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After an excellent start to the season, Saxons lost their last five matches and finished 6th of 10 in the TGR's Super League Division 2.
Because of insufficient availability of players, Saxons will not be entering the TGRs Super League for the Spring 2017 season.
Please allow an extra hour to get to Stamford. The club telephone number is: 01780 757789.
The deadline for entries to these two KO competitions (Teams of Four, and Switch Teams) has been extended to June 15th. Interested pairs who require team-mates of comparable ability should let Val Mollison know, and she will endeavour to form teams.
Your attention is drawn to two items on the website related to national competitions of one sort or another. Click on the links for more information:-
Since these pages are produced by your webmaster following a long trawl through pages of stuff, please report any errors or omissions to him.
Well done to John Stimson & Winnie Godber who won Sunday's Mixed Pairs. Richard Perryman & Mary Homer came second and Steven Coulter & Val Card came third. Martin & Sandy Smith won the Flitch. 22 pairs took part.
The Eve Goblets standings have been updated.
The Essex team for the qualifying round of EBU Inter-county championship (Margaret Curtis, David Sherman; Peter Oake, Robert Elliott; John Sutcliffe, Richard Register; Frank Morrison, Peter Franklin; Simon Moorman, Steve Cade-Bowyer) performed creditably in Birmingham over the weekend of 19th-20th November, but did not progress to the finals. They came 6th / 9 in Group B, an improvement on recent years in what is a very tough competition.
Congratulations to Margaret Curtis & David Sherman and Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison who won the Sue Taylor Memorial Trophy by a considerable margin. Twelve teams took part. Click here for full details.
This Autumn, the ECBA are continuing with our popular program of seminars "The Secrets of the Grandmasters" at First Class Bridge Academy, Barleylands Craft Village, run by Grandmaster Marc Chawner. He is presenting:-
The seminars should be finished around 16:30-16:45, with a refreshment break halfway through.
This year we are asking for a contribution of £ 5.00 on the door. (Although those entering our new Friendly Fours League will get the "Teams Tactics" seminar for free).
Marc will provide a PDF file of notes which we will circulate afterwards to all attendees.
Well done to Dennis Valtisiaris & John Sutcliffe who came fourth in the "B" Final of the Seniors Championship Pairs at Reading on 5th November.
Well done to the following club teams who were successful in the above two competitions:-
Well done to Stephanie & Laurie Burtt who won the Autumn Seniors on Wednesday 26th October. Val & Paul Mollison were second and Peter Oake & Frank Morrison third. 25 pairs took part.
After two of the three events, Dennis Johnson and Graham Foster are jointly in the lead, with Val and Paul Mollison in joint-third place.
Congratulations to Ultra Llama, consisting of Marc Chawner, Graham Foster, Simon Moorman and Steve Cade-Bowyer, who defeated Peter Scotting’s Loughton Collier Team in the Final of the League Cup.
Eve Goblets points have been applied.
Well done to Chris Taylor who with partner David Wing (London) and team-mates Kathy and Denis Talbot (Oxford) won the Swiss Teams by a distance! He also won one of the Open Pairs events with Kathy.
Congratulations to the following successful Essex players in this weekend's Felixstowe Congress:-
All the SE & W Essex Leagues & Friendly Fours Leagues have now been set up on the EBU website. Would Team Captains please set up fixtures using MyEBU.
These SIMS - from 5th to 9th September 2016 - have now been finalised. Congratulations to Paul Spencer and Marc Chawner, who won the Monday SIMS at Hutton ahead of 731 other pairs nationally. Click the heading for further success-stories!
Well done to Robert Elliott & Richard Register and to Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner who were joint-second (of 70 pairs) in the Essex / Herts GP Swiss Pairs on Saturday 24th September.
Well done to Alan Rodger who has recently passed the fiendishly difficult exam for the EBU's prestigious County Tournament Directors course.
Please note that the deadline for entering Teams for the new season is fast approaching - 1st September! Please contact the League Secretary (Bernie Hunt) ASAP. Click this box for full details. Returning teams need only email, new teams should phone.
Well done to Chris Taylor who - with Bill Gardner - came 2nd (of 52) in the One-Day Stratified Swiss Pairs on the final Saturday - a feat they repeated on the Sunday!.
We are pleased to announce that Robert Elliott has agreed to take over the duties of “A” Team Captain with immediate effect.
Clubs and Individuals are alerted to the EBU Club Teacher Training initiative, and in particular to the up-coming course at Welwyn Garden City over the weekend of 8/9th October 2016. Note that a FREE place per Affiliated club is offered, subject to the conditions outlined on the EBED website. For more information, and booking arrangements, click on this box.
A full host system will be back in operation at Collier Row Bridge Club from next week (Thursday 11th August 2016). There is no host available for the Simultaneous Pairs night (8th September) but apart from that, anyone wanting a game should just turn up on any Thursday evening and you will be guaranteed a partner. In the event of multiple singles turning up, they will be matched according to their NGS ratings as far as practicable. Non-members are welcome.
Note: Host system now discontinued (April 2017)
St Edith's Bridge Club is seeking to reduce its demand on storage space. For this reason, it is looking to sell off some of its surplus Bridge Tables. New, such tables would cost tens of pounds, but we are able to offer our surplus at just £5 each!!! What a bargain! If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your table(s) would need to be collected from St Edith's Hall, Billericay, on a Wednesday evening.
12 pairs contested the inaugural ECBA Really Easy Pairs at Barleylands.
Linda & Vaughan Jenkins of Loughton Bridge Club ran away with the event with an excellent score of just under 70%.
Cath Fox & Val Poter came 2nd and Richard Manning & Mustapha Rahaman and Mike Wares & Amanda Murphy came joint 3rd.
Thanks to all who took part and made this event a success, and congratulations to the winners!
Click here for the results, and the heading for more information on the competition.
Well done to Peter & Ann Clark who ran away with the Swiss Pairs. Congratulations also to Chris Megahey & John Sutcliffe who came 7th in a field of 108. Not much Essex success in the Swiss Teams, sadly.
The seats at both events were much more comfortable than in previous years, but nontheless fewer bums turned out to sit on them, so the message may not have got out. Bear this in mind for the September Essex/Herts Congress!
After 5 years service, Peter Oake has decided to step down as captain of the Essex A Team. The ECBA Committee extend their thanks to Peter for all his hard work over the years.
In a markedly improved turnout compared to last year, 33 pairs contested the first session of this year's Seniors Cup. Well done to the winners - Graham Foster & Dennis Johnson!
Chris Chorley & Paddy Murray were runners-up and Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting were third.
Following the success of earlier Seminars, conducted by Grand Masters Marc Chawner and Paul Spencer, Paul will premiere his next Master Class at Thorpe Bay Bridge Club
The Competitive Auction
Click on this box for more information on:-
Now the new season has a couple of events under its belt, the Eve Goblets Victor Ludorum Competition is worth reporting on. Click this box for the latest standings.
Well done to John Stimson & Winnie Godber who, teamed up with Rick Hanley & Graham Beeton of Suffolk, won the George Curtis Teams. Bernie Hunt & Sheena Millins, Val & Paul Mollison were second and Richard Register & John Sutcliffe, Tanya Genthe & Alan Cohen were third. Twelve teams took part.
For the Butlers / X-IMPs, Click Here.
After the final round of matches on "Party Night", Tuesday 21st June, congratulations to the Danbury team who emerged as the winners after a closely-fought season, with Chelmsford in second place and Southend & Leigh in third, of the 6 teams-of-eight that took part.
While this is not an official ECBA inter-club competition, it is warmly supported by the County as a way of encouraging developing players into teams events. Thanks to Graham Foster for organising it!
The photo shows Graham with Barbara Osborn, the Danbury Captain, holding the trophy.
The ECBA is hoping to run similar "friendly" leagues (but teams-of-four, and not necessarily associated with particular clubs) for developing players who want to play teams bridge. Please contact Bernie Hunt if you are interested.
A sensational result for Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner, who came 3rd out of 98 pairs in the Corwen Trophy, the inter-county pairs championship held in Birmingham over the weekend 4th/5th June. Three other Essex pairs took part amongst a very strong field and Laurie & Stephanie Burtt did well to score above 50%. Click here for the final results.
Well done to Hutton, who swept the board at the ECBA Club Pairs on 5th June. The winners were Sandra Fenton & Roger Bacon (pictured) and the runners up were Dave Brace & Linda Fleet.
For the results - including the Club ranking - follow this link.
Well done to those Essex Players in the top 5%, and to many others, in recent SIMS. Click this box for details.
Based on the EBU's statistics for 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 we now have 3 clubs amongst the 50 most active in the country. Special congratulations to Bernie Hunt for the "new entry", Mid Essex BC:-
12 pairs took part in the Barleylands heat of the Really Easy Afternoon, and Barbara Simia & Penny Hanson of Chelmsford Bridge Club won the Barleylands heat, and came 7 / 50 nationally, winning the prize for their stratum. Well done to them and the others who took part.
Three teams dominated the session, stealing all the IMPs off the other six. After a closely-fought tussle, the team of Margaret Curtis & David Sherman, Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison emerged victorious. Well done!
Chris Taylor has been on his travels again, this time to Mlini Dubrovnik in Croatia. Partnering David Wing, his team won the Swiss Teams.
The ECBA team (Saxons) play in the TGR Super-league Division 2 and had a good season - winning six matches, drawing one (a moral victory by 1 IMP) and losing only two. While this left them a comfortable third, of ten, it was not sufficient to earn one of the two promotion places, so they will play in the second division again next term. They were in contention until the last match, which they unfortunately lost 7-23.
Click on this box for more information.
NOTE: The event below - originally scheduled for 14th May 2016 - is POSTPONED. Please keep an eye on the Thorpe Bay website for announcements of future classes.
Following the success of earlier Seminars, conducted by Grand Masters Marc Chawner and Paul Spencer, Marc will premiere his next Master Class - the sixth in the series - at Thorpe Bay Bridge Club
Declarer Strikes Back!
2015-16 Status on the morning of the AGM
As it happened, both the Gentlemen's and Ladies' Goblets were determined by the result of the last League match in SE/Div1 between Barleylands and Ultra Vires, the only outstanding match in any competition, which took place just before the AGM.
To make it easy to announce the winners at the AGM - I included the gory details in the table below. Click on the Barleylands scores below for "what if" scenarios showing the final Eve Goblets standings based on the posited match scores.
9 teams took part in the Collier Row Open Teams.
Congratulations to the winners: Simon Moorman & Marc Chawner; Fran Alexander & Ray Clarke!
For the full results, click here (with a quick take on the Butlers, here).
Peter Oake has been enjoying himself in Jersey playing with Gad Chadha (formerly Essex, now London). The pair came 2nd= (of 38) in the pre-Congress Pairs, 7th (of 58) in the Swiss Pairs, and 1st (of 9) in the B-Final of the Mid-Week Teams. They'd had enough by then, and came home.
Eve Goblets points have been applied.
↑ Follow the "Eve Goblets" link above for more exciting details!
Congratulations to our winners!
Well done to Martin Smith (with Sandy Smith, Tony Philpott & Ted Cockle) who beat Graham Foster (with Steve Cade-Bowyer, Simon Moorman & Mike Harbour) in the Final by 660 points.
We like to encourage our up-and-coming players, so well done to those Essex players who took part in the above event put on by the EBU:-
Jan & John Radley (left): E/W winners of the Pairs on the Friday and the Saturday afternoon.
Sue & Tony French (right): Runners-up in the Swiss Pairs.
June Brown, Angela Fenton, George & Maureen Vede got off to an excellent start, sharing top spot (of 12) in the Bob Lawton Trophy, the warm-up Teams event, in a field containing some very strong teams. Well done! However, no Essex pair made it to either of the main Pairs finals, but George & Maureen Vede did well to come 2 / 22 in the consolation event (the Markwell Trophy). The same team of June Brown, Angela Fenton, George & Maureen Vede took the day off from representing Essex "C" in the ECL and came a commendable 13 / 39 in the Swiss Teams (Neville Hill Cup).
Several Essex Pairs and Teams took part in the London event. No truly amazing results to report, but praisworthy results nonetheless:-
19 Pairs contested the Session of the Really Easy Afternoon held at Barleylands, with 56 pairs in total competing nationally. Well done to the top three pairs, in particular to Amarjeet & Gurdeep Singh of St. Anne's BC in Chingford who won the national event:-
The local results are here; click on the header for the national results.
Well done to Ray Clarke & Linda Fleet, who came 32nd in this year's Portland Pairs, and to Linda Barker & Chris Taylor, who came 34th - out of 360 pairs nationally.
22 pairs took part in the Billericay sessions, held at Barleylands, where the order of merit differed from that nationally, with Linda & Chris ahead of Ray & Linda, and with Graham Foster & Frances Alexander interposed.
Well done to Graham Foster & Marc Chawner, joint-winners of this season's Seniors Cup (despite, let's say, an indifferent showing in the last round) and to Chris Chorley in third place.
Congratulations to Linda Fleet & Albert Kitchin who won the Spring session, with Val & Paul Mollison in second and Peter Williamson & Derek Stewart in third place.
28 pairs contested the new-format Billericay half of the Eastern Regional final held at Barleylands. When rolled-up with Peterborough, Val & Paul Mollison came 5th and Richard Register & John Sutcliffe 6th (of 51 pairs).
These Regional finals are rolled up nationally and the top 50 qualify for the National Final in April. Congratulations to Val, Paul, Richard & John for making it to the finals in 25th and 33rd place, respectively (of 244 pairs).
Following the success of earlier Seminars, conducted by Grand Masters Marc Chawner and Paul Spencer, Paul returns by popular demand to talk to us about Doubling in a fifth Thorpe Bay Masterclass!
Double-Trouble - Instructional Tales from the Bridge Table
This year there were again sufficient entries in the Gwen Herga to enable the ladies and gentlemen to play in their own sections. Congratulations to the winners:-
The results have been applied to the Eve Goblets Victor Ludorum competitions. Margaret Curtis & Robert Elliott remain in the lead.
Well done to Sheena Millins & Bernie Hunt who - by a considerable margin - WON the Swiss pairs! Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting came a commendable 6= (of 54 pairs).
Less success in the teams, but Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting; Chris Taylor & Sandy Riach are to be congratulated for coming 4th (of 20 teams).
Well done to Tony Verran who (partnering Jeremy Schryber) came 5th (of 60 pairs).
Well done to Ashley Sawyer & Gary Waller of Collier Row BC who came 3rd out of 127 nationally in the EBU Masters Pairs, having won the session held at Barleylands. Click on the heading for the Pianola results.
Well done to Chelmsford A for running away with the Ray Cornell Trophy and to Mid Essex B for coming second. There was a tie for first place in the Teams of Eight competition, but the tie-break means that the Ray Cornell Prize and the right to represent Essex in the Garden Cities Competition goes to Chelmsford Bridge Club with Mid Essex Bridge Club again in second place.
The full results (including the Butlers) are here.
There was a good turn-out this year, though not quite up to the highs of the last couple of years, and thanks to all those who made the effort, in particular to our "experts" who gave up their time.
Well done to those who did well, and commiserations to those who didn’t.
The winners were:-
We're a bit short of news at the moment - so a brief update on the above. Chris Taylor (him again) is out there playing with David Wing and - with team-mates Maria Budd and Mark Westley (Herts) - came second in the Pivot Teams. Apparently he's not just wasting his time playing bridge, but is enjoying the scenery and history of the place.
Thanks to all who supported the SWF Congress this year, and congratulations to the winners:-
Further placings can be found by following the links above.
Well done to Paul Spencer & Marc Chawner who won this year's Swiss Pairs, winning all their matches. Martin & Sandy Smith were second and Alan Bryant & Geoff Webber were third.
The top of the leader-board for the Eve Goblets is unchanged with Margaret Curtis and Robert Elliott remaining in the top places for the Ladies and Gentlemen respectively.
The reports for 2015 have been finalised and are available on the EBU website. Click this box.
Essex League Competitions
Have you thought about Entering the Essex Leagues? Teams is a format that many players prefer and find more relaxed. If you haven't tried it before, why not give it a go.
South-East Essex and West Essex Leagues
The Essex Leagues are teams competitions consisting of a series matches generally played in players own homes (although some teams use clubs as their home venue). Teams play approximately one match per month over the season which runs from October 1st to April 30th. The Leagues are divided into two regions: South East Essex and West Essex to minimise travelling distances as much as possible. Teams can be entered by clubs or by a group of players (up to 6). The number of divisions depends on the number of teams in each area, and there is room for all standards of players.
If you are a pair who would like to play but without team mates, let us know and we will try to match you with a pair of similar standard.
Entry fee: £20 per team Enter by date: 1st Sept 2016
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Friendly Fours League
For players new to Teams/Leagues
We hope to introduce a new league for teams new to League competitions. Whether this will be regionalised will depend on the number of teams. The divisions should be slightly smaller than in the main leagues so there will be fewer matches to play. Matches can either be played at home or at a club if you have a nearby club who will let you play a match on their club night (normal table money would apply). This league will only be open to teams who have not played in the main leagues. Any team who wins this league in several consecutive years (number yet to be determined) may be asked to join the main league for their area.
Note: This initiative is distinct from the Club-sponsored Teams of Eight Friendly League (Click here).
If you are a pair or an individual who would like to play but without team mates, let us know and we will try to match you with a pair of similar standard. We already have a few names of players looking for teams.
We hope to run a seminar on team tactics (TBC) to which new league players will be given free entry.
Entry fee: £20 per team Enter by date: 1st Sept 2016
The League Secretary, Mr B Hunt at
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