Basingstoke Bridge Club
Release 2.19n
5th July 2020
Hants and IOW Online Pairs
BBO online 2pm
Director: Mike Kinsey
8th July 2020
Virtual Club pairs
BBO online 1.30 pm
Director: Colleen Haffey
Scorer: David Lewis
Host: Spare Pair David L and Alistair; Partner matching - contact Bunny
Recent Updates
Harvey Wallace
4th Jul 2020 18:09 BST
Home Page
2nd Jul 2020 17:23 BST
Hand Commentary 1-7-2020.pdf
1st Jul 2020 17:32 BST
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Harvey Wallace

Harvey passed away on Tuesday 30th June.  His funeral Service will be held at the Basingstoke Crematorium on Monday 13th July at 12:30, but as numbers are restricted to family and close friends, you are invited to join via a webcast::

Web address:

User Name:        Zowa0976

Password:          943417

At the family’s request donations, if desired, to St Michael's Hospice, 

c/o Jonathan Williams Independent Funeral Directors

35-41 Essex Road


RG21 7TB

Donations by cheque to be made payable to St.Michael's Hospice


Supervised Play in progress

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 ouf 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.  The sessions are run in the teaching area of BBO and a Zoom session is established with each table placed in its own separate 'breakout room'.

Supervised Play sessions take place every fortnight and if you wish to join the session you should register on the booking form found on the calendar entry.  Registration will close at 17:00 on the Wednesday before the Friday that session is due to be held.  Joining instructions, including a list of tables and supervisors, will be sent out on the day before the session takes place.

After the session a set of notes will be distributed to all participants.

The picture shows people waiting to start.

Supervised Play in progress
Bridge Club Live Special Offer
Bridge Club Live Special Offer
Welcome to Basingstoke Bridge Club

Due to Covid concerns our club has closed for all face to face sessions until further notice

 The club is keen to support members with online bridge.

Click for  guidance on the links below to various OnLine bridge portals, namely BridgeClubLive (BCL), BridgeBaseOnline (BBO) and Funbridge. We hope they will prove useful in registering and navigating the sites to continue enjoying bridge under the present unfortunate circumstances. Any queries please contact John Glasscock or myself, John F.

To view Help Documents about accessing BridgeBaseOnline and BridgeClub Live, click on the boxes on the RHS.

Basingstoke has registered as a club within BridgeClub Live (BCL)   Click the link below to go to their website.

Bridge Club Live


EBU update - click below for link to EBU website for more online bridge information


Click below to go to the BridgeBaseOnline (BBO) site. 


Click below to access youtube videos provided by Paul Gibson from Berwick Bridge Club on BBO

YouTube BBO video guides

Click below to access an excellent video on features of BBO you might find useful from Wimbledon Bridge Club

Video on BBO site Navigation


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 : 2nd Jul 2020 17:23 BST
ECATS Sims Event Thursday July 9th

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Basingstoke Virtual Club will be running a heat of the ECATS Sims in aid of Kidney Research on Thursday July 9th at 7.30pm. 

CLUB MEMBERS - CLICK HERE and just fill in your name and your partner's name (the club have all your details)

NON MEMBERS - CLICK HERE and please to fill in the booking form with the required information including a contact email and telephone number

Results will be posted on the club website and  eventually will be available via the ECATS website. 

The event is open to all players in Hampshire. To register for the event on the night (within 2 hours prior to the start time) please go to Competitive, All Tournaments and search  "BAS".

As usual your partner will need to be online a the same time to register.

Table money will be £5 per player payed in advance to the club by bank transfer no later than Wednesday 8th July.

Payment details: to Basingstoke and District Bridge Club   Sort Code 60-02-49 Account Number 71320768 with your real name as a reference

Unless you have paid, you will not be allowed to register for the event. Prior to the start you must have paid and registered.

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Last updated : 1st Jul 2020 08:06 BST
Relaxed Duplicate

We ran the first of these sessions on 12th June and the feedback has been positive.  These sessions will run every other Friday at 10am alternating with Supervised Play. 

Zoom is being used to enable discussion of the hands - a separate breakout room for each table with EW pairs changing rooms after each round.  There will be a booking form on the calendar for you to register your interest for each session.

There will be a charge of $3 per person and the results will be uploaded to the club website and the EBU. 

Last updated : 12th Jun 2020 19:41 BST
Virtual Pairs Begins

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 Virtual club sessions will now be every Wednesday at 1.30pm and Thursday at 7.30pm. 

To play in these sessions, you need to enter your BBO username under "BBO Username" in your personal account on the club website or through the BBO Names link on the website; you only need to do this once. Then 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 for Wednesday (Bunny Leonard) and Thursday (Sam Golding).

Sessions cost BB$3 and will be directed by a Basingstoke Director.  More information is provided under the BBO Duplicate link.

Please remember to be polite and tolerant and introduce yourself before you start to play the hands

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Last updated : 12th Jun 2020 19:31 BST
Let us have news and photos

In these times of Lockdown for most of our members we need good news or good views.

 Our thanks to Helen for the following poem:-

This lock down feels like just the time

To make me want to write a rhyme

About a club in Basingstoke

Whose sessions ended at a stroke.

When Covid struck the members found

Themselves at home and duty bound

To stay inside and twiddle thumbs,

Or chat on Zoom with long lost chums

Or pace the garden or the park,

Or sneak to Tesco’s after dark,

Or clean the garage, house or car

And wave to neighbours from afar,

For that was all there was to do.

No wonder some of them felt blue.

But then a message came their way

That was about to save the day,

With talk of matches, leagues and games

And aliases to use as names

When logging on to bridge online

To play the game, come rain or shine.

And now they find the time flies by

With no chance for a quick shut eye.

The crossword cannot be completed.

In front of screens they’re always seated.

They’re playing morning noon and night.

The garden’s not a pretty sight.

For weeds are sprouting everywhere;

The grass is high, but they don’t care.

The dealing’s done in cyberspace;

Of boxed or bent cards – not a trace!

No need to find a parking place;

The wall still stands – and life is Ace!

Keep them coming.



Last updated : 30th Apr 2020 12:50 BST