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2019 Champions - Glyn and Roger.
Eve and Joe. Overall winners of the Michael Coda Cup 2019.
Our New Dilworth Cup winner 2018. Congratulations Mike!
Congratulations to Eve, Sue, Mike and Stuart. A good start for their year!
Nigel and Heinz have filled these tankards before - cheers!
Mary S and Lyn, teamed up with Jackie W and Heinz.
Millie and John.
Friday 21st. June was to be our club’s Open Evening when we had a Random Spare on the rota, which means we now require a last minute volunteer Spare Partner please! If you can help, please let Sheila know and I’ll gratefully add your name to the list on the website. Thankyou.
The Taunton Bridge Club is affiliated to the Somerset Contract Bridge Association and to the English Bridge Union.
Our club nights are held on Wednesday and Friday evenings in the Catholic Centre, The Mount, Taunton, TA1 3NR. There is ample free parking in the School car park which is adjacent to the Catholic Centre. We have a spare partner rota operating on all club evenings so players without a partner are guaranteed a game. There isn't normally a spare partner on competition evenings/Sims events. The boards are electronically duplimated and we use Bridgemates to score at the table, so results are available at the end of play and when you get back to your own computer you can see what those final contracts should have been and play the hands again! We welcome players of all standards - our aim is to help and encourage.
We like to start play at 7pm prompt and therefore arrival before 6.45pm would be appreciated to enable the Director to organise the movement and Bridgemate can be set up.
Do join us! Visitors are very welcome.
Congratulations Naomi and Margaret Adams, with Valerie and George Adams for their convincing win this year. A new and very successful combination, they were seven Victory Points ahead of Runners Up Jackie W. and Glyn who were teamed up with Grant and Steve F.
The Fairlamb Cup was donated years ago in 1956 - by the Fairlamb family - and their stipulation was that this event must be played over two events, each with a different format, on the same day! One event was for Ladies Pairs and the other for Mixed. We all contributed goodies for tea and settled for a long session on a Saturday! Over the years this became unfeasable and the cup went into mothballs. In 2014 our committee decided to resurrect the event and was able to re -arrange the format slightly. We now play this event over two consecutive Wednesdays, with our normal duplicate format - and no goodies!
Players wishing to enter, need to play with the same partner on both nights and your pairing must be either a Ladies pair, or Mixed. No men's pairs can enter, but of course, as always, everyone is welcome to play even if not entering. The first is on Wednesday 3rd. July, followed on the Wednesday 10th. As with all club competitions, there will be no spare partner on either night. If you are hoping toplay, it will help our Director to plan ahead if you please - as usual - sign the list on the board.
We look forward to seeing you.
Your committee has decided to postpone our Annual Open Evening scheduled for Friday 21st June, until later in the year. Our date will coincide with many road closures in Taunton and it is felt this will make it very difficult for our visitors ..........and members.........to make their way to the club. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you and the visitors you have invited. A future date will be announced later on. However, our normal club night will take place as usual.
We had a very full and busy evening for our Ladies and Mens Pairs Championship evening with twelve pairs of Ladies and eight Mens....with a few non qualifying pairs sprinkled around too! Lovely to see everyone.
Congratulations to Anona and Valerie, clear winners for the ladies section and to Glyn and Les for the mens. The dealing machine was in overdrive and we played the same set of boards in each section, so you can view the hands as usual in the results. On board 6 out of the twenty pairs playing, everyone passed it out except two!
Our next club competition is The Steele Teams of Four on Wednesday 12th. June. This is a straight forward teams event and the list is already up on the board. Please enter your team across the line. If you have a partner and are looking for another pair, feel free to add your names to the list and another pair might join you.
Nine of our club members qualified - with various partners - for the fourteen pairs SCBA's Championship Pairs Final! A very long day with the qualifying rounds followed by the Final or the Plate. Well done!
Want to easily get up to date with your NGS grade? Our club members' NGS grades can now be found in Main Menu NGS. No password required as all NGS information is on public view in the EBU website. This will be updated automatically by the EBU each month. However, every time one plays the NGS % changes, and to search this out you simply click on the open page - now turned green! - and you will simply get straight through to the EBU's NGS site and view as usual! If someone's name is missing from our club list it means he/she is no longer a member or........they have chosen to make their NGS grade private which all EBU members are entitled to do. Enjoy browsing!
Congratulations Anona and James for a clear win in our Mixed Pairs Championship! With a brilliant result, 66+%, they were 5% ahead of Runners Up Sue and Stephen. This event was well supported this year, with sixteen qualifying pairs, including a few new faces.......see you again next time! To view the revised results table which excludes any non-qualifying pairs - go to Our Competitions in the Main Menu.
Your Committee's February committee minutes are now available for you to read in 'Minutes Archive' in the Main Menu. Use your own password to gain access.
Congratulations to Glyn and Roger......our new Pairs Champions for 2019! Colin (thanks for directing Colin) and visitor Eric (we all know Eric - welcome) were second on the night, but of course don't qualify, so Grant and Steve are Runners Up. Glyn and Roger had just one outright bottom.......against Grant and Steve who managed the extra trick in 3 No Trumps when most were in 'some number' of Spades!
Here they are! Eve and Joe proudly holding The Michael Coda Cup 2019. Happy smiling faces because County has raised £2000 for Sheila's chosen charity this year - The Penny Brohn Cancer Care - Living Well With Cancer.
Well done from all of us at Taunton!
As you know from the Annual General Meeting, our membership voted in favour of purchasing a dealing machine. It was felt it would encourage our members to review their play and help our less experienced members to make the most out of their hands. Well..........it's arrived, and members have been 'playing' with it learning how to set it up to deal. Great excitement. There is a list on the board asking for volunteers to 'deal' for the next night - maybe during the tea break, as it won't take long. Just put in a pack of cards and press a button. Lessons available! And don't worry, the deals are preset with the deal software and I've already put them onto Bridgewebs ready for the evening. Look into Calendar for Friday, and you'll see a clutch of cards by the date, showing the hands are already uploaded.....but not of course visible yet!!! It will also save a gallant person the job of hand dealing the Simultaneous evenings cards. Once we're really up and running, the deals can be pre-set twelve months in advance!
Onwards and upwards as they say!
Go into results as usual and click into your results. Choose the board you wish to check and the hand will appear. You have the option to replay it and do better, except the computer can't of course produce the same defence as your opposition did! Click on Play It Again. Go in to Analyse and the Optimum Contract will be shown.....did you bid this....... and a small chart will appear showing the possible makeable contracts. Have fun and set a time limit!!!!
If we are unlucky and are unable to find a Spare Partner, don't forget there has always been the facility in The Member's Area to 'Find a Partner'. Use your own password to gain access, and click on 'Find a Partner' near the top left hand corner, click again on PR (partner required), type in your name and press Confirm. Your name will then appear in the Main Calendar and on the small calendar near Results at the bottom right side of the Home Page. You can also opt to show your email or telephone number, which will only appear when you 'tick', or if you prefer not to do that, we all have the club card with members' telephone numbers. Hopefully someone else without a partner will contact you! So....keep an eye on our website! This system may be used for any clubnight, including Competition nights when we don't provide an official Spare Partner. Worth a try. Let us know how you get on.
We will always do our best to keep the club going but sometimes the weather will beat us! Any hasty cancellation will be posted on our site, or, if you wish contact, David, Sheila, Kate or Jackie M for the latest information.
Scroll down this page for easy access to our latest results - and view other items on the way!
Check to see when you're 'The Spare' by looking in Calendar.
Sheila has published The Spares list for July, August and September. If you are unable to honour your date, it will be very much appreciated if you arrange a swop and alter the list on the board.
Ernie Whitehead - 5 Star Master.
Sue Hornsby - 5 Star Premier Master.
Jette Bailey - 3 Star Grand Master.
Club Events -
And County -
Inter Club Teams -
2nd in Open Section - Sheila and Colin, with Jackie W and Mike.
West of England Congress entries are now being accepted by entering online through the Somerset County Website. AND the good news is, the event is being held at The Winter Gardens again this year. But the numbers will be restricted, so get your entry in early.