Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club
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Club Etiquette
Please note that your Club Committee has agreed that, to avoid any risk of spillage onto the cloths, cards or bidding boxes, NO DRINKS SHALL BE PLACED ON THE BRIDGE TABLES.
Your cooperation is much appreciated.
Welcome to Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club
"Friendly" Match vs St Albans Bridge Club 9th April - Results

Six teams-of-4 from Colchester we’re joined by four teams from Framlingham and two from Heritage Coast to play a friendly match against St Albans Bridge Club.  St Albans prevailed by 135 VPs to 105, but the match was enjoyed by both sides.

Another friendly match is being considered, against Tunbridge Wells BC, probably in the evening of Wednesday 5th May.  TWBC expect their lineup to range from NGS K to 6.

Every Colchester member and those who have played in the Colchester/SSM Joint Online Pairs is eligible to play in this match.  If you’re interested, please let Jeff Orton know (jeffortonbridge@gmail.com), ideally as a pair or a team-of-4, but if not as an individual.  Teams will be ranked, so hopefully we’ll all compete against opponents of similar playing strength.  It’s possible there’ll be a limit on the number of teams, so don’t leave it too late.

CLUB TEAMS OF 4

The Club Teams of Four event, open to foursomes who are all members of the same Suffolk Bridge club, will be played on RealBridge on Sunday April 18 starting at 11am.

Details of the event can be seen HERE and to see the entry form click ENTRY

A link giving joining instructions will be emailed to all entrants a day or two before the event.

In case you're not familiar with it, RealBridge is similar to BBO but with audio and video connection to the players. To see a comprehensive Player's Guide, click GUIDE 

LATEST ONLINE COMPETITION WINNERS

Congratulations to Andre Gray and David Willson on winning the Pairs Competition for the period 1st January to 31st March 2021.  Runners-up were Ray Clarke and Rick Hanley.  Full results can be found here.  A new Pairs Competition will run from 1st April to 30th September 2021.

Also congratulations to Ray Clarke and Rick Hanley  on winning the Handicap Competition for the period 1st January to 31st March 2021.  Runners-up were Andre Gray and Willson.  Full results can be found here.

NEW FREE WEEKLY TEACH-INS ON ZOOM

We're pleased to offer a winter season of friendly, interactive, and thought provoking 45 minute teach-ins on Zoom. Click Teach-Ins for details and to register interest

ONLINE CLUB A BIG SUCCESS

The Colchester "Online Bridge Club", which began in April, has been a huge success.  Jointly with Stratford St Mary Bridge Club we have run a regular Pairs Competition on Tuesday evenings and a Supervised Play Pairs Event for improvers on Wednesday evenings.  There were a total of 299 tables in play for the four months May to August 2020, which was an average of 75 tables per month.  We hope you have enjoyed online bridge and we wish to thank you for supporting the two bridge clubs during these very difficult times.

Wednesday Supervised Play - still friendly but now Themed

  • 15 boards on the same theme at a relaxed pace
  • Ask an experienced player for help if stuck
  • General Chat and Hand Discussion in a 'Zoom' online lounge afterwards?

Click Here For Details and to Register Interest

Find a Partner

If you are looking for a partner you may telephone Christine Cooke, the Membership Secretary, on 07980 822624 or 07423 626470.

Alternatively, you may use the "Find a Partner system" on this website by clicking on Members Area here or in the menu on the left of the home page, then enter your email address and password where requested. If you don't have a password click on Set Password and you will be asked for your email address and then you will be sent a link to set up or reset your password.

When you are logged in click the Find a Partner tab for the appropriate date, tick the Partner Required (PR) box and in the note field indicate how you wish to be contacted, and then tick ConfirmA note will appear in the Calendar on the Home Page showing that you are looking for a partner. When another member goes into the system, they will find your name and contact details.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please email the webmaster at mikes@essex.ac.uk

Learn to Play Bridge
Interested in Learning to Play Bridge?
There are several local teachers listed below.

Peter Bushby runs the Tendring Bridge School - for details of courses click on link
https://www.bridgewebs.com/tendringschool/

Christine Cooke offers lessons and sessions for beginners and improvers - for details of courses click on link
https://www.bridgewebs.com/weekendbridge/

email: bridge.by.christine@gmail.com or Ring 07980 822624

Scoring and Results

Scoring is with Bridgemates and we have duplimated boards so hand records are on the website after each game. If you explore this website you will find details of this club and information regarding forthcoming club and local events.

We are affiliated to the English Bridge Union and are members of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association.  The Club supports the EBU's Best Behaviour at Bridge (BB@B) policy - click on the tab on the left for more details.

Results
Joint Colchester/SSM Supervised Play
Colchester & Stratford St Mary Joint Pairs
Joint Colchester/SSM Supervised Play
Colchester & Stratford St Mary Joint Pairs
Joint Colchester/SSM Supervised Play
Colchester & Stratford St Mary Joint Pairs
Calendar
26th Apr 2021
Free Improvers Teach-In
Zoom 11AM
Director: Peter Bushby
27th Apr 2021
Colchester & Stratford St Mary Joint Pairs
Director: Conor Bignall
Scorer: Peter Bushby
28th Apr 2021
Joint Colchester/SSM Supervised Play
Director: Peter Bushby/Mike Sherer
3rd May 2021
Free Improvers Teach-In
Zoom 11AM
Director: Peter Bushby
4th May 2021
Colchester & Stratford St Mary Joint Pairs
Director: Mike Sherer
Scorer: Peter Bushby
5th May 2021
Joint Colchester/SSM Supervised Play
Director: Peter Bushby/Mike Sherer
10th May 2021
Free Improvers Teach-In
Zoom 11AM
Director: Peter Bushby
11th May 2021
Colchester & Stratford St Mary Joint Pairs
Director: Peter Bushby
Scorer: Peter Bushby
Director Please
If you need to call the Director about a possible infringement of the laws of bridge you should a) politely inform your opponents that you are going to call the director and b) raise your hand and say "Director, please".  When the Director comes to the table the person who called him/her should state the facts of the matter concisely and politely.  There is a distinct difference between invoking the Laws of Duplicate Bridge and acting in an overbearing manner. The former is playing the game in a firm but fair manner - the latter contributes to some, often less experienced, players being put off playing at our Club. 

Hesitating or asking questions is not illegal, but players should be aware that both of them compromise partner's next action. It is strongly recommended that, if you plan to Pass whatever the opponent's bid means, you delay asking questions about their bids until the auction is completed.  To see the full text of The Laws of Duplicate Bridge, click on Useful Links>EBU>EBU Information: Documents>Laws & Ethics Publications>2007 Laws of Duplicate Bridge.
Results to EBU

Results are normally submitted to the EBU on the Friday after each Tuesday's game. Any queries relating to the results should be made to the scorer prior to that time.