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4th Apr 2020 21:59 BST
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1st Apr 2020 10:21 BST
Welcome to the Royal Automobile Club Bridge Circle - Pall Mall
Bridge is available online NOW!

We have established two regular sessions now on BBO. Thursday at 1.30pm and Sunday at 11am - All-You-Can-Play members please look on the St James Calendar for other games to join in as you wish as well.

If you have not yet registered your BBO username please use this form to do so now!

Then we look forward to seeing you online soon. Stay safe and well please! Nicole

Bridgebase is where we meet to play matches in a weekly teams league. Joining Bridgebase How-to video and first hand (5mins) nonYouTube version.

So what do you need to do? - 1. Watch the video - 2. Decide if you need more before you try it- 3. Get yourself online - 4. Tell me your username 5. Turn up and register with your partner or at the Partnership Desk (Registration 30-60minutes before play). NB PLayers not online at start tine will be DEREGISTERED AND WILL NOT PLAY.

Last updated : 4th Apr 2020 21:59 BST
BBO Dollars Buyback
BBO Dollars Buyback


If you have have already bought BBO Dollars - please email Nicole with your BBO Username and how much you want refunded. I need to make a list to send to BBO to arrange it. 

I suggest you keep a bit - in case you want to play and EBU event sometime or buy a .25c robot partner (they are pretty good partners!) some time.


Last updated : 4th Apr 2020 21:49 BST
Bridge is available online NOW!

UPDATE - Thursday 2/4/20 at 11.00am

We are delighted to report that we will now be offering our members and their friends lots of opportunities to play Duplicate Bridge with players from the RAC and clubs in St James and similar. The RAC will host  sessions on a Thursday evening (4-6pm) and Sunday morning (11-12.30pm). The Reform invite us to their April Inter-club on Monday 6th April  at 4-6pm. The Cumberland invite us to join them on Friday 3rd April. To find all the times and host clubs have a look at the St James Bridge Diary I have created.

We will issue masterpoints and there will be a TD host to play - so come on your own or as a pair. We have decided to charge to cover costs of this activity. Please select the option that suits you best. (£15 once a week in April, £4 one night or £25 to play in any "St James" hosted session in April)

To play you need to pay at this link, please be sure to put your BBO username instead of your street address when you checkout. On the day registration opens 30 minutes before game time only - so turn up to register in the tournament area (see image below) - search STJ.  

Then wait to play!

To play online games at the RAC you now need to sign up to BBO (Bridgebase How-to video and first hand (5mins) nonYouTube version), then email me your username so I can add you to the inclusion list. The game will be included list ONLY so you MUST email me to get your BBO username registered. As always if you need help email, whatsapp or phone me. Stay safe & healthy - hugs Nicole

Then turn up on BBO 30minutes before a session and register with your partner (or come on your own and pair up with someone else at the partnership desk).  See image for how.

BBO have changed the way we charge - so if you have BBO dollars you will never use email Nicole and I will sort it out. 

Spread the word to your RAC and St James friends please.

Bridge is available online NOW!
Last updated : 4th Apr 2020 21:51 BST
Ross Cope Swiss Teams Evening NOW ON 17TH SEPTEMEBER

Pall Mall
Thursday 17TH SEPTEMBER, 6.00pm

On Thursday 17TH SEPTEMBER we shall remember our friend Ross Cope by playing his favoured format of bridge, a Swiss Teams Night. The event will start at 6.00pm with a similar high tea to that sampled at the Championship pairs, followed by 24 boards. The Ross Cope Cup has been donated by the Royal Automobile Club Bridge Circle. 

Members and guests: £25.00
Includes: A buffet high tea

Please click here for an entry form.

Last updated : 1st Apr 2020 16:51 BST
Cotton Cup 2020 - Save the date

Tuesday 9th June 6.30 for 6.45.

The first round of the Cotton Cup, our rubber bridge competition, will be played in the Mall room at Pall Mall. Sandwiches and tea and coffee will be provided free of charge.

Further details about booking will follow soon 


Last updated : 7th Mar 2020 15:08 GMT
RAC v MCC Annual Team of 8 Match

No matter how hard we try we don’t seem to be able to overcome the MCC team of 8 in our annual bridge match. This must be about the 5th year running that we have come second. At half time we were down 26 IMPs and in the second half we did pull back 6 IMPs to lose overall by 20. The Marina, Andrew, Tony and Paul team of 4 managed to win their bit by a single imp and the Bailey, Lester, Howard and Colin a small loss by 21 IMPs. The MCC were competitive and were gracious and took delight in beating us which I take as a compliment. Next year Marina is planning an earlier 4.00pm start  for the match at Lords so maybe this will benefit our old stagers more than our opponents.

Last updated : 5th Mar 2020 13:25 GMT
Bridge Circle Christmas Dinner, honours and thank yous
12 December 2019
Xmas 2019: Michael Bailey presenting Sally Found with...

Michael Bailey presenting Sally with the Hero/Heroine Plate.

Xmas 2019: Michael Bailey presenting the Kisiels with...

Michael Bailey presenting the Brigitte and Andrew Kisiel with Joyce Goldstein Trophy for Top Partnership.

Xmas 2019: Michael Bailey presenting Robin with...

Michael Bailey presenting Robin with the Debbie Goldstein Trophy for Our player of the year with highest aggregate points (second to Marina Chaning Pearce). Robin and Frank also won the Cotton Cup for rubber bridge.

See more photos

Last updated : 18th Dec 2019 13:02 GMT
Cotton Cup 2019. And the winners are... (12 December 2019)
Frank Hollendoner and Robin Kilborn faced up to David Mannooch and Michael Bailey in the Club Room at 9.00am on the morning before the Bridge Circle Christmas Dinner to play the final of the 2019 Cotton Cup, so desperate were the four to produce a winning pair to be presented with the champagne and Cup at the dinner! After two hours Mannooch and Bailey held a 2-0 lead in the rubbers and the overall score was virtually breakeven but it was downhill for them for the final 90 minutes and Frank and Robin ran out worthy winners.


See Cotton Cup ladder

Last updated : 16th Dec 2019 16:55 GMT
Ros and Bob Bowman Swiss Pairs 2019 Championship
(3 November 2019)

A bit like Formula one racing or Premiership Football our annual Open carves up into the top 6 or so very experienced, high quality bridge pairs, the majority of experienced Pairs who threaten a Leicester City performance and the less experienced Pairs who gain enormous know how and development by competing and one year will move up the groupings.

Played over two sessions of 24 boards per session the leading pair changed position countless times. After the first session the leading were: Marina and Terry, Gitte and Mary, Ruth and Sami. The second session leaders were: Paul and Brigid, Richard and Rhonda, Malcolm and Susi.

Leaders session 1: Marina and Terry

Leaders session 1: Marina Chaning Pearce & Terry Smith

Leaders session 2: Paul and Brigid

Leaders session 2: Paul Weston & Brigid Battiscombe

The overall winners of the Cup were Gitte Hecht-Johansen and Mary Gordon-Smith with 110 VPs followed incredibly closely by joint second with 108 VPs: Richard and Rhonda Collins and Paul Weston and Brigid Battiscombe.

Overall winners: Gitte Hecht-Johansen and Mary Gordon-Smith

Overall winners: Gitte Hecht-Johansen and Mary Gordon-Smith

As a club the RAC can claim some success as Gitte is a regular friend of ours replacing Nicole as TD when she is not available and Paul Weston is home grown. Marina and Terry, last year’s winners and early leaders after session one came 5th and Andrew Kisiel and David Glass came 6th.

Thank you to the Club for making the Mountbatten Room available to us on a particularly busy Sunday in the events calendar and for the Banqueting team who provided a beautiful array of coloured sandwiches high tea.


Last updated : 16th Dec 2019 16:52 GMT
St James Duplicate online
Duplicate Pairs online
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Thu 9th Apr 2020
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Thu 16th Apr 2020
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Sun 19th Apr 2020
St James Duplicate online
Thu 23rd Apr 2020
Duplicate Pairs online
Bridge is available online NOW! Results

Results from online games

Sunday morning 29/2/2020 - 1st St James test game


ALL Thursday duplicate - CANCELLED until after Easter at least

22nd March Sunday Duplicate - CANCELLED

26th March Ross Cope Cup - POSTPONED

31st March  Upstairs/dowstairs dinner & match - CANCELLED 

All matches scheduled for March and April cancelled.


Devonshire Trophy 2020

The 2020 Devonshire Trophy winners are the Roehampton Blue Team. Runners up were the Oxford and Cambridge Alpha team.

The 2020 Devonshire Plate was won by the Polish Club who defeated the Hurlingham Pigeons.

Click here for the up to date Trophy and Plate results.

Click here for the 2020 Permitted Conventions, and here for the Rules and Procedures.

If you would like to compete in 2021 please let us know and we will let you know when entries open.