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This page contains news items that recently appeared on the home page.  They are listed in reverse date order - most recent first. News from earlier has been archived - click on the links to view.

SECOND THURSDAY EVENINGS - AN INNOVATION

Starting in October 2019, there will be a new format for the Gentle Duplicate events on each second Thursday evening of the month. This will offer the opportunity for players to get to know more about Teams play and Teams scoring.

The event will be hosted as normal. Of course to play teams we need to arrange that there are the right number of players to fill whole tables. So the plan is as follows:

  • If there are a whole number of tables then we will play a teams event over approximately the same number of boards as the regular Gentle Duplicate sessions. You will play all the boards with your partner but the event will be scored according to the results of your Team (and this will be the basis for the award of any masterpoints). However in such an event your NGS change will only depend on the results of your Pair using your "Cross-Imp" score for the event. (there is a special tab on the results to see the Cross-Imp scores for each pair participating)
  • If there ends up being a half table then we will play a duplicate session but score the results using the "Cross-Imp method" where teams tactics are appropriate.  In this case masterpoints and NGS change will depend only on the results of your Pair using your "Cross-Imp" score for the event.

The limitations on two more experienced players playing together still apply - one of each pair must have less that 5000 masterpoints.

For the first event on 10th October we have arranged for there to be 3 hosts so the first event will definitely be a Teams event. Come alomg and try it out!

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. 

HEVER HOTEL WEEKEND - 6TH-8TH SEPTEMBER 2019
HEVER HOTEL WEEKEND - 6TH-8TH SEPTEMBER 2019

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. 

OXFORD BRIDGE CLUB CIO - AGM 2019

The AGM of the club will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday evening 4th September.  Full details including the agenda and papers can be found by clicking here or selecting General Meetings under the Club Management tab on the left hand menu.

Nominations remain open for Officer and Trustee positions until the start of the meeting - please review the current list of nominations and consider how you might help the club prosper.

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.  

Bridge at the Rovers!

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.

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1162671/Coronation-Street-spoilers-Geoff-Metcalfe-Yasmeen-Nazir-coercive-control-Corrie-ITV
https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3509

Remember to tell your friends that they can learn bridge at OBC - taster sessions coming up soon.

SUMMERTOWN SIMS FOR CHARITY

On Monday July 22nd Summertown Bridge club is holding a Summer Sim Pairs in aid of charity. The chosen charity is FLEXICARE (more information available at http://www.flexicare.org/.  Further details can be found on the SBC website.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE & HEREFORDSHIRE SWISS TEAMS
GLOUCESTERSHIRE & HEREFORDSHIRE SWISS TEAMS

 

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

BLUE-POINTED SWISS PAIRS - SUNDAY 23 JUNE
BLUE-POINTED SWISS PAIRS - SUNDAY 23 JUNE

 

Oxford Bridge Club, jointly with Summertown Bridge Club, ran a very successful blue-pointed Swiss Pairs event on Sunday afternoon, with 17 tables playing. Very many congratulations to Isabel Pack & Judy Wesselbaum (pictured) who were the winners, with Alastair Gidman & Lorna Swadling coming second.

Holly Kilpatrick, playing with Freddie Beneat (a junior) won the second half ascender's prize, so well done to them too.

Full results are here

A total of £640 was raised towards our two charities: Pancreatic Cancer UK and Safeline. 

Update: corrections have been made to two scores on hands 35 and 36. The corrected results have been uploaded to the websites for both clubs and to the EBU. This hasn't affected the positions of the top 6 pairs, but has caused some changes to those lower down. 

The missing Bridgemate has now been found. 

 

BLUE-POINTED SWISS PAIRS

Summertown Bridge Club and Oxford Bridge Club are jointly running a

Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK and Safeline

on Sunday 23 June 2019 at 2.00pm

To download the entry form click here and to enter online click here

NATIONAL FINALS OF THE INTER-COUNTY LEAGUES

Oxfordshire fields three teams-of-eight in the Midland Counties League, and several OBC members represent the County in these teams.

This year Oxfordshire's B team won their Division. The team then went on to play in the National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues on Sunday 16th June against all the other counties that had won in their various regional leagues. Oxfordshire retained the trophy that they also won last year.

Very well done to Matthew Covill, Emily Middleton, Mary-Ann Sheehy and Christopher Whitehouse who were part of the winning team. Further details and photos are available here

 

GREETINGS FROM CHICAGO

While visiting Chicago in early June member Denis Talbot met up with Aleks Lishkov who moved to the city earlier this year. Aleks sends his best wishes to the members of the OBC and misses playing at the club. Denis and Aleks managed to fit in two enjoyable sessions of bridge (point a board teams and MP pairs) at the Chicago Bridge Centre. The members were all very welcoming and friendly. He is looking forward to his next trip there.

Aleks, we miss you too!   . . . and your contributions to the psyche book!

OXFORDSHIRE CONGRESS 8th-9th JUNE
OXFORDSHIRE CONGRESS 8th-9th JUNE

A large number of OBC members took part in the annual Oxfordshire Bridge Association Congress held over the weekend of 8th - 9th June.

Very many congratulations to Zane and Zahir Soonawalla (pictured) who won the Friendly Pairs competition held on the Sunday. 

Congratulations also go to Christopher Whitehouse, Mary-Ann Sheehy, Matthew Covill & Amr El-Kashef who came third in the Swiss Teams competition. 

Full results are available on the OBA website

OBS teacher achieves high ranking in National competition

Congratulations to Sandra Nicholson and her partner Krys Kazmierczak who came 11th in the final round of the Corwen Trophy – an EBU national event.   To reach the final round players need be one of the top four pairs in their County Pairs Competition.   Nationally, 95 pairs go through to the final so achieving 11th place in the final is a fantastic achievement for Sandra and Krys and they earn Gold points for this success.   Well done!

OXFORDSHIRE BRIDGE CONGRESS 2019

Oxfordshire Bridge Association is holding its popular annual green-pointed weekend congress over the weekend of 8th to 9th June this year. 

There will be green-pointed Swiss Pairs on the Saturday and green-pointed Swiss Teams and a Friendly Pairs event (for pairs rated at NGS 9 or lower) on the Sunday. 

The venue is the Marlborough School Enterprise Centre, Shipton Road, Woodstock, OX20 1LP. 

Booking is now open. Click here for the congress brochure. Online booking is available via the OBA website

WEBSITE OUTAGE

For a period on the evening of 21st May until the end of the morning of 22nd May we apologise that the website was inaccessible.  This was due to a problem affecting all bridge clubs whose websites are based on the Bridgewebs software.

OBC NOVICES COMPETITION The MORRIE MARSH Trophy
OBC NOVICES COMPETITION   The MORRIE MARSH Trophy

The club’s competition for the Morrie Marsh Trophy took place on Monday 20th May.   Congratulations to the winners, Mena Remedios and Clive Gillam who came first with the impressive score of 68.97%.   The runners up were Paulette Eeley and Pam Parsons with Mary Chait and John Foord in third place.  

RUBBER BRIDGE KNOCK-OUT 2019 - THE MELTZER
RUBBER BRIDGE KNOCK-OUT 2019 - THE MELTZER

 

Richard Sills & Viv Stevenson beat Carol Benzie & Liza Furnival in the final of the club's rubber bridge knock-out competition, held on 30 April, in a very closely fought match. Very well done to Richard & Viv; they will receive the Meltzer trophy at the AGM in July. 

 

The full draw for the Meltzer Competition is here

JUNIOR BRIDGE SUMMER TERM

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club welcomes particpants to its summer term sessions on Sundays at Summertown Church Hall. Click to download details OJBC19summer term flyer 2019.pdf.  You may also want to read the report on activities during the spring term by clicking here OJBC19 spring report.pdf.

COUNTY COMPETITIONS
COUNTY COMPETITIONS

 

Many congratulations to Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak (pictured left) who won the County Mixed Pairs competition held at OBC on Sunday 7 April. 

Congratulations also go to Denis Talbot & Peter Briggs who won the County Men's Pairs competition held at Yarnton on Thursday 28 March. 

 

Results for both events are available on the Oxfordshire Bridge Association website

 

BEGINNERS PARTICIPATE IN EBED SIM PAIRS

On Tuesday 2nd April we held heats of the spring EBED Student Sim Pairs competitions. There were two events: a Sim Pairs event for our Bridge for All year 2 students which this year also doubled up as a heat of OBA's Oxford Times Cup; and a Minibridge Sim Pairs for our Bridge for All year 1 students.  Congratulations to winners Clive Gillam and Mena Remedios, and to Jeanette Ewen and Richard Ewen. Eight of the participants came to the club through our Fast Start Bridge weekend event in January 2019.  Nine tables took part across the two events.

Changes from 1st April !!

With effect from the start of our new financial year we will introduce new suit symbols in some competitions.

The first pair to bid 7 Acorns wins a prize.

2018-2019 LADDER WINNERS

The end of March marks the end of year for the ladders for all of our bridge sessions. Congratulations go to this year's ladder winners (second and third placed names in brackets): 

Monday morning pairs: Mary-Ann Sheehy (Tim Sheehy; Robert Gasser)

Tuesday morning pairs (a pairs ladder): Margie Charnock & Marion Stevenson (Roger Smith & Sue Smith; David del Nevo & Mary Hamilton)

Wednesday Gentle Duplicate: David Goodall (Phil Chaundy; Liz Mills)

Wednesday evening pairs: Peter Briggs (Aleks Lishkov; Kathy Talbot)

Wednesday evening teams: Peter Briggs (Cliff Pavelin; Moira Pavelin; Steve Nyman - all joint second)

Thursday Gentle Duplicate: Jane Matheson (Erika Syba; Christine Bishop) (Irina Woods has kindly offered to step down from this ladder)

Friday morning pairs: Diane Coe (Mary-Ann Sheehy; Howard Arnes)

Friday evening pairs: Liza Furnival (Jonny Richards; Martin Illingworth)

Friday evening teams: Martin Illingworth (Diana Thorne; Peter Randall - joint second)

Trophies for the ladder winners will be awarded at the AGM in July.

Please note that only club members are eligible to win the ladders. 

CLUB PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE BECK SALVER 2019

Many congratulations to Christopher & Jane Whelan who won the club pairs competition held on Sunday 31 March. They are the club's pairs champions for 2018-2019, and will be awarded the Beck Salver at the AGM in July. 

Andy King & Amr El-Kashef came second, and Kathy & Denis Talbot third, so well done to them too. The full results are available here

Fast Start Bridge - Weekend course March 2019

The final preparations are under way for our weekend Fast Start Bridge Course. 

One place remains. Click here to book.

MICHAEL BYRNE WINS THE PORTLAND PAIRS

Three weeks ago Michael Byrne was at OBC running a training weekend for the International Junior squad. Two weeks ago he gave two great seminars as part of our education programme.  One for club players and one for experts. 52 players enjoyed a challenging time.

This weekend he was the the overall winner of the Portland pairs event.  See the national results at https://app.pianola.net/Results/Session268491

You can find the local results for our local heat of the event here.  Congratulations to Emily Middleton and Matthew Covill who were the highest placed OBC pair in the heat.

COUNTY PAIRS FINAL
COUNTY PAIRS FINAL

 

 

Congratulations to Kathy & Denis Talbot who won the County Pairs final held at OBC on Sunday (17th March).  Well done also to Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak who came fourth. The top four pairs in this event qualify to represent Oxfordshire in the Corwen Trophy, due to be held in June, where they will play against top players from other counties. 

The full results are available here

TEAMS COMPETITION FOR THE ROSE BOWL 2019

Congratulations to Peter Randall, Liza Furnival, Alastair Gidman & Lorna Swadling who won the club's teams-of-four competition for the Rose Bowl. Second were Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Nigel Birks & Diana Nettleton, and third were Martin Illingworth, Marion Sheppard, Claire Macdonagh & Julie Anderson. Well done to them too. 

MASTERS PAIRS 2019

Congratulations to club members Gustave Rieunier & Tom Brus who won the Oxford heat of this year's Masters Pairs Competition. And also to Bridget Watson & Holly Kilpatrick who came third.

The results for the Oxford heat are here.  The overall national results are on the EBU website here

MIXED PAIRS COMPETITION (WINNIE LING)

Congratulations to Liza Furnival & Nigel Birks who won this year's Mixed Pairs Competition, for the Winnie Ling trophy. Kathy & Denis Talbot came second, and Mary-Ann & Tim Sheehy third, so well done to them too. 

Welcome to our visitors and newcomers

Welcome to groups who will be in the club over the next few weeks.

Welcome to the group of 20 beginners who are attending out Fast Start Bridge weekend course on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11th-13th January. Click for further details. If you missed out this time, the event is being rerun at the end of March.

 

Welcome to Oxford Junior Bridge Club who are holding their Winter Competition at the club on Sunday 3rd February. Click for further details.

Weather Update

Please take care while the weather remains cold, as pavements and the forecourt of the club may be slippery. 

You can review the weather forecast for Oxford at https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2640729. You can look at the current weather in central Oxford via the webcam in St Giles. See https://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/webcams/.  Click the arrow in the centre of the picture to get a constantly updated video.

The Saturday Seminar on 2nd February will take place as planned.

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club Competition on Sunday 3rd February will also take place as planned

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION - SUNDAY 20 JANUARY 2019

Many congratulations to Diana Thorne, who won the Individual Competition held on Sunday afternoon, and who is now the club's Individual Champion for 2018-2019. 

Very well done also to Makiko Rogers who came second and Claire Macdonagh third. 

 

Oxford Junior Bridge

The start of term signals that the regular Sunday sessions for Oxford Junior Bridge Club resume.  See details here.

 

We welcomed Oxford Junior Bridge Club to our premises when they held their Winter Competition on Sunday 3rd February. A report and the results are available on the Bridge4Schools website.

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Happy New Year to All!

Our new building

Thank you to all our members in 2018

We wish to thank all our members who have so very generously supported us in the fund raising. We reached our target with a little to spare!  Everyone is now working very hard to ensure that we get our normal operation working smoothly in our great new building. It will take a little while to exploit all the exciting new features!  Please try to help those who are setting everything up.