Official website of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association
Winners Woodbridge: from left, Dave Walker, John Pearson, Viv Mason, Tony Baker.
In the closest possible finish, in which the final placings were not decided until the last board of the day had been played, the Woodbridge team of Dave Walker, John Pearson, Viv Mason & Tony Baker won the Thornway Cup for Club Teams of Four by one Victory Point from the Stansfield team of Bridget Smith, Paul Flavell, Celia Jeal & Richard Evans with the Colchester team just one VP further away in third place.
Runners-up Stansfield: from left, Bridget Smith, Paul Flavell, Celia Jeal, Richard Evans.
All present enjoyed a very sociable event which included an excellent tea. It was a shame that only nine teams entered (including two from Framlingham and one for the first time from Little Clacton) with several well known clubs being absent.
See the full results, line-ups and Masterpoints..
A successful congress with even more participants. Suffolk players were well represented in the field though not so prominently in the prizes – whatever happened to home advantage?
|1.||Paul Littlewood, Fiona Littlewood, Julie Abley, Steve Abley||94 VPs|
|2.||Peter Oake, Robert Elliott, Alan Green, Frank Morrison||92|
|3.||Steven Berg, David Green, Jill Tattersfield & Roger Tattersfield||91|
|1.||Konrad Mau & Mike Bull||65.71%|
|2.||Robert Elliott & Albert Kitchin||60.58%|
|3=||Alan Sparkes & Eric Campbell||60.10%|
|3=||Dinesh Gudka & Cathy Rowland||60.10%|
|1.||Val Mollison & Paul Mollison||65.48%|
|2.||Richard Creamer & Graham Horscroft||62.20%|
|3.||Graham Pollack & Malcolm Pollack||60.71%|
|1.||Bogdan Drobny & Maureen Kimbley||61.57%|
|2.||Graham Olliffe & Keith Thompson||59.48%|
|3.||John McCoy & Ann Morgan||58.97%|
Winners of the Really Easy Pairs event, Andrew Lewis & Peter Watson with Competitions Secretary, Chris Rickard (right), presenting prizes.
|Really Easy Pairs (Sunday)|
|1.||Andy Lewis & Peter Watson||59.72%|
|2.||Jan Turner & Jean Gaffer||59.03%|
|3.||Carol Durston & Sue Cooper||57.64%|
All in all 66 pairs competed on Saturday, 32 teams and 9 pairs on Sunday.
Use the links in the event names for the results or the Congress results summary.
It is hard to deny this year's Men's and Women's pairs results have a familar look: of the 12 names below only three are different from the result in 2014.
Congratulations to Jane Moore and Elizabeth Tora for retaining the Women's Years and to David Morran and Julian Lang for regaining the Men's Pairs. Their streak continues: since 2010, David Price and Andrew Moore (odd years) have alternated with David and Julian (even years).
|1.||Jane Moore & Elizabeth Tora||61.11%|
|2.||Bim Wilson & Trissa Orange||56.48%|
|3.||Helen Mason & Sue Flin||54.63%|
|1.||David Morran & Julian Lang||59.49%|
|2.||Andrew Moore & David Price||58.45%|
|3.||Eric Newman & Mike Sherer||57.52%|
The first home match of the Eastern Counties League Season was an an unhappy affair for Suffolk; the first and third teams lost and it was left to the second eight to salvage some pride.
The 'A' Team lost 1-19 VPs (-93 IMPs), the 'B' Team won, 15-5 (+40) but the 'C' lost 3-17 (-62).
See the board-by-board results.
Entries for this year's Pivot Teams competition are now being taken. As last year, this is a teams-of-four knockout competition played in your own homes by players who partner each of the other three team members during each match.
Entries to the Competitions Secretary, , by the end of August, please. First round draw to be made on 1st September. Entry fee just £5 per team.
Congratulations to Andrew and Jane Moore who took the Senior pairs with an excellent score. Second-placed Roger and Jill Tattersfield took the Veterans' prize.
|1.||Andrew Moore & Jane Moore||67.50%|
|2.||Roger Tattersfield & Jill Tattersfield||64.79%|
|3.||Jeff Orton & Rick Hanley||62.92%|
See the full results.
A blue cardigan was found after the event, if you are missing one, contact
Regrettably Bridge With Tea on Sunday 10th July has been cancelled for lack of entries.
This is a sad eventuality after the support and appreciation for the 'Bridge With Lunch' last month. The committee recognises the social element in county events and will consider formats. If you have any comments or insights, please get in touch via the committee contact page.
The Mixed and Married Pairs event at the excellent Lavenham Village Hall attracted 24 pairs, 9 of them married, and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. The Ringer Cup for the overall winners was won by Jane and Andrew Moore with an outstanding 71% while the Lang Cup for the highest placed married pair who are not the overall winners went to the partnership of May Li and John Gan.
|1.||Andrew Moore & Jane Moore||71.59%|
|2.||Din Gudka & Cathy Rowland||64.02%|
|3.||May Li & John Gan||57.95%|
See the full results.
After the success of Bridge with Lunch Suffolk has another social event planned – Bridge with Tea on Sunday July 10th at Nayland Village Hall.
These events are a great success with Tea (and cakes) having an equal billing with the relaxed bridge session. Entry is restricted to players below the rank of Premier Master – so all you club players will have a chance to do well.
Please enter by June 30th as catering commitments must be made by July 1st.
Play starts tomorrow in the European Team Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
England has squads in all three events, Open, Women and Seniors. Suffolk captain David Price is moonlighting as the NPC of the Open Team.
The other home unions are all represented and, as luck would have it, England take on Wales during at the same time as the countries take the field in Lens in that other European Championship.
Watch the championships online - see our guide to watching bridge online. The times of play (local +1 hour) are:
The Team Championships have reverted to a single all-play-all in each category. There are 37 teams in the Open, 23 in the Women's and 24 in the Senior event. The latter two begin on 19th June and during 16th to 18th the European Women's Pairs is held.
Further to the item on the World Wide Pairs (and not mentioned earlier for fear of a jinx) in an earlier heat, a Suffolk partnership recorded a score that 'put them in the frame'.
They played in the 28th April heat at Stansfield, Richard Evans the Chairman writes,
A couple from the Suffolk village club of Stansfield has been invited to take part in the final of the 2016 World Wide Bridge Contest in Beijing, where US$20,000 prize money will be on offer.
Joan and Keith Jaggard won the chance to play in China when they recorded a fantastic 70+% score at a qualifying heat held on a regular Thursday night in April – the entry fee was a mere £1.50p!
Thousands of pairs around the globe took part in six qualifying heats staged in April, May and June, with players in each heat tackling the same set of boards.
Joan & Keith finished second out of 555 pairs from 18 different countries who took part in the April heat. With the six heat-winners they qualified with one of the seven highest non-winning scores over the three months (in a complicated process!).
The thirteen pairs will be joined in Beijing by seven pairs from the host country. Joan and Keith are the only pair from Britain to qualify for the final.
The club's 100 members are tickled pink. Ever since Keith and Joan recorded their huge score all the talk has been about whether they would get to China.
Stansfield only took part because it sounded like fun and, although no-one dreamt anyone from Stansfield would be winning an all-expenses-paid trip to China, it just goes to show miracles do happen. Keith and Joan are club stalwarts and this could not happen to a nicer couple.
Stowmarket Club are again holding a heat of the World Wide Bridge Contest on Friday 3rd June, starting at 2pm.
The same cards are played around the world in probably the largest contest of its type. The scores are uploaded to the Internet on the ECats site. From their pages,
An exciting, revised Contest is coming for 2016 with an amazing prize for the winning pairs – qualification to a Final to be held in Beijing, China from 23rd – 25th September with a subsidy for travel expenses, free B&B accommodation and a great prize fund!
This is the last opportunity to make the final (previous runnings in April and May).
The game at Stowmarket starts at 2:00pm at St. Mary's Hall in Windermere Road (junction of St Mary's Rd, Silverdale Ave and Windermere). Table money for everyone is £4.00. Simply turn up or, if you have any questions or you need a partner, speak to Arthur Winchester (01449 612105).
Eastern Counties League 2016-2017
'Year at a view' PDFs.
Competitions Brochure PDFs.
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.