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My favourite time of year! Summer has arrived and so has Wimbledon tennis. Fortunately bridge continues as well.
The Thursday evening start time remains sharp at 6.45 but please be in the room by 6.35 for the director to sort the movement. 
Nicole has very helpfully said, that if club members turn up without a partner she will pair people up and everyone will get a game. You do need however to be prepared to play with anyone who is available. If members bring guests they must play with their guest.
After discussion with the club management team, it has been decided that from 1 July at all regular Thursday and Sunday bridge sessions the guest fee will rise from £10 to £15. This is because of the costs involved in running the sessionsThe member charge remains at £5. This includes the services of our Professional Director, tea, coffee and biscuits. There is also a cash bar and the facility to order sandwiches.
Thursday July 4 is our monthly first Thursday of the month Mentor/Mentee night where less experienced players partner those who have been playing a bit longer. However regular pairs are also very welcome and encouraged to attend and play.
Thursday July 11 is a Charity Simultaneous Pairs event run across many clubs nationally in aid of Kidney Research. For more information and to see National results when available, please go to webpage  ecatsbridge.com 
There will be a small extra charge to go to the charity, on top of normal charge.
Summer Lunch  Sunday 14 July, 12.30-6.00pm at Woodcote Park 
We look forward to welcoming you to this year's Summer Lunch hosted at Woodcote Park. After a delicious lunch with lovely food and wine, there will be both social bridge and a large TV screen available for those wishing to watch the Wimbledon final. During the afternoon, tea with scones, jam and cream will be served.  Member £50.00, Guest £55.00 
To book ideally please visit the main club site Events web page and book on line or alternatively e mail bridge-support@royalautomobileclub.co.uk 
Thursday July 25 is open pairs where members of other St James and invited clubs are welcome to attend without the need to play with an RAC member. They must however come with a partner. This will continue with every Thursday in August being open before reverting in September to the fourth Thursday of the month. I have been asked about dates for open teams and Thursday September 26 will be our next one so can go into your diaries now!
There will be no Sunday afternoon bridge in July and August 2018 but it will resume on 22 September at 2.20 for 2.30 .
Looking ahead please note the date below in your diaries for our
Ros and Bob Bowman RAC Championship Pairs Sunday 3 November 12.30 for 1 pm start.
This is our annual flagship event, which is blue pointed with the EBU and is always popular. We play 24 boards before breaking for a substantial and tasty afternoon tea and then play a further 24 boards. It is possible to just play one session (including afternoon tea ) if you prefer, but to win the magnificent Championship cup you need to play both sessions. For new players to this event by far the majority of players play both sessions. There will be prizes for winners of each session as well as the main overall Champions prize.
This is always a sought after event so please keep the day available ready to book as soon as bookings open which will be after the Summer holidays.
Finally Thursday December 12 is our Annual Christmas black tie dinner so please put the date in your diaries now! More details will be available in the Autumn.
Enjoy the Summer and hope to see many of you at our annual Summer lunch 
Best wishes
Sally  ( on behalf of RAC Pall Mall bridge activity committee ) 
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PM vs WCP

The RAC Bridge Circles met yesterday at Woodcote Park for their yearly friendly competition. This year the match was won by the Pall Mall team, I.e. Terry and Barbara, Charito and Pauli, Helge and John K. and Tony playing with the  Captain, Marina. It was a most enjoyable afternoon of bridge and the Pall Mall players  were later  entertained to drinks in the Hurricane Bar. Well done, guys

Royal Mid Surrey

On 5th February a RAC team, valiantly led by Pauli Laumen, played an away game against  the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club and beat the hosts  by a score in excess of 40 IMPs. Her teammates were; Roy, Pascale, Tony, Pearse, Mark  Sally and Paul Found. 

 

 

RAC Intermediates edge out Hurlingham Intermediates

Congratulations to the eight RAC Intermediates who won their Pairs event against Hurlingham on November 16th at Pall Mall.   The winning score for the RAC was +10 IMPs played over 24 boards.  Captained by Roger Wolf, the RAC pairs were Isobel Pollock-Hulf, Stuart Carroll, Henry and Fiona McWatters, Ina Wolf. Our team led by 23 IMPs by the half-way point and dinner, only to see Hurlingham reduce our winning margin to 10 IMPs by the end of evening.   A return match at the Hurlingham Club was kindly offered for next summer.   Special thanks to Marina Chaning-Pearce, our Match Secretary, and Anne Catchpole, our bridge instructor, who provided organisational advice prior to the match

Match against the Athenaeum.

On 5th December, in the most convivial atmosphere,  the RAC played the last friendly match of the year against the Athenaeum and won by 92 IMPs. The team included Colin  (Captain), Tony , Pascale , John C., David W. Martin, Ross and Marina. Pair of the match were David W and Martin -well done guys!

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RAC vs. In & Out
RAC defeated In & Out in our annual match of 15 July. A half time lead of just 7 Imps was converted to a 20 point win for RAC. An excellent dinner and a most friendly atmosphere contributed to a good evening. The team was Tony (Captain), Paul, Michael, Lester, John K., Mark, Terry and Marina.
Last updated : 17th Jul 2019 13:22 BST
RAC vs. Lords Taverners

At last, on 26th June  we managed to chase away the goblins and beat the Lords Taverners, most appropriately  by the cricket score of 61 IMPs, winning all 4 sections of the game. The opposition very kindly agreed to play their away match at the RAC for which we were grateful. Well done team – I.e. Andrew, David G., Colin, Isabelle, Dorette, Robin, Terry and Marina (Captain).

Last updated : 27th Jun 2019 10:37 BST
RAC v ACF 2019 Result.
RAC v ACF 2019 Result.

RAC won both cups in this year’s encounter. The T8 by 17imps and the T4 by just 9imps. These margins over 40 boards are very small and reflect the competitive nature of the match throughout. Our guests were gracious as always but made no secret of their disappointment at the outcome! A curious feature was the lack of slam hands. There were two 50/50 which were not bid, and this one missed only once in both matches by ACF. 

Board 32 West deals and is vulnerable.

                      S.A10954                   S.KQ876

                      H.A72                         H.10

                      D.J5                             D.AK84

                       C.AK3                        C.872

Paul and I got there in just 5 bids. 1S – 4H (splinter agrees S, H shortage) – 5C (not minimum, club control, slam try). – 5D (control, any help?) 6S (yes!). on a trump lead Paul drew trumps, took the red suit cross ruff, losing a club at the end. Great fun, played in the right spirit and a pleasing end.  

Last updated : 8th Jun 2019 18:09 BST
RAC Centenary Cup Winner 2019 Roehampton
RAC Centenary Cup Winner 2019 Roehampton

The Centenary Cup for invited teams of 8 was played at the RAC on 13 May. It was won by Roehampton with 131 IMPS from RAC Blue with 122 Imps. The only two teams with positive scores. 

This was the decisive board between the two teams. It featured the Circles old weakness slam bidding.

                       S.KQJ82             S.A973

                       H.42                    H……

                       D.Q96                  D.AJ1054

                       C.AK2                  C.QJ95

South dealt and passed at Game All. The board was played 16 times and the cold slam on just three of those tables. Roehampton showed Paul and me how it should be done. West opened 1S and North bid 3H (weak) East 4H (splinter agrees S) - 4NT – 5H (two aces) and West 5S fearing a single H opposite. East with three first round controls bid the slam. All the tricks were there when the D finesse was taken. This cost 13 Imps effectively their winning margin.

It was as usual most enjoyable, with lots of old friends from the other clubs and a good dinner. Congratulations to Roehampton their first invitation and win.     

Last updated : 15th May 2019 15:41 BST
RAC vs. MCC at Lords

We played our annual match against the MCC in the pavilion at Lords and lost by 33 imps. The MCC have a strong contingent of regular duplicate players and no matter whom they select to face us have always managed to come out on top in their match against us. Perhaps this year it is reasonable revenge for RAC members doing so well in winning and coming second in their prestigious mixed teams competition. The MCC are excellent hosts and it is a delight to walk into Lords and make our way to the top floor room overlooking the pitch. This year dinner took place in a refurbished room where the photos of past MCC Presidents, which had adorned the walls for decades, were moved aside and replaced by an assortment of interesting cricket paintings and drawings.

Last updated : 9th Mar 2019 12:10 GMT
Ros and Bob Bowman Championship Pairs
Ros and Bob Bowman Championship Pairs

The 2018 Ros and Bob Bowman Championship Pairs event went to the wire and any of the leading 5 pairs going into the final round could have won. We are delighted to report that Marina Chaning Pearce, our committee match secretary, and her partner Terry Smith crossed the line as worthy winners by one victory point with Andrew Kisiel and David Glass finishing in 4th place. The standard of play was excellent and the competition was played in the correct spirit of fierce competitiveness and good manners at the table. Marina and Terry got off to a good start by winning the first session of 24 boards. Michael Bailey, our committee chairman, and his partner Emma McCormack came from behind to win the second session and finished in 7th place. The banqueting team provided a splendid high tea at the halfway point and Nicole did a superb job as Tournament Director.

Last updated : 28th Nov 2018 13:56 GMT
RAC Intermediates edge out Hurlingham Intermediates
RAC Intermediates edge out Hurlingham Intermediates

Congratulations to the eight RAC Intermediates who won their Pairs event against Hurlingham on November 16th at Pall Mall.   The winning score for the RAC was +10 IMPs played over 24 boards.  Captained by Roger Wolf, the RAC pairs were Isobel Pollock-Hulf, Stuart Carroll, Henry and Fiona McWatters, Ina Wolf. Our team led by 23 IMPs by the half-way point and dinner, only to see Hurlingham reduce our winning margin to 10 IMPs by the end of evening.   A return match at the Hurlingham Club was kindly offered for next summer.   Special thanks to Marina Chaning-Pearce, our Match Secretary, and Anne Catchpole, our bridge instructor, who provided organisational advice prior to the match.

 

Last updated : 18th Nov 2018 16:44 GMT
RAC v Hurlingham

We played our annual match against the Hurlingham Club, with our opponents having home advantage. However this year we played as two teams of 12 and I am delighted to report that we ran out winners by 32 Imps. Both teams fielded strong partnerships and we won due to some steady play over 24 boards, supported by a couple of chunky scores in the first half, arising from overbidding by our opponents, successfully doubled.

Our team comprises 3 teams of four as follows:

Michael (Captain) – David Ma             Dorette – Robin

Andrew – Brigitte                              Terry – Barbara

David G – Lester                               Ross – Paul  W.

Last updated : 11th Oct 2018 17:11 BST
CAFÉ BRIDGE

One of the social highlights of the Bridge Calendar is the Café Bridge played on the 8 October. Forty pairs play 30 Boards and walk to each of the five venues on Pall Mall. The Carlton, In & Out, Reform, RAC and this year’s organising club the Athenaeum. Scores are transmitted on quality software to the Organisers and results are instantly available It is sociable and ends with drinks and dinner. It was won this year by Arun Suri and our own Tony Scouller with the huge score of 69.4%, they owned up to a lot of good luck! The club, we are pleased to note had five pairs in the top ten. In 2019 the event will be run by the Reform Club. Entries are limited so when details are published get in!

 

Last updated : 11th Oct 2018 16:40 BST
RAC versus Olgiata on 13th October 2018

Our annual match with Olgiata Golf Club was played this year at Pall Mall, with 8 player teams competing over 40 boards for a handsome cup.  RAC was represented by Marina Chaning-Pearce, Terry Smith, Paul Weston, Ross Cope, Andrew Kisiel, David Glass, Tony Scouller and Lester Pereira

Olgiata are one of the two strongest teams we play against, and had recently been promoted to Serie B in the Italian National league. (Serie A teams are all professionals). For the last five years they have beaten us soundly. However, our team had put a lot of work rehearsing for the match, and we went into the match with fingers crossed. 

Although RAC took a lead in the first session, Olgiata proved too strong in the later sessions and finished ahead by 48 imps.  However, for RAC, there were clear signs of progress:  the overall score was a major improvement over the previous three years, and one half of the squad achieved an overall positive score.  Again, the result came from a few ‘match deciders’, to use Tony Scouller’s phrase. 

Our hospitality was greatly praised by our guests, as was Nicole’s directing, which involved her using her Italian language skills to fine effect.  Overall, we will keep our fingers crossed for next year in Rome.

 

Last updated : 14th Oct 2018 15:44 BST
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Thursday Duplicate Mentor Mentee
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Calendar
Thu 22nd Aug 2019
Open Pairs
6.45pm
Thu 29th Aug 2019
Open Pairs
6.45pm
NO LESSONS IN AUGUST, NO SUNDAY BRIDGE IN JULY/ AUGUST
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Duke of Devonshire Plate, Oxford & Cambridge Alpha. The team is Ian Coleman, Peter Lennon (Capt), Jon Wittmann and Malcolm McIver’.

View match progressions Devonshire 2019 Final Results.pdf

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Duke of Devonshire Cup, Roehampton Red. The team is Ron Wood (Capt), Malcolm Bricknell, Gordon Fox and Paul Ambrus.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Duke of Devonshire Cup, Roehampton Red. The team is Ron Wood (Capt), Malcolm Bricknell, Gordon Fox and Paul Ambrus.
Country Club House

The Club has a second club house, at Woodcote, Epsom, Surrey. Another bridge section operates there independently.

DUPLICATE on 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Monday evening each month; and CHICAGO on the 2nd Monday each month.  For more information: www.bridgewebs.com/royalautomobileepsom or RAC Woodcote 01372 276311