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Welcome to Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club
About us
About us

Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club meets every Tuesday evening. We start at 7.20pm, so please arrive between 7.00pm and 7.15pm. We have about 140 members and average 14 tables each night. We aim to be a friendly, welcoming club with a good standard of play. We are affiliated to the EBU.

We are pleased to welcome visitors. Our venue has room for 20 tables, but please note that in the very unlikely event that the hall is full we will give priority to members.

We also run a relaxed duplicate on Wednesday morning suitable for less experienced players, though anybody is welcome. For more details, see below.  However our club is not suitable for complete beginners. We recommend that you contact Oxford, Wallingford or Wantage Bridge Clubs if you are just starting, as they offer courses and sessions for beginners.

News from the lockdown

It seems a long time now since we had our last club session on the 11th March.  Your committee hopes that everybody iand their family and friends are well and surviving the lockdown.  It looks likely that it will be a long time before we can resume normal play.  A large fraction of our membership is classed by the government as "vulnerable", no matter how you feel and it would be impossible to maintain social distancing at a bridge session. To help keep in touch, if you have any news of club members that you would like to share send it to me at peterlitch@gmail.com and I will put it up on our web page.

However on-line bridge is booming.  The EBU, the OBA and Oxford and Wallingford clubs are all running sessions on Bridge Base Online (BBO) which is an American site on which thousands of people from all over the world play bridge,  If you are a member of Oxford or Wallingford,  their web pages have fulll details of how to join in. Since many members of our club are members and everybody is a member of the OBA and  EBU we suggest that you join in with them rather than we set up an Abingdon session.

Playing on BBO is very like playing in the club,  You can play with your regular partner using your regular system.   A typical session run by the EBU plays 12 boards of match pointed pairs in 1hr 20 minutes   The standard is similar to a Tuesday evening at the club.  The clubs also organise team matches and you can run private games.  The procedures are fairly clear and obvious the only differences are those required by the medium.  You can't talk to your partner during a hand so you have to alert and explain your own bids and the computer wont let you revoke!  There are full details on how to join and how to play on the EBU web page and particularly on the Oxford club wep page at https://www.bridgewebs.com/obc/bbo_guide_ebu.pdf .   However it can be a little confusing first time so if anybody would like a taster session of 12 boards with me or other regulars please contact me at peterlitch@gmail.com.

Good luck and keep well

AGM Minutes

The minutes of the 2020 AGM can be found in the menu on the left or here

2019 Competition Winners

        Many congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 competitions.   They are;

Open Pairs:          Jean Squires and Norman Gascoyne

Individual:           Mike Brown

Teams:                John Briggs, Peter Litchfield, Tony Nolan, Nigel Wilkes

Handicap Pairs:    Jean Squires and Norman Gascoyne

Handicap Teams:  Kevin Carter, Michael Hosking, John Rowe, Carol Wadsworth

If you would like to enter for the 2020 competitions please contact Peter Litchfield

Wednesday morning relaxed pairs

We run a relaxed pairs session every Wednesday morning. ALL are welcome, improvers and those wanting to play some gentle duplicate in particular. We ask players to be seated by 9.50am - please arrive at 9.45am. The sessions will be held at our normal venue - the Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre off Audlett Drive. We will be playing about 20 boards.  We use duplimated boards with hand records. The event is run by an EBU accredited director, and EBU master points will be given. There is no need to be a member of Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club and the cost is £2.50 for Abingdon club members and  £3.50 for non-members.

As a Club we have a well-deserved reputation for being welcoming and friendly. However, the normally high standards of behaviour at the club can be undermined by occasional lapses. Can we remind members of the ways in which we can all help to make sure that bridge is an enjoyable game for everyone who comes to Abingdon:

  • greeting others in a friendly manner prior to the start of play on each round
  • being polite to opponents and partners
  • giving credit when opponents make a good bid or play
  • making your convention card readily available to your opponents and filling it out completely.

Please click here if you would like to see the EBU's guide to best behaviour at the bridge table.

Results
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Open Pairs
Director: Andrew Ashworth
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
AGM
Director: John Rowe
Wednesday Friendly Pairs
Director: Peter Litchfield
Individual Competition
Director: Peter Litchfield