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Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Tuesday evening. We start at 7.20pm, so please arrive between 7.00pm and 7.15pm. We have about 140 members and average 15 tables each night. We aim to be a friendly, welcoming club with a good standard of play. We are affiliated to the EBU.

We are pleased to welcome visitors. Our venue has room for 20 tables, but please note that in the very unlikely event that the hall is full we will give priority to members.

We also run a relaxed duplicate on Wednesday morning suitable for less experienced players, though anybody is welcome. For more details, see below.  However our club is not suitable for complete beginners. We recommend that you contact Oxford, Wallingford or Wantage Bridge Clubs if you are just starting, as they offer courses and sessions for beginners.

AGM Tuesday 7 March

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held at 7.15pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017, immediately before the normal club night starts at 7.45pm. All members are very cordially invited to attend. One of the main items of business will be the election of Officers and Committee members and we are looking for volunteers. If you would like any information about what's involved, please ask any of the present Committee (Tony, Keith, Peter, Pauline, Dave, Gordon, Kevin, Ruth, John or Andrew). If you feel able to volunteer, please nominate yourself by clicking on Contact Us in the menu and telling us your name, and what are you standing for (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary or Committee member).

Good behaviour at the bridge table

As a Club we have a well-deserved reputation for being welcoming and friendly. However, the normally high standards of behaviour at the club can be undermined by occasional lapses. Can we remind members of the ways in which we can all help to make sure that bridge is an enjoyable game for everyone who comes to Abingdon:

  • greeting others in a friendly manner prior to the start of play on each round
  • being polite to opponents and partners
  • giving credit when opponents make a good bid or play
  • making your convention card readily available to your opponents and filling it out completely.

Please click here if you would like to see the EBU's guide to best behaviour at the bridge table.

Wednesday morning relaxed pairs

We run a relaxed pairs session every Wednesday morning. ALL are welcome, improvers and those wanting to play some gentle duplicate in particular. We ask players to be seated by 9.50am - please arrive at 9.45am. The sessions will be held at our normal venue - the Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre off Audlett Drive. We will be playing about 20 boards.  We use duplimated boards with hand records. The event is run by an EBU accredited director, and EBU master points will be given. There is no need to be a member of Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club and the cost is £3.00 for Abingdon club members and  £4.00 for non-members.

Extended Rule of 25

If you open a hand at the 2 level with any artificial strong bid, such as Benji Acol 2 or 2, then that hand must meet the Extended Rule of 25. Please note that this rule doesn't apply to normal Acol 2 bids, or any other 2 level opening which guarantees at least 4 cards in the bid suit.

Please click here for a full explanation of the Extended Rule of 25, and what happens if you open a hand with an artificial strong 2 bid when it doesn't meet that rule.

Duplimating machine & cards: sponsored by the EBU and Richardsons
Duplimating machine & cards: sponsored by the EBU and Richardsons

We now have our own duplimating machine! The club has received a 50% grant towards the cost of the machine from the EBU.

In addition, we are most grateful to Richardsons, Chartered Accountants of Thame, who have donated 400 packs of cards.

Psyches
If you think that your opponents have psyched at your table, then please report it to the Director as soon as possible after you discover it. (A psyche is any bid which is a delibrate and gross misstatement of the value or shape of a hand). Remember that it is not illegal to psyche. However it is illegal to have a system that includes psyches and it is also illegal for a partner to field an undisclosed psyche – ie to bid in such a way as to take account of a possible psyche.
 
The intention here is to build up a record of psyches which can then be used by any Director to help him or her to decide if a player and their partner have included particular psyches into their bidding system or have a concealed partnership understanding.
 
Please note that only the Director is allowed to record a psyche in the psyche book.
Results
22nd Feb 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
21st Feb 2017
Teams competition
Director: Alan Grunwald
15th Feb 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
14th Feb 2017
Open pairs competition
Director: Stephen Marsh
8th Feb 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
7th Feb 2017
Spring Cup
Director: Peter Litchfield
Calendar
28th Feb 2017
Individual competition
7.20pm
Director: John Rowe
1st Mar 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
7th Mar 2017
Annual General Meeting & Club night
7.15pm
Normal club night starts at 7.45pm
Director: Peter Litchfield
8th Mar 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
14th Mar 2017
Open pairs competition
7.20pm
Director: Andrew Ashworth
15th Mar 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
Results
22nd Feb 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
21st Feb 2017
Teams competition
Director: Alan Grunwald
15th Feb 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
14th Feb 2017
Open pairs competition
Director: Stephen Marsh
8th Feb 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
7th Feb 2017
Spring Cup
Director: Peter Litchfield
Calendar
28th Feb 2017
Individual competition
7.20pm
Director: John Rowe
1st Mar 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
7th Mar 2017
Annual General Meeting & Club night
7.15pm
Normal club night starts at 7.45pm
Director: Peter Litchfield
8th Mar 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
14th Mar 2017
Open pairs competition
7.20pm
Director: Andrew Ashworth
15th Mar 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield