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Learn Bridge in a Weekend - Absolute Beginner Course

If you are a complete beginner at bridge, check out Ned Paul's "Learn Bridge in a Weekend" course - next edition:

POSTPONED

Click the link above or email for details.

Cafe Bridge

For up-to-date Cafe Bridge News and Fixtures check out Victor Lesk's Cafe Bridge Page

About Ned Paul Bridge

Ned Paul organises bridge tournaments, practice sessions and tuition at a variety of venues across London.  All are welcome at any session; single players are paired up and everyone is guaranteed a game. Enquiries are welcome: email ned@nedpaul.com or phone or text 07792 715517.

Welcome to Bridge with Ned Paul
Ned Paul Bridge Goes Online
Ned Paul Bridge Goes Online

Full Programme of Online Tournaments & Seminars

With face-to-face bridge suspended, Ned Paul Bridge has gone online. We are currrently running six online tournaments a week. If lockdown continues this number may increase. The programme includes three daytime games a week and also three evening games a week at BBO 'peak time', which many other clubs are currently not offering. All members of any of Ned Paul's clubs, plus friends may play. A fee is payable for all players.

In addition to the tournament programme, we are running a once-a-week instructional bridge seminar. This is in the format of an Open-to-All Zoom videoconference, which we discuss a bridge bidding or play topic each week. The conference includes the chance to play themed deals on BBO.

Tournaments

We use the bridge playing site https://www.bridgebase.com/ (known as 'BBO') to run these games. There are now a minimum of six games a week.  All games are 18 boards, matchpointed pairs.

 

Monday daytime - 12.30pm  Monday evening  - 7.30pm
* Wednesday daytime - 12.30pm  Wednesday evening  - 7.30pm
* Friday daytime - 12.30pm  * Friday evening  - 7.30pm

 

New Payment Method

With the increased number of tournaments, we are, from May forwards, charging a set price per game. This is fairer for all players as everyone now pays per game for the games they play. This charge is payable to Ned Paul Bridge and reflects the time and cost needed to organise and run tournaments. (Costs include Tournament Director fees and EBU charges.)  This per game charge replaces the previous monthly subscription charge.

Please pre-purchase your game credits - see payment method below.  You may buy games singly at £3.00 plus 25p handling fee; four at a time £12 (no handling fee) or £25 for ten games. A game credit will let you play once, and you can use a second credit to pay for your partner. 

Additionally, BBO requires a charge of US$3 a game for peak time evening games. All games starting between 4.00pm and 9.00pm UK time are affected.  You need to pre-load your BBO$ account using a credit or debit card, otherwise the system will not permit you to register for the tournament. The $3 surcharge is deducted by BBO when the tournament begins.

Early and late games alike are EBU registered. EBU Master Points are issued. They will appear on your masterpoint record as from 'Ned Paul Bridge Club' 

To Play

To play, first make sure that you are registered on BBO (free of charge) - then mail me (ned_paul@outlook.com) with your BBO user name, your real name, your EBU number if you have one, and your contact email.  On receipt of your details and payment (see below), I will add you to the list of 'permitted players' entitled to join my games.

Finding the tournaments on BBO: Log on and at the welcome screen click 'Competitive', then, 'Tournaments', then 'All Tournaments'.  Scroll down the time-ordered list until you find the 'Ned Paul Online Tournament'.  Click 'Register' to play. If you know who your partner is 'Invite' them and your partner, who should be online too, can 'Accept'.  If you have no pre-arranged partner, click 'Show Partnership Desk' and either 'Invite' a player already waiting or add your name to the partnership desk list.

Please be online at the scheduled start time for the game, or the system will eliminate you from the tournament. 

If you are unfamiliar with BBO, please watch this Youtube video which will guide you through the access process and answer many questions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahu_wyTYGGw

How To Pay

From May forward please use the Ned Paul online payment portal brianbridge.net/npo.  This payment portal has been set up for me by colleague Victor Lesk of BriAn scoring app fame: 'npo' stands for Ned Paul Online.  BACS, Credit/Debit Card and Cheques are all accepted. Please use this payment portal for all future payments even if you know my bank details and have previously paid direct.  This will help me keep track of you.

Video Conferencing Seminars

Every Thursday evening at 7.15pm we hold a video conference on Zoom, hosted by Victor Lesk, the author of the BriAn bridge scoring app. There will be a social catch-up followed at 7.30pm by discussion of a bridge topic of the week with Victor and Ned or other guest Tutor and the chance to learn by playing real hands. It's easy to join - just click this link at the right time: https://zoom.us/j/731062415 (password 123456) and follow the prompts to download the Zoom app. You will be able to see and hear others, and be seen and heard if you wish. Topics may include such as:

  • Slam conventions including Blackwood and Roman Blackwood
  • Two suited overcalls - Michaels, Unusual NT
  • Carding: Signalling and discards
  • The losing trick count

Payment: Please book your seminars at the payment portal above brianbridge.net/npo. BACS, Credit/Debit Card and Cheques accepted. Any payment queries for the seminars should be directed to Victor Lesk (brianplaysbridge@gmail.com)

If you haven't got round to paying please just join and catch up payment later.  We would rather see you than not.

Friendly Bridge - Informal Surroundings
Friendly Bridge - Informal Surroundings

Welcome to Bridge with Ned Paul. On these pages you will find information and results from events run by Ned Paul, not recorded on any specific club website. The following clubs all have their own websites (click links for more):

Here are some current sessions for which you will find details and results on this site:

  • Novice duplicate Monday afternoons now ae the Willoughby Arms pub, 47 Willoughby Road, Kingston KT2 6LN, start at 1.15pm.  These duplicates, originally held at Ham House, are now being taken under the wing of Kingston Bridge Club and results are also posted on that site.  Suitable for new players.
  • Intermediate duplicates on Wednesday afternoon at the same venue (Kingston United Reformed Church, Eden Street, KT1 1 HZ), start at 1.30pm.
  • Marylebone Bridge Club - gentle duplicate every Wednesday evening. We now meet in the Notttng Hill area at The Walmer Castle pub, 58 Ledbury Road, Holland Park, W11 2AJ.  Results now posted here.
  • Café Bridge - results will be posted on this site when events that I am involved in take place.
  • Other special events, e.g. Christmas Party Bridge
Cue Bidding Workshop Day - November 17th

24 players attended a recent 2-session Seminar & Practice Day on "Cue Bidding for Slam", led by Ned Paul.  This took place on  November 17th at Young Chelsea Bridge Club, Shepherds Bush..

The day started with a a presentation and discussion of  Cue Bidding, followed by a series of practice deals. The afternoon session ran as an 18-baord themed duplicate tournament, giving participants a chance to practice cue-bidding in a realistic but concentrated way. Simialr days on other topics may be held in 2019.

About Ned Paul Bridge

Ned Paul organises bridge tournaments, practice sessions and tuition at a variety of venues across London.  All are welcome at any session; single players are paired up and everyone is guaranteed a game. Enquiries are welcome: email ned@nedpaul.com or phone or text 07792 715517.

This page is always under construction. Please check back again soon.

Results
Ned Paul Friday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Friday Online 7.30pm
Director: Ned
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Monday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Monday Online 7.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
Ned Paul Friday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
Calendar
1st June 2020
Ned Paul Monday Online 12.30pm
www.bridgebase.com 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
1st June 2020
Ned Paul Monday Online 7.30pm
www.bridgebase.com 7.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
3rd June 2020
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 12.30pm
www.bridgebase.com 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
3rd June 2020
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 7.30pm
www.bridgebase.com 7.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
5th June 2020
Ned Paul Friday Online 12.30pm
www.bridgebase.com 12.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
5th June 2020
Ned Paul Friday Online 7.30pm
www.bridgebase.com 7.30pm
Director: Ned Paul
New Website for London Tournament Events Launched

A new website for tournament events in London has been launched.  The address is www.bridgewebs.com/eventsinlondon.  The site will list in one place 'official' county events from both London (London Metropolitan Bridge Association) and Middlesex (Middlesex County Bridge Association), and also any EBU National Events held in London.  Also included are 1-off or annual open events held by the various London clubs.  Clubs known to hold annual open events of interest include The Roehampton Club, The Hurlingham Club, the Civil Engineers Club, West London Gay Bridge Club, Pinner BC, etc and in the past New Chiswick BC, London Duplicate BC, TGRs BC, etc.  

Cafe Bridge Drives are popular in London and such events within the M25 are listed too.  Specifically excluded are events put on by clubs that are aimed exclusively or primarily at their members. And for regular weekly duplicates, check the appropriate club's own website.

Saturday Evening Informal Bridge

There is Saturday evening informal bridge available on alternate Saturdays at the Bathurst Deli, 3 Bathurst Street, London W2 2SD near Paddington. Victor Lesk is the host and you can see details at http://www.meetup.com/Friendly-bridge-group-in-London/

Sunday Evening Social Bridge at TGR's Club

There is Sunday evening informal bridge available every Sunday evening at the TGRs Bridge Club, 19c Craven Road, London W2 3BP opposite Paddington station. Robin Lal-sarin is the host and you can see details at http://www.meetup.com/Friendly-bridge-group-in-London/