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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 2015
Children in Need Sim Pairs - Monday 9 November
Children in Need Sim Pairs - Monday 9 November

Summertown raised £870 for Children in Need. Thanks go to our generous members and also to Maison Francaise for waiving the rent for this event. We held a raffle and also a raffle for a Christmas cake which is pictured below. 


The winners of the Sim Pairs were Tom Brus & Christina Hardyment, with 64.7%, over 5% ahead of the nearest pair, so very well done to them! Second were Cliff & Moira Pavelin with 59.84%, closely followed in third place by Rob Dixon & Irina Woods with 59.5%. 


National Sims results are available on the ECats website at:

and the commentary is at:

Details of donations and pledges made to Children in Need via ECats can be seen here.


Holly won the cake this year. 

Saturday morning seminar

This year’s final seminar, led by Steven Bliss, will be on Saturday November 28th. The subject is Planning the defence – deciding how best to defend when you have assessed the bidding, dummy, partner’s lead and declarer’s early play. It will cover both no-trump and suit contracts. As usual the session will be at Oxford Bridge Club, starting at 9.30 and finishing about 12.30, with coffee and cakes in the middle and some practice hands to play after coffee. The cost is £5 payable on the day. Contact Steph Bliss to book your place. 

Summertown BC donation to Footsteps
We have now been able to finalise the accounts for our Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs held in May, and are very pleased to announce that a total of £386.32 was raised for the benefit of our chosen charity this year, the Footsteps Foundation. For more information about Footsteps, please visit:
SBC Blue Pointed Swiss Pairs


Our Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs event ran well today Sunday 17 May with 17 tables.

We were successful in raising over £300 for the Oxfordshire-based charity Footsteps, which supports children and young adults with cerebral palsy and similar conditions. The exact figure will be published as soon as we have been able to finalise it.

The overall event winners were Mike Wenble & Hugh Thomson with 89 VPs.
In joint second were Jo Murray & Colin Jones and Ron Quainton & Clive Keep.

Winners of the non-expert prize were Christina Hardyment & Tom Brus.

The Ascenders' Prize was won by Abbey Smith & Jennifer Melliss.

Well done to them all.

Many thanks to Rob Dixon for his expert directing and scoring.

Huge thanks to Sandra Nicholson for a long and sustained period of organisation, and our gratitude also goes to all the other club members who helped in various ways.

Full results can be found by clicking on the Results button in the menu on the left.


Overall winners Hugh Thomson & Mike Wenble with Club Chairman Erica Sheppard.

Winners of the non-expert prize Christina Hardyment & Tom Brus with Club Chairman Erica Sheppard.

Winners of the ascenders' prize Abbey Smith & Jennifer Melliss with Club Chairman Erica Sheppard.

Summertown Bridge Seminars 2015

We are running another series of Saturday morning bridge seminars starting at the end of April. Here are the details:

These seminars are open to all Summertown members and are designed to help normal club players improve their game. Each seminar will be on Saturday morning, 9.30-12.30, at Oxford Bridge Club. The format is about an hour and a half of informal tuition led by Steven Bliss (which will include some quizzes and plenty of time for questions), a break for coffee and cakes, and then about an hour’s practice with set hands. There will be hand-outs of the main material covered at the end.

Each seminar costs £5, payable in advance to Steph Bliss (cash or cheque to Summertown Bridge Club). We may run further seminars in the autumn if there is the demand for them.

25 April: Declarer play – Making more tricks in suit contracts. This seminar explores some ways to make more tricks, or play more safely, when you have a lot of trumps

30 May: Defence - Opening leads  against NT contracts and suit contracts. This seminar is not just about the ‘standard’ leads but about listening to the bidding and leading accordingly; also when to make a passive lead and when a more risky lead.

27 June: Declarer play – Playing with the odds. This seminar is about how to give yourself the best chance by understanding the probabilities of different lines of play. You don’t need to be a mathematician!

Wessex League News

The last Wessex League match has now been played and thanks to Steven Bliss, Holly Kilpatrick and Roger Heath-Brown who have run the A, B and C Teams this year. After 3 years at the helm, Roger has handed over the reins of the C Team to Ann Lee.   Next season the A Team will be in Division 2, the B Team in Division 3 and the C Team will remain in Division 5, although they came a very respectable third this season so, watch this space. The A Team did surprisingly well in some of their matches but were just squeezed down a division in the final table; Likewise the B Team came 5th by a fraction, just pipped out of 4th place by Blewbury.

Details of the results and match reports can be seen on the Wessex League page - see the left-hand menu.  

Krishan Jalie

We are sorry to hear the sad news that Krishan Jalie passed away this week, following a long illness.  He had become a regular attender at Summertown and was always willing to help us with directing when necessary. We will miss his calm and friendly nature, and our sincere condolences go to Deirdre at this sad time.

The funeral will take place on Thursday 26th March: 1 pm at St Peters Church, Wolvercote.  Refreshments afterwards in the new St Peters Church Hall.