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REALLY EASY CONGRESSES
PAIRS FOR the first time ever we ran We try to introduce different
two Really Easy Congresses at types of bridge, so we don’t just
Another brand new event Brighton last August. The first play pairs. One session will be
ran from Monday to Wednesday multiple teams with the empha-
for the 2010-2011 season with 15 tables of enthusiastic sis on bidding up and playing
‘novices and beginners’ – players safely. Another session will be
playing for about a year. These Swiss Pairs, playing five-board
7 – 11 March 2011 were followed on Tuesday to matches, one of the most popu-
Thursday by the Next Step group lar forms of competition bridge.
(20 tables). Some very keen beg- What is the cut off point for
A new event for 2011 inners stayed over until Thursday the Really Easy events? Do we
and at least six of the Next Step have a master point limit or
held on five separate evenings group stayed and played in the anything like that? The answer is
main congress Mixed Pairs on that we don’t – you can pick up a
(different hands and ranking lists Thursday evening. load of Master Points by having a
each evening) Why a Next Step group? successful evening in a Simul-
Education does not stop when taneous Pairs but that doesn’t
you leave the classroom. There is rule you out of a Really Easy. The
National ranking lists and Master Points more to learn than just counting simple answer is that you will
will be produced each evening in each of points and tricks. How to behave know when you have outgrown it
at the table, when to listen, when – the play will be too slow for you
the four categories: to speak. The speed of play can and you are ready for a harder
vary – the average expected competition. This means that the
speed is eight boards per hour; at experience of the Next Step
A. Overall a Really Easy event we start at group varies quite a bit – but
four boards increasing to six and roughly speaking we have people
B. For pairs both members of which are finally reaching the magic eight. with up to five years experience
below the rank of Tournament Master When you start, it is a bit like including some club bridge.
patting your head and rubbing Next year’s Really Easy
C. For pairs both members of which are your tummy with so much going Brighton Congresses will be on
below the rank of Star Master on at the same time. It may be August 15-17 (Novices and
the first time you have used a Beginners) and August 16-18
D. For pairs both members of which are bidding box. The systems and (Next Step). The next Really
conventions at the Next Step can Easy Congress is in Derby from
below the rank of District Master be a little more elaborate, but still April 8-10.
with the emphasis on fun and Also, have a look at the new
friendly bridge. That does not EBU Improver Events organised
mean that there are no calls for by David and Marilyn Jones (see
More details the Director – all players, what-
ever their level, can bid out of
page 24). Each weekend has a
themed topic including seminars
will be available at: rotation or revoke, and these are and play. More details from
dealt with as they crop up. It’s all David on 02476 461511.
http://bridge.ecats.co.uk good experience. Gill and John Pain
GOOD LUCK IN PHILADELPHIA!
OUR Under-21 team have been invited to participate in the
World Championships which run from 10th – 16th October in
EBU Competitions Philadelphia. We hope that they will be able to go one better than
the Silver Medal they gained in the Beijing World Mind Sports
Department Games in 2008. Follow their progress on the EBU website.
Good luck to all the team: Daniel McIntosh, Tom Paske,
( 01296 317 203 / 219 James Paul, Tom Rainforth, Graeme Robertson and Shivam
Shah, NPC Michael Byrne, coach Alan Shillitoe.
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