A friendly club for all standards
English Bridge Union
English Bridge Union

The club is affiliated to the EBU.

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Winchester Bridge Club - a section of Winchester Racquets and Fitness

Winchester Bridge Club, part of Winchester Racquets and Fitness in Bereweeke Road, Winchester, welcomes all bridge players, from complete beginner to expert, to play duplicate bridge in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you want to play bridge in Winchester, come and play with us!

Exceptional facilities

Membership of the bridge section of the club (currently £179.00 per annum but please check for updates) includes full use of the club facilities, including the bar and cafe, serving drinks, meals and snacks, tea and coffee. There is also a cheaper online bridge only option (£90.00), which includes use of the club facilities. No table money is payable and members can play as often as they like while their membership is current, without extra charge. Existing members of another section of the club may join and also add bridge membership for just £22.50 extra. 

Current schedule

Face to face club sessions will be held  on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the usual time of 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start. While official COVID restrictions have ceased, if you have a persistent cough or cold, please do not come to the club. We cannot afford to take the risk of spreading infection.

All sessions are scored electronically by Bridgemate with results available soon after the session and shown on this website along with hand records and double-dummy analysis. For online games, we offer hands, double-dummy analysis, and the ability to replay bidding and card play.

Online club Bridge will continue to be available every Monday.

Online play

We are playing online Normally this is twice a week, but currently just on  Mondays, at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start at the latest. Wednesdays may resume subject to demand. We are also glad to welcome guests. Please see our separate post below for more details.

Guests

Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome. For face to face visitors,  there is a guest fee of £3.50 for the evening, and there is a limit of 6 visits per year (between AGMs). Visitors should arrive at 6.30pm. After the third visit it is hoped that the visitor will be ready to apply to join the club if they plan to play regularly. For online visitors the guest fee is £3.00, which must be paid in advance. Online visitors are also limited to 6 visits per year.

We normally have a host available on duplicate evenings so visitors do not need a partner, but you are asked to arrive early and introduce yourself to the Director, so that any formalities can be dealt with before start of play. For enquiries about full membership, contact the membership secretary Margaret Blewett.

Beginners and improvers

Beginners and Improvers courses are offered by one of our members, Margaret Blewett (please contact Margaret  bridgewisembl@gmail.com directly for more information). We also offer Supervised Play membership to introduce players with less club experience of duplicate play, before applying for full membership, at a special introductory rate. There are weekly sessions face to face on Wednesday evenings at the club and online sessions, which include Gentle Duplicate, on Thursday evenings.

For more details please click here.

Gentle duplicate
Gentle duplicate

The club has a thriving beginner membership and welcomes novice players. We have a full schedule for less experienced players, including:

Gentle duplicate face to face. Every Wednesday we are running gentle duplicate sessions which run from 7.00pm (turn up by 6.45pm) until between 9.30 and 10.00pm. These are short sessions with a break, usually 15 boards. These sessions are free to full members or £3.50 for SP members or visitors - pay at reception, visitors limited to 6 times a year. Booking is required

If you are interested in playing, contact Tim Anderson via our contact page.

50th Anniversary Party July 3rd 2023

Cake for our 50th birthday

The club enjoyed its 50th Anniversary on 3rd July 2023 with 60 members and guests, including club founder David Parry who described the early days of the club.

A celebration Teams match was played with 14 tables and we congratulate the winners: Maarten van der Kolk, Jan Whitehouse, Pat Mounsey and John King.

Team winners Maarten, Jan, Pat and John

 

Come and play online
Come and play online

We have set up our dedicated online bridge site which is free to members. The site is at yourbridgeclubonline.co.uk and we are currently playing on Monday evening at 6.45pm for a prompt 7.00pm start. Come and join us!

If you would like to play online bridge but do not know how to get started please contact Tim Anderson for some assistance.

Tim would also welcome comments about how we should go about this so please get in touch.

Check back here for updates.

Bridge Links

English Bridge Union - www.ebu.co.uk
County Bridge - www.bridgewebs.com/hiwcba
County Education Opportunities - www.bridgewebs.com/learninhampshireislewight
Ecats (for Simultaneous Pairs events) - www.ecatsbridge.com

Website

If you have any items of interest for inclusion on our website, or any suggestions for improvement, questions, or problems, please contact the club secretary

Improve your bridge

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, most of us would like to improve our bridge. There are many ways to do so, but the one I want to highlight today is an excellent free online resource for players of any standard.

Bridge Master is actually based on Windows software that came out some 20 years ago, but has now been adapted for the web and will work on any computer, phone or tablet. It consists of 600 tutorial hands (a lot!) graded from Beginner to World Class. Each hand shows the bidding and then lets you try and make your contract. The hands in levels 1 and 2 show some basic bridge points, like keeping communication open between dummy and declarer, when to take a finesse and when to go for the drop, leading up to honours and so on. The hands in level 3 onwards are more challenging and personally I find it takes me two or more tries before I get it right - but hopefully learning something along the way.

A few points to note. These hands are designed on the basis that making your contract is more important than getting overtricks - so not intended for Pairs scoring where overtricks can make a big difference. Go for the safety play if there is one; it will probably be needed.

Second, the hands are not actually fixed. This takes a bit of adjustment. You play a hand and fail to make because E has all the trumps. So you try again, and now W has all the trumps. What's going on?

The answer is that you are being taught to play to a high standard. Your job is to find the best line of play. If you find an inferior line, the cards will turn out to be wrong and you will not make the contract.

All the contracts can be made, though there isn't always a play that will make in all circumstances. For example, if your slam depends on a finesse, you must take the finesse and it will be right. On the other hand, if there is a better play that avoids the finesse, you should do that instead because the finesse will be wrong!

Each hand has a solution which shows exactly what you need to do and why.

It is a lot of fun and quite distracting. For beginners, there are lots of great example hands. For experts, it is a chance to try things like squeezes and elimination plays, in the hope that you might sometimes recognize them when they come up at the table.

Thought for the Month

At the last Committee meeting it was agreed to publish a "Thought for the Month" each month on our website. Here is the first:

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As declarer, we all want the same thing...

not to have to rush the hand. 

If you are on lead, please give declarer that courtesy by making your lead as quickly as possible, before entering the contract in the Bridgemate, writing on your scorecard, etc.

Dummy should go down as soon as the lead is faced.

Be courteous, don’t be a time thief.

AGM

Thursday, 13 June, starting at 6.30 pm.

Please try to attend and please consider joining the committee by contacting Margaret Blewett in advance.

Learn bridge in Winchester

Our club bridge teacher Margaret Blewett is now teaching bridge online, for both absolute Beginners and Improvers. She says: "Easy, friendly, fun and relaxed lessons from your own home, whilst socialising with other members of the class online on Zoom, no experience of using Zoom needed. However inexperienced you are at being online, you’ll really enjoy it!"

For further details please contact Margaret: Email: bridgewisembl@gmail.com Phone: 01962 734797

Results
Gentle Duplicate at the club
Director: Tim
Scorer: Tim
Tuesday Pairs
Director: Elaine
Scorer: Ray
Monday pairs online
Scorer: Tim Anderson
Calendar
30th May 2024
Thursday Pairs
18.45
Large room ONLY
3rd June 2024
Monday pairs online
18.45
Scorer: Tim Anderson
4th June 2024
Tuesday Pairs
18.45
5th June 2024
Gentle Duplicate at the club
Winchester Racquets and Fitness 18.45
Director: Tim
Scorer: Tim
6th June 2024
Teams
18.45
only pre-booked teams of 4
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