Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club
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Club Etiquette
Please note that your Club Committee has agreed that, to avoid any risk of spillage onto the cloths, cards or bidding boxes, NO DRINKS SHALL BE PLACED ON THE BRIDGE TABLES.
Your cooperation is much appreciated.
X-IMP Scoring

X-IMP scoring is an alternative to the regular Match Point scoring system.  For a summary of how it works please click on the X-IMP Scoring tab above.

Welcome to Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club

Welcome to the Colchester Duplicate Bridge Club website.  We play at St Johns & Highwoods Community Centre, Colchester (CO4 9SR) every Tuesday evening. Table money is £3 (£4 for visitors) which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.  We have a dedicated mobile ( 07423 626 470) that you can call or text if you are unavoidably late or need to cancel at short notice.


Learn and Play Sessions for Improvers. A series of relaxed and friendly seminars and play sessions to improve your bidding and play.  Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at our Highwoods venue from 7pm to 9.30pm. 

  • 9th October:       Red Suit Transfers
  • 16th and 23rd October:   Play and tutored discussion
  • 30th October:     Better Declarer Play
  • 6th November:    Play and tutored discussion
  • 13th November:   Defending (as a team)
  • 20th November:   Play and tutored discussion
  • 27th November:   Competitive Bidding (level of fit and UCBs)
  • 4th December:    Play and tutored discussion
  • 11th December:   Play and Party

The 'learning' sessions will include a seminar on some aspect of bidding or play together with lots of practice hands.  The 'play' sessions will comprise a 12-16 board duplicate event with a discussion of the hands. There is a nominal charge of £3 per session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Please email Peter Bushby or Michael Sherer if you would like to attend or would like more information. 


Starting Time

We now ask players to be seated by 7pm to enable play starts promptly at 7.15pm.
This will enable us to play 26/27 boards and still finish play by 10.30pm.
It takes a few minutes to set up the Bridgemates Scoring Programme and this is delayed if players are not seated by 7pm.
The movement will be based on the players who are seated at 7pm; players arriving after 7pm may not be permitted to play.


We regret that we are not able to operate a host system at the moment.  In the meantime, if you are looking for a partner to play at Colchester please use the "Find a Partner" facility (available for Members only - see details below)

Also you can text or call Christine Cooke on 07980 822624

Find a Partner

If you are looking for a partner you may telephone Christine Cooke, the Membership Secretary, on 07980 822624 or 07423 626470.

Alternatively, you may use the "Find a Partner system" on this website by clicking on Members Area here or in the menu on the left of the home page, then enter your email address and password where requested. If you don't have a password click on Set Password and you will be asked for your email address and then you will be sent a link to set up or reset your password.

When you are logged in click the Find a Partner tab for the appropriate date, tick the Partner Required (PR) box and in the note field indicate how you wish to be contacted, and then tick ConfirmA note will appear in the Calendar on the Home Page showing that you are looking for a partner. When another member goes into the system, they will find your name and contact details.  If you have any questions regarding this process, please email the webmaster at

Allocated Seating

We now allocate seating randomly. Just take a card when you arrive and go to your assigned table. Of course, if you need to be stationary (or to move) for medical reasons, you can have an appropriate seat.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Learn to Play Bridge
Interested in Learning to Play Bridge?
There are several local teachers listed below.

Peter Bushby runs the Tendring Bridge School - for details of courses click on link

Christine Cooke offers lessons and sessions for beginners and improvers - for details of courses click on link

email: or Ring 07980 822624

Scoring and Results

Scoring is with Bridgemates and we have duplimated boards so hand records are on the website after each game. If you explore this website you will find details of this club and information regarding forthcoming club and local events.

We are affiliated to the English Bridge Union and are members of the Suffolk Contract Bridge Association.  The Club supports the EBU's Best Behaviour at Bridge (BB@B) policy - click on the tab on the left for more details.

Pairs Evening
Pairs Evening
Learn and Play Session for Improvers 9
Pairs Evening
Learn and Play Session for Improvers 8
Championship Pairs 2
11th Dec 2018
Learn and Play Session for Improvers 10
Small room 7-9.30pm
18th Dec 2018
Xmas Party Pairs Evening
Director: Eric Newman
Scorer: Christine Cooke
25th Dec 2018
Director: Peter Bushby
Scorer: Mike Sherer
1st Jan 2019
Director: Eric Newman
Scorer: Jeff Orton
8th Jan 2019
Pairs Evening
Director: Eric Newman
Scorer: Christine Cooke
8th Jan 2019
Learn and Play Session for Improvers 11
15th Jan 2019
Championship Pairs 3
Director: Christine Cooke
Scorer: Mike Sherer
15th Jan 2019
Learn and Play Session for Improvers 12
This Week's Results

To see the results for each week please click on the appropriate panel above.

For information about the Stratification Categories (A, B, C, D) used please click here Stratification Categories.pdf

Upcoming Suffolk Events

Upcoming event you might be interested in.
♠  2nd December 2018 - Suffolk Teams Championship, Stages 1 and 2 Suffolk Championship Teams 2018
  20th January 2019 - 2019 Mid Anglia Pairs
  24th February 2019 - 2019 Jyl Marsh Individual
♣  2019 Club Director Training Course

For details please click on the appropriate link above

Director Please
If you need to call the Director about a possible infringement of the laws of bridge you should a) politely inform your opponents that you are going to call the director and b) raise your hand and say "Director, please".  When the Director comes to the table the person who called him/her should state the facts of the matter concisely and politely.  There is a distinct difference between invoking the Laws of Duplicate Bridge and acting in an overbearing manner. The former is playing the game in a firm but fair manner - the latter contributes to some, often less experienced, players being put off playing at our Club. 

Hesitating or asking questions is not illegal, but players should be aware that both of them compromise partner's next action. It is strongly recommended that, if you plan to Pass whatever the opponent's bid means, you delay asking questions about their bids until the auction is completed.  To see the full text of The Laws of Duplicate Bridge, click on Useful Links>EBU>EBU Information: Documents>Laws & Ethics Publications>2007 Laws of Duplicate Bridge.
Results to EBU

Results are normally submitted to the EBU on the Friday after each Tuesday's game. Any queries relating to the results should be made to the scorer prior to that time.