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Stretford Bridge Club
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20th Jun 2021 14:09 BST
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OUR SUNDAY AND MONDAY SESSIONS ARE PLAYED ON BBO

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, THURSDAY MORNING and FRIDAY EVENING SESSIONS NOW ON REALBRIDGE

COME AND JOIN US!

We're The Friendly Club!

 

One of the friendliest Bridge Clubs in Manchester

Tel 0161 865 2846 at session time.  

Alternatively, ring Club Secretary Dave Tilley on 07984 529673

Email us: stretfordbridge@gmail.com

 

Forthcoming Events

We currently run these regular Virtual Club Sessions (ON B.B.O. UNLESS IT SAYS REALBRIDGE)

Sunday Morning - 11:00 am  on  BBO

Open Session

Monday Afternoon 1:30 pm  on BBO

'Ten High' session for players with an NGS grade of ten or less

Monday Evening - 7:15 pm  on BBO

Open Session

Wednesday Afternoon - 1:30 pm on RealBridge

Open Session                     

Thursday morning - 10:30 am -  on RealBridge

Gentle Duplicate Session - with Zoom lesson before some sessions - see News items

Friday Evening - 7:15 pm - on Real Bridge

Open Session - Last Friday of Month Swiss Pairs!

We'll also be holding special charity and other events, see right for details.

Remember you can sign up anytime in the two hours before the session starts.

N.B. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR B.B.O. USERNAME REGISTERED WITH US BEFORE YOU CAN PLAY YOUR FIRST B.B.O. SESSION. 

TO PLAY IN REALBRIDGE SESSIONS - PLEASE SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS WEBSITE (A WORKING CAMERA AND MICROPHONE IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL)

Stretford Bridge Club Closed
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Our Club is currently closed until further notice

In line with Government Guidelines, the Club is currently closed and will remain so until advised it is safe to reopen.   

We ask all members to respect the national advice and protect yourselves by self-isolating and practising social distancing where you can. ..........

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Our Next Committee Meeting

To be arranged.

WELCOME
 
 
  Next Real Bridge Session

    Wednesday Afternoon    ♣ 

Wednesday 23rd June at 1:30 pm ON REAL BRIDGE 

Please be in the RB lobby by 1:20 pm

Click on the cards to join the session

If you need a partner, please contact Dave Tilley and we'll do our best to help!

  REOPENING THE CLUB

The members of the Committee have started to think about when it will be safe for the Club to reopen.  This week, the Government postponed the next lifting of restrictions due for next Monday, for a further four weeks until mid-July.

The Club places the safety of its members as our paramount importance and we will need to consider what we need to do to ensure that.  We will be circulating a survey during this week amongst our members to canvas opinions.  Please complete this to help us make our decisions.

Full details of our next steps will be on here as soon as we announce them.

  Some Sad News

We are sad to hear that Peter Shepherd, one of our stalwart members, passed away at the weekend after a long and brave fight against cancer.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and their family at this sad time.

  Our Next Random Teams' Night

On Tuesday 6 July, we will be holding our next Random teams night on RealBridge, starting at 7:15 pm.  

 You play with your partner, but random teams are drawn.

Please complete the form and click send to let us know you would like to play!  We'll do the rest.   Come and join us!

 

FORM
  The Stretford Salver

We finished our successful Festival of Bridge with a really exciting evening featuring our first Trophy event, the Stretford Shield.

The tournament was won literally on the last card with Brenda Begley and Nick Aves being pipped by Brian Irlam and Pam Cox.

Congratulations to Pam and Brian, commiserations to Brenda and Nick but also to everyone else who took part.  A fantastic evening!

  REALBRIDGE SESSIONS - LINK TO THE NEXT ONE!

Our next RealBridge Session will be our Wednesday Afternoon session, starting at 1:30pm.   (Please try and log in at least 15 minutes before the start).  

And ### FUTURE WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY SESSIONS WILL NOW ALSO BE ON REALBRIDGE ###

Before you play, we recommend you test your system to see if it is compatible HERE

To play in the session, click the playing cards in the post above.

If for any reason the above link doesn't work, please check our partner club sites at Warrington and Brierfield.

REAL BRIDGE HAS NOW MANAGED TO SOLVE ITS ISSUES WITH APPLE DEVICES AND YOU CAN NOW USE SAFARI OR CHROME AS YOUR BROWSER TO PLAY!

When you log on, it asks for your name (please enter in the normal format, e.g. Joe Bloggs - not your BBO login) and your number, if you have an EBU number type it in the box below your name; but if you can’t remember it, just type 888888 in the box.   if you don't know your EBU number, again contact us, we'll help.

Sit at a table - if your partner is already here, sit opposite them.  It doesn't matter whether you play N/S or E/W.

Remember that you can still play if you haven't got a camera or microphone, you can use chat to talk to opponents.

Away you go - it's that simple!

  Important!

From Monday 1st March, all evening sessions will start at 7:15 pm.  We need you to be logged in 15 mins beforehand, please.

We will always try to find you partners, but please give us as much notice as possible.  Recently one or two players have arrived in the last few minutes and expected us to find a partner.  It's not always easy.

  Keeping Your Eyes Safe Playing Online

Following feedback from players, we have decided to defer the option to have breaks in our sessions.   

Whilst our games are not governed by the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations it's worth thinking about the effects of playing in front of a computer screen for long periods.

  • Try to have good ambient light in the room when you are playing, either daylight or artificial light, but avoid strong reflections off your screen.
  • Whenever you can try to take your eyes off the screen and if possible focus on something further away such as out of a window. This could be when you’ve finished your round with a little time still on the clock or whilst you are dummy.
  • Try not to use such time to do other things on your screen such as checking emails.
  • Consider getting a pair of glasses set for computer or screen distance especially if it is different from your normal reading distance.
  • Stand up and move around whenever you can.  Short stretches are good for preventing cramps, etc.

If you need advice or support about this then feel free to contact us.  Email stretfordbridge@gmail.com if you have any comments or queries.  We can put you in touch with Norman Cope who is the IT Manager at one of our Clubs and is a retired optometrist.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe Playing Online
  Want to Learn Bridge or Refresh the Basics?
Want to Learn Bridge or Refresh the Basics?

We have been saying for some time we need to offer a course for people who want to take up bridge as a beginner, or who have already learned a little, but feel they need to review the basics.

Stretford Bridge Club is delighted to be able to recommend a new online course which starts on 20th January. The course tutor is the well-respected Jack Stocken, who has many years of experience of teaching bridge. You can find the details here Online Bridge Lessons with Jack Stocken - Yorkshire Bridge

The first two lessons are FREE and you do not need to submit any payment details. Although it starts very soon, don’t worry if you miss a class or can’t make a live class. The lesson will always be available in replay to view at any time to suit you.

Why not give it a try? If you like what you see, you can sign up for a batch of 4 lessons at £8 each, and you can cancel at any time.

  Thursday Zoom Lessons & Gentle Duplicate Session
We recently began running short refresher lessons before some of our gentle duplicate sessions.  These lessons are held using Zoom, and are well-attended and appreciated by all. We then play our normal duplicate session afterwards on the RealBridge platform (link above). The slides from each session will be found under the Teaching tab on the left.
 
We run the Zoom lessons every two weeks with the next one being on Thursday, February 4th at 09:45am and will be on the subject of Transfers, very useful in competitive bridge.  The session after the Zoom talk comprises hands designed to consolidate your understanding of what we are teaching.  Many of our members have joined those others from our partner clubs and are enjoying these short lessons. Feedback has been extremely positive and we must thank Jim from Warrington for writing and delivering these.   To join the Zoom lesson, contact the Club for the room access code.
 
You can join in the lesson without any obligation to play in the Gentle Duplicate, or you can play in the Gentle Duplicate on the RealBridge platform without attending the lesson - it is completely flexible, to suit whatever you prefer. If you do intend joining the lesson, please let us know beforehand, which helps with numbers etc, and please join the meeting at least five minutes before the 09:45 start. Please don't come along late, as new people joining once we've started can be quite disruptive for everyone else, and you may not be admitted.  There is a small charge of £1 per week to cover bridge system charges.
 
If you haven’t played in our Club before please send your username to stretfordbridge@gmail.com so he can add you to the database.  If you wish to join us, contact Dave who will send you a Zoom link to the room.
 
You can use Zoom either direct from your browser, or by installing the Zoom app on your device.  If you have never used Zoom before, there is plenty of help on line to get you started -just Google "Zoom" on your browser. It is completely free to use - no subscription necessary. If you need help with Zoom, feel free to contact Dave Tilley or Jim Steele and they will help you.  
 
We look forward to seeing you!  

 

  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (DUE 2020)

All our Members were balloted recently on this subject (by email or post, on 20th and 21st November 2020, with the close of voting being midnight on 12th December 2020).

Asked whether to hold our Annual General Meeting as soon as practicable (using an online platform such as Zoom), or to wait until a normal face-to-face A.G.M. could be held (timescale then unknown, with Officers and other Committee Members remaining in post until then).

The result, after counting and recounting, is a majority decision to wait until a face-to-face A.G.M. can be held.

With Covid-19 vaccines now coming online, this could be fairly soon, the date to be decided by the incumbent Committee.

Thank you for your replies.

 

The 22 votes were:      

3   Abstain           

3   Either     

11 Face-to-face            

5   Online

  Don Monks

It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Don Monks, one of our most popular members and our Treasurer at Stretford, passed away recently.

Don played most sessions at the Club and was one of the most friendly and keenest players at Stretford.  He was also a keen supporter of our MCBA and EBU bridge league matches.

Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened at his passing and we all send our thoughts and love to his family at this sad time.

  Virtual Bridge Club News
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Our Virtual Bridge Club between Stretford and our friends at Brierfield and Warrington Clubs is now almost 6 months old!.  The results from the latest session and details of our future sessions can be found on the right. ..........

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  Re-opening the Club
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A number of members have been asking about whether our club is likely to reopen in the near future.

A while back, the EBU issued some guidelines that you can read here.  Members of the Club Committee have had time to look at the information and the risk assessment that is contained in the post. We have concluded that at this point in time it is not safe and practicable to reopen the club.

Some examples of things we would need to do:

  • Distancing across a table at the moment would only be 60cm rather than even the 1m+ currently recommended;

  • Plastic screens would need to be placed across the table diagonally so each player would have their own section. ..........
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Results
Ten High Non Expert on BBO
Monday Evening On BBO
Sunday Session on BBO
Friday Evening on RealBridge
Zoom Lesson and Supervised Play
Wednesday Afternoon on RealBridge
Calendar
23rd Jun 2021
Wednesday Afternoon on RealBridge
13:30
RealBridge Login
24th Jun 2021
Supervised Play
10:30
25th Jun 2021
Friday Evening Swiss Pairs on RealBridge
19:30
27th Jun 2021
Sunday Session on BBO
11:00
28th Jun 2021
Ten High Non Expert on BBO
13:30
28th Jun 2021
Monday Evening On BBO
19:30
SUNDAY EVENING BRIDGE - TONIGHT

If you would like to play bridge on Sunday evening, Adam Wiseberg runs an IMPS session with cash prizes starting at 7:30 pm. If you would like to play visit the website:

Click here for the Adam Wiseberg Bridge Club

Improving Your Bridge!

Many of the country's top bridge teachers are offering free online live and video tutorials for free.  Local teacher Adam Wiseberg has his own You Tube channel (see above) and there are number of others to help you improve and develop your game:

John Stell - Lancashire

John is one of Lancashire's top bridge players and on Tuesday evenings he offers a live commentary using Zoom and BBO where four players from his club (Bury Athenaeum) play some hands and he provides a commentary on the bidding and play.  Aimed at improvers and beginners, it starts around 7pm and 10 hands are played.  You can see one of the sessions here.  There are some other instructional videos here.

Further information at https://www.stellar-bridge.co.uk

Mr Bridge - Bernard Magee

Popular Bridge personality Bernard Magee is streaming live bridge seminars on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.00 am on YouTube. Watch live and ask questions or comment during the event or catch up on past seminars. Visit the Mr Bridge site. for more details.

Andrew Robson Bridge 

Andrew is one of Britain's top players and has columns in the Times and other periodicals, as well as being the author of many best-selling books.  He is running video bridge lessons and seminars free of charge.  Details here.  

Yorkshire Bridge Online

Jack Stocken from Yorkshire runs a daily podcast on bridge, as well as live video lessons.  There is a charge for some of his material, details here.

Playing Bridge Online Guides

If you are thinking of having a try at playing online, Adam Wiseberg of Manchester County Bridge Association has produced some really helpful short YouTube videos.

How to Register at BBO                                             

How to Self-Alert

How to Play in the ACOL Players' Club on BBO        

How to direct chat to people on BBO

Adding Your Name to Your Profile                             

How to ask for Undo in Bidding

How to Change Your Settings                                   

How to Claim on BBO

How to Add Your Basic System to Your Profile     

How to Add Your Convention Card          NEW!

How to Create a Teams Match

How to Start a Table on BBO                                   

How to Kibitz (Watch a Game/match)     

How to use Chat Manager for Regular Messages     

How to Register to Play in one of our Tournaments    

 

There are also some excellent videos on these and more BBO topics (for example, setting up your convention card) at Berwick Bridge Club