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Contacting the Club

The club now has a mobile phone. The number is 07761 257256. This is switched on only during normal weekly sessions or matches. To contact the secretary John Greenhalgh ring 0118-9791806 (or by email by clicking on the box below).

Welcome to Reading Bridge Club

Reading Bridge Club AGM 17th May

The Reading Bridge Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 17th May at 6.30pm before the usual Thursday evening duplicate. All members are encouraged to attend. This is your club and the AGM if a perfect opportunity to have your say in how the club is run.

If you wish to propose an item at the AGM please contact John Greenhalgh with your motion that has been proposed and seconded by 3rd May. 

Additionally the AGM marks the retirement of the 2017-2018 committee members. If you wish to to be part of the 2018-2019 committee there is a list in the hall way for the bridge club to sign up.

Success for Reading at the Committee Cup

The Committee Cup was held of the 8th April at Windsor Community Centre with 2 Reading teams taking part. 88 teams competed in Heats at 13 Clubs throughout Berks & Bucks with 21 teams qualifying for the Final.

Pat Dowdeswell, Mike Ribbins, John Greenhalgh & James Chapman were victorious on the day winning 15 of their 20 matches and finishing 24imp clear of the field.

Mike O'Neill, Georgio Jeronimidis, Leon McArdle and Chris Hall finished 8th winning 10 matches.

Congratulations to both teams.

Reading "A" Win Berks & Bucks League of 8 Division 1


Reading "A" have retained the Berks & Bucks Lo8 Division 1 title for the 3rd consecutive year finishing 2vps clear of New Amersham "A". The team lost only 1 of their 9 matches, against Burnham "A", across the season and averaged 15.89vps a match.

After Reading "A" finished their matches earlier in March there was an agonising wait for New Amersham "A" to complete their last 2 matches. Needing 37vps out of 40vps from the last 2 matches New Amersham "A" ultimately fell short last night with an 15-5 win over Loddon Vale.

Congratulation to the team of Chris Cooper, Ian Reissman, James Bond, John Greenhaugh, John Howard, Jonny Richards, Mike Perkins (Capt.), Mike Ribbins, Pat Dowdswell and Tim Rees (with guest appearances from Jim Chapman and Peter Hawkes) who will now go on the represent Reading in the Garden Cities Regional Final on the 21st April, an event which Reading won the National final 2 years ago.

Reading B have also had a strong showing in Division 1 and a due to finish 4th (one match is still to be played against Austenwood)  

Full results for both team can be found here 

Jonny Richards April 2018

Sucsess for Bucks in the Annual Berk vs Buck Match 

The annual Berks vs Bucks match took place on the 21st March with 24 players from the Reading club representing Berkshire.

The format consists of 3 flights, A, B and C with each flight having a team of 16 players (or 4 teams of 4). Each partnership get to play against all of the Bucks players in there flight.

The players from reading bridge club were:

C Flight:

Roger Burkeman & Nigel CooperRoger Burkeman & Nigel CooperRoger Burkeman & Nigel Cooper,

Doug Baker & John Tattershall, and

John & Annette Chamberlain.

B Flight:

Mick Green & Gordan Maxwell,

Mike Nunn, and

Chris Hall & Leon McArdle.

A Flight:

Jonny Richards & Chris Cooper,

John Howard & Ian Reissmann,

Peter Jackson,

Jim Chapman & John Greenhalgh,

Mike Perkins & Mike Ribbins,

Chris Kinloch & Peter Hawkes, and

David & Janet Barnes.


Unfortunately despite close matches in both the B and C flight Bucks regained the Phil Thornton Trophy 3-0. The A team lost by 60 imps, B team by 10 imps and C team by 11 imp. Full results, including x-imps can be found here.


Thanks to all those who took part.

 Junior Success for Reading in Young Bridge Challenge

6 of Reading Bridge clubs youngest members headed to Loughborough Grammar school on the 10th March to compete in the 2018 Young Bridge Challenge.

Reading school sent 2 teams to the competition with both teams finding success. Reading A (Nathan Galpin, Jack Lawrence, Dominic Cooke, Edmund Lea) qualified for the Semi-Finals of the Schools' Cup but were narrowly beaten in both the Semi-Final , by 13 imps to the eventual winners, and the 3rd/4th Play-off, by just 7 imps.

Reading B, featuring David Fryer and Euan Sarson, finished 2nd in the swiss teams event with 84VPs. 2nd Place was enough to secure the Schools' Plate trophy which is awarded to the highest place team with all players from the same school.

Congratulation to all 6 of the juniors.

Winter Competition Winners - September 2017 to February 2018

The winners of the the seconds half of the 2017 cup competitions are below: 


Tuesday Competitions

Brown Cup 

1. Mike Perkins   56.66%

2. Roger Donato  55.07%

3. Peter Jackson  54.76%


Laycock Cup (Handicap)

1. Georgio Jeronimidis    52.60%

2. Roger Donato              51.10%

3. Roger Burkerman        50.32%


Thursday Competitions

Boucher Cup 

1. Peter Bamford    61.02%

2. Pam Hanson     58.93%

3. Sam Botfiled      58.86%


Bilbey Cup (Handicap)

1. Andy Fothergill       54.81%

2. Gill Smith                  53.07%

3. David Salmon           52.44%


If you want to see how you did in these competitions then head over to the Competition Archive Section of the website.

Jonny Richards Ocotber 2017

Changes to Club Competitions and Handicaps

As part of a review into the club competitions and handicaps system the committee has agreed two changes:

  • Tuesday night Cup Nights – It has been agree to extend the current 1st and 3rd Tuesday Cup nights to every Tuesday. Most of the competitions work on the BEST 8 results so increasing the cup nights will only increase your chances of a better score in the competition. 
  • Handicaps – Currently the handicap system works by looking at your previous results at the club and calculating using software on the club computer. As this software is old and prone to errors and crashing the club has decided to use the NGS system to calculate handicaps for each player. (More detail on the handicap rules using the NGS are detailed below)

Both of these changes will come into effect on the 1st March 2018. If you have any questions on any of this then please email any of the committee members (copying in Jonny []).


New Handicap Rules

  • At the start of each handicap cup (March and September) a member’s NGS will be retrieved from the EBU database and this will remain their Handicap for the rest of the competition.
  • If a member has there NGS suppressed on the EBU site and it isn’t visible then the member will be excluded from the competition – It is worth noting that a member’s NGS only has to be unsuppressed at the point at which the handicaps are taken and can be re-suppressed after this.
  • Using the players NGS the handicap calculation will be as followed:

o  For the Tuesday night Cup (Laycock) a member’s handicap will be “56%-NGS”. 56% is the average grade on a Tuesday night.

o  For the Thursday night Cup (Bilbey) a member’s handicap with be “52%-NGS”. 52% is the average grade on a Thursday night.

o  The Thursday Competition is only available to players who are lower than a Jack on the NGS (<55%).

Tollemache Finals

Berks and Buck finished 3rd in the Tollemache Finals, the EBUs Premier Teams of Eight competition, this weekend, 8vps behind the winners Kent. Berks and Buck picked up some big victories along the way beating both Lancashire and Dorset by over 100imps. Congratulation to both John Howard and Ian Reisseman.

Chris Cooper was also playing in the event for Oxfordshire. Although Oxfordshire finished 6th, Chris and his partner (Alan Wilson) were 4th in the x-imps with an impressive 0.66 per board from there 98 boards.

For full results and cross imps please click Here

Double sucsess for RBC at the County Pairs

The final of the County Pairs Championship and Plate took place on the 4th February where several members of Reading Bridge Club took part. 

Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson (Left picture) won the 45 board Championship Final with 57.78% from David Green & David Calcutt.

Also Joyce Baldock & Jim Chapman (Right picture) won the 44 board Plate final with 58%, 2% clear of 2nd place Eva Wallen & Evelyn Crossley.

Congratulations to both and good luck to Mike & Peter who, as a result, qualified for the Corwen (The National Pairs Final) in June!


(L-R: Peter Jackson & Mike Perkins)

RBC is going to the Gold Coast!

Tim Rees (Left), a member of Reading Bridge club and winner of no less than 17 RBC Cup competitions, is heading to Australia's Gold Coast to represent Wales in the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships (CNBC).

Tim was part of the Wales team who won the last CNBC in 2014 and won Silver in 2002 in Manchester.

The Championship will be held between the 14th to 18th February.

If you want to follow Tim's progress then results will be published Here.

Welsh Team from 2014 Commonwealths (L-R: Tim Rees, Patrick Jourdain, Gary Jones, John Salisbury, tony Ratcliff, Mike Tedd)

RBC Tuesday Comes to Thursday 2nd Feb 2018

15 teams took part in the biannual Tuesday comes to Thursday event. 

Congratulations to the prize winners:

1. Nathan Galpin, Jack Lawrence, Sam Botfiled & Martyn Jordan +66 IMPs

2. Mike Ribbins, Chris Hall, John & Annette Chamberlain +50 IMPs

3. David Barnes, Jim Chapman, Linsey Joyce & Ann Ellis +43 IMPs


Ascenders Prize - Roger Donato, Dianne Brown, Nick Highsm & John Coomber

Spot Prize (-26 imps) - Ann Francis, Andy Fothergill, Chris Fox-Green & Ann Brown - 23 IMPs


Also a BIG thank you to Janet Barnes for Organising this event!

Founders Trophy Winners


Congratulation to Joyce Baldock and Jim Chapman who won the Founders Trophy, Reading Bridge Club's annual mixed pairs competition, this year. 

Joyce and Jim were the highest placed Mixed pair on Tuesday night with 50.93%, just 2 matchpoints ahead of the next mixed pari of Janet & David Barnes.

This is the 4th time Joyce has won the Founder's Trophy and the first time for Jim.

Jonny Richards Nov 2017

Reading Bridge Club Annual Competitions 2016-17

The Club's Annual Tuesday Competitions for 2016-17 were completed on Tuesday (21st November). Roget Donato has continued his excellent run in 2017 winning both of the annual competitions (to go with the Brown & Laycock won in the first half of the 2017 biannuals):


Presidents Cup

1. Roger Donato - 54.17%

2. Mike Perkins - 53.83%

3. Mike Ribbins - 52.73%


Francis Cup

Mike O'Neill & Roger Donato - 55.98%

Mike Perkins & Peter Jackson - 54.70%

Jim Chapman & Jonny Richards - 54.17%


Jonny Richards Nov 17


Tollemache Qualifier

The Tollemache Qualifier, the inter-county championships for teams of eight, was held in Solihull this weekend (18th-19th November) with 3 of the clubs members representing their counties. 

John Howard and Tim Rees were part of a strong Berks & Bucks team whilst Chris Cooper was representing his home county of Oxfordshire.

Despite being in tough groups both Berks & Bucks (Group D) and Oxfordshire (Group B) finished 2nd in there respective group to qualify for the finals. They will  join Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Hants & IOW, Kent, Lancashire & Manchester in February. 

Both John and Tim were part of the Berks & Bucks team to win the Tollemache in 2013 & 2014.


Full results can be found Here

Jonny Richards Nov 17

Children in Need Simultaneous

Congratulations to Peter Bamford & Steve Tearle who have won the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs on Thursday Night (16th November) with a massive score of 74.52% in a field of 1978 pairs from 7 different countries.


Tuesday's Winners, James Bond & David Barnes were 107th out of 1825 pairs with just under 61%.


Full results from both Tuesday and Thursday can be found by clicking on the links. 

Jonny Richards Nov 2017

6 Monthly Competitions March 2017 to August 2017

The winners of the the first half of the 2017 are below: 


Tuesday Competitions

Brown Cup 

1. Roger Donato   58.35%

2. Tony Parkinson  54.46%

3. Mike O'Neill       53.90%


Laycock Cup (Handicap)

1. Roger Donato          54.64%

2. Mike O'Neill               54.27%

3. Georgio Jeronimidi    52.98%


Thursday Competitions

Boucher Cup 

1. Pam Hanson     60.38%

2. Sam Botfiled      60.33%

3. Peter Bamford   60.04%


Bilbey Cup (Handicap)

1. Mike Nunn                55.16%

2. Monique Illingworth   53.51%

3. Jackie Paxford           53.35%


Jonny Richards Ocotber 2017

RBC Tuesday Comes to Thursday 12th Oct 2017

16 teams took part in the bianual Tuesday comes to Thursday event. 

Congratulations to the prize winners:

1. Jim Chapman, John Greenhalgh, Kerry Gordon & Simon Fixer   +47 IMPs

2. Ilan Sirkis, Jonny Richards, Chris Cook & Gill Smith  +41 IMPs

3. Chris Hall, Leon McArdle , John & Annette Chamberlain +39 IMPs

 Ascenders Prize - Ann Francis, David Barnes, Jackie Paxford & Peter Bamford


Also a BIG thank you to Janet Barnes for Organising this event!

Jonny Richards Oct 2017

Crockfords Plate Winners


Congratulations to Ian Reissmann's team - Ian, Tim Rees, Mike Perkins, Chris Cooper (not pictured) playing with Andrew Murphy, Steve Eginton  on winning the Crockfords Plate final. They won the event with 93 vps from thier 7 matches, 3 clear of the team in 2nd place.

For full results see -

Jonny Richards Oct 2017

BBCBA County Competitions


Links to the BBCBA County events are now automatically shown in the Reading BC Calendar entries in the Right Hand Column. You can click on the "More Info" button in these entries to take you to the appropriate.details on the BBCBA web site.

Tony Parkinson

Reading B vs Austenwood
Scorer: NICK
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
Scorer: Gill
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
Scorer: Ken Jones
Tuesday Pairs
Scorer: J Richards
Thursday pairs
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
Scorer: J Richards
Chiltern League Invitation Pairs
Scorer: Reading Bridge Club
Lo8: Reading A vs Amersham CC
Director: J Richards
EBU Stratified Sims
Scorer: Simon
Scorer: J Richards
Scorer: KJ
Scorer: J Richards
29th Apr 2018
Mixed Pairs & Flitch (incl. AGM)
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Mick Green
 Click for more information
3rd May 2018
EBED Spring Sims
8th May 2018
The Reading Spirit Teams of 4
Handicap teams, bottle prizes, open to allcomers.
10th May 2018
EBU Spring Simultaneous Pair
RBC 19.15
11th May 2018
RBC 1900
13th May 2018
Club Pairs Final - Waller Bowl
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 1:30
Director: Steve Foster + Mick Green
 Click for more information
17th May 2018
RBC Annual General Meeting
6:30 pm
20th May 2018
Men's Pairs for the Reg Capewell Cup
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Don Collier
 Click for more information
20th May 2018
Ladies' Pairs for the Chairman's Cup
(Berks & Bucks)
SBBC 1:30
Director: Don Collier
 Click for more information
16th Jun 2018
GP Swiss Pairs
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 12:00
Director: Gary Conrad, Ian Mitchell, Rob Sassoon
 Click for more information
17th Jun 2018
GP Swiss Teams
(Berks & Bucks)
Windsor 12:00
Director: Gary Conrad, Ian Mitchell, Rob Sassoon
 Click for more information
11th Jul 2018
Chiltern League Summer Teams
Reading B C 7.15