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Club Closure

It is with regret that the Bridge Club will be closed for the foreseeable future. 

We wish everyone the best of health over the coming months.

Harrogate Bridge Club

27 Robert Street

01423 568110

HBC Defibrillator


Welcome to Harrogate Bridge Club

Welcome to our message board

Please let me know if you have content, messages or news that you would like me to include.  Hopefully this will be a means for all of us to stay in touch in these difficult times.

Judy Cope (email address in club handbook) or

*Update - HBC Online Virtual Bridge*

Online virtual bridge duplicate sessions are now being hosted by the bridge club.  Keep an eye on future dates in the calendar.

At present each player who plays in a session will be charged approx £1.30.  HBC will collect the money and forward it to the EBU and BBO.  Details of the arrangements and on how to pay the club will be sent in a separate email to all members.

The committee feels that the club environment bridge sessions may not return for sometime. They wish to inform all members that they will support you should you wish to give online virtual bridge a try.

If you are unsure of how to get started with our new online bridge please contact Barry Whiteley, Rob Cave or Janet Latham.

" Barry & Rob have put a tremendous amount of time and effort into getting this off the ground, including learning how to be online Tournament Directors.  A lot of work goes on behind the scenes for each session e.g organising, directing, uploading results etc, all of which is new to both of them.  

Thank you "

23 May

Replay - Livestream with Jack Stocken

If you missed Jack's livestream last Monday (see below) it is still available to view  

22 May

HBC Online Bridge

"With 15 pairs competing, the first HBC Virtual Bridge session took place this morning (18/5/2020).

Congratulations to pairs Andrea Johnson and Stella Bullock, Ron and Marie Appleby for winning their respective groups. It hasn't gone unnoticed that Andrea and Stella have been getting some "sneaky" advice and tips from Ron and Marie during the past few weeks, so further praise to both pairs is quite in order. 

To run this type of session is quite intense. Yes, it is software driven but setting up and closing down the session contains a number of complex procedures. Over time and with experience these will hopefully become easier to undertake, but, having seen some of the activity which needs to be undertaken, a real big thank you must be extended to Rob for TD'ing this first session.  

Next steps. We need to undertake a review of the session, so comments from those who played would be welcome. Please contact Barry or Rob."  Barry W

Results can be found in the results section.

18 May

7th Marbella International Bridge Tournament

This year's event has been cancelled and re-scheduled for next year - 4th, 5th & 6th November 2021

18 May

Free Livestream with Jack Stocken - Monday 18th May @ 9.30am

" I will be hosting a FREE livestream where I will discuss and play 3 or 4 interesting hands with the viewers, drawing on 20 years experience as a bridge teacher.  The free lesson will last for about 30 - 45 minutes and suitable for all bridge players

The link to register is  or just copy the link into your browser. "

Jack Stocken

14 May




Jack's Daily Bridgecast

Jack Stocken is giving daily mini lessons for a small monthly fee.  For more details click here.


If you are still trying to get to grips with online bridge then Bernard Magee is chatting about it in his videos.  People are also leaving tips or asking questions in the comments underneath each of his videos.

HDBL Results

The final match was played online on Tues 7th. Leeds Leaders beat Strays by 1 IMP i.e. a 10-10 draw, which incredibly was exactly the same result as their match in October.

This means that Leeds Leaders win Division 1, 2 points ahead of Strays. Other division winners are Thirsk Tricksters, Herculeans and Pannal Beaters.  
Paul B

9 April

What is "kibitzing"? To kibitz is to watch a card game. To find out more details on kibitzing on BBO click here.

Bernard Magee gives a brief introduction on how to join BBO in video 2  on YouTube (see below).

7 April

HDBL Division 1 Decider - 7th April

"In case you're interested in kibitzing, the Strays v Leeds Leaders HDBL match is being played online using BBO on Tuesday 7th April from 7pm.  Should the fancy take you, it's probably best to find our tables by searching for me (DarylK) or Chris (Boysey) on BBO."  Daryl Kayes


Andrew Robson - Daily Bridgecasts - YouTube

Andrew Robson is streaming on YouTube 7 days a week, catch up videos can be watched.  3 different broadcasts - beginners, intermediate and advanced, all approx 7 minutes in length.  Search for Andrew Robson bridgecast.

6 April

EBU and  Online Duplicate

The EBU recently sent out an email to all members giving details of playing online and the various providers.  Click here for more details.  Find what suits you.

Playing in EBU games on BBO:
The EBU are now running daily sessions on BBO, afternoons and evenings, and awarding master points.  Further information on these games can be found by clicking here.

If you are interested and are looking for a partner let me know and I'll publish a list of names on this messageboard - contact details will be withheld as they are in club handbook.

  • For a list of players looking for partners to play bridge online click here.  

 Updated 3 April

  •  I've watched the first seminar - very interesting - we might see lots more doubling happening and more than likely in the wrong places.  Will keep watching.  .... Julie H
  • Allan & I have been watching them, they are very good.  .... Helen
  • Just watched the first Bernard Magee video on doubling and also a quiz.  Suitable for everyone.  Easy to pause and take in what he's saying.  Very entertaining and would recommend.  .... Judy


Bernard Magee on YouTube

Bernard Magee will be live streaming on YouTube (free of charge) at 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Approx 40 minutes in length. Previous streams from this week are available so can be watched in your own time.  Watch his short intro by clicking on the link or just search for Bernard Magee bridge on Youtube.

Bernard Magee is a very popular bridge teacher, he writes for the Mr Bridge magazine and holds lots of weekend courses that I know our members go to.  I'm sure it will be fun.  For players of all levels.

Initial feedback from members is that these videos are very good!


Free Bridge Base Online Teams League for EBU Members

Go to the EBU homepage or click here for more details

2 April



We are a welcoming and friendly bridge club catering for players of all standards.  We run seven pairs sessions per week and a supervised play afternoon for those who want to practice before they step up to duplicate.  We also have classes for beginners and intermediates, and occasional instruction on specific topics.

Visiting pairs are always made welcome.

For the more competitive players we have five teams in the Yorkshire Sunday League.   Many of our players also group together to make teams of four that play in the Harrogate and District Bridge League against more local opposition.

Harrogate Bridge Club is located in the centre of this beautiful spa town.  The club has its own private premises and is well established with over 250 members.  In addition to our playing areas, the club has a kitchen and a licensed bar.  HBC is a member of the English Bridge Union, EBU, and the Yorkshire Contract Bridge Association, YCBA.  We use the Bridgemate wireless scoring system so that results are updated as you play.  Hand copies of each session can be taken away and are also available once the results are posted on the website. 

Wed 27th May 2020
Online Duplicate Pairs
BBO 19:15pm
Online Duplicate Pairs
Online Duplicate Pairs
Duplicate Pairs (Morn)
Duplicate Pairs (Aft)
Duplicate Pairs (Eve)