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18th June 2021
Relaxed Session
RealBridge 10am
Director: Colleen
Scorer: Colleen
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19th June 2021
David Lewis Teaching Class
Tbc 10am
Director: David L
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Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club
Improver Teaching Classes

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The current set of lessons with David Lewis is to be extended by one to cover An Introduction to Teams of Four. This will be on Monday 21st June at 2 o’clock.

Please enter as a team (just let David know who you are by the end of the weekend). We hope to have four teams (or more), mainly the people who attended the course thus far. We will start with a short teaching element about teams scoring and tactics, then play approximately 12 boards. Tables will be unsupervised so the entry fee is the same as for regular teams, £2 each or £8 per team.

Last updated : 15th Jun 2021 10:04 BST
New Tuesday Eve '9 High' Weekly Session

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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 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 : 28th May 2021 19:42 BST
Club Weekend Away

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We are sorry but we cannot take any more bookings. 

Last updated : 12th Apr 2021 13:50 BST

Due to Covid concerns our club has closed for all face to face sessions until further notice

 The club is keen to support members with online bridge.

Please see the calendar for a list of the events running.  Bridge will be run on either BBO or RealBridge.

 Any queries please contact John Glasscock or myself, John Fairhurst.

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. Whilst our current focus is supporting online play - and we have established our own Virtual Club - we have our own premises and licensed bar which will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so..

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 -

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

 John Fairhurst  Chairman 

Last updated : 15th Jun 2021 10:05 BST
Basingstoke Bridge Club Shop

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Our  Store is up and running from 14th November and since that time we have made some improvements based on feedback and learning more about the way the shop works.  The guide has now been updated – Click Here to read it. 

We also have a document giving answers to the following frequently asked questions:  1)  I can't work out how to log into the shop, 2) I get the message that my password is incorrect 3) I want to pay for my ticket using my account funds. I can't see how to do it. 4) I haven't received my link for the session  Click here to view the document.

When using the shop, the first point of entry should be the Home Page – where you log in to your account.  Click Here

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.  Using the shop in this way reduces the credit card charges that the club will see.

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 teaching courses and teaching materials

There is a updated video on how to access and purchase from the shop.  Please click here to view

Last updated : 12th Apr 2021 13:50 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 of 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.  

Supervised Play sessions take place every fortnight and will be run on RealBridge but with an option for occasional sessions to be run on BBO for those who are unable to use RealBridge..   If you wish to join a session click on the link next to the appropriate calendar event which will take you to the payment website where you can purchase a ticket for the event.  An email with a link to the RealBridge session will be sent to you.

After the session a set of notes will be available from the website.

Last updated : 14th Nov 2020 22:43 GMT
Mollie Simmons Swiss Pairs

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The club ran its first ever Blue Point event on 2nd June.  It was a Swiss pairs - 6 rounds of 6 boards.  A very special thank you to Andy Fry who stepped in at the last minute to replace a player who couldn't join us.  As a result we had 12 full tables.  The overall winning pair was Andrew Bennett and Dave Hinkin, but as the Mollie Simmons Trophy is awarded to the highest pair in the ranking who are both Basingstoke members, the trophy goes to John Fairhurst and Margaret Blewett.  Congratulations to both pairs.

The event raised over £160 for the Basingstoke Samaritans (all contributions after costs)

Thanks also to Jean who helped me to direct the event.  John G

Last updated : 2nd Jun 2021 20:05 BST
Lockdown Year Pairs

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Celebrating a year since the start of the online club the club held an ‘Anniversary Pairs’ competition on 27th May. It was well attended with 15.5 tables. There was an Open competition and an 8-high competition.  

The winners of the Open were John Glasscock and Sam Golding closely followed by Madeline Lawson and Margaret Blewett in 2nd place. 

The winners of the 8-High were Barbara Glasscock and Mike Battisson who also came 7th overall. Kit and Lesley Spencer were second in the 8-high. 

Congratulations to all. 

Last updated : 28th May 2021 19:43 BST
Want to learn more from your results?

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John G has created an Information document to help you get more detail from your results.  Please click here to view.

Last updated : 3rd Jan 2021 19:21 GMT
Virtual Pairs

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These sessions will be run on either BBO, or RealBridge.  To play in BBO sessions, you need to enter your BBO username through the BBO Names link on the website; you only need to do this once. Then for BBO sessions on the day of choice, up to 2 hours before the scheduled start, register on BBO with your partner online at the same time.  (Log on - go to competitive and search for Basingstoke).  You can only register as a partnership.  There is a partnership matching service for Wednesday (Bunny Leonard) and Thursday (Sam Golding).  Sessions cost BB$3 and will be directed by a Basingstoke Director.  More information is provided under the BBO Duplicate link.


For RealBridge sessions click on ‘more info’ on the appropriate event in the calender which will take you to the events section of the shop where you can purchase a place on the event.  The cost is £2 for members and £2.50 for non members.  An email with a link to the RealBridge session will be sent to you.  Please see further information on this website about RealBridge.

Please remember to be polite and tolerant and introduce yourself before you start to play the hands

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Last updated : 18th Dec 2020 15:18 GMT