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Important Notice!

Because of the Covid-19 situation, all games and classes are canceled until further notice.

Contact Tom for further information.

Contact Information

For information or comment, contact Tom Doyle by email (, or by text (804-384-7711).

Welcome to Mathews Duplicate Bridge Club
Our Club is on Hold Due to Covid-19

Welcome to the website of the Mathews Duplicate Bridge Club. Our club is part of ACBL's Unit 110, and was the first ACBL-sanctioned club in Virginia's Middle Peninsula. Mathews County is a beautiful, rural, water-surrounded getaway, justly known as the "Pearl of the Chesapeake." We are an hour-plus away from most of the other Unit 110 clubs in Williamsburg, Newport News and elsewhere. Those of you in Gloucester, or in Unit 109's Northern Neck, are closer. See the Directions below. Tom Doyle is Manager and Director of the club.

St. Paddy's Day on the Island
Our long-running event is the Gwynn's Island Game, now held on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons of each month at the Gwynn's Island Civic Center (see the Calendar for specific dates). Duplicate bridge had been played there for years on an unsanctioned basis, then in 2010 we joined Unit 110 of District 6 of the American Contract Bridge League, and now award ACBL masterpoints. However, you do not have to be an ACBL member to play with us. We invite anyone and everyone to join us at our friendly game in this beautiful island location, just a short drive from the mainland across a small bridge, past historic Hill's Bay, to an old church building.  But don't be fooled! Inside we run a modern game, complete with wireless scoring and instant results at the end of the session. We also use pre-dealt hands, created randomly on the club's dealing machine; players have access to complete hand records and computer analyses of makable contracts at the end of each game. Many if not all of the island games are run as special events, awarding extra masterpoints.
In addition to our regular games, we also sponsor special events and activities. In particular, we participate in the District 6 Sectional Tournaments at Clubs (STaC) program, and we offer Bridge Lessons at the Gloucester Library at both beginner and intermediate levels. Contact Tom for further information, or to arrange for other bridge activities. You could hold an ACBL-sanctioned event in your home!

Whether you come once or often, you are sure to have a unique and enjoyable experience playing at the Mathews Duplicate Bridge Club!


Driving Directions to Our Playing Sites


To Gwynn's Island



From Yorktown: Take the Coleman Bridge across the York River, follow Rt.17 for 12 miles, take a right onto Rt. 17-BR, then shortly another right onto Rt.14/3 (becomes Rt.14 only). Follow this towards Mathews, 14 miles, to a left on Buckley Hall Rd. (Rt. 198).  Shortly take a right at the 7-11 store onto Cricket Hill Rd. (Rt. 223), continue for 2 miles, then cross a small bridge onto Gwynn’s Island.  Follow Old Ferry Rd. (Rt. 633), past a cemetery, to where it makes a sharp right. Take this turn to the Civic Center, which is on the right across from a church. A detailed map of the island is below the larger map. (About 30 miles, 45 minutes, from the Coleman Bridge.)

From Middlesex:  Take Rt. 3 across the Piankatank River. Turn left at the Rt. 198 intersection, towards Mathews. Turn left at the 7-11 store onto Cricket Hill Rd. (Rt. 223), and follow the directions above.




Driving Directions to Our Playing Sites
Gwynn's Island
Gwynn's Island
Another Fine Game...

...on the island, this March 11th. Libby and Tom took the honors in a four-table Howell. Click on the Results, above or below.

April 22, 2020
Gwynn's Island Game
All games are canceled pending further notice.
Gwynn's Island Game
Gwynn's Island Game
Gwynn's Island Game
Gwynn's Island Game
Gwynn's Island Game