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Folks, a gentle reminder that the levy of €10 to support our 40th Anniversary Event (still to be decided) will be collected with the Annual Subscriptions from September 4th 2018.

Annual Subscriptions remain at €25 (includes Club, Regional and National fees).

The Committee

Upcoming Competitions and Congresses
Upcoming Competitions and Congresses

The Dundalk Bridge Club will host the Lillian Logan Memorial Trophy at the Bridge Centre, Ramparts Road, Dundalk on Tuesday 18 September 2018 @ 7pm. Entry fee €10 including supper. No pre-entry.

ABCD Bridge Centre, Fair Green, Drogheda host their Open Teams Event on Friday 21 September 2018 @ 7.30pm.  Entry fee is €24 per team. Entries to Paddy Bonner on 087 0563805

Ardee Bridge Club will host the Father Doris Cup on Sunday 30 September 2018 @ 5pm in St Mary's GFC Club, Ardee (Drogheda Road N2). Entry fee €15 per person including supper.  Entries to Peter Byrne 086 8049531

Website update ...

.. photos and news from the 2017-2018 season can be found under either the Competitions tab or the News tab

Welcome to Ashbourne Bridge Club

Our club has a friendly and welcoming membership which we are very proud of.  We play upstairs in the Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA Club every Tuesday at 7:20 sharp. There is ample free parking. The playing fee is five Euro and the club is open all year round, with visitors welcome from May to August.

New Players warmly welcomed.

The club secretary is Liz, on 086 8251659.

Our email address is


Updates to CBAI Rules & Regulations from 1 September 2018
Updates to CBAI Rules & Regulations from 1 September 2018

 Briefing for all clubs on CBAI Rules and Regulations- Updates that take effect from 1st September 2018. This information covers the way we use Alerts and Announcements.

First of all the Laws of Duplicate Bridge covers this under Law 40. Under A 1(b) of  Law 40 it states each partnership has a duty to make its partnership understandings available to its opponents. The Regulating Authority specifies the manner in which this is done.
Our Regulating Authority is the CBAI. First and importantly at the start of every round each pair must inform the opponents of their basic system (e.g.) forcing club, strength of No Trump opening, 4 or 5-card majors) and their carding methods and in particular any unusual openings for which opponents may need to prepare.
A 5-card major is basically a natural system- so no alert is required if the the bid is a normal unlimited bid. When you state your system at the start it does not absolve you from the requirement to alert or announce any calls during the auction.  However 5-card majors do not require an alert whether or not they are pre-disclosed.  

More detailed description follows below:


You should announce your partner’s bid in the following three specific cases:

If partner opens a non-forcing 1C or 1D that can be made with 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards in the suit, you say ‘could be 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards' as appropriate.

If partner opens 1NT - you state the range e.g. ‘15-17’ or whatever the range is.

If you open 1NT and the next player passes and your partner makes a transfer response of 2D or 2H - you say ‘Transfer to Hearts’ or ‘Transfer to Spades’ as appropriate.

The announcement is solely for the benefit of the opponents and partner is not permitted to use any unauthorised information gained from hearing the announcement.


A forcing 1C opening bid needs to be alerted.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a 5-card Major suit opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Strong Acol 2 Club opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Stayman 2 Club response to a 1NT opening bid.

You should not Alert any call above the level of 3NT that occurs on or after the opener’s rebid. Instead the declaring side alert such calls after the final pass but before the opening lead has been selected while the defending side alert such calls after the opening lead has been selected but before it has been faced.


For the purposes of determining whether a double should be alerted or not, any double on the first or second round of bidding of a one or two level natural suit bid is deemed to be a TAKE OUT DOUBLE. All other doubles are deemed to be PENALTY DOUBLES. Any VARIATIONS must be ALERTED.

UPDATE General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
UPDATE General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU regulation which came into effect on 25 May 2018. GDPR updates existing data protection laws and places greater accountability and transparency obligations on organisations when using a Member’s personal information. It gives the individual greater control over their personal information.

The Ashbourne Bridge Club Privacy Policy is available at the following link and copies will be available from the Committee from September 2018. The consequences of the GDPR on our Club will be explained to Members at a Club Night in September.

LINK: ABC Privacy Policy Sept 2018

The C.B.A.I. have circulated a renewal Membership Form for each Bridge Player in Ireland to complete and these will be distributed on the first night of the season with the Annual Subs & Levy envelope. This will give both the C.B.A.I. and Ashbourne Bridge Club permission to use your data (i.e. the personal details you put into the form) to contact you should the need arise and to manage your Master Points and grades. Without the completion of this form, Membership cannot be recognised.

For further information, please contact the Club Secretary.

Law 66
Law 66

Law 66 Inspection of Tricks

Players can now look at, but not expose, the card they played to their last trick, until either

player from their side has played to the next trick.


And a gentle reminder to leave the boards uncovered on the table during play - that is to say, not covering the boards with the bidding boxes during play.

The purpose of this is to allow players to see their vulnerability both during bidding and during play. The boards should remain properly orientated.

Committee 2018-2019

President - Joe Bourke

Vice President - Theresa Fox

Treasurer - Miriam Moyles
Assistant Treasurer - Margaret Power

Ex-Officio - Margaret Daniels

Secretary - Liz Mckeown

Committee Members - Barbara Miller, Jerry Monaghan, Brendan Aylward and John Fox

Grade Points Adjustments
Grade Points Adjustments

Following last season's options for regrading, a number of Members exercised that option. Those who did not do so will find a "Grade Points Adjustment" on your Membership Card for this season.  This will bring your holding of Master Points up to the new threshold for the grade you have achieved.



The GAA have kindly agreed to set-up the tables (when possible) in advance of our Bridge evenings which is greatly appreciated by the Committee. The table cloths, bidding boxes, etc still need to be set out and the Committee greatly appreciate the help of those Members who come along early to do this.

Remember, everyone should support the Committee by helping clear the room after each Bridge evening by putting your chair to the side of the room and putting the table cloths & bidding boxes away. If you can't manage the tables, one of the other Members will help you out.  Thanks.

Tournament Directors - aide memoire

Here is a link to the TD aide memoire with two changes in yellow highlight agreed at our recent Committee meeting.

Thanks to all of you for your hard work!

Link: TD aide memoire updated Sept 2018

2017 Law - summary of major changes

2017 Laws - summary of major changes.pdf

Quicklinks for the CBAI & Regional CBAI

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland -

North East Region of the CBAI -

Results are subject to verification

Club Bridge
Director: Debbie Leahy
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Club Bridge
Director: Debbie Leahy
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Director: Debbie Leahy
Scorer: John Fox
Tue 25th Sep 2018
Director: Debbie Leahy
Scorer: John Fox
Tue 2nd Oct 2018
Club Bridge
Director: Elizabeth Kane
Scorer: John Fox
Tue 9th Oct 2018
Director: Elizabeth Kane
Scorer: John Fox