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The clocks are going back, Christmas preparations starting and bridge continues at the RAC Pall Mall.

The first Thursday of each month is our regular mentor/mentee evening where those more experienced play with less experienced members 

Thursday 15 November is a Charity Sims pairs event  in aid of Children in Need. There will be booklets on the hands and everyone is asked to contribute a small extra amount which will go directly to the BBC Annual Appeal.

Thursday November 22 is open teams so get your teams sorted now and arrive with a team of 4 for a fun evening. There is no need to book in advance.

 Sunday November 25 is our last Sunday afternoon bridge of the year. We look forward to seeing as many as possible , please arrive by 2.15pm for a prompt 2.30pm start. This is ideal for all standards including less experienced players and those attending  intermediate classes. Specifically Invited members and friends of other clubs are welcome at these and do not need to play with an RAC member

Thursday December 13 is our Annual Christmas Dinner. Full details will be sent separately by the club, but booking is now open on main RAC club site on the events page so get your bookings in now for what is always a fun night.

Thursday December 20 is our last session of the year. Hope to see as many of you as possible at  above events.

Best wishes

Sally (on behalf of RAC Pall Mall Bridge Activity Committee)


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17th Nov 2018 14:22 GMT
Hand of the Week
16th Nov 2018 10:31 GMT
Match against the House of Lords

On 12th June a match was played and narrowly won against the House of Lords. The teams were very evenly matched and the RAC, with its customary generosity, also supplied a good player to the Lords’ team (thank you, Dorette!). Interesting surroundings in a politically  exciting time.

Marina (for the Bridge Circle Committee)

Roehampton Match report

A week after RAC's triumph against the ACF in Paris many of our team were again in action hosting Roehampton on 22nd June in avery enjoyable match. The match was played in very good spirit. The RAC team was ably captained by Brigitte. The RAC team won by 26.5 IMPs! - the score for one set of four was not accurately agreed to the last IMP and in keeping with the spirit of the match they decided to split the difference!


Welcome to the Bridge Circle of the Royal Automobile Club
Ros and Bob Bowman Championship Pairs
Ros and Bob Bowman Championship Pairs

The 2018 Ros and Bob Bowman Championship Pairs event went to the wire and any of the leading 5 pairs going into the final round could have won. We are delighted to report that Marina Chaning Pearce, our committee match secretary, and her partner Terry Smith crossed the line as worthy winners by one victory point with Andrew Kisiel and David Glass finishing in 4th place. The standard of play was excellent and the competition was played in the correct spirit of fierce competitiveness and good manners at the table. Marina and Terry got off to a good start by winning the first session of 24 boards. Michael Bailey, our committee chairman, and his partner Emma McCormack came from behind to win the second session and finished in 7th place. The banqueting team provided a splendid high tea at the halfway point and Nicole did a superb job as Tournament Director.

Last updated : 10th Nov 2018 10:48 GMT
RAC sweeps the board at MCC Open Teams on Sunday 14th October
RAC sweeps the board at MCC Open Teams on Sunday 14th October

One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the London Club’s Calendar for October every year is the Open Swiss Teams, organised by the MCC Bridge Circle and held in the MCC’s famous Long Room.  It always attracts a full house of keen amateurs; this year 34 teams in total.  

RAC members have always been to the forefront in participating in this event, but this was the best year yet for RAC teams.  The event was won by the RAC Morgan team – Marina Chaning-Pearce, Terry Smith, Ross Cope and Paul Weston.  The final round was a remarkable turnaround.  Morgan needed 17 victory points (maximum possible 20 points per round) to overtake the leaders, RAC Rolls Royce plus one – Andrew and Brigitte Kisiel, Pralab Barua together with Geoff Lane. 17 points in one round is a tall order, but RAC Morgan rose to the challenge, scoring the maximum 20 points and so coming first, with RAC Rolls Royce a distinguished second.

In addition, thanks to the powers of modern electronic scoring it is possible to attribute scores, not just to teams of four but also to the individual pairs making up each team. The keen student of the results (published online by the MCC) will find that the overall best pair was Lester Pereira and David Manooch of RAC Elite, closely followed by Ross Cope and Paul Weston of RAC Morgan.  So, a double first and second for RAC members both in the teams and in the pairs rankings

Our thanks to the MCC who organise the event superbly. Form an orderly queue for next year! 


Last updated : 23rd Oct 2018 21:56 BST
RAC v Hurlingham

We played our annual match against the Hurlingham Club, with our opponents having home advantage. However this year we played as two teams of 12 and I am delighted to report that we ran out winners by 32 Imps. Both teams fielded strong partnerships and we won due to some steady play over 24 boards, supported by a couple of chunky scores in the first half, arising from overbidding by our opponents, successfully doubled.

Our team comprises 3 teams of four as follows:

Michael (Captain) – David Ma             Dorette – Robin

Andrew – Brigitte                              Terry – Barbara

David G – Lester                               Ross – Paul  W.

Last updated : 11th Oct 2018 17:11 BST

One of the social highlights of the Bridge Calendar is the Café Bridge played on the 8 October. Forty pairs play 30 Boards and walk to each of the five venues on Pall Mall. The Carlton, In & Out, Reform, RAC and this year’s organising club the Athenaeum. Scores are transmitted on quality software to the Organisers and results are instantly available It is sociable and ends with drinks and dinner. It was won this year by Arun Suri and our own Tony Scouller with the huge score of 69.4%, they owned up to a lot of good luck! The club, we are pleased to note had five pairs in the top ten. In 2019 the event will be run by the Reform Club. Entries are limited so when details are published get in!


Last updated : 11th Oct 2018 16:40 BST
RAC versus Olgiata on 13th October 2018

Our annual match with Olgiata Golf Club was played this year at Pall Mall, with 8 player teams competing over 40 boards for a handsome cup.  RAC was represented by Marina Chaning-Pearce, Terry Smith, Paul Weston, Ross Cope, Andrew Kisiel, David Glass, Tony Scouller and Lester Pereira

Olgiata are one of the two strongest teams we play against, and had recently been promoted to Serie B in the Italian National league. (Serie A teams are all professionals). For the last five years they have beaten us soundly. However, our team had put a lot of work rehearsing for the match, and we went into the match with fingers crossed. 

Although RAC took a lead in the first session, Olgiata proved too strong in the later sessions and finished ahead by 48 imps.  However, for RAC, there were clear signs of progress:  the overall score was a major improvement over the previous three years, and one half of the squad achieved an overall positive score.  Again, the result came from a few ‘match deciders’, to use Tony Scouller’s phrase. 

Our hospitality was greatly praised by our guests, as was Nicole’s directing, which involved her using her Italian language skills to fine effect.  Overall, we will keep our fingers crossed for next year in Rome.


Last updated : 14th Oct 2018 15:44 BST
RAC Pall Mall v RAC Woodcote Park

We played our annual match against Woodcote Park yesterday afternoon and fought a competitive contest and just like England v Croatia in the World Cup it was a match of two halves. At half time Pall Mall enjoyed a well earned narrow lead of 5 Imps but, after much eating of sandwiches and cake washed down with tea and coffee, we fell into a slumber and lost the second half by 22 Imps, giving WP victory by a net 17 Imps.

Extra time, just as with England, may not have changed the result!

Tony Scouller will no doubt be tut tutting as 12 Imps out of our 17 Imps deficit arose from a missed 6NT bid on our side but we fielded some scratch pairs in our 8 which we all know makes bidding and play more tricky, compared with our opponents who wisely selected more established partnerships.

There will always be another year, as with England, except they have to wait two for their next big tournament whereas we will be playing again one afternoon at WP next July!

Last updated : 12th Jul 2018 15:40 BST
Match Report RAC V Lords Taverners 18 -07 -18.

This match Team of 8 was played on the above date. Scored as two separate teams Red and Blue the movement made sure that all pairs played against each other. A good dinner ensured a sociable evening and a competitive match. Team Red did not excel for the first half but were saved by Blue. Down at the half RAC recovered all but 6 imps for a small loss. The teams were Terry / Marina Ross/Paul, Dorette/ Robin and Tony /David G. The cards were lively but B21 was the centrepiece and effectively decided the match. It is the subject of HOW and I refer readers to it. 


Last updated : 20th Jul 2018 13:49 BST
The winners took it all
The winners took it all


The RAC A team of 8 played splendidly in Paris and won by about 60 imps over 40 boards. This is the first time we have won in 5 years and the trophy is waiting at my home to be carried (actually driven!) to Pall Mall to be displayed in the trophy cabinet. It was a really enjoyable occasion and our hosts worked hard to make us feel welcome. The return match has already been agreed for 7/8 June next year.

The B team of 4, which I captained, managed to lose our match by 13 imps which on another evening we could easily have won. -1700 and -1100 on two boards where we overbid and they doubled vulnerable, although we did find the 3 slam bids which no other 4 in the room did.

Michael Bailey

Last updated : 22nd Jun 2018 08:25 BST
Devonshire Cup 2018
Devonshire Cup 2018

“Congratulation to the Portland Club Blue team who beat Oxford & Cambridge Omega in this year’s Devonshire Trophy final. They were presented with the Cup by Michael Bailey, Chairman of the RAC Bridge Circle. Their team, above, was Bruce Blair, David Barker, Rob Kendall and Christopher Kemp (capt).
The Plate final was won by the Polish Club who beat Roehampton Blue”.

Last updated : 20th Mar 2018 15:46 GMT
Children in Need
Children in need charity simultaneous pairs
Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Open Teams
Sun 25th Nov 2018
Sunday Bridge
Thu 6th Dec 2018
Thu 13th Dec 2018
Christmas Dinner

2018 Cup Winners: Portland Club Plate Winners: Polish Club

Devonshire Trophy Draw updated 17/3/18

Devonshire Plate Draw updated 17/3/18

Devonshire Match Schedule as at 17/3/18

Country Club House

The Club has a second club house, at Woodcote, Epsom, Surrey. Another bridge section operates there independently.

DUPLICATE on 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Monday evening each month; and CHICAGO on the 2nd Monday each month.  For more information: www.bridgewebs.com/royalautomobileepsom or RAC Woodcote 01372 276311