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Summertown Bridge Club plays duplicate bridge every Monday in the Maison Française, Norham Road, OX2 6SE. We pride ourselves on our reputation for friendliness, and welcome visitors and prospective new members, including those with relatively little experience of playing duplicate bridge. You can come along either with or without a partner, as our host system means you'll always get a game. We are EBU affiliated, use computer-dealt boards and wireless scoring, and award master points.

There is parking in Maison Française’s own car park and both metered and free parking on the nearby streets.

The club opens at about 7 pm, and players should arrive by 7.15 and be seated by 7.20 for start of play at 7.30.

Bridge Education in Oxford

Oxford Bridge Club runs a comprehensive bridge education programme under the banner of Oxford Bridge School. Courses are available at all levels, from beginners to more experienced players. Further details are on their website.  

Wessex League 2019-20

This is a teams-of-eight competition for Oxfordshire clubs. We have two teams: our "A" team is in Division 2 and our "B" team in Division 3.  For fixtures, results and match reports click on the link on the lefthand side of this page.  We are also participating in a daytime league.

News 2014
Christmas - (nearly) 10 years ago!

Kati di Gleria has recently rediscovered and uploaded an old video of the SBC Christmas party in 2005.   To view it please click on this link.

Children in Need Sim Pairs
Children in Need Sim Pairs

Sue Reynolds won the Christmas cake this year.

Photo courtesy of David Bygott.  

Children in Need Sim Pairs - Monday 10 November
Children in Need Sim Pairs - Monday 10 November
A splendid evening of raffles and fundraising in aid of Children in Need organised by Sara and her team of helpers, to whom many thanks!  We raised £910, and thanks are also due to Maison Francaise who kindly waived the rent this evening. Donations and pledges made to Children in Need are listed on the ECats website here.
Christopher and Erica won,  Chris Dawe & Lorraine were second, and Peter Sherry & Hilde third, all on over 60%.  Well done all.

The hands/travellers are on the club website.  This is the link to the full commentary:

and this is the link to the national results:

Summertown Bridge Seminars 2014

The Club plans to run three Saturday morning seminars on bridge. They are aimed at average club players who want to improve their game. They will run at Oxford Bridge Club, usually 9.30-12.30. Typically there will be an hour and a half of inter-active teaching, a break for coffee and cake, then an hour or so playing set hands to practice what you’ve learned. The cost is only £5.

The three planned seminars are:

September 27: Slam bidding (Steven Bliss). This is a repeat of a successful seminar which Steven ran in April. It will mainly cover assessing when slam may be on; cue bids; and bidding sequences that often go wrong. If there is time and demand it could also cover Roman Key Card Blackwood.

October 25: Planning declarer play (Sandra Nicholson). We all know that as declarer, we should take time to plan the hand at trick 1. But what should the plan cover? Most of us know about counting winners and losers, but the ABCDE method also helps you remember to make use of any information available from the lead and the bidding, and to anticipate and avoid anything that might go wrong.

November 15: Competing against Weak Twos and Multicoloured Two Diamonds opening bids (Krys Kazmierczak). That horrible opponent on my right just opened a weak 2S when I have a perfectly good opening hand. How do I bid now? Competing against Weak Twos and the Multicoloured Two Diamonds isn't easy, but some guidelines and tweaks to your system will help make sure that you and your partner end up in the right contract most of the time.

Steph Bliss and Bridget Watson are coordinating these seminars and taking bookings. If you want to come to the September seminar on slam bidding, please contact Steph (sooner not later, please, as we need to be sure there’s enough demand). For the other two seminars please contact Bridget. 

Start Young!
Start Young!

Bridge benefits arithmetic, logical reasoning, memory, judgement and concentration, so the younger you start the better! 

A new bridge club for juniors is starting in Summertown Church Hall, on the corner of Banbury and Portland Roads, Summertown, OX2 7EZ on Sunday afternoons, from 21st September to 7th December, 2.30  4.30p.m.

All keen juniors, from nine to eighteen years are welcome, from total beginners to the reasonably experienced; £3.00 per head, including refreshments. Tuition will be given, by DRB checked volunteers, in mini-bridge and bidding. 

For further information on junior bridge in the county, visit our website: or  email:

County Pairs heat on Monday 27 October

A list of pairs who have qualified for the semi finals of the County Pairs is available here. Qualification is subject to confirmation by the OBA; those who are successful will be notified by email. 

The semi-finals are due to be held on Sunday 1 February, and the final on Sunday 26 April 2015. 

Summertown Bridge Club Supports Youth Venture!

A new bridge club for juniors is starting on Sunday afternoons from 21 September in Summertown Church Hall. Full details for those interested in attending are provided in the news item above. 

Summertown Bridge Club has generously donated £50.00 towards refreshments. We hope that other clubs and local schools will also support us in our first year. 

For further information please contact Holly Kilpatrick: 01865 512358/07753 672001. 

More sad news

Patsy Luck, a long-time member of Summertown Bridge Club, passed away on Friday 22 August, after a long illness. The funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium on Friday, 5th September at 1.30 pm.  This will be followed by a reception at Pegasus Grange.

Sad News

Sad news about two members of SBC: 

Ewen Moir died on Friday 25th July, at the Churchill Hospital. The funeral will be at the Oxford Crematorium on Thursday 31 July at 3.45 pm.  

Barbara Eyton passed away on Sunday 20th July aged 99, at Yarnton Care Home.  She came to Oxford from the Wirral and her funeral will be held in Chester on 6 August

Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs 18 May 2014

We are delighted to announce that this event raised over £500 for our chosen charity, the Oxford Samaritans.

The results  are available by clicking on the "Results" tab in the left-hand menu.

Thirty six pairs took part in a very enjoyable and friendly event. First prize was won by Peter Litchfield & John Briggs; second prize by Jo Murray & Colin Jones and in third place were Chris & Jane Whelan.

Aleks Lishkov was the highest placed club member in fourth place, playing with non-member Chris Wilson, while Steph & Steven Bliss were close behind in fifth.

Many congratulations to Tom Brus & Christina Hardyment winners of the non-expert prize after a storming first half performance.

Very well done also to Chris Dawe on winning the ascenders' prize, playing with non-member Ian Foote. 

Peter Litchfield & John Briggs, winners of our Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs

You can see more pictures by clicking on "Galleries" on the left.

Wessex League News

Congratulations to the Summertown A team who came second in Division 2, in a very close finish, and who have won promotion to Division 1 next season.  Commiserations to the B team who finished in 8th position in Division 2 and will be playing in Division 3 next year. The C team finished in 7th place in Division 5. See the Wessex league page (link on the left) for all the results and match reports.