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New Regional President 2021-2022
New Regional President 2021-2022
Congratulations to Peter Byrne who is now the North Eastern Regional President for 2021-2022. Peter who is taking over from Eileen McEntegart was inaugurated at a zoom meeting of the Regional Executive last Saturday 22nd May 2021.
Peter has asked Kay Goldsworthy to suceed him for the year 2022-2023.
Message from the CBAI

The CBAI have established an Online Ethics Committee whose members will review any material submitted in support of complaints of Cheating.

Please remind your members – again – that cheating will be dealt with severely if proven.

ABC ETTIQUETTE - please read
ABC ETTIQUETTE - please read

Members are kindly requested to (re)familiarise themselves with Club Ettiquette. Laminated handouts will also be circulated

in the Club on various evenings. Thank you.

Link to document: Update document on ettiquette

Bridge Promotion

If you are interested in learning the beautiful game of Bridge or in joining a local club

(having previous knowledge of the game), please view the news tab

on the upper left side of the screen.


Our Treasurer, Aine Connolly, presented the accounts for 2019/2020, which were approved by the Committee.  If you would like a copy of the accounts, please email:

Website update ...

.. photos and news from our last season can be found under either the

Competitions tab or News tab

News Page

Dear All,

We are pleased to present the CBAI Annual Newsletter for 2020. In keeping with the theme of the year, it is in digital rather than physical format, but we hope that you will enjoy it none the less for that; indeed it may be that this format, being more climate-friendly, is in fact the appropriate one nowadays. If you have thoughts on this, please let us know.

In the Newsletter you will find:

·         Messages from the (continuing) CBAI President, Neil Burke, and Chief Executive, Paul Porteous;

·         News of this year’s President’s Award Winner – Denise Conlon from Athlone – and a super photo on the front cover

·         Reports from our thirteen regions, and from Joint Honorary Secretary Martin Brady on behalf of the IBU, on their bridge activities during the truncated 2019/20 season;

·         News of an exciting new online bridge academy, Grand Master Bridge, being planned by Rory Egan and Thomas MacCormac, with a special introductory offer for CBAI members;

·         Reminders of excellent bridge primers by CBAI-accredited teachers Maire O’Keeffe (“Bridge Made Simple”) and Michael O’Loughlin (“Basic Card Play”), both available from our  shop at the very reasonable price of €10;

·         A list of bridge classes (all online) being held in the current term;

·         Details of hotel and bed & breakfast breaks being offered;

·         A review of the junior bridge scene, including an interview with Under-26 international Michael Donnelly;

·         A commentary from national Tournament Director Fearghal O’Boyle on the online laws of bridge, in which he makes a number of recommendations and seeks feedback; given that online is where it’s at for most of us for the moment, we need to be able to adapt laws designed for in-person bridge to suit the online variant of the game. In this respect, we would draw your attention to the CBAI Code of Conduct, which applies equally to the online game as it does to in-person bridge; there have been a number of cheating allegations in other jurisdictions since competitive bridge went online – our hope is that we will not have any within the CBAI’s games;

·         Details of two recent works by CBAI members – a cookbook and culinary reminiscences by Maura Foley of Kenmare, and an album of easy listening music by Jennifer Cullen of Dublin South;

·         An offer of special bridge-themed facemasks from former CBAI-staffer Fionuala Gill in aid of charity – just the job for a (hopefully imminent) return to in-person bridge;

·         And last but not least, dates for your virtual bridge diary, with a number of CBAI competitions and congresses planned for BBO in the coming months.

·          Our thanks to all who contributed to the newsletter, and of course to our advertisers. We would encourage you to make every effort to support them in these challenging times.

We hope that the newsletter will have something for everyone, and that members will enjoy it. As mentioned above, the format is a bit different this year.

We would welcome your feedback on any aspect of it, and on suggestions that you’d like to see included in future publications from us.

 Links in red above will bring you to the Newsletter & the Code of Conduct.

 Enjoy – and stay well!


Last updated : 11th May 2021 08:39 BST
What returning to Bridge may look like

Although returning to the bridge table is still a while away,
we take comfort in knowing that the CBAI are at all times

working to ensure that clubs can return safely

Last updated : 11th May 2021 08:37 BST
Membership 2020-2021

2020/2021 membership fee and CBAI affiliation fees.

The CBAI have instructed that all clubs must pay €10 affiliation fee per member, to be paid by 30th Nov., otherwise a charge of €12.50 per member will be imposed. You cannot play in a virtual club on Bridge Base Online unless this CBAI fee is paid.

Ashbourne Committee has decided that the normal club membership fee will not apply for the 2020/2021 season. The club will cover the €1 fee payable to the North Eastern Region for each club member that affiliates.The CBAI affiliation fee must be paid by all players wishing to play in Ashbourne's virtual games.

You can pay the €10 directly into the club’s Bank Account in Ashbourne by electronic transfer (NB you must put your name as a reference), and use the following details:

IBAN: IE83 AIBK 9323 9600 4051 89


You must also send an email to the club email address informing the club that you have made the electronic transfer.

The 30th Oct. is our cut-off date for paying this affiliation fee.

You will no longer be able to play in the virtual club competitions if the fee is not paid by this date. Please note, the club is open to NEW players, who, if they pay the €10 affiliation fee to the club, can play in the weekly virtual competition. However they do not become full members of the club.

We ask everyone to understand that these are very unusual times and your committee may need to introduce further changes over time.

Stay safe.

The Committee

To be able to play, you must complete these four steps,
1. Create a BBO account, see this document  - ABC - How to create a BBO Account.doc
2. Buy BBO dollars, it will cost 3 dollars to play, after some initial free trial games. See this document - ABC - How to buy BBO dollars.doc
3. Send your name, contact number and BBO username to the club secretary (Miriam on 086 1018937).
4. Register to play, on the night of the game, see this document - ABC - How to register for a game.doc

You should familiarise yourself with the BBO features, perhaps play some bridge solitaire games or ask your partner to join a casual table with you.
Youtube contains many videos on using/playing on BBO. e.g. See this, Introduction to BBO Bridge, for full instructions
Any problems, please contact the club secretary, Miriam Moyles 086 1018937 or at email who will arrange assistance.

Last updated : 18th Dec 2020 10:34 GMT

Hello Members,

The Committee held a meeting on Tuesday 25 August 2020 where it was agreed that, in light of both the Covid 19 pandemic situation and the fact that normal Committee elections cannot take place this year, the Committee would remain in place until May 2021. All Committee members volunteered their time for another year. Thank you all. This roll-over was endorsed by the club Members as there were no objections.

The Committee would like to invite any Members who wish to join the Committee to contact Miriam, the Club Secretary.

Thank you

Stay safe

The Committee

Last updated : 28th Oct 2020 13:59 GMT


Congratulations to Mary for a special hat prize!

Last updated : 16th Jan 2020 16:10 GMT

The National Bridge "Week" from 16th to 25th August 2019 was well supported by both Ratoath & Ashbourne Bridge Club Members.  Many many thanks to those of you who volunteered to take a slot (or two or three) on the rota. These efforts to promote the beautiful game will be felt in both Clubs in the coming years.  Thank you also on behalf of the CBAI and the Regional Committee.

Last updated : 8th Oct 2019 12:34 BST
Bridge Promotion August 2019


If you are interested in learning the beautiful game of Bridge or in joining a local club (having previous knowledge of the game), please contact us and we will give you the information you need.

For more information you can contact the Club secretary for each Club - Ashbourne 086 1018937 and Ratoath 087 2261393.

Additional information from the Regional Committee on 01 8492280, 046 9028391 or 01 8251335. North East Region

The CBAI 01 4929666 during office hours.

"Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn't mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day." - Warren Buffett

"Many games provide fun, but Bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust you know, but Bridge prevents the rust from forming." - Omar Sharif

"Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised." - W. Somerset Maugham

Last updated : 8th Oct 2019 12:32 BST

Congratulations to Denis and Barbara on winning
best Christmas Jumper this year!!

Last updated : 30th Jan 2019 15:31 GMT
Updates to new CBAI rules from September 2018
Updates to new CBAI rules from September 2018

 Briefing for all clubs on CBAI Rules and Regulations- Updates that take effect from 1st September 2018. This information covers the way we use Alerts and Announcements.

First of all the Laws of Duplicate Bridge covers this under Law 40. Under A 1(b) of  Law 40 it states each partnership has a duty to make its partnership understandings available to its opponents. The Regulating Authority specifies the manner in which this is done.
Our Regulating Authority is the CBAI. First and importantly at the start of every round each pair must inform the opponents of their basic system (e.g.) forcing club, strength of No Trump opening, 4 or 5-card majors) and their carding methods and in particular any unusual openings for which opponents may need to prepare.
A 5-card major is basically a natural system- so no alert is required if the the bid is a normal unlimited bid. When you state your system at the start it does not absolve you from the requirement to alert or announce any calls during the auction.  However 5-card majors do not require an alert whether or not they are pre-disclosed.  

More detailed description follows below:


You should announce your partner’s bid in the following three specific cases:

If partner opens a non-forcing 1C or 1D that can be made with 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards in the suit, you say ‘could be 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards' as appropriate.

If partner opens 1NT - you state the range e.g. ‘15-17’ or whatever the range is.

If you open 1NT and the next player passes and your partner makes a transfer response of 2D or 2H - you say ‘Transfer to Hearts’ or ‘Transfer to Spades’ as appropriate.

The announcement is solely for the benefit of the opponents and partner is not permitted to use any unauthorised information gained from hearing the announcement.


A forcing 1C opening bid needs to be alerted.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a 5-card Major suit opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Strong Acol 2 Club opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Stayman 2 Club response to a 1NT opening bid.

You should not Alert any call above the level of 3NT that occurs on or after the opener’s rebid. Instead the declaring side alert such calls after the final pass but before the opening lead has been selected while the defending side alert such calls after the opening lead has been selected but before it has been faced.


For the purposes of determining whether a double should be alerted or not, any double on the first or second round of bidding of a one or two level natural suit bid is deemed to be a TAKE OUT DOUBLE. All other doubles are deemed to be PENALTY DOUBLES. Any VARIATIONS must be ALERTED.

Last updated : 7th Nov 2018 15:09 GMT
General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR (2018)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU regulation which came into effect on 25 May 2018. GDPR updates existing data protection laws and places greater accountability and transparency obligations on organisations when using a Member’s personal information. It gives the individual greater control over their personal information.

The Ashbourne Bridge Club Privacy Policy is available at the following link and a link to the ABC Membership form.

LINK: ABC Privacy Policy Sept 2018

LINK: ABC Membership Form

This new Membership Form will give both the C.B.A.I. and Ashbourne Bridge Club permission to use your data (i.e. the personal details you put into the form) to contact you should the need arise and to manage your Master Points and grades. Without the completion of this form, Membership cannot be recognised.

For further information, please contact the Club Secretary.

Last updated : 16th Oct 2018 18:13 BST
Charity Night Presentations 2018

Many thanks once again to everyone who contributed to and helped out on the night! The Committee were delighted to be able to raise almost €1,000 for our three chosen charities.

Margaret presented cheques to Barbara for Meals on Wheels, Deirdre for the Cancer Society and Maura for Alzheimers Meath Branch.

Thanks to the GAA for sharing the cost of the refreshments and a special thanks to all Members who are involved in Charity fundraisers in our Community.

Last updated : 4th Jun 2018 13:49 BST

Well done and many thanks to the team who represented our Bridge Club at the 2018 DONAGHMORE/ASHBOURNE GAA GOLF CLASSIC!

The team did very well and enjoyed their day immensely!!  Ann Gavin, Kay Doyle, Denis O'Shaughnessy and Brendan Aylward!

Last updated : 4th Jul 2018 11:17 BST
Charity Night presentations 2017

Louise presented the two cheques for both Meals on Wheels (Barbara) and St Francis Hospice (Deirdre) on Tuesday.

Many thanks once again to everyone who made the night such a great success!!!!

Last updated : 5th Jul 2017 16:18 BST
Local Rule for Novices

 Novices do not play North/South in their first year in the Club.

It has been agreed that Novices have enough pressure on them, playing in a Club environment and learning Bridge. Therefore, when sitting with first year Novices, the experienced Players will take the North/South position. The Club Rule, whereby cards are cut for table position, does not apply to first year Novices. The Committee would like to thank Members for their support on this rule.

Last updated : 27th Mar 2018 15:42 BST
Law 9 - Procedure following an irregularity

Law 9 Procedure Following an Irregularity

Dummy may now attempt to prevent an irregularity by any player, but is still unable to draw attention to an irregularity once it has occurred until play has concluded, except for correction of a mistaken explanation by Declarer. However Dummy is not allowed to enquire about a revoke by a Defender.

Last updated : 14th Dec 2017 11:31 GMT
Bridge Trivia

An early version of the game was played in England as far back as the 16th Century.

  • Mrs Anthony Fly, of Little Rock, Arkansas, filed a petition for divorce, on the grounds that her husband refused to make up a four at bridge.
  • However, it could be a mistake to play with your husband or wife, as shown by Myrtle Bennett. In 1929, Myrtle shot and killed her husband over his bidding and play of a hand. Mrs Bennett was later acquitted!
  • The odds against four players each holding all thirteen cards in a suit are 2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301, 559,999 to one - or the same as Posh and Becks being out of the newspapers. Such a deal was first claimed in March 1892! Maybe winning the lottery isn't so difficult after all.
  • Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot played Bridge. Interestingly Christie made a mistake in “Cards on the Table”, where the murder was committed during a bridge game, because she forgot to include “50 for the insult” (for making a doubled/redoubled contract) in the scores.
Last updated : 23rd Mar 2018 11:22 GMT

The role of 'Dummy'


The role of the dummy is to be "dumb" (Silent). That's why s/he is called the "dummy."


Basically, the dummy is not supposed to speak or act unless "spoken to." So dummy's powers are strictly limited, but include the following:


  1. Must lay down hand after the right hand opponent leads (but not before).
  2. May not further touch those cards except as directed by declarer. (Ideally, the dummy will have placed the cards in such a way that the declarer can reach them.)
  3. May call attention to a declarer error in progress (leading from the wrong hand, not following suit).
  4. May not initiate a conversation about anything else, including opponents' errors, but may respond to questions asked by a tournament director (TD). (Dummy may not initiate the calling of the TD.)
  5. May not leave his seat or walk around the room except in extreme emergency (fire alarm, and maybe bathroom breaks).
  6. May not peek at declarer's or opponents' cards (until played).


Last updated : 18th Aug 2016 15:02 BST