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NEXT BRIDGE ‘AT’ STANSFIELD

Tuesday 

27 July

 

 

4pm on BBO

Results uploaded to the EBU

Please be online by 3.45pm


HOW TO FIND A PARTNER

Finding a club member as a partner for a BBO session has been made much easier. Click on PLAY and then the Partner Required symbol.


CLUB HONOURS RICHARD & PADDY

Stansfield bridge club committee is delighted to announce that PADDY LOCKWOOD and RICHARD EVANS have been awarded Honorary Life Membership of Stansfield Bridge Club in recognition of the huge effort they have put into setting up Bridge Base Online for the use of club members and guests during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

We acknowledge that this has required, and continues to require, a huge commitment from them both and it demonstrates how grateful the club members are.


JULY ISSUE OF PARISH PUMP

Several members enjoy reading Parish Pump, the newsletter which serves local villages.

Click on PUMP to read the latest edition.


Learn & Play will resume on Wednesday afternoons in the autumn - hopefully, Face2Face.

Results
Thursday Pairs
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Paddy
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Marcus
Scorer: Paddy
Thursday Pairs
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Paddy
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Marcus
Scorer: Paddy
Thursday Pairs
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Paddy
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Marcus
Scorer: Paddy
Thursday Pairs
Director: Richard
Scorer: Paddy
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Paddy
Scorer: Paddy
Thursday Pairs
Director: Richard
Scorer: Paddy
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Director: Richard
Scorer: Paddy
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BBO ON TUESDAY... REALBRIDGE ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
CLUB GOLF-BRIDGE DAY ON 6 SEPT

Maximum field of 24 signed up
In addition to being the club's excellent Chief Barman, Richard is proving himself to be a bit of a whiz when it comes to organising a golf-bridge day.

This year's renewal (doesn't that sound good after all that has happened over the past year) is already a sell out, with a maximum field of 24 set to gather at Newton Green on Monday 6 September.  18 holes of golf in the morning will be followed by a fish and chip lunch and an afternoon playing bridge.

There will be prizes, and Handicaps will be applied to both golf and bridge, so everyone is in with a chance of winning! (All for the princely sum of only£35!)

BRIDGE WHEN 'NORMALITY' RETURNS
BRIDGE WHEN 'NORMALITY' RETURNS

The way ahead for Stansfield

The large response by members to the survey on the shape of bridge at the club post-pandemic has enabled the committee to reach some key decisions on the way ahead.

Members made it very clear the club's traditional evening on Thursday - complete with delicious nibbles and wine - should remain unchanged. 'Face-to-Face' will only give way to online in the event of bad weather.

The committee has also taken on board the clear desire by a slim majority of members to have an on-line offering during the day time - while accepting many prefer F2F.

As a result, Tuesday afternoon sessions starting at 4pm will continue and they will offer opportunities for both groups. F2F bridge will take place in the village hall and be run alongside an on-line session on RealBridge, with all players playing the same boards. The scores from both F2F and on-line will be merged to produce an overall result.

The success or otherwise of this hybrid session will help determine what should happen in the longer term on Tuesdays. Learn & Play on Wednesday afternoons will be F2F.

Although some bridge clubs are considering meeting later this month, the committee believes strongly that Stansfield should not resume F2F until given the go ahead by the powers that be.

Lastly, a very big thank you to everyone who took part in the survey. It made the job of the committee much easier.

LARGE RESPONSE TO KEY QUESTIONS

Club survey: your views

More than 100 members respond

Responses from members to the club's future post pandemic are in and provide plenty of food for thought.

The questions focused on what type of bridge the club should offer when 'normal times' return, Face to Face, online or a mixture of both, and when the club should meet - during the day and/or evening.

The survey was sent to 'established' members who played at the club prior to last March and, separately, to newer members who have joined in recent months and played online. A total of 109 replied out of a membership of 198.

The club's committee will study and discuss the findings in the forthcoming days.

Click on SURVEY to see the answers provided by 'established' members, and RESULT to see the responses from 'newer' members. Then Click on "Responses" at the top of the page.

LEARNING WITH DAVID BIRD

Following the success of the recent Andrew Robson lessons, Stansfield bridge club hosted a free event arranged by David Bird in conjuction with RealBridge.

David is the world's most prolific bridge author who has an amusing and entertaining way of explaining the complexiities of the game.

To see an explanation of the four interesting hands and watch a video in which David discusses two of them click on DavidBird

STANSFIELD TEAM WINS SUFFOLK EVENT

Some 'Reserves'!

Four club regulars who dubbed themselves the 'Stansfield Reserves' proved to be anything but when winning the Suffolk Club Teams of Four on Sunday.

Jayne & Susan and Caelia & Paddy saw off the best in the county to finish first ahead of sides from Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.

The event on RealBridge attracted 12 teams. A cracking result...and congratulations all round. Another reason to celebrate when 'normal times' return.

ANDREW ROBSON & REAL BRIDGE

The four sessions on RealBridge with Andrew Robson have been completed but Andrew's bridgdecasts and an explanation of the four topics are still available.

Here are the links fir the sessions, which offer an explanation of each topic and anlysis of all four hands:  WEAKS TWO   SPLINTERS   FOURTH SUIT FORCING   COUNTNG & CARD PLACEMENT

NOVA SCOTIA PLAYER JOINS

Stansfield goes international!

Steve Johnson has been a familair presence at the club over the past year - partnering his cousin, Pam Pope, who landed the Stansfield Handicap Pairs last year.

However, what members may not know is that Steve lives 2,895 miles away... in Nova Scotia.

Now he has become a member to give the club an international flavour.

Brought up in England, he moved to Canada when he was 20. 

ANDREW ROBSON FEATURES HAND FROM STANSFIELD IN THE TIMES

A hand played at Stansfield featured in the Andrew Robson bridge column in The Times recently.

Dave Walker submitted Board 14, played back in August, and asked the country's top player and teacher to check it out. "I’m very glad I did — fun and games were had by all," commented Andrew.

North-South had a combined tally of 19pts but, in theory, 7 was 'cold'. Several members bid 6. To read Andrew's column in full click on ROBSON

REGISTRATION FOR STANSFIELD BBO SESSIONS

Register your interest in playing Stansfield bridge club's duplicate sessions on Bridge Base Online

You only need to do this once - not for every event.

FORM
STANSFIELD H'CAP PAIRS 2020
Pam Pope & Heather Catling (above) pipped Kate Chapman & Sue Bentley

Heather Catling and Pam Pope who are regulars at Abbeygate won the third running of the Stansfield Handicap Pairs on Sunday from the mother and daugher combination of Sue Bentley & Kate Chapman of Heritage bridge club.

The outcome was a testament to the skills of the EBU handicapping system with 'top wieght' pair of Andre Gray and David Willson finishing with the highest overall score - but they were giving the best part of a 10% start to the pairs immediately behind them and up to 16% to some other partnerhships.

The event attrtacted 18 tables with entries from far away as Berkshire. To see the Handicap results, click on SCORES and then click on the Handicap Tab at the top to see the full handicap order

GETTING GOING ON BBO

Stansfield bridge club is now virtual with 'normal' Tuesday (4pm) and Thursday (7pm) sessions on Bridge Base Online (BBO)

Click on INSTRUCTIONS  to see how you join either event.

An increasing number of club members have set up an account with BBO, have a Username and have provided it to us.

Once you have given your BBO Username to us, there is no need to do it again.

The key BBO bits you need to know

For those who haven't set up an account and obtained  BBO Username, click on BBO for a YouTube clip explaining what to do. Click on TOUR to see how BBO works.

Click on $$$ to see how you deposit BB$s into your BBO account. Click on SELF-ALERTING to see who alerts a conventional bid and how to do it.

If you need any help at all, contact Richard who will point you in the right direction.

FUNBRIDGE

FunBridge club events on Tuesdays and Thursdays have proved invaluable over the past month but they will cease after this Thursday to make way for BBO sessions. However, there are still a variety of FunBrtidge games available on the site: the daily 5-board game and Suffolk's 28-board challenge on Wednesdays (see Suffolk Bridge website for more details)

OLD NEWS ITEMS CAN BE READ BY CLICKING ON NEWS ARCHIVE

THURSDAY: 15 TABLES
THURSDAY: 15 TABLES

Paul & Dave finished well clear of David & Elizabeth and third placed Tim & Phil.

Next action on Tuesday on BBO, starting at 4pm.

TUESDAY: 10 TABLES
TUESDAY: 10 TABLES

Richard & David won with something to spare from Gerry & Jan. Phil & Mike were third.

Next action is Members evening on Thursday (6.45 for 7pm) hosted by RealBridge.

FACE2FACE RETURN
FACE2FACE RETURN

The club committee met on Thursday and reviewed when we can resume Face2Face bridge in the village hall.

It will meet again on August 5, shortly after the EBU holds a Zoom meeting with clubs on restarting, when the picture should be much clearer.

While the committee is keen to resume Face2Face as soon as possible it believes it would be irresponsible to start prematurely. In particular, it does not see any advantage in resuming if there are still restrictions in place, for example, players being required to wear masks.

Calendar
Tue 27th Jul 2021
Tuesday Pairs
Bridge Base Online
3.45 for 4pm
Director: Paddy
Thu 29th Jul 2021
Thursday Pairs
RealBridge
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Paddy
Tue 3rd Aug 2021
Tuesday Pairs
Bridge Base Online
3.45 for 4pm
Director: Marcus
Thu 5th Aug 2021
Thursday Pairs
RealBridge
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Tue 10th Aug 2021
Tuesday Pairs
Bridge Base Online
3.45 for 4pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Thu 12th Aug 2021
Thursday Pairs
RealBridge
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Tue 17th Aug 2021
Tuesday Pairs
Bridge Base Online
3.45 for 4pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Thu 19th Aug 2021
Thursday Pairs
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Tue 24th Aug 2021
Tuesday Pairs
Bridge Base Online
3.45 for 4pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Thu 26th Aug 2021
Thursday Pairs
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Tue 31st Aug 2021
Tuesday Pairs
Bridge Base Online
3.45 for 4pm
Director: Richard & Paddy
Thu 2nd Sep 2021
Thursday Pairs
6.45 for 7pm
Director: Richard & Paddy