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Club Xmas Party 2022
2nd Dec 2022 15:57 GMT
Teaching at Basingstoke Bridge Club
2nd Dec 2022 14:04 GMT
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2nd Dec 2022 13:13 GMT
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Want to learn more from your results?

♠   ♣  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.

Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club
2022 Trophy Winners
  • Junior Pair winner Andrew Gristwood
  • Kinloch Memorial Cup Winner Sandra Ruffell
  • Miriam Cup - Dayl W & Ethna H
  • Russell Mather Pair Winner Malcolm Green
  • Winner of 3 Trophies John Fairhurst

♠   ♣  Winners of the 2022 Trophies ♠   ♣ 

Kinloch Memorial Cup Tracey Adams & Sandra Ruffell
Mollie Simmons Bowl John Fairhurst & Phil Brown
Partnership of the Year John Glasscock & Sam Golding
Junior Pairs Andrew Gristwood & Andrzej Sawko
Whitbread Trophy John Fairhurst & Phil Brown
Mixed Pairs George Collins & Cathi Low
Teams of Four Keith Bennett, Phil Brown, John Fairhurst & Andy Fry
Miriam Cup Ethna Hammond & Dayl Wallace
Club Pairs Charles Nixon & Macushia Stewart
Russell Mather Pairs Judi Coady & Malcolm Green
Neville Jackson Trophy Mike Battisson & Vera Watts


Trophies were presented to those winners who attended the AGM on 28th November

Last updated : 29th Nov 2022 22:14 GMT
NGS & SLAM End of Year Results

♠   ♣ SLAM & NGS competitions -  End of Year Results (as at 31st Oct) ♠   ♣ 

Since January the club have been tracking the number of SLAMS that our members have made and also the people who have made the biggest increase in their NGS over the year.  Below are the results:


1st - John Glasscock - 26 pts , 2nd - Sam Golding - 22 pts,    3rd - Charles Nixon - 19 pts


1st - Paula Wibrew, 2nd Lawrence Izen, 3rd Jane Rutherford

Congratulations to everyone!!

Last updated : 28th Nov 2022 22:28 GMT
Exciting New Competition


We have been invited by a club in Kent (Tyler Hill BC) to participate in a multiple teams of 4 competition.

This would take place on BBO.The matches would be over 16 boards with a half time switch. The results are converted to VPs in the normal manner, the club which wins the most VPs takes the glory. The event would be free with a prize of 24 MPs to each of the winning players and no NGS is affected.  The teams would be ranked in order of ability (assisted by NGS rating and experience) to provide an even match up and could involve up to 8-9 teams from each club.

Potential dates of 1st, 8th,15th, 22nd February 2023 have been suggested.

Please just indicate your interest at the moment as a team by clicking here.   You will be contacted nearer the time. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Last updated : 25th Nov 2022 09:00 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 : 8th Aug 2022 19:23 BST
New Teaching Programme at Basingstoke Bridge Club

♠   ♣  New Teaching Programme for 2022/23 ♠   ♣


The new Bridge Teaching Programme for 2022/23 has now been published including a

new Fast Track Weekend course

Please click here for flyer

Please click here for further information

Last updated : 25th Sep 2022 19:56 BST
Venture with Milton Keynes Bridge Club

♠   ♣  Venture with Milton Keynes ♠   ♣

Friday night venture with Milton Keynes Bridge Club.

As always please register your intention to play on the calendar entry, then go to the shop to pay for the session which will be on RealBridge (£2 per member £2.50 for non member)A link to the session will be provided with your ticket.

Click here for the shop. 


Last updated : 22nd Nov 2022 22:54 GMT

♠   ♣  WhatsApp ♠   ♣ 

Did you know that the club has its own WhatsApp Chat group?  WhatsApp is a free messaging and video calling app that works on most phones. If you are interested in joining the group please email John Fairhurst on, providing details of your mobile number. 

Last updated : 6th Apr 2022 23:15 BST
Covid Update


As from Weds 23rd February all Wednesday and Thursday sessions will move back to F2F at the clubhouse unless otherwise specified. As from Friday 8th July the Friday Relaxed Session will move to F2F.

All other sessions will continue to be online for the moment.

Please read the appropriate requirements for playing F2F (shown on the Home Page).

Last updated : 25th Jul 2022 16:03 BST
Online Sessions

♠   ♣  Online sessions ♠   ♣ 

These sessions will be run mainly on RealBridge.   There are 5 types of sessions:

  • Club pairs - running on Monday and Friday evenings on RealBridge
  • Club teams - running on the last Monday of the month on RealBridge/
  • 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 : 25th Jun 2022 12:49 BST

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 : 23rd Nov 2022 15:54 GMT
NGS Scores

♠   ♣  NGS Scores ♠   ♣

Who has increased their NGS score the most in November?  The top 3 people this month are:

Sue Chapman

Tony Turner

Brian Knight

Well done everyone!

Last updated : 1st Dec 2022 08:34 GMT

♠   ♣  How well are we doing with bidding and making Slams? ♠   ♣

In November we bid 80 Slams and made 61%. An improvement on last month

This month's top scorers with 3 points are:

Mike Battisson, Anne Todd, Vera Watts and Sue Lance.

Well done everyone!

Last updated : 2nd Dec 2022 13:12 GMT
David Lewis Training Class


There is an opportunity for club members to join in with the Improver's Class run by David Lewis to learn more about Competitive Bidding.

There will be 5 lessons on a Wednesday evening starting at 7pm.

Places are limited to 6 with the cost being £6 per lesson.  No partner is necessary.

Please click here for full information and to register attendance.

Last updated : 18th Nov 2022 07:42 GMT
Season 8 of Social Teams

♠   ♣  Season 8 of Social Teams ♠   ♣ 

It's that time to start the new season of our Social Teams League!

To enter, please

- Fill in the form for your team to include the team captain and up to 5 players.  Click here to go to form to enter.    Please add the EBU numbers for your teams.

-  Please then go to the shop to pay for your team (not as individuals).  Click here to go to shop to pay.

There could be 2 divisions but this depends on the number of entries. The number of fixtures being dictated by the number of divisions.

The date and setting up of an individual match should be discussed between the two captains.

You can play on BBO or Real Bridge, whichever both captains agree upon.  If you wish to play on RealBridge we have a product setup for teams where the session has already been configured for teams.  Click here to book a team session.


Last updated : 2nd Dec 2022 13:13 GMT
Club Christmas Party

♠   Club Christmas Party  ♣  

           NOW FULL

The Club Christmas Party this year will be held on Thursday evening, 15th December at 7pm.  Location is Sherborne St John Village Hall RG24 9HR which is where the U3A play bridge.

Ticket price is £3.  Please click here to go to shop to pay.
Click here to go to reserve list                           

Last updated : 28th Nov 2022 13:41 GMT
Social Lounge Sessions

♠   ♣  Social Lounge Sessions now open Monday to Sunday ♠   ♣ 

As of 21st November - the Social Lounge on RealBridge will be started on a Monday and will remain open until the Sunday.  When you go into the shop to buy a ticket click anywhere on the 'bar' for that week to purchase a ticket.  One person buys a ticket for a whole table. You can then enter the Social Lounge any day during the week.  When you go into the lounge ensure that you sit at a table where no-one has been playing at before.  The hands will be from previous events so that when you look at Scores it will give you a good comparison of how well you have done against others.


Last updated : 23rd Nov 2022 15:52 GMT
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 : 23rd Nov 2022 15:53 GMT
Face to Face Sessions

♠   ♣  Face to Face Sessions    ♣ 

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

  • Do not attend the club if you feel unwell with any symptom including, but not limited to, upper respiratory, headache, fatigue and muscle weakness.
  • If you are a person who has regular social interactions (for example with school aged children, other groups, wider family members etc) then before attending please take a lateral flow test on the same day as the session" (we gather these will no longer be free after end of Feb 2022)

    We will continue to employ reasonable safety measures during the sessions. 

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 : 8th Aug 2022 19:20 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 : 28th Sep 2022 20:06 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.  

Currently we are not offering Supervised Play 


Last updated : 22nd Nov 2022 23:08 GMT
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.

A further update in June 2022 has been received from RealBridge in connection with Microsoft Edge and IPads.  Click here to see the document.

Last updated : 12th Jun 2022 09:09 BST
Practice Hands

♠   ♣  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 : 29th Nov 2022 15:59 GMT