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Want a Partner?

 

Any member who requires a partner can use 'Whats app'.  There is an help sheet in the left hand side menu to read first.  For more help contact Linda on 07395 685094.

Welcome to Aylesbury Aces BC
On Line Bridge

27th March Update - instructions for Bridge club Live will be issued shortly.  They seem to have fixed the issues with the site.  Please contact me if you need help on paulbridgelessons@gmail.com or 07956442273 - email preferred unless it is urgent.

26th March Update - I am still working on the instructions.  Bridge Club Live is having some capacity issues with the number of people who want to use it in the current circumsatnces.  Their website says avoid 1700 to 2100 but there can also be issues in the late afternoon.  They are working to fix the issue.  Keep your eye on this website for updates.  Best wishes.  Paul

It can never be a full replacement for playing at the club but we are organising an on line alternative for club members.  We are making progress with setting up an online version of the club on Bridge Club Live.  Please be kind if you encounter problems - this is something that no one is particularly familiar with at the moment.  We are also of course unable to estimate how many club members will join. 

Please note you must be prepared to pay a nominal fee - £1 for 30 days - this is a special offer until March 31st.  This doesn't include 20% VAT and you may also be charged for a foreign currency transaction.  It is normally £6 per month.

If you are already a member of Bridge Club Live:

Click on the "Members" tab on the Home and then Clubs in the drop down menu.  Aylesbury Aces appears in the list of clubs on the right of the screen.  Click on the name and you will join our club.  Instructions how to see our results are on the left of the screen.

If you are not a member of Bridge Club live the link is www.bridgeclublive.com

Once you have displayed the home page to join click on Login/Register - the last entry on the black line under the green header.  Once you have joined use the Subscriptions tab to purchase membership.

You will shortly receive an email from the club which will include instructions for joining and playing including how you can play with your existing partner.  You will need to agree a day and time with your partner so you can play together and it isexpected that you will use WhatsApp for this if you need to find someone who is available.

Please contact me if you need help on paulbridgelessons@gmail.com or 07956442273.

Other ways to play online are shown on the EBU website: https://www.ebu.co.uk/.

Last updated : 27th Mar 2020 15:57 GMT
The Pot Boiler

Here's an old puzzle which you may not have seen before. South plays in 7 and gets the lead of the ♣ K. Can you make the contract?

 

Throw a diamond from dummy and win in hand with the ♣ A.
Play a heart to the jack.
Lead the ♠ 7 from dummy and ruff.
Play another heart to the queen.
Next lead the ♠ Q from dummy and ruff again.
Now play your last heart and win with the king.
Play the   A discarding the  K and ♠ A discarding the  A.
Now dummy's last five diamonds are all winners.

Well done if you cracked it without peeking at the answer.

Hope everyone is keeping well. John

Last updated : 31st Mar 2020 18:18 BST
No bridge with immediate effect

As a precautionary measure Wednesday lessons have stopped until further notice.  A decision has also been made to close the club now (Monday 16th March) for the foreseeable future for the safety of all.  It's very sad that we have to stop for something that started on the other side of the world but shows how small our world is.  We will keep the members updated.

Last updated : 16th Mar 2020 09:35 GMT
Major and Minor Pairs Championship

Tuesday March 10th

Congratulations to 

Major Pairs champions : Paul Morris and Martin Wright

Minor Pairs champions : Norma Moore and Sheila Sylvester

Trophies will be presented at the AGM in October

 

 

Last updated : 11th Mar 2020 07:41 GMT
Diary Dates 2020/21

AYLESBURY ACES DIARY DATES 2020/21

COMPETITIONS

Thursday 16th January            Sims Pairs

Tuesday 10th March               Major and Minor Championships

Thursday 11th June               Mens and Ladies Pairs

Tuesday 21st July                 EBU Summer Sims Pairs

Thursday 10th September         Burrows Cup

Tuesday 10th November          Children in Need

SOCIAL EVENTS

Sunday 17th May                   Gill and John's Centenary party

Saturday 20th June                Fish and Chip supper

Sunday 18th October              Charity tea

Tuesday 15th December           Christmas party

OTHER DATES FOR 2020/21

Thursday 22nd October            Aylesbury Aces AGM

Tuesday 22nd December           Last bridge before the Christmas break.

Tuesday 5th January 2021        First bridge of the new year.

 

Last updated : 23rd Nov 2019 18:11 GMT
New bridge lessons starting

Update on opportunity to learn to play bridge from Paul Morris

The initial course will last for ten weeks and will start on January 6th 2020.  It will take place at the Oaks Coffee Shop, Elm Court, Elm Farm Rd, Aylesbury HP21 7NQ on a Monday morning for two hours and will cost £8 per session.

I will be teaching standard Acol (weak no trump) and using EBU student packs which contain full notes and information.  The course will assume no previous knowledge of bridge or any other card game.  It will be a practical course, based on Bridge for All designed by the English Bridge Union, with the emphasis on playing the game and having fun.

If you know of anyone who is looking for lessons please talk to me or contact me at paulbridgelessons@gmail.com.

If you are interested but cannot make that day or time please get in touch with me to discuss options.

 

Last updated : 14th Oct 2019 14:14 BST
If you are looking for a bridge club

We meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Community Centre, Prince Rupert Drive, Buckingham Park, Aylesbury.

Sessions start at 7.25 (for 7.30) and finish around 10.30.

Our aim is to provide Duplicate bridge with an emphasis on enjoyment in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

We are affiliated to the EBU and use pre-dealt boards and BridgeMate scoring which means hand records and results are usually available on the night before players leave.
In addition to the normal club sessions we run quarterly social events (often on a Sunday afternoon) where, in addition to the bridge, a sumptuous tea provided.
Visitors are welcome to come and play at normal club sessions and the social events, although there are some restrictions on Simultaneous Pairs evenings.
We are delighted to welcome new players and do our very best to provide a host to partner visiting individuals - SEE LEFT HAND SIDE BOX.

Last updated : 20th May 2018 06:48 BST
Best Behaviour at Bridge

The following paragraphs are taken from the EBU information 'Best Behaviour at Bridge' information. It is a reminder to all Bridge players that racist or other offensive comments whether general or specific, should not be shared or voiced during bridge sessions.

Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. The EBU is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity. It considers it a fundamental principle that anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class than any other person. 
 
This guide serves as a brief reminder of how to behave at the bridge table. We are sure that all players naturally follow this code of conduct but there are times when concentration and pressure can take their toll and it is for these situations that we issue this as a reminder. 
 

  • Greet others in a friendly manner prior to start of play on each round.
  • Be a good “host” or “guest” at the table.
  • Make your convention card readily available to your opponents and fill it out completely.
  • Make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents.
  • Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
  • Take care of your personal grooming.
  • Ensure that your mobile phone is turned off.
  • Enjoy the company as well as the game. 

Remember that it is rude to criticise your partner or opponents in public, to be less than polite at the table, to gloat over good results or object to a call for the tournament director or to dispute or argue about a director’s ruling, or generally to make any personal and disparaging remark. 

 

Please call the Director if you think you may have been affected by bad behaviour.  You will be helping others as well as yourselves.

 

As in all games that are governed by rules and regulations, bad behaviour will be penalized ….
 
If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately.  Annoying behaviour, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A.  Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties.  This can include immediate disciplinary board penalties and may lead to disqualification from the current event. In addition any violation may result in a disciplinary hearing where player(s) future participation in tournaments will be considered. 

English Bridge Union
November 2017 

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Last updated : 6th Sep 2018 17:36 BST
FUND RAISING UPDATE

 

Since our club was set up in 2009, Aylesbury Aces has been committed to raising money for charity through our annual Charity Bridge teas and Chldren in Need Sim Pairs.

At our last AGM a member asked how much had been raised over the years, After much 'digging' through the records it was a pleasant surprise to learn that we have in fact donated around £6,500; including the generous fund match from Lloyds bank, to various local charities including Age Concern, British heart Foundation, Alzheimer's Society and the Florence Nightingale Hospice as well as nearly £1,000 to Children in Need.

It's nice to know that we are helping good causes whilst enjoying playing bridge with our friends.

Last updated : 14th Jan 2018 18:21 GMT
Results
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Kevin
Major and Minor Championship
Director: John
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Richard
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Martin
Duplicate Pairs
Director: Paul
Calendar
Thu 2nd Apr 2020
CLUB CLOSED
Tue 7th Apr 2020
CLUB CLOSED
Thu 9th Apr 2020
CLUB CLOSED
Tue 14th Apr 2020
CLUB CLOSED
Thu 16th Apr 2020
CLUB CLOSED