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Mini-lesson + Assisted Play
Mini-lesson + Assisted Play

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.macf@btinternet.com or chris@boxbridge.co.uk

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Gold Cup News

UPDATE Mixed fortunes for our members playing in the Gold Cup (see below). They won their semifinal against Zia Mahmoud's team only to lose the final on the following day against Simon Cope's team. Congratulations – and commiserations – from us all.


Taf Anthias & Chris Dixon, with teammates Sally Brock and Barry Meyers, defeated a strong Welsh team on Sunday in the quarter-final round of the Gold Cup. Consequently they will be playing at Solihull in the semi-final this Saturday and, we hope, in the final on Sunday. 

Bath Uni team in Portland Bowl
Bath Uni team in Portland Bowl

A team from Bath University, supported by Bath BC and including Bath BC members James Green and David Birkinshaw, played in this year's inter-university competition, the Portland Bowl – the first time a team from Bath University has entered.

Unfortunately, they ended up suffering a first round defeat to the Oxford team by the agonisingly small margin of 87–92 IMPS.

Mixed Pairs for the Swan Trophy – Result
Mixed Pairs for the Swan Trophy – Result

Congratulations to John Perry and Marianne Lewin, winners of this year's Swan Trophy, held at Bath BC on Thursday 15 October with a score of 63.17%. This was a successful title defence for Marianne, who won the 2014 Swan Trophy with Colin Webb. Chris & Jan Dixon were in second place with 61.6%.

The Swan Trophy is a charity event, with all table money and any voluntary donations going to Dorothy House. We are pleased to report that the event raised an impressive £250 – many thanks to all participants for their generosity.


For the full result, click on the event name (below right, in the Results section).

Bath teams meet in Derby match

This year's Gold Cup begins with a Derby match for two Bath BC teams. The home team – Chris Dixon, Taf Anthias, Pat Davies & Richard Samter – will take on visitors Roger Karn, Richard Moore, Ambrose Holmes-Mackie and Hugh Gross starting at 6.45 on Wednesday 9th September.

RESULT: Congratulations to the Dixon team, who won 77-57.

Spot the Bath BC players ...

Click here for an aerial photo of the Oxford Hall in Brighton during August this year.

The photo features several regular and not so regular players at Bath BC. Can you spot them all?

Triple click in the green space below for the answer.

Paul Cooper, James Green, Vic Holden, Chris Jones, Dave Latchem, Alex Lawton, Marion Loudoun, Jane Portnall

Pepys Trophy - Butler Challenge - Result
Pepys Trophy - Butler Challenge - Result

Congratulations to Chris & Jan Dixon, winners of this year's Pepys Trophy, held at Bath BC on Thursday 2 July with a score of +47 IMPs.

Richard Moore & Roger Bendall came 2nd, with +40 IMPs, and in 3rd place with +29 IMPs were Keith Radmall & Barry Shephard.


For the full result, click on the event name (below right, in the Results section).

Recent promotions
Recent promotions

Congratulations to these recently promoted members:

  • Local Master Robert Cunningham, Sue Herbert
  • Club Master Patricia Cunningham, George Johns
  • District Master Ann O'Reilly
  • County Master Ian Kirkhope
  • 1* Premier Master Alan Perkins
  • 2* Premier Regional Master Richard Moore
  • Premier National Master Taf Anthias
  • Life Master Roger Andrews
Aveyard Trophy Result
Aveyard Trophy Result

Congratulations to Jerry Hall and Bill Lawrance, winners of this year's Aveyard Trophy held at Bath BC on Wednesday 10 June, with a score of 65.2%.

The £171 table money for this event has been donated to the British Heart Foundation together with £104 in extra donations – a total of £275. Many thanks to all those who took part.

 

Chairman's Trophy Winners

Congratulations to Chris & Jan Dixon, who won the 2015 Chairman's Trophy on Thursday 21 May with 66%, ahead of Taf Anthias & Richard Samter and Graham Hartley & Tim Brierley in 2nd and 3rd places.


Click on the results button (bottom right of this screen) for the full result.

Wilts/Avon Swiss Pairs 2015
Wilts/Avon Swiss Pairs 2015

Congratulations to Bath's Pat Davies and Swindon's Katharine Hodgson, winners of this years Wiltshire/Avon Swiss Pairs held at Bath University on Saturday 7 March. Pat and Katharine came first out of 124 pairs with a score of 110 out of a possible 140 VPs.

Bath pair win Premier Life Masters Pairs
Bath pair win Premier Life Masters Pairs

Many congratulations to Bath BC members Richard Samter and Norman Botton, winners of the Life Masters Pairs section of the EBU Ranked Masters Pairs, held at Birmingham on 28 February & 1st March.

Congratulations ...

... to our incoming Chairman, Paul Cooper.


Further details of the new committee are available in the AGM minutes in the Members' documents area of the website.

From the reclining Chair ...
From the reclining Chair ...

Thank you for the camellia and planter given to note my time as chairman of Bath Bridge Club, for the kind words expressed by John at the AGM and to others who have spoken to me privately. It has been a privilege and largely a pleasure to serve the club as chair for the last 6 years and for many years before that on the committee. I would also like to thank all the committee members, both past and present, who have made the task a pleasure and have worked so hard for the club. 

I have not gone away and will continue to support the club in any way I can from the wings, or most probably the store room. I have assured the new chair, Paul Cooper, that he will have any advice he wishes to have and am sure the club is in good hands and will continue to develop while ensuring that the interests of all members are included. 

I have potted up the camellia and now have lots of time to find the perfect spot for it in the garden.

With many thanks and good wishes

Trevor

Swan Trophy Result
Swan Trophy Result

Congratulations to Taf Anthias and Roger Bendall, who won the Swan Trophy on Thursday 16 October with 63.6%. In second place with 61.4% were Audrey Archer and Vernon Madge, and Alan Perkins and Bill Nadel came 3rd with 60.2%.

Although there were only 12 tables in play, members gave generously for this charity event, and we have been able to send £300 to Dorothy House. Thanks to everyone who took part for their generosity (and their patience with the teething troubles at the start of the evening).

Corsham Pairs Result
Corsham Pairs Result

Yes, the weather was a bit chilly and wet for the 34 pairs who played in the Corsham Pairs on Sunday 12th October, but it ended well enough for Bath BC - especially its younger players. The winners were Ambrose Holmes-Mackie and James Green, closely followed by David Birkinshaw and Steve Stafford in second place, with Christine and Richard Moore third. Well played all!

A lovely tea was provided by Corsham BC, to whom many thanks.

A nice new venue, too - pity about the self-opening windows ...

Gordon Mobley

We are sad to announce that Gordon Mobley has died. Gordon was a long-standing member of Bath BC, but because of illness had not played at the club in recent years. Our sincere condolences go to his family, and especially to his wife Maureen.

Recent promotions

Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in May, June and July 2014

  • Club Master Murray Rifat
  • Area Master Sriram Chari, Graeme Dalrymple, Val Freer, Peter Power, Brian Webber
  • District Master Betty Charters, David Quine, Leslie Shepherd, John Whittleton
  • County Master Stuart Bridge, Frances Brown, Keith Harris, Ken Little, Andy Marriott, Tom Martland
  • Master Rita James
  • Advanced Master Alan Perkins 
  • 4* Premier Master Christine Moore
  • National Master Taf Anthias
  • Life Master Richard Samter

Butler Challenge for the Pepys Trophy

Congratulations to Chris & Jan Dixon on winning the Pepys Trophy on Thursday 31 July (and on their recent wedding).

Ambrose Holmes-Mackie & James Dunlop were in second place and Richard Samter & Roger Karn third.

 

 

City Cup Result
City Cup Result

Congratulations to Steve Lawrence and Terry Butler, winners of the City Cup held on Thursday 10 July.

Thanks to all who took part and made donations: £150 has been sent to Alzheimer's Research UK.

Aveyard Trophy Winners

Congratulations to Ian Kirkhope and Maurice Baker, winners of the Aveyard Trophy held at Bath BC on Wednesday 11 June ahead of Arnie Whitfield and Les Shepherd in 2nd place and Marion Loudoun and Keith Radmall in 3rd place.

Chairman's Trophy Winners

Congratulations to James Dunlop and Roger Karn, winners of the Chairman's Trophy Final held at Bath BC on Tuesday 13 May. There were a couple of bottles of wine sitting on the front desk at the end of the evening, so we're hoping that these have now been passed on to the winners.

Recent promotions

Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in March and April 2014

  • Local Master Sheila A'Court, Diana Emery, Cynthia Montgomery
  • Club Master Christian Brown, James Schultze, Ian Simpson
  • Area Master Nigel Amos, MichaelBotley, Louise Currey, Daniel Howard
  • District Master Joan Calvert, Leslie Calvert, Pam Carwardine, Pat Lewis, Helen Mohr, Roman Mohr, Bernard Morgan, Arnie Whitfield
  • County Master Jerry Hall, Jim Harvey, Mike Trevanion, Beverly Young
  • Master Robin Drummond, Don Hodgson, Keith Radmall, Jenny Reid, Jo Seddon 
  • 1* Master Lesley Atkins
  • Premier Master Ambrose Holmes-Mackie, David Jacklin, Jan Macleod
  • 1* Regional Master Frances Ind
  • 2* Regional Master Richard Moore
Congratulations ...
Congratulations ...

... to Trevor Purches, Susie Gall, Roger Bendall and Richard Moore, who have just won the Wiltshire Knock-out.

In a close final, the Purches team clawed their way back from a 17-IMP deficit to beat the Hodgson team (Keith Williamson, Bob Bannister, Alan White, Tony Olech and Katharine Hodgson) by 6 IMPS.

Congratulations to ...

  • Tina Easterford & Keith Radmall, Bath's top placed pair in the Pairs event in the recent Wilts/Avon Green Pointed Weekend at Bath University. Tina & Keith came 5th out of 112 pairs (just one behind Heather Dhondy). Also to Pat Davies and Katharine Hodgson, who came 6th.
     
  • Philip Howard, Dave Latchem, Huw Oliver & Tony Gammon, winners of the Teams event (62 teams taking part).
     
  • Trevor Purches & Susie Gall, the only Bath pair to qualify for the EBU National Pairs B Final at the Regional Final held in Bristol on Sunday 16 March. Trevor and Susie came 14th out of 49 pairs.

Congratulations to Keith Williamson, who with partner Katharine Hodgson won the Corsham Pairs on Sunday 13th October. Commiserations to Maureen Mobley and John Maggs, who came 2nd and Hugh Gross and Roger Karn in 3rd place.

Recent promotions

Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in January and February 2014

  • Local Master George Johns
  • Club Master Alan Taylor, Jackie Taylor
  • Area Master Andrew Turnbull
  • District Master John Bradbrook, Roger Eaton, Tom Keane
  • County Master Mary Rea
  • Master Jan Macleod
  • Premier Master Angela Gunning
  • 3* Premier Regional Master Adam Harvey
  • 4* Premier Regional Master Nick Pegg
The best of Bath at Weston
Well played ...
  • ... Angela Gunning and Maureen Mobley, 2nd in the Ladies' Pairs
  • Irene Robinson and Mike Huggins, 3rd in the Mixed Pairs
  • Hugh Gross and James Dunlop, 5th in the Men's Pairs
  • Chris Dixon and Jan MacLeod, 2nd in the Championship Pairs, all on the Friday
  • Stuart Bridge and Keith Harris, 23rd out of 154 pairs in the Swiss Pairs on Saturday
  • and James Dunlop, Hugh Gross, Richard Moore and Valerie Austwick, 13th out of 84 pairs in the Swiss Teams on Sunday.
Recent promotions
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in July and August 2013

  • Local Master Mike Botley, Sriram Chari
  • Club Master Nigel Amos, David Burchell, Louise Currey
  • Area Master Pam Carwardine, Barbara Gibbs, Peta Hooper
  • District Master Stuart Bridge, Mary Clements
  • County Master Karl Hollman, Roy Letcher
  • Master Chris Chatfield, Alan Perkins
  • ** Premier Master Prabir Nandi
  • * Premier Tournament Master Ian Duncan
  • ***** Premier Tournament Master Joyce Oakford
  • Life Master Eric Smith
  • Premier Life Master Colin Webb
Congratulations to Pat Davies who, with partner John Holland, won the Championship Pairs competition at the Telford Midweek Congress. Also to Taf Anthias and Pat, who won the Swiss Teams event with teammates Warner Solomon and John Holland.
WCBA Mixed Pairs
WCBA Mixed Pairs

Congratulations to Chris Dixon and Jan MacLeod, winners of this year's WCBA Mixed Pairs competition held in Devizes on Sunday 26th January.

Recent promotions
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in May and June 2013

  • Local Master Chrissie Coward
  • Club Master Alan Robinson
  • Area Master Douglas Higham, Bernard Morgan, Joy Oura, John Whittleton
  • District Master Roger Boothroyd, Keith Harris, Richard Hill, Ian Kirkhope, Rodney Weaver
  • County Master Ruth Letcher
  • Premier Regional Master Taf Anthias
  • National Master Susie Gall
  • Premier Grand Master Pat Davies
Charity Sim Pairs raises £130

Our Simultaneous Pairs in aid of the Philippines Disaster Fund on Tuesday 21 January raised £130. Thanks to all those who attended for their generosity.

Update: Wednesday afternoon social duplicate sessions

An assisted play section is now running alongside these social duplicate sessions. Trevor Purches, a qualified and experienced EBU teacher, will provide support and advice for those who feel that they do not yet have the experience or confidence to join in the normal duplicate session.


  • Play starts promptly at 1.40: please arrive by 1.30 at the latest. We aim to finish play by 4.30.
  • Friendly, relaxed atmosphere
  • £5.00 per session (standard duplicate session still only £3)
  • Coffee/tea provided
  • Plentiful free parking, including disabled parking spaces
  • Players should arrive with a partner, but a partnering service is available if needed. Please contact Marion Loudoun tel 07776177599 or email mloudoun@aol.com

Recent promotions

Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in November and December 2013

  • Club Master Daniel Howard
  • Area Master David Burchell, David Quine
  • District Master Peter Gooch, Frances Hardman Anne Hitchin, Cheryl Oldroyde, Mary Simpson, David Thurman, Pam Ward
  • County Master Phil Cooke, Tina Easterford, Paul Hatvany, Rose Rogers
AGM & Committee meeting minutes

These are now available in the Member Only section of this website. 

To access the documents, select Membership from the menu, then Members Only Documents. (Login instructions are provided.)
Recent promotions

Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in September and October 2013

 
  • Local Master Daniel Howard, Alan Taylor, Jackie Taylor
  • Club Master Michael Botley, Sriram Chari, Graham Cogswell, Ann Williams
  • Area Master Leslie Shepherd, Arnie Whitfield
  • District Master Ralph Freer, Bill Lawrance, Stewart MacFarlane
  • County Master Anne Hall
  • Master Pat Lewis, Bill Nadel
  • * Master Tom Allen
  • National Master Trevor Purches
The right direction ...

Many congratulations to Rita James and Frances Ind, who are now qualified Club Directors, having successfully completed the English Bridge Union's Directors' Course.

Congratulations to Colin Webb and Marianne Lewin on winning the Mixed Pairs competition for the Swan Trophy. A total of £310 was raised for Dorothy House: many thanks to all those who took part and donated to this very worthwhile charity.

The changes to announcing and alerting have already been in force in the club since the beginning of August. The main changes are:

  • You announce the length of opening minor bids which may be less than 3 cards (as in a 5-card major bidding system).
  • You announce the point range of opening 2NT bids, and any subsequent simple Stayman or transfer bids – as per opening 1NT bids.
  • Artificial bids over 3NT (e.g. splinters) made during the first round of bidding are now to be alerted. Generally, bids over 3NT from opener's rebid on are not alerted.
Click on the title above to view the EBU summary which was distributed at the club in August.
 
The new EBU Blue Book, the Handbook of Permitted Understandings, which is likely to be of interest primarily to Club directors, is here: http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/laws-and-ethics/blue-book/blue-book.pdf.    
 
James Dunlop
Recent promotions
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in March and April 2013

  • Club Master Val Freer, Linda Hill, Denise Pickett, Sandie Whitcroft
  • Area Master David Thurman, Tom Keane
  • District Master Peggy Sorum
  • County Master Marion Loudoun, Anna Marriott
  • 3-star Premier Master Christine Moore
  • 4-star Master Pete van Praag
  • Premier National Master Hugh Gross, Andrew Parkes
We now use EBU nos for Bridgemate

In line with most EBU-affiliated clubs in England, we now key our EBU membership numbers into the Bridgemate handsets. 

As all Bath BC members are automatically EBU members, we all have EBU numbers. In case you don't know yours, we have posted a list on the noticeboard at the front of the club, or you can email the club for the number.
Well done you Bath!

Congratulations (and commiserations) to Pat Davies and Chris Dixon, who came 2nd out of 50 pairs at the National Pairs Championship Final at Hinckley in April. 

Congratulations also to Susie Gall and Trevor Purches, who finished 6th out of 35 pairs in the B Final.
National Pairs Regional Final

Bath BC made an excellent showing at this event, which was held at Bristol Bridge Club on Sunday 17th March. Congratulations are due to

  • Pat Davies & Chris Dixon, who overtook Jeremy Dhondy & Mike Pownall (whose score was 76% at half time) to finish as overall winners; and Richard Samter & Norman Botton, who finished 6th out of 50 pairs. Both pairs qualify for the A final at Hinckley in April.

  • Maureen Mobley & John Maggs and Susie Gall & Trevor Purches, who qualified for the B final.
Congratulations to Pat Davies & Katharine Hodgson, who won the Swiss Pairs event at the annual EBU Wiltshire/Avon Green-Pointed weekend at Bath University on Saturday 9th March. Pat and Katharine scored 116 out of a possible total of 140 VPs, in a field of 114 pairs.
Last week's Charity Challenge Sim Pairs at Bath Bridge Club raised £161 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Many thanks to all who took part and made extra donations, and congratulations to our local winners Richard Samter and Norman Botton, who are lying 32nd nationally in a field of nearly 1400 pairs.
Tues 26 Feb: Bath BC City Cup Final

Congratulations to Pat Davies and Taf Anthias, winners of this year's City Cup Final. Martyn Tranter and Lyn Alvis were in 2nd place and Trevor Purches and Susie Gall came 3rd. Many thanks to James Dunlop, who was unflappable as non-playing Director of both this and the simultaneous Duplicate Pairs event.
Aveyard Trophy
30 pairs turned up to contest this year's Aveyard Trophy, held at Bath BC on Wednesday 13th February. Many congratulations to Paul Hatvany and Karl Hollman, who came first with 63.5%, ahead of Marion Loudoun and Rose Rogers in 2nd place, and David Burchell and Louise Currey 3rd.

The £183 table money for this event was donated to the British Heart Foundation.
Our Club is now a charity

Bath Bridge has been granted Charity status by the Charity Commission. This is to promote the amateur sport of contract bridge. The trustees are the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, who are charged to ensure our activities meet the objectives of our charitable purpose. This is not seen as too onerous as our aims have always been to promote bridge in Bath. We will provide annual reports to the Commission, which can be viewed on their web site. Our registered charity number is 1150133, which we must display on all our communications.


Being a charity means we can reclaim tax paid by people making donation to the club. Our annual subscriptions, which go toward administration can, we believe, be treated as donations. Hence we are asking all those who pay tax to complete a Gift Aid form when they pay their annual subs, which are now due. Please return forms to Audrey Archer. It also will aid us in seeking grants and gain beneficial rates should we lease premises.


I would like to thank John Whittleton for all his work in progressing this with the Commission. We would like to hear from anyone who can assist us in maximising the benefits of our new status.


Trevor Purches, Chair
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in December 2012

  • Area Master Stuart Bridge, Helen Mohr
  • District Master Janice Hemms
  • Premier National Master James Dunlop
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in November 2012

  • Local Master Eileen Roberts
  • Area Master Peter Gooch
  • County Master James Coles
  • National Master Vic Holden
We are sad to announce the death of Jane Luckham-Down, who played at Bath Bridge Club for many years. Her funeral will be at Haycombe on November 23rd at 12.15 pm. For more details please ring 01225 330695.
Congratulations to Ros & John Marshall, Steve Lawrence, Terry Butler, David Jacklin, Pete van Praag, Marion Loudoun and Chris Jones, winners of the Wiltshire Teams of Eight event held last Sunday, 4th November, at Devizes. Eight teams took part in this new event, much enjoyed by all who took part, thanks to the seamless efficiency and hard work of organiser Emma Scarisbrick and director (and Bridgemate scorer!) Roy France.
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in October 2012

  • Area Master Pam Ward
  • Master Martyn Tranter
  • 18-star Premier Master Joyce Oakford
  • Life Master Chris Clements

Many congratulations to Pat Davies and Taf Anthias, who won last week's Mixed Pairs Championships at a canter with 72%, a full 10% ahead of the 2nd placed pair Jim Corbett and Eve Barwell.

This event also marks the Swan Trophy, the proceeds from which go to Dorothy House. This year the table money and donations reached £250 – many thanks to those taking part for their generosity.

Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in September 2012:

  • Local Master Maggie Barney
  • Area Master Keith Harris
  • District Master Janet Anderson, Liz Doyle, Andrew Marriott, Sheila Morton
  • County Master David Jacklin
  • Master Frances Dewar
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in July and August 2012:

  • Area Master Ralph Freer, Janice Hemms, Elaine Weaver
  • District Master Frances Brown, Paul Hatvany
  • County Master Audrey Archer, John Whiting
  • Advanced Master Maurice Baker
  • 5 Star Premier Master Richard Moore
  • National Master Hugh Gross
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in May 2012:

  • Local Master Denise Pickett
  • Club Master Bernard Morgan
  • Area Master Cheryl Oldroyde, Richard Hill
  • District Master Brian Thomas
  • 1 Star Premier Regional Master Keith Williamson

The French bridge players from Aix have just concluded their 6th exchange. All the guests stayed with ten host families. Fine weather made it a truly relaxing occasion and an opportunity for some great bonding. 


16 visitors arrived in time for a welcome dinner at the One Beaufort restaurant on the first evening. The mayor's office arranged a reception and visits to the Roman Baths and the Assembly Rooms. Mireille Dany, the local Aix Bridge Exchange organiser, signed the Parlour Visitor's Book on behalf of the visitors. Additionally a group spent a morning at Bath Thermae. The twinning association kindly supported a day at Dyrham House and Park for our French guests. 


The group played two bridge evening sessions at the Bath Bridge Club scooping gold, silver and bronze for EW on the first evening. However their fortunes were diminished on the second evening when the Brits managed to hold their own. A final bridge session on the Friday afternoon involving mixed teams was won by Jean-Francois and Mirelle Dany together with two students from the Bridge School of Bath, John Crookes and Nigel Cockburn. The contest played in the delightful setting of the BRLSI was interlaced with a traditional English cream tea, a Pimm's summer cocktail and a sumptuous buffet, all provided by the school.


The guests departed in the early evening to enjoy the opening of the Olympic Games in the comfort of the houses of their hosts. We look forward to going back to Aix in 2013 for a return match.


Andrew Clarke

City Cup reaches Bath
City Cup reaches BathOn Thursday 17 May we welcomed David Wing (and his bike) for the Bath leg of his City Cup tour, which will include visits to bridge clubs in all 64 English cities.

We had 13 tables, and were able to raise £100 for David's chosen charity, the Alzheimer's Society. (You can find his page on JustGiving
here, if you would like to follow his progress over the next few months.)

The winners of this very enjoyable event were Pat Davies and James Dunlop, who received one of 64 City Cups from David, before he cycled off to Bristol for the next leg of the tour. Our thanks and best wishes go with him.
Mary Bruce

We are sad to announce that Mary Bruce has died. Mary was a long-time member of Bath BC and played regularly on a Wednesday evening.

The funeral will be held at Haycombe Crematorium on Thursday 20th September at 1 pm.

Makeable contracts

You may have noticed that the handprints and the hands/travellers on the website results page now include a table for each board like the one circled here.

This shows the maximum number of tricks that each side can make in each denomination (with perfect play, against perfect defence - i.e. as played at Bath BC on a typical evening). So on the hand shown, NS's best hope is 8 tricks in clubs, whereas EW can make 3, 2♠ or 3NT; and diamonds are non-starters for either side.

Our thanks to John Whittleton for implementing this useful feature.
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in April 2012:

  • Club Master Tom Keane
  • Area Master Joan Calvert, Leslie Calvert
  • County Master Jo Seddon
  • Master Lyn Alvis
  • 3 Star Master Christine Moore
  • Premier Master Jane Portnall
  • 9 Star Premier Master Ian Duncan
Congratulations to these members, who were promoted in March 2012:

  • Local Master Val Freer
  • Area Master Paul Hatvany, Rodney Weaver
  • 1 Star Premier Master Margaret Morgan-Jones

Now that the EBU no longer lists all MP promotions in English Bridge, we've decided to resume announcing members' promotions on our website (our thanks to Frances Ind for managing this for us).

Many congratulations to these members, who were promoted in February 2012:

  • Local Master Tom Keane, Bernard Morgan, David Thurman
  • Club Master Joy Oura
  • Area Master Roger Boothroyd
  • District Master Mary Rea
  • Master Angie Gunning, John Reid
  • 3 Star Premier Regional Master Trevor Purches
  • Premier National Master Norman Botton

 
Competitions News


The annual competitions at Bath BC have been given a major facelift. The aim is to make the competitions more representative of the membership as a whole and to base each one on some merit, whether it is best performance or improvement. As a result, the qualification criteria have been tightened to make results more statistically significant and to include only regular participants.

Here are the changes that have been made:

  • The Handicap Pairs is being replaced by two prizes: Most Improved Player (Tues/Thurs) and Most Improved Social Player (Weds). These are the players with the biggest improvement in their average score (all scores on the relevant night counting) compared with the previous year. For both prizes the player must have played a minimum of 12 sessions in both years.

  • The Fred Newell Trophy, which was previously awarded to the player with the most Master Points, will now be awarded to the Best Overall Performer, determined by the best average score (minimum of 25 scores to qualify) on a Tues/Thurs.

  • The Arthur Jost Trophy, which was previously awarded to the player with the best 10 scores, will now be awarded to the Best Social Duplicate Performer, determined by the best average score (minimum of 20 scores to qualify) on a Weds.

  • There will be a prize (but no trophy) awarded to the player with the best 25 scores on a Tues/Thurs.

  • There will be a prize (but no trophy) awarded to the player with the best 20 scores on a Weds.

It isn't often that a member of your local bridge club has a bridge book published, and rarer still that it should merit such praise as:

"In my opinion, this is one of the most important books on bridge ever produced, and is required reading for all good players." (Bob Baker, Bridge Magazine)

Congratulations then to Taf Anthias (and David Bird) on Winning No Trump Leads, published by Master Point Press. Now all we need to know is what to lead against suit contracts ...
After an excellent close-run contest, the final winners of this year's Aveyard Pairs Championship were Beverly Young and Anne Gutteridge with 61.5%. Many congratulations to them.

From 2012 on, table monies from this event plus any further donations received on the night are given to the British Heart Foundation. Last week we were able to send the BHF £170, and have received a letter from them thanking members for their generosity.

Bridgemate news

  • We now have a simpler method of correcting wrong scores. Instead of filling in an error slip, simply call the scorer and ask for the score for the board concerned to be erased: this can be done at your table, and you can then re-enter the score correctly. The best solution, of course, is for E or W to check the score before accepting it in the first place!

  • We had a great turnout at the training session last week. After a period of shadowing and familiarisation we hope to have eight new scorers spread over all three evenings. Many thanks to all who attended and to Bath FC for their kind assistance.

  • There seems to be some kind of bug in the system that results in name corrections not being sent from BM handsets to the Scorebridge program. We're investigating. Meanwhile, if you make a name correction while setting up your handset, please ask the scorer to amend the name in Scorebridge as well.
Cakes in the Break for Children in Need

The donations for the cakes at coffee time this week added up to £171.00. Heartfelt thanks to all who gave so generously. Also a special 'thank you' to Judy Corson, who made some delicious offerings on Wednesday to help with the larger demand on that evening. Lesley Irving

PS And we'd like to add our own thanks to Lesley for tempting us into such pleasurable indulgence. cj

 
John Tighe

We are very sad to announce that John Tighe has died. John was a member of Bath Bridge Club for many years, was a long-standing director and also served on the Committee. He will be greatly missed, and our deepest sympathies go to his wife Shelagh.

The funeral will be held on Monday 3rd October. There will be a private cremation, but Bath BC friends and colleagues are invited to join the family for a Thanksgiving service at St John the Baptist Church in Northend, Batheaston at 12.30 pm, followed by refreshments at Bailbrook House Hotel.

Donations may be made by cheque, payable to Dorothy House, and sent c/o Cooperative Funeralcare, Pulteney Road, Bath, BA2 4HP.

Congratulations to Marion Cowley and David Jacklin, who won this year's Swan Trophy with 61.4% (and are believed to have been playing together for the first time). The event raised £200 for Dorothy House, and thanks are due to all players for their generous contributions.  27/10/11
Many congratulations to Richard Samter and Norman Botton, winners of the Corsham Pairs on Sunday 9th October. Richard and Norman scored 64% to come first out of 36 pairs. This was a most enjoyable event, with a splendid tea. Many thanks to the organisers for all their efforts – Bath BC members should make a mental note to be there again next year!  09/10/11
The following Bath Wednesday members have their namein lights in the EBU magazine as having made Local Master:

Jenny Bates; Andrew Butt; Elizabeth Gilbert; Douglas Higham; Elgar Jenkins; Helen Mohr; Les Shepherd; Brian Webber; Rodney Weaver; Arnie Whitfield.

Many congratulations! 02/09/11

Many congratulations to Mike Huggins and Irene Robinson, who have won the Seniors Pairs Competition at Brighton. 18/08/11
Here's a recap of our recent series of tips on making a claim.

  • You're supposed to make a claim when possible, rather than simply playing out a long obvious series of winners.

  • Once you make a claim, play stops. You can't change your mind half-way through and continue to play out the hand. So if things go awry, you must call the Director. But to avoid that embarrassing situation arising in the first place, read on ...

  • It seems obvious, but ... when you make a claim, the first thing you have to do is say what you're claiming. 'The rest are mine - dummy's good.' would do. As would, 'I'll take the rest except for the last diamond.' or 'I have to give you the AK of trumps, but the rest are mine.'

  • As well as telling your opponents how many tricks you're claiming, you also need to explain how you're planning to make those tricks. Examples: 'I'm cashing the AK,then crossing to the A in dummy and running dummy's spades from the top.', 'I shall clear trumps, in 3 rounds if necessary, ending in my hand and then all my clubs are good.'

  • A final word on claims: you may have explained your claim correctly and clearly, but your opponents have nonetheless only just set eyes on your hand. They will need a little time to study it and get their heads around the claim – so be patient and wait for their agreement before packing everything away.

 

We thought you might like a recap of our recent Tips of the Week on avoiding slow play and its consequences. We all need a little extra time to think now and again, and following these guidelines help to ensure that that time is available when it's really needed. Your cooperation will be appreciated by everyone else in the room, including your partner!

  • It is less than polite to continue talking about a previous hand when a new pair arrives at your table, especially if you also fail to greet the newcomers. Please also be courteous if you are the incoming pair.

  • If you are late finishing a hand (i.e. the move has already been called), score up quickly and move as soon as you can. In particular, do not insist on reviewing previous scores on the hand: the new EW pair is waiting to sit down, and NS at the next table is waiting for opponents to arrive.

  • Even in the absence of a verbal reminder from the Director, please regard the '4-minute chime' as an absolute limit after which you may not start a new board. The limit is there not to cheat you out of a hand, but to keep the movement running smoothly for the benefit of everyone present.

  • Avoid causing 'Bridgemate-operator delay'. For example, if it's your opening lead, make your lead before typing up the contract. Similarly, if you're dummy, you will have plenty of time for typing after you lay down dummy.

We are sad to report the death oflong-standing member John Doran, who was taken ill at Bristol Bridge Club lastweek and died on Saturday evening. His funeral will be held at 12 noon onThursday 14th July at Haycombe Crematorium.

                                                                                                 23 June 2011

Dear Trevor

What a magnificent farewell you and the Bridge Club gave to Joan and me last night. The champagne we will take to our new home and celebrate our arrival there. The flowers are really beautiful and the cheque was very generous.


We have greatly enjoyed being members of Bath Bridge Club and have made many friends there. We will miss the club and its members a great deal.


Very many thanks to you all.


                         
Joan and David

David and Joan Allgood bid farewell to Bath

A twenty-table double movement turned up on Wednesday 22 June for David Allgood's last appearance as Director. David and Joan are moving away from Bath, and we'd like to thank them both for their service to Bath BC over many years. For a fuller report, see our newly published Newsletter.
Malcolm Aveyard Trophy

Anne Spragge and Phil Cooke, first winners of our new Ranked Pairs Championship, receive the Malcolm Aveyard trophy from Malcolm's widow, Pat Aveyard.

More details in our upcoming newsletter, but meanwhile our warmest thanks to Pat for her generosity in donating this new trophy in Malcolm's memory – and our congratulations to Anne and Phil. 
(16/05/11)
Bath BC teams finished second in both Wiltshire leagues this season. In the Premier League, the Dunlop team (James Dunlop, Paul Keightley, Roger Karn, Richard Moore, Chris Jones and Simon Hill) were runners-up to the Blandy team.

The Allcomers League result was a repeat of last year, with the Portnall team (Jane Portnall, Rita James, Christine Moore, Rose Rogers, Nick Guinness and Paul Cooper) being pipped at the post on the last board of the last match.  (10/04/11)
Congratulations to Pat Davies and Keith Williamson, who with Wilts teammates Kathy Hodgson and Roy France were joint winners of the Swiss Teams in the recent joint Wilts/Avon green-pointed weekend at Bath University. (10/04/11)
Congratulations to Anne Spragge and Phil Cooke, first ever winners of the new Bath BC Ranked Pairs Championship trophy, held on Wednesday 09 February. Anne and Phil were the top eligible pair with a score of 62%. (09/02/11)
Congratulations to Irene Robinson and Mike Huggins, who shared first place with Georgie Dalton and Colin Jones in the WCBA Mixed Pairs Championship on Sunday 30 January. Both pairs scored precisely 57.66%. (01/02/11)
A printable version of Trevor's recent article about alternative movements with half-tables is now on the website. To read/download/print, click on the link in the right hand column with the puzzled-looking man on it. (24/01/11)
Congratulations to Bath BC members Paul Keightley, Pete Sampson and Mike Huggins, members of the 10-strong Avon team who qualified last weekend for the final of the Tollemache Inter-County Championship, coming 2nd out of 9 counties.

Wiltshire finished 7th in the same group, with Wiltshire's Pat Davies and Chris Dixon leading the individual rankings in the qualifier. (25/11/10)
Congratulations to Christine and Richard Moore, who won the Bath BC Mixed Pairs Championship with 61.5%, 1% ahead of Susie Gall and Trevor Purches. (20/11/10)
Congratulations to Wendy Simpson and Richard Samter, winners of this year's Jim Swan Trophy. Wendy and Richard bid and made two grand slams en route to a winning score of almost 66%. £185 was raised for Dorothy House, and we would like to thank those who played that evening for their generosity.  (24/10/10)
As you'll know, last year's WCBA Allcomers League was a storming success. To join in the fun this year, you need to enter by 31 August. Click on the County Corner panel (left) for more information. The more the merrier! 23/08/10
The 2010-11 Bath BC Calendar has now been printed and copies are available at the Club. As well as our own Club matches, the Calendar lists all Wiltshire events, including the Premier and Allcomers League fixtures and the two new Allcomers Sunday events. Major Avon events are also listed. A printable version is also available on this website (see right). 15/08/10
Football Fixtures

Bath City Football Club has moved up a league and we wish them well for the coming season. This could, however, mean that their matches will attract more visitors. We would therefore advise you to make a note of the fixtures so you can get to the club in good time to find a parking space and/or arrange to share transport, as the car park is likely to be busy on these nights.
 
There will be a friendly match this coming Tuesday 10 August and the following week the first of the season's matches will be held. The full list of Tuesday matches is as follows:

17 August             Rushden & Diamonds

28 September             Kidderminster Harriers

5 October             Altrincham

9 November             Hayes & Yeading

30 November             Crawley Town

25 January             AFC Wimbledon


We hope these will not detract from the enjoyment of the evenings' bridge.

Rita James 06.08.10

We regret to announce that Audrey Whitaker died peacefully in her sleep last Friday following an illness. Audrey was a member for more than 30 years, back to the time when the club met above Andrews Estate Agents. She was a long-time bridge partner of the late Tony Ballard and for over 25 years with Margaret King. She was also a committee member for many years.

 

We offer our condolences to her husband Bob and their son, daughter and family. 

 

All members and friends are welcome to attend her funeral, which will be at St Mary's Bathwick on Tuesday 27th at 12.00, followed by a wake at Bathwick Boatman Restaurant, Forrester Avenue, from 1.30 to 5.30. It would be helpful if you could let Margaret King know if you are likely to attend, to have some idea of numbers. Her phone number is 465 217.

 

Audrey will be sadly missed by her friends at Bath Bridge Club.

 

Trevor Purches

Chair

Thanks to all who contributed to our evening of bridge and buffet for our guests from Aix-en-Provence. Because of the extended interval, we played only 22 boards. Unfortunately, we ended up playing boards that had already been played by a number of those present, so we are consequently unable to award master points. Our apologies. That apart, it was a very pleasant evening! (09/07/10)
Recording the lead: a trial

From Thursday 1 July, we'll be recording the opening lead on our Bridgemate handsets. This potentially vital piece of information will often shed light on why others got more (or fewer) tricks than you did in an identical contract, and will be included in the Results page displayed on the website.

As this only involves a couple of keypresses, it should not add appreciably to the time taken to enter the result, especially when North is dummy. We are grateful to Andrew Clarke for pointing us to a procedure commonly used in France, where opening leads are always recorded:

By way of ensuring a smooth process, when the lead player gathers her cards he/she turns over
the pile and presents the top card face up to the scorer immediately and before shuffling them.
This works very efficiently.


As time is (as always!) of the essence, please spend as little extra time on this feature as possible - if you can't recall the opening lead and the cards have already been shuffled, simply enter a 'nonsense' lead and move on.

The committee will gauge how well the trial has gone and will seek members' views as to whether this feature should become permanent towards the end of the year
. (28/06/10)
Congratulations to Andrew Parkes on winning the latest Crossword Competition, and to runners-up Jean Brennen, Taf Anthias and Alan Snell. Commiserations to the other contestants, all of whose solutions were also correct. (21/06/10)
Congratulations (and commiserations) to Taf Anthias and Chris Jones, who finished just 2 VPs behind the winners in the WBU Open Swiss Pairs held in Cardiff on Bank Holiday Monday. (01/06/10)
WCBA goes Bridgewebs

The new Bridgewebs-based WCBA website is now live. Do visit it and have a browse around. This means that our own short-lived County News page is now redundant – clicking on the County Corner panel (below, left) will now take you directly to the County News page on the new site. This will make it much simpler to click onto County results pages. Give a try! (25/05/10)

New! County News

Now that we're all members of the EBU, we're hoping that more Bath BC members will take part in some of the excellent events that the Wiltshire CBA has to offer over the year. To keep our players up to date Bath BC, along with other Wiltshire clubs that have their own websites, have inserted a 'County Corner' (see bottom left) listing items that may be of interest to club members. To follow up a headline that may interest you, click on the County Corner panel and you will be taken to a County News page where you can read the full story.

The WCBA is currently in the process transferring its own website to Bridgewebs, and when it goes live in the very near future, this new site will host the County News page. Until then, we've offered it a temporary home on the Bath BC website.

Welcome to Wiltshire - it's a great place to play bridge!

AGM Report


There was a good attendance (47) at our AGM held on Tuesday 16 March. Two new members were elected to the committee: Angela Gunning and Peter van Praag. Keith Selly and Chris Chatfield were also re-elected as examiners.


We thanked Susie Gall for her work as treasurer and welcomed new treasurer Peter and committee member Angela. The meeting also thanked the committee and mutual thanks were given to all those who help to run the club, both up front and those in the background finding partners and doing techie things in the cupboard.


Pay2Play will come into effect on 1 April. You will see little difference in the way we manage our session. All playing members will become EBU members and receive magazines and a diary as well as an EBU number. The EBU will be funded by invoicing the club based on the number of people playing. This will cost the club a little more and as we have suffered a loss of income from lower table numbers, and also have a desire to continue to spend money on equipment and facilities to improve our playing conditions, it was agreed to increase table money to £2.50 (£3.50 for visitors) – the first increase in table money in memory.


In AOB we discussed the cessation of our assisted play session due to lack of numbers, not principally due to cost but more because of the amount of effort those running it had to commit for just 2 or 3 attendees. There are other teaching and assisted play schools in Bath. The committee will continue to look at opportunities to attract new players and assist less able players to be able to play in club sessions.


Finally, prizes were awarded as follows:

Fred Newell Cup (most MPS) Sylvia Stevens
Arthur Jost Plate (best 10 scores) Pat Davies
Jim Swan Plate Maureen Mobley and Trish Holland

Pepys Trophy Susie Gall and Trevor Purches

Mixed Pairs Sylvia Stevens and Roger Bendall
Men’s Pairs John Whiting and Steve Elliott
Ladies’ Pairs Pat Davies and Valerie Austwick
Handicap Prize Frances Dewar

The Committee prize was awarded to Robin Drummond, in appreciation of his long-standing contribution to the running of the club. Robin has been directing, duplimating and generally organising Wednesday evenings, as well as having been a committee member in the past.


Trevor

Congratulations to Richard Samter and Norman Botton, who came second in the Swiss Pairs in the joint Wilts/Avon event at Bath University on Saturday 13 March. With 114 VPs they were just 3 VPs short of the winners, Bill Rowe and Gina Howard from Somerset. Also to James Dunlop and Valerie Austwick, who finished 5th. 110 pairs took part in all. (15/03/10)
Congratulations to Pat Davies and Valerie Austwick, who won the Bath BC Ladies' Pairs on Thursday 18th February. Apologies for the lateness of this result. Those who were there will understand the reasons - see also Trevor's message, above. (22/02/10)
Congratulations to Steve Elliott and John Whiting, winners of the Bath BC Men's Championship Pairs on Thursday 18th February. The result of the Ladies' Championship Pairs will be posted as soon as we overcome a scoring problem. (18/02/10)
It is with deep regret that we report the death of Malcolm Aveyard last week while on holiday in Lanzarote. Malcolm was a long-standing member of Bath Bridge Club and an accomplished player, and will be missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. (28/01/10)
Congratulations to Susie Gall and Trevor Purches, winners of the first Bath BC trophy of 2010: the Pepys Trophy. They scored a convincing 64.32%, more than 5% ahead of their nearest rivals. (14/01/10)
Many congratulations to Sylvia Stevens and Pat Davies , 2009 winners of the Fred Newell Cup (Masterpoints) and the Arthur Jost Plate (Averages) respectively. The final results tables are available via the links (Home page, right).  (04/01/10)
We would like to thank Richard Samter for his continued hard work in  recording and supplying the Master points and Averages statistics for 2009. After failing to do so last year, we are hoping to automate this process in 2010, so that running totals will appear accurately on the Competitions page. (04/01/10)
Many thanks to Lesley Atkins for hand-scoring the non-Bridgemate-able 3.5 table Howell match this pre-Christmas Wednesday.  (24/12/09)
Congratulations to Steve Stafford, the sole Bath BC member on the winning team in the Frome Swiss Teams held on Sunday 22nd November. (25/11/09)
Congratulations to Sylvia Stevens and Roger Bendall, who won the Mixed Pairs Championship on Thursday 19th November with a score of 61.92% - more than 5% clear of their nearest rivals. (23/11/09)
Congratulations to Prabir Nandi, winner of the Autumn 09 Crossword Competition. He will receive 5 table money vouchers. Runners-up Tom Martland, Andrew Parkes and James Dunlop will each receive one table-money voucher. (23/11/09)
 Congratulations. At the Avon Contract Bridge Association Men's Pairs event held at Bristol BC on Thursday 5th November, several Bath BC members were well placed. Mike Huggins with Myles Ellison were runners up and James Dunlop and Simon Hill were third. (08/11/09)

  Why not enter the  Garden Cities ? This is a national event with a county and regional qualifier for the national final. It is played in teams of eight with each team representing their club. Clubs can enter an unlimited number of teams of eight. Players wishing to represent Bath Bridge Club must be members of the club, Wiltshire CBA and the EBU. They need not have vast bridge experience, but some knowledge of teams and teams scoring is desirable. If you would like to represent Bath BC please write your names on the sheet on the Club noticeboard. If more than 4 pairs enter, the committee will select as many teams of eight as the number of entrants permit. We would like to field as many teams as possible. The Wiltshire qualifier will be held at the Nursteed Centre, Devizes, on Sunday 22 November. (27/10/09)

  Congratulations to Dave Latchem and Sheila Coda on winning the Corsham Pairs on Sunday 11 October. Dave was the holder coming into the event, having won it last year with Diane Bishop. Our apologies for unwittingly omitting this from the recently published Newsletter. (25/10/09)
  Congratulations to Maureen Mobley and Trish Holland on winning the Jim Swan Trophy on Tuesday 20 October, with a decisive score of 63.61%. All proceeds from this event go to Dorothy House, and this year £210 was raised in table-money and donations from players, for which many thanks. (21/10/09)
  A version of the missing result for Wednesday 30 September has now been posted (click on the Results menu). This only records overall positions and percentages, as individual scores were lost in the computer crash - but at least the percentages will count towards the overall Wednesday stats! (19/10/09)
 Congratulations to Pat Davies and Valerie Austwick on winning the Ladies event at the recent Andalusia Congress. (18/10/09)
 Congratulations to Mike Huggins and Irene Robinson on winning the Pre-congress event at the Andalusia Congress. (18/10/09)
Congratulations to Valerie Austwick and Pat Davies on winning the Swiss Teams at the West of England Congress, together with team-mates Louise and Warner Solomon of Devon, on Sunday 4th October. (05/10/09)
Congratulations to Bath BC members Irene Robinson, Mike Huggins, Paul Keightley and Chris Jones on winning Wiltshire's Cliff Sibley Teams competition for the 2nd year running. (27/09/09)
Welcome to the  NEW  Bath Bridge Club Website. It's not quite finished yet, but you can do all the important things like view results and check what's coming up. You can also access the latest Bath Replay and Q&A articles, as well as Tip of the Week, and there are all sorts of new fun statistics to browse around. Feel free explore the site and watch out for new developments - your feedback and suggestions are welcome. (01/08/09)
We'll soon be showing accurate up-to-date Averages and Masterpoints tallies via the Competitions menu. Meanwhile, click on the right for the official stats. (01/08/09)
 Last Saturday's Exhibition Match at the Pump Room went very well, and many Bath BC fliers were handed out. Click here for a report plus photos. You can also download the Bath BC flier - if you can think of a location where it might attract interest, please print out and post! (09/07/09)

  Our congratulations to Phil Green and Diana King who have been awarded Professional status by EBUTA (The EBU Teachers Association). This is the highest level a Bridge Teacher can attain. (27/06/09)

  Test your bridge with Q&A. This new series written by members has a puzzle format. Many thanks to Steve Elliott for Q&A 1What do we know? - available here or via the panel. Contributions, which should be based on real hands played and may be aimed at any level, are not only welcome but needed! Please give/send to Chris Jones(20/06/09)

  On June 10th the Bath and Bristol clubs met in a nine-a-side teams match, arranged to celebrate the life of Peter Austwick. The event was the brainchild of Oli Espitalier-Noel, the current Chairman of Bristol, as a tribute to Peter, who had been held in great affection and esteem by the membership of both clubs. Bristol were the hosts, and as well as providing a free evening's bridge there was a free drink (at least one, in fact) on arrival for all the visitors. Larry Bennet created the movement and directed. The Bristol club was full and everyone who played in the event enjoyed it hugely. It's not often that we play a proper teams event at club level, and those who had not played teams bridge before cannot wait to repeat the experience. Pat Davies was the organiser at the Bath end and the fact that the match was played as nine teams per side simply reflected the number of players from each club who wanted to support the event. There was quite explicitly no attempt at selection and both teams reflected a genuine cross-section of bridge experience. In light of that it would not be right to make too much of the fact (although I thought I'd just mention it) that the Bath team emerged victorious on the evening by the slender margin of 11 IMPs. But it genuinely was one of those occasions when the result didn't matter. It was a most enjoyable evening and warm thanks go to the Bristol club for having the idea in the first place and for acting as such generous hosts. The event was conceived as a one-off, but given that we all enjoyed it so much there is already talk of making it an annual occasion - perhaps with Bath acting as host next time. (11/06/09)

  We all know that Teams bidding is a bit different - but not this different! Many thanks to Pete van Praag for the latest Bath Replay, The Butler did it! available here or via the panel. (09/06/09)

  The Minutes of the Bath BC Committee meetings held in March 2009 and June 2009 are available here (highlighted dates) or via the Library page. (05/06/09)

  Cheltenham Success. A Bath team with Welsh support came 2nd in the Cheltenham Congress Swiss Teams on Sunday 3 May. Congratulations to Sue Ingham, Gwynn Davis, Susie Gall and Trevor Purches, who earned 97 points (behind the winners' 105). Photographic evidence here. (07/05/09)

  Congratulations to Tom Martland on winning our Spring Crossword Competition, and to the three runners-up Andrew Clarke, Andrew Parkes and John Maggs. (Wot? No ladies?) Prizes will be distributed next week. Solution + notes here. (07/04/09)

  Many thanks to Phil Green for our latest Bath Replay, Do not finesse, available here, or via the panel. (24/04/09)

  The minutes of the AGM are available here, or via the Library page. (05/04/09)
  Following the AGM and the first meeting of our new Committee, we would like to welcome some new faces and announce who's taking on what jobs. 
I've taken over as Club Chairman, and Pat Davies is the new Vice Chair. Grant Ferrie has agreed to take on the role of Club Chief Tournament Director.
Audrey Archer is the new Membership Secretary. She will also take on some publicityduties, and will maintain the all-important box of herbal infusing andalternative coffees.
Phil Cooke has taken over as caretaker of the chairs and tables and quartermaster of cards and consumables; he is also the Club's Pay2Play link person.
Rita James has taken over as Secretary.
Susie Gall continues as Treasurer.
John Whittleton continues to look after duplimating.
Chris Jones continues to manage Bridgemate, Scorebridge and the Website.
We have also co-opted Simon Hill onto the Committee; he will gradually take over some of the Website maintenance. 
Our thanks again go to those who have retired from the Committee: John Marshall, Gillian Allan and David Allgood.
Trevor Purches (30/03/09)
  Thanks to Trevor Purches for our latest Bath Replay, Trump Reduction at the table, available here, or via the panel. (30/03/09)
  Members' handicaps have now been updated for 2009, and can be viewed here (as well as on the Club notice board). Our new Handicap Pairs competition starts on Tuesday 10th March, and will continue every 2nd Tuesday up to and including December, with the best 5 of up to 10 scores counting towards the final result. Come along! (04/03/09)
Congratulations to Anne Hitchin and Rosemary Rogers, winners of the Ladies' Pairs Championship held at Bath BC on Thursday 19th February, and to Eric Smith and Mike Lynch, winners of the Men's Pairs Championship on the same evening. The results are available via the February Results page. (20/02/09)
  Congratulations to Audrey Green, who has won Bath BC's first Handicap Pairs competition with a three-best-scores average of 60.11%. Result here. The new Handicap Pairs competition begins next month. (18/02/09)
Congratulations to James Dunlop and Roger Karn on winning the WCBA Butler Pairs Championship at the Nursteed centre on Sunday Jan 4th. The winning score was +54 IMPS. Result here(04/01/09)
  Congratulations to Tina Easterford and Keith Radmall, winners of the Bath EBU National Qualifier Heat held on January 29th. Other Bath BC qualifiers are Eric Smith & Linda Hill; Jim Corbett & Sylvia Stevens; Phil Green & Roger Karn; Paul Keightley & Peter Sampson; Pat Davies & Gwynn Davis; Normal Botton & Richard Samter; Ian Duncan & Steve Lawrence; Mike Huggins & Irene Robinson; Angela Gunning & Mike Trevanion; and Adam Harvey & John Whiting. The result is here. (30/01/09)
  Congratulations to Paul Keightley on winning both the Fred Newell Cup (for earning the most Master Points during 2008 - final scores here) and the Arthur Jost Plate (for the best 10 scores in 2008 - final scores here). Paul earned a magnificent 1999 Master Points in club games during the year, and achieved an average of 66.79% in his best 10 results. (01/01/09)