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BBL Survey - April/May 2018

The BBL Committee would like to thank all those who took the time and trouble to complete the League survey in April/May this year.  A total of 67 individuals from all clubs responded to the survey:  50 answered the survey for current players and 17 responded to the non-current player survey.  A summary of the responses can be seen on the BBL Web Site

The results were discussed at the BBL AGM.  Following this, the BBL Committee does not propose to make any significant changes in the structure of the League, the playing season or policies regarding where and when matches are to be played.  Greater freedom will be given to teams who wish to organise their matches during the day – but this must be with the express consent of both teams. Although the majority of responses indicated that players are satisfied that the current number of matches is ‘about right’, it is likely that the number of teams wishing to play in the league next season will naturally result in a slight reduction in the number of matches to be played, and the Committee will review this when the applications from teams wishing to play in the next season have been received.

Bridge Jargon

♠ Director ruling - A revoke, where the player that had revoked realised before the trick was completed. Since the revoke was not established (law 63) the card played was withdrawn and replaced with a legal card (law 62). The revoke was by a defender so the revoke card stayed on the table as a major penalty card (law 62B1). The next non-offending player was allowed to withdraw the card he had played and play another (law 62C1).

 Claims -  If a claim has been made, you can now ask for the cards to be played, provided all agree, although it is in your interest to call the Director. This is a change introduced with the 2017 laws (see below).

♠ Tip - If you do not have a convention card that supports your system the TD may rule against you. Complete a convention card!

Welcome to Bracknell Forest Bridge Club
Coronavirus and Online Bridge

Regrettably, the club will be closed until further notice. We will advise members when normal club nights can resume but do not expect this to be any time soon.

In the mean time, we are trying to set up online club sessions, using Bridge Base Online (BBO). These will allow members to continue to play with and against each other from the safety of their own homes. These sessions will be organised for Monday evenings at the same time as normal club nights.

To participate, you first need to register with BBO. To do this, click the following link: EBU Bridgebase Online. You will be invited to specify a short name, or handle, by which you will be known within the BBO system. For example, my handle is Writerman. Once you have your BBO handle, you need to let the committee know using the form below. The club needs to maintain a list of the BBO handles of those members wishing to participate in online club sessions. Registering with BBO is free but you will also need to pay "table money" for those club sessions in which you participate. BBO table money is expressed in US dollars but you pay by purchasing BBO dollars in advance, paying in English money. Note that most of your table money (70%) comes back to the club so we need as many members to play as possible in order to generate some income during lockdown. The charge per sesion has yet to be determined but is likely to be between 3 and 5 US dollars,

EBU Master Points will be awarded for BBO club sessions and they will contribute to your NGS grading in the same way as normal club sessions.

For those interested, here is a link to the EBU rules governing online bridge: EBU Rules for Online Bridge.

The club has also registered with Bridge Club Live (BCL). To play under the club's umbrella, go to Bridge Club Live and register. But we won't be organising club sessions in BCL.

March 16th 2020

A limited session was held on the 16th March, with just 5 pairs competing. As there were no pre-dealt boards and some issues with the bridgemates, the usual results file is not available. However, rankings and travellers have been created and uploaded in a separate pdf file which can be accessed in the usual way via the results section. With so few tables, scoring using cross-imps is more appropriate than match points. However, all travellers have been scored by both methods to give a comparison. Steve Hollister and Chris Williams were the winners using both methods (with + 55imps or 62.75%) in what is likely to be the last session at the club for some time.    

B&B CBA Committee Cup and Waller Bowl

The County has announced that the finals of both the Committee Cup and Waller Bowl have been cancelled. These were scheduled for April 5th and 26th respectively.

BFBC held a heat of the Berks and Bucks Committee Cup on Mon 20th Jan.  The Cup is a County teams-of-four event, with qualifying teams competing in the final at Windsor on Sunday April 5th. A total of 7 teams competed, with the top three teams entitled to play in the final.   Marceli Smialkowski's team was in top spot, with Bob Findlow's and John Harman's team second and third respectively.

The Waller Bowl (pairs) heat was held on Mon 2nd March. Nine pairs competed, with the top three pairs entitled to play in the final to be held at Windsor on Sunday 26th April. Top pair were Marceli Smialkowski & Andrzej Kwiatkowski, followed by Andy Kirk & Martin Woodbridge and Keith and Jenny Sheppard.


CiN Sim pairs - Mon 11 Nov 19.

BFBC took part in the ECATS Children in Need Sim Pairs held on Monday 11th November. A total of 15 pairs from the club were amongst the 2534 pairs competing on that night from a total of 150 clubs. Best placed BFBC pair were Simon Kearon and Dave Lee, who were in 99th postion overall with 62.87%. The next best placed pair from the club were Ann and Peter Francis, who scored 61.03% and finished 184th out of the 2534 pairs competing. Overall results for the session held on the 11th can be found at This year's donation to the charity will be £139.82 - thank you all very much for your generosity.

Francis Cup Teams Competition - Mon 21 Oct 19

This year's annual competition for the Francis Cup was held on Monday 21st October. Fittingly, the competition was won by Anne Francis and her team, so congratulations to Anne and Peter Francis, Philip Jackson and Elaine Longstaff, scoring an impressive + 47 IMPS over the evening. Many thanks to the 6 teams who competed and to Keith Sheppard for directing and running a very enjoyable evening. 

Change of Venue - Mon 28 Oct 19

Please note that, as Brownlow Hall is not available on Monday 28th October, we will be playing in St Martin's Church Hall, Church Road, Chavey Down (Ascot Bridge Club's normal venue) instead.  Please aim to arrive by 7:20 pm as usual for a 7:30 pm start.  We will be back at Brownlow as normal on Monday 4th November. 

Introduction of New Laws of Duplicate Bridge

In 2017, the World Bridge Federation completed its ten yearly review of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge and the EBU has issued an updated book of Laws applicable to the game in England. The trend with the new laws is to try and reduce the number of occasions where boards are cancelled and artificial adjusted scores are awarded.  Whilst most of the laws relating to the common situations we are likely to encounter in the Club remain principally the same as in the 2007 Laws, there are some subtle changes of wording and members are asked to be patient with Directors if they are called to give a ruling whilst they find their way around the new laws. The EBU has produced a poster (link here) that summarises two key changes that all players should know about:  the procedure governing a claim; and the use of comparable calls to replace insufficient bids and calls out of rotation. 

  • The procedure governing a claim has effectively been changed to follow practice at the table where, after a claim has been made, the non-claiming side has said ‘play on’.  The old laws actually required play to stop and the TD to be called in the event of a disputed claim – generally honoured more in the breach than the observance.  The new laws allow play to continue, provided all agree.  However, if the TD is called and declarer’s stated line does not adequately account for all the tricks he is claiming (perhaps because he hasn’t drawn all the opponents' trumps and has not stated that he is drawing trumps when he claims), the TD can rule that the declarer takes a line of play that is less advantageous to him.  If the defence insist on ‘playing on’ and declarer wakes up to the fact that there is an outstanding trump and draws it, the defence cannot then claim that they might have made a trump trick and then call the TD.  The advice remains to call the Director if you are not happy with a Claim that has been made.
  • Comparable Calls will allow the bidding to continue in circumstances where, after an insufficient bid or a call out of rotation, offender’s partner would have been silenced for the rest of the auction. The poster at the above link covers this in more detail.

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Competitions and Events 2019/20

Date                Competition    

21 Oct 19        Francis Cup
11 Nov 19        ECATS CiN Sim Pairs (Charity Event)
 9 Dec 19        Christmas Party
20 Jan 20        B&BCBA Committee Cup Teams of 4 Heat (Club members only to qualify)
 2  Mar 20       B&BCBA Waller Bowl (Pairs) Heat (Club members only to qualify)
 9  Mar 20       Swiss Pairs
 5 Apr  20        Committee Cup Final (Windsor) cancelled
26 Apr 20        Waller Bowl Final (Windsor) cancelled
18 May 20       Individual Competition for the Tom Fegarty Memorial Cup (Members only)

The finals of the Committee Cup and the Waller Bowl will take place at Windsor starting at 13:30

18th May 2020
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
25th May 2020
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
1st June 2020
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Monday Pairs (click here to see results)
Director: Mark Carson
Scorer: Derek Thornton
Monday Pairs
Director: Keith Sheppard
Scorer: Keith Sheppard
Monday Pairs (Waller Bowl Heat)
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Keith Sheppard