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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.


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

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.

  • Chris explains what to bid
  • Chris gives a helping hand

Beginners Classes

Chris Kinloch, a grand master and former chairman of the club, runs beginners’ classes on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm to about 10.15pm from September to July. These are open to members and non-members alike. There is usually about half an hour of teaching,with the rest of the evening devoted to playing and discussing hands based on the topics covered.

Students always receive a hand-out of notes on the session and solutions to problems from the previous week, plus some new problems to tackle for the next session.They also receive copies of the hands they have played, together with commentaries.

For more information phone Chris on 01264 333175


People can then move onto Thursday evening which is a gentle introduction to Duplicate.Help and advice is always on hand from one or two other experienced players. People can always come without a partner as the organisers will play if necessary. There are often nine or ten tables. Thursday members are encouraged to try Monday and Friday evenings.


One day Seminars:-

Christine Ray is a professional EBUTA teacher who coaches and teaches students at Southampton University. She is also available for one day seminars on any topic.

For more information phone Chris on 023 80253239 or email