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New Beginner Course Starts Jan. 12th

Bridge is an enjoyable game and a great social skill. In January 2015 Kingston Bridge Club is running an 8-week course for absolute beginners.  Learn the basics and then join our improvers playing group.

  • Dates: Eight Mondays, starting Monday 12th January 2015. 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • Cost £75 pp

This course is meant for absolute beginners, and no prior knowledge at all is assumed. The course includes lots of playing practice and is supported by comprehensive notes and handouts,  Tutor is Ned Paul, a full time professional bridge leader and fully qualified by the English Bridge Union.

Please note this course will run in parallel with the normal Monday practice sessions, and after the course you will be able to join the practice group without changing your schedule.   Please email for full details and a registration form.

Ned also teaches the basics in a single weekend course. Learn Bridge In A Weekend is a 2-day course that runs several times in the year at different venues. You get all of the basics out of the way in one go and the course has been very successful over many years.

Next course:

  • January 17th/18th 2015 - St John's Wood Bridge Club, LONDON NW8 9NU

 Please email for more info. 

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BriAn Electronic Scoring

Kingston BC duplicates are scored using the BriAn electronic scoring system.  The BriAn system (= "Bridge on iPhone and Android") uses mobile phone technology to replace traditional tabletop scorers.  Players can use their own smart phones or other devices, such as iPads, or use android scoring tablets supplied by the club.

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 from any device 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 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 on the website http://www.brianbridge.net.   Using your own phone, iPad or tablet is fun but entirely optional - extra scoring tablets are always available from the club.


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Above:  The Main Weekly Duplicate at Shiraz Mirza Hall  (Thursdays 7.30pm)

Welcome to Kingston's own bridge club.   We meet three times a week:

  • Thursday evenings: , Shiraz Mirza Hall, Norbiton, KT2 7AZ.  Full 24-board club duplicate.  Start at 7.30pm and finish promptly by 10.30pm. New players always welcome. Partners found for single players; everyone guaranteed a game. Electronic scoring; results posted promptly to the internet.
  • Monday afternoons:  Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ. 1.15pm- 3.45pm. Social bridge with a teaching element. Suitable for newer players, improvers and refreshers.  Come with or without a partner; everyone guaranteed a game.
  • Wednesday afternoons:  Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ. 1.30pm-4.00pm. Gentle duplicate bridge, Play up to 18 boards. New players always welcome - suitable for first time duplicate players. Partners found for single players; everyone guaranteed a game.

Friendly & Sociable Club

Everyone is welcome at Kingston Bridge Club, including those new to duplicate. There is no membership fee: you simply pay 'table money' for those sessions you attend.  Kingston Bridge Club aims to be a friendly and sociable bridge club. We look forward to welcoming you to our games.

Duplicate Bridge at Kingston Bridge Club

All Welcome: Partners Found

In duplicate bridge you play as pairs, playing with the same partner throughout the session.  There is a host system at all of our games so single players are always welcome and will be paired up. Our duplicates are professionally directed, usually by either Victor Lesk or Ned Paul.

Great Venues

We use two different venues.  Our main Thursday game is at Shiraz Mirza Hall, right beside Norbiton station.  There is good access by public transport or reasonable parking nearby.  Refreshments - tea/coffee and biscuits - included in the table money.

On Wednesday afternoons we meet at the delightful Kingston Riverside Club.  KRC is a tennis club near Canbury Gardens on the north side of Kingston.  It's within walking distance of Kingston town centre or close to the 65 bus route.  Parking in the club car park for those with limited mobility; otherwise plenty of street parking.  We play in the club lounge:  licensed bar, tea/coffee, drinks and snacks available at very reasonable prices.

See the Information page - link opposite - for more details of  the venues.

Supervised Practice on Monday Afternoons

If you are new to bridge or only play socially, then start by coming to our Monday afternoon sessions at the lovely Kingston Riverside Club. We play in the Club's lounge overlooking the tennis courts.  There is a licensed bar and drinks, snacks, tea and coffee, etc. are available at very reasonable prices. 

Our Monday game is aimed at those wanting to improve and polish their game.  The sessions vary but are a blend of teaching and play. You should know a little of the basics to join the game; absolute beginners are recommended to Ned Paul's beginner lessons including his highly successful "Learn Bridge In A Weekend" - see dates opposite. But if you do know the basics please don't be shy in coming along - support and advice from an experienced tutor will be available throughout.

Our recommended bidding system is modern Acol with a weak NT, as widely taught in England, but other bidding systems are equally welcome.  We encourage players to learn and use modern conventions such as Weak Two opening bids and Transfer Responses to 1NT and 2NT.  If you would like to upgrade your game to include these and other modern ideas come along and we will support you throughout the learning process.  The group is very sociable and welcoming.

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Clear Path
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V-Blue - The beginners e-newsletter: 20 hands to play every two weeks - ACOL and Standard American versions available

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Contact Us

For any enquiry please telephone Ned Paul on 020-8892 9429 or 07792 715517 or email ned@nedpaul.com

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o Latest Results Round-Up

o BriAn Bridge Scoring - Duplicate Bridge scored on your mobile!

o Vu-Bridge. Hands to download and play.  Instructional and entertaining.

Christmas Party Duplicate - December 18th

We'll celebrate Christmas at Kingston Bridge Club with a party on Thursday December 18th.  Bridge will be normal but you are invited to bring a foodie contribution to the buffet table.  There will be wine and crackers and a generally jolly atmosphere while we play some bridge and look back on a year when the Club has developed both numerically and in its social ambience.  December 18th will also be the last Thursday duplicate of 2014: we will meet again on Thursday January 8th 2015.

Children in Need Sim Pairs - November 13th

Val & Pat O'Sullivan were our big winners in the Children in Need Sim Pairs that we ran on Thursday November 13th.  With a 66% score they finished 21st nationally out of 2144 pairs! Fantastic!   The club raised £125 for the C-i-N charity appeal and by running heats at all his clubs Ned was able to send a total cheque for £410.  Many thanks all.  The grand total nationally of money raised is so far £57,000+ and money is still coming in.  A magnificent effort by event organiser Anna Gudge of Ecatsbridge!

Ladder competition

Congratulations to Judy Barrett on winning the bi-monthly ladder for September and October!

The ladder competition is for the player with largest percentage difference from 50%, accumulated over their history at the club. Only percentages better than 50 count, and winners are handicapped by 100 points. Current scores can be found by clicking 'Competitions' on the left of this page.

Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, Norbiton, one of our venues
The Kingston BC Ladder
The Kingston BC Ladder

Everyone who plays at Kingston Bridge Club participates in the Ladder.  Your Ladder score is the percentage by which you beat 50% in any week's duplicate.  Accumulate Ladder points by playing and doing well regularly.  Each two months the current Ladder leader receives a £40 prize, but then receives a handicap sending the winner back down into the field.  You can win more than once but each time you win the handicap becomes greater.  Winners so far:

  • February 2013 - Rosemary Vase
  • April 2013- Joan Clancy
  • June 2013 - Loulou van Geuns
  • August 2013 - John Turner
  • October 2013 - Joan Clancy
  • December 2013 - Pauline Finn
  • February 2014 - Mary Webster
  • April 2014 - Loulou van Geuns
  • June 2014 - John Turner
  • August 2014 - Ivor McGloughlin
  • October 2014 - Judy Barrett

Click the "Competitions" link opposite for full standings.

 

Results
26th Nov 2014
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
20th Nov 2014
Main Duplicate
Director: Victor Lesk
Scorer: Victor Lesk
19th Nov 2014
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Calendar
27th Nov 2014
Main Duplicate
Shiraz Mirza Hall, KT2 7AZ 7.30pm
Director: Victor Lesk
3rd Dec 2014
Gentle Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 2.00pm
Director: Ned Paul
4th Dec 2014
Main Duplicate
Shiraz Mirza Hall, KT2 7AZ 7.30pm
Director: Victor Lesk
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