Monday evenings 6.45-9.30
Each session starts with a short presentation and practice of a useful topic, followed by 12 hands of assisted play.
Presentation topics will cycle between Bidding (Christine MacFarlane), Declarer play (Chris Jones) and Defence (Trevor Purches).
Cost: £8 pp, including refreshments
For more information, contact Christine.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bath Bridge Club, Oldfield Old Boys Rugby Club, Shaft Road, BA2 7HP
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Click here for Julian Pottage's hand commentary for the Sim Pairs played on Thursday 11 July
We're delighted to be participating again in this nationwide event, part of the EBU's 2019 Summer Meeting
‘Play with the Experts’
A pairs event, with teams-style scoring
Monday 5th August @ Bath Bridge Club
At the the end of the evening all N/S pairs will ‘score up’ using the scorecard of a pair of experts who previously played the E/W cards. The E/W pairs will score up with the ‘expert’ N/S pair. The pair who finish furthest ahead of the average score of those sitting in their direction will win.
Please arrive by 7.00 pm for a 7.15 start
£6.50 for club members, £7.50 for visitors, £3.50 for juniors
The same hands will be played at various venues around the country, with prizes and Master Points based on the national results.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Click here to be taken to the entry form.
Congratulations to Pete van Praag & John Treble, winners of this year's Pepys Trophy, our annual Butler scoring competition, held at Bath BC on Tuesday 9th July. Pete & John scored +58 IMPS, just 2 IMPS ahead of runners-up Frances Ind & Jo Seddon.
This morning (Thursday 4th July) I gave a short presentation to Gentle Duplicate players on stratification. I explained the gentle nature of the Thursday morning session and why stratification needed to be introduced to balance the playing field. I also clarified the arrow-switching procedure, as there was some confusion about how this should work.
At the end I asked everyone to vote so that the committee could assess if we were approaching this in the correct way. I asked the group to vote on both stratification and restricting the participation of more experienced players. The results of the vote are as follows: 78% like stratification and 87% do not want to restrict the numbers of more experienced players.
I felt that this was a useful and positive session, which was generally well received.
Click here to view a pdf version of the Powerpoint slides used in the presentation.
Most of us know (at least roughly) our rank as determined by the masterpoints we've accumulated. But do you know your NGS ranking?
The National Grading Scheme provides a picture of your current skill level and offers a mine of information about how well you (and your partners) are doing.
As well as being a handy and accurate measure of your progress (especially if you're an up-and-coming 'improver'), the NGS will be the basis of our upcoming switch to 'stratification' scoring in our Gentle Duplicate sessions on Thursday morning, so it's well worth knowing what it's all about.
To find out how it works – and how to tap the information it provides – click here.
We had such a good time last year we're going to do it again ...
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November 2019
This is an opportunity for players at all levels to come together for a relaxing (and none too taxing) weekend of bridge in very pleasant surroundings with experienced bridge hosts Christine and Stuart MacFarlane.
Players can attend with or without a bridge partner – and non-bridge-playing partners are also welcome. On Saturday, bridge begins at 4 pm, allowing guests time for a daytime excursion such as a trip on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
As in past years, this promises to be a very enjoyable weekend and excellent value for money.
Click here for more details and online booking form.
As we're an EBU club, we use the EBU Blue Book to determine which bidding systems and conventions we are permitted to use.
For most of our sessions, we comply with Level 4, which allows most systems/conventions that most players are likely to be familiar with.
For our Thursday morning Gentle Duplicate and Monday evening Assisted Play, however, we are limited to Level 2, which limits players to fairly simply bidding systems and common conventions: Stayman, transfers and Blackwood are all fine.
If you're not sure about the suitability of any parts of your system, ask any experienced Club Director for guidance. Alternatively, click here for a link to the Blue Book on the EBU website.
What to do if this issue comes up at the table? See our guidance in Doing things right ... (you can find this via Articles in the menu, left).
What level is right for me?
With the growing choice of daytime and evening sessions now available at Bath BC, newer members and visitors may not be sure which options best suit their level of ability and experience.
If you're in doubt, click here to consult our Guide to levels. (It's also available via the menu, left.)
And, of course, feel free to consult any committee member if you need further advice.
Tues am Social Duplicate
Fred Hart & Andrew Clarke
Paddy Baugh & Mary Rea
Tues eve Butler Pairs - Pepys Trophy
Pete van Praag & John Treble
Wed eve Social Duplicate
Paul Keightley & Anne Hall
Tom Martland & Alan Snell
Thurs am Gentle Duplicate
Robert & Pamela Cunningham
Thurs eve Duplicate Pairs (Sims)
Keith Harris & Stuart Bridge
... but not sure how to go about it?
We have a team of volunteers happy to help. To fix up a meeting, email Chris Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Coming up ...
This year's congress, hosted by the Somerset CBA, will be held at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare.
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October
The congress incorporates two Green-pointed events.
Click here for further information and an entry form.
Friday 1st – Sun 3rd November
All members very welcome
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