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Friday afternoon Supervised Play will be on  6th April:          Your 1NT gets doubled!

This session, run by Chris Kinloch, will start at 1.00 pm and finish about 4.15 pm

Please e-mail Chris ( or telephone 01264 333175 if you wish to attend, as it is important to know numbers.

How to handle a hesitation

If you make a bid after your partner has hesitated and then passed, you need to be able to justify it. It’s no good protesting: “I was always going to bid that!” The fact of the hesitation means you are now in a position where what you might have thought of bidding becomes much more difficult for you ethically, as you are sure your partner has something useful in his hand that you didn’t know about before. If you really were always going to make the bid, then go on and bid it, but don’t be in any way upset when your opponents reserve their rights and eventually call the director. He may rule in your favour. 

Read Helen's article in the February 2016 newsletter for more reasons and explanation on hesitating and asking questions.

Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club

Bridge for all players

Basingstoke Bridge Club, the largest club in Hampshire with its own premises and licenced bar, welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert.

We play duplicate pairs on Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 7.30pm. Please be seated at 7.20pm to ensure a prompt start. Alternately the first Monday or Friday of each month is scheduled for teams of four. There is also duplicate bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons starting at 1.00 pm.

Mondays and Fridays are our main evenings with Thursdays being more relaxed with less experienced players and playing fewer boards.

Table money is £2.00 for members. Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome, (table money £3.00). On most Monday and Friday evenings and Tuesday afternoons there is a host, so any player arriving without a partner can always get a game. However please check the calendar to make sure there is a host on the relevant day. There is always a host on Thursday. There is no host on Wednesday, but please telephone Viv Morris (01256 889946)  and she will try to arrange partners.

All sessions are scored electronically by Bridgemate and printed hand records are available.

A beginners' course (running from September to July) takes place on Tuesday evenings, 7.15 - 10.15. Please contact Chris Kinloch (01264 333175. email ) for more information.

Supervised play sessions with some teaching topic (1.00pm - 4.00pm) are planned for Friday afternoons and are posted on the calendar. Members intending to attend these sessions should contact Chris Kinloch (as above) or Christine Ray (02380253239. email )

The chess club meets on Wednesday evenings. For information please phone John Shaddick on 01256 469749. There is also a link to their web site -

The club's telephone number is 01256 541988.

If you would like to know more about our club, please ring me on 01264 333175, or e-mail

Helen Kinloch    Chairman

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2018 12:14 GMT

Congratulations to George Collins & Karen Healy who have won the Whitbread Trophy for the highest internet score in the

Charity Challenge (45th over all). 

Also congrats to Gill & Steve Woodward who won at Basingstoke with 65%, but finished 55th

Last updated : 9th Mar 2018 10:03 GMT

Congratulations to Keith Bennett and John Fairhurst on winning  the Mollie Simmons Swiss Pairs.

Well done


Last updated : 14th Feb 2018 11:10 GMT
In to the Final

Another Basingstoke team into a final of a County Competition.

This time Basingstoke B will be playing Newbury in the final of the Basingstoke Cup.

They beat Wichester  91-68 after being 10 IMPs down at half time after some difficult hands.

The team was Sandra Ruffell (Captain) & Mary Lucas, Sam Golding & John Glasscock, Fil Navarro & Danielle Sissingh and David Walton & Ann James.  

 We wish them luck and hope they restore honour as Newbury beat the Basingstoke A team in an earlier round. Could be a tough match.

Last updated : 14th Feb 2018 11:09 GMT
22nd March 2018
Director: George Collins
Host: Partners available as usual
23rd March 2018
Director: Steve Tearle
Scorer: Stan Babb
Host: David Lewis
24th March 2018
Team of 16 match v Newbury
Basingstoke 2.00 pm
Director: Chris Kinloch