Bridge news

The Daily Telegraph - - Court & Social -

A small num­ber of bridge clubs have man­aged to re­open for their mem­bers, writes Ju­lian Pot­tage,

Bridge Cor­re­spon­dent. One club in Es­sex, the Mid Es­sex Bridge Club, has ob­tained some in­ter­sect­ing plex­i­glass screens for plac­ing on top of the bridge ta­ble, cus­tom-made from a lo­cal sup­plier. Other safety fea­tures used by the club are as fol­lows:

(i) limit of four ta­bles and play­ers need to book in ad­vance; (ii) each ta­ble has its own set of boards; (iii) all play­ers have their own bid­ding box and keep it through­out the ses­sion; (iv) the club al­lows a gap of 72 hours be­fore reusing any equip­ment; (v) every­one uses hand sani­tiser on ar­rival; (vi) only North touches the Bridge­mate scor­ing ma­chine, show­ing the score to East for check­ing and then press­ing the ac­cept but­ton once East has given ver­bal ap­proval (and if there is an ar­row switch round the orig­i­nal North play­ers con­tinue to score); and (vii) club of­fi­cials use gloves when han­dling any equip­ment for play­ing or re­fresh­ments.

The Scot­tish Bridge Union has an­nounced a sec­ond on­line Bronze league. Matches will be of 16 boards, played each Wed­nes­day. This is a likely to be a pop­u­lar event, with enough teams en­tered in the first on­line Bronze league for nine di­vi­sions. The clos­ing date for en­tries is Wed­nes­day, Aug 19.

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