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SURROUNDING COUNTY AND CLUB EVENTS

Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association

Green Pointed†Swiss Weekend

Saturday 4th March 2023, Swiss Pairs

Sunday 5th March 2023, Swiss Teams

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NEW BLUE BOOK

The EBU have announced the publication of a new Blue Book which becomes effective from 1st September.

There are changes to

  • Rules on announcements
  • Rules on strong opening bids
  • Rules on non-strong 2-bids and 3-bids (at Level 4)

It can be downloaded from the EBU website at :-†† Blue Book

In addition there are also new Alerting and Announcing rules which can be found at :-

New Alerting and Announcing Bidding Rules

It is recommended that clubs should advise their members of the new rules and

club directors should make themselves familiar with the three main changes.

*** OUR NEXT EVENT - CLUB TEAMS FINAL FOR THE COMMITTEE CUP 23RD APRIL ***
FRIENDLY PAIRS - Finchampstead Plate (JACK HIGH) - 26 March 2023 (Copy)

B&B Jack High Friendly Pairs

The Berks & Bucks Jack High Friendly Pairs for the Finchampstead Plate was contested by 13 pairs this weekend. †The winners with 58% were Diane Bell and Deborah Astley, narrowly ahead of Christine Cook and Gillian Smith. Congratulations to Diane and Deborah and thanks to all who took part. We hope you all enjoyed the event.

SENIOR PAIRS FOR THE DIRECTORS CUP

The County Senior Pairs was held on Wednesday 22 March at Windsor Community Centre. Fourteen pairs took part, playing 39 boards.

The winners of the Directors Cup were Peter Jackson and Mike Perkins with 61%.

The Veterans Trophy for players over 70 years old was won by Nigel Wolfendale and Phil Thornton who came second with 60%.

Well done to all who took part. We hope you enjoyed the day.

CHARLES KING-FARLOW

We are sad to announce the death of Charles King-Farlow on March 1st.

Charles had been an active member of local Clubs and the County Association for many years and had recently been playing regularly in SBBC Sunday Online games. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

There will be a private cremation, for family only.

FRIENDLY PAIRS - Change of Date

The Jack High Friendly Pairs will now be played on Sunday 26 March instead of the original date of 19 March. This is to avoid the clash with Mothering Sunday.

To be held on Realbridge on Sunday 26 March 2023 starting at 1.30 pm, click here to join or from calendar entry.

To assist in planning these events, entries MUST be received by midday on Friday 24 March 2023

ENTRY FOR THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT YOU MUST REGISTER TO ENTER USING THE BOOKING FORMS FOUND HERE

If you find you are unable to play on the day or are delayed please phone the Event Director on the County mobile (07401 079752) after 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event.

The above number should also be used in the event of a late cancellation.

Players turning up at an event unexpectedly will not be guaranteed to be allowed to play.

Contact the Events Organiser Mike Ribbins by Click here to Email or Phone: 01189 473207 for more information.

COMMITTEE CUP

Following feedback from players at last season's events, there are changes to the timings of the finals and the format of the final of the Committee Cup. The main points are:

Club Teams for the Committee Cup

  • Club members can qualify by playing in a heat on one of your club team evenings, or as one of three teams nominated by your club (depending on the field size of a heat, more than 3 teams may qualify from a heat)

  • Heats can be played at any time from September through to March 31st

  • The venue for the final will be at Windsor

  • The final will be a simple multiple teams of 4 competition,†playing a maximum of 36 boards

For entry forms, rules and full information please click on Waller Bowl & Committee Cup Heats in the main menu.

REX AVERY TROPHY - COUNTY PAIRS FINAL

The County Pairs Championship Final was held on Sunday with the top 14 pairs from the qualifying round competing over 39 boards on Realbridge.

The winners were Ed Scerri and Steve Eginton who finished 7% ahead of second place. Very well done indeed. The top five pairs will be invited to represent the County in the EBUís Corwen Trophy event. The other four pairs are Paul Dolphin & Steve Lynch, Nigel Wolfendale & Dick Davey, David Calcutt & David Green and Dee & Peter Lindon. Congratulations to all.

PAT HUSBAND TROPHY - JACK HIGH FRIENDLY PAIRS

The Jack High Friendly Pairs was held on Sunday on Realbridge.

Ten pairs took part and the winners were Madeleine Harrison and John Henderson with a great score of 64%, well ahead of the rest of the field. Well done indeed.

Thanks to all those played. We hope you enjoyed this event as the County are keen to encourage all levels of players to County events.

CLUB TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR TRAINING COURSE 2023

Last year the County ran two, very successful, Club TD training courses for any Berks & Bucks member who wanted to become a qualified Club TD. We are proposing to run another course this year, again open to any member of any B&B club.

The EBU, EBED course is four full days spread over about 10-12 weeks at a cost of £250 per person. Last year the County subsidised the cost with £150 leaving the candidate ( or their club ) to only pay £100. We will repeat this offer this year.

It is hoped that the course will take place on Mondays at the South Bucks Bridge Centre (SBBC) with exact dates yet to be finalised.

Anyone interested in taking the course should e-mail Mick Green at††

mickandsuegreen20@outlook.com

IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE DIRECTOR ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

Call†the Director on†07401†079752

Results
Friendly Pairs - Finchampstead Plate
Director: Keith Sheppard
Senior Pairs - Directors Cup
Director: Mick Green
County Pairs Final - Rex Avery Trophy
Director: Rob Sassoon
Friendly Pairs - Pat Husband Trophy
Director: Keith Sheppard
County Pairs Qualifier
Director: Gary Conrad
Club Pairs Final - Waller Bowl
Director: Gary Conrad
Berks v Bucks - XIMPS A
Calendar
Sun 23rd Apr 2023
Club Teams Final - Committee Cup
Windsor 1:30
Director: Ian Mitchell
Sat 24th Jun 2023
Green Pointed Swiss Pairs - Anders Wallen Trophy
Windsor 11:00
Director: Rob Sassoon
Sun 25th Jun 2023
Green Pointed Swiss Teams - Richard Palmer Memorial Trophy
Windsor 11:00
Director: Rob Sassoon