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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The final preparations are under way for our weekend Fast Start Bridge Course.
One place remains. Click here to book.
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.
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.
Special Guest Seminars
♥ 16th March 2019 with Michael Byrne
♥ Separate seminars in the morning and afternoon
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year to All!
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.