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♠   ♣  Information on Session Results ♠   ♣ 

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

28th January 2022
Supervised Play
RealBridge 10am
Director: John F
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28th January 2022
Cheltenham & Basingstoke Pairs
RealBridge 7.15pm
Director: Keith
Scorer: Keith
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Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club
Junior Pairs Championship

♠   ♣  Junior Pairs Championship 2022 ♠   ♣ 

The Junior Pairs Championship took place over two Tuesday evenings in January. The competition is restricted to members with no EBU ranking or a ranking of County Master or below. 
The result of the competition was an absolute tie with Andrew Gristwood & Andrzej Sawko AND Anona & Clive Edwards both with a total of 365 MP and an average of 57.04%.

The committee has decided to apply EBU criteria to identify a winner.  In the 2 sessions where both pairs played each other Andrew and Andrzej came out top so congratulations
to Andrew Gristwood & Andrzej Sawko and commiserations to Anona and Clive.

Position Pairs Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Andrew Gristwood & Andrzej Sawko 59.38 54.69 114.0625
2 Anona & Clive Edwards 55.31 58.75 114.0625
3 Christel Beard & David Bates 54.69 54.69 109.38

NB  Round 1 and 2 scores have been rounded up to 2 decimal points.

Last updated : 12th Jan 2022 12:35 GMT
Change of time for Evening Sessions

♠   ♣ Change of times for Evening Sessions ♠   ♣ 

Don't forget that from 1st January 2022 ALL club Evening Sessions will start at 7.15pm. There is also a reminder on your session tickets. 

Last updated : 31st Dec 2021 19:55 GMT


Owing to the recent COVID update from the Govt the Xmas party which was due to take place on 22nd December has been postponed and ALL bridge sessions have been moved online.

We will regularly review the situation and hope to have the party as soon as possible.

Last updated : 14th Jan 2022 07:40 GMT
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 : 14th Dec 2021 05:32 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 : 14th Dec 2021 05:36 GMT
New Social Lounge Sessions

♠   ♣  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 : 30th Dec 2021 08:14 GMT
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 : 27th Dec 2021 11:31 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
RealBridge Support

♠   ♣  Having problems with RealBridge? ♠   ♣ 

If you have difficulties with RealBridge you can phone their support line which is 0794 232 2209.  Support is available from 7am to 11pm.

If you use an IPad please ensure that you read and follow the advice issued by RealBridge even if you are currently not experiencing any difficulties with your Ipad.  Please click here to see the document.

Last updated : 18th Jan 2022 16:34 GMT

♠   ♣  NEW EVENT FOR THE CLUB ♠   ♣ 

Please join us for our new joint event with Cheltenham Bridge Club on Friday evenings at 7.15pm on RealBridge starting this in January 2022.

Please click on calendar event to register.  Please click here to pay via the shop.

Last updated : 14th Jan 2022 07:41 GMT
Practice Hands

Declarer Play Strategy and Splinter products have 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: Declarer Play Strategy, 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 : 11th Dec 2021 19:13 GMT
Face to Face Sessions

♠   ♣  Face to Face Sessions    ♣ 

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 and the booster.
  • 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 : 30th Dec 2021 11:17 GMT
New Tuesday Eve '9 High' Weekly Session

♠   ♣ '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 : 30th Dec 2021 08:17 GMT
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