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Summertown Bridge Club plays duplicate bridge every Monday in the Maison Française, Norham Road, OX2 6SE. We pride ourselves on our reputation for friendliness, and welcome visitors and prospective new members, including those with relatively little experience of playing duplicate bridge. You can come along either with or without a partner, as our host system means you'll always get a game. We are EBU affiliated, use computer-dealt boards and wireless scoring, and award master points.

There is parking in Maison Française’s own car park and both metered and free parking on the nearby streets.

The club opens at about 7 pm, and players should arrive by 7.15 and be seated by 7.20 for start of play at 7.30.

Oxford Junior Bridge Club
Oxford Junior Bridge Club

The Oxford Junior Bridge Club welcomes participants aged 8-18 to its sessions on Sundays, now being held at Oxford Bridge Club.  Click here for details. 

Bridge Education in Oxford

Oxford Bridge Club runs a comprehensive bridge education programme under the banner of Oxford Bridge School. Courses are available at all levels, from beginners to more experienced players. Further details are on their website.  

Wessex League 2019-20

This is a teams-of-eight competition for Oxfordshire clubs. We have two teams: our "A" team is in Division 2 and our "B" team in Division 3.  For fixtures, results and match reports click on the link on the lefthand side of this page.  We are also participating in a daytime league.

Welcome to Summertown Bridge Club!
C L O S U R E
We regret that, following the Government's advice on 16 March, Summertown Bridge Club is cancelling bridge on Monday evenings for the time being.
 
We hope it will not be too long before we see you all again, and that you keep happy and healthy in the meantime.
17.3.20

Bulletins

Let’s keep in touch!

To try to keep in touch with one another, and perhaps keep our spirits up a little bit, the committee has decided that we’re going to take it in turns to send out a regular “Summertown Bulletin” to you all every Monday. The idea is that it will be related to bridge in some way.  The latest one is below.  To see older Bulletins click on the 'Bulletins' tab on the left.

Bulletin 3 - 6th April

Well here we are, the third empty Monday Night. I haven’t yet got round to reading the bridge books I thought I would, as the weather is so glorious that I am out in the garden or off for my Allotted Exercise, and the evenings are neatly filled by an instalment from my Box Set of Foyle’s War, which is somehow very comforting. Lots of stiff upper lip and bit-doing. 

But maybe I’ll be driven to reading about the fiendishly clever ways of winning NT contracts – or the excellent EBU magazine articles – eventually.

I’m impressed by the activity of many now that the EBU is organising tournaments galore. I’m a little timid myself, having tried out BBO and found myself catapulted into playing with Real People who could and did ‘chat’ [?fulminate] about the bids that were made. I exited rapidly.

What has worked for me is a twice a week BBO table by invitation which means that Ruth Kim and Howard Arnes can play against me and my brother. At a prearranged time Howard invites the three of us and off we go. The scarey chat is fun rather than fearsome – Ruth is particularly good at jokes, and as my Alpha Male brother knows R&H will read his comments on my bidding, his chat to me is relatively civil. Eg ‘I have absolutely NO IDEA what your 3NT bid means’. You have to be careful not to let you finger stray to the keyboard rather than the mouse or you can, as I did, find yourself catapulted off the table and a complete stranger barging in and bidding wildly for you.. Fortunately there is a ‘Can we have a Redeal button’ (though it took Howard a long time to agree to it when the robot got Peter and me into an impossible slam contract). It can be avoided by clicking on No Kibbitzing and No Joining buttons before setting up your table. 

Two hours is plenty, and among friends you can throw in your hand sooner if you’ve had enough. It is very unthreatening, just fun and practice plus a certain about of satisfaction when you win – and the more ambitious will get into tournaments. 

I also like solitaire Fun Bridge – it has a much more attractive card layout than BBO, and as I’ve been a subscriber for ages I’ve got my system registered so I don’t get too many surprises at the bids made by the robots that I play with in the fortnightly tournaments. It is always worth clicking on every bid anybot [and you yourself] make as they often seem to have meanings one didn’t bargain for.

Steph mentioned Faringdon’s Fun Bridge tournaments – OBC has also set up two similar straightforward ones, both for MPs and IMPs – open Fun Bridge, click on Get Started/Practise, then click on Exclusive tournaments and type in Oxford [or Faringson] at the top. Every 24 hours, starting at 8 am, you get to play 12 hands in the MPs one and, if you want to, 12 in the IMPS one. At the minute around 12 people go in for it at different times during the day – then you can see at the end where you are rated. Most people [including me] hide under pseudonyms, but Gustave and Marion Sheppard are bravely out there. The good thing is that you can sit down and play your 12 boards at any time during the day – maybe three after meals and 3 with a nightcap.

James Bentley sent in this recommendation:

The Mr Bridge Library – I’m on defence to pre-empts at the moment

https://mrbridge.co.uk/library/single-magazine.html?issue=199#199/page/14-15

Finally, a warning Bridget got from a friend and is sensibly passing on: 

Just be careful because people are going crazy from being in lockdown! Actually, I've just been talking about this with the microwave and toaster while drinking coffee and we all agreed that things are getting bad. I didn't mention anything to the washing machine as she puts a different spin on everything. Certainly not to the fridge as he is acting cold and distant. In the end the iron straightened me out as she said everything will be fine, no situation is too pressing. The vacuum was very unsympathetic... told me to just suck it up, but the fan was more optimistic and hoped it would all soon blow over! The toilet looked a bit flushed when I asked its opinion and didn’t say anything but the door knob told me to get a grip.😬 The front door said I was unhinged and so the curtains told me to ........yes, you guessed it 😝......pull myself together 

I hope it made you smile 😁

Keep safe all

Xtina

Tony Lewis
We are very sad to report the death of Tony Lewis (husband of Loris) on 15th March.  They were keen travellers but, when not travelling, were also regular players at Summertown.  See this link to see what Tony was famous for.
 
Our sincere condolences go to Loris.

Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to the following members promoted in the EBU's March round of Master Point Promotions:

Bridget Watson - 3 Star Regional Master

Viccy Fleming - 2 Star Premier Master

Well done!

Results
Club Pairs
Director: Krys
Scorer: Cliff
EBU Stratified Sim Pairs
Director: Ruth
Scorer: Erica
Club Pairs
Director: Stephen
Scorer: Judy
Club Pairs
Director: Brian
Scorer: Cliff
Club Pairs
Director: Erica
Scorer: Krys
Club Pairs
Director: Ruth
Scorer: Erica