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Barbara Reaches a Milestone

On Wednesday 29th September Robert Killip presented Barbara Coles with a bouqet to mark a very special birthday. Well done Barbara for reaching this milestone which proves beyond all doubt that keeping your brain active by playing Bridge does wonders for your longevity

Bridge Playing Accessories

If any members require bridge playing accessories ranging from tables to mugs then click on the EBU web site link below. This is accessible for all players, the prices are very reasonable and it helps the EBU finances

EBU Shop



The Bridgemate scoring system is used at all face to face duplicate sessions. Please remember your EBU number or your Player Identification Number




WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER – Please arrive by 12 noon. Light refreshments will be available from 12.15pm followed by the long overdue trophy presentations to the 2020/21 winners. We will be playing for the Christmas Cup which is an individual competition but please try and organise a partner although this is not essential.  A sign up sheet is on the notice board with a closing date of 10th December or email Alison Thompson using the link below if you wish to enter.

MONDAY 20TH DECEMBER – Please arrive by 6.45 pm. We will be playing for The Gordon Grimley Trophy which is a fun competition with all sorts of unusual rules and spot prizes. There will also be cheese and wine and nibbles. There will be a raffle with prizes supplied by Ashby Bridge Club and the proceeds will be going to a charity decided on the night  The sign up sheet is on the notice board or email Alison using the link below

Supervised Play on Wednesday Mornings

"Supervised play will be held on Wednesday mornings at the Leisure Centre. These are primarily aimed at our newer members who have completed one of the Fast Track courses, but all members are welcome. Each session will have a theme with 10 prepared hands to practice. There will be experienced players on hand to give advice on the bidding and play. You do not require to have a partner pre-arranged for these sessions but of course if you are attending with a regular partner that will be advantageous. Hopefully the supervised hands will be useful revision for those who attended the courses, or just good practice for others.  The sessions will continue in the new year and will always be on a Wednesday morning."

The next session on 'Declaring No Trump Contracts' will be held on Wednesday 8th December commencing at 10am. Please arrive by 9.45am. This will be the last session in 2021


Calling all beginners to the world of Bridge. A new course specifically designed for those who have never played Bridge before or have only had a brief introduction to our wonderful game will be starting on 2nd February 2022. For more details either email Robert Killip using the link below or phone him on 07865398468. You will not regret it!



There has been a successful return to the Leisure Centre playing Duplicate Bridge on Mondays commencing at 6.45 pm, Wednesdays commencing at 12.45pm and Social Bridge on Fridays commencing at 9.30am. You will require a partner for Monday evenings but not for Wednesday and Friday. For the foreseeable future we will continue to play Virtual Duplicate Bridge on Thursday evenings on BBO commencing at 6.45pm. This will be reviewed in March 2022. Monday, Wednesday and Friday sessions will be charged at £2.00 which will be invoiced at the beginning of the following month. For Thursday evenings you are required to buy $BBO. For more information see below 'Virtual Duplicate Bridge on Thursday Evenings"


Calling ALL members of Ashby Bridge Club

We have relied on a precious few volunteers to host on a Monday and Thursday as a pair and latterly on a Wednesday as a single. Please give serious thought to putting your names forward to act as hosts and remember that if you do get to play on Mondays and Thursdays  it is FREE. Don't just expect someone else to volunteer so don't delay and click on the link below and email your preferred hosting dates.

.........Alternatively fill in the form below and submit




 Virtual Duplicate Bridge is played at Ashby Bridge Club Thursday evenings commencing at 6.45pm.To play you need to be a Bridge Base Online member and have informed the club of your username. If you have not signed up already see the details by clicking on the tab 'Bridge Base Online' on the left hand side of this page.  This will tell you how to register and other useful and important information. BBO is the only way you can play against other Club Members in an Ashby Bridge Club Duplicate session on a Thursday. You will require a partner and if you find this difficult please contact Robert Killip on 07865 398468 who will endeavour to pair you with another member in a similar situation or use the Find a Partner system in Members Only

Once registered on Bridge Base Online email - with your username

Leicestershire County Bridge Association

Whilst Ashby Bridge Club runs a host of competitions throughout the Bridge season there are also many competitions, usually online, run by the Leicestershire County Bridge Association. These can be entered via the LCBA web site by clicking on the link below. Simply fill in the appropriate form and submit. 

Besides competitions there is also a wealth of information about bridge activities in Leicestershire

LCBA web site


To see last seasons winners Click on Competitions>Last Seasons Competition Winners and Runners Up

Now that the new bridge year is well underway with both F2F and online Duplicate Bridge, your attention should be drawn to this year's competition dates.

These can be found in the drop down menu under 'Competitions>This Seasons Trophy Winners and Competition Dates' on the LHS of this page and are also shown in the calendar.

The first competition to be played this season was the Criddle Cup which was played on Monday 11th October and was a normal Duplicate event held online using BBO. The winners were Stephanie Woodward partnered by Stuart Rees. Congratulations to them both

The Knockout Plate Competition 

The first 2 rounds of the Knockout have now taken have place and all results and next round matches can be seen under Competitions>Knockout Draw 2021/2022 on the LHS of this page. Matches can be played Face to Face or online as mutually agreed by both pairs. The winner is determined by the number of points won. The full rules can be found under Competititions>Knockout Rules 2021 Onwards on the LHS of this page 

The next two Competitions are the Christmas Cup and the Gordon Grimley Trophy. For details of these competitions see the article above 'Christmas Competitions'

Something Lighthearted!

Most of us will have heard of the 'Rule of 20'. When deciding to open you may do so if the sum of your high card points plus the number of cards in your two longest suits is at least 20.

There is another little known rule of 160! If the ages of your opponents adds up to 160 don't underestimate their ability. 

You must have heard of the 'Rule of Eleven' ...... The inevitable trick total when you bid a slam!

Testing Your Internet Speed

             To test your internet speed click on the link below and then 'Go'. Ideally you should have above 10mb/s upload and 5mb/s download. Ignore the 'Ping' score     



Recent Master Point Promotions

                            October 2021 Promotions

                     There are four promotions this month

                      County Master       Margaret Randall

                      District Master       Diana Light

                      Local Master          Norma Bagri & Tony Longdon                                                                                                

                      Full list of promotions can be found Click Here

Committee Meeting

Next meeting  - Tuesday 25th January 2022

Minutes of all committee meetings can be found by going to Members Only and clicking on Member Notices. Scroll down to the Minutes you require

In addition the Minutes of the 55th AGM held on Monday 12th July, together with the Chair's Report and Treasurers Report can also be found under Member Notices


Wed 8th December 2021
Supervised hands at Leisure Centre - Declaring Notrump Contracts
Director: Robert K
Thu 9th December 2021
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Shelagh
Mon 13th December 2021
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Robert M
Host: No hosts
Wed 15th December 2021
Christmas Cup
Director: Bob
Thu 16th December 2021
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Bob
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Ann
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Bob
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Dora
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Dora / Ann
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Robert M