The July newsletter is now out.
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The Club hosted this year’s Corn Cairdis Tournament in which three teams of 4 (EBU officials, Hampshire county and Basingstoke club) played against an equivalent three teams from Ireland.
To read report and pictures of the weekend, click on the link on the LHS
It's also in the Basingstoke Gazette.
Congratulations to Ann Goss on winning this year's Tessa Henshaw Ladies Individual.
Georgina Bovill was second and Jean Babb a close third.
There have been several complaints recently about slow play at the club. The Committee discussed this at our April meeting and agreed the following:-
If a pair is consistently slow, directors will give a gentle warning that a board may be removed– explaining that it is only fair to all other players that a steady pace is maintained by all. Some directors will use the clock to help police the speed of play, announcing that no new boards should be started if there is less than 3 minutes to go in the round.
We wish to balance all players enjoyment and not penalise pairs but if a board is taken away, then a penalty may be give and the award an Average+ to the non-offending pair and an average- to the slow pair.
Please do not be upset or offended if you are asked to speed up a bit. Remember the scorer who is often very late leaving the club because one or two tables are still in play when everyone else has left.
For easy tips on speeding up your play, click on this box.
The EBU have now updated the videos on the new laws. They are very easy viewing and even if you are not a director, they're worth having a look.
Either click on this link or the "Useful links" box on LHS.
Bridge for all players
Basingstoke Bridge Club is the largest club in Hampshire and 48th in England (by player sessions) and welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert. We have our own premises and licenced bar.
We play duplicate pairs on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 7.30pm. Please be seated at 7.20pm to ensure a prompt start. Alternately the first Monday or Friday of each month is scheduled for teams of four. There is also duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons starting at 1.00 pm.
If you think you may be late, phone the club on 01256 541988.
Mondays and Fridays are our main evenings with Thursdays being more relaxed with less experienced players and playing fewer boards.
Table money is £2.00 for members. Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome, (table money £3.00). On most Monday and Friday evenings and Tuesday afternoons there is a host, so any player arriving without a partner can always get a game. However please check the calendar to make sure there is a host on the relevant day. There is always a host on Thursday. There is no host on Wednesday, but please telephone Viv Morris (01256 889946) and she will try to arrange partners.
All sessions are scored electronically by Bridgemate and printed hand records are available.
A beginners' course (running from September to July) takes place on Tuesday evenings, 7.00 - 10.00. Please contact Chris Kinloch (01264 333175. email email@example.com ) for more information.
Improvers' sessions with a teaching topic and hands to play simultaneously (1.00pm - 4.30pm) are planned for occasional Friday afternoons and are posted on the web site. Members intending to attend these sessions should contact Chris Kinloch (as above).
Supervised play sessions are planned for occasional Friday mornings. Please check the web site for these.
The chess club meets on Wednesday evenings. For information please phone John Shaddick on 01256 469749. There is also a link to their web site - www.basingstokechessclub.co.uk
If you would like to know more about our club, please ring me on 01264 333175, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Kinloch Chairman
The next supervised play session will be on July 26th. Put the date in your diary.
Please note there will not be a session in August .
The session will continue with the reasoning behind chosen bids and card play with a number of experienced 'supervisors' on hand to review hands played.
The charge for the session will be £2 per person, all of which will go to the club.
If you would like to attend, please drop a note to John Glasscock (email@example.com) so that an approximate idea of numbers attending is known.'
Congratulations to Chris Kinloch and Bob McRobert playing with 2 others on winning the County KO competition, the Cahalen Cup.
It was a close run thing - They were 25 IMPs up after 16 boards, then tied after 32, played extra 4 and still tied, then won over two more boards, finishing play at 1.15 am!
We are sad to report that John Williams died recently.
He was one of the few people that we would call a real gentleman. He may not have been one of the best players in the club but he was certainly one of the most likeable, gentle and courteous.
He will be missed and our thoughts are with the family.
A thanksgiving service for his life will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday 26th June at St Leonard's Church, Sherfield on Loddon and all are welcome.
The latest Ladder results can be seen by clicking on this box.
It's getting tighter at the top as the Competition progresses. Next round will eliminate some Pair combinations as they won't will be able to play enough times.
Still all to play for!
Congratulations to John Fairhurst, Phil Brown, Madeline Lawson on winning the Oxfordshire Swiss Teams.
We're pleased to announce that the Club is in the top 50 (48th) of all the clubs in England by number of player sessions in the year 2018/19.
A credit to our members and organisers of all our events to achieve this.
Viv and Jane have again organised the weekend away in October.
Click on this box to see the details and how to book or contact Viv.