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March 2011
March 2011

Ashby Bridge Club

Newsletter Ė March 2011

 

Membership

 

I am pleased to report that since the last newsletter there have been four more new members and so the club now has 104 members.  At the request of the committee I presented Maggie Bennett with an Amaryllis in recognition of all the work she has done for the club over many years and continues to do for the club.  We are very grateful.

 

Competitions

 

Winners of the club competitions so far this season are as follows:

 

Criddle Cup                             John Wilcox and Malcolm Dawson 

Christmas Bridge Drive          Andy Brown and Joan Benton

Jubilee Bowl                            Bill Ball and Dean Benton

RBL Cup                                 Bill Ball

 

The leading scores in this seasonís Stanley Trophy to the end of February are:

 

Joan Benton                            32 points

Malcolm Dawson                    29

Geoff Haywood                      28

Pat Dunham                            27

Don James                             27

 

There are now only four pairs left in the Knockout Trophy.  One semi-final will be Phil Holdsworth & Malcolm Dawson playing against Derek Steeple & Sheilagh Rumbelow.  The other semi-final will be Derek Marshall & Kathleen Samuel playing against Robert Missenden & George Strang.

 

The remaining club competitions for the season are:

 

Captainís Cup (Pairs, Handicap)        Thursday 24 March

Charlie Hall Trophy (Individual)          Thursday 28 April

 

The handicaps for the Captainís Cup will be based on the average scores that players have achieved in all evening duplicate sessions since the last AGM.  The handicap of a pair will be based on the higher average score.  So if a pair consists of player A with an average score of 53% and player B with an average score of 51% the handicap will be -3% based on player A's performance (i.e. 50% - 53%). 

If, for example, the pair consists of players with averages of, say, 48% and 43% the handicap willbe +2% based, again, on the higher average (i.e. 50% - 48%).  The scores on the evening will be calculated in the usual way and then adjusted by the handicap to find the winning pair.  Note that EBU master points and points towards the Stanley Trophy will be based on the scores before handicap adjustment.

 

There will be a simultaneous pairs event at the club on Monday 6 June.  The table money for the evening will be the usual £1.50.  The event is being organised by County Bridge Club, who are based in Leicester, to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

 

Teams

 

Since the last newsletter the results for the A team have been:

 

Loughborough University A    drew 6-6

Blaby B                                   lost 12-0

Grantham A                            won 7-5

Barkby                                    won 7-5

Westcotes                               lost 7-5

 

The A team is currently in sixth place in Division 2 of the Leicestershire leagues with a game in hand over the two teams above.

 

Since the last newsletter the results for the B team have been:

 

Bradgate B                              lost 11-1

County E                                 won 11-1

Grantham B                            lost 8-4

Glenfield C                              won 10-2

 

The B team is currently in third place in Division 5 of the Leicestershire leagues.

 

Website

 

There will be some changes being made to the website in the next couple of months that will allow it to be updated more easily. 

 

Newsletter

 

As around 70% of members are on email the committee has decided that additional newsletters will be emailed to members on an ad hoc basis.  The new e-newsletters, to becalled Reflections From the Table, will cover a variety of topics, e.g.tuition, discussion of hands that have been played at the club, rules and etiquette of bridge, etc.  The current quarterly newsletter will continue to be emailed and posted to members.

 

Etiquette

 

Talking about etiquette, we have heard that some players have been uncomfortable with criticism made at the table during some duplicate sessions.  We would remind members that people play for fun and enjoyment. Quoting from the Official Encyclopaedia of Bridge, ďA player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the gameĒ. I think we can pride ourselves on being a friendly club where people canr elax and enjoy themselves and I hope that that will continue to be true. 

 

Timings

 

I would like to thank all those who responded to my email asking for their thoughts on when we should finish playing bridge on Monday and Thursday evenings.  The majority view was that people would like to finish by 10 pm or shortly thereafter but that they thought this could be achieved by less slow play rather than by needing to play fewer boards.  The committee has asked directors to be firmer in keeping us all playing at a reasonable speed. 

 

However, it is the players not the directors who cause slow play.  A couple of suggestions were made that would speed up play. Firstly, members should be ready to play by 6.55 pm to allow a prompt start.  Secondly, players should not discuss hands until after the last board has been played at a table and then only if the players at that table are waiting for players at other tables to finish. 

 

The start time for Wednesday afternoons is confirmed as 1.15 pm and this time is now shown on the website.

 

AGM

 

The date for the AGM is Monday 11 July at 7pm.  The AGM will be followed by duplicate bridge (no partner required). 

 

Master Point Promotions

 

Since the last newsletter the following MasterPoint Promotions have been announced by the EBU:

 

Maggie Bennett           AreaMaster

Dean Benton               AreaMaster

Andy Brown                Area Master

Mary Danaher             ClubMaster

David Parsons             ClubMaster

Mike Coke                  LocalMaster

Ann Potterton              LocalMaster

 

Our congratulations go to all of the above.

 

Host System

 

The host system for Monday nights is working very well.  However, we still need a regular supply of volunteers.  If you havenít been host for a little while please put your name down on the sheet on the club noticeboard.

 

George Strang