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Bude Bridge Club Committee

The Club Committee for 2019/2020

 Chairman:  Deb Delvalle

 Vice-Chairman:  Ann Bennett

Secretary:   Christine Theobald

Treasurer:     Stephen Smith

Committee Members: Linda Ashworth, Maureen Fallows, Hilary Dorren, Alison Osborne, Steve Trenner


The Directors' rota for this year:


1st, 2nd and 5th Chris
3rd Bob
4th Stephen S


Wednesdays: Deb (scorers Tom and Terry)



1st     Neil


EBU Royalty 2020

The Club has several regular members in the 'Royalty and Honours' of the current EBU National Grading Scheme as of 1st April 2020:

King: Alan Biggs 

Queen:  Chris Nichols, Steven Clifton

Jack: Nick Newell, Rob Irish, 

10s:  Jane Koldewey, David Clarke, Neil Trenaman,  Ann Bennett, Bob Bennett, Lindsey Sandilands, Paul Creighton




All sessions (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays): Members £2.50 (£3.50 Sims nights). 

Visitors £3.50 (£6.50 on Sims nights)


Contact Us

To contact us, please contact Ann Bennett at the above email and phone number.

Mr. Bridge Quiz
Mr. Bridge Quiz

Try the 'Mr. Bridge' quiz!

Updated every Tuesday.

North Cornwall Bridge Clubs
North Cornwall Bridge Clubs

As well as Bude, there are 3 other EBU affiliated bridge clubs in North Cornwall - Bodmin, Newquay and Wadebridge.

They share a website at

Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Welcome to Bude Bridge Club

The Parkhouse Centre is now closed until further notice for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, and so must we.  I’m sure we all feel a mixture of sadness and relief, as the decision is now taken out of our hands.

But online Bridge can still be had!  With Masterpoints!  Check out the EBU website, right at the top of the home page.  They are going to make it easy to access for those who have never played online before.  

Some club members are already playing, using Bridge Club Live (BCL). You can register with BCL at

It will cost £1.20 for the first month, and you can then decide whether to continue or not.

  1. To benefit from the CLUB facilities, each club member must be a full member of BCL. There are many incentives to join right now.
  2. Go to the "CLUBS" page which is visible from the Main Menu page of BCL under "Members->Clubs". There you will see your other club members listed by ALIAS
  3. Play at any time of day or night in the DIDO room, and see your results specific to your partnership and other club members on the "CLUB" page.
  4. When online, you can now press a new 'LOCAL CLUB' button, and see just those members of your local club and whether they are online or playing or just waiting for a game.


Welcome to Bude Bridge Club
Club Champions 2019
Club Champions 2019

Alan Biggs and Paul Creighton are this year's Club Champions, pictured here with their John Ridding trophies.

Alan also teamed up with Rob Mabley to win the Clifton Trophy.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Bridge

Our weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will continue once COVID-19 has died down.

Friday duplicate bridge at the  Parkhouse will be booked on a month by month basis. 

The next date will be a long way off!

Team Champions 2019
Team Champions 2019

 Sarah and Neil Trenaman teamed up with Chris Nichols and Jane Koldewey to win the club Teams Championship 2019.

Sarah was also winner of the June Justice Individual Championship.

Chris and Jane were winners of the Stratton Cup for Handicap Pairs and the John and Bill Grand Slam Bottles.

Inaugural Beryl Mardon Trophy winner
Inaugural Beryl Mardon Trophy winner

Maureen Fallows is the first-ever winner of the new Beryl Mardon Cup for service to the club,  voted on by the members.

Collian Bowl Winners 2019
Collian Bowl Winners 2019

Annie Quartermain and Rob Irish were awarded the Collian Bowl 2019 at the AGM.

AGM photos by Bob Bennett

Monthly News Report, April 2020.

.A curtailed month of bridge saw the conclusion of all the season’s competitions.

The Honours Board for this season :

The John Ridding Club Championship:  Steven Clifton and David Clarke

Teams of Four Trophy:  Neil and Sarah Trenaman, Jane Koldewey and Chris Nichols

Collian Bowl:  Tertia and Tom Salt

Handicap Pairs:  Maureen Fallows and Ian Curtis

Doris and Frank Clifton Trophy:  Steven Clifton and David Clarke

June Justice Individual Bowl:  Neil Trenaman

Jug of Bridge Wisdom:  Gill Lowe and Tim Benson

Beryl Mardon Memorial Trophy for service to the Club:  Deb Delvalle

John and Bill Grand Slam Bottle:  Alan Merchant-White, Steve Trenner and Chris Nichols

In our pairs sessions, Bob Bennett had an exceptional month, winning twice with Ann Bennett and also with Linda Ashworth.

Other winners were Julia Hilder and Tim Benson, and Steven Clifton and David Clarke (twice)

The COVID-19 lockdown has meant that the Club has suspended face-to-face play for the foreseeable future.

However, many members are now playing on-line bridge and details of how to play, at every level, are available on the Bude Bridge Club website

The World's Smallest Double Dummy Problem

South is in 4 Spades and has won 8 of the first 10 tricks.

Now on lead, how do they win 2 of the remaining tricks?

Only 3 cards left - should be easy.....

With only three cards to consider, it is easy to find the solution. Here is the analysis for each of South’s three cards.

The ace of clubs.

You can’t lead that. West will ruff and East will be left with another defensive spade trick.

The ace of spades.

You can’t lead that either.

If you lead the ace of spades and then the ace of clubs, West ruffs and East takes the last trick with the king of spades.

If you lead the ace of spades and another spade, East gets the last two tricks with his spade and his diamond.

That leaves you with the small spade.

The key is that if West plays low, so does dummy. East wins but is endplayed. A trump lead lets South take the last two tricks and if East leads his diamond instead, South discards his club and ruffs in dummy with the queen.

If West plays his jack, you must cover with dummy’s queen. East wins the king but has no safe retort.


If West plays his jack, you better not duck in dummy. If you do, West wins and leads his ace of hearts. This will promote a trump trick for East-West. I leave you to see why this is so. West’s two of spades may end up taking the setting trick

Latest Tuesday result

 Congratulations to David and Steven, winners of the John Ridding Club Championship with an exceptional percentage.

Well done!

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EBU Winter Sim Pairs

Out of 731 pairs , Jane and Chris were 68th nationally (213 Map + 0.71 Blues) ; Steven and Alan 103rd (174 MPs + 0.51 Blues) and Bob and Ann 208th (57 MPs + 0.20 Blues).

Handicap Pairs 2019-2020

Winners of the wine prizes for this season:

September: Maureen Fallows and Ian Curtis

October: Noreen Heslop and Margaret Swayne

November:  Terry Abbott and Neil Trenaman

December: Paul Creighton and Alan Biggs

January: Annie Quartermain and Tilly Peck

February: Jenny Tregarthen and Linda Ashworth

March: Mike Newman and Rob Irish


HUGE Congratulations to Alan Biggs on his promotion by the EBU  in April 2020 to the rank of


Alan is the first member of the Club ever to reach this high rank.

Forthcoming Events

No bridge at the Parkhouse until further notice.

Competition Winners 2019/2020


The John Ridding Club Championship

Steven Clifton and David Clarke



Teams of Four

Neil and Sarah, Jane and Chris

Collian Bowl

Tertia and Tom Salt

Handicap Pairs

Maureen Fallows and Ian Curtis

Doris and Frank Clifton Trophy

Steve Clifton and David Clarke

June Justice Individual

Neil Trenaman

Jug of Bridge Wisdom

(See News Page)

Gill Lowe and Tim Benson
Beryl Mardon Memorial Trophy Deb Delvalle 

John and Bill Grand Slam Bottle

Alan Merchant-White, Steve Trenner, Chris Nichols  




Cornwall County Bridge Association
Cornwall County Bridge Association

Bude Bridge Club is affiliated to the Cornwall County Bridge Association.

Click here to visit their web-site.

3rd April 2020
No bridge
7th April 2020
No bridge
8th April 2020
No bridge
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Steven Trenner
Scorer: Thomas Salt
Club Championship 2 (members only)
Director: Steven Clifton
Scorer: Steven Clifton
Friday Pairs
Director: Linda Ashworth
Scorer: Robert Bennett
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Thomas Salt
Handicap Pairs 7
Director: Chris Nichols
Scorer: Chris Nichols
Wednesday Pairs
Director: Deb Delvalle
Scorer: Thomas Salt