Bulletin

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

Release 2.19q
0 0 0 0 0 0
Pages viewed in 2024
Recent Updates
Competition Winners
11th Jul 2024 18:29 BST
Home Page
11th Jul 2024 18:27 BST
Club Competitions/special events
7th Jul 2024 21:07 BST
News Archive
7th Jul 2024 21:06 BST
John Deech Challenge Pairs
1st Jul 2024 14:26 BST
General Meetings
25th Jun 2024 12:13 BST
News Archive

This page contains news items that recently appeared on the home page.  They are listed in reverse date order - most recent first.

Practice Hands for Bridge for All students

Calling all Bridge for All students! Practice Hands will be running on Monday 27th May 2pm to 4pm for Year 1 students, and 7pm to 9pm for Year 2 students.  There is a session on Tuesday 28th May 7pm to 9pm for Year 1 students. 

To book click here.

Bank Holiday Monday

We are running our usual hybrid session on Monday 27th May, the bank holiday, at 10am. There will be both online and face-to-face sections, and both are hosted. Traffic will be very light so this is a good opportunity to come into the club! 

John Deech Challenge Pairs - Winners

Many congratulations to Kathy Talbot, who has won the John Deech Challenge Pairs competition, run on 4th Wednesday evenings between September and May. She will be awarded with the trophy at the AGM. Amr El-Kashef, Martin Illingworth, Emily Middleton and Denis Talbot are joint runners up. Viccy Fleming Anne Laming are joint winners of the prize for the highest placed player with an NGS of under 10. Very well done to all. All will receive cash prizes at the AGM. 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. 

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition Winners

Many congratulations to Graham Bray & Philip O'Neill who are the winners of this year's Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition held at the club on 16th May. Both are Bridge for All students and they win the Morrie Marsh Trophy which will be formally awarded at the club's AGM in the summer. Well done to everyone who took part in the competition.

 

EBED Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to Chris Earl & Stephen Bedford who won OBC's heat of the EBED Simultaneous Pairs held on Monday 13th May. Andy King & Amr El-Kashef were second, and Chris Bone & Juliette Riehl were third, so very well done to them too. 

Nationally the results are slightly different - click here to see the national results.

Click here to view the commentary on the hands

Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs - Sun 7th July

On behalf of Oxfordshire Bridge Association, Oxford Bridge Club is holding a Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs on Sunday 7th July, at 1.00pm. 

We will be playing 6 x 6-board matches, and there will be cash prizes for the winners, runners-up, second-half ascenders, and highest placed non-expert pair. 

Entry fee: £16 per player, to include tea and refreshments. Entry is via the OBA website: CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

EBED Simultaneous Pairs - Mon 13th May

We are running a heat of the EBED Simultaneous Pairs on Monday 13th May. This is a hybrid session, so the heat will be played both online (on RealBridge) and at the club. Entry fee is £8.00 per player. 

For further information, and a link to the booking page (for online players), please click here

Ladder winners 2023-2024

The end of March marks the end of the year for the club ladders. Many congratulations to the winners and runners up (names in brackets): 

Monday morning: Martin Illingworth (Liza Furnival)

Tuesday morning Gentle Duplicate (a pairs ladder): Richard Sills & Diana Cannon (Dorothy & Richard Whittington)

Wednesday afternoon Gentle Duplicate*: Sally Ruse (John Foord)

Wednesday evening pairs: Graham Orsmond (Martin Illingworth)

Wednesday evening teams: Ron Gould (Lorna Swadling)

Thursday evening 9-High Pairs: Sheila Parry (joint 2nd: Nieell Grew & Stevie Rudd) 

Friday morning pairs: Kathy Talbot (Denis Talbot)

Friday evening teams: joint winners Robert Gasser & Martin Illingworth

Trophies will be awarded to the winners at the AGM in July.

*Note that only players with an NGS of under 7 or fewer than 5000 Masterpoints are eligible to win this ladder; additionally, non-members are not eligible to win club competitions. However we’d also like to congratulate Stevie Rudd (with Nieell Grew in second place) who topped the Wednesday afternoon Gentle Duplicate ladder. 

Abingdon Cafe Bridge - 21st May

Oxfordshire Bridge Association is running a Café Bridge event in Abingdon on Tuesday 21st May.  Proceeds in aid of Sobell House. Click here for further information and to book

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition Thursday 16th May

The Morrie Marsh competition for novice pairs will take place on Thursday 16th May at 7.15pm at Oxford Bridge Club. This will be in place of the usual Supervised Play session. 

The competition is open to 'novice pairs' - players who have fewer than 200 masterpoints (below Club Master). Players who are members of Oxford Bridge Club and those who haven't previously won a club trophy are eligible to win the Morrie Marsh Trophy. Masterpoints will be awarded and the qualifying winners will have their names added to the club's Honours' board in addition to winning the trophy.

We'll play 14-18 boards and table money is £4. For full competition rules click here. To book tickets please click here.

Saturday Seminar with Charlie Bucknell 18th May

Competitive bidding and when to stop is a challenge for most of us. Charlie will guide us through the steps to consider when facing hands that are not straightforward, should we bid on or stop? For more information and to book click here.

Wessex League - Oxford A win Division 1!

Many congratulations to the Oxford A team who have come top in Division 1 of the evening Wessex League, after an outstanding win over Menagerie A in their last match. As a result they will represent Oxfordshire in the Garden Cities competition. Team members are: Ian Angus, Nigel Birks, Ollie Burgess, Matthew Covill, Amr El-Kashef, Jonathan Green, Martin Illingworth, Diana Nettleton, Thomas Rainforth, Denis Talbot (team captain), Kathy Talbot, Lawrence Wang and Yining Yang. 

Wednesday Evening Teams - 3rd April at the club

Don't forget that Wednesday evening teams sessions are now face-to-face with the first session being on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.15pm. This is our first F2F Wed evening teams session for more than four years! 

You will need to arrive at the club with a pre-arranged partner and team mates. No doubt several teams will be disrupted by the move from online to face to face, and in addition, some people will be away for Easter, so we'll be doing our best to help those who want to play to get a game. Please email Liza if you're looking for team mates, either as a one-off for April, or on a more regular basis.   

Bridge over the Easter weekend

We are running a full programme of duplicate bridge over the Easter weekend, with online and face-to-face sessions on both Friday 29th March (Good Friday), and Monday 1st April (Easter Monday). We have hosts for all of these sessions, so if your usual partner isn't available, you'll still be able to have a game. 

However the Social Bridge session on Saturday 30th March has been cancelled. It will resume the following week, on 6th April. 

Practice Hands for Bridge for All students

Calling all Year 1, Bridge for All students.  Practice Hands will be available in the weeks between Term 2 and Term 3.

Monday afternoons at 2.00 starting on 25th March and Tuesday evenings at 7.00 starting on 26th March.  You do not have to book in advance but it would help give us an idea of numbers if you do. For more information click here.

Year 2 Students Practice Hands will be on Monday evenings at 7.00pm to book click here.

Meltzer Competition - winners!
Meltzer Competition - winners!

 

Many congratulations to Amr El-Kashef & Martin Illingworth who have won the club's rubber bridge knock-out competition, and the Meltzer trophy, beating Peter Schroeder and Ron Gould in the final. 

 

The full draw is here

County Pairs Final

OBC members have done very well in the County Pairs final, played on RealBridge on Sunday 17th March. Congratulations to Kathy & Denis Talbot who were the winners, and congratulations also to those (including some former members) who finished in the next three places thus qualifying to play in the Corwen Trophy: Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak, Christopher Whitehouse & Mary-Ann Sheehy, and Charlie Bucknell & Jonathan Davis. Full results are here.  

Success in Majorca for OBC members!

Six members of OBC joined the EBU Spring Congress in Majorca from 4th to 11th March, and in addition to enjoying the warm spring sunshine, did well in several of the competitions. Congratulations go to Kathy & Denis Talbot, who won the Pivot Teams, came second in the Swiss Pairs and third in the Pre-Congress Pairs; to Graham Orsmond & Jackie Fairclough, who were third in the Swiss Pairs and the Swiss Teams, and to Liza Furnival & Peter Randall who won the Swiss Teams and came third in the Cross-Imp pairs. 

https://www.ebu.co.uk/results/1376

Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs - winners

Many congratulations to Tony Ratcliff & Julian Pottage who won our heat of the Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs session held on Thursday 7th March. Amr El-Kashef & Andy King came second, and Robin Holmes & Ray Tarling came third. Very well done to them too. 

Click here for the national results

Click here for the commentary booklet

Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs - Thurs 7th March

We are running a heat of the Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs on Thursday 7th March, at 7.15pm, on RealBridge. 

This event replaces the 9-High Pairs that are normally held on Thursday evenings. There are no restrictions as to who may play - ie it is open to all players of all abilities. We will play 20 boards.

For more information on how the stratification works, please click here

To go directly to the bookings page, please click here

Mixed Pairs Competition Winners
Mixed Pairs Competition Winners

 

Many congratulations to Jackie Fairclough & Graham Orsmond, who have won the club's Mixed Pairs competition, played on Wednesday 21st February. They receive the Winnie Ling trophy.

Second were Lorna Swadling & Peter Randall, and third were Chris Adams & Viccy Fleming, so very well done to them too. 

Congratulations also to Chris & Matteo Pesce, visitors from the States, who won the session, but who were playing without standing in the competition. 

Click here for the full results.

Individual Competition - Winner
Individual Competition - Winner

Many congratulations to Phil Chaundy who won the club's Individual Competition, held on Sunday 18th February. He wins the Thompson Trophy. 

Erika Syba came second, and Susie Crawford was third - well done to them too! 

The full results can be seen here

 

Pictured, from left to right: Susie, Phil, Erika

Junior Squad Simultaneous Pairs

Many congratulations to Gay Hawley & Tessa Goddard who won our heat of the Junior Squad Simultaneous Pairs session held on Tuesday 6th February. Roger & Sue Smith came second, and Judith Ryan & Ruth Stockford and Allan Spence & Clare Tilbury came joint third. Well done to them too. 

Click here for the national results

Click here for the commentary booklet

Mixed Pairs Competition - Wed 21st Feb

The club's annual Mixed Pairs Competition is on Wednesday 21st February at 7.15pm, at the clubhouse. The winning pair receive the Winnie Ling trophy. 

Please note that as this is a club competition, there won't be a host. Non-members and mixed-sex pairs may play without standing. 

Entry fee £4.00 per player. There's no need to prebook - just turn up at the club. For further information please click here

Individual Competition - Sun 18th February

We are running the Individual Competition on Sunday 18th February, at 1pm at the clubhouse. This is a sociable and fun event where you enter as an individual (ie no partner needed) and play with different partner in each round. Members of all abilities are welcome to take part. 

As usual we will be managing numbers to make sure that we only have full tables, so if you'd like to play, please book your place in good time! Once the event is marked as fully booked, please add your name to the waiting list. We will add more places when there are enough people to make up another table. 

Entry fee £8.00 per player. 

Beck Salver - winners
Beck Salver - winners

Very many congratulations to Kathy & Denis Talbot, who have won the club's pairs competition. Matthew Covill & Mary-Ann Sheehy came second, and Graham Orsmond & Jackie Fairclough were third, so very well done to them too. 

Kathy & Denis will receive the Beck Salver at the AGM. 

Simultaneous Pairs in aid of the Junior England Squad

We are running a heat of the Junior Squad Simultaneous Pairs on Tuesday 6th February at 10am, at the clubhouse.

Entry fee £8.00 per player. Please note that this is a Gentle Duplicate session, so there are restrictions on those who may play. Click here for further details

Dust up your Defence

We defend twice as often as playing a contract. Learning how to stop our opponents making their contract is an important part of the game.

Steven Bliss is an experienced teacher and bridge player who will skilfully guide you in ways to improve your defence and help you understand techniques used by your opponents.

This course will help beginners as well as more experienced players. For more information and to book a place click here.

County Pairs

Pairs who score more than 50% in one of our duplicate pairs sessions (excluding Gentle Duplicate and 9-High Pairs) during the week beginning 8th January qualify to play in one of the semi-finals of the County Pairs.  The County Pairs final attracts green points. See the Oxfordshire Bridge Association website for further details and dates. 

Andrew Robson Day - Thurs 15th Feb
Andrew is the Times bridge columnist and leading bridge player, teacher and writer who has been associated with the Club for many years.  The bridge level is non-beginners but not experts.

Coffee and raffle @ 10.00am / Tuition: 10.30 - 12.30pm

Lunch with wine @ 12.30 / Tuition1.30 - 3.30pm 

Tickets £55.00 to include a donation to MND to book click here.   

Always a most enjoyable day - See you there!
Club Pairs Competition (Beck Salver)

We are running the club's annual Pairs Competition on Sunday 28th January, at 1pm, at the clubhouse. This is one of the club's premier events, and attracts blue masterpoints. All members of all abilities are very welcome to play. 

We will play 36-42 boards, with a 20-minute break for refreshments, and expect to finish by about 6.00-6.30pm.  

Entry fee is £8.00, and the closing date for entries is 10am on Saturday 27th January.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Evening Pairs - Cancelled

Owing to Covid and absences, sadly we do not have a director to run the Wednesday evening session on 27th December. It has therefore been cancelled.

Christmas and New Year Bridge

There is no bridge on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In addition, the Supervised Play session on Wednesday 27th December and the Social Bridge sessions on Saturday 23rd and 30th December are cancelled

On New Year's day we are running the online session only -  we are not running a face-to-face section that day. 

All other sessions will run as usual, but please check the calendar in case of last-minute changes. 

 

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! 

Playing at the clubhouse

We are always delighted to see members and visitors for our bridge sessions in the clubhouse but please, out of consideration for others, do not attend if you have a cold/cough or are feeling unwell from something possibly infectious, including Covid.

Christmas Party - Wed 13th December at 6pm

Christmas is coming, and with that our much anticipated and appreciated Christmas Party! 

Enjoy an evening of festive fun with a feast of homemade Mulled Wine, Prosecco and Christmas Treats along with 20 boards of bridge, a Christmas quiz and prizes. Members and visitors are welcome. No partner is needed as there will be a host. Cost: £15 per player. 

Numbers are limited, so please book your ticket as soon as possible! 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK

New - Bridge Vouchers

Looking for a novel idea for a bridge related Christmas present? 

OBC now offers Vouchers that can be purchased and sent electronically to you, either for yourself or to be forwarded to a friend or relative.

These can be used for any OBC activity, to pay for courses, seminars or bridge sessions. To book a voucher click here

Saturday 9th December - Seminar with Charlie Bucknell

Don't miss Charlie Bucknell's seminar on Cue Bidding this coming Saturday 9th December at the Club. This seminar is aimed at intermediate players who want to make more slam tries in the most efficient way possible.  Click here to book.

Ladies' and Men's Pairs Competitions

The Men's and Ladies' Pairs Competitions were held at the club on Wednesday 29th November. 

 

The Men's Pairs Competition was won by Denis Talbot & Graham Orsmond, with Chris Adams & Can Pamir as runners up. Denis and Graham win the John Simpson trophy. 

The Ladies' Pairs Competition was won by Clare Saunders & Jane Whelan, with Julie Anderson & Mary-Ann Sheehy as runners up. Clare and Jane win the Doreen Simpson trophy. 

Well done all! The full results can be seen here.

Teams Competition (for the Rose Bowl)

Congratulations to Peter Finbow, Liza Furnival, Lorna Swadling & Peter Randall (pictured below, from left to right) who won the club's annual teams competition held on Sunday 26th November. They receive the Rose Bowl trophy. 

     

The runners up were Graham Orsmond, Jackie Fairclough, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot, so very well done to them too. Click here for the full results

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs

Many thanks to those who took part in our heats of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs played on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th November. We have raised a total of £484 towards the BBC's Children in Need appeal, a significant increase on last year, when we raised £396. 

Wednesday evening: congratulations to Kathy & Denis Talbot who won the club heat. Well done also to Peter Schroeder & Ron Gould, and Hugo Huggett & Simon Harrison who came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The national results can be found on the ECatsbridge website here, and the commentary on the hands can be found here

Friday morning: congratulations to Peter Schroeder & Ron Gould who won the club heat. Madhu and Ravi Gupta came second, and Linda Edwards & Diane Coe third, so congratulations to them too.

Here is a link to the results page on ECatsbridge, and the commentary on the hands can be found here

Susan Fletcher

We are very sorry to announce that Susan Fletcher died in the John Radcliffe Hospital on 6th November. Many of you will know that Susan was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in July 2021. As well as devastating news for Susan and Brian, this was a sad blow for OBC, as she had just taken on the role of Education Secretary – a role she would have discharged with distinction. She was also instrumental in setting up OBC online bridge – an initiative which undoubtedly secured the survival of the Club. In spring 2022 Susan raised over £75,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association when she walked the Pennine Way with many friends, family, colleagues and fellow bridge club members. Susan never lost her positivity and enthusiasm for life and, as well as being a trustee for the MNDA, continued to play bridge several times a week using eye-gaze technology. We extend our sincere condolences to Susan’s husband Brian, her children Aidan and Jess and her family and friends. If you would like to donate to research into MND please click on the following link  – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-fletcher-watts

Ladies' and Men's Pairs Competitions on Wed 29th November

We are running the Ladies and Men's Pairs Competitions on Wednesday 29th November at 7.15pm at the club. 

The winners of the Men's Pairs competition receive the John Simpson Trophy, and the winners of the Ladies' competition the Doreen Simpson Trophy. 

Entry fee = £4.00 per player. There's no need to book in advance - pay by card when you arrive at the club.  All members are very welcome to take part. Non-members and mixed-sex pairs may play, but are not eligible to win either competition. 

Please note that these sessions are not hosted, but if you'd like to play, and are looking for a partner, email Liza, who will try to match you up with someone. 

Teams of Four Competition on Sunday 26th November

We are running the club's annual Teams of Four Competition on Sunday 26th November at 1pm, on RealBridge. This is one of the club's premier events, and attracts blue masterpoints. 

Entry fee is £8 per player (£4 for concessions). All members are very welcome to take part.

For further information and a link to the booking page, please click here.  

UPDATE: we now have enough entries for this competition to go ahead!

Swiss Teams Competition

Many congratulations to Cyril Berkeley, Ron Gould, Peter Schroeder & Irene Holland who won the club's Swiss Teams Competition, held on Wed 1 November. They receive the Eve Stockwell trophy. Well done also to Holly Kilpatrick, Zahir Soonawalla, Philip Casey & Matthew Wilkinson who were second, and to Martin Illingworth, Amr El-Kashef, Robert Gasser & Alison Withers-Green who were third. 

The full results can be seen here

Swiss Teams on Wed 1st November

We are running the club's Swiss Teams Competition on Wednesday 1st November at 7.15pm, on RealBridge, in place of the usual Wednesday evening teams night. 

The winning team will receive the Eve Stockwell Bowl at the AGM. Further information about the competition is available here

Entry fee is £4 per player (£2.00 for concessions). Please book via Bookwhen as usual

Brush up your Bidding

A 6 week course, starting Wednesday 8th November, aimed at players who want to develop their game having completed the Bridge for All courses or those who would like a refresher on the topics listed.

You will be given additional tools to improve your bridge and help you understand techniques used by your opponents. For more information click here.

Learn & Play is being renamed 'Supervised Play'

Learn & Play is having a name change! From 1st October Learn & Play will be known as Supervised Play. This is to help distinguish it from our Bridge for All classes aimed at beginners. Nothing else will change about the sessions, and booking will take place in the same way. For further details about Supervised Play click here.

National Handicap Pairs

Congratulations to non members Katherine Hodgson & Bob Bannister who won OBC's heat of the National Handicap Pairs Championship held on Sunday 10th September. Julie Anderson & Matt Wilkinson were second, and non members Maks Blicharz & Thomas Bradkin came third, so well done to them too. 

Handicapped results can be seen here

Click here to view the commentary on the hands

EBED Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to Lyn Staples & Roberta Staples who won OBC's heat of the EBED Simultaneous Pairs held on Wednesday 6th September.  Jane Van der Ploeg & Mary Chait came second, and Ann Lee & John Foord were third, so well done to them too. 

Nationally the results are slightly different - click here to see the national results.

Click here to view the commentary on the hands

Rubber Bridge Knockout Competition (the Meltzer)

The club's Rubber Bridge Knockout Competition is now open to entries. This competition is played between October and May every year. The winning pair receive the Meltzer trophy. 

Entry fee is £5 per player. The closing date for entries is Saturday 30th September. 

For further details and a link to the entry form, please click here. 

Saturday Seminar - Robert Procter 30th Sept

Title: The importance of bidding discipline in forming a strong partnership

A discussion on partnership agreements and comparing being brave and foolhardy, prudent and cowardly! This will be an entertaining as well as informative session. Something for all of us to think about. Suitable for players at all levels. For more details click here.

AGM - trophy winners
AGM - trophy winners

 

AGM on Wednesday 19th July: a photo of the trophy winners. 

Click here for a full list of competition winners for the 2022-2023 year. 

Most Improved Player 2022-2023

Many congratulations to Dominique Kleyn, who has been awarded the Roger Hughes trophy for the most improved player. Her NGS increased by 6% in the year ending March 2023 - a great achievement! 

An honourable mention also goes to Sally Ruse, whose NGS increased by nearly 5% over the same period.  

Supporting the young England bridge players

The England U26 team have secured a last minute entry to the world youth teams and are fundraising to cover expenses. If you would like to offer any financial support, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/send-the-u26-england-bridge-team-to-veldhoven.

OBA Congress

The OBA Congress will be held over the weekend 19-20th August 2023, at Radley College near Abingdon. Green Pointed Swiss Pairs on Saturday and Green Pointed Swiss Teams on Sunday. The entry fees will be £25 per player. Free tea/coffee throughout the events. Please enter using: Swiss Pairs, and Swiss Teams and entry forms.

For more information see the CONGRESS BROCHURE.

Oxford Bridge School is looking for new teachers - would you like to help?

Oxford Bridge School is recruiting teachers to deliver the Bridge for All programme to beginners. The ideal would be to attract several teachers to spread the workload. If you are interested to hear more please join us at an Open Event on Sunday 23rd July, starting at 2.00pm. For the job description click here.

Tuesday afternoons - suspended

Regretfully, we have taken the decision to suspend the Tuesday afternoon sessions until further notice. This is due to lack of support. We may consider starting it again in the autumn if we feel that there is enough support. 

Meltzer Competition

Many congratulations to Charlie Bucknell & Ewa Wieczorek who have won the club's rubber bridge knockout competition. They will receive the Meltzer trophy at the AGM. Click here to see the final draw

Very well done also to Ron Gould & Peter Schroeder, who won the Meltzer Plate competition, for those who lost their first match. Click here for the draw for the plate competition

Oxford Junior Bridge Club

The new term for Oxford Junior Bridge Club starts on Sunday 24th September. Click here for more information. 

No Learn & Play/9-High Pairs on Thursday 15th June

There will be no Learn & Play at the club, and no 9-High Pairs on RealBridge on Thursday 15th June. This is because the Summer Party will be held that evening. Please do come along! You can book tickets for the party here.

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. 

John Deech Summer Pairs

John Deech has very kindly agreed to continue to support 4th Wednesday evenings, so over the summer we will continue to provide free drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks) and nibbles on the 4th Wednesdays of June, July and August. The third session is on 23rd August. 

In addition we will be awarding the following cash prizes on the night: £20 for the winning pair, and £10 for the highest-placed pair where both players have an NGS of less than 10. 

Do come along and join us for a convivial 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. 

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition Winners

Many congratulations to Alex Au-Yeung & Kwun Lun Kwan who are the qualifying winners of this year's Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition held at the club on 18th May. Both are first year Bridge for All students and they win the Morrie Marsh Trophy which will be formally awarded at the club's AGM in July. Well done to everyone who took part in the competition.

Alex Au-Yeung (left) & Kwun Lun Kwan
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

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition Thursday 18th May

The Morrie Marsh competition for novice pairs will take place on Thursday 18th May at 7.15pm at Oxford Bridge Club. This will be in place of the usual Learn & Play session. 

The competition is open to 'novice pairs' - players who have fewer than 200 masterpoints (below Club Master). Players who are members of Oxford Bridge Club and those who haven't previously won a club trophy are eligible to win the Morrie Marsh Trophy. Masterpoints will be awarded and the qualifying winners will have their names added to the club's Honours' board in addition to winning the trophy.

We'll play 12-15 boards and it will be just like a usual Learn & Play session except you won't be able to ask for help or consult notes/system cards. For full competition rules click here. To book tickets please click here.

No Learn & Play at Club on Thursdays 4th May and 11th May

There will be no Learn & Play at the club on Thursdays 4th and 11th May. This is because Monday night's Bridge for All class will be moving to these dates due to the Monday bank holidays. 

The session on Thursday 27th April will go ahead as usual and can be booked here. Wednesday morning Learn & Play sessions are unchanged. 

Ladder winners 2022-2023

The end of March marks the end of the year for the club ladders. Many congratulations to the winners and runners up (names in brackets): 

Monday morning: Ron Gould (Peter Schroeder)

Tuesday morning (a pairs ladder): Diana Cannon & Richard Sills (Dorothy & Richard Whittington)

Wednesday afternoon Gentle Duplicate: Ann Lee (John Foord)

Wednesday evening pairs: Martin Illingworth (Amr El-Kashef)

Wednesday evening teams: joint first Peter Randall & Lorna Swadling

Thursday evening Gentle Duplicate (including 9-High Pairs): Sheila Parry (Rosie Fraser) 

Friday morning pairs: Liza Furnival (Denis Talbot)

Friday evening teams: Kathy Talbot (Martin Illingworth)

Trophies will be awarded to the winners at the AGM in July. Note that more experienced players are not eligible to win the Tues morning and Wed afternoon ladders; additionally non-members are not eligible to win club competitions. However we’d like to congratulate the following ‘ineligible’ players who topped two of the ladders: Stevie Rudd on Wed afternoon and Paul King on Fri morning.

Bridge over the Easter weekend

Some of our regular sessions won't be running over the Easter weekend. See below for details: 

Friday 7th April at 10am - Duplicate pairs online and at the clubhouse - as usual.

Friday 7th April at 7.15pm - Cross-imped pairs - cancelled

Saturday 8th April at 2.30pm - Cancelled. Next Steps is taking a break until after the Coronation. It  starts again on 13th May.

Monday 10th April at 10am - Duplicate pairs ONLINE only. The clubhouse will be closed.

Ladies' and Men's Pairs - winners

The Ladies' and Men's Pairs competitions were held on Wednesday 29th March.

The winners of the Men's Pairs competition were John Blakesley & Malcolm Orr-Ewing. They receive the John Simpson Trophy. Denis Talbot & Lawrence Wang were runners-up. 

The winners of the Ladies' Pairs competition were Juliette Riehl & Pat Lewis. They receive the Doreen Simpson Trophy. Moira Pavelin & Sue Smith were runners-up. 

Well done to all. Full results are here

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.

Ladies' and Men's Pairs Competitions

We're holding the Ladies' and Men's pairs competitions on Wednesday 29th March, at the clubhouse, at 7.15pm. Please find yourself a partner of the same gender, and come along and play!

The winner's of the Ladies competition win the Doreen Simpson trophy, and the winners of the Men's Competition win the John Simpson trophy. 

Table money is £4 per player. Payment is taken by card when you arrive at the club. 

This event isn't hosted, but if you're looking for a partner, please email Liza, and she will try to fix you up with one. 

All members are very welcome to take part. Non-members and mixed pairs may play, but are not eligible to win either of the competitions. 

New Term 3 for 'Bridge for All' Year 1 and Year 2 Courses

Bookings are now open for the Year 1 and Year 2 Bridge for All courses. For more information and to book onto these courses click on this link or see under Learn To Play Bridge in the right hand column.

Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs
Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot, who won our local club heat of the Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs, held on Wednesday 8th March. Amr El-Kashef & Martin Illingworth were in second place, and Liza Furnival and Jaap Hoek third, so well done to them too. 

The national results can be found here

A commentary on the hands written by Sally Brock is here

 

Individual event winners
Individual event winners

 

Many congratulations to Kati di Gleria who won the Individual event held on Sunday 19th February. Very well done also to Ian Bishop who came second, and Nina Marshall who was third. 

The full results can be seen here. 

Mixed Pairs Competition Winners
Mixed Pairs Competition Winners

 

 

Congratulations to Jackie Fairclough and Graham Orsmond, winners of this year's Mixed Pairs competition, played on 15th February. They receive the Winnie Ling trophy.

Click here for the full results.

Simultaneous Pairs Winners

Congratulations to Diana Cannon and Richard Sills who topped the Oxford Bridge Club heat of the "Junior Squad" Simultaneous Pairs on Tuesday (7th Feb). Full results of this event are available on the EBU website here: https://www.ebu.co.uk/sim-pairs/000475

Thursday 16 March 2023 - Andrew Robson Day

Book here https://bookwhen.com/obs-education/e/ev-sfmr-20230316100000 for our upcoming Andrew Robson Day. We are delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed player and teacher, Andrew Robson to the Oxford Bridge Club for an informative, fun and sociable day. Tickets will be £35 per person which will include a full days group tuition, welcome tea and coffee plus a delicious two course lunch including wine and drinks. Members and visitors welcome. Click on the booking link above for full details.

Education Administrator Opportunity

Oxford Bridge School (OBC's education arm) is looking for a new Education Administrator. Please click here if you are interested in this role.

Individual Competition

We are running an Individual Competition on Sunday 19th February, at 2pm at the clubhouse. This is a sociable and fun event where you enter as individuals and play with different partner in each round. Players of all abilities are welcome to take part. 

As usual we will be managing numbers to make sure that we only have full tables, so if you'd like to play, please book your place in good time! Once the event is marked as fully booked, please add your name to the waiting list. We will add more places when there are enough people to make up another table. 

Entry fee £8.00 per player. For further details and a link to the bookings page, please click here

Mixed Pairs Competition

The club's annual Mixed Pairs Competition is on Wednesday 15th February at 7.15pm, at the clubhouse. The winning pair receive the Winnie Ling trophy. 

Entry fee £4.00 per player. There's no need to prebook - just turn up at the club. For further information please click here

OBC Pairs Competition for the Beck Salver
OBC Pairs Competition for the Beck Salver

 

Many congratulations to Peter Randall & Juanita Ochoa who won the club's Pairs Championship, held on Sunday 22nd January. They will receive the Beck Salver. Martin Illingworth & Amr El-Kashef were second, and Denis & Kathy Talbot were third. Very well done to them too. 

See the Results page for the full results. 

 

Simultaneous Pairs in aid of the Junior England Squad

We are running a heat of the Junior Squad Simultaneous Pairs on Tuesday 7th February at 10am, at the clubhouse.

Entry fee £7.00 per player. Please note that this is a Gentle Duplicate session, so there are restrictions on those who may play. Click here for further details

Peter Jordan Simultaneous Pairs

Many congratulations to Sue Burge & Peter Elvins who have won our local heat of the Peter Jordan Simultaneous Pairs held on Tuesday 10th January. Second were Julie Anderson & Amr El-Kashef, and third were Matthew Wilkinson & Philip Casey. Well done to them too.

Click here to view the national results. 

Click here to view the commentary on the hands. 

Michael Byrne returns! Put 14th January in your diaries…

For those of you who do not know him, Michael is a world-class Bridge player and regularly wins national titles. Given that half the time you play you are defending, we have asked Michael to guide us through this vital skill.

On Saturday 14th January, he will be teaching  ‘Inspired Defence for Intermediates' in the morning – 10am for 10.30am start. As a guide, this is aimed at club members who are between NGS 6 and 9.

In the afternoon he will teach ‘Inspired Defence for Advanced and Expert players' – 2pm for a 2.30pm start, NGS above 9.

Both sessions will take place at Oxford Bridge Club.

Anyone can attend, the NGS guide is to help you assess if it is right for your level of Bridge.

Cost for each session will be £12.00.

Book Here for Seminars

If you have any questions or problems with the booking process please email seminars@oxfordbridgeclub.com.

Bridge over Christmas and New Year
Bridge over Christmas and New Year

 

There will be no bridge on Monday 26th December,  but apart from that all bridge sessions over the Christmas and New Year period will run as normal. See below for changes to Learn & Play sessions. 

 

We wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!  

Problems getting the link to RealBridge by email
..... see less

There can always be problems getting the email reminder that is sent out an hour before the start of the session so it is good to know what you can do to access the link without that email. ..........

..... see more
Christmas Party

The club's Christmas party on Wednesday 14th December was a great success, with 18 full tables and a good range of Christmas treats for all. A huge thank you to Sandra Devaney, Juliette Riehl and their team. 

Congratulations to the following prize winners: Ann Lee & Paul Stevenson, overall winners of the bridge; Anne Laming & Steve Fisher, the highest placed pair with an NGS of under 9; Tina Suczs & Liz Froggat, the highest placed pair with an NGS of under 6; Lawrence Crean for the best Christmas jumper, with Chris Bone as runner up. Christopher Whelan, Jane Whelan, Julie Anderson & Matt Wilkinson winners of the Christmas quiz, with Michelle Bucknell, Kathy Talbot, Christine Bishop & Ian Bishop as runners up.  Well done all! 

NEW - Saturday "Next Steps" Bridge from January

OBC announces a new bridge session: "Next Steps". This will be on a Saturday afternoon, from 2.30pm and will start on 7th January 2023. It will be a social session, with themed hands, aimed at players who are in the early stages of their bridge careers. 12 boards will be played at a relaxed pace. The sessions will be particularly suitable for: those who have recently completed the Year 2 Bridge for All course, anyone who would like to refresh their skills, or those who just want an opportunity to play a few boards at a less competitive event. The cost is £5 per session to include tea, coffee and cake. There's no need to book – just drop in to the club! For more information and schedule of topics please click here.

Swiss Teams on Wed 7th December

Many congratulations to the Pavelin team, Moira Pavelin, Susan Smith, Cliff Pavelin & Jaap Hoek (pictured below), who won the club's Swiss Teams competition in a closely fought contest. They will receive the Eve Stockwell Bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

The Blakesley team (John Blakesley, Malcolm Orr-Ewing, Robert Gasser & Martin Illingworth) came second, closely followed by the Terrell team (Keith Terrell, Peter Briggs, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot) in third place. Congratulations to them too. 

Learn & Play - Thursday 22nd and 29th December

As it's the week before and between Christmas and New Year, and numbers are likely to be small, there will be no Thursday Learn & Play sessions on 22nd and 29th December at the club. Learn and Play will resume on Thursday 5th January. 

Teams Competition (for the Rose Bowl)

Congratulations to Peter Litchfield, Liza Furnival, Lorna Swadling & Peter Randall (pictured below, from left to right) who won the club's annual teams competition held on Sunday 27th November. They receive the Rose Bowl trophy. 

     

Second were Ewa Wieczorek, Charlie Bucknell, Kathy Talbot & Denis Talbot, and third were Dave Dobson, Linda Allen, Mary-Ann Sheehy & Tim Sheehy, so very well done to them too. 

OBC Christmas Party 2022

Wed 14 December – 18:30
£10 per person

Join us for the OBC Christmas Party which is open to all members and visitors. The evening will include duplicate pairs with 20/21 boards. Masterpoints will be awarded and the session will count towards your NGS. There will be prizes for all levels of players including the winning pair, the highest placed pair with an NGS of under 9 and the highest pair with an NGS of under 6.

Prosecco and Christmas treats will be served, and there will be a special Christmas Quiz during the half time break, plus a prize for the best Christmas outfit/jumper/hat etc – to be chosen by your Chairman!

We look forward to seeing you there and would appreciate it if you would book on line using this link – it helps us to organise the refreshments.

  • 18:30 Prosecco and Christmas Treats
  • 19:00 Bridge
  • 20:30 Break and Christmas Quiz
  • 21:15 Bridge
  • 22:15 Prize Giving
  • 22:30 End
Wednesday and Friday evenings

Wednesday evenings: from January onwards all Wednesday evening sessions will be at the clubhouse, with the exception of Teams on first Wednesdays, which will stay on RealBridge. The Wed evening schedule from January will 1st Weds Teams (RealBridge), 2nd Weds Bridge and apres bridge (F2F), 3rd Weds Duplicate pairs (F2F), 4th Weds John Deech Competition (F2F), 5th Weds Duplicate pairs (F2F). 

1st Friday evenings: we are converting the Speedball session to a Cross-Imped pairs session, played at a normal pace, at the clubhouse with the first session being on Friday 2nd December. 3rd Friday evenings remain as an online Teams session. 

We'll try to find a host for all the evening pairs sessions, so you can come along without a partner - but please check the calendar before setting out for the club just in case we haven't got one for a particular session. 

Calling all 'Bridge for All' Students!

Booking is now open for the second term (10 weeks of lessons) of the Bridge for All year 1 and year 2 courses. The new term starts from Monday 9th January 2023. Classes continue at the same time on the same day of the week as currently and with the same tutor. Please click here to book.

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs

Many thanks to all those who took part in our heats of the Children in Need simultaneous pairs played on Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th November. We have raised a grand total of £396 towards the BBC's Children in Need appeal.  

Wednesday evening: Congratulations to Graham Orsmond & Jackie Fairclough who won the club heat. Well done also to Amr El-Kashef & Martin Illingworth who were second, and Peter Schroeder and Ron Gould who came third. 

Click on the link to view the combined results for Wednesday on the ECatsBridge website. The commentary on the hands is available here.

Friday morning: Congratulations to Paul King & Vincent Shaw who won the club heat. Amr El-Kashef & Andy King were second, and Peter Leighton & Nick Wedd were third, so congratulations to them too. 

Click on the link to view the combined results for Friday on the ECatsBridge website. The commentary on the hands is here

Saturday Seminar - Robert Procter - 3rd December

Should we treat triumph and disaster just the same?  

Robert Procter, in a membership of over 800, is one of our highest ranked Oxfordshire players, so we are extremely lucky that he has agreed to give a seminar analysing how important our mental attitude is when we play competitive Bridge. Clearly he has developed strategies that have been very effective for him! 

Robert will invite participants to identify the best bidding or play of a number of interesting hands, and show how an understanding of why errors were made on them and could help a partnership to improve their scores.

The seminar is suitable for ALL levels of experience. 

Please join us on Saturday 3rd December at Oxford Bridge Club. Refreshments will be served at 10am for a 10.30am start finishing at 1pm.  

Tickets are £12 and can be booked here

Learn & Play – table money increasing by 50p

Table money for Learn & Play sessions (online and face-to-face) will increase by 50p to £5 per session from 1st November. As £5 per session was the price prior to the start of the pandemic we hope that members will still consider the sessions to be very good value for money.

Individual Competition

Many congratulations to Liza Furnival who won the Individual Competition played on Sunday 16th October. She will receive the Thompson trophy at the AGM. Margaret Keane was second, and Ron Gould was third - very well done to them too. 

 
Liza and Margaret  
Tuesday bridge is changing!

The online section on Tuesday mornings will be discontinued at the end of October, with the final session taking place on 25th October. The face-to-face Tuesday morning session will continue as a stand-alone session, and will be relabelled as Gentle Duplicate. For further information please click here

There will be a new online Tuesday afternoon session on Tuesday afternoons, at 2pm, starting on 1st November. This is a full session, playing 20 boards and is open to players at all levels of experience. 

This is the first stage of the club's plan to stop playing hybrid sessions. The Friday morning online section will be discontinued at a time yet to be determined. The Friday morning face-to-face section will continue. At the same time we plan to introduce a new online session on Friday afternoons. 

Table money

Table money - for both online and face-to-face sessions - is due to increase to £4 per session from 1st November from the current £3.50 due to the inflationary pressures that we all know about. However, £4 per session was the price prior to the start of the pandemic so there is no increased price compared with early 2020.

MNDA Charity Bridge Day 6th October Update

We had a fantastic turnout at Thursday's Motor Neurone Disease Association Charity Bridge Day – 66 players (16.5 tables) played 24 boards, enjoyed a delicious lunch and raised £1,550. Alison Withers Green and Holly Kilpatrick came top followed by Howard Arnes and Bridget Watson. Congratulations to them and many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event. Huge thanks too go to the organisers who made it all happen.

Susan Fletcher, who inspired the day following her diagnosis last year, is photographed with the winners/runners-up below along with husband Brian Mills and Susan's 'bridge hands' for the day, Jacquie Cooke. 

     
Alison Withers Green & Holly Kilpatrick
behind Jacquie, Susan & Brian
Susan with Howard Arnes &
Bridget Watson
   

 

If you'd like to make a donation to Susan's MNDA Just Giving page you can do so at the following link – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-fletcher-watts.

Charity Bridge Day in support of MNDA

Join us at the club from 10:00 AM on Thursday 6 October for a Charity Bridge Day.

Raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, an organisation which, as many of you know, is close to the heart of our member, Susan Fletcher, who was diagnosed with MND last year.  This will be a fun day out for everyone, and for those of you who have not yet returned to face to face bridge, a chance to see old friends and remember how it feels to hold a hand of cards!

Tickets cost £25 per player, and visitors are welcome. For further details and to book your place, please click here. UPDATE: following a late cancellation we have one spare place!! 

CANCELLED - Easy Squeezes - a Tutorial with Annabel Barnett - Tuesday 11th October

Update - due to unforeseen technical problems this tutorial has been CANCELLED. Please accept our apologies. Annabel will contact everyone who booked and all money will be refunded. We hope to run this tutorial again in the future so keep an eye on the website. 

On Tuesday 11th October at 7.00pm Annabel Barnett is running a tutorial on squeezes - this is suitable for anyone who is interested in this fun part of bridge, starting with hands where you don’t even have to count! Annabel will then move to look at slightly more complicated squeezes. The tutorial will be suitable for anyone who is playing Bridge regularly, beginner or expert.  

The session will take place on BBO, using the ‘voice application’. Further details on how to join will be given when you register. Please book a ticket in advance via the usual booking system by clicking here

 

Evening Learn & Play Returns to Thursdays from 29th September

Evening Learn & Play which was being held on Tuesday evenings over the summer has now returned to Thursday evenings at 7.15pm. Please book your tickets by 5.30pm on the Wednesday before as we will only run the sessions with at least two full tables. You can book tickets here

Junior Bridge - Autumn Term Dates

The Junior Bridge Autumn terms starts on 18th September. Click the Junior Bridge option in the main menu for more details.

John Deech Challenge Pairs

The Trustees believe that it is vital for members to return to playing face-to-face at 147 Banbury Road.  Otherwise, there is a real danger that the club's ownership of its premises will become unviable.  We are therefore encouraging players to return to playing face-to-face bridge. To that end, John Deech has kindly offered to finance a new pairs tournament for both experienced and less experienced players.  This will be played on fourth Wednesday evenings, from September until May (excluding December), with the first session being on Wednesday 28th September. 

There will be cash prizes, a new trophy (the John Deech Challenge Trophy), and free refreshments (wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles) will be provided throughout the session.   

Click here for further details.

The trustees aim is to achieve a minimum number of 10 tables for each session.  We therefore encourage all of you to support this exciting new tournament which will combine bridge and a chance to meet your fellow members face-to-face  as we used to before the pandemic. 

EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs - Winners

Congratulations to Gay Hawley & Tessa Goddard who won the OBC heat of the EBED (English Bridge Education and Development) Simultaneous Pairs competition held on Wednesday 7th September. Sally Ruse & Paul Dhesi and Roger & Nina Marshall were joint second, so well done to them too. 

Nationally, the results may be different - click here to see the combined results on the EBU website. Click here to view the commentary on the hands

Oxford Open Doors

Oxford Bridge Club is opening for Oxford Open Doors 2022 on Saturday 10th September from 2.00-4.30 pm. Come along for tea, cake, a chat, and an introduction to bridge. 

Our address is 147 Banbury Road, OX2 7AN - see here for travel directions

Rubber Bridge Knockout Competition (the Meltzer)

Entries are now open for the club's annual rubber bridge knockout tournament. This competition is open to all members, at all levels of play. The winners receive the Meltzer Trophy, and there will be a Plate competition for those who lose their first match. Matches are played between October and May at times and venues (ie at home, at the club, or online) to suit. Entry fee is £5 per player. Closing date for entries is Friday 30th September.

Click here for further details and the entry form.

Announcing and alerting rules

The English Bridge Union's announcing and alerting rules have recently been updated, with effect from 1 September 2022. Click here for a list of the current rules.

Oxford Bridge School and Bucknell Bridge

There are many opportunities to learn or improve your bridge game at OBC. Oxford Bridge School runs courses and seminars that can be found under the education tab and Bucknell Bridge also runs a variety of courses and seminars at OBC. These may be found on this link. Some of the Bucknell Bridge courses are geared to those would like to learn bridge as quickly as possible or learn alternatives to Acol bridge such as the forthcoming series of seminars on the 2/1 (game-forcing) 5-card major system from 8th Sept until 20th Oct 2022.

New Beginner Courses starting 3rd October

From 3rd October, term 1 of year 1 and year 2 'Bridge for All' courses will start at the club. These have been developed by the EBU and are based on the Acol bidding system. Details are here.

Please spread the word and let anyone who might be interested in learning to play Bridge know that they can find information on courses on this website - click on the ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ box in the top right hand corner of the home page. 

There are leaflets available with details of the lessons which you can download and print out - A5 Learn to Play Leaflet 2022.pdf   Please put these up in your local coffee shop, supermarket, golf club or leisure centre, or hand out to anyone who you think might be interested in learning Bridge. You can also pick up physical copies of the leaflets at the club from the kitchen area. 

EBU Summer Meeting

A number of Oxford players took part in the EBU Summer Meeting held in Eastbourne from 10th to 14th August this year. It was a strong field that included many international players. 

Many congratulations to club member Charlie Bucknell, who with his team mates, won the Swiss Teams (and the Brighton Bowl)

Although no Oxford players managed to finish in the top five in the Swiss Pairs Championship, which was played over two days, two pairs received prizes: Liza Furnival and Peter Randall won the Mercian Bridge Travel Trophy for Senior Pairs, and Lawrence Wang and Yining Yang won the non-expert prize. Congratulations to them too. Click here to view the results

Tuesday evening Learn & Play – must now be BOOKED

Tuesday evening's Learn & Play sessions at the club must now be BOOKED IN ADVANCE. This is to ensure that we have at least two tables in order to make the session worthwhile to run. If you are keen to play please book here to confirm your place before Monday evening at 5.30pm when bookings will close. If we have fewer than two tables then the session will be cancelled and your booking will be transferred to the following week. You will be emailed to advise but you can also check the website calendar to see if the session is marked 'Cancelled'. Please don't come to the club without checking that the session is running. 

Wednesday morning's Learn & Play on RealBridge remains as it is and you can book here.

Tuesday Evening Learn & Play is CANCELLED

Tuesday evening's Learn & Play session on the 19th July is CANCELLED because of the dangerously hot weather forecast. Please do not come to the club that evening. The session will resume the following Tuesday on 26th July. 

Wednesday morning's Learn & Play on RealBridge remains as it is and you can book here.

Thursday Evening Learn & Play Moves to Tuesday Evenings for the Summer

Thursday evening on the 14th July will be the last Learn & Play session on a Thursday. From 19th July evening sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings until 20th September. From the 29th September evening Learn & Play will revert to Thursday evenings once again. This is to allow more Bridge for All students to attend a Learn & Play session. If you currently play on a Thursday evening please do come along on Tuesday. No booking is necessary – just turn up at the club.  Wednesday morning Learn & Play remains as it is. 

Free online bridge classes - with Andrew Robson

We've been given the opportunity to take part in a series of four free bridge classes provided by Andrew Robson in association with RealBridge. Andrew Robson is an international bridge player who regularly represents England, a highly regarded author and the Bridge correspondent for The Times.

Each class consists of four boards selected by Andrew to cover a specific topic, followed by a link to a video of Andrew giving his insight into one of the boards, and access to his detailed analysis of all four boards. The classes will be run over 4 weeks on Tuesday afternoons with each class being repeated on Thursday mornings, with the first one taking place on Tuesday 14th June.

Free Taster Sessions & New Beginner Courses this Autumn

Do you know anyone who wants to learn to play Bridge? If so, then please encourage your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to try one of our free Taster sessions which we’re running in August and September at Oxford Bridge Club. It's an opportunity see how our Bridge classes are taught, meet the teachers and get to play some Bridge! In October, term 1 of a brand new year of ‘Bridge for All’ courses will start at the club. These have been developed by the EBU and are based on the Acol bidding system. Details are here.

Most of our students come to us through the website or through personal recommendation so your spreading the word and encouragement means a lot. They can find more information on this website by clicking on the ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ box in the top right hand corner. 

You can also help by distributing our Taster leaflet in your local coffee shop, supermarket, golf club or leisure centre, or hand out to anyone who you think might be interested in learning Bridge. You can pick up the leaflets at the club. If you have a printer you might like to download a copy and print some off - TasterLeaflet2022.pdf

Oxford Bridge Club AGM

The Oxford Bridge Club AGM will be held at 6pm on 20th July 2022, at the club.

Click for more details

Following the AGM there will be a free duplicate pairs session, also at the club. There won't be an online session that evening. Click here for more details

Bridge and après bridge

We’ve introduced a new face-to-face session on 2nd Wednesday evenings. After playing 20/21 boards (finishing by 9.30-9.45), we’ll have a friendly and relaxed chat about some of the more interesting hands, led by two Oxford-based England internationals, Diana Nettleton & Charlie Bucknell. The bar will be open. Click here for more details

We know that some members would like to get back to playing face-to-face bridge in the evenings, so here’s your chance! Please find yourself a partner and come along and join us.  We’ll try to find a host, so that those without a partner can play (check the calendar).  There will be no online sessions on 2nd Wednesday evenings for the time being.

Speedball!

Our first Speedball session, played on Friday 1st July was very successful and we plan to continue running it on first Friday evenings of the month. So do come and join us for the next session which will be on Friday 5th August, at 7.15pm, at the clubhouse. The bar will be open, and will have better stocks of wine this time!  Click here for more information on speedball

Bridge Refresher Courses starting in June and July

Oxford Bridge School is offering a 4-week course at the club for anyone who has played little or no bridge since the COVID pandemic and wants a reminder about the equipment, bridge movements and laws involved in a duplicate session, together with a review of ACOL basics. Each session lasts approximately two hours and is split equally between teaching and practice. The course will run twice – on Thursday mornings in June/July and again on Wednesday evenings in July/August. The cost is just £20 per person per four-session course, which must be pre-booked, or £6 per player for a single drop-in session (not pre-bookable). To go to the booking page please click here

Thursday Evening Learn & Play – Back at the Club from 2nd June

ALL Thursday evening Learn & Play sessions will be back at the club from Thursday 2nd June (7.15pm start but arrive before 7pm to get seated). There is no option to book – just turn up at the club. Payment (£4.50) will be taken by credit/debit card. 

There is no change to online Wednesday morning Learn & Play – to book please click here. 

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition Winners

Many congratulations to Stephen and Diana Bromley who are the qualifying winners of this year's Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition. They win the Morrie Marsh trophy which will be formally awarded at the club's AGM in July. Well done to everyone who took part in the competition.

Stephen Bromley Diana Bromley
Teams of Four Competition for the Rose Bowl

Many congratulations to Peter Randall, Diana Thorne, Peter Litchfield & Liza Furnival who won the club's Teams of Four competition held on Sunday 15th May. They receive the Rose Bowl trophy.  

Diana Thorne Peter Randall Peter Litchfield Liza Furnival

 

Second were John Blakesley, Malcolm Orr-Ewing, Lawrence Wang & Tom Rainforth, so well done to them too. 

EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs Competition – Winners

Many congratulations to Howard Arnes and Makiko Rogers who have won the EBED (English Bridge Education & Development) Spring Simultaneous Pairs competition at Oxford Bridge Club.

 
  Howard Arnes Makiko Rogers

Thanks to all who played in the competition. Money raised goes to promote the development of Bridge nationally. To see how you've done compared to others across the country who played the same boards, visit the EBU website here.  Click here to download the commentary for the hands played.  

Susan Fletcher's Pennine Way Challenge – Completed!

Many of you know Susan Fletcher who plays and directs at the club, and was Education Secretary until her diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease last July. Susan has completed walking the Pennine Way with 184 (!) of her friends, family and fellow OBC members – 268 miles and a combined ascent higher than Mount Everest – to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Susan has now raised over £66,000 via her JustGiving page and over £76,000 in total! Thank you to everyone who has donated. You can read Susan's story and make a donation at the following link – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-fletcher-watts.

If you would like to follow Susan's Pennine Way Challenge journey (and spot familiar faces from the club) then follow her on Instagram @walkingthepositivepath or on Facebook here

Setting off from Ponden Reservoir About to walk from Gargrave Teachers and directors at the ready! A welcome after climbing Cross Fell The week 3 OBC crew
Susan Fletcher's Pennine Way Challenge – Completed! (Copy)

Many of you know Susan Fletcher who plays and directs at the club, and was Education Secretary until her diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease last July. Susan has completed walking the Pennine Way with 184 (!) of her friends, family and fellow OBC members – 268 miles and a combined ascent higher than Mount Everest – to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Susan has now raised over £66,000 via her JustGiving page and over £76,000 in total! Thank you to everyone who has donated. You can read Susan's story and make a donation at the following link – https://justgiving.com/fundraising/susan-fletcher-watts.

If you would like to follow Susan's Pennine Way Challenge journey (and spot familiar faces from the club) then follow her on Instagram @walkingthepositivepath or on Facebook here

Setting off from Ponden Reservoir About to walk from Gargrave Teachers and directors at the ready! A welcome after climbing Cross Fell The week 3 OBC crew
Meltzer Winners

Many congratulations to Bridget Watson & Howard Arnes who have won the club's annual rubber bridge knock-out competition, and the Meltzer trophy, beating Diana Thorne & Peter Randall in a close-fought final match. 

Click here to view the final draw

EBED Simultaneous Pairs on Monday 9th May

We're running a heat of the EBED (English Bridge Education and Development) simultaneous pairs on Monday 9th May at 10am, on RealBridge.

The entry fee is £6.50 per player. For further information please click here, or to go directly to the booking page, click here

Charlie Bucknell – 5-Card Majors Course – starts 7th May

There are still places available on Charlie Bucknell's 6-week 5-Card Majors course at the club house which started 7th May (5 sessions still to be held). The course is aimed at intermediate players who want to switch to this internationally popular system in preference to Acol. For further details and to book please click here

Learn & Play – Table Money

As you know, the table money for club sessions has recently increased by 50p. From 1st June we will be also increasing the table money for Learn & Play by 50p to £4.50. We believe this still offers very good value for money. If you would like to book an online Learn & Play session please click here. For club sessions (first Thursday evening of month) just turn up at the club. 

The Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition

This year's Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition will be held on Thursday 19th May at 7.15pm on RealBridge in place of the usual Learn & Play session. If you are a member of Oxford Bridge Club and have fewer than 200 masterpoints (below Club Master) and haven't previously won a club trophy then you are eligible to win the Morrie Marsh Trophy. Masterpoints will be awarded and the qualifying winners will not only win the trophy but have their names added to the club's Honours' board. For full competition rules click here. To book tickets please click here

Calling all 'Bridge for All' Students!

There is still time to book for the third term (10 weeks of lessons) of the Bridge for All year 1 and year 2 courses. The new term starts from Monday 25th April. Classes continue at the same time on the same day of the week and with the same teacher. Please click here to book.

'Bridge for All' Term 3 Booking

Unfortunately we have cancelled term 3 of 'Bridge for All' year 1 and 2 online courses held on Mondays as there were insufficient numbers of people booked. However, there are some spaces left for the Face-to-Face classes at the club. The new term (10 weeks of lessons) starts from Tuesday 26th April. Classes continue at the same time with the same teacher. Please click here to book.

Thursday Evening Learn & Play at Clubhouse – No Need to Book

The next face-to-face Learn & Play session is Thursday 5th May at 7.15pm. The option to book face-to-face sessions online in advance is no longer available so please just turn up at the club! We'll take payment using your debit/credit card. To book online Learn & Play sessions, please click here

Thursday Evening Learn & Play at Clubhouse - No Need to Book

The next face-to-face Learn & Play session is Thursday 14th April at 7.15pm. You can currently book this online but there is no need to – just come along to the club and we'll take payment using your credit/debit card. The option to book future face-to-face sessions online in advance will not be available, so for club sessions from Thursday 5th May onwards just turn up! To book online Learn & Play sessions, please click here

Kathy’s Korner – how should we have played that hand?

Expert bridge player and club member, Kathy Talbot is offering members a chance to discuss tricky hands and how they should have been played, either as declarer or defenders. Sessions will be normally held on the second Wednesday morning of the month (except May) through to September, and will take place on RealBridge. If you’ve come across a challenging hand, either as declarer or in defence, that you would like Kathy to explore then please keep a note of the hand and let her know. The first Kathy’s Korner session will be held on Wednesday 13th April at 9.30amPlease book tickets here (and find details of how to contact Kathy).

Saturday Seminar – 9th April – Losing Trick Count

Last call for Steven Bliss' seminar on the ‘Losing Trick Count’ at the club house on 9th April. This is a way of deciding how high to bid in a suit contract when just counting your points isn’t enough. The session will appeal to those who are playing at gentle duplicate level (and beyond) and want another tool to work out whether game (or even slam) is on. It's very easy to learn and fun! For further details and to book tickets please book here.

2021-2022 Ladder Winners

The end of March marks the end of year for the ladders for all of our bridge sessions. Most sessions were run online, although hybrid sessions with a face-to-face section started at the end of August. Many congratulations go to those who have done well in this year's ladders (names of those in second and third places are in brackets): 

Monday morning pairs: joint winners Amr El-Kashef and Andy King (Annabel Barnett)

Tuesday morning pairs (a pairs ladder): Linda Allen & Marion Gillie (Diana Cannon & Richard Sills; Ian & Lucy Edwardes)

Wednesday Gentle Duplicate: Stevie Rudd (Dave Rudd; Roger Marshall)

Wednesday evening pairs: Peter Litchfield (Amr El-Kashef; joint third Holly Kilpatrick & Zahir Soonawalla)

Wednesday evening teams: Martin Illingworth (joint second Alison Withers-Green and Robert Gasser)

Thursday Gentle Duplicate: Sheila Parry (Erika Syba; Pam Parsons) 

Friday morning pairs: Amr El-Kashef (Liza Furnival; joint third Mary-Ann & Tim Sheehy)

Ukraine Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported the Ukraine fundraiser last Friday (25th March). It was lovely to see so many people clearly enjoying being back in the club house and thanks to your collective generosity including the on-line players we raised £355 for the DEC! Looking forward to seeing more of you back at the Club for our Friday morning F2F session.

Ladies' and Men's Pairs 2022

Many congratulations to Mary-Ann Sheehy and Annabel Wade who have won this year's Ladies' Pairs Competition and the Doreen Simpson Trophy. Close behind them were Julie Anderson and Makiko Rogers - well done to them too.  

Mary-Ann and Annabel

 

We have joint winners of the Men's Pairs competition and the John Simpson Trophy - Martin Illingworth & Amr El-Kashef, and John Blakesley & Malcolm Orr-Ewing. Tom Brus & Richard Sills were in second place. Congratulations to all.  

Martin & Amr
John & Malcolm

 

Concessionary Membership

OBC has two categories of membership: Full and Concessionary. Concessionary Membership is for Students, those under 26 years and those receiving means tested benefits.

Please contact the membership secretary for details.

Calling all 'Bridge for All' Students!

Booking is now open for the third term (10 weeks of lessons) of the Bridge for All year 1 and year 2 courses. The new term starts from Monday 25th April. Classes continue at the same time on the same day of the week as currently and with the same tutor. Please click here to book

All students – please think about joining a Learn & Play session, you are more than ready! We play 12 boards in a very relaxed manner and you can ask the teacher/director for help at any time. There are two sessions per week – Wednesday mornings (online) and Thursday evenings (a mix of online and club – please see calendar). Learn & Play is a great way to practice your Bridge and also get a feel for playing 'proper' duplicate Bridge. Click here for more information and the booking link. 

Thursday Evening Learn & Play - Temporary Changes

We are changing the following online sessions for Thursday evening Learn & Play to face-to-face sessions – Thursday 14th April will now be held at the club house. Thursday 7th April is also at the club house as previously scheduled (first Thursday of the month). Online sessions will resume on 21st April and 28th April. The 5th May session will be at the club as scheduled. We will further review the Thursday evening Learn & Play schedule in May to ensure that we’re offering sessions that members want to play at. If you’d like to book any Learn & Play session, please click here

Some temporary changes to Thursday Evening Learn & Play

We are changing the following online sessions for Thursday evening Learn & Play to face-to-face sessions – Thursday 31st March and Thursday 14th April will now be held at the club house. Thursday 7th April is also at the club house as previously scheduled (first Thursday of the month). We apologise if you were hoping to play online on the 31st March or 14th April. However, we've had a lot interest from new players to play at the club so have decided to make this temporary change. 

Online sessions will resume on 21st April and 28th April. The 5th May session will be at the club as scheduled. We will further review the Thursday evening Learn & Play schedule in May to ensure that we’re offering sessions that members want to play at. 

Wednesday morning Learn & Play sessions will continue to be online until further notice. This week’s Thursday evening session (24th March) is online.

If you’d like to book any Learn & Play session, please click here

Ukraine Fundraiser - Friday 25th March at 10am

Ask your partner if they'd like to join you at Oxford Bridge Club!

We are running a session to help raise funds for the Ukraine Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal on the morning of Friday 25th March at 10am.

Table money will be £6 per player, and tea and cake will be served to those at the club. It will be run as a hybrid session as usual, with face-to-face and online sections. 

For further details please click here

Seminar by Annabel Barnett – Monday 21st March, 4.30pm

To duck or not to duck – that is the question! Join Annabel Barnett for 90 minutes exploring this vital part of declarer play. This seminar is of interest to anyone unfamiliar with this technique and who wants to maximise their trick taking potential. The session will take place on BBO and Zoom. Please click here to book.

Michael Byrne Seminars – Saturday 12th March

Oxford Bridge School is delighted to present two seminars run by Michael Byrne on Saturday 12th March 2022 at the Bridge club. Many of you will already have been to Michael’s OBS seminars so will know how entertaining and highly enjoyable these sessions are. Michael is a professional player and teacher based in Manchester where he runs his own teaching school, Michael's School of Bridge. He is squad leader of the England Under 20 team that he has captained to two Silver Medals at the World Championships and two Bronzes at the European Championships. He regularly gives coaching to County and National teams and you may also have seen his articles in ‘English Bridge’. We are particularly pleased that Michael is able to join us shortly before he represents England in the Bermuda Bowl, the World Bridge Team Championships being held in Italy a few weeks later.

The morning session is of interest to intermediate players and will focus on declarer play. The afternoon session will look at opening leads in a new way and is aimed at more advanced players (though of course both sessions are open to all). Please click here to book

Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs - Wed 9th March

Congratulations to Kathy & Denis Talbot, who have won our local heat of the EBU Club Stratified Simultaneous Pairs with a score of 68.06%. Viv Stevenson & Makiko Rogers came second, and Carol Smith & Jaak Kand were third. Well done to them too. 

Nationally, after the results have been combined with those from other participating clubs, the final order has changed, with Viv & Makiko in overall 2nd place, Carol & Jaak 3rd, and Kathy & Denis 6th. These three pairs are all in the A stratum. Paul Watson & Paul Smith are OBC's highest placed pair in the B stratum, and Erika Syba & Pam Parsons in the C stratum. Click here to view the national results. 

Click here for the commentary

Grand Master Pairs Success

Congratulations to OBC member Diana Nettleton, playing with partner Ollie Burgess, who came first nationwide in the Grand Masters Pairs over the weekend 26/27th February 2022.

Mixed Pairs Competition - Thursday 17th February

Many congratulations to Annabel Barnett & Jaak Känd (pictured below) who won the club's annual Mixed Pairs competition with an outstanding score of 72.03%. They will be awarded with the Winnie Ling Trophy at the next AGM.

 

Second were Liza Furnival & Martin Illingworth with 67.32%, and third were Steven & Steph Bliss with 64.7% -  well done to them too. 

Full results are available here.   

FRIDAY MORNING F2F SESSION CANCELLED!

In view of the very high winds forecast for Friday 18th February, we've decided to take the precaution of cancelling the face-to-face bridge session. The online section will, of course, still go ahead. 

If you've already booked and paid for your ticket, please transfer it to another session, or to the online session instead. Contact us on online@oxfordbridgeclub.com if you have any problems with this. 

Please double check that your partner knows that the session is cancelled, so that they don't travel to the club unnecessarily. 

Simultaneous Pairs in support of the England Junior Squad

Congratulations to Steph Bliss & Elizabeth Nutten who won the OBC heat of the Junior Squad Simultaneous Pairs held on Tuesday 8th February. Ron Gould & Cyril Berkeley were second, and Naomi Brady and Mary Hamilton were third, so well done to them too. 

Those were the results of our local heat. Steph & Elizabeth are currently top of the national results too, though this may change as at the time of writing some clubs haven't yet uploaded their results. 

Click here for the hand commentary,  and here to see the national results.    

Diana Nettleton

Diana Nettleton, Captain of the OBC A team and OBA County Captain, has been selected to represent England in the forthcoming European mixed pairs championships. To be selected Diana and partner Tom Paske had to play 144 boards in December and come in the top half of entrants. The top half of entrants then played a further 144 boards this last weekend and the top three pairs were selected to play for their country. Diana and Tom will be joined by Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne, and Sarah Bell and Michael Byrne (Michael is also known to many Oxford players as a visiting expert, who is due to give two seminars at OBC on 12 March).

Also doing well in the same trials were OU Bridge Club and former Oxford Bridge Club members Charlie Bucknell and Ewa Wieczorek. They came fourth and therefore missed out on selection by only one place. This is again a phenomenal achievement for the County's younger players - the final qualifying round was full of players with international experience, although Charlie and Ewa can also lay claim to this accomplishment. Commiserations therefore go to Charlie and Ewa - perhaps until the next qualifier.

Slam Bidding Seminars – 29th January & 5th February

Peter Litchfield will be running a two-seminar online course (RealBridge and Zoom) on slam bidding on 29th January and 5th February. Finding slams when others don’t will give your Bridge scores a huge boost so don’t miss out on this course to show you how to bid them. Peter will be covering such topics as Jacoby 2NT, splinter bids, cue bidding, Roman Key Card Blackwood and reaching minor suit slams after a 1NT opener – all excellent tools designed to enhance your slam bidding. Click here to join the waiting list.

Beck Salver - Club Pairs Competition

Many congratulations to Robert Gasser & Martin Illingworth who have won the club's annual duplicate pairs competition, held on Sunday 23rd January. They will be awarded with the Beck Salver at the AGM. 

Well done also to Peter Litchfield & John Briggs who came second, and Mary-Ann & Tim Sheehy who were third. 

Click here for the full results. 

Christmas and New Year bridge

We are running a full schedule of online bridge over the holiday period, but please note that there will be no face-to-face sessions on Friday 24th December and Tuesday 28th December.

There are some changes to the Learn & Play calendar - see separate news item for details. 

Further details will be in the calendar.

A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TO ALL! 

New guidance on Covid precautions following December 8th announcements

The F2F sessions will continue to be run at the clubhouse. The Club does not plan to impose new rules for members attending sessions at the clubhouse. However, in keeping with new guidance issued by HMG on 8 December, the wearing of face masks in the clubhouse (though not legally required) is strongly encouraged. The trustees also strongly encourage players to take a lateral flow test before visiting the clubhouse.

Festive Bridge

We are holding a special "Festive" Bridge session at the club on Friday 17th December 2021 at 10 am. Click here for more details

Learn & Play Sessions at Christmas

Please note that there will be no Learn & Play sessions on Wednesday 22nd December and Thursday 23rd December. Sessions will resume on Wednesday 29th December and Thursday 30th December (both online) but only if we have two tables booked for either. If you would like to play on the 29th or 30th it would help us if you could book tickets sooner rather than later. You can book tickets here

Saturday Seminars for 2022

Our Saturday Seminars continue in 2022 with a two-seminar short course run by Peter Litchfield on Slam Bidding. The seminars will run on Saturday 29th January and Saturday 5th February on RealBridge and Zoom. Click here to book

Calling all 'Bridge for All' Students!

We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your first term of year 1 or year 2 of the new 'Bridge for All' course. Booking is now open for the second term (10 weeks of lessons). The new term starts from Monday 10th January 2022. Classes continue at the same time on the same day of the week as currently. Please click here to book

Year 2 students (especially those who joined in January and are completing their final term) – please do have a think about joining a Learn & Play session, you are more than ready! We play 12 boards in a very relaxed manner and you can ask the teacher/director for help at any time. There are two sessions per week - Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. They are all online except for the first Thursday evening of each month which is held face-to-face at the club. It's a great way to practice your Bridge and also get a feel for playing 'proper' duplicate Bridge. Click here for more information and the booking link. 

Thursday Evening Learn & Play at the Club One Evening a Month

Thursday evening Learn & Play sessions are back at the club on the FIRST Thursday evening of each month. 

Face-to-face sessions of Thursday evening Learn & Play are continuing on the first Thursday of each month at the club. The next session will be at 7.15pm on Thursday 6th January. To book your place click here.

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs 5th November - Winners

36 pairs took part in the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs competition played on Friday 5th November at Oxford Bridge Club and online. We are pleased to announce that Linda Edwards and Diane Coe came top. The runners up were Paul Watson and Paul Smith, and in third place were Linda Allen and Elizabeth Nutten. Well done to all! Thank you to everyone who supported Children in Need by playing or donating.

Diane Coe (left) and Linda Edwards

Results from all the clubs who were playing the hands on Friday are available at this link. You can download a copy of the hand commentary here.

Congratulations also to Zahir Soonawalla and Holly Kilpatrick (sorry, no picture!) who won the Wednesday evening heat of the CiN sims. Kathy & Denis Talbot came second, and Peter Schroeder & Ron Gould were third. Combined results from all the clubs playing on Wednesday are here, and a commentary on the hands can be found here

UPDATE: the club has donated a total of £324 to the ECats Children in Need Pairs this year. If you would like to make an individual donation to Children in Need, please click here to donate via the ECatsBridge website

EBU Awards

Congratulations to Holly Kilpatrick, member of Oxford and Summertown bridge clubs.  Holly is to receive the Tom Bradley award which is awarded to a player who has made a significant contribution to junior bridge.  Holly established the Oxford Junior Bridge Club in 2014 and has been the driving force behind establishing junior bridge in the Oxford area, with some of her pupils even progressing to international representation in their age groups.

Congratulations also to Rob Procter, former Chairman of the Oxfordshire Bridge Association.  The EBU is presenting him with a Silver Award in recognition of his years of service to the development of the game of bridge in the county.  Rob is a member of both Menagerie and Oxford bridge clubs.

Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs

We are running two heats of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs this year, on Friday 5th November at 10am (on RealBridge and at the clubhouse), and Wednesday 10th November at 7.15pm (on RealBridge only). There will be a fresh set of boards for each heat, so you can play on both days if you wish. 

The entry fee is £6.00 per player. Money raised goes to the BBC's Children in Need charity fund. 

For futher details, and to book your place, please click here

If you would like to make an individual donation to Children in Need, please click here to donate via the ECatsBridge website

New Monthly Online Teams Session on Friday Evenings

We are introducing a new monthly online teams session on the 3rd Friday of the month, with the first session taking place on Friday 15th October. This will be played on RealBridge. 

This session is open to players of all abilities. If you would like some help finding team mates, please email us and we'll do our best to help. 

Here's a link to the bookings page for the first session

New Beginner Courses

Do you know anyone who wants to learn to play Bridge? If so, then please encourage them to join our classes for beginners which start at the end of September. These 'Bridge for All' courses have been developed by the EBU and are based on the Acol bidding system. There will be two online and two face-to-face options (one of each for year 1 and year 2 courses). 

Most of our students come to us through the website or through personal recommendation so your spreading the word and encouragement means a lot. Please do mention the classes to your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. They can find more information on this website by clicking on the ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ box in the top right hand corner. 

Online Teams League - Summer 2021 series

The Summer series is now concluded; many congratulations to the following:

Division 1 winners are C-side: Tom Brus, Irene Holland, Andy King and Richard Sills, and runners up are Cocamos: Diana Cannon, Gaynor Cooper, John Cooper and Chris Dawe.

Division 2 winners are Jimbo's team: Philip James, Tracey James, Jim Rogers and Karen Rogers. The runners up are JMEP: Mary Chait, John Foord, Patricia Lilly, Pam Parsons and Erika Syba.

We hope that all those who have played in the online teams league over the last 18 months have enjoyed it. This series will be the last one, as we've decided not to run it again. It's been fun while it lasted, and filled a gap in our lives, particularly in the early series, when opportunities for playing online were limited, but we feel that now is the time to bring it to a close. Instead, we're introducing the new monthly teams session on the third Friday evenings

EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs Competition - Winners

Many congratulations to Susan Fletcher and Carol Hall who have won the EBED (English Bridge Education & Development) Autumn Simultaneous Pairs competition at Oxford Bridge Club.

Susan Fletcher Carol Hall

Thanks to all who played in the competition. Money raised goes to promote the development of Bridge nationally. To see how you've done compared to others across the country who played the same boards, visit the EBU website here

Click here to download the commentary for the hands played.  

EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs - Wed 8th September

We are playing a heat of the EBED Autumn Simultaneous Pairs during the Gentle Duplicate session on Wednesday 8th September at 2pm. This is to raise money for English Bridge Education and Development (EBED), the national charity for the promotion and development of bridge.

Entry fee = £6.00 per player. For more information please click here.  

Playing Bridge at the Clubhouse

We have now reopened the clubhouse with face-to-face (F2F) bridge sessions taking place on Fridays at 10am. These are hybrid sessions with two sections playing the same set of hands - one section playing at the club, and the other online, on RealBridge.

We will introduce additional F2F sessions as and when we can, depending on the level of support and availability of directors and scorers. 

For information on playing at the club, and the precautions that we are taking against Covid please click here

To play in a face-to-face bridge session you must book and pay for your place in advance, using Bookwhen. It's to your advantage to do this in good time, as the session will only run if at least 3 full tables have booked by 9pm the previous evening. If we don't get enough advance bookings the F2F session will be cancelled. The online session will be run regardless, so you can transfer your booking to that one (or another session of your choice) if the F2F one is cancelled. 

Bookings for F2F bridge are now open. Click here to book your place

We're back!

We played our first face-to-face bridge session for nearly one and a half years on Friday 27th August. There were 5 full tables, with another 10½ tables playing online. 

 

Changes to our online sessions

Monday morning and Wednesday evening sessions will be moving from BBO to RealBridge in late September.  We are giving you plenty of notice of the switch so that you can avoid being left with an unused surplus of BB$. If you still have some left over, they can be spent on BBO sessions run by other clubs, or by the EBU, or they can be transferred to another player.  

Now that we have all got used to playing online we are going to increase the number of boards played to 20 (from 18) on Monday and Friday mornings and Wednesday evenings, with effect from the week beginning 30th August. 

These changes will help to facilitate the gradual introduction of face-to-face sessions over the next weeks and months. 

Free Seminar by Simon Cochemé

We have been offered an opportunity to run a free seminar given by Simon Cochemé in conjunction with RealBridge. Simon is the captain of the England Seniors team, and writes articles for bridge magazines around the world. 

We will be running this seminar twice - on Tuesday 10 August at 2pm and Thursday 19th August at 11am. Both sessions are identical. 

New Beginner Courses and Free Taster Sessions

Do you know anyone who wants to learn to play Bridge? If so, then please encourage them to try one of our free Taster sessions which we’re running at the end of August (two online and one face-to-face at the club). Click here for details.

These will be followed at the end of September by a brand new year of ‘Bridge for All’ courses. These have been developed by the EBU and are based on the Acol bidding system. There will be two online and two face-to-face options (one of each for year 1 and year 2 courses). 

Most of our students come to us through the website or through personal recommendation so your spreading the word and encouragement means a lot. Please do mention the Taster sessions and classes to your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. They can find more information on this website by clicking on the ‘Learn to Play Bridge’ box in the top right hand corner. 

Reopening the Clubhouse - factsheet and survey

With the progressive easing of Covid-19 restrictions, members may be wondering when and how we may return to play bridge face-to-face at the clubhouse.

Please Click here for more information on the current plans, and details of a member survey.

Roger Hughes Trophy - most improved player 2020-2021

Many congratulations to John Foord who has won the Roger Hughes trophy for the most improved player. John's NGS increased by an impressive 4.8% in the year ending March 2021. 

An honorable mention goes to Phil Chaundy, whose NGS increased by 3.9% over the same period. 

OBC AGM - Wednesday 21st July 2021

The Oxford Bridge Club AGM will be held at 6pm on 21st July 2021

Click for more details

Bridge session after the AGM:

The Wednesday evening duplicate pairs session after the AGM will start later than normal, at 7.30pm (or possibly later if the AGM takes longer than expected). This will be a free session, open to all, and will be run on RealBridge. There will be a host so that you can come along without a partner. To ensure that you receive the RealBridge link for the session please book your place in advance. Click here for the booking page

Online Knockout Plate Competition

Congratulations to Jonathan Kay & Makiko Rogers (both pictured below) who won the Online Knockout Plate Competition. They beat Chris Bone & Juliette Riehl in a closely fought final match. 

        

Click here to see the full draw.

Online Knockout Competition - the Meltzer

Many congratulations to Mary-Ann and Tim Sheehy who have won the 2020-2021 Online Knockout Competition, in a closely fought final that was decided on the last hand. They will receive the Meltzer Trophy. Very well done also to the runners-up, Andy King & Sandra Nicholson. 

Mary-Ann and Tim

Click here to view the full draw

Oxfordshire Congress

Congratulations to Oxford Bridge Club members who enjoyed success in the OBA Congress held over the weekend of 12/13 June.

In the Swiss Pairs event, Ewa Wieczorek and Charlie Bucknell came 6=. In the Swiss Teams event, Kathy & Denis Talbot's team came 2nd; Diana Nettleton's team came 3rd; and Peter Litchfield's team came 4=.

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition - Trophy Winners

Many congratulations to Thelma Spratt and Gillian Fox who have won the Morrie Marsh Trophy in this year's Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition. The runners up were Derek Knowlden and Jacqueline Davies. Very well done to everyone who played in the competition.

Thelma Spratt Gillian Fox
Oxford A Reach Garden Cities Finals

Congratulations to the Oxford A team, who won division 1 of the Wessex League. That victory qualified them to represent Oxfordshire in the Garden Cities competition. In the regional finals, held on 8 May, they came a splendid 3rd out of 14 teams, thereby qualifying for the finals - for the first time in the Club's history - when they will be up against top names in the bridge world, such as Michael Byrne, Sally Brock and Gunnar Halberg.

Morrie Marsh Novice Pairs Competition 2021

The club's Novice Pairs competition for the Morrie Marsh Trophy will take place on Thursday 13th May on RealBridge replacing the Learn & Play session for that evening. Table money is £3 and there will be 14-16 boards played (depending on the number of tables) at 9 minutes per board.

Masterpoints will be awarded and the winners will claim the Morrie Marsh Trophy. Full rules of the competition are here. To book a place click here.

EBED Spring Simultaneous Pairs Competition - Winners

Many congratulations to Kathy Garrard and Pam Parsons who have won the EBED (English Bridge Education & Development) Spring Simultaneous Pairs competition at Oxford Bridge Club.

Kathy Garrard Pam Parsons

Thanks to all who played in the competition. Money raised goes to promote the development of Bridge nationally. To see how you have done compared to others across the country who played the same boards, visit the EBU website here

Click here for the hand commentary.

Simultaneous Pairs on Wed 12th May

We are playing a heat of the EBED Simultaneous Pairs during the Gentle Duplicate session on Wednesday 12th May at 2pm. This is to raise money for English Bridge Education and Development (EBED), the national charity for the promotion and development of bridge.

Entry fee = £5.00 per player. For more information please click here.  

Online Teams League

Congratulations to the winner's of the fifth series of OBC's Online Teams League, which has just finished. They are:

Division 1: Cocamos (Diana Cannon, Gaynor Cooper, John Cooper & Susie Moser)

Division 2: Jamgee (Joanna Donkin, Alasdair MacDonald, Marion Sheppard & Graham Walcroft)

The sixth series of the league, which will run over the summer, starts in May.

Further details can be found here

Tuesday mornings are moving to RealBridge!

With effect from Tuesday 4th May. Tuesday mornings will be hosted, so you can come along without a partner. 

Click here for the RealBridge bookings page

Junior Bridge Returns to Oxford Bridge Club

Oxford Junior Bridge Club resumes face-to-face sessions at Oxford Bridge Club from Sunday 2nd May 2021. See here for more information.

Club Pairs Competition for the Beck Salver - Sunday 25 April
Many congratulations to Amr El-Kashef & Annabel Barnett who have won the club pairs competition. They receive the Beck Salver. 
  Winners: Amr E-Kashef & Annabel Barnett
Kathy & Denis Talbot were a very close second, with Peter Litchfield & John Briggs third.
  Runners Up: Kathy & Denis Talbot

Click here for the full results

County Pairs final 2021

Many congratulations to Linda Allen & Dave Dobson, who won the County Pairs final, held on Sunday 18th April. Second were Henry Rose & Aleks Lishkov, and third Mary-Ann Sheehy & Christopher Whitehouse, so well done to them too. The top three pairs in this event qualify to represent Oxfordshire in the Corwen Trophy, due to be held in June. Click here for the full results

Oxford University A win Portland Bowl - more success for OBC members

April 19, 2021: The Portland Bowl Semifinals and Final took place on RealBridge this weekend.

In the semifinals, Oxford A beat Imperial and Cambridge B beat Southampton B. In the third place playoff, Imperial beat Southampton B by 75-43. In the final, after a very close match where there was not much between the two evenly matched teams, Oxford A beat Cambridge B by 128-115.

This is Oxford’s first win since 2011; Cambridge had won 6 out of the previous 7 tournaments before this year.

The victorious Oxford University team was Yining Yang (captain), Lawrence Wang, Sam Anoyrkatis & Ewa Wieczorek, and they were virtually presented with the trophy on Zoom by Christopher Kemp, Chairman of the Portland Club, whose continued support of the event is very much appreciated. All the Oxford University players except Sam are members of Oxford Bridge Club.

See full results here

England Retain Lady Milne - yet more success for OBC

April 19, 2021 : The Lady Milne Trophy - the annual women's home international series - took place this weekend, hosted by Northern Ireland, via RealBridge.

Due to the event being held online, delayed kibitzing was available with commentary for all matches.

The English team of Diana Nettleton, Nevena Senior, Helen Erichsen, Fiona Brown, Nathalie Shashou & Sally Brock with NPC David Burn and Coach Oliver Burgess, won the trophy. They finished the event with a score of 79.77 VPs. Scotland finished close behind in second place with a total of 73.58 VPs. In third place was Ireland with 49.29 VPs. Diana is a member of Oxford Bridge Club, and captains the OBC A team in the Wessex League.

Men's and Ladies' Pairs Competitions 2020-2021

Many congratulations to Pat Lewis & Ursula Bowler (with a very impressive score of 71.53%!), and Lorna Swadling & Liza Furnival, who are joint winners of this year's Ladies' Pairs competition*. They will receive the Doreen Simpson trophy. 

And many congratulations also to John Briggs & Peter Litchfield, and Amr El-Kashef & Martin Illingworth, who are joint winners of the Men's Pairs competition^. They will receive the John Simpson trophy. 

*The Ladies' pairs competition was scored as a two-winner event by mistake, which means that there's a pair of N/S winners, and a pair of E/W winners. It isn't possible to distinguish between them as there wasn't an arrow switch.

^The Men's event was scored as a one-winner event, the winners on the night were Jonathan Davis & David Barker, with an outstanding score of 71.67% - so an honorable mention goes to them too. As David is not a club member, the trophy is awarded to the pair who came second. As it happens two pairs were joint second on identical percentage scores. 

2020-2021 Ladder Winners

The end of March marks the end of year for the ladders for all of our bridge sessions, all of which were run online. Congratulations go to this year's ladder winners (second and third places in brackets): 

Monday morning pairs: Amr El-Kashef (Andy King; Steven Bliss)

Tuesday morning pairs (a pairs ladder): Chris Bone & Juliette Riehl (Diana Cannon & Richard Sills; Gaynor Cooper & John Cooper)

Wednesday Gentle Duplicate: joint winners Ann Lee and John Foord (Stevie Rudd)

Wednesday evening pairs: Denis Talbot (Kathy Talbot; Liza Furnival)

Thursday Gentle Duplicate: Sheila Parry (Rosemary Fraser; joint third Chris Bone & Juliette Riehl) 

Friday morning pairs: Bridget Watson (Howard Arnes; joint third Steph Bliss and Steven Bliss)

Friday evening pairs:  there were too few eligible sessions for this to be judged properly, so the trophy won't be awarded, but Zahir Soonawalla emerged with the highest percentage

The Wednesday and Friday evening teams ladders were not run this year. 

Note that only members are eligible to win - names of non-members and robots are omitted. 

Mixed Pairs Competition (Winnie Ling)

Congratulations to Mary-Ann & Tim Sheehy who have won the club's Mixed Pairs Competition, held on Thursday 4th March. They receive the Winnie Ling Trophy.  Sarah & Alan Conway were second, and Annabel Barnett & Malcolm Orr-Ewing third, so very well done to them too. 

This event is held on a date that is as close as possible to the the date of Winnie's birthday, which was on 22 February.

Hosting on Friday mornings

We're pleased to announce that we're introducing a hosting system for Friday mornings, with the first hosted session being on Friday 5th February. This means that you can play even though you don't have a partner. If you would like to use the host system please book and pay for your place in advance as usual, and join the RealBridge session by at least 9.45am. When you reach the lobby, send a chat message to the director to say that you're looking for a partner.  

Thank you to those who have volunteered to host.

Junior Online Bridge Competition
Junior Online Bridge Competition
Run by Oxfordshire Bridge Association
 
USING RealBridge
Sunday 24th January 2021
From 4.00 - 6.00pm
 
All levels of junior bidders are welcome, from anywhere on the Globe,
 
Entries and Enquiries:
juniorbridgeoxford@gmail.com
 

Please provide:

  1. A parent's email address
  2. Your full name
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Your EBU number (if you are a member)
FREE ENTRY!
 
Holly Kilpatrick: 07753 672001
Joan Bennett: 01481 579795
AGM 2020 Proceedings

For those that were unable to attend the AGM on 2nd December, here are:

Recent News
Saturday Seminar with Robert Procter 30th September

Title: The importance of bidding discipline in forming a strong partnership

A discussion on partnership agreements and comparing being brave and foolhardy, prudent and cowardly! This will be an entertaining as well as informative session. Something for all of us to think about. Suitable for players at all levels. For more details click here.

Taster Sessions

The Game of Bridge is probably the best card game anyone could learn and play, It's full of fun, laughter, drama, excitement. constant challenges, victory and of course defeat that can be played as a beginner up to international level.

The Oxford Bridge Club have an excellent education programme for beginners as well as more experienced players and have set up 4 taster sessions at our club house 147 Banbury road Oxford OX27AN

If you have never played Bridge before, or if you count yourself as a beginner you can come to one of our free Taster sessions to see what the game is like, see the club and meet the teachers.

All are free of charge, come and find out why it is such a wonderful game for both young and old alike

Please click on the link by your preferred date:

Mon 28th Aug, 2.00 - 4.00pm click here

Tues 29th Aug, 7.00 - 9.00pm click here

Mon 4th Sept, 2.00 - 4.00pm click here

Tues 5th Sept, 7.00 - 9.00pm click here

We look forward to seeing you there.