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SUFFOLK V ESSEX

Suffolk enjoyed the best of the exchanges with Essex in their latest Eastern Counties League match on Sunday.

Although the A team lost, the B team maintained their unbeaten record while the C team rediscovered winning ways. To see all the results click on SUFFOLK

Click on REPORT to read county captain Rick Hanley's summary.

COUNTY MATCHES

Bravo the

B team

Suffolk has been on the wrong end of 2-1 defeats against Norfolk and Northants recently.

While the 'A' and 'C' teams lost in both matches, the 'B' team was victorious. To see the results, click on NORFOLK and NORTHANTS. To read county captain Rick Hanley's views click on REPORT

ANDREW ROBSON MASTER CLASS

Clare bridge club is hosting a Master Class by Andrew Robson at Lavenham village hall on Thursday 28 October (2-6pm)

For further details and how to book, click on ANDREW ROBSON

TEAMS PLATE WINNER

Congratulations to the winners of the Championship Teams Plate final, Mark Honess, Caroline Gemmell, Mike Bone & Brian Ellul, supported in an earlier round by Anne Wilmer.

HERTS & ESSEX WEEKEND

Herts & Essex Green Pointed weekends are always popular. The first one will be on 31 July and 1 August, on RealBridge.

For all the details, including entry, click on HERTS & ESSEX

ABBEYGATE PLATE WINNERS

Congratulations to the Clare Red team of Will & Angie Pavry, Jan Havard-Davies, Gerry Ford, John Hooper, David Goodliffe, John Symons and Joyce Wood who beat the excellent team from Heritage Coast by 43 IMPs in the Final and consequently win free entry to next year's event.

REAL BRIDGE GUIDE
REAL BRIDGE GUIDE

With an increasing number of clubs and counties staging events on RealBridge, which has built in video and sound, click on PLAYER GUIDE to see how the online platform works.

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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ON LINE BRIDGE IS THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN...

To enter online, click on AUTUMN PAIRS

AFTER 18 MONTHS WITH THEIR DOORS CLOSED…

County's clubs start up again

Ipswich Hosptials is the latest Suffolk club hoping to resume Face-to-Face bridge.

"We are looking to organise Open Pairs Face to Face bridge at Kesgrave War Memorial community centre on a regular basis for a few Monday evenings startng on 23 August," John Garbutt, said. The club is keen to hear from anyone interested in playing. They should contact Steve Parker by clicking on WISH2PLAY

"Currently a particular problem is whether players would require wearing of masks to be compulsory and whether this would take away from the social aspect of face to face bridge for some people. Your views in emailing Steve would be appreciated. Please reply if possible by 1 August so we can measure the extent of support," John added.

Meanwhile, both Frinton and Clacton clubs have both already staged F2F sessions. Hertiage resumes on August 4.

In addition, several other clubs are hoping to be back in business next month with Colchester re-opening on 7 September,  Stratford St Mary on 8 September and Stansfield on 9 September.

MEMBERS COUNTY SURVEY
MEMBERS COUNTY SURVEY

Bridge, like so much in the world, will never be the same again. Playing online, which has been a lifeline for so many for more than a year, will be part of the mix in future. But when 'normality' returns how much will we play online as opposed to Face2Face?

Your answers to a survey compiled by Suffolk Bridge will help determine the shape of bridge in the county for years to come. Please take just a few minutes to answer some questions which you can read by clicking SUFFOLK SURVEY

* A link for the survey has been emailed to all SCBA members. If for some reason you did not receive it, we may not have your correct email details so please click on EMAIL and send them to us.

EBU COUNTIES MEETING
EBU COUNTIES MEETING

'20%+ of clubs unlikely to re-open' - EBU survey

A significant number - possibly 20% or more - of bridge clubs are not expected to re-open post-pandemic, according to a survey of counties carried out by the English Bridge Union.

While Suffolk is one of only two counties (the other is Kent) who expects players numbers to increase, it is one of nine counties who is expecting more than a fifth of affiliated clubs will not re-open in 2021. Suffolk currently has 21 clubs affiliated to the EBU.

Details of the highly informative survey of counties were presented to the annual meeting of county chairmen by the EBU. To see the key points click on SURVEY.

To counter the expected decline in membership, the EBU has devised a marketing strategy which focuses on a country-wide drive to attract new players and new bridge teachers - based on collaboration between the EBU, counties and clubs. Click on MARKETING to see more.

After dire warnings 12 months ago about the state of EBU finances, a combination of government support and increased income from online bridge - particularly during the first quarter of 2021 - has rasied the hope the game's governing body will be close to break even over 2020/1 and 2021/2.

EAST ANGLIAN BRIDGE WEEKEND
Jeff Orton & David Morran, the top Suffolk pair and, below, the Swiss Teams winners, Franklin To, Paul Darby, Steven Dannell and Gabriel Ip.

The East Anglian Bridge Weekend attracted players from far and wide with the Swiss Pairs having 44 entrants and following a late tie up with Kent the Swiss Teams had 30 sides.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Nick Sandqvist & Nathalie Shashou from London. The top Suffolk pair were Jeff Orton & David Morran who tied for fourth spot.

Suffolk players did not trouble the judge in the Swiss Teams on Sunday but neighbouring Norfolk had much to cheer as Gabriel Ip & Franklin To and Paul Darby & Steve Dannell finished first.

The event was hosted by RealBridge. Jeff Orton, the event manager, performed miracles to ensure there was a decent turn out for the weekend - and thanks to Jacks Morcombe for directiing on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

The 2021 Suffolk Championship Teams has been won by David and Jenny Price, Chris Chambers and Chris Green. They played a 48 board final on BBO over two days against Team Moore (Andrew Moore, Tony Philpott, Jane Moore, Cleopatra Hensby). It was an incredibly close match!

They were just 1 imp up after eight boards, then they lost 4 imps on each of the next two stanzas, leaving them 7 imps down at the half way stage. They won 18 imps in the fourth stanza putting them 11 ahead, but then lost 10 imps in the 5th, giving them a lead of just 1 imp going into the last 8 boards. With three boards to go they were losing the match, but pulled back to win by 3 imps overall (80-77). See how you would have got on with some of the very interesting decisions from the match by clicking FINAL. To see the results for all teams in the competition click on CHAMPTEAMS2021

PHILLIP & ANNE WIN THE 'CLARET JUG'

Phillip & Anne Edwards are the first winners of the Bushby-Morecombe Trophy, named after the two Suffolk members who did so much to get online bridge going during the pandemic,

Their best 10 scores average of 62.86% was sufficient to narrowly beat the pairings of David Mathews & Helen Mason and Andy Higginson & Chris Kennedy who also averaged more than 62% during the competition staged online.

Click on CLARET to see the final table.for the period to end of March 2021.

STANSFIELD QUARTET LANDS TEAMS

Some 'Reserves'!

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

Jayne Hunnable & Susan Nisbett and Caelia Chandler & Paddy Lockwood 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.

Click on TEAMS to see all the scores

BAH HUMBUG WINNERS
BAH HUMBUG WINNERS

An online version of the Bah Humbug Pairs - complete with a stream of Christmas cracker 'jokes' - helped raise the spirits of bridge players around the county on Sunday.

The event attracted 42 pairs and the size of the field meant the number of prizes was doubled for what is intended to be one of Suffolk's more light hearted occasions.

The overall winners of the North-South section were Cathy Rowland & Din Gudka (top left) while May Li & John Gan (bottom left) topped the EW section.

Just as important, there were Handicap prizes for each section, based on a partnership's EBU NGS ratings.

Barbara & Geoff Marcoolyn (bottom right) were the top NS Handicap pair while Hugh & Jen Godfrey (top right) headed the EW group.

Click on SCORES to see the results (and then click on Handicap tab to see Hcp scores).

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

IN THE PAST...

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SUNDAY PAIRS SUMMER BREAK

The regular Online Suffolk Sunday Pairs will not take place in August - but will resume on 19 September.

I&K TEAM IN 'NICKO' QUARTER FINALS
I&K TEAM IN 'NICKO' QUARTER FINALS

A team representing Ipswich & Kesgrave is through to quarter finals of the National Inter Club Kinock Out (NICKO)

Malcolm Pryor & Peter Sutcliffe and Chris Chambers & Chris Green reached the last eight on Wednesday after a closely fought 24 board match against a team representing Mayfield.

I & K prevailed by 41-37.

EIGHTH ONLINE TEAMS LEAGUE UNDERWAY

The latest on line league for Teams of 4 is underway, with 25 teams playing in five divisions.

Results will be available by clicking on SUMMER. Final results from Season 7 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULT


Seven ‘Seasons.’ Five divisions of five or six teams. More than 350 matches. The Suffolk On-Line Teams League has now been going for over a year…And who were the winners? Click SOTL to find out.

Results
ECL Home v Essex
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
ECL Away v Northants
ECL Home v Norfolk
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
EABW Swiss Teams
EABW Swiss Pairs
AGM Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Club Teams of Four
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Suffolk Sunday Pairs (online)
Calendar
Sun 12th Sep 2021
Autumn Pairs
BBO 2.00pm
Sun 19th Sep 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7PM
Sun 26th Sep 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 17th Oct 2021
ECL Away v C & H
Sun 7th Nov 2021
Club Teams of Eight
Colchester 2.00pm
Sun 21st Nov 2021
ECL Away v Cambs Univ
Sun 9th Jan 2022
ECL Home v Beds
Sun 13th Feb 2022
ECL Away v Herts