Gentle Duplicate continues at the Devonshire on Tuesdays. You play with same partner throughout. Any single players are matched up and everyone is guaranteed a game. We normally play around 18 boards. Results are sent out promptly by email.
Electronic Scoring with smart phones using the free BriAnBridge app.
Mark Dessain has now taken over from Kit Jackson as leader of our Wednesday evening friendly duplicate sessions in Notting Hill. We meet every Wednesday at the Walmer Castle pub, 58 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AJ.
Duplicate bridge tournaments in our group use instant elctronic scoring, thanks to an app called 'BriAn'. BriAn stands for "Bridge on iPhone and Android") and uses mobile phone technology to replace traditional tabletop scorers or paper scoring. Players can use their own smart phones or other devices such as iPads or android scoring tablets to record their scores.
We believe BriAn is a very player-friendly system that has advantages over other systems. When results are entered for each deal, the next screen shows the full lay-out of the deal, the available tricks in each suit and a full travelling score slip in a single screen. Results of previous boards and a full table of current rankings can be accessed via a menu. The bridge director can create and modify games, adjust scores if necessary and create final files suitable for posting to the web.
If you have a suitable android or iPhone you can become a scorer simply by downloading the free BriAn Bridge app. Go to the app shop on your device in the normal way and search for "Brian Bridge". It's free to install and easy to use.
You can read more about BriAn Bridge at www.brianbridge.net. Becoming a scorer is fun but entirely optional.
Meet At "The Devonshire" Balham SW12
– a great venue for friendly bridge.
Monday Mornings: Social Bridge. All standards welcome, including novices and improvers. Sessions are supported by experienced tutors.
Tuesday Mornings: Social Duplicate Bridge. This is our weekly duplicate bridge game. Experienced players are welcome but it is also suitable for newer and improving players incluidng players who have not played duplicate before. Single players welcome and will be paired up. Everyone is guaranteed a game.
Click here for directions to SW12 9AN
Come and join us every week for Social 'Supervised' Bridge on Mondays (10.00am-12.00pm) or Friendly Gentle Duplicate Bridge on Tuesdays (10.00am-13.00pm). Partners found for all sessions.
We are conveniently located at 39 Balham High Road, South London, accessible from all parts of London via the Northern Line (or BR from Clapham Junction) to Balham station (just 3 mins away). Convenient for all areas of South London, especially Clapham, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Battersea and Tooting.
The Devonshire is open from 10.00 to 23.00. Tea and coffee available, or stay for lunch while you digest those new conventions.
We find single players partners for all sessions. The duplicates are scored soon after, with results and hand records also available online. You will get a weekly email as well with club news and helpful hints and tips.
If you know the basics and want to improve - or even learn from scratch - come and join our Monday morning Bridge Workshop - 10:00 - 12:00. All welcome – we can improve your bidding and your confidence! We have tables for a very gentle duplicate where you can ask for advice on bidding or play, as well as tables for those who want less competitive learning. If you come alone partners will be found. For Beginner Classes see "Teaching and Lessons". For more details visit our Information section on the left or email KIT JACKSON: firstname.lastname@example.org (07950 779402) or Ned Paul email [email@example.com] or phone 020-8892 9429 / 07792 715517.
Monday at the Devonshire is Learners & Improvers Day. If you are an absolute beginner, please enquire by email [firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Kit Jackson: on 07950 779402. We are beginner friendly and may be able to give you enough tuition (and confidence!) to join a novice-level table straightaway. Please trust our experience and give us a try. Alternatively why not try one of Ned Paul's "Learn Bridge in a Weekend" course for absolute beginners - see below.
Ned Paul, one of the founders of the Bridge in Balham group, is one of London's leading bridge teachers. His speciaility course for beginners is Learn Bridge in a Weekend - a complete introduction to the basics of bridge over two days. Suitable for 'refreshers' as well The course has had excellent results over several years and after the course you will fit right in on Mondays! Next dates are: