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

Dorset have a Blue Pointed Swiss pairs on Realbridge on May 16th. The details are here.

The Avon Green Point weekend is on May 22nd and 23rd. The details are here.

Merseyside & Cheshire invite you to a Swiss Pairs for the John Armstrong Trophy on May 23rd. Details are here.

The Oxfordshire Green Point Weekend is on June 12th and 13th. The details are here.

The Dorset Green Point Swiss Teams is on June 27th. Details are here.

 

Recent Updates
ON LINE BRIDGE IS THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN
15th May 2021 10:41 BST
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11th May 2021 13:33 BST
Banbury Seminars
5th May 2021 15:49 BST
West of England Congress
4th May 2021 10:57 BST
Realbridge Link
22nd Apr 2021 17:12 BST
Results
19th Apr 2021 16:35 BST
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.

ON LINE BRIDGE IS THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN

Schapiro Spring Foursomes




Congratulations to Rob Lawy , a member of the Robinson team who were runners up in the Schapiro Spring Foursomes which was won by the all international Gillis team.The Schapiro Spring Foursomes is one of the great events in the English calendar. This is a gruelling five day event involving almost 300 boards.  You can read all about it here.

 

Last updated : 5th May 2021 11:25 BST
AGM 2021 NOTICE

SOMERSET CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION

Sheree Pavey - Secretary,

Tel: 01823  322481

e-mail: secretaryscba7@gmail.com

 

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the

SOMERSET CONTRACT BRIDGE ASSOCIATION (SCBA) will be held online using ZOOM on Sunday May 16th commencing at 1.00 pm.

You can join the meeting by clicking on this link 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9153592779

 

AGENDA

  1. Introduction by the Chairman
  2. Approval of the Minutes of AGM 2020 (copy can be found on the county website)
  3. Matters arising from the 2020 Minutes
  4. Chairman’s Report
  5. Treasurer's Report  and adoption of Accounts
  6. Tournament Secretary's Report 
  7. Election of Officers and other Executive Committee members for 2021/22
  8. Any Other Business

The AGM will be followed by a free 18 board duplicate pairs event on BBO with prizes
Register to play from 12 noon. Start at 2pm

Last updated : 15th May 2021 10:41 BST
PLAY TO SUCCEED - 6 SEMINARS

 

We will be running a course of six seminars on declarer play, led by Richard Banbury, our TD for the county’s sessions on BBO, who is also a qualified bridge teacher.

The seminars will be on Tuesday mornings, starting 15th June, from 10am until c.12, and are intended for both less experienced and club players who want to boost their confidence and develop the essential skills which will make a practical difference to their play of ordinary every day hands.

 Richard will be selecting real hands and looking at how they could best be played.  He will start each session with a short introduction, talking through a technique or subject with a sample hand to demonstrate the key points on ZOOM. After that the players will move to Realbridge to bid and play through a mixed set of hands covering a range of different topics to maximise variety and interest. Richard will be on hand throughout to answer any questions as you go along.  Each set of 12 hands comes with Richard’s commentary to be emailed out afterwards.

 There is no need to have a partner (we will do our best to organise the numbers) but feel free to sign up as a pair or a "4-some" if you want to play with your partner or collaborate and learn together as a fixed group of 4. The course is open to all.

The cost of the course is £50/person, payable on registration using internet banking to:

Richard Banbury, Lloyds Bank, Sort Code 30 99 66, Account 00779330

(Postal address available on request from richard.banbury@gmail.com if you prefer to send a cheque). 

TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE

The topics for Richard’s introduction at the start of each session are:-

1. Planning the play and listening to the auction (June 15)

2. Establishing tricks (June 22)

3. Finessing & identifying the "danger hand" (June 29)

4. Communications, entries - ducking and unblocking (July 6)

5. "Fast" and "Slow" Losers (discarding) (July 13)

6. When to draw trumps and when to ruff losers (July 20)

 

Last updated : 30th Apr 2021 19:21 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 : 20th Sep 2020 21:34 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

We very much hope that we will be able to welcome everyone back to our Congress later in the year. Please keep an eye open for updates and please do save the dates.

New Grand Master

Congratulations to Eric Cummings on achieving the rank of Grand Master.

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.

DRAFT CALENDAR 2021-22

Please click here for the playing tournament 2021-22

 

Obviously this programme is subject to change in the light of the prevailing conditions.

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
LOCKDOWN LEAGUE

 

LEAGUE 8

ONLINE GAMES ETHICS

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Results
Somerset Online imps game
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online Swiss Pairs
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online imps game
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Somerset Online Swiss Pairs
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Calendar
16th May 2021
AGM + Prize Duplicate
Zoom 1pm
AGM at 1pm Bridge at 2pm
 Click for more information
17th May 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
19th May 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
20th May 2021
Somerset Online Swiss Pairs
1pm
21st May 2021
Somerset Online imps game
1pm
24th May 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
26th May 2021
Somerset Online
1pm
27th May 2021
Somerset Online Swiss pairs
1pm