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ALWAYS HAPPY TO LIST YOUR CLUB/COUNTY EVENT HERE.
Just contact scbachair@icloud.com with the 

The Gloucestershire & Herefordshire green point weekend is July 24th and 25th on Realbridge. Details are here.

The Dorset Green Point Swiss Pairs is on August 1st. 

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GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?
24th Jul 2021 20:26 BST
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Bulletin
20th Jul 2021 13:18 BST
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8th Jul 2021 17:22 BST
West of England Congress
7th Jul 2021 17:01 BST
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6th Jul 2021 21:25 BST
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BRIDGE CLUB LIVE

BRIDGE CLUB LIVE

BCL Now Offer F2F Virtual Club Sessions

BridgeClubLive now provide F2F Virtual Sessions for online clubs. Using a dedicated server for each club, BCL offer a choice of start time and the number of boards for each clubs’ session. BCL can cater for small clubs from as little as 3 tables and for larger clubs up to 400 tables. 

For further information visit the Online Bridge page or email: nick.justice@bridgeclublive.com

FUNBRIDGE

WEEKLY SUFFOLK CHALLENGE ON WEDNESDAYS

You can play in EBU competitions on Funbridge. 

In these competitions you will partner one of Funbridge's 'robots', and play against two other robots. You therefore don't need a 'human partner' to take part, and you can play whenever you wish as you don't need human opponents online at the same time. The competitions consist of 20 boards, and you can play them at any time during the competition period, stopping and restarting as often as you wish. Games take place every day and run until midnight (24 hours). Monday and Friday are scored by IMPs. Other days are scored by matchpoints.

Acol is one of the bidding systems available for you to choose (which isn't always the case with some online platforms), and you can set which conventions and carding methods you and your robotic partner play.

The games cost €2 (by charging you in Euros we can charge less than £2), and Master Points can be won. There is also a month-long and year-long competition with cash prizes. 

The games are open to everyone.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?

PAUL JONES

Now that restrictions have been relaxed we plan to hold our first county face to face event on Sunday August 22nd at Woolavington. This will be the Paul Jones, a pivot teams of four event in which each player plays a few boards with each of his/her team mates. Entries are now open for this event and on entering you will be asked to say whether you are happy to play f2f only, online only or happy either way. Please make no payment until it is requested. Early entry would be very helpful to our planning.

Why is it called the Paul Jones?

Paul Jones dance

: a method of changing partners during a dance whereby at a signal the dancers form a circle and execute a grand right and left until at another signal each man resumes the original dance taking as his new partner the lady who is opposite him.

Last updated : 20th Jul 2021 12:38 BST
A RETURN TO F2F BRIDGE

July 19th changes to rules and restrictions
Covid-19 and Club Insurance - July 2021 update

Latest news about clubs'  re-opening plans:

Castle Cary           September
Wilton                    August 3rd
Winscombe            September 2nd
Kingston Seymour September 2nd
Crewkerne             September 6th
Taunton Deane      July 26th

Ilminster                  August 10th

Please advise additions and alterations to scbachair@icloud.com

Please contact the club for specific information.

Last updated : 24th Jul 2021 20:26 BST
CLUB TEACHER TRAINING COURSE

You may remember that we had arranged a Club Teacher Training Course at Nailsea during 2020 - this was obviously cancelled but I am very happy to say that we have arranged with EBed to hold such a course in Yeovil on October 26th and 27th this year. Concessions and free places are available to affiliated clubs and you can read about these and how to register for the course by clicking here.
This course will be open to all but  Somerset clubs have an early opportunity to book a place for anyone interested in starting or supporting some teaching at the club. 
Last updated : 6th Jul 2021 17:12 BST
Convention cards for online games

Convention cards for online games

The EBU has announced that EBUConventionCards@gmail.com will be their repository for convention cards. Please email your convention cards to EBUConventionCards@gmail.com to receive an online link that you can provide to your opponents at the table. Please make sure your email contains in the subject which event you would like this card to be used for.

Last updated : 7th Dec 2020 12:41 GMT
ONLINE BRIDGE FOR LESS EXPERIENCED PLAYERS

What's on offer:

RELAXED 9 HIGH TOURNAMENTS on BBO at 11am and 7.30 pm dailty. To register for the games, log on to Bridge Base Online -> Competitive -> All Tournaments and put “EBU” in the search box. You will be able to select the appropriate game from the list from about two hours before it starts.

RELAXED DUPLICATE SESSIONS within a supported environment. https://www.ebu.co.uk/documents//education-and-teaching/pdfs/EBED-relaxed-duplicate.pdf

Last updated : 12th Nov 2020 18:42 GMT

 

New! In order to provide a regular game for less-experienced players who work or are otherwise busy during the day-time, starting on Monday 14th September we will offer a new “Relaxed 9-high Tournament” daily on BBO at 7.30pm. It will have the same format as our popular 11am game: $1.50 for 12 boards, 8 minutes per board, no robots, aimed at novice-intermediate players with an NGS of 9 or less.

To register for the games, log on to Bridge Base Online -> Competitive -> All Tournaments and put “EBU” in the search box. You will be able to select the appropriate game from the list from about two hours before it starts.

Last updated : 13th Jun 2021 16:29 BST
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BBO

There is a series of videos here giving the full low down on how to enjoy Bridge Base Online. Thanks to Paul Gipson for these.

Last updated : 19th May 2020 22:03 BST
EBU SCORE TRAINING

If you need help using EBU score then our county scorer, Andy Ridgers, is available to help. He may be contacted at andyridgers@gmail.com

Last updated : 11th Mar 2020 16:39 GMT
Notifcation of Somerset events by Email

Please complete this form to include your email address in future county email communications. If you are currently receiving emails from the county there is no need to fill out this form.

FORM
Last updated : 14th Jan 2020 11:52 GMT
West of England Congress
West of England Congress

We are delighted that the government’s confirmation of the relaxation of the rules and regulations currently in place in response to the COVID pandemic means that we can continue with our planned Congress being run face-to-face in Weston Super Mare on October 8-10.. 

We have already received quite a few  entries  and we know that many people have been waiting for this confirmation before making their entries. It would be helpful if players would enter as soon as they decide to play - a full refund will be available on request if you change your mind.

Since the government regulations will no longer limit the number of people who can meet in a group and the “1m-plus rule” will be removed, there will be no requirement for players to wear masks beyond the government’s statement that it "expects and recommends" people to wear face coverings in crowded areas. 

The only venues that are being advised to ask for evidence of vaccination or negative COVID tests using “vaccine passports” are night-clubs and large events so we will not need to do this, but of course we require that anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID does not come to play.

We look forward to seeing as many of you at Weston as possible and we are sure that you too will be keen to see old friends and ensure the continuity of what has been a very popular event.

Click here for a Congress Brochure including  parking information.

Latest hotel deals are here.

Click here to enter online

 

The Chairman's Corner

An Opportunity to Reset

Before Covid or BC there was very little to think about when planning a club’s programme. The typical Somerset club met on the same day, at the same time and at the same venue each week and played match point pairs most if not all of the time.  Many players played at more than one club demonstrating that they expected to play more than once a week.  A second session for most clubs was not a possibility because the hall was in use for kick boxing, Zumba or other village activities. BC very few clubs offered lessons.

Then came Covid and all face to face activity stopped but very quickly players changed to online evidenced by four times weekly county games and 14 virtual clubs in Somerset. Our recent survey indicated that although most players looked forward to a return to f2f, many were hesitant and most intended to continue to play some on line bridge.

I have been tremendously impressed by the manner in which so many clubs adapted to the new world by setting up virtual clubs in the early days on BBO and more recently using Realbridge and particularly by the way in which clubs have combined to boost numbers for online sessions.

It is clear that online bridge is here to stay because of the opportunities that are opened up in terms of extra sessions, improver sessions perhaps with clubs combining for online, online leagues and most importantly teaching.  Clubs also need to cater for those members who prefer to play online and this may best be achieved by clubs collaborating to offer online games. It would be so much better for these online games to be organised by clubs rather than the county because county games would pull players away from club games and also deprive clubs of revenue.

It would be all too easy to go back to the old normal but I suggest that now is the time to reset the programme with imagination to make full use of the opportunities afforded by online bridge.

SCBA Schedule 2021-22

Here is the programme

The Setting Trick Podcast

Andrew talks to John McAllister of the Setting Trick about his life at, as well as away from, the bridge table. The podcast lasts a little over one hour and is available to listen to here on  soundclound.

EBU Realbridge Lounge

 

The Somerset Realbridge lounge has seen very few participants and so it has been discontinued in favour of the EBU version of the same thing. You still play with three friends at your own table so there's nothing different other than it costs £1 more!
All the details are here.

NEED A PARTNER?- Contact Sheree Pavey who will keep a  list of players looking for a partner or partners to make up a four.

The Realbridge player guide is at https://realbridge.online/player-guide.html 

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS 2021

Online Championship teams - BBO

First round matches are played over 24 boards and are to be played by the end of January when a new draw will be made for the semi finals of the main competition and the plate.

First round

HOME   AWAY
Coltman won by 28imps Smith
Patrick lost by 24imps  Flood
Critchley lost by 41imps Gostling
Botting lost by 25imps Gurman

 

Semi Final

HOME   AWAY
Flood won by 39imps Coltman
Gurman lost by 13imps Gostling

 

Final

HOME   AWAY
Flood won by 49 imps Gostling

 

Online Plate teams - BBO


Plate Round 1

HOME   AWAY
Botting lost by 18 imps Smith
Critchley lost by 3 imps Patrick

 

Plate Final

HOME   AWAY
Patrick won by 27 imps Smith
Results
Blue Point Swiss Pairs on Realbridge
Somerset Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online
Somerset Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Calendar
26th Jul 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
28th Jul 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
30th Jul 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
22nd Aug 2021
Paul Jones
Woolavington (Provisionally) 1pm
17th Sep 2021
County League 1
7.15pm
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25th Sep 2021
Mixed Teams
Woolavington (Provisionally) 1pm
2nd Oct 2021
Western League
 Click for more information
3rd Oct 2021
Championship Teams Qualifier
Woolavington 1pm