Columbia Northeast Bridge Club

Membership in Columbia Northeast Bridge Club is $20/year and runs June 1 - May 31.  Please send a check payable to CNEBC to 422 Turkey Point Circle, Columbia, SC 29223 or contact Mary for Venmo information.

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Holiday Schedule

Wednesday 12:35 - Normal regular game

Wednesday 6:30 - No game tonight

Thursday 12:35 - Enjoy the holiday! No bridge today

Friday 12:35 - Back to normally scheduled bridge games!

Thank you CNEBC members!

Wow! We've been busy this year!  In fact we have hosted the most tables in South Carolina in 2021.  Check it out!

Overall Rank Club Name City State/Prov District Unit Tables
1 Columbia NE Bridge Club Columbia SC 7 160 1717.00
2 HO-ST Bridge Club Greenville SC 7 160 1671.50
3 Aiken Bridge Club Aiken SC 7 160 1476.50
4 Hilton Head Island BC Hilton Head SC 7 252 1364.50
5 Charleston Bridge Club Charleston SC 7 160 1289.00
6 Columbia Bridge Club Columbia SC 7 160 1230.00
7 Duplicate Bridge Club Okatie Creek Okatie SC 7 252 850.00
8 Pawleys Island Bridge Club Pawleys Island SC 7 160 772.50
9 Belfair Bridge Bluffton SC 7 252 393.50
10 East Cooper Charity BC Isle of Palms SC 7 160 340.00
11 Sun City Carolina Lakes DBC Indian Land SC 7 160 295.00
12 Cypress Duplicate Hilton Head SC 7 252 289.00
13 Dataw Island Bridge Club Dataw Island SC 7 252 224.00
14 Spring Island Bridge Club Okatie SC 7 252 194.50
15 Jacks, Queens and Kings Spartanburg SC 7 160 181.00
16 Greater Charleston DBC Mt Pleasant SC 7 160 174.50
17 Golden Corner Bridge Club Seneca SC 7 160 144.00
18 Hub City DBC Spartanburg SC 7 160 119.00
19 Double B Duplicate Greenville SC 7 160 93.00
19 Seabrook Kiawah Islds DBC Seabrook Island SC 7 160 93.00
20 Fripp Island Bridge Club Fripp Island SC 7 252 76.50
21 Florence Duplicate BC Florence SC 7 160 66.00
22 Lake Keowee Bridge Club Salem SC 7 160 63.00
23 Greenville DBC Greenville SC 7 160 62.50
24 Foothills Bridge Ctr Anderson SC 7 160 57.50
25 Beaufort DBC Beaufort SC 7 252 54.50
26 Edisto Island Bridge Club Edisto Island SC 7 160 42.00
27 Ashley River DBC Charleston SC 7 160 40.50
28 Myrtle Beach Bridge Assoc Myrtle Beach SC 7 160 22.50
29 West End Center DBC Greenville SC 7 160 12.50

There are many options of games available to you every day and Mary so appreciates that each of you choose to support this club by playing in the virtual games at the CNEBC!

Casual Thursdays

Have you missed seeing your friends?  Do you enjoy playing bridge in a relaxed atmosphere?  If you answered yes to both of these questions, come give the Casual Thursday game a try. Invite your friends! Club membership is not required (although proof of vaccination is).

4:00 - 6:00 pm every Thursday


Come have fun with us! We want to keep each other safe and healthy, so your vaccination card must be presented upon entry. Bonus! Mini-lesson @ 3:45.  Call or text Mary at 803 960-7545 if you have any questions.

Note: No masterpoints are awarded for these games.  They are just for fun!

In case you forgot where it is or haven't been there before the address is:
535-B Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229

The Bridge Club is located inside of Team1 Training Center, so look for both signs on the door.

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New Classes

Let Mary know if you would like to continue your Bridge Journey by taking any of these classes.  Send her a text (803) 960-7545 or email her at to reserve your spot in the classes of interest to you!

Play of the Hand, Part 1

Mondays 10:00 a.m. - noon, September 13 - October 4

  • Making a plan
  • Developing tricks - promotion & length
  • Developing tricks - finesse
  • Eliminating losers -ruffing & discarding

In person @ CNEBC (We want to keep each other safe and healthy, so your vaccination card must be presented upon entry.)

Intermediate Bridge, Part 1

Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:15 p.m., August 31 - Sept. 28

  • New Minor Forcing (review)
  • Smolen & Major transfers
  • Defense: Opening Leads against NoTrump Contracts
  • Defense: Opening Leads against Suit Contracts
  • Defense: Defensive Signals

Online via Zoom

Beginning Bridge, Part 1 - Basic Opening Bids

Wednesdays 5:00-6:30 p.m., September 1-September 29

  • Hand Evaluation
  • Opening & responding to a Major
  • Opening & responding to a Minor
  • Opening 1 No Trump & Responding with transfers
  • Opening 1 No Trump & Responding with Stayman

Online via Zoom

Learn Bridge the Easy Way, Part 1

Come learn bridge in a fun environment from nationally certified instructor, Dr. Mary Joseph!

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., September 1-September 29

  • Bridge Basics
  • Basic Bidding, Majors & Responses
  • Basic Bidding, Minors & Responses
  • Basic Bidding, Introduction to 1 No Trump

In person @ CNEBC (We want to keep each other safe and healthy, so your vaccination card must be presented upon entry.)

ACBL Free Guest Membership

Get your first 120 days of membership to ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) for free! Click here to sign up for a new membership.  On rhe second page,  please include 276444 as the ACBL club #, and Mary Joseph as the recruiter.  This membership enables you to play in ACBL club or tournament games, provides access to the online edition of Bridge Bulletin magazine, and enables you to receive ACBL Live and Live for Clubs results via email.

Mark  your calendars to participate in games at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!  

     * Reduced registration fee (game fee is only $4.00)

    * You play 12 boards

    * All games are for Masterpoints 

 Tuesday game details

  • On Tuesdays at 6:30 one player in each pair must have less than 50 mp.

 Wednesday game details

  • On Wednesday, it's a Newcomer's Game only open to players who have 0-100 masterpoints!

If you are a member and need a partner, login in and click on the partnership desk and request a partner or call or text Mary.

Club Kudos!

Congratulations to CNEBC players who advanced rank in July!

  • Ginny Padgett - Junior Master
  • Karen Coulter - Ruby Life Master
  • Harold Moore - Diamond Life Master

Congratulations to others listed below who attained their new rankings fairly recently.  We hope to continue to add new names to the list at the end of each month!  Great job everyone!

Junior Master (5 mp)

  • Ginny Padgett
  • Elizabeth Prashad
  • Jairaj Prashad
  • Debra Stayner

Club Master (20 mp)

  • Joe Culler
  • Richard Cunliffe
  • Teresa Donelan
  • Peter Graham
  • Leelee Hess
  • Madeline Long
  • Robin Norcia
  • Andor Pruitt
  • Velma Pruitt
  • Myrna Sweetland

Sectional Master (50 mp with at least 10 black and 5 silver)

  • Ellen Brown
  • Toni Elkins
  • Irene Jablon
  • Loretta McPherson
  • Sally McWilliams
  • Melissa Meadows
  • Sandra Poliakoff
  • Karen Replogle

Regional Master (100 mp with at least 15 black, 15 silver, 5 red/gold/platinum)

  • Carol Buckley
  • Susan Des Portes
  • Gwynne Dilday
  • Linda Mitchell
  • Nancy Morris
  • Gail Morrison
  • Vicki Strasler
  • Patti Suggs

NABC (200 mp with at least 20 black, 25 silver, 5 red/gold/platinum)

  • Kathy Belknap
  • Jim Bull
  • Judy Sternberg

Advanced NABC Master (300 mp with at least 50 black, 50 silver, 50 red/gold/platinum.  At least 25 must be gold/platinum)

  • Leslie Eiser
  • Dick Swanson

Bronze Life Master (A Life Master with 750 mp)

  • Janet Sheridan

Silver Life Master (A Life Master with 1000 mp, At least 200 are silver/red/gold/platinum)

  • Ginny Chianelli
  • Craig Smith

Ruby Life Master (A Life Master with 1500 mp, At least 300 are silver/red/gold/platinum)

  • Karen Coulter

Diamond Life Master

  • Harold Moore (A Life Master with 5000, At least 1000 are silver/red/gold/platinum, of which 500 or more are gold/platinum)


"Where Bridge is FUN"

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Thanks to each of you who continue to help grow this Club. There are 24 people in the second Basic Bridge Class!  Congrats to all who are making bridge a FUN part of you life!

Members and guests continue to say playing bridge at the Columbia Northeast Bridge Club (CNEBC) is challenging...yet FUN!  The CNEBC is committed to having games that are competitive while bringing back and keeping the element of FUN in all of the games.

Bridge Behavior in Virtual Games
Bridge Behavior in Virtual Games


Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behavior is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. The Columbia Northeast Bridge Club is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity. We consider it a fundamental principle that anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favorable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class.

This guide serves as a brief reminder of how to behave at the virtual bridge table. 

The most significant change in playing virtually verses at the CNEBC is that you must "SELF ALERT" all appropriate bids.  The alert will only be seen by the opponents and not your partner.

  • Post a convention card (if you are not using the SAYC)
  • Play boards within the seven(7) minute time alllocation.  Most of you are finishing boards in less than six (6) minutes!
  • Make bridge enjoyable for yourself, partner and opponents.  Claim as soon as you know that you have the remaining tricks.
  • Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.
  • Do not engage in private chat messages with your partner when a hand is being played.
  • Do not talk by phone with your partner until the round is completed.  If you suspect that players are "cheating" please notify the Director and an investigation will take place with ACBL. Please note that players caught cheating have suffered severe consequences by ACBL.
  • Enjoy the company as well as the game.

Please remember that it is NOT acceptable to criticize your partner or opponents in the chat box.  Call the director if you note any unacceptable remarks. 

As in all games that are governed by rules and regulations, the CNEBC can block players who show unaccptable behavior from playing at the Club.  There are enough stressors in our life right now...let's keep bridge FUN at the CNEBC. Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other negative comments written in the chat box which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A.