Congratulations to Shindigger 2019 David Killick who finished well clear of the rest of the field with an unassailable cross-imp total of 46.
This year's AGM and annual prize giving was held on June 10th.
Competition Winners 2018-19
Chrys Poole &
David Killick &
Bob Holder &
Teams of Four
Gwen Stoneham Trophy
League of 8
Peter Hall Trophy
Addis Page Trophy
Most Master Points Won
Most Improved Pair
Raymond Worral Trophy
Sue Dickens &
Brenda Vitty &
Our standard organisation for Monday evening is that we start play promptly at 7:30, play 26/27 boards, and finish at 10:45. In order for the Director to be able to start play at 7:30, the movement must have been entered into the computer, and boards[/movement cards] distributed, so he/she needs to know the number of participating pairs/teams by 7:25. If you know you won't arrive by 7:25, please notify either the Centre or your partner that you're on your way and your expected arrival time.
Club policy as validated by the recent members' vote is that 3-board sit-outs for pairs events are to be avoided and so, with a half-table, our standard movement will be based on 2-board rounds. Our Directors have been instructed that, once the movement for the evening has been selected, it should not be significantly changed to accommodate unnotified late arrivals, particularly where this might prejudice the prompt commencement of play.
Charles Chisnall will be looking at why we make mistakes in bidding and in play. How often do we hear at the table, "I should not have bid that", or, "I should not have played that card", or, "I should not have gone down in that contract"?
So the big question is, "Well why did you, then?". This seminar will aim to answer these questions and hopefully help prevent at least some mistakes in the future. Of course, some players never make a mistake, they just take a wrong view!!!!
The seminar will be in the Garden Room at SBBC, starting at 18:45 and finishing at 19:15, in time for bridge. There is no charge for the seminar, but we do hope that you will be able to stay on and play in our duplicate pairs event that follows. No need to come with a partner - Burnham provides a host for all its pairs events.
The Chiltern League Elimination Pairs Final was held at the Reading Cricket & Hockey Club in Sonning on Wednesday 1 May. We had 4 pairs qualifying for the final from our Club heat on 1 April. Bob Holder & Nigel Marlow finished 3rd, Nigel Lancaster & Steve Gore 6th closely followed by John Coleman & Marilyn Murtagh in 7th, Alec Black & Colin Godbold were 19th. This is a very pleasant venue in which to play bridge, although the Rebellion beer visible through the tightly-shuttered bar was a little tantalising.
The Club is intending to enter a team-of-8 into the Chiltern League again in the new season. Please talk to Nigel Lancaster if you'd like to be involved - you'd be very welcome.
The team completed its inaugural year in the Chiltern League with a 13-7 win away to Newbury A, leaving Burnham at the top of the division. Loddon Vale weren't able to manage the 20-0 victory needed in their final match to upset things [they lost 5-15].
Things have worked out pretty much as we'd hoped, providing opportunities for members who wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to represent the Club to take part. Some 15 members played for the team, with Colin Dale taking the role of administrative captain.
Thanks to all who've supported the Club in this venture: we hope that as many of you as possible will take part in the Chiltern Elimination Pairs heat at the Club on April 1st [see below].
You're playing teams and, as West, you lead ♥J. Partner wins with the Ace as dummy and declarer play small. Now partner returns ♦4, and declarer plays ♦6.
Any chance of beating this contract?
As East didn't play the heart Queen, South must have it, with at least one more.
If East has ♠A the contract's down whatever, and South is someone you'd like to play against at high-stakes rubber bridge. So let's assume South has the Ace.
Prospects for defeating the contract are not bright and, at the table, West took ♦Q, ♦A, and gave up. Can you see something else he/she might have done?
What if East held ♠Jx and ♦K? Now there is a contract-defeating strategy. Take the first diamond with the Ace, and return the Queen.
East will give this odd play a double-take, then stop to think. If he/she gets it right, a third diamond will hit the table. Okay, it gives declarer a completely useless ruff and discard, but it also allows West to ruff, thus promoting East's Jack.
Burnham members have already featured in the initial Berks & Bucks CBA competitions of the 2018-2019 season:
Forthcoming competitions are:
We have twice weekly sessions of good standard Duplicate Bridge at the very attractive South Bucks Bridge Centre - a purpose-converted 16th Century barn in its own grounds, between Beaconsfield, Maidenhead and Slough
Our main session is at 7.30 every Monday evening, when we play Pairs, except Teams of Four on the third Monday each month except when this is a bank holiday. A host is available to play with anyone without a partner on Pairs evenings.
We use Bridgemates, for instant scoring, with current scores displayed on a large screen. Hand records and results print-outs are available within a few minutes of the end of every session.
Several teams from the Club compete in the Berks and Bucks League of 8, with the A team in the first division. We also encourage less experienced players and hold monthly free seminars before the start of an evening session.
A host is available for all Monday evening Duplicate Pairs sessions,
so anyone coming along without a partner is guaranteed a game. This service may be used by any player not more than 6 times in a calendar year.
This does not apply for teams evenings or special events- check the calendar