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Coming out of Lockdown

We are gradually moving towards first face-to-face bridge. We have restarted weekly duplicate tournaments at the London Mindsports Centre, Hammersmith on Tuesday evenings; at Kingston Bridge Club on Thursday evenings; and at the Ruff Club in Camden (Friday evenings.

Daytime bridge on Tuesday afternoons at Chiswick Tennis Club (2.00-4.30pm) has also restarted. In contrast, Our Lady Queen of Peace on Thursday mornings is more problematic:  we have not yet had the go ahead.  

As the picture becomes clearer individual club websites are being updated.

Even with these re-openings, all our online games will continue until further notice.

New Venue For Tuesday Evening Duplicate
New Venue For Tuesday Evening Duplicate
John Balson Remembered

The late John Balson died at the Princess Alice Hospice Esher in 2019. In March 2021 we ran a memorial bridge day in his name that raised a massive £5,000+ for the Hospice.

Here is a bridge story that typifies John. You deal and hold:

♠ A K Q 9 8 3
♥ A Q
♦ A 9 4 2
♣ K

You are behind in a match you need to win and the boards are running out.  You open 2♣ and partner responds 3♣, a positive response promising 8+hcp and two of the top three honours in clubs. What is your rebid and what was the late John Balson's rebid?  Fot the answer click on this link.

Cafe Bridge

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

New for 2021 - Partner Finder Service

New for 2021 is the Bridgewebs 'Partner Finder' service, which you can use for any advertised online tournament. 

Click  the 'Find a Partner' link above.  To register for the service, you will need to enter your EBU number and your email address. You will be sent a link to your private 'member's area' on this website. When activated this will allow you to choose sessions where you need a partner. 

If you have difficulty registering (or do not have an EBU number yet) please send an email to Ned ( and we will send you your number and confirm your entry in our players' list.

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Welcome to Bridge with Ned Paul
Friendly Bridge - Informal Surroundings
Friendly Bridge - Informal Surroundings

WELCOME to Bridge with Ned Paul. On these pages you will find information and results from online events run by Ned Paul.

If you are looking for live tournament play post-Lockdown, the following clubs hosted by Ned all have their own websites (click links for details of sessions and recent results):

Ned also runs 'Supervised Play' sessions for refreshers and improvers.  Join us each week at Chiswick Tennis Club, W4 3EU on Tuesday afternoons (2.00pm-4.30pm) - currently live; and at Our Lady Queen of Peace church hall, Sheen, on Thursday mornings - currently (Dec.2021) awaiting post-Covid resumption. 

Please enquire.without obligation. Players of all standards are welcome and games are hosted, ensuring all single players will be found a partner.

Beginner Lessons
We are resuming our popular Beginner Course - 'Learn Bridge in a Weekend' . There will be an edition in London on January 15th/16th 2022. Details are on this page.

Ned Paul Bridge Goes Online
Ned Paul Bridge Goes Online

Full Programme of Online Tournaments - New Thursday Morning Game

With face-to-face bridge still largely suspended, Ned Paul Bridge has gone online. We are currrently running SEVEN online tournaments a week. The programme includes four daytime games a week and also three evening games a week.  The core of the regular players come from Ned Paul's various F2F clubs but we also extend a general welcome to players looking for friendly mainly Acol typically 18-board duplicates, that offer EBU master points. All players should have fully completed BBO profiles  and should be prepared to  announced or alert any conventional bids.  Single players are welcome - see below. 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.


We use the bridge playing site (known as 'BBO') to run these games. There are now six games a week.  All games are 18 boards, matchpointed pairs (Friday evening may be 20 or 21 boards).  All the games are registered with English Bridge Union (EBU) and give the opportunity to win EBU Master Points. Games will appear on your EBU record as from 'Ned Paul Bridge Club' . Membership of the EBU is free if you play in the tournaments; if you are not yet a member we can register you.


Monday daytime - 12.30pm  Monday evening  - 7.30pm
* Wednesday daytime - 12.30pm  Wednesday evening  - 7.30pm
* Thursday morning - 10.00am  
* Friday daytime - 12.30pm  * Friday evening  - 7.30pm

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To Play

To play, first make sure that you are registered on BBO (free of charge) - then mail me ( with your BBO user name, your real name, your EBU number if you have one, and your contact email.  On receipt of your details, 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. 

If you are unfamiliar with BBO, please watch this Youtube video which will guide you through the access process and answer many questions:

Single Players

As far as possible we welcome single players to the tournaments.  As a first step please log on and register and go to the BBO 'Partnership Desk'.  Another single player may invite you to play (or vice versa).  You may also choose to play with a BBO Robot, though if you choose this option voluntarily we will need to charge you the robot's table money too! (This does not apply if we offer you a robot partner after the game has started.)

If no partner is available we will probably spot you waiting there and if so you will be invited by a host.If you cannot get a partner stay in the partnership desk and you will be invited by a host shortly before game time.

New for January 2021:  we have started a 'Find A Partner' service on BBO so you can advertise in advance for a partner for a particular session or sessions.  See the separate text box on the left. 

How To Pay

Games cost £4 per person per game. You may buy games singly at £4.00 plus 30p handling fee; four at a time £16 (no handling fee) or £35 for ten games. This game credit charge reflects the time and cost needed to organise and run tournaments. (Costs include BBO fees, the EBU  'Universal Membership' charge and Tournament Director costs)  

To pay, please use the Ned Paul online payment portal  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 payments even if you know my bank details and have previously paid direct.  This will help me keep track of you.

Princess Alice Hospice Fundraiser - March 12th
Princess Alice Hospice Fundraiser - March 12th

Princess Alice Hospice Day Raised £5,010 – Amazing Outcome!

Our Princess Alice Hospice Day on Friday March 12th was a huge and stunning success!  With your help we smashed to smithereens even our most optimistic targets, raising a total including Gift Aid of £5,010.  Wow, just wow! Contributions came in via entry fees, entries to the prize draw, and donations via John Hughes's Richmond Friends of PAH Just Giving page. Many of you added Gift Aid, swelling the total.

The day was held in memory of John Balson, my long term bridge partner, who died at the Hospice two years ago.  I was delighted how many of you remembered him from playing in local clubs and tournaments.

After the tournaments, John Hughes's wife Marta of the Richmond Friends did the blind draw for the draw prizes and these were the winners: 

  • Vintage Port: Maxine Julius
  • Wine Hamper: Barbara Beaumont
  • Cashmere jumper: Billie Stephens
  • Fiorelli Wallet: Barbara Spratley
  • One Hundred Teddington High Street voucher: Derek Thrumble
  • Old Plough at Cobham voucher: Carol Regulski

Winners have been contacted and asked to make arrangements for collection/delivery of their prize. 

The Just Giving page will remain open for a while  – click here.  

For the background to John Balson and the Hospice read the item elsewhere on this page or click on this link.

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 or phone or text 07792 715517.

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

Ned Paul Monday Online 7.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Friday Merged 7.30pm
Director: Ned Paul + Ivan Brajkovic
Ned Paul Friday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Friday Online 7.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Thursday Online 10.00am
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 7.30pm
Director: Ivan
Ned Paul Monday Online 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
8th December 2021
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 12.30pm 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
8th December 2021
Ned Paul Wednesday Online 7.30pm 7.30pm
Director: Ivan
9th December 2021
Ned Paul Thursday Online 10.00am 10.00am
Director: Ivan
10th December 2021
Ned Paul Friday Online 12.30pm 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
10th December 2021
Ned Paul Friday Online 7.30pm 7.30pm
Director: Ivan
13th December 2021
Ned Paul Monday Online 12.30pm 12.30pm
Director: Ivan
13th December 2021
Ned Paul Monday Online 7.30pm 7.30pm
Director: Ivan
Learn Bridge In A Weekend Returns!

Our popular beginner course 'Learn Bridge in a Weekend' is returning after Lockdown. 

We have run this course with great success for more than fifteen years.  It was designed for absolute beginners but is also great for refreshers and returners.  We cover all the basics need to get you started in a single weekend. That means that your focus can then switch straightaway to gaining experience through actual play.  Bridge is not hard to play - but you need experience to play well. We will help you througn that exciting journey with playing opportunities and further lessons as necessary. 

Hours are Saturday/Sunday 10.30am-5.30pm both days.  The tuition is supported throughout by playing practice and you receive a comprehensive folder of notes and examples.  Hot buffet lunch is included on both days.    Cost is £125 per person,

Next available dates:

Sunday Evening Social Bridge at TGR's Club

Now meeting in person again! 

Friendly 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


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

Currently in Lockdown.