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Need a Partner

We no longer have a host. But if you require a partner, phone David Taylor on 07908-861333

Welcome to East Midlands Bridge Club

We are a friendly club.  We pride ourselves on our welcome for novice players, to the extent that we restrict our players to Level 2 (this means that experienced players cannot play systems that make it hard for novice players to compete against).  

From Monday September 6, we will be back at Spondon playing Face-to-Face at 7 pm

For any further information contact  Liz Hall (01283 703705).

Please remember that EMBC Monday night bridge only allows Level 2 systems.

This item addresses the question "What does Level 2 mean'.  

One Level Opening Bids
A one-level opening bid in a suit must either show 11+ HCP, or show 8+ HCP and satisfy the Rule of 19.  An opening 1NT must be non-forcing. It may show any agreed range with at least 10 HCP, with no singleton or void and no 7-card suit. Within those constraints, any common English system may be played e.g.:
• Natural one-level openings (such as Acol), including the possibility of a three-card minor suit opening on some balanced hands
• Five-card majors with better minor or a short club suit
• A strong club, possibly with a nebulous 1D opening (e.g. Precision, Blue Club, Nottingham Club). The 1C opening must, by agreement, satisfy
   (a) any hand of at least 16 HCP
   (b) any hand of at least 12 HCP with at least five controls

All standard responses are permitted, but (apart from negative responses to a Strong 1C opening, or a catch-all 1NT response) artificial weak bids in response to a one-level suit opening are not allowed.  
This means transfer responses to a short club opening are not permitted.

Two Level Opening Bids
Any opening that shows 4+ cards in the suit opened is allowed (e.g. Acol Twos, Lucas or Weak Twos, a Precision 2C opening), as is any meaning or meanings showing a hand conforming to 16+ HCP or 12+ HCP with five controls (e.g. Benjamin 2C and 2D openings).
A two-level opening showing a three-suited (4441, 5431 or 5440) opening bid including length (three or more cards) in the suit opened is also allowed. Alternatively, two of a suit may show a three-suited opening bid short in the suit opened (such as the Precision 2D opening).
‘Multi’ style openings are not allowed.   Neither is a 2NT opening bid showing the minors.

Click the title of this item for a summary.   Alternativley, if in doubt, please see the EBU Blue Book or ask an EMBC TD

Annual Subscriptions

Annual subscriptions are now due.  Because of Covid and the lockdown, no subs were paid last year.  

Please pay your £5 subs to Liz Hall before the end of September 

Tuesday evening Online Bridge

Online bridge will take place on BBO beginning on Tuesday 7th September.  

Start time 7 pm.   It will cost 4 BB$.   The number of boards played will depend on the number of players.  

If you have played previously on Mondays evenings in the EMBC events, you don't need to re-register.  But if not, then please email Liz Hall on to register.

When entering the event, in the search box (above where it says "Entries") type EMBC.  The event is called EMBC/Derby BC Tuesday Evening Duplicate

Monday evening Bridge

From Monday September 6 and on subsequent Mondays, we will be playing Face-to-Face at 7 pm at the Old School at Spondon.   Everyone welcome!!   

Unfortunately we no longer have a host.  But if you need a partner, please phone David Taylor on 07908-861333, who will try to find someone for you.

Would you like to learn to play Bridge?

Bridge Classes are available online and can be set up on a day and time to suit you.  

If you or someone you know is interested in learning to play bridge contact Anne Townsend by email at or phone 07377 555341

#45187 Pairs EMBC/Derby BC Tuesday Evening Duplic
Scorer: Andrew Scott
Monday Evening
Director: Mike Douglas
#6809 Pairs EMBC/Derby BC Tuesday Evening Duplica
Scorer: Andrew Scott