About the Club
About the Club

We are a large friendly bridge club with over 500 members.  We aim to cater for all standards of players, from beginners to internationals.  Whatever your experience, we have a session to suit you, and visitors are always welcome. 

Duplicate sessions are held on weekdays at the Club House, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL.   Contact us on 01892-530739 or by email to tunbridgewellsbc@gmail.com.

In our large and comfortable premises we normally offer refreshments and bar facilities.  We host County and other events, and we are affiliated to the EBU.

Please also refer to Information and Weekly Timetable on LHS.  The latest position on our regular sessions is explained below.

Schedule of bridge sessions

The following sessions WILL be run, unless stated otherwise:
Running the sessions marked (**) depends on numbers, and we strongly encourage you to add your names to the list via the "TELL US" tab if you would like to play, as this makes it more likely that the session will run.   However, please tell us (or re-enter adding the word "cancelled") if you subsequently have to withdraw.
This list has been updated for May 23 to 27

M aft (**):  Gentle pairs in club 1.30 (running)
M aft:  pairs online (BBO) 2.00 (running)
M eve:   Pairs in club 7.15 (running)
Tu aft:   Pairs in club 1.30 (running)

Tu eve (**):  Pairs or Teams in club 7.30 (running, but 5 pairs so seeking at least one more)
W aft (**):  Pairs in club 1.30 (running)
(after which Helen will hold a short Q&A session)

W eve:  Diane's friendly session in club 7.30 (running)
Th aft:  1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays gentle pairs in club 1.00 (not this week)

Th eve:  Pairs online (BBO) 7.30 (running)
F morn:  Chicago 9.45 - 11.45 am (running)
F aft:  Pairs in club 1.30 (running)
F eve:  Gentle pairs in club 7.00 in weeks when no Th aft. gentle.(running)
Other F eves:  Gentle pairs online (RealBridge) 7.30 (not this week)
F eve (**):  Teams or pairs in club 7.30 
(need more pairs)
Please help us to predict numbers by informing us in advance (specifically, by 10am on the previous day), via the "TELL US" tab on the LHS, if you hope to play in a particular session - even if you have no partner.  

If a session is running, you are welcome to come whether you have told us of your intention or not - but please read the health warning below. 

CoVid and and other infectious Illnesses:

 - We ask that you come to the club only if you have received a full course of Covid vaccinations including a booster at least two weeks before.
 - CoVid is not the only infectious illness where minimising transmission to a vulnerable group is essential. 
 - Please stay away if you are unwell. 
 
Bridge Classes by Stephen Pierce in 2022

We are scheduling a programme of bridge classes by Stephen Pierce.  These will take place in the Club.  Details are below.

 

New courses starting throughout the year

A range of courses for complete beginners, improvers, bridge returners and social players who wish to improve their bridge results.

Starting April 2022 or later

Introduction to Bridge - 10am-4.15pm Saturday 23 April 2022

Introduction to Bridge - 10am-4.15pm Sunday 12 June 2022
 

Complete Beginners - Monday 1.15-3.15pm September 2022

Complete Beginners - Thursday 7.45-9.45pm September 2022

Beginners The Next Step - Monday 10-12am April 2022

Intermediate - Monday 7.45-9.45pm September 2022

Intermediate - Monday 10-12am September 2022

Intermediate - Thursday 10-12am September 2022

Tel:- 07973 207218    E-mail:- spchair@hotmail.com

Website. www.bridgeforfun.org. uk

'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition
'Bridge with Angela' 5th edition

 

Angela Tompson has updated her guide for students and improvers;  this is the fifth edition following upon the success of the earlier versions. The basics are unchanged but Angela has taken the opportunity to include further conventions currently and commonly played, including Benjaminised Acol, commonly known as "Benji".

This book commences with the very basics of bridge and goes on to describe the essential elements of bidding.  Guidance on play of the cards and defence is included followed by explanations of conventions commonly played.

 

The price is £7.95 and it can be purchased at the club bar or phone Angela on 01892 526716.

Honours Boards
Honours Boards

 

 

 

The Honours Boards for recent years can be viewed as full-size images by going to the relevant item on the left-hand menu.  There you can see the winners of all cups and trophies awarded in Club Competitions for Pairs and for Teams during that year.  They also show the winners of individual trophies in the year.

Summer Parties

You will be pleased to know that the lists for the Summer parties are now on the noticeboard. Please come along and add your name and that of your partner. There will be a two course buffet meal followed by a duplicate bridge session. The cost will be £18 per player. The afternoon party will be on Tuesday 7 June when the bar will be open from 12pm and the buffet starting from 12.30pm which will allow the bridge session to commence at 1.30pm. The evening party will be on Monday 13 June with the bar open from 6pm and the buffet at 6.30pm followed by the bridge session at 7.30pm. Come along and join in the party!

 

Jubilee celebration 2nd and 3rd June

We are pleased to confirm that the Thursday and Friday afternoon duplicate sessions will be run as usual, and that in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee a free drink and cake will be provided.

Covid update - please check this space regularly

Please tell us if you test positive for Covid, as we will use this space to warn other members who have played in the same sessions.   One of our members who played at the club on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th April has tested positive for Covid, but none since.  Please do not come to the club unless you are confident you are clear.

The club now asks you to don masks only when  crowding.

Brian Waters

We have been advised that the funeral of Brian Waters will be held at 11.30am on Tuesday 24 May at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium.

 

 

Interesting hands

We are pleased to announce that Brian Lippard has recommenced his series on interesting hands, taken from recent play.  Please scroll down webpage to view (central column).

Committee Meeting

The Committee meeting minutes of 27 April can be viewed in the members only section. The next Committee meeting will take place on 18 May 2022.

 

Bridge classes with Chris Morgan Nov 2021

Chris Morgan is running a 20 week "Advanced Intermediate" bridge course on Wednesday mornings in the club from 10am to 12.  The course is designed for club players who are keen to improve their bridge, and can be joined now or in January.  For details please click on Chris Morgan bridge course.

Members' Contact Details

A list of members' telephone numbers and e-mail addresses is held within a private area of this website, in accordance with the Club's Privacy Policy.  Members who wish to contact other members can do so by clicking on Members Only above, and logging in.   The Club's Privacy Policy can be viewed within "Information" in the menu on the left.

Playing Bridge Online with BBO, RealBridge and BCL

TWBC runs regular duplicate sessions on BBO.  For full information please click on the tab in the LH menu. For a list of BBO usernames.pdf click here. 

On RealBridge you can play with video and audio.  You can find information on their website here.  For details of forthcoming TWBC sessions and how to join a session see the menu on the left. 

Some of our members play on BCL.  You can find details on how to register at the BCL website here.  Once registered, you can see other TWBC members who have registered by clicking Members -> Clubs and pressing the TWBC club link on the R H side. 

New Rules of the Club

The new Rules of the Club, as adopted at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 4 March 2020, are now available under "Information" in the left-hand menu.

Members' county and national bridge successes

Congratulations to Peter Bibb, Paul Beckenham, Nick Osler and Charles Mocatta who have won the Arnold Plate.

Also to Gerald Soper and Frances Connell, who won the Larsky Cup, and to Jennie Cain who came third.

Also to our own team of eight who have won the right to represent Kent in the Garden Cities Trophy this year.  They are:  Jeremy Willans and Ian Draper, Espen and Helen Erichsen, James Lee and Ravi Athwal, Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper.

Also to Angela Treen and Frances Connell who won the Fleming Femina, and to Jeremy Willans who won the Hunter Homines, with Ian Draper third.

Covid unfortunately prevented Helen Erichsen from taking the place she earned in the English team for the Lady Milne (home international event). 

However Tom Gardner played in the EBU team in the Junior Camrose (U26).

Members' club successes

Congratulations to Jean Smallwood, Richard Clark, William Bourne and Richard Penticost who won the Pivot Teams.

Also to Gary Rogerson and Jim Wortley, who won the Chairman's Cup.

Also to the winners of the first round of mini ladders:  Mon. eve. Mike Bryant,  Tue. aft. Eamonn Cournane,  Wed. aft. Brian Lippard, Fri. aft. David Greene, Dianes's Friendly - David Swift.

Also to Odette Bibb and Jean van Beek, Richard Clark and Eddie Lucioni, winners of the Warner Cup and Putt Cup respectively.

Also to David Keith and Mike Bryant who won the Abergavenny Cup.

Also to Diane Rogers, Jean Paxton, Angela Treen and Mark Mortimer who won the Podmore Cup