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Welcome to Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club
About us
About us

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.

Abingdon Cafe Bridge

You are invited to this year's Cafe Bridge event in Abingdon, on 19th October 2017. It will be the third year of this enjoyable event, in which the duplicate bridge movement is not just around the room; it is around the town! We have five venues and, rather like musical chairs, the one you visit at lunchtime will be where you stop and eat.

Starting at 10.00am and finishing soon after 4.00pm, this is a social bridge event, for all standards, and no rankings or master points will be involved, but there will be a few bottles of wine distributed afterwards (for 'improvers', as well as the best).  The cost will be £60 per pair and this will include:

  • a day of convivial bridge;
  • tea/coffee at the beginning and end, with cakes in the afternoon;
  • lunches;
  • prizes.

The balance of £10-£15 per pair will go to this year's chosen charity, Parkinsons UK, which does so much good work in supporting sufferers and also funds research. To register your interest and receive further details please just contact Kevin Carter, at kevin@profundus.com.

New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017

The new Laws of Duplicate Bridge came into effect from 1 August 2017. Most changes will only affect the way the Directors rule on a particular matter, but because of this we strongly advise any player at Abingdon to call the Director if anything has gone wrong at your table.

The two biggest changes are to the way a claim or concession is handled, and the introduction of the concept of a comparable call which affects how bidding out of turn and insufficient bids are dealt with. Please click here for more details.

Rules for 'Strong' opening bids

From August 2017, the Extended Rule of 25 for strong openings has been replaced. The new rule is that to be considered a 'Strong' opening bid or overcall, the minimum allowed by agreement is either (or both) of:

(a) any hand of at least 16 HCP

(b) any hand of at least 12 HCP with at least five controls (an ace counts as two controls, a king counts as one control).

The emphasis now is on full disclosure rather than controlling the minimum strength. Please click here for full details.

The Simpson Cup 2017

Congratulations to Gordon Carroll and Stephen Marsh who have won the Simpson Cup this year, the second year of the competition. They won with a combined score of 113.63 across the two matches on 6 June and 4 July 2017.  Carol Benzie and Alex Lishkov were a very close second with a combined score of 113.45. Kate Gould and Kevin Carter were third with a total of 111.18.

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 £2.00 for Abingdon club members and  £3.00 for non-members.

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.

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
20th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
19th Sep 2017
Teams competition
Director: Andrew Ashworth
13th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
12th Sep 2017
Open pairs competition
Director: John Rowe
6th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Keith Sadler
5th Sep 2017
EBU Sim Pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Calendar
26th Sep 2017
Individual competition
7.20pm
Director: Stephen Marsh
27th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
3rd Oct 2017
British Autumn Sim Pairs
7.20pm
Director: David Walton
4th Oct 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
10th Oct 2017
Open Pairs competition
7.20pm
Director: Alan Grunwald
11th Oct 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
Results
20th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
19th Sep 2017
Teams competition
Director: Andrew Ashworth
13th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
12th Sep 2017
Open pairs competition
Director: John Rowe
6th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Keith Sadler
5th Sep 2017
EBU Sim Pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Calendar
26th Sep 2017
Individual competition
7.20pm
Director: Stephen Marsh
27th Sep 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
3rd Oct 2017
British Autumn Sim Pairs
7.20pm
Director: David Walton
4th Oct 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
10th Oct 2017
Open Pairs competition
7.20pm
Director: Alan Grunwald
11th Oct 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield