Official website of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association
Suffolk defeated the University team 17-3 (+64 IMPs).
That's the whole of the result because after shrinking from three teams to two, the students now only field one. Let's hope that is just the ebb and flow of talent and enthusiasm of organisers and not a truly worrying sign.
See the board-by-board results.
Pryor (Malcolm Pryor, Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler David Cooper) from Suffolk retained the Swiss Teams – with an increased VP score.
(l-to-r) David Cooper, Karen Pryor, Malcolm Pryor, Neil Bresler.
|1.||Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor, Neil Bresler & David Cooper||105 VPs|
|2.||Pat Johnson & Peter Scotting, Sandy Riach & Chris Taylor||92|
|3.||Gillian Hall & Eileen Townsend, James Tullett & John Barker||91|
See the full listing.
Lost property: Two umbrellas were left at the venue – get in touch via the congress link, .
After seven matches Roger Timmins and Michael Bradley from (Newmarket club but technically Cambs & Hunts) had won every one and were almost a match clear. In an echo of last year's top three, Gabriel Ip and Paul Darby were again second and a Suffolk pair were third.
(l-to-r) Michael Bradley and Roger Timmins.
|1.||Roger Timmins & Michael Bradley||116 VPs|
|2.||Gabriel Ip & Paul Darby||99|
|3.||David Willson & Simon Riley||93|
See the full listing.
New for the EABW, this was the second Really Easy Pairs following the event at Felixstowe last year. Jan Turner and Jean Gaffer from Little Clacton won with a super score.
(l-to-r) Jan Turner and Jean Gaffer (with Chris Rickard centre).
|1.||Jan Turner & Jean Gaffer||69.91%|
|2.||Lynda Tibbs & Pam Edmonds||56.94%|
|3.||Tony Trathen & Mary Moir||55.56%|
See the full listing.
Dave Walker enjoyed the respectful support of his partners and the respectful fear of his opponents to breeze through the competition without a bad board – well done him. All 24 players enjoyed a very sociable afternoon's bridge.
See the full results for all the placings and Master Point awards.
Forty-four pairs sought a place in the Championship Pairs Final. The top 24 qualify by right to all-play-all final at Nayland Village Hall on Sunday 23rd April at 2.00pm. If any of those 24 drop out the next in line will be invited to play.
Thes front-runners in the semi:
|1.||Paul Flavell & Bridget Smith||64.68%|
|2.||Malcolm Pryor & Karen Pryor||61.41%|
|3.||David Price & Jenny Price||60.81%|
See the full results for all the placings and Master Point awards
If you are unable to take up a qualification place, please contact as a reserve list will be created.
First past the post in each club's annual Master Point race.
|Abbeygate Bridge Club||John Bloomfield*||1269|
|Aldeburgh Bridge Club||Carol Smith||948|
|Bury St. Edmunds Bridge Club||Kevin Fletcher||357|
|Clacton Contract Bridge Club||Mike Williams||374|
|Clare Duplicate Bridge Club||David Price||1007|
|Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club||Eric Newman||599|
|Deben Bridge Club||Sally Ledger||531|
|Felixstowe Bridge Club||Glynn Whitehead||556|
|Framlingham Bridge Club||Richard Waters||408|
|Frinton Bridge Club||Mike Williams||506|
|Heritage Coast||Michael Shine||554|
|Ipswich & Kesgrave Bridge Club||Diane Whitley||1263|
|Ipswich Hospitals Bridge Club||Joan Mayhew*||381|
|Little Clacton Bridge Club||Frank Gibson||548|
|Newmarket Bridge Club||Roger Timmins**||498|
|Stansfield Bridge Club||Bridget Smith||823|
|Stowmarket Bridge Club||David Willson**||1371|
|Stratford St. Mary Bridge Club||Christine Cooke||694|
|Sudbury Contract Bridge Club||Mike Malin*||621|
|Woodbridge Bridge Club||Bob Webb*||1085|
* Club champions who retained their title from 2015
** Club champions who are undefeated since awards were first made in 2010.
Sadly (yet again) none of the county's club champions was lucky in the EBU prize draw.
|Leader Board Level 4||(Star Masters, Tournament Masters, Premier Masters)|
|Mr JR Pearson||4312||1 Star Master|
|Leader Board Level 5||(County Masters, Masters, Advanced Masters)|
|Mr David Green||2543||County Master|
|Leader Board Level 6||(Unranked, Club Masters, District Masters)|
|Mrs Carol Smith||2774||District Master|
Suffolk's full lists are available from the dedicated EBU page.
Ipswich and Kesgrave are hosting a course run by English Bridge Education and Development (EBED) to train club teachers on Sat/Sun 29th/30th April 2017 at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre where the club plays.
This course equips attendees to teach the EBED Bridge for All course. From the EBED website:
To help membership recruitment in your club, English Bridge Education & Development is now running an important teacher training initiative to help all bridge clubs to 'grow their own' membership through an integrated teaching programme.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic training for club members who are prepared to offer a teaching programme at their club. This needs to be as part of programme to which the whole club is committed and which is designed to attract new members into bridge and then nurture their development within the world of duplicate play.
Applicants should apply directly to Lisa Miller (01296 317217) at EBED. Further details can be found on the dedicated webpage.
Two pairs were clear of the rest of the field in Suffolk's Blue-pointed event, the Mid Anglia Pairs. After a very enjoyable 54-board IMP-scored marathon hosted by the Woodbridge club, Neil Bresler and David Cooper beat Norman Less and Helen Mason by less than half an IMP.
|1.||Neil Bresler & David Cooper||90.84 IMPs|
|2.||Norman Less & Helen Mason||90.38|
|3.||Roger Tattersfield & Jill Tattersfield||63.15|
See the full results for all the placings and the Blue Point awards.
The Norfolk Bridge Association and English Bridge Education & Development (EBED) are holding Club Tournament Director Courses in 2017 at the Abbey Hall, Church Street, Wymondham, NR18 0PH.
All courses run from 10:30am – 5:00pm and the lead instructor is Nicole Cooke.
Above costs are to EBU members and clubs are invited to sponsor attendees. (Non members, £50, £50, £60 respectively.)
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but you will need to take your own lunch.
Entries to Richard Banbury, 01296 317218; local organiser Roger Amey, 01263 713476. Answers to queries about the course can be found on the EBED Frequently Asked Questions page.
The county teams suffered a bad start to the new year losing all three matches against Northamptonshire.
The 'A' Team lost 8-12 VPs (-16 IMPs), the 'B' Team lost, 9-11 (-9) and the 'C' lost 3-17 (-60).
See the board-by-board results.
The inclement weather conditions on the 12th January may have prevented pairs from playing in the Open Heat held at Ipswich & Kesgrave that night. Consequently we have designated an additional 'last chance' heat to be played on February 9th at Kesgrave to accommodate anyone prevented from competing for a place in the semi-final because of the weather concerns.
The semi-final will be played on 17th February in Lavenham.
Round One qualified seven teams played to the championship Round Two, the remaining five contested the plate.
Carey won all their matches and took the Plate which was settled on the day.
(Malcolm Carey & Barbara Carey, Phillip Edwards & Anne Edwards)
(Con Hanson & Pauline Hanson, Clive Rowe & Patrick Grant)
(Jo Harpur & Norman Less, Patsi Barnes & Joan Watson)
From Round 2, the top four teams go through to the knock-out semi-finals. As winners of the qualifier, Hanley have the right to choose their semi-final opponent. They selected Evans, therefore the other semi-final is Price v Sherer (higher-placed teams from round two having home advantage).
(Rick Hanley & Graham Beeton, Christopher Chambers & Peter Gemmell)
(David Price & Jane Moore, Rosemarie Mascall & Jenny Price)
(Mike Sherer & Eric Newman, David Morran & Julian Lang)
(Richard Evans & John Bloomfield, Peter Bushby & John Wilmott)
See the full results with all team line-ups.
The second Suffolk Bridge with Lunch moves eastwards to Somersham Village Hall, IP8 4QA.
Download an entry form for more details
Eastern Counties League 2016-2017
Table Talk is the magazine of Suffolk Bridge. You will find articles about all aspects of bridge for all levels and experience, written by Suffolk players for Suffolk players.
You can download a copy from our Table Talk page.
We send out a reminders of forthcoming events and occasional newsletters of more general interest to every member with email. To receive these or update your details, email and we'll add you to the mailing-list.