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Welcome to Nailsea Bridge Club
Coronavirus

Having discussed the rapidly developing situation, the Committee has regretfully decided to suspend the Bridge Club until further notice.

Further information can be found on the EBU and county websites. 

Keeping positive, let's hope we will be able to meet again in the not too distant future. Take care.......keep well.

Introduction and General Information
Introduction and General Information

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Nailsea Bridge Club website.  We hope that you find it both interesting and informative.

The club plays duplicate bridge on Thursday evenings. We are affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU) via the Somerset Contract Bridge Association (SCBA). Nailsea Club members automatically become members of both the EBU and SCBA once they have played 12 times at this club. As an affiliated club all our members are entitled to the benefits of EBU membership which you can read about here.

Hands are computer dealt (duplimated), enabling hand records to be available at the end of play. They are also displayed on this website, together with the evening's results. Master Points are then uploaded to the EBU. 

The Club takes part in SCBA competitions and three annual charity simultaneous pairs, Some of our players do well in county competitions and occasionally at national level. Others just enjoy a pleasant evening's bridge.

The club meets at Mizzymead Recreation Centre, Mizzymead Rise, Nailsea BS48 2JJ as social members at a cost of £15 per annum. Table money is £2.00 for members and £2.50 for visitors.

Please note that we are now using electronic scoring and request members to arrive by 7.05pm. If you are unable to arrive by then, but intend to play, please let someone know in advance. The director/scorer will then be able to set up the bridge tablets for a prompt start at 7.15pm.  

Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome. 

Update on County Events

In the final county event of the season, the club had a good result, finishing second in the team of eight. The club was represented by John Cockram, Tom Gibbard, Michael Powell and Christine Dean, Bridget Johnson and Alan Evans , Ken Bawdon and Michael Whittaker. Well done to all of the team , and a special thanks to Ken Bawdon for stepping in at late notice. 

A result that had slipped under the radar was the fine win by Tom Gibbard and Marion Blackhall in the open section of the inter club Pairs event earlier in the season. Well done to both of them.

Some club members took part in the county’s premier green pointed championship pairs event. The event is open to pairs from surrounding counties and there was a strong field of 33 pairs.Congratulations to Michael Powell who finished 3rd playing with Russell Day(Winscombe). They narrowly beat Michael Whittaker  and Roger Sweet (Taunton) who finished 4th.

 

County Swiss Pairs

In the first county competition in 2020, there was an excellent turn out when 54 pairs competed after the Xmas break.Nailsea were well represented and three pairs featured on the top six tables throughout most of the competition. Alas none of them could pull off the win, but they all finished in the top 6. Congratulations to Jacky Baker and Betty Smithson (3rd), Michael Whittaker and Joe Patrick (5th), and Alan Evans and Bridget Johnson (6th) for their excellent results.

Championship KO Teams Final

For the third successive year the final of Somerset's premier event was between the teams of Sweet and Flood. After suffering two successive narrow defeats, the form book was overturned when the Sweet team won the third match by a relatively comfortable 19IMPs. The Sweet team was always in front if but narrowly for the first half of the match. The damage was done in the 16 boards after the break, when the Sweet team surged into a 34 IMP lead, which proved more than adequate during the final 8 boards.

As one should expect of a final of this event, the standard of the bridge was generally high. However, even at this level there were surprising moments of vulnerability. After a punishing game swing against them, one pair found that their bidding system had a major weakness. Michael Whittaker, who was a member of the winning Sweet team, has highlighted this hand and its learning points in the Hands of the Week section.The other members of the winning team were Roger Sweet, Colin Simcox and Frank Coltman.Congratulations to all of them.    

Calendar
6th August 2020
Open Pairs
13th August 2020
Open Pairs
20th August 2020
Open Pairs
Results
Handicapped Pairs
Director: Tom
Scorer: Ken
Charity Challenge Sims/Club Pairs
Director: Ken
Scorer: BridgeTabs
Open Pairs
Director: Ken
Scorer: Ken