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BBL Survey - April/May 2018

The BBL Committee would like to thank all those who took the time and trouble to complete the League survey in April/May this year.  A total of 67 individuals from all clubs responded to the survey:  50 answered the survey for current players and 17 responded to the non-current player survey.  A summary of the responses can be seen on the BBL Web Site

The results were discussed at the BBL AGM.  Following this, the BBL Committee does not propose to make any significant changes in the structure of the League, the playing season or policies regarding where and when matches are to be played.  Greater freedom will be given to teams who wish to organise their matches during the day – but this must be with the express consent of both teams. Although the majority of responses indicated that players are satisfied that the current number of matches is ‘about right’, it is likely that the number of teams wishing to play in the league next season will naturally result in a slight reduction in the number of matches to be played, and the Committee will review this when the applications from teams wishing to play in the next season have been received.

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 Since the revoke was not established (law 63) the card played was withdrawn and replaced with a legal card (law 62).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


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.

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Competitions and Events 2018/19

Date                Competition    

17 Sep 18       Berks & Bucks Sim Pairs
24 Sep 18       Butler Pairs
15 Oct 18        Teams of 4 Competition for the Francis Cup (Members Only)
12 Nov 18       ECATS CiN Sim Pairs (Charity Event)
19 Nov 18       Swiss Pairs
10 Dec 18       Christmas Party
14 Jan 19        B&BCBA Committee Cup Teams of 4 Heat (Club members to only to qualify)
11 Feb 19        B&BCBA Waller Bowl (Pairs) Heat (Club members to qualify only)
25 Feb 19        Swiss Pairs
11 Mar 19        EBU Stratified Sim Pairs
7 Apr 19          Committee Cup Final (Windsor)
22 Apr 19        Drawn Teams of 4
28 Apr 19        Waller Bowl Final (Windsor)
13 May 19       EBED Spring Sim Pairs
20 May 19       Individual Competition for the Tom Fegarty Memorial Cup (Members only)

The finals of the Committee Cup and the Waller Bowl will take place at Windsor starting at 13:30

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.

27th August 2018
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Mark Carson
Scorer: Derek Thornton
Opening Hall: Keith Sheppard
Closing Hall: Derek Thornton
3rd September 2018
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Amanda O'Neill
Opening Hall: Derek Thornton
Closing Hall: Amanda O'Neill
10th September 2018
Monday Pairs
Brownlow Hall 19:20
Director: Keith Sheppard
Scorer: Mark Carson
Opening Hall: Amanda O'Neill
Closing Hall: Mark Carson
Monday Pairs
Director: Amanda O'Neill
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Monday Pairs
Director: Bill Barclay
Scorer: Bill Barclay
Monday Pairs
Director: Les Anthony
Scorer: Bill Barclay