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We started playing regularly via RealBridge from the 12th November 2020.  We will normally play on our regular 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays but with some expcptions and also some additional Wednesdays.  Please look at the calendar on this page for more details.

Welcome to Radlett U3A Duplicate Bridge Group
Online play using RealBridge

Due to the current coronavirus situation and the closure of our normal meeting place for meetings I am sorry to say that there are no face to face sessions now planned at our usual location for the foreseeable future.

However we have now started to play online 'face to face' play via RealBridge.  This system allows you to see and talk with your partner and opponents during the play.  This has proved very popular and we are now playing at least 3 times a month.  We have also established a link with the Borehamwood & Elstree U3A duplicate bridge group (https://www.bridgewebs.com/borehamwoodelstreeu3a/) so that your online season tickets can be used in both groups games.  There are also a lot of clubs that are moving to RealBridge for their sessions.

There are several other sites where you can play bridge online including Bridge Club Live (https://www.bridgeclublive.com/), Bridge Base Online (BBO - https://www.bridgebase.com/), Friendly Online Bridge Club (Friendly Online Bridge Club, Virtual World E4R TH1) and many others.  If you have played on one of these you will find that playing with RealBridge is similar, though they don't currently offer the same video and audio communication that RealBridge does.

 

Playing with RealBridge online

You may have already heard about RealBridge (online), or even played in a game with it.  This is a way of playing duplicate bridge very much like we do at our usual Thursday meetings.  You can see and talk with your partner and opponents and will automatically be moved from table to table.

We restarted our season with RealBridge session from 12th November 2020, generally continue as per our usual schedule of 2nd, 4th and 5th (when there is one) Thursdays in the month.  There are some additional Wednesday dates and from December season ticket holders will be able to play at the Elstree and Borehamwood group's meetings which are normally on a Monday. 

Almost any PC, Mac or Tablet can be used but not smartphones or iPads older than about 5 years.  You can check if your device works at this link https://play.realbridge.online/camera.html

If you have played bridge online, e.g. with BBO, Bridgeclublive or similar you will find the way of bidding and playing your cards is very similar.

If you live in the same house as your bridge partner (or someone who is playing with a different partner) you will each need your own device and ideally play in different rooms where you can't overhear each other.

If you have not already done so please let me know if you would like to play any of  the sessions from the 12th November.  There will be no charges for the sessions in November.  All of the currently planned sessions will be free to season ticket holders.  If you are not a current season ticket holder but a member of RadlettU3A please contact me and I will let you have the details of the 'online' season tickets we are offering.

Any questions or problems please get in touch.

Regards,

Gary

RadlettU3A Duplicate Bridge Group
RadlettU3A Duplicate Bridge Group

Welcome to this web site for the Radlett U3A Duplicate Bridge Group.

The Radlett U3A duplicate bridge group normally plays on the 2nd and 4th Thursday's in the mont and also on the 5th Thursday when there is one.  We will also usually continue to use the electronic scoring system, BriAn, we started using in 2015.

We have recently been regularly getting between 10 and 12 (the maximum I can have) tables and for most sessions I have had a waiting list.

Season tickets are only available to Radlett U3A members and all of which have been sold up to end of June 2020. Due to the closure of the club since 12th March due to coronavirus these season tickets will be extended once we can resume.  The new end date will be given to members.

Under normal circumstatnce for other players who just pay on the day the price will remain at £5 per person per session.  Priority will be given to Radlett U3A members but if I have any space after all of those that want a seat have got one I can make seats available to other local U3A members.  For details of how I allocate spaces please see this file https://u3asites.org.uk/files/r/radlett/docs/u3aduplicatebridgegrouphowareplacesallocated190305.pdf on the Radlett U3A website.

You do need to let me know in advance if you want to play so that I can confirm I have the space and arrange the tables and movement.  If an occasional player plays more than 6 times (the equivalent cost of a season ticket) in the term the pay on the day prices will be significantly discounted for any future times they play that term.

If you have any questions please contact me via the website or see me Gary Harding, or Sandra Solomon at the RadlettU3A monthly meeting.

Important Information
Important Information

As we are now often full I need all players to book with me in advance by replying to my eMails or contacting me via the Radlett U3A website. This allows me to plan the movement and to ensure there is space for you..

I have very limited space for members of other local U3A's (Radlett U3A members will always have priority for seats).  If you would like to play with us (space permitting) please get in touch with me as we need to come to a formal agreement with their U3A to allow you to join us.

Data Protection and Privacy

In addition to the overall Data Protection and Privacy Policies of Radlett and District U3A (see www.radlettu3a.org.uk/privacy) there are some specific notices for this group.

As you will be aware I publish the results from our sessions via BridgeWebs, an external service. This means your names appear on that website, together with the dates you played and your scores. The information for the current session is also available during and after it on BrianBridge.Net, the system we use for scoring. If you don’t want your name to appear these sites I can create an anonymous name for you. Please let me know if you NEED me to do this for you.

Note that I am now using the more secure email system that BridgeWebs provides to send out my messages about the group. They are not be allowed to use your email address for any other purpose. If you don’t want me to do this for you again please let me know, though it may mean you will not get future reminders about sessions or the results.

Presentation on Duplicate Bridge

After the session on Thursday 13th September 2018 I gave a presentation about Duplicate Bridge 

The presentation  covered:

  • The card deals and how they are prepared
  • The movements used (including a bit about ‘arrow switches’)
  • How duplicate bridge is scored to compare one pair against the others
  • The impact of the scoring on how you should bid and, if possible, play
  • An introduction to BridgeWebs where you can see the results from a session and a lot of other information

If you would like to have a look at the presentation you can see it here.

The presentation I gave in 2016 is also available on our U3A website under the Bridge - Relaxed Duplicate section - see here 

Next session

As per the main notice we are currently using RealBridge online.  Please see the calendar entries below for our next playing dates.

If you are a member of Radlett & District U3A or Borehamwood and Elstree U3A and would like to play in one of out sessions please let me know.  You can see their playing dates on their BridgeWebs page, link on the left.

Calendar
12th August 2021
Radlett Duplicate Bridge
Online 10:00
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
18th August 2021
Radlett Duplicate Bridge
Online 10:00
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
26th August 2021
Radlett Duplicate Bridge
Online 10:00
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
Results
Radlett Duplicate Bridge
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
Radlett Duplicate Bridge
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding
Radlett Duplicate Bridge
Director: Gary Harding
Scorer: Gary Harding