The “table money” for the WBC Tuesday pairs on BBO is currently US$ 3 per person per session (of which a third goes to each of BBO, the EBU and WBC).
The session will be NGS rated and Masterpoints will be issued.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU WISH TO PLAY
WBC members (see below this section for guests)
Enter your BBO username into your WBC Pianola account (via ”my account” in Pianola. [www.pianola.net] ). You only need to do this once. Only BBO usernames put on the approved list will be able to join the sessions. If you can’t get into your Pianola account then please send an e mail to Fred Pitel with your username.
Buy BBO$ dollars in advance - please don’t leave this until just before the session - 1 BBO dollar costs 1 USD and you can buy them on the BBO website.
Session registration will be open from 5.30PM. To register, both you and your partner need to be online at the same time. One of you signs up for the tournament and enters the BBO username of your partner to invite them. You can, if you wish, register as a pair at 5.30 or later and then log off and log back in at 7.20pm.
The session name will be “Woodberry Pairs” - Please ensure you register by not later 7.20PM, BBO is very congested in the evenings and it can take multiple attempts to login. The session can be found under “All Tournaments” in the “Competitive bridge” section of BBO.
It would be really helpful if you could make sure you and your partner are finally logged in not later than 7.20pm. This will help the director of the session sort out the final logistics.
If you get the error “too many players” when trying to login to BBO, please keep trying, it will let you in eventually.
If you do not have a partner and wish to play please use the “Partnership Desk” tab in the tournament registration page.
A guest of a WBC member may play as a guest three times. The WBC member should e mail Fred Pitel with the guest’s BBO User name in advance of the session, ideally not later than 5.30pm on the date of play. If the same guest plays in a subsequent week, it will not be necessary to repeat this.
Once a guest has played three times in the WBC online pairs, if he/she or wishes to play in a subsequent week then he/she will need to become a WBC member. This involves: filling in an online BBO–related application form (which can be downloaded from this website); sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org ; and paying the joining fee and annual subscription to the WBC bank account (details are noted on the application form).
The joining fee is £10, and the annual subscription for 2020 is £20 waged/£10 unwaged. The annual subscription is however, pro-rated for those who join partway through the year as noted on the application form. For the avoidance of any doubt, joining via this BBO-related application gives full membership. When it is possible to resume normal play at the Claremont the member will therefore be eligible to play for the remainder of 2020, and can then continue as a Woodberry member for following year(s) on paying the relevant annual subscription(s).
Here are the trophy winners over the past 15 years or so.
This competition runs on the 4th Tuesday of every month from January through to October. Seeded players can play with a maximum of 4 other seeds. The best 7 results scored with different partners are averaged together.
2012 - Nigel Freake
2011 - David Schiff
2010 - Paul Lamford
2009 - Nigel Freake
The Handicap Cup has been donated by Paul Lamford and Stefanie Rohan. The competition has the same qualifying rules as the 4th Tuesday pairs except the scores are deducted from the members' 'par' score for the previous 12 months. The difference is then added or subtracted to 50% to give the final percentage score.
The founders of the Woodberry bridge club donated the trophy for this competition. The best score of each month by a partnership are averaged together throughout the year. The best 10 monthly scores are counted starting from from January until December.
1999 - Rachel Bourne and Anne Catchpole
1998 - Nigel Freake and Maurice Lewis
1997 - Nigel Freake and Maurice Lewis
1996 - Sara Dixon and Paul Fegarty
The Allworth Salver was generously donated by former chairperson Pete Allworth. The trophy goes to the pair with the highest combined score at the Autumn Woodberry weekend.
Club Pairs Championship
The Club Pairs Championship is a competition we aim to run each year usually on a weekend afternoon. The bowl was originally presented by John and Fey Probst for the Hackney Congress.
This teams competition honours Woodberry's founder member John Probst. Teams must include one seeded and one non-seeded pair.
2015 - Chantal Giradin, Doug Dunn, Eric Kresner, Denise Kresner
2012 - Steve Bush, Jean Rolnick, Chantal Girardin,Doug Dunn
2010 - Eric Kresner, Steve Bush, Anne Catchpole, David Schiff
2007 - Alan Parker, Kevin Robins, Chris Watkinson, Andy Conway
In the Pivot Teams competition eight hands are played with each team member. Team captains sit at the same table while team members pivot around them.
2005 - Gill Hutchinson, Peter Rogers, Doug Dunn, Jeff Bryer
Trophy donated by the late Alan Parker for the winners of the Woodberry Weekend multiple teams