Claygate plays duplicate bridge each Monday evening except Bank Holidays.
Members should plan to arrive between 1900 and 1915. Play commences at 1930, and should end by 2230.
Claygate is an entirely volunteer-run club, and many unpaid tasks are performed to achieve a successful evening:
- Tables and chairs need to be arranged, and prepared for bridge.
- Crates containing the club's bridge equipment need to be brought out from the Day Centre's closet.
- The kitchen needs to be prepared for members to serve themselves soft drinks and biscuits.
- At the end of the evening, all these will need to be put away. Members should have washed their cups themselves, but we need to ensure that no dirty cups have been left.
The director runs the evening, and pays no table money. Members must always respect his or her decisions.
At the end of the evening, the scorer will take away the table slips and travellers, and produce the results at home by the next day. For that, he or she also pays no table money.
The duplimater duplimates 33 boards and produces around 20 copies of the 'answer sheet' each week at home (using the club's machine and printer), and brings them to the club. For performing that task, he or she pays no table money on the evening.
The host for the evening also pays no table money. This financial incentive is given because most members prefer playing with their regular partner.
Competitions at Claygate Bridge Club
Results scored throughout the year count towards the Victor Ludorum, which runs from January to December.
On the second Monday of each month from August through to February, Claygate runs the Club Championship', which is awarded to the pair with the best four results across those seven Mondays. The rules of this competition can be found on this website.
In April, the Club runs a Teams tournament for one evening, in which each pair can choose another pair to team with.
On one evening of the year, the sexes partition. Male pairs compete for the Christopher Blundell trophy, and female pairs compete for the Lisa Hill trophy.
There is no host for the evening on a club tournament evening.
The club also participates in one 'Sims' event each year — typically a charity event organised by the Surrey County Bridge Association.
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