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Social Duplicate

Social Duplicate bridge continues at the BEDFORD on Tuesdays. You play with same partner throughout. Any single players are matched up and everyone is guaranteed a game. We normally play around 18/20 boards. Results are sent out promptly by email.

Electronic Scoring with smart phones using the free BriAnBridge app.

BriAn Electronic Scoring

Duplicate bridge tournaments in our group use instant elctronic scoring, thanks to an app called 'BriAn'. BriAn stands for "Bridge on iPhone and Android") and uses mobile phone technology to replace traditional tabletop scorers or paper scoring. Players can use their own smart phones or other devices such as iPads or android scoring tablets to record their scores.

We believe BriAn is a very player-friendly system that has advantages over other systems. When results are entered for each deal, the next screen shows the full lay-out of the deal, the available tricks in each suit and a full travelling score slip in a single screen. Results of previous boards and a full table of current rankings can be accessed via a  menu. The bridge director can create and modify games, adjust scores if necessary and create final files suitable for posting to the web.

If you have a suitable android or iPhone you can become a scorer simply by downloading the free BriAn Bridge app.  Go to the app shop on your device in the normal way and search for "Brian Bridge". It's free to install and easy to use. You can read more about BriAn Bridge at Becoming a scorer is fun but entirely optional.

Evening Duplicate Bridge in Putney

Ned Paul, one of the founders of Bridge in Balham, also runs evening duplicate bridge every Monday (bank holidays excepted) in Putney.  Meet for a 7.30pm start at Winchetser House, 10 Lower Richmond Road, SW15 1JN, This is friendly club standard duplicte - we play a full 24 boards and aim to finish by 10.30pm. All welcome, host syetem so partners found for single players.  Street parking available, free after 7.00pm. Fee £8.00, quote code 'BALHAM' for a half price game on your first appearance.   Information:

Notting Hill Wednesday Evenings

India Leeming has now taken over from Kit Jackson as leader of our Wednesday evening friendly duplicate sessions in Notting Hill. We meet every Wednesday at the Walmer Castle pub, 58 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AJ.

15-18 boards, printed hand records, BriAn smart phone scoring system.  Food is available at the pub and the bridge runs from approx. 7:15 - 10:00. All welcome, partners found.

At last we can resume our sessions at the Bedford Pub!

We shall start again on Monday 19th July at 10:00 until 12:00, supervised play.

The next session will be on Tuesday 20th July 10:00 until 13:00, gentle duplicate.

I am keeping the session fee as it was (£10:00) for the moment.

I look forward to seeing you all again - and also welcoming any new players who wish to practice and improve!

I shall continue with the Thursday BBO online session, starting at 10:00am.

Kit Jackson.

Bridge in Balham
Bridge in Balham

Meet At "The BEDFORD"

Balham SW12 9HD

– a great venue for friendly bridge.

Monday Mornings:  Social Bridge. All standards welcome, including novices and improvers.  Sessions are supported by experienced tutors.

Tuesday Mornings:  Social Duplicate Bridge. This is our weekly duplicate bridge game. Experienced players are welcome but it is also suitable for newer and improving players incluidng players who have not played duplicate before. Single players welcome and will be paired up.  Everyone is guaranteed a game.

Come and join us every week for Social 'Supervised' Bridge on Mondays (10.00am-12.00pm) or Friendly Gentle Duplicate Bridge on Tuesdays (10.00am-13.00pm). Partners found for all sessions.

We are conveniently located at 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD, accessible from all parts of London via the Northern Line (or BR from Clapham Junction) to Balham station (just 3 mins away). Convenient for all areas of South London, especially Clapham, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Battersea and Tooting.

The BEDFORD is open all day. Tea and coffee available, or stay for lunch - with a 50% reduction for bridge players - while you digest those new conventions.

We find single players partners for all sessions. The duplicates are scored soon after, with results and hand records also available online. You will get a weekly email as well with club news and helpful hints and tips.

If you know the basics and want to improve - or even learn from scratch - come and join our Monday morning Bridge Workshop - 10:00 - 12:00.  All welcome – we can improve your bidding and your confidence!  We have tables for a very gentle duplicate where you can ask for advice on bidding or play, as well as tables for those who want less competitive learning. If you come alone partners will be found.   For Beginner Classes see "Teaching and Lessons". For more details visit our Information section on the left or email KIT JACKSON: (07950 779402).

Gentle Duplicate Every Tuesday
We play Gentle Duplicate normally about 18-20 boards - 10:00 - 13:00. This is at a suitable standard and pace for newer and improving players. We hope the session provides an ideal introduction to the exciting world of club duplicate bridge. All welcome, friendly ambience guaranteed, partners found for all single players. 07950 779 402
Learning Bridge with Kit Jackson

Monday at the BEDFORD is Learners & Improvers Day. If you are an absolute beginner, please enquire by email ( or phone Kit Jackson: on 07950 779402. We are beginner friendly and may be able to give you enough tuition (and confidence!) to join a novice-level table straightaway.  Please trust our experience and give us a try. Alternatively why not try one of Ned Paul's "Learn Bridge in a Weekend" course for absolute beginners - see below.

Learn Bridge in a Weekend

Ned Paul, one of the founders of the Bridge in Balham group, is one of London's leading bridge teachers. His speciaility course for beginners is Learn Bridge in a Weekend - a complete introduction to the basics of bridge over two days. Suitable for 'refreshers' as well The course has had excellent results over several years and after the course you will fit right in on Mondays!  Next dates are:

  • Nov. 20th/21st 2021 - Paddington, London W2 3BP

See or click this link for full details.

Director: Kit Jackson
Director: Kit Jackson
Director: Kit Jackson
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