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Welcome to Dorking Bridge Club
Tuesday Reopening Face to Face on Tuesdays

Face to face f2f bridge is running on Tuesdays at 7:30PM.

Coronavirus is still around so we will:

  •    We will maximise ventilation in the room
  •     Hand sanitisers will be available
  •     We request people not to come if they are at risk of having covid (symptoms or close contact with someone with covid)

It's been a long time so do you need a partner? If so, please let Steve

Cash will be accepted for table money which is unchanged at £2.50 for members and visitors.

We are reviewing what we do with subscriptions, but they will not be
asked for before the end of August.

Are there any other things we need to do to help you restart?

We look forward to seeing you for f2f bridge on 19th April. 


These rules are more onerous on the openers etc so we would appreciate offers to help with opening up etc. Please let Steve know if you can help open / close up.

The Thursday evening 7:15pm on-line game will continue
until the f2f numbers suggest that we can trial a second evening.

On behalf of the Committee.



Every Thursday starting at 19:15

On BBO - 18 boards per match @ 8 mins per board. The cost will be $3 per session.

To play send Steve Hooker (email via committe on left hand menu) your BBO username, First Name, Surname, EBU No., Email address.

You can play with other people including friends but they will need to send Steve the above details in advance.

Here is some more information about playing online


Very useful article about playing on BBO from Surrey County Bridge Association.


EBU articles on playing bridge online.

EBU latest ONLINE info.

How to get a BBO username.pdf

How to Buy BB.pdf


There are two main choices - BBO and Bridge Club Live (UK based so more ACOL). There are also free possibilities and obviously more options with the paying services.

There is an English Bridge Union EBU tournaments every day 14:00, 15:30, 19:30 and 21:00 on BBO. These consist of 12 boards each.

I will add the usernames of Dorking Bridge members who have BBO and BCL accounts and woud like them shared. I am SteveJH

Other Dorking members playing on BBO are johnxxxx (John Kimpton), janeh1 (Jane Handley), matt1997 (Matt Piper), mptinsley (Mike Tinsley), asetch (Alan Setchell), richardpoc (Richard Pocock)



Support information / videos.

Register on BBO

Logon and general info about BBO

Playing with BBO robots

If you do not have a partner, you can play with a robot. The robots play a system called GIB which is a simple 2/1 strong NT 5 card major system. Strong 2C and 3 weak 2s.

Reviewing your play. This also shows how you did in your tournaments.

BBO is not as good as the bridgewebs hand reviews.

Accessing convention cards.


Please let me know if you need further clarification.

We are a small friendly club with currently approximately 85 members and have been granted charitable status. 

We play duplicate bridge every Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7.15 pm for 7.30 pm, finishing at about 10.30 pm). 

We usually have up to 9 tables each evening, and EBU Masterpoints are awarded to the highest placed players.

We play with computer dealt boards and use Bridgemate scoring equipment. 

Visitors are always welcome and we have a spare partner on most evenings so if you want to come without a partner you can usually be assured of being able to play.

However, we recommend that you contact us in advance (01306 884242) so that we know to expect you.


To minimise the risk of Coronavirus to our members, we will:
  • Maximise distances between tables
  • Everyone to take their bidding box and use it for the whole evening. For those who have one at home, please bring it in, use it and then take it home at the end of the evening. Some members have spare ones and will bring them in for a long term loan until this situation resolves itself.
  • We encourage players to bring their own hand sanitisers in and use them frequently.
We would also like to remind you to follow Public Health England advice to:
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue and wash your hands or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
In addition, though obvious,  if an individual has a high temperature or fever or has a new, continuous cough, they should self-isolate. Players who are in doubt as to whether they are a high risk should use the government screening tool  Any person who is advised through that tool or by a medical practitioner to isolate themselves should not play at a bridge club.

With the lower attendance over the last week, we would like to thank members who are being sensible and careful about whether to attend or not. 

All the above builds on the recent advice from the English Bridge Union (EBU) Chairman

Please let the committee know if you have any questions or further improvements which we can put in place.

On behalf of the committee

Promoting Dorking Bridge Club

Please help promote the club.





Christmas Party

We hope everyone had a lovely evening.

Thanks go to all those who helped by bringing food etc and Sheena, Sue, Sue, Val, Graham, David and Sandra who were instrumental in having a lovely evening.

Seasonal Greetings to everyone.

Other photos are on our Facebook Page Xmas Party Photos (If you have not liked, please Like the post or page).



EBU National Grading Scheme

 If you want to know more about NGS, please see



Competition Change

The committee has decided to introduce a new competition aimed at widening the number of members who can win an annual prize.
This competition will be aimed at non-expert players and will generate 4 prize winners each year.
It will consist of a Spring event running from 1 April to 31 July and an Autumn event running from 1 August to 30 November. It will be open to all members not considered to qualify as experts. Each event will have 2 sections (Blue and Red) of equal numbers. The sections will be decided by ability as measured by their NGS rating at the beginning of the event.
The winner of each section will qualify for a prize to be awarded at the end of the year. The four sections will be called as follows:-
Spring Blue, Spring Red, Autumn Blue, Autumn Red.
Experts are defined as players who have an NGS rating of Jack or above (ie. An NGS rating of 55.00 or higher). At 1 April 2019 Dorking Bridge Club had 15 members with this rating. Therefore each section will consist of 35 members for the first Spring event.
The competition will be an individual event.
The winners will be the members who achieve the highest average percentage of all pairs events (including both Tuesdays and Thursdays) played during the period of the competition irrelevant of who their partners were.
To qualify for inclusion a member must have played at 5 times during the qualifying period.
If a player wins one of the Spring events they are disqualified from the Autumn event of that year. This is to ensure that we always get 4 different winners (plus ties).
Results achieved before a player becomes a member do not count.

On behalf of the Committee.

Interesting Hand

Hand 13 from Tuesday 3rd March.

Interesting due to the bidding. Some in 2NTs and some in 3NTs. It all depended on hand valuation.

Video on the bidding 

Some more information on hand valuation

8, 9, 10 or 11 tricks?

Video on the lead and play

Dorking Standard Convention Card - ACOL EBU Weak 2s.

These are aligned with the standard EBU Bridge Training slightly modified by the most common conventions used at Dorking Bridge Club and is ideal for those playing with our spare partner.

Please provide any feedback you have to this convention card.

Dorking ACOL weak 2s.doc that can be edited.

Dorking ACOL weak 2s pdf.pdf. pdf 

Analyse Your Bridge Hands.

Reviewing your hands is a useful training aid and can be done on website.

This is part 1 that shows the actual hands and results.

Part 2 will show you how you can play the hands to make the maximum number of tricks and where you might have gone wrong!


Mini Bridge

One of the EBU training key initiatives is 'Mini Bridge'. especially for kids.

Here is a link to the instructions

Have Fun!

For the booklet with useful training ideas.

So frustrating to learn how you could have bid or made the best contract!

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