Two Wallingford BC members are organising a Swiss Pairs event at WBC on 27th October to raise money for a charity that is planting trees to help preserve the environment. Please click here to view the flyer. You can enter on the WBC website by clicking here.
The Oxford Junior Bridge Club welcomes participants to its summer term sessions on Sundays at Summertown Church Hall. Click here to download details. You may also want to read the report on activities during the spring term by clicking here.
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.
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 4. Speak to Howard Arnes (A-Team) or Roger Heath-Brown (B-team) if you would like to play for Summertown. In due course fixtures and results, as well as match reports will appear on the link on the lefthand side of this page.
The December OBA Newsletter is now available with mentions of Summertown and two Prize Quizzes. Click anywhere in this box to view.
Kati di Gleria has recently rediscovered and uploaded an old video of the SBC Christmas party in 2005. To view it please click on this link.
Christmas party photographs have been made into a collage - please click on this box to view them (the file is quite large, and may take a few seconds to download). Many thanks to photographer David Bygott.
A Happy New Year to all our members!
Sue Reynolds won the Christmas cake this year.
Photo courtesy of David Bygott.
The hands/travellers are on the club website. This is the link to the full commentary:
and this is the link to the national results:
The Club plans to run three Saturday morning seminars on bridge. They are aimed at average club players who want to improve their game. They will run at Oxford Bridge Club, usually 9.30-12.30. Typically there will be an hour and a half of inter-active teaching, a break for coffee and cake, then an hour or so playing set hands to practice what you’ve learned. The cost is only £5.
The three planned seminars are:
September 27: Slam bidding (Steven Bliss). This is a repeat of a successful seminar which Steven ran in April. It will mainly cover assessing when slam may be on; cue bids; and bidding sequences that often go wrong. If there is time and demand it could also cover Roman Key Card Blackwood.
October 25: Planning declarer play (Sandra Nicholson). We all know that as declarer, we should take time to plan the hand at trick 1. But what should the plan cover? Most of us know about counting winners and losers, but the ABCDE method also helps you remember to make use of any information available from the lead and the bidding, and to anticipate and avoid anything that might go wrong.
November 15: Competing against Weak Twos and Multicoloured Two Diamonds opening bids (Krys Kazmierczak). That horrible opponent on my right just opened a weak 2S when I have a perfectly good opening hand. How do I bid now? Competing against Weak Twos and the Multicoloured Two Diamonds isn't easy, but some guidelines and tweaks to your system will help make sure that you and your partner end up in the right contract most of the time.
Steph Bliss and Bridget Watson are coordinating these seminars and taking bookings. If you want to come to the September seminar on slam bidding, please contact Steph (sooner not later, please, as we need to be sure there’s enough demand). For the other two seminars please contact Bridget.
Bridge benefits arithmetic, logical reasoning, memory, judgement and concentration, so the younger you start the better!
A new bridge club for juniors is starting in Summertown Church Hall, on the corner of Banbury and Portland Roads, Summertown, OX2 7EZ on Sunday afternoons, from 21st September to 7th December, 2.30 – 4.30p.m.
All keen juniors, from nine to eighteen years are welcome, from total beginners to the reasonably experienced; £3.00 per head, including refreshments. Tuition will be given, by DRB checked volunteers, in mini-bridge and bidding.
For further information on junior bridge in the county, visit our website: www.bridgewebs.com/bridge4schools or email: email@example.com
A list of pairs who have qualified for the semi finals of the County Pairs is available here. Qualification is subject to confirmation by the OBA; those who are successful will be notified by email.
The semi-finals are due to be held on Sunday 1 February, and the final on Sunday 26 April 2015.
A new bridge club for juniors is starting on Sunday afternoons from 21 September in Summertown Church Hall. Full details for those interested in attending are provided in the news item above.
Summertown Bridge Club has generously donated £50.00 towards refreshments. We hope that other clubs and local schools will also support us in our first year.
For further information please contact Holly Kilpatrick: 01865 512358/07753 672001.
Patsy Luck, a long-time member of Summertown Bridge Club, passed away on Friday 22 August, after a long illness. The funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium on Friday, 5th September at 1.30 pm. This will be followed by a reception at Pegasus Grange.
Sad news about two members of SBC:
Ewen Moir died on Friday 25th July, at the Churchill Hospital. The funeral will be at the Oxford Crematorium on Thursday 31 July at 3.45 pm.
Barbara Eyton passed away on Sunday 20th July aged 99, at Yarnton Care Home. She came to Oxford from the Wirral and her funeral will be held in Chester on 6 August.
We are delighted to announce that this event raised over £500 for our chosen charity, the Oxford Samaritans.
The results are available by clicking on the "Results" tab in the left-hand menu.
Thirty six pairs took part in a very enjoyable and friendly event. First prize was won by Peter Litchfield & John Briggs; second prize by Jo Murray & Colin Jones and in third place were Chris & Jane Whelan.
Aleks Lishkov was the highest placed club member in fourth place, playing with non-member Chris Wilson, while Steph & Steven Bliss were close behind in fifth.
Many congratulations to Tom Brus & Christina Hardyment winners of the non-expert prize after a storming first half performance.
Very well done also to Chris Dawe on winning the ascenders' prize, playing with non-member Ian Foote.
Peter Litchfield & John Briggs, winners of our Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs
You can see more pictures by clicking on "Galleries" on the left.
Congratulations to the Summertown A team who came second in Division 2, in a very close finish, and who have won promotion to Division 1 next season. Commiserations to the B team who finished in 8th position in Division 2 and will be playing in Division 3 next year. The C team finished in 7th place in Division 5. See the Wessex league page (link on the left) for all the results and match reports.
Final results for the Summertown Heat of the National Pairs competition and for the four pairs not competing in the Heat are now available. In the competing section, the top eight pairs qualify to go through to the Regional Heat at West Midlands Bridge Club in Solihull on Sunday 16th March. Full details can be viewed by clicking on this box.