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♠   ♣  Information on Session Results ♠   ♣ 

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9th December 2021
F2F Club Pairs
Maydene 7pm
Director: John G
Scorer: John G
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10th December 2021
Relaxed Session
RealBridge 10am
Director: Ron L
Scorer: Ron L
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Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club

Competition Winners 2021

Want to play Social Teams on RealBridge?

♠   ♣  Want to play Social Teams on RealBridge? ♠   ♣ 

Have you struggled to play teams in the Social Lounge on RealBridge?   A new product is available for purchase in the shop.  It is to buy a Teams Social Session on Realbridge which has already been setup for you.  The product is for 2 rounds of 8 boards. You purchase the session for £5 members, £10 non members then tell us what date you would like it and we will send you a link to a RealBridge session which has already been configured for you to play teams with 7 others.  Please give us a few days notice so we can do the admin work to set this up for you.  You will then be sent the link to be distributed to other team members with instructions on how to run the session.

To purchase this product, go to the Shop and log in.  Click on Shop (not Book Sessions), then choose Social Teams from the drop down menu.  You will then see the product.  Purchase as normal.

As always we welcome feedback on any of our new initiatives.


Last updated : 5th Dec 2021 07:48 GMT
Two Charity Events

♠   ♣   Two Charity Events in December 2021 ♠   ♣ 

There are two Charity Events coming up in December: 

Monday 6th December.  Chidwick Cup in aid of Hants Air Ambulance.

Monday 13th December.  The Kinloch Cup in memory of Chris and Helen and in aid of Cancer Research UK and Countess of Brecknock Hospice.

Please use the Club Shop to register and pay for the events (£5 for Members and £5.50 for non members).  Please click here to log in then choose Book Sessions.


Last updated : 27th Nov 2021 11:28 GMT
Club Xmas Party

♠   ♣  Club Xmas Party - 7pm Weds 22nd December     

We have booked the Chute Pavilion, Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John on the 22nd of December for our Club Christmas party.  It will be a fun evening of military bridge with a break for some food. 

The evening will start at 7pm with music provided by John's jazz band.  We aim to finish by 10:30 pm.

There is a £5 per person charge for the evening, payable via the shop, on the basis that everybody will either bring some food or a raffle prize.  Drinks will be provided – beer wine and soft drinks.  Sam will be coordinating the food and prizes.  We are also asking you to bring bridge tables and bidding boxes if you have them.

Please can you register your intention to join us on the form, accessed through the calendar, where you can let us know what you would prefer to bring along.  Please click here for form.

For those that haven’t been to the venue before, it is a large hall with plenty of space.

Last updated : 20th Nov 2021 13:17 GMT

♠   ♣  Arrow Switching    ♣ 

The working party have finished their report on Arrow Switching.

Go to the Membership area on the left hand menu to see the report, simulation summary and minutes of meeting where it was agreed how this would be implemented.

Last updated : 19th Nov 2021 04:23 GMT
New Social Lounge Sessions

♠   ♣  NEW - Social Lounge Sessions Every Day with Extended Hours ♠   ♣ 

Following feedback, from Saturday 17th July 2021 the club will be offering Social Lounge Sessions on RealBridge every day from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm.  Up to 20 boards.  £2 for members and £3 for non members per table.  The person who pays for the table needs to forward the RealBridge link to the other players.

The sessions will not be on the calendar but you can book a session as usual through the shop by clicking here.  You can purchase a session up to 7pm on the same day as the session. 


Last updated : 14th Jul 2021 20:41 BST
Basingstoke Bridge Club Shop

 ♠   ♣  CLUB SHOP  ♠   ♣ 

You can use the shop to do any of the following:

  • Pay table money for sessions on RealBridge or special charity events on RealBridge or BBO. 
  • Apply for new Membership of the club or renew your membership.
  • Book training sessions.

More information on how the shop operates can be seen from the 'Shop' tab on the left of this page.  When using the shop, the first point of entry should be the Home Page - where you register or log in to your account.  Click here to access the shop.

We would like to encourage members using the site to purchase an Account Top-Up providing funds that can be used to buy sessions or other products from the shop.

Last updated : 19th Nov 2021 04:20 GMT

Bridge for all players

Basingstoke Bridge Club is the largest club in Hampshire and 48th in England (by player sessions) and welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert. It runs an active teaching and development programme as well as sessions aimed at different levels of bridge.  More information is available through the 'Teaching at Basingstoke Bridge Club' section on the left hand menu.

The Club is currently operating a mixture of Face to Face and online sessions - check the calendar for details.

If you would like to know more about our club, please ring me on 01962 882715 or email me -

John Fairhurst - Chairman

The Basingstoke Chess Club use the premises when open. For information please phone John Shaddick on 01256 469749. There is also a link to their web site -

Last updated : 28th Sep 2021 17:21 BST
Club AGM 2021

♠   ♣  Club AGM 2021     

The 2021 AGM took place on 29th November

There is a recording available for those who didn't attend the meeting - details below

Please Click here for Meeting Recording and enter the passcode below:

Access Passcode: $mjF&u22

All paperwork is under the Membership area of the left hand menu.

Last updated : 2nd Dec 2021 03:18 GMT
Practice Hands

Splinters product has now been added (Dec 2021)
♠   ♣  NEW - Topic Based Practice Hands ♠   ♣ 
Sometimes it can be helpful to just play a few hands and chat with your partner about a specific topic that you are either learning or revising.  Using the RealBridge platform we have created a facility which allows you to pick your own time to play practice hands focussed on specific topics as either a group of 4 or 8 players.  Here’s how it works:

·       Go to the Practice hands section of the club shop (click here) where you can see the topics available and buy the desired product stating the date that you would like to play.  (One person buys the product – 1 or 2 tables)
·       Within a couple of days, you will be sent guidance on how to run the session, notes on the topic that you can look at before playing and a handout which you can circulate after the session has been played.

·       The coordinator will circulate the links for the session and run the session on the day
·       You will play 16 hands and after each hand guidance notes will appear on the table which you can all discuss before moving to the next hand.
·       There is no time limit on the session, but expect it to last about 2.5 hours

Currently available are: Splinters, Transfers, Law of Total Tricks, Roman Key Card Blackwood, Checkback Stayman, Dealing with Pre-empts and Fourth Round Forcing.

We also have a presentation explaining how the sessions are created.  Click here if you are interested to learn more about the setup of Topic Based Hands.

Last updated : 4th Dec 2021 20:42 GMT
Face to Face Sessions

♠   ♣  Face to Face Sessions    ♣ 

From 4th August the club will run sessions on Wednesday afternoons at the club house - Maydene, Sherborne Rd, Basingstoke, RG21 5TG.

From 16th September, Thursday evening sessions will be operating at the club premises.  Whilst everybody is welcome to attend, the intention is that this is aimed at less experienced players (as it was pre-COVID).

We have decided that we will set the following guidance for playing at the club:

  • Those attending are requested to take a Lateral Flow Covid test on the morning before attending - giving those attending a further degree of confidence about the environment.
  • All those coming to the club will need to have had the double dose of the vaccination.
  • If you have any cold/flu symptoms you should not attend, and we will be doing temperature checks with a contactless thermometer before entry.  Hand sanitiser will be available on entry and at each table.
  • We will operate a booking system with no host available.  The booking system can be used to find a partner. 
  • We have set up a cashless system for collecting table money (using either contactless or chip and pin with credit cards (there is no additional cost to members).

As we start going back to playing Face to Face, we have created some reminders for us all of what we need to do.

Click here to access the document.

Go to appropriate date in calendar to book a session. 

Last updated : 9th Nov 2021 04:14 GMT
New Tuesday Eve '9 High' Weekly Session

♠   ♣ New '9 High' Session ♠   ♣ 

Following the success of the first 9 HIGH TEAM EVENT this will continue every month.  See Calendar for further details.

The 9-high session is aimed at less experienced players and shortly we will be using this session to introduce those currently in the beginner classes to duplicate bridge.  Consequently, the session will be run with Simple Systems only - that is basic ACOL bidding. This permits all the standard ACOL strong and weak 2 openings.  You can make any conventional bids after the first round of bidding has completed.  It specifically excludes the use of Multi-2D openings and the Multi-Landy defence to 1NT as these are first round bids that can have multiple meanings and do not define at least 1 specific suit.  

We are going to retain the 'mature' 9-high criteria for taking part as this is being set as a standard across many counties for this type of session.  Whilst not making it a formal constraint on attendance we suggest that this session is best suited for those who are up to and including 'Master' in the Master Point rankings, to emphasise the focus on the expected level of experience.

Last updated : 17th Oct 2021 21:17 BST
Supervised Play

Supervised play sessions are aimed at helping players to develop their confidence with bidding and playing.  These sessions are not a replacement for lessons and it is not intended that new conventions are taught.  The supervisors will help participants get the best out of the systems that each participant plays.  Each session offers the opportunity to play up to 12 pre-dealt hands with a supervisor giving advice on each of the hands.  


Last updated : 12th Nov 2021 13:22 GMT
Online Sessions

♠   ♣  Online sessions ♠   ♣ 

These sessions will be run mainly on RealBridge with a few on BBO.  There are 6 types of sessions:

  • Club pairs - running on Monday and Friday evenings on RealBridge or BBO
  • Club teams - running on the last Monday of the month on RealBridge
  • Relaxed pairs - running Friday mornings on RealBridge - normally fewer hands played with a more relaxed time allowed per hand
  • 9-High pairs - most Tuesday evenings on RealBridge
  • 9-High teams - once a month on a Tuesday evening on RealBridge
  • Club Social Lounge - every day from 9.30am to 9.30pm.

More details about each of these sessions can be found using the menu on the left of this page.

Check the calendar for details of dates and times

Last updated : 29th Nov 2021 19:56 GMT