For some time now, the committee has been evaluating how best to combine the steady inflow of beginners into the evening sessions with the growing competitive levels of the regular evening players. Taking into consideration the member feedback received during the Vision/Mission survey, we are pleased to announce
1. TUESDAY: pm – 10pm. session of 24 boards.
2. WEDNESDAY: 7pm – 10pm. session of 15 -18 boards.
3. THURSDAY: 7pm – 10pm. session of 20-22 boards (Half MP session).
Players MUST be SEATED by 6:35pm. The session will play a minimum of 24 boards and be eligible for full MPs. No cheat sheets are allowed.
is a NEW session, perfect for beginners and those who prefer a slower pace. Players will have more time per board to build up experience and confidence, whilst still playing in a club competition format. Boards played will be between 15-18 and cheat sheets are allowed. will be the principal Director.
will remain a half MP session but boards played will be a minimum of 20, growing to 22 over a period of time, akin to the current Tuesday evening session. This means players will be under a little more pressure to speed up their game. If members feel this isn’t the right playing environment for them, they have now the option to play in the Wednesday evening session. Cheat sheets are allowed and wine and cheese will still be available during the break.
With this new schedule, we maintain a clear growth path for our newcomers whilst providing ample competition opportunities in the evenings for our more experienced players.
The hall has permanent bookings for Monday & Friday evenings (Winter) and is unavailable on weekends (Winter).
Currently, with 22 boards, we manage to finish at 10pm. Adding 2 more boards will rush many Tuesday regulars, which will lead to stress, displeasure and possibly giving up on Tue evenings.
We learned from the previous (2016-2019) Wednesday Evening sessions that players consider 10:00pm the very latest to return home.
With beginners now starting their bridge journey on Wednesday evening, it is anticipated that the Thursday evenings will evolve to be identical to the current Tuesday session in playing experience.
By ABF rules, no aids are allowed in full MP sessions.
There will not be any change of pace on Tuesday since you will have 15min more playing time. Regular Tuesday players should therefor not experience any difficulty.
The increase in tempo on Thursday will be gradual and closely watched by your director to minimise discomfort. Most players with some experience will easily adapt to the slight tempo increase. Those who prefer a slower pace, and new beginners will find the perfect fit in the new Wednesday evening session.
Beginner lessons are held twice each year. One course will be during the daytime whilst the evening course will be moved to Monday evening. The Wednesday evening beginner session will therefor not be impacted.
No. At the conclusion of each beginner course we will have a limited number of supervised sessions. Members who wish for advice & help with their bidding & play are recommended to attend the beginner lessons and/or supervised sessions.
The purpose of Thursday Night was to ease beginners into club bridge. Over the years, many have made this their regular session and become accomplished players. As a result, there is frustration when beginners join and the pace is dropped to 16-18 boards. As Tuesday has shown us, without absolute beginners, most regulars will easily play 20-22 boards in the allotted time. Those who prefer a slower pace, and new beginners will find the perfect fit in the new Wednesday evening session.
On Wednesday evenings, you can come without a partner and we will pair you up. The club will provide a Host. When the session reaches critical mass, a formal volunteer Host system may be set up then.
There is plenty of easy parking on Wednesday nights.