Derek is running supervised play sessions in the club in parallel with the usual duplicate. If you are interested, come and try it out. The charge per session is £5 plus table money.
Books are available on loan to club members. Visit Library.
Here is first hand advice from EBU...
Let's Play Bridge
with Marx Brothers
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Visit a Bridge Village
"We all make mistakes when playing!"
The following competitions are played in the club throughout the year:
Trophy awarded for the Club Championship Pairs. The qualifying round is a two winner movement and the top 6 pairs in each direction qualify for the final 6 table full Howell. There is a 40% carry forward score. Normally the qualifier is on the second Thursday in August and the final the following Tuesday.
The Ladder is usually played each 2nd Thursday of each month. Dates are posted on the club noticeboard & on the website calendar. The winners of the Ladder receive the Ladder Trophy and other prizes are awarded to the top 10 pairs.
The Ladder is played over a period of eleven months, the first round is played in September and the last round in July.
Players are divided into three divisions.
Division 1 - 30 Ladder points to the winners, then down by 2.
Division 2 - 28 Ladder points to the winners, then down by 2.
Division 3 - 26 Ladder points to the winners, then down by 2 (for 11 or more pairs), 3 (for 8-10 pairs) and 4 for fewer pairs.
In addition 1 point is added for a result of 60% and above, 2 points for a result of 65% and above, 3 points for a result of 70% and above etc.
4 points are deducted for a substitute. No points are allocated to the absent pairs.
When playing more than 4 times with a substitute, only 4 best substitute scores count.
If playing with a non-member, after 4 Ladder points for the substitute have been deducted, only 2/3rds of the remaining score counts.
The total Ladder points are then calculated as:-
TOTAL = 1/4 of the worst result + 1/2 of the next two worst results + the rest.
If there is a tie for any place in the ladder after the last round, the three worst results are fully taken into account to determine the higher placed pair.
Ladder Shield is awarded to the highest placed pair in the main Ladder event that never actually won it. Other prizes are also given to the second and third qualifying pairs.
Prize awarded to the player with the highest number of master points. The competition runs for 12 months starting on the 1st August. Before 2010/2011 given to the winners of the combined Red and Green Section. Since then it is played in Red Section only to encourage competitive spirit among those members that normally don't play in Thursday Ladder.