All bridge players are welcome to play at the Ruff Club. Partners are guaranteed for all single players. There is no annual membership fee.
Elsa Nelson has won the February 2019 Ruff Club Ladder. With the win came the £50 bimonthly prize. It was Elsa's third win and her handicap now rises to 500pts. The Ladder continues into the next two-month segment. John Veal is the early leader in the new segment for which the prize will be given based on standings at the end of April. Click the "Competitions" link in the menu above to see the current position.
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Ruff Club duplicates are often scored using the BriAn electronic scoring system. The BriAn system (= "Bridge on iPhone and Android") uses mobile phone technology to replace traditional tabletop scorers. Players can use their own smart phones or other devices, such as iPads, or use android scoring tablets supplied by the club.
We believe BriAn is a very player-friendly system that has advantages over other systems. When results are entered for each deal, the next screen shows the full lay-out of the deal, the available tricks in each suit and a full travelling score slip in a single screen. Results of previous boards and a full table of current rankings can be accessed from any device via a menu. The bridge director can create and modify games, adjust scores if necessary and create final files suitable for posting to the web.
If you have a suitable android or iPhone you can become a scorer simply by downloading the free BriAn Bridge app. Go to the app shop in the normal way and search for "Brian Bridge". It's free to install and easy to use, You can read more about BriAn Bridge on the website http://www.brianbridge.net. Becoming a scorer is fun but entirely optional - extra scoring tablets are always available from the club.
In play at the Ruff Club. This is the new hall in Plender Street.
The Ruff Club is a friendly club for playing duplicate bridge close to central London. We meet every Friday at the St. Pancras Community Centre, which is now in a new building at 67 Plender Street, London, NW1 0LB. The Centre is a short walk from Mornington Crescent or Camden Town underground stations (Northern Line) and there is reasonable on-street parking in the evenings. The building is on the end of the sports playground immediately opposite the old SPCA Centre on Camden Street.
New players and visitors to London are always welcome; partners are guaranteed for single players.
We play a full 24 board duplicate game with instant scoring using electronic scoring - either the standalone Bridgemate system or the BriAn mobile phone app. Results posted promptly to this website.
Our start time is 7.15pm and we aim to finish by 10.30pm. Table money £7.00 per player. Look at the information link on this page to find out more.
While Friday remains the main night at the Ruff Club we are also now running a secondary game on Wednesday evenings. This is at a pub called The Walmer Castle. This is in Notting Hill (58 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AJ). We play duplicate bridge starting at 7.30pm, playing 15-18 boards at a fairly relaxed pace. The games at the Walmer Castle are hosted by a rota of some of the Club's advanced players, including Victor Lesk, India Leeming, Mark Dessain, Ned Paul or Kit Jackson. This is very much a social game for refreshers, returnerts and improvers, so the host not only acts as Tournament Director but is available as a fount of wisdom that can be tapped for impartial advice. Food is available at the pub so you can have supper during the evening as well.
Single players are always welcome and we especially like to include players who may not have played much (or any!) duplicate before. All necessary support will be available. Bridge fee is £10. No need to pre-book - everyone is guaranteed a game.
A brilliant day was had by 126 bridge players at Crouch End Cafe Bridge.
Results online here:
The organiser of the Ruff Club is Ned Paul. Contact Ned on 020-8892 9429
or 07792 715517 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
See also Ned Paul’s other site at www.aceshi.co.uk
Check out www.bridgewebs.com/eventsinlondon for details of many outisde events that welcome players.
Come and join the Ruff Club Prize Ladder! No entry fee and a prize every two months! Everyone who plays at the Ruff Club is automatically included.
Scores from 2018 will roll forward to 2019 in full, but new handicaps have been applied to those who have already won. This makes it more challenging to win again. For your first win your 'Victory Handicap' is 100pts for the first win and for the next two wins a further 200pts handicap will apply. Thereafter the handicap will rise to 300pts a win.
Click on the News Page to read in full how the Ladder works, and on the Competitions link to see the current standings.