8.5 Tables tonight (partly helped by a few Farnham players as their hall was closed tonight), good to see attendance up though

Bridge tonight was good mostly, a few real wobbles but some exceptional moments too - some issues should have been avoided (pass partner......!!!) but not bad.  Nick & Graham won tonight but Graham is not a member so the the Cup went to Colin & David, well done both!

Have updated the Hall of Fame for them and the Cup listing is above too.

Playing socially tomorrow morning then Poker in the evening

The Highs and Lows:

1    We found the right contract and partner played it well
3   I land up in an impossible contract!  My only line is to get the s to come good - I play them well and Ops ruff the third  as their partner plays the winning K - I now have the s set-up and can catch all the s, phew!
4   Well played partner!  Ops ducked the K so never made a trick
5   If partner passes instead of doubling, Ops go to 4 and now we can double!
8   Perfect defence partner!
9   Well played partner, I maintain that my plan of doubling 5 was still worth more though....!
13   Partner was good for extra trick, well played
15   Partner got the s wrong, unfortunate
17   Ops let me make my singleton K
18   I blocked my , should only be 1 off but I fear we should have been in 2 making 2 really
19   Pass partner!  Let me double the s.....
20   Partner played well to make 6 tricks here and a great save against makeable contracts for Ops
21   Partner was good for the extra trick, helped by Ops playing the s in an unusual way though!  We needed the extra trick this time too as I pushed for the slam and so had to play in 5s
24   Partner made a bad claim, he had 9 tricks there if played out but not the way he claimed, there was no rush partner....


12th October 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A busy day in the office then off to Bridge.

A nice session today, partner didn't have many points and only played 1 hand.  I had some nice hands and we played and defended well today.

A close session but just pipped a very good pair for the win!

63 Points to go for the club record on Master Points now.

Making dinner with Vee tonight, I am doing chicken and he is doing veg to go with it (he has a Veggie Pie).

Playing again after Dinner in the Greta Clark Cup at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

3    Partner started with the K and then switched, I still don't know why!  Ops then made at least one more trick than they should as we took out the s for them!
5   We defended well here
8   Ops played well to make 8 tricks but missed their 3NT contract
10   We missed the slam but no-one else made 12 tricks
11   We pushed Ops up and I doubled
16   A good sacrifice here
17   We did well to defeat this, Ops didn't pin my so I got a  ruff and the master
18   Ops didn't find game
23   Ops did well to make 10 tricks but we pushed them up and took it one off
24   Ops found game, not everyone did - the slam was hard to find


11th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the Final round of the Thursday Championships

Worked this morning then off to the CBC Committee meeting.  Nothing major but a lot of discussion, held at Moira's house and it was a beautiful house (and garden!).
Traffic coming home was terrible though, raining caused delays and accidents and took a lot of us an hour to get to our homes - not much time between that and bridge tonight!

YHBC had a BBL match tonight and won, well done guys!  Results HERE
You can also see the Teams schedules and results on my "Ian's Teams" Page on YHBC HERE

We had some real disasters tonight but seemed to have pulled off a win, couldn't believe it!  Not enough to catch the leaders though, well done Marie & Robin!
I have updated the Hall of Honour HERE , Competition page is also HERE

I am now within 100 points of the Master Points record too (a record I set!), have until the end of Nov18 to get it so am hopeful

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops didn't find the slam and I found the only lead that looked dangerous, they ducked to ensure the tricks but actually, they didn't need to.
5   A tough contract for Ops and we defended well
6   Great defence here, partner was alert enough to remove the trumps early so we could take our tricks
8   Where was my  ruff partner.....!
9   Ops opened 1 and we missed our game in s!  Not the best contract but partner could have made it as Ops ducked 3 s
10   I played well to make this, a low contract but they all count!
12   Partner opened 1NT, I bid 2 (Stayman) and Ops double.  Their partner thinks they are doubling the 1NT and showing a big hand, they were just showing s - they rescue to 2, I double, they rescue to 2, I double - mean, sorry.
14   I doubled Ops transfer bid for the lead, partner then bid up to 4 - he played it well to only go one off too!
15   Partner played brilliantly here, he bid 1NT over Ops s and I bid 2s as a transfer to s as I was so weak - great play partner!
17   I could do better here but we missed our fit, mostly my fault I think, sorry partner
19   Ops missed NTs as they didn't see the K in their hand
20   Ops bid too high here, partner ruffed my winning too but it didn't really cost!
22   Ops system let them down
23   Partner can play better than this


10th October 2018


Playing with a new partner in a regular club session

I stayed home today as my shoulder was still bad (should not have played the badminton match last night!).

I worked in the morning and had a bath in the afternoon, it eased my shoulder but I think I need to book a chiropractor session - the bath made me very sleepy though.

I wasn't awake enough tonight and partner made a few silly errors too, still, it was fun and we had an ok score so no harm done!

Vee hosted the Improvers with Val but only 1 pair turned up, they played socially until 21:30 and called it a night, Margaret kindly offered to take me home after so Vee didn't have to wait an hour for me.

Margaret came in for a quick drink too which was nice.

Playing at CBC in the final of the Thursday Championships tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I got the  wrong here
6   Ops defended well and he could have been 1 off but no change to the score
7   Ops missed game by raising the minor instead of bidding the major
8   Partner tried to give the Ops a good score by playing his Q under their AK but it still worked out well as Ops should be in s!
9   Partner jumped to 2, I didn't know what to do, I could have played it slightly better but this was never going to go well!
10   Ops had a mis-understanding and we were mean and doubled
11   Ops let partner ruff the second  and set-up a discard, well played partner
12   Ops bid too high in the minor, 3NT was the contract
13   A helpful lead here, well played partner
14   Well bid Ops
18   Well bid partner!  Asking if I had a stop was perfect as if I said no, retreat to 3, nobody else found game
20   I need to switch to my s here rather than trying to set-up partner's s
21   Ops defended well to defeat this but they need to be in 4s
23   Ops could play a little better but they bid too high here
24   Partner needs to let the J run to make this


9th October 2018


Worked at home as had the handyman here for the last time.

He fitted 2 backing plates to hide open wires behind the fridge, fixed the socket to the wall, fitted in a new light outside (solar), fixed 3 doors, fixed the downstairs toilet flush and advised on the plans for next year, all for £50!!!!

We are so lucky to have found him!

Had a match tonight, my shoulder was still tense and I didn't play well, we lost by 34 points (within 30 is 2-1, we lost 3-0) - a shame and I felt I let them down tonight.

Playing at YHBC with another new partner tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers at YHBC

8th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session which is also for the Greta Clark Cup

A busy day at work then soup for dinner and out to bridge.

I leave early to help set-up and also bring the club laptop back.

A solid night tonight, just a few wobbles - we were placed but no cup tonight, well done Jane & Keith!

I have set the competitions to automatically update with the results pages and you can go back through the years too (the blue link above).

Have also updated the roll of honour - HERE

Playing in a Badminton match tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops doubled and didn't get the defence right, I was very lucky!  Having been naughty and overcalled with a 4 card suit (to push Ops up), I was very lucky to get away with this
4   Not many found the correct defence, our Ops did
5   Partner played brilliantly to make the extra trick, only 1 pair found game which was hard to find
8   Brilliant again from partner here making an extra trick by setting up the
9   I did as I should on this board
10   I need to lead a  here, I nearly did too - partner ducks the first one and we defeat this, sorry partner
16   The last hand for us and partner was too bold putting me up, Ops defended well too
18   Ops bid well but didn't get the play quite right
20   Ops didn't find the  lead.  Some also didn't open with my hand but I think 5 s and 11 HCP is an opening hand
22   We pushed Ops up here, they did well to only go 1 off though


7th October 2018


We had a relaxing morning and then went to Tesco for the weekly shop.

Margaret and her granddaughter arrived before we got back but only by about 5 minutes - showed Stephanie round the house and had a cuppa and a chat for an hour then they went off for lunch and we played bridge with 2 friends.

A close game, Vee and I split up and Vee won by 500 over 24 hands!

Really nice and relaxing day.  After they left, Vee mowed the lawn (borrowed a mower from his brother).

Lots of matches to be arranged now and made a start on the Surrey league as the draw came out today.

Playing at CBC for the Greta Clark Cup tomorrow

6th October 2018


Watched the most emotional episode of "This Is Us" this morning, really is such a good series.

My Sister came over to see us and the house then we took her out for lunch, was nice though Vee's meal was a bit heavy (with a starter too, it was a bit much).

Nice to catch up with her though, we don't see each other very often.

We sorted out some house chores and emptied the chest freezer into the new freezer (exciting!), nice to see things in their correct place though.

I drove to the pub for a friend's 40th party - it was much better than I expected!  Vee had a few drinks and was fine (though on the edge I think.....!).

A nice day all in all!

I also noticed this morning my grade now finishes with 8.88 - the lady I played with last night ha sa number plate with 888 as it's numbers - I thought that was quite a coincidence (funny the things I spot!).

Playing Bridge with friends tomorrow

5th October 2018


Playing with a new partner in a regular club session.

Finished off the Soup for dinner, still good!  Then on to Bridge with a new partner!

We have had a lot of fun with Jane on holidays (Vee and Viv too) and she asked me a month or so ago if I had any Friday's free.  Alas, I don't have many free dates so have tried to fix her up with others (mainly Jo and they did well).

I had this one free though and so off we go.....

I wasn't on form tonight and Jane had a busy day and was a little tired and we are a new partnership, add to that the worst hands I have seen for a long time and only 5 tables so likely to be skewed scores and it is clearly a recipe for disaster............  Fortunately not, a good set with very few blips!

One blip I won't forget for a long time though.....  Hand 22 (not in the write up below), Ops are in 4 and half way through the play the 7 is played from dummy, low from partner, LOW from declarer and then me - I hold 8, 4 in s and am thinking we play reverse count so I must show the doubleton by playing small first......... I play the 4!!!!!!!  Agggghhhhhhh!!!!!!

Lunch with my big Sister tomorrow then a 40th birthday party with friends

The Highs and Lows:

2    We pushed Ops up nicely then I doubled - it should go off but I didn't defend too well - I think the easiest line though is the K lead from partner and then a switch but I ended up giving a ruff and discard
4   Lucky here, Ops discarded a and I got the s right
5   Partner jumped to 5 - Ops doubled then took it out to 5s - I pounce!
7   Ops missed a slam - good for them as most were not in game!
8   Partner played exceptionally well to only go 1 off here, I didn't offer much as dummy!
10   We defended well here
11   Partner played well to make the over trick, some went off
16   I made both my s as ruffs and partner ended up with the winning , well defended
17   Ops made a phantom sacrifice which was too costly as it happened anyway
18   We were in the right spot here, partner still had to play well to make it though
20   Ops had the points but partner had the s....  Why did nobody else take this off 3 though?
23   Well played partner!
24   Great defending again here, we took our tricks


5th October 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another busy day (in the office today).

Still managed to print off a new convention card for another new partner next Wednesday as well as finalise matches for the Lady Rose and NICKO.

We had a pleasant afternoon with 1 major error each and a few wobbles, generally good though.

I stayed on at the end to help pack up and take the laptop home for finalising the new Tabs set-up.  Margaret kindly took Dorothy home.

Playing again after Dinner (with a new partner!)

The Highs and Lows:

1    I think I played this quite well....!  The lead helped me though.
4   We missed the slam, only one pair found it - I did well being in the right nomination though
5   Nobody else found the right game
9   Ops never found the s, I looked for the slam but chickened out as I could only ask for key cards in s in our auction (I needed an Ace or K)
12   Ops pushed us up but fortunately, 1 off was just ok for us
13   Not many found game
14   We stayed at the right level, one pair made an over-trick
16   Ops decided on NT instead of the s, I think I agree too, just didn't work for them here
19   I asked for a ruff and partner switched to a trump....
20   Partner bid s so Ops never found their tricks - an interesting event in this hand, I played a second (having lost to the Q earlier) and both Ops played a , I asked, no s?" to East who said "Ah, yes", at which point, West also said "Oh, me too!" - I have never seen a double penalty card hand before!!!!
21   Partner signalled for a and I played my K - I should play a low one showing the honour or, simply carry on with my s
22   Partner played this really well, Ops discarded a and she was waiting for it and set-up dummy!
24   I was cheeky and overcalled 1, partner raised me to 3 and I made it!!!  Sorry Ops, bit too cheeky, even for me - Ops led away from the K in the play though which I ducked to my Q allowing me to make the contract.


4th October 2018


Playing with a regular partner and Team mates in a Division 1 BBL match.

Another day at home today but working and waiting - new Fridge arrived today and could be between 7am and 7pm - they narrow it down at 7am to 3pm and 7pm and it arrived at 5.30pm!

Our handyman was due to come back to fit panels over open sockets behind the fridge and attach the old socket to the wall (plus fixing our doors) but unfortunately he broke his finger last night so has postponed.

The fridge is now in though and looks good, much bigger too and we are happy!

Had home made Stilton & Celery Soup tonight (some for Margaret and our neighbours too!).

I drove tonight, picked Margaret up and then onto David's (Alan met us there) and on to Bracknell.

We had a tricky start and partner kept over-bidding and our defence was not great.  Second half was better but not by enough.  Only reviewing swings of 7 or more but we had a number of plus scores in the second half.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Session 1: (6-45)
3    We let 3NT through when only 8 tricks are there, Team mates went 2 off too
9   I messed up the play on this hand went off in a cold game
10   I valued my 11 count as good and so opened 1NT, partner had a great transfer hand and so put me to 2, then she bid 3 so I thought game was there - we need to stay in 2, she had a flat 10 count!
Session 2: (32-26)
16   Ops bid a slam against team mates missing AK, unfortunately, our Team mates didn't fin the  lead - we made 12 tricks too but were not in the slam
17   We both made a part score for a double plus
21   We made a sensible major game, Team mates defeated an ambitious 3NT
23   Partner messed up the play on this hand went off in a cold game


3rd October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session which was also the  Greta Clark Cup (Weds)

A hectic day today!

We have a handyman, who is very good, booked in for today.  He was scheduled to start at 10am but was delayed until 2pm!  He kept me informed though.

I worked at home and 1 meeting turned into 4 anyway, was glad to be on my own without the power being turned off as it happened.

I had actually booked today off completely but agreed to attend 1 call for an hour, it then spiralled!!!

The handyman took out the cabinet next to our oven and the integrated fridge (we still have the fridge plugged in but emptied it into cool-bags after bridge so all set for tomorrow).

He also took out the old shower downstairs and installed a new one (all works!) and replaced the ceiling rose in the dining room and installed the shade for us.

We had a few issues turning the water off as there is a second stop-cock for the extension in the ceiling hatch outside the bathroom, who knew!  Well, we know now!

He has looked at 4 door handles too and saved us money by telling us it is not the handles but the way they have been put up.  He is coming back in the morning to fix the frames for us (no charge!).

I paid him cash and asked if he wanted extra for the other bits he has done, he said no, he reduced the bill in fact!  We are not letting him go!!!

Vee was a star tonight, he got home as the handyman left - I was planning to have the house clean and tidy but everything was delayed - I had cleared everything but not cleaned - he cleaned as I made him a cup of tea.

He then set to making the soup ready for tomorrow (as I have to leave early tomorrow night) and he made dinner tonight (just Toasties but still) - I am so lucky.

Only 1 table in the Improvers tonight - Vee played with them and sent Val home for a rest, it is not looking like we will continue with the group but will see how it goes over this month.

Finally, on to tonight......

Jill and I have both suffered with health recently but both on form tonight (though my shoulder is playing up).  We had a solid night and bid and played well throughout - the only red scores were unlucky and out of our control.

Pleased to see Arun & Derek near the top, they would have been 2nd just behind us if we hadn't defended so well on the very last hand against them!

Tonight was a Cup event too which is a bonus.  Really enjoyed tonight, Jill was rock solid and I knew exactly what she had in the bidding and play, nice.

The Wednesday Ladder looks interesting now too....

Vee drove home early too as Jill had kindly offered to take me home (it is just about on her way), thanks again partner!

Playing in my first BBL match tomorrow for CBC

The Highs and Lows:

5    I think we are right to be in game here, just unfortunate that we cannot get the  away in time, partner did her best setting up the long  but not in time
6   We found game here, I was very lucky North didn't win the  and trap my second , it would have been all over then!  I was banking on the s but when they didn't break, I had to set-up the s and hope - I got away with it
7   I played quite well here, guessed the s and Ops set-up the s for me
10   Well bid Ops
12   I had 1 point and won 3 tricks!  I found the right lead (not hard!) and Ops let partner win her Q so she could get me back in with her 3rd
13   Ops should pass and leave me in 2 - we had a gift
18   We missed the slam but were in the right nomination - I opened 1NT with a reasonable 11 but I didn't support partner's s when I knew she was 5/5 or better in s and s - if I had, we would have found 6
20   We bid game, not everyone did
21   Well bid partner, I was only really bidding to show what I wanted led, good judgement to bid up to 3 though - I played it reasonably well to only go 1 off too
24   We were in the right contract and partner played well to make it too, it was not as easy as it looked


2nd October 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a club Teams event

Worked at home this morning then had some of CBC committee over to help set-up the Bridge Tabs.

The session didn't go too well as we couldn't get them started, at the very end I realised we had too many tabs running and so "computer said NO"!!!  Would have been helpful for the error message to have told us this but hey!

They actually work very well and I used them tonight at Ascot, nearly there - Vee and I will play with ours at the weekend and then have another Committee session to go through them.

We didn't shine tonight but got the system right (mostly!) - a couple of defensive slips and a better second half than first.

Enjoyed the night and our Team mates did well.  We had our moments too, will be a negative for our NGS but a fun night.

Need to get more dates with Chris to keep going with Precision.

Playing at YHBC in the Greta Clark (Weds) tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

The Highs and Lows:

10    Team mates went off in game
11   Team mates doubled and defended brilliantly!
13   They didn't bid game against our Team mates
14   I made an extra trick and wasn't doubled, Team mates defended perfectly AND doubled!
17   Team mates didn't bid game
19   Poor double by partner when he knows this is a shapely hand
25   I played this quite well
26   Great sacrifice partner!
32   Good double from partner this time, I didn't take my A though crying


1st October 2018


Playing with my life partner in a regular club session.

A busy day at work, carried on when home too.

Vee cooked a nice dinner (Quiche, fried new potatoes and veg) and then we headed off to CBC early to set-up.

A poor start but we picked up and ended with a respectable score - I was well behaved too and we kept calm!

Lots of comments about seeing Vee play too which was nice (he is the nice one of the 2 of us!) - a good run for him too, Anne, Rob and now me, so pleased for Vee

Finalising the Bridge Tab set-up and playing at Ascot tomorrow in a club Teams night (Precision)

The Highs and Lows:

1    Partner had a nice hand and passed throughout, I showed strength too - he apologised as he put dummy down and looked glum when I made 12 tricks - I said nothing though
2   I jumped to 3NT and Ops doubled, I thought for 2 minutes and decided to jump again to 6s (now I know more about the hand), Ops doubled again - Vee played well and made it!  We had a good score anyway as we were the only pair in a slam
3   I made a tricky game but it seemed clear cut at the time
8   Partner should put me back to my first suit, perhaps I shouldn't mention my grotty s though?
13   We defended well here, Ops were better leaving us in 1NT though
14   I made a terrible lead, should lead a trump
16   Partner never mentioned his s!!!!!
18   We took our tricks here (eventually!), partner thought they were playing in s and so switched after the 2nd !!!  We got it back though
23   I had a bit of luck here and played well too, 1NT, X, 2 (transfer) - well bid partner
24   Odd here - same auction as the last hand but this time Ops double (penalties but not realised by their partner) - they went to 3s and we defended really well


30th September 2018

Met Cup:

Playing with a regular partner and Team mates in the Met Cup representing Surrey.  We didn't have a good day as a team but our B team Won and A team were 2nd, well done both! 

B Team Results  A Team Results

Vee did the shopping today and the garden (with Margaret's help!) and the lady who purchased our old house made some Indian treats for Vee and delivered them for him too!

I drove to David's where Colin picked us up to drive us to and from the venue, Jill met us there.  Thanks for driving Colin.

We didn't feel we had done too badly and we had a reasonable X-Imp for the first half (13th out of 36) but the second half we were 34th out of 36, sorry team.

To see our scores, click the purple link at the top and then session 1 or session 2.

Playing with Vee at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Session 1:
7    This was unlucky, the Q finesse could be taken either way (some had a  lead too!!!) and partner guessed wrong
9   Not many made game here but partner did!  A helpful lead meant no  losers
14   I didn't know what partner's double meant and didn't feel I was strong enough to bid 3 over partner's s so I agreed s
22   We defended perfectly here and took 4 off - Ops finessed both KQ and partner won them both!
Session 2:
5   I forgot we played Lebensohl so supported partner's s - of course, she didn't have s!!!  I should bid 3NT if I realise what is happening
6   Partner can play this better
8   I need to switch to a trick 2 and we do better
10   Ops got into a mess and we defended well for an extra trick too


29th September 2018

Day Off:

Watched a really emotional This Is Us this morning and then Vee went to meet family and I went to Barbara to help with her laptop and a few technical issues (not all bridge!)

I helped her with most things but couldn’t work out how to keep the light bright without the power lead - did everything else though and sorted out the one drive links for her and got a non bridge file working - took nearly 3 hours but am happy to help

Watched lots of master chef episodes when Vee home (and some wine!)

Early night as a full day tomorrow!

Playing in the Met Cup for the Surrey C Team tomorrow

28th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Watched Taskmaster and had Pizza tonight then off to the club.

June's partner didn't turn up (I think it was a mix up) so John Walker kindly raced over to play (they got above 50% so not bad on the fly!)

9 Full tables too, good turn out.

We had a lot of tops and bottoms tonight and it really was a roller coaster - partner was brilliant and "not brilliant" in equal measure, great fun though!

A coat and a jumper were left behind tonight, it was very hot in the hall and a lot came with jackets etc and took them off early on - I have sent an email out and both have been claimed!

Started too feel much better last night, a little achy but head started to clear by the end of the night.

Dorothy gave me some medicine too (a big bottle of red wine!!!) which has been depleted a little too....!  Thank you Dorothy

Helping Barbara with her laptop tomorrow and relaxing the rest of the day!

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops open 1, that is all I have so I pass, we defended perfectly cross ruffing most of the hand, well played partner!
3   Partner showed me a very strong hand in the bidding, then dummy went down....
5   Ops meant the double as take out and it was left in for penalties
6   Well bid Ops - they showed 5 key cards, very rare and Colin was able to work it out too, some would have assumed 2 key cards automatically and passed
7   Ops were mean and doubled me, others didn't get the double
8   Ops didn't return the lead for the ruff, phew!
9   We didn't take our s, not the best lead either, away from a King
10   I should open 1 here rather than downgrading my hand to 1NT
11   I played well here, Ops helped by not continuing the s and playing the Cs for me
12   We were in the right contract
16   I was mean and pushed the Ops up and then partner was brave and doubled
17   Well bid partner, great sacrifice
22   Ops were in the right contract
25   We defended well here, Ops could have ruffed s before playing the trumps though
26   We tried to push the Ops up but they wouldn't go!  I meant my double as penalties but 2s makes!  Partner could have played a little better than 3 off though
28th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another hectic day at work but finished in time for bridge!

A fairly solid performance and no tempers or moods (from either of us!) - just our defence that needs work

I took Dorothy home after (as usual) and traffic was quite heavy but not too delayed.  Also have a set of boards from today for David to re-deal which I shall pass on tonight at YHBC.

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1    Well bid Ops - I didn't think 5 would be a good sacrifice so not much we could do here
4   A good sacrifice but nobody bid and made game EW!
7   A good sacrifice!
8   Well played partner, lucky not to get a  lead
10   Well played again partner making the extra trick
13   Well bid Ops
17   Ops pushed us into game here, was glad they did!
18   I miss-played this but even 1 off is a bad score as Ops need to bid on and let us double them!
19   Well bid Ops, we let a trick through too
21   We got a good score for simply taking our tricks
22   Ops got their defence to 1NT wrong, I shouldn't have opened 1NT and the play was odd - other than that, a standard hand!
23   I opened 4 - Ops bid 4 (cheeky) and I bid on, 4 doubled could have been interesting and 5 doubled even more so...!


27th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Took the day off today as feeling very low and still have a constant mild headache - work laptop on and still did 3 hours or so (which I shouldn't have!).

Took my cat to the Vet this afternoon and they kept him in - I picked him up at 6pm with a £240 bill!  He seems a lot better but waiting on blood test results tomorrow or Monday to see if it is his kidneys or not.

I had prepared dinner earlier so got home from the Vets and ate quickly before heading out to CBC (with the laptop so I had to go!).

I had set everything up with a duplicate club on the laptop so as not to confuse the system with the new settings for the Bridge Tabs but forgot to put the % back on!  Nobody seemed to mind too much and fixed it at the end of the session.

We had a roller coaster session tonight but more was good than bad!  I had a few moments where everything was too fuzzy to think, partner did too as it happens!

Pleased that Margaret played with Marion again, and did quite well!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I didn't play this well, I should play a low  from dummy to my 7 (which I had planned to do) but chickened out so went 1 off.  Fortunately, Ops are making more at other tables
5   I should pass 2!
10   Ops had a misunderstanding and I debated if game in would score more than doubling, I went for the double and it paid off
14   Ops can make game but our sacrifice was not a good one - some managed to go off in s too!
15   I forgot Gerber and was signing off in 4, fortunately, this showed 2 key cards (which I had) and partner put me to 6NT - I had a kind lead and made it but not sure I should have (everyone in 3NT made 12 tricks though)
22   We should make 11 tricks and did, others only made 10
23   Partner played well here and we stayed in the right contract


26th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the first Sylvia Rose match.

I ran the monthly Management meeting today at work, first one with my new system implemented and it went well.  Some improvements needed but at least all are interacting more with it!

We ordered our new American Style Fridge-Freezer tonight too, arrives next Thursday.

Just time for Pasta and then on to Farnham!

Vee was to host the Improvers but only 4 Improvers there with Vee and Val.  Rob is a strong player so they decided that he should play in the main group and Vee played with him (did very well too!!! - their results HERE

Val played with the other 3 socially until 21:30, lets keep hoping the numbers pick up.

CBC had it's first BBL match in Division 1 too, unfortunately, a tough start, bad luck team - their results HERE

Well done to Margaret & Lesley for winning at YHBC tonight!  Their results HERE

I also fixed Barbara up with David as I knew he was free and Barbara asked if I knew anyone - considering it was their first time together, just under 50% wasn't bad.

A busy day and the key people in my life all in different places tonight!

Our match was a game of 2 halves, some silly errors and judgements and we are 14 down at half time.  Some good bidding by Team mates and an 1100 on our side scores 32 in the second half for a nett win (14-6 in VPs)

Simon is in a team for the Sylvia Rose too - they won the first half but lost the second half (largely due to his partner passing 1 when they play 5 card majors with a short !), they had never played together before though.

All the Teams I play in can be seen on my page in YHBC HERE, each section links to the latest results too if you click the section.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1  H2  I open 1NT and Ops play "DONT" over 1NT so Double (single suited hand).  Partner has values and s and bis 2s, Ops double (with 6 points and 6s), I bid 2 as I don't know what to do but have 4 s.  Ops bid 3s in reply to their partner's double and my partner doubles (I alert, penalties).  Ops rescue to 3s and doubled again (alerted, penalties).  5 off for 1100!  Did you follow the bidding?  Tricky huh!
2 H2 Ops stay in a part score, Team mates bid a vulnerable game!
11 H1 We missed game, Ops bid it at the other table
14 H2 Ops stay in a part score, Team mates bid game!
15 H2 Partner takes a gamble, wrong this time partner for -400!
18 H2 Partner makes 11 tricks in 2, Team mates defeat 4
22 H2 Team mates missed game


25th September 2018


Day off today though I still did a lot of work at home.

I also had some of the CBC committee over for coffee & biscuits as we set-up the new Bridge Tabs.

It took longer than expected but we got there!  Looks good but a few niggles to iron out.

It was nice to have a chat today too and David hadn't seen our new house before and was impressed.

Our new sofa arrived as they were here too and looks good - the glass for the fire arrived tonight and completed the front room!

We have ordered a new shower for downstairs and I will order a new Fridge-Freezer tomorrow to arrive for the 4th October after the Handyman has been to complete a few jobs we need doing.

Hopefully after all that, we can relax and save money!

I didn't lose any games at badminton tonight, to be fair, it's because I stayed home to relax!!!  I fell asleep on the sofa too as low on energy - I think I made the right decision to stay home.

Playing at Farnham in the first Sylvia Rose match tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers at YHBC

24th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 9 of the CBC Monday Championships

A manic day at work but completed everything in time, always chaos when I finish building a new system on the day of implementing it!

A simple supper of Toasties tonight then out to Bridge.

Arrive early as usual (after looking at Fridges with Vee!) and set-up the tables and chairs with a few others.

Only a few real errors tonight but middling scores most of the way, slightly under par but I am still not feeling well.  Partner was very kind and said we could still go home if I am not up to it.  I was grateful, nice to know it would be fine to cancel bridge but decided to stay.  Half way through, we both wished we had gone home!!!

Not a disaster though and a few useful discussions.  We realised we play bidding over a double differently - after partner opens and Ops double, I play that my bids are a level higher than I would have bid - partner plays reverse (so a jump is weak and the next level is strong).  Neither of us are wrong but need to be on the same page.

Neither of us declared well tonight but our defence was good, that is a sign of a good partnership I think.

With 1 event to go in the series, the leaders cannot realistically be caught, we could still come in the top 3 (just) but can only try our best.

3 new members tonight, things are picking up with numbers but we do need them all to come regularly!  Have taken the laptop home to do a bit of admin and for setting up the new Tabs tomorrow!

Playing Badminton tomorrow and setting up the new Bridge Tabs for CBC

The Highs and Lows:

2    I played terribly here, I should get out for 1 off but tried to put East in with a  honour so I had the lead into my hand, it didn't work!  I should take my 3 tricks and run for 1 off
5   Ops didn't find game
7   We stayed low and I played well to make my contract
9   I jumped a level to high with my pre-empt, sorry partner
11   I had no points but no s either, on 1 from partner I decided to bid my 6 card suit, then my 4 card suit and partner put me back into a quiet 2 - I made it (some how!)
14   A poor sacrifice in the end as not many bid and made game (as they should have!)
20   Ops were too ambitious here, partner jumping to 4 pushed them though!
21   Ops didn't have the same understanding of the jump after the double and so bid on after they bid 3s - we quietly defeated 3NT for a good score


23rd September 2018


Playing with a regular partner and team mates in the Surrey Swiss Teams

Not our finest effort today but enjoyed most of it.  We won 3 matches (well, 4 but the last 2 were in the triple and count as half each).

We really won another as had a bad Director decision on match 4 (yet again!) - have decided that if we need a director again, we will ask for a different one to the one that came to our table.

Both pairs made blunders, I went off in a few games (so did most, but not at the other table unfortunately).

We finished on a big high though, especially with partner making 5x and team mates bringing home a plus too!  Also had a board where we got +800 and team mates got +1100 (shame it was on the same board in some ways!!!).

I text Vee when Colin dropped me off at David's (thanks Colin for driving) and he got a light supper ready for when I got home.  Vee also did all the house chores, ordered the weekly shop and put all the clothes away from the weekly wash - I am so lucky to have such a good partner!   Vee is still pleased about yesterday and even more since he saw his NGS went up 1.6% from the session!!!

Playing at CBC in Round 9 of the CBC Monday Championships tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    A tough contract which possibly cannot be made, partner does better to ruff the second club with the 10 though - Ops stayed in 3 against Team mates
7   Team mates missed the NT game, so did our Ops but Team mates went off in their part score
9   We should push to 3 here
13   I made an impossible game as Ops under lead their K  and I put the Q from dummy to win the trick
14   Team mates missed 3NT
18   We bid and made a slim game, Ops made a part score against Team mates
19   Good defence took partner down here, relies on getting the Q right and the clues all pointed to the wrong hand, bad luck partner
22   I made a mess of this hand and went down 1 instead of being plus 1, sorry all - I plated for a 2-2 trump break and got it wrong
23   Auction goes:  1 (Ops), 3 (Me - both majors), 3 (Ops), 3 (Partner), 4 (Ops) - partner asked what the 4 meant after Ops bid 5 on his turn and was told they didn't know.  We pushed this and called the director and he didn't ask East to leave the table so we could ask the bidder.  We were damaged here as with no information, I lead my A before the singleton went away - of course, it showed first round control which Ops didn't inform us of before my lead.  This is not allowed and the director did nothing about it and let the score stand!!!  Still cross now
26   Ops were too ambitious and partner doubled - even more ambitious against Team mates and they doubled too, +800 and +1100 on one board!!!
29   Team mates had a good sacrifice and I made 3NT on a long minor (bid by partner).  Ops didn't find the right lead, it could have gone off - take the luck when you can though!
35   We missed our 3NT game, not enough points but it makes and they bid it against Team mates
39   Most went off in game here, as I did - they made it against Team mates though
42   Partner didn't find the K lead to defeat game, would have been a double plus
50   Partner had a highly distributional hand and was pushed up to 5 - Ops doubled but partner had a void and a great suit (made better with my 4 card support) and it rolled in, well played partner!  Team mates made 170 too for a double plus!


22nd September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the Surrey Swiss Pairs

A long day today and Partner got very tired, a few odd bids and play today but I think partner was just not feeling it.  At the end of the session, she asked if I could play with someone else tomorrow as she couldn't face it - it's not a problem, bridge is not worth getting ill for.

Lots of local players today, most of us were middling with a few in the top 3rd (Andy & Robert, Trevor & Barbara and Keith & Tim).

Vee played with Ann and they loved the day - they won 4 out of 7 and topped the middling group of us, well done both!

We won 3 out of 7 and some of the losses were close - a few odd bids avoided and we would have won 5 I think.

Not great but not bad either.

We invited Ann and Margaret in for a drink after and had a nice chat.  As they left, our neighbours came over for more drinks and a chat!!!

Playing in the Surrey Swiss Teams tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Not many found the right contract, we did
4   Ops jumped and I felt we had the balance of points and I had 4 trumps so I doubled - I kept playing trumps to make them earn their own tricks and we took them 2 off
11   4 is our contract but they bid 4 - I should double now for an OK score but thought we should be in game so bid on
23   Ops had a system blip and ended up to high, we defended well for an extra trick though
24   I bid 5 and Ops didn't double, they went to the 5 level themselves off 2
27   I jumped in s (weak) and partner jumped to 5 - not a bad bid but just not quite there
29   I messed up the play and should have bid 3 (not 4)
30   Ops were too ambitious and partner punished them
32   Ops missed game (and a slam)
33   I should pass 2, sorry partner
37   Partner opened 2NT with 19 and a singleton  with 6s, you can't blame me for not knowing that shape for 2NT and passing with 4 points
38   Ops missed the slam
45   Ops let us make the first and so only made 11 tricks
49   Ops showed a 6 card major and partner jumped to 3NT anyway, I could do better but I can't make this


21st September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A tough day at work but finally completed the new reporting system as I was building so should be ready for Monday.

Have been trying to find a pair for 2 lovely ladies at Camberley who are improving rapidly and so keen.  Jim & Moira have said yes so they have a team in Division 3 now, great news and I wish them happy and successful bridge in the league!

Still not feeling great, constant headache and tummy trouble.  Had a message from Margaret to say she was having a tough morning too so I suggested we cancel as I wasn't well but had a reply saying "see you there" so that was that.

A few more errors today but more good than bad overall.

Pleased to see my friends top, well done Dorothy & John

My partner for tonight was happy to cancel so I have the night off to try and feel better ready for the weekend.

Playing in the Surrey Swiss Pairs tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A poor double, sorry partner
6   Ops bid a marginal game but it's not there if we find the right defence, fortunately, we did
7   A low level contract but I made the most of it
10   We pushed the Ops up too far and then doubled, sorry Ops
12   Partner played well to make 11 tricks, not everyone did and some didn't bid game
13   Well played Ops
16   I did well to make an extra trick, Ops didn't attack s and set-up the Q for me
17   We found game!
19   Partner can make this by not touching the  and end playing East
20   Nobody found game, we made the most of our part score though
21   I went all on my own but only to the 2 level, I should only have been 1 off but it doesn't improve the score much
23   I showed 4/4 in the majors and gave partner the choice of a 7 card fit or a 9 card fit and she chose the 7 card fit!
24   Ops played a on trick 9, my only route back to dummy to make the s - phew!


20th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

One of my partners was directing tonight and had no partner (due to my own diary mishap).  I asked my regular partner if she would mind and was fortunate that she could find a partner (they did well, as did we so all worked out).

I wasn't feeling good today and wanted an easy day but had 5 conference calls and a whole new system to design and implement ready for next week - chaos!

Felt a bit brighter by the evening and keep smiling.

Marie is a very good player and we did well as a pair - both had some tough contracts to make and made them!  I messed up a couple of NT hands and 1 bad bid by partner, the rest was good.

Margaret played with Vee tonight and enjoyed it but they were not given any gifts at all.

Vee and I stayed at the end to help and also make sure Val wasn't left on her own.  No deal file for the session so we cannot load the hands.

I have a copy and will scan in tomorrow from work and upload as an attachment, not brilliant but better than nothing.  We will load them as soon as we can though.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    Ops had 23HCPs between them and pushed to game, not unreasonable to be honest but we defended well and took it 2 off
9   Well bid Ops
10   Ops opened light and their partner went to 3NT, we took an extra trick as partner made her singleton Q
14   We managed to get the  ruff in time to defeat this
15   I managed to make an extra trick here and needed too as I was pushed to 5 - a  lead makes it very tricky - with the A lead, I was able to get the 2 s away on my KQ
16   I put partner into a tricky game as she had bid weakly - no lead and 12 tricks made, well played partner!
17   Ops didn't find game
18   Ops didn't find game
19   I played well and Ops didn't take the A
21   We pushed Ops up and took it 1 off
23   I open 1NT, partner bids stayman, Ops double.  I bid 2, partner bids 2NT all pass.  I think this should show a stop in s - it did not......!  We can make 3// but not s or NTs


19th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 6 of the Beryl Doughty

Tonight was also a Berks & Bucks Sim Pairs event, results on our calendar and HERE

Vee hosted the improvers, only 2 tables again and Simon offered to help too.  Hope we get more attending as Vee & Val have put so much into the group.

We had a nice pasta dish with garlic bread tonight followed by Apple Crumble & Custard, yummy!

Nice to play with Marion tonight, spirits were high after a solid performance this afternoon at Woking and we had a fun night.  Never any arguing and both just play and enjoy.  Marion even enjoys my sense of humour (or, puts up with it well!!!).

Great to see Margaret & Lesley top tonight though Barbara & John are our leading pair in the county - I partner or team up with them all so pleased for them all!

We made a few blunders each but nothing major, a solid performance.  Currently top in the Beryl Doughty but early days (the threat is still Sheila & Peter.....!).

A little late with my Diary tonight as stopped to get Petrol at Tesco on the way home and then adding the Sim Pairs notice to the home page and Calendar, scoring the Improvers session and dealing with emails.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Great defending here partner, found the best lead and we timed the s well too.
6   Not a good score but Ops were heading for the 6 slam - this was actually the best score we could at the table.
8   Ops had 1 chance to finesse my Q and didn't take it, unlucky Ops
13   Well bid Ops, we should have taken 1 more trick though
18   I thought I had played this well but hadn't realised I could only make 8 tricks - Ops never touched the s so they went on the long s


19th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Day off today as agreed to get a practice session before the Met Cup at the end of the month.

We did well today but some tricky hands and a few bad bidding sequences.  Generally good though.

Playing at YHBC after dinner in Round 6 of the Beryl Doughty

The Highs and Lows:

2    Unfortunate, partner opens the major from equal length suits and s would have been better here
3   My fault for opening 1 instead of 1, silly Ian - I did well to be one off with a 6-0 trump split though
4   We defended well to get a few ruffs early on to defeat the contract, useful for me to play a low card asking for a return to get another ruff too
5   We were in the right contract
6   I should settle for a part score here, sorry partner
7   Not many found the right game
8   Not many found game!
12   I should be 1 off here, sorry partner
14   We missed game but nobody found it and we were in the right suit at least
15   We didn't find our  tricks to defeat this
16   We defended well here
18   I should bid 3NT over the weak 2 (showing the minors), partner passed as she has the majors - I missed this
19   I opened 3s and Ops doubled forcing their partner to bid - partner then pounced on 4 and 4!
20   I did well to make this, Ops played the A freely so I didn't need to lose my K
25   Partner made an extra trick here, well played
26   A tricky contract but it is always there, others didn't bid game or went off.  Fortunately, 3NT doesn't score as well either


18th September 2018


Taking today and tomorrow off work.

Ordered glass for our fire in the front room (thanks to the recommendation of Judy).

Made progress with the new Bridge Tabs at CBC and the NICKO teams for CBC.

Helped out with the Subs and Accounts for YHBC and cleaned the house!

Toad in the Hole tonight, yummy!

Badminton was good tonight, the first match of the season for the Men's 4 team and I played well, won most of my games and good scores on the rest.  Unfortunately, we lost by 12 points (266 - 278) but we still pick up a point from it and was a good workout, suffering a little now!

Playing at Woking in the afternoon and at YHBC in round 6 of the Beryl Doughty tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

17th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

In the office today and a busy day, lots of staff on leave (cheaper now schools are back I guess!).

A nice meal of Mac 'n Cheese then I head to the club early to set-up.

I lay out all tables and most of the chairs and bring the set of boards David dealt along with instructions on which sets to use this week (and NOT to use the black set that has not been re-dealt yet!).

An average session tonight but quite a way below par to be honest - we didn't start too well and found it hard to recover.

Pleased Margaret did well tonight, she has had a few things go wrong recently so hopefully a good bridge session will help.

I stayed at the end to score and help pack up too.

Playing in a Men's 4 Badminton match tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Unlucky with the trump split, we need to be in 4 but not easy to find
2   Well bid Ops
3   I can make this by playing a low  to my J early on as there is a favourable split but I didn't see it.
6   Well bid Ops
8   Ops did as they should but others didn't
9   Ops were too ambitious here
11   We defended brilliantly getting the cross ruff going
17   Not an unreasonable contract but just not there, others were more cautious or allowed to make it
19   We defended well but Ops gave me a they could have ruffed
21   Ops gave me a ruff and discard to allow me to make 10 tricks, a bit lucky


16th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner and team in the Herts & Essex Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

Fellow YHBC members played in a Hants event too, middling but much better than us!!!!

I had breakfast and went to M&S to get supplied for the break then Alan C picked me up and we met up with Simon at David's (Simon drove us all).

A great run, just over an hour and then time to relax and chat before bridge.

We started well, winning the triple (just luck of the draw we started here) then won a match where team mates were convinced they had thrown it away.

However, no further wins and not much to report on after that I'm afraid!

David said he enjoyed the whole day, I was glad to hear that, to be honest, enjoying playing is really the main part of these events.

Vee had Margaret round for a chat and glass of wine and he got all the house chores done whilst I was out too, he's a good boy!

A light dinner when home and watched 2 episodes of Australian MasterChef then diary....

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

10    Team mates got carried away with the long s.....!
12   Partner made an impossible game by cross ruffing the whole hand, team mates defeated their Ops by playing a round of trumps
13   Partner made another impossible game!
19   Our system failed us, we didn't get to show our major and missed the correct game
20   Partner made 9 tricks in 1NT, team mates defeated 3NT by 2 (interestingly, 8 tricks are possible!)
22   We missed the slam and I played poorly to only make 11 tricks
28   Partner explained his holding, I explained mine and I had the strong hand and signed off in 3NT, partner then bid 4 to look for more and I didn't know why (still don't really) so we missed game (3NT is the contract)
29   Partner jumped to 3NT with a singleton S, 5s is the contract here (team mates defended well to hold their Ops to 10 tricks)
43   Team mates missed game
47   Team mates missed the slam
48   Partner bid 2NT to show the minors, with 2 poor suits and only 7HCPs, perhaps pass is a better bid?  End of a long and frustrating day though and I can understand the frustration


15th September 2018
15th September 2018


We tried to do too much this morning, thought there was time to watch This Is Us (which we did, one of the best episodes so far too!) but.....

We had to clean the house, re-organise furniture, clean cups and plates, wait for Iain to wake up to say goodbye to him and go and get a cake (pictured!!!).

The lady who purchased our old house makes cakes for a living from home and she did a really good job for us - we are friends now and helping each other when and where we can and I mentioned the meeting and she offered to make us a cake!  She didn't want paying for it but I still gave her something!

I got back just as people arrived, Vee was at the door in his dressing gown as Rosemary & John arrived though!!!!  Mildly embarrassing for him but no big deal!

The committee meeting went well though went on until gone 2pm but we covered everything and no major issues, not appropriate to discuss in length here but....

Vee & I both picked up more duties though but we can cope with it.

The Improvers was discussed at length and Vee has a plan and committee approval now too.

YHBC liked the idea we have implemented for tracking members and payments at CBC, I will get together with our Treasurer soon to enable the same process.

We watched more TV in the afternoon after putting the house back together and washing and drying up then dinner and relaxed.

I have been working on an excel file for Team cards for CBC and think I have finished that now (though not fully automated yet, it has the right detail and info).

My plan with the excel file is to enable a teams database to then be selected on the front page to then populate table cards for any movement - once done, I may even give it to the EBU (if they want it).

Playing in the Herts & Essex Green Pointed Swiss Teams tomorrow

14th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session that was also a qualifier for the  Surrey Club Pairs Championships

As I get home from taking Dorothy home from CBC, our friend from Scotland is here, Iain.

He has only been here 5-10 minutes but I arrive as Vee is concluding the house tour!

Great to see him and catch up on events.

We order Chinese and carry on talking then I drive us to YHBC (he is playing with Vee tonight as I had already arranged to play with Nick).

It was doubtful that Vee would make it home on time and Jill had very kindly agreed to be on stand-by if needed, really appreciate the gesture even if not needed in the end.

Vee and Iain enjoyed their night but some odd scores and bad luck where Ops did well against them but the rest of the room didn't bid game or a slam - they were not far of 3rd despite the score below 50%.

We had another roller-coaster but more were good than bad again and had a much bigger score than we deserved!

Great to see Margaret do better tonight too and earn points so she has qualified for the Surrey final with Simon if they are free and interested.   Unfortunately, it is my birthday weekend and I doubt I can make it (I qualified Monday too!).

YHBC Committee meeting tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    We were in a better contract than most, partner actually could and should have made 12 tricks but only 1 pair did and it is risky to try for it
4   Ops never touched s so I mad 12 tricks, we should have been in 6s though but nobody was
6   Partner didn't take the finesse, unlucky
7   I think N could be NTs here, tough as it denies 4s though, only 2 pairs found 1NT
13   A good contract but partner needs to play Q trick 1, then A and a low and 9 tricks made
14   I bid weakly and partner still raised me to game - I made it some how too!  I lost a early when I still had space and so got my losers away in time
18   Ops kept competing with each other, in the end we decided to double every bid they made and then defended perfectly
20   I was in the right contract here making what I should
21   I was too ambitious here and I should have asked partner to bid too, better in s (and a part score!), I was too wild here
22   Not easy to find game, I don't have any Aces but do have a nice hand, I open 1, partner bids 1, I raise to 3 and he decided to go for it - good decision partner!
23   Ops got their system wrong, it happens and we happened to gain from it, unlucky Ops


14th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

A busy day with work today and just finished in time to get to Bridge, heavy traffic too.

Not a good day today, partner went wrong on the first board and she often fails to recover from that, unfortunately, today was one of those days.

Playing again after dinner (as is Vee)

The Highs and Lows:

4    The last hand of the session and I risked it all here for a good sacrifice, this did not work out well though!
5   Partner told me she had a 4 card major, very confused trying to find it.....
7   Partner forgot we bid 2NT after a weak 2 to find out more so we missed the 3NT contract
8   I downgraded my hand here, it stopped us overbidding and partner played well too
9   Partner played well to make an extra trick
10   We were in the right contract making 11 as we should
11   Partner opened weak (limit bid) then bid again, afraid we got we deserved here
14   Ops ruffed a winner by mistake giving us an extra trick in defence
15   Partner bid 4 (past 3NT), we had no choice but to be in the wrong contract
16   Ops made a good sacrifice here, unfortunately, no NS found (or made) the  slam
17   We were in a nice 5 (not doubled), partner bid again to 5 which Ops then doubled, we would have had a great sacrifice here
19   I doubled this and partner had bid s, so I know to lead a through and we must not lead a , I signalled for s and nothing came - turned a top into a bottom
23   I didn't take my Ace
24   Ops were in the right contract


13th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 9 of the Thursday Championships

Worked at home as had smart meters installed, 8am and took him until 10:30am but didn't interrupt me too much.

I was asked to help with a website too, built a new one in Bridgewebs (as that is what I know) even though it is not Bridge related, hope it looks ok.

We had our handyman over tonight to quote for more work so decided to cook Tesco Finest meals, unfortunately, I didn't think much of mine so didn't eat much of it, Vee's mac n cheese looked much nicer!

At the club early and discussed the new Bridge Tabs, welcomed Val back from her holiday and sorted out a few bits of admin.

We didn't start off too well tonight, partner could have played better but we made up for it on the second board.  A night of ups and downs and not great, amazed to see the score was ok!

We are not going to catch Marie & Robin who have the title already but 2nd place is very close!

We are playing again at YHBC tomorrow so will try and get it right then!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops missed game (and a slam), they played it well though
4   A terrible bidding sequence (by both of us) but I punted the slam in the end and it paid off
7   I need to overtake partner's K to hold this to 10, sorry partner
9   Not an easy lead for partner here, unfortunate
14   Ops missed game, we defended well too
15   Partner should open 1, not 1NT - as it happens, the play would have got us a good score if my 10 had been thrown away to unblock the suit!
16   Ops were too ambitious here, a  lead gains another trick too I think
19   Ops missed 3NT, we defended well to defeat 2 too though
20   Ops allowed partner to ruff a , then played the wrong to promote my J
22   A good sacrifice though we nearly pushed Ops into the slam, phew!
23   Well bid Ops
24   Not a good sacrifice, I should be a bit stronger for my jump overcall, sorry partner


12th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 3 of the YHBC Teams Series

Vee hosted the Improvers, 2 tables again (just enough), huge score for Sue & Kevin, well done both!

I said goodbye to my neighbour at work who is moving to Head Office (cakes today though!)

Quiche for dinner with home made wedges, nice!

My team didn't need me tonight so I formed a scratch team of friends, we did quite well! Really appreciate them all coming out, they are good friends

Really pleased that my own team did well without me too, we are well placed in the teams series (only played 2 of the events but our average is 10% clear of the field so far).

The cards were NS tonight but I felt David & I got the defence spot on most hands.  I missed 3NT on the last round and let a game through early on.

Our team mates were amazing, they claimed to have missed a slam (they didn't bid it against either though so no damage) and bid game that wasn't there on a hand where I feel they should bid game.

Diary is late as I have loaded the Improvers results and submitted the P2P, re-loaded Teams with X-Imps, downloaded scores and calculated the Teams Series, updated my Teams scores online (HERE), updated my own diary and organising a badminton match plus other e-mails (and a ciggie and glass of wine!).

Playing at CBC tomorrow in round 9 of the CBC Thursday Championships

The Highs and Lows:

6    We defended well to hold Ops to 10 tricks in 3NT (not material in teams though) but our team mates took 1 off doubled for 800!
8   Partner made this tricky game (played by West), Ops defeated theirs (played by East).  Interesting here, with 10HCP, I hate bidding 1NT (partner says it is right to do this with 8-10 over 1), I prefer the stronger hand to play and on this occasion, the lead is much better for us this way.  I bid a semi-natural 1 and then raised to 3NT
11   Not an easy game here but I made it (as most did) but our team mates defeated their Ops!
14   I opened 1NT here, I know, not many would but I valued it as such.  Partner transferred to s and Ops bid 2!!!  I then pass and partner doubles, Ops bid s, I double, Ops now rescue in South to 3s, partner doubles and North tries 3NT and I double - (all alerted until the final double as ALL were penalties).  Team mates also were doubled but in a more sensible contract
15   Team mates made a quiet 1NT+1, our Ops opened 1 and partner doubled, all pass - we defeat 1 for 800!
16   Ops missed the slam, our team mates bid the slam!
22   Partner made 3NT, team mates were defending a part score and held it to 8 tricks too
25   I should enquire about the stop here, sorry for being cowardly partner


11th September 2018


A good day today with more deliveries for home (new cigarette bin for the garden and new TV remotes) and had Stilton & Celery Soup again with 3 cheese bread, yummy!

Caught up with more TV with Vee then off to badminton.

I set-up the posts, nets and shuttles and put benches out then started playing - only lost 1 game which was a tight game, felt good!

I see Margaret has her Life Master credited as the monthly points went on today, it should show in the Rankings list tomorrow, well done again Margaret, official now!

Playing in a scratch team at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

10th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session (also a qualifier for the Surrey Club Pairs Challenge Final)

A quiet day at work and Vee had the day off so I cam home at 2pm and relaxed.

Home made soup for dinner (Stilton & Celery) and took a bowl for Margaret tonight too!

I arrived early and set-up the tables and chairs and settled down for bridge - a good night and enjoyable too with only 1 red score.

We are getting together tomorrow to discuss a few system ideas and how we both bid in certain situations.

We have qualified for the Final of the Club Pairs Challenge  but not sure if we will enter, it is our Birthday weekend and we have a meal with our neighbours on the Saturday (with a LOT of wine planned!!!) - will see a little nearer the time....

I have been asked to add grid lines to the summary below as it is not always clear which hand the description refers to (depending on what size screen you have), see if this is better.....

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I dislike the Ops being allowed to play in 2 of a major, partner had doubled so I put a cheeky bid in and it worked, 1 off
5   There is no game available but most made game - we defended well to take this 1 off
7   Partner played well for the extra trick, the  through twice from Ops helped
8   I did well to make this, I had set-up 7 tricks with the s but decided to try and make an over-trick, disaster!  Fortunately, only 1  was taken and I still got home
9   I made a penalty double of 3 but partner thought it was take-out, we need to firm up on these doubles - not an issue as we hadn't discussed it and just one of those things
10   Not all bid game and not all made it, I downgraded my hand in 3rd seat to 1NT then upgraded once I knew partner had 11 and 4s
11   Partner made her singleton K and a ruff, unlucky Ops
16   I was West on the last round, I played well here squeezing the Ops at the end to hope a was discarded, it was - 9 tricks
19   Ops were in the right contract but we defended well and took out their trumps
20   Ops need to jump, they missed game
22   We defended well holding this to 9 tricks, Ops had a choice on which way to take the finesse and guessed wrong, unlucky Ops


9th September 2018


Breakfast and TV as washing starts followed by Tesco (early) and home to finish the washing and dry outside.

Then a light lunch and off to Basingstoke to play Poker with friends (we both played well and I won a game, only played 2 today).

We played cards against humanity after (a very silly game, bit rude/crude too but all good fun!).

Home to finish chores and put bins out etc then starters from the Chinese as we finish catching up with TV.

A nice day!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

8th September 2018


A relaxing morning watching MasterChef then went to the Aviator to meet up with friends and had a lovely lunch for Jo's birthday.

They didn't charge for the second bottle of wine and a beer and gave Jo a Happy Birthday plaque and chocolate!

Nice to chat and laugh and food was good too.

More TV when home and didn't really do a lot, nice to relax with Vee though.

Playing Poker with friends tomorrow

7th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Or so I thought.................

Due to a major accident involving an air ambulance, Jill couldn't make it and called me to say she would keep trying.

At that moment, I asked my partner if he would play with Alan instead (Jill's partner) as he was directing and had come with Pamela.  It just didn't make sense for him to go home or wait around as a non-playing director.

I waited for Jill as we would be the half table so a 3 board sit-out but she couldn't get through so I came home.  I had already played today and so will spend the evening with my 4 best friends (Vee, Nemo, Pepper and Vino!!!)

Hope Nick and Alan do well in my absence as a last minute pairing (they play together anyway so should be fine)

Very tight at the top, first 6 all within 4% - pleased to see Jo & Jane do well tonight

Lunch with Bridge friends tomorrow

7th September 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A busy day at work and just got out on time for Bridge.

After last night, I had decided I have to keep up-beat and keep the mood light - I made jokes and funny comments all day and the session was much better!

Partner must pass my penalty doubles and I made 2 phantom sacrifices, other than that all was good.

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops missed a  trick
3   Ops refused to take their A
4   Better in s and probably a phantom sacrifice
5   We found game, not many did
9   Too ambitious Ops!  That said, I doubled 3 for penalties, lucky escape!
10   Ops need to win the first trick, then the Q is still a guard after losing the K
13   Ops should agree s rather than s as they didn't have 2 more s than s
15   We were in the right contract
16   A phantom sacrifice, sorry partner
20   I should double here but I wasn't confident, a good score though
23   Ops missed game
24   Too ambitious Ops


6th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 5 of the Chairman's Shield  (note, the schedule will be updated in a day or so)

A great day today, had my hair cut, went to Tesco to change a remote for our new lights (without the receipt) and they could not have been more helpful, so pleased at how good they were and now we have a working remote!!!

Had our windows cleaned inside and out too, they did a good job!

2 meetings for work, both went really well.

A nice fish pie for dinner too!

Bridge was not so good though, our team mates did quite well but we did not perform well.

Vee played tonight too, he enjoyed the session and did quite well as a pair too - not bad considering they had never played together before!

I have loaded the X-Imps and updated the Find-A-Partner and the Rota, now watching "This Is Us"

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    We were in game (as we should be), I made 12 tricks as Ops revoked but they were not happy about it and it is teams so I let it go.  Team mates were allowed to play in 2 - great score!
4   I played well to make this impossible game, Ops did well to make their 4 for a double plus
7   We were in the right contract (I made 2 extra tricks too), Ops were in a part score against our team mates
9   Our team mates missed game
16   Good defence, we should have been in 3NT (partner forgot 3NT showed AKQ) but 4 should make too, very good defence though
19   I had to go up with the K on trick 1, not easy
20   A phantom sacrifice, perhaps I should pass or double Ops in 4
21   I was too ambitious
28   We bid game, Ops were in a part score against Team mates and they held them to 9


5th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another busy day but sorted some house things as well as a full day at work.  Pasta for dinner then off to our old house to collect post (and have a nose at the changes!).

They have re-done the kitchen and floor and painted throughout, looks nice.  They want to have us over for a meal soon too!  They were not sure how the heating worked and Vee showed them.

On to YHBC after that where Vee hosted the Improvers (2 tables, enough for a session but we really do need more).

I played with Jill (first Wednesday of the month) and we had a good session tonight, only 2 bad boards and some were exceptional, I really enjoyed the defence of 1NT, we could not have been more in tune on that hand!

I had a ruling against me where Ops both hesitated and they were allowed to score for their contract - tonight, another pair both hesitated and they were not allowed to keep their score on hand 8!!!

As it happens, I agree that it should not be awarded but it seems really unfair to me that this is to stand and mine is not - a harsh game this!

Great to see Margaret & Simon at the top, well done both

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    Perfect defence here, delighted at how in tune we were, well done partner!
17   I played better than everyone here for a bottom as we were too high, I should pass 3 and see what happens, sorry partner
18   A great score for a pass out!  I think West should open 1 though
19   I played this well!  Partner played the next hand equally well too (though not quite a dark green for a mention)
22   Ops were too ambitious, I wanted to double but didn't think I could count all of my tricks in defence
23   Well played Ops, dropping the Q was the right play - I think a lead is better from me too though


4th September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the EBED Sim Pairs

A good day today and Steak & chips for dinner (I cooked for me and our lodger).

I drove to Ascot and made good time, arrived early and set up the room.

We had a great start but a few errors crept in.  I missed the 9 on the very last hand too, I did the same last night - perhaps I could request this card be removed from the pack!

Not a huge score but against a strong field, not too bad.

The hands downloaded from the EBU didn't show the makable contracts grid, I downloaded them and re-processed with Dealmaster and sent to Chris P who kindly reloaded them.  I feel they are improved a lot with the grid of what can be made and find it useful.

Well done Margaret, good score at Woking tonight!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A helpful lead for the over trick, well played partner
2   I should pass or double 3, sorry partner
4   Partner can do better than this, strong defending though
6   I should pass 3, sorry partner
8   I needed partner to overtake my J to play the Q through dummy, still, the double was enough for a join top
9   I missed the 9, I hate that card!!!!!  Cost me 3 tricks at the end, sorry partner
11   We defended this as well as I have seen any contract defended all year, well done partner!  I did well to take out the trumps but a great lead and signal
12   Another helpful lead allowing the extra trick
16   Not a good sacrifice partner, Ops don't make their game, unfortunate
17   It looks like we need to push Ops up here
18   We talked the Ops out of game!
19   I think partner needs to bid his s here
22   Ops were too ambitious and we defended well
24   The only hand of the night we defended badly, though, I think Ops played well
26   I played well here


3rd September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work today and a nice meal tonight (Kievs and Veg).

My regular partner couldn't make it tonight and Jill kindly stepped in for me, thanks partner!

We had a lot to do tonight, I played 14 of the 26 hands and partner played 3, I made a mess of a couple but generally we did ok.  2 hands which we could and should have done better on near the end would have put us 2nd instead of 5th too, shame.

Vee played too but neither of them felt they played too well - very tough hands though.

Playing at Ascot tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I wasn't;t strong enough to bid here but felt I had a free bid over Ops 2 - I didn't expect it to pass after that though and we landed in the only makable contract
6   Making the extra trick is always key in duplicate and the lead gave me the momentum here along with Ops signalling with the 10 early on (a key card they cannot afford to discard)
8   We get a good score for being in the right contract making the right number of tricks
12   I should have only gone 2 off here, I should play 2 trumps as I did then 3 s and discard a on the 3rd  (Ops can trump but with the master)
15   Well defended Ops, I should have ruffed the s early though and made 10 tricks (not 8!)
16   We get a good score for being in the right contract making the right number of tricks
19   Partner needs to play a after the 2 s, not a - we need to take the entry off dummy and avoid me being end played
22   Well defended Ops, we were in the right contract but tough defence
23   A good sacrifice here over 4s - a bonus that I made it!
26   I was certain the 9 was played on the first round of trumps so I then lost to it on the 2nd, sorry partner


2nd September 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Richmond's Blue Point Swiss Pairs

Shopping and washing first thing then Simon picked me up and on to Lightwater to collect Margaret & Jo.

The ladies catered for us all too, nice lunch, thank you both!

Bridge was not good throughout, some marginal things, some were just errors.  A little bit of bad luck too.

Still, we won 2 matches and finished on a high, try again next time!

Apple Crumble and custard waiting for me when I got home.....!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    I got carried away, should have bid 3, sorry partner
2   I did well to only be 1 off, this is a NS contract really
3   Partner needs to continue with the lead
5   We were pushed too high
6   If I start with a minor, we can take 2 Aces, I thought the trump would do no damage
7   I think I should have made this, I played 3 rounds of s to get a discard but North only had 2 s
8   Ops got carried away here
10   I pushed too hard here
12   A tough hand to play, was pleased to make it, a lot didn't
13   I was really pleased to make this when it wasn't really possible!
15   I wasn't able to offer much help partner, sorry
16   Very hard to bid the slam, not everyone made 12 tricks though
18   I forgot Stayman was still on after Ops double, sorry partner, we missed our fit
19   After the 1 (not entirely legal) bid from North, I felt 3NT was on, sorry partner - the play could have been a little better also
28   I disagreed with the bidding - 1, 1, 2, 2 - I now think partner has a good hand with lots of s - I think 2 should be passed or, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3
40   I should have made this and not try for the 10th trick with the S finesse, sorry partner
46   Well played Ops
47   A freak hand here, sorry for being mean Ops
48   A tight double partner, well defended though, especially end playing declarer to make the last 2 s
1st September 2018

Social Bridge:

Caught up with our favourite series "This Is Us" this morning, if you haven't seen it, do try and watch series 1 and catch up with series 2, it is really the best series on TV (in my opinion).

Finally cleared all the rubbish by the side of the house and from the front shed today, loaded both cars and went to Camberley waste and recycling centre.

Lunch and bridge at Dorothy's with John (his birthday on Monday!).

We had a nice lunch prepared by Dorothy and a good chat with some lovely wine then played rubber bridge.

I partnered Dorothy and Vee with John - they had all the cards, most unfair!!!  It was John's birthday so can't complain!

We did lose 1 rubber but won on points though - I doubled Vee in 2 and we took it off 3 for 800!!!

John put Vee into a slam on the next rubber though and he played it well to make it - a well deserved win for them both

More TV and a take away with wine tonight.

Playing in Richmond's Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs tomorrow

31st August 2018


Playing with an regular partner in a regular club session.

A nice meal of Pie, Veg and fried new potatoes, yummy!

Arrived at bridge early and set up, 8 full tables which is much better (though an odd movement tonight!).

We did well tonight and had some fun too (though most people didn't realise I was joking half the time!!!).

Some blunders but fortunately none of them caused a red score, so a sea of green below!

Nice to see Alan & Jo at the top ans Margaret & Simon 2nd, bodes well for Sunday....!

Playing socially tomorrow for John's birthday

The Highs and Lows:

3    I was lucky here, a tight contract with very few points, having lost 3 tricks, I play towards the K, it holds!  I then throw my other  away on the now set-up J, phew!
4   Ops were a little pushy here, it needed to be 3 off to beat our game score though
5   Not quite sure why we didn't double this, 4 off was good enough though.
6   Partner played perfectly here, the revoke by Ops helped but 9 tricks were made anyway which was a top in itself
9   I felt I had to double here, it was tighter than I thought though
10   Partner had a bit of help here but excellent play ducking 2 s to make 3 tricks from the suit!
24   We were lucky to be allowed to play in s, South has a huge hand with distribution - I don't think we can bid to game though without help


31st August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A quiet morning then pick up Dorothy and get to the club early.

A chat about last night and the consensus seems to be 4 -2 for board 4.

Bridge today was not good, perhaps I wasn't in the best mood but neither of us got it right.

Well directed though with minimal fuss or issues and very quick (there is a function tonight so they wanted us out ASAP and we obliged!).

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

4    A bad double by me, sorry partner
5   A bad double by Ops!
7   Partner showed a 6 card suit by overcalling 2, Ops double, we wait to find out what the suit is and partner passes!!!
9   Partner missed a trick here, should only lose 2 s I think
10   Partner showed me 4 s with the double, better to pass and let me double showing 4 s and then partner could bid a minor or pass for penalties
11   Partner played well making an extra trick
12   My instincts were to jump straight to 6NT after partner opened, it relies on 2 red Ks being in the right place but I wish I had trusted my instincts!  Still, we were in NTs not s for a good score
13   Another bad double by me, sorry partner
14   I played this well to make 9 tricks, the 10th was given to me when West pulled out the Q by mistake so I didn't lose a
16   Not a good lead partner, I will play a when I can
17   I pushed too hard here but partner could have made it if she keeps a , not easy though
19   I did well to make 11 tricks
20   I got lucky the s behaved and no early played!
24   I should have lead the A here or the Q (probably the Q actually), sorry partner


30th August 2018


Playing with an irregular partner in a regular club session.

My week off continues but I ended up doing quite a bit of work as urgent queries and requests came in!

I did a few bits round the house and had fish n chips for dinner!

Arrived at the club early to discuss the Subs due for CBC by 1st October and how to handle them - will send a club email soon....

Had a quick chat about our system before we started and then forgot we play High to encourage so messed up an early defence, sorry partner!

A couple of blunders each but generally, we were very good tonight and I think we both enjoyed it, we are team mates but only played 1 session together before a few years ago.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Odd bidding here, Ops said they had long s and their partner jumped to 3NT, I was confident of defeating this but felt if I doubled they would go to 4s
4   Our last hand of the night and we needed the director.  We reserved our rights as partner opened 3 and Ops paused for 3 minutes (I counted) and then grudgingly passed.  I pass and Ops then consider and bids 3.  Now, I admit that the hand is worth a bid but not after the pause.  With the pause, I would now consider the hand to have no points and no support, vulnerable, I am losing 6 tricks so 2 off in any contract versus possibly defeating EW in their contract or a part score.  I do not believe they can bid.  After a chat with the director and one other director, the decision was marginal with comments that 2 of us would not bid and also, Tim Rees would never bid in that situation.  We should have asked 4 or more others of similar standing to the South player but nobody was left!  It was ruled to be 3 down 1 and I think this should stand.  I wonder if this entry will provoke any comments and should we go to the EBU on it (South said he was happy with the decision).  The other point here, if you pause for a LONG time, double or bid after it - pass makes it very difficult for partner....
5   I did well to make 10 tricks here, I am not sure I can do it on any other lead
6   I think I should have doubled here rather than bidding my long s - I didn't like my hand with the singleton K, partner could still have made 3NT but it doesn't improve the score much, we need to be in 4 - mainly my fault I think
9   Partner can take 2 Aces here, not normally a good plan to start with and Ops declared very well - others took the tricks and got a good score
11   I played low to encourage the , sorry partner, forgot we play High to encourage!!!
18   Partner did very well here, perfect play - the lead was demanded in the auction but it actually helped us!
21   We defended well to keep this to 10 tricks, it is what we should do but others didn't defend as well


29th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

I didn't do much today, sorted bits round the house, watched TV and revised Precision (not well enough!!!)

I made Spaghetti Bolognaise for dinner and it was tasty!

Vee hosted the Improvers, 2 tables - big score for Barbara & Gillian, well done!

We do HAVE to get more people for the group though, will keep trying and I think Vee is thinking of asking all members for help in finding new players (of all standards) or we may have to fold the group for a while.

We had a good night but could have been great, some careless errors.  Only 1 system error in terms of memory and a few hands where better sequences were possible but memory let us down.  1 choice of bid didn't work for us too but that was just bad luck.

Alan had his eye Operation today and all went well (eventually!), he hopes to be ok for Friday's session.

I made an announcement about Margaret getting enough points for her Life Master too, so proud of her!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I need to switch to a  instead of giving partner a  ruff, sorry partner
5   I made an extra trick here and needed to as I was in 3 (pushed up by the Ops).  Ops could have got a  ruff but I managed the Q and got the timing right
6   Ops never found the s, lucky
8   Ops were too ambitious and partner was mean!
9   I had a play to make 9 tricks here by losing a early on, instead I lost trump control.  I should have downgraded my hand for the singleton K though and should not have been in game
10   We defended well, I should have left them in 2 though for a top, sorry partner!
11   I forgot about 2 and 2 here so when partner answered my question about strength and support, I counted 2 as 2 up from 1 (in my head, I went 1NT, 2!!!!), partner was awake enough to jump to 6 though, thank you partner!
12   We were in the right contract making the right number of tricks.  Partner was right to ask how good my hand was, I said it was of no use and we stopped.
13   Ops transferred here, with a 10 count I would have passed, we defended well though
15   Ops didn't take the A to let me make this
16   Partner was wrong to raise this, he doubled and I bid at the next level - with a flat 13, pass unless I jump or cue
17   Ops went wrong with the so didn't make the over trick
19   It seems I should have made 12 tricks here, nobody did and we were in the right contract for a good score.  I lost 2 s when I could have ruffed 3 of them by the look of it
21   Ops did as they should, others did not!  We gave a trick away with the lead though but I bid s, without 1 of the top 2 honours, I should not overcall, sorry partner
24   I played well here getting the right early on when still time to get back to the s


28th August 2018


Taken the week off this week as we are quiet and most of my colleagues are away.  Still checking and replying to e-mails though.

Trying to sort out a friends birthday meal today (nearly there) and also bridge dates and commitments.

Vee made Omelette tonight, was very tasty with triple cooked chips!

Our Annual fun badminton tonight, 6 games to 15 randomly drawn (though always levels or mixed) - after the first round, a winner plays with a loser each round.

I won 3 lost 3 but the losses were close so I was 4th overall (24 players, top was 88 and I had 78/90) - good fun but exhausted now!

Playing Precision at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

27th August 2018

Surrey BH Swiss Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in the Surrey Bank Holiday Blue Point Swiss Pairs

A relaxing morning for us and at 10:30, Vee goes to over to Margaret's to help her fix a few things around the house and bring her to ours ready for me to drive us to Oxshott (Margaret like my new car!).

Margaret made sandwiches for us both (which were delicious at half time).

A good showing from CBC / YHBC at the event with 7 pairs turning out.  Big well done to William who came 9th with Dominic (the best placed pair from our clubs)

We had a good start against club-mates then it went a bit wrong.  We won 2 matches after the break and lost the last against club mates (Simon and David got the leading Non-Expert prize by beating us though, so some good came from it!).

More importantly, the 3 wins today was enough to get Margaret over the line for her Life Master!!!

This is a major milestone for Bridge and I am so proud of her for getting it (her Ex-Husband stopped playing just short of his life master!).

We had a meal after to celebrate (Vee joined us) and then took Margaret home.

Well done Margaret!!!

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We defended well and Ops didn't declare as well as he could
9   I bid 3 but Ops bid on - not much we could do
13   I played very badly on this hand
14   Partner's turn to play badly....!
16   I kept quiet here but partner said she had a  stop, I never saw it.....!
19   I should leave Ops in 2, sorry partner
23   I played poorly again here, we didn't bid game either but it is marginal
24   Not many made this (or were left to play in it), was quite pleased here!
25   Ops went to 3NT with a singleton , I even put a "slightly" cheeky bid in with my 6 s and he still went.  We took the first 6 tricks!  Chatting outside with Simon about it and I said that someone bid 6NT on it and made it, "Who wouldn't lead a 6 card suit though?" I ask - it was Simon who made it and his Ops were stood next to me at the time..... Whoops!
26   Partner bid well but her play didn't match the bid!
27   Ops were brave to bid this and I was mean to double it
32   Ops were too ambitious
34   Ops were in the wrong contract
36   Brilliant play by partner, helped by Ops not unblocking the s
38   Partner kept on bidding here, not doubled but too ambitious - I weakly supported to 2....
42   Ops were in the wrong contract and we defended well
43   Well played Ops
44   I thought this would be a good sacrifice - I think I was wrong....!
46   Well played Ops


26th August 2018

Day Off:

Tesco first thing for the weekly shopping and made mushrooms in a stilton sauce on toast for lunch (3 cheese crusty loaf too, yummy!)

Fixed the mat to the carpet at the top of the stairs (to try and distinguish between the layers as there is a step at the top of the stairs) and finalised some items for CBC.

Val came over for a chat and a glass of wine - was good to talk (you never get to chat too much at the bridge clubs!)

Vee made a veg lasagne for dinner with some triple cooked chips

A nice relaxing day

Playing in the Bank Holiday Surrey Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs tomorrow

25th August 2018
25th August 2018

Day Off:

A good day today, sorted out a lot of admin and "things" for CBC, Val has worked very hard too despite being short of time and it's appreciated.

Vee worked with my Dad today so I built the remaining 4 chairs, sorted the packaging, hoovered and cleaned and did a bit of shopping.

I am pleased with the chairs (2 pictured above, using those as we wait for the 2nd sofa to come for the front room).

We now have 8 comfortable chairs ready for Bridge matches!

I also put the last 2 pictures up (hopefully in the right places!!!), 1 is pictured with the chairs, the other is in our bedroom.

Vee was given a selection of cakes (made by my Dad), Brownies, Victoria sponge and Lemon drizzle - all delicious (and all gone!!!)

TV and wine for the rest of the evening!

Day off again tomorrow

24th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Pizza for dinner and made 2 of the dining chairs (Vee made 2 more whilst I was out, I will make the other 4 tomorrow).

Tonight was fun but frustrating, 7-1 and 4+3!!!

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner made the best lead possible and then didn't give me a ruff!
4   We missed game but will settle for 800
5   Ops were too ambitious
7   I missed a trick as let the 10 win, still, Ops have bigger scores on (just)
11   I could have made this if I don't ruff high, sorry partner
13   Partner thought I had the K and 2 Aces, I showed 2 key cards and the Q....!
16   We missed 7NT here!!!  Still, so did everyone else
20   We didn't defend well here
23   I got away with this, a through and Ops then catch my Q and I am off, phew!
24   Well bid Ops
24th August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A great day at work today and our dining chairs have arrived (before our lodger left too!) need to put them together later...!

Bridge today started badly and if partner goes wrong early on it's hard to recover from.

Just one of those things, we had some good hands too.

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

Not today (again), I kept fairly calm at the table and still am - I don't wish to upset anyone with comments here, truth be told, the issues were worse in my head than they really were any way!

23rd August 2018
23rd August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Day off today as expecting new sofas and foot stall and 8 new dining chairs.  Logged on to work laptop too and dealt with emails.

Sofas arrived but unfortunately, the 3 seater would not fit.  I actually think another 2 seater would have been better anyway but we cannot amend the order so now need to get the window out and a new delivery date, help!

Looks good though (picture above).

Had the option to pay another £140 to change the 3 seater to a 2 seater and wait another 5-7 weeks, cancel everything and get 70% back or re-schedule the 3 seater and remove the window.

We like the Sofa's so not sending them all back, £300-£400 to remove the window and put back so decided to pay to amend the order and wait for the 2 seater.

Dining chairs coming tomorrow, my lodger is here until 1pm so hope they arrive in the morning!

I made spaghetti & meatballs tonight, was really good!

Bridge was good tonight too, some shaky scores but some great (and some gifts!)

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We defended well here but Ops revoked too
2   We were mean here and pushed Ops up, 3 was a good contract too so they couldn't win
4   Ops didn't open 1 here (I would have!) and so we end up playing, it's still a good contract to be in but Ops made their singleton K (I would have played the same way too) so 2 off was not good.
5   We can make 3NT but never finding it.  Partner did well to make the best biddable contract I think
8   Well defended Ops
9   This hand is worth a look if you have time.  How often do you get a joint top for Ops bidding a slam?  I think this could be bid:  2 (Strong), 2 (Relay), 2 (Strong with s), 4 (Control, agreeing s), 4 (cheapest control), 4 (next cheapest control), 7NT (knows the s can only be the K or a void, if void, must be 2 long suits).
12   A gift from strong players is always nice, thanks Alan!  I cannot make this, keep forcing me in s and I struggle to reach dummy and lose control....
14   Partner played brilliantly here, doubleton lead from Ops though, very rare does it work and it just helped partner set up the s, a taking out the entry to dummy and it's all over
15   I was pleased with this, a at any time and I lose 7 tricks though
16   Ops got a little carried away, we do make 4s though....
21   I think I should be left in 2s here, well done Margaret Watson though, making 3NT was amazing!
22   Well played partner, a tough hand and made the most of it, the extra trick turned it from a good score to a great score!


22nd August 2018


Playing with a regular(ish) partner in a regular club session.

Vee played tonight with Kevin in the Improvers HERE - they did rather well too.....!

Better to see 3 tables but we still really need 4 - 6 tables to make it more meaningful.  Vee and Val have written a note for displaying on the tables asking for more players (friends, family, players in classes or U3A etc) - hopefully we will get a good response from this as will need to think seriously about the group if not.  It has folded 3 or 4 times before and come back stronger after a break, will see what happens.

I had a good day at work, I run a monthly meeting for the senior staff and it went well again this month.

Alan & Pamela gave us some beetroot from their garden tonight too, perhaps Vee will make a beetroot cake?!!!

I played with David tonight, he hasn't been on a Wednesday for a few years (other than the odd game) and am hoping to encourage him to come back regularly.

We had a few errors each and the Ops were good a few times, generally fairly solid though but just under par overall.

Jelly and Ice Cream after I finish writing this....!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Not our credit here, Ops made a good game try but it is not there, others are being allowed to make 5 of a minor
4   I missed a trick as decided to change strategy half way through and cross ruff, got away with it just.  Other tables are making NTs EW, unlucky for our Ops
6   I doubled for take-out and it was left in.  A good contract for us but I need to lead a trump, sorry partner.
11   Partner opened light and I had aspirations of game, we stopped in the right spot though - most passed out
16   I was too ambitious here, 4 is the right spot (even if some make 11 in NTs)
17   Well bid Ops, I had a chance to defeat it though if I keep all 3 s and discard my s
18   We defended well here
20   I played quite well here but had a favourable lead.  I expected to lose the first trick (setting up 2), it happened to win!
22   Well played Ops, I should have left them in 3s though!
23   A bit of luck here, East played a  after winning the giving me the 9th trick, phew!


21st August 2018


A day off today but still had my work laptop on and did a fair amount!

Added a note to last night's diary to thank our neighbours for mowing the lawn for us, we have some really good and kind neighbours!

Mac n Cheese for dinner and Vee has made Jelly for pudding tomorrow (Jelly & Ice Cream!!!).

Badminton was good tonight, lots of games and mostly good but I ran out of steam as so humid.

Set-Up a "Rota" group for CBC to use within BridgeWebs tonight too, will show David how to use it soon.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

20th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 8 of the CBC Monday Championships

A busy day at work today and had a good day too.  I logged in when home though and did a little more to tidy up loose ends and write a report for a colleague.

Cooked Sweet & Sour Pork tonight, yummy!

As I left work, a message came through saying our Sofas are ready too, now arriving on Thursday so will be home (and hope they fit through the doors!)

Our outside light now seems to be fine, think it was put on upside down which is why we couldn't get the dials to work properly!!!

When I got home, I also found that one of neighbours had mowed the lawn for us too, looks really good!  I went over to say thank you and had a nice chat, they didn't want anything for it but will take a few bottles round soon and/or take them out for a meal.

Bridge tonight had some great play by us both but the Ops were good on some hands too - our defence still needs a bit of work, it used to come naturally

We are in the top 6 overall in the series but not as good as we would like.

Vee played tonight too, practice for Guildford (Surrey's Green Point Swiss Pairs - enter HERE) - they enjoyed the night and did ok too, only a few boards different and 50%+

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    Working out 4th highest, I play low and run to my 10 - 12 tricks are now a lay down after the Ops discarded a  in South
6   Partner played this brilliantly, Ops overcalled with 2, I know we have the balance of points but I cannot double (penalties), I don't want to pass or bid 3 so 2NT was my only choice left - thanks to great play, my poor bidding was rescued!
9   We defended well here
11   I open 1NT and partner transfers to s - I complete and partner bids 2NT - I now think we have 24HCPs and 9s so I go to game, I don't think the bidding is wrong and I tried to make it - just unlucky
13   Losing the first  to set-up 3 tricks and then getting everything right here, well played partner
15   Ops played away from his K half way through here, I guessed right and only lost 1 too
18   We need to win a few s here
20   Well played Ops
21   Ops ducked a and I then discarded the other on the s for the extra trick
23   A tough hand here - do I pass 2X or bid on, I felt I was too weak to pass the double with partner being a passed hand
24   Ops played the A trick 1 and was late picking up, partner then thought he had lead the A on trick 2 and played a , it is now a penalty card and so we didn't make the - bad luck
19th August 2018

Social Bridge:

Washing and cleaning done in the morning then a light lunch.

Social bridge with Les & Jennie at 1.30pm and great to see them.  They have both had health issues recently and looked really well.

We had lots of chat, drinks and scones!

Short on time today so played 18 hands (6 with each partner) and I had a lot of hands with 15+ HCPs and so I won overall.

The point is not who wins though, it is to socialise and play nice bridge - only 1 hand was doubled (I doubled Vee for 500!) so all was kept friendly and all enjoyed it.

Vee had to go to work just after we got home but back around 8pm for a late dinner.

Playing in Round 8 of the CBC Monday Championships tomorrow

18th August 2018


Chores this morning ready for Vee coming home.

Martin came round to play our board game after lunch (he was winning through most of it but I finished well to win by 27 points in the end!) then Vee got home just after 4pm.  Great to have him back and Pepper (one of our cats) is now curled up on his lap!

We had friends round for a take away and games tonight, ate too much but enjoyed Catan (the game!)

Caught up on some of the recorded TV together with some Prosecco after that!

A good day!

Margaret arrived safely in Wales too (visiting her children).

Playing social bridge tomorrow

17th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A nice Fish & Chips dinner tonight with Margaret and both lodgers (Lauren went to get it for us too as Margaret and I had a chat and a glass of white in the garden).

I set BBC2 for Margaret's car radio too!

Arrived at bridge early and got all the tables set-up.

An unlucky night in many respects but some bidding could be improved too, I didn't know what to do on so many hands tonight!

Vee home tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Sorry partner, I felt this would be a good sacrifice, if North had just one more  it would have been too!
5   I need to lead a  here but very hard to find it.  I also fell asleep and didn't make my !
7   I didn't agree with partner's bidding here and think she regretted it too, I was a passed hand so partner took charge, opening 5 left me no-where to go though, I still considered bidding 5NT though to see what partner would do and I think she would have raised me to 6NT
17   I couldn't work out how to play this hand and made a mess of it, strong defence though
19   Great bidding and the only pair to find game!
22   I jumped to 4 as had nothing to spare, worth looking for it though and I unfortunately had the keycards to encourage partner but didn't have the right shape (or another honour!)
17th August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Started work early (in the office today!!!) - my car is so nice to drive too!

A full day and pushed to leave in time for Bridge, managed to get new convention cards printed though.

The EBU have resolved their website issues so the P2P has now been submitted for last night.

Today, we played the hands from last week again!  An error due to needing the 27 board set 3 times in 2 weeks and them being left in the club, a shame but it happens.

It means the scores cannot be submitted to the EBU for Grading or Points (we didn't do too well anyway as it happens).

We had so many errors today, it was frustrating and hard to keep calm and not shout (I didn't shout but everyone knew I was not happy).

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

Not analysing as the session doesn't count and don't wish to upset anyone with comments here - we both know what the issues were and both at fault.

Being the only pair in game on 14 was good though (partner's good bidding) and making 3NT (plus 1!) on 21 was exceptional partner!

16th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Day off today (though had work e-mail on all day and responded to a few queries).

My car arrived and I love it!  Nothing flashy but my first ever brand new car and it runs really well and has a few gadgets and a turbo!  Am happy!!!

Cooked Cottage Pie with steamed veg for dinner (me and both lodgers).

Enjoyed bridge tonight, a few blunders but generally good and in good spirits.

Although not quite a top or bottom for analysis, board 9 is worth a look - what do you open here?  Ops opened 1 against us, I think 3NT is a good opener here - it is certainly not a strong 2 hand though (needs to be 12+ points with 5 controls (Ace is 2, King is 1) or any 16+ hand.  An interesting hand though....

There seems to be an issue with ScoreBridge or the EBU tonight, had a call when I got home to see if I could send the results but I had the same error message.  Have emailed ScoreBridge and the EBU to see what the issue is and if it can be resolved.  Have added a bulletin on the CBC website.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops found a good contract
10   Partner played well to make this, cross ruffing and timing the trumps was excellent
16   I took a silly risk finessing the  on the opening lead, I should be 1 off for a good score, sorry partner
18   I took a punt here that my 8 s would work for me, they didn't!
20   We were in the right contract and no  lead
23   A friendly lead here, partner didn't need much help here but that was just enough!
15th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in (Round 5 of the Beryl Doughty)

Another day at home today and finished about 2pm.

Margaret played at Woking (summer party too!) and then came over to mine early.  We watched quiz shows and had a chat then she took me to YHBC (we played with different partners).

Margaret also waited for me and took me home after, assuming my car arrives tomorrow, I should be back to normal now and am so grateful to have her as a friend.

Jo played tonight with Julie (and did well too, well done) and delivered a big box of Cat Food for me (well, my cats, not me!)

I set up some tables and chairs and the Improvers laptop, was pleased to see 2.5 tables tonight so an event could be played, great score Carole & Jen too, well done!

Val kindly directed as I was playing in the main group and Vee in Yorkshire (Whitby today!) and she had a productive evening playing the hands with the sit-out pair each round.

Really nice to see John & Delores back after so long away, welcome back!

We had an amazing start tonight, the first 4 rounds (hands 5-12) were all tops as we played them, they all stayed good too!  We both wanted to leave it there and go after that start!

Very middling after that but enjoyable and our start carried us home to 2nd.

We are now a pseudo 2nd in the Beryl Doughty too behind Sheila & Peter (both pairs have only played 3 so far so it looks like we are not doing that well) - we need to get a 70% score to stand a chance of the title though....

I scored the Improvers and submitted the P2P for both sections as needed to find out a guest's name (thanks for replying so quickly Joyce!).

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Great defence here, the  lead prepared partner's Q and my C switch generated a lot of s!
4   I squeezed and played to the end here, Ops squirmed especially on the 12th trick and he stared at me until he discarded the wrong card, sorry Ops!
5   Nobody found game here, partner bid 2 over Ops 1NT showing s and another - I bid s, partner raised to 3s and I valued my void as useful and went up
6   Ops announced that I was a nuisance here!  I jumped to 3 (to play) and they had no clues of where to be - I was mean to double the final contract, sorry Ops
7   Ops doubled me, a good double but they didn't get the defence right, needed to get the ruffs going
10   We have a  slam on here, fortunately nobody bid it (and didn't make game either mostly) so our penalty double worked well
11   We are in the right contract
12   Ops need to lead s I think to take us off
13   I should have bid 4s but scared of pushing Ops to game - I also need to switch to s to hold it to 9, sorry partner
17   Partner can do better here
23   Well bid Ops
14th August 2018


Another good day today with working at home and getting things done.

My car is being paid to me tomorrow (the old one that is, just in time for the new one to arrive!).

My office chair has had the base replaced and the old one taken away.

The cats are now using the cat tree now I have moved the lounge round a bit - they have a view out of the garden now instead of a view of me, I think they prefer looking at the garden!

Pizza for dinner, quick and easy but nice!

My friend Martin picked me up tonight and gave his chairs back too, he played well but hadn't played for a year and so played 4 games.  I haven't played for 5 or 6 weeks so only played 7 (won 6 of them!)

Really enjoyed it and played well (mostly).  My serve was either amazing or terrible though, need consistency.

My lodger put washing on at 6pm and I said "will it be done by 22:30 for when I need it", he said yes.  I get home and he forgot to dry his clothes!!!!

Lucky I stay up late, I don't like leaving it so will put it on in a few hours when he has finished.......

Vee in York today and said the weather has improved and enjoying it.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow (Round 5 of the Beryl Doughty)

13th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another day at home today and got all my work done plus more, less distractions at home when I am in my office.

Had Gammon egg and chips tonight (I cooked), was really nice, gourmet chips (frozen) triple cooked and delicious!!!

Margaret picked me up at 6.30pm (am so grateful) and we set up the chairs and tables ready for the session.

I sat near a door by the balcony NS but we had to move, it did us good by the look of it though!

A good night, a couple of wobbles but generally good (with some gifts).

Playing Badminton tomorrow (my friend is picking me up)

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops made an odd lead, the 2 when holding 4 to 7, misled their partner and set-up 12 tricks for me (I played towards my KQ twice making both)
7   Penalty double at the 2 level, spotted by my partner and a top!  Some made 9 tricks though, all I have to do is play out trumps (I had 5 trumps, Ops had 4 each).
8   Partner played well here, I think only 9 tricks possible if Ops switch to a
9   We were in the right contract and Ops helped by leading an unsupported Ace
11   I think partner should pass here instead of opening a weak 2, I then open 4 myself and we may be able to play there - as it happens, 1 off in 5 was a good result as Ops make 6s!
15   Well sacrificed Ops
18   Ops helped me here by playing the A freely, another and I have to ruff and lose 2 s
19   Not a good sacrifice Ops
20   Not a good sacrifice Ops
23   Not many were in game here (we had 25 points) - key was partner's long s and she valued her hand correctly to put me up
12th August 2018

Day Off:

Early start today as Vee is away it is my job to feed the cats (05:40 this morning!!!).

I also do the first load of washing and start cleaning the house.

Watched some of the Multi-Games and had it on in the background as I completed jobs around the house - a real shame about the GB women in the diving, they had it won by a mile and threw it away on the final dive crying

Helped Val with some CBC admin today and we are getting close with a few things now.

Vee wanted some saucers for the plant pots for the indoor plants, I ordered some and they arrived today.......... I got the wrong ones!!!!  These are about 6cm wide and not big enough to hold any pots we have, have ordered some bigger ones now (they only cost £1.15 so not the end of the world!)

Had Tesco deliver as I have no car at present, they arrived on time with all items.

A lovely roast dinner with my lodger and his girlfriend at the Quays tonight, ate too much though!

Relaxing for the evening though may play my game for a few hours (not played it for a long time)

Playing at CBC tomorrow (with Margaret as my Taxi!)

11th August 2018

Bridge Chat:

We caught up with "This is Us", a US drama series we like then Vee finished packing and left around 9.30am for the week (Yorkshire).

I cleaned and hoovered ready and went to the shops for a few bits ready for guests and watched some of the European Multi Games.

Barbara, Marion & Margaret came round for drinks, nibbles and a chat (they provided some of the food too!).

We had a feast and a good chat.  Went through the conventions and amended some of our cards and discussed ideas.

I think it was worth it and hope we continue to have some chat sessions, good company too!

I showed Barbara how to use the Bridgewebs email facility too which also went well!

Will finish off the wine and watch TV for the rest of the night, had a message from Vee saying arrived safely!

Day off tomorrow, taking my lodgers out for a meal in the evening

10th August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Another day at home today and had a good day too.

No car now so Margaret kindly picked me up (as well as Dorothy, took us both home too!).

We arrive early and set-up and have 9 full tables.

Just before we start, my car documents arrive by email and so I sign them electronically and the new car is on it's way (Thursday 16th).

We had a good session today, some avoidable scores but some were really good!

Vee and I are went to my Badminton's club annual BBQ after so not playing at YHBC and this afternoon's diary late as went soon after I got home!

Kerry has an amazing house in Tilford, 10.6 acres and is huge and beautiful, really, really lovely - they are lovely too and very kind and generous with it.

We arrived at 6pm and stayed until 9.30pm but wanted to leave early so Vee could pack ready for his break and also spend some time together!

I tried to get the last 3 hands from today into my Deal Master but it wouldn't work, have typed them up instead and Alan Brown has kindly offered to try for me after he gets home from Bridge, watch this space (and many thanks Alan in advance!).

Was so pleased for Sylvia and Alan coming top EW today, I congratulated them as soon they finished too, well done both!  Also nice to see Ray back (and only just behind us too).

Hosting a Bridge chat about conventions and ideas tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops never found the  ruffs or a  lead
4   We held this to 8 tricks and it makes 9, bad for us though as nobody in game and nobody made 9!!!
5   I was too ambitious here, sorry partner
6   Ops can make in game in s or NT, we held NT to 8 tricks
10   Ops play a strong NT so they missed their optimum contract
11   I can only make 11 tricks here but Ops revoked on trick 5
12   Partner made an extra trick here, well played!
13   We have game on here but defended well enough to get a bigger score
14   Lucky here, Ops need to switch to a , to his credit, he knew that too but his hands were ahead of his thoughts
17   I should have jumped with my hand here as it is worth 17 really, we missed game but most did - I made more tricks in NT than the others though
19   We are in the right contract and partner played perfectly
20   We landed into a good contract but not by good bidding!  I did well to make this it seems, I don't think I did anything particularly good to make the extra trick
21   Pass partner!!!  I doubled the Ops in 4 and wanted to leave it there....
22   I felt Ops had a big hand here and this would be a good sacrifice.......... It was not!!!!
23   Ops agreed s then jumped to 6, they can make it too from East but he let us both ruff ( and a )
9th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 8 of the Thursday Championships

A mixed day today.  Our new Sofa's have been delayed until the end of Sep18 but my car maybe ready early next week!

I am lucky that I am able to work at home so will stay at home until my car arrives.

I made Spaghetti Bolognaise tonight, was really nice!  A bit cooler today and some rain too, a relief!

A few new players tonight (both of whom I think will join and become regular players).  I felt a little bad that I played my best on the 2 hands against 2 of the new players, sorry!

We are now 3rd in the Championships (narrowly behind 2nd) but Marie & Robin are miles clear (helped by a score just under 74% tonight, well done both!).

My partner thanked me tonight too, Tuesday's result has now given him enough points for Life Master (a major achievement and will be on the September rankings) and tonight's score has promoted him to King again (and me back to Queen), well done Nick!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I felt I had played this well, I finessed the  on the second trick and it worked!  Only lost 1 and Ops discarded the s so I was left with the last  on trick 13
3   Partner opened 1NT (11-14) - I have a miserable hand so rescued with Stayman and had to bid 2 when he said no!  I played this as well as I have played any hand for a while to make it
4   Sorry Ops, I got this right - Ops could have taken a and should cover my Q when I let it run too
5   The only time 11-14 let us down, much better not to open here
6   Partner played brilliantly here despite a terrible split!
8   Partner did well here too, timing was perfect throughout
13   Not the best lead Ops.....
15   I should re-bid 3 here, not stop 2NT, sorry partner - I did not describe my hand well
25   We defended well here, Ops really should have been in 3NT though
8th August 2018


Playing with an new partner in a regular club session.

Early start today as had to drive my car to the garage for 7:30 so started work first then went to the Garage.

I dropped the car off and waited for the taxi I booked (they had booked it for tomorrow!!!) I phoned for a new one and made it home in time for my conference call.

A busy day with work and also lots of calls about the car, house maintenance and broadband (most were not good news).

The garage are claiming it is not their fault with the car and I gave up - in the end I said, don't repair it and pay me less for it.  They bought it off me for £1250 in the end, every little helps.

At least it is done and have a new 3 year lease car coming in the next 2 weeks (Margaret has offered to be my taxi service next week too, she is so kind)

Not many in the Improvers so Val went home and Vee looked after the 4 of them with social and instructive bridge.

We had a fun night and got on well, Pamela was in need of a partner and I had kept the night free (to rest or host the Improvers!).

Not much went wrong and we had some gifts!

Playing at CBC tomorrow in Round 8 of the Thursday Championships

The Highs and Lows:

1    I had 9 tricks and tried for 12, in doing so I went 2 off - sorry partner.  As Ops ducked 2 s, I now have 2 s and 5s to make 9....
3   I made a mess of this getting the  wrong, sorry partner.  Ops have game on but nobody bid it!
8   Well bid partner!
9   Unlucky with the split Ops
10   Well bid Ops
11   4 is safer but I played well to make this
12   Partner took the finesse too deep into the contract, at that stage, A then finesse is better
13   Well played partner, not everyone made 12 tricks here
14   Ops missed my low and played low by mistake, this was a bad double and I was lucky it came off
15   Partner declined my jump, quite right with 6 points - I played well though
17   A rare lapse by this particular Op, 1 off would still have been good for us though
23   This should have been good for Ops as we make 5s, unlucky Ops
24   Good bidding by partner here - I played well for the extra trick, nobody touched s until the last 2 tricks when I surrendered
7th August 2018

EBU Fox Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in the EBU Summer Festival "mid-week" event, the Fox Pairs

Worked at home today (becoming more frequent now, but no working car so easier for now).

Loads going on at work with organisation changes and things not being done properly, I am having to sort a lot out (most of which is not really my responsibility but....)

Vee kindly made mash last night so I had that as an early dinner on my own with Fish and parsley sauce (nice!).

Margaret came to our house and left her car here and Simon drove us to Richmond - I finalised my new car before we left (a lease option for 3 years, just an Astra like Vee's).

We arrived really early but got parked and settled.  We had a friendly start and was all pleasant and fun, we also helped our Ops out and hope they had a pleasant session.

A few bad boards, mostly of our own doing!  Generally, quite good though.  Finished 10th locally and 21st overall with 5.21 Blue Points (1.73 Green Points equivalent).

Link to the EBU event is above (in purple), the hand numbers below link to the hands we played (as scored using Pianola) and other links below too:

Richmond Event

Our Scoreboard, EBU Combined

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We were in the right contract, I opened 2 (weak), partner has 3 s and minimal hand so bid 3 (to stop Ops bidding) and there it stopped.  Ops took forever to defend and after hours of thought, made the wrong play too!
2   Ops were too ambitious here
4   I forgot the Q was still out - should make 11 tricks and I only made 9!
5   I made an adventurous bid!  It was doubled and Ops partner was playing with her phone the whole time (was the last round and she had lost interest I think).  I won the lead then played the 5, ducked, I duck and the 5 wins!  I play the 8, ducked, I duck and J wins - next I play is the Ace and it crashed the QK (why didn't they play high on the first !!!)
8   If I can see all the cards, I make 10 tricks - will settle for 9 when doubled though
14   Ops did as they should, played very well but 10 tricks are there - not many did it though
17   Ops doubled my NT and then took it out into a bad contract, we were lucky
19   I can only make 8 tricks here, Ops need to hold up the A until the 3rd round
20   Well bid Ops, we let a trick through too but wouldn't have improved the score much
21   We did as we should here
23   Ops over-bid here
25   Good penalty double partner, we get 1 more trick if I can get a  ruff but perhaps I am greedy!
26   Partner played well, Ops defended poorly - they both kept a  at the end too and Nick had a !!!
6th August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Not a good day today - too hot, my car only just made it to work (spilling oil all the way and hug puddles as I parked with steam coming off the bonnet!).

It was booked in for Weds morning anyway but am now asking them to buy the car off me and will try and get a new one.

Dinner was nice, Hot Dogs.

Great to see Ruth & Nigel back, they did well too!

Vee and I both played tonight (neither of us did particular well with our partners).  Between us, we set up all the tables and chairs as arrived early.

I made 2 bad bids tonight (one against Vee!!!), other than that, Ops did the right thing against us.

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Well bid partner, I opened 1 here (6 loser hand and a good  rebid), Ops jumped to 4 and partner bid 5 - I would double 5 so we were on for a good score here regardless
4   Ops opened 2 (natural and strong), I think partner should double here (showing the majors) and I pass
8   Only 2 others bid game (one was pushed to 5 and went off)
14   Well played partner!
15   I should pass here and double 3NT if they get there or bid my suit if they don't reach game
16   Not many bid game here
17   Partner didn't see my double of the 2 stayman - I can see we need to sacrifice so chose my longest suit, sorry partner
18   Ops did as they should, others did not
22   We gave a trick away here, I think it needs a trump lead or switch to stop the ruff
23   Ops gave a ruff and discard for the extra trick
24   Only 1 other in game here and why are they not all in s?
5th August 2018

Day Off:

Day off again today

Chores in the morning followed by Tesco, got some lamp shades for downstairs and a new lamp for the hall, looks nice.

Sorted the kitchen ready for a new fridge but need some help taking the old one out (it is integrated).  Will wait until we can sort that before we order a new American style one.

Took our lodger and his girlfriend to the Quays tonight, walked there and back!

It was hot but a good walk and a great meal (Roast Beef, extra Yorkie and cheesecake for pudding) - Vee and I shared a bottle of wine too, nice.

Playing at CBC tomorrow (so is Vee!)

4th August 2018

Day Off:

Day off today, Vee working in the afternoon with my Dad and I had Jill coming round to see the house and have a chat.  She showed me the plans for a house she is looking to buy too, looks great!

The new BBL fixtures are now out too, have updated the BBL site and also my own teams schedule (look under Bracknell League on the YHBC site and then "Ian's Teams".

I am now likely to play some matches for both CBC and YHBC (different divisions) so have combined the fixtures!

Planning a quiet night with Vee and a bottle later!

Have heard about the Funeral date for Patricia, Monday 13th August and have updated the home pages for both clubs (YHBC and CBC).  David has asked that people let him know (directly or via the clubs) if they are planning to attend.  I suspect there will be quite a lot of bridge players wishing to pay their respect to Patricia.

Shopping and chores tomorrow and out for a meal with friends in the evening

3rd August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

I set up all the tables and chairs as arrived early and was very hot at the end!

Not our finest session, too many errors though looking at it, mostly Opps doing well, our declarer play was good (though both could have done better!)

Day off tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner opens 1NT (11-14), Ops bid 2 and I enquire for a stop, the S lead actually gave a trick, good play though partner
6   Partner played well to make this, losing an early  was the key I think
7   I signalled for a and partner discarded 1, a lead takes the contract off too.....
8   Partner jumped to 4 as a weak jump overcall, double for T/O and it was left in, lucky!
9   We need to compete in s here, I should have bid 3 over 3 when Ops doubled
15   Ops were in the wrong contract
16   Well bid Ops
17   I bid this as a sacrifice but partner made it!  Looks like he should but not easy to find 10 tricks
18   A bad double by me, I doubled 1NT and kept doubling, should leave them in 3 (for a top!)
19   Leave me in 2 partner.....
21   Ops pushed too hard here and we got the defence right
22   Easier in s here but I think partner can make this (despite what the matrix says), he played the 8 and it held, now play low and duck again and the Ace catches nothing
23   I played well here
3rd August 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with an irregular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home (not planned!) as needed to get my car booked in to the garage again and sort out the broadband at home.

Vee had the day off too and got some gardening done.  We both had lunch then off to bridge.

Vee had hoped to play with the host, 5 singles turned up!!!!  He got a game with Arun and did quite well other than 2 rounds (Angela & Colin and John & I)

We had a good session with solid play bidding and defending.  I made a mess of one hand as did partner so honours even (though his declarer play was 1% better than mine!!!)

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

4    Ops didn't find the C switch and revoked on a  (winning the revoke trick and giving a 2 trick penalty), I was on for 3 without the revoke so would have been a joint top without it
5   Hard to find game here but we played in the right contract and partner played well to make it.  Good bidding partner
7   I should have doubled here but I did last week and they were cross with me, didn't have the heart to do it again....
15   Very odd bidding by Vee's partner with no  stop, good lead partner
19   Partner supported my s but only at the 2 level so I passed, most were in game and I got the s wrong too so only made 10 tricks
22   It looks like I missed a trick here but was pleased with my 11, most made 9 or 10 so not an easy hand
23   Partner needs to play towards Kx here I think, his only blip all day!
2nd August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home early this morning then a drink and chat with Jo (my Monday partner), a bit of shopping ready for the CBC meeting and prepare the house.

Val came early for a quick tour (I think she approves of our house!) and the others arrived by 13:30

Lots to discuss and debate and finished around 16:20 - tidy up and cook curry (I do the meat, Vee does the rest!) - was yummy, same again tomorrow.

Bridge tonight was hot but I was there early and secured a NS by the door, a bit of a breeze and easy to go out for smokes!

We regretted the door situation at the end though as flying ants, flies and bugs invaded us!!!

A good night tonight, just one blip - both played well and bid well, was fun and in good spirits too!

I may stay home tomorrow too as need to sort my car (again, leaking oil now!) and also need to fix the broadband

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops can make 9 tricks but we defended well and they didn't try to set up the s
3   Partner made a weak jump overcall and Ops doubled for take out, it was left in - they have game
4   10 tricks possible but nearly impossible to find them - partner did well to make this (some went 2 off!)
5   Our 1 blip.....
9   I passed first time so when they re-bid s I could double, thank you for passing partner!
12   Not sure how we find game, nobody did though and I made my tricks
14   The over trick is everything in pairs, well done partner!
19   Ops didn't pick up my Q, odd considering the bidding
22   Ops were a little ambitious and very unlucky that everything is wrong for them
1st August 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home today as not many in the office this week and it is easier at home now with my office set up.  Got loads done and finished early.

A nice pasta bake and off to bridge, the road is now open along Chapel Lane into Fernhill Road (but Vicarage road is closed).

Vee hosted the Improvers (2 tables, well done Fred & Kevin!) with Val.

Alan announced the sad news about Patricia Pinder passing away yesterday at the start of the session and we held a minutes silence, I will miss her a lot as am sure many will.

We had an average night, I played poorly on 2 hands and bid very badly on another!  Partner played brilliantly to compensate!

Hosting the CBC Committee meeting in the afternoon and playing at CBC in the evening

The Highs and Lows:

2    A tricky hand this, partner doubled for penalties and we should have taken it off - I need to cover the J and it promotes partner's 10 - sorry partner.  The matrix says it makes but we would have it 1 off at that point
7   Ops played well here, my  lead was not great as it turned out
8   Ops bid 2NT in the middle of the auction with his s and 3 points so his partner went to game, not a great bid by Ops but we thank you.
13   Partner played perfectly here to make this, nobody else made 11 tricks
14   I made the right choice here - do I use Michaels 5/4, do I bid my s directly or do I double - I doubled and we stayed in the right contract
18   I bid game on my own, silly mistake, I should let partner show me her hand (which was nothing) and then let the Ops get in a mess instead, sorry partner
20   I should be 1 off here but also wonder if I should downgrade my points when asked to 6 with a doubleton Q
31st July 2018

Hubert Phillips Plate:

Playing with a team in the Hubert Phillips Plate

Margaret and Simon came to mine and we had a drink before heading off and Simon drove us to London (Young Chelsea).

Corneliu met us there - we discussed systems in advance and again on arrival.

A good journey down and we had coffee on arrival, all pleasant and all there before 7pm.

I started with Margaret and we had a solid start, I made 1NT on our first board when I had a flat 12 count and partner had 3, was pleased with my play!

I bid a slam and we defeated the Ops games, all good - score up and team mates come home with +800 and we had +700, a nice start!

I then play with Simon and we have a good set until the last hand where he bid 3 for no reason (I think) and off 800 (doubled) - Margaret & Corneliu didn't get on and had a bad set - now we are down.

A break for some food and drink and then the last set - this was a roller coaster!  Double and Re-double all over the place, partner made 4xx for 1080 on one hand - not enough to win though and lost by 3000 overall (doesn't matter if by 10 or 1000000 though, it's a knockout!)

Simon drove Corneliu back to Staines too, an eventful journey with a few wrong turns, more again on our way home!!!  A long day.........!

Still, an experience and we all had something we enjoyed from it.  My play was pretty good tonight.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

30th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work today (though sad news from my friend who sits next to me who has a better job offer and moving to Head Office - great news for him but sad for me as we have a laugh).

We had a nice evening tonight, not just because of the scores but we felt more in tune and it was so much nicer to play in a better atmosphere (cooler too!).

Hubert Philips in London (YC) tomorrow, round 1 of the Plate

The Highs and Lows:

1    Hard to make the grand (squeeze in s and leave an entry in s in dummy I think) but we were in a slam, most just in game and 1 in a part score
2   Ops did exactly what they should, others let through more tricks, not fair on Ops but we defended as we should
5   Ops were too pushy here, should stay in 2s
7   I think a  lead holds this to 11 but matrix says they always make 12 which they did!
18   We missed the slam here, how do we know the K is a singleton and A on side?  We had a good score making all 13 though as the s went on the s
29th July 2018

Richard Currie:

Playing with a regular partner in Farnham's Richard Currie Swiss Pairs

Chores in the morning (including cleaning up after the BBQ, though most was done on the night).

Corneliu was in the area and so popped in for a coffee and a chat and then drove Margaret and myself to the event.

It is fair to say, we did not shine today!  Pleased to see Nick & John do well and Simon & David too.

I have queried the scale used for the event as I think it should be County (more than 36 boards, 2 sessions and open to all), will see what happens!

As most of our matches were bad, just the good bits below....

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

17    Ops made a poor double and then defended badly too
30   Ops missed game
34   Just a part score but I made more tricks than anyone in the room
38   Only 2 pairs found a slam, we were in the NT slam.  To be honest, mainly as partner bid 3 after my 2NT bid (transfer to s but she meant it as natural!!!) - after I super accepted, she then jumped to 6NT (made up for the first bid!!!)
44   Ambitious Ops, partner kept her nerve to take this off, well done partner
28th July 2018


BBQ today- went to Costco today for the first time with Martin and got all we needed (and more!)

Friends came round between 2 and 4 and one of friends cooked all the food for us (as expected!)

Had a lovely time and our friends and neighbours were pleased with our new house and enjoyed the day with us

Playing at Farnham tomorrow in the Richard Currie Swiss Pairs

27th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Fish & Chips with Margaret before bridge (Vee and a lodger had Indian).

A middling night for us, some good some bad but not many extreme hands (only 5 reds and greens!) - we both enjoyed the session, partner made a couple of playing errors but generally we both played well and got the defence right overall too!

BBQ and House warming for our friends tomorrow (weather permitting!)

The Highs and Lows:

7    Partner kept bidding here and thought 4NT was sign off (and then 5NT!!!)
8   Ops jumped straight to 6s!!!  It stands a chance but Ops hadn't noticed partner ruff a  and then under ruffed - needed to finesse my Q too to stand a chance
11   Ops opened and then passed their partner's re-bid - very odd - we defended well but they need to be in 3NT
12   Partner should make this, he needs to play the K on the first round of s as Ops played away from their Ace - with only 1 , it is the best option and it works!
13   Ops discarded the 7 so their partner didn't play a (the play mcKinney) - I was lucky!
27th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

My Desk Fan has arrived!  Not much else to note today.

Bridge today was good but could be better, partner didn't follow 2 basic rules and that's when I am upset, if Ops beat us or we make judgement errors, that is fine but second player plays low and forcing bids cannot be passed!  Rant over.....!

I took Dorothy home after and then Margaret came to ours (fish & chips before bridge at YHBC).

Margaret also collected cat food for us which was kind (cannot have our cats starving!).

Disposable cups to take to YHBC as the last from CBC not being used now.

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops opened weak 2 and then bid again after I overcalled, if you open a weak 2, say nothing more unless partner tells you to - they paid the price this time!
2   Not many in game but we could have held it to 9 at least, play low partner!
4   We missed game here but most did, I made more tricks than anyone else though getting the s away on my long s
5   Partner opened 3s and I debated for a while, then evaluated that 4s should make and bid it - well played partner
6   Good double partner
12   We missed our A, not all bid the slam anyway though so was always a bad board for us
13   Ops didn't bid so we were left in a bad contract
15   I played well here
20   Ops missed a trick, we defended well though
21   Partner forgot my was good and so went off 1
23   We were in the right contract here
26th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Worked at home today as a bridge partner wanted to come over for coffee and a chat, it didn't pan out but not a problem (just as easy to work at home as it is in the office, however, the office is fully air conditioned!)

I changed a light bulb (all by myself!) and replaced a shower caddy as well as meeting my work commitments!

Didn't eat much of dinner as too hot to eat (not a bad thing really!)

Arrived at bridge early again to set-up most of the tables and chairs and stayed at the end to help too.

A tough night for the director (some players do not listen and then go wrong, frustrating for all of us!).

Home just in time to say goodnight to Vee

Our night didn't sparkle but some hands were the Ops doing well, some were us though!

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    I need to play my A, partner then signals she likes it - hard to play A from AQ though so I played a , cost us 2 tricks
6   Partner can play this better
8   This turned out to be a great sacrifice so it wasn't intended as such!
9   A triumph for the 11-14 NT range!
11   Well bid Ops
13   Ops open weak 2 and I bid 3 (I didn't use any of our defensive bids so I want to play in 3), I can understand why partner raised me but I just wanted to play in 3
20   Well bid Ops
21   Unlucky Ops, we got the defence right here too (partner made both her s as ruffs)
25th July 2018


Playing with a regular(ish) partner in a regular club session

A busy day today as I present to the board once a month and today is that day!

All went well though and I had high praise from some senior staff too - left on a high and came home and all was too hot (nice and cold in the office!).

Just Vee and I for dinner and we stayed in the front room where it is cooler at night.

Slightly later than normal to bridge as we stayed home to watch the end of the Chase, they won £30k each, that would pay for a few sofa's for us!!!

We help set-up and get the Improvers section ready but only 6 turned up, Vee played in the main group (and did well) and Val hosted a social night for the Improvers who finished early too.

We had a good night but if my partner had been concentrating and played to the level he should play at, we would have won by miles....!

I did get a little sharp with him too and apologised for it, it is purely because I expect so much from him and he took it well, in fact, he said he liked constructive comments and to be shown where he could improve!

Only the second time we have played Precision and to be honest, we got the bidding right (mostly, ignore my 7NT!!!).  It was the card management we struggled with tonight.

In doing my diary and going through the hands, I spotted we had put in 3 tricks on board 2 - we actually made 8 tricks (going off 3), the correction improves our score a bit!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops opened 1 and their partner bid 2 after my double - I think with 3s you should always support - we get a good score for taking s off
3   An ambitious bid by me and bold play got me home.  Ops realised they had to stop me ruffing the s and played a trump, excellent play but unfortunately they then played the Q which Ops partner won with the A setting up my J, phew!
5   I open 4 here (Texas transfer), partner completes it (denying a slam interest) and Ops double - they didn't expect my hand to be quite so good, unlucky Ops
8   Ops open 1, passed round to me - I have to take action and cannot double with my shape so I bid 2 (not a great suit but I HAVE to bid), we compete up to 3 and get home with a good score
10   Well played partner, although I maintain you didn't have to let the first go, could discard your later on the long
12   Partner needs to lead a towards my K here, or take trumps out, not his finest hand
13   Not a good sacrifice Ops - we defended well though
14   I must pass here and let partner double, sorry partner - just trying to even the score in errors....!
16   Partner played well here, really well! Losing the first was critical I think, great planning ahead
17   I was a passed hand, partner jumped on to 4 - not too bad, but then played less than perfectly.  Ops transferred as a rescue and he had it in his mind that the other hand had 5s!!!
20   Hard to find this slam, will need to give it some thought - my initial thinking is that I should bid 4NT over partner's jump to game (Ops opened weak 2) - then he knows I have values and can value his hand - still, making 13 tricks was better than most, well done partner!
21   Hard to get this right but forgetting the K was still out was not the best plan....!
22   Whoops - my error here, bidding was 1C (16+, any shape), 7NT, my bid is 6NT and partner raises with 20+, sorry partner
23   Better played by North here, good lead Ops - partner lost control of the s and then it all went wrong, well done Ops for ducking the A on the first round though
24th July 2018


Too hot!

Decided not to go to badminton tonight (not playing next week either as I am in a bridge match), hopefully will be cooler by the time I go back to it!

Made a stir fry tonight, was really nice!

John came over with some laptop and iPad issues, solved them all and had a glass of wine.

Just relaxing for the rest of the night.

Playing at YHBC tomorrow (Precision, round 2)

23rd July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 7 of the Monday Championships

Started work very early this morning as working at home and had a handyman coming at 9am and deadlines to meet.

I got all the work done, sorted out the house and cleaned too!

I didn't have a break though and no time to eat lunch so I didn't bother, just had dinner (Chicken Omelette!)

Our bathroom looks much better with some shelves up and a mirror on an arm that can fold away, shelves in lodgers room, holes in cabinets for plugs and cables, a new outside light and waste pipe secured.  He was very good and quick too.

I arrived at bridge early to help set-up (I put almost all the chairs and tables out in the end!), stayed at the end to pack up and help Val too (as did Margaret and Linda).

Bridge itself was not great but the atmosphere was better, perhaps we are unlucky sometimes.

I noticed Anne was dressed immaculately and all co-ordinated - I commented to say you must be doing well, they were and did!!!  I noticed a long time a go how well co-ordinated she was and she won the session, whenever she wears something the wrong colour they do not do as well..... Coincidence I am sure but it is true almost all the time!!!

6th in the ladder now and all very close but quite a few top pairs haven't played 6 times yet....  We have 4 scores to improve on and only 3 more events, will keep trying though!

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A good double partner, I just need to take my 3 tricks!, we need to be in 5s though but Ops bid well
6   Ops got a bit carried away here, our defence was good too though
7   Partner can do better here
8   Partner did better here!!!  Looks 9 tricks are available but hard to find them (only 1 pair did)
10   I pushed too hard here I think
12   Ops have game on but only 1 pair bid it!
13   I pushed too hard here too, a few others did as well but perhaps I need to show more caution
14   I played well here
15   Not the best defence and stunning play by partner
16   I did as I should here but only 2 others managed the same
18   1NT by me, stayman by partner, double by Ops - I do not have a 4 card major so pass and let partner decide - I can't see how we escape here unless partner bids 2s and I pass or correct (or Ops come in)
21   I played well here
22   Well bid Ops
23   Ops talked us out of our game and we didn't defend as well as we could have
22nd July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the Dorset Swiss Pairs

A busy day for our household, I leave for Dorset (drive to Nick's and he drives us there an back).

Vee goes to Tesco and then into London to have a day out and watch a dance group

1 Lodger goes to work

The other lodger and his girlfriend goes to the Beach for the day!

The lodger at work is home in time to feed the cats, the rest of us all get home at 9pm

We had a great start winning the first 2 matches, it all went against us after that.

I made a bad double when I had the Ops suit, partner made an error or wrong judgement each match thereafter.

Some great defence though and an amazing 6+1 by me and 3NT+4 by partner (when we both had a singleton !!!)

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1: Won 14-6
2    I bid 3 after opening 1NT, I must pass and let partner speak - we then find 3
3   We pushed Ops up a level and got a plus score (not many did)
Match 2: Won 15-5
9   We missed game, fortunately Ops doubled me for a better score!  Not many found game looking at it
10   Partner can play better here
11   Ops need to stay in 3s but we defended well to take 3NT down 2 - I held up the A
Match 3: Lost 0-20
19   Partner reversed so I thought he had 16+ (not 14), not entirely my fault here
Match 4: Lost 6-14
22   We need to bid onto 3s and should have held Ops to 2s but I need to play K from Kx
25   Well bid and well played partner
26   I missed a trick here by playing towards my Q and the singleton A won - I need to play small from my hand and then I don't lose 2 s
Match 5: Lost 9-11
31   We defended well here getting a ruff
34   I had 17 points but couldn't guarantee taking 1NT off so I should not double, this is a hard hand
Match 6: Lost 9-11
38   Partner opens 3s, I have a void and 19 points with 7s - I bid 4NT (1 keycard), 6 - A lead (I ruff) and 13 tricks made!
40   Superb defending here to take Ops down 3!
41   I got cross here (not massively but partner knew I was not happy) - I saw the auction and then bid 3NT, a great contract.  Partner bid on to 4 and went down
Match 7: Lost 7-13
47   Ops interfered so we avoided NTs - missed the slam too!
21st July 2018


We are both out tomorrow so did washing and cleaning today.

Shopping list done and Vee will go to Tesco in the morning before he goes out, I am off to Dorset for the Swiss Pairs.

John came round at 11am to see the house and have a chat, was good to see him and it sounds like he is going to try and make more of an effort to come out to Bridge again which is excellent news!

We walked to the Quays for lunch and it was really nice, chicken and mash for me.

Finished putting pictures up in the afternoon and decided we want a series of canvas pictures to make up a landscape when viewed together for one wall in the back lounge.

Vee made pakoras at 6pm and we took some to our neighbours who then gave us some eggs (they keep chickens) in return!

Ian & Martin then came for games at 7pm, I was winning the first game and needed 1 point but couldn't get it and Vee won.  Ian then won the second game.

Playing at Dorset (Green Point Swiss Pairs) tomorrow

20th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not our night!

A couple of errors, but Ops beat us tonight.

I had 5 choices and got them all wrong!!!

1 member rejoined and another joined tonight, all added to the EBU and club and emails sent out welcoming them.

Day off tomorrow!

The Highs and Lows:

1    Well bid Ops
2   Partner lost to the singleton K, unfortunate
6   Ops missed game but only one other made 10 tricks - some let us play in 1!!!
9   I should pass 3 here, fortunately other tables did worse than us or let 4s through
11   Ops played well here, I think I should have bid 3 though
23   Ops got the s wrong here and we defended well
20th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in the Hazle Willis Cup

A busy day at work and then off to Bridge.

We had a few more deliveries at home and our lodger took care of them for us.

Well done to Norman & John, Jim & Moira, Cup winners today!  I have updated the roll of honour.

Today is scored on aggregate points, akin to Teams.

We were close to retaining the trophy for the 3rd year in a row but just missed out, a few chances to do it too, still, generally good today (I also checked the %, we had 60% if scored on Match Points).

Took Dorothy home after bridge and then diary and food.  I also corrected results files from yesterday and today and re-submitted for club and EBU.

Playing again after dinner at YHBC

The Highs and Lows:

7    Only plus score!
8   Only plus score!
9   Although Ops can make a slam, we were on course to defeat this with a through, partner didn't see the opportunity unfortunately but not easy
15   Not many bid game and we are vulnerable, has to be in game here - I got the s right to make this
16   Great sacrifice here, I bid 2 (level of the fit) and Ops didn't compete
17   Good double, good defence
19   Ops missed the slam
22   A bad double, sorry partner
19th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not much going on today, have re-arranged the dining room and now more room to sit at the table, more pictures on the wall and a new clock for the kitchen.

We had an average night tonight, in the points though.

Some bad luck where Ops bid a slam or game or even opened against us where others hadn't

6 hands made 12 tricks tonight, only 1 slam bid on those and it was Ops against us!  None were easy to call though

We had a Surrey Youth playing with the Surrey Youth Officer tonight, they did well too, always great to see the younger players doing well.

Not as well as Val & Anne though, well done girls!!!

Board 1 had a split board for 2 pairs who had the hand wrong (not sure who put the cards in the wrong slot though) - when this was adjusted, quite a change in ranks.

I have also re-done the event as I noticed Derek was in twice!  All corrected now.

Playing twice tomorrow, Total Points Cups in the afternoon

The Highs and Lows:

1    Most passed this, Ops did well to open and got a good score
2   I defended poorly here
3   Bidding misunderstanding here, I doubled Ops 1NT and partner bid 2 - I paused then announced as stayman (as it was last night with a different partner) - wrong!!!!  I played my way out of trouble though
4   I had to keep quiet here with my 5 trumps in case Ops escape
5   I stand by my choice to bid stayman here, 2 can be made for a good score too
8   I need another to either ruff or promote my trump
10   We got the defence spot on here, Ops helped by discarding a  from dummy on the 4th enabling partner to run her suit
12   We defended well here and kept the pressure on, Ops can make this but it was the last hand of then night and they lost concentration
14   Ops opened 1NT, partner doubles and Ops rescue with a transfer to s - I double (showing s) and transfer is completed - partner doubles 2 - I think I have to pass now -we need to be in s though....
16   Ops discarded too many s as I squeezed for the 12th trick
19   Not our best defence here, well played Ops though
21   Only 2 pairs bid the slam, 1 was against us!
23   I made 12 tricks, as I should - others didn't
24   Ops got the  wrong, unlucky Ops
18th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 4 of the Beryl Doughty

Vee had a long day travelling with work and is coming down with a cold too.  He still came and hosted the Improvers with Val and they had 3 tables again, good to see!

Great to see 70% for Chris & Carole too!

We had a solid night tonight, most things worked well (only 1 red score), we are consistent too, played 2 rounds of the competition so far and 61% on both (currently leading the pairs who have played 2 times but we need 4 to count by the end of the season).

Partner played 10 hands tonight and played brilliantly on all of them (well, maybe 1 was under par) which was a major factor in our overall score!

The winners had 75% tonight though, can't compete with that!!!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    We have a tough minor game to go for which most did not make, 200 worked out ok though
4   I think partner should pass here and we double anything Ops bid - tough call though as we have a vulnerable game on - turns out not many bid game and not many had a good enough doubled score
7   We had a bit of incident here where the director got the ruling wrong on an insufficient bid but I got it wrong too!!!  As it happens, we should have been allowed to play in 4s for a joint top instead of a 2nd - but no complaints.  Lesson learned though, consult the book or another director if not sure
8   I bid all on my own here, found a tough trump break and managed to get out for 2 off, Ops have a part score on so it worked well for us
14   Brave bid partner, not any found game!
15   Ops can play a little better but partner made a good lead that cost nothing and didn't help the Ops
19   Partner played brilliantly to make this, very tough contract
23   I am not strong enough to bid 2 here and partner has no way of knowing I have 5, unfortunate - Ops defended well here too
17th July 2018


Worked from home today and a busy day with 3 conference calls.

Had 4 deliveries scheduled today and also had to close a window in our old house for the new owners who had left it open!!!  Collected our post too.

Jo came over for half an hour in the afternoon too for a coffee and a bridge chat (also some more cat food!)

Pitta Pizzas tonight then put suitcase in the loft and swapped mattress over (our lodger wanted a softer one and we wanted a harder one)

Badminton was very hot tonight, I pushed too hard at the start winning the first 4 games (all very close) but then ran out of steam!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow in Round 4 of the Beryl Doughty

16th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

A good day at work today (quiet with a few on leave this week).

Firmed up our next Hubert Philips match (we are now in the Plate event, tough London team at Young Chelsea).

Booked the handyman for next Monday (23rd)

Cooked a mixed grill for a lodger and myself (yummy!)

Jo and I have had a few tough months (mainly personal lives) and bridge needs to be a good distraction - we did well overall tonight but not on all hands.

If it goes wrong, I think we have to stop arguing on the night as it is causing a strain, I like and respect Jo so much and we have to resolve this part.  Invited her for coffee tomorrow as working at home and can take a break.

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    We missed a trick but Ops bid too high giving us a good score
3   I got my losers away on the s for an extra trick
4   Ops should be in 4s I think
6   We need a switch but hard for both of us to do it
8   I got the s right here and used the s as entries to dummy to keep getting them right
10   I thought partner had 5s, my mistake, sorry partner
13   We defended well here
15   We defended well here
16   I meant my double as take out looking for s
17   I think this plays better in s and a it happens, better with East on lead - just unfortunate
19   Pass, Pass, Me - I decide to open 4 - a helpful lead and some skill in declarer play and 10 tricks made (most made 10 but too but didn't bid it)
15th July 2018


We did our chores first thing then went to drop the chairs Barbara lent us for our bridge gathering and helped her with an IT issues.

Then Tesco for the weekly shop and home to unload the shopping and back out to look at Sofa's (we liked the first one we saw, viewed the rest and then bought them!)

Should be 5-7 weeks for delivery but another job done!

New Cat Post arrived today and a mirror for the bathroom (still need the handyman to confirm a date to do our jobs).

Our friends arrived at 1pm and we showed them round the house then played 4 games of Poker.

6 of us and I was 3rd in the first game then won the next 2!  Tanya was 3rd in each of the first 3 games too.

Vee won the last game on an incredibly lucky hand making 3 wins out of 4 for the home side and £50 profit (paid for take away for us all!)

Playing at CBC tomorrow

14th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the London Metropolitan Bridge Association Swiss Pairs

Simon picked me up at 10:45 and we had no issues getting into London and were allowed to park at the venue (quite a privilege!)

We had an hour before bridge so I treated Simon to chicken and chips and then we started bridge.

Vee was working today with my Dad but had a good day.

We had a good day but it was marred by some director decisions that we still feel were not good.  We appealed one and they found against us, a little cross but not much we can do - they gave our deposit back though!

Ops mi-informed us of what their double meant and we were done out of our  contract - it was very clear we should and could have bid it with the right information but they disagreed.

A few other incidents too but won't go into details.

We won 3 matches and drew one (though we had 51% so had the moral victory!).

We were 50th out of 70 in the end, last match was a disaster, had we won that we would have finished quite well (even higher had the appeal gone our way!)

Playing Poker with friends tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1: Lost 5-15
2    Not a good lead partner, trump would have been better
3   I punted this but it paid off
4   Well played Ops
Match 2: Draw
8   Partner made an extra trick (which he needed to!)
9   I played perfectly here and fooled the Ops into thinking I had 1 !!!
11   I was dumb here!
12   Well played partner, I should have passed 3s though!
14   Partner pulled out the wrong card on the second  and it ruined our defence - it happens
Match 3: Won 15-5
15   Ops were too ambitious here
17   Ops were too ambitious here!
19   I should make this, good defence and poor play by me
Match 4: Lost 16-4
24   Not a good sacrifice here
26   Ops mis-informed us and damaged us - appeal was rejected
Match 5: Won 13-7
29   Well played partner
31   Ops were a little ambitious - good lead partner
32   Ops commented that their partner and my partner had s, this clogged my mind and I thought he did - not fair, director disagreed
34   We are in the right contract making the right number of tricks
Match 6: Won 15-5
37   Ops used Multi Landy to show a 6 card suit, then bid on - bad luck Ops
38   Partner won the first  and switched to a , I cannot understand this....
42   I am the only one bidding and making this
Match 7: Lost 0-20
43   My fault here, felt it would be a good sacrifice.........NO!
46   I don't agree with partner's jump to 4
47   I want to double the Ops but didn't get the chance, partner was right though, I shouldn't have bid to start with
13th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

We walked to our take-away place, 3 in a row (fish & chips, Indian and Chinese - we had Chinese)

Both playing tonight, Vee had a much better time than last time and enjoyed the session but was disappointed in the rank

We had a miserable evening and didn't get many good hands, partner especially - we didn't feel we had done too well but I think everyone else had a worse evening!

We did have a few nice scores too though and both declared well

Missed some great tennis (though I was watching bits and tracking scores!)

We found out the road was open for access too, easier route home tonight!  Not posting on home page though as don't think it is guaranteed

All in all, not the worst Friday the 13th!!!

Playing in London tomorrow at YC in their Green Point Swiss Pairs

The Highs and Lows:

2    Ops were in a reasonable contract but it doesn't make, others stopped lower or made it though
4   We defended this really well
9   Ops can make this but didn't mange the trumps right
10   I was too ambitious here, I paused and was going to pass 2 but changed my mind, sorry partner
12   Ops needed to double or bid 4, lucky for us
13   Great sacrifice here
14   Good defence here holding them to 9
15   Ops sacrificed here and we do make our game, vulnerability wrong for them though
17   Well bid and played partner - glad I competed up to 4 now!
18   Not the best double partner, Ops in the wrong contract, we had a top for 5 making, but not doubled!
20   Ops didn't see the 10 was run and so didn't cover it, lucky here
22   Sorry partner, I was too adventurous here
23   The previous board had an impact on this one, we bid too high now too low!  Ops revoked though, I made 11 tricks but score shows 10?
24   Great sacrifice partner!
13th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session.

Ordered some shelves, a mirror and a new cat post today (have to keep our furry masters happy!)

A little cooler today and even some rain on my way home (taking Dorothy home as we are nearly neighbors now).

Started by swapping cars over and chairs and taking a bridge table from Richard & Julie as a house warming gift, very nice of them !!!

Generally we were good today but a few wobbles, enjoyed!

Playing again after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

3   I got the s right and made an extra trick here
5   Partner did well to make this, harder if Ops push a through
6   Ops didn't get their bidding sequence quite right and I made a cheeky overcall with my 6s
9   I made an extra trick here as Ops didn't take the A
10   I made an extra trick here for a good score, East needs to keep a  to avoid letting me throw everything away on the long suit
11   Partner bid at the 3 level freely, I was expecting a few more points.....
12   I managed 2 extra tricks here, I needed them as we missed our fit!
13   Ops cannot make game so this was not good
14   Good sacrifice but not enough bid game
17   Partner opened 2 (weak), this is a limit bid, I don't think you can bid again after a limit bid and I want to double 5s!!!
18   We need to take our  tricks, bad lead from me, sorry partner
20   Ops were a little ambitious here
21   Right contract, right number of tricks
12th July 2018


Playing with a scratch partner in Round 7 of the CBC Thursday Championships (although we are not part of the series)

Both our normal partners were away tonight so we teamed up - we played together about 5 years ago and know each other well (very well it looks like with the Bridgewebs display of names!!!)

My desk arrived today so my lodger helped put it together before Bridge, looks good (big but good!), nearly there now, just a few jobs booked in with a handyman and new sofas to look at this Sunday.

Andy Fry asked me if I could find him a partner for tonight and I came up trumps with Keith, they won by a fair distance, well done both!

We had a good night tonight, both enjoyed it and felt relaxed with no bidding misunderstandings (although I did make a mess of a few!) - we both declared well and defence was generally good too.

Only one issue with partner which was where I asked him to switch suit on the opening lead and he didn't, minor issue though and no problems after that!

At the start of the session, we seemed to get a good board followed by a bad one (or vice versa), a few ended up as both good in the end fortunately

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    I made a mess of the bidding and play here, sorry partner
5   Ops can make 12 tricks, we held it to 11 but others did better
6   We are in the right contract and I managed an extra trick (as a few others did too)
12   Lucky not to get a lead here
16   We are the only pair in game here, sorry Ops - well played partner and also for bidding on, I invited with 3s and he went up (I had shown the majors already and he picked my best one)
17   I missed a trick here but looking at the score, the double saved me!
21   We stayed in the right contract here
23   We needed to stay in NTs by the looks of it, I panicked here
24   We pushed Ops up and doubled, phantom sacrifice for them as it turns out as we don't make our s
11th July 2018


Playing with a new partner and team mates in round 2 of the YHBC Teams Series

My new Monitor and keyboard and mouse arrived today so set-up my home office (just waiting for the desk!!!)

My new chair was so comfortable too, really happy with the new set-up - we just need a few bits of work doing (have a quote now too) and to get new sofa's then we are done!

Shame about the Football tonight, really hoped we would get to the final, still, a good effort.

Tonight, only 2 Improvers (plus an already established Improver team) so Val & Vee teamed up with them and they joined the main group.

Both "Improver" teams did quite well and improved on last time (for the established team) and the new pair enjoyed the challenge and are considering the main group for pairs too.

Vee enjoyed playing with Val and they had a good start against our Chairman!

I have calculated and uploaded the team series file (blue link at the top)

We had a good night and only the second time we have played together as a pair (we won the Christmas "fun" bridge session).

Some excellent bidding apart from me going on to 5 and being doubled, I must pass and let partner double!  Great play too apart from one hand when partner needs to take his 4 tricks against 4s.....

We won tonight as a team, largely on 2 big wins

Great to see Geoff & Frances win at the Woking today, well done both!

Playing at CBC tomorrow (Club Championships but my partner is away)

The Highs and Lows:

2    I should not bid 5 here, either pass and let partner double 5s or, if I am brave, I double and let partner pass or correct
4   Most were in 4s here but I was mean and doubled
6   Best defence is hard to find here, A lead followed by a low (nobody would do that!) but we must at least take our 4 tricks partner
12   Ops missed game, team mates were not in the right game but they made it!
13   Ops bid 3s with a flat hand and 4 points (supporting their partner), I think this is too weak to bid (saying something coming from me!!!) - team mates made 10 tricks but only 8 there really
14   I think this is a close enough slam to bid, partner was lucky Ops carried on with the s to give a ruff and discard though - team mates defended well to take 5s off
17   I doubled Ops who had got too high and our team mates stayed in a part score and made theirs
19   I made this as Ops discarded the so couldn't reach their partner's hand - team mates defeated their Ops NTs
20   We bid game here, Ops stayed in a part score
21   We defended well to take this 2 off and team mates defeated Ops in 2s too
10th July 2018


An un-eventful day - sorted out arrangements for Saturday's Green Point pairs in London though.

Still too hot and 2 more weeks at least until we get to sensible temperatures!

We booked a handyman to come and see the few bits we need doing around the house but he was running late so I had gone by the time he got here but Vee said he was fine and will send a quote

I am no longer walking distance from Badminton which meant I had to drive and then take glasses off on arrival - took my eyes a while to adjust and then sweaty on the way home - still, not too bad

Badminton was ok but I was not stunning tonight, still, good to run around!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow in Round 2 of the Teams Series

9th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Another hot day today and a hard day at work - also booked a handyman to come tomorrow to see the work we want doing (just shelves and a bit of adjusting for some units etc and fixing the washing machine waste properly)

I made hot dogs for dinner tonight, they were surprisingly good!

Arrived at CBC early and set-up half the tables and most of the chairs, was really hot when done!

We had a cool(ish) table but still far too hot and both of us were on edge and a bit bad tempered, think we both made errors too, still 50%, could be worse

Playing badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    We didn't get the bidding right here
3   I had lots of ways to make this and got it totally wrong, sorry partner
6   Ops saw partner had no s but carried on with them from dummy instead of getting to hand and finessing again
7   Ops can do better here though we put the pressure on with the defence
11   Partner had nerves of steel to make this, Ops played away from their K and partner played her Q which held, phew!
12   This was 100% for Ops when we played it (on round 2!) and I said at the time, this will be a good board for us in the end, it was!  We defended well here
18   I doubled 4, partner didn't think we had enough to take this off and our vulnerable game scores better, close call and no argument from me, it just didn't work this time
20   Unlucky here, I could have ruffed a  on trick 12 then won the last trick with the K to get this one off - declarer should always have made 10 as it happens and it was a bad double by me but we had a chance
21   No  lead or switch so I only lost 1, phew!
22   Partner opened weak 2 and I decided my hand was worth game so bid it directly and partner played it well - not many in game
8th July 2018

Open House:

Tesco delivery so no pressure to do shopping!

We went to B&Q and Sainsbury's to take back a few items and get lights for the garden and a few other bits

We had friends over from 2pm to see the house and have drinks and nibbles and the last few left at 9pm! 

Was a great day and think everyone likes the new house!

We have some great friends and lots of bottles and cards and great to see everyone!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

7th July 2018

BBQ & Social Teams Bridge:

Playing with my life partner in a regular social teams event

The summer event is traditionally a BBQ at Ruth & Nigel's then Bridge at Tony & Sheila's - Nigel did really well with the BBQ and we all supplied something to go with it.

Too hot for me but kept in the shade and was a good day, plenty to eat and drink!

We finished watching the England match and was pleased to see them win again, now in the Semi's for the first time since 1990!!!

Bridge started off really well, we won 20-0, 16-4, 18-2, 13-7!!!

It went south after that though!!!  Ian N & Mary won and was great to see them do well, well done both!

Having a few friends over tomorrow to have a drink and a few nibbles and let people see where live now

6th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the final round of the Accumulator Cup

I decided not to have dinner, no appetite in this heat - will get something after Bridge!  Ordered Tesco online ready for the weekend

Only 4 tables tonight, heat, football, holidays - all more sensible than those that turned up tonight I think!!!

I was not feeling up to bridge tonight but couldn't let partner down - as it happens, I did - declarer play was not good (well, bidding judgement was not good!)

I didn't seem to have many hands I could do much with, passed more tonight than I have in a long while, still.....

I think we both felt the heat really, lucky to come out of the session with 50% to be honest!!!

Well done Marion & Alan, winning the Accumulator Cup!!!  Hall of Fame now started for this season

Playing bridge with friends in our regular 12 tomorrow with a BBQ

The Highs and Lows:

3    Ops can play better, we defended well though
5   Ops bid on for no good reason here
6   Ops were a little ambitious here - I thought we make 4 but it seems only 9 available
8   Well rescued partner!
9   Ops missed a slam but did better than most
12   I should leave 3s here, bad judgement, sorry partner
14   Ops did what they should but others didn't
15   We were set to defeat this but the H lead ruined my holding, not easy for partner though
19   We defended really well here - I was lucky to make my J to take the 4th  though
20   Ops made an extra trick by playing well, we were more damaged by other declarers not doing well!
23   Ops need to be in 3NT here
25   I overcalled s, if we had a  lead we defeat this
6th July 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

In the office today (early start and 1pm finish) then on to bridge.

Vee finished early and cleared rubbish to the tip.

We had an up and down start to the session but then got fairly steady to get a good score - I felt my declarer play was better today too!

Our defending needs a bit of work still but the rest was good.  We did have a bit of luck too....!

It was really hot today, I do NOT like this heat!!!!

Playing in the final round of the Accumulator Cup after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1    Partner made a good lead then switched, disaster!
2   Ops got a bit carried away and we defended well
3   This needs a trump lead - Ops played the trumps out until the last card and we didn't keep the
4   Hard to bid the grand slam as it relies on the K being in the right place and the 10 too (which I finessed)
6   A good sacrifice as it turns out - only 9 tricks on for Ops but most seemed to make 4 - 100 is bette than 140 too though
10   We need to push on with our s here
11   We pushed the Ops up (I don't like Ops to play at the 2 level if I can help it)
12   I played well here
13   12 tricks are a lay down here but only 2 other pairs made 12 and one was not in game
15   I was very lucky here, Ops need to take their s, I got 1 away and let them ruff with a master as he other one went
16   Great play by partner, needs a  lead to get a ruff I think
18   I played quite well here!!!
19   I was under pressure here and didn't take the finesse as I was settling for 1 off, if the fails then I am miles off - wrong decision as it turns out
24   A good combination here, partner played well and Ops didn't defend very well - They need to lead a  I think and not take the A freely after the trumps are out
5th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner and Team mates in Round 4 of the Teams series

Another day working at home but managed to a full day this time!

Our new office chairs arrived today (hassle unpacking them and huge boxes!) but another job done!

Our lodger put hooks on the doors upstairs for us whilst we were at bridge, another job done!

I cooked in the kitchen for the first time (Vee does most of the cooking) - we made curry and I made the chicken curry.

Bridge was good tonight, both pairs were above average and we were 2nd and 3rd on X-Imps - if we had a bad board, team mates did well and vice versa - well done Team!

Purple link at the top for the session, blue link for the league table

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Ops pushed too far and let my singleton K make - team mates stayed in 3 making
11   Partner played this really well, caught the K and threw 2 s away on the s (second was lost but gained a trick), team mates only went 1 off in 4 for a good score too!
13   Well bid and played partner!  Partner bid 3NT (after 1, 2) and they stayed in 2NT against team mates
18   Team mates bid the slam, Ops didn't against us - this was mainly due to an odd 2 rebid by South (no alert and it was a singleton A) - I made a comment but let it go
4th July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Worked at home today (or that was the plan!!!) - the house got in the way.

I had another £80 B&Q trip and spend nearly 3 hours on the phone sorting out gas and electric (too dull a story to go into but very frustrating!!!) - all sorted now but meant I couldn't work in the afternoon.

Washing machine leaked when I put the boards back too, we need to seal the pipe joint I think.

The road closure didn't cause any problem getting into the club and most were early rather than late but some didn't park in the club car park and so were asked to move their cars causing a delay to the start.

Vee hosted the Improvers tonight and back up to 3 tables, close at the top too!

We had a frustrating start where most scores were bad for us and not our fault (mainly!) - but a lot of them improved as they were played by more pairs and we had some good boards later on too.

We made a detour to the old house after bridge to take the bins in for the new owners as they couldn't get there today - we are all very friendly and it's nice to be nice (no effort for us either really).

Good to see Margaret & Keith do well at Woking this afternoon

Playing Teams at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    A good sacrifice, Ops can do well in either minor
2   Well played partner!!!
5   Ops bid and made what they should here
11   I need to push a  through trick 2, sorry partner
16   We bid and made what we should here
19   We pushed Ops up and then doubled (bit mean)
24   Ops got a little carried away and partner doubled
3rd July 2018


Worked from home today part time as had a packed day!

More work calls came in than I was expecting as well as:

Jo came to see the house and liked it - we discussed bridge too and some of Monday's hands in detail

Cleared the remaining boxes

Sorted the paperwork and office

Removals came to clear the boxes

Took our lodger to town for work to save her walking

Owner of our old house came with our mirror and post and we gave her the paperwork for bits in the old house

New Washer / Dryer delivered (at 6pm!!!) and they refused to instal it as we cannot find the waste pipe!!!!  There is just a hole in the wall........!!!!!!!!

With that and the heat, I decided to stay home tonight (no washer means I cannot wash my kit after badminton too!!!)

I watched the England match, what a tense game - well done England though, winning on penalties, who would have thought it!!!!!!

I ordered a new desk and chair for my office (chair comes Thursday and Desk in 7-10 days), also looking at sofas for the front room too - lots of money going out, need more coming in soon.......!

Our new neighbours have sent a text to the previous owners to see if they can help with the waste pipe - they had a washing machine there before so it must work somehow - we are just nervous about letting water and waste simply go under the kitchen floor!!!

Our other lodger face-timing his Dad to try and sort the washing machine as we speak (11pm).....

.....Success!!!!! Between us all, washing machine now attached to waste pipe (through the hole in the wall under the dishwasher and to a pipe that was wound around the sink u-bend) - run a quick wash and no leaks, fingers crossed!!!  We have put a bucket under the pipe joint for now and will do some full washing tomorrow to test it, phew!!!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow - watch out for road closures

2nd July 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Another hot day today and busy at work (good air conditioning though!)

Our cat (Nemo, my picture on bridge profiles) escaped tonight from one of the lodgers rooms onto the extension roof!  He came back in though!

The family that bought our house came over today to bring post and they bought our washing machine off us too (getting a new washer/dryer tomorrow) - our lodger showed them round and they loved our new house!

Bridge tonight had a lot of really good things from us both but a few disagreements and bad luck too - we are getting together tomorrow for coffee as I am at home waiting for the washer/dryer

Most of the issues are due to us both being distracted by things in our personal lives - hopefully both coming through now though and just need to get back to winning ways

Great to see Margaret and David win tonight, well done both!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1    11 tricks are available but you have to play well to make them and partner did!  I made the right choice not to be in NTs too
7   We didn't find game but we did avoid the NT trap for a good score!
8   Partner's only real error of the session - near the end, don't take the A, play a to end play declarer I think
9   I made the wrong lead here, 6 tells partner how the suit lies, I am used to strong 10 leads but it is not our agreement, sorry partner
10   I decided to look for the slam which then took us too high, sorry partner
12   We defended well here to hold this to 9 tricks, partner discarded the 6 so I had count on the suit and was safe to play my 10 and 7 for 2 tricks
13   We had a lead out of turn and Ops rightly banned a lead - it is the only lead that takes the contract off unfortunately
15   I had a choice between 1 or 2s as my opening and opted for 2s as my hand really wasn't worth any more - I had to play well to make it but Ops helped by not giving a second ruff
18   Ops could make this if they are bold but it is very tricky, we defended well though
19   I tried to explorer in this hand to find out about partner's s but couldn't establish if there was a shortage so rather then 6, I opted for s (knowing it was a 4-3 fit but it should outscore 5s) - it turned out well due to partner's great play but still not sure how we find 6
20   I was going to make a weak jump overcall but realised we play intermediate just in time, then I felt I had to continue the bid as I went for the box and couldn't think how to correct my error, I MUST bid 4, sorry partner
1st July 2018

SCBA AGM & Swiss Pairs:

Playing with a regular partner in Surrey's mini Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs (AGM at half time).

We built a new bed in the morning for one of our lodgers and got shopping ordered - I then showered and changed and Simon picked me up to go to the Bridge event

Vee had a pleasant afternoon with Margaret, they walked down to the Quays, 20 minute walk, and enjoyed a glass of wine - Vee also gave another tour of the house now it is all unpacked!

We had a tough start where the Ops bid games most didn't, could have won round 2 but didn't then won the matches either side of the AGM

The AGM was fairly quick and went smoothly

We got beaten by a good pair then a narrow defeat on the last round.

Colin & David were leading until the last hand where they dropped a little, they were the only pair to beat the winners (Frances & Jeffrey though) - well done both!

Quite a few pairs from our local clubs and a few good wins for all of us (most of us were up and down each round!)

Vee had dinner ready for when I got home and we all sat in the dining room to eat, nice!

My Dad came over to view our house tonight too and was impressed and wished us many happy years here!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

5    We need to be in s here or defeat this by more, I need my ruff I think
8   Partner can make this if he plays a low  as Ops have a singleton K but not easy - we need to be in NT for a good score though
9   We gave a trick away, I need to switch to a trump trick 2
10   Ops didn't get the defence right here
12   I had the choice of leaving 4 doubled in or bidding game - I couldn't be sure we would get enough for defending and bid game, I played it well but 12 tricks are there
14   Partner made an extra trick here for a good score
16   Ops bid weakly here but they were stronger than they showed - they need to push on to 4
18   Ops were too ambitious here and we defended perfectly (I made 3 of my s!)
19   Ops miss-bid here, he meant to bid 2 - we defended well though
21   I should have gone 1 off but still not as good as defending Ops, I only overcalled 1 and partner kept competing, grrrrr
22   I was gifted an extra trick as Ops didn't take their , I got the right too due to a rule I follow (the Q follows the 9, thanks Jo!)
24   We were right to defend here
25   Wrong hand playing here, simple as that 
26   We had the chance to double Ops 3 or play in game - wrong choice but it's a tough call
28   We were too ambitious here
32   Not my finest bid here - need to pass and let the Ops get into a mess
34   Ops didn't see their partner bid and so didn't realised the points they had - partner made a cheeky (VERY cheeky) overcall and was left to play in it - how often is going down 300 a good score.....!
35   Ops defended well, 4 is a good contract but not there - most made it though!
36   Partner opened 1 (16+) and I responded 1 (0-3 points), Ops double, partner redoubles and I left it in (it's my only 4 card suit).  It shouldn't make but Ops didn't take their A - a top for no work at all!
30th June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge today

Vee was at a family friends 80th (which went on longer than he thought it would!)

I went out with one of our lodgers and got some more bits for the house and some supplies and finished off setting up the office (including banging my head twice!)

Our neighbours came round in the evening and we got through a few bottles of red as we got to know each other and they are a really nice family (same age as us too but with 2 young kids, 8 and 10)

Nice to have good neighbours and think we will become friends too!

Playing in the Surrey mini Swiss Pairs tomorrow

29th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 2 of the Accumulator Cup

A busy day today and arranged for Margaret to play with Margaret (B&W!!!) so had time to sort the house out.

We unpacked the rest of downstairs first thing this morning then had an issue with the downstairs toilet, it keeps filling - not leaking but creates a noise throughout the house - will sort next week!

Had the front door lock changed and new keys cut and resolved the hot water (needed the gas turning on and set to "once" - now works!!!

Then went to ProCook in Basingstoke and got a lovely set of induction pans (£700 worth for £270) and Nandos for lunch

Then to B&Q to get a new shower head for downstairs shower room, new doorbell, new handles for a chest of drawers, hose fitting for the outside tap - fitted and fixed all of those too!

Also dropped a key off to our ironing lady to start again next week

Got home and the washing machine leaks and nowhere to vent the tumble dryer so took the decision to buy a new washer/dryer and went for a top end one - that's being fitted on Tuesday (we did a load of washing Wednesday before we moved so not much to do before then).

Sorted the rest of the house and then bridge.......

I don't feel we did much wrong and only 2 red scores, 1 was Ops good bidding, one I maybe pushed too hard.

We are well placed for the Cup in 6th but the leader is quite a way ahead - will try our best next week in the final round!

Was pleased to see the Margaret's do well at CBC, only CBC results posted so far so cannot compare yet.

Visitors tomorrow, Neighbours, lodger's Dad, my Dad!

The Highs and Lows:

4    Harsh on Ops here, we defended well but still gave a trick away, most let 3NT through though!
6   Ops overcalled my 1NT and we defended well, partner made her singleton  too
9   I did well to make 10 tricks here, Ops need to take the A entry out instead of setting up the s for me
10   Partner played well here setting up the s - Ops could have done better too though
11   We defended well here
12   We pushed Ops too high here
13   We took our AK, nobody else did - good lead partner
19   Well bid Ops
21   We defended well here
22   I pushed too hard here, looks like 3NT makes though
28th June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge today

We moved house, so a morning of chaos as we are packed up and move - cleaning and sorting as we go - had 4 men come to pack and move us (plus another when we got to the new house).

All went well, our buyers came over at 12 Noon too and we had a good chat and welcomed her to her new house, she seemed really pleased!  We offered to take her bins out next week for her and bring them back in.

She will keep our post for us and message when worth collecting (or she will bring it over).

We were unpacked by 3pm and Margaret came over for a glass of champagne with us in the garden and gave us some bulbs for the garden too.

We had a chat with the neighbours and will get together soon, they seem nice.

Both lodgers settled in too and we are all happy - a few niggles and bits to sort out but we have no major issues other than the boiler which we will get sorted tomorrow.

I may not play tomorrow afternoon in the Sim Pairs (unless I am needed) but we have more visitors coming and things to sort out.

Really pleased to see a CBC pair currently top of the Surrey Sims so far this week (in line for the Dorin Salver!) - well done Max & David!!!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow

27th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session and also the Surrey Sim Pairs

I had my monthly meeting at work where I prepare and run the session for all the Senior staff, had loads to do besides that but got it all done.

We were going to make a pasta bake for dinner but hadn't kept the pasta to one side and it has been packed!  Freezer food in the end!

So hot tonight but I chose a cool(ish) table and we had a fun night, not a great score and a few little bits to iron out but some good bits too.

I agreed to add a notice to the home page about the road closure, this will affect us at YHBC for 6 weeks or so!!!

Good to see Chris (another partner of mine) making a guest appearance and doing well!

Only 5 in the Improvers section so Vee played with Kevin and the other 2 pairs, 1 pair watching as the others played - they discussed the hands and play and played socially until about 9.45pm

Moving House tomorrow, day off (Friday too) to settle in

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops are in the right contract but defended perfectly
9   Ops missed game (or slam)
11   Well bid Ops, partner didn't take her A though, when Kx is in dummy I think you need to take it as it it never going to catch the K
15   We defended really well here
17   We could have taken this off but I didn't get my ruff
18   Ops sacrificed but we got the defence just right to get a good score
19   Partner reversed so I bid to game, I think 1, 2 is the limit of the hand for partner
20   Ops missed game here as we interfered with s
23   Our first hand of the night, partner started off well getting to dummy with a  but then didn't take the  finesse
24   I played this well, hard to get to game and it seems i doesn't always make
26th June 2018

Hubert Philips Bowl:

Playing with regular partners in the Hubert Philips Bowl

A day off today but it was non-stop!

Packing started at 9am, 1 guy arrived and blitzed the house - everything is boxed up now!

A few errors in terms of things he shouldn't have packed, including my bridge stuff (twice!!!) which I rescued

He packed my convention cards too and didn't re-find them but Alan printed some new ones for the match

Took a few chairs and the bridge table to the house with one of our lodgers and showed her round (first time viewing the new house!)

Then went to Waitrose to get supplies for the match and lunch for us both

Packing finished around 3.30pm then I showered and changed and went to the house with the remaining chairs and shopping

Got everything set-up and then showed Margaret the house, think she liked it!

Opps arrived early, then Alan, then Simon - Alan had the other bridge table and score cards and bidding boxes (Thanks Alan!)

Shuffle and Deal so just a brief summary below:

The match started off really well, Margaret & I did everything right and only gave away 90 twice (it is aggregate scoring and we bid all our games and defeated the Ops in theirs)

Unfortunately, our team mates had 2 costly boards and we were down after round 1.

Alan & I net and we were just on the plus side overall, a couple of loose bids but mostly good.  Simon & Margaret were flat too

Simon & I for the last round and we had a good set (including doubling the Ops for 800), this time Alan & Margaret had 1 error going off 200 when game was there, but they did well on every other board that set

After the match we had a bottle of win between us and was very sociable, our new kitchen works really well!

Margaret was superb tonight, she made all the drinks, sorted the food, made sure everyone was comfortable, refreshed drinks, made scones (yummy!) and washed up at the end - Ops asked if she was my Mum!!!!!

Truth be told, we are not related at all but Margaret IS family and very precious to me (well, most of the time......!)

Playing in the Surrey Sim Pairs at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers


25th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in round 6 of the Monday Championships

Started work early this morning to pack 2 days work into the morning!

I had no break, no lunch and got it all done, though took me until 14:30

Then on to Frimley High Street to collect the house key, on to Aldershot to collect and pay for car.

Dorothy's next to pick up 2 chairs for tomorrow's match and she gave us a lovely house warming gift too, very kind.

On to the house next and I cannot get the key to work!!!  The Agent takes 30 minutes to arrive, but he sorts it (it's a sticky lock and you need to pull it towards you to open it)

I check the house over and all is in order, phew!

Then home to cook meatballs and eat them!

Vee went to the house tonight too to drop a few bits off, take meter readings and check water and electricity etc

He also discovered we need new cooking pots and pans (induction cooker!!!)

After all that, Bridge!!!!!  Unfortunately, a step too far and neither of us were on form - it wasn't helped with the heat and the movement that was set-up in a chaotic fashion - I was cross by the end too and took it out on partner, sincere apologies frown

Good to see my other partner's doing well though (Nick B and Margaret B)

Playing in Round 1 of the Hubert Philips Bowl tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

3    Hard to get the defence right here, we did less badly than others!
4   Partner can do a little better
5   Ops were in the right contract
6   Ops were too ambitious
7   Ops miss-bid and it paid off!
9   I am in the right contract here
12   We need to be in 4, if I don't bid, partner can bid her second suit
17   We were in the right contract
18   Partner didn't play as well as she could here
21   I didn't take the first  trying to set-up more, I need to take the Ace then let them in
22   I didn't get the defence right
24   We pushed Ops too far
24th June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge again today

Shopping (with the lit via our new App!) then lunch

After lunch we went to the Tip to get rid of the house stuff we don't want to take with us.  We went as the England match started as we felt most people would be at home - we were right!!!

Although not football fans, we are patriotic and I was pleased to see England win 6-1 (though we missed the middle 4 goals!).

Watched the Tennis final too and not a lot else really!

Waiting for Bridge results, Coventry was up 1 minute after the event finished, still waiting for the Wanborough Cup results - will add some comments when live

Playing at CBC tomorrow in Round 6 of the Monday Championships

I have a manic morning getting my weekly reports and analysis done as well as the monthly chart model for work then:

Collect House Keys

Take car back to Aldershot and get my car back (having paid the damage!)

Collect chairs for the match on Tuesday (thanks Dorothy!)

Get the house ready for the match

Eat dinner

Play Bridge!

23rd June 2018

Day Off:

No bridge today but have sorted out some partnerships and a little admin

We have cleared the house today of all things we don't want to take with us as well as a bit of a clean and tidy

Will go to the tip tomorrow to dispose of quite a bit!

The rest of the day has been relaxing watching TV and films and Pizza!

Another day off for us tomorrow but good luck to those playing in events:

Wanborough Cup


County Teams Final

22nd June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 1 of the Accumulator Cup

We defended well but I didn't play too well, some bidding could be better too.

Vee had a fun night but poor score

The next 2 Friday's count as a total for the Accumulator Cup so, not the best start, but can build on 50%

Sorting through the house at the weekend ready for moving next week

The Highs and Lows:

1    We were in the right contract - 1NT (11-14) and I used stayman to exit into any better contract
7   I didn't drop the doubleton Q - I should have done as even if it is wrong, I need to stop the ruff
13   Well bid Ops
16   I was torn between raising partner to 2 or 3, I think I made the wrong choice
17   A competitive auction and I doubled as 4 was likely to be a top if it made so double in case it doesn't
19   Ops were a bit ambitious, I couldn't be sure enough to double but a good score as it was
20   We defended well here, Ops didn't quite get the distribution right and took a few wrong choices (letting me ruff a )
22nd June 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

With the house now finalised, I paid the balance owed today.  Looking forward to starting a new life next week now and can finally get excited!

I also paid the removal company this afternoon and had a call about my car, they have done the work but want to test it on Monday so I will be picking up the keys to the new house and getting my car on Monday!!!

We didn't start off brilliantly (though some boards got better by the look of it) but we had a very strong finish (moving from 4th to 1st in the last round!

Partner made some excellent bids and played well too (mostly!)

Playing at YHBC after dinner in Round 1 of the Accumulator Cup

The Highs and Lows:

1    Ops played the wrong card on trick 1 by mistake and so partner won with 8 and now can throw a away on the A and lose 1 - well played partner
4   Ops played this perfectly until the end when they let me make the A - their s were now good, unlucky Ops
5   Partner played this well!  Ops didn't take their winner at the start and so 11 tricks made!
6   Ops opened 1 and I bid 1NT (16 with s stopped) - when they bid s again all I could do was double
12   I pushed too hard here, sorry partner
16   Ops lost a  in their hand during the bidding and so supported s in error
19   I need to lead a  at some point here, gave a trick away
22   We defended really well here and ended up taking the last trump out and playing off our winners
23   A little lucky here, I played well cross ruffing the whole hand but a trump lead takes me off
21st June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I had the day off today sorting out all the address changes, moving utilities, TV licence, Council Tax, Electoral register, phones, broadband etc etc - a lot to do but I got it all done!

There was a correction for YHBC on Wednesday which I have now done too (P2P and submitting to the club).

I heard early enough tonight that nobody could get to the club on time so I went early.

"H" let me in and opened up and I then set up the tables and chairs as a few arrived early too to help.

All sorted and no issues.

I stayed at the end with Alan to score and tidy and lock up too.

I was not on form tonight, a shame as partner was!  Sorry partner, you carried us through to a good position though and I will do better tomorrow (1st round of a cup series at YHBC, Vee playing too).

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2    Partner played this really well and the only player to gain a plus score!
3   Ops doubled for take out and it was left in - I can see why but it didn't work out as my trumps are all over the Ops long suit.  Well done for not trying to "rescue" me partner!
7   We had game points and it says I can make this contract, sorry partner - they defended well though
8   Ops opened light and it got in our way, well bid Ops
10   Ops made a good attempt at game here - I wanted to double but felt they would run to 4 so quietly defeated the contract instead
11   We defended well here, Ops could have end played me though but I think they thought too long and then made the wrong decision
12   Ops made an extra trick here, I think a trump lead may have worked better as it happens
13   Partner invited me to game and I declined - nobody found game though but I did make an extra trick
15   Ops missed the slam here - I should have played another  though to hold it to 11 tricks the way it was played at our table
16   I supported partner after an overcall and hoped that "one, two, that will do" would stand, unfortunately, partner jumped to 4 - I think I should have passed though
17   There's only 11 tricks available here and that's all we let the Ops take - everyone else made 12 - partner was the only one to lead a  though, good lead partner
19   Ops didn't know how to value their hand, not easy as 21HCP with a singleton K and 4-4-1-4 shape - they missed game though
20th June 2018


Playing with a new partner in round 3 of the Beryl Doughty Cup (we are not in this though)

A manic day today, a quick story to lead up to it.............

Last Christmas, we decided we had been in our house long enough.  Parking was becoming tricky, we were out-growing the house, not able to host matches and mortgage quite low.

All things added up to a move!  Nice and easy these days................. Not for us!!!!!

We sold in the first week of January to a lovely family who offered on the spot.  They have been friendly and kind and supportive and flexible, the perfect buyers!!!

We offered on a huge and beautiful house in Ash Vale, over our limit but just about ok.

This was sailing through nicely until the mortgage in principal was reduced by £100k at the last minute and we couldn't now afford it crying

We found a new house in Mytchett and in a lot of ways, a more normal house and perfect for us.  Not much of a chain and plain sailing...........

It took over 3 months to get to exchange with lots of issues, lies, miss-understandings, change of chains etc but.........

We have EXCHANGED!!!!!!

New house next week, complete on Monday but staying on until Thursday 28th due to removal company availability and our buyers are fine to let us stay on the extra few days.

You cannot believe what a stressful time this has been, so relieve we are legally done now and nearly there!

My car needs a new chain on top of the Head Gasket and Cylinder so now close to £1500 to fix it but should be back tomorrow afternoon (I have a courtesy car until it is fixed)

Vee hosted the Improvers at YHBC tonight and had 2 tables, another tie for the top!  He was able to direct as 2 full tables and I saw him helping a few of them, nice to be needed as can be a bit dull if they simply play!

We had a good night tonight, a few rare auctions where things were not discussed but we dealt with them and Tony is a very good player, we both enjoyed it tonight and only made 1 or 2 mistakes between us.

Well done Barbara & John, a new pairing and coming together by the looks of it!

Great to see Linda and Pennie do well and Rosalie and Marianne were respectable in the middle.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   Ops were too ambitious here and I doubled
2   Ops stopped in the right contract here
8   We were in the right contract here, nobody else was - partner doubled the 1NT overcall and I felt it was takeout (I was wrong though and realised after), still, we would have had a top either way here
9   We couldn't get a good score here but partner's only error for the evening not giving me my ruff to defeat the contract
10   Ops did exactly what they should, others did not
13   I got this wrong, I wanted to bid 3 to probe for NTs, I should have too, sorry partner
16   We found the major fit here and partner made an extra trick getting the right to throw a  away
17   We stopped in the right contract here, I used stayman to find a major fit and it worked well
23   We got the defence just right here, I needed partner to get in and play a , I found the only entry and was really pleased when partner worked out I must want a  (not the  back!), well done partner
19th June 2018


Another day of frustration - again, we had news that they were now ready to exchange.  An hour later and we found out someone in the chain doesn't have enough money for their deposit so we couldn't exchange!!!

Following that, no news about what happens next

No news on my car either

I nearly didn't go to badminton but was glad I did, won 7 out of 9 (losing 21-19 on both games I lost).

As I have a home match (Bridge, Hubert Philips Bowl) next Tuesday, I felt I needed a backup plan and our YHBC Chairman has kindly offered to host for us if needed, very kind of him, thanks Alan!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow with a new partner as Vee hosts the Improvers

18th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We started to Exchange on our house this morning and then all went quiet - I had a call in the afternoon saying there was a delay further up the chain (first we knew of any more in the chain!!!)

Very frustrating!

Tonight was generally good, a few errors and some Ops doing well but generally we did ok.

Nice and pleasant throughout and we get on well as a pair.

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I played this well, everything went away on the s
4   I should have bid 2 not double, sorry partner.  I think partner could have taken the double out though an then I bid 2, possibly both wrong here!
8   Ops didn't finesse my K and didn't ruff a
14   Partner did well to make an extra trick here
17   I played this well
18   Ops didn't take the  finesse and were a little too high here
20   We were in the right contract and made what we should, others made more though
22   A phantom sacrifice here, sorry partner
23   Ops bid and made what they should, others did not!  Harder on a  lead but a major is normally a better lead
17th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner and friends in the Berks & Bucks Swiss Teams

Better than yesterday and 2 wins, not a great day though and we felt for our team mates who had almost no hands to bid all day.

We had a pleasant day and good food and nice of Richard to drive us all.

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4   I opened a weak 2 and partner is on lead.  I am unlikely to hold anything outside my suit as an entry so I think a lead is better here and we defeat the contract
13   Ops missed game here
22   Ops missed game here
34   Partner made a good lead, then when she won K, switched suits, I didn't realise AQ was stiff in declarers hand and so lost my J and they made the contract
41   I thought for ages and then made the wrong decision, I should have played A and ruffed a , trumps out and back to the s then lose 1 , sorry all
16th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the Berks & Bucks Swiss Pairs

Our worst session ever, now winning a match, will be better tomorrow

I provided the lunch though which was nice and partner dropped me off at a pub in Heckfield for a friends 40th and was great to catch up with some of friends, Vee joined me too (nice also as I hadn't seen him all day too!)

Great to see Alan & Nick do well, John & Philip too

Playing at Windsor in the Swiss Teams tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

21   I was allowed to play in the right contract and made what I should
30   Ops were too ambitious here
33   Partner played well here, Ops had 5 s and she played well to take enough tricks before letting him have the last few!
42   We took down a good contract here as Ops didn't;t notice me ruff a !
49   I made an extra trick here by getting the s right, amazed nobody else did
15th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Our worst night to date (I think!) - not much worked I'm afraid.

Not many tops or bottoms though, just consistently under par

Playing at Windsor in the Swiss Pairs tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

7   I played the A first, if I just play a small , I can then trap the J
11   I did well here just because I wasn't doubled or pushed to the 5 level, it was unlucky not to make but mirror red suits!
14   We had learnt our lesson by this board and didn't race off to 6NT, partner did well to make an extra trick
21   The grid says 9 tricks are all that are there, but, if partner ducks the  on trick 2, I think 10 tricks are there
15th June 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not a good day today.  The car needs a new cylinder too so another £1000 or £250 to get it skimmed (I have gone for the cheaper option).

No news on the house either and bridge today was not amazing either!

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1   I played this well - Ops held up on the A and so never made it
3   Partner did well to make the 9th trick here, we also stopped Ops finding game with the weak jump overcall which I raised
4   Partner bid up to 3NT but I didn't think it wise with my shape so bid the correct 4 contract
5   Ops missed game here, we defended well to hold them to 9 tricks anyway though
6   I opened weak and partner went straight to blackwood, if she bids 2NT, we get to stop in 4 (I made an extra trick but couldn't make 2 extra tricks)
9   My 3 showed the majors..........
10   We were the only pair in game here, thanks to partner continuing the bidding, well bid partner
16   I need my  returned here for a ruff
18   Partner must pass 2 here
20   I was too pushy here, it has a chance, but not if they take their aces on trick 1 and 2!
23   I opened 1NT (slightly light) and after the double, partner must bid her lowest 4 card suit as so few points, not pass
24   I doubled Ops 1NT and then we double anything else they bid, we defended well too
14th June 2018



Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Our first session playing precision (in FULL!!!)

The system was fine, we remembered it really well (all things considered) - I announced a Texas transfer incorrectly then realised my error.  Partner bid after a penalty double (not system issue really!) and I opened light with my weak 2s (knowingly though).

Our defending was really good throughout and I think my play was fine - not partner's best night if honest but he had a long day and a lot to do with the system (writing, reading, printing and learning).

I really enjoyed the challenge and was good to get most of it right - shame our play didn't quite match up but it's a learning curve and will make more dates to keep trying and working it all out.

Tops or bottoms on almost every hand so s lot to do and watching the final of the Best Home Cook (our friend Philip is in the final!!!)

Car is going to cost me £900 to fix (and not worth trading it in so I have no choice).

House is still not exchanged and now found out the Removal company cannot do the 25th if we do move then

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I opened 1NT with 2 doubletons here but my s were good.  I played this just right - lucky not to have a lead though
2   I played well here
3   Texas transfer opened here and I agree with it.  Only 9 tricks on though, shame
4   We defended well here but Ops were in the right contract - we do better to bid 3s but not if they double us!
6   Not a good double here partner - better to leave them in 3s......
7   Ops got too high here and I doubled, we defended this really well too
9   Ops got carried away here and partner doubled
10   I opened light here but it was a good sacrifice - I played well to only go 1 off too
11   Ops can play better here, we got lucky - passive defence worked well here
12   All I had to do was hold up the to round 3 and the suit is blocked, careless play, sorry partner
13   Ops didn't get the s right and we defended passively for a good score
14   Ops got a bit carried away here
17   We were the only pair in the right contract
19   We did as we should but most made this (it cannot be made though)
20   Ops missed the slam and s score better if not in the slam
21   Well bid Ops
24   Cross with partner here, he knows we have an 8 card  fit and he ignore me and keeps bidding his s, not good partner
13th June 2018


1 Day until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I was promoted to National Master today, it has taken a while but am pleased to have made it!  Rankings for YHBC members can be seen HERE

We had a solid session tonight, some luck, some gifts, but generally we did well.  I messed up the last hand as I hadn't realised that 1, 1, 1, 1 was natural - drat.  We would have won without that error.

Vee hosted the Improvers at YHBC tonight and had 3 tables but a main group player was held up and couldn't make it so Bobbi played with Andy in the main group and Vee then went through the hands with the sit out pair.

This actually worked out quite well as he was able to help each pair as they sat out and went through each hand with them (bidding and play).

The Improvers had a 3 way tie at the top tonight!

The house is still not exchanged, my car is in the garage and testing proved no fault (there IS a fault!!!!), I also asked them to give me a price for exchanging the car too and they forgot!!!  They said they will call me in the morning.

Uploaded BBL AGM minutes and Committee minutes later tonight too

Playing at CBC tomorrow and my first session using Precision......!

The Highs and Lows:

1   I think I should have doubled here but fortunately, our defending was good enough to cope with not doubling
2   I got this wrong, also tried to back out and couldn't - sorry partner
5   We were the only pair playing EW, doubled too.
8   An extreme hand here where top NS was 5x making and EW was 5x making - fortunately, we were the right end of this!  Ops could have got a ruff to take it off
9   I had a lucky lead here and I got it right too.
14   How do we find 6 here?  We settled quite happily for the result on the night but for a congress, perhaps this needs some thought
17   Ops were too ambitious here, they played well to only go one off though
22   Ops bid too high and I doubled, we got the defence right too
23   Lucky here, Ops didn't lead a  and freely played the A for me
12th June 2018


2 Days until Precision

Worked from home today and a lot going on, worked a bit later too as was home!

Vee made a Veg Lasagne tonight which was yummy!

Frustrated with car, house, bridge and my cat (Nemo not well but picking up at last) and I took it out on the court tonight, I was a fierce player tonight!!!

Suffering now though, ache all over and still hot after a shower!

Taking my car to garage first thing tomorrow and we hope to exchange on the house too (will see if that happens!)

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

11th June 2018


3 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I drove to work this morning as only 1 mile from home but there was a trail behind me as I parked up and no water again.

Booked the car in on Wednesday morning though I may just trade it in.

I am lucky I can work from home tomorrow so only one journey to Aldershot to do.  I drove Vee's car to bridge tonight.

We should be exchanging on our House on Wednesday and move in on Monday 25th June - will wait and see if it happens this time!

We had a good night tonight, just a few blips by me cost us a win but a good score.

Margaret and I stayed at the end to go over locking and opening each door and gate and setting the alarm etc.  Val is on holiday now so we are backups!

I played North and West tonight but Bridgewebs doesn't cope with this option, have asked them about modifying the view.  Also spotted a strange "Partner?" in the calendar too, also asked about this as I cannot find a setting to fix it!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

2   Partner played really well here to make the extra trick - a  lead makes it tricky I think
7   Ops ruffed low by mistake so I made my over-ruff - we had defended well to take this one off which would have been a good score any way though
11   Ops got a little ambitious here and I was mean and doubled, I managed to end play declarer in dummy too, sorry Ops
14   I made an extra trick here by getting the s away on the s
17   We missed 3NT here, not easy though
18   I didn't count my hand properly and when I realised I had 20 points, I tried to make it right and failed - I then went off more than I needed to trying to make it - sorry partner
20   I found the only lead to let Ops make this, sorry partner
23   Ops missed the 3rd in their hand so didn't support to the major fit, unlucky Ops
24   Good bidding here, I bid s and jumped in s and partner then looked and we found the slam - not the easiest to make but ruffing out the s gets us 12 tricks
10th June 2018

Surrey League Final:

4 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner and my Team Mates in the Surrey Division 2 League Final.

We did shopping and got food for the team and then Vee took me to Alan's where we all met up.  Margaret kindly drove us all as my car is not trusted at the moment.

I was given 3 cases of boards to take with us and waited at the end to return them (passing back to Trevor on Wednesday).

Our team mates did quite well but we let them down, sorry all.

Not our finest effort today.

There was no lunch break either, we just had to eat where we could, not ideal and with loads of food, we just didn't eat a lot of it, so, dinner tonight!

Geoff's team did well in the Division 3 Final only losing one match but there was a clear winner there.

Playing and scoring at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1:  Lost 1-19
10   Our first hand of the day and partner got a little carried away with her hand here
12   Partner was right to double here but we defended poorly, Ops played a from dummy and I have the top left, partner must not ruff here
Match 2:  Drew 10-10
17   I over valued my hand here, sorry all
18   Ops pushed too hard and I doubled here.  There was a small incident too, Ops called for "A diamond" and then wanted to change their mind and ask for the Ace, we called the director and they agreed that the a small Diamond must be played.  We could have got one more trick here with a  ruff but partner thought it would be over ruffed
Match 3:  Lost 7-13
25   Ops missed game here


9th June 2018

Oxford Swiss Pairs:

5 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in Oxford's Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

Not our finest efforts today, we both were a bit off and, in some ways, not surprising considering the start.......

I picked Nick up at 10am and drove down to Oxford - unfortunately, my car started flashing up warning lights and so we pulled off at Chievely services to have a look.

The engine was smoking, and everything was really hot, no oil and no water left!!!  We filled up the oil and water and I carried on to Oxford (driving slowly and carefully).

We made it there but looked again and no water in the 30 minute journey to the venue!  We were both shaken up by this journey and I think it did damage our moods and thinking.

My declarer play and bidding was the main thing that let us down today but partner was not shining either (though was on better form than me mostly!).

We had a tough start and some awful hands to deal with and then carried on in round 2 and 3!!!  Before the break we played 2 young boys (both under 12) and they looked depressed.

It was tough going for them and they lost the first 3 matches 20-0, we also won 20-0 against them and we felt so bad for them.  We had a lot of luck and they did well on most hands against us until a crucial card on each, of all the pairs we played, we both felt it would have been nice to have them win - we just couldn't do anything wrong and offered them advice and congratulations on the bits they did well.

We won the next 20-0 too and the last match 11-9, so 3 wins out of the day.  Not great but, all considered, a good effort!

Playing in the Surrey League Division 2 Final tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

Match 1:  Lost 0-20
1   I didn't agree with partner's bidding here and we got into the wrong contract
5   Ops got a bit carried away here and we got the defence spot on
6   This is very hard to make and Ops defended perfectly, a lot did make it though
Match 2:  Lost 2-18
9   We needed to push on here (and defend better!)
10   A great double here, unfortunately I didn't switch to a trick 2 as partner asked me too, sorry partner
11   I bid 4 here when Ops had stopped in 4, if I just pass we get a good score!
12   We defended well here holding this to 8 tricks
Match 3:  Lost 4-16
15   I did well to make 8 tricks, unfortunately I needed 9!!!
17   Partner can play better here.....
20   Ops mis-claimed here and the error was not throwing a high from his hand so he couldn't get to dummy for the rest of the tricks, one off I'm afraid
Match 4:  Won 20-0
22   We were in the right contract making the right number of tricks here, not many others did - partner got the timing of the s perfect to make it though
23   Ops didn't lead their A and partner threw my other on the to make 12 tricks
25   I am so lucky at times, I was forced into a nightmare 3NT, I cannot get to my hand at all here!!!!  Fortunately, Ops lead a !!!  I then saw 4 s thrown away and so I claimed all 13
26   Partner got everything right here under pressure from the opening lead
Match 5:  Won 20-0
30   Ops missed game here
31   Partner made a brave overcall here with 6 points but it allowed us to find the right game
33   Hard to find game here, not many did.  Partner did well simply making more tricks than most (only 2 others made 11 tricks!).  I commented at the time that he played this brilliantly
34   Partner opened 1 (announced by me as "could be short"), Ops then bid 2NT (announced as s and s) - they jumped to 4 and we all were mystified and reserved our rights.  The director then came and we discover the bid was meant as the minors - we play and then the director comes back and allows us to amend the contract to 4 doubled - we did this in a nice way and Ops commented how well I handled this, I hate calling the director and tried my best to be nice
Match 6:  Lost 2-18
37   Why did I bid here, even I don't know!!!  I should simply double the Ops 2, sorry partner
40   Partner didn't take his A to take this off
41   Ops were in the right contract but we defended perfectly here getting a cross ruff going before Ops could get going
42   Ops need to push on with their s but ours didn't!
Match 7:  Won 11-9
47   I felt we were losing the match and took a flier on the slam here, not to be!  The only makeable slam seems to be 6, sorry partner
8th June 2018


6 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I didn't have time to eat beforehand so had a kitkat and packet of crisps and then on to bridge!

Found out it is is partner's Birthday tomorrow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barbara!!!  Alan announced it too (she went red!)

We had a steady session today with some excellent hands and not many bad ones, a nice birthday present for Barbara!

Playing at Oxford tomorrow in their Swiss Pairs

The Highs and Lows:

4   10 tricks are available here but nobody else made it, Ops could make 5 though (the Brown(e)s made 5 doubled!!!)
6   Ops pushed too high here, I think North needs to double 2 rather than bidding a suit to keep the level down.  We did defend well too
11   Ops played away from their K and I won with the Q to make the extra trick needed here
15   Ops didn't find game and we defended well to hold it to 10 tricks
16   Well bid partner, supporting ms s over your long s was great - I cannot see how we find the slam but nobody else made 12
17   I was cautious here and didn't bid 4 as partner had said nothing, this proved to be wise as we go down lots in anything!  We then defended well to defeat a makable 4
23   Partner's only real blunder, need to start the s earlier to make the 9th trick
8th June 2018 (Afternoon)


6 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Dorothy returned our container, filled with sugared almonds!!!  Thanks very much

Not good today and still no news on the house either, grumpy angry

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

1   Partner got Key Card wrong here so we didn't find the right contract - 3 Key cards and the Q for us is simply 5 (we cannot show the Q), not easy though
3   Ops bid and made what they should
4   Ops missed NTs here
5   I found the wrong lead here, sorry partner
10   We didn't find the s
11   Ops psyched here opening with the West hand, they are allowed to do it but leaves a bad taste.  partner didn't switch to a  on my high card to take them off either
12   Ops cached the A freely here, must leave the guard in place - we then got the s right and took this 3 off
13   I upgraded this to 11HCP as I had 5s and it worked well here
15   3 is not a great contract but I pre-empted here and not sure partner should try and rescue
17   Ops pushed too hard here and we got the defence right
19   I played this very badly, sorry partner
20   Partner should be one off here if play high on trick 1
21   Ops bid and made what they should
23   A good sacrifice here (not doubled either)
7th June 2018


7 Days until Precision

Playing with a regular partner in round 6 of the Thursday Championships

Great to see Margaret and Margaret doing well again, great score tonight!

We are now 2nd in the series but it's close and a lot have not played 6 yet so we have a bit of work to do really.

Tonight was nearly a great night but we fell short on a few boards and didn't quite get on the same page a few times.

We are playing together on Saturday in Oxford's Swiss Pairs so was a good practice and a few things came up which was useful.

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   We are in the right contract making the right number of tricks
3   We didn't find the slam but it is a very tight one and the pairs who bid it went on - partner did well to make 12 tricks I think, end playing West 3 cards from the end
4   We have 3NT here missing 4 Aces, very hard to find!  I don't know why I didn't double here though, not like me!  Good score though
6   I played well here but Ops got the timing of the wrong enabling me to lose the last  and run the s
9   We pushed Ops by bidding 5, lucky not to be doubled here
15   I pushed too hard here, sorry partner
17   We managed to make an extra trick here as Ops let us make 2s
20   Partner tried to make this contract but settling for one off would have been better as Ops defended really well.  Not easy here
6th June 2018


8 Days until Precision

Playing with a now regular partner in a regular club session

I had a message from Simon this afternoon saying he was stuck in traffic and could I find a partner for Charlotte - I managed to fix her up with the Director and they did well, all were pleased!

We didn't have a great session tonight, mainly my play but like to think Ops did well against us rather than me being bad!

Vee was hosting the Improvers at YHBC tonight but we had 2 half tables and nobody wanted to move into the Main group so Vee and Val played in the Main group.  They were middling and ok %.

The Improvers were 3 tables again and good to see Barbara & Gillian back on form (bidding a Grand Slam too!) as well as Carole and Ann doing well.

Good to see Margaret & Keith and Geoff & Frances do well at Woking this afternoon

The house is still not exchanged, we are both getting cross now!

Playing at CBC tomorrow in round 6 of the Thursday Championships

The Highs and Lows:

2   Ops are in the right contract making the right number of tricks
3   We play lebensohl, after Ops interfered with our 1NT I wasn't sure if I should bid 2NT asking partner to bid 3 or bid it direct as a forcing bid - I decided I was good enough with my void to bid it direct and we found the right contract
6   We defended well here
8   Ops found a pair that are willing to use penalty doubles at the 2 level and they had no escape
10   Ops tried to get in the way after my strong opening, not a good idea this time
12   Ops pushed me up too far, good bidding Ops
13   Ops in the right contract making the right number of tricks
16   I meant my double as take out here but fortunately we defended well and had a good score from it, phew!
18   Ops can do better here, partner found the best lead though
21   Ops did as they should but I would have been better passing 1NT
24   I cannot make this but enough did to make the score bad for us
5th June 2018


9 Days until Precision

A lot going on today, forecasts at work and house frustrations - the Sellers say they are ready to exchange but their Solicitor says they need a week or so, we are aiming to move on the 18th so cannot wait a week or so!!!

More news tomorrow I hope!

Badminton was really good tonight, I played well and won most games - we had 8 visitors tonight too, really packed!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

4th June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I was scorer tonight and the movement went wrong due to the pads being placed on the wrong tables (not me!), then wrong again as the missing pair was now wrong, and wrong again as I was told the wrong table again!

Still, we got through it and all worked after that and scored it the end using Sylvia's hotspot (as my phone didn't want to play!)

We had a good night until the last round where we got 2 zero's, still, in the points and above average.

Partner was on good form tonight, I messed up a few times

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   We stopped Ops getting to dummy after the first 2 s and defended passively to wait for the tricks
2   Ops made an odd lead and then didn't take their A
11   A bad double from me here but it paid off somehow
13   Ops were in the right contract (through a bidding misunderstanding!)
15   Partner got everything right here making an extra trick with the s
22   Partner made an extra trick as Ops didn't attack the s
23   Partner played brilliantly but unfortunately, 1 step too far
24   I wish I hadn't bid my s here, a  lead is the natural lead from partner and then we defeat 3NT, sorry partner
3rd June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Richmond's Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs

I drove today and we had an easy run and parked easily, Margaret kindly provided a great lunch too.

We had a few issues to start where I made a forcing bid and it was passed and then a few defending issues which cost us the first match.  A few more issues later, mainly defence again and it was a tough day.

We won 2 matches so not all lost and some bits were really good.

Our friends also won 2 matches each (Colin & David and Penny & Susan, they drew one too).  We all found it quite tough.

As a lot of hands played and the bad ones we already know about, just the good bits below!

Playing (and scoring) at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

7   I got the s right here as well as the s - all just worked here
8   I played well here getting each finesse right until the end where the K failed but he had to lead straight back to my hand - Ops never touched the s!
12   We defended well here making an extra trick
13   Ops set up the s perfectly, then forgot to take them, as soon as she called for the she went, "oh no"
19   A good sacrifice by Ops but not many bid game our way
31   This looked like a good sacrifice by Ops but we don't make 4s
32   Ops could have settled for 1 off here but tried to make the contract and so we took it 2 off as the finesse fails, unlucky Ops
33   Lucky here, this should have been a good sacrifice by the Ops but fortunately not many bid 4s our way
47   Partner opened 1 and I bid 2, then 3 from partner and now I know at least 5s so we have a fit and with my shape, I think a slam maybe there - I get the wrong answer and back out.  5 is all that is there but partner plays the s perfectly and sets up the hand to make 12, great play partner
2nd June 2018


No bridge today but some more bridge admin for the BBL and some house chores.

I forgot to unhold my diary entry for yesterday afternoon (again!), I am getting old sad now visible though

I went to the Cinema with one of my lodgers (who works at the Cinema!), free tickets and reduced food and drink, nice!

Vee dropped us off and picked me up after the film which was really kind (he is not a Star Wars fan).

The film was not really a Star Wars episode and it wouldn't detract from it if you didn't know the saga but it was an amazing film just as it is - really enjoyed it and worth seeing.

Playing in the Richmond Swiss Pairs event tomorrow (it is at Capacity too)

1st June 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

We had 9 tables tonight (including 2 of our Improvers who held their own with an acceptable score and did some great things, it's all experience).

We had a roller-coaster night which left us just on a positive (not for NGS but in terms of %).  Good fun and a good learning curve for us too, we had a lot of fun tonight even when it didn't work!

A really close session to be honest, although 5th, we were not far off top, 1 more top and 1 less bottom and it's a win, so not bad really!

Lovely to see Charlotte again too, she visited once before and I put her with Simon (they won last time), they hit it off so much that they tried again tonight (with Simon travelling back from London and Charlotte from France!!!) - they won again too, well done both!

Although he didn't play, Vee won at Bridge tonight too, he made our old Bridge table good with a new baize!!!

Cinema tomorrow to see Solo

The Highs and Lows:

2   We had a slight error in bidding here and I was virtually pushed into 6NT.  I opened 2 planning to re-bid 2NT (19-20), partner jumped to 3 showing a positive bid and honours in s (not necessarily long s).  I bid my 5 card suit now and partner bids 4.  Now, I think there is AK and long s (I have AK) so I think we may have a chance at a slam.  I ask and am told 1 Ace but now cannot sign off so I bid 6NT hoping we don't have AK against us.  dummy goes down and partner says "I should have bid 4" - correct!!!  Still, no  lead and s discarded on the long s and 13 tricks made, phew!
5   We didn't find the switch here, sorry partner, my fault
10   Ops got the s wrong and having been forced in s to remove their trumps, this was costly
12   Ops didn't find the s and so I threw them away on the s having got the K right
19   Well bid Ops
20   Ops opened 3 here, I think it is too strong to open 3 and I would open it 1.  South then jumped to 3NT and we quietly took this off with a superb lead from partner
21   Ops used Gerber and bid showing 1 Ace but South thought it was 2 Aces, partner played High on my Ace lead so we found the first 3 s
23   Sorry partner, phantom sacrifice - I think you can double the 4 though to stop me bidding
26   Partner played this brilliantly and Ops didn't find the ruff
1st June 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

A fun session today and an amazing start (we started with Board 5) but it tailed off a bit (largely Ops doing well).

We defended well today which is normally our weakest point.

Great to see John back today (shame the score wasn't so good but a scratch pairing is always hard).

Another bridgepad glitch today but we spotted it and sorted it out between us.

Playing after dinner at YHBC tonight

The Highs and Lows:

3   We need to let Ops play here but partner jumped to 2 (weak), I decided to rescue as had no s (I think it was the right decision) but sill not good
6   Ops pushed too far here and my s came good in the end
8   Ops were a little ambitious here but we needed to defend well to take it off
9   Partner excelled here, got everything right and timed each card perfectly, well done!
10   Ops were too ambitious here and I was mean, sorry Ops
19   Partner can play better here really, from my viewpoint, I think she thought the last  was good and so lost tempo
22   A poor double here but fortunately Ops let me ruff a  to take this off
31st May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in the End of Season Pairs

Not a bad night really but we suffered with Ops bidding well against us when others didn't!

Some great things and bad things ourselves too.

Well done Margaret B & Margaret W a creditable 4th!

We has our team photo taken as Margaret W and the rest of us lined up for the shield - I was given a bottle of wine for setting up the website too which was very kind of them

I loaded the results tonight and linked to CBC and YHBC too (as well as updating the BBL site, adding the winners names and a note on the home page - also updated the CBC Rota, 7 tables there tonight which was good considering we had 2 tables worth of CBC players).

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   Well played Ops
2   I bid my s twice, didn't think I could go to game on my own
6   Hard to find 7 (though Bruce & Jennie did!) but was pleased to make 6NT, odd that Ops let my finesse work then I took the A and crashed the last 2 s on each other, lucky
10   I should be 1 off, I got the s wrong here
11   Ops got the bidding wrong here
18   Well played partner, lucky the Ops didn't take their 3rd  though
19   Partner had a tough decision on the s, the finesse was needed but hard to know
20   Sorry partner, I should have left the Ops in 2s
21   Hard to bid game here but partner did well bidding NT and played well too
24   Ops missed game and we defended well here
26   The matrix says I can only make 8 tricks but I had a play for 9 and dismissed it, sorry partner
30th May 2018


Playing with a now regular partner in a regular club session

I feel much better today, I think sweating it out at Badminton last night really helped.

We had a night of tops and bottoms (some were extreme!!!) - overall, partner played brilliantly, made 1 defensive error (lead against 3NT) and the rest were my judgements that were off.  A fun night and above average overall.

Very tight at the top NS in the main group, Colin & Jill were miles ahead our way (well done both, Colin is now cementing his Ace!!!).

Great to see Marianne and Rosalie doing well in the main group, settled in nicely!

Vee hosted the Improvers at YHBC tonight and there was 3 tables again, another huge score for Sue and Rob, well done both!

We had some news on the house today, the people buying the vendors Dad's house pulled out this morning!  This could have been horrific but we think it actually adds some closure to this now as the vendors are going to honour the sale and move into their Dad's house.  We don't have full news as yet and not sure if they are still buying the house they want, we wish them well and hope all works out for them (they have a lovely family) but our first priority is our own family and so, with a bit of luck, we will know this week and hope to exchange ASAP now.  We are all still heading for Monday 18th June to move in and they have answered our queries too.

Playing at Finchampstead tomorrow in the BBL end of Season Pairs

The Highs and Lows:

1   Good bidding Ops, not much we could do here - played well too, if they take the doomed  finesse we take it off but they don't need it and Ops worked it out well
3   Well done for bidding game Ops
4   The board was switched round here, this was actually partner playing and she much better than I would have done, well done partner!
6   I am too pushy at times, sorry partner
7   Ops got too high, I should have doubled really but felt we had a good score without making them feel bad
8   I should have passed 2NT here, sorry partner
11   We gave a trick away with the s but I think we should have taken the trumps out
13   I could have lost 1 more trick here but no lead
14   Partner bid and made what was there, others defended poorly.  However, playing towards the K would have generated 1 more trick
15   Ops revoked here giving me 2 tricks back, to be fair, without the revoke I had made 4s which was a top also so in a way, I am glad it made no difference - Ops tried to let me rule at the table and got upset with me when I refused and said the Director has to be called - it wasn't anything detrimental, just the fact that Directors are there to direct and must be called
17   Ops bid over my NT, I am not allowing the Ops to play at the 2 level where possible so I double for T/O and Ops get pushed up a level, this is competitive bidding
18   I jumped in s then bid s, as we use Michaels, I cannot have 5s or I would have shown this, I think partner needs to correct to 5s but still a bad score, I must pass 4s, sorry partner - still, it was good to come up for the theory of what partner doesn't bid, good learning point
20   Some made 6 here but in theory, Ops can take 2s - we got the defence just right here, sorry Ops
21   An impossible contract made, great play partner!!!  Well done throwing the away on the ruff and discard given by Ops
22   I bid s partner.......!
23   Pass out to partner, I feel 2 is the bid here but Benji is new to partner so she opened 4 - I look at my hand a quickly jump to 6 as I have a 7 loser hand
24   I opened 3 here (our card says 6 card suit) and partner bid 3NT, I considered taking this out as my suit was not great but then thought "Top or Bottom", partner played brilliantly and Ops missed the  signal so 9 tricks rolled in, well done partner
29th May 2018


Still not feeling great (seems to drag on these days) but a busy day at work, then dinner and badminton.

No more news on the house which is frustrating.

Lost my first game 21-19 tonight then won the rest (though it cost a lot in strength!) - on the final game I smashed and got it slightly wrong which twinged through my arm - I played through it though but that was my last game so finished early just after 10pm.

It was really humid tonight too so feel drained now!

Playing at YHBC tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

28th May 2018


A nice gathering today at the Monkey Puzzle for a friend's 40th (another friend who I have known since I was 11).

A few drinks and the heat made me a little tired (also, I am getting old!).

Mushrooms on toast with a stilton sauce when home

Spent time today to read Reese (Precision) too, now I need to re-read it whilst making notes!

Playing Badminton tomorrow

27th May 2018


Shopping in the morning then lunch and cleaning the house (not easy in the heat for me!)

We then decided to walk to my Dad's (only 10 - 15 minutes but in the heat, I was feeling it towards the end).

We had a lovely time with my Dad and Niece and Great Niece and then a huge roast beef (vegetable pie for Vee) with all the trimmings and huge home made Yorkshires - yummy!

Lemon Meringue for pudding too and a bottle of wine!

Home just before 7pm when our friends arrive ready for Poker.

We play 3 games, the first game was nip and tuck and lasted a while with us all in for most of it, our friend Andrew won that game

Then Vee won a game (he had a great start then was deadly quiet for most of the game until he pounced at the end!)

The last game I nearly went out but came back and doubled up when I took Vee out and then went on to win with 2 lucky hands (one we calculated the odds and was a 3% chance to win, I had K and 3 and our friend Boz had A and 9).

The flop came down 9, 8, 9 (so I had nothing and Boz had trip 9's, 3% chance to win the hand) - next card was the 5 so I now had 18% chance to hit a and win (but not the A which would give Boz a full house).  The last card was the 2 so I win with a flush!!!!  Amazing luck but I'll take it to win the game!

All played in great spirits with really good banter

Drinks at the Monkey Puzzle tomorrow for a friends 40th birthday

26th May 2018

Social Bridge:

Cash and Carry in the morning to get some bulk supplies then lunch and off to Les & Jennie for social bridge.

24 hands playing 8 with each partner - really good fun and nice to see them again (it has been a while!).

Jennie won by miles with a good last round and Les was second (despite going off 1700 for 5X minus 6!!!!)

We had Proseco and Bellini cocktails (not me) and a nice lemon tart and coffee and a long chat after too - lovely day.

Home for a take away and watching the Horne Section (recorded from Thursday)

Meal at my Dad's with my Niece and Great Niece then Poker with friends tomorrow

25th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not a great night, partner didn't show me his points a few times and I miss-played a 5 contract as well as a few sacrifices that didn't pay off!

Playing social bridge tomorrow with friends

The Highs and Lows:

8   Whoooooopppppssssss!!!!!!
11   Ops were too ambitious here but had a small system malfunction
12   I played well here but Ops need to hold up the A to stop me making use of the long s
14   Well bid partner, the grand is very hard to bid and needed 2 finesses to work (which they did)
17   This could have been made, unlucky partner
25th May 2018 (Afternoon)


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I worked from home today as still feel run down.

We had a poor start today and I made some poor judgements, partner didn't count the s which were key to a 4 contract and didn't take A on one hand to give me a ruff, some others were good though

So pleased to see Tricia back after a long absence, welcome back

Great to see Margaret & Dorothy top today with a huge score!

Nice to see Jean & Bobbi doing well too (Colin & Angela were ahead of us too but their last score knocked them down)

More GDPR from a few more members forms at CBC - this should now be done by the members by logging in and making their own choices.

Playing at YHBC after dinner

The Highs and Lows:

2   I chose the wrong slam here, sorry partner
4   Ops didn't draw trumps so I got a ruff in - this score was omitted from the original file but I have added it late tonight
5   I should have settled for one off but tried to make the contract
6   Ops carried on with the s rather than a  switch so 12 tricks made, well done partner
10   I think we were in the right contract here but it just doesn't make, someone did though!
13   Partner played well here, lucky not to get forced in s
14   Ops didn't find game but did play well, we needed to take our s
15   Ops were too ambitious here
16   I was too ambitious here but made more tricks than most
19   Ops played well here but were in the wrong contract
20   We were in the right contract here, I wanted to cue 4 over Ops opening 3 but wasn't sure if partner would understand that it asked for a major so I simply bid both suits
23   I was lucky not to get a  return here when South got in
24th May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

I didn't feel great today and just felt washed out, I didn't cancel bridge as hadn't played with my partner for a while and we are playing next week in an event.

I didn't make the right choices a lot and early on I made 2 terrible errors, sorry partner.

Great to see the Margaret's do well tonight

I have cleansed the members only areas on CBC and YHBC today and caught up with the paper forms for CBC tonight too.  If you now log in using the members only area on either site (I can set a password for you if you can't recall or haven't set one up), the tabs at the top in the main section now show the account where you can amend your settings and details (save top left after) and then there are tabs to show members details and committee pages (only visible if you are a committee member).

Playing twice tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I found the right lead here, we take the first 4 tricks on a lead
2   Ops didn't finesse partner's Q
4   I was lucky here, Ops couldn't exit with a in the end so the s were set up ready to throw my loser away - if Ops delay taking the A though, I cannot make use of the long s
6   Good lead partner, I threw my winning s away in the end though to keep my winning black cards
7   I gave a trick away hoping Ops would finesse to my K so I kept my s and shortened my s - they didn't finesse so I was wrong here
12   I should have discarded both winning s here and kept the s
22   I did well to make the extra trick here, Ops made a mistake with 2 cards to go
23rd May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in a regular club session

Not our finest session (again), hard to work out what is going wrong but my play was either amazing or terrible and got the bidding wrong too often (though sometimes Ops bid well)

Vee hosted the Improvers at  YHBC tonight and there was 3 tables with Vee directing.  A welcome return to Ian N who came top with Rosalie, well done both.

Vee had no car tonight so Margaret picked him up and took him home, very kind of her.

I also notice we have a new member of the "Ace" club, well done Colin!!!

Playing at CBC tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

4   We stopped in the right spot here
5   We missed a trick here
6   Ops in the right contract
7   Unlucky Ops,  I was the only one to double
10   Ops in the right contract here and 9 tricks are on
11   This was actually played by North (not me) and a great sacrifice
12   We did well to be cautious here, although 10 tricks available, very hard to make them
13   We missed game here, partner bid 1, 2 - I think if one of us bids s we will find game
14   Ops discarded the s as I played all the s so only lost the Ace
16   Sorry partner, my fault - not a good sacrifice
17   I have never played worse than this!  I took the  finesse (singleton K won!), even without that, I should go up with the Ace and sort the trumps as this is clearly a distributional hand, sorry partner
22   Ops in the wrong contract
26   Partner never bid the sad
27   Partner got the s wrong here
22nd May 2018


A day off today and I finally updated the members databases for YHBC and CBC ready for the GDPR on the 25th May.

I have updated the settings based on the replies to date for the GDPR forms on each site and the members area on each site now displays the members list with only data authorised for display by the members.

This is only visible by other members by logging in (access via the main menu on each site using EBU number and password, I can set a new password on each site if any member has forgotten or not set one up).

Each member can now modify their settings at any time through their own members page too, there are a set of "Opt In" choices they can complete and then save.

After a homemade stir fry (chicken and veg in sauces with noodles), badminton was really good tonight but won about as many as I lost, more energy though but some tough close games

Playing at Farnham tomorrow as Vee hosts the Improvers

21st May 2018


Playing with a regular partner in Round 5 of the Monday Championships

A busy day at work today and cooked Steak and Chips for dinner, our lodger was very excited!!!

No real house news (again).

The hands have finally been loaded for Saturday's event so the links now work to each hand and our session (see 19th May entry below).

We had a great start tonight with 7 tops out of the first 9 but then it went wrong and I got grumpy, sorry partner.  Still a good score overall but a shame we couldn't maintain the early pace

We are now up to 6th in the Championships but need a few more good scores to challenge

Playing Badminton tomorrow

The Highs and Lows:

1   I did well to make this, not as good as 1400 but still!
4   A good sacrifice here!
6   Poor double here, sorry partner
7   Ops can make 4 and nobody bid it and nobody else made 10
8   Ops can make 2 but I should have taken the first 2 s not switching to a low !
9   Ops got the timing of the s wrong here allowing us the temp to set partner's hand up
14   We needed to be in 4 here or doubling the Ops!
16   We were in the right contract here and the only pair in the room who was, partner played it perfectly too