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Status: Bridge (Summary of Progress to Date)

(Text as at 20/07/2017 14:34:05)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


A summary of results (from when I re-started playing bridge in December 2007 until end-June 2017) is:-

  1. Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following this link giving results to date (or this link for a complete List).
  2. Local Points:
    • 33,556, bagged to date, including 1,175 Blue Points, 97.56 Green Points and 0.22 Gold Points1.
    • That makes me a National Master. My next aim is to achieve Premier National Master status (40,000 LPs, including 100 GPs) – so just there as far as GPs are concerned2, but still a long way to go for local points.
    • I think I had about 5,000 LPs from my student days, but never registered any, more’s the pity.
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  3. EBU Grading:
    • The new scheme was introduced in March 2012, and my initial grading – at the end of a purple patch – of “Ace of Diamonds” – about 260th in the country and in the top 10 in Essex, was somewhat flattering.
    • Subsequently, things have declined a lot, and I meandered down from an “Ace of Clubs” to an “8”, though subsequently wandered back up to a “K”.
    • I dropped back down to a “Q” at the end of 2Q14, and by end 2014 dropped further to a “J”, despite a brief return to a K in 3Q14.
    • During 2015, when I only played about a dozen rateable games, my grade stayed pretty constant at a “J”.
    • In 2016 I wandered back up to a “Q” and initially stayed there – whenever I headed towards a “K”, some disaster happened. However, in 3Q16 my rating moved up to “Ace of Clubs”. This rise was mainly due to a good run with Colin, and the fact that he was rated artificially lowly given his time out from the game. My rating stayed at Ace of Clubs at the end of 2016, with a brief dip down to a K mid-4th-quarter.
    • I maintained an Ace of Clubs grade in 1Q17, with a temporary rise to Ace of Diamonds – 7th in Essex & 250th in the country – mid-quarter. Unfortunately, my rating collapsed, and was down to a low K3 at the end of 2Q17.
    • Not that any of this is at all accurate, and it’s all somewhat volatile. See Web Link for full details of the scheme. See right for a graphic from the EBU website – this one taken on 10th January 2017, by which time my rating had dropped down a bit!
  4. Essex County Squad: While selected to form part of the “C” squad, I had declined to play since the 2013/14 season “for family reasons”. However, I was back in the team for the 2016/17 season and played twice with David. To my annoyance, I’m still in the “C” team for 2017/18 – selected once with David and once with Colin. I’d hoped to be in the “B” team with Albert. I’ve subsequently heard that Colin and I will be in the “B” Team for the Metropolitan Cup in October 2017.
  5. Bridge Webmastering:
    • I set up the Hutton DBC website (Web Link) and ran it until mid-2015, but have now handed it over.
    • I have been the Essex CBA webmaster (Web Link) since the beginning of 2015.
    • I maintain “mini websites” for a number of clubs in the Billericay area (Web Link).
    • I’ve taken on the First Class Bridge Academy website (Web Link).

List of Significant Events to end-June 2017

I have competed in the following national or county competitions:-
  1. 2017
    • ECBA Club Pairs (Sunday 4th June), with Colin, representing Hutton. Came 3 / 17 and the team came top.
    • ECBA Championship Pairs (Sunday 23rd April), with Albert. Dismal. Came 20 / 30 in the qualifier and 7 / 21 in the Consolation Final.
    • EBU Easter Championship Pairs (Friday / Sat 14-15th April), with Colin. A mixed bag. Got off to a great start, then had a middling second session and wilted in the third. Overall, about par for our ratings. 68 / 109, 48.65%, 1.23 GPs gained.
    • ECBA Teams of 4 Final (Monday 3rd April 2017), with David, Albert & Chris T. We were playing Marc Chawner’s team and got crushed – we conceded after 24 boards. Still, a good run.
    • ECBA League Div 2: Played 4 matches (with David, and TC+SE). Won two comfortable, against County A-standard teams, but lost two against County C-standard teams – one badly.
    • National Pairs Eastern Heat (Sun 12th March, Barleylands): Played with David. Did badly in the first session and worse in the second. Ended up on 44.5%, 45 / 52.
    • Ipswich Swiss Pairs (4th March): Not really a success. Played with Colin, coming 14 / 50 on 79 / 140 VPs, but underperformed our rating. Won 3 matches & lost 4. 0.75 GPs gained.
    • Ranked Masters – National Masters Pairs (W/E 25-26 Feb, Birmingham): with David. Disappointing, though we out-performed our rating and gained 1.5 GPs. Had a disastrous first session, but were positive in the other three, and ended up 9 / 14 on -8 IMPs.
    • Cornell Trophy (Sun 12th Feb, Ingatestone), with Colin. A reasonable result for Hutton A (with DV & DC). Came 7 / 23. Marginally under-performed our ratings.
    • ECBA Teams of 4 Semi-Final (Friday 27th January 2017), with David, Albert & Chris T. Comfortable victory. 1.25 GPs gained.
    • NICKO Round 2 (Monday 16th January 2017); with David, Alaric & Chris M. Versus the de Botton team, last year’s winners! Sadly lost by 14 IMP, though we were up at half time. Hinged on one disastrous board in the final set (not our fault!).
    • Woodham BP Swiss Pairs (21st Jan, Barleylands): with Colin. Very disappointing. 12 / 26 on 70 / 140 VPs. Won 4 matches & lost 3. 0.44 BPs gained.
    • ECBA Swiss Pairs (Sunday 8th January 2017, Barleylands), with Colin. Quite a success. 7 / 37 on 72 / 120 VPs. 4 matches won, 2 lost. 1.62 BPs gained.
  2. 2016
    • EBU Y/E Swiss Pairs (London, Tues/Weds 26-27th December 2016). Played with Colin and slightly out-performed expectations based on our ratings. Came 52 / 122; won 5, drew 1 and lost 5 matches. 1.83 GPs gained. We had a tough run against some very strong pairs.
    • NICKO Round 1 (Barleylands, Thursday 17th November 2016). Played with David (and Tim & Steve) for Mountnessing A. Convincingly beat another Essex team. 1 GP gained.
    • CiN SIMS (Woodham, Monday 14th November 2016). Played with David and came 154 / 2,559 nationally and gained 591 LPs.
    • ECBA Fletcher Trophy (Ingatestone, Sunday 30th October 2016), playing for Hutton with David. The team was too weak, and came bottom, of 12. David and my Butlers were minus 35, so it did damage to my rating too.
    • ECBA Teams of 4 KO, R2 (Woodford, Thurs 27th October 2016), with David, Chris & Albert. Won convincingly; 0.75 GPs gained.
    • Felixstowe Pairs (Saturday 1st October 2016). A disaster, the first with Colin since his return. We failed to qualify for the main final (20/33; 47.9%), and did even worse in the Consolation Final (14/20; 45.24%). Thankfully the sessions weren’t submitted to the EBU for NGS-rating.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Teams (Ware, Sun 25th September 2016): With David and the Burtts. A poor performance. 21 / 27. Won 2 matches, Drew 1 and lost 4. 0.63 GP earned. David and I were -15 on the Butlers, so our NGS rating went down as well.
    • ECBA Switch KO, Round 1 (Albert’s house, Friday 2nd September 2016): My team (myself, David, Albert & Chris) was eliminated by last season’s winners.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Teams (Ware, Sun 24th July 2016): With David, Tim and Steve. A fairly weak performance. 27 / 53. Won 3 matches, Drew 1 and lost 3. 0.88 GP earned. However, David and I had flat Butlers, so our NGS rating went up!
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs (Ware, Sat 23rd July 2016): A mediocre – and NGS-par – performance. 52 / 108 on 50.51%. Won 3 matches and lost 4. 0.88 GP earned.
    • Essex “C” vs Norfolk (Roydon, Sun 3rd July 2016): The team drew, so we got 0.25 GP, but our Butler score was -5 IMPs.
    • Essex “C” vs Bedfordshire (Barleylands, Sun 3rd April 2016): The team won, so we got 0.5 GP, but our Butler score was flat.
    • Ranked Masters (Birmingham, Sat/Sun 27-28 February 2016): Played in the National Masters section with David. Got off to a cracking start, defeating two junior international pairs, had a disastrous second session, and indifferent thereafter. Ended up 8 / 12, 1.92 GPs gained. The second set was discussed in detail with Richard Granville and Marc Chawner.
    • National Masters Qualifiers (Barleylands, Sunday 13 March 2016): Dreadful first session, not fully reversed in the second set. Came 47 / 51 in the Eastern region (43.06%). Dire.
  3. 2015
    • CiN SIMS (Thursday 12th November 2015, at Bernie’s): Played with David against very weak opposition and came 4 / 2,106 on 68.5% nationally, grabbing about 700 useful LPs.
    • NICKO Round 1 (Wednesday 11th November 2015): Played with David (and Tim C + Steve E) against a mediocre team from Southend and won by 16 IMPs; 1 GP gained.
  4. 2014
    • Crockfords Round 1 (Thursday 13th November 2014): Played with David (with Gad C + Paul Y). A close match, won by 11 IMPs. 2GP gained.
    • NICKO Round 1: Thursday 6th November 2014; Played with David (and Tim C + Steve E) against a strong Hertford Team, and – after a disastrous first half – came back strongly to win by 2 IMPs. 1 GP gained.
    • EBU Seniors Swiss Teams: Sunday 3rd November 2014; David and I teamed up with Dennis V and John S. We won our first 4 matches, but then struggled, winning only 1 of the last 3. Still, we ended 16 / 56, so not too bad. 1,25 GPs gained.
    • EBU Seniors Swiss Pairs: Birmingham, Friday / Saturday 1st – 2nd November 2014; David and I had disastrous qualifying sessions: 64 / 68 (42.65%) and 21 / 25 (43.11%), so didn’t qualify for anything. We did averagely in the Swiss Pairs: 39 / 74 (50.18%; winning 3 matches, drawing 2 and losing 2; 1.12 GP gained).
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Teams: Sunday 29th September 2014; Mike and I played with the Mollisons, and after being placed 2nd at half-time, slumped to in the second half. Ended up 16 /39 on 74 / 140 VP. Mike & I were on -3 Cross-IMPs, NGS 49.61%, winning 3 matches, losing 3 and drawing one. 0.88 GP gained.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs: (Sunday 28th September 2014). David and I played poorly and came 54 / 66 on 46.34%, winning 2 matches and losing 5, including the last 3. 0.5 GP gained.
    • Essex Fletcher Trophy: (Sunday 21st September). David and I represented Hutton in this Essex Teams-of-8 competition. The team was weak, and came last (of 10). David and I had a poor set, scoring -37 Butler IMPs (-33 X-IMPs, NGS 45.2%).
    • Kent Swiss Teams: (Sunday 18th May, with David and Gad+Peter). Best forgotten – about half way at half-way, and then lost our last 3 matches. ). 0.5 GP gained.
    • Essex Championship Pairs (Sunday 27th April, with Gad) - qualified for the final (9 / 30 on 54%) and then won the final by a mile on just under 66%. Gained 3.75 GPs.
    • Mountnessing Bridge Club 2013/4 ladder: After a close race, I came top (on 56.91% over 32 sessions; my partner, David, was 2nd on 56.82%).
    • Portland Pairs (Sunday 23rd March), with Angie. A poor showing, coming 27 / 40 on 46.36%.
    • Ipswich Swiss Pairs (Saturday 8th March), with Mike. We didn’t “fire”, and came 47 / 58 on 47.54%, winning 2 matches but losing 5 (including the last 3). Only 0.5 GPs gained.
    • Cornell Trophy (Essex Teams of 4, Sunday 23rd February), with David (the other pair being David and Fran) and came 9 / 23. We would have been 7th apart from an outrageous ruling that adjusted one of our scores from +50 to -800.
    • Essex “C” vs Cambs & Hunts “C” (Sunday 12th January), with Linda. A disastrous session (-44 Butler IMPs), and the team lost 20-0.
    • NICKO round 3 (Monday 10th February) with David (Mike & Catriona being the other pair). Lost by 39 IMPs playing. Not our fault, I don’t think.
  5. 2013
    • NICKO first-round (Wednesday 13/11/13), with David (and Mike & Catriona). Won, gaining another GP.
    • EBU Seniors – Swiss Teams (Sunday 03/11/13). Best forgotten: David and I (with Mike and Angie) lost all 7 matches and came 55 / 59; not our fault, I don’t think.
    • EBU Seniors - Pairs (Friday/Saturday 01-02/11/13), with David. Qualified for the “A” Semi-final, but then had a disastrous session, so failed to qualify for either of the finals. However, we came 6 / 58 in the Swiss Pairs. 2.41 GPs gained.
    • Kent Swiss Teams (Sunday 27/10/13). David and I played with Peter and Robert, and came 4 / 39. In fact, we came 3rd, but received a fine for a mis-scoring. 2 GPs gained.
    • Felixstowe Pairs (Saturday 05/10/13), with David. Qualified for the main final, in which we came 7th (of a total entry of 73). 2.25 GPs gained.
    • Essex “C”, Metropolitan Cup (Saturday 08/09/13), with Linda. Did well. Our team of 8 came 5 / 10 – and Linda and I came 5 / 20 (+26) by Butler IMPs in our section.
    • EBU Summer Swiss Pairs, Brighton (Friday – Sunday 09-11/08/13), with Dave. A huge disappointment after a good start, but difficult opposition thereafter. Won 6 matches and lost 8, coming 245 / 316, 2.52 GPs won.
    • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs, Ware (Saturday 20/07/13), with David. Pretty useful – we came 19 / 90, winning 5 matches and losing 2. 1.25 GPs gained.
    • EBU Easter Swiss Pairs (Monday 01/04/13), with Angie. Not a success, though better than last year. Won 2 matches and lost 5, ending up 111 / 132 on 46%. 0.5 GP won.
    • NICKO Plate Round 3 (Thursday 14/03/13), with David (plus Mike + Catriona): Lost to Richard Register’s team by 39 IMPs after a dreadful first set. Not our fault.
    • Essex "C" v Cambs & Hunts (Sunday 24/02/13), with David: The team lost 18-2, and David & I were -50 on the Butler IMPs. Bad.
    • Helliar Trophy (Hutton “B”) (Sunday 17/02/13), with David (plus Dennis & Fran): Came 6 / 22 (+16 IMPs) – pretty good.
    • Essex Swiss Pairs (Sunday 03/02/13), with David: A disaster. Came 28/30 on 42.47%. Won the first two matches, and then lost the last four.
    • Essex "C" v Norfolk (Sunday 27/01/13), with Angie: The team won 17-3, and we were +13 on the Butler IMPs. OK.
    • National Pairs Heat (Friday 25/01/13), with David: Came 15 / 20 on 44.68%. Disappointing.
    • NICKO Plate - Round 1 (Monday 21/01/13), with David (plus Mike + Catriona): Beat Bob Hair’s team by 9 IMP – a good result. Won half a Green Point.
  6. 2012
    • EBU London Y/E Congress Swiss Pairs (Thursday – Friday, 27-28/12/12): Played with David in the. A huge disappointment. After winning our first three matches we lost 6 of the last 7, drawing the other, ending up 135 / 144. A disgrace. 0.98 GPs gained.
    • Crockford’s Plate, Round 1 (Tuesday 11/12/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie). After a good start, lost by 24 IMPs to a team (Jill Feldman) we should have beaten. Dismal.
    • Essex Mixed Pairs (Sunday 02/12/12): Played with Angie. Disappointing: came 20 / 26.
    • Essex Fletcher Trophy (Sunday 25/11/12): Played for Hutton “B” with David. Played well, and the Hutton team of 8 came 2 / 10.
    • Middlesex Swiss Teams (Sunday 11/11/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie). Disappointing. Came 25 / 51 after a heavy defeat in the last round. Won 5 matches, lost 2. 1.25 GPs gained.
    • Middlesex Swiss Pairs (Saturday 10/11/12): Played with David in the. Quite a success: came 18 / 114 – won 5 matches, drew one & lost one. 1.75 GPs gained.
    • Essex Seniors (Wednesday 31/10/12): Played with David. Disappointing - 23 / 34 on 48.03%.
    • Gold Cup, Round 1 (Monday 29/10/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie). Narrowly won – by 1 IMP – against Arnie Anidjar-Romain’s team. 2 GPs gained.
    • NICKO, Round 1 (Friday 19/10/12): Played with David (and Mike + Catriona). Lost by 37 IMPs to Ipswich “A”.
    • Great Northern Swiss Pairs (Leeds; Saturday – Sunday 06-07/10/12): Played with Dave. Rather disappointing. After a decent first session, we ended up 60 / 106, winning 6 matches and losing 6. 1.5 GPs gained.
    • Herts Swiss Teams, at Ware (Sunday 30/09/12): Played with David (with Angie and Len). Only moderately successful: 24 / 36 – won 3, lost 4 matches, for 0.75 GPs. Low turnout, so quite strong.
    • Essex "C" v Suffolk (Sunday 23/09/12): Played with David. The team lost 5-15, but we did OK on the Butler IMPs analysis (+12).
    • Crockfords Cup, Round 1 (Monday 18/09/12): Played with David (and Gad + Debbie) against a strong team (Stan Harding, Hatfield). Lost by 1 IMP, which was a shame. We’ll see how we do in the Plate.
    • Essex "C" in the Metropolitan Cup, at Ardingly (Sunday 09/09/12): Played with Angie. We played OK, but the team did very badly.
    • Essex "C" v Northants, at Stamford (Sunday 05/08/12): Played with Angie. The team lost 9-11, but Angie and I did very well on the Butler IMPs (+46), so were highly commended.
    • Essex “ProAm” tournament, at Barleylands (Sunday 01/07/12): Played with Russell. Won the Men’s Pairs by coming 4/14 on 54%, but it was a little disappointing, as we are a fairly regular partnership.
    • Kent Swiss Teams (Sunday 20/05/12, Canterbury): Played with David; Team-mates AK + RE, making quite a strong team. Did OK – won 4 matches and lost 3, but came 8 / 48, gaining 1.25 GPs.
    • 75th Anniversary Middlesex Congress (Sunday 22/04/12, Barnet): Played in the Swiss Teams with Angie (and AM + KS). A complete disaster. We won only one match (0.25 GPs), losing the other six.
    • Northern Easter Festival at York (Friday / Saturday 06-07/04/12): Played with Dave. Started well, in that we won a small Open Pairs competition, but we lost our way in the middle of the Swiss Pairs, but rescued ourselves in the last session, ending up 23 / 77, winning 5 matches, drawing one and losing 5. Won 1.39 GPs.
    • Portland Pairs (Tunbridge Wells, 25/03/12): Played with Angie. Quite a success: 110 / 389 nationally, winning 1.51 GPs.
    • Essex Gwen Herga (Mountnessing, 23/03/12): Played with David in the Essex Mens’ Pairs. A disaster: 14 / 17 on 45.57% - though looked much worse at one stage.
    • Essex Spring Seniors (Little Baddow, 16/03/12): Played with David. Something of a triumph: came 3 / 31 on 58.5%. Photo on the Essex Website (again!).
    • Bedford Swiss Teams (Luton, 11/03/12): Played with David (and CL + MH). Not too bad – came 12 / 30. Won 4 matches, lost 3. Won 1 GP.
    • Ranked Masters (Daventry, 03-04/03/12): Played with David in the Regional Masters competition. A great success. Came 2 / 22 and won 5.39 GPs (ie. a Gold Point). Nearly won the event, having been in second place in all three sessions. Photo on the Essex Website.
    • Harrogate Congress (17-19/02/12): Played with Dave in the Open and Swiss Pairs. A huge success. Started well, coming 3 / 18 in the Open Pairs. In the Swiss Pairs we drew our first match, then won 7 matches on the trot, but lost our last match badly, so ended up 10 / 154 with 4.53 GPs. Mentioned on the Essex Website.
    • National Pairs Heats (Mountnessing, 27/01/2012): Played with David. Rather an indifferent session, coming 11 / 20 on 51.07%.
    • Essex Swiss Pairs (Mountnessing, 15/01/2012): Played with David. Rather dismal – won 2 matches but lost 4, ending up 19 / 30.
    • NICKO Plate: Played with David (and CL + MH). Won our first match (03/01/12) by 8 IMPs against Clare B, but lost the second round (23/02/12) by 13 IMP to Welwyn C.
  7. 2011
    • EBU Year-End Congress (30/12/2011): Played with David (+ AS & LenW) in the Swiss Teams. Not very successful – 63 / 109, 0.75 GP.
    • Middlesex Congress (19-20/11/2011, Barnet): Played with David in the Swiss Pairs and (with LS & IM) in the Swiss Teams. Not a great success – 32 / 60 (0.75 GP) in the Pairs, 37 / 64 (0.75 GP) in the Teams.
    • Essex League (03/11/2011): Played in two Division 2 matches with Linda (+TC & SE) – won one & lost the other.
    • Essex Seniors (Thornwood Common, Wednesday 26/10/2011): Played with David. Not bad as the standard is quite high – 12 / 30 on 53.3%.
    • NICKO (20/10/11): Played with David (+CL & MH). Lost by 2 IMP to Colchester “B”.
    • Essex Cup for Clubs (Navestockside, Sunday 16/10/2011): Played for Hutton with Keith (+ AM & AF). Again, a good first session, followed by a collapse. Ended 7 / 10.
    • Great Northern Swiss Pairs (Leeds, 01-02/10/2011): Played with Dave. Not as successful as we’d expected – had a nasty “dip” mid-way after a good start. Ended up 68 / 123, 1.5 GP.
    • Hertfordshire Swiss Teams: Played with David (plus LS & IM) on 25th September 2011. Not particularly successful – won 3 matches and lost 4, for 0.75 GPs.
    • Metropolitan Cup: Played with Angie on 10th September 2011 in the Essex “C” team (with the McGuffins, as the “C” sub-team!). We did fine, and the Essex “C” team of 3 sub-teams came 2nd.(of 9) overall.
    • Brighton Swiss Pairs: competed with Dave over 12-14th August 2011. Had a remarkable late run after a difficult start and came 40 / 358. Won bonus GPs for the first time – 5.52 in total, including 1.1 Gold Points.
    • EBU Easter Congress: Played with Angie on 25th April 2011 in the “A” Flight Swiss Pairs, which was very tough. We had a creditable first session, but after a disastrous second session, ended up 158 / 162, drawing one match and losing the other 6. In the first session we lost 9-11 to the Tams, when we should have won; put up a good fight against Janet De Botton and Thor Eric Hofstaniska; and also played well against a pair of junior internationals; and drew the last match. I think this wore us out as we got hammered in the last two rounds when you’d expect to be picking up points against the also-rans.
    • Harrogate Swiss Pairs: Played with Dave on 25th – 26th February 2011. Won 5 / 9 matches against good opposition, and ended up 60 / 186. 1.4 GP Gained.
    • Harrogate Open Pairs: Played with Dave on 25th February 2011 as a warm-up to the main event. A bit of a disaster – 22 / 29 on 43.2%.
    • Essex Swiss Pairs: Played with Colin at Navestockside on Sunday 9th January 2011. We won 3 of our 6 matches, but the wins were narrower than the losses, so we came a disappointing 30 / 36.
  8. 2010
    • EBU Year-end GP Swiss Pairs: Monday 27th December 2010. This was a disappointment as we had to withdraw after the first session as Colin had toothache. We’d won two of our four matches, having won the first 19-1 against an Essex pair, then losing narrowly to a pair of junior internationals from Cambridge, and to the pair who ultimately came 2nd, before beating another top pair. Only 0.5 GP gained, therefore.
    • Middlesex GP Swiss Pairs: Played on Saturday 27th November 2010. A tough competition, as usual. Colin and I won our first two matches, then came up against the big guns and only won one further match, so came 97 / 123. Only 0.75 GP gained, therefore.
    • Fletcher Trophy: Played in the Essex inter-club Teams of Eight championships with Colin on Sunday 10th October 2010, representing Hutton; we just about managed to hold our end up, and the team scraped home in first place.
    • Felixstowe Congress: Played on Saturday 2nd October 2010 with Colin in the GP Pairs. Got hammered in the qualifiers, coming 62 / 64 on 36%, but then won a trophy in the Consolation Final coming top on 66.5%!
    • EBU Summer Congress – Brighton, August 2010. This was a great experience, but results-wise was rather disappointing. The standard seemed to be much higher than last year – Colin and I got off to a good start – good enough to get on the back-page of the Bulletin after the first day, anyway. But thereafter, the going got tough – usually the case after a good start in a Swiss tournament. So, we ended up 268 / 352 having won 5, drawn 2 and lost 8 of our matches, for 1.5 GP.
    • Essex/Herts Swiss Pairs: Played with Colin on Saturday 24th July 2010. Got off to an excellent start and got to tables 3 and 2, but then lost our way a bit and ended rather disappointingly 41 / 108, with 1 GP earned – having won three, lost three and drawn one of our matches.
    • Sussex Swiss Pairs: Played with Colin at Ardingly on Saturday 15th May 2010. Better than last year (with a different partner), but disappointing. Won 3 of 7 matches for 0.75 GPs. Came 70 / 108.
    • Helliar Trophy: I was unexpectedly asked to substitute and play with Dennis, with Colin and Peter making up the other half of the team. The first session was tough, but we were 12 IMPs up (no thanks to me and Dennis). The second half saw us fall away badly (again, no thanks to me and Dennis) and we ended up –51 IMPs, 20/22. A disgrace; which saw me sacked as Dennis’s partner in the Essex Seniors (rather undeserved, I thought, not that I wanted to play in any case).
    • Portland Pairs, March 2010: Played at Welwyn with Margaret. It’s a national Mixed Pairs competition, and was an enjoyable day and good experience. The first session was tough, but we did the best of the Essex pairs in our heat. Unfortunately, we got absolutely slaughtered in the session after lunch, and ended up 40 / 41 on just over 40%.
    • EBU Easter Swiss Pairs, April 2010. Not bad. Colin and I played with the big boys in the “A” flight. We came just over half-way – 71 / 144 on 50%. We came up against some international players, beating one and outranked several. Collected 0.75 GPs for winning 3 or our 7 matches, all of our defeats being fairly close.
    • Essex Pairs, April 2010: Rather disappointing – played with Margaret, and came just below half-way in both the Qualifiers and Consolation Final.
    • Essex Pairs, April 2010: Rather disappointing – played with Margaret, and came just below half-way in both the Qualifiers and Consolation Final.
    • EBU Easter Swiss Pairs, April 2010. Not bad. Colin and I played with the big boys in the “A” flight. We came just over half-way – 71 / 144 on 50%. We came up against some international players, beating one and outranked several. Collected 0.75 GPs for winning 3 or our 7 matches, all of our defeats being fairly close.
    • Portland Pairs, March 2010: Played at Welwyn with Margaret. It’s a national Mixed Pairs competition, and was an enjoyable day and good experience. The first session was tough, but we did the best of the Essex pairs in our heat. Unfortunately, we got absolutely slaughtered in the session after lunch, and ended up 40 / 41 on just over 40%.
    • Helliar Trophy: I was unexpectedly asked to substitute and play with Dennis, with Colin and Peter making up the other half of the team. The first session was tough, but we were 12 IMPs up (no thanks to me and Dennis). The second half saw us fall away badly (again, no thanks to me and Dennis) and we ended up –51 IMPs, 20/22. A disgrace; which saw me sacked as Dennis’s partner in the Essex Seniors (rather undeserved, I thought, not that I wanted to play in any case).
    • Nicko, Saturday 6th February 2010: The 3rd Round match against Clare A was a complete disaster. I thought Margaret and I held our end up well, but we still lost 104-13.
    • National Pairs heats, January 2010. Played with Colin at Mountnessing. The competition was very tough, and we got off to a dreadful start, so ending up 12/19 on just under 50% was quite creditable.
  9. 2009
    • EBU Year End Congress Mixed Pairs, December 2009. The first half of the first session went well, but it was all down-hill from there on. Margaret and I ended up 72nd / 76 on 42.63%. It was very tough, with some international partnerships. Not flighted and not Swiss, so probably not a good idea to have entered.
    • EBU Year End Congress Swiss Pairs, December 2009. Colin and I won 6 matches and lost 5, and winning the Non-expert Prize and 1.5 GPs for coming 67th / 166.
    • Essex Mixed Pairs, Sunday 6th December 2009. Margaret & I had a dreadful first session, but an excellent second session, leaving us 11th / 26, on 51.8%, which was quite creditable.
    • Middlesex Congress, Saturday 14th November 2009. Margaret and I played OK other than being hammered in the last match, so we gained 0.75 GP for winning 3 / 7 matches, coming 78 / 106.
    • Essex “Play with an Expert”, Sunday 29th November 2009. My attempt to impersonate an Expert was something of a success. After careful system preparation beforehand, Russell and I were in top spot on 64% at the break, but were pipped into second place by the final whistle, 2 / 26 with 61%.
    • NICKO (Round 1), Monday 9th November 2009. Represented Mountnessing “C” (Margaret and I, with Len and Angie) and had a surprise victory, defeating a strong Colchester team by 2 IMPs after being slaughtered in the first half. We earned a GP, and have a bye into the 3rd Round.
    • Felixstowe Congress on Saturday 10th October 2009. A reasonable result with Colin. Just missed the cut for the Pairs final, coming 15 / 40 with 52.21%, but did OK in the Consolation Final, coming 5 / 26 with 59.09% and earning 1.25 GPs.
    • EBU Swiss Pairs at Brighton, August 2009. Margaret and my first venture to the premier national Pairs competition was a bit of a struggle, but of our 14 matches we won 6 and drew 1, coming 303 / 436. Got the 1.75 GPs I needed to make Premier Master.
    • Hertfordshire Swiss Pairs at Ware, Saturday 18th July 2009. After a very poor start, Margaret and I ended up 77th / 108 with 0.75 GPs.
    • Sussex Swiss Pairs, 16th May 2009. Not a success. Margaret and I lost our first 5 matches and were relegated to the “sin bin”, where we drew the 6th and won the last. So, we came away with 0.5 GP and came 100 / 108, with 32.14% (as calculated by VPs – ie. on average we lost 13.5 – 6.5, so our average MPs %age was something like 44.5%).
    • Essex Pairs (19th April 2009). Very disappointing, much as last year. Margaret and I narrowly failed to qualify for the Final (21/39, 50.2%), then were thrashed in the Consolation Final (21/24, 43.94%).
    • EBU Easter Congress in London (13th April 2009) in the “B” Flight Swiss Pairs. Margaret and I didn’t do too badly – at least when compared with last year – 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses (no thrashings) – ended up with 1 GP and 15/27 (48.57%).
  10. 2008
    • Essex Mixed Pairs (7th December 2008). Margaret and I started off OK, coming 5/13 in the first section, but collapsed in the second, coming 17/27 overall.
    • Middlesex Congress (15-16th November 2008). Margaret and I came a respectable 46 / 114 in the Pairs. The Teams event was a disaster, and we were lucky not to have come bottom. 1 GP for a full weekend’s work is a poor return.
    • Felixstowe Congress (October 11-12th 2008). The pairs was quite a success – Margaret and I were the only Essex pair to qualify for the finals, coming 3rd in our section, and though we didn’t exactly shine in the finals, weren’t disgraced, coming 13/18 and picked up 1 GP. Unfortunately, the teams didn’t go so well – we won 4 of our seven matches, but came below half-way.
    • SIMS of 9th October 2008: Margaret and I came 13th out of 2,168 nationally, playing in the Mountnessing “Blue” section. This garnered 1 GP and 550 local points.
    • Essex/Herts Congress (19th-20th July 2008). Margaret and I did well, all things considered, coming second in the Non-Expert category in the pairs (35 / 116 overall), and 39/59 in the teams. 1.75 GPs won.
    • Essex Pairs competition (6th April 2008). Margaret and I did tolerably well in the qualifying session, fairly narrowly failing to qualify for the final. However, we then collapsed in the Consolation Event, coming 17/20 on 39.17%. Rather dismal.
    • EBU London Easter Congress (24th March 2008). Margaret and I had hoped to play in the “C” flight of the Swiss Pairs, but this was cancelled, so we had to play in the more forbidding “B” flight. The end result was a disaster, but it might have been worse. We lost our first 5 matches, and were in last place when the last round commenced. Thankfully, we won our last two matches and scraped into 37th place (out of 40). So, only 0.5 GPs won.
    • EBU National Newcomers Pairs (16th March 2008). Martin and I only just qualified for such an event (being “newcomers” only according to the letter of the law). We came out a fairly creditable 28th of 222 nationally (creditable since Martin hadn’t played bridge for 2 years, and we hadn’t played together for 18 years). My first 1.75 GPs won.

Other Activities
  1. I have written a card-dealing program and generated a website with the results. In 1Q11 I enhanced this for determining opening bids using the Strong Diamond system.
  2. Purchased a copy of DealMaster Pro. To be used for bidding practice. The advantage over my own version is that it does a double-dummy analysis of the hands and determines all makeable contracts.
  3. Joined the English Bridge Union (EBU), and read the bi-monthly English Bridge.
  4. Subscribed to Bridge Magazine.
  5. I purchased a copy of Jack Bridge - See their website (Jack Bridge). The intention is to allow time to practice counting the hand (in slow motion if necessary). The program appears to be of a good club standard, but is not an expert.
  6. Completed a paper “Why Play Bridge?4”.
  7. In September 2012 I became a founding committee-member of a group looking to consolidate a number of clubs in the Brentwood area into a confederation with rented / owned accommodation. See Web Link (http://www.mountnessingbridgeclub.org.uk/project/home_p.shtml) Defunct. I dropped out sometime in 2013, and the project is in any case defunct, but have continued to collect stats on local clubs.
  8. As for the remote past - I learnt to play bridge in my final year at school, and played at Cheltenham Bridge Club in my gap year prior to Cambridge, at University (King’s I and Cambridge II), and for a couple of years thereafter at the Young Chelsea. I made an attempted return to the Young Chelsea in 1990, and had an occasional on-line game at OK Bridge in 1999. I’m not sure whether I was ever a good bridge player, as it depends on what you mean by “good”. I (like to think that I) was one of the better players at Cheltenham Bridge Club within a year of learning the game, so think I have some natural aptitude. At Cambridge I was fortunate to run into a collection of exceptional players, most of whom have represented England at one time or another, or have otherwise made a mark in the bridge world: Richard Granville, Richard Fleet, Richard Benstead, Brian Callaghan, Steve Barnfield, John Armstrong (sadly now demised), Graham Kirby, David Burn, Phil Bailey, Rob Cliffe, ... Bridge wasn’t my primary non-study activity – which was rowing (and drinking) - and I couldn’t really keep pace with this lot, so I wouldn’t ask any of them for a reference. However, I just about squeezed into the second tier.



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Footnote 1: These have been amortised over the years.

Footnote 2: Taking into account the BPs, which are converted at the rate 300 BPs = 1 GP.

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