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February 2020 English Bridge

Send your letterslou@ebu.co.ukr, Lou Hobhouse

Raggett House, Bowdens, TA10 0DD, or e-mail lou@ebu.co.uk

The editor reserves the right to condense letters. Publication does not mean the

EBU agrees with the views expressed or that the comments are factually correct.

LETTERS TO THE

EDITOR

QUALITY CARDS

I hope you enjoy these obviously

larruping playing cards, found by

my daughter on a recent holiday

to Fuerteventura. Mike Anderson

PEN PLEASE

I read Philip Jackson's letter in the

December issue about diaries and

the editor's suggestion of an EBU

Apathy Award pen as an

alternative, and thought I would

quite like the pen in preference to

the diary. I nearly wrote to ask

for one, but no need: the very

next morning the postman

delivered my own apathy biro

along with a letter congratulating

me on a masterpoint promotion.

It made my day.

Karl Therkelsen-Turner

1066 AND ALL THAT

I was amused to read Simon

Cochemé's article in December's

English Bridge about a 'Hastings'

(1066 shape). My wife and I run a

U3A bridge section. At our

Christmas party we played

Chicago bridge. We allotted

prizes for various things (such as

hand with lowest/highest points,

first slam bid and made, beating a

contract by three tricks). We also

added holding a 'Hastings' -

confident that it would never be

won. Lo and behold, on the very

first deal one of the members had

one (6-6 in the minors and a

singleton spade). This caused

great hilarity. Keith Sharp

GUIDE TO CLUBBING

As a bridge teacher who is

regularly asked about which

bridge programme to download

or play online, I was delighted to

see the review of online sites by

Jonathan Clark and Kripa

Panchagnula. Thank you.

I would just add that it would

be very interesting to have 'A

Beginner's Guide to Clubbing

around the Country'. It is difficult

for a beginner to have a pleasant

experience at a bridge club. I

warn my students not to go near

them in London until they have

done at least 18 months or

equivalent learning bridge - not

because they don't know enough

but because of the speed of play

required to avoid rude behaviour

from others. Perhaps if we

published a rating system (along

the lines of 1000 Best Churches)

clubs would take notice.

Vanessa King

HANDICAPPED SIMS PLEASE

After reading about Handicapped

Games in your December letters I

see that Gordon Rainsford is

currently considering an EBU

handicapped event.

I play at Stansfield, Suffolk, and

Richard Evans, who runs a very

active and successful club, ran a

Sunday handicap event earlier in

2019 which was very well

received. We all brought in our

own packed lunch and choice of

drink and played from late

morning to tea time. It brought

in players from our Learners day,

from the Intermediate Evening,

as well as those from the

Advanced evening and some

from surrounding clubs. We used

a handicap based on EBU rating.

Talking with Richard we both

agreed that it would be great if

the EBU were to run a National

Handicap SIM pairs competition

on a Sunday which could work in

a similar way and which would

produce an annual National

Handicap Bridge champion pair.

Nigel Varian

3 - 6 Feb Junior Squad Sims

9 - 12 Mar Club Stratified Sims

6 - 9 Apr British Spring Sim Pairs

11 - 14 May EBED Spring Sim Pairs

20 - 23 July British Summer Sim Pairs

7 - 11 Sep EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

5 - 8 Oct British Autumn Sim Pairs

2020 SIMULTANEOUS PAIRS - Bonus Blue Points

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