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:

  • May 7th/8th 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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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

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.

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

Cafe Bridge - May 4th 2016
Cafe Bridge - May 4th 2016

Pauline Callow of the Ruff Club and Sue Read of Crouch End BC are jointly organising North London's first Cafe Bridge Drive around Crouch End Broadway N8.  Full details are here - click link.
BriAn Bridge scoring will be in use so there will updating results available through the day.  The event is in aid of the local Action for Kids charity.
How To Get To Crouch End:  Take Victoria or Piccadilly Line to Finsbury Park.  Leave by Wells Terrace exit and take the W7 to Crouch End.  Very easy and a fast route.

Latest Result - April 15th

Colin Evans & Jan Deterding pipped Susie Rose & Lesley Andrew at the death to win by a fraction.  Angela Madden, despite being on holiday, maintains her lead in the Ladder, ahead of regular partner Alan Lewis who missed a chance to nip in front.. Click the links in the menu opposite for the results calendar and the full current Ladder standings. 

New Premises Getting Closer!

After many false starts it looks the move to the new St Pancras Community Association building across the road is finally in sight.  SPCA take possession of the new building on March 29th and the new centre will be fully opened at the beginning of May. So it looks like the last game at 30 Camden Street will be on April 29th and the first game at the new Plender Street building will be on Friday May 6th.  [April 1st update:  SPCA refused the handover on March 29th as some snagging out remains to be done. Dealy should be short and at this stage does not threaten the May move. I am planning for there to be a 'Goodbye to Camden Street' party duplicate on April 29th. We will hold this come-what-may on April 29th.  Further updates on the actual move will be posted as I get more information from SPCA.]

Sheila Wins The Ladder

Sheila FitzJones became the latest Ladder winner with a strong February showing to overcome a big deficit.  Sheila wins the £50 prize for the third time and he handicap rises to 500points.   Angela Madden takes the early lead in the next (end-April) segment.

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
27th Apr 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
22nd Apr 2016
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
20th Apr 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
Calendar
29th Apr 2016
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
4th May 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7.15pm
Director: Kit Jackson
6th May 2016
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
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

Cafe Bridge - May 4th 2016
Cafe Bridge - May 4th 2016

Pauline Callow of the Ruff Club and Sue Read of Crouch End BC are jointly organising North London's first Cafe Bridge Drive around Crouch End Broadway N8.  Full details are here - click link.
BriAn Bridge scoring will be in use so there will updating results available through the day.  The event is in aid of the local Action for Kids charity.
How To Get To Crouch End:  Take Victoria or Piccadilly Line to Finsbury Park.  Leave by Wells Terrace exit and take the W7 to Crouch End.  Very easy and a fast route.

Latest Result - April 15th

Colin Evans & Jan Deterding pipped Susie Rose & Lesley Andrew at the death to win by a fraction.  Angela Madden, despite being on holiday, maintains her lead in the Ladder, ahead of regular partner Alan Lewis who missed a chance to nip in front.. Click the links in the menu opposite for the results calendar and the full current Ladder standings. 

New Premises Getting Closer!

After many false starts it looks the move to the new St Pancras Community Association building across the road is finally in sight.  SPCA take possession of the new building on March 29th and the new centre will be fully opened at the beginning of May. So it looks like the last game at 30 Camden Street will be on April 29th and the first game at the new Plender Street building will be on Friday May 6th.  [April 1st update:  SPCA refused the handover on March 29th as some snagging out remains to be done. Dealy should be short and at this stage does not threaten the May move. I am planning for there to be a 'Goodbye to Camden Street' party duplicate on April 29th. We will hold this come-what-may on April 29th.  Further updates on the actual move will be posted as I get more information from SPCA.]

Sheila Wins The Ladder

Sheila FitzJones became the latest Ladder winner with a strong February showing to overcome a big deficit.  Sheila wins the £50 prize for the third time and he handicap rises to 500points.   Angela Madden takes the early lead in the next (end-April) segment.

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
27th Apr 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
22nd Apr 2016
Main Duplicate
Director: Ned Paul
Scorer: Ned Paul
20th Apr 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Director: Kit Jackson
Scorer: Kit Jackson
Calendar
29th Apr 2016
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul
4th May 2016
Gentle Duplicate
Academy, W11 4NP 7.15pm
Director: Kit Jackson
6th May 2016
Main Duplicate
St Pancras Comm Asn, NW1 0LG 7.15pm
Director: Ned Paul