The Ruff Club
 
Learn Bridge in a Weekend

Learn Bridge in a Weekend is a complete introduction to bridge for beginners over two days.    Next dates in London are:

  • September 24th/25th 2016 - Shepherds Bush W12 8HA

"Just a note to say thank you for an excellent course. I learned no end and thoroughly enjoyed it all. I was particularly impressed by the effort you put into to making it as enjoyable as possible for us." Clive Newton 2015.

See www.aceshi.co.uk for full details.

 
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Alan Wins June Ladder

Alan Lewis became the latest Ladder winner, leading the field at the end of June..  Alan wins the £50 prize for the second time and his handicap rises to 300points.  John Veal takes the early lead in the next (end-August) segment.

BriAn Electronic Scoring

Ruff Club duplicates are often 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.   Becoming a scorer is fun but entirely optional - extra scoring tablets are always available from the club.

 
Friendly Partnership Duplicate Bridge in Camden London NW1 Friday Evenings 7.15pm
Friendly Partnership Duplicate Bridge in Camden  London NW1 Friday Evenings 7.15pm

In play at the Ruff Club.  This is the new hall in Plender Street.

 

The Ruff Club is a friendly club for playing duplicate bridge close to central London. We meet every Friday at the St. Pancras Community Centre, which is now in a new building at 67 Plender Street, London, NW1 0LB.  The Centre is a short walk from Mornington Crescent or Camden Town underground stations (Northern Line) and there is reasonable on-street parking in the evenings. The building is on the end of the sports playground immediately opposite the old SPCA Centre on Camden Street. 

New players and visitors to London are always welcome; partners are guaranteed for single players.

We play a full 24 board duplicate game with instant scoring using electronic scoring - either the standalone Bridgemate system or the BriAn mobile phone app. Results posted promptly to this website.

Our start time is 7.15pm and we aim to finish by 10.40pm or a little before. Table money £6.00 per player. Look at the information link on this page to find out more.

Wednesday Night Bridge in Holland Park

While Friday remains the main night at the Ruff Club we are also now running a secondary game on Wednesday evenings.  This is at a pub called The Academy.  This is in Holland Park (57 Princedale Road, W11 4NP). We play duplicate bridge starting at 7.30pm but play only until approx 10pm, playing 15-18 boards at a fairly relaxed pace. Kit Jackson is the host and is available as a fount of wisdom that can be tapped for impartial advice.  Food is available at the pub so you can have supper during the evening as well.

Single players are always welcome and we especially like to include players who may not have played much (or any!) duplicate before. All necessary support will be available.  Bridge fee is £10.  No need to pre-book - everyone is guaranteed a game. Holland Park underground station is currently closed while TfL replaces the lifts. If coming by tube use Shepherds Bush or Notting Hill Gate.

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

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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


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

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Contacting the Ruff Club

Ruff Club organiser is Ned Paul.  Contact Ned on 020-8892 9429 or 07792 715517  or email to ned@ruffclub.co.uk
See also Ned Paul’s other site at www.aceshi.co.uk

New Premises At Last!

We have now been at the new St Pancras Community Association building in Plender Street for some weeks.  The new building is on the end of the sports playground opposite the former Camden Street premises but the entrance is round the corner on Plender Street.  Street address is 67 Plender Street, NW1 0LB.  There is little distance between old and new so advice is to park in the usual places. Game time is 7.15 as normal.

We look forward to welcoming old and new players.  In the first two months at Plender Street over 70 players have particpated.

SPCA Open Day - June 25th 2016

Thnank you to all the players who came and manned the bridge stand at St Pancras Community Association Open Day on Saturday June 25th, This day was intended to showcase the new premises to local people and guive a chance to all the activity groups to recruit new members.  We had several interested people who tried bridge on the day including some likely to join the Friday game and others interested in starting bridge lessons.

Goodbye To Camden Street

It was "Goodbye to Camden Street" on the 29th April 2016, our home for 15 1/2 years. Ten tables in play, we had a most successful party duplicate and the final Camden Street winners were Dua Qin & Gill Hutchinson. Angela Madden, after a couple of false starts, finally managed to secure her second win in the Ladder.  Angela's regular partner Alan Lewis will take over the lead in the new ladder segment running until the end of June, but several other players are in close contention.

2016: New Year New Ladder
2016: New Year  New Ladder

Come and join the Ruff Club Prize Ladder! No entry fee and a prize every two months! Everyone who plays at the Ruff Club is automatically included.

Scores from 2015 will roll forward to 2016 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 for the first win and for the next two wins a further 200pts handicap will apply.  Thereafter the handicap will rise to 300pts a win.

Click on the News Page to read in full how the Ladder works, and on the Competitions link to see the current standings.

All Welcome

All bridge players are welcome to play at the Ruff Club.  Partners are guaranteed for all single players. There is no annual membership fee.

Results
22nd Jul 2016
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
20th Jul 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Mark Dessain
Scorer: Mark Dessain
15th Jul 2016
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Calendar
27th Jul 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7.15pm
Director: Kit Jackson
29th Jul 2016
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
3rd Aug 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7.15pm
Director: Kit Jackson
Click for the latest results
Contacting the Ruff Club

Ruff Club organiser is Ned Paul.  Contact Ned on 020-8892 9429 or 07792 715517  or email to ned@ruffclub.co.uk
See also Ned Paul’s other site at www.aceshi.co.uk

New Premises At Last!

We have now been at the new St Pancras Community Association building in Plender Street for some weeks.  The new building is on the end of the sports playground opposite the former Camden Street premises but the entrance is round the corner on Plender Street.  Street address is 67 Plender Street, NW1 0LB.  There is little distance between old and new so advice is to park in the usual places. Game time is 7.15 as normal.

We look forward to welcoming old and new players.  In the first two months at Plender Street over 70 players have particpated.

SPCA Open Day - June 25th 2016

Thnank you to all the players who came and manned the bridge stand at St Pancras Community Association Open Day on Saturday June 25th, This day was intended to showcase the new premises to local people and guive a chance to all the activity groups to recruit new members.  We had several interested people who tried bridge on the day including some likely to join the Friday game and others interested in starting bridge lessons.

Goodbye To Camden Street

It was "Goodbye to Camden Street" on the 29th April 2016, our home for 15 1/2 years. Ten tables in play, we had a most successful party duplicate and the final Camden Street winners were Dua Qin & Gill Hutchinson. Angela Madden, after a couple of false starts, finally managed to secure her second win in the Ladder.  Angela's regular partner Alan Lewis will take over the lead in the new ladder segment running until the end of June, but several other players are in close contention.

2016: New Year New Ladder
2016: New Year  New Ladder

Come and join the Ruff Club Prize Ladder! No entry fee and a prize every two months! Everyone who plays at the Ruff Club is automatically included.

Scores from 2015 will roll forward to 2016 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 for the first win and for the next two wins a further 200pts handicap will apply.  Thereafter the handicap will rise to 300pts a win.

Click on the News Page to read in full how the Ladder works, and on the Competitions link to see the current standings.

All Welcome

All bridge players are welcome to play at the Ruff Club.  Partners are guaranteed for all single players. There is no annual membership fee.

Results
22nd Jul 2016
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
20th Jul 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Mark Dessain
Scorer: Mark Dessain
15th Jul 2016
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
Calendar
27th Jul 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7.15pm
Director: Kit Jackson
29th Jul 2016
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
3rd Aug 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7.15pm
Director: Kit Jackson