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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.

Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club
2023 Club Teams Competition


♠   2023 Club Team Competitions  ♣ 

The club will be running a Round Robins Team Competition and a 9 High Teams Competition from January to October. 

The competitions will be won by the team with the best aggregate score over 6 events.

Please click here to register your team for the Round Robins Teams Competition.

Please click here to register your team for the 9 High Teams Competition

Last updated : 14th Jan 2023 12:14 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 will take place on BBO starting on 1st March. The matches will 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 will be free with a prize of 24 MPs to each of the winning players and no NGS is affected.  The teams will 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.

Please register your team by clicking here.

Last updated : 14th Jan 2023 12:17 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 : 17th Jan 2023 06:42 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 Jan 2023 12:18 GMT
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 : 14th Jan 2023 12:18 GMT
Venture with Milton Keynes Bridge Club

♠   ♣  Venture with Milton Keynes ♠   ♣

Friday night venture with Milton Keynes Bridge Club.

As always please 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 : 14th Jan 2023 12:19 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
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 : 14th Jan 2023 12:20 GMT
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 focused 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 : 9th Jan 2023 22:08 GMT
Bridge & Chips

♠   Bridge & Chips - 1st February  ♣ 

The next Bridge & Chips event will be held on 1st February at Sherfield Oaks Golf Club.  Cost will be as last time - £9, limited to 10 tables.

Please pay by clicking link here.

Registration for the event will be from 9am on Wednesday 18th January when a booking form for the event will be made available on the left hand blue menu bar and in the member’s area. 

FULL but still register and you will be put on waiting list

Last updated : 18th Jan 2023 11:57 GMT
Competitions 2023

♠  Competitions 2023  ♣      

Want to know what Competitions the club is running this year?    

Please click here for information.

Last updated : 18th Jan 2023 10:33 GMT

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

In December we bid 68 Slams and made 68%.  Overall average for the year was 64%.

This month's top scorers with 3 points are:

Ethna Hammond, John Fairhurst, Sula Turpin, Malcolm Green, Andrew Gristwood, Evelyn Jones, Ken Jones, Paula Wibrew and David Bates.

Well done everyone!

Last updated : 17th Jan 2023 06:44 GMT
Spring Bank Holiday Congress 2023

♠   EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress 2023  ♣ 

The Congress this year will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading from 27th May to 29th May 2023.

Please click here for further details.

Last updated : 18th Jan 2023 10:33 GMT
NGS Scores

♠    NGS Scores   ♣

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

Morven Jordan

Judi Coady

Julie Tyler

Sarah Steadman

Well done everyone!

Last updated : 17th Jan 2023 06:44 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 : 18th Jan 2023 10:35 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 : 17th Jan 2023 06:43 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 : 17th Jan 2023 06:43 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 : 14th Jan 2023 12:24 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.  

Currently we are not offering Supervised Play 

Last updated : 18th Jan 2023 10:36 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 : 14th Jan 2023 12:24 GMT