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26th July 2021
Round Robin Teams
RealBridge 7.30pm
Director: John F
Scorer: John F
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27th July 2021
9 High Event
RealBridge 7.30pm
Director: Mike
Scorer: Mike
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Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club
Online vs Face to Face Questionnaire

♠   ♣ CLUB QUESTIONNAIRE - ONLINE vs FACE TO FACE - we need your views ♠   ♣ 

Formal Covid related restrictions are being lifted from the 19th July, but as we all know the virus hasn't disappeared and infection rates are rising.  I am sure that members will have their thoughts on the risks that are involved with playing bridge face to face.  To help us plan, we are keen to understand how many people are considering a return to F2F bridge, given the arrangements that the club has put in place for running sessions from 4th August. We know that things can change as more data becomes available, but we would like a snapshot of your current views.



Last updated : 16th Jul 2021 16:24 BST
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
Charity Walk in aid of Wessex Heartbeat

♠   ♣  Charity Walk in aid of Wessex Heartbeat (Robbie Burns) ♠   ♣ 

On Sunday 12 September Robbie is going to do a half marathon walk in aid of Wessex Heartbeat who support the work of the cardiac unit at Southampton General Hospital. It will be from their house in Twyford to Southampton General Hospital. 

You are invited to join Tamsin and Robbie for the walk.  People do not have to do all the walk, there are different stages and all levels of fitness/mobility can be accommodated.   It will be well organised with 3 planned stops for refreshments, drinks, lunch, toilets etc., providing an opportunity for people to join along the way. Some of his cardiologists will be joining him on the walk including the incredible Sam Fitzsimmons (Robbie's lead Cardiologist in Southampton from 2015 to transplant and Katrijn Jansen from Newcastle).

The event with full details is on the Wessex Heartbeat website.  Click link to view the advert: 

Heart Transplant Patient Robbie takes on 'Half Marathon Walk' | Wessex Heartbeat

So please make plans to join Robbie for some or all of the way. You will be most welcome!


Last updated : 7th Jul 2021 05:01 BST

Club is re-opening in August.  However the club will still continue to provide online sessions as well as face to face.

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 : 11th Jul 2021 14:43 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
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.  Please contact Sam Golding who will assist you.  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 : 11th Jul 2021 14:39 BST

♠   ♣  Simon Cocheme Training Session ♠   ♣ 

Similar to the past Andrew Robson sessions, this 4 board session is provided by Simon Cocheme, Bridge Author and England Senior Team Captain. 

The theme is 'When to play a King'.

The session will take place on Friday 23rd July at 8pm.  If you and your partner would like to attend then please go to the calendar for the event and complete the form shown.

Last updated : 16th Jul 2021 13:09 BST
Club re-opening in August

♠   ♣  Club re-opening 4th August 2021!!    ♣ 

Throughout August the club will run sessions on Wednesday afternoons at Maydene.  We have decided that we will set the following guidance for playing at the club:

  • • All those coming to the club will need to provide evidence of having 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 are going to limit attendance for the first 4 weeks to 7 tables (4 in the main playing area, 2 in the computer room and 1 in the chess room.
  • • We will operate a booking system of first come first served – via our club calendar.
  • • 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)
  • • We will limit access to the kitchen but introduce a ‘half-time’ refreshment break with a couple of volunteers taking and delivering drinks orders.

Click here to book a place. 

Last updated : 20th Jul 2021 17:20 BST
New Tuesday Eve '9 High' Weekly Session

♠   ♣ New '9 High' Session ♠   ♣ 


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 : 7th Jul 2021 05:05 BST
Club Weekend Away

♠   ♣  Club Weekend Away FULL ♠   ♣  


We are sorry but we cannot take any more bookings. 

Last updated : 21st Jun 2021 12:43 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.

Supervised play sessions will be taking a break during July and August 2021. Back in September. 

Last updated : 11th Jul 2021 14:40 BST