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GOLF BRIDGE DAY AT ALDEBURGH GC

 

A golf-bridge day organised by the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association will be staged at Aldeburgh golf course on Monday 17 October 2022

Aldeburgh is the outstanding golf course in Suffolk and is ranked in the top 100 in the country.

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The day will comprise 18 holes of foursomes, a two course lunch, 18 boards of bridge and tea. Prizes will be awarded to the overall winners of the golf and bridge.

Aldeburgh is able to accommodate up to 48 players. The cost will be £80 per player (£25 for Aldeburgh GC members). To enter click GOLF BRIDGE DAY


HERE - AT LAST!

It's been long overdue, but Suffolk Bridge now has its own Facebook  page.

The social networking site offers another way to advertise events and, in particullar, to reach non-bridge players who might be interested in learning the game.

To find the page, go to Facebook and search for Suffolk Bridge.

SUFFOLK v CAMBS & HUNTS

Suffolk produced a creditable performance recently againstt Cambs & Hunts, trtaditionally one of the stronger treams in the EasternCounties League, winning one and drawing one of the three contests.

Click on RICK HANLEY to read the captain's report and see if you can find the killer lead on three of the boards played.

ONLINE TEAMS WINNERS
ONLINE TEAMS WINNERS

The Malcolm Pryor Trophy, awarded to the winners of the Online Teams of Four, has been presented for the first time.

The winning Hanson team consisted of Pauline & Con (pictured with the trophy), Mike Bone, Brian Ellul, Eric Newman and Diane Whitley.

BRIDGE ARCHIVE
BRIDGE ARCHIVE

Suffolk Bridge now has a dedicated website for archive mateiral collected over more than 40 years, including winners of the county's main competitions.

Many thanks to Jill Tattersfield for compiling all the material and to Peter Bushby for makiing it publicly available by setting up the website. Click on ARCHIVE to see everything.

LEARNING BRIDGE
LEARNING BRIDGE

If you have friends who would like to learn bridge but are not sure how to go about it or where to go, ask them to email learnbridge@suffolkbridge.co.uk

NATIONWIDE EVENTS
Oxfordshire & Berks / Bucks are joining together in June 2022 to run online Green Pointed Events on RealBridge
Here are the details. Please click for Congress Brochure.
Saturday 18th June: Green pointed Swiss Pairs  11am     ENTRIES
Sunday 26th June:  Green Pointed Swiss Teams  11am   ENTRIES
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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HANDICAP PAIRS: where everyone has an equal chance

Handicap Pairs on 4 September

BBO - 11am start

Bridge is following the example set by golf and horseracing by embracing handicapped events where all players have an equal chance of success.

With bridge, a player's handicap is determined by their NGS grade. A pair's handicaps are combined and depending on their level of ability they either give or receive a percentage start from other players.

The National Handicap Pairs takes place on Sunday 4 September and Suffolk is running an online heat on BBO, starting at 11am. 30 boards will be played, with a break for lunch. The entry fee is BBO $6 per head.

Click HANDICAP to see the entry form.

SUFFOLK CONGRESS
SUFFOLK CONGRESS

THE SUFFOLK CONGRESS: 

Elmswell - Sunday 2 October

Swiss Pairs - 11am start

The Suffolk Congress will be a one day Swiss Pairs played Face 2 Face at Elmswell on Sunday 2 October, starting at 11am.

In a bridge world very different from the pre-pandemic era, the county committee decided a traditional two day event at Felixstowe was not a viable option

The day's bridge will comnprise seven 7-board rounds, with Rob Sassoon directing. The cost, including a quality snack lunch, is £25 per person.

To enter, please click SUFFOLK CONGRESS

AMAZING RESPONSE TO DEBEN PROJECT

190+ sign up for lessons in libraries

Ipswich and Haverhill latest to offer courses

The Deben Project, involving teaching bridge to beginners in libraries across Suffolk, is surpassing all expectations with more than 190 people having signed up - and applications stlll coming in.

The first lessons have started at Woodbridge library. Courses will begin over the coming weeks in Framlingham, Aldeburgh and Southwold. In total 90 will be attending.

The response in the Bury St Edmunds area has been equally remarkable with 100 applicants. As a result, two sessions a week are planned for September in Bury library, with a third starting in the New Year, and another class at Thurston. There will also be courses at Haverhill, Ipswich and, possibly, Sudbury.

Richard Evans, the Suffolk chairman, said: "The response has exceeded the most optimistic expectations. Despite the woes confronting bridge at the moment, there is no shortage of people wishing to learn the game."

If you know of anyone wishing to take up bridge please ask them to email learnbridge@suffolkbridge.co.uk

COURSE START DATES + DAYS & TIMES

WOODBRIDGE  6 June. Mon 2-4pm

FRAMLINGHAM 6 July. Wed 6.30-8.30pm

ALDEBURGH 3 Sept. Sat 3-5pm

THURSTON 7 Sept. Wed 1.30-3..30pm

BURY ST EDMUNDS 19 Sept. Mon 10am-12noon & 2-4pm

IPSWICH 26 Sept. Mon 3pm

Online course: 29 Sept. Thurs 7pm

HAVERHILL 9 Oct. Sun 1.30-3.30pm

AFTER AN 800 DAY ABSENCE
AFTER AN 800 DAY ABSENCE

Bridge lunch is county's first F2F event

After a very long absence, players from around Suffolk met face2face for the frist time at a bridge lunch held in Elmswell on Wednesday

In many cases, players had not seen other competitors since before the pandemic.

With a free glass of champagne to kick off proceedings, there was plenty of chatter and laughter over lunch before everyone sat down for 24 - yes 24! - boards.

In the circumstances, the result was secondary to the occasion. But top marks to (pictured left to right above) Dorothy & Alaric Cundy from Stowmarket who won overall and to Patsi Barnes & Joan Watson who topped the Handicap.

And a big thank you to Jill Tattersfield for making the day happen.

COUNTY AND CLUBS FACE BIG CHALLENGES - AGM

Online bridge has fundamentally changed the game's landscape at club, county and national level, Malcolm Pryor, said in his valedictory speech as chairman of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association on Sunday.

Many players now looked to play a mix of online and face to face bridge and that posed challenges and opportunities for Suffolk and its clubs, he told the association's AGM. (Click on MALCOLM to read his summary or PRYOR to read the full report)

His warning came as the Swiss Pairs at the East Anglian bridge weekend was restructured due to lack of support - only a fortnight after the Clare Swiss Pairs was scrapped for the same reason. The AGM Pairs, which followed the annual meeting, attracted only 13 pairs online. The winners were Con & Pauline Hanson.

Richard Evans, the new SCBA chairman, said: 'The pre-Covid bridge 'model' of everyone going to their local club and sufficient numbers being prepared to travel around Suffolk to play in county organised events is broken, possibly irrevocably. We are acutely aware of the changing landscape which is happening all over the country."

Four new members were elected to the SCBA committee: (l-r) Kate Chapman, Tim Evans, David Unwin (who takes over from Roger Tattersfield as Treasurer), and Paul MacLachlan.

COUNTY AND CLUBS FACE BIG CHALLENGES - AGM
BORING...BUT 'IMPORTANT'

All bridge players who are members of an affiliated club have their own EBU page - which may come as a surprise to some.

'My EBU' is a place where, if you are so minded, you can check your masterpoints and NGS records, book events, modify your account details and carry out other bits of bridgey administration.

"It is important that members can access the My EBU area," says the EBU, "and we are aware that some cannot, either because we do not have the right email address, or it is blank. We would like to encourage you to contact your members to make sure they can access My EBU"

So that's what we are doing. To access your EBU page click on MY EBU.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Eric & Diane win Suffolk Pairs final

Eric Newman & Diane Whitley (left) won the final of the Suffolk Pairs Championship on Sunday from Bill Tweddell & John Wilmott (centre) and Tony Philpott & Andrew Moore.

When the dust had setteled after a 42 board all-play-all event, the top five pairs had pulled clear of their nearest rivals. The first three pairs will now represent the county in the final of the national Corwen trophy.

For the first time in many years - perhaps ever - the pairs final failed to attract a full field. A sign of the times?

To see all the scores click on FINAL

EVEN THE DARKEST CLOUD...

Deben's generous parting gift

Sadly, Deben bridge club is no more due to a dwindling attendance exacerbated by the pandemic. However, their name will very much live on thanks to a generous parting gift to Suffolk bridge.

The club has handed over the money it held in the bank plus the proceeds from the sale of equipment - a total of £2,964 - to the SCBA with the intention it should be used constructively to encourage more people to play the game.

Bim Wilson, Michael Bizzey, the club treasurer, and Sam Wilson (pictured above) presented the cheque recently to Richard Evans, the association vice chairman,

"Obviously it is sad when a club has to close but the generosity of Deben means something very positive can emerge," Richard said. "The Suffolk committee will be discussing the 'Deben Project' next month to see the best way to generate more bridge players in the county and thereby support smaller clubs who are struggling."

DIMMIE FLEMING AWARD

First Suffolk player to be honoured by the English Bridge Union

Malcolm Carey, a founding father of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association, has been honoured by the English Bridge Union for his outstanding contribution to the game in the county and beyond.

The Dimmie Fleming Award is reserved for a select band of players and administrators, and is a public recognition of all they have done for bridge over a number of decades. The award was announced at the EBU's online annual general meeting.

Malcolm suggested the creation of a Suffolk association in 1978 and following its formation a few months later he has been a key member for more than 40 years, most notably as the county's chief tournament director, a position he held for 32 years.

As well as directing in Suffolk, his talents were regularly in demand in other counties, Jersey and Guernsey, and abroad - including Kenya, Tobago, Spain, Malta, Israel and Egypt.

Malcolm Pryor, the chairman of the SCBA, said: "Malcolm is the first person on the SCBA committee to have received this award and it is thoroughly deserved. Malcolm has been a driving force behind the development of Suffolk bridge from the county's foundation in 1979 through to the present day and the county owes him a huge debt of gratitude for his many years of dedicated service."

Click on MALCOLM to read a tribute by Phillip Edwards, and a report in the Ipswich Evening Star.

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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SUFFOLK AUTUMN FESTIVAL
SUFFOLK AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Join us at Elmswell on Sunday 11 September for the Suffolk Autumn Festival.

It's a Bridge Day for EVERYONE!

Trophies in FIVE categories - Men's Pairs, Ladies' Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Veterans' (70+) Pairs plus a Handicap prize.

It's a two session Matchpoint Pairs event complete with Sandwich Lunch for just £16/head.

Please arrive by 10.45am for 11.00am start of play.

Click on AUTUMN for the entry form.

ROBSON MASTERCLASS
ROBSON MASTERCLASS

Andrew Robson is back with another Masterclass - 2pm on Thursday November 3 at Assington Village Hall.

Click FLYER for full details and ROBSON for the application form for tickets - £40/head including finger food and a glass of wine.

Apply now as the event is limited to 15 tables.

WOODBRIDGE MID ANGLIA PAIRS
WOODBRIDGE MID ANGLIA PAIRS

A clear win for Simon Riley & Jaroslaw Grochowski and a very enjoyable day for everyone who played.

Click on RESULTS for all the details.

SUFFOLK ONLINE TEAMS OF FOUR: SEASON 11

The latest on line league for teams of 4 is underway, with 29 teams playing in six divisions.

Results will be available by clicking on SPRING. Final results from Season 10 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULTS

LOCAL BRIDGE
LOCAL BRIDGE

With more clubs opening their doors, and some also offering teaching and learn & play classes, click on BRIDGE IN SUFFOLK to find out what is available.

While every attempt has been made to ensure the information is accurate, please let us know of any omissions or corrections by clicking EmailSuffolk

FANCY REPRESENTING SUFFOLK?

Following a successful (!) and enjoyable friendly match against Essex recently, a repeat is being planned - and the county is looking for more players to take part.

If you and your partner would like to represent the county, particularly if you have never done so before, please contact Jill Tattersfield (tattersfield632@btinternet.com)who is organising the match.

Results
ECL home v Cambs & Hunts
Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs
Bridge with Lunch
EABW Swiss Teams
AGM Pairs
ECL home v Northants
Championship Pairs Final
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Championship Pairs Semi-final
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Sunday Pairs incorporating Championship Pairs Heat
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
ECL Home v Beds
Sunday Pairs incorporating Championship Pairs Heat
Calendar
Sun 4th Sep 2022
EBU Handicap Pairs
BBO online 11.00am
Sun 11th Sep 2022
Autumn Festival
Elmswell 11 am
Sun 2nd Oct 2022
Suffolk Congress Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 11am
Sun 16th Oct 2022
ECL away v Cambridge University
Mon 17th Oct 2022
Golf & Bridge @ Aldeburgh
Sat 19th Nov 2022
Club Teams of 8
Colchester 2 pm
Sun 4th Dec 2022
NGS 9-High Pairs
Nayland 11 am
Sun 11th Dec 2022
ECL away v Beds
Fri 30th Dec 2022
Bah Humbug
Elmswell 11am
Sun 22nd Jan 2023
ECL home v Herts
Sun 26th Feb 2023
ECL away v Norfolk