Have you yet tried the 'Play it Again' feature available on this website via the Results Pages? Click on your name in the Rankings List to view your Scorecard. Then in the board list on the right of the screen, select the board of interest and click on 'Play it Again'. From the comfort of your own home, you can see how you could / should have made that slam!
The EBU has recently updated its policy statement, which also applies to Mountnessing Bridge Club, please.
With grateful thanks to Theo Todman, the vast bulk of the old original website is available once again as an Archive record. It includes a host of things, including the results back as far as Spring 2006, old statistical summaries, old news items, various guidance documents, plus some sample convention cards that were intended for use primarily by 'scratch' partnerships. Click on this panel to be redirected to the old website (opens in a new window).
Old News Snippets
Apologies for the late posting of the results. This delay has been caused by a mis-board on board 11. The board has been scored as a split board, with 4 scores in each half - one half being tables 7, 6, 5, and 4, the other half being tables 3, 2, 1 and 8, for which the North and East hands had been inter-changed. Resolution of the problem has consumed a lot of extra time, especially by the Director, but also by the scorer. The calculation has had to be carried out manually, following a formula set out by the EBU.
LESSONS TO BE LEARNT:
There was another new entry into the 'Seventy Club' on April 25th 2019 - Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy with a score of 71.06%
We are pleased to report that the two teams of four entered by Mountnessing in the Ray Cornell Trophy on February 17th - one of the Essex Invitational Teams competitions run by the Essex Contract Bridge Association - did the Club proud by finishing 2nd and 3rd, thus, in combination, qualifying to represent Essex in the Regional Finals of the prestigious Garden Cities Competition on April 27th and winning the Ray Cornell Prize. The teams were:
Mountnessing 'A': (finished 2nd) - Peter Franklin, Frank Morrison, Graham Beeton, David Piper
Mountnessing 'B': (finished 3rd) - Jill & Roger Tattersfield, John Sutcliffe, Alaric Cundy
The Team to play in the Regional Final will be slightly different: John Sutcliffe, Dennis Valtisiaris, Jill & Roger Tattersfield, Frank Morrison, Steve Cade-Bowyer, Graham Beeton, David Piper. We wish our team Good Luck!
The two year-long ladder awards are now decided:
Faye Wernick Trophy (Ladies): Helen McVeigh just pipped last year's winner, Sue French, on the last session of the year
Lionel Wernick Trophy (Men): Chris Megahey retained his title, with Alaric Cundy finishing second
There was a new entry in the 'Seventy Club' on March 14th when Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy scored 74.11%. For a complete list of scores over 70% scored at the Club since September 2006, please see the sub-menu item under the 'Current Ladder Tables' link to the left.
Congratulations to John Sutcliffe & Dennis Valtisiaris who won the Mary Rogers Trophy on March 21st.
For those who are unaware: this Trophy was introduced into the Club's calendar by former owner Lionel Wernick. Mary Rogers was a long-standing member of the Club, who also had successes in County events. Her husband, Jack Rogers, was also a very regular player at the club until terminal ill-health prevented him from so doing in 2008.
Please click on this box to see the national rankings.https://www.simpairs.com/default.asp?session=003237
The Club's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday February 21st 2019 starting at 7.10 p.m., with a normal Bridge Session afterwards at 7.30. We encourage all members to attend to have the chance to have a say about the future direction of the club. Members can access the Agenda and associated papers through the 'Membership' link to the left.
One of the key functions of the AGM is to elect the Club's Officers and other Committee Members. This year, we are making a special plea to members to consider taking on one of the lead roles, because two of the current four Officers are not seeking re-election. These roles are not as onerous as they may sound - but without them the club may struggle to run smoothly. We therefore are asking all members to think carefully as to whether you could offer yourself to be nominated for one of the roles.
Chair: the core responsibilities are:
to chair any General meetings of the Club, including the AGM;
to chair any committee meetings. [Physical committee meetings are rare, and, when they happen, usually short. Most committee business is conducted by phone and / or email];
to act as the front-person / spokesperson for the club as and when necessary;
to assure himself / herself that all other roles are being appropriately carried out;
to act as a cheque signatory;
note that it is not a requirement for the Chair to be on the Club’s Director’s rota.
Secretary: the core responsibilities are: :
to provide papers and prepare minutes for all General Meetings and Committee Meetings. (Virtually all committee business is handled via email);
to act as the primary channel for communication between the Club and the ECBA / EBU; (almost all communication is via email);
to hold the file of completed membership application and renewal forms;
to act as the primary channel for communication with Club members (almost all communication is via email, using the Bridgewebs website’s email facility);
to circulate requests for partners to all members, using the Bridgewebs website’s email facility;
note that it is not a requirement for the Secretary to be on the Club’s Director’s rota.
Congratulations to Paul Mollison & Simon Moorman who achieved a score of 71.59% at the club session on January 24th 2019, thus gaining an entry into 'The Seventy Club'.
Amazingly, there was another new 'Seventy Club' entry on January 31st - Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy, with a score of 70.45%
Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy became the newest members of 'The Seventy Club' with a score of 71.53% on the final session of 2018, on December 20th.
The new regulations come into effect on May 25th 2018 and require us to have a GDPR Data Policy. Please click on this box to read the policy for Mountnessing Bridge Club, which has been based on a 'model' policy released by the EBU.
We are now using the 'BridgePals' wireless scoring system, which was originally developed by John and Mirna Goacher for use at the Chiselhurst Club. We are now able to get the results loaded onto this website within about 3 minutes of the entry of the last score.
Players need to identify themselves to the system by using the Mountnessing-specific "short-code", which is just 1 - 3 figures long. There are lists of 'short-codes' available at the club, covering all members and most of our past visitors. To access your short-code, then either follow the instructions above to access the club membership list, or look on the list at the club, or otherwise please contact Alaric.
The laws are updated about every ten years, and the latest version will come into effect in EBU events from start of August. From a player’s point of view, there are no changes to the mechanics or scoring of the game, so you can essentially continue to play your familiar game and allow the TDs to worry about dealing with any irregularities that arise.
There are, however, a couple of changes that players would gain from being aware of. One affects claims, and the other affects insuffient bids and bids out of rotation and it introduces the new concept of comparable bid. You can read more about comparable bids by clicking on this box.
Congratulations to John Sutcliffe & Peter Franklin who achieved a score of 70.32% at the club session on September 20th 2018, thus gaining an entry into 'The Seventy Club'.
The two Summer ladder trophies, which run from June 1st to August 31st, have now been completed, and the winners were:
Margaret Curtis Trophy: Sue French
Peter Seaton Trophy: Graham Beeton
For the full rankings, please see the Margaret Curtis (2018) and Peter Seaton (2018) tabs beneath the 'Current Ladder Tables' menu to the left.
We will be running a heat of the ECATS-organised Kidney Research Simultaneous Pairs on Thursday 12th July. Table Money £5 for members, £7 for visitors
The national rankings will be available by clicking this box after the close of the session on July 12th.
Now that the planned refurbishment of the floor at the Hall has been successfully completed, for those who kindly help with setting out or putting away please note that we have had a reminder not to drag chairs or tables across the floor, but instead to use the trollies provided.
Congratulations to Frank Morrison & Peter Franklin who, with a score of 72.32% on June 28th 2018, become the latest admissions to 'The Seventy Club' - a record of all scores of 70%+ at the club since September 2006.
Click on this box to see the full 'Seventy Club' list.
Please check the results for any 'typos' or other issues, and if you find any, please let Alaric know. Assuming there are no issues, then many, many congratulations are due to Helen McVeigh and Graham Allen, who won the session with a score of over 71%!! As a result, they become the newest entry to 'the Seventy Club' - a record of all scores of 70% or higher recorded at the club since September 2006.
The problems with the scoring equipment this evening are believed to have been caused by the recent major 'Spring Update' to Windows 10, which appears to have disabled the 'Apache Server' software that lies at the heart of the scoring system. There is a known solution to this issue, which, it is anticipated, will be resolved by next week.
Both events are only open to club members, though any sessions played partnering non-members also count. To qualify for an award, a minimum of 20 sessions must be played during the year. There are separate awards for Women (Faye Wernick Trophy) and Men (Lionel Wernick Trophy). The ladder score will be the simple arithmetic average of all qualifying scores, without, for example, any weighting to take account of the number of contestants in each session. A maximum of (best) 40 scores will count in the final calculation at the end of the membership year. As the year progresses, the cut-off for inclusion within the displayed tables will roll forward on a pro rata basis, starting from 1 session, and gradually increasing to 20 as the year progresses. Full statistics for an individual player's scores during the year are accessible through secondary menu items associated with the two Ladders.
The winner of the Faye Wernick Trophy, 2017/18 was Sue French, who squeaked ahead of reigning champion, Lorraine Butler, on the last session of the year on March 29th.
The winner of the Lionel Wernick Trophy,2017/18 was Chris Megahey, followed by last year's winner, Alaric Cundy.
The winners of the trophy were Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy. Full results and analyses are available via the 'Results' menu.
Congratulations to Peter Oake & Frank Morrison, who won the trophy by a tiny margin from Helen McVeigh & Graham Allen.
For the national rankings, please click here.
Mountnessing entered two teams in this Essex Invitational event.
'A' Team (Finished 3rd out of 18 Teams): Peter Franklin, Frank Morrison, Chris Megahey and Alaric Cundy
'B' Team (Finished 8th out of 18 Teams): Graham Allen, Helen McVeigh, John Sutcliffe, and Ray Clarke
The team representing Mountnessing was: Frank Morrison, Peter Franklin, Jill & Roger Tattersfield, Helen McVeigh, Graham Allen, Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy. The team finished a disappointing 3rd out of 11 teams entered. Peter & Frank were ranked third out of the 44 pairs on the cross-imp scores. Click this panel for more details.
Congratulations to two of our newest members - Sue French and Graham Beeton - who won the 2017 Windmill Trophy. For the full results, click on this panel.
The finalised tables for the two Summer Ladder Trophies - the Margaret Curtis Cup and the Peter Seaton Trophy - can now be viewed from the Current Ladder Tables link to the left.
The final rankings are:
The Margaret Curtis Cup (for ladies): Winner Catriona Lovett, second Lorraine Butler, third Angela Fenton.
The Peter Seaton Trophy (for men): Winner Chris Megahey, second Alaric Cundy, third John Sutcliffe.
2016 Winners: Catriona Lovett and Dave Piper / Les Curtis
The National Rankings are available through this link.
Congratulations to Frank Morrison & Peter Franklin for becoming the first additions to 'The Seventy Club' since August 2014 with their score of 72.5% on May 4th 2017. The Seventy Club is a permanent record of all scores of 70%+ achieved at the club since May 2006.
The top three places in the year long ladder awards were as follows:
Faye Wernick Trophy (Ladies' Ladder): 1 Lorraine Butler; 2 Catriona Lovett; 3 Joan McGuffin.
Lionel Wernick Trophy (Men's Ladder): 1 Alaric Cundy; 2 Chris Megahey; 3 (Jointly) Les Curtis & David Piper.
See the full final standings under the 'Old Ladder Tables' menu item to the left.
Congratulations to Les Curtis & Dave Piper, who narrowly beat the reigning holders Keith Nicholl & Graham Allen to win the Mary Rogers Trophy on March 23rd. For the full results please see the Results Index to the left of this panel.
The Mountnessing teams for the Ray Cornell Trophy on February 12th 2017 finished (out of 23 teams):
'A': Dave Piper & John Sutcliffe; Frank Morrison & Peter Franklin (4th)
'B': Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy; Jill & Roger Tattersfield (11th)
Please click this box to connect to the national and international rankings.
The team representing Mountnessing Bridge Club - John Sutcliffe & Len Williams; Peter Franklin & Frank Morrison; Jill & Roger Tattersfield; and Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy - won the Essex Invitational Teams of Eight competition this year. Full details can be found on the ECBA website.
The club contested the Windmill Trophy - The Autumn Pairs Championship - on October 20th 2016. Congratulations to Alan Eames & John Sutcliffe, who retained the Trophy, with Les Curtis & Dave Piper finishing second. For rthe full results listing please see the Results link on the left.
Please click on the 'Final Ladder' link on the left for the full final standings.
This event was held at the club on July 14th 2016. Click this panel to view the national rankings.
♠ ♥ Congratulations to Alan Eames & John Sutcliffe, the 2015 winners of the Windmill Trophy. For the full results listing, see the results page for October 15th. ♦ ♣
The team representing Mountnessing was:
Frank Morrison & Peter Franklin
Margaret Curtis & Dave Piper
Jill & Roger Tattersfield
Chris Megahey & Alaric Cundy
Unfortunately, someone who prefers to remain anonymous admitted to a 'very bad day at the office' and contributed to the rather disappointing final position of 8th out of 12 teams.
Congratulations to Lorraine Butler - the inaugural winner of the Margaret Curtis Trophy for the Summer Ladies Ladder