The Edinburgh No Fears Bridge club
No fears BBO pairs
Director: Derek Sanders
No fears BBO pairs
Director: Derek Sanders
No fears BBO pairs
Director: Derek Sanders
BBO pairs events at the Carlton

Mike Baron,Marilyn and Hazel Brown are running Carlton tournaments on BBO. They are great fun and extremely well organised. Its $3:00 per person (half of which goes to the Carlton). You get master points and can invite a friend to play if they are not a member. So please support the club.

Monday 10:00 ($3:00)   20 brds.

Wednesday 2:00 ($3:00) 20 brds.

Thursday 10:00 ($3.00)  20 brds.

Sunday  6:45  ($3:00)     21 brds.

Most of us No Fears players are members so please sign up! Note: If its your first time you will need to pre register your BBO username and that of your partner. Send details to or to Hazel.

Bridge Base Online, how to register,login and play.
With no live bridge you can still play on line. BBO provides the platform and is a free and excellent site.
To register for free, watch or play some hands just CLICK THIS LINK  

To register... follow these instructions.
1)Click..become a member free and register. You will need to make up a user name for yourself. For Example i am 'Stdomingo'!
When you have done this you can now play. It might be an idea to practice play a few hands with the software on the Solitaire option.
2)Click casual then click relaxed bridge club underneath 'play or watch bridge'.
3) Click a seat and say ' Hi P ......weak and 3 (Weak NT and 3 weak twos)!'.
or better option,
4) Set up your own table and invite friends!
Have fun and the best of luck.
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Return to live Bridge , Thursday No Fears.

I am planning to restart the 'live' Thursday No Fears pairs at the Carlton Bridge club on 14th October 6.45 start. 

1) Entry fee will be cash less. I have a Barclay card 'card reader'. So no need for cash, your credit card will do the job.

2) E/W pairs will need to carry arround their bidding box, however verbal bidding like in the old days is fine if people prefer.

Anyway the main thing is to just play and see how it all works out.

Meanwhile the Tuesday 'on line tourney' will continue for the forseeable futuresmiley

Guidelines and rules when playing in the Edinburgh No Fears BBO tourney.

1) If you are playing 12-14 NT, three weak twos and a five (or four card) spade suit ..No Fears standard you dont need to announce your system. However please let your opponents know if you are playing a strong No Trump.

2) If you misclick in bidding or even play, no probs..its easily donesurprise. Just request an undo. If your opponents ask for an undo you should generally accept. However if you are not sure, please call mesmiley and i will give a ruling. It keeps everybody happy.This is not an SBU event and Edinburgh No Fears bridge club rules apply. 

3) You are not allowed to ask for an undo if you change your mind about an actionfrown

4) You should alert and explain conventional and unusual bids. For example transfers, the Landy convention,the strong NT, and splinter bids. 

5) Edinburgh No Fears bridge club system limitations: 

 a)The Multi 2D is not permitted.

 b) If you open 1C you must have at least 3 clubs. 

c) Apart from 2C and Benji Acol all two level opening bids must be natural and single suited. Best let your opps know if you play strong 2 and 2♠ .

6) Please, as a courtesy to your opponents display your name on personal details. This is a requirement for everybody playing in the No Fears. Its just not nice playing anonymous opponents! 

7) The main thing is to have fun and be kind to your opponents. Some are new to this so please be nice to themsmiley

Robot substitutes!

1)Sometimes we get a half table so rather than invite a pair from BBO i will use a pair of robots. This allows me to substitute in No fears late comers, a player on standby or friends that fancy playing a few boards. Sorry if you start off against a pair of 'Pesky Robots' crying but it gives me flexibility to add players whom would normally miss outsmiley 

2) Players also get disconnected from BBO and cant get back for a while. So to keep things going i may ‘sub in a Robot’.

Anyway, if  you are subbed by a robot, dont worry, just hang in there on your return, you will be reseated to the table for the next deal.

Meanwhile If you find yourself partnering a Robot surprise be aware that they play a strong NT system with five card majors and dont play a weak NTsad

Help page: Please contact me if you fancy playing the No Fears pairs on BBO or some private lessons!
Help page: Please contact  me if you fancy playing the No Fears pairs on BBO or some private lessons!
Edinburgh No fears help line phone 07930144819,
or use the form below.smiley
Tuesday No fears BBO match pointed pairs 7:00.

Its twenty four boards of two or three board matches. The estimated run time is about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Everybody who have attended my classes, played in the live No Fears and friends are welcome to join in the fun  smiley

1) If it is you or your partners first time in the online No fears please contact me  on 07930144819 or message me via this site. I need your user name and personal name cool

2) Login with your partner. Entries are accepted from 5:00 onwards.

3) Click competitive bridge and then on options provided select All tournaments.

4) This will take you to a list of all the pairs events. On the top right in search type Std and enter. This will take you to the No Fears register  (Stdomingo)

5) Enter the BBO user name of your partner and then click invite. There is $3.50 entry fee p.p. Your partner will receive an invitation. You are now both entered and will be automatically taken to your seats at the 7:00 start time.


Tuesday 21st September results summary!

Six tables this evening and it was a scratch patnership of Dowell and Andy D that came first with Nancy and Steve runners up. Third spot went to Margaret and Helen just ahead of Irish Maggie and John in 4th. Well done those pairs!!

BBO master points are awarded for those finishing in the top places. This means that you  get a number next to your user name and goes up as you pick up more points . 

Dont forget to claim a No Fears pen! If you dont have one or need a new one, please let me know and i will forward you and your partner a couple, its easy enough to do!! They have conductive nozzles great to use on touch screens!smiley

A fit showing 3NT raise goes a begging!

Board 21 was an opportunity missed for those pairs playing the fit showing 3NT response to an opening bid. This useful convention shows 12-15 points with four card support and enables partnerships to differentiate from the direct raise to 4 or 4♠ which would indicate a weak distributional hand,

After east opened 1 west had the right sort of hand for the above action, although 3 is also a reasonable alternative. East has sixteen points, a singleton and a great six card suit so can now confidentally bid to 6. Three wests found the well judged 3NT bid cool but disaster struck when all their east partners forgot the convention! Two passed and the other bid onto 4 crying .

Only Countdown Andy and John P got to grips with the deal and that was after John raised to 3. This action is a little weaker than 3NT, typically showing 10-12. Even so Andy, correctly in my view, liked his hand a lot. The main thing is to hope partner does not have wasted values in diamonds opposite your singleton. Anyway he investigated slam with RKC Blackwood and when John admitted to one key card Andy bid 6♥. With just Q in the bin Johns hand was was good enough for an easy twelve tricks. Well done that pairyes

Reminder: Edinburgh No fears bridge club standard methods response after a 1 level opening bid:

2NT=  16 plus points with support and interest in slam.

3NT = 12-15 points with support and essentially balanced.

4 Major =  Pre- emptive distributional raise (typically five or more card support and a singleton).


28th Sep 2021
No fears BBO pairs
BBO 7:00
Director: Derek Sanders
5th Oct 2021
No fears BBO pairs
BBO 7:00
Director: Derek Sanders
12th Oct 2021
No fears BBO pairs
BBO 7:00
Director: Derek Sanders