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Our new term started on 12th July 2018 and runs to 27th December 2018.  We play on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th (when there is one, e.g. 30th August) Thursdays in the month.

I have sold all of my  'guaranteed place' season tickets for the new term.  The 'pay on the day' price remains at £5 per person per session but will be significantly reduced once you have played 6 times.

Interesting Results

This box is used to provide interesting information about a result or board.

One pair managed to make 6NT+1 on Board 17 at our session on the 12th April 2018.  As West has the Ace of Spades it is difficult to see how to do this but there are a couple of options.

1) West can hold up his AS for three rounds, allowing S to make 3 Heart tricks, 3 Spade tricks, 3 Club tricks and 4 Diamond tricks, making 13 tricks

2) West can hold up his AS for two rounds and East discard a club allowing S to make 3 Heart tricks, 2 Spade tricks, 4 Club tricks and 4 Diamond tricks, also making 13 tricks

As to why West would hold up the AS if he is trying to get 6NT down (rather than just letting it make) there is a chance that he might be able to make his AS and a diamond trick after South has taken 4 of them, unfortunately that doesn't work.

Welcome to Radlett U3A Duplicate Bridge Group
RadlettU3A Duplicate Bridge Group
RadlettU3A Duplicate Bridge Group

Welcome to this web site for the Radlett U3A Duplicate Bridge Group.

The Radlett U3A duplicate bridge group continues to play on the same basis, i.e. 2nd and 4th Thursday's in the month.  We normally also play on the 5th Thursday when there is one.  We will also normlly continue to use the electronic scoring system, BriAn, we started using lin 2015.

We have recently been regualrly getting between 10 and 11 1/2 (the maximum I can have) tables and for many recent sessions have had a waiting list.

Season tickets are only available to Radlett U3A members and all of which have been sold up to end of December 2018.  For other players who just pay on the day the price will remain at £5 per person per session.  Priority will be given to Radlett U3A members but if I have any space after all of those that want a seat have got one I can make seats available to other local U3A members.  

You do need to let me know in advance if you want to play so that I can confirm I have the space and arrange the tables and movement.  If an occastional player plays more than 6 times in the term the pay on the day prices will be significantly discounted for any future times they play.

If you have any questions please contact me via the website or see me Gary Harding, or Sandra Solomon at the RadlettU3A monthly meeting.

Important Information
Important Information

As we are now often full I need all players to book with me in advance by replying to my eMails or contacting me via the Radlett U3A website. This allows me to plan the movement and to ensure there is space for you..

I have very limited space for members of other local U3A's (Radlett U3A members will always have priority for seats).  If you would like to play with us (space permitting) please get in touch with me as we need to come to a formal agreement with their U3A to allow you to join us.

Data Protection and Privacy

In addition to the overall Data Protection and Privacy Policies of Radlett and District U3A (see there are some specific notices for this group.

As you will be aware I publish the results from our sessions via BridgeWebs, an external service. This means your names appear on that website, together with the dates you played and your scores. The information for the current session is also available during and after it on BrianBridge.Net, the system we use for scoring. If you don’t want your name to appear these sites I can create an anonymous name for you. Please let me know if you NEED me to do this for you.

Note that in the future I may also use the more secure email system that BridgeWebs provides to send out my messages about the group. They would not be allowed to use your email address for any other purpose. If you don’t want me to do this for you again please let me know, though if I use the service it may mean you will not get future reminders about sessions or the results.

Next session

We play three times in August on the 9th, 23rd and 30th.  In September we play on the 13th (which will be followed by a presentation - see below) and the 27th - please let me know if you would like to play on any of these dates.

Presentation on Duplicate Bridge

After the session on Thursday 13th September I will be giving a presentation about Duplicate Bridge at Radlett Reform Synagogue starting at about 12:30. The presentation will be open to all members of the Radlett & District and Elstree & Borehamwood U3A Duplicate Bridge Groups.

The presentation will cover:

  • The card deals and how they are prepared
  • The movements used (including a bit about ‘arrow switches’)
  • How duplicate bridge is scored to compare one pair against the others
  • The impact of the scoring on how you should bid and, if possible, play
  • An introduction to BridgeWebs where you can see the results from a session and a lot of other information

The presentation will finish by 14:00 - lunch will not be provided but you can bring your own sandwiches if you wish.

If you would like to attend the session or have any questions about it please inform me by email at Further information will also be available on our U3A webpage see

The presentation I gave in 2016 is available on our U3A website under the Bridge - Relaxed Duplicate section - see here 

23rd August 2018
Normal Radlett U3A Session
Radlett Reform Synagogue 10:00
30th August 2018
Extra 5th Thursday Session
Radlett Reform Synagogue 10:00
13th September 2018
Normal Radlett U3A Session followed by presentation
Radlett Reform Synagogue 10:00
Normal Radlett U3A Session
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
Normal Radlett U3A Session
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
Normal Radlett U3A Session
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding