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Are you an alumnus or alumna?

Both universities have term-time bridge clubs at which alumni are welcome. Visit the respective websites for further details at (Cambridge) and oucba/ (Oxford).

Oxford University Alumni Bridge Association (OUABA), with close to 300 members, organises various matches in the home counties.
Team of 8 match v Tony MacIntosh' 8


This year's match against Tony MacIntosh' team was on 30th November at the O&C.  We more than made up for last year's loss, winning by 116 IMPS over 24 boards.

The game was enjoyable and friendly, and followed by an excellent supper in the Coffee Room. 

This was Michael's last match as organiser, after many years in charge, and a high note to end with.  Many thanks, and congratulations.

The team was Michael Kaye & Bryan Nicholson,  Philip Wood & Paul Russell, Stuart Horwich & Steven Blair, Jon Wittmann & Phil Meats.


Oxford & Cambridge win the Centenary Cup 2016
Oxford & Cambridge win the Centenary Cup 2016

The O&C hosted and also won the 2016 Centenary Cup, competing against the RAC, In&Out, Athenaeum, Savile, Reform and Carlton Clubs.  The format was simultaneous teams of 8, ably compered by Nicole Cook.

Congratulations to the team of (L to R) Philip Wood, Terry Chapman, Paul Russell, Graham Osborne, Michael Kaye, David Williams, Jon Wittmann & Phil Meats

PM 10/5/16



The Oxford & Cambridge Club
The Oxford & Cambridge Club

The Oxford & Cambridge Club is located at 71 Pall Mall, London, and is a shortish walk (5-10 mins) from Trafalgar Square or Green Park (the no 9 bus from there stops outside the door).

There are monthly Interclub duplicate pairs evenings, usually on the second Wednesday of the month (see Calendar).

There is also rubber bridge every Thursday afternoon starting at around 1.30pm.  Club stakes are £1 per 100. Why not meet up with some of the other players over a club table lunch (members only and guests only*), which is very good value at £14 for two courses including wine)?  

The Club plays competitive Teams of 4/8 or 12 matches against several other St James's Clubs and participates in various London League and Cup events. In addition, there are annual events against the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni Bridge Associations.

The Club also hosts and directs the Varsity Bridge match in early March each year.       

Dress code: Jacket and tie, commensurate for women. No denim or trainers, please.

* If you wish to become a member, the qualification required to join is a recognised academic qualification from Oxford or Cambridge University. Further details may be obtained from the Membership Secretary.

O&C win the 2016 Devonshire Cup

The O&C has won The Devonshire Cup, the prestigious rubber duplicate knock-out tournament between the the London clubs.
In the final the O&C beat the Polish Club, the previous year's winners, by 1190 points (aggregate scoring). Although the tournament has been in existence for well over sixty years this is only the second time that our club has triumphed.
The winning team was Michael Kaye, Graham Osborne, Paul Russell and David Williams.
This year we entered two teams for the first time. Our other team reached the final of the Plate, but were beaten there by Roehampton.
The team was Peter Lennon John Salter, Ian Coleman, Steven Blair and Stuart Horwich.


Teams of 8 Match against MCC on 19th October 2016

The MCC came to us for a most enjoyable and social match.  They won convincingly, but charmingly, by 66 IMPs.


One flat result came from an exciting hand that went 1 - 5 -5 - ?

You are Green against Red, have 10HCPs, 4333 shape including Q82.  I raised to 6 , and LHO bid 6 , passed out.

That was a mistake, as 6 was cold for 1430.  A sacrifice of 7 , inevitably doubled, was called for.  We would have made 8 or 9 tricks, for 8 or 12 IMPs difference.  We could argue that we hoped 6 might fail.


The team was Michael Kaye/Terry Chapman, Jon Wittmann/Phil Meats, Malcolm McIvor/Peter Lennon and Jim Hemsley/John Salter.

InterClub Duplicate

DuplicateBridgeand Dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge Club

Our next event, Swiss Pairs, takes place on Wednesday January 18

Come and play bridge in magnificent surroundings, and enjoy flowing wine and a great dinner.

Play will start at 6.45pmprompt**in the Smoking Room, where wine and soft drinks will be served from 6.15pm at no extra charge.

There will be a break for a buffet supper at half-time, and play should end by 10.45pm.

There will be champagne prizes for the winners.

The cost will be £44 per player, and bookings, subject to the Club’s usual 72 hour cancellation charge, can be made using your credit card by calling Neil Greerat the Club on 020 7321 5114 after September 6 or by e-mailing

Bookings and payment need to be made in advance of the event.

Dress code: Jacket & Tie. No denim or trainers please

Michael Kaye ( 07768 765 029)

2017 Dates: 15/2, 15/3, 19/4, 24/5, 14/6, 12/7, 2/8, 13/9, 11/10, 8/11, 13/12 (Swiss Pairs)

** Please do your very utmost to arrive in time for the start at 6.45. Latecomers may not be able to play.



Annual Varsity Match
Annual Varsity Match

The annual Oxford v Cambridge Varsity match was held at the O&C on the week-end of February 28/29, 2016 and sponsored by the club.

In the senior match, which was played by teams of four over 96 boards, Cambridge emerged as winners by 82 IMP's, winning the Waddington Bowl for the sixth year running.

The Cambridge winning team was: Kyle Lam, Freddie Illingworth, Chris Derrick, Ryan Chan and Helen Holmes.

Cambridge also won the undergraduate match, played by teams of eight over 32 boards, by 118 IMP's.

match against Oxford University

The annual match against Oxford University took place at the O&C club on 3rd Feb 2016.

Congratulations to the home team who won by 2 IMPS. 

The team were:    Jim Hemsley,  Anthony Surtees,

Malcolm McIvor,  John Salter,  Steven Blair,

Stuart Horwich,   Hugo Jee   & Michael Kaye


PM 4/216

Match against Cambridge 20/1/16

We played a tight match against a very pleasant Cambridge team, and the result went down to the last board being played.  That gave us a narrow victory by 4 IMPs.

Well done to the team of

Graham Osborne

Michael Kaye

Bryan Nicholson

Paul Russell

David Williams

Ian Coleman

Peter lennon

Phil Meats.

The hands are available via OC v Cambridge 20 Jan 2016 hands.pdf.

Click for the latest results
15th February 2017
Duplicate & Dinner
18th January 2017
O & C Interclub Duplicate
Scorer: oxford cambridge
14th December 2016
O&C Interclub Duplicate ( Swiss Pairs )
Director: Nicole
Scorer: Nicole
Click for the latest results
15th February 2017
Duplicate & Dinner
18th January 2017
O & C Interclub Duplicate
Scorer: oxford cambridge
14th December 2016
O&C Interclub Duplicate ( Swiss Pairs )
Director: Nicole
Scorer: Nicole