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.
The Southern Counties Junior Bridge Camp is now open for registration via the Sussex CCBA website. It will be a two-day camp for all junior bridge players on Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July 2018 at Ardingly College. Click here for details.
The Club hosts Bridge Sessions for Children aged 8-18 on Sunday mornings. Spring dates: 7,21 Jan. 4,11,25 Feb. 11,18,25 Mar.
Click here for more details.
The next Gentle Duplicate Friday Evening session is on 23 March. The start time is 7pm, which is half-an-hour before the regular Friday Evening session starts. Non-members are welcome to attend. 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.
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.
Published 11 March.
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..
EBU have announced that due to insufficient entries it has been necessary to cancel the Regional Finals of the National Pairs due to be played at TWBC on 18 March. Players booked to play at TWBC are welcome to transfer to Billericay, Patcham or Richmond.
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.
Espen and Helen Erichsen are running a course on responses to opening bids of 1NT and 2NT starting Wednesday 7 March. Click here for details. Members can sign up for the course via a form which is on the noticeboard in the porch.
The Committee have to be on constant guard to ensure that each bridge session is attended by a director and a scorer. Fortunately, lapses occur only rarely. However, our position is not totally secure. Volunteers move on, and we are now seeking fresh offers of help. Training is given, and we never expect too much of a volunteer too soon. If you are willing to give either directing or scoring a try, please contact Colin Wilson or any Committee member. Thank you.
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.
Congratulations to the following members who represented Kent in the Tollemache Cup qualifiers and final - and WON the event:
Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Norman Selway, Espen and Helen Erichsen
Norman Selway and Jeremy Willans attained
9th and 10th positions respectively in the EBU's 2017 master point leaderboard
Espen Erichsen will represent England on the second weekend of the 2018 Camrose
Norman Selway will represent England in the 2018 Senior Camrose
Norman Selway and Kay Preddy won the Kent green-pointed Swiss Pairs (again!), with
Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner taking third place
The KCBA Men's Pairs (Hunter Homines) was won by Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper.
In the Ladies Pairs (Fleming Femina) Angela Treen and Geraldine Harland-Fisher were close runners up.
Mark Mortimer and Anton Mauve led their respective sections of the annual Master Point Rankings (Kent)
Congratulations to the winners of our annual master points competitions:
Jeremy Willans (Monday evening)
John Brown and Christine Whyman (Tuesday afternoon)
Brian Lippard (Wednesday afternoon)
Rod Ashurst (Diane's Friendly Session)
John Plumpton (Thursday evening)
John Cook (Friday afternoon)
Ian Woodcock (Cadet Cup - Friday afternoon)
Colin Wilson (Friday evening)
John Cook also earns the EBU's accolade "Club champion"
(highest master point total in all club competitions)
Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper won the Tuesday Ladder
Arthur and Nicki Thomasson won the Flitch
Colin Wilson, Steve Barnfield, Ann Hunt and Diana Avis
won the Podmore Cup