Suffolk Contract Bridge Association
CAPTAIN'S LOG

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Click on Captain's Log to see analysis by the County Captain, Paul Whetton, of some interesting hands played by Suffolk teams in the National online Teams League.

And click on ECL to see his report on the latest Eastern Counties League match.

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RAISING THE BAR
RAISING THE BAR

 

Paul Whetton has been appointed Suffolk captain and is using his new role to offer a series of articles aimed at players who represent the county, or aspire to do so - but should help us all improve our game.

Paul's aim is to raise the level of performance by Suffolk players and he explains the thinking behind his approach in his first article. Click on BAR to read it.

All Paul's columns are available by clicking on Raising the Bar in the menu above. The latest one is entitled Cross-ruffing.

EVEN MORE MARMITE!
EVEN MORE MARMITE!

In a sequel to Marc Chawner's popular compilation of no-trump hands and how to play them, click on SUIT PLAY BY DECLARER, and  BBO, to see how BBO robots played these hands (clever!) To complete the trilogy, Marc has produced a comprehensive article on defence. Click on DEFENCE to read.

Now, in yet another part, Marc has looked at the maths of bridge in his article Know Your Percentages. Click on PERCENTAGES to read.

There is plenty for players of all abilities in the above. Thanks once again to Marc.

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

To find a teacher in your area click on BRIDGE TEACHERS

FACEBOOK

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 particular, 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.

BRIDGE ARCHIVE

Suffolk Bridge now has a dedicated website for archive material 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.

WEBMASTERS

Paul Rickard and Pam Pope 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, please click Paul or Pam.

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CAFE BRIDGE

 

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Now open for registration

Suffolk Bridge in association with Victor Lesk is holding an inaugural Café Bridge event in aid of the ‘St Nicholas Hospice Care’ charity on Thursday 19th September in Bury St Edmunds town centre. The event will run between 10.15 and 15.45 and will be held across the following venues.

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This promises to be a fun day playing relaxed Bridge in a social setting in Cafés and Restaurants in the town centre, moving between them after each round, with a light lunch included in the entrance fee of £30. St Nicholas Hospice Care will receive 50% of your entrance fee.

Please click Café Bridge to register. Note that we need as many players as possible with a Smartphone who are willing to download and use the Free BriAn Bridge Client App to enter the scores as North. Please tick the appropriate box on the registration page.

Details on how to download this App; the bespoke lunch menus; and your starting Restaurant/Café will be emailed to you nearer the time, with an opportunity to state your preferred venue for lunch and menu selection, which we will do our best to accommodate. Movement cards and a map of the location of each venue will be provided on the day.

WOODBRIDGE MID ANGLIA PAIRS
WOODBRIDGE MID ANGLIA PAIRS

Congratulations to Dave Walker and Sue Smith - Winners of the Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs.

Thanks to Rob Richardson for directing and to Woodbridge Bridge Club for hosting.

Click SCORES for all the results.

SUMMER SWISS PAIRS
SUMMER SWISS PAIRS

Suffolk Bridge is hosting a new Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs event of 36 boards at the Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell (IP30 9UH) on Sunday July 28, 2024.

Play will start at 11am and is expected to finish by 4pm

Not familiar with Swiss Pairs events? You will play six 6-board rounds – the first against a random pair but subsequent rounds against a pair close to you in the event rankings (#1 vs #2, #3 vs #4 etc, but never playing the same opponents twice)

Entry fee is just £12/head.

Refreshments are included but please bring your own lunch.

Prizes for the winning pair and highest ranked NGS 9-High pair.

Click HERE for the entry form

SPOTLIGHT

Click ABBEYGATE or CAVENDISH for the Club's website and more information.

HOSPICE BRIDGE

Friday 18th October at the Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell IP30 9UH

1:15 for a prompt start at 1:30

About 18 boards at a gentle pace, with a break for a delicious home made tea, fabulous raffle prizes

Click here for a printable entry form

Click here to send a message to Bridget  

ZEB STOCKEN AT HINTLESHAM HALL
ZEB STOCKEN AT HINTLESHAM HALL

Seventy-two players enjoyed an entertaining day with bridge teacher Zeb Stocken at Hintlesham Hall, including an excellent buffet lunch, with topics including slam bidding and planning your play.

SUFFOLK SUCCESS IN SENIOR TEAMS TRIAL
SUFFOLK SUCCESS IN SENIOR TEAMS TRIAL

The Senior Teams Trial for The World Bridge Games took place from the 8th -9th June at West Midlands Bridge Club.

Congratulations to Malcolm Pryor (pictured 2nd from the left) and his team who will now represent England at The World Bridge Games in Buenos Aires. Suffolk is Malcolm’s county of affiliation despite moving to the West Country, and runs the Suffolk On-line Teams of Four League.

SUFFOLK BRIDGE AGM

The Suffolk Bridge AGM was held at Elmswell on Sunday May 12.

The new Executive Committee was elected as proposed. Click COMMITTEE to see who now represents you.

The AGM Pairs event was won by Jill & Roger Tattersfield (on left, with the Director, Paul) with the Handicap prize going to Paul & Chris Rickard (on right). Click RESULTS to see all the scores.

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS FINAL

Rick Hanley's team (Rick Hanley, Michael Sherer, Chris Chambers, Chris Green, Malcolm Pryor, Peter Sutcliffe) have won the 2024 Suffolk Championship Teams of Four with a 35 IMP victory in the 40 board final over Jenny Price's team (Jenny Price, Norbert Voelker, Tony Philpott, Nigel Bardsley).    Team Hanley got off to a fast start and led by 39 IMPS after 16 boards.  Team Price then made an excellent comeback and led by 2 IMPS with 10 boards remaining.  However, a strong final 10 boards by Team Hanley secured their 2nd successive victory in this event.

CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS WINNERS

The Championship Pairs Final was held at The Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell on Sunday 21st April. 26 pairs took part in a close fought 50 board marathon, eventually won by Bury St Edmunds and Abbeygate Bridge Club members Tim Evans and Chris Park.  

The runners up were Richard Evans and John Bloomfield, Roger and Jill Tattersfield third and Guy Lesser and Mike O'Reilly taking fourth place. Barely 2 percentage points separated the top four pairs.

The full results can be seen by clicking on Championship Pairs Result. Thanks to Rob Richardson for directing and scoring

WOODBRIDGE WIN CLUB TEAMS OF FOUR
WOODBRIDGE WIN CLUB TEAMS OF FOUR

The SCBA Club Teams of Four event was held at the Blackbourne Community Centre, Elmswell, on Sunday the 24th of March with a record entry of 23 teams. The event was closely contested with only six points between the first three places.

In first position was the Woodbridge team of Dave Walker & John Skinner playing with Humphrey Carey & Clive Rowe with a score of +81 IMPS.

In second place (pictured below) was the Stowmarket team of Brian Pinson & Paul Wilcox playing with Bim & Sam Wilson scoring +76 IMPS and in third place were the Stratford St Mary team of Debbie & Martin Burwood playing with Derek & Rita Brinkley.

Congratulations to them all.

The Director/Scorer was Rob Richardson, boards were provided by Paul Rickard and the Event Manager was Tim Evans.

Click RESULTS to see all the scores.

SUFFOLK C TEAM FINISH AS RUNNERS-UP IN FINAL ECL TABLE

Captain’s Report by Rick Hanley

Suffolk v Northants 17th March 2024

Overall, the Suffolk team put up a good performance in the final match of the 23/24 ECL season.  Sadly, the A team lost by 14-6.  However, unlike the Welsh rugby team the previous day, they secured enough points to avoid the wooden spoon.  The B team won by 12-8, due in part to a fine card from Caroline and Mark. 

The main focus, however, was on the C team who needed an 18-2 win to finish top of the table. Unfortunately, the Northants C Team won their division last season and went on to win the national C Team championship.  So, the C team did well to achieve a 13-7 victory. Chris and Andy were the best performers with an excellent card.  The C Team should be very proud of a great season winning 5 of their 6 matches and achieving what I believe is the best ever finish by a Suffolk C Team.

I found board 20 to be the most interesting deal in Sunday’s match (see below).

After my right-hand opponent had opened and rebid spades, I found it difficult to communicate the strength of my hand to my partner and played in 3D. I was disappointed when dummy went down and we had a combined 26 count. Others played in 3NT and several made it when unaccountably a spade was not led. Bill and John did lead a spade and John made the excellent play of the queen of spades preserving communication with partner. When Bill won the ace of hearts, he could return a spade to defeat the contract. Shame on you to all those who not lead a spade! I was surprised that RealBridge claimed that 3NT can be made even if a spade is led. I cannot see how this can be done but if anyone has the answer, please let me know.

As you will know, this was my final match as captain. I have enjoyed every minute. The only match I missed during my tenure was the very first one in July 2017 when I had tickets for the Wimbledon final and witnessed Roger Federer’s last victory in the championship.  I would like to pay tribute to Richard Evans who I believe has played in all the matches when I was captain.  I wish my successor (Paul Whetton) all the best for the future of the Suffolk Team.  Finally, I will offer some advice for the future.  Paul has written some articles on the SCBA website advocating a 5 card major system in preference to a 4 card major system.  As someone who has played 5 card majors for the last 25 years I would not disagree.  However, it seems to me that some of the Suffolk team play a sub-optimal version.  In particular I recommend the 2 over 1 system in preference to standard American.  2 over 1 has really taken over amongst the top players in the UK and the USA.  If you want to learn more about 2 over 1 then I suggest you purchase a copy of Andrew Robson’s excellent new book ‘Strong and Fives’. In it he outlines a very logical rationale for the 2 over 1 system and suggests some other conventions that it is best to incorporate within a 5 card major system.

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NEWS ARCHIVE

FREE ONLINE LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS

Complete Beginners: click HERE to access nine free online lessons with Jack Stocken, one of the UK's most popular Bridge teachers. No need to register or download anything, just enjoy the lessons. The free lessons come with a detailed worksheet and a link to enable beginners to play mini bridge online (on BBO). After a while, online students will then be able to start improver lessons or visit their local Bridge Club to practice.

It would be lovely to bring in more beginners to this wonderful game and so Jack Stocken is delighted to gift a course of nine recorded online Acol beginner lessons to any potential beginners. Students do not have to register nor pay for these lessons, just go to the LearnBridgeOnline.com website and click on the lesson!

A list of local Bridge teachers can be found HERE.

AUTUMN FESTIVAL
AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Sunday September 8, 2024 … 11am to 4pm

30+ boards of Face-to-Face Bridge at Elmswell

Trophies for Men’s Pairs, Ladies’ Pairs, Mixed Pairs & Veterans (70+), with a Handicap Prize, too

£20/pair entry fee

Please bring your own Lunch

Click ENTRY to see entry form

RICHARD EVANS RECEIVES BEM
RICHARD EVANS RECEIVES BEM

Congratulations to Richard Evans who was awarded the British Empire Medal for services in the community in the King's Birthday Honours

With his late wife Mary he set up Stansfield Bridge Club in 2007, which quickly became and remains one of the largest bridge clubs in the county.  In 2007, he started teaching bridge full time and has taught more than 1,000 people to play the game.

The full article can be accessed here

9-HIGH IN CAMBRIDGE

Cambs & Hunts are holding a 9-High event at Fulbourn, near Cambridge, on Saturday September 28.

The event is open to players with NGS 9 or below AND to all non-EBU members.

For full details and the entry form, click CAMBRIDGE.

 

ONLINE TEAMS LEAGUE UNDERWAY

The latest Suffolk On Line Teams League, Season 17, is underway, with 27 teams playing in 5 divisions. Results will be available by clicking on SPRING. Final results from Season 16 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULTS.

TEAMS LEAGUE ANNUAL TROPHY

Each year the Malcolm Pryor Trophy is awarded in May for performance in the Suffolk On Line Teams League over the previous year. The 2024 winners are Malcolm Pryor, Chris Chambers, Chris Green, Rick Hanley, Michael Sherer, Peter Sutcliffe, with 33 Placing Points. They finished just one Placing Point ahead of Mark Honess, Caroline Gemmell, Andre Gray, John Pearson and David Willson. In joint third place with 28 Placing Points were Team Harpur and Team Orton. In total 18 teams received Placing Points during the year, more details on this and on previous years results can be found by clicking on Trophy

Results
Woodbridge Mid Anglia Pairs
AGM Pairs
Championship Pairs Final
Club Teams of Four
ECL v Northants away
ECL v Norfolk home
Bah Humbug
Club Teams of 8
Bridge with Lunch
Suffolk golf bridge
Suffolk Congress Pairs Qualifier
Suffolk Congress Pairs Final
Suffolk Congress Consolation Open Pairs
Suffolk Congress Pairs Qualifier - with handicaps (click tab within results to see handicaps)
ECL v Beds home
Autumn Festival
ECL v Essex home
Woodbridge MAP session 1
Woodbridge MAP session 2
Woodbridge MAP Overall
Calendar
Sun 28th Jul 2024
Summer Swiss Pairs
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 8th Sep 2024
Autumn Festival
Elmswell 11.00 am
Thu 19th Sep 2024
Cafe Bridge
Bury St Edmunds
Sun 22nd Sep 2024
ECL v Herts home
Online RealBridge 2.00 pm
Sat 5th Oct 2024
Suffolk Congress Pairs
Elmswell
12.00 noon
Sun 6th Oct 2024
Suffolk Congress Swiss Teams
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 13th Oct 2024
ECL v Cambs & Hunts home
Online RealBridge 2.00 pm
Mon 21st Oct 2024
Suffolk golf-bridge day
Aldeburgh
8.30 for 9.00 am
Wed 23rd Oct 2024
Bridge with Lunch
Elmswell 12.30 pm
Sun 27th Oct 2024
ECL v Norfolk away
Online RealBridge 1.00 pm
Sat 16th Nov 2024
Club Teams of Eight
Colchester 2.00 pm
Sun 1st Dec 2024
NGS 9-High Pairs
Nayland 11.00 am
Sun 29th Dec 2024
Elmswell 11.00 am
Sun 12th Jan 2025
ECL v Northants home
Online RealBridge 2.00 pm
Sun 2nd Mar 2025
ECL v Essex away
Online RealBridge 1.00 pm