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Cancellation of Face-to-Face Bridge

Kent is now in Tier 3 until at least 16 December.  Hence it will not be possible to resume the F2F sessions on Friday afternoons before the end of 2020.

We will provide further updates as and when we are able to restart these sessions, which we hope will be early in the New Year.

Playing Bridge Online with BBO or BCL

Many TWBC members are playing bridge online, usually with either Bridge Base Online or Bridge Club Live.

We are running regular sessions with BBO as a Virtual Club - see elsewhere on the website on how to register with BBO and join these sessions. 

Some of our members are also playing on BCL.  BCL works differently from BBO and some members prefer it.  You can find details on how to register at the BCL website here

Once registered with BCL, you can see other TWBC members who have registered by clicking Members -> Clubs and pressing the TWBC club link on the right hand side.

'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.

Committee Meeting

The minutes of the Committee meeting who met on 18 November are now available to view on the members only section.  The next meeting will take place on  13 January 2021.

We run the following sessions on Bridge Base Online:
Mondays at 7.30pm, Tuesdays at 2pm
 and  Fridays at 2pm,
also gentle bridge sessions on Thursdays at 2pm.  
Sessions are 18-21 boards, and cost 3 US Dollars (4 dollars from 1 Jan 2021), so you will need to have a BB$ account. Note that you can apply for BB$ to top up your balance automatically by a small amount whenever it becomes dangerously low. 
Non-members may play as guests in our club sessions up to four times in a year, after which they will be asked to join the club. 

Directors Rota:
Mon. 30th:   Mike Griffiths (07444 899109
Tue. 1st Dec:  Mike Griffiths (07444 899109)
Thu. 2nd:  John Stobo (01892 548763)
Fri. 3rd
Gerhard Hess (07887 714340)

A full explanation of how to join an event is given below.  If you have not informed the club of your BBO username, but wish to play in our sessions, then to avoid being excluded please click here.  And you can click here to view a list of other players' BBO usernames.

No partner?  Message or call the director, who may be able to suggest a partner or otherwise advise you.  If you remain partnerless, we suggest you log in (select "competitive") before the event starts (tell the director) because whenever we have an odd number of pairs the director will want to fill the two empty seats, and you could be invited in for a free game.  Please also consider volunteering if you are comfortable with this arrangement; it reduces the need to substitute strangers. You may also like to join a WhatsApp group (text your mobile number to 07444 899109 to be included) as a possible way of finding partners. 


To join a Tunbridge Wells club event :

If you intend to play on a battery powered device, we would advise you to ensure that it is fully charged.

1.  Go to at least 10 minutes before the event is due to start (15 -20 minutes if the procedure is new to you).  If you leave it to the last 5 minutes, and encounter a problem, you may miss out.  Call the director if you need help (see rota above for contact numbers).

2.  Select Competitive

3.  Select All Tournaments  

4.   Find the search box (above "entry fee"), enter Tunb and press enter.  If the searching facility does not work, you can still find our event by scrolling down through the list.  The events are in chronological order, so if you know the session is due to start in, say, 10 minutes, expect to find it at 9, 10 or 11 in the start column.

5.  Be sure to identify our event correctly, and click on the event (not on vEBU204441 which is your host's ID).  When prompted, enter your partner's username.  An invitation will be issued (but withdrawn after 20 secs. if not accepted).  If your partner has not yet logged in, just wait.  They will follow the same procedure and invite you. 

6.  As soon as one partner has accepted the other's invitation, your registration will be confirmed; now just wait until the first deal appears on the screen.  Meanwhile you should both ignore any pop-up box that mentions EBU numbers and cancellation. You could click on "entries" to see who has registered, and chat to partner until the session begins.  If you do not initially have any first round opponents, be patient; it will be the director's first priority to fill the empty seats.  Each round has a time limit; unfinished boards will be adjudicated as fairly as possible.  Please be courteous, and ready to start each round promptly.

7.  If you find yourselves excluded when the event begins, the director could bring you into it IF there is a substitute pair.  Contact the director a.s.a.p. quoting your usernames and he/she will include you if it is possible to do so.

Members' online bridge successes

In the Metropolitan Cup (8 home counties) event, the Kent 'A' team (incl. Espen and Helen Erichsen, Croz Croswell and Jon Thoresen) came 2nd, the 'B' team (incl. Diane Rogers and Eddie Lucioni) 3rd, and the 'C' team (incl. Jean Smallwood and Jennie Cain, Frances Connell and Angela Treen ) WON convincingly, with Jean and Jennie leading the X-Imp table.

Congratulations to Ian Draper and Jeremy Willans, who won the 2 Stars Pairs at the EBU Autumn Congress, and whose team have also won the Arnold Cup for the 2019-20 season.  Mike Griffiths, Philip Williams, Robin George and partner  have won the Arnold Plate.

Helen Erichsen played for the EBU team in the Lady Milne.  The English team ran out easy winners, while the EBU team won four of their five matches but were just edged out of second place.

Norman Selway, Jeremy Willans, Ian Draper, Colin Wilson and Gerald Soper played for Kent in the Tollemache qualifier.  Kent came 2nd out of 27 teams, and Norman and his partner Kay were the highest scorers in the whole competition.

Norman Selway has won both the EBU Knockout Teams and the Owl Cup at the KCBA Congress (a family affair!) 

Andy and Anne Lightbody were the leading EW pairs in the NGS-restricted event at the KCBA Congress.

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' 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.