Calendar
27th Sep 2022
Tues Morning Duplicate with Avenue/Lewes Online
10.00 am
27th Sep 2022
Tues Evening Duplicate
7.15 pm
28th Sep 2022
Weds Evening Duplicate with Avenue/Lewes Online
7.30 pm
29th Sep 2022
Thurs Afternoon Duplicate with Avenue/Lewes Online
1.30 pm
29th Sep 2022
Thurs Evening Duplicate (relaxed)
7.15 pm
Release 2.19p

 

The Club warmly welcomes members and visitors of all ages and skill levels. We meet for duplicate pairs each Tuesday and Thursday at The Old School in Cuckfield. Find out more by clicking here.

 

If you would like to join us for the first time, do please either come along with a partner, or use our Find-a-Partner service, or, if you have questions, contact our Club Secretary Chris Jago on 01825 721282.


Winter Pairs League

Our 8th annual Winter Pairs League will be played again this year on BBO, normally on the 1st Monday of each month from October, but exceptionally on 30th January to avoid clashing with our Bournemouth Bridge Break at the beginning of February. The dates are: 3rd October; 7th November; 5th December; 2nd January; and 30th January. You can find a substitute if you are not available on any of these dates.

Dependent on the number of entries, we hope to run two Leagues (with promotions and relegation from the 2021/22 competition).

As of 21st September we have 12 participating pairs. We'd love to have 4 more pairs, so please email secretary@westsussexbc.co.uk as soon as possible if you would like to play, providing your partner's name and your BBO user names. If you would like to play but do not have a partner, we will do our best to find one for you. We need 8 or 16 pairs to run this competition so please get your entries in straight away. *Entry is free!*


Bournemouth Mini-Break 2023 - Rooms Going Fast!

After the success of this year’s Break, we are pleased that the event will be held again from 5th to 8th February 2023 with Graham Hedley as Director. Already 48 bridge players (+3 non-playing partners) have booked to go on our very popular bridge break at the lovely Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth. As of 21st September there are now only 5 rooms left for us to occupy the whole hotel and prices are a very reasonable £270 for single occupancy in a double room and £430 for dual occupancy. This is for 3 nights DBB, 5 sessions of bridge and 2 seminars. If you would like more details or would like to make a booking with a deposit, which is fully refundable should you cancel for any reason by mid-December, please contact Chris Jago via secretary@westsussexbc.co.uk.


August Competition Winners

Meet our August competition winners! On Tuesday evening, winners were awarded prizes for best performances in open and handicapped categories based on the best three sessions played during August. Please join us in congratulating Peter Berry and David Young who are the undisputed August champions.

 

Handicapped

Peter Berry and David Young 

Open

Peter Berry and David Young

Karen and Mark Darby Brian Kirkdale and Christine Walls  
Steve & Sue Smith Ed Barter & Judith Dingle  
 
Congratulations also to Eric and Robert Jenner, the winners of our Thursday evening competition. This competition awards prizes for the best performance by a Class C player or players over the best three sessions during the month.


Passing of One-Time WSBC Chairman David Lock 1929-2022

David's Thanksgiving Service will now be held on 28th September at St Giles Church, Church Lane, Horsted Keynes RH17 7AY at 12 noon followed by refreshments at Bell House. So they can cater acordingly, the family would like to know who will be joining them at Bell House so please advise secretary@westsussexbc.co.uk or contact Peter Collins on 01444 410575 if you wish to attend.


Club Sessions

After our AGM in May, we announced that we would close down sessions that were not regularly having at least 4 tables. Whilst Thursday afternoons have not attracted much support, your Committee is conscious that once abandoned, it will be very difficult to restart such sessions in the future. We have therefore decided that until at least the end of October our face-to-face afternoons sessions will only be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month with the hope that those members who only play a couple of times a month will support these days and hopefully boost the number of tables. These sessions will be FREE until further notice.

Tuesday evenings have generally been attracting increased support and these sessions will be maintained as will our most popular sessions on Thursday evenings. We now have over 120 paid up members of whom less than half are attending at least once a month so we hope to see an increasing number over the coming months.


New Competitions

WSBC needs your support to ensure we meet our goal of four tables per session by the end of July in order to keep that session going.

As an incentive, we are offering monthly competitions beginning in June:

  • Tuesday evening sessions will have adjusted handicapped results based on NGS rankings in tandem with the regular results, and a monthly prize of a bottle of wine given for the best performances over any three weeks in each section. 

  • There will be a monthly prize of a bottle of wine to the Class C member or members with the aggregate best three results on Thursday evenings in the month based on master points after stratification.

On both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, you can play with the same or different partners. To check Tuesday's handicapped results, go to the Results page and click on the Information tab that is shown there.

Members – your bridge club needs YOU!


Club Reopening for Face-to-Face Bridge
With the easing of National restrictions, the Club has reopened for normal sessions at our new home - The Old School, Cuckfield (Click the “Information” Tab for more details about our location). The Sessions are as follows:
 
Tuesdays at 7.15pm
Thursdays at 1.30pm (now 1st and 3rd Thursdays only)
Thursdays at 7.15pm
 
The Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions will initially be for a maximum of 24 boards and finish within 3 hours.
 
Thursday evenings will be a much more relaxed event and whilst open to all members and visitors, will be aimed at the less experienced players with an NGS rating of 9 or lower, and we will be playing fewer boards.
 
Table money is £3 for members and visitors but payment by voucher (£25 for book of 11, available to members only) is preferred.
 
If you need a partner, please try our new “Find a Partner” service using the link on the right hand side of this page.

New Find-a-Partner Service
New Find-a-Partner Service

Our recent membership survey highlighted the need to provide assistance to members in finding partners, whether that be for one game or a longer-term arrangement.

We are pleased to announce that we are ready to trial our new find-a-partner service, which allows you to post your partner request on our website. The new Find-a-Partner item on the main menu takes you to the Find-a-Partner Message Board, or click here.

Please give it a try and let us know how you get on! For feedback or assistance, email partners@westsussexbc.co.uk.


WSBC Online

We are still offering online bridge for Club members only through a partnership with Avenue and Lewes Clubs. Three weekly sessions are available on BBO: Tuesday mornings at 10am, Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm and Thursday afternoons at 1.30pm. If you would like to play and are not already registered, please contact Ed Barter (memsec@westsussexbc.co.uk).


Results
Thurs Afternoon Duplicate with Avenue/Lewes Online
Thurs Evening Duplicate (relaxed)
Director: Brian Cutler
Weds Evening Duplicate with Avenue/Lewes Online
Tues Morning Duplicate with Avenue/Lewes Online
Tues Evening Duplicate
Director: Neil Watts

If so, get some tips from an experienced player who will play with you in a f2f session, review the hands with you and answer your questions. Hurry - places are limited, so click here to book now!

Give our new find-a-partner service a try! Click here, or click Find-a-Partner on the main website menu to go to the Message Board.

Convention Cards and Partnership Agreements

Whilst not making it compulsory, the Committee would like to encourage all partnerships to have an agreed convention card. You can use your own layout, fill in one of the blank formats to be found on the EBU website or use the simple form on the front page of the score card. The EBU website has some suggested convention cards for basic systems. Having a written partnership agreement obviously helps consistency in bidding and playing and also improving your bridge.