Revised byelaws are on the noticeboard and under Information >> Legal on the website.
Bury Athenaeum is a great place to come and play bridge with a friendly atmosphere and games to suit all standards of player. The club operates a host system at most events with visitors most welcome with or without a partner. The club is affiliated to the EBU and Master Points are awarded at all duplicate events.
Assisted play occurs on Monday evening and Wednesday morning, where inexperienced players can play in a light hearted event, supported by experienced members willing to provide guidance on bidding and play. An ideal environment for beginnners as play uses simple ACOL. Wednesday evenings are for improvers and use bidding and play from the EBU publication, Continuing Play (book 2). Monday and Wednesday afternoons are very popular with those members and visitors who prefer not to venture out on winter evenings. Tuesday and Thursday evening are popular club nights. Friday evening tends to have a party atmosphere with free refreshments provided.
For full details of events and times go to Schedule of Events.
You should be polite and courteous at all times. It is improper to use facial expressions or intonation to indicate to partner what you would like to do.
Use only the proper language of bridge and try to make all your bids at the same pace. You may have a bidding problem and you are permitted to take time to think, but do not take an eternity. Try to play your cards at a uniform pace. It is improper to play a singleton with undue emphasis. Do not hesitate with the intention of deceiving declarer.
You are not permitted to try to mislead your opponents by your manner, behaviour or remarks. It is considered impertinent and bad manners to give unsolicited advice to opponents or criticise your partner. Better to say too little rather than too much.
There are occasions when we wish to discuss hands we have just played with partner. It is rude to opponents to delay play of the following hand. It can and does convey information to players at other tables who have yet to play the hand. For the movement to run smoothly, there should be as little delay as possible between hands and when moving from one table to the next.
Please make the opening lead before entering the contract on the Bridgemate or personal scorecard. This permits dummy to go down allowing declarer and partner to plan the play as the contract and opening lead are being recorded. This avoids unnecessary delay and more time is available to play the hand.
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The EBU National Grading System (NGS) is now up and running. You can check your own rank by going onto the EBU website, look for National Gradings and click on overview or full version to see how it works. You may also hide your ranking by clicking the My Details box then ticking the Suppress NGS grades box in your personal setting on the same site.
The first time you sign in as a member, enter your email address and then click on forgotten password. You will receive a password by email that you can change after you sign in.
Your Masterpoints and NGS rankings are now available and updated automatically.
If you wish / do not wish to appear in these lists, then amend "Opt In to Show Rank" in your account details.