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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Master Point Promotions June 2019

Congratulations to those promoted:

Club Master Janice Bridger, Malcolm Hill

Last updated : 11th Aug 2019 11:09 BST
Surrey Sim Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Karran and Malcolm Hill

Tuesday Fiona Kemp & Debbie Heinemann

Wednesday Jane O'Hare and Ian McIntosh

Thursday Paul Green and Tony Cherrett

Please click on the day above for full results

Last updated : 25th Jul 2019 21:19 BST
Master Point Promotions May 2019

Congratulations to those promoted:

3 Star Regional Master Mick Edwards Alan Webber

District Master Jo Chapman, Paul Norris

Area Master Linda Jackson

Club Master Julia Baumann

Last updated : 4th Jul 2019 15:26 BST
Master Point Promotions April 2019

Congratulations to those promoted:

Premier Tournament Master Alan Webber

1 Star Master Andrew Rumble

Advanced Master Jane O'Hare

District Master Mandy Baker Sally Basing

Last updated : 6th Jun 2019 14:29 BST
EBED Spring Sim Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Alan Webber and Mick Edwards

Tuesday Alan Webber and Mick Edwards

Wednesday Rosemary Linington and Mick Edwards

Please click on the day above for full results

Last updated : 31st May 2019 08:26 BST
EBU Spring Sim Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Mick Edwards and Alan Webber

Tuesday Colin Edy and Keith Flower

Wednesday Andrew Rumble and Peter Kelly

Thursday  Mick Edwards and Alan Webber

Click on the day above for full results

 

Last updated : 2nd May 2019 06:19 BST
Master Point Promotions December 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

Premier Tournament Master Mick Edwards

1 Star Master Ian McIntosh

County Master David Frith, Jane Gallagher, Fiona Kemp, Adrian Little, Mary Pannett

District Master Wendy Rogers, Maureen Thomas

Area Master Mike Chevreau, Debbie Heinemann

Club Master Barbara Bassett, Melanie Calver, Ken Haines

Last updated : 2nd May 2019 06:18 BST
Stratified Sim Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Andrew Rumble and Peter Kelly

Tuesday Roy Bassett and David Frith

3rd place Nationwide and leaders catogory D

Wednesday Andrew Rumble and Peter Kelly

Leaders Nationwide

Thursday  Mick Edwards and Alan Webber

Leaders Nationwide

Click on the day above for full results

 

Last updated : 19th Apr 2019 09:27 BST
Charity Challenge for the RNLI

Mick and Alan are currently leading this event. Please click here for the results.

 

Last updated : 19th Apr 2019 09:26 BST
2018 Annual Masterpoints EBU

Very well done to Caterham players in the National/County rankings 

Two players topped the county catagories and have won prizes

Level 4 Mick Edwards (Mick also won the most masterpoints at this level in England)

Level 5 Colin Edy (there are many Caterham players in the top 50)

Level 6 (we have many players in the top 10)

Our players also did very well nationally

Mick Edwards 64th and Alan Webber 81st click here

Click the level concerned for the full table

Last updated : 18th Apr 2019 21:27 BST
Annual Masterpoint Competitions 2018

The winners for 2018 were:

Monday am Alan Webber

Tuesday am Tony Cherrett

Wednesday pm Mick Edwards

Thursday am Alan Webber

Click the day concerned for the full table

Next year we will add a Wednesday am competition which should produce a new name

Last updated : 24th Feb 2019 18:32 GMT
British Winter Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Mary Pannett and Jane Gallagher

Mary and Jane are leading nationwide

Tuesday Alan Webber and Tabitha Cherrett

Wednesday Fiona and Rosemary

Thursday Keith and David

Click on the day above for full results

 

Last updated : 20th Feb 2019 08:03 GMT
Master Point Promotions November 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

Local Master Ken Haines

Last updated : 15th Jan 2019 06:45 GMT
Dorin Salver

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Colin Edy and Ken Haines

Tuesday Paul and Adrian

Wednesday Laurence and Dave

Thursday  Roy and Sue

Click on the day above for full results

During the week we have raised £188 for The Queen Elizabeth Foundation

Click here for details

Last updated : 15th Jan 2019 06:45 GMT
Children In Need

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Colin Edy and Tony Cherrett

Tuesday Maureen Thomas and Mick Edwards

Wednesday Keith Oatway and David Frith

Thursday  Alan Webber and Mick Edwards

Click on the day above for full results

Click here for Masterpoint awards

During the week we raised £294 for Children in Need

Click here for details of donations

Last updated : 21st Dec 2018 05:45 GMT
Master Point Promotions October 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

County Master Paul Green 

District Master Alex Hunter

Club Master Helen Brett Debbie Heinemann Linda Jackson

Local Master Gill Armstrong Julia Baumann Julia McKnight

Last updated : 10th Dec 2018 19:41 GMT
British Autumn Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Bill and Linda

Tuesday Alan and Mick

Wednesday Paul and Bill

Thursday Mick and Alan

Click on the day above for full results

Last updated : 13th Nov 2018 07:02 GMT
Master Point Promotions September 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

Advanced Master Rosemary Linington

Master Nicky Gill

Area Master Stuart England

Club Master Bill Bellenger

Local Master Jan Cottingham

Last updated : 2nd Nov 2018 12:35 GMT
Master Point Promotions August 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

Master Keith Oatway

County Master Julie Kamieniecka

Area Master Paul Calver Ron Thomas

Club Master Sandra Hemming

Local Master Debbie Heinemann

 

Last updated : 5th Oct 2018 21:49 BST
EBED Autumn Sim Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Colin Edy and Tony Cherrett

Tuesday Imelda Moore and Keith Oatway

Wednesday Rosemary Linington and Mary Pannett

Thursday Alan Webber and Mick Edwards

Click on the day above for full results

Last updated : 1st Oct 2018 12:35 BST
Master Point Promotions July 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

1 Star Master Colin Edy

District Master David Frith

Club Master Phil Royse

Local Master Richard Beagley, Bill Bellenger

Last updated : 14th Sep 2018 14:41 BST
British Summer Sim Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Andrew Rumble and Peter Kelly

Tuesday Nicky Gill and Ian McIntosh

Wednesday Alan Webber & Mick Edwards

Thursday Colin Edy and Ron Thomas

Click on the day above for full results and now masterpoints

Last updated : 4th Sep 2018 22:45 BST
Kidney Research Sim Pairs

Our leading pair is Paul and Adrian. Click here full results 

Master Point Awards

  •  Paul Green and Adrian Little           400
  •  Alan Webber and Mick Edwards      383
  • Fiona Kemp and Steve Irwin           359
  • Roy and Sue Bassett                      247
  • Karran Hill and David Dickinson        78
Last updated : 10th Aug 2018 11:08 BST
Bill Hughes Sim Pairs

Our leading pair is Carol and John. Click here full results 

Master Point Awards

John Sadler and Carol Penn         284
Alan Webber and Mick Edwards   182
Colin Edy and Phil Royse             152
Roy and Sue Bassett                     68
Last updated : 4th Aug 2018 01:11 BST
Master Point Promotions June 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

Area Master Pam Fox, Caroline Parkinson

Club Master David Dickinson

Local Master Sandra Hemming, Faye Pierce, Phil Royse

Last updated : 4th Aug 2018 01:07 BST
Surrey Charity Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Tony and Colin 10th

Tuesday Alan and Mick 14th

Wednesday Alan and Mick 1st

The charity supported by this event is Cherry Trees click here for details. We have raised £136.00.

Click on the day above for full results 

Last updated : 24th Jul 2018 00:03 BST
Master Point Promotions May 2018

Congratulations to those promoted:

1 Star Master Roy Bassett Sue Bassett

Club Master David Drummie

 

Last updated : 5th Jul 2018 23:54 BST
Master Point Promotions April 2018

Congratulations to all those promoted:

District Master Paul Green, Adrian Little

Area Master David Frith, Christine Thabet,

Club Master Ashu Maladwala, 

Local Master Helen Brett,  David Drummie

Last updated : 3rd Jun 2018 12:56 BST
EBED Spring Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Alan and Mick 24th

Tuesday Sue and Mick 44th

Wednesday Alan and Mick 6th

Thursday Sue and Roy 9th

Click on the day above for full results and Masterpoints

Last updated : 30th May 2018 18:28 BST
Master Point Promotions March 2018

Congratulations to all those promoted:

Area Master Paul Green Adrian Little Pauline Poturicich

Local Master Sandie Kirk

Last updated : 26th May 2018 10:14 BST
British Spring Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Tony and Colin 10th

Tuesday Roy and Sue 58th 

Wednesday Roy and Sue 18th

Thursday Alan and Mick 3rd

Click on the day above for full results. 

Last updated : 30th Apr 2018 23:59 BST
Club Masterpoint Champion 2017

Well done to Mick Edwards for winning the most Masterpoints at Caterham in 2017. Click here for the top 20 in the club.

Also Mick was 1st in the catagory 4 list for Surrey and Nationwide. Please click here for details

Keith Oatway was 3rd in catagory 6 (District Masters and below) there are many Caterham members in this list and catagory 5 (County Masters, Masters and Advanced Masters). Please click here for details of catagory 5 and here for details of catagory 6  

Last updated : 11th Apr 2018 14:14 BST
Master Point Promotions February 2018

Congratulations to all those promoted:

District Master Carol Penn

Area Master Geraldine Micheal, Wendy Rogers

Club Master David Frith Adrian Little Chris Williams

 

Last updated : 6th Apr 2018 18:39 BST
Master Point Promotions January 2018

Congratulations to all those promoted:

Advanced Master Colin Edy

Club Master John Pannett Stuart England Michael McAlpine

 

Last updated : 16th Mar 2018 00:34 GMT
British Winter Pairs

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Ian and Misaki 125th= overall

Tuesday Geraldine and Tony 20th overall 

Wednesday Ian and Jane 43rd overall

Thursday Alan and Mick 9th overall

Click on the day above for full results. 

Last updated : 16th Mar 2018 00:17 GMT
Master Point Promotions December 2017

Congratulations to all those promoted:

5 Star Premier Master Mick Edwards

Advanced Master Roy Bassett Sue Bassett Savas Oratis

County Master Tabitha Cherrett Bill Lumb

District Master Julie Kamieniecka Mary Pannett

Area Master Gillian Bibby

Local Master Adrian Little John Pannett 

Last updated : 7th Feb 2018 20:52 GMT
Dorin Salver

Well done everyone we raised £148.00 for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation during the week. Click here for details.

Our leading pairs are:

Monday 

Monday Bill and Colin 24th overall

Tuesday Alan and Mick 1st overall 

Wednesday Sue and Andrew 4th overall

Thursday Roy and Sue 9th overall

Click on the day above for full results. 

Last updated : 4th Jan 2018 18:31 GMT
Children In Need 2017

Well done everyone we raised £186.00 during the week.

Our leading pairs are:

Monday Bill and Tony 2nd overall

Tuesday Tabby and Tony 43rd overall 

Wednesday Mick and Alan 44th overall

Thursday Colin and Keith 23rd overall

Click on the day above for full results. For the masterpoint awards.find your position, then click here and then click 'Final Results' for the appropriate day.

Last updated : 4th Jan 2018 18:29 GMT
Master Point Promotions August 2017

Congratulations to those promoted in August:

District Master Surrey Fiona Kemp

Club Master Jane Mccalla Mary Pannett 

Last updated : 7th Oct 2017 14:40 BST
Master Point Promotions August 2017

Congratulations to those promoted in August:

District Master Surrey Fiona Kemp

Club Master Jane Mccalla Mary Pannett 

Last updated : 4th Oct 2017 07:52 BST
Master Point Promotions July 2017

Congratulations to those promoted in July:

County Master Keith Oatway

District Master Emma Brown Jane Gallagher John Gallagher Elin Pooley

Area Master Mandy Baker Sally Basing Pam Connor Carol Penn

Club Master Penny Ebden Ann Flower

Local Master Mary Pannett 

Last updated : 9th Sep 2017 08:39 BST
Master Point Promotions June 2017

Congratulations to those promoted in June:

Mick Edwards - 4 Star Premier Master

Laurence Max - District Master

Last updated : 6th Aug 2017 00:22 BST
Master Point Promotions May 2017

Congratulations to:

Jan Jeffries for attaining the rank of Master 

and Tony White for attaining the rank of District Master 

 

Last updated : 5th Jul 2017 18:26 BST
Master Point Promotions April 2017

Congratulations to the following newly promoted Caterham players 

Master Roy Bassett Sue Bassett

District Master Mike Snailham

Area Master Laurence Max, Imelda Moore

Club Master Verity Friend

Local Master Julie Kamieniecka

Last updated : 21st Jun 2017 06:17 BST
Master Point Promotions March 2017

Congratulations to the following newly promoted Caterham players 

2 Star Premier Master Alan Webber

Master Colin Edy, Brian Jeffries, Jane O'Hare, Andrew Rumble

District Master Tabitha Cherrett

Area Master Alex Hunter, Tony White

Last updated : 9th May 2017 02:05 BST
Annual Master Point Reports Surrey

Leader Board

Level 4: 1 Mick Edwards 11166

Level 5: 1 Alan Webber 10645

Level 6: 2= Roy Bassett 4571  2= Sue Bassett 4571    

Higher awards are National. So Caterham has won two out of the three awards available and was second and third in the third. So very well done.                                                                              

Last updated : 4th Mar 2017 20:56 GMT
Annual Masterpoint Reports 2016

Caterham Bridge Club Champions

These players earned the most local points 

in sessions played at Caterham Bridge Club

Mick Edwards 1430

Alan Webber  1352

Tony Cherrett   768

Last updated : 4th Mar 2017 20:55 GMT
Master Point Promotions January 2017

Club Master Colin Estes

Last updated : 4th Mar 2017 20:35 GMT
Annual Masterpoint Competitions

Congratulations to 

Monday       Mick Edwards

Wednesday  Mick Edwards

Thursday     Alan Webber

For winning the annual masterpoint competitions

We will have a new competition on Tuesdays mornings for 2017

Last updated : 8th Feb 2017 17:03 GMT
Master Point Promotions November and December 2016

3 Star Premier Master Mick Edwards

County Master Roger Metcalfe

District Master Bill Lumb Keith Oatway Heather Streets

Area Master Andrew Travers

Club Master Jane Gallagher John Gallagher

Last updated : 1st Feb 2017 18:33 GMT

A big thank you to everyone!! We managed to raise £2,500 from the TASK Refreshment Money Student Fund in 2015.

 

The TASK Refreshment Fund aims to raise money to provide secondary education for impoverished children in Kenya.

 

This term we will start raising the fees for 2017 for our continuing students and also for new students. 

Last updated : 28th Jan 2017 11:27 GMT
Children in Need

We have raised £222.00 this week for Children in Need

Last updated : 15th Dec 2016 15:59 GMT
Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to the following who were promoted in August:

County Master Roy Bassett Sue Bassett

District Master Barry Marchini Sue Rumble

Area Master Keith Oatway John Sadler

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2016 14:24 BST
Master Point Promotions July 2016

Congratulations to the following who were promoted in July:

2 Star Master Mick Edwards

Area Master Tabitha Cherrett Heather Streets

Club Master Sally Baising Mandy Baker Pam Fox Laurence Max Caroline Parkinson John Sadler Tony White

Local Master Jane Gallagher John Gallagher Imelda Moore

Last updated : 3rd Sep 2016 13:24 BST
Hitchin Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Mick and Alan for coming 6th out of 40 pairs in this Blue Pointed event.

Last updated : 2nd Jul 2016 09:55 BST
Master Point Promotions May 2016

Area Master Jose Souren

Club Master Phil Brady Jenny Bunner Keith Oatway Chris Watts

Local Master Verity Friend

Last updated : 2nd Jul 2016 09:54 BST
Caterham Teams Championship

Well done to Nicky Gill John Gill Roy Bassett and Sue Bassett for winning the Caterham Teams Championship they will be representing the club in the County final on 26/6 at Wimbledon.

Last updated : 30th Jun 2016 13:40 BST
Letter from EBED Chairman

EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs

Thank you for taking part

Dear Tony

On behalf of English Bridge Education and Development I want to thank you for participating in the recent EBED Spring Sim Pairs. I hope your members enjoyed playing in the event.

Over 130 clubs, and 2300 pairs, took part, raising in excess of £11,000 for the charity. Please pass on our thanks to those who took part as their entry fee is helping the charity in its work - and as it was a fundraising event for the charity, there is no VAT levied, so they will likely take satisfaction from knowing it will all go to EBED. In this specific instance the proceeds are helping EBED in its work researching and promoting the health and social benefits of playing bridge.

As you may have read in the recent issue of English Bridge magazine (April issue, page 37), one of the charity’s Trustees, Caroline Small, is working with researchers at Stirling University to look at the social benefits of playing bridge. An early part of this work is the distribution of a survey to both bridge players, and non-bridge players, which will allow a comparison of the affect of playing bridge on the respondent's perception of various topics. This will be ready in the near future, and will be distributed when available.

This is just the first stage of a larger project that will take place over the coming months and years. If you would like to continue to support EBED’s work you can do so by entering the EBED Autumn Sim Pairs which will take place 5th to 9th September. You can also help us simply by making use of the services we provide – for example by joining a TD training course or coaching juniors through the Junior Award Scheme. Information on all of EBED’s work is available on our website – www.ebedcio.org.uk.

If you have any ideas, or queries, on the work EBED is doing please don’t hesitate to contact EBED’s Business Manager – Richard Banbury – or its Education Manager – Sue Maxwell.

Thank you again for your participation in the Sim Pairs.

Andrew Petrie

EBED Chairman

PS we raised £212.80 at Caterham 

Last updated : 26th May 2016 08:32 BST
Bridge helping ladies stay healthy and active into their 90s

BBC Woman's Hour on Radio 4 on the 21st April looked at how women in their 90s have managed to stay healthy and active. Two interviewees from Birmingham cited bridge as one of the biggest influences on their prolonged good health, noting both the benefits of keeping the mind active, and also the social benefits of playing bridge after the death of their husbands.

The interview is available on the BBC website for a limited time - scroll to 15:00 for the start of the interview (which lasts around six minutes).

The EBED Sim Pairs event, which takes place in the first week of May, will be raising funds to help English Bridge Education and Development undertake work relating to the social and health benefits linked to playing bridge, including combatting social isolation and cognitive decline. We are participating on all 4 days.

Last updated : 14th May 2016 22:42 BST
New Annual Competition

For 2016 we will be starting a new annual most improved player competition. To qualify you must have a NGS grade at the end of 2015 and have played at Caterham at least 4 times in the previous year. We will record your grade at the end of each month and compare this with your grade at the end of 2015 the person who has the biggest percentage movement at the end of any month during the year will be the winner.

Last updated : 23rd Apr 2016 17:17 BST
Annual Masterpoint Competitions

Congratulations to Andrew Rumble who won the Monday Competition and Alan Webber who won the Wednesday competition. Please note for 2016 there will also be a Thursday Competition. Monday 1 Andrew Rumble 390 2 Peter Kelly 345 3 Mick Edwards 318 Wednesday 1 Alan Webber 339 2 Mick Edwards 315 3 Ian McIntosh 201

Last updated : 16th Feb 2016 13:58 GMT
TASK Charity Christmas Play Sessions

We would like to thank everyone that attended TASK's Christmas Assisted/Play sessions on 9th, 10th and 14th December.

You helped us raise £434.00 for the charity.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Last updated : 25th Jan 2016 00:13 GMT
August Masterpoint promotions

Congratulations to everyone who was promoted in August: 

John Gill and Roger Metcalfe are now District Masters,

Yve Anderson is an Area Master

Emma Brown, Gillian Bibby, John Bibby, Pam Connor, Barry Marchini and Elin Pooley are now Club Masters

Mary Ingosoll is a Local Master

Last updated : 6th Oct 2015 00:20 BST
July Masterpoint Promotions

Congratulations to Simon Brew, Patti Ecob, Bob Edney and Les Hobbs who have all been promoted to Area Master. Also to Chris Watts who has attained the rank of Local Master.

Last updated : 2nd Sep 2015 00:00 BST
Master Point Promotions June

Congratulations to Sue Rumble who has gained the rank of Club Master

Last updated : 28th Jul 2015 08:54 BST
Master Point Promotions May

Congratulations to Rosemary Linington and Colin Edy on attaining the rank of Master also to Ian MacIntosh who is now a County Master. Andrew Rumble and Peter Kelly have become District Masters. Jose Souren and Christine Thabet are now Club Masters and Sue Rumble is now a Local Master. 

Last updated : 1st Jul 2015 15:58 BST
April Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to Colin Edy on attaining the rank of District Master. Also to Roger Metcalfe for becoming an Area Master, as well as Pat Coulson and Barry Marchini on becoming Local Masters.

Last updated : 3rd Jun 2015 15:54 BST
Caterham Teams Competition

Congratulations to Les & Patti, Jan & Brian who have won the Caterham Teams Championship. They have qualified to represent the club at the Wanborough Cup a county event for the club teams champions

Last updated : 6th May 2015 08:32 BST
Master Point Promotions February 2015

Congratulations to  Brian Jeffries, Jan Jefferies and Nicky Gill for attaining the rank of District Master. Also to Anne Pressey who became an Area Master as well as John Gill and Liz Friend who became a Club Masters.

Last updated : 5th Apr 2015 08:54 BST
Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to Mick Edwards who was promoted to County Master in November. 

Last updated : 13th Mar 2015 23:03 GMT
Annual Masterpoint Ranking Surrey 2015

Leader Board Level 6: Surrey (Unranked, Local Masters, Club Masters, Area Masters, District Masters)

1 Mr Michael Tinsley 5078 Area Master Surrey

2 Dr J Carpenter 4382 District Master Surrey

3 Kostadin Blagoev Vasilev 3975 Unranked Surrey

4 Mr WM Edwards 3292 Unranked Surrey 

Last updated : 3rd Mar 2015 23:42 GMT
Monday Annual Master Points Competition

Congratulations to Mick Edwards who has won the 2014 event with 315 Master points. Alan Webber was second with 240 Master points (having the best average for each time he played) and Colin Edy was third with 215 Master points. The new competition will start on January 5th. There will also be a Wednesday competition in 2015.

Last updated : 30th Jan 2015 10:43 GMT
Visit to Selsdon Bridge Club

Selsdon Bridge Club have invited us to visit on the 23rd October. We are hoping that 4 or 5 of our stronger pairs might attend. Selsdon is the strongest club in the area and will present a good challenge.

Last updated : 26th Oct 2014 14:32 GMT
How does Bridge work?

Bridge is a partnership game for four people deriving from the much older game of whist. It uses a standard pack of 52 cards in four suits, 13 of which are randomly dealt to each player in each deal.

The objective is for each partnership to win as many tricks as possible,each trick comprising one card from each of the four hands dealt. Tricks can be won by high cards - aces are high, followed by the other honour cards:king, queen and jack and then the 10 down to the 2 - or by trumps, cards of a designated suit which always outrank cards in any other suit.

Each deal consists of two distinct stages - the bidding and the play of the cards to the tricks. During the bidding the trump suit is decided and a target number of tricks is set, which must be won before any points can be scored for the side winning the contract.

That makes bridge different from whist is that there is a dummy - one of the four hands which is placed face up for all to see during the card-playing stage. This is always the hand which partners the declarer - the player who has won the auction and contracted to take a particular number of tricks -always more than half the total of 13 available. The other two players form the defenders, whose aim is to prevent the contract being made.

The bidding is conducted in a special bridge language where the words are the same all over the world, but the meanings given to the bids made can vary enormously.Much of the skill at this stage is in making sure you and your partner 'talk the same language' - that you mean the same things by your bids. There's plenty of scope for misunderstandings here and bridge players have been known to be quite vociferous in arguing for their own interpretation!

The card play stage requires all kinds of skills - planning, counting, reasoning,working out probabilities and often a bit of cunning and deception as well.Again there's a need for teamwork - the defending side has to pull together if it is to do well.

When a player first looks at his hand, he needs to assess how good it is - how likely is it to take lots of tricks in conjunction with partner's hand?

Obviously,the honour cards are important, so we assign a value to each of them: four points for an ace, three for a king, two for a queen and one for a jack.

This same method of valuation is used in MiniBridge as well – the simplified form of the game, which is generally taught as an introduction to bridge. The total points in a hand give a pretty good idea of its strength, though possession of a long suit – five or six or more cards in one suit – can also be very useful,especially if you can contrive for that suit to be trumps.

Isn't it really just a gambling game though, based on the luck of the cards?

Absolutely not. There is some luck in any one deal, though over a period of time this should even out. But there is a form of the game - duplicate bridge -which eliminates the luck element completely.

This is because the same deals are played by different partnerships - the hands are duplicated to allow this, which sounds rather complicated to organise but actually isn't at all. So you are just trying to do better than others holding exactly the same cards - pure skill, in fact, with no element of betting or gambling.

Duplicate bridge is not a mere 'game of cards' - it is played at many schools where 'cards' are banned but bridge is encouraged because its educational value is recognised. This is the sort of bridge promoted by the English Bridge Union(EBU), the governing body for duplicate bridge in this country.

Duplicate bridge is a real 'sport of the mind', as evidenced by the fact that it has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a demonstration sport, the first step towards its inclusion in the Olympic Games. It is as keenly contested as any sport with national, European and World Championships. There are open, women's,mixed and junior events and we are proud that teams from this country have been Champions in many of these events in the past and, we hope, will be again in the future!

Last updated : 5th Jul 2014 13:01 BST