MAYFIELD DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
NEWSLETTER No.55 – JANUARY 2012
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING –
The 28th Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place in St John’s Hall on the above date at a start time of followed by bridge as soon as possible. The usual format will apply, and it is planned for Officers’ reports to be either sent out by email/post or put on the notice board in advance of the Meeting. It is hoped that these will be taken as read at the Meeting.
Any business you wish to raise at the Meeting should be advised to the Secretary, Adrian Patrick by 10th April. This will enable him to include the item on the Agenda. A copy of last year’s minutes has been available at the Club for the past 11 months and will remain on the board until after the Meeting. If you require an individual copy please speak to Adrian Patrick. It is hoped that the accounts will be available in advance of the Meeting.
Nominations for the Committee should be made
no later than
Norman Cup – 7 Feb/6 Mar (final): The format will revert to what it
was before last year. The first 10 pairs
in the preliminary round on 7 February will be invited to contest the final on
6 March. There will also be a normal
session on 6 March for those not involved in the final. The winners of the Norman Cup will be invited
to represent Mayfield in
Mayfield Teams Cup – 21 Feb/27 Mar. Teams may have up to 6 members but no player
may play in 2 different teams. The
results of the two sessions will be amalgamated to produce the winning team,
who will be invited to represent Mayfield in
Mixed Pairs Cup - 8 May. Members should note that although unmixed pairs may turn up to play, they will be expected to pair up with other unmixed pairs where possible. Any pair left unmixed will still be able to play but without standing.
Dorothy Williamson Handicap Teams – 29 May. As in previous years we will introduce a handicap for this event.
Men’s & Ladies’ Pairs – 12 June.
Committee and Liz Phillips Cups - 24 July.
Pick-Up Teams – 31 July.
Gold Cup: 1st Peter Lee & partners
National Counties League Final: 2nd Surrey Team of 8 including Peter Lee & Arun Suri
Victor Ludorum: 1st Peter Lee
Surrey Swiss teams A flight: 1st Bernard Pike, Tony Scouller, Tim Cook, Alan Bailey
Senior Pairs: 1st Liz Phillips & partner
3rd Pam Jardine & Ulla Adilz
Men’s Pairs: 3rd Arun Suri & partner
Dorin Salver: 1st Chris Pullan & partner
Teams for Mayfield
Liz Phillips Cup: 1st Liz Phillips & Tim Cook
2nd Arun Suri & Roger Morton
Committee Cup: 1st Geoff Whitehead & Philip Brooks
2nd Alan Rainbow & Chris Lemon
Pick-up Teams September: 1st Liz Phillips, Ian Swanson, Gwen Easto,
2nd Geoff Whitehead, Philip Brooks, Peter Cogliatti, Philip Tilbrook
Pick-up Teams November: 1st Tim Cook, Arun Suri, Geoff Whitehead,
2nd Philip Tilbrook, Peter Cogliatti, Julian Hemsted. Dean Morley
Pro Am: 1st Geoff Whitehead, Peter Lee
2nd Philip Brooks, Sean O’Neill
We had 29 responses to the members’ questionnaire which was fewer than we had hoped for, but perhaps the majority felt things are perfect as they are! We are greatly indebted to Peter Lee for analysing the responses and producing a multi-page report which listed all the comments made but retained respondents’ anonymity. This report was circulated to all Committee members. It is not appropriate or practical to include it in this Newsletter, but my summary is given on the next page and includes aspects mentioned by at least two respondents. It also lists any actions the Committee intends to take. Please bear in mind we cannot please all members all the time!
Last September the Committee decided to introduce pre-dealt hands (produced by a Duplimate machine) on both Tuesdays and Fridays for an initial trial period of three months. The aim was to have randomly dealt hands – often not achieved with hand shuffling – with a sheet of the hands available to take away at the end of the session. An important extra benefit was to eliminate the need to input manually the hands on the website – not a popular task at 11.30 at night!
The cost of buying in these hands is just over £10 per session. Although the annual cost is therefore slightly over £1,000, this is largely offset by not paying for someone to produce tea/coffee for us (following George’s sad demise).
Although none of us like lots of flat hands, I know that some of you have found the Duplimated hands to be slightly more distributional than you had expected or been accustomed to with such hands. However, the computer program used to produce our hands is the same one that others use. One program option we have very recently had introduced is for the NS and EW hands to have almost the same number of points in aggregate over the full set of hands. The reason for doing this is particularly relevant for special events, as it is more difficult to do well if your side has significantly fewer points overall. As a full set of boards is 32 and we only play 27 at most, it will not be possible for someone clever to work out how many points his side should have on the last board!
has decided to extend the trial period until the
One winner movements
Where possible we have been using a Howell movement to avoid having 3-board sit-outs when there is a half table, and this gives just one winner. We have now also decided to use a one-winner Mitchell movement, which involves arrow-switching for the last two or three boards. This avoids issuing prize vouchers for less than £2.50 which a few of you have commented on. The voucher format for Tuesdays and Fridays is now:-
Up to 4½ tables: no vouchers
5 to 9½ tables: £2.50 per person for winning pair
10 or more tables £2.50 per person for winning pair and runners-up.
I hope members will be sympathetic and agreeable to being asked to be host. It should only be once, or twice at most, a year for a particular session. It can be made less onerous by thinking ahead to when it would be most convenient for you – perhaps when your regular partner is on holiday – and offering your services to Ron Maclaren (Tuesday hosting) and Pam Jardine (Friday hosting) who are looking for hosts up to June. Incidentally a person turning up without a partner is expected to play with any other spare person. Choosing to play with the host instead is not an option.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
(covering issues mentioned by at least two respondents)
The Committee’s response is given in [ ].
Just under half the respondents were
interested in the EBU event, but nearly two thirds were interested in the
[Replace EBU event with the
Vast majority favoured no change.
Several respondents were not interested in the Pro-Am.
Several respondents were interested in a Swiss Teams event.
[Feasibility of this or a Swiss Pairs event will be investigated.]
Vast majority seemed content with its current format.
Nearly half suggested some changes, mainly more bridge and less talk.
[Subsequent omission of anecdotes at the recent party seemed beneficial and at this stage no major changes were planned, but this aspect will be considered again nearer the time.]
Vast majority were in favour to avoid 3-board sit-outs.
Action for Directors
Several respondents mentioned continuing or stronger action by Directors against slow players.
[Problem of slow play was less than it used to be, and only a few members were ‘guilty’. The Chairman would speak to members who were slow and appeared to be making no effort to speed up to the detriment of others’ enjoyment. Imposing sanctions at the table, particularly if it affected the ‘non-guilty’ as well, would not be conducive to the friendly atmosphere we were trying to create.]
Members’ behaviour, dress code etc
Several members thought the wearing of shorts should be discouraged.
[No change to the present practice of requiring shorts to be below knee length.]
Vast majority were content with the frequency and content.
Other communications from Committee
A couple of respondents suggested that the host list should be put on the website.
[The Future Events page on the website already has an empty column titled Host/Note and the host list will be put there.]
A few respondents mentioned membership issues - recruiting new members and maintaining the standard.
[Trying to find new members who were of a suitable standard has been a perennial problem to which there is no obvious solution. An alternative approach is to try to encourage more of the 80 or so members to come regularly. In particular, try to identify why members are not coming – perhaps a lack of a regular partner or someone to bring them – and see if a solution can be suggested.]
An interesting hand – by Liz Phillips
story turned up whilst playing at a Pairs Event at
I held as West, non-vulnerable against vulnerable:
C xxx The bidding went as follows:
West North East South
Pass 1 S
2D 2H 3D 4NT
5D 5H Pass 6H
King of Spades was led and a switch to Hearts and as you will see from the N/S hands
6 Hearts is an easy make – Dealer East - N/S Vulnerable
S Qxxx S xx
H - H xxx
D AKJ10xx D Qxxx
C xxx C Qxxx
I was four down for 800 and said to my partner that it was a good save, but how many pairs would have bid 6 Hearts? - As I feared only one! The operation succeeded but as so often the patient died! I wonder how many of you Mayfield players would have bid 6 Hearts? I think quite a lot, possibly even 7 Diamonds.