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SUFFOLK SUCCESSES

County players have been involved in a variety of matches recently - inlcuding a local 'derby' against Norfolk. Rick Hanley, the Suffolk captain, reports on how the county fared. Click on CAPTAIN'S LOG to read more.

AGM PAIRS
John Pearson & Carol Smith were the impressive winners of the Senior Pairs played on BridgeBaseOnline on Friday. They finished more than 7% clear of the next pair, David & Jenny Price (below), who won the Veterans Prize. 32 pairs took part. To see all the scores, click on SENIORS
RELAXED SUPERVISED PLAY ONLINE

A brilliant idea from English Bridge Educatiuon & Development (EBED) - and a must for any aspiring player who wants to improve their game.

EBED has launched relaxed supported play sessions - 12 boards taken from their hand banks together with commentary.

Play is 10 mins per board and players can ask questions. There is a Zoom meeting afterwards for students to ask questions on the hands or BBO.

Restricted to NGS 6 and below - all students welcome. Wednesdays and Fridays 2pm. $3 per session. If you want to know more click on LEARN

HOW TO FIND THE BEST OPENING LEAD

Rick Hanley reviews Marty Bergen’s new online audio-visual lesson.

Click on REVIEW to read more

WEBMASTERS

Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.

If you would like to publicise a forthcoming event or submit a news item for this website click Richard or Paul

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GREEN POINTED "FELIXSTOWE" CONGRESS ON BBO
GREEN POINTED

Suffolk Congress 2020 Online  (formerly Felixstowe Congress)

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October 2020

For obvious reasons we are unable to hold our annual County Congress live this year, but it will be run online instead using the Bridge Base Online (BBO) platform and as far as possible it will replicate the traditional format:-

Friday 2nd October:  Relaxed Pairs 19:00 to 22:00 – 20 boards played at a leisurely pace for novices and less experienced players, with written hand commentary. Click on RELAXED and complete the online entry form.

Saturday 3rd October:  Pairs, with qualifying in the first session (10:00 to 13:00) followed by finals in the afternnon (14:30 to 18:00).  Green Pointed. Click on PAIRS and complete the online entry form.

Sunday 4th October:  Swiss Teams. 6 x 8 board matches (10:00 to 13:20 and 15:00 to 18:20).  Green Pointed. Click on TEAMS and complete the online entry form.

To see all the details about the events over the weekend click on ONLINE If you have any questions email the organisers by clicking on CONGRESS

Players must be registered with BBO; this is very simple to do but help is available from SCBA if necessary.

DON'T PLAY INCOGNITO

Are you lurking in the shadows when playing Suffolk bridge events online - without revealing your true identity?

If so, do the decent thing and complete your profile on BBO and disclose your real name - otherwise you may be unable to play in events run by the county.

The vast majority of players either introduce themselves at the start of each round and/or have completed a BBO profile detailing who they are and what system they play.

The Suffolk bridge committee agreed on Thursday that players should not be allowed to play incognito and if they repeatedly ignore requests to dislcose their true identity they will be banned from competitions organised by the county.

If you have not completed a profile on BBO, log in, click on Account, then Profile and add your first name and surname. While you are there click on Convention Cards and detail your system.

SUFFOLK PRIDE
SUFFOLK PRIDE

Outgoing chairman hails Suffolk bridge's response to crisis

At the county's recent Annual General Meeting - conducted via Zoom - Jeff Orton paid tribute to the remarkable way Suffolk bridge had responded to the Covid 19 crisis.

In a valedictory speech after serving as chairman of the SCBA for eight years, he highlighted the role played by Jacks Morcombe, Peter Bushby and other 'talents' which resulted in regular online bridge and the establishment of virtual clubs.

"We have all been faced with a very difficult situation, unprecedented in most of our memories, but as an Assocaition we can be proud of the way we've responded," he told the AGM attended by more than 60 members.

Such was the success, the EBU asked Suffolk to lead a web seminar for other counties to demonstrate how it managed the roll out of bridge on the internet. "To be showcased by the EBU as an example of best practice is a great accolade to Suffolk."

To read all Jeff's speech, click on REPORT. To see the prize winners for 2019-20 click on WINNERS.

PLAYING BRIDGE ONLINE
PLAYING BRIDGE ONLINE

Never played bridge on-line - and intimidated by what's involved? Don't be!

An A-B-C guide to playing bridge at BridgeBaseOnline (BBO) which covers the most basic points - how to get started, how to join a game - has been created for Suffolk Bridge by Peter Bushby, and even includes some very fancy film clips.

The big advantage of playing on BBO is that you can partner a real person (for example, your regular partner) - rather than a robot - and it's free.

So with no prospect of any club bridge for at least three months and probably longer don't feel left out...just click on HOW TO PLAY BRIDGE ON LINE.

In addition to the basics, the comprehensive guide also shows how you can enter Suffolk's regular Sunday evening duplicate, how to play a match between two teams of four, and much more besides.

The EBU has also produced a guide on how to play on BBO. Click on EBU to see.

WEEKLY SUFFOLK CHALLENGE ON WEDNESDAYS
WEEKLY SUFFOLK CHALLENGE ON WEDNESDAYS

A 28-board Suffolk FunBridge Pairs Challenge is taking place every week.

The competition will be open from 10am to 10pm every Wednesday to any FunBridge player in Suffolk. As usual on FunBridge a (very good!) robot will be your partner.

The event will be password protected. Click on PAIRS and a password will be sent to you.

To find the challenge, click on the Get Started/Practise tab, then click Exclusive Tournaments. Type Suffolk FunBridge Pairs into the View all Tournaments space.


Daily five board competiton for FunBridge players in Suffolk

The event is aimed at the growing FunBridge community in the county - and those who would like to give it a try.

Amanda Roberts who plays at Stansfield, Abbeygate, Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, came up with the idea.

The name of the competition is Suffolk Bridge Clubs, which can be found in Exclusive Tournaments via the orange Get started/Practise tab.

If you are interested but have not played on the site before go to https://www.funbridge.com

BRIDGE CLUB LIVE
BRIDGE CLUB LIVE

In addition to BBO and FunBridge, Bridge Club Live is an online favourite with many players. To find out more click on https://www.bridgeclublive.com

GOLF-BRIDGE DAY CANCELLED

Suffolk bridge-golf day at Flempton OFF

Sadly, the first county wide bridge-golf day planned at Flempton golf club in October has been cancelled.

While golf courses are likely to open soon, the changes fo being able to play bridge afterwards in the clubhouse are remote.

IN THE PAST...

To see older items please click on NEWS ARCHIVE

SUNDAY PAIRS COMPETITON

To enter Suffolk's regular BBO online pairs competitions on Sunday evening (7pm start), click on ENTER

NEW SUMMER LEAGUE UNDERWAY

The latest Online Summer League Teams of 4 is underway - with 25 teams taking part in four divisions.

Results will be available by clicking on SUMMER

To see the results for May/June click on FINAL PLACINGS Click on WINNERS to see which team topped each division

CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS CANCELLED

Given that there is now no prospect of being able to hold a face to face final in the medium term your Committee has made the difficult, but perhaps not unexpected, decision to abort the 2019/20 Suffolk Championship Pairs. A decision on the format and timing for the 2020/21 event will be made later in the year.

Results
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Seniors Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
AGM Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Relaxed Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Calendar
Sun 16th Aug 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 23rd Aug 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 23rd Aug 2020
Suffolk v. Essex
CANCELLED
Sun 30th Aug 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 6th Sep 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 13th Sep 2020
Suffolk Autumn Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sat 19th Sep 2020
Essex & Herts Congress
CANCELLED
Sun 20th Sep 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 20th Sep 2020
Essex & Herts Congress
CANCELLED
Sun 20th Sep 2020
Suffolk v. Cambs & Hunts (a)
CANCELLED
Sun 27th Sep 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Thu 1st Oct 2020
Suffolk Championship Pairs - club heat during the month
in clubs
Fri 2nd Oct 2020
Suffolk Congress - Relaxed Teams
Online
time to be confirmed
Sat 3rd Oct 2020
Suffolk Congress - Pairs
Online
time to be confirmed
Sun 4th Oct 2020
Suffolk Congress - Swiss Teams
Online
time to be confirmed
Sun 11th Oct 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 18th Oct 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 25th Oct 2020
Stansfield Handicap Pairs
Stansfield village hall - CO10 8LW 11am
Sun 1st Nov 2020
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
BBO 7PM
Sun 8th Nov 2020
Club Teams of 8
Colchester - CO4 9SR 2pm