The new Wednesday afternoon venue at the United Reformed Church right in the heart of Kingston
Congratulations to Joan Clancy whai has won the Kingston BC Main Duplicate Ladder in December 2019. With the win comes the £50 bi-monthly prize. The Ladder has run almost since the Thursday night duplicates started and the full list of winners is below. Rosemary Vase takes over as leader in for the next segment.
In addition to the Thursday evening Ladder the Wednesday afternoon players now have their own Ladder. The December leader John Page wins £40. The starting handicap system has been adjusted slightly to ensure that repeat wins are not so easy.
Recent Thursday Evening Winners (For the full list click on 'News' above):
Recent Wednesday afternoon winners:
Click the "Competitions" link opposite for full standings.
Bridge is an enjoyable game and a great social skill. If you have any experience at all, even not very much and/or a long time ago, then you are welcome to join our Monday afternoon sessions.
If you are a true beginner one of our bridge directors Ned Paul teaches the basics in a single weekend course "Learn Bridge In A Weekend" This 2-day course runs several times in the year at different venues in London. You get all of the basics out of the way in one go and the course has been very successful over many years.
After the course you will be able to progress by joining the Monday (or even the Wednesday) Kingston BC sessions.
Please email for more info or advice.
Kingston BC duplicates are scored using the BriAn electronic scoring system. The BriAn system (= "Bridge on iPhone and Android") uses mobile phone technology to replace traditional tabletop scorers. Players can use their own smart phones or other devices, such as iPads, or use android scoring tablets supplied by the club.
We believe BriAn is a very player-friendly system that has advantages over other systems. When results are entered for each deal, the next screen shows the full lay-out of the deal, the available tricks in each suit and a full travelling score slip in a single screen. Results of previous boards and a full table of current rankings can be accessed from any device via a menu. The bridge director can create and modify games, adjust scores if necessary and create final files suitable for posting to the web.
If you have a suitable android or iPhone you can become a scorer simply by downloading the free BriAn Bridge app. Go to the app shop in the normal way and search for "Brian Bridge". It's free to install and easy to use, You can read more about BriAn Bridge on the website http://www.brianbridge.net. Using your own phone, iPad or tablet is fun but entirely optional - extra scoring tablets are always available from the club.
Everyone who plays in the main duplicate on Thursday evenings participates in the Kingston Bridge Club Ladder. Your Ladder score is the percentage by which you beat 50% in any week's duplicate. Accumulate Ladder points by playing and doing well regularly. Each two months the current Ladder leader receives a £50 prize, but then gets a handicap sending the winner back down into the field. You can win more than once but each time you win the handicap becomes greater. Winners so far:
Full programme of seminars and online tournaments
I am delighted to offer a full programme of online tournaments and video conference social and learning sessions while the restrictions are in force.
Online Tournaments: Using BBO - Weekly, at 2pm on Wednesday and 7.15 on Friday. To play, firstly make sure that you are registered on BBO (this is gratis) - then mail me (email@example.com) with your BBO user name, your real name and your contact email.
Video conference seminars: Every Thursday evening at 7.15pm - a social catch-up followed at 7.30 by me discussing a bridge topic with Victor Lesk as host. It's easy to join - just click this link at the right time: https://zoom.us/j/731062415 and follow the prompts do download the Zoom app. You will be able to see and hear others, and be seen and heard if you wish. Topics include
This programme will be free for the first week, then a subscription will be charged. In this way we stay in touch with each other, you get some bridge and I get a small amount of income.
Above: A crowded Shiraz Mirza Hall for the 5th Anniversary Party
Welcome to Kingston's own bridge club. We meet three times a week:
Friendly & Sociable Club
Everyone is welcome at Kingston Bridge Club, including those new to duplicate. There is no membership fee: you simply pay 'table money' for those sessions you attend. Kingston Bridge Club aims to be a friendly and sociable bridge club. We look forward to welcoming you to our games.
All Welcome: Partners Found
In duplicate bridge you play as pairs, playing with the same partner throughout the session. There is a host system at all of our games so single players are always welcome and will be paired up. Our duplicates are professionally directed, usually by either Victor Lesk or Ned Paul.
We use different venues. Our main Thursday game is at Shiraz Mirza Hall, right beside Norbiton station. There is good access by public transport or reasonable parking nearby. Refreshments - tea/coffee and biscuits - included in the table money.
On Wednesday afternoons we meet in the cente of Kingston at the Richard Mayo Centre at the United Reformed Church in Eden Street (KT1 1HZ). The Centre offers a range of facilities for community activities. We play upsatirs in Room 21 but there is level access to the building and a lift to the first floor. There is a cafeteria open for refreshments until 2.00pm.
On Mondays our 'gentle' group plays at a pub, the Willoughby Arms on the north side of Kingston. They set aside a group of suitable tables for us. The pub is within walking distance of Kingston town centre or close to the 65 or 371 bus routes. Inexpensive metered parking is available in the local streets.
See the Information page - link opposite - for more details of the venues.
We now play at the Willoughby Arms on Monday afternoons, see details above. We use an area of the pub with suitable tables. For your refreshments please support the pub bar, or why not consider a pizza, pork pie or ploughman's lunch before the bridge begins. A condition of our use is that it is not permitted to consume food or drink brought from outside the pub.
Our Monday game takes the form of a supervised gentle tournament and is aimed at those wanting to improve and polish their game. You should know a little of the basics to join the game; absolute beginners are recommended to Ned Paul's beginner lessons including his highly successful "Learn Bridge In A Weekend" - see dates opposite (or visit the Tuesday afternoon sessions, which are suitable for beginners, at our sister club New Chiswick BC). But if you do know the basics please don't be shy in coming along - support and advice from an experienced tutor will be available throughout.
Our recommended bidding system is modern Acol with a weak NT, as widely taught in England, but other bidding systems are equally welcome. We encourage players to learn and use modern conventions such as Weak Two opening bids and Transfer Responses to 1NT and 2NT. If you would like to upgrade your game to include these and other modern ideas come along and we will support you throughout the learning process. The group is very sociable and welcoming. Please trust us: we have a lot of exeprience in helping new players find their 'bridge legs' and going on to enjoy the game.
Kingston BC's popular Thursday evening Ladder competition has rolled on into another year. Scores from 2018 carry forward in full, subject to the handicaps that apply to those who have already won.
New for 2019 is a separate Wednesday Ladder for the afternoon game at Kingston Riverside Club. It will work in exactly the same way. Any time you score more than 50% in the duplicate you score Ladder Points. Score 58.67% and you score 8.67 Ladder Points. These points accummulate and the overall leader at the end of each two month segment tops the Ladder and wins a prize. The winner is then handicapped back down the Ladder, giving a chance for a different player to win.
To start the Wednesday Ladder off I am backdating it to October last year and the first prize payout will be based on standings at the end of February. Ann Ingel has a healthy early lead. You can access the standings by clicking on the Competitions link in the menu opposite and clicking on the Wednesday Ladder.
For any enquiry please telephone Ned Paul on 020-8892 9429 or 07792 715517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on lessons, scroll down.
The Wednesday game, our afternoon social duplicate, takes place at the Richard Mayo Centre at the United Reformed Church in central Kingston. This is a popular venue for a number of community activities and easily accessible by all public transport to Kingston.
The Monday game, our 'gentle duplicate' suitable for newer players is now at the Willoughby Arms, a traditional Victorian pub in the eponymous Willoughby Road in the residential area just north of Kingston town centre. The postcode is KT2 6LN and the pub is on the corner of Lowther Road. It is surprisingly quiet and there is good street parking (metered - 80p per hour). We play either in the ground floor snug bar or upstairs in the large function room.
In play at the Willoughby Arms
As users of Shiraz Mirza Hall, we are only entitled to use the four dedicated spaces outside the hall. If you park elsewhere in the Hannover House car park, you risk being issued with £100 civil penalty notices. Instead, once the hall spaces are taken you may park in the station car park. The evening fee for the station is now £3.00 if paid by phone or |£3.50 cash from the South West Trains ticket machine ouside the station.
Alternatively go to Norbiton Avenue and other streets on the OTHER SIDE of Norbiton station. Park here for free and then just walk through the station underpass. Easy and hassle free.
Merry Xmas to all at Kingston Bridge Club! Photos from our party at Shiraz Mirza Memorial Hall on Thursday 19 December can be found here.
Thanks to all those who competed in our inaugural Swiss Pairs wine and cheese evening, especially Pauline and Rosemary who organised the food so well.
Congratulations to winners Ann and Lisa who took £100 first prize in a close finish. Full results can be accessed from the Results Calendar link int he menu opposite
Looking forward to the next one!
Kingston Bridge Club Open Day
Thanks to everyone who particpated in Kingston Bridge Club Open Day on Saturday November 4th. We had been invited to hold the event by SieMatic by Project Kitchens of Wood Street, Kingston in their kitchen showroom in the middle of Kingston town centre. Interested shoppers, and those attracted by our publicity, werre able to come in and try bridge between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
A big thank you to all the club members who came and helped. We have definitely made contact with new players who will join us in the future. Thank you to Mike Sewell of SieMatic for coming up with the idea and to enthusiastic showroom manager Sarah Goebel for hosting us, proviiding refreshments and making the day work so well.