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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.

1st July 2022
Supervised Play
RealBridge 10am
Director: John F
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1st July 2022
Virtual Pairs with Milton Keynes
RealBridge 7.30pm
Director: Milton Keynes
Scorer: John F
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Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club
Pivot Teams 4th July 2022

♠   ♣ Pivot Teams 4th July 2022 ♠   ♣ 

This is a special FUN teams session when each member of a team plays with every other member in their team in a series of matches.

Click here to register on the website with your team of four.

Last updated : 27th Jun 2022 13:42 BST
Bridge Changes

♠   ♣  Changes to Friday Relaxed Sessions and Supervised Play ♠   ♣ 

The club recently carried out a survey of club member's views regarding the Friday morning Relaxed sessions.

As a result Friday Relaxed Sessions will move to F2F only from Friday 8th July and will be available every FridayThis session will be F2F only. There will be no online option. The charge will remain at £2 which will be payable at the club.
Please register your intention to attend on the calendar event.   People needing partners should either make a comment on the form, use the WhatsApp group or contact Sam Golding. It is hoped that this will be relaxed with a short break during the play for social interaction and hopefully some nibbles!

In addition Supervised Play will finish on 1st Friday - at least until the end of the summer. 

Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey.

Last updated : 30th Jun 2022 06:11 BST
Andrew Robson Tutorial Sessions

We have been provided with an opportunity to take part in a free event arranged by Andrew Robson in conjunction with RealBridge. Andrew Robson is an international player who regularly represents England, a highly regarded author and the Bridge correspondent for The Times (of London).
We will be playing four boards selected by Andrew to cover a specific topic, followed by viewing a video of Andrew giving his insight into one of the boards, and access to his detailed analysis of all four boards.
Put these dates in your diary, find a team, grab a cup of coffee on the day and join us for half an hour to have some fun and learn from an expert.

Important - Please go to the appropriate date in the calendar to register your intention to attend.  Further details will then be sent to you nearer the start date of the event.

Week 1 Mond 13th & Tues 14th June Weak 2s
Week 2 Mond 20th & Tues 21st June Splinter Bids
Week 3 Mond 27th & Tues 28th June Fourth Suit Forcing
Week 4 Mond 4th & Tues 5th July Counting & Card Placement
Last updated : 22nd Jun 2022 10:24 BST
New Venture with Milton Keynes Bridge Club

♠   ♣  New Virtual Pairs Venture with Milton Keynes starting 8th April 2022 ♠   ♣

New joint 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 : 12th Jun 2022 09:06 BST

♠   ♣  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 February 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 : 26th Jun 2022 10:34 BST
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
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 : 1st Feb 2022 00:00 GMT
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
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 : 12th Jun 2022 09:08 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 : 5th Jun 2022 15:48 BST
Club Weekend Away

♠   ♣  Club Weekend Away ♠   ♣ 

Following on from the successful time at Bournemouth last year the club have again booked the Connaught Hotel for our 2022 weekend away.

October 21st to 24th (you can stay 2 or 3 nights)


Please click here to see full details and to register your attendance and requirements.

Please click here to go to the shop to pay the £50 deposit.

Last updated : 30th Jun 2022 18:50 BST
NGS Scores

♠   ♣  NGS Scores ♠   ♣

Who has increased their NGS score the most in May?  The top 4 people this month are:

Chris Diston

Gill Harris

Lawrence Izen

Jane Rutherford

Well done everyone!

Last updated : 7th Jun 2022 13:39 BST

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

In May we bid 68 Slams and made 66% of them.

Top scorers for this month are below.   

Well done everyone!

Name Points
Macushla Stewart 6
Charles Nixon 5
Andrew Ferguson 3
Mary Ferguson 3
Barbara Robson 3
Mary Lucas 3


Last updated : 17th Jun 2022 19:49 BST
Season 7 of Social Teams

♠   ♣  Season 7 of Social Teams ♠   ♣ 

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

Can you please let John Fairhurst know as soon as possible if you would like to enter a team?   Arranging a team of 6 might be the best way to go to allow some flexibility.

If you are just a pair and want to find team mates, let John know.

To enter, please

- send John the name and EBU numbers of the people you would like to be in your team with a nominated captain

- pay the entrance fee in the shop - click here 

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.


Last updated : 23rd May 2022 11:35 BST
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 : 28th Feb 2022 22:19 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 : 12th Jun 2022 09:10 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.  

Supervised Play will finish for the summer on 1st July 2022


Last updated : 22nd Jun 2022 10:23 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 : 21st Apr 2022 09:30 BST