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BBL Survey

The Committee of the Bracknell Bridge League is currently reviewing the format of the League and has developed a short survey to establish whether the League continues to meet the needs of local Bridge players.  Bridge players in the area are asked to take part in the Survey, which will remain open until 6 May 18.  The results of the Survey will then inform recommendations to be made by the Committee to the League AGM on Thu 17th May, with a view to implementing any changes for the next Season.  Players who took part in the League during the 2017/18 season are asked to complete the survey at this link:

Played in 17-18 Link

Those who have never played in the League, or have played in the past but did not participate in the current season should complete the survey at this link:

Not Played in 17-18 Link

Please do complete the survey, at either link as appropriate, in order to help the League Committee ensure that the League remains relevant for Bridge Players in the area.

Bridge Jargon

♠ Director ruling - A revoke, where the player that had revoked realised before the trick was completed. Since the revoke was not established (law 63) the card played was withdrawn and replaced with a legal card (law 62). The revoke was by a defender so the revoke card stayed on the table as a major penalty card (law 62B1). The next non-offending player was allowed to withdraw the card he had played and play another (law 62C1).

 Claims -  If a claim has been made, you can now ask for the cards to be played, provided all agree, although it is in your interest to call the Director. This is a change introduced with the 2017 laws (see below).

♠ Tip - If you do not have a convention card that supports your system the TD may rule against you. Complete a convention card!

Welcome to Bracknell Forest Bridge Club

Welcome to Bracknell Forest Bridge Club!

We are a medium sized club located at Brownlow Hall in Newell Green, Bracknell with a membership of c50 people and 8-11 tables at each session. We organise a variety of duplicate bridge events and also participate in organised Sim pair events - our aim is to provide a different style of event each month! We run a number of member only club events and have a number of teams who compete in the Bracknell League, the Pivot Cup and the Greens Cup. Our club night is Monday and we typically play 24 hands at each session. We are EBU affiliated and award master points at the majority of events.

We are a super friendly bunch! We have playing scorers and directors at each event who manage to maintain the right balance between a well managed evening and a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors and new members most welcome. Please see the information panel for further details or contact


EBED Sim Pairs –Monday 30th April 2018
EBED Sim Pairs –Monday 30th April 2018

The Club is running a Teams-of-Four evening on Monday 23 April.  There will be a draw at the start of the evening to form teams from the pairs who have entered.

As it is a teams event, we will need an even number of pairs to play on the night.  Pairs are asked to register for the evening by completing the form here.  Individuals who need a partner for the night should not add their name to the form but should use the partner finding facility in the members’ area, or email Bill at

Names will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. In the event of there being an odd number of pairs, the last pair to register will be asked to withdraw. 

End of Season Pairs - 31 May 2018

The annual Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs competition will take place on Thursday 31 May 2018 at Finchampstead Memorial Hall, The Village, Finchampstead RG40 4JU.  Entry is open to all players, not just those who took part in the League or Pivot Handicap Cup. The cost of entry will again be £6.00 per pair, payable on the day. Player registration starts at 7pm and the presentation of trophies for the League and Handicap/Pivot competitions will take place at 7:15pm.  Play is expected to start on completion of the trophy presentations. 

Pairs wishing to enter the competition are asked to complete the form on the Bracknell League website at  as soon as possible. 

Teams of 4 - Monday 15th January 2018

Congratulations to Les Anthony’s team (Les Anthony & Andrzej Kwiatkowski, Steve Hollister & Chris Williams) for winning the Club Heat for the Committee Cup on Monday 15th January.  With nine teams taking part in the competition, we are able to send three teams to the final, which will be held at Windsor on Sunday 8th April.

Unfortunately, due to a slight problem with the way this version of Bridgewebs parses our results files, we are unable to display master points with the results of teams competitions.  So, although the results do not show them, Master Points at Club level were awarded for the heat at the rate of 30 each to the members of the winning team, 20 each to those placed second and 10 each to those in third place.  The Master Points have been directly credited to the EBU accounts of the individuals concerned.  

Christmas Party - Monday 11th December 2017
Christmas Party - Monday 11th December 2017

Congratulations to Foy Rees who won the Committee Trophy at the Christmas Party Individual Competition on 11th December. Unfortunately, we are unable to display the results in the normal place but you can see them by clicking on this link:  Results.

Jim Graham won a Christmas Cake playing bridge bingo and we raised enough money for Crisis at Christmas to provide a homeless person with food and shelter over Christmas. Thank you!



Children In Need - Monday 13th November 2017 £186.52 raised!

A huge thank you to everyone that participated in the ECAT's simultaneous pairs event, together we raised an amazing £186!

Check your ranking via the following link



Francis Cup Teams of Four Competition - Monday 16th October 2017
Francis Cup Teams of Four Competition - Monday 16th October 2017

Congratultions to Mary Harvey's team (Mary, Elaine Longstaff, Ann Francis & Peter Francis) winners of the 2017 BFBC seeded teams event, the Francis Cup. 

Both Mary's team and Cliff Nicholl's team (Cliff, Andrzej Kwiatkowski, Hang Lac & Amanda O'Neill) scored 54 IMPS but Mary's team won the play off matches between the two teams which determined the winners in a draw situation.

Introduction of New Laws of Duplicate Bridge

In 2017, the World Bridge Federation completed its ten yearly review of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge and the EBU has issued an updated book of Laws applicable to the game in England. The trend with the new laws is to try and reduce the number of occasions where boards are cancelled and artificial adjusted scores are awarded.  Whilst most of the laws relating to the common situations we are likely to encounter in the Club remain principally the same as in the 2007 Laws, there are some subtle changes of wording and members are asked to be patient with Directors if they are called to give a ruling whilst they find their way around the new laws. The EBU has produced a poster (link here) that summarises two key changes that all players should know about:  the procedure governing a claim; and the use of comparable calls to replace insufficient bids and calls out of rotation. 

  • The procedure governing a claim has effectively been changed to follow practice at the table where, after a claim has been made, the non-claiming side has said ‘play on’.  The old laws actually required play to stop and the TD to be called in the event of a disputed claim – generally honoured more in the breach than the observance.  The new laws allow play to continue, provided all agree.  However, if the TD is called and declarer’s stated line does not adequately account for all the tricks he is claiming (perhaps because he hasn’t drawn all the opponents' trumps and has not stated that he is drawing trumps when he claims), the TD can rule that the declarer takes a line of play that is less advantageous to him.  If the defence insist on ‘playing on’ and declarer wakes up to the fact that there is an outstanding trump and draws it, the defence cannot then claim that they might have made a trump trick and then call the TD.  The advice remains to call the Director if you are not happy with a Claim that has been made.
  • Comparable Calls will allow the bidding to continue in circumstances where, after an insufficient bid or a call out of rotation, offender’s partner would have been silenced for the rest of the auction. The poster at the above link covers this in more detail.

Club mobile 07435 444051

Please continue to use the Find a Partner facility if you are looking for a partner.


Competitions and Events 2017/18

Members are asked to note the following dates for their diaries:

23 Apr 18   Teams of 4
30 Apr 18    EBED Spring Sim Pairs
13 May 18  Waller Bowl Final **
21 May 18  Tom Fegarty Cup (Individual Competition)

31 May 18  End of Season Pairs (Finchampstead Memorial Hall)
4 June18     AGM

* Only Club members may participate in the Club heats for the Committee Cup and Waller Bowl.

**The finals of the Waller Bowl will be held at Windsor.

Berks and Bucks CBA Sim Pairs - Monday 18th September 2017

Congratulations to Andy and Martin who came 11th overall out of the 185 pairs (in 8 clubs) who took part in the Monday session of the Berks and Bucks Simultaneous Pairs on Monday 18th September.  The full results can be viewed on the EBU Sim Pairs web page (

Tom Fegarty Cup
Tom Fegarty Cup

 Congratulations to John Walton who won a closely fought individual competition for the Tom Fegarty Trophy on Monday 5th June. For the detailed results, please click the link below.

Alf Biggs Trophy Winner
Alf Biggs Trophy Winner

Congratulations to Philip Jackson who won the Alf Biggs Trophy for 2016/17 with a grand total of 616 Master Points, ahead of Chris Williams on 560 followed by Steve Hollister on 548 and Peter Muggeridge on 540. The full ranking table is available under the Competitons tab on the Main Menu. 

Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs

Congratulations to Les and Cliff and Peter and Philip who came third and fourth respectively in the Bracknell Bridge League End of Season Pairs held on Thursday 1 June at Finchampstead Memorial Hall.  The full results table can be viewed here.

23rd April 2018
Drawn Teams of 4
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Keith Sheppard
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Opening Hall: Keith Sheppard
Closing Hall: Bill Barclay
30th April 2018
EBED Spring Sim Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Amanda O'Neill
Opening Hall: Bill Barclay
Closing Hall: Amanda O'Neill
7th May 2018
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Mark Carson
Scorer: Derek Thornton
Opening Hall: Amanda O'Neill
Closing Hall: Derek Thornton
Monday Pairs
Director: Mark Carson
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Monday Pairs
Director: Amanda O'Neill
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Monday Pairs
Director: Chris Williams
Scorer: Bill Barclay