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Loughborough Bridge Club
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Important / Urgent

 The Azam Khan Championship will run over 7 weeks beginning on 1 October

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Welcome to Loughborough Bridge Club
The 70% Club

On Thursday 24 September Harry Gordon & Jim Taylor scored a massive 75.56% and they have our hearty congratulations!

Last updated : 25th Sep 2020 17:32 BST
Committee Meeting Minutes

The club committee met on 10 September and the minutes are visible from the appropriate menu item on the left.

Last updated : 14th Sep 2020 22:43 BST
Our Online Bridge Club

We now play online on our usual Thursday evening for about 2 ½ hours.  Subject to movement, we aim to play 20 boards in the session.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE ONLINE CLUB IS RESTRICTED TO OUR FULL MEMBERS PLUS LOCAL PLAYERS WHO WE KNOW WELL. 

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO JOIN IN

  1. REGISTER WITH BBO IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. YOU WILL GET A BBO USERNAME. THIS LINK TAKES YOU TO THE BBO WEBSITE.

  2. REGISTER WITH OUR CLUB. USE THE FORM BELOW.

  3. GET FAMILIAR WITH BBO. THERE IS HELP AVAILABLE.  WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR MORE INFORMATION.

  4. CONTACT YOUR PARTNER. MAKE SURE HE/SHE IS REGISTERED TOO.

  5. ALTHOUGH ORDINARY PLAY ON BBO IS FREE, CLUB GAMES REQUIRE THE PURCHASE OF BBO DOLLARS. WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW.

Please note you must register separately for each club- you cannot use another club’s registration. This will enable us to allow you to join our sessions, and will allow us to restrict those playing to just those we wish to play. 

Each game will cost 3 BBO$ which is around £2.30 at the moment.

This is a really exciting venture for the Club – please do join us and enjoy playing our great game with familiar faces (even if you can’t actually see them!!). Get registering now!!

We are aware that some may find this online thing a bit daunting – we have a team who will help you get set up and playing on BBO. If you would like this help, please let me know.  BBO also allows you to play against robots for free so that you can get the feel of playing online.

With all best wishes

Stuart McDonald – Chairman LBC

FORM
Last updated : 3rd Sep 2020 21:46 BST
Finding An Online Partner and Other Help

Finding an Online Partner

We can help you to find an online bridge partner.  The system allows you to see if any of our members are already looking for a partner or, if necessary, for you to put up an electronic notice asking for anyone to partner you.  This is extremely easy to do.  If you put up a notice then our members will see your choice of: your phone number(s), your email or both.  However, the general public cannot see any of your information because it is restricted to members only.

You should follow the same link later on to take down your notice after you have got fixed up.

Follow this link

You may have a few other queries.  We have written up some Frequently Asked Questions for you: just click on the menu item to your left.

Last updated : 7th Aug 2020 11:10 BST
Our 2020 AGM

We had a successful online AGM on Thursday 23 July.  The Minutes and the papers are available to members.  Please click the "Minutes AGM/Committee" button in the menu to your left.

Last updated : 24th Jul 2020 18:09 BST
Play These Hands With Brian

Brian Stockdale writes

No doubt many of you will have been getting your bridge fix by playing on-line. As on-line bridge is the only game in town, I have dipped in and out over these lock-down weeks and whilst the social element is undoubtedly missing, on-line bridge does present some interesting facets of playing bridge. Perhaps the most obvious one is that although you are deprived of that intangible factor ‘table presence’, it is more than compensated for by not being ‘influenced’ by partner’s, how shall I put it, table mannerisms! What this allows you to do is to concentrate solely on bidding and playing your cards. Pauses between bids and plays are more likely to be the vagaries of the internet than pontifications by partner. It is in fact more like international bridge played with screens. I have tended to treat the sessions more as ‘practice’ rather than meaningful competition as I find it difficult to take it too seriously playing against ‘Moon Pig’ and ‘Little Miss Muffet’.

Sad though it may be, I have looked back at a few bidding sequences to see ‘where it all went wrong’ and hands where ‘one might have done better’ in the card play. I have collected together a few hands from the latter category that demonstrate an interesting aspect of card play and I have presented them as a bridge play quiz. See how you get on and then have a look at the commentary.

Stay safe, Brian

The problems and the answers will open in new windows when you click them.  You could save them for future reference if you chose.

Play problems 1               Answers to Play Problems 1

Last updated : 6th Jul 2020 11:03 BST
Bernard Magee's Seminars

Bernard Magee is providing a series of bridge seminars on Youtube.  He creates these as live streams three times a week and thereafter they are permanently available so there is no need to set your alarm clock!  If you are bored and missing your bridge then why not have a little look.  This is the link to his channel.  Top tip - go to full screen if you do not wish to see the distracting live stream comments.

Last updated : 19th Apr 2020 09:37 BST
Memory Lane

Mike Bramley was a regular player at our club and when he died he left us a bequest.  it was decided to use this to purchase Honours Boards for some of our competitions.  For some years these were displayed at the Conservative Club in Baxter Gate.  When the club could no longer rent a room there we had nowhere suitable to display the boards.  Eventually we took the decision to scrap the boards but we have retained these photographs of them.

Last updated : 13th Aug 2019 19:20 BST
No Coppers Please

The club committee has agreed that it is a bit much to expect our Treasurer to handle table money tendered in copper.  We would much rather you drop those coins in a collecting box for your farourite charity.  So, please be aware that Paul is now authorised to turn down your shrapnel!

Last updated : 13th Aug 2019 19:19 BST
Let's Take Less Time!

To help the directors keep our evenings to time you do not necessarily have to think any quicker;  there are several tips that will speed up the evening.  Try to bear these in mind:

  • Lead first and write it down later.
  • When the move is called get to the next table swiftly.
  • The Bridgemate user must score swiftly: enter most details before the end of the hand, then enter the result and offer the Bridgemate to your opponent. Saying something like ‘We got 45%’ is usually enough; going through how many bid which particular game can use a lot of time.
  • Opponents - you must be ready to check and then press the accept button.
  • Catch up: if you are late starting then you have an obligation to try to catch up.
  • Time yourself: you should be aware if you only have 4 minutes to deal with the last board of the set.
  • Limit your post-mortem until you have finished all the boards for the round.
  • Don’t ask for the meaning every time there is an alert.
  • Claim: consider claiming if you have a reasonably easy end position.
  • Use your opponent’s thinking time: you may be able to plan your own play better.
  • If your opponent is going to cash a long suit in dummy, decide on your discards. I bet you’ve watched someone agonise over their first discard and then when another winner is played do exactly the same again. It can hardly be a surprise.
  • Put your played boards somewhere easy for the TD or the next table to pick up. Please don’t hide them on the most obscure bit of the floor and then keep us waiting for them.
Last updated : 29th Nov 2019 07:50 GMT
Club Statement: Privacy of Your Data

The Club Committee has written a privacy policy governing our use of your personal data.  You will find it listed in the menu (left hand side of this page) under the general heading of "All About Our Club".  Just click on that and you will find our policy document.

Last updated : 13th Jul 2018 11:02 BST
Bridgemates - Taking Care

Both sides are urged to be very careful in entering and agreeing the contract and the tricks.  On occasion we see impossible scores.  The Director who is trying to play bridge cannot do much to check on what you enter.  After the bridge is over the Director has no power to change these impossible scores unless the pairs concerned can help.  Otherwise, the scores entered must stand.

Last updated : 11th Aug 2016 23:04 BST
Results
Online Bridge Session
Online Bridge Session
Online Bridge Session
Calendar
Thu 1st October 2020
Online Bridge Session
The Azam Khan Championship 1
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Thu 8th October 2020
Online Bridge Session
The Azam Khan Championship 2
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Thu 15th October 2020
Online Bridge Session
The Azam Khan Championship 3
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