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Afternoon Bridge

During July and August there will be Simple Systems Duplicate bridge at Tudor Bridge Club on Thursday afternoons  from 2 p.m. until about 4.  No partner required, just turn up.

Question:  I understand how to score a hand of bridge, but I don't really understand how a session is scored.  Can you elucidate please?  Also can you explain what I am looking at when I see the scores presented on the website?

Our Expert Says:  Learning how to score at bridge is not the easiest to grasp, as there are many possible variations to each contract.  However, once you have mastered the basic score for each contract, then understanding how this translates into scores and the percentage you get when you play Duplicate Pairs is another topic in itself.

The object of Duplicate Pairs is to compare your score with other Pairs that played the same hands as yourself and your partner.  These days Pairs scoring is done on a computer and so (click here for full response)

Tudor Welcomes New Players to the Club
  • The winners
  • Dorothy and Pat
  • Loretta and Jean
  • Phil and David
  • Tom and Ted
  • John
  • Ann, Paul and Tony
  • Derek, Mike and Vivienne
  • Amanda, Maureen and Sue
  • Colin, Gilly, Alan and Barry
  • Jean and Paul
  • Elizabeth and Chris
  • Sue
  • Dorothy and Tony
  • John and Karen
  • Loretta, Derek and Jean
  • Ros, Mark, Jean and Paul
  • Dave Watson cup

Congratulations go to the new winners of the Dave Watson Cup - Colin and Alan.  However, the evening had more significance than a normal club session because we were able to welcome so many new players to the club.  We had 5 players from the beginners lessons, plus 3 guests from Downend and it was lovely to see Dorothy again after so long.  Thank you all for coming and helping us remember the great man.

The competition itself was closely fought with just 0.3% seperating the top pair from the 2 runners up.  And the winners didn't have it all their own way, they lost one match in a big way when they met 2 representatives from the beginners group, Derek and Vivienne!

Garden Party Bridge - Surprise Response From Attendees!
Garden Party Bridge - Surprise Response From Attendees!
On a beautiful day in early July 2019, Tudor Bridge Club hosted their first ever Garden Party Bridge event, in the heart of the historic town of Chipping Sodbury.

The venue was the hall, and bunting laden, hidden gardens of St Lawrence Presbytery. A picture perfect setting, in perfect weather.  Inside, the 28 bridge players, happily settled down to play a few hands of bridge throughout the morning and early afternoon.  A blissful, peaceful and perfect setting for a relaxing day.

Who would have thought the main topic of the day would be the food!

The day began with home made cookies, shortbread and gluten free biscuits with tea and coffee on arrival.  Then, as the day wore on the food just got better and better.  When the bridge paused for lunch, guests were offered a choice of Prosecco, white or red wine or chilled soft drinks before lunch.  A previous MasterChef winner (James Nathan) had made the Smoked Salmon terrine served with the lunch and had helped with several of the other dishes too, including 2 vegetarian and 2 non vegetarian quiches, Coronation chicken and a fabulous display of side dishes including the wonderful Courgette and Orange salad.  The sweet trolley featured Eton Mess, Chocolate Roulade, Raspberry Cheesecake and a cheeseboard too.  Just a few more hands of cards and afternoon tea was served.  There were plates and plates full of the best quality homemade fayre from Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam, Ginger cake, Chocolate, Banana and Walnut cake, gluten free Lemon cake and Coffee and Walnut cake.

Small wonder all anyone wanted to talk about all day was the quality and variety of the food!  There wasn't a mention anywhere of how cruel the cards had been that day.

The event culminated with a raffle for MacMillan Cancer Support, raising over £200, with gifts kindly donated by local businesses, before the final prize giving.  The prizes were bottles of champagne for the pair with the most modest score (Norma Hutchings and John Maubach), for the pair who scored nearest to 50% (Ann Triner and Tony Baldwin-Charles) and for the pair who came top (Betty and Richard Harris).
 
To see all the pictures from the day click here

The event was hosted by Tudor Bridge Club, who are offering lessons from September 2019 for total beginners and also an intermediate course.  No partner needed.  For more details of the lessons, or to enrol in the Free Taster Session contact Christine on 07876 334921, or via a form on the website click here
Well done, Lesley and Nigel
Well done, Lesley and Nigel

In a first for Tudor Bridge Club, we have joint winners for the Tudor Plate for the period to the end of June 2019 - Lesley and Nigel.  Congratulations to you both. 

Congratulations are also extended to Ann Triner who was 2nd and Karen who was 3rd.  Well done all. Picture shows Karen (centre) presenting Lesley and Nigel with their award.

Malcolm Hayward Cup Winners 2019
Malcolm Hayward Cup Winners 2019

A fabulous evening of bridge with a few nibbles and a glass of vino too.  Congratulations go to the winning team of Karen Monaghan, Paul Gunning, Mark Churchill and Christine May. Thanks were given to those who arranged the food, the wine and soft drinks - and the Director too, of course. 

Special thanks go to those who were able to help out the club by stepping in at the last moment to make up partnerships and teams.  Only Paul will ever know how close we came to losing a team or two!

MINUTES

The minutes from committee meetings are now published and available to the membership.  The purpose of this move is not only to demonstrate transparency but also to publicise the subject areas which the committee are discussing and to encourage your input.  

You will find the recent minutes located under the 'Membership' tab towards the base of the left hand navigation bar.  To see the minutes you will need to register on the site.  If you have any problems or issues doing this please contact Christine on 07876334921 who will do her best to help you.

Looking for a Partner

 Just call Paul on 07833 754352 or 01454 250176 and he will do his best to match you up with someone.

Results
Thursday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Nigel
Simple Systems Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Chris
Tuesday
Director/Scorer: Mark
Thursday
Director/Scorer: Gordon
Tuesday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Karen
Simple Systems Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Karen
Thursday
Director/Scorer: Karen
Tuesday
Director/Scorer: Mark
Thursday
Director/Scorer: Karen
Simple Systems Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Nigel
Tuesday
Director/Scorer: Karen
Simple Systems Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Karen
Thursday
Director/Scorer: Karen
Dave Watson Cup
Director/Scorer: Gordon Powell
Thursday
Director/Scorer: Nigel
Simple Systems Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Chris
Tuesday
Director/Scorer: Karen
Simple Systems Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Karen
Calendar
20th Aug 2019
Tuesday
Director/Scorer: Gordon
22nd Aug 2019
Simple Systems Duplicate
2 p.m.
Director/Scorer: Chris
22nd Aug 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Mark
27th Aug 2019
Tuesday
Director/Scorer: Karen
29th Aug 2019
Simple Systems Duplicate
2 p.m.
Director/Scorer: Karen
29th Aug 2019
Thursday Duplicate
Director/Scorer: Nigel