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Membership Total 77

D15 B.C.

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CBAI update

1st Sept 2019

MR       4

MA       7

A1      14

A2      15

B1      16

B2      16

N1        4

N2        1


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D15 Bridge Club Tues 1pm-4:30pm Kavanaghs Laurel Lodge SC Thrs 9:30am-1pm Castleknock Community Centre Laurel Lodge

The death has occurred of Sr. Catherine Dunne
Religious of the Sacred of Mary, Huntstown Wood, Dublin 15, Dublin / Ferrybank, Waterford / Conahy, Kilkenny

Sr. Catherine Dunne, Religious of the Sacred of Mary, Huntstown Wood, Dublin 15, and late of Conahy, Co. Kilkenny, who died on Monday, 6th April 2020, peacefully at Blanchardstown Hospital, Dublin. Predeceased by her parents Martin and Ann, sisters Tess and Sr. Mary R.S.H.M, Sr. Cartherine will be sadly missed by her loving brothers Ger and John, sisters Bridie (O'Shea), Julia (Mitchell), Betty (Ward), Nancy (O'Neill), sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, the Sacred Heart of Mary Sisters, extended family and friends.


Sr. Catherine's funeral will take place privately. If you would like to leave a condolence for Sr. Catherine's family. please use the Condolence Book at the bottom of this notice, A memorial service will be held at a later date.


The Committee has decided to postpone all competitions at D15 Bridge

Club (Tuesday & Thursday)with immediate effect.

It is with regret that this decision has been taken. We deemed it a prudent measure to avoid gatherings

which could pose a threat to the bridge playing population.

We bear in mind the demographic of our membership and this virus has a

predilection for people in our general age group.

As a Committee we will be keeping this matter under review.








Wash your hands properly and often

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Try to avoid close contact with people who are not well



Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


Bridge on Line




We have had a number of enquiries about running bridge events online, given the current concerns about the coronavirus. The most widely used online bridge platform is Bridge Base Online (“BBO”), and it is indeed possible to run a tournament on it. The tournament organiser needs to be a registered member on BBO, and will have to apply in advance to BBO for authorisation to create tournaments. This will activate an instruction button to allow them to “CREATE TOURNAMENTS”.

There is an extensive set of instructions for aspiring tournament organisers on the BBO website - You can play Pairs or Individual events, but not Teams, and you can play as many boards as you want, set your own movement, and allow kibitzing or not as you wish. Anyone intending to play in your tournament must be registered on BBO (it is free to do so) and the recommendation is to build a list of players who can register for your tournaments, to make sure outsiders cannot sign on to your competitions. You will need to know the BBO registration name of anyone who wants to be included (you do not have to use your real name to play on BBO). You can use prepared deals that you load onto BBO, or random ones, and you can allow players to see their running scores during the event, or not. There is an “Undo” function in BBO (to allow players to correct errors they make); you can choose to have this function active or not for your tournaments.

There is quite a bit of work involved in running a tournament, and you also need to act as Tournament Director. So the site strongly advises you to have a dummy run with a small number of participants first, to get familiar with the system, and allow you to troubleshoot any problems that may arise. We are hoping to recruit some BBO experts who will make themselves available to offer their help for those new to running tournaments on the platform; we would recommend that you are familiar with BBO as a player before you even attempt to run a tournament on it. The online tournaments cannot cope well with sitouts, so you need to know for certain in advance how many participants you will have and/or have some substitutes on standby.

BBO is essentially free to use (you can purchase robots as partners or opponents in some situations), but there are also a number of platforms that charge fees to join and/or play. One reasonably popular one is Funbridge, which also offers the possibility of hosting tournaments. We are currently exploring this option with Funbridge, and will report back in due course.

Finally, it seems to us that the online tournament facility is most suitable for essentially social bridge, with no entry fees and no serious prizes, given that (a) there is no facility to request table money, and (b) directing and policing the event is clearly very difficult.

We would welcome any feedback from members who have run tournaments on BBO or elsewhere.


Contract Bridge Association of Ireland                         March 2020



In order to participate in an online tournament being organised on BBO, you will need:

  • To be registered on BBO – you can use a nickname rather than your real name, and it’s free to register;
  • To send your BBO nickname to the tournament organiser, so that they can register you on their list of permitted players – you should do this well in advance of any competition you intend to play in, because it takes a bit of time for the permission to be granted.


In relation to playing in a particular tournament, you should note:

  • Upcoming tournaments only become visible on the BBO site around 2 hours before they start;
  • To join a tournament, log into BBO, select “Competitive”, then “Free Tournaments”, and under the “Pending” tab, find the tournament that you wish to play in, click on it to join, and follow the prompts;
  • If you don’t have a Partner, BBO will rent you a robot for a small fee; you’ll need to play the robot-standard bidding system;
  • To hire a robot, you need a credit balance on your BBO account, which you must set up in advance and pay into via the BBO site, using a credit card or equivalent;
  • If you are playing with a Partner, they must also be online to register;
  • Anyone registered for a competition that is Offline (i.e. not logged into BBO) will be removed two minutes before the start of the competition.


 Bridge Every Tuesday 1:00 to 4:30 "Kavanaghs"

Laurel Lodge Shopping Centre Castleknock

D15 Bridge Club

Bridge Tuesday 1:00 to 4:30

Bridge Thursday  10am-1:00 


        Laurel Lodge Road Castleknock Dublin 15, Ireland

          "The Community Bridge Club" D15

We Now Added Bridge Thursday Morning 10:00-1:00pm

Download Membership Application

Members will be members for  Tuesday & Thursday

Club Championship Pairs

Repeat Winners

Neil Burke & Jim Egan

VP Ronnie Woods Presenting Trophy

Presidents Charity

The Presidents Charity Day

in Aid of the

Brother Kevins Homeless Charity

We raised €1500

Thank You All Very Much

Congratulations 2019 Winner

Club Championship - Presidents Prize

Geraldine Murphy

Club Handicap

Club Handicap System Tuesday

The Handicap will be based on Grades and competitions won in the D15 club.

The Handicap committee will meet 3 or 4 times a year,

or whenever necessary to adjust or amend handicap system.

The Handicap system will be used with scoring programs that allow handicap scoring.

Masters R - 13 (Off Score) - Master A - 12 (Off Score)

MA + A1  - 12 (Off Score) - A1 + A2 - 10 (Off Score)

A1 - 10 (Off Score) A2 - 8 (Off Score)

B1 - 6 (Off Score)  B2 - 5 (Off Score)

Novice (With more than 1000MPs) +1 (Add to Score)

Novice (With Less than 1000 MPs) 3%+ (Add Score)

Team Handicaps

 Master/A1 - 1.5pt per Round, (Maximun 12) A2 - 1pt per Round, (Maximun 10)

B - 0.5pt per Round (Maximun 6)    Novice - Add 1pt per Round (Maximun 12)

Note Highest Grade on Team Determents the Grade of the Team

Once Every Month When Possible one

Regular Competition will be a 

Handicap Event on Tuesdays

 Sept 1st to Jun 1st


Bridge Conventions - Double

The meaning of Double – as the name suggest – is to raise the stakes.

If you Double an opposing contract, you win more Points

if they fail, but you concede more points if they succeed.

When Bridge began over a 100 years ago, double was limited to those

occasions where you expected the opponents to fail in their bid. However,

it was realised that you would be most unlikely to be confident enough to double

a low-level suit bid, when partner had not yet spoken.

And that if the opponents happened to have bid,

a suit in which you were very strong,

it was far better not to tip them off: rather to keep quiet and

wait for them to get into deeper trouble.

In 1912 New Yorker Major Charles Patten and Bryant McCambell independently

invented an alternative meaning for the “Double” – the “take-out double”.

It is believed that this was the first convention in the game

(although it is now so universal that it is rarely thought of as such).

The take-out double – “partner, please take out my double into another suit”

shows an opening hand or better with no other convenient bid: 

no suit to overcall, and an inability to bid notrumps.

To learn more on doubling  contact your local Bridge Teacher or Coach,

or get a copy of Bridge Lessons (Double) by ANDREW ROBSON,

( The above extract is from this book.


 Fourth Suit Forcing

See full convention on left hand Menu List


This is a series of Bridge Conventions

you may not have heard of,

some of them you have heard of,

and some you will have seen in action.

The purpose here is to make you

aware of conventions, (not necessarily use them).

We recommend that before you try

any of these conventions,

you DISCUSS them with you

Bridge Approver Teacher or Coach

and of course your partner

Please Note: All Conventions come under

partnership agreement and must be alerted



Never Give Up
Never Give Up

Sometimes even the great ones get rejected

Looking for acceptance of Blackwood

Mr Blackwood was the one who Invented 

Key Card "Blackwood" 4NT asking for Aces


Bridge is canceled until further notiuce

Health  & Safety Reasons because of Virus

Presidents Charity In Aid of Homeless Bro Kevins Spring Surprise
Week 25 Thursday
Week 27 Tuesday
Week 24 Thursday
Week 26 Tuesday
Week 23 Thursday
Week 25 Tuesday
Valentines Surprise Thursday
Valentines Teams Tuesday
Week 21 Thursday
Sim Prs CBAI Tuesday
Club Pairs wk 2 Tuesday
Club Pairs Final
New Years Teams Thursday
Club Pairs Wk 1 Tuesday
Week 18 Thursday
Week 20 Tuesday
Week 17 Thursday
Christmas Party Tuesday
Christmas CompetitionThursday
Tue 7th Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Thu 9th Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Tue 14th Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Thu 16th Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Tue 21st Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Thu 23rd Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Tue 28th Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Thu 30th Apr 2020
Director: No Bridge
Tue 5th May 2020
Club Championship Presidents Prize Tuesday
Director: NB/JE
Thu 7th May 2020
Week 34 Thursday
Tue 12th May 2020
Club Championship Presidents Prize Tuesday
Director: NB/JE
Thu 14th May 2020
Week 35 Thursday
Tue 19th May 2020
Club Championship Presidents Prize Tuesday
Director: NB/JE
Thu 21st May 2020
May Teams Thursday
Tue 26th May 2020
AGM Tuesday
Director: Barbara Burke
Thu 28th May 2020
Week 37 Thursday
Tue 2nd Jun 2020
Summer Bridge Tuesday
Tue 9th Jun 2020
Summer Bridge Tuesday
Tue 16th Jun 2020
Summer Bridge Tuesday
Tue 23rd Jun 2020
Summer Bridge Tuesday