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Welcome to Abingdon Duplicate Bridge Club

Pairs, Tuesday 17th May on Real Bridge

Our next pairs session on Tuesday 17th May will take place on Real Bridge.   You do not need to register.  Just come to the session with your partner by clicking on the link under Real the table to the left.   You will be invoiced £2.50/session

We will play with self alerting and announcing as on BBO.  Please read some instructions on how this will work on Real Bridge here


How did you do last year?

To see click on "Competition Results" in the table on the left.  This shows the years results for all pairings that played in at least 12 out of the 52 Tuesday evening sessions between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022.  The average of their 12 best results is in the first column.   Congratulations to Alison and Peter Jackson who had the highest total and the robots who came second.

Future Bridge Survey

The survey is now closed.  I received 90 entries plus a few duplicates.   The numbers voting for each of the alternatives is given in front of the questions below.  The totals do not add up to 90 because various people either gave no answer to the question or answered something completely different.  The only clear conclusion is that members do not want us to become an on-line only club.  The future of the club in the light of the survey will be discussed at the up-coming AGM.

Question 1.    Assuming covid restrictions and worries are over would you prefer to play
                30  a) on-line? 
                31  b) face-to-face?
                28  c) either?
Question 2.   Should we cater for both on-line and face-to-face sessions?
                22  a) No, just face-to-face
                 2  b) No, just on-line
               27  c) Yes, with hybrid sessions playing both on-line and face-to-face at the same time with the same boards
               32  d) Yes with separate sessions for face-to-face and on-line
                 3   voted c) or d)
Question 3. If we were to run an extra session would you play in a revived Wednesday morning session?
                  21  a) Yes
                  49  b) No
                  17  c) No but maybe at some other time
Question 4.   If we were to run a Tuesday evening and a Wednesday morning session would you prefer
                    17  a) Tuesday face-to-face and Wednesday on-line?
                    27  b) Tuesday on-line and Wednesday face-to-face? 
                    26  c) Both face-to-face?
                    13  d) Both on-line?
Question 5.    If you are playing on-line do you prefer to play on
                     34  a) Real Bridge?
                     20  b) BBO?
                     20  c) either?
                     13  d) I dont play on-line
Chairman's Newsletter

You should have received an e-mail containing our Chairman's April Newsletter.   You can find a copy of it here together with our accounts for 2020-21 here .   If you did not receive an e-mail and think you should have please e-mail

Joint sessions with Central Yarnton, Thursday 9.45am

We have ceased offering Wednesday morning sessions because of the small numbers attending.  However Central Yarnton Bridge Club has kindly offered to host joint sessions with Abingdon on Thursday mornings at 9.45am.  These are now held on Real Bridge which gives an atmosphere more like face-to-face bridge.  They are relaxed sessions and any club member with an NGS rating of Jack or less is welcome to attend.  This includes most of the old Wednesday group and several are already playing.  If you are interested please send John Rowe ( your name and EBU number so he can register you and give instructions on how to access Real Bridge.

Abingdon On-line Sessions

Abingdon bridge sessions are now held on-line on BBO.

The sessions will be under the auspices of the EBU and master points and NGS entries will be awarded.
The cost will be 3 BBO$ (about £2.50)
Play will start at 7.00pm on Tuesday.  The tournaments will be available for registration two hours before the start.  It will greatly aid the directors if you register at least 20 minutes before the start 
You have to come with a partner.  If you need a partner e-mail  Keith Sadler ( who will operate the partnership scheme as normal. 
To register for the tournament,  after logging on go to "Competitive" "All tournaments"  and search for vEBU201067.  
Click on the tournament name and you will get a window asking you to fill in your partner's BBO name.  He/she will receive a window asking them to agree and pay.  They have to be on-line at the time.
Once you are both registered just wait for the tournament to start.
John Rowe and/or Peter Litchfield will be your directors.
 Before your first session you MUST register your name, EBU number and BBO name on the table above.   You will not be able to play without doing this.
If you have not played on BBO before there is a lot of information and help available on various web sites.   Try   or
Once on-line the main difference with normal bridge is that you must self-alert.   That is the person making a conventional bid must explain its meaning, not their partner.   There is a space on the bid window labeled "explain" to do this but remember to fill it in before you click on the bid as the window disappears when you do that.   You can ask the meaning of an opposition bid by clicking on that bid
The rounds are timed, if you are still playing when it times out the computer will move you on and the director will try to assign a score.
So play quickly and claim if you have the rest of the tricks.  
At the start of each round greet your opponents and give a brief resume of your system, e.g  benji, McKenny discards.   Use the Chat Manager to do this.
Good luck.
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.

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.

#14168 Pairs Abingdon BC - Tuesday Pairs
Tuesday Pairs on Real Bridge
Director: John Rowe
Central Yarnton and Abingdon Pairs
Director: John Rowe
Tuesday Pairs on BBO
Director: Peter Litchfield
Tuesday Pairs on Real Bridge
Director: Peter Litchfield
Tuesday Pairs on BBO
Director: Peter Litchfield
17th May 2022
Tuesday Pairs on Real Bridge
Director: John Rowe
19th May 2022
Central Yarnton and Abingdon Pairs
Director: John Rowe
24th May 2022
Tuesday Pairs on BBO
Director: Peter Litchfield
26th May 2022
Central Yarnton and Abingdon Pairs
Director: John Rowe