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Recent successes

Congratulations to Maureen Ledger and Geoffrey Herbert who won the Mixed Pairs event at the Overseas Congress in Sicily, heading a strong field of 46 pairs! At the time of writing, Maureen and Geoffrey, pairing up with Jimmy and Dodo Georgevic, are well placed in third in the Swiss Teams event.

Welcome to Worcester Bridge Club

  Happy New Year to all WBC members and visitors!  

TUE 7th Jan: First Hallow session in the New Year - please note that we are looking for host-volunteers from 21st Jan onwards

WED 8th Jan: First Claines session in the New Year; Try-Duplicate is ON!

Please note that WED 15th Jan is a Teams event - we have a host pair, but do let us know of your plans or tell us if you are looking for team--mates


Christmas Party Claines 2019
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We had 13 tables in play at our Party; ably hosted by Jimmy as ever, and plentiful delicious food from Freda - many thanks!

The Main Section was won (for the second consecutive year!) by Sue and Dennis, by a very large margin! The Try-Duplicate was quite different, with four of the six players in close contention. Congratulations to Diane and Jane, who won it, and also to Neil and Gay who are confirmed as our Try-Duplicate champions of 2019!

Lots of pics below!

Cake Reloaded
Cake Reloaded

Tuesday 12th November saw the Anniversary cake making a come-back, almost restored to its former glory!

(Spot the difference - compare with the other pictures below!)


On Wednesday 6th November, we celebrated 30 years of Worcester Bridge Club; 17 tables were in play, including four players who were present on the first session on 1st November 1989: (Neil Humphries, Lyn Jackson, Sue Evans and Dennis Loynes).

Congratulations to Nick and Dennis who won the main section pairs event, by just one match-point! And to Gay and Neil who won the Try-Duplicate event.

Lots of pictures of the cake and prize winners here.


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The French in Worcester!
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The first full visit of our French Exchange partners from Romorantin was a great success; there were three full Bridge sessions (Monday at WCBA night, Tuesday at Hallow and Wednesday at Claines RBL), with excellent results for the visitors, as well as plenty of good food, bubbly and cakes! The President also played at Bromsgrove BC on Tue evening, with Steve Garry, the originator of the Exchange link, and with Mike at the Barnt Green Cafe Bridge event!

On the extra-curricular side, we had various meals at Janette/Peter/Mike's houses, as well as traditional pub fare at The King's Arms in Ombersley and afternoon tea and scones at Brockencote Manor, after an excellent guided tour of Harvington Hall.  Photos above of all these activities!

CAFE BRIDGE - Results Update...
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Putting those last scores in quickly was risky... All other travellers had been double-checked...  However an error scoring bd 20 changed a few things: John and Ian up a bit, and that three-way tie for the 50% prize was transformed: Roland and Tim hit 50% on the nose!  Congratulations to Rosie and Sue who clinched their win in the last round!

Thanks to everyone for all that dashing back and forth! And for your generous donations: the charity total was £191 for Acorns Hospice.

Next WBC Cafe Bridge is likely to be the (single-cafe) Christmas event: details will be avvailable soon, and you will all get emails!


We have decided to begin a programme of replacing our tables at Claines in rotation: the current ones are in remarkably good shape given that they are 18 years old, but we will be buying 8 new tables per year for the next three years. Three already taken!!

Club members may like to buy the ones that we take out of service for £10 each, especially if you hold teams matches at your homes. Please contact Mike if interested.

WBC in Romorantin, France!
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1st WBC visit to Romorantin: PRESS!

See HERE for coverage of our visit (with the predictable "bridge" pun) in "Nouvelle République"

-we're back!

-we played three sessions of Bridge (French-style) so far (Tue evening, Thur afternoon and Fri afternoon)

-we visited Chenonceau in the rain, and had a "visite des caves" to Vouvray on Wed

-visite guidée de Romorantin on Thursday am - the sun returned!

-we ate "cuisine chinoise" on Friday evening

See pics above...


Pics from the October 2018 event can be found here; a VIDEO greeting from M Gillier can be viewed here.

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Club's Annual General Meeting was held on Wed 20th February;

Notably, Andy Cullen was elected to Honorary Life Member status, in recognition of many years of excellent servie to the Club, from its foundation in 1989.

Votes of thanks were recorded to many helpers and contributors, especially to Dick on his five years of outstanding work as Hon Treasurer.

Lots of PHOTOS will appear here very soon.


2019 AGM05 David and Mike won Mens Pairs
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2019AGM09 Jane And Marian won the Ladies Pairs
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2019AGM03 Lynn Won The Individual
2019AGM06 Mark and Jane won The Pairs PlayOff
2019AGM08 Andy Cullen Was Elected A Life Member
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Tip of the Week!

Earlier tips now added to the tips archive list, on the left-hand menu... Below are Tips EIGHT and NINE...

WEEK EIGHT: (and a New Year's Resolution for 2019?)

Be NICE to your partner!

Some players are scrupulously polite to their opponents (see Tip Three) but not so friendly to their partner - especially when partner is (or seems to be) making mistakes!

Firstly, if partner slips up, they're probably well aware of this but don't need to have it pointed out to them.

Secondly, if they don't know what they did wrong, you're probably not going to teach/improve them between now and the next hand; the next hand will have its own difficulties, and they (and you!) need their wits about them trying to get the next one right! 

Thirdly, maybe they did the right thing, or had good reasons for doing what they did, but are too polite (!) to answer back!

Finally: it is not pleasant for your table guests to witness! It's only a game!

WEEK NINE: Teams Tactics - Thank to Jimmy for presenting this on Wed 16th January.

In most sessions we are playing for "Match-Points" in Pairs, and we know the value of making that overtrick or making 3NT + 1 (+430) rather than 4S (+420)

In Teams, most of the "IMPs" come from bigger hands (games/slams) where making or not making contract is worth +/-10 or 13 IMPs, whereas an overtrick may be worth 1 IMP or even nothing.

And even in Part-score, making/not making is generally worth +/-5 or 6 IMPs, and these add up!

SO: 1) as declarer, concentrate on making the number of tricks needed to make your contract, and only go for overtricks if that does not risk the contract. Look for safety plays, so you make EVEN when the finesse is offside.

2) As defenders, be prepared to take a risk, which may lead to overtricks if it goes wrong, if it's the only way to beat the contract - maybe underlead your ace (to get to partner's presumed King, so they can give you a ruff.

3) Take MORE risks (bidding THIN games) when RED (vulnerable) than when GREEN: the maths are in your favour - it pays in the long run because the return is approximately 2 to 1, whereas when GREEN it is close to EVENS.

For more detail on this, see this link



Photos are here - many thanks to Maureen for her organisation, and to Freda and team for the fantastic food!

Next Robson date: Fri 16th October 2020!

Privacy and Data Protection

Many thanks to all who have completed GDPR forms; we now have nearly all members' forms completed now. Trish won the prize for the first completed one!

What GDPR means for you is summarised on WBC Privacy Policy Summary which you can find here, and our full policy can be viewed here.

If you have not yet completed a form, you can download the  blank PDF from here; First SAVE the PDF to your desktop, then RE-OPEN it, tick the boxes and fill in the details. Then email back to Mike (

Roger Bowles Bridge Library

Members might like to know more about the Roger Bowles Bridge Library.

After Roger's tragic death in Dec 2015, his widow donated his extensive collection of Bridge books to us; it was agreed that these should be managed by the County Bridge Association, and they are stored by Martin Gill.  The full list of some 125 titles (both educational and humorous) can be found here, along with Martin Gill's contact details.

We have a small "taster" selection at Claines for people to see, and books can also be booked out from there, using the notebook to record borrowing and return.

Get reading!!

New to Worcester? New to Bridge? Just Visiting?...

♠ If you are looking for a game of Duplicate Bridge, we would like to think you have come to the right place... 

 Just click HERE for details on how to start playing at Worcester Bridge  Club!♣  smiley

Daytime Bridge - UP and Running!
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Our first Daytime Bridge session took place on Tuesday 20th June, with six full tables, and plenty of laughs and cakes! A fine win for Grahame and Tony... Session Two saw hosts Denn and Sue outscore Grahame and Tony; and another six and a half tables!

Next week, same time same place: HALLOW Parish Hall, starting at 1pm; please be there for 12-45pm, but bring table money! (£3.00 members, £4.00guests - but you can join on the spot for £5-00!)  Do bring friends and guests - we will always have a host! 

To ensure that we can be as welcoming as possible, we still need offers of HOSTING; and if you cannot help in any other way, why not offer to bring along a home-made cake or tray bake?

Full calendar, results, rotas and venue details are available on this site: look for the DAYTIME menu to get started!

Welcome to Worcester Bridge Club

We play:

at Royal British Legion Club, Cornmeadow Lane, Claines, WR3 7PL, every Wednesday

Start time 7.15 for 7.30.   

and at Hallow Parish Hall, Hallow Worcester, WR2 6PE, every Tuesday;

Start time 12-50pm for 1pm.

Visitors welcome, and host system in operation, for both venues

Welcome to Worcester Bridge Club
Try-Duplicate and Intermediate Bridge
Try-Duplicate and Intermediate Bridge

Our Intermediate Bridge sessions were to some extent a victim of their own success: after three highly productive years, almost all the "Inters" moved up into the Main Room and/or at our Tuesday sessions, or  started playing at other clubs; we are fully committed to the idea of providing Bridge to suit all levels, and will be happy to run/resume Inter sessions if a viable number of newcomers come through; or as an extension of the Try-Duplicate section.

Try-Duplicate sessions continue to take place on the first Wednesday of each month: here we have fewer boards (15-18) and a host to help players throughout the session.  Visitors are welcome, and there is no extra charge for these sessions: all players pay £2-50 table money.  It is most helpful if you are able to let Mike know beforehand if you are coming, so that we can make up full tables easily.

Some of our old Inters/Try-Dup players have found that the "next step" for them is Tuesday afternoon Bridge (see Daytime tab for details): these are held at Hallow Parish Hall at 1pm; the pace is a little gentler, and of course these sessions are becoming famous for the cakes which people bring along!

Latest Results News

Email Mike on  if you have any queries

This message board has been set up for people to post requests for partners, or other messages

You may prefer to contact Mike ( for a short-term fix: I may be able to mail-shot members.

Quick view results/calendar

The boxes below provide a quick link to  recent results and the next few weeks' calendar; please use the left-hand menu for fuller details!

Daytime Pairs
Director: Sue
Scorer: Mike Vetch
Swiss Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
Scorer: Paul Tapster
Daytime Pairs
Director: Terry
Scorer: Mike Vetch
Pairs (P)
Director: Dick Rutter
Scorer: Paul Hammond
22nd Jan 2020
Pairs (I)
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Mike Vetch
Host: Tricia Mann
28th Jan 2020
Daytime Pairs
Director: Mike
29th Jan 2020
Pairs (P)
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: John Dowbiggin
Host: Sue Evans
5th Feb 2020
Pairs (I)
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Hammond
Host: Grahame Selby
5th Feb 2020
Scorer: Paul Hammond
12th Feb 2020
Pairs (P)
Director: Mike Vetch
Scorer: Paul Tapster
Host: Steve Simmons