This has now become the Club Championship and Plate. It consists of a qualifying heat plus a final. After the qualifying heat, the top half of the field play for the Cup and the lower half of the field play for the Plate.
The 2020 Cup winners were Bill Nicolle and Linda Gardiner and Mary Rimmer and Maureen Topley won the Plate.
Created in Coventry by George Cuthbertson and John Pyner, the competition is run in divisions of 4 tables, where over a period of 5 months, each pair plays 2 eight board matches against every other pair in their division. After each match, the E/W pairs score up as teams with the other N/S pairs in their division. The final scores for each match are converted from imps to VP’s.
Scoreboards of the results are displayed during the evening after each match is completed and cumulative scoresheets are put up on the website and at the club after each session has been completed. Master points are awarded at the end of each series. There is promotion and relegation at the end of each series plus a free entry for the next series to the winners of each division.
Not only is the event very social but over the series, the teams scoring reduces the randomness that is often associated with pairs events. It is important to bid close games and slams and NOT to go for big penalties!
Attendance and Substitutes:
Full attendance is required for this competition so as to avoid an eight board sit out. However substitutes are allowed (either individuals or pairs). Any substitute or substitute pair can play more than once and for different people. Their score will be allocated to the original entrants. It is the responsibility of the original entrants to arrange their substitutes.
In 2019-20 the winners of Division 1 were Chris Jepson and Neil Watts with runners-up Lindsay Geddes and Mick Carrington and of Division 2 Philip Hunt and Yves Lebrec with runners-up Margaret and Roger Chaplin.
THE BRADLEY-CROUCH CUP
This competition (including the non-expert section) is played on each Thursday evening in January to March. A player's three best results are counted, one in each month. Partners must be club members. "NGS Stratification" will be used and the non-expert trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring player with an EBU National Grading Scheme (NGS) grading of 6 or below (i.e. <47%). (Stratification will be based on members’ EBU NGS ranking on 1 January.)
The winner in 2019 was David Young and the winner of the Non Expert was Suzanne McKenzie.
NON EXPERT TROPHY
This trophy is awarded to the non-expert (fewer than 5000 master points as at 1st April) who attains the most master points at club sessions in the following year.
The winner in 2019 was Peter Berry.
THE ERIC VALENTINE REEVES MEMORIAL PRIZE
This is now the Mixed Pairs Championship and is played the closest Tuesday to Valentine's Day. There is a prize for the leading pair plus a Flitch prize for the leading married couple.
The winners of the Mixed Pairs Championship in 2020 were Chris Jepson & David Clifton and Alan Gardiner & Linda Gardiner won the Eric Reeves 'Flitch' prize.
ANNUAL CLUB INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION/ PAIRS CHAMPIONS
A competition for the best individual and best pair in the club with the highest average score from 1st April to 31st March with a minimum of 10 sessions played for pairs and 20 sessions for individuals to be played.
In 2019 the Individual winner was Philip Hunt and the winning Pair was Neil Watts and Peter Collins.
WSBC LADIES & MENS PAIRS
This is a one session event where a prize is given to the leading Ladies pair and Mens pair.
If there is a sufficient entry the event is run in separate divisions for ladies and men with both sections playing the same boards.
However with less than 10 pairs in each division, the competition is run in a single section with all the Ladies pairs sitting North/South and all the Mens pairs sitting East/West.
In 2020 the Men’s Pairs was won by Ian Sanderson & Brian Kirkdale and Lindsay Geddes & Sally Bugden won the Ladies Pairs.
THE THOMASON TROPHY
This competition is held on Thursday evenings through the year, and is restricted to members who have less than 5000 registered master points as at 1st April. The winner is the member who attains the most master points during the bridge year
The winner in 2019 was David Young.
JACKIE CLINTON VENTURE PAIRS
The winners in 2019 were Eric Jenner & Chris Gray