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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




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




Thankyou to all our members who responded to our survey to gauge opinions regarding a return to playing face-to-face at the Ashby Leisure Centre & Lido. We received about 80 replies, with the majority in favour of a return. However, there was a significant opinion from many that it was perhaps too soon and that the recent spike in cases of Covid in Leicestershire following the schools re-opening would require monitoring.

The committee has decided to adopt a phased return with our first session back at the club on Wednesday 22ndSeptember. Thereafter every Wednesday will be played at the centre. Friday play will also start at the club on Friday 24thSeptember. Thursday evening play will continue on BBO, which is preferred by the majority to RealBridge for online play. Temporarily we will keep playing Monday evenings on BBO until we can see what members’ response is to Wednesday afternoons at the club, and how Covid cases are progressing in the local area




Assuming you have read the Important Information for Bridge Sessions Going Forward above you will note the return to the Leisure Centre and Lido on Wednesday 22nd September commencing at 1pm for Duplicate Sessions and Friday 24th September commencing at 10am for Social Bridge. All Wednesday and Friday sessions will be charged at £2.00 per session which will be invoiced to you at the end of each month 

Please ensure you are in attendance 15 minutes before the start time. A partner is NOT REQUIRED for theses sessions                                    



 Virtual Duplicate Bridge is played at Ashby Bridge Club on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm.To play on Mondays and Thursdays you need to be a Bridge Base Online member and have informed the club of your username - see below. 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. On these two days BBO is the only way you can play against other Club Members in an Ashby Bridge Club Duplicate session. 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 - Last Seasons winners Ian and Andrew Woodward

The knockout Plate Competition is now open for entries. There is a sign up sheet at Ashby Leisure Centre and for those who do not attend the Wednesday afternoon sessions you can email Alison Thompson on with your entry. The closing date for entry is 22nd October with the first round to be played by 3rd December. 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 

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

                                 September 2021 Promotions

                        There is one promotions this month

                      Ann Potterton                    1 * Master

                 Congratulations Ann                                                                                                 

                      Full list of promotions can be found Click Here

Committee Meeting

Next meeting  - TBA

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


Fri 22nd October 2021
Social Bridge at Leisure Centre
Mon 25th October 2021
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Bob
Host: John & Marilyn
Wed 27th October 2021
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Bob
Host: Robert K
Thu 28th October 2021
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Shelagh
Host: Alison & Brian
Fri 29th October 2021
Social Bridge at Leisure Centre
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Dora
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Robert M
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Steph
Virtual Duplicate Bridge on BBO
Director: Shelagh
Duplicate Bridge at Leisure Centre
Director: Ann