Congratulations to Steve, Stuart, Gill and George - the winners of our Club Championship Mixed Pivot Teams competition.
Lauri and Margaret Andrews came fourth in the Yorkshire County Flitch competition held at Doncaster on July 15th. Well played.
Congratulations to George and Stuart, this year's winners of the Hill Pairs competition. They overtook the runners up - Madeleine and Sue - in the last round. Well done to both pairs.
The Jackpot competition is hotting up and the current rank order and points of the leading ten members can be seen on the board in the Teaching Room.
After 18 events the top five so far are:-
1= George Bak and Stuart Davies (1138) 3. Mark Armitage (1066) 4. Robert Eaton (781) 5 Harry Hoyle (685)
Closely following are Steve Blackburn, Alan Jarvis, David Donaldson, Jacqui Hutchinson and Jean Britteon
The Waddington Cup final is a Yorkshire County competition. Initial rounds are played within each qualifying club and the best Club teams then go forward into the final. Thirteen teams from different clubs competed.
Stuart Davies’ team of Stuart, George Bak, Mark Armitage and Steve Blackburn played very well and were the runners up. Our other team of Alan and Kath Jagger, Margaret and Lauri Andrews came ninth. Very well done to both teams.
Many apologies for inadvertently missing off further really important Club news in the item about the Malton Cup. Bradford member Tom Copeland, playing with three others from Sheffield, was in the winning team!!!
Congratulations to the team of Stuart Davies. George Bak, Gill Copeland and Steve Blackburn. They came second in Malton Bridge Club's Malton Cup, held at York Bridge Club on 24th June, losing by only 3 IMP!. Bradford new member Pete Franks, playing with three others, came third. Well done to all concerned.
Congratulations to Lauri and Margaret Andrews. They came third in the final of the Yorkshire Mixed Pairs held on 17th June. This is a competition that is open to any mixed pairs from Yorkshire, so very well done, you two!
The Club is about to purchase a defibrillator and on 8 August the Red Cross will be running a one-hour training course at the Club covering use of the machine and other related first aid matters.. It will be held in the downstairs room at 5.30 p.m. There is no charge and we are looking for volunteers from across all club drives so that there will always be someone on hand who can use the machine immediately. Reportedly the defibrillator is very simple to use.
Please add your name to the list on the coffee table. Thanks.
At their most recent meeting the Committee decided that the trial use of a timer in the main drives had been a success and this will now become standard practice.
The conversion of the downstairs gents to a disabled cubicle is underway. The plumber is currently working on the gents cloakroom conversion and will be fitting in the work around other jobs. The works are scheduled for completion by the end of July and there will never be an occasion where there are no facilities available.
Many congratulations to Sheila Kaye and Clive Naylor - this year's winners of the Vera Walton Trophy. They played an excellent match on 13th June, beating their nearest rivals by nearly 6% Well done Sheila and Clive.
The Corwen Trophy competition is a prestigious event where the leading pairs from each county are invited to compete against each other. This year the event was held in Daventry over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd June with 92 pairs from all over the country participating. Stuart Davies and George Bak from our Club came 12th overall and they had the highest score of the Yorkshire County pairs. Gill Copeland and Steve Blackburn - the other pair from Bradford - also did well in this top national event. Well done to both pairs - we are proud of you!!
The Joyce Allard Trophy was won by the team comprising John Bastow, Madeleine Newby, Susan Hoyle and Pat Benson. A very good result - Well done!
Congratulations to Bradford members Stuart Davies and Alan Jarvis. They won the Castle Swiss Pairs organised by Huddersfield Bridge Club. There were six matches in the competition and Stuart and Alan won three of these 20-0! Well done.
Don't forget that it is a Championship Team Event this coming Monday 21st May. Members will be competing for the Joyce Allard trophy. Do try to get a team together! if you would like to play but do not yet have a full team please put in a partner request on Pianola.
Thanks to the many people who put something into the Charity Bottle on the bar. Every so often this is emptied and the contents are given to charity. David organised this recently and you will be pleased to know that a cheque for £59.00 is being sent to Manorlands. Manorlands is a Sue Ryder hospice, based in West Yorkshire. They are there for people aged 18 and over living with conditions such as cancer, heart failure and lung disease.
Congratulations to George Bak and Stuart Davies who won the Bradford Open Swiss Pairs on 22nd April. It was a really closely fought competition with the Bradford pair winning by just one VP. It was great that the winners this year came from the home club. Well done.
It is hoped that, eventually, the minutes of each Committee meeting will be published on the members’ area of our website. In the meantime, this is a reminder that copies of the minutes are always available to members and can, as usual, be found in the blue file in the cupboard in the main bridge room.
Congratulations to Alan and Kathleen Jagger winners of the Haslock trophy. Well done.
Over seventy people came to Peter’s 80th birthday party on April 7th and we had a wonderful time. The bridge was handicapped, with the winners being
1st Jacqui Hutchinson & Georgie Ramseyer
2nd Robert Eaton & Lynn Nutton
1st Pat Benson & Rita Trickett
2nd Chris & Pauline Fort
The results without the applied handicap can be seen on the website.
We knew Peter had said that there would be wine and cheese in the interval – but it turned out to be a lovely buffet as well. Thank you so much Peter. Thanks also to Sue Sheldrick, Sheila Kaye and Joyce Carey who shopped and helped to set everything up and to Stuart Davies for organising the bridge so efficiently.
There was a collection for Peter’s chosen charity - The Children’s Trust, which supports children with a brain injury. £211.50 was raised.
HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, PETER and MANY, MANY THANKS.
In a thrilling finale to this year's competition, team Berry managed to hang on to their 1VP lead. So they are this season's champions. Well done!
Thanks to everyone who supported this competition during the dark winter nights especially to Stuart Davies who organised everything.
The final league table and all the results can be viewed here.
Apologies for the prior erroneous news item.
The Club session on Wednesday April 11th will run as usual. Pairs who play in the session are eligible for the Haslock Trophy if they have an average handicap of 52% or less, either on that day or in the preceding month.
Gill Copeland and George Bak have won the Mixed Pairs Event in the EBU's Northern Easter Festival on the 30th March. They scored 62.04% in a field of 22 competing pairs. An excellent result and well deserved.
Also to be congratulated are John Bastow and Hazel Greenwood who, playing in the Improvers pairs section at the same Festival, came 6th with 54.69%. Well done John and Hazel.
A new EBU competition has been introduced for bridge players who are below the rank of Master (less than 5000 black local points)
A qualifying heat will be held at Bradford on Thursday 12th April, starting at 7.10 p.m. - and the leading 50% will be eligible to play in the area final
The area final (24 boards) will be held at York Bridge Club on Tuesday 15th May, the entry fee for which will be £10.00 and will include afternoon tea - and trophies and prize money for the winners
Congratulations to Stuart, George, Gill and Steve. They won the Handicap Teams Championship by a massive margin. Very well played!!
Mark has asked us to display the following message:
"Just a note to thank all those members who helped to clear the club car park of snow on the Sunday of the last Yorkshire League matches. I know it was much appreciated by all of our opponents attending the club that day. Brilliant work."
Here also is the text of 2 emails we received:
"Can I, on behalf of Huddersfield Bridge Club, thank the members of Bradford Bridge Club for their outstanding hospitality yesterday.
Their efforts in clearing the car park of snow and ice were nothing short of heroic, and we were very well looked after before and during the matches.
"I would like to thank you and other members of Bradford bridge club for clearing the car park and ramp and carrying my wheelchair up the stairs.
it's getting too difficult for me and I can't go to Huddersfield B C because of the steps so don't know whether I will be seeing you in the future unless maybe I get a couple of new hips.
Thanks to all involved.
Liz Brown and Joyce Carey won the Ladies' Championship Pairs competition on March 14th. Mark Armitage and Harry Hoyle won the Men's. Full details can be seen by clicking onto the Results tab on the Club website. Congratulations to both pairs!
Six of the seven rounds are now complete and team Berry now lead by 1VP from team Winter/Logan. The previous leaders, team Jagger, have dropped to third some 6VP behind the second placed team. A further 4VP behind them come team Donaldson.
So an exciting finale in prospect in the final round to be played on 3rd April 2018.
All results and the league table can be view using the link on the results page.
Scores from 4th March 2018.
|Bradford 'A'||7||13||Huddersfield 'A'|
|Bradford 'B'||8||12||Huddersfield 'B'|
|Huddersfield 'C'||P||P||Bradford 'C'|
|Bradford 'D'||12||8||Brighouse 'D'|
|Bradford 'E'||12||8||Keighley 'E'|
A disappointing end to the season. Our 'B' team are definitely relegated and only the most unlikely outcome of a postponed game in Division 1 can save the 'A' team from the same fate.
Our 'C' team match was sidelined by a combination of weather and a late injury to one of the team. They have a theoretical chance of promotion but will require specific outcomes from the two remaining fixtures in their Division.
The 'D' team finished fourth in their Division and the 'E' team fell into the bottom half of the same Division. These two teams had the best performances in todays matches.
Thanks to everyone who turned out to venues all over Yorkshire during Autumn and Winter, especially in todays weather. And a huge thanks to all those who rallied round to produce the refreshments for the home fixtures.
Let's hope for bigger and better things next year.
The final league tables can be viewed on the YCBA website.
Stuart Davies and George Bak played superbly in the E.B.U.'s Grand Master Pairs and came third out of the twenty pairs competing. To play in the event one had to be a Grand Master partnering either another Grand Master or a Premier Life Master and all players had to hold the rank of an Ace - so there was a lot of competition and this was a great achievement. Well done Stuart and George.
The next two Jackpot Pairs competitions will be on 28th February and 12th March.
The leader board in the teaching room lists the names of the top ten members so far. After the first eight matches George Bak is in the top spot closely followed by Mark Armitage, Stuart Davies, Harry Hoyle and Jean Britteon.
Congratulations to our 2018 Championship Ladies team winners - Georgina Wooler, Gill Copeland, Georgie Ramseyer and Jacqui Hutchinson. Well played.
George Bak, Stuart Davies, Alan Jarvis and Steve Blackburn won the Men's Championship Teams competition. Well done, gentlemen.
Our 2018 Flitch champions are Mark and Louise (Armitage). Congratulations, you two!!
Scores from 11th February 2018.
|Scarborough 'A'||1||19||Bradford 'A'|
|Bradford 'B'||9||11||Garforth 'A'|
|Bradford 'C'||15||5||Leeds 'F'|
|Bradford 'D'||9||11||Halifax 'C'|
|Brighouse 'D'||14||6||Bradford 'E'|
Their best result this season sent the 'A' team into mid-table. A last day win or even a narrow defeat will keep them in the top division next season.
Despite a close defeat, our 'B' team has improved to one place above the relegation spots. It is a very delicate position in that division and they will need to be on their toes in the last match.
A good victory for the 'C' team takes them to third in their league but they are 10VP behind second spot so they will need some luck if they are to gain a promotion place.
Defeats for 'D' and 'E' leaves the former in mid-table and the latter in the bottom half of their division.
Plenty to play for in the final matches which will be played on 4th March 2018.
The league tables can be viewed on the YCBA website.
The Club participated in the Bridge England Sim Pairs competition on Wednesday 7th February and the national results are now on the EBU website and can be seen on http://www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs/000252. Assuming that all participating Clubs have sent their results in to the EBU, there were 176 competing pairs. Out of the Bradford contingent, Harry Hoyle and Martin Epstein gained the highest percentage. They scored 62.70% and came 7th nationally.
Steve Blackburn and George Bak came third out of the forty pairs competing in the Doncaster Swiss Pairs event held on 4th February.
Well done, both of you.
After 5 rounds. this competition has developed into a keenly contested event.
Team Jagger has taken the lead but only 2VP seperates the top three teams (Jagger, Winter/Logan and Berry).
So everything to play for in the final two matches the first of which will be played on 6th March.
Full results and the league table can be viewed via the link on the results page.
As from 13th February 2018 Ray (Foster) has kindly offered to act as host on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, so anyone without a partner will be assured of a game then as well as at the other hosted sessions. The Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are very enjoyable and attended by players of varying standards. Everyone will be most welcome. Please come.
Scores from 28th January 2018.
|Bradford 'A'||10||10||Leeds 'A'|
|Bradford 'B'||2||18||Ilkley 'B'|
|Bradford 'C'||17||3||Huddersfield 'D'|
|Bradford 'D'||11||9||Wetherby 'D'|
The 'A' team achieved a creditable draw against the league leaders but it was insufficient to lift them off bottom spot in their division. The 'B' team's heavy defeat at Ilkley has moved them down into the relegation area.
Our 'C' and 'D' teams recorded victories and the 'E' team had a day off with their bye round. Both the teams who played have moved to third place in their respective divisions. The 'D' team are currently in a keen contest for the second promotion spot with 6VP seperating four teams. The leaders in their division have a clear margin but have played an extra game.
The league tables can be viewed on the YCBA website.
The penultimate matches will be played on 11th February 2018.
The Club will soon have a defibrillator. If anyone would like training in its use would they please give their name to Susan Hoyle. Thanks.