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Bridge in the Future

A Personal View of the Future

Nobody is able to forecast what will happen in the bridge world during the next few months or years.
We would all like to be able to meet and play in our lovely barn again.  My view is that, sadly, there is no chance of this happening this year or for the first few months of next year.  
Even when restrictions are lifted I feel that members will be very cautious about returning to the realities of being in close proximity to many others for several hours at a time, and there is no way in which Club Bridge can be run without this close proximity.  After all, many of our members are in a Vulnerable group and would more than Double the likelihood of Going Down with the virus and being heavily Penalised.

Online bridge has been a wonderful way of enjoying the game during the lockdown and the continuing period of restrictions.  The interest in it and the success of the Club's online games has far exceeded my expectations and we will of course, continue to provide this as long as necessary.  We will also be keeping an eye on developments in online bridge and intend to offer our members the best of what is available.

See Hand of the Week - a new feature below


BBO Improvement
In future we will have a winner in each direction for all table numbers from 10 upwards as BBO restrictions on movements have been eased

Find a Partner
We are sometimes asked to help in finding a partner.
Members Only in the LH index provides a link to Find a Partner, where anyone can put there name down for any session. 

Results emails
We are trying a different way of emailing the resuls of every session to participants.  This leads to the result on the website and makes available details of every bid made and every card played in the event

Standby Volunteers Needed
Please contact Evelyn to volunteer as a Standby
and help prevent the need for Robots .

To see sessions needing standby pairs
Calendar, Standby Pairs in the LH Index

Entries are invited for the National Inter-Club Knock-out.
See the EBU website. We invite groups of 4-6 members to represent the Club.  Please let Evelyn or David know if you are interested

Names in Profiles
Most members have responded to requwsts to show their full names in their BBO profile.  It is a Club Rule that  everyone should be able to see your Name


Members or anyone making enquiries about any aspect of the Club's online bridge
are welome to contact any of the four SBBC Company Directors.
The details below show their special interests.

Evelyn Crossley
  Chairman and Administration 
01628 630254
Brenda Vitty
Social Activities and Membership liaison 
07702 452890
Nigel Marlow
Finance Director. Bridge Results and Records  
07801 525147
David Beever
   Technical Matters. Webmaster      
01753 552717

It is unlikely that we will be playing bridge in the barn again before the New Year
We thank all those members who volunteer as standbys, avoiding the need for robots.
We are now seeking standby pairs until the end of the year

Please contact Evelyn Crossley (details above) if you can help.

Hand of the Week

I am hoping that others will join in and send in hands of interest from SBBC, with comments for what I hope will be a weekly Hand of the Week feature.
Today's hand from Wednesday morning does not have brilliant bidding or play, but was unuual in that there was a different auction and result at every table.

My interest is that it brings into question the best way of dealing with overcalls when partner has opened 1NT.  I have always played that all doubles are for penalty, but am starting to wonder if it might be better to have doubles of natural bids to be for take-out, when playing match-pointed pairs, where it is the frequency of good scores rather than their size which is important.

I was North on this hand.  My partner opened 1NT in fourth position, which I agree is by far the best bid, if slightly off-centre.  When the next hand bid 2D I was stuck for a good bid, having passed with a maximum and good holding in the majors.  Eventually I bid 3D, which shows no stop by agrreement, and must show a maximum point count with cards in the majors.   Partner crossed his fingers and tried 3NT, and West had no difficulty in cashing the first six tricks.  Partner should really bid 4C which hapens to work quite well.

But if we had been playing a double of 2D for take-out, my hand is very suitable and we would play either in 3C, or 3G doubled if the opposition bid again.

David Beever

Bridge Classes, 2020/21

New classes started in September for all levels of players:
Please contact Chrys Poole 01628 440600 or 
for further details

This column lists
the online calendar
and recent results

Stand-by Pair: Evelyn Crossley and Brenda Vitty
Stand-by Pair: Matthew & Heather Tan
Thursday Gentle
Stand-by Pair: Mike and Rosie Winston
Thursday afternoon
Stand-by Pair: Rosella Emanuel & Gill Walker
Wednesday morning
Stand-by Pair: Gillian Read and Jill Cooper
Wednesday evening
Stand-by Pair: Heather Oliver & Maggi Giblin
Gentle Duplicate
Stand-by Pair: Nigel & Carolyn Davies
Tuesday Afternoon
Stand-by Pair: Pat Dowdeswell & Chris Hall
Monday mornng
Stand-by Pair: Leon & Amanda Abecasis
Burnham at SBBC
Stand-by Pair: Sarah Cole & Tom Rowland
Mon 26th Oct 2020
Monday mornng
10.30 a.m.
Stand-by Pair: Julie Kennedy and Rouenna Winstanley
Mon 26th Oct 2020
Burnham at SBBC
7.30 p.m.
Stand-by Pair: John and Jenny Green
Tue 27th Oct 2020
Tuesday Gentle
10.30 a.m.
Tue 27th Oct 2020
Tuesday Afternoon
2.30 p.m.
Stand-by Pair: Nigel and Carolyn Davies
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Wednesday morning
10.30 p.m.
Stand-by Pair: Ranjan Patel and Chris Jones
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Wednesday evening
7.30 p.m.
Stand-by Pair: Rosella and Lester Emanuel
Thu 29th Oct 2020
Thursday Gentle
10.30 a.m.
Thu 29th Oct 2020
Thursday afternoon
2.30 p.m.
Stand-by Pair: Julian Blogh and Janet Allen
Fri 30th Oct 2020
Friday Club
10.30 a.m.
Stand-by Pair: Don Collier and Phil Sharman
Sun 1st Nov 2020
2.30 p.m.
Stand-by Pair: Rosella Emanuel and Gill Walker
Mon 2nd Nov 2020
Monday morning
10.30 a.m.
Stand-by Pair: Bruce Leslie and Sarah Ward