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.
As a result of the increase in room charges, the Committee have decided to increase our table money to be £2.50 per week for members (£3.50 for visitors). This is the first increase for 20 years. It would be very helpful if everyone could remember to bring the exact amount.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Please click here if you would like to see the EBU's guide to best behaviour at the bridge table.
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 800 packs of cards.