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  DRENE BROWN

It is with the greatest regret that we have to announce the death of Drene Brown. Drene passed away peacefully in the afternoon of Tuesday 20th July at Sycamore Lodge Nursing Home, Ashby. Her husband, Alan was with her. It is expected that the funeral, which will be an interment , will be in early August.

Drene Buck was a prominent member of the Lincolnshire bridge playing community for many years, and since her marriage to Alan in the early 1990s she has been a member of the Scunthorpe Bridge Club. She has won most of the Lincolnshire trophies, and has represented the county many times in events such as the Tollemache. With Alan she has also won each of our club trophies. Drene was heavily involved in the administration of bridge too, at both county and club levels, and a few years ago she was made an Honorary Member of the County Association. It's fair to say that Drene had what is known as 'table presence'; she was often keen to harvest the opinions of fellow players and always ready to represent them at all levels.

Last updated : 21st Jul 2021 18:48 BST
  Planning F2F Bridge 2021
EBU, July 19, 2021

As we continue along the government’s roadmap for easing out of lockdown, bridge players will be excited about when they can get back to bridge across the table, and clubs are asking when they can open and what they need to do to be compliant.

Following all the rules will not be an easy matter. Full details of the EBU discussion can be found by clicking on this link.

EBU FACE-to-FACE

Last updated : 22nd Jul 2021 07:59 BST
  EBU Summer Meeting at Eastbourne
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The government has delayed the end of Stage 4 of the lockdown by four weeks, but this still means it will be over 2 ½ weeks before the start of our flagship Summer Meeting in Eastbourne, which we are excited to be providing as our first national face-to-face event for about 18 months, subject to any unexpected changes to this revised road-map.

Although government restrictions will have ended entirely by then, we will be working with the venue to put in place arrangements to help minimise any risks, by means of table spacing and one-way traffic where possible. We also expect all players to regularly use anti-bacterial hand gel and to do their best to accommodate any requests from opponents to wear face-masks, which we will provide for those who don’t have their own. ..........

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Last updated : 21st Jul 2021 18:49 BST
  Stuart Knox

On behalf of Scunthorpe Bridge Club Committee and members I would like to express our thanks and great appreciation for everything Stuart Knox has done for the club and its membership over the last 9 years he has been in post as the Club President and for all the hard work and effort he has put into the daily requirements of the club and also for its longer term growth to create a successful and viable club that we can all be proud of.
It is extremely unfortunate that in the past few weeks he has been unfairly criticised by a few members on social media which taken together with personal issues made him assess his future and formed his decision to step down as Club President. He will be a hard act to follow by whoever is elected at the next AGM to the role.
At the Committee meeting held on March 2nd 2021 it was agreed unanimously to support the decision taken previously that Realbridge will become the platform of choice for our on-line club sessions. Therefore NO BBO sessions will be supported or facilitated by the club or made available via the club’s software. Members are obviously free, on an individual basis, to choose BBO sessions provided by BBO as they did previously before club on-line bridge was set up.
Hopefully we will all be back soon playing face-to-face in the club and we as a Committee will try to expedite this happening as future requirements for this are known and can be put in place.
An AGM will then be arranged for 6 weeks after this re-opening date.
Sue Barraclough, Club Secretary.

Last updated : 12th Mar 2021 08:23 GMT
  Eileen Barker

Hi Stuart
I would like to thank you and the members of the club for all their support and the many cards (along with the others some 60 in total) and messages of sympathy which have meant so much to myself, Helen and Ruth during this sad and emotional time.
Once again many thanks
Bill Helen and Ruth

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 12:15 GMT
  Use of Mobile Phones and Tablets

Slowly and surely some of us are lurching into the 21st Century, whilst others have been there since 1999. Whether we like it or not mobile technology and social mediocracy(!) have made a massive difference to our lives. However there are some occasions when we should resist the temptations that these media induce. And one of these is whilst playing bridge.

For various reasons (imminent grandchildren is one which springs to mind) you might need to keep your phone on you, but put it on vibrate so that it won’t disturb others in the room (be careful where you position it though – or you could be in for an unexpected surprise!). But please don’t answer it if it vibrates. The caller will leave a message, and if it’s really important you could deal with it out of the playing room, at the end of the round.

Text messages and emails are also (all too) frequently received. They’re not so important that they must be viewed straightaway. Again, if you are sitting out, or if there is a gap at the end of a round, then you could leave the room, check your device, and deal with anything which you consider important enough.

So there is absolutely no excuse for viewing your mobile device at the table, even when you have completed play and you are waiting to move. Indeed the EBU’s White Book, Section 2.8.4, even suggests the penalties which should be imposed if someone is seen to use them. So why not chat to your opponents  – it’s (usually) less rude!

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 12:15 GMT
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BAINTON QUALIFICATION

The last of this season's Bainton qualifiers was held on 14th November. The rules for qualification are that a partnership must say that they intend to qualify when they start the club session. If then they score more than 50% then they are able to proceed to the semi-final which is held at Dunholme on 2nd February 2020, with the final to be held, again at Dunholme, on 16th February.

The following pairs have qualified from Scunthorpe to play in the semi-final:-

Alan Davies & Janice Hill, Andy Lewis & Louise Lewis, Andy Lewis & Megan Williams, Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton, Bill Barker & Eileen Barker, Bill Burrows & Ian Hutchison, Brenda Goodacre & Ted Goodacre, David Raddish & Janice Hill, Glynn Elwick & Pete Stackhouse, Hazel Shipley & Janice Hill, Ian Hutchison & Nettie Smith, Jackie Walker & John Walker, Jeremy Wong & Deborah Wong, Kay Girdham & Malcolm Broughton, Ken Thomas & Malcolm Broughton, Ken Thomas & Roy Brixton, Margaret McLeod & David Raddish, Margaret McLeod & Mike Galey, Maurice Lynn & Jenny Knowler, Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams, Pat Donaldson & Barbara Pearce, Phil Dodge & Alec Readhead, Roger Harrison & Bob Atkin, Shirley Terry & Val Croissant, Simon Hill & Joanne Hill, Stuart Knox & Keiron Barron, Susan Archer & Nettie Smith, Susan Barraclough & Philip Harland, Trish Herring & Mike Galey

 

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 11:19 GMT
NICKO

The EBU's National Inter-Club Knock Out (NICKO) for the 2019-20 season has just got underway. In the first round, Scunthorpe was drawn away to Doncaster. Because the early rounds of the NICKO are played on a regional basis we often have to play against Doncaster, and over recent years the honours have usually been shared. Having battled through flooded roads and heavy rain to get there the damp Scunthorpe team of Glynn Elwick, Mike Llewellyn, Keith Stewart and Stuart Knox didn't get off to a good start, and were 9 IMPS down at half-time. But having dried off they made up for it in the second half, winning the half by 55 IMPS and thus the match by 46 IMPS.  

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 11:18 GMT
PLAYING BRIDGE ONLINE
PLAYING BRIDGE ONLINE

Although online bridge is never going to satisfy in terms of the social aspect of club bridge, in these current times it is a decent alternative.
However, being 'online' is often a confusing world .. But, if you just dive in, I promise you it's less daunting than you think (and don't worry you're not going to break the Internet by clicking the wrong button).
There is a wide choice of bridge activities - Pairs, Teams, Challenges, Just Declaring, Problems, Tuition being just a few.

Here are some YouTube links of how to use BBO (one of several typical online sites):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V1CSXat7no&t=28s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkeQhd2qUeI&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyH9c14NPQo&t=0s

Registering to all the popular Bridge websites is free, all you need is an email address [some games and tournaments cost, but they're usually about one dollar(86p)].
There are several places you can play online: Bridge Base Online (BBO), Bridgeclublive and Funbridge are arguably the most popular.
Currently, the EBU is setting up games for Masterpoints (on BBO) and it is worth looking at their website for more details.


It's obviously going to be easier if you know friends who are going to be online at the same time as you, especially as most of the world is not fully conversant in ACOL (but you will find people who are).
That said, it might be a good idea to let others know your username, you can do this either privately (if you know your friend's email address/phone number) or if you want to 'cast your net' a bit further you can post it here.

If you would like other members to know of your Username, send an email with your Name and Username:
So to kick things off, feel free to add the following to your friend's list:-

 

Username @ BBO - Jazzles - Simon Hill

Username @ BBO - Jazzetta - Jo Hill

Username @ BBO - RoyBB - Roy Brixton

Username @ BBO - Womersley - Ian Hutchison
 

Email Contact: simon.andrew.hill@gmail.com

Should you get stuck or have any specific computer-related question, email me and I'll try and help. Otherwise, we hope to see you all back at the club as soon as possible.

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 09:45 GMT
HELP NEEDED TO PLAY BRIDGE ONLINE?
HELP NEEDED TO PLAY BRIDGE ONLINE?

We're now almost a month into lockdown and with nothing on the horizon to say the curfew will be lifted .. as yet.
If you're missing your 'bridge fix' there are a decent number of SBC members playing online. I would recommend BBO over the other online sites mainly for the reason it is where most of our members are playing (as far as I know).
There is a dedicated ACOL club within BBO and the EBU are running daily competitions (see their website for details).
I personally find the online bridge community a friendly bunch. For those that haven't yet ventured on in - if you're thinking you lack the necessary technological skills, fear not.
You can simply download the BBO app if you have a tablet (iPad etc) - If you do need help (with any of the 'mumbo jumbo') do not hesitate in contacting me.

email: simon.andrew.hill@gmail.com

Keep safe all.

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 09:44 GMT
MORE ONLINE INFO
MORE ONLINE INFO

If you're still not online and need a little help in setting up and getting familiar with BBO etc .. you can still contact Simon (and Jo) and they'll do their best to get you up and running (email address: simon.andrew.hill@gmail.com) or if you prefer to suss things out for yourself there are excellent step-by-step tutorials on the LCBA county website (side menu entitled "On-line Bridge").

The Lincolnshire Contract Bridge Association is about to run its first "online Virtual Club tournament" on Sunday 28-06-2020 at 2:30 (further details available on their website). With other Counties/Clubs, either already or likely to be following suit - SBC will be hosting a virtual club event shortly, more details to follow once finalised.

Last updated : 8th Mar 2021 09:43 GMT
DIMMIE FLEMING AWARD
DIMMIE FLEMING AWARD

Recognition for the many years of sterling County administrative work, the EBU has bestowed Glynn Elwick with the prestigious Dimmie Fleming Award. This I believe is only the fourth time a Lincolnshire member has been given this accolade since it's inception in 1985 (others being Roy Hughes 2008, Mrs Drene Brown 2011, Mrs Elaine Proctor 2012). Many congratulations and wholly deserved.

Last updated : 4th Mar 2021 08:59 GMT
VIRTUAL SCUNTHORPE BRIDGE CLUB
VIRTUAL SCUNTHORPE BRIDGE CLUB

Our first 'Virtual Scunthorpe Bridge Club' tournament will be on Thursday 9th July @ 7:30 pm start. We hope that as far as online bridge experiences go, it is as close to Face-to-Face bridge that we can get - as you will be moving from virtual table to virtual table playing different (albeit hopefully familiar) players.  Masterpoints/NGS will be awarded/affected and results will be posted to our website. Ideally aim to be enrolled by at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start, perhaps allowing more time if this is your first go at paid online tournaments. The cost is 3BB$ per player (if you need help as to "what are BB$?"/"How to obtain them?" etc, do not hesitate to ask). There will be a Partnership desk available as well as Robots for those that don't have/get partners. It is expected that we will be playing 18-20 boards which equates to roughly just over 2 hours of bridge. As this is a new venture for us, during these unprecedented times, we will be looking for your feedback (good and bad). To find the tournament (it will be listed from 5:30 pm on the day) log into BBO, then under Featured Areas on the home page, select Virtual Clubs, then 'EBU - England' it will be listed as 'vEBU209858 #7705 SBC Thursday Pairs'. It would be fantastic to see as many of you there. If any help is still needed in getting online, don't hesitate to ask - email addresses can be found in the Information section from the sidebar.

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2021 22:36 GMT
VIRTUAL CLUB NOW TWO NIGHTS A WEEK
VIRTUAL CLUB NOW TWO NIGHTS A WEEK

Due to the feedback by those who have played in SBC Virtual Club competitions, it seems that an extra day would be welcomed. By straw poll, Monday nights appeared to be the most popular date. So starting on this coming Monday (the 10th) @ the 'different' time of 7:15 pm, we will be running two nights a week (we're continuing Thursdays at 7:00 pm) - hope to see many of you there. Cost is the normal 3BB$ per person.

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2021 22:15 GMT
WINTER ONLINE WITH THE EBU
WINTER ONLINE WITH THE EBU

The 2020/2021 NICKO (National Inter-Club Knockout) is going to be held entirely online. Often a competition overlooked by many as it could possibly involve a fair bit of travelling. Well, not this year!!. Should you wish to get a team together the closing date for entries is Saturday 21st November at 12 pm noon. I believe the cost for the team is £30 (initially paid by the club but claimed back later from each team)

The usual Online Year-End Congress normally held in London and Blackpool will be run online using 'Realbridge'. It will be held between Christmas and New Year over four days (27th to 30th December). There will be the usual events, mixed or Open Pairs, Jack High Pairs, Swiss Pairs and Teams (stratified). There will be a Jack High Swiss Pairs with a Zoom seminar next morning to go through the hands should you wish.

All information (including costs and registration etc) can be found on the EBU website.

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2021 22:15 GMT
Realbridge

Realbridge – Revised Schedule - BBO will remain for Thursdays at least
Despite previous notices there seems that there has been a groundswell of opinion against having three Realbridge sessions.
I remember the days of the introduction of bidding boxes (according to members these were totally unnecessary), of single winner movements with arrow switches (according to members these were clearly unfair), of computer generated and dealt hands (according to members these were quite obviously fixed), of alerting and announcing (according to members these were again unnecessary) and of hand-held scoring devices (according to members these were far too complicated). In those days the Committee made decisions based on their own bridge-playing experience, and upon what the main worldwide opinions were. I'm sure that most will argue that those decisions were ultimately best for the Club’s members. 
I feel that the decision to move to three Realbridge sessions was also in the best interests of the Club and the majority of its members.  The reason for doing everything in one fell swoop was to avoid the halfway-house which is now upon us. Nevertheless it seems that members want to retain at least one BBO session, initially Thursdays, and that those members will also direct the events. Since that is the current feeling of the members it will certainly happen.
There have also been implications that I should consider my position as ‘Chairman’ [sic]. Rather than the impatient members having to wait until the AGM (whenever that would be) I have decided that I shall resign as President at the next Committee meeting (Tuesday 2nd March). I hope that despite my 'draconian' attitude and apparent lack of experience, I have nevertheless done what I could for the Club over the past twelve or more years (nine as President) and I wish my replacement every success. 

 

Last updated : 23rd Feb 2021 18:45 GMT
EBU Winter Simultaneous Pairs

Once again we are going to hold an EBU Sim Pairs session. It will be held online (under BBO) on Thursday 14th January 2021 starting at 7:00pm.
The fee will be $BB6 per player, so make sure your credit balance can stand it!
Players from all over the country (or world) are invited to join us, but we will need your national authority number (eg EBU Number) first if you're a member so that you may be allocated the appropriate number of Blue Points when you win.

Last updated : 8th Feb 2021 08:49 GMT
SBC 2021 BRIDGE HOLIDAY
SBC 2021 BRIDGE HOLIDAY

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I want to assure everyone that the bridge holiday will only proceed if it is safe for us all to go. Cairngorm Travel is taking the current situation very seriously and adhering strictly to government guidelines. I have been very impressed with the travel company's commitment to safeguarding and the steps they have taken so far. 

 Because none of us can predict what the situation will be in March, we have to assume that the bridge holiday will go ahead, The situation is ever-changing, so nothing definite can be agreed upon at the present time but if Cairngorm Travel has to cancel the holiday, then we shall either be offered a refund or have the opportunity to re-book at a later date. Cairngorm Travel has an excellent reputation and has said that they will work with us to ensure a satisfactory outcome. On this basis, I am very happy to proceed -  and with a vaccine on the horizon, I am optimistic that we will be able to get away.  

I have asked for balances to be paid by the 1st December but I won't be sending them off until the 20th December. This gives me another five weeks in which to assess the situation.  

I hope this helps to allay any fears.

Regards, Jen

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Just to remind those going on the 2021 bridge holiday the balance of payment is required by December 1st.

Single Room Occupancy balance is £250 and for those sharing the Double Room Occupancy balance is £235

Cheques can be handed/posted to Sue Barraclough or Jen Selby or a bank transfer to:

Payable to: Scunthorpe Bridge Club (SADBA) 
Bank: NatWest 
Sort Code: 51-81-34 
Account No.: 04733770

Last updated : 17th Dec 2020 22:18 GMT
SATURDAY SOCIAL DUPLICATE
SATURDAY SOCIAL DUPLICATE

Don't forget. On Saturday the 22nd of February there is Social Duplicate Bridge.
All welcome in our monthly 'relaxed' duplicate session. The more the merrier.
Starts at 7:00pm.

Last updated : 22nd Feb 2020 22:18 GMT
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS DUE
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS DUE

Don't forget it's the new bridge season and subscriptions are now due. Still only £10 per person. Susan Barraclough or Malcolm Broughton can be found prior to play on club nights, willing to take subs and issue membership cards.

Last updated : 22nd Dec 2019 11:42 GMT
FRIDAY AFTERNOON DUPLICATE COMING SOON
FRIDAY AFTERNOON DUPLICATE COMING SOON

The first of our planned weekly Friday Afternoon duplicate sessions will have its an inaugural outing on Friday, November the 8th, at 1:30 PM. To be run along the same lines as its Tuesday Afternoon counterpart it should prove to be the fun place to be.

Last updated : 22nd Dec 2019 11:41 GMT
LINCOLNSHIRE STALWARTS

It is with sadness that we report that two prominent members of the Lincolnshire Bridge scene have passed away this week.
Roy Hughes: You would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated person to bridge; Chairman to both Heighington and Bassingham Bridge clubs, a fixture to Lincolnshire County events and at one time or other winning most of the prestigious county competitions. He deservedly was given the EBU's Dimmie Flemming award in 2008 for his many years of sterling service to County bridge.
Andrew "Ginger" Green: Also a regular to Lincolnshire County events and similarly winning most of the principal LCBA competitions, as well as representing his County on many occasions. However, his crowning glory was in 2007 (partnering Dennis Mellor) when he won the Corwen Trophy (a National event for County Pair Champions).
As a club, we pass on our condolences to their respective Families, Friends and Bridge Partners.
More information can be found on the County website and it will post details of their funeral arrangements when they become available.

Last updated : 22nd Dec 2019 11:41 GMT
MIXED PAIRS CLARIFICATION
MIXED PAIRS CLARIFICATION

This coming Friday (20th December) is the inaugural annual mixed pairs competition.
Just to clarify:
All players are still welcome (meaning same-sex playing partnerships will not be turned away).
Masterpoints, NGS etc are not affected, to all intents and purposes, it is a regular club night.
However, the highest placed 'mixed' partnership will win the Mixed Pairs Trophy (as well as possibly the kudos, applause and high-status regard from your fellow players).

Last updated : 22nd Dec 2019 11:17 GMT
CLOSELY FOUGHT GARDEN CITIES HEAT
CLOSELY FOUGHT GARDEN CITIES HEAT

A team comprising of Glynn Elwick, Margaret McLeod, Mike Llewellyn, Megan Williams, Andy Lewis, Philip Harland, Stuart Knox and Keith Stewart represented Scunthorpe Bridge Club in the recent Garden Cities Heat held at Dunholme (on Sunday 27th January). In the closing stages of a closely contested event the three teams of SBC, City of Lincoln and Louth were "all in with a shout" of claiming the all-important top place - it was the team from Lincoln that emerged victoriously and it is they we pass on our best wishes as they will now represent Lincolnshire in the Semi-Finals. SBC ended up finishing third out of the six club teams entered. Better luck next year all.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:12 BST
CLUB DIRECTORS TRAINING COURSE
CLUB DIRECTORS TRAINING COURSE

Should anyone be interested in gaining the skills necessary to become a Club Director - There are going to be some Training Classes, at our Club, run by EBED (the Education and Development arm of the EBU) over four Saturdays during the Summer months.
Look out for a 'Registration Sign up list' on the Clubs Notice Board - which will have more details. If you have any further questions Susan Barraclough is the goto person.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:12 BST
CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS 2019
CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS 2019

Championship Pairs 2019. As of recent years: it appears to be a tactically sound ploy to scrape into the final from the qualifier, then post a spankingly good score in the Final. This years master tacticians are Andy Lewis and Roy Brixton, our congratulations go to them both. Their nearest challengers were Glynn Elwick and Pete Stackhouse who were far enough behind even with their 'decent' 50% follow-on from the previous week.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:12 BST
LCBA LADIES AND MENS PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
LCBA LADIES AND MENS PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

Men's and Ladies Pairs Championship 2019. Dunholme on Sunday the 14th of April. 14 Pairs entered the Men's event and 8 pairs for the Ladies. Tied on the same score were Paul Wokes & John Brocklehurst with Chris Phillips & Alan Millington - no photo finish was required in the ladies event with Janet Sharman and Katy Lishman victorious. Of the 44 players, 13 were SBC members: Mike Llewellyn and Glynn Elwick were 4th in the Men's event and Margaret McLeod & Hazel Shipley and Trish Herring & Brigid Hughes were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Ladies event. Well done to all. The usual additional information can be found on the county website.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:11 BST
LCBA COUNTY TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP
LCBA COUNTY TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP

24th March - LCBA Championship Teams. 8 teams entered the event of which were 12 SBC members. Only one team containing any SBC players made the Final (Andy Lewis, Roy Brixton, Catherine Caldow and Dave Caldow) but they did that in style by winning the qualifier .. unfortunately, and I'll quote Andy .. "We peaked too early" as they only managed Third out of the Four Teams in the main event - The overall winners were a team comprising of Nick Hunter, Ruby Schnalke, Paul Wokes and John Brocklehurst. There was however club success in the 'Consolation Teams' with Mike Llewellyn, Megan Williams, Glynn Elwick and Pete Stackhouse as they finished in first place and will be awarded the Turner Brumpton Trophy.
Detailed scores, hand records and a report can be found on the LCBA County website.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:11 BST
LCBA CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS 2019
LCBA CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS 2019

Sunday 10th March. In a competitively fought Qualifying heat, 10 pairs went through to the County Pairs Final.

City of Lincoln Bridge regulars Chris Phillips & Alan Millington finished victorious with almost 65%. The SBC pairing of Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams finished second with 61%, Keith Stewart was third (partnering Andrew Green) and Glynn Elwick & Pete Stackhouse finished fourth. In the consolation pairs, Maureen Parsons & Maurice Ladlow were the winners with Stephen Travis & David Hall runners up. Of the 25 entering pairs there were 18 SBC club members, well done to all. Details of the hands and more in-depth results can be found on the County website.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:10 BST
BAINTON TROPHY FINAL 2019
BAINTON TROPHY FINAL 2019

Richard Tupper and Peter Sharman (from Boston Bridge Club) were the winners of this years Bainton Trophy on Sunday 24th February. SBC was well represented in the Final but it wasn't to be our year for success. Our highest placed club member was a creditable second place in Keith Stewart (in partnership with 'City of Lincoln' player Andrew Green) and the highest 'All SBC Pairing' was Mike Llewellyn and Megan Williams in 7th position. Hand & Result details can be found on the LCBA website (shortcuts can be obtained from the Left-Hand Side 'Useful Links' submenu or by clicking the County Map on the Right-Hand side of the Top Banner).

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:10 BST
LCBA COUNTY SWISS PAIRS 2019
LCBA COUNTY SWISS PAIRS 2019

The LCBA County Swiss Pairs event held in Dunholme on Sunday 17th February was attended by 14 of our members in a field of twenty-three pairs. The overall winners were Ron Wall and Brian Smith who seemingly led from start to finish. The highest SBC member was Keith Stewart (equal third) playing with Roy Hughes and the pairings of Andy Lewis & Roy Brixton and Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams were our next highest placed, in positions 6 & 7 respectively. Most battles were hard fought with a pretty decent standard of play throughout. Another enjoyable event run by Helen Barr and the home baked mid-session refreshments by Gloria Elwick was as delicious as always.

A more in-depth view of the results can be obtained by going to the LCBA website.

[CLICK on the Lincolnshire County Flag Emblem in the Top-Right of our homepage as a shortcut to the LCBA website]

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:10 BST
CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS 2019
CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS 2019

Having posted the best scores for both weeks of 'The Vic Llewellyn Championship Teams' Competition: The runaway victors are the team comprising of Philip Harland, Susan Barraclough, Martin Button and Terry Fenton. Deserved congratulations go to the winners and many thanks to all who partook.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:09 BST
COUNTY 'ALL COMERS' SUCCESS
COUNTY 'ALL COMERS' SUCCESS

Apologies for being slightly old news. A couple of weeks ago at the 'All-comers Pairs' event held in Dunholme (13th January 2019) the first five places were claimed by Scunthorpe Bridge Club members. Congratulations go to the overall pairing of Mike Llewellyn and Rennie Bennington with a score of 61.73% followed by (in second to fifth order) Megan Williams and Glynn Elwick; Roy Brixton and Jane Brown; Andy Lewis and Louise Lewis; Stuart Watson and David Hall. Once again a County event was well represented by our club with 15 members out of a total of 15 pairs. Well done to all.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:09 BST
CTD EXAM SUCCESS
CTD EXAM SUCCESS

Hearty Congratulations, Scunthorpe Bridge Club has another qualified Club Tournament Director. Roy Brixton has in recent weeks undertaken the CTD course in Nottingham and we are happy to report that he passed the exam at distinction level.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:08 BST
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS - BACK TO THE FUTURE
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS - BACK TO THE FUTURE

Tuesday Afternoon start time. It seems not everyone could make the earlier start so it's been decided that it is in everyone's best interest to revert back to the 'normal' time of 1:30 pm. Nothing ventured nothing gained ...

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:07 BST
CHALLENGE MATCH
CHALLENGE MATCH

SBC escapee and Charlie Chaplin look-a-like Dave Trinder has thrown down the gauntlet (on behalf of his new bridge club in Scarborough) to a challenge match. Town pride, club honour and perhaps even a trophy is at stake – the aim is to have a competitive teams event involving sixteen of each clubs better players in what is hoped to be an annual fixture.

The inaugural match is to take place in Scarborough in the spring of 2019. A coach is to be organised for members who fancy partaking or those that would just like to kibitz / walk along the prom / play the penny arcade slots or just go skinny dipping. A chippy tea is thought to be the best way to close what should be a grand day out.

See the club notice board for further details and for voting on preferred dates.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:06 BST
MORE CTD EXAM SUCCESS
MORE CTD EXAM SUCCESS

In recent weeks: Four 'Club Director Training Classes' run by EBED have been held at our club, with two of our SBC members attending - Susan Barraclough and Keith Stewart. We're pleased to announce that both passed, with Susan attaining distinction level. Well done to both.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:04 BST
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU
YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU

We call on YOU, our club members. The business end of our bridge season is just around the corner. With the AGM (10th September), Open Night (12th September) and Classes (19th September) all imminent - Getting new faces in through the door is vital to the continued success of the club. There will be flyers near the entrance - please take as many as you need should you know of a Post Office, Golf Club, Doctors Waiting Room, Library et al that is willing to display our advertisement.
Also - Are you on Facebook? If so please share the upcoming Scunthorpe Bridge Club posts advertising our open night/classes - the wider we cast our net the more chance we have of attracting potential new members.

Last updated : 15th Oct 2019 20:04 BST
LCBA RANDOM SEEDED SUCCESS
LCBA RANDOM SEEDED SUCCESS

Success in the Christmas Random Seeded Teams event held at Dunholme (Sunday 16th December). In a closely fought battle, a team made up of  SBC members came out on top from a field of ten teams - well done to Mike Llewellyn, Megan Williams, Paul Steeper and Brigid Hughes. It's worth noting that Scunthorpe was well represented with 15 players being SBC members, well done all.

Last updated : 19th Apr 2019 16:44 BST
BAINTON SEMI-FINAL
BAINTON SEMI-FINAL

Bainton Trophy Semi-Final Heat, Sunday 3rd February 2019. Of the 29 pairs entered:  Scunthorpe Bridge Club was again well represented by twenty of our members. Twelve of those members will be now be playing in the Final - extra merit to Philip Harland and Susan Barraclough for finishing 2nd overall but they will also be joined with Keith Stewart & Andrew Green, Maurice Lynn & John Hill, Mike Llewellyn & Megan Williams, Glynn Elwick & Pete Stackhouse, Rita Watson & Jane Brown and Stuart Knox & Keiren Barron.
A very enjoyable afternoon at Dunholme Village Hall was had by all, with special thanks to Helen Barr for directing proceedings and Gloria Elwick for the Mid-Session refreshments.

Last updated : 26th Feb 2019 20:18 GMT
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019

Wishing all our club members, their families and loved ones - health, happiness and the very best for 2019

Last updated : 17th Jan 2019 18:48 GMT
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018
CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

The benchmark from previous years has always been high, but these fabulous ladies have excelled yet again. A very enjoyable evening was had by all at this year's Christmas Party. I'm sure it is recognised how much effort goes into running such an occasion and is very much appreciated, take a bow Pam Readhead and her helpers (L-R Wanda, Louise, Rita, Pam, Joan and Jen).

Last updated : 17th Jan 2019 18:47 GMT
FESTIVAL OF TREES
FESTIVAL OF TREES

Wanda & Val are decorating the Bridge Club's exhibit at the Rotary Club Festival of Trees. This annual festival is held at the Old Brumby United Church from Saturday 8th December until Sunday 16th December.
More than 80 trees are on show from local organisations
There is also a full programme of music, singing and dancing. Entry is free, but donations may be made and all proceeds will go to the Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
For more information visit www.scunthorperotary.org.uk

Last updated : 17th Jan 2019 18:46 GMT
CHRISTMAS WEEK SESSIONS
CHRISTMAS WEEK SESSIONS

We are open on Friday the 28th but are closed for the rest of the Christmas week. 

Last updated : 1st Jan 2019 00:37 GMT
SEASONS GREETINGS
SEASONS GREETINGS

Wishing all our members, their families and loved ones the very best of health and happiness. If we don't see you on Friday the 28th, then we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Last updated : 1st Jan 2019 00:36 GMT
CHRISTMAS PARTY - LAST CHANCE SALOON
CHRISTMAS PARTY - LAST CHANCE SALOON

Christmas Party. Although we have a very good number of tickets already sold, ideally we could do with a couple more attendees (thus making the bridge movement easier).

However, the numbers for the catering order is being issued on Monday - If you'd like to join in on the fun please contact Pam Readhead on [mobile number removed] pronto.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2018 00:13 GMT
CHRISTMAS PARTY
CHRISTMAS PARTY

A date for your diary, the Christmas Party is to be held at the club on Saturday the 8th of December.
Stew and Dumplings with a glass of the grape will be served at 7:00pm and the bridge commencing at around 8:00pm
As part of your ticket, a free festive raffle along with Christmas fun and games have been promised.
Contributions will be taken for the prizes which will be of a Christmas Hamper nature.
See the notice board for details. Tickets are priced at £7.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2018 00:12 GMT
BUTLER SCORING
BUTLER SCORING

Many see 'teams' as the best / most interesting form of bridge. - although MP (or pairs) scoring is (and will always likely be) the most popular means of scoring in duplicate bridge. There is however enough room for another form.

It's been agreed to trial some sessions where Butler scoring is employed.

The Butler scoring method is teams scoring for pairs in that (dependent on the number of tables) one best score and one worst score is discarded from the board traveller and then the resultant scores are averaged out to a 'par' score - against which your score is then compared and converted to IMPs, as if playing in 'teams'.

 The resultant effect is that the usual winning tactics are the same as the ones used when playing 'teams':

- Game and Slam bonuses are valued more (being in a game/slam that only makes 40% of the time is usually a longterm winner).

- Overtricks have less value (risking game contracts for overtricks is a long term losing tactic).

- Low risk Minor suit games are more fruitful than riskier 3NT games. (Also not looking for a possible minor suit slam for fear of going past 3NT is now not an excuse)

- The '10pt premium' for 3NT versus the Major games has no value (playing in the safer contract is the long term winning tactic).

Our initial trial will be on Wednesday 14th of November, the week before the start of the Autumn Pivot Teams, so hopefully your newly honed skills will be put to good use.

Last updated : 24th Nov 2018 12:58 GMT
2017-18 GRADUATE GROUP WINNERS
2017-18 GRADUATE GROUP WINNERS

L-R Joan Strong (R/up Graduates), Barbara Scott (R/up Improvers; Steven Button (W Graduates); David Daniels (W First Year); Wendy Peachy (W Improvers); Stuart Knox (President) Elsa Cox was the runner-up in the First Year section, but was not available for the photo.

Last updated : 24th Nov 2018 11:23 GMT
COUNTY GHOST PAIRS WINNERS
COUNTY GHOST PAIRS WINNERS

Congratulations to Philip Harland and Mrs Susan Barraclough on being the leading NS pair in County Ghost Pairs event held at Dunholme on Sunday the 4th of November. Mo Parsons and Maurice Ladlow were the NS runners up, while the leading EW pair were Brian Smith and Ron Wall with the SBC pairing of Glynn Elwick and Pete Stackhouse runners up. It's also worth noting that 12 players of the 18 participating pairs were also members of Scunthorpe Bridge Club - excellent work all.

Last updated : 24th Nov 2018 11:21 GMT
WINNERS OF THE AUTUMN PAIRS

Congratulations to Mike Llewellyn and Ms Megan Williams posting a winning score of 64.74%, with Alan Davies and Mrs Janice Hill just edging out Stuart Watson and Dr Lawrie Chapman with scores approaching 63% in second and third places respectively - from a field of 29 pairs.

Last updated : 24th Nov 2018 11:21 GMT
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS START TIME CHANGE
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS START TIME CHANGE

You have to applaud the enthusiasm of the Tuesday Afternoon Players - a hankering to play more boards, they have agreed between themselves to opt for an earlier start of 1:00pm.

For those who attend occasionally or those thinking of joining in on the fun, please make a note of the new time.

Last updated : 21st Nov 2018 23:07 GMT