Release 2.19o
Master Point Promotions

Well done to the following recent Masterpoint promotions

September 2021
Geraldine McKibbin to District Master
August 2021
Frances Ind to 2* Premier Regional Master
Jim Harvey & Anita Williams to 1* Master
Pamela Critchley to Area Master
Chris Cutting to Local Master
Devizes Bridge School
Devizes Bridge School

Do you live in the Devizes area?

Would you like to learn how to play Bridge or have you played Bridge or similar card games before and would like to improve?

Fast-Track Bridge Courses are run several times a year in Devizes.

For more details please contact Lucy and Chaz Cross to discuss your requirements.

01249 821717

Welcome to Devizes Bridge Club
Devizes at the Heart of Wiltshire
Devizes at the Heart of Wiltshire
Restarting F2F Bridge

We will be restarting F2F bridge at the Nursteed Centre on Friday, 26 November.

Please email Lucy Cross at and Pete Webb at before 6pm on Thursday, 25 November if you wish to play.  Do not turn up on the Friday without advising us first. A list of the members playing each Friday evening will be advised by email by Friday morning. 

Please arrive by no later than 6.45 for a prompt start at 7pm.

Should we have insufficient tables or should the covid infection rates dramatically increase then we will revert back to online bridge and will advise members accordingly by email and via the Devizes BC website 

Online bridge on BBO on Wednesday evenings will continue until the New Year when we will again review the situation.

Lucy and Pete

Bridge Club Live

We have a number of members playing regularly on Bridge Club Live.  If you would like to join in then please go

 to the Bridge Club Live (BCL) website at where you can become a member and play online bridge.  

Cost is £10/month + VAT (just 40p/day).

Playing in Devizes BC BBO Tournament Events Wednesday or Friday Evenings
Please note that when playing in one of our online games it is very important that you register to play at least 10 minutes before the start time of 7pm.
Registration opens at 5.00pm and you are asked to register as early as you can.  If you have not registered for by 6.50 pm then you will be excluded from playing.  If you send an invite to your partner and they have not responded by 6.50 then please cancel the invite.  It is always recommended you first call your partner and agree a time to register as soon after 5pm that you can.  This will ensure inclusion for you and your partner.  You do not need to stay online once you have registered but please make sure you are back on line by no later that 6.55pm so the TD can set up the movement in good time.  Setting up a game on BBO is relatively straight forward but during the final few minutes before the start time the TD has several things to consider and late arrivals can have an impact on the movement which may have to be changed and may mean the inclusion of robots.  We do NOT want to play against robots as this invariably puts an unfair slant on the final result.  Fortunately our TD, Andy Hill, has agreed that when we have a half table, he and his wife Mo will play in the game.  This avoids robots from taking part as BBO do NOT allow half tables.  When a player drops out unexpectaedly then a robot will take their place until such time as that player rejoins the game.  We thank you for your understanding in this matter and by following these guidlines we hope you can get maximum enjoyment playing in our two weekly robot free games.
If you or your partner/visitor are playing in a Devizes BC tournament for the first time, it is essential their BBO username, EBU number, first and surname, email address and contact phone number are sent to Pete Webb ( at least two hours before the start and before you register.

Here is a step-by-step guide to registering successfully for games.

  • Check you have sufficient funds in your BBO account.  Go to log in and go to the home page.  You account status will show bottom right of screen in yellow.
  • Agree with your partner a time between 5pm and 6.45pm and both login to BBO at that time (Please note that the TD cannot promise to get you into the game if you try to register in the last 15 minutes before the game start time).
  • At the agreed time, go to and log in. 
  • Select “Competitive”, then select “All Tournaments”
  • Type DEVI in the search box and select “Devizes Event Title Bridge game ” (the “Search Box” sits at the top right of your screen above the list of Tournaments) 
  • Click on the Title name text of the event and this brings up the Register tab
    • Just one player invites the other.  Do this by typing partner’s BBO username into the space then  click “Invite
    • Now partner will receive the invite and will click “YES” to accept.
Once registered you can both go offline, or move to the CASUAL area of BBO.
REMEMBER - You must be logged back in, online and in the Competitive area of BBO before the game start time AND no later that 6.55pm.  When in the Competitive area you will see the number of pairs already logged in and a clock showing a count down to the start time which will be at 7pm or very shortly afterwards.  At 7pm the first hand will appear on the screen along with your opponents.  Enjoy!
We will be playing nine x 2 board or six x 3 board rounds and should finish about 9.15pm.
You will be able to see the results on this website soon after the end of the game.  You can also see them by clicking on the HISTORY tab on the right of the screen at any time during the game.
If you have a problem logging in or registering for a game please contact Andy Hill (the TD): via private CHAT message to vebu201571 or call him on 07831 841185  
I also may be able to help prior to the start time.  I can be contacted on 07769 695068 or 01380 818316.
Don't worry if your connection is lost during play, your place is reserved.  The TD may put in a temporary robot while you try to re-connect.  Re-establish your connection and login again and you should be taken directly to your seat.  Any problems re-connecting contact Andy Hill as above.  Other players at the table can also contact Andy via the “Chat” function  by using his username vebu201571.  
Other players at the table may need to tell the TD if you cannot.  Players should use the “TD Call Button”, located on the top left of your table – three white lines in a blue box on most devices.

Good luck.

Useful videos for first time and experienced players on Bridge Base Online (BBO)

Useful videos for first time players on Bridge Base Online (BBO)

If you have yet to play on BBO and would like to do so then before you start you will need to get a username:  Getting a BBO Username

Then become familiar with the BBO site:  Familiarise yourself with BBO.

Next learn how to join a game with a partner:  Join a game with someone you know.

You can also set up your own table for exclusive use by you and three friends:  Create your own table on BBO

Note that after a recent BBO upgrade if you want to play a Casual game.  All players must log on to BBO and then select the Casual button.  More info here.

Buying BB$ so you can enter EBU or Devizes BC tournaments:  How To Buy BB$

On BBO you should self-alert all bids your partner would alert or announce playing face-to-face bridge:  Self-Alerting on BBO.

 Those already playing on BBO may find these videos useful.  

Compare your results with how others did with the same hands.  Compare your results with others.

How to enter one of the four daily EBU tournaments.  Entering an EBU Tourney on BBO.

The ACOL Players Club.  How to watch or play in ACOL Players Club

Set up a table to practice bidding with your partner:  Practice your bidding

Setting up your own Teams of Four match:  Play a Match Between Two Teams of Four

Club Closure - Coronavirus

Devizes Bridge Club will be closed until further notice.

Should you wish to play bridge online then please go to the EBU at

for further information

Club Information

We meet twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday evenings

On Wednesday we meet at St Andrews Church Hall (map) and on Friday at the Nursteed Centre (map)

At both venues we start at 7:00pm but please arrive by 6:45pm.  We finish around 10:30pm.

We are affiliated to The English Bridge Union through the Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association.

Boards are Duplimated and the hands and results can be seen on this website after play finishes.  Scoring is by BridgeMates and is displayed at the Club.

We have a break for tea, coffee and biscuits at mid-session.

We operate a Partnering System for members and visitors.  For further details please click on 'information'

2020 AGM   The Chairman's and Treasurer's Reports can be viewed under "Information"
What's on this week and Forthcoming Events
BBO Online Duplicate Pairs
Every Wednesday and Friday starting at 7.00pm.
Please register for the game between 5pm and 6.45pm.
We cannot guarantee inclusion if you register after 6.45.
Need a Partner?  Click on 'Information' on the left.
Duplicate Pairs
Nursteed Community Centre
Director: Chaz Cross
Scorer: Lucy Cross
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
Scorer: Pete Webb
Duplicate Pairs
Online BBO
Scorer: Richard Banbury
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
Scorer: Pete Webb
Duplicate Pairs
Online BBO
Scorer: Pete Webb
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
Scorer: Richard Banbury
1st Dec 2021
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
6.45pm for 7pm start
3rd Dec 2021
Duplicate Pairs
Nursteed Community Centre
6.45pm for 7pm start
8th Dec 2021
Duplicate Pairs on BBO
6.45pm for 7pm start
10th Dec 2021
Duplicate Pairs
Nursteed Community Centre
6.45pm for 7pm start