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Charity Bridge at WBC
Charity Bridge at WBC

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.

Oxford Junior Bridge Club

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.

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 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.

Congratulations
BLUE POINTED SWISS PAIRS
BLUE POINTED SWISS PAIRS

A very successful Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs was held on Sunday 23rd June, jointly with Oxford Bridge Club.  There were 17 tables, and the winners were Judy & Isabel.  Congratulations to them!  Lorna & Alastair were second.  Full results are here.  Holly, playing with Freddie Beneat, won the second half ascenders' prize.

Many thanks to all involved in the organisation: primarily Sandra who masterminded the whole event, but also Lawrence for directing, Liza scoring, Claire catering, Judy for collecting the money and Krys for selling raffle tickets.  Thank you also to Eileen & Anna who acted as our standby pair but in the end were not needed.

A grand total of £640 was raised for our two charities, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Safeline.

Midsummer Pairs

Congratulations to Linda Edwards & Diane Coe on winning the Midsummer Pairs Competition on 17th June with the fine score of 64.41%. They will be
presented with the David Bygott trophy at the Club's AGM next April.

Very well done also to David Dobson & Brian Wright in second place with 63.64% and to Mary-ann & Tim Sheehy in third with 59.00%.

County teams

As some of you know, Oxfordshire fields three teams-of-eight in the Midland Counties League. A few of our Club's members represent the County in these teams. This year Oxfordshire's B team won their Division. The team then went on to play in the National Finals of the Inter-County Leagues on 16th June against all the other counties that had won in their various regional leagues. Oxfordshire emerged victorious for the second year running.  Very well done to Mary-Ann Sheehy and Matthew Covill who were part of this winning team.

Oxfordshire Congress 8-9th June
Oxfordshire Congress 8-9th June

Congratulations to new junior member Zane Soonawalla, playing with his father, Zahir, on winning the Friendly Pairs cup in the Oxfordshire Congress.

Also to Mary-Ann Sheehy and Matthew Covill who were part of the team who came third in the Swiss Teams and Liza Furnival who was in the team finishing in sixth place out of the 48 competing.

World Bridge Federation Under-16 Online Championships

The partnership of Henry Rose and Freddie Beneat played for the England under-16 team in the World Bridge Federation online championships and have won! They beat the favourites, the USA in the final. Freddie and Zane (see above) have also won the Oxford Times Cup which will be presented at the OBA AGM on Thursday evening 13th June at the Oxford Bridge Club. 

Corwen Trophy

Many congratulations to Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak who finished in 11th place out of a national field of 94 top pairs in the Corwen Trophy on 1st - 2nd June.

Please click here for the full results.

Spring Bank Holiday Swiss Pairs

Many congratulations to Liza Furnival who, playing with a non-member, came 4th= in a tough field at the EBU's Spring Bank Holiday Swiss Pairs event at Stratford on Sunday 26th May!

EBED Spring Sim Pairs

Congratulations to Alison & Robert, who won our heat of the EBED Sim Pairs on 13th May with 62.71%. Tunde & Kati were very close behind with 62.09% and Peter Sherry & Mary were third.   Here is a link to the national results and here is a link to the commentary.

Success for the juniors!
Success for the juniors!

Here are Freddie Beneat and Zane Soonawalla, pictured at SBC where they played on the May Day Bank Holiday.  Earlier this year they won the Oxford Times Cup, which is awarded to the highest placed Oxfordshire pair competing in the annual EBED Student Simultaneous Pairs.  Click here to see previous winners.

OBA Mixed Pairs

Many congratulations to Sandra & Krys on winning the OBA Mixed Pairs on Sunday 7th April.

Here is a link to the results.

British Spring Sim Pairs
Congratulations to James & Valerie who won our sim pairs heat on 1st April with 61.67%. Close behind were Matthew Covill & Mary-Ann with 60.42%, and Claire & Robert were third with 60.21%.  Well done all!
 
Here is a link to the national results in which Claire & Robert are currently lying first in the club, and here is a link to the commentary.
County Pairs Final

Sunday 17th March saw 20 pairs, who had qualified in the semi-final, taking part in the County Pairs Final at OBC.

Well done to Sandra & Krys who came fourth in a tough field - see here for the full results. This qualifies them as one of four pairs to represent Oxfordshire at the Corwen Trophy in June, where they will compete against top players in other counties.

Liza also did well to finish fifth.

Stratified Sim Pairs
Congratulations to Mary-Ann & Tim who won our Stratfied sim pairs heat on 11th March with 64.46%. Steph & Steven were second with 60.9%, Diane & Linda third with 60.8%. Well done all!
 
For the national results click here and for the commentary click here.

Masters Pairs

Several members took part in the Masters Pairs event for those ranked below Regional Master, which was held at multiple venues around the country on Sunday 24th February including Oxford Bridge Club, and scored nationally as a Sim Pairs.

Notable results of SBC members out of the 242 pairs taking part nationally were as follows:

Tom Brus, playing with a non-member, won the Oxford heat and came 11th nationally with 59.83%. 
Bridget & Holly came third in the Oxford heat and 29th nationally with 57.22%. 

Well done!  Click here for a link to the Oxford results, and here for a link to the national results.

Winter Ladder
Congratulations to Krys who has won the Winter Ladder.  The average of his ten best scores was 59.48%.  It was all very close: Alison was second with 59.34% and Robert third with 59.13%.  To see the full results click on 'Competitions' on the left-hand side of the Club website's homepage.
 

To qualify for the ladder you have to be a Club Member and to have played at least ten times during the season (September to February - but Monday 25th February doesn't count as it's teams).

British Winter Sim Pairs

Many congratulations to Matthew & Irina who won the Summertown heat of the British Winter Sims on 14th January. Second were Carol & Aleks, and third were Erika & Joanna. Well done to them too.

The club results on the EBU website are here:
https://www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs/000306/clubs/00210427

And the commentary is here:
https://www.ebu.co.uk/sims/results/000306/display/commentary/commentary.pdf

Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to the following members promoted in the EBU's monthly rounds of master point promotions:-

July 2019
 
Linda Allen - County Master
 
June 2019

Tim Sheehy – Premier Master

Tom Brus – Advanced Master

Joanna Donkin  - Master

May 2019
Bridget Watson - 2 Star Regional Master
Lucy Edwardes - Advanced Master

April 2019

John Deech - 1 Star Premier Regional Master
Lawrence Haines - Regional Master
Ann Lee - 1 Star Premier Master
Paul Stevenson - 2 Star Master
Ameena Ahmad - Advanced Master
Elisabeth Long - Club Master
Elizabeth Middlemiss - Club Master
 
March 2019
Diane Coe - 5 Star Premier Regional Master
Annabel Wade - Premier Master
Steve Nyman - 4 Star Master
Anthea Robinson - Advanced Master
Sandra Devaney - Area Master

February 2019

Mary-Ann Sheehy – Premier Life Master

Diane Coe – 4 Star Premier Regional Master

John Deech – 2 Star Regional Master

Lawrence Haines – 1 Star Premier Master

Neil Whiting – 1 Star Master

Christina Hardyment – Advanced Master

Erika Syba – District Master

January 2019

Matthew Wilkinson - 1 Star Regional Master