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BIDDING PRACTICE
BIDDING PRACTICE

They're back! Chris Green and his team of county players have produced the latest set of boards for The Auction.

Click on THE AUCTION and you will see the East and West hands for eight boards. Work out how you would bid a hand and then click on Show Answer.

TOLLEMACHE QUALIFIER

Suffolk took part in the inter-county Tollmache qualifier last weekend. Click on TOLLEMACHE to read county captain Rick Hanley's report

ECL LEAGUE

Suffolk travelled to Barleylands to take on Essex at the weekend and, unusually, two of the three matches ended in 10-10 draws.

The A team held a solid lead with the final eight board session to go but the hosts staged a comeback to prevail 12-8. Both the B and C teams tied their games.

To see all the results, click on Suffolk v Essex

Chris Chambers was a member of a team which did particularly well at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.

Malcolm reports on a slam hand in the final match which helped to determine the finishing positions. To read more, click on Suffolk@TheNationals

SUFFOLK BLOG

Glynn Button, on his search for immortality via a bridge convention - preferably invented by someone else which he can 'borrow'.

Hilarious...Click on 2½NoTrumps, the antidote to traditional bridge chronicles, to read more. 

ANALYSIS

Norman reflects on the most bizarre hand from the two day Suffolk Congress at Felixstowe. Click on MoreOrLess to read more.

'PLAY IT AGAIN' FEATURE
'PLAY IT AGAIN' FEATURE

Don't you just wish sometimes that you could play a hand again?

Well, you can...thanks to the wonders of Bridgewebs.

The 'Play It Again' feature is not that well known, but easy to use.

On your club website (or this one) just go to Results, click on any pairing and you will see below the hand 'Play It Again' (arrowed)

(if any club webmaster would like the graphics for this article to upload on to their website just e mail@suffolkbridge.co.uk)

ANALYSIS

Norman delves into a devious play during a hand at Stowmarket bridge club. Click on MoreOrLess to find out more.

If you play an unusual or interesting hand at your club, Norman would love to hear about it. Just email him at Hand of the Week

SECURITY OF BOARDS
The EBU has offered some guidance on ensuring the 'security' of duplimated boards at clubs, which has been endorsed by the SCBA. To read more please click on SECURITY
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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SUFFOLK AUTUMN PAIRS

New format well supported

The Suffolk Autumn Pairs, incorporating the Mens, Married, Ladies & Mixed Pairs of old, was staged for the first time at Lavenham on Sunday and attracted 17 tables.

The overall (and Mixed Pairs) winners were Dave Walker & Sue Smith (top photo). The other winners were Norbert Voelker & Mike Sherer (Mens), Jo Harpur & Helen Mason (Ladies) David & Jenny Price (Married) while a new Handicap prize went to Tim Evans & Marion Berry (bottom photo, with Suffolk competitions organiser, Chris Rickard)

WORLD BRIDGE TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS

England's Senior team - including Suffolk player Malcolm Pryor - lost out to Denmark in the final of the d'Orsi trophy by 194-167.

With one stanza to go, England had narrowed the gap to just 9 IMPs, but the Scandinavian side enjoyed the better of the final set of boards.

However, a silver medal represents an excellent performance. The Ladies won their play off with Netherlands to gain bronze in the Venice Cup, while the Mixed team lost out to Romania. In the Bermuda Bowl, Poland beat the Netherlands

To see all the results click on CHINA.

SUFFOLK v NORTHANTS

Suffolk’s three teams were involved in close finishes in their matches against Northants on Sunday.

The A team lost narrowly 9-11; likewise the B team 7-13, while the C team (pictured below) had something to smile about by winning 12-8.

CLUB REPS MEETING

Minutes of the Club Representatives meeting which took place in July are now available. Click on CLUB REPS to read

LAST BOARD VICTORY FOR IPSWICH PAIR

Debby & Maria win Championship Pairs for the fourth time

A nail biting finish to the final of the Suffolk Championship Pairs ended with Debby Sutcliffe and Maria Allnutt winning the event for the fourth time.

After six and a half hours of play and the result of the final board still awaited, Jane & Andrew Moore held the narrowest of leads over Debby and Maria. But when the last score was punched in via the Bridgemate the positions were reversed. Eric Newman & Mike Sherer were third, ahead of Jo Harpur and Conor Bignell.

The winners first landed the Championship Pairs back in 1991-2 and also were successful in 2011-2 and 2014-5. 

Unusally, all 24 pairs who qualified for the final back in February stood their ground and contested the final. To see all the scores, click on FINAL

2019 AGM

The annual general meeting of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association was the best attended for years.

Forty nine people made it to Assington village hall to hear about the activities, achievements and finances of the association over the past 12 months and nearly all stayed on for bridge afterwards - won by Malcolm & Barbara Carey (click on RESULT to see all the scores).

In his chairman's report, Jeff Orton said the SCBA now had 22 affiliated clubs following the recent addition of Dovercourt bridge club. Following a break of several years, the committee held a 'very constructive' meeting with representatives of clubs and this would be repeated in July, when some non-affiliated clubs would also be invited.

He underlined the 'increasingly firm line' taken by the association against bad behaviour. A new conduct committee had examined three incidents and taken action where appropriate. He also touched on the changes to the website which appeared popular - with more than 33,000 hits so far this year - and changes to the make up of the committee.

Jacks Morcombe, the new chief Tournament Director, has joined the committee together with Paddy Lockwood. A third person will be co-opted to fill the recent vacancy of general secretary. To read his report in full, click on CHAIRMAN.

Chris Rickard, the competitions secretary, reported good attendance at most events and in response to numerous requests the starting times of some events had been brought forward to 11am or noon. Click on COMPETITIONS to read her full report and WINNERS to see who was successful in comnpetitions during the year.

Roger Tattersfield, the treasurer, reported on a 'very satisfactory' year with a surplus despite investing in long term initiatives which should benefit bridge in Suffolk. To obtain more details about the finances click on TREASURER and email Roger.

CORWEN TROPHY
David Willson & Simon Riley Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland

You remember playing in your Club's heat of the Suffolk Championship Pairs last October?

Pairs scoring over 50% qualified for the Semi-final played in February and the top 24 pairs there qualified for the Final in April.

And the top three in the Final were eligible to represent Suffolk in the Corwen Trophy - which was played on June 1/2 in Daventry. 

Just two pairs went to Daventry, David Willson/Simon Riley and Din Gudka/Cathy Rowland, and both finished in the top half of a very strong field. Congratulations to the four of them. Click CORWEN to see the full results, and SUFFOLK to read Malcolm Pryor's analysis

LANDMARK FOR COUNTY

A chance remark during a recent Winter League match revealed that the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Two members of the original group who met in 1979 to restart the association - Phillip Edwards (left) and Malcolm Carey - are still active in the county today and Phillip has very kindly penned a potted history of the SCBA.

In it he also explains the geographical anomaly within the SCBA which means clubs from north east Essex are included but clubs from north Suffolk are excluded. To read more click 40thANNIVERSARY

REPEAT SUCCESSES...
REPEAT SUCCESSES...

HORSES for courses...

The Relaxed Teams of 4 and the Club Teams of 4 ended with some familiar faces returning to the winners enclosure at Lavenham on Sunday.

In the relaxed race, the smiling faces of Mary Moir, Tony Trathen, Lynda Tibbs and Mark Leggett, repeated their success of four months ago when they won the equivalent event at the East Anglian Bridge Weekend.

And in the main event of the day, the winners of 12 months ago followed up: the only difference being that John Wilmott took the place of Mike Sherer, and joined Jeff Orton, Rick Hanley and Andre Gray. To see all the results, click on CLUB TEAMS or RELAXED TEAMS

NEW FORMAT PROVES A WINNER
David & Jenny Price (left) and Joan Watson & Patsi Barnes (right)

Multiple venues double Senior Pairs turnout

The decision to run the Senior Pairs at three venues spread across the county paid off handsomely on Wednesday.

After a gradual decline in entries for the event in recent years, the turnoout more than doubled from 10½ tables 12 months ago to 22½ for the latest renewal.

The message would appear to be very clear: players will support events within a reasonable travelling distance, but not if they involve a trek across Suffolk.

Clare has hosted the event for many years but that involved a drive of more than an hour each way for players in the Ipswich and Colchester area. This year the event was staged during the afternoon at Ipswich & Kesgrave (9½ tables), and in the evening at Abbeygate (8 tables) in Bury St Edmunds, and Clare (5 tables).

The success of multiple venues could be applied to other Suffolk competitions and is likely to be discussed at a forthcoming meeting between the county bridge committee and club representatives.

The Senior Pairs was won by David & Jenny Price who just pipped Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland. Joan Watson & Patsi Barnes who were third won the Veterans' Trophy. Click on RESULTS to see all the scores.

OH WE DONíT LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE...

Flagship Summer Meeting at Eastbourne in trouble as player numbers tumble

The number of players taking part in English bridge’s flagship event of the year is plummeting. Attendances have fallen by as much as 70% since 2013 for some events.

Richard Evans reports from the Summer Meeting at Eastbourne and Mike O’Reilly offers some thoughts on the way forward. Click on EBU to read more.

ANALYSIS

Rick Hanley explains why we should all switch from 0314 to 1430 when using Roman Key Card Blackwood. Click on RKCB to read more.

ANALYSIS
Phillip took part in the recent Summer Seniors congress at Eastbourne - where he found the bidding was particularly agressive! Click on Suffolk@TheNationals to read more.
ONE WAY OF DEALING WITH THE HEATWAVE...
ONE WAY OF DEALING WITH THE HEATWAVE...

Stansfield bridge club has opted for the relative cool of the great outdoors this week rather than the stifling heat inside a village hall. Members ventured on to the playing field outside the hall and came prepared so that when light started to fade torches, iPhones and, in the case of one pair, head lamps were produced to provide the necessary illumination.

PACHABO CUP

Four teams progressed from last December's Championship Teams event, competing in a knockout format for the right to represent Suffolk in the national Pachabo Cup. Rick Hanley,with Peter Sutcliffe and Malcolm & Karen Pryor, qualified for the national event which was won by a very strong team from Manchester. Click the title of this item for the local knockout results and HERE for the Pachabo Cup results.

FRINTON'S HALF CENTURY
Congratulations to Frinton Bridge Club on their 50th Anniversary.  The occasion was celebrated by about 50 current and former members with a lunch at Frinton Golf Club, followed by a bridge session.  It was fitting that the bridge was won by one of the founder-members, Tony Haig-Thomas (playing with his brother, David). Results are HERE.
CLAUDE STOKES

We are sad to report that Claude Stokes, a key figure in Suffolk bridge for 40 years, died recently.

Claude was a founder-member of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association, its chairman for many years, organiser of the highly successful Clacton Congress, and an A-team county player - to mention just a few of his roles.

In 2011, the EBU magazine English Bridge, carried a series on how long serving players got hooked on bridge and profiled Claude. To read more on how he contributed so much to bridge in the county click on CLAUDE. To read a tribute written by Phillip Edwards, please click on OBITUARY.

A short committal service will take place at Weeley Crematorium, Colchester Rd, Weeley CO16 9JP at 2.45pm on Friday 19 July, followed by a memorial service at Frinton Parish Church at 4pm.

EAST ANGLIAN BRIDGE WEEKEND
 You could be forgiven for thinking this quartet has just won the lottery

Mary Moir, Tony Trathen, Lynda Tibbs and Mark Leggett have every right to smile. They were the winners of the first Relaxed Teams event at the East Anglian Bridge Weekend.The weekend, run by Suffolk in conjunction with Cambs & Hunts and Norfolk, was staged at Elmswell for the first time and the new venue appeared to be well received by competitors. The Swiss Pairs on Saturday attracted 48 entries, the Swiss Teams on Sunday saw 21 teams take part, while the Relaxed Teams, aimed at less experience players, was supported by four teams.

The Tractor Boys are very much second best to the Canaries on the soccer ground, but on the field of bridge the honours were shared between the home county and Norfolk.

Suffolk county captain Rick Hanley partnered Graham Beeton to win the Swiss pairs, just pipping the Norfolk duo of Giles Ip and Alan Oddie. In the Swiss Teams, Norfolk gained the upper hand with Paul Darby, Steve Dannell, Giles Ip and Mark Hill gaining a last board success over last year's winners - Malcolm & Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler & David Cooper.

The third placed team deserve a special mention: Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, who partnered their two talented teenage sons, Liam and Jamie.

To see all the placings and scores for the two days click on SWISS PAIRS, SWISS TEAMS or RELAXED TEAMS.

Click on PHOTOS to see more of the action.

.... and Chris Rickard has added to her collection of post-bridge-event lost property - this time a beautiful turquoise Passigatti scarf. If the owner wants it back, please email paulandchrisrickard@gmail.com.

PRYORS ROMP HOME IN MID ANGLIA PAIRS
 

A decent turnout of 30 pairs took part in the Mid Anglia Pairs at Woodbridge on Sunday but it is doubtful if there has been such a wide margin victory in the recent history of bridge locally as that achieved by Malcolm and Karen Pryor.

By half-time the England Seniors player and his partner enjoyed a virtually unassailable lead and far from resting on their laurels, they kept their foot firmly on the pedal to finally notch up a score of +125. IMPs - more than 50 IMPs ahead of runners-up Din Gudka and Cathy Rowland. Suffolk captain Rick Hanley and Andre Gray were third.

With a reasonable turnout of county players, not to mention England youngsters Liam and Jamie Fegarty who partnered their parents, Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, the annual renewal of the Mid Anglia appeared to be up to strength.

To see the full results click on MID ANGLIA. For a flavour of the day, click on PHOTO GALLERY.

CHEERS, MIKE
Mike O'Reilly is stepping down from the Suffolk bridge committee after many years as a member. He was presented with something suitably refreshing as way of a thank you by Chris Rickard, the county's competitions secretary, following a recent meeting of the committee.
GOOD EFFORT BY I&K TEAM IN GARDEN CITIES TROPHY

A team from Ipswich & Kesgrave performed with great credit at the weekend in the regional finals of the Garden Cities Trophy, the EBU's inter county teams of eight competition.

The eight players - Peter Gemmell, Chris Chambers, Maria Allnutt, Debby Sutcliffe, Peter Sutcliffe, Chris Green, Malcolm Pryor and Karen Pryor - finished a very close up third behind teams from Warwick and Cambridge bridge clubs.

Unfortunately only two teams from each of the four regional finals make it through to the final of the competition. To see the results, click on GARDEN

NEW SUFFOLK MEMBER
..to Dovercourt Bridge Club which recently affiliated to the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association.

 

SUFFOLK BRIDGE LUNCH

Andy Higginson & Chris Kennedy from Colchester bridge club were the comfortable winners of the Suffolk birdge lunch at Elmswell on Wednesday.

The event attracted 24 pairs, the largest turn out since the county starting organising bridge lunches, and included a number of players who do not usually play in Suffolk events.

An enjoyable two course lunch with wine served as an appetiser to the bridge that followed. To see all the scores click on LUNCH

CLARE SWISS PAIRS
Fifty two pairs took part in the Clare Swiss Pairs at the weekend. The event was won by Alison Lloyd & Simon Stokes (centre) from Cambs & Hunts. David & Jenny Price (right) were runners-up ahead of Chris Hollingsworth & Gerry Ford (left) in third. Click on CLARE to see all the scores.
BURY SWISS PAIRS

The Bury Swiss Pairs ended in a dead heat on Sunday with, left to right, John Bloomfield & Andre Gray sharing the spoils with Roger & Jill Tattersfield.

36 pairs took part. To see all the scores click on RESULT

SUMMER LEAGUE 2018

The Summer League has attracted plenty of attention this year with seven teams in division 1 and six teams in division 2 playing a total of 34 matches.

Ipswich and Kesgrave Diamonds were Division 1 winners with 302 VPs, followed by Colchester in second with 293.

Colchester II won Division 2 and will be promoted for next year's competition.

Mike O'Reilly, who organises the league, commented: "A total of almost 15 000 master points were awarded this year and special thanks are due to the team captains who spent many hours trying to organise the timetables of eight of their club players in  the 34 matches.

"They also had to arrange venues and sort out transport and without their excellent efforts the event would never suceed - thank you all!"

SUFFOLK SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS 2019

Suffolk Sims turned into a procession by Hospitals pair

Peter Brown and Bob Kemp are the wide-margin winners of this year's renewal of the Suffolk Simultaneous Pairs.

Playing at Ipswich Hospitals bridge club, they recorded a county wide score of 72.30%, well clear of Richard Evans and David Unwin from Stansfield (65.37%, with another gap back to Jane and Pat Hudson (62.89%) from Deben in third.

The highlight of the winner's success was 7NT bid and made on Board 20, a feat matched by only one other of the 138 pairs who took part.

Nine clubs participated: Abbeygate, Clacton, Clare, Deben, Framlingham, Hadleigh, Ipswich Hosptials, Stansfield and Woodbridge. Peter Bushby co-ordinated the scoring in addition to writing a commentary on the boards played. Click on SIMS to see all the results and COMMENTARY for analysis of the boards.

SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
 

After the dead-heats of the Felixstowe Congress, the Championship Teams at Nayland produced wide margin successes.

The event attracted 12 foursomes on Sunday and following a qualifying heat, seven contested the main event while the remaining five played for the Suffolk Plate.

The team of Mike Sherer, Chris Green, Rick Hanley and Peter Sutcliffe (below left) finished a distance clear of David Price, Jane Moore, Cleopatra Hensby and Jenny Price in the main event. The top four teams now take part in a knock out to determine the overall winners.

It was a similar story in the Suffolk Plate, with Joan Watson, Mike O'Reilly, Patsi Barnes and Peter Bushby (below right) well ahead of Richard Evans, Susan Nisbett, John Bloomfield and Celia Jeal.

Results: Click on ROUND 1 and ROUND 2 and PLATE. Click on PICTURE GALLERY for views of the day.

In the semi-finals, Hanley will host Edwards/Carey and Price will host Talaga.

 

CLUB TEAMS OF 8
VICTORIOUS: (l-r) Peter Sutcliffe, Din Gudka, Malcolm & Karen Pryor, Chris Chambers, Cathy Rowland, Peter Gemmell and Chris Green.

Ipswich & Kesgrave produced a stunning performance to run away with the Suffolk Club Teams of 8.

After building up a big lead by half-time, they finally won by 30 VPs, eqivalent to a match and a half.

A strong Clare line up finished second with near neighbours Stansfield taking third spot, ahead of Bury and Colchester A.

This event is invariably popular - a maximum field of 12 teams took part - and a contributory factor is the wonderful tea at half-time prepared by the local sea scouts.  

The supremacy enjoyed by I & K was reflected in the X-Imps table in which three of the clubs pairs - Peter Sutcliffe & Chris Green, Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland, and Peter Gemmell & Chris Chambers - filled the top three spots while the other pair, Malcolm & Karen Pryor, were fifth out of 48 pairs!

To see a breakdown of the finishing positions, the teams, individual match scores, the boards played and the X-Imps table, click on RESULT. Click on PHOTOS for more views of the event.

THE STORY OF THE FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS 2018

Championship Pairs:

DEAD HEAT

Swiss Teams:

DEAD HEAT

Top 'Non-Expert' Team:

DEAD HEAT

In the 38 year history of the Felixstowe Congress, the results have never been as nailbitingly close as those witnessed in the latest renewal. Both the main events - the Championship Pairs on Saturday and the Swiss Teams on Sunday - ended in dead heats, as did the contest for the leading 'Non-Expert' team.

Because trophies are awarded for all three events, Rob Sassoon, the chief tournament director, and Jeff Orton, the SCBA chairman, spent overtime poring over the rule book to work out who were the outright winners. The outcome was determined by how the contestants who tied for first place performed against each other during their respective competitons.

* To see all the scores, scroll down the right hand column to Results and click on the relevant competition. For a flavour of the weekend, click on PHOTO GALLERY

FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS DAY 2: SWISS TEAMS

Every card, every board, every score counts. And never more so than on Sunday at the Felixstowe Congress.

With a live screen showing the running results in the Swiss Teams, numerous players watched in suspense as the final scores were posted - and resulted in two dead heats.

The two teams sharing first place were last year's winners - Eric Newman & Diane Whitley, David Willson & Simon Riley - and (pictured top left) Norman Less & Helen Mason, Mike O'Reilly & Peter Bushby.

And a little further down the results two other teams were in a dead heat for the 'Non-Expert' prize - awarded to the leading team whose members are all below the rank of National Master.

Rob Sassoon and Jeff Orton consulted the rule books and determined that the Helen Mason team were overall winners while the 'Non-Expert' prize went to the Stansfield quartet of Paddy Lockwood & Gerry Ford, Kathy Rose & Penny Easting (centre photo).

The Really Easy Pairs, which is contested by less experienced players who have won less than 1,000 Master Points, did not require a judge to determine the outcome. Alison & Conrad Simons (pictured right) put clear daylight between themselves and runners-up Sheila Boxshall & Mark Leggett.

Felixstowe Swiss Teams
1= Helen Mason & Norman Less, Peter Bushby & Mike O'Reilly 92VPs
1= Eric Newman & Diane Whitley, David Willson & Simon Riley 92VPs
3   Brian & Valerie Barrett, Mary Kingdon & Trish Foster 89VPs

 

 

 

Really Easy Pairs
1   Alison & Conrad Simons 58.33%
2   Sheila Boxshall & Mark Leggett 52.99%
3= Sally Beckett & Salome Smit 50.52%
3= Maggie Ellison & Elizabeth Abercrombie-Barnett 50.52%

 

FELIXSTOWE CONGRESS DAY 1: CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS

Gary Diamond & Russell Tenzer won the Suffolk Championship Pairs at the first time of asking - with a helping hand from Mrs Tenzer.

The north London pair only decided to head to Felixstowe after Russell got a 'free pass' to attend. “I have never been allowed to go away for a bridge weekend before but she is away learning bridge with her club this weekend so I was able to come here. Gary and I did some research and found that the only congress was on at Felixstowe."

The duo, who normally play their bridge at Pinner and the MCC bridge clubs, won by the narrowest margin. They tied for first place on 62.12% with Paul Darby asnd Gabriel Ip from Norfolk, but won on a countback.

Earlier in the day, David Willson & Simon Riley from Stowmarket finished top of the 62 pairs who took part in the Pairs Qualifier.  The Consolation Pairs was won by Ipswich pair Cathy Rowland & Din Gudka while the Open Pairs was won by Sandra Nicholson and Krys Kazmierczak.

Scroll down the right hand column to Results and click on the relevant event.

The left photo shows Gary (left) and Russell (right) with SCBA chairman Jeff Orton. David Willson (l) and Simon Riley are in the centre photo. The Open Pairs was won by Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak (right photo)

Championship Pairs Final
1= Russell Tenzer & Gary Diamond 62.12%
1= Paul Darby & Gabriel Ip 62.12%
3   Brian & Annie Davies  57.39%

 

 

 

Consolation Final
1  Cathy Rowland & Dinesh Gudka 65.15%
2  Michael Kempster & Ralph Parish 63.83%
3  Paul & Fiona Littlewood 63.45%

 

 

 

Open Pairs
1  Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak 69.44%
2  Dave Allen & Paul MacLachlan 61.81%
3  David & Linda Powell 55.90%

 

ANALYSIS

A card play technique highlighted by Andrew Robson during a Masterclass held locally provided the answer to playing a tricky hand at the Ipswich & Kesgrave bridge club. Suffolk captain Rick Hanley explains how. Click on ANALYSIS to read more. 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BECKON FOR MALCOLM

Suffolk's Malcolm Pryor will play in the World Bridge Team Championships (D'Orsi Bowl) in China next year after the England seniors finished eighth in the European team chamionships.

The full team representing England will be John Holland & Alan Mould, David Muller & Malcolm Pryor, Peter Shelley & Trevor Ward. NPC: David Jones. The event takes place at Wuhan, Hubei Province from 14-28 September.

TOLLEMACHE TROPHY

The qualifying rounds for the Tollemache Trophy, the national competition for county teams of eight, took place at the weekend. Suffolk finished seventh in their group and thereby failed to make it to the finals. Click on Table, Results and Cross Imps for more details.

Click on TOLLEMACHE to read captain Rick Hanley’s report.

CLARE COUPLE WIN SUFFOLK MIXED PAIRS

Sarah & Nick Farr (top right) are the new winners of the Ringer Cup after finishing top of the Suffolk Mixed Pairs at Lavenahm.

The pair from Clare - where Sarah is Chair - finished ahead of Nancy Williams & Paul Maclachlan from Stansfield in second spot. Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland and May Li & John Gan tied for third place with May & John (bottom right) winning the Lang Cup for the highest placed married couple (excluding the winner).

The event attracted 12½ tables, thereby continuing the healthy upward trend in entries to county competitions.

To see all the scores and boards played click on MIXED or go to the right hand results column and click on the relevant date.

SUFFOLK SENIOR PAIRS @ CLARE

Moore the merrier as local pair triumph again

Andrew & Jane Moore (left) added to their remarkable record in the Suffolk Senior Pairs when they won the title once again at Clare.

The local pair lifted the Stokes Trophy in 2013 and 2016 and, in addition, have won the event playing with other partners on at least six occasions over the past decade.

Cathy Rowland & Din Gudka, who won 12 months ago, were runners-up ahead of Christine Cooke & Roger Bacon in third spot. Roger & Jill Tattersfield (right), who finishned fourth overall, won the Veterans prize for the top pair aged 70+.

The event attracted 10½ tables  - a respectable turn-out given the alternative attraction of England's world cup match against Croatia. To see all the scores and boards played, please click on RESULTS

HANDS OF INTEREST: the hearts slam - and holding your nerve in 1NT

Roger & Jill Tattersfield focus on two intersting hands from the Senior Pairs. Please click on ANALYSIS to read their thoughts.

COUNTY 'BRAINS TRUST' GENERATES NEW IDEAS

Are Handicaps, earlier starts and multiple locations for competitions the way forward?

A meeting of representatives from clubs throughout Suffolk produced a series of proposals aimed at boosting county events in the years ahead.

The gathering orgainised by the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association at Elmswell was the first of its kind for seven years and attracted more than 30 people.

The topics covered during the four hour session included county competitions, bridge websites and the internet, county directing, teaching and attracting new members, junior bridge and membership records.

Currently, only 10% of Suffolk's bridge players enter county events and a variety of factors which inhibit attendance were put forward - including the perception that there was 'no chance of winning so it’s not worth entering.'

Several suggestions to boost attendance included having Handicap events, similar in concept to those in sports such as golf and horse racing, where weaker partnerships receive a percentage start based on their respective NGS grades. All pairs would have an equal chance of success.

Jeff Orton, chairman of the SCBA, said afterwards: “I was particularly impressed with some of the constructive comments from the club representatives, especially those concerning improvements to the county's programme of events, teaching, and attracting new members.  

“The county committee will review these comments and investigate how they can be incorporated - this has already started.  After the meeting several club representatives said they thought it had been useful; so much so that a repeat is planned for next year.”

Click on MEETING for full coverage of the event, including a junior bridge initiative being pioneered by Carol Smith.

ACADEMIC STUDY OF BRIDGE

Ever wondered why we play bridge? Well, here’s the (not very surprising) answer...

A survey has been conducted into why people play bridge, with researchers at Stirling University analysing responses from more than 6,000 players.

The study, undertaken in association with English Bridge Education & Development, has resulted in a 24 page report whose conclusions are hardly earth shattering.

“Overall it was found that people play bridge because they enjoy it – either it is fun, or they enjoy the challenges the competitive game presents, and that it provides a sociable and friendly atmosphere,” the report concludes.

To see the full report click on ENJOY

BRIDGE LUNCH

The third Suffolk bridge lunch attracted 40 players from all over the county. A fabulous two course meal and wine, prepared by Gerry Ford and his daughter Emma, was followed by 27 boards.

Richard Evans & Paddy Lockwood from Stansfield finished top ahead of Jan Wynne & Jim Sawyer, with Jill & Roger Tattersfield. Many thanks to Jill for organising another successful event and to Gerry & Emma for a delicious lunch. To see all the scores and boards played click on RESULT.

Club Teams of Four Winners
Club Teams of Four Winners

Mike Sherer & Rick Hanley and Jeff Orton & Andre Gray with Chris Rickard