We have received the sad news that Julia Faulkner has passed away this last week. She was a member for three years and a very regular Wednesday afternoon player.
Funeral details will be posted when known.
The first of the new sessions on Thursday evenings saw seven and a half tables, a great start! The "relaxed" session played 21 boards and saw Andy and Karen MacDonald score over 70% - well done!
Nine tables played in the "usual" movement downstairs and both movements played the same boards.
We are sorting some teething technical issues with scoring two separate events at the same time, which led to some wrong names in bridgemates, but results were posted on this site within the normal time.
The bridge year runs from August to July, so all of the 2018-2019 ladder competetions have been completed.
And the winners are...
Allen (Monday afternoons)
Patterson (Tuesday evenings)
Barber (Wednesday afternoons)
Paton (Wednesday evenings)
Rankin (Thursday afternoons)
Chamberlain (Thursday evenings)
Frith (Friday evenings)
Jepson (Wednesday evenings - non-expert)
We have received the sad news that Betty Nimmo passed away at home on 23rd July. She hadn’t played at the club for the last two years but was still a member of the club at the time.
The funeral is on 3rd August at Hutcliffe Wood at 11:15.
Chris Derrick not only came an excellent third in the Swiss Pairs but also won the opening Pairs on the Thursday evening. He was partnering Tommy Brass. (Hence the expression "Where there's Derrick, there's Brass"!)
108 pairs took part over 12 matches in two days in the Swiss Pairs. I unwittingly gave Chris a helping 17-3 win in Match 10 at Table 2, the start of my downfall to 29th place, one below Sandy Davies and Dave Robinson.
... and by "some people", I mean "me and my partner"; take a leisurely stroll through this video of a very recent session from the American Summer Nationals (aka the Spingold).
The first two boards of the session race through in only twenty-three minutes. then comes board 3:
The bidding takes ten & a half minutes
Tricks 1 & 2 are a flurry in only two and a bit minutes
Then East has a bit of a think, for eight minutes, before trick 3 is done.
Not to be outdone, North takes eleven minutes...
This season's pentathlons have been completed, though the teams pentathlon is over four events only this year as the Nancy Campfield Swiss Teams won't now be held.
Winners: Martin White and Pete Waterman (64 Pentathlon Points)
Runner up: Sandy Davies (63 Pentathlon Points)
Winners Sandy Davies and Roman Gembicki (45 Pentathlon Points)
Runners up: Rob Turner, Mary Whyms, John Edwards, Rod Hose (40 Pentathlon Points)
Barbara Blumsohn, Lynda Crosthwaite, Peggy Hall and Vari Ainsworth with their score of +40 IMPs have won today's Teams Taster, a special event to introduce some of our newer members to teams events and part of our encouragement to get more teams for the local leagues and even more players for our Yorkshire Leagues teams.
We have to report the very sad news that Mike Heaney passed away this week.He contracted pneumonia after unsuccessful leukaemia treatment.
The funeral service will be on 30th July at 13:00 for 13:15 at Hutcliffe Wood. Meeting up afterwards at Waggon & Horses on Abbeydale Road South.
The committee has received quite a few requests for a more sociable and less intense game suitable for beginners but taking place in the evening so that those still unfortunate enough to be working can take part.
We are, therefore, pleased to announce that a new duplicate session will be starting on Thursday evenings from 15th August. It will start at the same time as the existing session (7:10pm) but will be targeted at less experienced players and will be particularly suitable for those who have...
The Peter Litlewood Trophy - previously a mid-week, two session event - has moved to the weekend and happened to fall on the hottest day of the Summer. Nevertheless, fourteen pairs had a enjoyable time hiding in the shadows all afternoon.
The event was won by David Narcross & Mary Cousins, with Pete Waterman & Martin White in second place with Mary & Lol Hinchcliffe completing the podium.
Congratulations to all.
These are as follows:
27th October 2019
10th November 2019
1st December 2019
15th December 2019
5th January 2020
19th January 2020
26th January 2020
16th February 2020
8th March 2020
See the YCBA website for further details
No silverware for Sheffield this year but a couple of near misses:
Rob Turner and Rod Hose were runners-up for the York Mount Group Trophy with a score of 60.6% on Saturday.
Ian Johns and John O'Sullivan were runners-up forthe John Colley Trophy (teams) on the Sunday.
Full results are here
No fewer than six Sheffield players were participating in this EBU event for the respective 2018/19 holders of the teams-of-four Championship of each County Association.
The Yorkshire team comprised Dr. Arthur Hughes, Mike Pomfrey, Sandy Davies and Tom Gisborn. Roman Gembecki was in Derbyshire's team, and Tony Sowter was representing Nottinghamshire.
Twenty-nine teams were competing. The event was won by Manchester. Yorkshire came a creditable 8th, just ahead of Notts. Arthur and Mike finished...