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CHILDREN IN NEED SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS

We're running 5 heats of the CiN sims on BBO during the following regular sessions: Friday 6th Nov at 10am, Mon 9th Nov at 10am, Tues 10th Nov at 10am, Wed 11th Nov at 7.30pm, and Thurs 12th Nov at 7pm.

Table money will be the usual 4BB$ payable to BBO. Donations to CiN may be made separately and are entirely voluntary - a sum of £3.00 per player is suggested. Donations will be collected by the club and passed on to ECatsbridge - details on how to donate will be provided nearer the time. 

Ameena Ahmad

Sadly Ameena died on 19th October from heart problems. She had been a member of the club since 2012 having come to Oxford to live with her son and help with the care of her grandchildren. She loved playing bridge with us at the club, loved to chat and would shamelessly namedrop Zia who she knew when she lived in Pakistan. Her partners were lucky to enjoy the dishes that she cooked so well and brought along so generously. We will miss her, miss her charm and the ‘oh shoot’ when things didn’t go quite to plan.

OXFORD JUNIOR BRIDGE

Congratulations to Holly Kilpatrick and her junior bridge club players who received an honorable mention in Andrew Robson's bridge column in the Times on Monday 20th October. Click here to read the full article

Oxford Junior Bridge Club has recently resumed face to face bridge sessions on Sunday afternoons during term times. In addition, Oxfordshire Bridge Association is running online bridge sessions for juniors on the 4th Sunday of the month. Email Holly for further information - and see Holly's article here.

SATURDAY SEMINARS

The Saturday Seminar series is back and taking place online using Bridge Base Online and Zoom videoconferencing. Seminars will run throughout autumn and winter and are aimed primarily at Next Step+/Intermediate players who are looking to develop their bidding and defence skills (with a couple of seminars aimed at more advanced players) but the seminars are open to anyone who wants to improve. Click here for more information, or to go straight to the booking page click here

Education Manager Opportunity

Our Education Manager, after much sterling work, is retiring at the AGM so we are looking for someone to take her place. Click here for more information.

ONLINE PAIRS ON BBO

NEW SESSION: Friday evenings at 7.30pm, playing 18 boards at a rate of 7 minutes per board. First session on Friday 30th October. 

We're currently running the following regular weekly competitive sessions on BBO:

Sunday evenings at 7.00 pm, cross-Imp pairs, playing 18 boards at a rate of 7 minutes per board.

Monday mornings at 10.00 am, playing 18 boards at a rate of 8 minutes per board. 

Tuesday mornings at 10.00 am, playing 18 boards at a rate of 8 minutes per board.

Wednesday afternoons at 2.00 pm, playing 18 boards at a rate of 9 minutes per board, with video conferencing. Pre-booking required.

Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm, playing 18 boards at a rate of 7 minutes per board. 

Thursday evenings at 7.00 pm, playing 18 boards at a rate of 9 minutes per board, with video conferencing. Pre-booking required. 

Friday mornings at 10.00 am, playing 18 boards at a rate of 8 minutes per board. 

Entry fee 4BB$ (about £3.20). Results will be masterpointed and will count towards NGS. 

Players of all abilities are welcome to take part. Non-members from Oxford and the surrounding area (ie Oxfordshire), or former members/people who have played regularly at the club are also welcome. Additionally, OBC members may play with a visitor from outside the Oxford area. 

Your BBO name must be registered with the club well in advance of playing in your first OBC online pairs event. Click here for further details

For further details of the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening video bridge sessions, please click here

If you need help to get started with online bridge, see this page for further details

ONLINE TEAMS LEAGUE - SERIES 4 (SEPT/NOV)

Series 4 of the Online Teams League is now up and running. The first round starts on Tuesday 8th September and the final play-by date is Friday 27th November.

See the Online Teams League page for further details.  

NEW! - NOW THERE IS HELP AVAILABLE TO GET ONLINE

The club wants to help all its members make the most of the possibilities for playing bridge online. We are offering help to individuals or small groups to take the first steps online by offering a introductory training session.

Whether you've never tried or would like some extra help on particular areas - just get in touch with our team at onlinehelp@oxfordbridgeclub.com. Click for further details of the help available.

More than half our members are now playing online either socially or competitively. Do join us!

PHYSICALLY DISTANCED BUT NOT SOCIALLY DISTANCED

We are playing Video Bridge in our virtual club on BBO on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

What is Video Bridge?

Before the session starts everyone gathers in a single area on a Zoom conference call. When the first round begins, each table is placed in a separate breakout room where the two pairs play the round and can chat to each other. At the end of each round, pairs are re-assigned to a new breakout room to match the movement. At the end of the session the main area is kept open for post bridge chat. Quite like a real bridge club!

Want to try it?

Pre-booking is required. Find out more by clicking here.
 

HELP FOR THOSE THAT NEED IT

This is a busy and difficult time for us all.  Our priorities must reflect the need to look after the health and wellbeing of each other and do what we can to avoid spreading the virus.

We have set up a page in the “Members Only” section of the website to help those who are obliged to self-isolate and to enable those who are able and willing to help in some way to register their details and how they can help.  The members only section avoids individuals disclosing personal contact information on an open website. Here is the direct link.

If you have not visited the “Members Only” section before, here’s what you have to do.

Click on the  button in the top right corner of the home page and follow the instructions.

If you are not in one of the “at-risk” categories and your circumstances permit and you feel able, please sign up to help others. Offers of support will be much appreciated by everyone.

Results
Online Pairs
BBO
Director: Matt W
Scorer: Liza F
Video Gentle Duplicate
BBO with Zoom
Director: Steve F
Scorer: SMF
Zoom host: Steve F
Learn and Play
BBO with Zoom
Director: Kathy T
Scorer: SMF
Zoom host: Susan F
Video Gentle Duplicate
BBO with Zoom
Director: Ian B
Scorer: Liza F
Zoom host: Ian B
Online Pairs
BBO
Director: Martin I
Scorer: MRI
Club Pairs
BBO
Director: Anne L
Scorer: AL
Calendar
Mon 26th Oct 2020
Online Pairs
BBO 10.00
Director: Chris D
Scorer: Marion
Tue 27th Oct 2020
Club Pairs
BBO 10.00
Director: Steve F
Scorer: Steve F
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Learn and Play
BBO with Zoom 10.00
Director: Ian B
Scorer: Steve F
Zoom host: Christine B
 Click for more information
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Video Gentle Duplicate
BBO with Zoom 14.00
Director: Steve F
Scorer: Steve F
Zoom host: Steve F
 Click for more information
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Online Pairs
BBO 19.30
Director: Chris K
Scorer: Brian M
Thu 29th Oct 2020
Video Gentle Duplicate
BBO with Zoom 19.00
Director: Anne L
Scorer: Steve F
Zoom host: Anne L
 Click for more information