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CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS 2021

AThe qualifying rounds for the Suffolk Champiuonship Pairs have now been completed. Click on  QUALIFIERS to see those players who have earned their place in the sem-final on 6 February.


 

And the 9-High winners on January 9 were Graham Miller & David Newman. Congratulations to them both !

Next 9-High event is on Sunday February 13 @ 7pm. Put it in your diaries.

 


COUNTY SUCCESS

Suffolk enjoyed the better of the exchanges against Bedfordshire in their first Anglian League encounter of 2022 on Sunday, with both the 'A' and 'C' teams winning.

Click SUFFOLK to read county captain Rick Hanley's report and analysis of one particular hand.

ANDREW ROBSON MASTERCLASS

Here is another masterclass from Andrew Robson for you to enjoy - at Lavenham Village Hall on Friday 4 February 2022.

Click Robson for full details.

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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BURY SWISS PAIRS
BURY SWISS PAIRS

Click BURY SWISS PAIRS to enter online

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.

FOUR WINS ON THE BOUNCE
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

 

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.

IN THE PAST...

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NEWS ARCHIVE

10th ONLINE TEAMS LEAGUE UNDERWAY

The latest on line league for teams of 4 is underway, with 26 teams playing in five divisions.

Results will be available by clicking on WINTER. Final results from Season 9 can be viewed by clicking on PREVIOUS RESULT

NATIONAL SUCCESS

Congratulations to Malcolm Pryor, the SCBA chairman, who was a member of the team which won the Swiss Teams at the Seniors Congress recently.

Together with Trevor Ward, John Hassett, David Muller, Dave Robinson & Tony Sowter, his side finished 21 VPs ahead of two teams who tied for second spot.

CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS: ONLINE HEATS
CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS: ONLINE HEATS

Several Suffolk clubs have held qualifying heats for the Suffolk Championship Pairs but two extra opportunities online are being offered for players who have not played in a heat.

Two Suffolk Sunday Pairs nights - on 2 January and 16 January - will incorporate qualifying heats for the competition. Players wishing to use the event for qualifying purposes must inform the director before play starts.

Anyone with a score of 50% or more can play in the semi-final on 6 February. For all the details of the qualifying events click on CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

The annual competition is being run by Helen Mason and Jo Harpur and clubs have the choice of restricting heats to members or allowing visitors to take part.

CLUB TEAMS OF 8 DRAW

The draw has been made for the Club Teams of 8 and can be found by clicking on DRAW

The winners qualify for the nationwide Garden Cities competition.

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
The draw for the Suffolk championship teams has been made and can be seen, together with the latest results, by clicking on DRAW
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
Sunday Pairs incorporating Championship Pairs Heat
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
ECL Home v Beds
Sunday Pairs incorporating Championship Pairs Heat
Bah Humbug Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
✔ 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
Calendar
Sun 23rd Jan 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Christine Cooke
Sun 30th Jan 2022
Bury Swiss Pairs
RealBridge 11 am
Sun 6th Feb 2022
Championship Pairs Semi-final
BBO 11 am
Director: Peter Bushby
Sun 13th Feb 2022
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
BBO 7pm
Director: Paddy Lockwood
Sun 13th Feb 2022
ECL Away v Herts
Sun 20th Feb 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Jacks Morcombe
Sun 27th Feb 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Jo Harpur
Sun 6th Mar 2022
Club Teams of Four
RealBridge 11 am
Sun 13th Mar 2022
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
BBO 7pm
Sun 13th Mar 2022
Suffolk v Cambridge University
2.00pm
Sun 20th Mar 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Christine Cooke
Sun 27th Mar 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 3rd Apr 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Peter Bushby
Sun 10th Apr 2022
Championship Pairs Final
BBO 11 am
Sun 17th Apr 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Director: Paddy Lockwood
Sun 24th Apr 2022
✔ 9-High Pairs ✔
BBO 7pm
Sun 24th Apr 2022
ECL home v Northants
Sun 1st May 2022
Suffolk Sunday Pairs
BBO 7pm
Sun 8th May 2022
Clare Swiss Pairs
Lavenham 11 am
Sun 15th May 2022
AGM Pairs
Nayland
following AGM