Exeter Bridge Club





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There will be prize/event sessions as follows:-

Face to Face at ISCA - first Tuesday monthly, first pair £20, second £10

Face to Face at ISCA - Denis Ash - second Tuesday monthly to September 2024

BBO - third Monday monthly, first pair £20, second £10

RealBridge - fourth Friday monthly, first pair £20, second £10

Please note, club members only can win the prizes

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New Session - Wednesday Afternoons from 29th May

We are pleased to announce that we are starting up a new session, Wednesday Afternoons from 1:15pm to 4pm (doors open 1pm) in the Green Room, Newcourt Community Centre, EX2 7FN. 

The centre is modern, spacious, has plenty of parking, and (most importantly for us) available! 

This is a follow on to the second improvers course which finished recently, just as we did with the first set of improvers on Thursday afternoons in January.

This will be a supervised play session.    Players will be able to ask for help and to consult their notes, and the laws will be applied very leniently.

There will be no MPs awarded, and no NGS effect, so you can play with a learner without risking your grade.

Cost is £3, but includes tea/coffee and biscuits.  

If you're a club player, please consider coming along to help the learners. 

We have 22 of them, and the more practice they can get with experienced players, the sooner they will become "fully fledged" players.

Last updated : 16th May 2024 17:52 BST
Don Pearson Charity Event

This raised just under £350 which will go to the East Devon Cats Protection League.

Last updated : 3rd May 2024 18:59 BST
Welcome to Exeter Bridge Club

We play Duplicate Bridge at all levels - beginners to more experienced players

Face to Face bridge at the ISCA Centre: Club session on Tuesdays at 6.15, Supervised Play on Thursdays at 1.30

We currently run the following on-line events:

Duplicate Pairs on Mondays at 7.15pm on Bridge Base Online

Duplicate Pairs on RealBridge - Fridays at 3pm on RealBridge

Special On-Line Events

See Specific Pages for more information and registration (if required) details

There are teaching classes for beginners and improvers and supervised duplicate sessions for novices.

The Club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union. Membership of Exeter brings the benefits of EBU membership.

The club promotes a friendly atmosphere with respect for fellow players and the Director.
You will find most of the information you need in these pages.
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contact information.

Last updated : 10th Jan 2024 17:39 GMT
Realbridge duplicate pairs sessions - Friday Afternoons


 Table Money for Exeter Bridge Club RealBridge Sessions is £2.50 for a member and £3 for non-members 

All players will be contacted with details on how payment should be made

Payment will NOT be taken on the RealBridge platform

RealBridge allows you to see and talk to the players at your table, which gives it a real "club" feel – all very different from the existing bridge websites which rely on messaging and feel much less social. All you need to play is a desktop, laptop, or tablet which ideally has a WebCam so that other players can see you when you play (the webcam is not essential but does make the event more sociable). The system is very user-friendly, and even if you have never played before online you should find it very easy to use. All our players are welcome to play in all RealBridge sessions. 

If you feel unsure whether you have the technology and skills to play, please contact Tony Rusbridge who should be able to give you any necessary advice and reassurance. If you would like to play but do not have a partner please use our partner finding system which is here. You can also enter individually and the director will assign you a partner on the day if there is one available.

Sessions on Fridays @3pm 

You can enter to play here - registration IS REQUIRED for the first time you play as we need to have your contact details for collection of payment

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Allowing plays to be withdrawn online

Allowing plays to be withdrawn online


Currently we allow unintended calls to be withdrawn, but not unintended plays (except in very limited circumstances)

This paper argues that for online play we should allow unintended plays to be withdrawn.


The laws of bridge were drawn up around a F2F game – assuming spoken bids and physical play of the cards.  Later, bidding boxes were introduced, and the laws amended accordingly.

We are now in a world where online bridge is a thing, yet the laws have failed to keep up with this.  I believe there was an attempt in the early 2000s to update the laws for online play, but nothing came of it.

The Sky Blue book was an admirable attempt by the EBU to fill in the gaps created by playing the game in a different medium, but they were still only EBU rules, not laws.

Why does it matter?

Online, many transgressions simply cannot happen – call out of turn, insufficient bid etc.  This is a good thing and makes the director’s job a lot easier.

It is in the selection of calls and plays that online bridge causes more issues than F2F.

Pre-bidding boxes, inadvertent calls could be withdrawn without penalty (there were qualifying criteria), so could a mistaken nomination of a card to be played from dummy.  Inadvertent plays from hand could not be corrected.  The difference was that it is easy to misspeak, but harder to accidentally select the wrong card from your hand.

When bidding boxes came in, it became easier to make an unintended call (bidding cards sticking together, or dropping the top one) and so the laws were relaxed (the phrase “without pause for thought” was removed).

When we play online bridge, the process for selecting a call and a play are identical: click / tap on the one you want.  So the likelihood of an inadvertent play is the same as that of an inadvertent bid.

I am sure many of us have played the wrong card before by misclicking – especially those of us with fat fingers using tablets.

Yes, I know we can turn on two-click, but that isn’t really a solution because:

  • Many players find it annoying (and we’re here to enjoy ourselves)
  • Players quickly get into the happen of automatically clicking twice, defeating the object.

So, the laws have not caught up with the reality of online bridge.  What can we do about it?

The online platforms allow for a play to be withdrawn (“undone”), precisely because it is a likely occurrence, and to ban it would be to punish people unfairly.

Some organisations and events allow undos in the play, and some do not.  Some players will allow an obvious misclick to be taken back, others insist on a strict following of the rules.

The Laws

The laws do not allow a play to be undone by any hand except dummy.

“So you can’t allow undos in the play because it’s against the law” I hear you cry.

That raises an interesting point.

There has been a recent discussion on the EBU TD’s forum about how much we apply the laws online. It has been said that “if you play and don't abide by the rules you may be playing a game but it isn't bridge.”  The reality however is that we make reasonable adjustments to enable something that is essentially bridge to be played.  As an example, I point to Blue Book 2023 9c1(d), which allows calls to be withdrawn even after partner has called (forbidden by Law 25A1).

I think it is time we allowed unintended plays (misclicks during the play) to be corrected before partner has played.  Cleary the penalty card rules will have to apply for defenders (I see it as akin to dropping a card), but not in a way that forces the first card to be played.

Of course it has to be a genuine unintended play, and players need to understand what that means.  I have lost count of the number of times in F2F bridge I have had a claim of unintended call which I have allowed, only to see them select a replacement call a long way from the call they originally made.  Disallowed!

Bad Actors

There are ways in which this could be abused (plays the queen – king appears – “Oh no I meant the Ace”).  But there are many ways in which the laws can be abused, that means we should be vigilant, not that we should shelve a perfectly good law.

I think directors would have to be incisive in their investigation, and that in such a situation a player would have to make a cast iron argument as to why they always intended to play the ace.


Jeremy Child


Last updated : 19th May 2024 17:02 BST
Tue 28th May 2024
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs
ISCA Centre, Exeter 6.15pm
Director: Tony Rusbridge
Scorer: Tony Rusbridge
Wed 29th May 2024
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs - Supervised play
Newcourt Community Centre 1.15
Director: Jeremy Child
Wed 29th May 2024
Improvers course
Victoria Park Exeter 7.00pm
Director: Jeremy Child
Thu 30th May 2024
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs
ISCA Centre, Exeter 1.30 pm
Director: Jeremy Child
Fri 31st May 2024
RealBridge Pairs
RealBridge 3.00pm
Director: IBE
Mon 3rd June 2024
BBO Pairs
BBO 7.15 pm
Director: IBE
Tue 4th June 2024
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs - Prize Night
ISCA Centre, Exeter 6.15pm
Director: Richard Lingham
Scorer: Viv Mably
Wed 5th June 2024
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs - Supervised Play
Newcourt Community Centre 1.15
Director: Jeremy Child
Wed 5th June 2024
Improvers course
Victoria Park Exeter 7.00pm
Director: Jeremy Child
Fri 7th June 2024
RealBridge Pairs
RealBridge 3.00pm
Director: IBE
BBO Pairs
Director: IBE
Scorer: Mitch
RealBridge Pairs - Prize Afternoon
Director: IBE
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs
Director: Jeremy Child
Face to Face Bridge - Duplicate Pairs
Director: Richard Lingham
Scorer: Tony Rusbridge