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CLUB PAIRS COMPETITION
for the Beck Salver
Sunday 29 September at 2pm

MELTZER COMPETITION
Rubber Bridge Knockout
Entries due by 28/9/2019 

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RUBBER BRIDGE KNOCK-OUT - THE MELTZER 2019-2020

Entries are now open for the club's annual rubber bridge competition, that runs from October to May every year. The winners receive the Meltzer Trophy. 

All members welcome! 

Closing date for entries is Saturday 28th September. 

Please click here for further details and online booking

CLUB PAIRS COMPETITION - BECK SALVER

The club's duplicate pairs competition takes place on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 2pm. The winners receive the Beck Salver.

This is a blue-pointed event, and we will play approximately 36-40 boards, with a break for tea and refreshments. 

All members are welcome to take part. 

Click here for further details and to book your place online.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF REFURBISHED CLUB on 26th October.

We invite all members to celebrate this opening by Andrew Robson on 26th October at 12.00 noon, refreshments will be available.

The juniors are invited to a bridge session in the morning at 10.00am.

There will be a duplicate bridge session starting at approx 2.00pm - £4 table money. It would help greatly if members who are interested could sign up on the list displayed on the notice board.

TUTORIALS FOR IMPROVERS

We are running a set of six tutorials on Saturday mornings during the autumn term. They are designed to consolidate or build on knowledge of selected topics for students who have completed year 2 of the Bridge for All course but are open to all.  Each will comprise a short review of the key idea associated with the topic followed by supervised play of relevant hands.  Click here for details and booking.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Zane Soonawalla, who, playing with James Cater, won the B final of the Under 16 Pairs event in the World Youth Championships held in Croatia from 20th to 29th August. 

Congratulations also to Laura Covill, who, playing in a transnational team, also at the World Youth Championships, won the bronze medal in the Under 26 Women's Teams event. 

And last but not least, congratulations to Diana Nettleton, whose team won the Plate competition of the Crockfords Cup.  

NATIONAL INTERCLUB KNOCKOUT (NICKO)

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. 

TO CALL OR NOT TO CALL THE DIRECTOR

This is the third 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.

I frequently receive comments such as “I did not want to bother the director ….. as they were busy/it did not seem important enough/ the opposition seemed to know what to do/I did not want to make a fuss”.  Any of these statements may be true but the director should be called anyway. Law 9B1(a) is clear:  “The Director should be summoned at once when attention is drawn to an irregularity”.  Here, an irregularity is any deviation from correct procedure and that includes behaviour or actions that are not in accordance with Law 74 (on Conduct). 

Directors prefer to be called even when it is not really necessary rather than not be called when it is.  It takes very little time to deal with an unnecessary call.  However, if a director is not called when they should be, it can take a lot of time and effort to sort out and can leave everyone feeling dissatisfied.

Please call the director – they are there to help. However, please call for the director in a courteous way: no-one likes to be ordered about!

Martin Illingworth, Chief TD
July 2019
Click for previous articles in this series

Results
Afternoon Gentle Duplicate
Director: VF
Scorer: PC
Host: Sandra Tipper
Evening Pairs
Director: VF
Scorer: MI
Host: Mary B
Morning Pairs
Director: CW
Scorer: SMF
Host: John B
Evening Learn and Play
Director: MI
Scorer: AL
Host: Pamela F
Morning Pairs
Director: RK
Scorer: PL
Host: Colin
Morning Pairs
Director: CP
Scorer: DC
Host: Tessa G
Evening Pairs
Director: PR
Scorer: MS
Host: Johanna D
Morning Learn and Play
Director: SR
Scorer: SMF
Host: Nick W
Evening Gentle Duplicate
Director: RB
Scorer: AL
Host: Rosie Frazer
Afternoon Gentle Duplicate
Director: MP
Scorer: CG
Host: Peter Schroeder
Calendar
Thu 19th Sep 2019
Morning Learn and Play
10.00
Director: Viccy
Scorer: Colin
Host: Mary B
Thu 19th Sep 2019
Evening Gentle Duplicate
19.15
Director: Viccy
Scorer: Roger
Host: Gill Murdoch
Fri 20th Sep 2019
Morning Pairs
10.00
Director: Peter L
Scorer: Diane
Host: Gaynor C
Fri 20th Sep 2019
Teams
19.15
Director: Kathy T
Scorer: Marion
Host: Not hosted
Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Morning Pairs
10.00
Director: Richard
Scorer: JLC
Host: GrahamW
Mon 23rd Sep 2019
Evening Learn and Play
19.15
Director: Richard B
Scorer: Colin
Host: Emily M
Tue 24th Sep 2019
Morning Pairs
10.00
Scorer: Colin W
Host: Lucy E
Wed 25th Sep 2019
Afternoon Gentle Duplicate
14.00
Director: Viccy
Scorer: Mike
Host: Gay Hawley
Wed 25th Sep 2019
Evening Pairs
19.15
Director: Matt W
Scorer: Marion
Host: Annabel W