Loughborough Bridge Club
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Our AGM is at 7.00 pm on Thursday 23 July via Zoom.

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Welcome to Loughborough Bridge Club
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
AGM Arrangements

Hello again everyone. Firstly, I hope you are keeping well and enjoying what passes for our summer!  I said we would get back to you regarding the AGM, which we previously postponed. I am pleased to announce that, having discussed various options, we will hold our AGM on Thursday July 23rd at 7pm – this will be a remote meeting via ZOOM. Many of you will have been using some form of technology to keep in touch with family and friends recently - ZOOM seems to be a popular choice, and easy to use.  Ruth is now sending out the notices via email, with the relevant deadlines for submission of nominations and motions for the agenda.  We will send you, via email, a link nearer the time to enable you to join the meeting, along with some hints to ensure you can be seen (if you wish) and heard – if you think you may need technical assistance, please let Ruth or me know and we will do our best to help. There is help available on the internet of course. You may also join the meeting by phone. Please also note that there is no cost to join the meeting. We hope that as many of you as possible will join us for our 64th AGM.
Meanwhile, please stay safe.
Stuart McDonald - Chairman

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2020 11:53 BST
Committee Meeting Minutes

The club committee met on 19 June and the minutes are visible from the appropriate menu item on the left.

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2020 11:53 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
Even More Recognition for Ben

It is a great pleasure to report that Ben Norton has now been awarded his first full England cap.  Between 6th and 8th March he and Mike Bell were one of the pairs repesenting England in the Camrose Trophy - the annual competition between the home nations.  Even better, England won the trophy by an overwhelming margin with Ben and Mike turning in a fine personal analysis.  This is a truly excellent achievement.

Last updated : 12th Mar 2020 00:25 GMT
Bridge Diaries

The 2020/2021 EBU Diary

From now on you have to opt-in if you wish to have the free EBU Diary.  The last date for this is 15th June - to receive a copy in August. You may need to update your details.

This is done by changing the setting on your account on MyEBU. Click on 'account' in the top right corner, select 'My details', and then in the 'account setting' section of the page, under the magazine/diary preference option use the drop down list to choose the preferred setting.

The EBU states this is the environmentally and financially responsible action to take in order to eliminate waste. 

Last updated : 10th Mar 2020 09:55 GMT
The Loughborough Cup Winners

The Loughborough Cup competition was played on 27 February 2020

The winners of our competition for nominated teams was Sheila Stockdale & John Wilcox; Jennifer Parker & Rosemary Pearson, scoring 69

Second place went to Steve Wright & Anne Wright; Jim Taylor & Harry Gordon, scoring 54

and in third place were Jackie Wilkes & Glen Clelland; Gail Tillen & Paul Anderson, scoring 48

Ten teams took part

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2020 13:15 GMT
2019 Master Points Champion

The EBU has published an analysis of master point winners by club for 2019.  Well done to our top three players, who are:

Brian Stockdale with 809

Sheila Stockdale with 603

David Mitchell with 595

Last updated : 25th Feb 2020 16:08 GMT
The Sharanda Trophy - Mixed Pairs

Thursday 30 January

This is the club competition for mixed pairs.

Sue Sanderson and Dave Mee were the winners with a score of 61.67%

Runners up were Gail Tillen & Paul Anderson with 55.19%

And in third place were Barbara Holt & Peter Wells with 54.58%

Congratulations to you all. 

As usual the full competition result is available from the relevant bit of the left hand menu.


Last updated : 31st Jan 2020 18:21 GMT
Continued Success for Ben

Enormous congratulations are again due to Ben Norton.  First, he has been selected to play for England with Mike Bell in the European Championships in June. They finished 3rd in the final trial (having qualified through two previous events) so they were not guaranteed a place in the 6 strong squad but the selectors went ahead and selected them as the 3rd pair.

And the Scottish Bridge Union generously invited the England Juniors to play in the Scottish Winter Fours. The England team were undefeated for the first two rounds, before losing to the eventual winners of the main event. They were then eliminated by the eventual runners up to the main event, before going on to come second in the subsidiary final. Congratulations are due to Ben together with Jonathan Clark, Eshan Singhal and Kripa Panchagnula.

Last updated : 21st Jan 2020 20:43 GMT
The Doris Fawcett - Drawn Teams

Congratulations to the randomly-drawn team of Sue Hardie & Tracy Jarvis, Linda MacFarlane & Steve Francis on winning the Doris Fawcett cup on 28 November.  Their score of 44 was enough to pip the runners-up who scored 38, Paul Anderson & Gail Tillen, Mike Ayers & Stephen Barney.  In third place were Anne & Steve Wright, Chris Howe & Dave Buckley on 19.

Last updated : 30th Nov 2019 09:33 GMT

A Message From Our Chairman

With great reluctance and much sadness, the Committee have decided that we can no longer offer bridge on Tuesday evenings.  The last such session will be on Tuesday December 17th at 7pm.

As Chairman, I want to explain why we have taken this decision.

Firstly, this has been done only after exhausting a number of potential solutions and we have delayed this decision for as long as possible. Those of you that read the minutes of our meetings will have seen that we have been discussing this issue for many months. We have brought forward the start time to 7pm, re-introduced a stand-by system, and more aggressively publicized Tuesdays eg at the AGM. Sadly, this has not resulted in greater numbers.

Secondly, we have canvassed opinion, and it is clear that some potential Tuesday players are reluctant to play when the table numbers are so low – the competitive element is much diminished when the only outcome on a particular board is a top, middle or bottom – this is understandable.  Some players, it must be said, were happy to continue, on the basis that they just want a game, but when some evenings see only two tables, the writing is on the wall.

Thirdly, we have had to consider the fact that the evenings are at the point of being financially non-viable, even accounting for the reduction in costs brought about by the earlier start. This is clearly not sustainable.

The Committee sincerely hopes that all those affected will come along to our Thursday evening bridge at JSH. The partner scheme is still available – please continue to contact Barrie Parker. It is hoped that we can introduce a stand-by scheme for Thursdays in the near future – we will be asking for volunteers.

Thank you to all those who have supported our Tuesday sessions – players, scorers and directors, and also to those who have volunteered to be stand-by, particularly over the last few difficult months when we have tried to increase the turnout.

This has not been an easy decision to take, but I hope you understand the reasons why. Please feel free to contact me, or indeed any member of the committee, if you have any comments, either on this issue, or any other.

Stuart McDonald - Chairman

Last updated : 29th Nov 2019 07:38 GMT
The Palfreyman Cup

Thursday 3 October

Congratulations to the top three pairs in the Palfreyman Cup competition and especial congratulations to Brian and Steve for retaining the Cup that they also won last year

Winners:  Steve Wright & Brian Stockdale, 66.14%

Nick Daniels & Peter Wells, 60.32%

Mark Wiggins & Richard Rees, 59.52%

Last updated : 4th Oct 2019 10:34 BST
The John Dixon Handicap Pairs Competition

The Handicap pairs competition results were 

1 Goff Tearle & Jan Stewart 61.00 %

2 Brian Stockdale & Sheila Stockdale 54.34 %

3 Chris Howe & Dave Buckley 54.03 %


Last updated : 13th Sep 2019 10:18 BST
The Azam Khan Championship

Many congratulations to David and Azam for winning the competition for the trophy which Azam himself presented to our club.  The top three aggregate scores were:

1 Azam Khan & David Mitchell 60.69 %

2 Mike Ayers & Stephen Barney 59.48 %

3 Diana Bowden & Richard Rees 58.79 %


Last updated : 6th Sep 2019 21:41 BST
Congratulations to Mark

Mark Wiggins with Susan Parkins has won the Friday night Speedball competition at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne on August 2nd.  Congratulations Mark!

Last updated : 20th Aug 2019 14:11 BST
Look Who Is In The 70% Club

On Thursday 15 August Diana Bowden and Richard Rees scored 70.00%  - well done to you!

Last updated : 20th Aug 2019 14:04 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
Minutes of the AGM

The minutes of the AGM held on 23 May are available via the appropriate menu item on the left.

Following the AGM discussion the committee has amended the club rules to reflect the new arrangements for Tuesday evenings.  The club rules are also available from the menu (via All About Our Club).

Last updated : 13th Aug 2019 19:16 BST
The Alice Cup

Chris Waddington & Bill Wrigley have won the club's Alice Cup by a convincing margin.  The top three places were Chris Waddington & Bill Wrigley 66.71%, Mike Ellerby & Harry Gordon 61.93%, Sheila & Brian Stockdale 59.82%

Last updated : 13th Aug 2019 19:15 BST
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
Online Bridge

Very popular with online players is Bridge Base Online which supports a lot of EBU competitions.

Some members of our club play regularly with Bridge Club Live.  There is a charge to join and then club-related items such as a leader board become available to you.  Many bidding systems are supported with Acol systems prominent.


Our League Teams

This year our teams are playing in the LCBA league, Division One  and Division Three .  To see the fixture list and to keep an eye on results as they become available, click on either button.

Need a Partner?

Phone Barrie Parker  07763103091



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