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Here you will find interesting hands and answers to bidding and play questions. Send your hands in and one of our Tollemache team will give their advice - email hands or question.

The Bridge Doctor can be found under Instruction in the menu.


Congratulations to Warner Solomon who has become a Premier Grand Master (the highest rank) and to Jim Grant who has become a Grand Master (second highest rank).

Devon Pairs Qualifying Heats

The following heats will take place (more will be added):

Tue 27 Jan Exmouth
Wed 28 Jan Newton Abbot
Wed 28 Jan Torquay
Thu 29 Jan Barnstaple
Mon 2 Feb Honiton
Tue 3 Feb Tipton St John Acolites
Tue 3 Feb Plymstock
Mon 9 Feb Kingsbridge Regal
Mon 9 Feb Plymouth
Tue 10 Feb Exeter

Most heats welcome visitors, please check with the club first.

Bridgemate Seminar
31 Jan 2015

There will a Bridgemate Seminar on Saturday 31 January 2015 at the Newton Abbot Scout Hut from 1-6pm. The cost will be £10 per person - ask your club to send you. Places are limited so book early to guarantee your place. Please note that this seminar is titled 'What to do when things go wrong' and is for scorers already familiar with running duplicates using Bridgemates. [More information].

Tollemache Qualifying
22-23 November 2014

The team of Warner Solomon and Ian Walsh, Alex Maddox and Stefan Lindfors, Gillian and Joe Fawcett, Peter Bowles and Mike Orriel finished a disappointing 7th out of 8 in Group D. The team started well, but faded badly on the second day. Short report.

News from the Committee and the November Meeting

  • The calendar is continually updated online; a draft for 2015-16 will appear soon. The Devon Pairs (Julia Chadwick) final has been moved to Sat 21 Feb (from Sun 15 Mar).
  • There will be a seminar on recovering from Bridgemate difficulties at Newton Abbot Scout Hall on Sat 31 Jan or Sat 14 Feb 2015 (date to be confirmed). Further details will follow in due course.
  • Bridgetab scoring can be implemented at a much lower cost than bridgemates.
  • The Chairman repeated the request to directors, clubs and players to record and register psyches.
  • Advanced Training : the possibility of 2 sessions of Advanced training with Michael Byrne on 28-29 March 2015 is being investigated. Interested players need to register their interest before the end of November.
  • Terence Treeby indicated that he will not be available to run the congress from 2016 onwards. Volunteer(s) are being sought to take over.
  • Alison Pollok has joined the selection sub-committee.

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November 2014 Successes

Heart Foundation Swiss Teams
This popular event was won on a split tie by Pat Joesph, Jenny Northmore, Ali Blake and Morag MacBean from Clare Hamon, Enid Hamon, Richar Ayres and Barry Smale. £290 will be donated to the Heart Foundation.

Advanced and Improver Workshops 2015

There is a possibility of the DBA running two full-day workshops on Sat 28 and Sun 29 Mar 2015 aimed at, but not restricted to, players of County B and C team standard. These would be run by Michael Byrne and would cost each player £22.50 for the day. We will only be able to commit to running these (at this cost) if both days are likely to be fully subscribed, so we are asking for provisional bookings from players who are interested. Please contact Terence Treeby or Andrew Leslie by the end of November.

October 2014 Successes

Malvern Congress
Ian Walsh won the Swiss Pairs playing with Jack Terry.

West of England Congress
Warner Solomon won the Swiss Pairs playing with Roger Sweet. Stefan Lindfors was second playing with Gunnar Hallberg. Stefan Lindfors, Jim Grant and Alex Maddocks won the Swiss Teams playing with Gunnar Hallberg.

EBU overseas Montegro Congress 
Ros Morgan won the Ladies' Pairs playing with Jean Squires.

South Hams Charity Swiss Teams
Dick Andrews, Terry Cannon, Robin Giles and Chris Hall won the sell-out Charity Swiss Teams in Thurlestone. The full results can be found on www.bridgewebs.com/kingsbridge

Plymouth Congress
18-19 October 2014

The Congress held over the weekend was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to the Championship Pairs' winners, Mike & Enid Hamon, and to the runners up, Daphne Twinberrow & Jan Patrick.


Also to Norman Massey, Nethie White, Jacek Pietrzycki and Mike Orriel who won the Swiss teams.


And to Sue and Martin Ruth who won the Novice Pairs.


Thanks to Don Pearson for directing and to Ros Morgan and her team of helpers for all their hard work.

Devon Pairs (Julia Chadwick) Final 2015

Please note that the date of the Devon Pairs Final has been changed from 15 March 2015 to Saturday, 21 February 2015.