Spade Heart  Diamond Club
Recent Updates
18th February
18th Feb 2019 10:27 GMT
18th Feb 2019 10:23 GMT
2019 02 VB Newsletter File.pdf
28th Jan 2019 14:26 GMT
2019 04 26 Jersy Bridge Festival.pdf
27th Jan 2019 10:27 GMT
Bridge Tuition and Practice
23rd Jan 2019 16:22 GMT
Honours Board
22nd Jan 2019 09:10 GMT
0 0 0 0 0 0
Pages viewed in 2019
18th February

On Monday Afternoon of last week eight and a half tables played a Web-Mitchell movement. John Chard and Felicity White lead North / South with 58.33; the East / West side was led by Cynthia Martin and Avis Raynor with 63.78.
On Monday Evening seven tables played a ​Hesitation Mitchell movement led by Geoff Bennett and Maxwell Kynoch with 64.24. 
After four of the twenty events in our 2019 Founders Championship Pairs, the position is:
Brian Mawby & David Reed
Maxine Ross & Terry Leary
Geoff Bennett & Maxwell Kynoch
On Tuesday Afternoon ten and a half tables played a two-winner Mitchell. Nicky Bainbridge and Heather Spencer led North/South with 63.06. East/West led by David Reed and Juliet Pennant with 61.62​.​
On Wednesday Morning's Friendly Practice session a chatty but thoughtful six and a half tables learned about ​the art of competing, doubling and sacrificing in the auction.
On Thursday Afternoon eight and a half tables played a ​two-winner Mitchell movement. North/South was led by Dennis Angove and Rosemary Jordan scoring 61.90. East/West led by Margaret Aitchison and David Reed scoring 65.18.
T​he Thursday Afternoon session has been extremely popular, filling the Club Room at times. We have now booked the Sports Lounge so that we can space out across the two rooms giving much more space and quiet for the field. It was already booked on a handful of dates, but otherwise it's ours till the end of the year.

When the bridge is too hard.....
When the bridge is too hard.....

We serve unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits in each session, and we believe you should enjoy them. Mugs and cups are always provided and are washed hygienically in a dishwasher.

Receive our Newsletter

Our newsletter is freely available, with no obligation, to members and non-members alike.

Complete the form below if you would to receive the newsletter.


Lutterworth Bridge Club

Lutterworth Bridge Club, meets on Wednesday evenings (7pm), at Cotesbach Village Hall. You’ll find quality EBU affiliated bridge played in a good spirit.

Laws, Rules & Convention Cards
The Most Important Thing

The goal of the club is to provide enjoyable bridge for players of all abilities. The most important rule is that all players must always behave with courtesy to their partner, the opponents, the Tournament Director and anyone else at the club.

The club reserves the right to refuse or suspend membership; refuse admission or ask any player to leave if their conduct compromises the enjoyment of other players.

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017, with one very minor exception, apply to all "competitive" sessions played at the club.

  • These are the global laws of bridge, agreed on a world-wide basis and published by the Portland Club.

  • They are revised every ten years, so an update is expected in 2027.

  • You can order the book from the English Bridge Union (now online) Shop. You can order a better edition from ALFleming online.

  • You can download or read the Laws in PDF form from the English Bridge Union web site ( follow "Laws and Ethics").



English Bridge Union and Club Regulations
  • The EBU regulations for the playing of duplicate bridge in England are revised annually, and are published for adoption from the first of August each year.

  • You can look at the current and previous regulations in the Laws and Ethic section of the EBU web site.

  • They include the announcing and alerting rules updated from 1st August 2017.
    These have become somewhat complex. However players are expected to follow them. A two page summary is available in this section of the web site and there are usually double sided printed copies of the summary, freely available to all in the rack by the entrance door to the club room. Please let someone know if they run out! Failure to follow these regulations may result in your opponents being misled. If you feel you may have been disadvantaged by a mistake in following these regulations, call the TD immediately.

    Please note this means that all opening 1NT and 2NT bids are announced (or alerted if of unusual shape) at this club. (Some clubs in the area have relaxed this rule).

    If you are not exchanging convention cards with the opponents, and you are playing a five major, or five card spade, system you are required to tell your opponents AT THE START OF THE ROUND.  

  • EBU regulations require the use of convention cards. However, in our club the use of convention cards is encouraged, but is not obligatory.

    Convention cards can help you and your partner sort out your agreements, and can help the tournament director when ruling on mis-bids and mis-information situations.

    There are some convention cards in this part of the site. They are intended for you to download and edit to meet the agreements between you and your partner. They are not meant to be definitions of particular systems.

    Players are reminded that convention cards are for the oppositions' use, and may not be used as aids to memory. If you have a convention card, but are not exchanging it with your opponents during the round, you must put them out of yours and partner's sight.

  • Permitted agreements are as described as Level 3 in EBU 2012 regulations. Agreements only permitted at Level 4 and above in the 2012 and subsequent regulations are not permitted. This is probably largly irrelevent to our sessions. It might be worth checking the permitted Multi 2 Diamond opening agreements if you use it.

  • Although the use of any aide memoire is forbidden under Law 40C. The laws do permit any player to ask what the contract is at his/her turn to play, Law 41C.

    In our club players are permitted to displace a card in their bidding box to remind them what the contract is.  

The TD is the law, and no one else

If any player finds it necessary to inform any other player of a law or regulation for whatever reason, the TD must be called immediately. As always, call the TD in as calm and friendly fashion as possible, perhaps just remarking "Let's get ----- to advise us".

In our club we have some of the most highly qualified and experienced Tournament Directors in the area. Two EBU County qualified and all the rest EBU Club qualified. We all direct at least once, usually twice or more a week, and we all have experience of large and complex events.