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Playing a mixture of face-to-face and online bridge. Check the calendar for details. Click here for details of our regular bridge sessions.

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  A warm welcome to members, newcomers, students and visitors
Saturday Seminars with Charlie Bucknell 1st July

Join Charlie Bucknell at OBC for two seminars and light lunch

Cue bidding for all levels 10.00am - The pathway to successful slam bidding is knowing when to stop below slam!

Basic Elimination and Endplay for less experienced players 2.00pm - This is a classic declarer play technique designed to let you make tricks even when the finesse is offside!

To read more about these and book click here

John Deech Challenge Pairs

Many congratulations to Martin Illingworth, who has won the John Deech Challenge Pairs competition, run on 4th Wednesday evenings between September and May. He will be awarded with the trophy at the AGM. Amr El-Kashef was runner-up, and Juliette Riehl is the highest placed player with an NGS of under 9. Very well done to them too. All three players will receive cash prizes at the AGM. Very well done also to Yuhao Li, a non-member, who came joint top in the ladder.  Click here to view the final ladder. Click here for further details of the John Deech Challenge Pairs. 

John Deech has very kindly agreed to continue to sponsor 4th Wednesday evenings over the summer months, so we will be providing free refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles) and cash prizes during June, July and August. Do come along and join us for a sociable evening of bridge. 

Book now for the OBC Summer Party

Thursday 15 June 6:30pm

Join us for our summer social – tickets are £15 each and include sparkling wine, summer food and a, hopefully, sunny summer's evening of socialising and playing bridge.

The evening will be hosted, so please feel free to come along either with or without a partner.

Booking is essential, click here for the booking link.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Cross-Imp pairs on Fri 2nd June

The cross-Imp pairs sessions on 1st Friday evenings have not been well supported, and we've reluctantly decided to discontinue them until further notice. This means that there will be no session on the evening of Friday 2nd June.

The online teams on 3rd Friday evenings will continue as normal, with the next session being on Friday 16th June. 

Susan Fletcher features in the EBU Magazine

Susan Fletcher has written an article for the May issue of the English Bridge Union magazine (see page 58), in which she explains how Eye Gaze technology enables her to continue to play bridge, despite being unable to use her hands. An inspiring story – and by the way, there is still the opportunity to contribute to research into MND, by following the link to Susan’s Just Giving page at https://justgiving.com/susan-fletcher-watts

Monday morning Face-to-Face bridge

We are continuing to run the face-to-face sessions on Monday mornings, starting at 10am. 

There's no need to book in advance - just turn up at the club. We will take payment by card when you arrive. All sessions are hosted, so that you can come along without a partner. 

These are hybrid sessions - ie the online session will be run at the same time, using the same hands. Results from both sessions will be merged before being uploaded.

Playing Bridge at the Clubhouse

We are playing face-to-face (F2F) bridge at the clubhouse on the following days:

Monday mornings:  this is a hybrid session with two sections playing the same set of hands - one section playing at the club, and the other on RealBridge.

Tuesday mornings:  this is a Gentle Duplicate session.

Wednesday evenings: duplicate pairs on 2nd to 5th Wednesdays. The teams session on 1st Wednesday evenings will stay online for the time being.

Friday mornings: this is a hybrid session with two sections playing the same set of hands - one section playing at the club, and the other on RealBridge.

As always please check the calendar for details. There's no need to prebook club F2F sessions with the exception of Thursday evening Learn & Play.

Thursday evening Learn & Play sessions are at the clubhouse and must be prebooked. Click here for more information about Learn & Play sessions

All sessions are hosted, so you can come along without a partner. Visitors are very welcome. 

RealBridge - Audio and Video problems

If you are having trouble with sound or video on your iPad or other device when using RealBridge, this guidance may help you to fix the problem. [updated September 2022]

'NEXT STEPS' BRIDGE

♥  Saturday afternoons 2.30pm at the club for Improvers
 Next Steps with Steven Bliss on 27th May
♥  Click here for more information
♥  No need to book - just come along!

LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE!

♥ Book now for Term 3 'Bridge for All' Year 1 & Year 2 courses – please click here.

Bucknell Bridge

OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT OBC

♥  BucknellBridge - training courses at OBC

♥  BucknellBridge - tips on bidding and play

PLAYING ONLINE BRIDGE RealBridge
Click here to book your place at a RealBridge session.
Further information on playing on RealBridge is available here.
Results
Morning Pairs - hybrid
Clubhouse and RealBridge
Director: Anne (F2F); Matt (online)
Scorer: MS
Host: Amr El-K (online); George C (F2F)
Morning Pairs - hybrid
Clubhouse and RealBridge
Director: Martin (F2F); Peter L (online)
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Allan S (online); Sue McF (F2F)
Learn and Play
Bridge Club
Director: Anne L
Scorer: Liza
Host: Allan S
9-High Pairs
RealBridge
Director: Matt
Scorer: Brian
Host: Chris B
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge
Director: Viccy
Scorer: Viccy
Host: John B
John Deech Challenge Pairs
Clubhouse
Director: Martin
Scorer: Liza
Host: Erika S
Calendar
Tue 30th May 2023
Gentle Duplicate
Clubhouse 10.00
Director: Richard
Scorer: Richard
Host: Ray J
 More Info
Tue 30th May 2023
Afternoon Pairs
RealBridge 14.00
Director: Anne L
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Viv S
 More Info
Wed 31st May 2023
Learn and Play
RealBridge 10.00
Director: Nick W
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Mary C
 More Info
Wed 31st May 2023
Gentle Duplicate
RealBridge 14.00
Director: Viccy
Scorer: Viccy
Host: Sally Ruse
 More Info
Wed 31st May 2023
Evening Pairs
Clubhouse 19:15
Director: Martin
Scorer: Anne L
Host: Joanna D
 More Info
Thu 1st Jun 2023
Learn and Play
Bridge Club 19.15
Director: Liza F
Scorer: Liza F
Host: Yvonne N
 More Info