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The address of the club is:-

44 Prescott Street,



Phone: 01422 352346 (please don't use for day-to-day contact)


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Thanks to Sandra Landy for teaching materials


Thanks to Sandra Landy for allowing the use of many of her articles as teaching aids, Andrew Kambites for his practice hands and The English Bridge Union for allowing their learning resources to be made available on the Halifax Bridge Club website. See Lesson Materials.

Recent Updates
Home Page
17th Dec 2014 11:03 GMT
Committee minutes
8th Dec 2014 08:41 GMT
League hands (home)
16th Nov 2014 21:34 GMT
Useful Links
16th Nov 2014 19:32 GMT
Club Swiss Pairs Championship

To play in the Club Swiss Pairs Championship on Thursday 18th December, you need to enter in advance either by putting your name down on the sheet in the hall or contacting Robert Johnston on 01422 347775.

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The party's over: thanks to the organisers!  And soon it'll be the holiday season itself.  We're closed Wednesday and Thursday, December 24th and 25th, and December 31st and January 1st, i.e. two successive Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We're open on Monday and Tuesday December 29th and 30th.  Then normal business resumes on Monday January 5th.

Happy Christmas and a slam-filled New Year to all!

Tuesday Twizzles and Handicaps

Tuesday afternoon pairs was won by Doris Flanagan and David Hubbard after a nailbiting 22 boards.  They both received a winners mug as well as the trophy. Festive food and drink was on offer in the kitchen and was well received.

The inaugural Tuesday afternoon handicap will be held on the 23 Dec, which will have as a prize a pair of "Halifax Winner" mugs. This competition is unfortunately  restricted to regular twizzlers. 

Competition time
Competition time

On October 7th we held both the men's and women's pairs.  The women's winners are Joyce Rushworth and Betty Gabbitas; the men's, Edward Lea and Graham Noble.  Well done to them!

The previous week, on Wednesday October 1st, Bernard and Margaret Parkin won the Minnie Owen Cup: congratulations!

Earlier in the competition season, theTaylor Cup for mixed pairs was won by Olga Middleton and Graham Noble; the Adams Cup for club pairs by Erika and Ken Pickles; and the David Morris Swiss Teams are Liz Bailey, Joyce Anderson, Andrew Mitchell and Moira Wadsworth.

Results without boards

Sorry, we have a new computer and we haven't yet mastered its ways, so results on this website for the evening of Tuesday 21 October are without the pre-dealt hands because of a technical problem.  That's the only one that should be affected.

New committee 2014-15

Following the a.g.m., full details of the new committee, and who's doing what, can be found under 'Information, Committee 2014-15'.

Committee minutes online

We're putting committee minutes online now once they've been agreed.  Find them under 'Information', 'Committee minutes'.  They're confidential to members so you will need to know the procedure for entering user name and password to access them.  Check with Grant or email Alan McDonald for help.

Secretary's contact details

Grant, our Hon Sec, can be called on 01422 379683.  His email remains 

Correction period for results

Results may be corrected up to five days after the start of play of a given session.

Under Law 79 (C) (1) we need to publish this notice.  Of course results are primarily the responsibility of the players at the table.  Normally small errors in the results are corrected within 24 hours.  If you have a query about a result contact the director of the night or Alan at

The Middleton Plate
The Middleton Plate
The Middleton Plate, held on Tuesday 24 June, was won by Derek Burley and John Wilson.  The trophy was presented by last year's winner, June Helliwell. Congratulations to John and Derek!
Flower and Card Organiser

As we all know Joan has acted as "Flower lady and card organiser" for those of us in distress.  Kate Borgman has taken this job over.  So all requests to her, please, on 01706378386. And many thanks to Joan for her years of terrific service to the club.

Rule changes

There are new Blue and White books from 1 August after a review of the rules.  In future any conventional bids on the first round of bidding must be alerted or announced.  In addition, any bid at the 3  or 4 level on the first round as a response to opener must be alerted as these are usually cue bids, splinter bids or asking bids and are therefore not natural. Formerly, anything above 3NT required no action.  In the first round Stayman and transfers are not alert-able but remain announce-able. Natural bids in the first round require no action.

Here's a scan of the ebu summary.  (Sorry, this is not showing correctly in all browsers)

Here's a link to the ebu page about the changes, and this is their new summary of announcing and alerting.


Click for the latest results
2014/2015 Yorkshire League

On the third Sunday of our season the B team came from behind to draw at Huddersfield C 10-10, while the C's also drew at home to Sheffield J.  Alas the D team lost at home to Huddersfield D 0-20, and the A's lost 8-12 to Hull B. 

Irene Johnston is teams co-ordinator and we're at full stretch to run all our teams so please help her and the team captains by volunteering when you can, to make sure the teams can remain up to strength. 

Volunteers, please check the dates under 'Yorkshire League', 'Fixtures & results 2014-15' (or the calendar on the notice board) and book the dates now, or mark that you won't be available.

Last season's results and full fixtures are at League results 2013-14.  New league results and boards from the home fixtures are under 'Yorkshire League'.  The tables will be in Links as soon as they're available.

Teams results glitch

An upgrade of both the website software and the team scoring software caused the results for 17 November and 1 December to be based on 'imps' not 'vps', our usual basis for team scoring.

Results from 15 December onwards will be based on vp's.

Unfortunately in correcting this problem a glitch has appeared in the results for 17 November and 1 December.    Those results should remain as originally publshed, and the order and masterpoints are as shown, but the details for those two results only for 'vps' and 'imps' are now wrong.  The results originally published are what stand.

Improvers' classes
Improvers' classes

The third course of 'Bridge for All' for regular players looking to progress their bridge - Develop your Defence - will run in the New Year, hopefully starting on Thursday January 8th.  Mick Clark is accredited as a Professional Bridge Teacher by the EBU. 

Do contact Mick for more information if you're interested on 01484 713677, or by email to  He will of course also be playing regularly at the club, currently on Thursdays.


Friday afternoons

Winter is icumen in, and Friday sessions are ending for now after Friday 28th November.  Many thanks to Robert and Irene Johnston for all their hard work.  Watch this space in Spring for new buds!

Swiss Pairs in January? No, December

Please note that the Swiss Pairs event is timetabled now for Thursday December 18th and not Thursday 20th November as shown on our original timetable of events.  Get your names down in the club now!

After that in the New Year there'll be the Teams of Four on the third Monday in January.

(Apologies for any confusion, different dates were briefly proposed.)

Children in Need

We had a lively evening in aid of Children in Need on Tuesday 11 November.  Go to the ecats website ( to see how our results compared to the other clubs playing on the same night. 

Parking Arrangements have changed again!

The parking arragements in the local streets have changed again.  It's now pay and display only from 8 am to 6 pm, and after that time parking is permitted to anyone, including us, on both sides of the street.  There's an explanatory email on the notice board in the club.

Our existing parking in Rileys, in the enclosed area at the back, and opposite, all remain unchanged. Contact Grant on 379683 with any queries.

Hosted sessions

 Friday bridge sessions, generally run by Irene Johnston (phone 01422 347775), are hosted, with advice and discussion as necessary.  They're aimed at learners, beginners and those who have not played for a bit.

Tuesday afternoon sessions are also hosted: they're relaxed and open to learners and beginners.  Wednesday nights are EBU-scoring, but you're welcome to turn up then without a partner and be sure of a game.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are not being hosted at present, owing to too few volunteer 'hosts' during the trial period, but we hope to return to the possibility in mid-2015.

Beginners classes begin September 2014
Beginners classes begin September 2014
The next Beginners' Course will start on Tuesday 2nd September at 7.00pm. Fully-qualified EBU Professional Bridge tutor Mick Clark is running them, as ever.  There 's already lots of interest but Mick still has a few places left.  Phone him on

01484 713677, or email for further details of this and other courses.

Welcome to the Halifax Bridge Club Website
Welcome to the Halifax Bridge Club Website

Welcome to the new website of the club that offers duplicate bridge sessions for young and old.

The club has its own private premises and is well established, providing duplicate bridge sessions for nearly 150 members. It is a member of the English Bridge Union and the majority of the club events generate EBU Masterpoints. There are also occasional sessions that tie in with simultaneous county or national events.

In addition to a comfortable playing area, the club has its own kitchen and licensed bar.

Halifax Bridge Club has four teams of eight players that compete during the Winter months in the Yorkshire Sunday League.

17th December 2014
Wednesday Eve
Director: joan
Scorer: joan
16th December 2014
Tuesday Eve
Director: Liz
Scorer: Alan
16th December 2014
Tuesday Afternoon
Director: SC
Scorer: SC
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