October 2011

Felixstowe Congress

The Congress continues to go from strength to strength – a combination of good organisation, generous prizes and great value for money.

Attendance was again up this year, approaching numbers once thought to belong to a forgotten past. There were 40 tables for Saturday's Pairs and 36 for the Swiss Teams on Sunday. A good showing of Suffolk players too but the top places in the championship events eluded them.

Paul Whetton and Ralph Parish

But Paul Whetton and Ralph Parish, above, did head the field in the pairs qualifier Saturday afternoon with Rick Hanley and Jeff Orton winning the other subfield.

Other results below and all the detail is on the Suffolk website.

Bridge Teaching in Suffolk – Colchester

Since last month's feature on teaching in Suffolk Colchester Bridge Club have joined the 'Teaching for Club Development' initiative.

Allan Green will be teaching, classes will be held in rooms at Essex University and typically be of two and a half hours. They start with a free session on Monday 14th November at 6:00pm (the precise room for this isn't known yet but attendees should make their way to the student bar where they will be collected). Classes proper start on Monday 21st November.

Anyone interested should email (please mark mails clearly) or call on 01206 395945. He'd be happy to answer any questions or to reserve places on the course.

Bridge in the Cupboard

Buster, the Three of Clubs

If old 'Old Stone Face' can't pull off a false-card, well who can? The singular Buster, the Three of Clubs looks like a man with a singleton.

Forthcoming Events

Suffolk Novice Pairs

Sunday 6th November 2011, 2:00pm at Risbygate. This event is primarily intended for students taking bridge lessons, Bridge for All Students, and social players new to duplicate bridge. The field will be divided to take account of varying levels of ability and the emphasis is on friendly and enjoyable bridge.

Entrants do not need to be members of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association. There will be between 10 and 18 deals before tea with less experienced groups playing fewer boards at a slower pace. After tea, there will be further bridge and the event will finish at around 6.30pm – with prize giving by 7:00pm.

You can download Entryform and would be glad to answer any questions.

Children in Need Simul – Stowmarket & Colchester

Friday 11th November 2011, 7:00pm at Stowmarket. Stowmarket Bridge Club is again supporting the BBC's Children in Need appeal by holding a heat of the charity's Simultaneous Pairs.

The Stowmarket heat is St. Mary's Hall in Windermere Road (junction of St Mary's Rd, Silverdale Ave and Windermere). Visitors are very welcome and the club is waiving their visitor's fee. If you have any questions, please email or consult the Stowmarket website

Tuesday 15th November 2011, 7:00pm at Colchester. Colchester Bridge Club is also holding a heat, see the Colchester website.

There is more information (and eventually results) about the simul on the ECats website (who sponsor the event). Details of the charities, fund-raising and other events are on the dedicated BBC pages.

Suffolk Club Teams of Eight

Sunday 20th November 2011, 2:00pm at Risbygate. As last year, again clubs are invited to enter more than one team of eight into the competition. Entries should still be via club secretaries; all enquiries to Suffolk Competition Secretary, (01379 870291).


Felixstowe Congress

Swiss Teams
1.Paul & Fiona Littlewood, Steve & Julie Abley109
2.Neil Bresler, David Cooper, Rosemarie Mascall, Norman Denny103
3.Jeff Orton, Rick Hanley, Roger & Jill Tattersfield102
Championship Pairs
1.Steve & Julie Abley67.95%
2.Simon Moorman / Peter Oake63.78%
3.Paul Chapman / Graham Pollack60.26%
Consolation Pairs
1.Colin Bamberger / Robert Green70.59%
2.Catriona Lovett / Mike Harbour63.05%
3.Debby Sutcliffe / Maria Allnutt59.28%
Open Pairs
1.Eric Newman / Mike Sherer60.42%
2.Roger Timmins / Mike Bradley59.47%
3.Angela Fenton / June Brown59.09%

See the full results.

Suffolk v Norfolk

Suffolk have a busy October in the Eastern Counties League and started uncertainly.

The 'A' Team won 15-5 (+30 IMPs) but the 'B' team lost by the same score, 5-15 (-30 IMPs) and the 'C' team had a day where nothing went right, losing 0-20 (-148 IMPs).

See the full match details.

Suffolk v Northants

Suffolk's second October ECL match went along the same lines as the first: a win for the 'A' team but losses for the other two eights.

The 'A' Team won 17-3 (+52 IMPs) but the 'B' team lost 6-14 (-25 IMPs) as did the 'C' team, 4-16 (-45 IMPs).

See the full match details.

See the state of all the counties in the 2011-12 ECL.