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HANDICAP PAIRS

The Stansfield Handicap Pairs on Sunday 24 October (11am start) offers all players an equal chance of winning and is open to all players belonging to a Suffolk club affiliated to the EBU.

Your handicap is based on the NGS grades of a partnership so pairs with a higher grade give a percentage start to lower rated combinations.

There is a new twist to this year's renewal with entrants being given the choice of playing F2F at Stansfield or online at RealBridge. There will be a lunch break at approximately 1pm; please bring your own lunch if playing in Stansfield village hall.


 

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS 2021/2

The Suffolk Championship Teams competition for 2021/2 will be held online on BBO as a knock-out event. Teams losing their first match will be entered for the Plate, guaranteeing all entrants at least two matches.

Closing date for entries is the end of October and the draw will be published shortly afterwards.

For the entry form, click ENTRY 

KENT CONGRESS: OCTOBER 30-31

The KCBA's Swiss Pairs & Swiss Teams are being held online on RealBridge starting at 11am. 7 x 7 board matches with a break of approx 45 minutes after match 3. 'Really Easy' Pairs on the Saturday.

Please click here to enter online.

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)

Now fully booked.

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.

IS THERE AN IDEAL BRIDGE PLAYER?

Researchers at the University of Stirling are conducting focus groups with people aged 18 to 35 who have never played bridge (or at least not in the past five years). 

Participants will be invited to share their experiences of sports and related activities to test different ‘ideal types’ of bridge players – socialiser, competitor, self-improver, mind-gamer. The focus groups are fun and interactive and take approximately an hour to complete. If you have friends or family members that fit the profile, please encourage them to join the study. Findings will be used to develop a marketing strategy for bridge. To register interest, email: jordan.maclean1@stir.ac.uk.   

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

LEARNING BRIDGE FOR FREE

Chris Green and Jacks Morcombe are offering a host of new learning opportunities for beginneers and improvers this autumn - including a free online 'fast track' course starting next month and one hour seminars aimed at plugging knowledge gaps.

For all the details click JACKSandCHRIS

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AUTUMN OFFERINGS….ON LINE AND F2F
Helen Mason & David Mathews posted an excellent performance for the 'B' team

COUNTY'S 'B' TEAM EXCELS - AGAIN

Suffolk played Cambs & Hunts at the weekend and the end result was a familiar story with the 'B' team excelling while the 'A' and 'C' teams were on the wrong end of tough matches.

The 'B' team has now won its last four matches and with two matches remaining this season - against bottom placed Beadfordshire and top of the table Hertfordshire - there is much to play for.

To see all the scores and individual performances click on RESULT

Click on REPORT to read county captain Rick Hanley's reflections on the match

2021 CONGRESS ROUND-UP

The quality of the largerst field to contest the Suffolk Congress Pairs for years was underlined by victory going to Nevena Senior, one of England's top lady internationals, partnered by Stephen Fordham.

The country's flagship event attracted 37 tables for the opening Pairs day, about a third more than normal, with competitors coming from far and wide, including Ireland and Scotland.

Carol Smith from Aldeburgh, partnered by Jaak Kand, fared best of the local players in fifth spot in the final, followed closely by David Morran and Jeff Orton in sixth.

The Consolation final went to Fowzi Baroukh & Joe Eskinazi while Suffolk pair Pauline & Con Hanson won the Open final. All the results are available in the right hand column.


 

BEST BEHAVIOUR

AT BRIDGE

SCBA fully supports the regulations updated and published by the EBU earlier this year entitled “Best Behaviour at Bridge”. These regulations apply to all events run by SCBA and by EBU, and to all events run by affiliated clubs. You can find the details by clicking on BEST BEHAVIOUR

The first two sentences of the regulations show their intent well: Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment.

SCBA members are requested to call the Director to deal with any breaches which are spoiling their enjoyment of the game. The regulations apply to on-line games as well as Face to Face.

 


And it was a similar story on Sunday, when a team headed by England international Jason Hackett won the Swiss Teams with a winning margin equivalent to more than a match.

However, the Suffolk quartet of Caroline Gemmell & Mark Honess and Andre Gray & John Pearson finished an excellent second.

The Ascenders Prize was won by Julie & Ian Grant and Malcolm Burch & Jacqui Bellinger.

Jason Hackett & John Sansom

 

and Nick Stevens & Clive Owen

 

COLCHESTER BACK ONLINE

Colchester Bridge Club has been offering face-to-face bridge for the past five weeks but table numbers have been disappointingly low with an average of 3.5 tables per week. 

The Colchester Committee has decided, therefore, to temporarily cease face-to-face bridge and to return to online bridge on Tuesday evenings.  Online bridge using the BBO platform will commence again on Tuesday 19 October at 7pm

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 can be free.

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.

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CLUB TEAMS of 8
CLUB TEAMS of 8

The annual CLUB TEAMS OF 8 for the ABBEYGATE SHIELD will be played in Colchester (Highwoods CO4 9SR) on Sunday November 7 at 2.00pm (ends around 9.00pm). 

CANCELLED

Entry £60 per Team of 8. Tea & Coffee will be provided but please bring any food you require.

NINTH ONLINE TEAMS LEAGUE UNDERWAY

The latest on line league for teams of 4 is underway, with 24 teams playing in five divisions.Results will be available by clicking on AUTUMN. Final results from Season 8 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULTS


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.

I&K TEAM REACH 'NICKO' SEMI FINALS
I&K TEAM REACH 'NICKO' SEMI FINALS

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

Malcolm Pryor & Peter Sutcliffe and Chris Chambers & Chris Green reached the last four after a closely fought 32 board match against a team representing Leeds. To add to the drama, the match was tied going into the final board!

I & K prevailed by 6 IMPs. They face a team from Young Chelsea in the semifinal.

SUNDAY PAIRS RESUMES

The regular Online Suffolk Sunday Pairs is back after a summer break - every Sunday evening except when other County or Club flagship events are played. See Calendar below.

Results
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Congress Swiss Teams
Suffolk Congress Pairs Qualifier
Suffolk Congress Consolation Final
Suffolk Congress Open Final
Suffolk Congress Pairs Final
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Autumn Pairs
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)
Calendar
Sun 24th Oct 2021
Stansfield Handicap Pairs
Hybrid F2F & RealBridge 11am
Sun 31st Oct 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 7th Nov 2021
Club Teams of Eight
Colchester 2 pm
Sun 14th Nov 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 21st Nov 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 21st Nov 2021
ECL Away v Cambs Univ
Sun 28th Nov 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 5th Dec 2021
9-High Pairs
Nayland 11 am
Sun 12th Dec 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 19th Dec 2021
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Wed 29th Dec 2021
"Bah Humbug"
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 9th Jan 2022
ECL Home v Beds
Sun 16th Jan 2022
Mid Anglia Pairs
Woodbridge or Online 11 am
Sun 30th Jan 2022
Bury Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 6th Feb 2022
Championship Pairs Semi-final
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 13th Feb 2022
ECL Away v Herts
Sun 6th Mar 2022
Club Teams of Four
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 27th Mar 2022
NGS 9-High Pairs
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 10th Apr 2022
Championship Pairs Final
Nayland 11 am
Sun 8th May 2022
Clare Swiss Pairs
Lavenham 11 am