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Learn Bridge in a Weekend

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

  • Jan. 17th/18th  2015 - St John's Wood, London NW8.

Learn Bridge in a Weekend is going on the road for 2015.  We are also running this course in Bristol in February:

  • Feb. 7th/8th  2015 - Bristol  (N. Bristol accessible from M4/M5 Jcn)

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

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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.

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

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

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, 30 Camden Street, London, NW1 0LG.  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.

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.

Contacting the Ruff Club

Ruff Club organiser is Ned Paul. You can contact me as follows:

daytime 020-8892 9429
mobile 07792 715517 or email on bridge@ruffclub.co.uk. See also Ned Paul’s other site at www.aceshi.co.uk

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), a short(ish) walk from the Central Line tube station. 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 £8.  No need to pre-book - everyone is guaranteed a game.

Vu-Bridge Beginner's Corner

New! Quiz Beginner
Bidding and opening lead pratice
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Provided by the Vu-Bridge Team

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Saturday January 24th, 2015:
Cooperation by Andy Hung

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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

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Bidding and opening lead pratice
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Saturday January 24th, 2015:
Like a Lambardi...

by Barry Rigal

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V-Green e-Newsletter: 24 hands to play every two weeks

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New Premises Briefing

The new St Pancras Community Association building is taking shape across the road.  The move to the new building is now expected to happen in November this year.  I attended an open meeting to discuss arrangements this week and can confirm that the Bridge Club enjoys a good relationship with the SPCA management team.  We are looking forward to the move.

Elsa Nelson & Roy Coooper won the duplicate tonight (Jan 23rd) ahead of Catherine Rice-Evans & Rex Goad and a large field totalling 20 pairs..   Kate Hynes increased her Ladder slightly.  Click Latest Result link above for full results and the Competitions link in the menu on the left for Ladder standings.

Xmas Duplicate - December 19th

Thanks for everyone for bring items for the Christmas Party.  There were good things to eat and drink and it went with a swing.  As far as the bridge was concerned, it was an end of year win for Juanita Escudero & Martin Baker and this was enough to secure the Decemmber Ladder win for Juanita by the narrowest of margins from Kate Hynes.  The Ladder continues and Kate starts the February segment with a good lead.  Look who's coming up on the rails though: It's Len Dreebin & Sheila Cooper, vying for a fourth win depsite a massive handicap.    

Happy Christmas to you all and best wishes for a healthy, happy and successful New Year.  We meet again on Friday, January 2nd 2015.

2015: New Year — New Ladder
2015: 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 2014 will roll forward to 2015 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.

28th Jan 2015
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
23rd Jan 2015
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Victor Lesk
21st Jan 2015
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
30th Jan 2015
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
4th Feb 2015
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7,15pm
Director: Kit Jackson
6th Feb 2015
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
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