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:
This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
We were saddened to hear of the death of long-standing member David Wooldridge. Sincere condolences to his partner Jenny Meier and other members of his family. There will be a gathering of family and freinds to celebrate David's life on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at noon at Coombe Wood Golf Club, Kingston KT2 7NS. If you wish to attend please contact Dee Jones (direct or via the web contact form on this site) so that numbers can be estimated. The club will be represented.
Here is the full list of Thursday Evening Ladder winners, since the cometition started in 2013:
Results from Monday's Wimbledon Village Cafe Bridge can be seen when you click this link.
Thank you from Neil and Victor to all participants in 2019 Epsom Cafe Bridge.
A fantastic £1,250 was raised for the Mayors' Charities - Girl Guiding, Work Stress Solutions and Epsom + Ewell Talking Newspaper.
Congratulations to winners Helen Beattie and Allan Knott. Full results can be found here - we look forward to seeing you next year.
A brilliant day, thank you all so much for participating. Stand by for news of future events!
Click here for full results
Club founders Rosemary Vase and, cutting cake, Pauline Finn at the 5th Anniversary Party. Also in photo are the club's bridge directors Victor Lesk (left) and Ned Paul
October 5th 2017 was five years almost to the day since we held our first Thursday evening duplicate at Shiraz Mirza Hall. That was the start of Kingston Bridge Club. The club has grown steadily since that time and a very healthy ten-and-a-half tables were on hand to help us celebrate the anniversary with party bridge! Thanks to all our players for making the evening (and the club!) a success and bringing along lots of goodies to eat and drink. Here's to the next five years!
The Club's Christmas Duplicate, held on Thursday 14th December. was another great success.. There was bridge as usual but also a party buffet table - and members bought brought a huge range of good things to eat and drink.
The last evening duplicate of 2017 will be on Thursday 21st December. The Thursday game will then restart for 2018 on Thursday January 4th 2018. The Wenesday game resumes on January 3rd and the Monday game on January 8th.
Thanks to everyone who particpated in the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs events organised nationally by Anna Gudge who runs her Ecatsbridge organisation from her home on the Orkney Islands! Anna gets bridge clubs up and down the country to join the challenge and each day all the particpating clubs play the same deals. You can see the resulting giant ranking lists on Anna's site www.ecatsbridge.com/sims
At Kingston we played the Wednesday and Thursday competitions and with donations raised £174. My other clubs (Putney, Chiswick and the Ruff Club) also took part so I will sending Anna a total of £389.50. This will contribute to a national total expected to be - as it is each year - around £70,000!
Fantastic work, Anna: we are happy to support you! Ned Paul
Victor and Ned, tother with fellow bridge hosts Kit Jackson and Mark Dessain, are combining our groups to hold a grand Bridge Christmas Party and buffet supper on Saturday December 9th. 'Ned, Victor, Kit & Mark's Great Winter Bridge Bash' will be held at Young Chelsea BC in Shepherds Bush (54 Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA). Doors open at 6.00pmm. social bridge available throughout, buffet supper from 6,30pm, duplicate from 7.15pm. Quiz at half time. Bar open till late. All welcome including singles who will be paired up as needed. £13 inculding bridge and supper; drinks on own account. [NB This is quite separate from YC's own Cristmas Party for its members which takes place on December 16th; our invitees play at Kingston, Putney, New Chiswick, the Ruff Club, Balham, Bathurst Deli, the Walmer Castle, Canary Wharf, etc and we hope this will be a fun social event with lots of tables in play] You can sign-up by visiting Victor;s sign up page; or else email or text Ned on 07792 715517 to book your places; in this case you can pay on the door.
The Esher Cafe Bridge Drive on Monday October 16th 2017 was a great success. Go to the Results menu on the left to see full details. 240 players took part and the winners were Paul Wilde and Anne Smith. Lou Pilcher of Claygate organised the event in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice Esher.
Thanks to all who brought food, drink and Christmas spirit to the Club party. Here are some photos:
Thanks to all who came, baked and helped us celebrate four years of fire, flood, foxes and finesses at Kingston Bridge Club!
On Thursday 1st October 2015 Kingston Bridge Club marked three successful years of existence with a party duplicate. Players enjoyed wine and food buffet with their bridge. The Club continues in good health...
Kingston BC celebrated Xmas with a party duplicate on Thursday December 17th 2015. We had ten and a half tables - a record. There are some photos at https://goo.gl/photos/usRmmz8r891pxUnVA
The recent Barnes Café Bridge, organised by Emma Forbes and Victor Lesk plus team, raised over £3000 for Hoopers Africa Trust, a charity that works for girls' education in East Africa. Scoring was by Victor's "BriAn" system. 240 players took part, spread across 12 venues, and the results were available within 20 minutes of the end of play. BriAn is ideally suited to the Café Bridge format and Victor maintains a webpage with details of past and future Café events. Next event: Teddington February 2016. Click here to access this page.
A burst water main at Shiraz Mirza Hall, Norbiton, in the second wek of January left Kingston Bridge Club's Thursday night venue under half an inch of water. The Thursday 14th January game was moved to Coombe Wood Lawn Tennis Club, thanks to the Tennis Club and to our neighbours Ruff Diamonds BC who play there. Thanks to Victor Lesk and to Ian Stewart of Coombe Wood LTC for making the arrangements.
Fortunately Thames Water has done their stuff and sealed up the leak so the hall is once again playable! Hope to see you there this week!
The Wednesday and Thursday duplicates on 11th and 12th November 2015 respectively were both fundraisers for the BBC Children in Need. The deals played were also played in many other bridge clubs around the country and a commentary booklet on the deals will be available at the end of play. Together our events raised £173 and you can see the grand total nationwide - still updating and expected to surpass £70,000 - as well as the detailed results of all the events at www.ecatsbridge.com/sims.
Val & Pat O'Sullivan were our big winners in the Children in Need Sim Pairs that we ran on Thursday November 13th. With a 66% score they finished 21st nationally out of 2144 pairs! Fantastic! The club raised £125 for the C-i-N charity appeal and by running heats at all his clubs Ned was able to send a total cheque for £410. Many thanks all. The grand total nationally of money raised is so far £57,000+ and money is still coming in. A magnificent effort by event organiser Anna Gudge of Ecatsbridge!
The duplicate on March 20th 2014 was a heat of the national Charity Challenge 'Simultaneous Pairs', organised by Anna Gudge of Ecatsbridge (www.ecatsbridge.com/sims). The same hands were played on the same evening in many other clubs. As a club we raised £96 for Macmillan Cancer care, contributing to a grand total raised by Ecatsbridge of around £5,000. Well done everyone and thank you!