Bridge With Kit Jackson in Balham
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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.

Thursday Morning Online Game

Balham players combine with players from Ned Paul's group for an online duplicate every Thursday morning at 10.30am.  All welcome and partners found. We play on the videobridge platform RealBridge so you are at a virtual bridge table where you can see and talk to your opponents and your partner.  It's fun!   To register click each week on this link:  Use the alphabetical index to find your name and then click on it.  This takes you to the realBridge 'lobby' where you can meet your partner or, if running single, we will find you a partner.  If not listed by name go to the bottom of the list and click 'anon' and fill in the details. 

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. We play from 10.00 to 12.00.

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:

  • March 12th/13th 2022 - Paddington, London W2 3BP
  • April 2nd/3rd 2022 - Paddington, London W2 3BP
  • May 14th/15th 2022 - Paddington, London W2 3BP

Email for information and registration form or click for full details.

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