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Welcome to Farnham Bridge Club.  We play at the Maltings on most Wednesdays and Fridays.

Welcome to Farnham Bridge Club
WELCOME

Farnham Bridge Club is regarded as one of the premier clubs in the area with members from other towns in the Waverley Borough, West Surrey and North East Hampshire. It is affiliated to the Surrey County Bridge Association (SCBA) and the English Bridge Union (EBU). We currently have over 100 members. Visitors and potential new members are always welcome. Email our secretary Joyce Baldock (joycebaldock@btinternet.com) in advance for details.

Members can enjoy playing duplicate Contract Bridge in accordance with the EBU rules and EBU membership is now included.

Bridge is currently being played online using BCL. See information below for details.

DUE TO COVID-19 FARNHAM BRIDGE CLUB HAS CANCELLED ALL FACE TO FACE BRIDGE SESSIONS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

SUCCESSFUL FIRST EVER FARNHAM BRIDGE CLUB ONLINE DUPLICATE EVENING

Congratulations to Graham Davison and Gabriel Hearst, who won our first ever online duplicate pairs evening, in fine fashion.  Thanks too to all those who showed kindness and due defference to our President and Treasurer on the evening.

Thanks also to Tony Philpott for advice and clear instructions on how to run the evening, to Douglas Wright and Manda for being reserve pair and then participating to ensure we had an even number of pairs, and to Jenny for posting the results. (These are available in all the usual detail on this web page and also on https://www.bridgewebs.com/bridgeclublive/)

We had 6 full tables of experienced BCL players, started play promptly at 7:30, playing 18 boards and finishing at circa 9:45pm, so pretty much the same pace of play as a normal face-to-face club evening.   Thanks to all participants for making the evening a success.   Feedback so far has been positive;  any further feedback or suggestions would be most welcome.

Looking ahead, we have another evening on Wednesday 23rd Sept  limited to experienced BCL players, so we can really get the feel of how to run the evening most smoothly.   It looks as if we will have 7 tables for this. Gabriel and Mike will be jointly hosting thes second evening.

September 30th onwards, we would like to encourage all FBC members, whether BCL experienced or not, to consider joining us.   Guests will also be most welcome.  There are just two provisos.   First, new players really must have experience of playing on BCL before they join us.   Second, new players should be partnered by an experienced player for their first evening. Playing on a BCL club evening is very simple, as all movements are automated, but the way it works is not always intuitive and it is all too easy for new players to get lost.  To find an experienced partner for your first evening, look at the "club results" for Sept 16th and see if there is anyone you have played with in the past and contact them;  failing that contact Gabriel (hearstg@gmail.com) or Mike (Mike@lizandmike.co.ukand we will find a partner for your first evening.me and we will find a partner for your first evening.

All feedback from many clubs is that slow play and prolonged evenings really puts people off.   We have made an excellent start and avoided this.  Lets keep this up and have regular, and enjoyable Farnham Bridge club Wednesday evenings, with growing participation.

For more information click on A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DUPLICATE EVENING.pdf.  For how to use BCL Duplicate Bridge click on  BCL CLUB DUPLICATE STEPS.

FBC SUMMER TEAMS COMPETITION RESULTS

Congratulations to the team of Gabriel Hearst, Graham Davison, Margaret Blewett & John Fairhurst, who have won the first ever Farnham Bridge club online teams  league.

FBC SUMMER LEAGUE 2020 FINAL RESULTS.pdf  We are aware that there have been some difficulties including slow play, causing some matches to take much longer than they should have done.  We will look to
address the underlying issues before running another team competition later in the year.

SYLVIA ROSE FINAL RESULT

Congratulations to the team of Varda Derwig, Tim Rees, Jack Goody, Lorne Anderson and Simon Foale, who have again won the overall Sylvia Rose competion.

Congratulations too to the team of Peter Langford, Tony Haley, Andy Mathew, Charlie Palmer and David Stallan, winners of the Plate competition.

It seems an age ago that, in mid-March, Farnham Bridge club and all other UK bridge organisations were forced to suspend all face-to-face bridge.  There was just one round to go in the Sylvia Rose at that time.   Peter Langford and team were far enough ahead in the Plate competition to be pronounced winners with no further need to play plate matches.

In the main trophy competition, Varda Derwig and team were just one VP ahead of Nick Browne & team, making it essential that their final round matches were played to get a definitive winner.  Farnham bridge club owes a special vote of thanks to Joyce Baldock & team and Mike Kinsey & team for agreeing to play their final matches on-line aganst Varda's and Nick's team, as without this there would have been no definitive winner of the competition.    The drama then continued with Nick Browne & team losing 6-14 to Mike Kinsey's team, followed by Varda & team losing by the narrowest of margins (9-11) to Joyce Baldock's team, with this proving enough for Varda and team to win the overall trophy.

Well done and thank you to all teams and their captains, and to the various reserves who stepped in to help.   As always it proved to be a close fought, competetive and enjoyable competition.   A spreadsheet of the full results is attached.

At this stage it is clear that we will not be running a face-to-face Sylvia Rose competition in 2020/21.  We will however be looking to run a smaller online competition, hopefully starting later this year.  

POSTPONED Erica Currie & Richard Currie Swiss Pairs 2020

Notice from Mike O'Donnell - Watch this space

We will revisit the best way to run the Erica Currie and Richard Currie charity pairs, jointly with the Bourne club, by discussion in early October, once both clubs have experience of the new BCL clubs facility.

ONLINE BRIDGE with BRIDGE CLUB LIVE

An invitation to play bridge online at @bridge Club Live,  and potentially join a Farnham "virtual " bridge club

Gabriel Hearst and Mike O'Donnell have put together the attached invitation and guidance to enable all club members who wish (and their friends, even if not members of our club) to play bridge on-line and, if numbers allow,  to initiate a Farnham "virtual" bridge club that plays on Monday  and Wednesday afternoons.   Gabriel has very kindly offered to help members set up and learn to play, if needed.

We have built on the work and documents of Tony Philpott and Douglas Wright, who have launched similar initiatives for the Bourne Bridge club and 3Counties Bridge respectively.

We have chosen Bridge Club Live as our base, as several of our members already play there, it is a UK based organisation, and has strong ethics and standards of behaviour. 

Click on the following documents for more information: 
 Farnham bridge Club Members.pdf,   Bridge Club Live Club Login Instructions.pdf,    Bridge Club Live HOW TO.pdf

You may join on a 30 day trial special offer for the minimal sum of £1.00 plus VAT.    Alternatively, you could ask an existing member (such as Gabriel or John Spiers) to "invite you as a friend" on the BCL website, then you get 50 days free followed by standard membership charges.

SUMMER ONLINE TEAMS FINAL RESULTS

FBC SUMMER LEAGUE 2020 FINAL RESULTS.pdf

Congratulations to the team of Gabriel Hearst, Graham Davison, Margaret, Blewett & John Fairhurst

Results
Green Pointed Swiss Teams
(SCBA)
Online - BBO
Director: Nicole
Scorer: Mitch
Green Pointed Swiss Pairs
(SCBA)
Online - BBO
Director: Nicole Cooke
Scorer: IDM / CC
BCL Club Session
BCL Online
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
BCL Club Session
BCL Online
Director: Mike O'Donnell
Scorer: Bridge Club Live
Swiss Pairs @ 1:30 PM
(SCBA)
Online - BBO
Director: Richard Banbury
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Special NGS 7 & below Duplicate Session @ 7:30 PM
(SCBA)
Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Calendar
Wed 30th Sep 2020
BCL Club Session
BCL Online 19:30
Wed 7th Oct 2020
BCL Club Session
BCL Online 19:30
Wed 14th Oct 2020
BCL Club Session
BCL Online 19:30
Wed 21st Oct 2020
BCL Club Session
BCL Online 19:30
Wed 28th Oct 2020
BCL Club Session
BCL Online 19:30
Sat 31st Oct 2020
Kent Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs
(SCBA)
Online - BBO
 Click for more information