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Our Charity Night takes place on Thursday evening 25th April 2019 @ 7pm.  Table money is €10 and Members are asked to bring along a prize for the raffle.

Always a great night so please do invite your friends from other Clubs to join us!!!!  As always we would appreciate any help from Members on this very busy evening.

Many thanks

The Committee


WEDNESDAY MORNING BRIDGE in ASHBOURNE BRIDGE CLUB Wednesday mornings has finished until September.

Thank you all for your support!

Upcoming Competitions

J.J. Murphy Trophy @ Athlone Springs Hotel  Apr 13 @ 1:30 pm – 8:15 pm

This competition is for all Novices – it is the National Novice Pairs competition and is a two session event.  Please don’t be afraid to enter.  Entry Fee is €20 per person. 

It is an open entry (entries to CBAI HQ) competition with 2 sessions of 18 boards, so that those who have travelled will get value for money!

The Confined Events, the Lambert (Pairs) & Cooper (Teams) Cups, restricted to Area Masters and Intermediate A players are being played in the Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Entries for all these competitions to the online entry system, CBAI Headquarters – (01) 4929666 or email:

Accommodation bookings are being made directly with the hotel at (0906) 444444

The 4Fun Teams – 25 May 2019 @ Westmanstown Sports Centre

This annual event, for the Frank & Brenda Kelly Trophy, was played for the first time in June 2009 to introduce players to the fun of bridge in a teams atmosphere. Teams are comprised of 4 players for every County & City across the country- one each of Master, Intermediate A, Intermediate B & Novice Grades.  Master players may only be selected from the Area or Regional Master ranks. The original format where the Master will play the Novice and the Intermediate A with the Intermediate B will apply.

Systems and conventions to be used are very restricted to ensure that everyone feels comfortable at the table. Please contact the Club Secretary if you wish to enter a team.

Website update ...

.. photos and news from the 2017-2018 season can be found under either the News tab

Welcome to Ratoath Bridge Club



Our friendly club plays in The Venue, Main street, Ratoath, Co. Meath every Thursday at 7:00pm sharp. We are convenient to Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Kilbride, Skreen.

Parking is on street as availability allows. Visitors are very welcome. The playing fee is five Euro and the club is open Sep. to May.

Membership is thirty five Euro and the club secretary is Eileen.

President's Prize winners 2019
President's Prize winners 2019

Congratulations to Margaret Power on winning the 2019 President's Prize!! Well done Margaret!

..and congratulations to Margaret Daniels for second place!! Well done Margaret!

...and congratulations to Elizabeth Kane for third place! Well done Elizabeth!

Updates to CBAI Rules & Regulations from 1 September 2018
Updates to CBAI Rules & Regulations from 1 September 2018

Briefing for all clubs on CBAI Rules and Regulations- Updates that take effect from 1st September 2018. This information covers the way we use Alerts and Announcements.

First of all the Laws of Duplicate Bridge covers this under Law 40. Under A 1(b) of  Law 40 it states each partnership has a duty to make its partnership understandings available to its opponents. The Regulating Authority specifies the manner in which this is done.
Our Regulating Authority is the CBAI. First and importantly at the start of every round each pair must inform the opponents of their basic system (e.g.) forcing club, strength of No Trump opening, 4 or 5-card majors) and their carding methods and in particular any unusual openings for which opponents may need to prepare.
A 5-card major is basically a natural system- so no alert is required if the the bid is a normal unlimited bid. When you state your system at the start it does not absolve you from the requirement to alert or announce any calls during the auction.  However 5-card majors do not require an alert whether or not they are pre-disclosed.  

More detailed description follows below:


You should announce your partner’s bid in the following three specific cases:

If partner opens a non-forcing 1C or 1D that can be made with 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards in the suit, you say ‘could be 0, 1, 2 or 3 cards' as appropriate.

If partner opens 1NT - you state the range e.g. ‘15-17’ or whatever the range is.

If you open 1NT and the next player passes and your partner makes a transfer response of 2D or 2H - you say ‘Transfer to Hearts’ or ‘Transfer to Spades’ as appropriate.

The announcement is solely for the benefit of the opponents and partner is not permitted to use any unauthorised information gained from hearing the announcement.


A forcing 1C opening bid needs to be alerted.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a 5-card Major suit opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Strong Acol 2 Club opening bid.

No Alert or Announcement is required for a Stayman 2 Club response to a 1NT opening bid.

You should not Alert any call above the level of 3NT that occurs on or after the opener’s rebid. Instead the declaring side alert such calls after the final pass but before the opening lead has been selected while the defending side alert such calls after the opening lead has been selected but before it has been faced.


For the purposes of determining whether a double should be alerted or not, any double on the first or second round of bidding of a one or two level natural suit bid is deemed to be a TAKE OUT DOUBLE. All other doubles are deemed to be PENALTY DOUBLES. Any VARIATIONS must be ALERTED.

Committee 2018-2019

President - John Fox

Vice President - Pat Moyles

Treasurer - Jim Wilson

Secretary - Eileen Grey

Committee Members - Liz Mckeown (Ex-officio), Maire Ryan, Susan Rutherford, Joan O'Hare, Marie O'Beirne, Gerry Monahan

Hon. Member - Peg White

Reminder for opening bids
Reminder for opening bids

Members, can we please remind you that 12 points or more are needed to open on the first two boards of the evening.

Thank you

4-Fun Teams - change to format
4-Fun Teams - change to format

At the recent Governing Council Meeting in CBAI Headquarters it was decided by vote that this year and in future years the format for the 4-Fun Teams will be as follows;

Master and Novice will play together and Inter A and Inter B will play together.
This is in fact the original format and as before a restricted Bidding System will be in place.
This year the 4-Fun Teams  takes place in Westmanstown Sports Centre on Saturday 25th May. 
Following last year's AGM it was agreed by the Regional Committee that a subvention of €40 will be given by the Region to each participating team.
Regional Fixtures List 2018 to 2019

Link : Regional Fixtures List 2018 - 2019

LAW 15 & leaving boards uncovered during play
Law 15

Law 15 Wrong Board or Hand

If players commence an auction on a board that they are not supposed to play at that turn, and that none of them have played, then the auction proceeds and they are awarded the result they achieve on the board.

And a gentle reminder to leave the boards uncovered on the table during play - that is to say, not covering the boards with the bidding boxes during play.

The purpose of this is to allow players to see their vulnerability both during bidding and during play. The boards should remain properly orientated.

2017 Laws - summary of major changes

2017 Laws - summary of major changes.pdf


Quick links to N.E. C.B.A.I. & C.B.A.I.

Contract Bridge Association of Ireland -

North East Region of the CBAI -

Results are subject to verification

Club Bridge
Director: John Fox
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Club Bridge
Director: John Fox
Scorer: Pat Moyles
Club Bridge
Director: Eileen Hogan
Scorer: Pat Moyles
18th Apr 2019
25th Apr 2019
7p.m. sharp
Director: John Fox
Scorer: Pat Moyles
2nd May 2019
Club Bridge
7p.m. sharp
Director: Pat Moyles
Scorer: Pat Moyles