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Surrey County Bridge Association.
Useful information on local events, results and trainers etc.
We are going to re-open the Dorking Bridge Club for face to face (f2f) play on Tuesdays. We will start next Tuesday the 20th July. The Mole Valley Thursday 'on-line' BBO tournament will continue until we can manage the covid requirements. A lot of our equipment (tables, bidding boxes, computer, bridgemates etc.) if left for >3 days do not need to be cleaned but we will need more volunteers with new requirements.
To reduce the risk of Covid infection at the session, the committee and other active members have done a risk assessment and discussed it with the hall. We have agreed the following:
This will be constantly reviewed.
These rules are more onerous on the openers etc so we would appreciate offers to help with opening up etc. Please let Steve know if you can help open / close up.
MOLE VALLEY VIRTUAL BRIDGE CLUB
Every Thursday starting at 19:15
On BBO - 18 boards per match @ 8 mins per board. The cost will be $3 per session.
To play send Steve Hooker (email via committe on left hand menu) your BBO username, First Name, Surname, EBU No., Email address.
You can play with other people including friends but they will need to send Steve the above details in advance.
Here is some more information about playing online
Very useful article about playing on BBO from Surrey County Bridge Association.
EBU articles on playing bridge online. https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3736
EBU latest ONLINE info. https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3738
How to get a BBO username.pdf
How to Buy BB.pdf
There are two main choices - BBO and Bridge Club Live (UK based so more ACOL). There are also free possibilities and obviously more options with the paying services.
There is an English Bridge Union EBU tournaments every day 14:00, 15:30, 19:30 and 21:00 on BBO. These consist of 12 boards each.
I will add the usernames of Dorking Bridge members who have BBO and BCL accounts and woud like them shared. I am SteveJH
Other Dorking members playing on BBO are johnxxxx (John Kimpton), janeh1 (Jane Handley), matt1997 (Matt Piper), mptinsley (Mike Tinsley), asetch (Alan Setchell), richardpoc (Richard Pocock)
Support information / videos.
Register on BBO https://youtu.be/FgcJinlNbVw
Logon and general info about BBO https://youtu.be/hLxOd87efH8
Playing with BBO robots https://youtu.be/-bU_6rcKimI
If you do not have a partner, you can play with a robot. The robots play a system called GIB which is a simple 2/1 strong NT 5 card major system. Strong 2C and 3 weak 2s.
Reviewing your play. https://youtu.be/z7CklIShnVI This also shows how you did in your tournaments.
BBO is not as good as the bridgewebs hand reviews.
Accessing convention cards. https://youtu.be/dZyd-RAvGeU
Please let me know if you need further clarification.
We are a small friendly club with currently approximately 85 members and have been granted charitable status.
We play duplicate bridge every Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7.15 pm for 7.30 pm, finishing at about 10.30 pm).
We usually have up to 9 tables each evening, and EBU Masterpoints are awarded to the highest placed players.
We play with computer dealt boards and use Bridgemate scoring equipment.
Visitors are always welcome and we have a spare partner on most evenings so if you want to come without a partner you can usually be assured of being able to play.
However, we recommend that you contact us in advance (01306 884242) so that we know to expect you.
All the above builds on the recent advice from the English Bridge Union (EBU) Chairman https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3696.
Please let the committee know if you have any questions or further improvements which we can put in place.
On behalf of the committee
Please help promote the club.
We hope everyone had a lovely evening.
Thanks go to all those who helped by bringing food etc and Sheena, Sue, Sue, Val, Graham, David and Sandra who were instrumental in having a lovely evening.
Seasonal Greetings to everyone.
Other photos are on our Facebook Page Xmas Party Photos (If you have not liked, please Like the post or page).
EBU National Grading Scheme
If you want to know more about NGS, please see
Information on our location and table money charges is available here.
The committee has decided to introduce a new competition aimed at widening the number of members who can win an annual prize.
This competition will be aimed at non-expert players and will generate 4 prize winners each year.
It will consist of a Spring event running from 1 April to 31 July and an Autumn event running from 1 August to 30 November. It will be open to all members not considered to qualify as experts. Each event will have 2 sections (Blue and Red) of equal numbers. The sections will be decided by ability as measured by their NGS rating at the beginning of the event.
The winner of each section will qualify for a prize to be awarded at the end of the year. The four sections will be called as follows:-
Spring Blue, Spring Red, Autumn Blue, Autumn Red.
Experts are defined as players who have an NGS rating of Jack or above (ie. An NGS rating of 55.00 or higher). At 1 April 2019 Dorking Bridge Club had 15 members with this rating. Therefore each section will consist of 35 members for the first Spring event.
The competition will be an individual event.
The winners will be the members who achieve the highest average percentage of all pairs events (including both Tuesdays and Thursdays) played during the period of the competition irrelevant of who their partners were.
To qualify for inclusion a member must have played at 5 times during the qualifying period.
If a player wins one of the Spring events they are disqualified from the Autumn event of that year. This is to ensure that we always get 4 different winners (plus ties).
Results achieved before a player becomes a member do not count.
On behalf of the Committee.
Hand 13 from Tuesday 3rd March.
Interesting due to the bidding. Some in 2NTs and some in 3NTs. It all depended on hand valuation.
Video on the bidding
Some more information on hand valuation
8, 9, 10 or 11 tricks?
Video on the lead and play
Dorking Standard Convention Card - ACOL EBU Weak 2s.
These are aligned with the standard EBU Bridge Training slightly modified by the most common conventions used at Dorking Bridge Club and is ideal for those playing with our spare partner.
Please provide any feedback you have to this convention card.
Dorking ACOL weak 2s.doc that can be edited.
Dorking ACOL weak 2s pdf.pdf. pdf
Reviewing your hands is a useful training aid and can be done on website.
This is part 1 that shows the actual hands and results.
Part 2 will show you how you can play the hands to make the maximum number of tricks and where you might have gone wrong!
Link to our FB page with this useful technique and an interesting web site.
Here is a link to the instructions https://www.ebu.co.uk/minibridge/11-easy-steps.
For the booklet with useful training ideas.
So frustrating to learn how you could have bid or made the best contract!
The Club is running EBU's Continuing Bridge Course
For more information speak to our trainer, Sue Moss Sumoss@hotmail.co.uk
Please click on this link for more information.
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