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The EBU operates a National Grading Scheme which runs in tandem with the Master Points system. The NGS scheme now covers the last 2000 boards you have played resulting in a current assessment of your standard of play. The scheme is accessed from the EBU website under NGS & then clicking Nottinghamshire.

Click"Useful Links" for a short cut to the scheme


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here you will find the latest information and the Player Manual

Welcome to Retford Bridge Club
Welcome to the Website of Retford Bridge Club.

Visitors & members are always welcome to our Club Nights on Tuesday & Thursday evenings (6.55pm prompt start) with table fees currently £2 for members and £3 for visitors.

For on line bridge during closure scroll further down the home page.


Last updated : 26th Jan 2021 15:37 GMT
REALBRIDGE - Now Wed at 2pm and Thursdays at 7.15pm

For RealBridge Sessions Click Below.


When you log in, enter Christian and surname, ID is your EBU number (helpful for TD but not vital), ignore PW as already embedded in link, and login.

You are then in the “lobby”. Click on a free seat, your partner can then join you.

Can only get to the lobby once TD has opened the session about 30 minutes before start.

See below for change in operation.

For lessons click here, >>>>Teaching<<<<

Your first teaching session on RB is FREE, subsequent sessions £5 payable to Sandy.

Initially will be supervised play.


New click and tap options for bidding and play
  • The former two-taps method has been removed and replaced with two different options for different devices.
  • Double-tap (tablet style) now emphasises the bid or card when selected with a single tap, as seen below. Tap the bid or card again to play. Tap elsewhere to cancel.

  • Double-click (mouse style) emphasises a bid or card when the cursor is moved over it. Two fast clicks are required to play a bid or card.
  • Any input style can be used on any device. For example, a desktop user can use tablet-style double-tap. The names are simply suggestions.



Last updated : 26th Jan 2021 15:11 GMT

The committee has decided to charge £1.50 per session which covers the cost of UMS (EBU fee), Realbridge and also other fees which the club has to pay for. This fee is in line with that charged by other clubs.

Ideally we would like members to pay in advance by bank transfer to the club's BUSINESS account, “The Retford Bridge Club”,code number 60-17-28, account number 06803946, and we suggest you pay in multiples of £1.50. NB note that the account has a The at the beginning.


By paying in advance you reduce the work for our treasurer who would otherwise have to invoice you at the end of each month. This is important so that Roger can trace who has paid. Alternatively, contact Roger Stock at for others ways to pay or any other committee member. Also email him on that address to let him know you have paid by bank transfer.

Last updated : 2nd Jan 2021 14:32 GMT

The following events can now be played weekly at Retford BC.

Tuesday: Funbridge 6am to midnight. In exclusive events: 24 hands PW from Sandy

Tuesday: Supervised Play 7pm on realbridge. £5 to Sandy.

Wednesday: Duplicate Pairs 2pm on realbridge. £1.50 to Retford BC.

Wednesday: Funbridge 6am to midnight: 10 hands for less experienced players, commentary and PW from Sandy.

Thursday: Supervised Play 9.30am on realbridge. £5 to Sandy.

Thursday: Duplicate Pairs 7.15pm on realbridge. £1.50 to Retford BC.

Friday: Funbridge 6am to midnight. In exclusive events: 24 hands PW from Sandy.

Saturday: Funbridge 6am to midnight. In exclusive events: 24 hands PW from Sandy.

Sunday: Funbridge 6am to midnight: 10 hands for less experienced players, commentary and PW from Sandy.


Last updated : 26th Jan 2021 15:35 GMT
Wednesday Afternoon Bridge at Hallcroft

The afternoon session of bridge continues now at Hallcroft. This will be more of a social occasion rather than the more competitive evening sessions. It will hopefully attract those members who dislike travelling at night in the dark as well as those who prefer a more relaxed game. It will also act as a stepping stone for those who are learning, to practice and improve their skills. Start time is 2pm and there will be a coffee/tea break halfway through the afternoon with an expected finish time of 4 to 430. It is open to members and non-members alike.

These will continue throughout the winter months and the fee will remain at £2 per session, BUT, only if you become a club member. This will enable you to play in the twice weekly duplicate sessions at Hallcroft as well as the Wednesday sessions. You can however still play as a visitor but the fee will now be £3. The fee for joining the club is £20 and application forms are at the Hallcroft Community Centre. Experienced club players will offer advice on the intricacies of the game.

Numbers for these sessions have been improving recently and have been very popular for those non members and members who have attended. So if you are free on a Wednesday afternoon and have nothing planned or if bad weather stops your afternoon plans then come along and enjoy some friendly bridge. NO PARTNER REQUIRED as a club or committee member will be present to act as host.

Please note that these sessions are now held at the club base in Hallcroft Community Centre on Randall Way from Wednesday 5th February.

Last updated : 27th Feb 2020 23:51 GMT
Hand of the day, Wednesday 4th March

The deciding hand from the teams of four final, board 20. John passed as West, as did North and I opened a weak NT as East. South bid 5♣ and John came in with 5 , North bid 6♣ and I reflected on the bidding so far. It looked like West has a big major two suiter as he didn’t open a weak two or preempt with 3 so I took the push to 6 as my hand couldn’t be better for partner. You have to feel for North’s double when dummy tables K,9,8 of  . There was no problem in the play when John played a  to the 8. +1660 to the good guys. We were 22 imps down at the time so had the match been closer I don’t know whether I would have bid it. 

At the other table I think the bidding was similar but a level lower. Irene bid 4♣ , West 4 , North 5♣ , East now doubled which Irene had no problems making for another +750 to the good guys, 2410 or 20 imps. We were up 8 imps with 8 to play and tight defence in the last set saw us win by 15 imps.

It just goes to show that aggressive bidding is a winning tactic! Don’t be frightened of bidding with long suits!


Last updated : 5th Mar 2020 16:13 GMT
Hand of the day Tues 2nd Jan

Why does 3NT go one off and 6NT make played by the same hand? Quite a conundrum but today’s hand shows how! John made a slam try with 3♣ and then passed my sign off in 3NT. Irene led the  5 and they quickly cashed 5 tricks! So how does 6NT make? East suggested he would try a quantitative 4NT with North’s hand which I would have accepted and bid 6NT. Now would West lead the small  . We will never know, but any other suit lead leads to 13 tricks. Interestingly North played the hand most of the time so several Souths must have opened 1 or East opened a weak2♠ . Just goes to show how tricky the game can be.

Last updated : 6th Jan 2020 14:28 GMT
Hand of the day 1. Thursday June 20

After a long absence a couple of slam hands from last night. First off, note that I responded 1 only to partner’s opening bid. When he rebid 3 I was thinking grand slam. First of all I set the suit with 4 . This must be forcing inviting a cue bid. John did well to show the ♠ control rather than the  one. Roman Keycard came next and I was surprised that John had only 1 keycard. From that I could pencil in all his hand after his jump rebid. I can count 6  or 7  ‘s, 1 ♠ , 3  ‘s and 2 ♣ ‘s. So 6NT it was. No problem in the play.

Last updated : 21st Jun 2019 15:39 BST
Hand of the day 2. June 20.

Imagine my surprise and delight when a few hands later I picked up another monster and hear partner show a powerful hand with his 2 reverse. 3 was 4th suit forcing and 4 ♣ set the trump suit. A couple of cue bids followed then Roman Keycard Blackwood. 5♠ showed 2 and the trump Q. Now 5NT was asking for specific/exclusive K’s. John’s 6 showed the  king or the other 2. With none he signs off in the trump suit. As in the last hand I can almost place all his high cards so bid the grand slam in ♣ ‘s. Not quite 70% which is the percentage needed to bid a grand but better than most of my efforts.

The theme running through both hands is that if you bid freely over 3NT into your known minor suit, especially after 4th suit forcing then this shows a powerful hand inviting cue bids with hope of bidding a slam. It is important that you and your partner have the confidence to do it and not fearful  that you will be passed out in 4 of a minor. Apologies to both E/W’s who were on the receiving end!

Last updated : 21st Jun 2019 15:22 BST
Hand of the day Tues 12th February

Lots of points of interest here. East bids 4♠ with only 3 points! However there are lots of trumps and a singleton! Priceless! Don’t worry about points when supporting partner. I always say as long as you put down 4 trumps I don’t care how many points you have. The fifth trump is a bonus!

What about South? I think he should bid 5 . Again the ♠ singleton is huge. If South take the push to 5 , what should East lead? The spade king is the correct card. If you lead 4th highest West now is endplayed. You will only have the lead once, so best to retain lead, await dummy then decide on a switch. Partner can play the ♠ Q, a suit preference signal for  ‘s the higher ranking suit on dummy. Now you can take your 3 tricks.

Don’t ask about my 6NT - 5 on board 10!

Last updated : 13th Feb 2019 17:54 GMT
Hand of the day Thur 8th November

Roger scored a deserved top for his fine play on this hand. John had a difficult choice of opening lead. It is a bit of a toss up between the  K and the 4th highest. Unfortunately for us he chose the latter. Now Roger has 8 tricks if the clubs play for 4 tricks. If he can sneak a heart past us he has a  trick in the bag to give him his contract. So a low  towards dummy’s queen held and so he then turned to clubs, cashing then from the top. He now had 2 ♠ ‘s, 1  , 2  ‘s and 4 ♣ ‘s for his contract which turned into 11 when the ♠ Q dropped. If John decides to rise with the  ace, he now has 2 ♠ ‘s, 3  ‘s, 2  ‘s and 2 ♣ ‘s for 9 tricks! If the  Q loses the ace he can now rely on the ♣ finesse. Nicely played.

Last updated : 10th Nov 2018 21:00 GMT
Hand of the day Tues 18th Sep

I was East and started with  king. We play count so Chris will play the 2 to show an odd number. However in this situation, because there is a singleton heart in dummy, count is irrelevant. Instead West can send a message to East to choose which suit to switch to. Here, West should throw the   Jack to suggest a high card in the higher ranking suit, in this case ♠ ‘s. I would than cash the ♠ Ace and another to the King for one off.

Although I didn’t get the signal for a ♠ switch I should have cashed it anyway. If Chris has the ♣ King the contract is going off anyway. If declarer has the ♣ King he has 6  ‘s, a  ruff and 4 ♣ ‘s by setting them up after drawing trumps. Apologies to partner, again!

Last updated : 20th Sep 2018 15:15 BST
Hand of the Day Tues 22nd May

A short auction and to the point on our last hand of the evening. As East I led the ♣ 2 which John won with the Ace. Defence is the toughest part of the game and a good declarer will loose the lead early when you are unsure of where the high cards are situated. John advanced the ♠ 9 at trick 2. Now Chris did very well as West here as she let it win and she did it in tempo with no pause for thought. John now played a heart to the 10 and Chris won with the King. With no ♣ to return she led the  9, letting me know she had no high card there. That ran round to the Q on dummy and John ducked a ♣ to me. I now have a blueprint of the hand. He has the AK of ♣ and the K of  . The ♠ play looks like he has the Q, so I played A and J of  . Then I won the  A, cashed the ♠ K and played a ♠ to Chris who won the rest of the tricks. 800 and a satisfactory end to the evening.

Last updated : 24th May 2018 17:13 BST
Hand of the Day 2 Tues 22nd May.

A dual theme on this hand. The first problem is East’s rebid after North’s overcall. Without the overcall you would rebid 1 NT. Now you have no good bid. This is where ourflexible friend comes in. You double which as opener suggests a good hand with no good bid. Perfect! Chris bid 2 and that is where we played. However South should certainly compete to 3♣ and I would almost certainly bid 3 . 

We discussed defence on the previous hand and this one demonstrates the principle of PASSIVE defence. South should start leading North’s suit. If dummy plays low, North should insert the 10. East draws trumps and exits with a ♣ . North wins and sees that West has weak  ‘s, so plays the 10 of  , top of a doubleton. East will win and exit a   which South wins and cashes  s. East ruffs the 4th round and eventually has to play a ♠ . Now N/S must make 3 ♠ tricks. If N/S Open the ♠ suit then E/W will make a ♠ trick. This ♠ layout is called a frozen suit. So named because whoever plays the suit first loses a trick in the suit. The clue to look for is Hxx opposite Hxx.

Last updated : 24th May 2018 17:31 BST
Hand of the day Thursday 22nd March

One of the key questions to ask yourself is: what is going on? Work that out and doing some mental arithmetic should allow you to reach the correct answer.

If North applies those principles then he should find the winning solution on today’s hand. South led the ♣ Q: declarer cashed both top ♣ ‘s, throwing the  K and a small spade. North was in at the next trick with the  A. What is going on? Why hasn’t partner led my suit? Answer: he hasn’t got one! Let us count East’s hand. East has only got one minor suit card. If partner has no ♠ ‘s then East has five and seven  ‘s. It all fits!! Having worked that out North should lead the ♠ 10 which South ruffs and exits with a  . In the fullness of time North will make two more tricks to defeat the game. 

Last updated : 23rd Mar 2018 13:40 GMT
Hand of the day Tuesday 13th March

How do you bid the difficult 4441 hands? They can be tough but this was the bidding at our table with Mary as East and Sue as West. It all looks fairly straightforward with Sue closing shop with her 3NT bid. She might have tried 2♠ , fourth suit forcing then Mary would bid 2NT as she has the ♠ ‘s stopped.

Sue took the obvious nine tricks and imagine my surprise when they were the only pair in 3NT! So, we bid these hands by opening the suit below the Singleton with a red Singleton : if we have a black Singleton we bid the middle of the other three. Another way of looking at it is checking you have a rebid when partner responds in your Singleton. One other pair bid 3NT later in the evening so it was only a second bottom!

Last updated : 15th Mar 2018 14:07 GMT
Hand of the day Thur 8th March

A tricky hand to bid today. I was North, John and I bid as described. We play 4th suit forcing for one round only. So when I bid 3 this is now game forcing. John bid 3NT admitting to his  stop and I bid a quantitative 4NT. No suit had been agreed so it was not Blackwood. John did well to accept and so I finished matters by bidding the NT slam. 6 is probably the best place to be, but even that it is not cold. 

It is important with powerful two suited hands like mine and no fit to take things slowly. Try to decide how forcing bidding the fourth suit is. It is always forcing to game at the three level. I could have finished matters by bidding 3NT at my second or third turn but I wanted to garner as much information as possible before making a final decision. I also didn’t want a ♣ lead through John’ second suit. My 3 goes by the name of fifth suit forcing! After John’s 3NT I could maybe try 6 which is probably the best spot.

Last updated : 9th Mar 2018 14:29 GMT
Hand of the day Tues 6th March

A bidding system improvement and a missed opportunity are today’s themes. John’s 2NT rebid is 15-19 in the modern style and game forcing. This allows room to investigate slam below 3NT. Gerry then bid a quantitative 4NT and John optimistically accepted. He has seen my defence before!

Chris led a club and John cashed his black suit winners. He threw a heart and three  ‘s from dummy, I shed two  ‘s and Chris A ♣ . When John cashed the  A I rather woodenly followed with the 3, then the nine under the K. Now he can only keep his fingers crossed and hope the  ‘s are 3-3.

However, look what happens if I follow with the  9 and Jack. Now he has an option to play the  ‘s as 4-2 and end play Chris with her bare   Ace. It depends whether he believes my carding!

Last updated : 8th Mar 2018 15:42 GMT
Hand of the day Thursday 25th January

There is a saying that says that the 5 level belongs to the opponents. East/West were doomed to a bad board on today’s hand. Once I bid 5 as North East should probably pass. Although there are 6 good spades, it is a semi balanced hand, it is equal vulnerability, the 5 level belongs to the opponents and partner’s bold barrage bid of 4♠ has done its job. John did very well as South to bid the  slam with his Singleton trump ace, but even if he doubles that will net us 800.

In East’s defence all these 5 level decisions are very difficult. However as long as you apply the above criteria you will come to the right decision most of the time. Whether John would bid 6 without the 5♠ bid is a moot point!

Last updated : 26th Jan 2018 13:54 GMT
Hand of the day Thur 11th Jan

John and I bid the ♣ slam as above. However I had the mechanism to bid the grand confidently but was rather lazy in the bidding. Rather than just bidding 6♣ after John’s heart cue bid I should have gone through Blackwood. I was listening to Bob Hamman’s advice, if you think that partner has the exact cards then he almost certainly hasn’t. I was bidding the slam anyway so it doesn’t cost to go through 4NT. He would show 2 keycards and then I could bid 5NT. When he bids 6 promising either the  K or the other two (his 3 promises the  K) I can confidently count 13 tricks and bid 7NT.

The important point of the hand is my initial 3♣ bid. After a 1NT opener, 3 of any suit promises a good 6 card suit and slam interest. John has a superb hand for me, a maximum with good clubs and good controls in the other suits. If he had a minimum with no good fit then  he would sign off in 3NT. We were rather lucky to score a joint top as only Gerry and Sue bid the club slam.



Last updated : 12th Jan 2018 20:13 GMT
Hand of the day Tues 9th Jan

It is said that experts like to avoid finesses if at all possible. Ten tricks are guaranteed on today’s hand if declarer can engineer E/W to open the club suit. East starts with top diamonds. Declarer ruffs the second round, draws trumps and tries a ♠ to the Q and K. West returns a ♠  which North wins. Now North plays a  to the 9 and ruffs the last  . Finally North exits with the last ♠ leaving E/W to open up the ♣ suit or give a ruff and discard.

Game made without a club guess.

Last updated : 10th Jan 2018 21:22 GMT
Hand of the Day Dec 28th

The par result was found at only one table today. Both pairs scored exactly 50%. The bidding was short and to the point. Nick bid a direct 7 after Irene’s 4♠ bid. There is a lot for bidding what you think you can make (or what partner can make!). He only needs partner to have the  K for the contract to be cold. And even if partner doesn’t have the  K, the contract makes if the trumps divide 1-1. John Auld judged well to take the sacrifice in 7♠ . 

Last updated : 29th Dec 2017 18:38 GMT
Hand of the day 2: Thur 28th Dec

After a couple of lean months your correspondent is in full flow today. This was the second hand that caught my eye. We are encouraged to get into the bidding if at all possible and that is what Roger did as North board 11. It is generally good tactics to get involved, particularly at love all. The downside is as today’s hand demonstrates in that it gives a blueprint of the hand. I ruffed the third round of spades, cashed the ♣ A, finessed the Jack with the help of Roger’s double which suggests clubs are 3-1 and cashed the ♣ K. If Roger started with 4-4 in the red suits he is now squeezed. Whichever red card he discards I can ruff out the suit to establish the long card without having to resort to a red suit finesse. 

Last updated : 29th Dec 2017 19:49 GMT
Retford A v Retford B Hand Record Sheet


Last updated : 28th Sep 2017 09:20 BST
Teaching programme

Mike Coggles and Sandy Fulton are both offering bridge lessons at their respective homes catering for beginners and improvers. These are open to any member of Retford Bridge Club as well as any friends or relatives who are keen to take up the game. They are happy for students to interchange if one of them is away for any reason. 

Timings of other sessions are:
Monday afternoon: improvers at Mike's.
Thursday morning: beginners at Mike's
Tuesday evening 7pm: beginners at Sandy's: on realbridge. Click teaching on home page.
Thursday morning: 9.30am improvers at Sandy's: on realbridge. Click teaching on home page.
Contact details: Mike 01777703610.
                        Sandy 01909479748.
26th January 2021
Realbridge 7pm
Director: Sandy Fulton
Host: Chris Fulton
27th January 2021
Open Pairs
Realbridge 2pm
Director: Sandy Fulton
28th January 2021
Realbridge 9.30am
Hopkinson Cup
Director: John Rolph
Hopkinson Cup
Director: David Garside
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