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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 and rubber sessions are held on weekdays at the Club House, 40 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1DL.  01892-530739.

In our large and comfortable premises we also offer refreshments and bar facilities.  We host many Kent County events and Charity Bridge Days, and we are affiliated to the EBU.

To view a summary of all regular weekly sessions we offer, including the type of player each one is suited to, please see the Weekly Timetable on the left.

To see all Results, including a personal analysis for the sessions you've played in, plus a full Calendar of Future Events, please use the menu on the left.  A link to the Latest Result can also be found on the top right of this page.

To find out more, whether about future events, our regular sessions or the bridge lessons we offer, or simply to contact the club, please click here.

Bridge Classes
Bridge Classes

We offer a full programme of bridge classes and supervised practice sessions - for both beginners and those wanting to improve their skills.  For more details of our classroom teaching by Stephen Pierce and Chris Morgan, see the Menu on the left.  If you'd like to discuss which courses or sessions may suit you best, please email us or phone us.

To complement the classes and practice sessions, we can also supply a popular book by local bridge teacher Angela Tompson, details of which are shown below.

'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 15 July are now available to view on the members only section.  The next meeting will take place on  23 September 2020.

TWBC Events with Bridge Base Online


We run duplicate sessions on Bridge Base Online on Mondays at 7.30pm, Tuesdays at 2pm  and  Fridays at 2pm, also gentle bridge  sessions on Thursdays at 2pm (eligibility broadly restricted to grades 2 - 7 on NGS + 'gentle' directors).  Most sessions are of 18 boards, except Mondays (20-21).  All sessions cost 3 US Dollars for which you will need to set up your own personal account within BBO.  You can do this by selecting "BB$" from their top right menu. 

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.  

If you have difficulty in finding partners, you may like to join a WhatsApp group (text your mobile number to 07444 899109 to be included);  also, BBO provide a partnership desk to facilitate partner finding 5 - 15 minutes before the session starts:  log in, and follow the procedure below to find our session.  Click on it, and then on "partnership desk" in the top menu. If any members are already waiting, you have the option of inviting one to play. Alternatively, click "I will pay for myself" and hope that someone else will invite you.   5 minutes to go, and still unlucky?  Stay in the competitive area, and message (to vEBU204441) or call the director to say you are available.   (Do this also if you have volunteered as reserve for this session).  Then wait and hope there is a half table (50% chance), in which case the director should bring you in very soon after the event has started running.  

These sessions are nominally exclusive to TWBC members, though on occasion a single non-member pair or a pair of robots may be invited in to avoid a sitout.  Members who already play on-line are asked to encourage other TWBC members to join.  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.  Help will be available for those who are new to on-line bridge.  Please take part to make this viable for the Club.


To get a BBO account if you don't already have one

Go to and click Play bridge now.

The following fields should be completed

  1. User name: This must be unique and it would be useful if others can recognize you. (eg 'JoeSmith' might be taken but JJoeSmith will probably be ok)
  2. Password/Confirm Password: Up to 10 characters. The rules here are not very strict so you can choose one which is easy to remember.
  3. Email Address: An activation email will be sent to this address so it needs to be available to you when you finish this process.
  4. Real Name: Optional but could be useful
  5. ABCL Number: leave blank
  6. Skill/Level: "Expert" is someone who has won a national event so work your way down from that.
  7. Country: England
  8. Agree to the terms of service

When you receive the activation email you should confirm your registration and now you are ready to start playing on BBO.


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.  If you need to contact the director, call them on 07720 706736 (Angela TreenMon. 10th, 07958 707418 (Brian Forty, Tue. 11th), 07958 979534 (Chris Hunt, Thu.13th) or 07736 241156 (David Appleton, Fri.14th).  Call Chris before noon if you want help finding a partner for Thursday.

On logging in, you will see (momentarily) a yellow box bottom right giving a note of your BB$ balance.  Top up if you need to.  Note:  one partner may pay for both.  In the longer term, note that you can apply for BB$ to top up your balance automatically by a small amount whenever your balance falls below a chosen amount.

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 inadvertently register for two concurrent tournaments, please deregister from one of them:  click on the tournament name, and you will be given the chance to cancel your registration.

8.  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. (details: paragraph 1) quoting your usernames and he/she will include you if it is possible to do so.

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.