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BLUE GROUP FOR MONDAY 19 APRIL

Here is the access code and table allocation for the BLUE GROUP for Monday – click the link to sign in and join your table just before 10.00.

Access code - click on this link   PlayerCBTBlue1

BLUE GROUP - SUPERVISED PLAY ON REALBRIDGE FROM 10am

B1

B2

B3

B4

Gail

Jim

Stuart

Ruth

Sheelagh Bolt

Pamela Campbell-Armstrong

Anthea Jones

Angela Cole

Joyce Holdsworth

Barbara King

Pat Jackson

Lou Preedy

Jenny Page

David Hughes

Ange Edwards

Chris  North

Caroline Wales

Jill Hughes

Jude Stevenson

Linda Foden

Last updated : 20th Apr 2021 16:52 BST
RED GROUP FOR MONDAY 19 APRIL

Here is the Zoom link for the RED GROUP for Monday's lesson at 10.00:

Topic: CBT Lesson 11 – 3 weak two’s

Time: Apr 19, 2021 10:00 London  (the meeting will be open from 9.30 am – lesson starts at 10.00)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87861769331?pwd=L3RMTHdtYzNPaDA1cHpjUjE3MjAvQT09

Meeting ID: 878 6176 9331

Passcode: 163867

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Here is the access code and table allocation for the RED GROUP for Monday – click the link to sign in and join your table just before 11.00.
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RED GROUP - ZOOM LESSON 10am,  REALBRIDGE 11am

R1

R2

R3

 

Brian

Sarah

Lucy

 

Sarah Braithwaite

Sit-in BB - Anne Cullen

Mick Humby

 

Annette Love

Sit-in BB - Val Rees

Susan Humby

 

Olwen Jones

Caroline Connor

John Rossiter

 

Di Rydings

Tish Knight

Sue Rossiter

 

R4

R5

R6

 

Diana

Jill

Richard

 

Christine Callaway

Janet Cross

David Burgess

 

Jeannie Griffiths

Janet Wanstall

Kenneth Johnston

 

Kath Glock

Vickie McCloy

Leslie Case

 

Mair Mitchell

Judi Simpson

Barbara Newman

 

Last updated : 20th Apr 2021 16:52 BST
THE WAY AHEAD

CHARNWOOD BRIDGE TEACHERS – SPRING AND SUMMER

The end of another teaching term is quickly approaching, with the final duplicate session on Monday 15th March.  Congratulations on staying the course through what has been quite a challenging term, in many ways!

We are now planning the bridge for the rest of this year until we reach what we hope will be the start of a new teaching year of Face2Face bridge in October.

Whilst learning to play bridge has a definite starting point, there is no end point. How far we take you depends very much on what you want to achieve from the game. We believe that, if you were to apply everything that we have taught you so far, you will be very competent to play an enjoyable and sensible game of social bridge.

We are also aware, from your feedback, that there are those of you who are not happy that you have fully grasped the complexities of some of the later lessons and still struggle a little with the card play, and that providing you with yet more information and new techniques at this stage might be overloading you.  

Equally there are some who are straining at the leash to press on, learn more and move towards tackling competitive Club bridge head on. To both groups we would say that bridge is learnt over a lifetime – there is no finishing line to which you have to race and taking your own time in getting to where you want to be is the best way to enjoy the game.

With these thoughts in mind we have the following programme planned over the next few months.  We also have a brief questionnaire at the end.

Thank you for taking the time to respond. 

Brian, Gail, Richard Ruth and Stuart - Charnwood Bridge Teachers

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PROGRAMME UNTIL OCTOBER

EASTER BREAK

The Teachers and Buddies will be taking a break after the 15th March session, resuming on Monday 19th April.  There will be no organised duplicate sessions over this period, but we are sure you will continue to play among yourselves. 

Some of you have asked how you can upload the set hands onto a BBO session so you can run your own group of four, practicing what you have been taught.  We would be happy to show more of you how to do this if you would find it helpful.

NEXT TERM

For the 10 weeks from 19th April to 21st June, we will be running a new Term.  This will be along similar lines to the current term in that there will be five tuition sessions and five duplicate sessions, at the same times on a Monday morning.

However, there will be some changes.  The main difference is that we will be using RealBridge, not BBO, as the platform for running teaching tables and duplicate sessions.  RealBridge is a relatively new bridge platform which allows you to see the players at your table on a video-link, and talk to them.

The other major difference is that we will be running two separate groups in the five tuition sessions:

  • The first group, the Improvers or ‘Blue’ Group, will have supervised play of 12 hands, dealing with the topics we have already covered in the lessons to date, to help them to reinforce and consolidate what they have already learnt.
     
  • The second group, the Advancers or ‘Red’ Group, will be learning new topics through a Zoom lesson (just as we do now), followed by teaching tables with set hands exemplifying that topic, but using RealBridge as the platform.

As both of these groups will be running at the same time, we would ask each of you, with your partner, to decide which group you would like to join for the five teaching sessions.  In order to balance our resources, we may have to allocate you to one group or the other, but we would like you to make the initial choice yourselves.

The Duplicate sessions in the intervening Mondays will be run just as they are at the moment, but again we will be using RealBridge rather than BBO as the platform.

The cost of the course, for all students, will be £40 per head, payable in advance to Gail.  If you have lost the bank details for the direct credit, please contact Gail.

SUMMER CLUB

After the end of next Term, starting on 28th June, we plan to run a Summer Club, on RealBridge, on Monday mornings at 10am.  This will be just like the current duplicate sessions although we will run a few more boards. 

There will be no need to sign up for this in advance; you can drop into any session you wish.  We will pair up those without a partner, and if there is an odd number of players on any Monday, there will be a Bridge Buddy available to pair with.

More details on the Summer Club and the dates of the resumption of Face2Face teaching will be available in due course.

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QUESTIONNAIRE

NEXT TERM

Do you want to carry on learning to play bridge for another term?        

 Yes        No

If so, which group would you and your partner prefer to join – the Blue Group or the Red Group?  [Bear in mind that, depending on the replies, we may need to allocate students to one or the other, in order to manage our teaching resources]

 Blue – consolidating what we have already covered      

 Red – learning new topics, having already assimilated what we have done so far

SUMMER CLUB

      Is the Summer Club something that would interest you?

OTHER

     Do you have any other suggestions as to how we can help?

Please drop any of the teachers an email if that’s the easiest way to respond to this.  We will need responses from everybody as to the group they would like to join.

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Last updated : 1st Apr 2021 10:55 BST
Penny Rowe

We are sorry to report the sad news that one of our members, Penny Rowe, has passed away, after a lengthy battle against cancer.  Penny had had to withdraw from the course of lessons at the Rothley Centre because of her treatment, but was very pleased to have been able to rejoin the group online.

We have passed on a note of sympathy to Sam and the family.

Charnwood Bridge Teachers

Last updated : 1st Apr 2021 10:55 BST
MONDAY 26TH APRIL - DUPLICATE

DUPLICATE ON REALBRIDGE – STARTS AT 10 AM MONDAY

We are going to be playing duplicate on RealBridge on alternative Mondays starting 26 April.

Your log-in is     PlayerCBT2604

Just click on the link, check your video and audio are working, enter your name and click “Log in’.  You can then enter the bridge room and take a seat or join your partner at a table. The bridge room will be open from 9.30am.

Have a look at the tables and sit opposite your partner if they have got there first, otherwise sit down anywhere and wait for your partner to arrive.  The Director can sort things out if the two of you get separated. Just before the start of play, the system will make full tables from half tables. 

We will be playing 14 boards over 7 rounds.

We suggest that you press the redial button (it is at the right-hand end of your name bar) every hour as this will hopefully help with the issues of freezing, lack of sound etc. Be aware that you can be seen and heard by your partner and your opponents, even if their video/audio may appear (to you) to be turned off. 

Your directors today are Stuart & Ruth

If you need to get in touch, Ruth can be contacted on 07831492538 or rufus.johnson@virginmedia.com. It would be useful to know if you will be away or needing a partner.

Good luck and ENJOY THE GAME.

Last updated : 30th Apr 2021 16:49 BST
SPRING TERM ARRANGEMENTS

SPRING TERM

We are making arrangements for the Spring term, starting on 19th April.  As you know from the note we sent out some time ago (also on the website) we will be running 5 lesson sessions on Monday 19 April, 3, 17 and 31 May and 14 June.  We will be running 5 duplicate sessions (with a subsequent commentary on learning points) on the intervening Mondays 26 April, 10 and 24 May, 7 and 21 June.

All of these sessions will be run on the RealBridge platform https://realbridge.online/ .  Several of you have already used this, but for those who haven’t, we recommend looking at the ‘For Players’ section on that Home Page, and also the Player guide here: https://realbridge.online/player-guide.html .  It’s also worth testing whether your equipment works by using the camera and microphone Test Page here: https://play.realbridge.online/camera.html

We will be running a practice session just to get people accustomed to the platform, at 10.00 on Monday 12 April.  You will get a further note about this in due course.

As you know, we are arranging students into two groups:
Red Group – learning new topics at a Zoom lesson at 10am, and moving onto RealBridge teaching tables at 11.00

Blue Group – going straight on RealBridge teaching tables at 10am with supervised play of practice hands, reviewing topics we have already covered.

We are delighted that we have been able to accommodate all of you into the groups you have asked for; there is a full table plan at the end of this note.

It would be helpful to give Richard as much notice as possible of lessons you will be away for, so that he can rearrange the tables as necessary.  E-mail to richard.rees227@gmail.com is easiest.

NEW TEACHER

We have added an extra teacher to our ranks – Jim Miller, who you will meet in due course.  He will also be with us when we return to face-to-face lessons.

PAYMENT

The cost of the 10-week course is £40 – Gail has already been in touch with those who haven’t yet paid.

Looking forward to seeing you all again on 19th April,

 

Brian, Gail, Jim, Richard, Ruth, Stuart - Charnwood Bridge Teachers

 

 

TEACHING TABLES

19-Apr

 
       

BLUE GROUP - SUPERVISED PLAY ON REALBRIDGE FROM 10am

B1

B2

B3

B4

Sheelagh Bolt

Pamela Campbell-Armstrong

Anthea Jones

Angela Cole

Joyce Holdsworth

Barbara King

Pat Jackson

Lou Preedy

Jenny Page

David Hughes

Ange Edwards

Chris  North

Caroline Wales

Jill Hughes

Jude Stevenson

BRIDGE BUDDY

 

 

RED GROUP - ZOOM LESSON 10am,  REALBRIDGE SET HANDS 11am

R1

R2

R3

Sarah Braithwaite

Jenny Downes

Mick Humby

Annette Love

BRIDGE BUDDY

Susan Humby

Olwen Jones

Caroline Connor

John Rossiter

Di Rydings

Tish Knight

Sue Rossiter

R4

R5

R6

Christine Callaway

Janet Cross

David Burgess

Jeannie Griffiths

Janet Wanstall

Kenneth Johnston

Kath Glock

Vickie McCloy

Leslie Case

Mair Mitchell

Judi Simpson

Barbara Newman

 
Last updated : 16th Apr 2021 18:56 BST
BALANCED HANDS

A quick reminder of balanced hands:

  • If the hand contains a 6+-card suit - it's NOT balanced
  • If there's a 5+ card suit and a 4+ card suit - it's NOT balanced
  • If it's a 4-4-4-1 shape - it's NOT balanced.

ALL other hand shapes are balanced, because all that remains is:
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which are the three balanced hand shapes.

Just under half (47%) of all the hands you are dealt fall into the three balanced hands shapes above.

16 October 2019 - Richard Rees

Last updated : 5th Jan 2020 18:42 GMT
CONTACT DETAILS

We hope you all enjoyed this morning's lesson. 

If you want to practice playing between the lessons and have nobody to practice with, all students' contact details are in the password-protected Members Area of this website.  The first time you click on Members Area you will be asked to set your own password, then you can see the membership list.

Please contact me for any administration queries, and also email me to let me know whether you will not be able to make a particular lesson, so we can get the notes to you.

See you next week for some more brain exercise!

11 October 2019 - Richard Rees

Last updated : 13th Dec 2019 18:50 GMT
CESSATION OF TEACHING

As a result of the PM's advice on Coronavirus this evening, we have no option but to stop all CBT teaching activities with immediate effect.  

Once the 'All Clear' is sounded, we will resume with the Friday Summer club.  Year 2 for the Beginners and Improvers alike will start on Monday 28 September (Improvers) and Friday 2 October (Beginners).  We will be in touch about registration during the summer, but places are reserved on those courses for all the existing students.

We are sorry to have had to curtail activities so near to the end of the course - we managed to complete Year 1 for the beginners and all but one lesson for the Improvers (Lesson 10 notes will be on the website in due course).

We have enjoyed the experience, as we hope you have.

Stay safe and well!

Charnwood Bridge Teachers - Brian, Gail, Richard, Ruth and Stuart (not forgetting the 7 Bridge Buddies - Diana, Helen, Jill, Lesley, Penny, Sarah and Susie,)

Last updated : 25th Jun 2020 17:27 BST
Offer from County Bridge Club

Wednesday Bridge: 10.30 at the County Bridge Club

A message from CBC’s Chairman, Ian Walkerdine

Would you like to play more duplicate bridge? If the answer’s yes, why don’t you join us on Wednesdays?   We offer a friendly, weekly session designed for improvers. I run the event myself and follow it up with a commentary

To enter, please visit the County Bridge Club website, make sure you complete the registration form*** and we’ll send you an invitation.  You’ll need your EBU registration number. We play up to 20 boards and aim to finish by 12.40pm.  There’s a charge of $3BBO per person

Need more information? Contact Lucy Pathan on 01509 557220.

***Please note that the registration form is on the main County Bridge Club website (https://www.bridgewebs.com/cbc/) not on the (CBCT) County Bridge Club Teaching website

Last updated : 16th Apr 2021 18:57 BST
CORONAVIRUS

Bridge can be a solace in troubled times, and we are continuing to run our lessons as normal.  Tomorrow is the final class for Year 1's, and Monday the penultimate for the Improvers.  In both cases, we will be running a voluntary competition on the Friday/Monday following the final lesson.

However, events are moving rapidly and we would advise you to listen to any changes in Government advice, particularly in relation to public gatherings and the over-70's.

Please do not come to lessons if you feel unwell; we know that you will already be following the existing guidance on hand-washing and personal hygiene.  If you can't join us for lessons, the student notes will continue to be put on the website after each lesson.

We do hope that as many of you as possible can continue to join us - we are enjoying the experience as much as (we hope) you are!

With best wishes,

Richard, Brian, Ruth and Gail

Last updated : 25th Jun 2020 17:27 BST
FRIDAY SUMMER CLUB

There is enough interest from our beginners and improvers classes to start the Friday Summer Club which we have mentioned. The club sessions would be at the Rothley Centre from 10.00 to 12.30 every Friday starting at the end of this term on 27th March.

There is no need for any prior commitment - we would accommodate as many pairs as turn up on the day.  There is no need to book in advance; you would pay table money (probably £2.50 per head - to be finalised) on the day to cover the costs of room hire etc.  We will pair up individuals as they arrive, but plan to arrange a stand-by Buddy so that we can cope if an odd number of players turn up.

These sessions will give you a chance to practice playing; they will not be lessons.  Each pair moves around the room playing hands against each of the other pairs who turn up; we plan to score these up so that you can see how you have got on compared to your peers. 

We will also invite beginners from the County Club classes in Leicester, which will give them and you a chance to meet other local students.

Brian, Gail, Richard and Ruth

Last updated : 25th Jun 2020 17:28 BST
MONDAY DUPLICATE SESSION

Here's an extract from Ruth and Stuart's circular of 13 October about signing up for Monday's duplicate session:
THIS IS THE PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW:

ONE player from the partnership (you need to decide who!) must sign up for the game on BBO any time from 8am each Monday morning. BUT it is vital that the other player is also online with BBO when this is done, so please agree a time when you and your partner can do this eg 9.15am. We ask that you register your partnership before 9.40am, so we can iron out any problems before we start at 10am.

The person doing the registering for the partnership does as follows. (The other player merely stays on line with BBO). The person doing the registering MUST know their partner’s BBO username, so please make sure you have it, noting any capital letters etc.

         1.     Log in to BBO

         2.     Click on "COMPETITIVE " then "ALL TOURNAMENTS "

         3.     Top left – ensure “Pending“ is underlined.

         4.     Search bar (top right) - type in “Charnwood”.

         5.     To enter the session, click the white area containing “Charnwood Bridge                   Teachers Club."

         6.     Put in the BBO username of your partner, and click “invite”.

         7.     The other player will immediately receive this invitation, which is why                       he/she MUST be logged on to BBO - and accept the invite!!

You will be informed if you have been successfully entered into the tournament. If not, have another go, but check you have entered your partner’s username correctly. Once the partnership is registered, you can go away - have some breakfast, or walk the dog. However…….

Please do return and ensure you are BOTH logged in to BBO by 9.50am in time for the 10am start.  The game will start automatically at 10am - you must be there, or you will miss out!

 NO PARTNER or PARTNER AWAY? - NO PROBLEM!

 We will partner up single players into partnerships. If you are aware you will need a partner, please email or phone Ruth Johnson as soon as you can - days before if necessary - the earlier she knows, the better, and certainly no later than 6pm on the Sunday evening. She will fix you up with another single player or with another stand-in, so you can register with your “new” partner in time to play in the session. You will have to follow the procedure above to register.

Finally, please do get in touch if you have any questions - either Ruth or Stuart. Our emails are

 Ruth

rufus.johnson@virginmedia.com

07831492538

Stuart 

sm9999@hotmail.co.uk

Last updated : 16th Apr 2021 18:56 BST
ONLINE LESSONS

ONLINE LESSONS START ON MONDAY 12th OCTOBER AT 10.00. 

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Last updated : 4th Dec 2020 11:14 GMT
REFRESHER SESSIONS - UPDATE

These will start for Beginners on Friday 3 July and for Improvers on Monday 6 July - in both cases starting at 10.00 and running for an hour.

Last updated : 8th Oct 2020 10:06 BST
ON-LINE REFRESHERS

NEWS FROM LOCKDOWN!

We hope to be running on-line refreshers for the Beginners group at 10am on a Friday, and the Improvers at 10am on a Monday, starting in July.  Those interested should already have received an email. on 19th June.

These will be held on BBO, whose website is a www.bridgebase.com.  We will be using the 'Teaching Tables' function; members will need to join BBO (it's free) and the on-line sessions will be free at the start while we see how they go.

With very best wishes,

Brian, Gail, Richard, Ruth and Stuart

Last updated : 8th Oct 2020 10:07 BST
Members News
The second page can be used for news stories of general interest to members, but not necessarily "hot" news which is usually on the home page. Once a Hot News story becomes old news, just open it and change the page it shows on.
Last updated : 15th Dec 2006 08:57 GMT
ACCESS TO MEMBERS AREA

This website is based on a standard bridge club website, so the students are called 'Members'.

Where you have given permission for your email or mobile number to be accessible to other members (for example to fix up a practice session between lessons), these details are accessible on the 'Members Area' (one of the options on the list on the left).

Every member can see the Members Area - the first time you go into it, you'll need to set your own personal password to log in.  This stops the contact information being available to Joe Public.

If I have contact details wrong, please let me know as only I can change these.

As well as students, the 'Members' include the 5 teachers (Brian, Gail, Ruth, and myself) and 7 Bridge Buddies (Helen, Jill, Lesley, Penny, Sarah, Stuart, Susie) who will help with the course.

9 October 2019   Richard Rees

Last updated : 9th Oct 2020 14:22 BST