MAYFIELD DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
NEWSLETTER No. 47 – JANUARY 2008
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – TUESDAY 22 April 2008
The 25th Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place in St. John’s Hall on the above date at a start time of 7:30pm, followed by bridge as soon as possible. The usual format will apply with the Officers’ reports being posted on the notice board and, in some cases, on the web site in advance of the Meeting. It is hoped that these will be taken as read at the Meeting.
Please advise the Secretary, Rosemary Rice of any business that you wish to be raised at the Meeting by 14 April 2008; otherwise it may not be possible to include it in the agenda. A copy of last year’s minutes has been available at the club for the past 11 months and will remain so until the Meeting. If you require an individual copy please speak to Rosemary Rice. It is hoped that the accounts will be available in advance of the Meeting.
Members are reminded that, if they wish to propose an amendment to any of the rules, it must be given to the Secretary 4 weeks before the Annual General Meeting – 25th March 2008.
There are vacancies on the Committee and nominations to fill these are welcomed. These should be made no later than one week before the meeting. A list will go up on the notice board well in advance of the meeting.
Mayfield Teams Cup – 29 Jan / 26 Feb: Teams can have up to 6 players so that in the event that you can only get a team for one evening you can have up to 2 substitutes for the second night.
Norman Cup – 12 Feb (heat) / 11 March (final). The final will be limited to 5, 6 or 7 tables according to the original entry. There will be Open Pairs on 12 March for those who do not qualify for the final or who were unable to enter in the first place.
Mixed Pairs Cup – 13 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.
Men’s & Ladies’ Pairs – 17 Jun:
Dorothy Williamson Handicap Teams – 29 July. We introduced a handicap into last year’s teams event which appeared to be successful so intend to keep the same format for this year.
PLEASE GIVE ALL THESE COMPETITIONS YOUR SUPPORT
CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
This event was very well supported and it was once again fully booked with 3 on a waiting list who were brought in to replace last minute dropouts. We were particularly sorry that Kath Coward and Peter Norman were two of those unable to come and we hope that they are fully recovered now.
Our thanks are extended particularly to those who worked to make it a good evening: -
Rosemary Rice who organised the refreshments together with her team of helpers,
Mary Street, Helen Seymour and Sylvia Timberlake
Ron Maclaren who purchased the booze
Roger Sugden, Chris Pullan and Ron Maclaren who ran the bar
Chris for organising the competitions and prizes and directing for the evening.
George and his wife Angela for their work throughout the evening to run the catering and clearing up with their usual efficiency – and this on George’s birthday too.
Winners on the evening were Dean Morley, Martin Trouse, Loraine Murphy and Les Roffey.
Thanks as always to Roger Morton for the pictures, now posted on the website.
Seniors Pairs 1st Bob Rowlands & partner
Tollemache Bob Rowlands and Peter Lee were in the Surrey team which qualified for the final to be held in May
Camberley Invitation Pairs 1st Peter Lee and partner
Green Point Teams A flight 1st Bill Hodgkiss & others
2nd Malcolm Pryor & others
County Pairs – Plate 1st Peter Lee and Bob Rowlands
Lady Rose Bob Rowlands, Peter Lee & Liz Phillips team in semi-final
Surrey Affiliated Clubs League Mayfield A team, captained by Tim Cook, leads with 33/40
with Alan Bailey’s Mayfield B team lying 2nd with 33/60
Committee Cup 1st Laszlo Magos & Phillip Brooks
2nd Audrey Kolbe & Elizabeth Johnson
Liz Phillips Cup 1st Peter & Margaret Lee
2nd Dean Morley & Martin Trouse
Pro-Am Cup 1st Alan Bailey & Andrew Barnett
2nd Dean Morley & Gwen Easto
We are pleased to welcome Michael Aubrey, Vivien Cronin, Bill Hodgkiss, Geoffrey Jackson, Valerie Lacey, Margaret & Patrick Martin, Les Roffey, Brian Smith, James Stone and Ita Walsh as new members to the club. Their telephone numbers are posted on the Notice Board.
We are sorry to say goodbye to those who have resigned from the Mayfield:
Terry Kedgley has moved to Yorkshire to be close to his family and he is sorely missed – particularly by those of us on the Committee. He leaves a vacancy which needs to be filled by another such willing sole.
Audrey Gresziak has also moved away. She has been a stalwart member of the Mayfield for many years and I fear that we shall see less of Hazel Farmer now that Audrey has moved away.
Recently, in the Daily Telegraph, there was an article on how the ‘unpleasantness of bridge players’ was discouraging to the less experienced players and discouraging them from taking to duplicate bridge. Sadly, the Mayfield cannot be excluded from this criticism as I, and fellow committee members, have come across several instances of behavioural problems. We must remember that not all players are aware of all the intricacies of the rules and we must take care to treat everyone with respect particularly anyone in this category.
Here are some points that I would like members to pay special heed to:
Always welcome your opponents to the table.
Apologise if you have held a couple up or if you arrive late at the table. Similarly apologise to your opponents if you take a long time thinking and playing a hand.
Move as soon as the move is called and do not continue to discuss the hand.
Be polite at all times to your partner and opponents.
Always call the director if there is a problem and do not attempt to solve it yourself. This is his function.
If there is a problem and you need to call the director to reserve your rights or discuss a problem, do so very politely and make sure that your opponents do not feel intimidated by your action. One of the biggest problems in this area is when there appears to have been a hesitation and the partner of the hesitator then bids. Many inexperienced players do not realise that this may be an infraction of the rules and you should take care to call the director calmly explaining that there may have been a rule violation. Don’t forget that, as long as the person bidding after the hesitation has his bid, no rule has been broken.
Please make a particular effort to welcome visitors and new members to the club. The director or myself will make an announcement at the start of the evening so that you are aware of any of these players.
Please do not let our standards drop.
The Daily Telegraph article is on the notice board so please take a few moments to read it.
On a lighter note, when John and I were at the Rhodes Congress in October, the director suggested that players should introduce themselves to each other when they came to the table. I took this to heart, to the amusement of my husband, but as, in a room of 200 players, I seemed to be the only one paying heed to this request I soon stopped. Lets face it, how would we have remembered so many names. However, in a room of less than 60 it would not hurt to try it occasionally with new members and visitors. I leave it up to you.
Thank you so much for using the boxes put out for the travellers and curtain cards. Just one little point – could you unfold the travellers before you put them in the box.
§ ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª§ ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª
Christmas Party Bridge Hands
To ensure that the hands were ‘interesting’, we used hands from the Charity Challenge Cups of 1978 and 1979. Regrettably or perhaps not, there are no records of how each hand was played but from two comments they were definitely ‘interesting’.
Most of us cannot remember the hands we played last week but that’s not true of everyone. Tony Scouller asked me about board 16 and whether it had been submitted by Boris Shapiro. With dealer West and East-West game, the hand was:
♠A 8 6 4 3
♣9 8 7 6
♠K 10 9
♥A 8 3
♦K 8 7 6
♣A K J
♠Q J 7
♥K Q 7 4
♦A Q 5
♣Q 10 5
♥J 10 5 2
♦J 9 4 2
♣4 3 2
The contract was 6NT and North led the ♣9. What actually happened was that at trick 2 West led the ♠K to North’s A. As a consequence South was squeezed in the red suits as East cashed the black suit winners. But the point of the hand is that if North ducks twice with ♠A, no pressure can be brought and there are only 11 tricks. As neither red suit breaks, either South gets 2 red suit winners or North wins 2 or 3 spades. Yes, it was a hand from rubber bridge submitted by Boris Shapiro. Tony recognised the hand and its significance. What an amazing recall!
Not easy to bid
Some hands are just difficult and this is what Maria Martin thought about board 18 when she asked how should it be bid. With dealer East and North-South game, the hand was:
♠A 4 3 2
♥Q 6 3
♦J 9 6 3
♠Q 7 6
♥A K J 9 8 4
♦A 10 8
♦ K Q 5 4 2
♣ A J 10 9 4 3 2
♠K J 10 9 8 5
♥7 5 2
♣Q 7 6
The commentary starts ‘The East-West hands will not prove easy to bid in a pair’s competition. Probably Four Hearts will prove the best bet as even Five Diamonds might prove difficult.’ Some bid Six Diamonds but this has no play. It then points out that on the favourable lie of the cards, Six Clubs makes. A Heart to the A and take the Club finesse. This loses but the King now drops and if East plays all the Clubs then North is squeezed in the red suits.
So when you think you have a problem bidding, you’re in good company!
Submitted by Mary Street
The answer to each of the questions below is an amount of pre-decimal money (or sounds like one) which you enter on the right. When you have completed your answers, calculate the total sum at the bottom of the page.
The first correct entry received will be awarded free play passes to the value of approximately one-fifth of the total. Closing entry date is 29th February.
£ s d
1. A stone
2. A bicycle
3. A singer
4. A part of a hairy primate’s leg
5. A man’s name
6. A kind of pig
7. The Sun, Moon and Pluto
8. A leather worker
9. 50% of panties
10. Monarch’s headdress
11. Hit repeatedly
12. Unwell sea creature
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
§ ¨ © ª ª ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª ª ¨ © ª § ¨ © ª