Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club
Welcome to Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club
About the Club
About the Club

 

We are a large friendly bridge club with over 500 members.  We aim to cater for all standards of players, from beginners to internationals.  Whatever your experience, we have a session to suit you, and visitors are always welcome. 

Duplicate and rubber sessions are held on weekdays at the Club House, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL.  01892-530739.

In our large and comfortable premises we also offer refreshments and bar facilities.  We host many Kent County events and Charity Bridge Days, and we are affiliated to the EBU.

To view a summary of all regular weekly sessions we offer, including the type of player each one is suited to, please see the Weekly Timetable on the left.

To see all Results, including a personal analysis for the sessions you've played in, plus a full Calendar of Future Events, please use the menu on the left.  A link to the Latest Result can also be found on the top right of this page.

Email us to find out more, whether about future events, our regular sessions or the bridge lessons we offer.

Sunday Bridge for Kids

The Club hosts Bridge Sessions for Children aged 10-18 on Sunday mornings.  Click here for details.

Bridge Classes

We offer a full programme of bridge classes and supervised practice sessions - for both beginners and those wanting to improve their skills.  For more details of our classroom teaching by Stephen Pierce and Chris Morgan, see the Menu on the left.  If you'd like to discuss which courses or sessions may suit you best, please email us or phone us.

To complement the classes and practice sessions, we can also supply a popular book by local bridge teacher Angela Tompson, details of which are shown below.

Interesting Hands

A hand from the NICKO final supplied by Espen Erischen.

Published 19 October.

History of the Club
History of the Club

 

Gentlemen and Players by Oliver Kinsey traces the development of the Club and its fine building since its foundation in 1872. 

Click here for a review of Oliver's book in the EBU Magazine.

The book can be purchased for £7.50  It is available from the Club Bar, or phone Oliver on 07941 042958.

'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition
'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition

 

Angela Tompson has updated her guide for students and improvers;  this is the fifth edition following upon the success of the earlier versions. The basics are unchanged but Angela has taken the opportunity to include further conventions currently and commonly played, including Benjaminised Acol, commonly known as "Benji".

This book commences with the very basics of bridge and goes on to describe the essential elements of bidding.  Guidance on play of the cards and defence is included followed by explanations of conventions commonly played.

 

The price is £7.95 and it can be purchased at the club bar or phone Angela on 01892 526716.

Honours Boards
Honours Boards

 

 

The Honours Boards for recent years can be viewed as full-size images by going to the relevant item on the left-hand menu.  There you can see the winners of all cups and trophies awarded in Club Competitions for Pairs and for Teams during that year.  They also show the winners of individual trophies in the year..

Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS !
Hearty congratulations to our top team of Espen and Helen Erichsen, Norman Selway, Andrew Cairns and Jeremy Willans playing as "Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club "A" who have triumphed in the 2016-17  National Inter-Club Knockout ("NICKO"), by defeating teams from Patcham, Folkestone, Farnham, Young Chelsea, Welwyn Garden City, Bristol and finally Cheltenham.

 

Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.

New Course on Slam Bidding

Espen and Helen Erichsen are running a course on Slam Bidding starting Wednesday 1 November.  Click here for details.  Members can sign up for the course via a form which is on the noticeboard in the porch.

Gentle Duplicate on Friday Evenings

The next Gentle Duplicate Friday Evening session is on 27 October.  The start time is 7pm, which is half-an-hour before the regular Friday Evening session starts.  You do not need to come with a partner, you can just turn up and a partner will be found.  If you use the Club car park, please park on the Squash Club side to ensure you can leave before the regular Friday evening session finishes.   For more details, contact Chris Hunt on 01732 832589.

What's On In October
Mon 23 October 7.30pm Autimn Mixed Pairs (Centenary Cup)
Tue 24 October 1.30pm Brian Forty Cup (Pairs)
Fri 27 October 7pm Gentle Duplicate
Sat 28 October 11am KCBA Congress -Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs
Sun 29 October 11am KCBA Congress - Blue-pointed Swiss Teams
Tue 31 October 7.30pm Fifth Tuesday Teams - Tatlow & White Salver
Changes to the Laws

Recent updates to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge are reflected in the new White Book and Blue Book published by the EBU.  There are two significant changes that all players should be aware of.  Click here for more.

Members' National Successes

Many congratulations to Jessica and Anton Mauve who have been presented with the Tom Bradley Award.  A fitting recognition of all their hard work with junior bridge in Kent.

This award is given by the EBU for 'non-school teachers' who have made a significant contribution to youth bridge.

See top news item for the splendid achievement of our "NICKO" team.  Additional congratulations to Norman Selway, a member of the runners-up team in the Gold Cup, and to Espen Erichsen, who has achieved 10th place in the EBU's "Player of the Year" competition.

Our team of eight who won the Corbett Cup (Jeremy Willans & Ian Draper, Steve Barnfield & Frances Connell, Espen & Helen Erichsen, Colin Wilson & Gerald Soper)  continued their success by winning the Regional Final of the Garden Cities Trophy and by coming 4th (just 4 Victory Points behind 2nd) in the National Final.  Helen and Espen Erichsen put in a particularly strong performance.

 

Members' County Successes
    Congratulations to Norman Selway & Kay Preddy who have retained their Dyer Smith mixed pairs title. Winning comprehensively by a margin of 3.5% with 64.76%.  This adds to their earlier success in the Phillimore Cup.

 

  Congratulations also to Steve Barnfield & Frances Connell, winners of the Hunter Cup awarded to the highest married pair.
 

Steve Barnfield, Francis Connell, Jon Thoresen and Ravi Athwal registered the top team of four performance to help the Kent 'B' team win the second division of the Metropolitan Cup, while Eddie Lucioni and Jean Smallwood (E Sussex) also figured highly in the rankings.

Members' Club Successes
The 2009 Centenary Cup for 2017 was won by Liz Greaves and Jack Harris (N/S) and Angela Tompson and John Plumpton (E/W)

Gerald Soper and Colin Wilson won the Maud Corbett Cup.

This year's winners of the Lushington Cup are Chris Hunt and Tony Golding,
while Mary Bothwell and Reginald Bandy take the Lushington Plate.

John Brown is the winner of the Friday afternoon ladder.

Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS !
Hearty congratulations to our top team of Espen and Helen Erichsen, Norman Selway, Andrew Cairns and Jeremy Willans playing as "Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club "A" who have triumphed in the 2016-17  National Inter-Club Knockout ("NICKO"), by defeating teams from Patcham, Folkestone, Farnham, Young Chelsea, Welwyn Garden City, Bristol and finally Cheltenham.

 

Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.

New Course on Slam Bidding

Espen and Helen Erichsen are running a course on Slam Bidding starting Wednesday 1 November.  Click here for details.  Members can sign up for the course via a form which is on the noticeboard in the porch.

Gentle Duplicate on Friday Evenings

The next Gentle Duplicate Friday Evening session is on 27 October.  The start time is 7pm, which is half-an-hour before the regular Friday Evening session starts.  You do not need to come with a partner, you can just turn up and a partner will be found.  If you use the Club car park, please park on the Squash Club side to ensure you can leave before the regular Friday evening session finishes.   For more details, contact Chris Hunt on 01732 832589.

What's On In October
Mon 23 October 7.30pm Autimn Mixed Pairs (Centenary Cup)
Tue 24 October 1.30pm Brian Forty Cup (Pairs)
Fri 27 October 7pm Gentle Duplicate
Sat 28 October 11am KCBA Congress -Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs
Sun 29 October 11am KCBA Congress - Blue-pointed Swiss Teams
Tue 31 October 7.30pm Fifth Tuesday Teams - Tatlow & White Salver
Changes to the Laws

Recent updates to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge are reflected in the new White Book and Blue Book published by the EBU.  There are two significant changes that all players should be aware of.  Click here for more.

Members' National Successes

Many congratulations to Jessica and Anton Mauve who have been presented with the Tom Bradley Award.  A fitting recognition of all their hard work with junior bridge in Kent.

This award is given by the EBU for 'non-school teachers' who have made a significant contribution to youth bridge.

See top news item for the splendid achievement of our "NICKO" team.  Additional congratulations to Norman Selway, a member of the runners-up team in the Gold Cup, and to Espen Erichsen, who has achieved 10th place in the EBU's "Player of the Year" competition.

Our team of eight who won the Corbett Cup (Jeremy Willans & Ian Draper, Steve Barnfield & Frances Connell, Espen & Helen Erichsen, Colin Wilson & Gerald Soper)  continued their success by winning the Regional Final of the Garden Cities Trophy and by coming 4th (just 4 Victory Points behind 2nd) in the National Final.  Helen and Espen Erichsen put in a particularly strong performance.

 

Members' County Successes
    Congratulations to Norman Selway & Kay Preddy who have retained their Dyer Smith mixed pairs title. Winning comprehensively by a margin of 3.5% with 64.76%.  This adds to their earlier success in the Phillimore Cup.

 

  Congratulations also to Steve Barnfield & Frances Connell, winners of the Hunter Cup awarded to the highest married pair.
 

Steve Barnfield, Francis Connell, Jon Thoresen and Ravi Athwal registered the top team of four performance to help the Kent 'B' team win the second division of the Metropolitan Cup, while Eddie Lucioni and Jean Smallwood (E Sussex) also figured highly in the rankings.

Members' Club Successes
The 2009 Centenary Cup for 2017 was won by Liz Greaves and Jack Harris (N/S) and Angela Tompson and John Plumpton (E/W)

Gerald Soper and Colin Wilson won the Maud Corbett Cup.

This year's winners of the Lushington Cup are Chris Hunt and Tony Golding,
while Mary Bothwell and Reginald Bandy take the Lushington Plate.

John Brown is the winner of the Friday afternoon ladder.