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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.

Jean Sperry

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jean Sperry on Thursday 9th March. Jean was one of the very first members of Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club along with her husband John who was the first Chair of the Club and who sadly passed away some years ago. Jean was both Secretary and Treasurer over the years and was made a Life Member in recognition of her great contribution to the Club. Jean was always affable and friendly, with a cheerful smile when faced with either success or failure. Our thoughts go out to her family at this difficult time.

The Simpson Trophy is presented at our AGM
The Simpson Trophy is presented at our AGM

The Simpson Trophy was presented for the first time at our Annual General Meeting on 7 March 2017. The cup was donated to the Club in honour of Malcolm and Rose Simpson by their three children. Malcolm and Rose played at the club from its very early days - indeed Malcolm and Clive Keep won the Open Pairs championship no fewer than 9 times between 1982 and 1997. Sadly Malcolm and Rose both passed away, in 2014 and last year respectively.


The first ever pair to the win the trophy, Betty Yearling and Joe Fox, are seen here receiving the cup from two of Malcolm and Rose's children, Caroline and Jeremy. Our thanks to all the Simpson family for their generous gift.

Oxfordshire Bridge Association AGM

The Oxfordshire Bridge Association AGM will take place at Oxford Bridge Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 May.

Oxford Bridge Festival 4 - 7 September 2017

The Oxfordshire Bridge Association is running a bridge Festival from 4th to 7th September 2017, based in St Hugh's College, Oxford. There will be both duplicate and rubber bridge and it is aimed at both beginners and experienced players. The programme includes a welcome tea and activity, cafe bridge and lunch, 4 other bridge sessions, 4 seminars, 2 session reviews, visits to two of Oxford's attractions and Gala prize-giving dinner. All this for just £150! Please click here for a full details.

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
17th May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Keith Sadler
16th May 2017
Teams competition
Director: John Rowe
10th May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
9th May 2017
EBU Sim Pairs
Director: David Walton
3rd May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
2nd May 2017
Large Cup
Director: Stephen Marsh
Calendar
23rd May 2017
Individual competition
7.20pm
Director: Andrew Ashworth
24th May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
30th May 2017
Club night
7.20pm
Director: Gordon Carroll
31st May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
6th Jun 2017
The Simpson Cup (part 1)
7.20pm
Director: David Walton
7th Jun 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
Results
17th May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Keith Sadler
16th May 2017
Teams competition
Director: John Rowe
10th May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
9th May 2017
EBU Sim Pairs
Director: David Walton
3rd May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
2nd May 2017
Large Cup
Director: Stephen Marsh
Calendar
23rd May 2017
Individual competition
7.20pm
Director: Andrew Ashworth
24th May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
30th May 2017
Club night
7.20pm
Director: Gordon Carroll
31st May 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield
6th Jun 2017
The Simpson Cup (part 1)
7.20pm
Director: David Walton
7th Jun 2017
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
9.50am
Director: Peter Litchfield