Oxford Bridge Club operates a host system for all of its bridge sessions. This means that a player can arrive at the club without a partner and will be paired up with another player who has come without a partner, or with the host.
The host system has three main aims:
- to be welcoming to visitors and new members and enable them to play a number of times in club sessions before they have managed to meet potential partners
- to help learners and improvers make the transition from supervised to relaxed duplicate sessions, and from relaxed to more competitive duplicate sessions
- to enable established members to find a partner if their regular partner is not available
Please note that the host system is not intended to be used by members on a continuing basis or as a substitute for finding a partner for themselves.
Other ways of finding a partner
Pianola's partner-finding service may be used to help you find partners; if you have problems using this please contact the Membership Secretary for help. The Partnership Secretary may also be able to help you find a partner. Alternatively, you can contact individual players directly using their contact details as listed in Pianola, or on the printed telephone list (available in the club).
Partners for teams events
It isn't possible to use Pianola to help make up teams for teams events. If you wish to play in a team but don't have a partner, or have a partner and would like to make up a team please email via this link and we will do our best to match you up with a team.
Restrictions on use of the host system
Wednesday and Friday evenings
To use the host system on Wednesday or Friday evenings, players must have a declared NGS grade of 41% or more (i.e. NGS 4 or higher).
Gentle Duplicate sessions (Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings)
To use the host system at Gentle Duplicate sessions, players must have fewer than 5000 master points.
Players with more than 5,000 masterpoints or with an NGS of more than 6 (>47%) may use the host system on Tuesday mornings, provided that they can find a partner with fewer than 5,000 master points or an NGS of 6 or lower (<47%).
Monday and Friday mornings