The June 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.
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.
Corn Cairdis - an annual match between teams representing the County, Club, and Officials of the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI). The EBU team were:
Jeremy Dhondy & Andy Hughes; Philip Mason & Peter Stocken.
Club representatives who played over the weekend: Helen & Chris Kinloch, Iain Climie, Andrew & Mary Ferguson, Tracey Adams, Steve Tearle, Richard Ray, Ann Goss.
Basingstoke Bridge Club agreed to host the 2019 Corn Cairdis match for Hampshire.
It was a successful weekend. The actual competition did not begin until Saturday, but the club hosted a social evening on the Friday in which all the Irish attended. Although the Irish took 1st & 2nd place, Richard & Christine Ray were the top club players closely followed by Tracey Adams and Steve Tearle.
There was a really lovely friendly atmosphere throughout the weekend with good food organised by Sam, Stan and Jean. Sam organised the purchasing of the food, Jean and Stan picked it up at M&S, and Jean cooked it and laid it all out.
The Tournament was opened by the Mayor of Basingstoke and a reporter from the Basingstoke Gazette took pictures. The Irish were taken to Milestones museum and had dinner on Saturday evening.
The Irish team prevailed and won back the Trophy this year which was probably fitting as they have lost in the last 2 years but the most important thing about the weekend was the firm friendships established among the competitors.
The name, Corn Cairdis, translates most appropriately as Cup of Friendship.
Our thanks to Helen who single handedly organised the event for the County and the EBU.
Also to Chris Kinloch and Keith Bennet for directing.