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Bude Bridge Club Committee

The Club Committee for 2018/2019

 Chairman:  Vacant

 Vice-Chairman:  Deb Delvalle

Secretary:   Christine Theobald

Treasurer:     Stephen Smith

Committee Members: Linda Ashworth, Maureen Fallows, Hilary Dorren, Alison Osborne, Alan Merchant-White 


The Directors' rota for this year:


1st, 2nd and 5th Chris
3rd Bob
4th Stephen S


Wednesdays: Deb (scorer Terry)



1st and 3rd Neil
2nd and 4th Linda
5th Neil or Linda


EBU Royalty 2018

The Club has several regular members in the 'Royalty and Honours' of the current EBU National Grading Scheme as of 1st July 2018.

Queen:  Jane Koldewey, Paul Creighton, Alan Biggs, Steven Clifton

Jack:  Chris Nichols, David Clarke

10s:    Bob Bennett



Members without regular partners are sometimes available.  

Ann Bennett is the club's partner co-ordinator.
Please contact her on 01288 361813
or email


Tuesdays: Members £2.50,

Visitors £3.50 (£6.50 on Sims nights)

Wednesdays and Fridays: Members £2, Visitors £3


Contact Us

To contact us, please contact Ann Bennett at the above email and phone number.

Mr. Bridge Quiz
Mr. Bridge Quiz

Try the 'Mr. Bridge' quiz!

Updated every Tuesday.

North Cornwall Bridge Clubs
North Cornwall Bridge Clubs

As well as Bude, there are 3 other EBU affiliated bridge clubs in North Cornwall - Bodmin, Newquay and Wadebridge.

They share a website at

Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Welcome to Bude Bridge Club

We meet for duplicate bridge every Tuesday at the Parkhouse Centre, near the Castle - arrive by  6.50 for a 7 p.m. start.  tea and biscuits...

We usually finish by 10.30 p.m. 

We also meet more informally on Wednesday afternoons - 1.50pm, just roll-up, no partner needed, and on Friday evenings, numbers permitting.

A partner for Tuesdays can usually be found - just phone Ann Bennett.

Please check the calendar to see if there are any special events on any particular date.

Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Friday Bridge

Friday duplicate bridge at the  Parkhouse will be booked on a week by week basis. 6.50pm for a 7 o'clock start.



A session for improvers, although everyone is welcome, who want more practice in a relaxed atmosphere - 15-21 boards, tea and biscuits, but no Masterpoints.

At the Parkhouse Centre, arrive by 1.50 for a 2 p.m. start - finish usually by 5pm.

Roll up, with or without a partner - Host system in operation!


Team Champions 2018
Team Champions 2018

 Sarah and Neil Trenaman teamed up with Chris Nichols and Jane Koldewey to win the club Teams Championship 2018.

Chris and Jane were also winners of the John Ridding Club Championship 2018.

Mix and Match winners 2018.
Mix and Match winners 2018.

Linda Ashworth teamed up with Paul Creighton to win the Mix and Match trophy 2018.

Monthly News Report, July, 2018

The highlights in June were the excellent results achieved by some Bude partnerships in the Cornwall Charity Pairs event. Details are shown elsewhere on the homepage of this website. Not only were there generous financial contributions made by members on the competition night but also by members attending the afternoon bridge session the following day. Well done to all involved and particularly those who provided light refreshments.

Multiple winnners at evening sessions during the month were Chris Nichols who won with Jane Koldewey and Steven Clifton. Steven also won with David Clarke. Other evening winning partnerships were Neil and Sarah Trenaman, Alan Biggs and Paul Creighton, Bob and Ann Bennett, Mary Hicks and James Sim.

Maureen Fallows and Alison Osborne were the only multiple winners on Wednesday afternoons coming top on two occasions. Other winning partnerships were Heather Brewster and Chris Nichols and Richard Dawson and Sheila Dailly.



July Bidding Discussion Hand

This month's hand is one to discuss with your parner, or in a group.

it is possible that North may bid One Spade or East may try a cheeky weak Two Hearts. Maybe South is playing a 15-17 No Trump and will open One NT.

However, let's assume, playing Standard Acol weak no-trump, after 2 passes, South bids One Spade.

What do you now bid as West?

Assuming West doubles (for takeout), what do you bid as North?

How could the bidding continue and could you reach the best results for a) North/South and b)  East/West?

what is the maximum number of tricks you could make on any lead?

So South bids One Spade. West has a 5-card Diamond suit but it is so weak, so a Double asks your partner to bid their best suit of the remaining 3. You're sure to find a fit, even if it is 4-3.

North's hand now looks very strong. With Spades as Trumps, this is only a 6-loser hand (if you use the 'losing trick count').

They can jump straight to 4 Spades and South, with a 7-loser hand, will quietly Pass.

But hang on a moment - what if South has a stronger hand and a slam is possible? Wouldn't the void in Hearts be useful?

North could now make a 'splinter' bid of 4 Hearts, agreeing a game-going hand in Spades and a shortage (singleton or void) in Hearts.

East will now Double and South bids.....???

What contract did you reach? Does it make, seeing all 4 hands?

Against Spades, say West leads a Heart.

Ruff and lead  Spade to the Ace.

Ruff another Heart. Spade to the Queen.

Ruff your last Heart. King of Spades.

Now play your Diamonds.

When East ruffs with their last trump, you can then trump their Heart return and win the remains Diamond tricks.

12 tricks and Slam made.




Latest Tuesday result

Congratulations to Linda and Jenny, winners on July 17th.

Latest Friday result

Congratulations to Bob and Ann, winners on 13th.July.

Latest Wednesday Result

Congratulations to Chris & Jonathan and Penny & Terry joint winners on July 18th. 

Cornwall Sim Pairs

 James and Mary came 5th in Cornwall with Mike and Christine 7th and Linda and Steven 10th. Well done!

£200 was raised for Cornwall Coastwatch. Thanks to all who contributed cakes, draw prizes, donations and time.

Masterpoints: Mary and James 145; Christine and Mike 130; Linda and Steve 108; Jane and Chris 70; Ann and Bob 40

Handicap Pairs Sponsor
Handicap Pairs Sponsor

We are delighted to thank North Coast Wine for sponsoring our Handicap Pairs competition for the fourth year.


The EBU has promoted the following club member in June 2018 (none in July);

Two Star Regional Master: Steven Clifton

Forthcoming Events

The full diary of competitions for 2018/2019 can be found under 'Calendar'. 

No competitions now until the Handicap Pairs resumes on September 4th.

Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon bridge continues throughout the spring and summer, and Friday evenings when numbers allow.

Top Ten Club

Leading  scores during the 2018/2019 season:

Chris and Steven 79.00% April 20th
Alan and Rob 71.60% May 15th
Bob and Ann 70.83% May 18th
Mary Hicks & James 69.79% July 10th
Alan and Bill 67.50% April 24th
Neil and Sarah 67.26% May 4th
Jane and Chris 66.67% June 12th
Steven and David 66.15% June 26th
Linda and Paul 66.05% May 15th
Mike and Christine 66.05% May 15th


and Top Five from Wednesdays:

Chris N and Jonathan 76.11% May 16th
Chris N and Jonathan 73.02% April 25th
Alison and Maureen 72.78% April 16th
Steve T and Chris S 69.53% May 9th
Ann and Bob 69.52% May 16th


Competition Winners 2018/2019


The John Ridding Club Championship

March 12th
(Qualifying Feb 12)

Club Plate

March 12th

Teams of Four

January 22nd

Collian Bowl

October 16th

North Coast Wine Handicap Pairs

March 5th

Doris and Frank Clifton Trophy

October 16th

June Justice Individual

December 11th
Beryl Mardon Memorial Trophy January 9th

John and Bill Grand Slam Bottle

March 31st
Christine Carey Cup
(Wednesday Afternoons)
March 18th


Cornwall County Bridge Association
Cornwall County Bridge Association

Bude Bridge Club is affiliated to the Cornwall County Bridge Association.

Click here to visit their web-site.

20th July 2018
Open Pairs
Director: Neil Trenaman
24th July 2018
Open Pairs
Director: Stephen Smith
25th July 2018
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
Director: Deb Delvalle
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Terry Abbott
Open Pairs
Director: Bob Bennett
Scorer: Bob Bennett
Open Pairs
Director: Neil Trenaman
Scorer: Neil Trenaman
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Terry Abbott
Open Pairs
Director: Chris Nichols
Scorer: Chris Nichols
Open Pairs
Director: Linda Ashworth
Scorer: Linda Ashworth