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Absolute Beginner

Bridge is an enjoyable game and a great social skill. If you have any experience at all, even not very much and/or a long time ago, then you are welcome to join our Monday afternoon sessions.

If you are a true beginner one of our bridge directors Ned Paul teaches the basics in a single weekend course "Learn Bridge In A Weekend"  This 2-day course runs several times in the year at different venues in London. You get all of the basics out of the way in one go and the course has been very successful over many years. 

Next dates: 

After the course you will be able to progress by joining the Monday (or even the Wednesday) Kingston BC sessions.

Please email for more info or advice.

Martin Wins April Ladder

Martin Samuel has won the April 2018 leg of the club's ongoingLadder competition, which pays out a £50 prize every two months.  He is now handicapped 300points to drop back into midfield. Mary Websterhas the early lead in the June competition.

The Ladder has run almost since the Thirsday night duplicates started and the full list of winners is below,  

2018: New Year But The Ladder Rolls On!

Come and join Kingston BC's Club Prize Ladder! No entry fee and a prize every two months! Everyone who plays in the weekly Thursday evening game is automatically included.

Scores from 2017 will roll forward to 2018 in full, but new handicaps have been applied to those who have already won. This makes it more challenging to win again. For your first win your 'Victory Handicap' is 100pts and for the next two wins a further 200pts handicap will apply.  Thereafter the handicap rises by 300pts a win.

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.

The Kingston BC Ladder
The Kingston BC Ladder

 

Everyone who plays in the main duplicate on Thursday evenings participates in the Kingston Bridge Club 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 £50 prize, but then gets 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:

  • April 2018 - Martin Samuel
  • February 2018 - Loulou van Geuns
  • December 2017 - Joan Clancy
  • October 2017 - Asad Ansari
  • August 2017 - Pauline Finn
  • June 2017 - Martin Samuel
  • April 2017 - Asad Ansari
  • February 2017 - Rosemary Vase
  • December 2016 - Ivor McGloughlin
  • October 2016 - Carol Clisby
  • August 2016 - Loulou van Geuns
  • June 2016 - Joan Clancy
  • April 2016 - Mary Webster
  • February 2016 - Loulou van Geuns
  • December 2015 - Carol Clisby
  • October 2015 - Joan Clancy
  • August 2015 - John Turner
  • June 2015 - Les Hough
  • April 2015 - Pauline Finn
  • February 2015 - Rosemary Vase
  • December 2014 - Fauzia Ali
  • October 2014 - Judy Barrett
  • August 2014 - Ivor McGloughlin
  • June 2014 - John Turner
  • April 2014 - Loulou van Geuns
  • February 2014 - Mary Webster
  • December 2013 - Pauline Finn
  • October 2013 - Joan Clancy
  • August 2013 - John Turner
  • June 2013 - Loulou van Geuns
  • April 2013- Joan Clancy
  • February 2013 - Rosemary Vase

Click the "Competitions" link opposite for full standings.

 

 
Welcome To Kingston-upon-Thames's Own Bridge Club
Friendly Bridge Club New Players Welcome
Friendly Bridge Club  New Players Welcome

Above:  A crowded Shiraz Mirza Hall for the 5th Anniversary Party

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.
  • Wednesday afternoons:  Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ. 1.30pm-4.00pm. Social duplicate bridge, Play 16-20 boards in two-and-a-half hours. Partners found for single players; everyone guaranteed a game.
  • Monday afternoons:  Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ. 1.15pm- 3.45pm. Gentle duplicate bridge.  New players always welcome - suitable for first time duplicate players. Suitable also for newer players, improvers and refreshers.  This is our entry level game.  We are very welcoming and advice and support always available as you find your 'bridge legs'.  Come with or without a partner; 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 Monday and  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.

Vu-Bridge Beginner's Corner

Vu-Bridge (ACOL version)
choosen by the EBU!

Read more about the English Bridge Education Department and FREE V-Blue for all EBUTA Teachers: Click here

Saturday January 30th, 2016:
Careful Play by Paul Bowyer

Click here to play

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

Vu-Bridge Hand of the Week

New: Vu-Bridge Defender
Try sample hands: Click here

Saturday, January 30th, 2016:
Diamonds, again! By David Bird


Click here to play this hand

V-Green e-Newsletter: improve your Bridge skills - all levels

Click for the latest results
Contact Us

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

For info on lessons, scroll down.

In play at Kingston Riverside Tennis Club, our Monday and Wednesday venue.

Monday & Wednesday Parking at KRC

On Monday & Wednesday afternoons we meet at Kingston Riverside (Tennis) Club in Lower Ham Road. Parking is now available within the club grounds for disabled badgeholders only. If you do not have a disabled badge please park in Lower Ham Road or the neighbouring streets and get a pay-and-display ticket. There is usally plenty of room and it is not expensive (ca. £2).

Parking at Shiraz Mirza Hall

As users of Shiraz Mirza Hall, we are only entitled to use the four dedicated spaces outside the hall. If you park elsewhere in the Hannover House car park, you risk being issued with £100 civil penalty notices.  Instead, once the hall spaces are taken you may park in the station car park. Get a pay-and-display ticket, price £2, from the South West Trains ticket machine ouside the station.

Alternatively go to Norbiton Avenue and other streets on the OTHER SIDE of Norbiton station.  Park here for free and then just walk through the station underpass.  Easy and hassle free.

5th Anniversary Party - Thursday October 5th
5th Anniversary Party - Thursday October 5th

Club founders Rosemary Vase and, cutting cake, Pauline Finn at the 5th Anniversary Party.  Also in photo are the club's bridge directors Victor Lesk (left) and Ned Paul

October 5th 2017 was five years almost to the day since we held our first Thursday evening duplicate at Shiraz Mirza Hall. That was the start of Kingston Bridge Club. The club has grown steadily since that time and a very healthy ten-and-a-half tables were on hand to help us celebrate the anniversary with party bridge!  Thanks to all our players for making the evening (and the club!) a success and bringing along lots of goodies to eat and drink.   Here's to the next five years!

Kingston Bridge Club Open Day - Nov. 4th
Kingston Bridge Club Open Day - Nov. 4th

Kingston Bridge Club Open Day

Thanks to everyone who particpated in Kingston Bridge Club Open Day on Saturday November 4th. We had been invited to hold the event by SieMatic by Project Kitchens of Wood Street, Kingston in their kitchen showroom in the middle of Kingston town centre.  Interested shoppers, and those attracted by our publicity, werre able to come in and try bridge between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

A big thank you to all the club members who came and helped.  We have definitely made contact with new players who will join us in the future.  Thank you to Mike Sewell of SieMatic for coming up with the idea and to enthusiastic showroom manager Sarah Goebel for hosting us, proviiding refreshments and making the day work so well.

Results
21st May 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Sue Perin
Scorer: -
17th May 2018
Main Duplicate
Director: Victor Lesk
Scorer: Victor Lesk
16th May 2018
Social Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
14th May 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
10th May 2018
Main Duplicate
Director: Victor Lesk
Scorer: Victor Lesk
9th May 2018
Social Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Calendar
23rd May 2018
Social Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
24th May 2018
Main Duplicate
Shiraz Mirza Hall, KT2 7AZ 7.30pm
Director: Victor Lesk
28th May 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
30th May 2018
Social Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
31st May 2018
Main Duplicate
Shiraz Mirza Hall, KT2 7AZ 7.30pm
Director: Victor Lesk
4th Jun 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
Click for the latest results
Contact Us

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

For info on lessons, scroll down.

In play at Kingston Riverside Tennis Club, our Monday and Wednesday venue.

Monday & Wednesday Parking at KRC

On Monday & Wednesday afternoons we meet at Kingston Riverside (Tennis) Club in Lower Ham Road. Parking is now available within the club grounds for disabled badgeholders only. If you do not have a disabled badge please park in Lower Ham Road or the neighbouring streets and get a pay-and-display ticket. There is usally plenty of room and it is not expensive (ca. £2).

Parking at Shiraz Mirza Hall

As users of Shiraz Mirza Hall, we are only entitled to use the four dedicated spaces outside the hall. If you park elsewhere in the Hannover House car park, you risk being issued with £100 civil penalty notices.  Instead, once the hall spaces are taken you may park in the station car park. Get a pay-and-display ticket, price £2, from the South West Trains ticket machine ouside the station.

Alternatively go to Norbiton Avenue and other streets on the OTHER SIDE of Norbiton station.  Park here for free and then just walk through the station underpass.  Easy and hassle free.

5th Anniversary Party - Thursday October 5th
5th Anniversary Party - Thursday October 5th

Club founders Rosemary Vase and, cutting cake, Pauline Finn at the 5th Anniversary Party.  Also in photo are the club's bridge directors Victor Lesk (left) and Ned Paul

October 5th 2017 was five years almost to the day since we held our first Thursday evening duplicate at Shiraz Mirza Hall. That was the start of Kingston Bridge Club. The club has grown steadily since that time and a very healthy ten-and-a-half tables were on hand to help us celebrate the anniversary with party bridge!  Thanks to all our players for making the evening (and the club!) a success and bringing along lots of goodies to eat and drink.   Here's to the next five years!

Kingston Bridge Club Open Day - Nov. 4th
Kingston Bridge Club Open Day - Nov. 4th

Kingston Bridge Club Open Day

Thanks to everyone who particpated in Kingston Bridge Club Open Day on Saturday November 4th. We had been invited to hold the event by SieMatic by Project Kitchens of Wood Street, Kingston in their kitchen showroom in the middle of Kingston town centre.  Interested shoppers, and those attracted by our publicity, werre able to come in and try bridge between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

A big thank you to all the club members who came and helped.  We have definitely made contact with new players who will join us in the future.  Thank you to Mike Sewell of SieMatic for coming up with the idea and to enthusiastic showroom manager Sarah Goebel for hosting us, proviiding refreshments and making the day work so well.

Results
21st May 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Sue Perin
Scorer: -
17th May 2018
Main Duplicate
Director: Victor Lesk
Scorer: Victor Lesk
16th May 2018
Social Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
14th May 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
10th May 2018
Main Duplicate
Director: Victor Lesk
Scorer: Victor Lesk
9th May 2018
Social Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Calendar
23rd May 2018
Social Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
24th May 2018
Main Duplicate
Shiraz Mirza Hall, KT2 7AZ 7.30pm
Director: Victor Lesk
28th May 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
30th May 2018
Social Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
31st May 2018
Main Duplicate
Shiraz Mirza Hall, KT2 7AZ 7.30pm
Director: Victor Lesk
4th Jun 2018
Gentle Duplicate
Kingston Riverside Club, KT2 5AJ 1.15pm
Director: Ned Paul