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Address of this website

www.claygate.club

President — June Buckland

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Your Committee

Chairman — Gavin Wilson 📧 gavin@claygate.club

Treasurer — Muriel Hodder

Secretary — Kay Wilson 📧 kay@claygate.club

Refreshments  Yvette Barton 📧 yvette@claygate.club

Membership — Pauline Harris 📧 pauline@claygate.club

? — Julie Minards 📧 juliem@claygate.club

? — Vicky Bevan 📧 vicky@claygate.club

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The Director team

The Director team comprises:

  • Rowena Austin
  • Gavin Wilson
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The Scorer team

The Scoring Team comprises:

  • Carol Wildig (Team Leader)

  • Gavin Wilson

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Claygatenow uses a wireless scoring system called BridgePal, which runs on smartphones and tablets.  The implementation team today consists of Gavin Wilson and Carol Wildig, but more volunteers are very welcome.  We will provide as much help and training as each North needs to enter the scores into the handset.

Further information about BridgePal can be found here.

Welcome to Claygate Bridge Club
 
 
  Statement from the President on Online Cheating

Here is an excerpt from a letter of 28th July 2020 from the President of the European Bridge League on the subject 'Revelation of cheating at online bridge events', available on the EBU website:

'The EBL has taken note of confessions made on social media by several players of having cheated repeatedly during privately organised online bridge events. Even though the events involved were not held under the auspices of the EBL, we want to make it absolutely clear that:

  • the EBL strongly condemns cheating in all forms of bridge, irrespective of where it occurs;
  • the EBL will support, and cooperate with, all serious efforts to combat cheating; to this end we need information to be shared among the event organisers;
  • the EBL will consider action against cheats even if the offences occurred outside its immediate jurisdiction;
  • the EBL strongly encourages cheats to confess - lacking a confession any sanctions will be much more severe.'
  Committee Meeting Postponed etc

The quarterly committee meeting which was due to be held on 17th June has been postponed until a yet-to-be-determined future date.  Too much remains unclear about the resumption of face-to-face bridge to make such a meeting worthwhile.

We hope you are all well.

A sign of these straitened times for bridge: the June edition of 'English Bridge' magazine is now available on the EBU website and will not be available in hard copy.  So do not expect it to be dropping through your letterboxes.  I have only glanced through it so far, but my eye was caught by a correspondence with Gordon Rainsford about cheating in online bridge!

Very best wishes

Gavin

  New Guidance from the EBU on not playing club bridge

Excerpt from an EBU email to club officials sent 26th June:

'The government announced on 23rd June that it will be relaxing the social distancing requirements with effect from 4th July. This has led some clubs and other bridge organisers to wonder if they will be able to start re-opening at that time.

'The government advice does say that social clubs and community centres will be able to re-open, although it says that casinos will not. However, there are a number of requirements in order to be allowed to re-open: apart from keeping a record of everyone who attends, people are still required to stay 2m apart if possible and otherwise to keep at least 1m apart along with having further mitigations like wearing face masks or having perspex barriers between people.

'Although many clubs might have the space to keep tables 2m apart, the standard bridge-table size seats players no further than 60cm from their opponents. We have been unable to uncover clear and authoritative advice that having, for instance, a perspex screen across the table, is sufficient to mitigate this. Because of this, we are unable currently to advise that even with mitigating actions, bridge clubs can generally re-open to run face-to-face games that comply with the regulations.'

Thus the EBU makes it clear that Claygate Bridge Club should not re-open for the time being.  However, watch this space.

Gavin

  Online videos showing how the bridge masters think
Online videos showing how the bridge masters think

Following a recommendation in Tuesday's Times, I spent 20 minutes watching the likes of Andrew Robson and Zia Mahmood playing through a couple of bridge hands in a free recording at  http://newtricksbridge.club/watch.html . Similar in style to the way that the BBC2's 'Master Game' tackled chess in the 1970s, it features understandable expert commentary while each bid and card is played, together with a narration supplied by each player afterwards to give you an idea of what was going on in their mind. (It was comforting to see one grandmaster make a hash of the bidding on the second hand because he had mixed a spade in with the clubs in his hand.) There are a number of episodes available.

Gavin

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  BRIDGE SESSIONS AT THE CLUB ARE NOW SUSPENDED

I am very sorry to have to announce this, but Claygate Bridge Club is now closed until further notice. Yesterday afternoon, the committee decided to call an SGM at the start of the evening session to implement the government's advice regarding coronavirus. The mood of the members who attended was that we had no choice but to suspend the club's activities until further notice. We then had a final session of five-and-a-half tables before the enforced break.

We hope to resume activities at the earliest opportunity.

Hope to see you all very soon.

Gavin

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  Host Rota 2020

If you cannot attend on the date you have been allocated, please try to organise a swap, and inform the Secretary, kay@claygater.uk, of the swap. If you need help finding a swap, please contact the Secretary.

 

Date
Host
6-APR-20 TISH Moussell
20-APR-20 MIKE Mulligan
27-APR-20 TONY Baker
4-MAY-20 ANNE Blackwell
11-MAY-20 PAT Orton
18-MAY-20 SUE Osborne
1-JUN-20 URSULA Oscroft
8-JUN-20 STEPHANIE Postlethwaite
15-JUN-20 SUE Rawlins
22-JUN-20 JUDY Reilly
29-JUN-20 JUNE Retter
6-JUL-20 VALERIE Bornhoft
13-JUL-20 DAVID Rotherham
20-JUL-20 VIKI Royce
27-JUL-20 THELMA Scott
3-AUG-20 ANNE Sexton
17-AUG-20 MOIRA Shearer
24-AUG-20 SANDRA Simpson
7-SEP-20 VIDA Smith
21-SEP-20 MARY Blundell
28-SEP-20 ROY Stew
5-OCT-20 JOAN Tait
19-OCT-20 KOON-WAH Tan
26-OCT-20 LAY-CHOO Tan
2-NOV-20 TERRY Welsh
16-NOV-20 JENNY Wood
23-NOV-20 FAY D'Abo
30-NOV-20 JANET Adams
7-DEC-20 ELIZABETH Adkins
21-DEC-20 FRANCES Allwork
28-DEC-20 KAIS Bahrani

In Order of First Name

Date
Host
4-MAY-20 ANNE Blackwell
3-AUG-20 ANNE Sexton
13-JUL-20 DAVID Rotherham
7-DEC-20 ELIZABETH Adkins
23-NOV-20 FAY D'Abo
21-DEC-20 FRANCES Allwork
30-NOV-20 JANET Adams
16-NOV-20 JENNY Wood
5-OCT-20 JOAN Tait
22-JUN-20 JUDY Reilly
29-JUN-20 JUNE Retter
28-DEC-20 KAIS Bahrani
19-OCT-20 KOON-WAH Tan
26-OCT-20 LAY-CHOO Tan
21-SEP-20 MARY Blundell
20-APR-20 MIKE Mulligan
17-AUG-20 MOIRA Shearer
11-MAY-20 PAT Orton
28-SEP-20 ROY Stew
24-AUG-20 SANDRA Simpson
8-JUN-20 STEPHANIE Postlethwaite
18-MAY-20 SUE Osborne
15-JUN-20 SUE Rawlins
2-NOV-20 TERRY Welsh
27-JUL-20 THELMA Scott
6-APR-20 TISH Moussell
27-APR-20 TONY Baker
1-JUN-20 URSULA Oscroft
6-JUL-20 VALERIE Bornhoft
7-SEP-20 VIDA Smith
20-JUL-20 VIKI Royce
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  Information for Visitors about the Club

We play Duplicate Pairs each Monday, except Bank Holidays.

The club is affiliated to the EBU, so every session attracts Masterpoints for the highest-ranked players on the night.

Play starts at 7.30 pm, but all players must arrive by 7.20 pm.

A session normally consists of 24 boards, and it should be over by 10.30 pm.

Visitors are very welcome.

We always play at Claygate Centre for the Community, Elm Road, Claygate KT10 0EH.

Commonly called the 'Day Centre', its phone number is: 01372 463476    Map  

The cost per player, which covers both play and refreshments, is:

£2.00 for members, and £3.00 for visitors.

As the club is approaching its limit of 110 members, we may soon have to introduce a waiting list for membership applications.  

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Information for Visitors about the Club
Results
Howell Pairs
Ⓓ: Rowena
Ⓢ: Gavin Wilson
AGM Pairs
Ⓓ: Gavin
Ⓢ: Gavin Wilson
Pairs
Ⓓ: Julie
Ⓢ: Gavin Wilson
Pairs
Ⓓ: Gavin
Ⓢ: Gavin Wilson
Calendar
31st Aug 2020
BANK HOLIDAY
7th Sep 2020
Pairs
Ⓓ: Gavin
Ⓢ: Carol
Ⓗ: VIDA Smith
14th Sep 2020
Club Championship 2 of 7
Ⓓ: Rowena
Ⓢ: Carol
Ⓗ: -- NO HOST --
21st Sep 2020
Pairs
Ⓓ: Gavin
Ⓢ: Carol
Ⓗ: MARY Blundell
28th Sep 2020
Pairs
Ⓓ: Rowena
Ⓢ: Carol
Ⓗ: ROY Stew
5th Oct 2020
Pairs
Ⓓ: Julie G
Ⓢ: Carol
Ⓗ: JOAN Tait