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Welcome to Huddersfield Bridge Club
Huddersfield v La Colle sur Loup

La Colle sur Loup

We are pleased that we are able to renew our friendship with the bridge players from La Colle sur Loup in the South of France (http://bca-lacolle.com/)

Next week we have invited some of them to play in our weekly online sessions, as our guests. So if you come across some unfamiliar names, that’s who they are!

Please note that they will all play 5 card majors, 15-17 NT with red suit transfers, and weak 2s in the majors. They are not familiar with our alerting rules and their English may not be good, so please be kind to them. Any problems, call Oliver as you usually would.

We are also hoping to give them an opportunity to get their revenge on us after the teams of four matches we played in December. If you are interested in entering a team of four for a match against one of their teams please let Pearl know. We aim to match teams by level of experience. I think everyone who played in the first round of matches enjoyed it.

Happy New Year

Firstly a very Happy New Year to all of our members from everyone on the Committee

Unfortunately we are, once again, in national lockdown (Number 3) and the prospect of the club reopening for face-to-face bridge feels as far away as ever. We will continue to run online sessions on a Monday and Wednesday evening for the indefinite future. We may also run a few one-off events – Swiss Pairs or Swiss Teams and  maybe, once more, something with our French friends from La Colle sur Loup.

If you have any comments or ideas about our online offerings please let us know

And don’t forget to keep paying Pat for your credits so she doesn’t have to chase you

Thanks everyone, and best wishes for 2021

Pearl

Christmas Update - 24 December 2020

Hello everyone, this will be the last update of 2020.

Over the next couple of weeks the Monday and Wednesday evening online sessions will continue as normal. If you have still not given them a go yet but would like to try,  please contact me and I’ll do what I can do help get you started.

There ae a number of other online events over the festive period which you may be interested in – please check the EBU, YCBA and Oliver Cowan Bridge Club web sites for more information

The Yorkshire Online teams of four League restarts in January. If you are interested in entering a team or being part of a team please contact Carrie Babington (carriebabington@icloud.com)

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, however you might be spending it. Unfortunately it is difficult to see our bridge club reopening for face-to-face bridge anytime soon, but hopefully 2021 will see a change for the better at some point. For now let’s enjoy the online bridge and do our best to keep in touch and to support each other.

Best wishes

Pearl.

Huddersfield v La Colle sur Loup

Huddersfield v La Colle sur Loup

All the matches are now complete and the result is as shown below – a narrow win for us! The last match was a narrow win for Robert Pepper’s team. It all came down to the final board in the end, so an exciting finish

Everyone seemed to enjoy the event and I know the French did too. Claude Galand, their organiser, asked me to pass on their congratulations and thanks to everyone.

He and I are planning some other joint events …. We have agreed to discuss it in the New Year. If you have any feedback on this competition, or thoughts for other things we can do, please let us know

Match

 

UK

France

Score

UK VPs

France VPs

1

12/08 - 3 PM

TREVANION

MICHEL

35/24

13

7

2

12/01 - 2 PM

TREVANION

GALAND

38/39

10

10

3

12/08 - 6 PM

BABINGTON

GABORIT

35/45

7

13

4

12/01 - 5:30PM

BABINGTON 

BELINGARD

25/60

3

17

5

12/08 - 4:00PM

PEPPER

RUIZ

17/35

5

15

6

12/07 - 8:00PM

HIRST

PIGNATARI

32/37

8

12

7

12/05 - 10 AM

HIRST

DREWITZ

68/21

19

1

8

12/02 - 4 PM

MEASURES

MESLIER

31/72

2

18

9

12/02 - 5 PM

WALKER

JACKSON

79/13

20

0

10

12/09 - 4 PM

PEPPER

ALBUISSON

33/39

8

12

11

12/07 - 4 PM

MURPHY

HUERTAS

44/20

16

4

 

 

 

 

VP TOTAL

111

109

Christmas and New Year arrangements

Christmas and New Year arrangements

The Monday and Wednesday evening online sessions will continue throughout the Christmas and New Year period

General update - 3 December 2020

Hello everyone – we are officially out of national lockdown now and into Tier 3 – which doesn’t feel much different (a friend said it was simply ‘lockdown with a haircut’). At last though we have some good news -  a slight relaxation of the rules over Christmas and, more importantly, a vaccine.


We sadly have to report the deaths of two former members, Jane Booth and Gwen Wimpenny.  Jane was a regular member of the Monday Afternoon Club. She played with her friend Angela Horner. She always had a smile on her face even when not well at the beginning of 2020. She always asked the TD of the day if she could do anything to help – but then very quickly added “but not take over the TD role”. Gwen was a club member a few years ago and also used to play mainly on Monday afternoons. She partnered Jean McCartney for a long time

Matches v DEVA, last Thursday

A bit of a disappointment to be honest. They cancelled one match and then failed to set up another – so of the 7 matches planned only 5 went ahead. We drew one match, won one match, and lost the others. The match scores were converted to VPs and totalled up -overall we lost 54-46

Matches v La Colle sur Loup

Much better organised by the French ‘captain’ – Claude Galand. There are 11 matches being played over a couple of weeks. We have played 4 to date– a big WELL DONE to Louise, Marie, Ian and Rosie who are our only winners so far The current scores are as follows

Match #

Date/French Time

UK Team

French Team

IMP

VP UK

VP France

1

12/08 - 3 PM

TREVANION

MICHEL

 

 

 

2

12/01 - 2 PM

TREVANION

GALAND

38/39

10

10

3

12/08 - 6 PM

BABINGTON

GABORIT

 

 

 

4

12/01 - 5:30PM

BABINGTON 

BELINGARD

25/60

3

17

5

12/08 - 4:00PM

PEPPER

RUIZ

 

 

 

6

12/07 - 8:00PM

HIRST

PIGNATARI

 

 

 

7

12/05 - 10 AM

HIRST

DREWITZ

 

 

 

8

12/02 - 4 PM

MEASURES

MESLIER

31/72

2

18

9

12/02 - 5 PM

WALKER

JACKSON

79/13

20

0

10

12/09 - 4 PM

PEPPER

ALBUISSON

 

 

 

11

12/07 - 4 PM

MURPHY

HUERTAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VP TOTAL

35

45

Yorkshire online league

The last matches take place this Sunday. Good luck to both of our teams

Don’t forget to contact Carrie if you are interested in playing in this event next time it runs, likely to be in the New Year

YCBA Online League

The YCBA Online league will be reaching a conclusion soon, with the final match taking place on Sunday 6 December 2020.  Plans ae being made to run another league starting in January. If you are interesting in entering a team of four – or playing with others but haven’t got team mates - then please get in touch with Carrie Babington (carriebabington@icloud.com) who is managing our entries

More information can be foiund on the YCBA web site

Weekly update - 19 November 2020

Hello all, we hope you are still keeping safe and well

A few brief updates

  • The matches against Deva will go ahead next Thursday evening. Matches will start at 19.00 and each match will consist of 2x8 boards. Before then each of our teams will be advised as to who their opposition is and who will be responsible for setting up the match. Help will be available on the night for anyone who runs into BBO problems!

  • Anyone who would like to play against the team from La Colle sur Loup should let Pearl know before this Saturday. The arrangements for the matches will be the same as above except each team will agree with their French opponents the date and time for their match. All matches need to be played some time between 28 November and 12 December. Again help will be available setting up the matches if required. In addition each team will be supplied with a summary of the basic system the French play (they don’t play ACOL). We have sent them a basic summary of ACOL as well, for their players to use

 

Weekly update - 12 November 2020

So, we have finished one week of the national lockdown No.2 – 3 more to go. We hope you are all safe and well and keeping yourselves amused

This week we got 13 tables at our online session on Monday evening and 6 tables on Wednesday evening.

If you are playing in our online sessions please don’t forget to keep track of your credits and pay Pat when you need some more

The next round of the Yorkshire Online League is this coming Sunday so we wish both our teams well

Huddersfield A (Patrick, Stuart, Roger and Stephen ) will be playing Sheffield Buzz and York A

Huddersfield B (Carrie, Lisa, Peter and Gillian) will be playing Malton A and York B

Online Bridge matches

We can confirm that we will be running some matches against a team from the South of France. (http://bca-lacolle.com/)

If you are interested in playing please let Pearl know by 21 November. The matches will be in the first two weeks of  December. You can register as an individual, a pair, or a team of 4 – we will match people up appropriately. This will give you all a chance to play against a different system (they don;t play Acol) and to practise your French as they don't all speak English either

We have 7 or 8 teams interested in playing against Deva Bridge Club on the evening of Thursday 26th November. Let's hope we can have a similar turnout against the French! 

 

Weekly update - 5 November 2020

Hello everyone. Hopefully you are all safe and well and settling back into lockdown again!

Our weekly online bridge sessions continue but over the last week there have been a few technical problems with BBO. These are the result of technical issues at BBO and there is nothing we can do about them when they happen. Where possible the TD will delay the start to cater for those having difficulty logging onto BBO. Registration for our weekly sessions can be done on the day, any time after 17.15 up to about 19.10. You are strongly advised, though, to register for the tournament as early as you can – that way the TD knows who is intending to play. You don’t have to say online once you have registered – you can log off and then back on again nearer the stat time

In the Yorkshire Online League our teams are having mixed fortunes. The A team (captained by Stuart)  beat Sheffield A but lost to Leeds A. The B team (captained by Carrie) beat Leeds C 17-3 and Sheffield C  15-5, and are now top of Division 2. The next round of matches are 15 November, and we wish both teams well for that

General update - 29 October 2020

We hope you are all keeping safe and well

Online bridge update :

There is still no prospect of reopening the club in the near future but online bridge is continuing to flourish. We hope you are able to play online if you want to. If you haven’t yet given it a go but would like to try please get in touch with Pearl and we will do our best to help you.

Unfortunately it doesn’t always run smoothly and last night BBO (the online platform we currently use) had some technical issues just before our event started. In the end everyone who wanted to play managed to log on and register and the session got going, albeit a few minutes later than planned. BBO isn’t the only online platform though – some players are using ‘Bridge Club Live’ (BCL) . Last weekend Pearl used ‘RealBridge’ where you can see and hear your partner and opponents. That is in its early days yet and there were a few technical issues but it isnice to be able to have a proper chat with folk rather than having to type everything in.

Although everyone is getting used to online bridge now there are some minor issues which came up this week 

  • Use of the UNDO facility. If you inadvertently click the wrong bid you can ask for an UNDO. Note this is for if you click the wrong thing not if you later change your mind! If your opponents ask for an UNDO during the bidding then you should accept it – it is easy to make mistakes
  • UNDOs are not allowed during play 
  • To try to prevent inadvertent bids or card play you can change your settings to force you to confirm your selected bid and/or card
  • If you feel your table is running out of time feel free to prompt whoever is ‘thinking’
  • If you have ANY issues you should call the TD, Oliver Cowan. You should do this straight away. As always the TDs ruling is final except you have a right of appeal up to 20 minutes after the session has ended. Oliver is pleasant and helpful and doesn’t mind being called

Future online events

We continue to play Monday evenings and are regularly getting 11-12 tables. Wednesday evening we get about 5 tables which is just about viable. With winter approaching I do wonder whether there would be any value in trying a Thursday morning session again, or maybe something one afternoon? Please let Pearl or any of the Committee know your views on this

There has been plenty of interest in the online match against Deva, which will take place on the evening of Thursday 26th November. We will have 7 or 8 teams of 4 which is fantastic – let’s hope they all win!

We are also investigating a similar online event with a bridge club in the South of France, probably some time in early December – if you are interested in playing in this please let Pearl know

 

Finally -  GOOD LUCK to our two teams playing in the next round of the Yorkshire online League this Sunday

 

General update - 8 October 2020

The online sessions contnue to do well - this Monday evening we had 12 tables and on Wednesday evening we had 6. Currently we play about 18 boards in a session. I have been asked if it is possible to play more and maybe have a short break - as we would on a normal club night. If you have a view on this, one way or the other, please let us know.

An online event against Deva (Chester) has been arranged for the evening of Thursday 26th November. If you are interested in playing please contact Sue Measures

We have two teams of four entered in the online 'Yorkshire League' - the first round of matches is this Sunday so we wish them all the best for a successful start

Pearl

Inter club match v Deva (Chester)

We have agreed a date for this match – Thursday 26th November 2020, staring at 19.00


The way it will work is that we will be in teams of 4 and be matched up (as best we can) with teams of four from Deva with similar NGS grades. So everyone will be playing against opposition of a similar standard. We will play 2 x 8 boards (= 16 boards in total).

We will then convert IMPs for each match to VPs, add up VPs for each match, congratulate the winning club and thank all concerned for an enjoyable and friendly match!

If you are interested in playing please let Sue Measures know (suepmeasures@gmail.com). You don’t need to be a pair or a team of four – we can match everyone up if need be. However if you do have a preferred partner and/or team mates then let Sue know

General Update 1 October 2020

Yorkshire League

The YCBA have confirmed that the Yorkshire League has been cancelled for 20/21 and will hopefully resume again the following season

March for Men in aid of Prostate Cancer

Robert Pepper completed his March for Men in aid of Prostate Cancer UK on Tuesday Sept 22 and has asked for the following message to be circulated:

I've tried to contact everyone who supported me so please accept my apologies if I inadvertently missed anyone (or didn't have an email address).  I know also that there were some anonymous donations so thanks for those as well.  Here's an update on the story.

It seemed only right for a life-long fan of Huddersfield Town to pay my respects to the Club by walking from the centre of town to the Stadium, to complete a lap of honour round the pitch before walking on to the Club’s training centre, prior to a return to the town centre.

This is a distance of some 5km (actually 6.5 km), commensurate with the March for Men I did last year in Roundhay Park, and I appealed for support by suggesting that £1 per kilometre would put me on course to raise £5 for each year of my life.

Thanks to a fantastic response, I exceeded my original target within 12 hours of launching the appeal and that support continued beyond my wildest dreams so that the total raised by the day of the walk stood at £1784 on the Just Giving page plus £100 received directly plus £310 Gift Aid.

24 September 2020 - General update

Finance update

We have received a grant of £10,000 from Kirklees so at the moment the bank balance is £26,000, We have received some income from subscriptions and from online bridge, but clearly have some outgoings as well associated with the online bridge. We also have routine payments for utilities. As a return to face to face bridge looks unlikely for at least 6 months we will try to minimise any outgoings as far as we can. Members can help ensure our financial security n several ways

- if you have not paid your club membership subscription or 200/21 please contact Pat Whitehouse as soon as possible to arrange payment

- please be prompt about paying for your credits for online bridge sessions - we have had 6 Monday evening sessions so far, 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Thursday mornings. So if you paid for 10 credits up front you may be near to needing to buy some more

- some members have agreed to forgo their prize money for 2019/20 - if you are happy to do this please let Pat know

Premises update

The disabled access ramp is on hold until we are more certain about what the future brings, although we have paid a deposit to secure the price

The Committee are now considering what needs to be done to secure the premises over the winter months

Online update

Monday evening sessions continue to be popular and Wednesday is too,, although slightly less so. We will continue to run both

Please note that, where possible, we have a standby pair to avoid a half table. So if you see names you don't recognise that's probably why. If anyone would like to volunteer to organise and run a standby rota of pairs from our club then please let me know.

Yorkshire League

Dear Club Members

The YCBA have decided to run an online league for teams of 4 for inter club competition. This is another opportunity to have a go at online bridge against other clubs, keeping the sporting ethos and competitive nature of the Yorkshire League going. As many  teams that wish to play can be catered for. The competition will take place on the Bridge Base Online (BBO platform).

Any team that wants to enter must meet the costs themselves and send details and EBU numbers to Carrie Babington (carriebabington@me.com).  The teams can be made up of any players who are already registered on BBO so get yourselves in teams of 4 and enjoy.

 

The closing date for entries is the 20th September and the cost being £20 per team. 

Thanks

Carrie

Other news

The committee met briefly yesterday to discuss the current situation around Covid 19 and the potential for re-opening the club. We had a finance update. We also recorded the sad passing of some members and ex-members: Roy Sykes, Maxi Walsh and Margaret Fleetwood. Our thoughts and sympathies go to their families and friends. 

In terms of re-opening the club, we would be interested in the view of all members. Are you ready to return to playing bridge at the club? If so, what health and safety measures would you like to see in place to protect us all? Please let us know by email to huddsbc@gmail.com by the end of July so that we can plan for a possible September re-opening. 

Finances - clearly we currently have no income from table money and continue to have some outgoings, although these are relatively small.  Any members who haven't already done so are encouraged to pay their annual subscription of £10 - this can be done by bank transfer. The bank details are

Huddersfield Contract Bridge Association and Club

sort code 20-26-08 

account number 83905594

please use the reference SUBS2021

Coronavirus

The club is closed with immediate effect until further notice

In line with Government advice, we are closing the club for all duplicate sessions and lessons.

If you are aware of any members who may be vulnerable at this difficult time, please make every effort to care for them. 

If you have any queries or problems please contact Pearl Murphy on pearlmurphy104@gmail.com 

Playing Bridge online

Since the lockdown we have seen a lot of increased activity on Bridge Base Online (BBO). More than 20 members are playing in casual games as either individuals or pairs. There are also a number of team matches between members and people in other clubs and countries.

Robert Pepper has set up a discussion forum for playing online. There are lots of useful hints there, as well as on the EBU website. If you want to be involved in the group then you will need to be invited by Robert. Contact him on repepper.rep@gmail.com

 

Email distribution

We have been having technical problems with gmail/outlook with respect to our email distribution lists. As a result you may have received multiple copies of the latest club update email or received nothing at all! We are going to try and address the issue tomorrow. In the meantime the main part of the content of the update is set out below:

Hello all. Well we are still in lockdown so the club continues to be shut and we are continuing with our weekly updates!

A couple of things from the EBU

  • The EBU is now offering clubs the opportunity to set themselves up as ‘virtual clubs’ so they can run online sessions for their members. I know many of us are organising our own games at the moment but it’d be great if we could organise some regular club sessions as well. I’ve asked our chief TD (Denis) to investigate what we need to do.

  • To help support the NHS, the Surrey County Bridge Association will be running an online simultaneous pairs event during the period 27th April to the 1st May. Each session will start at 10.00 a.m. and will consist of 24 boards. It is open to all EBU affiliated clubs, and all EBU members either as an individual or a pair. Caterham Bridge Club have kindly agreed to host sessions for individuals and pairs that do not have access to a club that is participating. At the moment our club is unable to participate but if you wish to play you can register via Caterham. Please see the link on the BU website for more information. https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3768

Robert Oldroyd has also kindly brought to my attention that  Mr Bridge is running short seminars by Bernard McGee  three times a week  Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11-00 on YouTube. They are free and easily accessed, you do not have to subscribe to anything. To make things even better Robert also found that his TV and Broadband supplier (EE) had introduced a new programme called SAFE@HOME and this includes YouTube so he was able to watch the bridge on a large screen.

Stay safe, and enjoy what bridge you can!

Pearl

Update from the Committee

Hello everyone, 


We hope you are all keeping safe and well

As you know we have closed the club indefinitely as a result of the current public health crisis.

The Committee met this afternoon and we can now confirm that the following events are cancelled

We have also agreed that any membership subscriptions for 2020 (£10), which are due in April, can be held over until the club reopens – we will then allow a grace period of a month for anyone who has not yet paid, before the overdue fee of £2 becomes applicable

Prize money for 2019/20 will be calculated before the end of March for accounting purposes but no payments will be made until the club reopens

Finally, we are aware that not everyone has access to email, the internet or social media so we would please ask that members look out for each other and keep in touch with any more vulnerable members.

We hope to provide you with a regular update but in the meantime please get in touch with Pearl if you have any comments or concerns

Thanks

Pearl Murphy, on behalf of the Committee

Huddersfield Bridge Club

4/6 Cambridge Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5BU

Subscriptions - 20/21

Please note that membership subscriptions for 2020/21 are due from 1st April 2020. The annual subscription fee is £10

You can renew anytime from now on.  Renewal is simple – there is a spreadsheet in the subscriptions membership book. The TDs all know where this is. Just advise the TD that you wish to renew, give the TD your £10, and add the date and the TD signature against your name on the spreadsheet.

Any queries or concerns please speak to the TD or any member of the Committee.

Thank you, and we hope you have a successful and enjoyable time playing bridge as a member of our club over the coming year.

Parking charges

As of 20/02/20 there are new parking charges for Cambridge Road and the Cambridge Road car park. The schedule of new charges is on the club notice board.

League Dates 20-21 Season

The dates for the next season have been published. Actual fixtures will be available in the late summer.

So that you can plan, here they are.

2020:-  November 1st; November 15th; December 6th

2021:-  January 3rd; January 24th; February 21st; March 7th

End of season - Sunday 8th of March

As in previous years, following the last match, we will be holding a faith supper/fuddle for all members who have played in the Yorkshire League teams at any point in the season. As there are two Shelley teams here on the last match-day, and most of those are also club members, they are also invited. Bring something along to share.

Email distribution list

We have set up an email distribution list to help improve communications at the club and to let you know of events and news.

If you have received an email and you do not want to be on the distribution list please let Pearl know at pearlmurphy104@gmail.com

Conversely, if you have NOT received an email it may be that we don't have a current email address for you or the address is inaccurate. If this is the case then let Pearl know at pearlmurphy104@gmail.com

Update to Constitution - Conduct Committee

Following agreement at the AGM on 6 June 2019 the Club Constitution has been amended to incorporate a revised procedure for complaints and misconduct. If you require a copy of the revised Constitution and associated attachment please contact the Club Secretary (Sue Measures).

I am pleased to be able to confirm that Katie Thorpe has agreed to be Chairperson of the Conduct Committee should one be needed during the 2019/20 season.

Pearl Murphy, Chairperson

Start and Finish Times

The Committee, in consultation with the Tournament Directors, have agreed that evening sessions will continue to start promptly at 19.00 and, as far as possible, will end by 22.30. Based on the number of pairs, the TDs will choose a movement to allow this 22.30 finish and will manage the movement accordingly, including reducing the length of the break if need be.

The TD may also remove a board if a table has fallen behind. Persistently slow pairs will be warned in the first instance and may then be subject to a procedural penalty.

To help the TD to achieve this, pairs are asked to be at the table and ready to play by 18.55 at the latest. All pairs are expected to stay until the end of the session (unless sitting out the last round)

Any queries or comments please speak to a member of the Committee

Maintenance Book

A Maintenance Book has been placed on the Noticeboard in the hallway of number  4. When any work on the Bridge Club property is required please make a note of the job in the book and add your name so the Maintenance Group can come back to you with any queries.

Email contact

There is an email form on the Contact Us section under Information but the club can also be contacted directly by emailing huddsbc@gmail.com (note that this email address is not monitored constantly)

 

 

Results
#17148 Pairs Huddersfield Wednesday Pairs
#17146 Pairs Huddersfield Monday Pairs
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#44458 Pairs Huddersfield Monday Pairs
#81802 Pairs Huddersfield Wednesday Pairs
#23483 Pairs Huddersfield Monday Pairs
#23482 Pairs Huddersfield Wednesday Pairs
#23480 Pairs Huddersfield Monday Pairs
#82264 Pairs Huddersfield Wednesday Pairs
Calendar
21st Jan 2021
Match-pointed pairs, partner provided
10:00
21st Jan 2021
Bridge Development
19:00
22nd Jan 2021
Match-pointed Pairs
19:00
25th Jan 2021
Afternoon
13:15
25th Jan 2021
Aggregate
19:00
26th Jan 2021
Match-pointed pairs
19:00
27th Jan 2021
Match-pointed pairs, partner provided
13:15
27th Jan 2021
Match-pointed pairs
19:00
28th Jan 2021
Match-pointed pairs, partner provided
10:00