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:
(**) look for confirmation after 10am on the day before the event.
This list has been updated for the period Nov 29 to Dec 2

M aft:  Supervised pairs in club 1.30;  pairs online (BBO) 2.00
M eve:   Pairs in club 7.30.
Tu aft:   Pairs in club 1.30.

Tu eve (**):  Teams or pairs in club 7.30 (playing, expect 6 or more pairs)
W aft (**):  Pairs in club 1.30 (need more entries to run this session)
W eve:  Diane's friendly session in club 7.30
Th aft:  1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays gentle pairs in club 1.00. 

Th eve:  Pairs online (BBO) 7.30
F morn:  Chicago sessions now running, 9.45 - 11.45 am 
F aft:  Pairs in club 1.30; 
F eve:  Gentle pairs in club 7.00 in weeks when no Th aft. gentle.

Other F eves:  Gentle pairs online (RealBridge) 7.30 
F eve (**):  Teams or pairs in club 7.30 


Please help us to predict numbers by informing us in advance (specifically, by 9am 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 second Covid vaccination 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. 
 - We may check your temperature and enquire about your health before you enter. 
 - Note that masks must be worn when moving around, although not at the bridge table or when drinking in the bar.
Christmas Party

We are arranging a Christmas Party for the afternoon of Friday 17th December which will include a Two Course Buffet Meal followed by a duplicate bridge session.

The Bar will be open from 12 noon and the meal will start promptly at 12.30 to allow for the bridge session to commence at the usual time of 1.30pm.  There will be no “Bridge Only” option and special dietary arrangements can be catered for.

The cost will be £17 per person and, as the numbers are limited to 18 tables, tickets will need to be purchased in order to secure your place.

Tickets will be available from Rosemary in person at the Club using cash, cheque or card.  Alternatively, payment can be made by bank transfer using the following bank details – sort code 20-88-13 and account number 10903280 (Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club) with your name and “Party” as the reference.

There will be a list on the noticeboard in the club for members to indicate their interest but please note that places will only be guaranteed once the tickets have been purchased for both player and partner.

A list of tickets purchased will be maintained in order of date of purchase.

Bridge Classes by Stephen Pierce in 2021

We are provisionally scheduling a programme of bridge classes and supervised practice sessions by Stephen Pierce in the latter part of 2021 and into the new year of 2022.  These will take place in the Club.  Details are below.

Please note that if Government restrictions are reimposed the courses may not take place on the dates shown.

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New courses starting throughout the year

A range of courses for complete beginners, improvers, bridge returners and social players who wish to master duplicate bridge.

Starting October 2021 or later

Introduction to Bridge - 10am-4.15pm Sunday 24 October 2021

Complete Beginners - To be advised

Beginners The Next Step - Monday 7.45-9.45pm March 2022

Beginners The Next Step - Thursday 10-12am March 2022

Intermediate - To be advised

Improve Your Competitive Bidding - Thursday 10-12am January 2022

Bid Better Slams - Monday 10-12am February 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.

Tuesday afternoon

We regret that we have been unable to recover the results for our Tuesday afternoon duplicate.  We apologise for the hitch and will recompense each player with a voucher for another session.

Committee Meeting

 The minutes of the Committee meeting on 10 November can be viewed in the members only section, and the next Committee meeting will be held on 15 December.

Kent Pairs Championship - Larsky Cup

The KCBA have decreed that, subject to both players being primary Kent members, any pair who score 50% or more in any of our duplicate sessions during the weeks commencing 15 November, 6 December and 10 January will be invited to participate in a semi-final of the Larsky Cup.  You are allowed multiple tries!

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.

Friday morning Chicago has restarted

We are pleased to report that Lene and Angela, now joined by Denise Baxter, are now running Chicago sessions on Friday mornings. They play from 9.45 am to 11.45. You are welcome to come along without a partner.

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 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' online bridge successes

Congratulations to the five club members who helped Kent win the Metropolitan Cup ('A' division):  Norman Selway, Ian Draper, Jeremy Willans, Jon Thoresen and Croz Croswell.  Also to Frances Connell and Angela Treen who played in the 'C' team that came 2nd in their division.

Also to Philip Williams and Mike Griffiths, 4th (out of 98) in the Middlesex green-pointed Swiss Pairs

Many congratulations to Norman Selway, winner of the Phillimore Cup, the  London Metropolitan Swiss Pairs, the Hubert Phillips Bowlthe EBU Online Knockout, the Dyer Smith Cup (Kent mixed pairs), and the Swiss pairs at the Kent Congress.   Mark Mortimer and Angela Treen came 5th in the Swiss Pairs. Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner came 2nd in the Dyer Smith.  Jennie Cain and Jean Smallwood were 3rd pair at the Kent Congress.