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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 2020-21

This is a teams-of-eight competition for Oxfordshire clubs. This season it will be played online.  We have two teams.  If you wish to play for us please contact Howard Arnes (A-team) or Roger Heath-Brown (B-Team).  Fixtures, results and match reports will in due course appear when you click on the link on the lefthand side of this page.  

Welcome to Summertown Bridge Club!
Master Point Promotions

I’m delighted to report that longstanding SBC member and committee member Sandra Nicholson has become a Grand Master.  This is a fantastic lifetime achievement and a reflection on her many excellent results, for a good many years playing with Krys. 

Here are the other Master Point Promotions of members from the EBU’s December round of promotions:

Irene Holland - 3 Star Premier Regional Master 

Viv Stevenson - 3 Star Premier Master

Erika Syba - County Master 

Congratulations all round!

Midlands No Fear 8-High Swiss Teams
Midlands No Fear  8-High Swiss Teams

Saturday 30th January

Starting 14:00pm, 25 boards 

Run on Real Bridge

We write to invite any Oxfordshire member with an NGS grade below 9 to represent Oxfordshire in a new event being run by the Midlands Group of Counties.

Inter-County bridge events have always been for the most experienced players – but this is about to change.  This event is one of the first to give an opportunity for players at a lower grade  to represent their counties.

The event will be hosted on RealBridge (and it’s worth coming just for this if you haven’t tried it before) so that you can see and talk to your team-mates and opponents.

Entry is restricted to participants at NGS grade 8 or below so that everyone has a comfortable game.

Please consider making up a foursome.  If you need help with finding team-mates or if you want help with understanding Swiss Teams or RealBridge, please ask.

Email your entry to pwfinbow@yahoo.co.uk.  The cost for Oxfordshire teams will be covered by the OBA.

The winning county will be the one with the three best scores so let’s get as many teams as possible to give Oxfordshire the best chance of overall victory.

Bridge Bulletins

In this week's bulletin James has given us a couple of interesting hands which should help you improve the way you use the Losing Trick Count to sharpen up your bidding, and another one demonstrating an entertainingly new use for PPE at the bridge table - so do enjoy his contribution as much as I did!

If you were playing on Monday evening but by now you don't quite remember what happened when you tackled these hands, this is a good opportunity to remind you that it's worth looking at them both on the Summertown web site (where you can easily see all the results for each hand by looking at the travellers), and on BBO itself, using your History tab. If you look up the results for our event, and then click on a particular hand, you can not only see all the cards and the bidding, but you can step right through the whole hand as it was played at your table, by clicking on the button for "Next trick". Turning on "show double dummy" before you do this, will not only tell you whether the contract "should" make or go down on best declarer play and defence, but will show whether the card you (or your opponents) chose to play at each trick made a difference to the eventual result. I've included an extra file showing this feature in action. To my mind it's one of the best things about playing on BBO :)                                

Till next time - as always, have a good week and do stay safe, even if you've already had your jab!

Sandra

Online bridge at SBC

The Club is running on-line bridge sessions on Monday evenings at 7 pm.

Before your first Summertown session you MUST include your name, email address EBU number and BBO name in the table below and click on Send Message.   You will not be able to play in a Summertown event without doing this and you must do so at least 24 hours before you want to play for the first time.  This gives us time to notify the director which players are authorised to play in our events.  However, please note that you only need to fill this form in once.

At the start of each round please greet your opponents and give a brief resumé of your system, e.g  benji, 12-14 NT, 4 card majors, standard leads, McKenney discards.

The club requires you to put your real name on your BBO profile and reserves the right to block you from playing if you persist in not having your real name visible.  If you aren't willing to do this (for example, because you prefer to be anonymous when playing elsewhere on BBO), then we ask you to announce your real name (first and last name) to your opponents at the start of every round via the Chat manager.

For further information click on this link.

FORM
Finding a partner

Moira Pavelin has kindly offered to try match people up, so if you are looking for a partner in either the short term or more permanently, do let her know (moirapavelin@gmail.com).

Alternatively members can send a message to sumbc@googlegroups.com, advertising for a partner.

Or you can register on the BBO partnership desk after 5 on a Monday evening.  Click here for instructions.

Results
Online Club Pairs
Director: Mike Dobson
Online Club Pairs
Director: Mike Dobson
Online Club Pairs
Director: Mike Dobson
Online Club Pairs
Director: Mike Dobson
Online Club Pairs
Director: Mike Dobson
Online Club Pairs
Director: Mike Dobson
Calendar
Mon 25th Jan 2021
Online Club Pairs
7.00 pm
Director: Mike Dobson
Mon 1st Feb 2021
Online Club Pairs
7.00 pm
Director: Mike Dobson
Mon 8th Feb 2021
Online Club Pairs
7.00 pm
Director: Mike Dobson
Mon 15th Feb 2021
Online Club Pairs
7.00 pm
Director: Mike Dobson
Mon 22nd Feb 2021
Online Club Pairs
7.00 pm
Director: Mike Dobson