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Welcome to First Class Bridge Academy
Mid Essex Bridge Club - Online sessions

!!!  NEW BBO Online Session  !!!

We are pleased to introduce a new BBO online session on

Wednesdays, 7pm

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Tuesday 20th October Board 18 The missed slam

West deals and opens 1♠ 
East bids 2♥. This bid shows 5+ Hearts and 10+ HCPs. The Heart suit should be of good quality and not any random five card suit

The critical bid is East's next bid. 3 or 4 ?  East knows West has 5+ Hearts and 10+ HCPs. 4 is better than 3 

West now uses their chosen form of Blackwood and discovers that East has two Aces. West now asks for Kings and finds one.
That only accounts for 11HCPs in the East hand so there must be at least a Queen in there.
Time to count tricks.   SIX HEART tricks. TWO SPADE tricks at least TWO DIAMOND tricks  TWO CLUB tricks

Thats 12. Is there a13th?  If partner has any Queen there is. Because partner bid 4 and not 3 we know that they have to have a Queen.
7 for the cautious, 7NT for the brave. 

Mid Essex Bridge Club - COVID

!!!  CLUB  CLOSURE  !!!

Barleylands falls under Essex Council and is now classfied as Tier 2 which says that there must be no indoors gatherings of households, including in businesses like restaurants and pubs.

We have no option but to close the club.

We will reopen the minute that Essex is reclassified as Tier 1.

Please watch this website for further information.

Stay safe and     THANK YOU     for your loyality and support.

Mid Essex Bridge Club ONLINE CLUB

!!!  PLAY  ONLINE  WITH  MID  ESSEX  CLUB  ON  BBO  !!!

Sessions will run on BBO (Bridge Base Online)

 Tuesday 9.30am and Saturday 9.30am (18 boards)

 Thursday 9.30am (gentle bridge)

1) Register on BBO (click here for detailed information)

2) Send Bernie your BBO name via the form (see below)

3) On morning of session at 9am go to:

BBO  Competitive  All Tournaments  Mid Essex  

4) Register, Invite Partner or Find a Partner (partnership desk)

5)  Enjoy the virtual game in our Club 

    See you at the virtual table - Everyone welcome - £3 per session   

If you need help please contact Bernie on 07973-925315 or firstclassbridge@btconnect.com

or Petra on 07990-512386 or petra.bromfield@talk21.com

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Mid Essex Bridge Club - Refresher Course

!!!  Refresher Course - Wednesdays at 3.30pm  !!!

ON HOLD UNTIL THE CLUB REPOPENS

Sessions free until December , then £8 per session

Sessions are free for former pupils who have completed one of our basic courses. 

Everybody is welcome.

Please read our COVID Information.

Mid Essex Bridge Club Post Corona

    !!!  STOP PRESS  !!!     

   MID-ESSEX CLUB RE-OPENS   

Bridge News by Julian Pottage in the Daily Telegraph, 17/8/2020

CLUB SESSIONS

smiley   !!!  CLUB RE-OPENING  !!!   smiley

We are staying open as we can comply with current government guidelines.

Please could you wear a mask as you come in until you get to your table.  

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Club Sessions Monday 13:30, Wednesday 10.00 and Friday 13:30

Limited to 6 Tables, Session £5, Booking Required

yes   Book now (see form below).  See you soon.  yes

 

We have taken every precaution that we can envisage to make you safe:

Screens, Sanitisers, Boards for each Table, Booking System, 4 Table Limit

                                       

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If you need help please contact Bernie on 07973-925315 or firstclassbridge@btconnect.com

or Petra on 07990-512386 or petra.bromfield@talk21.com

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First Class Bridge Academy and Club

Welcome to the website of First Class Bridge

Now the 26th biggest club in the country. 

 

There is bridge played at Barleylands every day from Monday to Saturday catering for every level from complete beginners to the very highest echelon of bridge players. Most sessions are hosted so you can just turn up and play without a partner.

There are regular starter courses for complete beginners and a number of supervised bridge sessions for those wishing to go to the next level.

First Class Bridge Academy and Club
Club Sessions - Re-opening Phase

CLUB IS CLOSED DUE TO TIER 2 

Monday Afternoon    13.30   Club Session

Tuesday Morning        9.30   BBO online 

Wed'sday Morning    10.00   Club Session 

Thursday Morning      9.30   BBO (Gentle) 

Friday Afternoon       13.30   Club Session

Saturday Morning      9.30   BBO online 

2020-21 BASIC COURSE

THE NEXT BASIC COURSE WILL BEGIN ON 2nd SEPTEMBER 2020

ON HOLD UNTIL THE CLUB REOPENS

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS 1.30pm

£8 PER LESSON, YOUR FIRST TWO LESSONS ARE FREE

Pupils of the 2019/20 course are welcome to join the course from the start or rejoin at the beginning of December to continue with the course. 

Pupils of the 2019/20 course will attend for free until 31/12/2020.

Those that have done a basic course with me are more than welcome for a free refresher.

Please register here for the Basic Course:

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Bernie would like Club members to be aware of the EBU (English Bridge Union) Members Area (click on the heading above) which enables you to see your Master Points and NGS (National Grading System) rating. Set up initially requires Bernie to send your email address to the EBU (you can subsequently remove it) so your password can be emailed to you. If you'd like to be set up, please let Bernie know your email address (via firstclassbridge@btconnect.com).   

Results
Saturday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Scorer: IDM / CC
Thursday Duplicate Pairs - No Fear
Scorer: IDM / CC
Basic Course
Scorer: IDM / CC
Calendar
26th Oct 2020
Monday Evening TEAMS
Barleylands 19:30
27th Oct 2020
Tuesday Duplicate Pairs - Improvers
Barleylands 13:30
28th Oct 2020
Basic Course
Barleylands 13:30