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

Which finesse(s) to take?

Published 19 September.

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
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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.

Thelma Bryant

We regret to announce the death on 8th September of Thelma Bryant, who was a Life Member of the Club.  Funeral arrangements are on the Club noticeboard.

Lushington Cup, Thursday 28th September

Members are invited to enter for the Lushington Cup, a rubber bridge competition for pairs that is being held this year on Thursday 28th September, starting at 1pm.   To protect the interests of regular rubber bridge players, only members who have already played rubber bridge at the club at least 5 times in the year to date will be eligible for the Cup.  However, all comers may compete for the Plate.  Stakes are 3p per hundred.

Gentle Duplicate on Friday Evenings

Building on the success of the Gentle Duplicate Afternoon sessions held on 1st 3rd and 5th Thursdays, a new Gentle Duplicate Friday Evening session is being introduced, beginning on 29th September.  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 September and October
Thu 28 September 12.30pm Lushington Cup / Plate (rubber competition, 3p per 100)
Fri 29 September 7pm New Gentle Duplicate Session - note the start time
Sun 1 October 11am KCBA Mixed Pairs (Dyer-Smith Cup, Hunter Cup)
Wed 4 October 1.30pm 2009 Centenary Cup (Pairs)
Thu 5 October 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Thu 5 October 7.30pm BGB Simultaneous Pairs (blue-pointed)
Tue 10 October 7.30pm Autumn Pairs (Maud Corbett Cup)
Thu 19 October 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 23 October 7.30pm Autimn Mixed Pairs (Centenary Cup)
Tue 24 October 1.30pm Brian Forty Cup (Pairs)
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 Espen Erichsen, who has achieved 10th place in the EBU's "Player of the Year" competition.

Also to Jessica and Anton Mauve, whom the EBU have honoured with the Tom Bradley Award which recognises their contribution to youth bridge.

Also to Norman Selway and Nick Irens, members of the England team who won the Teltscher Trophy at the 'Senior Camrose' which took place in Belfast over the weekend of 20/21st May.

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.
Helen Erichsen (on the left) was a member of the English team which won the Lady Milne Trophy

 

Members' County Successes

Congratulations to Jeremy Willans, Jill Skinner and team who won the mid-week pivot teams at the Brighton Congress.

Also to Kay Preddy and Norman Selway (right), winners of the Phillimore Cup (KCBA Swiss Pairs) with a score of 96 VPs

Also to Mark Mortimer and Camilla Blackburn who came 4th in a large, strong field at the Berks & Bucks Swiss Pairs.

 

Congratulations to Kay Preddy, Norman Selway, Nick Irens and Espen & Helen Erichsen on winning the Arnold Cup, Kent's knockout teams competition.

 

 

Members' Club Successes

This year's winners of the Dymant Trophy are David Greene and Catherine Hughes (NS)
and Joan Holdom and Sheila Marsh (EW).

Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
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.

Thelma Bryant

We regret to announce the death on 8th September of Thelma Bryant, who was a Life Member of the Club.  Funeral arrangements are on the Club noticeboard.

Lushington Cup, Thursday 28th September

Members are invited to enter for the Lushington Cup, a rubber bridge competition for pairs that is being held this year on Thursday 28th September, starting at 1pm.   To protect the interests of regular rubber bridge players, only members who have already played rubber bridge at the club at least 5 times in the year to date will be eligible for the Cup.  However, all comers may compete for the Plate.  Stakes are 3p per hundred.

Gentle Duplicate on Friday Evenings

Building on the success of the Gentle Duplicate Afternoon sessions held on 1st 3rd and 5th Thursdays, a new Gentle Duplicate Friday Evening session is being introduced, beginning on 29th September.  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 September and October
Thu 28 September 12.30pm Lushington Cup / Plate (rubber competition, 3p per 100)
Fri 29 September 7pm New Gentle Duplicate Session - note the start time
Sun 1 October 11am KCBA Mixed Pairs (Dyer-Smith Cup, Hunter Cup)
Wed 4 October 1.30pm 2009 Centenary Cup (Pairs)
Thu 5 October 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Thu 5 October 7.30pm BGB Simultaneous Pairs (blue-pointed)
Tue 10 October 7.30pm Autumn Pairs (Maud Corbett Cup)
Thu 19 October 1pm Gentle Duplicate
Mon 23 October 7.30pm Autimn Mixed Pairs (Centenary Cup)
Tue 24 October 1.30pm Brian Forty Cup (Pairs)
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 Espen Erichsen, who has achieved 10th place in the EBU's "Player of the Year" competition.

Also to Jessica and Anton Mauve, whom the EBU have honoured with the Tom Bradley Award which recognises their contribution to youth bridge.

Also to Norman Selway and Nick Irens, members of the England team who won the Teltscher Trophy at the 'Senior Camrose' which took place in Belfast over the weekend of 20/21st May.

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.
Helen Erichsen (on the left) was a member of the English team which won the Lady Milne Trophy

 

Members' County Successes

Congratulations to Jeremy Willans, Jill Skinner and team who won the mid-week pivot teams at the Brighton Congress.

Also to Kay Preddy and Norman Selway (right), winners of the Phillimore Cup (KCBA Swiss Pairs) with a score of 96 VPs

Also to Mark Mortimer and Camilla Blackburn who came 4th in a large, strong field at the Berks & Bucks Swiss Pairs.

 

Congratulations to Kay Preddy, Norman Selway, Nick Irens and Espen & Helen Erichsen on winning the Arnold Cup, Kent's knockout teams competition.

 

 

Members' Club Successes

This year's winners of the Dymant Trophy are David Greene and Catherine Hughes (NS)
and Joan Holdom and Sheila Marsh (EW).