We know that players learn their bridge in many different ways. Some may have picked up the basics of the game many years ago and would like to play again but are not too sure how much they can remember. Others may have attended formal lessons and feel they are now ready to graduate into a more competitive atmosphere. You may feel that you have read all the books, know the theory, and now is the time to play. Perhaps you have played on a computer and may even have ventured into one of the online bridge clubs. Or you may already play rubber bridge on a regular basis and wonder what duplicate bridge is all about.
Whatever your background we know that the move to playing at a bridge club or moving on to duplicate bridge can be quite daunting. If the idea of playing duplicate bridge in a proper bridge club gives you "stage fright" this is for you. Our MENTORED DUPLICATE evening is intended as a gentle introduction to the club, its members and, most importantly, to the game of duplicate bridge itself. We invite anyone to attend.
At present, we have no stipulation about membership for these sessions. All we ask is that you turn up at the club on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:15 p.m. (play starts at 7:30 p.m.) ready to play. You don't necessarily need to bring a playing partner but if you are planning to arrive alone it would help if you advise us in advance, we will do everything we can to ensure that you get a game.
We will normally give a contact name in the calendar entry on the website failing which there is a form at the bottom of this page for you to advise us electronically. Please check the website, just in case we have been obliged to cancel the event.
We charge £3 per head (table money) which includes refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits etc).
These are not formal beginners’ lessons, we would expect you to know the basics of bidding and playing but we won’t expect you to be proficient. There will be experienced players on hand to help you with the scoring and anything else that is new. In common with most bridge clubs we use bidding boxes and will be happy to show you how these work. We will also introduce you to our BridgeMate electronic scoring terminals which ensure that results will be available instantly at the end of each session.
We do not encourage the use of any complicated bidding systems or conventions on these evenings. Stayman, Transfers and Blackwood are fine, should you wish, but not compulsory and we would strongly discourage anything more involved.
The club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU) but we are not able to issue any of their Masterpoints for these sessions because the input and advice of the mentors constitutes tuition. [If you are wondering what Masterpoints are you should come to one of these sessions and we will explain]. We play under the rules and regulations specified by the EBU and whilst we will be applying those rules, without which this would not be a proper introduction to the duplicate game, we will be mindful of inexperience. The only rules that we will strictly enforce are those in the code of conduct for Best Behaviour at Bridge
Please come and join us.