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Club Pairs Competition
for the Beck Salver
Sunday 29 September at 2pm
Hever Hotel Weekend
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September
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LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE
A new cycle of courses will be starting at the beginning of October. We would like to see as many new players as possible take advantage of our great courses and teachers in our brand new facilities.
Free taster sessions will be taking place on
No experience necessary. Come along to see what it's all about. Bring a friend too! For further details click here.
Many may not know this, but a bridge club plotline is coming up in Coronation Street. Watch out for episodes starting on Friday 16th August.
Remember to tell your friends that they can learn bridge at OBC - taster sessions coming up soon.
Acol Bridge Club has once again asked members of Oxford Bridge Club to join them in their next bridge holiday weekend in the lovely Hever Hotel in Kent, on 6th-8th September.
Click here to visit the hotel's website.
Those of you who have attended previous Acol holidays will know that they are extremely sociable and friendly occasions, suitable for players (no partner necessary) of all levels from people who have just done a beginners course through to experienced duplicate participants.
We welcome non-playing partners and please rest assured that you can participate in as little or as much bridge as you like!
The cost of the weekend is £310 per person, based on two people sharing (or £350 per person based on single occupancy). This includes a welcome drinks reception, bed & breakfast, dinner on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, four sessions of bridge (fun duplicate/supervised), seminars and tea/coffee at all sessions.
Please email Pat Lewis if you are interested in taking part.
Very well done to the Oxford B team, who have reached the semi-finals of the 2018-2019 NICKO Plate. The team's members are Matthew Covill, Emily Middleton, Diana Nettleton and Mary-Ann Sheehy.
Their semi-final match will be against the winners of the match between Petersfield D or Trowbridge County Town B.
The NICKO is one of the EBU's most popular knock-out competitions, with teams of four (or more) players representing their club. Oxford Bridge Club fielded four teams in the 2018-2019 competition.
If you are interested in representing OBC in the 2019-2020 NICKO competition please contact Richard Sills, if you haven't already done so. The closing date for entries to OBC is 23 September.
Congratulations to Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak who, playing with another pair, won the Swiss Teams event at the Gloucestershire & Herefordshire green-pointed weekend on Sunday 21 July.
Full results are here.
This is the second in an occasional series where I will look at certain Laws based on incidents at the OBC, sometimes observed by me or otherwise reported to me. The series is intended to help players improve their understanding of the Laws.
You are sitting East, declarer is South and has just won a trick in his hand. Declarer calls for a card to be played from Dummy, Dummy says “you are in your hand”, so Declarer leads a card from his hand and everyone plays on. What has just happened?
Perhaps not a lot but perhaps quite a lot. Under the Laws of Bridge, there have been three infractions and you have given up potentially valuable rights. Declarer has led from the wrong hand (Law 55), Dummy has drawn attention to an infraction (Law 43) and the Director has not been called immediately upon an infraction being identified (Law 9). In reality, none of these infractions are too serious by themselves provided everyone at the table understands what is going on. The key issue, however, is that either defender can accept the lead from the wrong hand (Laws 53 and 55) and if the defenders choose differently, the defender who is next to play after the incorrect lead (i.e. you in this case) chooses what happens. Often it makes no difference but there are occasions where it can have a material impact on the final result.
Martin Illingworth, Chief TD