Spade Heart The Bridge Club of Chiang Mai Diamond Club

The next special event is the Eat, Drink, and be Merry game Friday, December 14, 2018. See Home page for more information.

Posted 24 Nov 2018


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If you wish to join us in a game of contract bridge in a friendly, congenial atmosphere, please contact Jim.

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BCCM House of Cards

Thank you for visiting our website. Our members and guests get together several times each week  to play duplicate bridge. We invite you to look around this site and learn more about our friendly Club. You will find details of future events, results of weekly matches and news of interest not only to our members but to site visitors generally.

Last updated : 1st Oct 2018 14:14 ICT
Member Message Board

Messages are posted below via the Messages feature found in the Member Area.

Members have entered the following messages. This page shows the most recently added/amended message first.

When Who Message
8th Dec 10:46 Send an Email to  Azim Vaiya

I took an informal poll on Friday regarding the use of robots. Unanimously and without exception, people would rather sit out than play with R2D2. I suggest that the director take a show of hands poll before the start of a session or ask players when registering about their preference regarding robots. Azim


20th Oct 20:30 Send an Email to  Charles Quast

Have something to buy, sell, or trade? List it here.

20th Oct 20:27 Send an Email to  Charles Quast

For help using any feature on this website, contact me by email.

Last updated : 9th Dec 2018 07:52 ICT
Eat, Drink and be Merry

The Bridge Club of Chiang Mai


Friday 14 December 2018


Dear Members,


As a runup to the Festive Season, we invite you all to this special event.


Charles’ wife, Karn will bake a selection of cakes for members, courtesy of the Club.


As usual, drinks will be available after the bridge session. We ask members to provide a plate of finger food, should you wish to do so.


Hope to see you all on that day.


The Committee,


Last updated : 29th Nov 2018 15:10 ICT
Table Talk

Wishing all of you happy holidays.

I am in Arizona and have played bridge at four different venues over the past one month.

Strictly VERY Senior Citizen stuff. At the game Wednesday mornings in Tempe, AZ one of the tables is devoted to the canes of the players, some of whom are in wheelchairs. Bridgemates are not used; paper scoring sheets are filled in at each table for each round, and the director enters them manually into a computer. Printouts showing team standings are  available within 4 minutes of the end of the day. About 5 minutes are allowed for play of each board; the movement to the next table are enforced verbally.

At the Sun Lakes club (forty tables) I was admonished by the director-harridan for slow play, unjustly, and I was inspired to demand the immediate refund of the ten dollar fee that I had paid to join that club. So I really am down to three different sites per week.

Overall, the quality of bridge by the mostly octo and nonagenarians is quite good, but the absurd pace of play enforced does not enable much enjoyment or socializing.

My general observation of society in U.S.--based on the above, and what I see on CNN and in person, is most unfavorable. These are the dark ages.

I look forward to returning to Chiangmai. mid-March.

- Ken Seidel

From the History Files

Minutes of Club Member Meeting & Committee Meeting
Held at 1) The Pub, 11:45 a.m. Monday 5th December [2010]


3. Slow play:  It was decided...North should solicit the help of his partner to assist in this., e.g., North keeps score and South be in charge of making sure the cards are placed back in the board in correct positions.

4. Penalties for board mix-ups: Leave status as is for time being but it is hoped that with the changes as per Item 3 above, the number of board mix-ups will decline or be eliminated.

back to 25 Nov. 2018. In other words, nothing ever changes. 

Thai Immigration News

UK, US & Austrailia will no longer be issuing Cerficates, Affidavits or Statutory Declarations regarding monthly income.

Read more on this topic at the Chiang Mai Expats website.

- submitted by Steve Ault



Last updated : 30th Nov 2018 09:22 ICT
Bridge Lessons

Intermediate Bridge Lessons

Now entering a 2nd month, these well-attended lessons are proving a hit with many long-time members.

Any member can come and attend; room for all. Non-members are welcome too, but please contact Jim Peukert before hand.
These 1 hour sessions all start at 11:30 sharp. Friday bridge begins 13:15.
Lesson handouts are available.

Lesson Plan

Friday Presenter Topic
October 5 Steve Ault Reverses
October 12 Leslie Varghese Tricks of the Trade
October 19 John Bucher Jacoby 2NT and Splinters
October 26 Ron Spiers Puppet Stayman
November 2 John Bucher Competitive Bidding
November 9 Neil Robinson Opening Leads
November 16 Luc Berte Hand Evaluation
November 23 Loi Krathong no lesson
November 30 Tim Dickey Doubles
December 7 Jazi Becoming an Oracle
December 14 Jim Peukert Roman Key Card


Last updated : 10th Nov 2018 12:17 ICT
Playing Card Trivia

Did you know...

The Chinese created the earliest known set of playing cards around AD 1000.

Some interesting facts and observations about "Playing cards":

Did you know that the Traditional Deck of the Playing Cards are a strikingly coherent form of a Calendar?

There are 52 weeks in the year and there are 52 Playing Cards in a Deck.

There are 13 weeks in each Season and there are 13 cards in each suit.

There are 4 Seasons in a Year and 4 Suits in the Deck.

There are 12 Months in a Year so there are 12 Court Cards (Those with faces namely Jack, Queen, King in each suit)

The Red Cards represent Day, while Black Cards represent the Night.

If you let Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, and the Kings = 13, then add up all the sums of 1 + 2 + 3 + …to 13 = 91. Multiply this by 4, for the 4 Suits, therefore 91 x 4 = 364, Add 1 that is the Joker and you will arrive at the number 365 being the Days in a Year?

Also, in some card games 2 Jokers are used, indicating the Leap year.

Is that a mere coincidence or a greater intelligence?

Of interest is the sum of the letters in all the names of the cards, e.g., add up the letters in "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King" = 52!

The   indicates ploughing or working.

The   indicates Love thy crops.

The   indicates flourishing and growth.

The   indicates reaping the wealth.

There is a deeper Philosophy than just merely Playing Cards. The Mathematical perfection is mind blowing.

- contributed by Carmina Meier

[ed:  from the internet, original source unknown ]

Last updated : 30th Nov 2018 05:52 ICT
Playing Partners

Finding a Playing Partner

Just before the end of October, the BCCM rolled out the Find a Partner feature, to help the membership connect for bridge game partnerships.

We’re excited about this new approach to partnership pairings, and anticipate quick adoption by the members of the BCCM.

In this article, I wish to share the several ways now available for connecting with partners via the BCCM website. The Find a Partner feature is just one of those ways.

1. Membership Lists

The first way may seem a bit old fashion. I remember my bridge-playing parents making phone calls (land lines, with rotary dial) to their list of friends. They generally made play dates at a prior bridge game, but when partners called to cancel, mom or dad had to work the phone to find a last-minute replacement. That’s still an option here at the BCCM.

Making your way to the website’s Member Area, members can access the clubs membership list. You’ll find the email addresses and phone numbers for most players here. You may get lucky with a few phone calls, or with more time, a number of emails to your usual partners and known “always looking” suspects.

2. Messages

Another way is by posting a message to the public-viewable Member Message Board on the Home page (scroll to bottom of page).

To post to this list, again go to the Member Area and select the Messages tab. On the Messages page that comes up, you’ll be able to edit or delete previously posted messages (press Amend button on the message line). To add a new message, press the New Message button.

An editor window comes up. Using the editor is beyond the scope of this document, but there’s a whole set of pre-made messages, mostly related to upcoming game dates. Select from the Choose quick message drop down box (this scrolls to show more prepared messages). Or, if you have your own message you wish to express - maybe you want to sell your Mercedes convertible to a caring bridge club member, or have puppies to give away (good luck with that!) or perhaps your gazillion inch flat panel led TV (now we’re talking), - you can add that in the large text box. You may want to choose an option for the message to automatically disappear after “X” days.

You’re message will show up in your personal message viewing area after you press the Save button. Go to the Home page and scroll to the bottom and you should see your message in the Member Message Board.

3. Find a Partner

This is the third, and perhaps best way for members to hook up with partners. The details of using this feature were sent out in an email, but the Find a Partner Instruction Guide (pdf) is online. You need to pre-plan here. Find a Partner is not going to work if you try to post your Partner Request the night before a game. Give it a few days lead time; the more the better.

I hope you’ll think of using these suggestions for finding your next playing partner, instead of firing off an email to Dot. The Find a Partner feature is especially promising.

If you have difficulty using any of these tools, please don’t hesitate to contact your BCCM Website Manager.

Good luck with finding partners!

Charles Quast

Last updated : 17th Nov 2018 06:33 ICT
Monday Pairs Winter 2018-2019
Director: Jim
Scorer: Michael
Winter Pairs 2018-2019
Director: Jim
Scorer: Mike
Friday Pairs Winter 2018-2019
Director: Dot
Scorer: Michael Mc
Latest Winners

10 December 2018

N/S Michael and Veronica 67.13%

E/W Cinda and Dorothy 61.81%






Last updated : 10th Dec 2018 17:18 ICT
Bridge Schedule

For all games at the Oak Tree:
Registration 12:30 to 13:15
(No Late Registrations)
Play starts at 13:30

   Relaxed Pairs 13:15
   Winter Pairs 13:15
   Friday Pairs 13:15
   Winter Pairs 13:15
Last updated : 29th Oct 2018 15:58 ICT
Special Events

Eat, Drink & Be Merry Game
Friday, 14 December 2018

Club Day
Saturday, 19 January 2019

10th Anniversary of BCCM
T.B.A. - February 2019


Last updated : 22nd Nov 2018 06:22 ICT
Bridge Lessons

Intermediate Bridge Lessons

Starting October 5, 2018

See details in article on this page.


Last updated : 29th Oct 2018 15:58 ICT