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Welcome to Bath Bridge Club

Roger Boothroyd

It is with great sadness that we report that Roger Boothroyd, who was a member of Bath BC for many years, died in August after a long illness. Roger was a regular partner of John Marshall and was also one of our club directors. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and family.

Chris Jones
Sunday 11 October 2020

Andrew Butt

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Andrew Butt, a former long-standing member of Bath BC. 

Andrew began playing Chicago for pennies at Catherine Place, then progressed to partnering Paul Swan (and later Ann Trevanion) on Wednesdays when Bath BC played at Twerton.During this time he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, and so began a long struggle which he bore so bravely. He was an excellent bridge player, renowned for his intuition as to when a 'double' was appropriate. Many members will have fond memories of epic bridge battles with him over the years. He was a sociable, generous, kind and charming man with a mischievous sense of humour – always great fun whenever you were in his company.

May he rest in peace. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and family.

Angela Gunning, Ann Trevanion
Friday 02 October 2020

Registration form to play in Bath BC games on BBO

Register by filling in the form below. You will receive an automated email response.

You only have to register ONCE to be eligible for all future Bath BC games. Please ONLY do this if you haven't already done so!

IMPORTANT: we need enough TIME to add you to our list of players, so don't leave it till just before your first game – register WELL IN ADVANCE

Playing bridge online

There are two major websites which allow you to watch, practise and play bridge online: these are Bridge Base Online and the EBU-affiliated Bridge Club Live. Signing up is easy – and either free or involving a very modest fee, depending on your needs. Various levels of competition are available, some with Masterpoints, and you can play with a regular partner or find a partner online. There are also plenty of practice opportunities that you can access alone. 

If you're interested, we recommend that you sign up for one or both of these sites and explore what's available. Playing online is a bit different from playing at a real table, so give it a try and familiarise yourselves with the way it all works, so you're ready for our online club events if/when they become available. Links are provided below.

In some ways, playing online is easier than normal bridge – see the article at the top of the page for one player's view.

We're also setting up a 'help team' of Bath BC members who can call you on request to talk you through any problems. Again, watch this space for details.

See you online!

Daily EBU games on BBO

We think the best currently available online bridge for Bath BC members are the 12-board EBU matches on BBO. The more competitive of these run at 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm, 7.30 pm and 9.00 pm seven days a week. There is also a relaxed game, limited to players up to and including NGS 9, which runs at 11 am every day.

Sessions last 90 minutes. Most people prearrange a partner, but you can play with a robot (!) if you wish. Each session costs BB$1.50 per player, but BBO also host many other bridge games which are either free or cost just BB$1. To get started:

  • Sign up for BBO – use the link above to reach the website. Membership is free.
  • Purchase some credit in dollars – BB$20 will last you for a while.
  • (optional) Fix up a convention card with a partner. Alternatively, just tell each new set of opponents your basic system and make sure you 'self-alert' – see further down the page.
  • Get a feel for how it works: sit in on a game as kibitzer and/or chat to a Bath BC member who's familiar with BBO – email for the latter.
  • Take the plunge – register for an upcoming game – again, see below for details – and play.

The Andrew Robson Bridge Club has produced some short YouTube videos explaining how to set up on BBO. There are links to these directly below. Many thanks to the ARBC for sharing these with us.

To find an upcoming EBU game, choose Competitive, then put 'EBU' in the search box, and choose the game you want from the resulting list. You can then invite a partner (who should also be online) to play in the game, and either pay for both or go Dutch.

Well played!

Open Pairs Thurs 22 October
Rose Rogers & Jane Portnall (1st NS)
Helen Parkes & David Jacklin (1st EW)

Social Pairs Wed 21 October
Peter Gooch & Anna Marriott (1st NS)
Janet Anderson & Liz Doyle (1st EW)

Improvers' Pairs Tues 20 October
Reg Richards & Christine Ware (1st NS)
Helen Schroeder & Suzanne Grist (2nd EW)

Wilts Pairs Tues 20 October
Pete van Praag & Prabir Nandi (3rd NS)
John Maggs & William Coley (3rd EW)

Wilts Pairs Sat 17 October
Davor Vukinovac & Pete van Praag (2nd)

Bath Brunswick Pairs Fri 16 October
Paul Cooper and David Jacklin (1st NS)
Nigel Cockburn & Stewart MacFarlane (1st EW)

Available on BBO ...

 FREE  Bath/Brunswick pairs – Fridays at 14.45 pm

Once your names are registered (email you're eligible to play: 
Competitions>Free Tournaments>Pending>Knobeline.

EBU daily games

Competitive Pairs – 12 boards 4 times daily:
at 2.00, 3.30, 7.30 & 9.00 pm

+ a daily Fast Game at 12 noon

Relaxed Pairs – 12 boards daily at 11 am
open to players up to & incl NGS 9

More info further down this page

Open Pairs
Director: Anne
Co-director(s): Anne
Social Pairs
Director: Sriram
Co-director(s): Sriram Chari
Improvers' Pairs
Director: James
Open Pairs
Director: Trevor
Social Pairs
Director: Trevor
Improvers' Pairs
Director: Jane
Co-director(s): Jane
Tue 27th Oct 2020
Improvers' Pairs
9.45 for 10 am
Director: Jane
Wed 28th Oct 2020
Social Pairs
9.45 for 10 am
Director: Chris
Thu 29th Oct 2020
Open Pairs
6.45 for 7 pm
Director: Chris
Tue 3rd Nov 2020
Improvers' Pairs
9.45 for 10 am
Director: Christine
Wed 4th Nov 2020
Social Pairs
9.45 for 10 am
Director: Sriram
Thu 5th Nov 2020
Open Pairs
6.45 for 7 pm
Director: James