Jávea Bridge Club

Want to learn Bridge ?

Are you visiting this page as a newcomer to this great game?

What better time than now to learn to play bridge. Many of our members have found playing online an absolute godsend during these difficult times, keeping us all sane! If you contact us we can direct you to many great online resources, both free and offering club discounts. We provide mentoring and virtual lessons. If this is something that interests you then get in touch. 


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Online Lessons

Paul Mendleson, crime writer, well known bridge author and teacher is giving online lessons via Zoom. He has both an intermediate and an advanced group, plus a social Sunday classes, all excellent, he lives up to his reputation! 
Contact him to join at pm@aceoftrumps.com via email and/or look at his website  www.aceoftrumps.com which has some interesting articles. 


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About JBC

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Jávea Bridge Club have our own premises situated in the coastal town of Jávea on the Costa Blanca. We are conveniently located near shops and the beach with ample street parking.The club house has a well stocked bar, air conditioning and free wifi providing a comfortable and relaxed environment for our frequent bridge tournaments, lessons and social events.

We pride ourselves on our international membership. Newcomers and visitors of all standards are always made to feel welcome and every attempt to find a partner will be made if you require one. Our establishment is wheelchair accessible.

Why not come and give it a try?

Last updated : 21st May 2020 08:52 BST



Acol is named after the Acol Bridge Club in London NW6 where it originated in the early 1930s.The club was founded on 15 Acol Road, West Hampstead. The road was named after a small village called Acol, in Kent.

Members Jack Marx and S.J. 'Skid' Simon were very interested in bidding systems and along with other club members such as Maurice Harrison-Gray, Iain Macleod (who went on to become Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Terence Reese (one of bridge's most prolific authors) developed the Acol system and named it after the road of the club. The system evolved over many years, but brought them immediate success and domestic domination. 

The first book on the system was written by Ben Cohen and Terence Reese. Skid Simon explained the principles that lay behind the system and the system was further popularised in Britain by Iain Macleod.Some of the games greatest bridge books were written by this group including ‘Why You Lose at Bridge’ (Skid Simon) and ‘Bridge is an Easy Game’ (Iain Macleod).

In the early 1950s the club was relocated to its current premises - a large three-storey detached Victorian house at 86 West End Lane, just a stone’s throw away from the club’s original home in Acol Road.

The club thrived until the mid 1970’s when a variety of factors contributed to a slow decline. The 1968 Gaming Act created problems, as did the emergence of local competition but the hardest transition of all was with the form of the game being played. The club went through some difficult times changing from gambling style rubber bridge to duplicate bridge, but now is again enjoying better times





Last updated : 25th May 2020 21:09 BST

The pack of cards


When playing bridge we must spend hours looking at cards, they are everyday objects to us which we take for granted. Yet they have a history of use in Europe which goes back to the late 1300s; their design hasn't changed much since medieval times.

Plenty of historians argue about who really invented the first playing cards. Some say it was the Chinese with their game of “piper tiles”, others claim cards came from Arabia as a “Saracen’s game” in the 14th century. Still others suggest that fortune-telling cards from India were what kicked it all off.

If the English/French style cards are the only sort of playing-cards you have come across you may think that there is only one basic design for the faces of cards, with just the design on the back varying. You would be wrong!   In other European countries games such as Skat, Jass, Mus, Scopa, and Tarock are played, using cards of totally different face-designs many of them with roots far older than English/French cards. 

Most countries have their own designs, popular locally. These are very often far more colourful than the English one and beautifully printed. The composition of the pack often changes with the game which is being played; a Swiss players sitting down to play jass expects to find 36 cards in their pack, German skat players use 32 cards, while the dealer of French Tarot has to cope with 78 large cards in their hand. Spanish playing cards, baraja were introduced to Spain by the Moors during the 14th Century, usually made up of 40 or 48 cards the Italian deck is very similar, in fact Spanish cards are often used in southern Italy, as well as parts of France, Histpanic America, Northern Africa and  the Philippines. 

All sets of playing cards are divided into “suits.” The suits we are most familiar with today are of course hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades, but these are not the only options. In Europe alone we also see; leaves, acorns; shields; coins, cups, swords and batons

While suits might have changed throughout the centuries, “face cards” have remained relatively unchanged.. Although the modern-day “jack” card came about when the Germans completely removed queens from their card decks and instead had kings, upper men (obermann), and lower men (untermann). The lower men cards became jacks

We will be looking at each of the face cards in seperate artciles.



Last updated : 25th May 2020 21:07 BST

Previous snippets can be accessed here Or by going to the menu under PREVIOUS ARTICLES.

Last updated : 1st Apr 2020 08:40 BST
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Not sure whether to open the bidding? 


as a guide, the number of cards in the 2 longest suits plus your high card points.

With 19/20 or more you can open. (19 is often used these days)



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Last updated : 27th May 2020 08:45 BST
Declarer Play 24

contract 3NT lead 5♠ 

Well the official answer was you cannot make the contact. 

Try using PLAY IT AGAIN and you will clearly see it is possible if you unblock your diamonds. 

Last updated : 27th May 2020 08:48 BST
More Quizzes

Try clicking here for past quizzes, crosswords and puzzles or go to PREVIOUS ARTICLES in the menu where past Daily Snippets can also be accessed.

Last updated : 1st Apr 2020 08:45 BST
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BBO Online

Update your software and login to Casual to play league matches, stay in Competitive to play in pairs tournaments and Swiss teams (hit back to return to competitive from Casual)


Videos to enhance your online experience. ..........

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April loves Online Bridge
(April, BBO)

Special Orchestra
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1/ Which is the most frequent bid in bridge?

2/ Which card is the most frequently opening lead?

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One Deal Lessons

Andrew Robson (short 1 deal videos)

Deal 4

(find other deals on the right of his video)


Bernard Magee's lessons still continue

Lesson 25

(you should be able to see all the previous lessons on his channel from there)