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Welcome to Wakefield Bridge Club
Bridge Club Closed

Wakefield Bridge Club is now closed until further notice. The last game was played on Thursday, which ended 25 years of play at West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club. Play will resume once the coronavirus outbreak has subsided. The venue at Thornes Park will the new location, marking an exciting development for the club. We look forward to seeing you all there as soon as possible. You will be kept informed of developments via the website and email.

Yorkshire League Matches
Yorkshire League Matches

Results for the last Yorkshire League match this year, congratulations to the E Team on winning all of their nine matches and getting promoted.

A Team lost 6 - 14, finished 5th and will stay in Div 2

B Team lost  3 - 17, will be relegated to Div 5

C Team won 11 - 9, will be relegated to Div 7

D Team won 16 - 4, finished 4th and will stay in Div 9

E Team won 13 - 7, finished 2nd and will be promoted to Div 10

For more information about the Yorkshire League go to

Nine out of twelve rounds of the Jim Smillie teams competition have been completed for 2019-20. The link below shows the current standings. If you would like to enter the competition please sign up in the club room.


Jim Smillie Trophy December 19.xlsx

Masterpoints Promotions

The EBU promotions list for December included success for three club members. Christine Archbell has achieved County Master, Christine Daley has achieved Area Master and Naomi Coulson has become a Club Master. Well done to all three!

Success for former member Alex Hydes
Success for former member Alex Hydes

Wakefield has had a number of members who have gone on to achieve great success and one of those is Alex Hydes. He started coming to Wakefield Bridge Club with his dad when he was 9 or 10. Long-serving members recalled how, when his dad was declarer and he was dummy, he would sit and read his comic. He has come a long way since then and is now one of the country's leading players. He was recently successful in the EBU European Open trials as shown in the link below.






Wakefield Bridge Club

Wakefield Bridge Club is based at the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club, Sandal Hall Close, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6ER. The club was founded in November 1953 and now has almost 200 members. 

The club has ample parking and a fully licensed bar.  Although we play in an upstairs room disability is no handicap to playing - there is a stair lift, and table movements can readily accommodate the less mobile.

The Secretary is Stephen Hanslip.  Please contact him on 01924-220863 or 0781 555 3130 - or at

The club subscribes on members' behalf to Pianola, an online tool which helps you review your performance, analyse where you went wrong - and see how you can do things better in future.  If you have accepted the invitation from the club to join, just click the button below to log in to Pianola.  If you would like another invitation simply email or phone the Secretary.

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Looking to start playing bridge....?

Newcomer to the game, intrigued by what you have heard or seen?

Returning to the game, after a long time away?

Able to play, but no partner - not sure how to find one?

We may have the answer - just call the Secretary Stephen Hanslip on 0781 555 3130, or email him at

All you have to do is make that first step - we'll take it from there.  

Our Playing Sessions
Our Playing Sessions

Our playing sessions have now settled down into a regular pattern, and although we can't claim to offer something for everybody there is a reasonable mix.....

Monday Morning - Guided Play -  The emphasis is on playing the game, but at a gentle pace that will help build confidence and experience.  These sessions aim to ease the transition from lessons to play, and experienced players are always on hand to offer support to newcomers and returners to the game.  Advice can be given during the play itself, and nobody need feel out of their depth.  It's helpful if you can come with a partner, but with plenty of club hosts on hand you are guaranteed a partner - and you can usually chooose between sombody of your own standard, or an experienced club member. 

This is perhaps the most popular route in to the club; we see new players on a regular basis, and everybody is welcome.  And if you just want to turn up and watch for a while, and talk about the game with an established player, that's fine too.

Once you feel ready to launch out into something a little more demanding, why not try the Lighter Bridge sessions on Tuesday evening? 

Tuesday Evening - Lighter Bridge - The relaxed evening sessions see us play at a (very) slightly slower pace than on Monday and Thursday evenings, and with only 18 - 21 boards we will complete the session by 10 pm.  Club hosts are always on hand, so you are guaranteed a partner for the evening, and for those who want it there is plenty of help and advice available - once the hand has been played!  All players receive credits towards their National Grading Scheme scores, and there are  EBU Master Points for the winners and runners-up.  This session is proving increasingly popular - we now regularly have 12, 13 or more tables.

Monday and Thursday evenings - These have a more competitive atmosphere, and the beginner would find them quite testing.  Club hosts are available on an occasional basis (especially Thursdays), but if you don't have a partner please check with the Secretary before attending.  Our normal mode of play is Pairs, but we also have regular monthly Teams events.  These are shown on the Calendar, but if you are planning on joining us at one of those evenings, again, please check with the Secretary first.  From time to time we also have other Teams events, and an occasional Swiss Pairs event. 

Need to know:

Please try to be in the playing room at least 10 or 15 minutes before the advertised start of play.  Results are always available immediately at the end of play. 

A visitor's first session is free, and the next three sessions - up to an overall limit of four - cost table money + 50p.  Before the fourth session is reached visitors may be invited to apply for membership of the club.

Monday morning - start 09.30; finish before 12.30; table money £2.

Tuesday evening - start 19.00, finish by 22.00; table money £2.

Monday and Thursday evenings - start 19.00, finish about 22.30; table money £2.50

Membership 2019 - 2020: £35 per annum (and pro rata for those joining during the year).

The Calendar....

The Calendar shows the first three dates only.... please click the Calendar tab on the left of this page for the full list of forthcoming events.


Tuesday Evening Pairs
Director: Peter Wallace
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
Monday No Fears
Director: Danny
Scorer: Sheelagh
Monday Evening Pairs
Director: David Redfearn
Scorer: Stephen Hanslip
30th Mar 2020
EBU BBO Teams Event
Online 6 pm