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.
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.
A dubious overcall.
Published 7 February
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.
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.
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..
Our A Team won the Corbett Cup for the third year running and will now go on to represent Kent in the Garden Cities regional final in April.
Congratulations to Helen Erichsen, Jill Skinner, Steve Barnfield, Jeremy Willans, Colin Wilson (Capt), Croz Croswell, Gerald Soper and Frances Connell.
For the first time since 2014, our B Team won the Corbett Plate.
Congratulations to Diana Avis (Capt), Chris Morgan, Ann Hunt, Chris Parrish, Jean Smallwood, Maggie Piazza, Eddie Lucioni and Jon Wittmann.
Our C Team also came 2nd in the Mitchell Salver, our best result in this competition for a long time.
Congratulations to Barbara Collins, Angela Treen, Tim Roberts, Colin Manley, Camilla Blackburn, Mark Mortimer, Gerhard Hess and Lene Gook
Congratulations to our team of Andrew Cairns, Norman Selway, Jeremy Willans, Espen and Helen Erichsen who have won the "NICKO" competition for the second year running.
...also to the following successes in the London Year End Congress: Espen Erichsen -
1st in the Swiss Pairs (with Odin Svendsen), 9th in Open Pairs with Andrew Cairns
and 10th in Swiss teams with Helen Erichsen. Norman Selway 3rd in Swiss Teams
and 8th in Swiss Pairs.
....but commiserations to Espen Erichsen whose team were overtaken in the final match of the Premier League and finished a very close second. Nevertheless it is likely that
members of the teamwill be invited to represent England in the
forthcoming Camrose competition
Also to the following members who represented Kent in the 2018-19 Tollemache Cup regional semi-final, which they won:
Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Espen and Helen Erichsen, Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper
Congratulations to Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper who won the Hunter Homines, Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper (2nd) and Steve Barnfield (4th). Frances Connell and Angela Treen came 2nd in the Fleming Femina, with Jean Paxton, Maggie Piazza, Diana Avis and Ann Hunt all in the top six
.....to Colin Wilson, Gerald Soper, Ian Draper and Jeremy Willans who have been selected to represent Kent in the Toillemache final
.....to Ian Draper and Gwyneth Davies who won the Hunter Cup (awarded to the highest married pair in Kent's Mixed Pairs)
......and to Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner who won the Sussex Mixed Pairs AND the Sussex Autumn Congress Mixed Pairs AND came second in the Dyer Smith (Kent Mixed Pairs: Eddie Lucioni and Jean Smallwood fifth)
...and to Jean Smallwood and Eddie Lucioni who won the Swiss Teams at the KCBA Congress (Jennie Cain fourth). Eddie Lucioni also finished fourth in the Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Colin Wilson, Steve Barnfield, Ann Hunt and Diana Avis who won the Podmore Cup
Also to the winners of the 2018 individual points competitions:
Jeremy Willans (Monday eve), David Greene and Carol Plumpton (1) (Tuesday aft), Colin Wilson (Tuesday eve and Friday eve), Jean Smallwood (2) (Wed aft), Angela Tompson (Thursday eve), Bob Fordham (3) (Friday aft), with Richard Suthers winning the Cadet Cup
Where indicated, the following earned most points but under the terms of the competition were not eligible to win this year:
(1) Christine Whyman, (2) Brian Lippard, (3) John Brown
Members can view the minutes of past AGMs and Committee Meetings by clicking here. If not already logged in, you will need to do so before you can view them.