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Welcome to Oswestry Bridge Club

Oswestry BC Annual General Meeting will take place

on Thursday 27th June at 6.30 pm in the Memorial Hall.

To see the agenda, please click on the headline.

If you have any item you wish to discuss, please email it in advance to 

Pat Ramsay


Andrew Robson Teaching Day in support of St Mary's Church in Overton will take place on 12th Nov 2024 in Overton Village Hall.

You will be taught by one of the best teachers in the United Kingdom from 10 am to 3 pm with a lunch and wine included!

Similar events were held in November 2019 and January 2022 producing much needed cash for St Mary's Church, which like other Churches struggle to meet costs with over a quarter feared to close in the future.

Places are limited! Please circulate to your bridge friends and book early to avoid disappointment!

For more information contact Peter Rosselli at:

Click on the headline to access the Reservation Form.

Please email the completed Reservation Form to Peter Rosselli.

A Charity Event on Monday 5th February for Hope House Children's Hospice on BBO

Oswestry BC held a charity event for Hope House Children's Hospice 

on Monday, 5th Feb at 7 pm on BBO.

We raised £222.71 

Thank you all for playing and supporting a worthy cause!

Bridge at Oswestry BC - Come along and join us!
Bridge at Oswestry BC - Come along and join us!

Every Monday -  Bridge Online on BBO

Please make sure you are not only logged on, but also ONLINE from 6.50pm onwards.

Every Thursday - Face to Face Bridge at the Memorial Hall

Please be seated at a table by 6.50pm so that play can commence promptly at 7.00pm!

Bridge Team Tournament


Invite you to enter team(s) in Bridge Team Tournament

Sunday June 9   Culmington Village Hall at 1pm until 6pm tea at 3.30

with awards presented following a successful first year to South Shropshire Teams Bridge League

Teams of four £20/team payment on the day

More info available at:

Andrew Robson Seminar

Come and enjoy a stimulating day of bridge discussion and play



will take place on Thursday Nov 14th 2024

 at Ludlow Race Course

More details available at:

Best Behaviour at Bridge
Best Behaviour at Bridge

"Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. 

If a player at the table, whether face-to-face or online, behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately."

Please call the Director if you think you may have been affected by bad behaviour.

If you feel that the matter was not resolved, you should make an official complaint to Pat Ramsay.

Oswestry BC would not tolerate bad behaviour!

You will be helping others as well as yourselves.

To read the entire EBU "Best Behaviour at Bridge" code, click on the link below:

New Blue and White Books
New Blue and White Books

Here is an updated versions of the Blue and White Books:

The content of these books applies to all events held on or after 7th August 2023. Please be tolerant of players who don’t get all the updated procedures exactly right straight away.

If you have any queries on the content of any of the books please contact Robin Barker, the Deputy Chief TD -

Looking for a Partner? Face to Face or Online

If your partner is unavailable, you can use one of the following options to find one:

1. Put a message on the  Oswestry BC website

2. Put a message on the club’s WhatsApp group 

3. Contact Pat Ramsay on 01691656173 or on

If you are not aware how to use the Membership Area on the club’s website, the link below provides step-by-step guidance on how to set your password, as well as posting a message that you need a partner for a particular date.

Members Only - SetReset Password.pdf

Should you need additional help, please contact me on:

OBC Whatsapp Group

Peter set-up a Whatsapp group which members have found very useful for arranging online games with other members of the club.  It is really simple to use. You can join the group by downloading WhatsApp onto your PC, Apple or Android device and then speaking  to Peter on 07808 068  044. In accordance with GDPR regulations he will need a text or email from you agreeing he can use your mobile number and name for OBC WhatsApp group purposes.

UK General Election

UK General election will take place on 4th July 2024. As The Oswald Room will be used as a polling station on the day, we have made arrangements to move our normal Thursday session on Wednesday 3rd July. The session on Thursday 11th July will take place as scheduled.


Congratulations to OBC members promoted in May:

1 Star Master                 Najma Khan

Area Master                    Jane Cummings

Local Master                   Bill Harding

(4th Dec 2023)
The Facts, Fiction and History of Bridge

There were many pioneers and stories in the development of the game of bridge. They are too numerous to mention here. However, we should mention one person. His name is Mr. John S. Bennett. In Kansas City, Kansas, in the year 1931, Mr. Bennett was playing with his wife as his partner against Mr. and Mrs. Hoffmann. The couple had had some serious communication problems that day and they were uttering some rude remarks in public about the bidding and playing abilities of each other in derogatory words. Then came the fateful hand when Mr. Bennett bid  1♠ , the Left Hand Opponent overcalled with 2 , and Mrs. Bennett raised to 4♠ . Mr. Bennett did not fulfill the Contract, and Mrs. Bennett could not hold her tongue. She became so enraged that she seemed hysterical. Mr. Bennett reached across the table, slapped her several times, as witnesses reported. Mrs. Bennett went into her mother's bedroom, retrieved the family automatic weapon, returned to the game room, and pointed the weapon at her husband. Mr. Bennett raced toward the bathroom and slammed the door behind him. But Mrs. Bennett fired two shots which went through the wooden door, and killed Mr. Bennett.

It seems that Mr. Bennett could have made the contract of 4♠  after all, according to Mr. Ely Culbertson, who later analyzed the cards.

Jokes about Bridge

Q & A :
Do you know what the difference is between a mad psycho serial killer and a bridge partner? …

A : You can reason with the serial killer.

Bruised Shin

Giving a man his physical, the doctor noticed several dark, ugly bruises on his shins, so he asked, “Do you play hockey, soccer, or some physical sport?”

“No,” he answered. “I play bridge with my wife.”

“We had a partnership misunderstanding. My partner assumed I knew what I was doing.”

A Woman’s Viewpoint
Life with Men is like Bridge
You need a Heart  to love them;
A Diamond  to marry them;
A Club ♣ to beat them;
And a Spade ♠ to bury them.

A Man’s Viewpoint

The bride came down the aisle, and when she reached the altar, she saw the groom with a deck of bridge cards in his tuxedo pocket.

She said, “Darling, what are your bridge cards doing here?”

He looked her right in the eye and said, “This isn’t going to take all day, is it?”

Probability of Drop of

With 2 cards missing go for the drop of the King (52%)

With 4 cards missing go for the drop of the Queen (52%), the cards may be 2-2 (41%) or she may be singleton (12%)

With 6 cards missing go for the drop of the Jack (54%), the cards may be 3-3 (35%) or he may be doubleton (18%) or singleton(2%)

With 3, 5 or 7 cards out do NOT expect to drop K, Q or J respectively

(6th Feb 2024)
Various “Rules” of Bridge

Rule of BOSTON. This is a little know acronym for leading. It stands for Bottom Of Something,  Top Of Nothing.

Helpful (?) Partner Rule. A rule that says it’s permissible to injure a partner who overtakes your trick (as a choice) and then starts to think.laugh

Queen Finding Rule. If you have a two-way finesse for a Queen, finesse the opponent you like the least.....or if you dislike them both play for the dropcheeky

Percentages of Card Division between two hidden hands

Cards out: 

2 cd: 1:1 52%; 2:0 48% 

3 cd: 2:1 78%; 3:0 22%                                             

4 cd: 2:2 41%; 3:1 50% 4:0 10%                              

5 cd: 3:2 68%; 4-1 28%; 5:0 4%                                 

6 cd: 3:3 35%; 4:2 49%; 5:1 15%; 6:0 2%

7 cd: 4:3 62%; 5:2 30%; 6:1 7%; 7:0 0.5%

8 cd: 4:4 33%; 5:3 47% 6:2 17% 7:1 3% 8:0 0.2%

9 cd: 5:4 59%; 6:3 31%; 7:2 9%; 8:1 1%; 9:0 0.1%

Except for 2 cards the general rule is:

Even cards probably do not split evenly

Odd cards probably do split as evenly as possible

(25th Mar 2024)
Famous Bridge Quotes
I never disliked a man so much that I would return his diamonds.

Zsa Zsa Gabor


Since the average person's small supply of politeness must last him all his life, he can't afford to waste it on bridge partners.


Alfred Sheinwold


Where's the hand you held during the auction?
- A comment made when dummy hit the table.


Jan Janitschke

The real test of a bridge player isn't in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he's in.

Alfred Sheinwold


If 3NT is a viable option - then bid it.


Paul Soloway

(4th Dec 2023)
Odds against a player being dealt

Playing 26 boards twice a week expect:

13 cards in one suit = 169,066,442 to 1   Once every 60 000 years! surprise

8 cards in one suit = 213 to 1                   Once a month

7 cards in one suit = 28 to 1                     Once a session

6 cards in one suit = 6 to 1                              Four times a night

at least one singleton = 2 to 1                    Once a two board round

at least one void = 19 to 1                          Once a session

AKQJ10 in a suit = 500 to 1                         Once every three months

four Aces = 378 to 1                                  Once every two months

a hand with no points = 278 to 1                  Once a month

a Yarborough (no10) = 1827 to 1                 Twice a year

(6th Feb 2024)
EBU Competitions

This poster shows the upcoming EBU events.

You can enter for any of the events online via My EBU.

Did you know?

43.6 percent of all slam contracts fail.

62.7 percent of all bridge players are women.

97.8 percent of all bridge statistics, including these, are made up! wink

EBU Membership - New Members' Guidance

What is NGS?

How to order your EBU diary?

EBU magazine?

What is "My EBU"?

You can find the answers of the above questions and many more in the:

New Members Booklet

(4th Dec 2023)
Face to Face
Director: PRI
Scorer: PRI
Online Duplicate
Director: Ken Johnston
Face to Face
Director: phr
Scorer: phr
Mon 17th June 2024
Online Duplicate
Director: Ken Johnston
Thu 20th June 2024
Face to Face
Memorial Hall 7.00pm
Director: Pat Ramsay
Mon 24th June 2024
Online Duplicate
Director: Ken Johnston