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Fellow Bridge Nuts

If Like me, your missing your regular bridge fix, there are a few links on to online bridge sites.

One of these is, , and is very easy ( and free) to register on the site.

1) Click on 'Login/Register'

2) Click on 'Become a member (free!)'

3) Create a username

4) Create a memorable password and confirm password

5) Enter Real Name

6) Leave ACBL Number blank

7) Select Skill Level

8) Select Country: 'Great Britain'

9) Click in box 'I agree to the terms of Service'

10) Click on Register.

Once there you can locate other members from the club. I would suggest using the Find a Partner section on our website to post a message detailing what you want to do and when , ie practice, casual game or event. I have posted an example message so that you can see the sort of things you need to list including your username.

If you are new to the site, I wouldn’t jump straight into an event, but go to a practice room with your partner and play against robots or random people, to get used to the process.

1) Click on 'Solitaire'

2) Click on 'Start a Bridge4 game (free)'

The main difference with online bridge is that you alert your own bids rather than partners bids. These explained alerts are communicated to your opps but not to your partner so they can’t be accused of receiving unauthorised communication.

When you are comfortable, try the EBU Matchpointed Pairs competitions. These occur every evening and start at 19:30 and 21:00. These can be entered up to 1 ½ hrs before start time. But you will need to buy some BBO $.

an event consists of 6 x 2 Board rounds and cost $1 (about 75p) to play, so very reasonable. They do attract masterpoints, but do not affect your NGS.

Be aware though that they are strictly timed. Each 2 board round is strictly limited to 14 mins and if you go over the director assigns an average score regardless of how well you were doing.

Happy playing

Paul Wright

Sarum Club Webmaster


  News From The Chairman

Dear Members Old and New

Welcome to the home page of the Sarum Bridge Club. At this time of national emergency, I want to send my very best wishes to all members and to any old members who no longer play with us. We will be updating our home page on a regular basis so do keep an eye out for new material. I am also sending out a weekly news letter to all existing members  so that our sense of community is continued. Hopefully, many of us will be playing on line, finding bridge puzzles and other ways to keep our hand in! Until we meet again, keep healthy and safe.

Best wishes to you all,


Welcome to Sarum Bridge Club (Salisbury)
Online Success

Well done to Sheila Pearson and her partner Helen Cleland for coming 2nd out 50 in the BBO online Wiltshire pairs tournament on Tues 12th May. 

They were first in the E/W section with an average of 61% and receiving a healthy 135 MP's.

Helen is from the Marlborough Club and they have never met.  It was a scratch pairing when they both applied online to enter the tournament.  It seems to have worked out rather well! 

WCBA now hold an 18 Board Pairs Event every Tuesday at 2.00 pm and a 20 Board Swiss Pairs Event on Saturdays at 1.00 pm. From personal experience, I would highly commend them as everyone is very friendly.

They will also be starting a Teams League this month, so if you are interested in participating in any of these events go to for further details.


Paul Wright

News from the Front(on)line - Season 1 Report

Hi All

So the First EBU Lockdown League finished on 20th April and I am happy to report that Sarum Bridge Club triumphed in League 11, securing top spot and promotion to League 10.

The rest of the Team (Nigel, David and Wendy) carried me through, and we were second going into the last match, but managed to secure a 20-0 Victory Point Win. Special plaudits to Wendy and David at their first foray into competitive Teams play.

The second Season commenced this evening and we got off to a great start beating a Bath Team, who on paper were much stronger, 16.46-3.54 VP's.

Above is Board 1 from tonight, How many times do you get a hand Like East's!!!

How would your partnership bid it? I (North) didnt open 2H weak in case we missed a spade fit, but bid them after 2d relay to show partner my weak suit and lead preference. At the other table sequence was much simpler, North opened 2H weak and David Clayton bid what he saw and said 6D, simples.

We did manage a 1 imp gain though as I lead the only card to keep it to 12, the AH.


Keep smiling and keep safe


WCBA Online Pairs

Dear Wiltshire Bridge Player

The first Wiltshire Pairs event took place on Tuesday 21st May and Nigel Lewis and I entered (did okay 55.96% and 7th out of 26 pairs EW). It was a really pleasant experience. The atmosphere was very pleasant and chatty among the players, which is quite different to some online competitions, so I highly commend it.

A reminder of what you need to do:


Your Wiltshire Bridge Committee have been trying to find a way of providing some competitive bridge, and yet where many of your opponents would be known to you.  Private competitions have to be run by a BBO / EBU Director and there are only a handful of these.  We have therefore been lucky enough to find one with a free slot on Tuesday afternoon to run an event for us.

We will be running an 18 board session on a Tuesday afternoon starting at 14.00, on Bridge Base Online (BBO).   It will last about two hours and we have capacity for 40 pairs (although this may be able to be increased).   Entrants will be limited to Wiltshire members and anyone who is a member of a Wiltshire club.  The aim is for these to be friendly and relaxed, but we will be able to provide a ranking list and masterpoints will be awarded.

Players would need to have registered on BBO – there is no cost involved in this.   We can provide help with this if required.   

The charge for each session will be £1.50.  This is not planned to be a profit making venture – but we need to pay the Director and also the EBU for Pay 2 Play.   This money will be collected monthly in arrears, but in entering to play everyone must take responsibility to make these payments promptly when asked, by bank transfer into the WCBA Account.

Our second session will be on Tuesday 28th April at 14.00.   

I do hope you will decide to join us.  If you would like to be included in this venture, even if you are not able to play on the 21st April, the process to register is:

  1. Join BBO and set up your user name (we can help you with this if required)
  1. Send me ( an email with:
  1. Your name
  2. Your BBO user name
  3. Your EBU number 
  4. The club you mainly play in
  5. I will then confirm receipt and tell you what to do on April 21st, if you wish to play.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact any of the sub-committee for this venture:

Gayle Webb                 01985 214102 / 07753 958681

Richard Samter       01225 834703 / 07974 279153

Stuart Bridge                  07969 610635


Sarum Bridge Club provides competitive and friendly duplicate bridge in pleasant surroundings.  It is affiliated to the English Bridge Union and Wiltshire Contract Bridge Association.

Monday evenings are competitive sessions with Master Points awarded. We meet at 1845hrs in readiness for a 1900hrs start.   

Social duplicate bridge takes place on Wednesday evening (except 2nd Wednesday of each month) at 1845hrs and Thursday afternoons at 1445hrs.

We meet in the Reading Room, Stratford Sub Castle, Salisbury, SP1 3LL.  The Reading Room is opposite St Lawrence Church. 

The Reading Room is disabled friendly.

New Members and Visitors are always welcome.  The club has a stewarding system on a Monday and Thursday, which can be viewed on the Website.  If you need a partner it is advisable to check the Website in advance.

For further information about Sarum Bridge Club contact 

Improve Your Declarer Play Online

Hi all,

One useful tool online to help with your Declarer play can be found at

Click on 'Bridge Master'

There are 540 declarer play hands ranging from Beginner to World Class (currently on #280).

Each gives you the bidding (In itself a good learning tool), and then you have to make the contract.

It's effectively teams, so you have to make the contract, overtricks are not important.

If you mess it up or get it wrong, you can redeal often as you want, but if you really can't work it out, click on 'Show Solution' and it will take you through the thought process and play of the cards.


Paul Wright

Sarum Web Administrator




Any member requiring a partner should advertise their availability by using the "find a partner" option on the left hand menu.   This system will supplement and not replace the Club stewarding system.  There will not be a steward available during January.


Best Behaviour at Bridge

A gentle reminder to ensure that every member of our club has an enjoyable evening/afternoon. Even when concentration and pressure take their toll these simple guidelines should be followed:

1.   Greet others in a friendly manner prior to the start of each round.

2.   Be prepared to help new players or players who may not understand bidding sequences you may use.

3.   Give credit when opponents make a good bid or play.

4.   Do not criticise either your partner or opponents at the table.

5.   Ensure that you help make the session an enjoyable time for all - enjoy the company as well as the game! 

Club Honours Board 2019/20

Club Champions -    Georgie Dalton and Sonia Blandy

Mixed Pairs -            Pat Ussher and Mike Osullivan

Club Teams -            Sonia Blandy, Georgie Dalton, Dave Hale and Paul Wright

Handicap Teams -    Breda and Sid Adcock, Andy Tilling and Alan Burroughs

Handicap Pairs -      Nigel Reid and Jill Carlisle

Mens Pairs -             David Clayton and Sid Adcock

Ladies Pairs -           Sue Hands and Jenny Coates

Social Duplicate
Social Duplicate
Social Duplicate
Mon 18th May 2020
7 PM
Director: Terry Hillman
Steward: John Dalton
Wed 20th May 2020
Social Duplicate
7 PM
Director: Paul Wright
Thu 21st May 2020
Social Duplicate
2.45 PM
Director: TBA
Mon 25th May 2020
7 PM
Director: Rachel Pickford
Steward: Sue Hands
Wed 27th May 2020
Social Duplicate
7 PM
Director: Paul Wright