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Please note that there will be no bridge at Abingdon on 1st January 2019.

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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.

We will be holding our fifth Swiss Pairs blue-pointed event at 1.45pm for 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd February 2019  at Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3GD.  We will be playing six 6 board matches. Level 4 conventions. Tea is provided. Generous prizes. Entry is £12 per person (pay on the day). The event is licenced by the EBU.

Please click here to enter, or click on the   Blue point entry   button in the menu on the left hand side of the screen. Please click here to see the current list of entries.

Christmas Party
Christmas Party

The Club's Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday 18 December 2018. All members are most welcome to attend but, in a change to our usual arrangements, you should come with a partner. Please note that our party is only open to members of the club. We will be playing pre-dealt hands, but with the twist of competing with the experts who have already played them.

As usual we will provide all the drink and the basics such as crisps, bread, sandwiches and sausage rolls. We would be most grateful if members who are attending could either bring some interesting home-cooked food, or else contribute £5 towards the cost of the food. If you are planning to contribute £5, please give it to Ruth Carter next time you see her.

Please arrive at around 7.15pm ready for a normal 7.30pm start. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to Charity. Please remember to bring a raffle prize with you on the night.

Competition results 2018

Congratulations to Gordon Carroll who won the individual competition, to Adrian Lambe, Alan Woo, Jo Murray & Olivia Woo who won the 2018 teams competition, to Andrew Speyer, Ian Van Maanen, Jayne Castle & Karen Hughes who won the 2018 handicap teams competition and to Keith Sadler & Stephen Marsh who won the 2018 Autumn Cup. Well done to all of them.

Len Salmon Memorial Trophy 2018

This year's match against Wallingford for the Len Salmon Memorial Trophy was held on Sunday 18th November 2018 at Roke. Wallingford were excellent hosts, and we thank them for a very enjoyable afternoon. After a hard fought match, we won by 37.75 to 22.25

The scores for the sections were A: 15.65 to  4.35, B: 10.76 to 9.24 and C: 11.34 to 8.66 . Thanks to everyone who took part, and a special thanks to Gordon for organising our team.

The Abingdon team were as follows:

A Section B Section C Section
Betty Yearling & Joe Fox Carol & Richard Moore Graham Simpson & Jan Spearing
David Walton & Gordon Carroll Gaye Kyle & John Rowe Karen & Tony Hughes
Gillian Lonsdale & Nigel Wilkes Ian Van Maanen & Stephen Marsh Kevin Carter & Ruth Carter
John Briggs & Peter Litchfield Isobel Townley-Freeman & Keith Sadler Pauline Howard & Terry Ward
Data Protection

The Committee have now agreed our Data Protection policy. Details of the policy can be found in the Club's Privacy Notice - please click here to see a copy. The notice makes clear that we only hold members' data for our legitimate interests as a membership organisation.

All members of the Club are asked to complete a data collection form as soon as possible - please click here for a copy. The form serves two purposes - firstly to make sure that our records of members are accurate and up-to-date, and secondly to ask each member for consent to share their telephone numbers and email addresses with other members - on our website, in the printed Club calendar and as part of our system for finding a partner. It is important to realise that these three ways of sharing a member's data with other members can only happen with the positive consent of that member. You can change your consent at any time by logging in to the Members' Area of this website.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Open pairs competition
Director: Andrew Ashworth
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Club night
Director: Stephen Marsh
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Individual competition
Director: Alan Grunwald
18th Dec 2018
Xmas Party - members only
19th Dec 2018
Xmas party - members only
Director: Peter Litchfield
25th Dec 2018
No bridge - Happy Xmas!
26th Dec 2018
No bridge
1st Jan 2019
No bridge
2nd Jan 2019
Wednesday morning friendly pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield