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SWISS TEAMS! Wed June 26th
SWISS TEAMS! Wed June 26th

On Wednesday 26th June, we will be holding a "Swiss Teams" event.

There will be a host pair, but no individual host.

Please let Maureen or Mike know if you have a team sorted, and also if you are a pair needing team-mates.  We have 6 teams registered so far.

As usual, there will be a wine prize for the winning team.

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
2019AGM02 Mixed Pairs Tied
2019AGM04 Eiron Won The TryDuplicate
2019AGM07 Sue and Denn Won Xmas Teams But Not This Trophy
2019AGM09 Jane And Marian won the Ladies Pairs
2019AGM01 Wine for Dick
2019AGM03 Lynn Won The Individual
2019AGM06 Mark and Jane won The Pairs PlayOff
2019AGM08 Andy Cullen Was Elected A Life Member
2019AGM10 And Nick Won P Pairs And Teams with Others
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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!


20th September 2018: Rufus, Trish, Ele, Sheila, Dennis and Andy O'H, putting Bridge and Worcester on the map via the BBC!

Listen (asap!) on this iPlayer radio link:

16m25 for the Rowdies (Rufus, Ele, Sheila, Trish and Dennis) (approx 5 mins); 25m15, where Kate actually describes us as "Bridge-Playing Dudes/The Rabble!"...

38m30 for the Chairman... (another 5 mins) (ignoring the debate about whether Bridge is related to Cribbage); Andy O'Hare with the top quotes of the day at 53m55... (another 4 mins)

Beginners' Bridge this autumn

New to Bridge? Looking for classes? Follow this link to find classes, all over Worcestershire; the HoW Beginners' course starts on Tuesday; and there are various other classes available for improvers and intermediates.


Beginners' Bridge this autumn
Carol Glover, RIP

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Carol Glover, who passed away in hospital on Friday. Carol had recently become a regular at Tuesday afternoon sessions.

Janette visited her in hospital on Wednesday, with a card and good wishes from the Club.

Fred Rochelle, RIP

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Fred Rochelle, a much-loved and well-respected member of the Club for many years.

It was a always a pleasure to play with Fred, and we were delighted that he was able to return to play at both Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in the last year.

His funeral was held at Worcester Crematorium on Friday 27th July, at 12:15pm.

Mixed Pairs 2018

The Mixed Pairs Championships was a real cliff-hanger, with three different pairs leading during the last five minutes; in the end first place was a tie (not splittable) between Maureen & Jimmy and Sue & Dennis. Congratulations to all four; and well done to Dennis who has kept a hand on the trophy for the fourth consecutive year!

Third place was also tied, between Jane & Dick and Lyn & Paul.

Tuesday Daytime Bridge is One Year Old!

This week sees the first anniversary of Tuesday Bridge; remember that we have a special offer of a FREE SESSION at Tuesday Bridge for all WBC members, (whether they usually play on Tue, Wed, or both): just come along (with a friend?) and claim your free game.

This offer is not transferable, but is available until the end of September.

We hope to see you any Tuesday soon...,

Tuesday Daytime Bridge is One Year Old!
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A good day was had by all at Caffe Bolero; five tables played a full all-play-all movement, and had a very nice lunch + a few coffees and cakes! Prizes went to Martin Gill, Andy + Lollie, and to the "wooden-spooners", Batman and Superman!

Players were generous in their donations to Acorns Children's Hospice, and, with a little extra from the event surplus, we raised £125 for our charity.

We hope to have another "multi-café" event in September!

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 (

Annual General Meeting 2018

The AGM took place on Wed 21st February; trophies for 2017 were presented; photos by Andy O'Hare below!


  • Table money was increased from £2-50 to £3-00 for members, & from £3-50 to £4-00 for guests (no change for Juniors) tea/coffee, +biscuits (Wed) and cake(Tue) included:
  • Wednesday start time remains at 7-30pm, BUT: a) please be seated by 7-25pm to help directors and scorers to ensure a prompt start; b) call ahead if you are delayed - we can TRY to fit you in, but cannot guarantee; c) the Committee will look at all possible ways of ensuring that we play at a good pace and plenty of boards
  • Please note that slight changes have been made to the MAY 2018 calendar to get as close as possible to the traditional pattern of P nights on the 2nd and 4th/5th Weds of the month - check website, which is now updated

  • Committee: the 2017 Committee were all re-elected, except that Tim Keates has stood down, whilst continuing with many of his duties!
  • Newly elected to the Committee were: John Dowbiggin; David Waide; and Janette Torrance: Welcome!
  • AGM2018 Jane and Marian Christmas party winners
  • AGM2018 Jimmy Collects One of three trophies
  • AGM2018 Josie celebrates her TryDuplicate win
  • AGM2018 Mark presents the Champ Teams to Dick Jane Mike and Tim
  • AGM2018 Maureen and Jane win the Ladies Pairs
  • AGM2018 Officers of the Club
  • AGM2018 Trophies
  • AGM2018 Vote of Thanks
  • Dennis collects the Mens Pairs Trophy
  • Dennis collects the Mixed Pairs Trophy
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!!


WED 13th: (RBL Claines): Well done to Jane and Marian, who won the Wed Xmas Party with an impressive 64%.  Thanks to Jimmy for his Directing etc, and to Caroline for excellent food again! Photos below.

TUESDAY 19th: CAFE Party, Elgar's in Reindeer Court: went ahead as planned and a good time was had by all (8 full tables); winners were Martin (G) and Mike, just ahead of Sue (T) and Martin (P), with Sue (E) and Richard in 3rd place; the mini-toblerones were won by David and Peter.

We also collected £24-18 (and a US dime!) for our Cafe charity, Acorns Hospice.

Christmas Party (Part Two)
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Rather grainy pics - I think some food must have got on the lens!

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Thanks to Andy O'Hare for the photos!

Worcester Café Bridge! 21st September
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Well, that was fun! Well done to Lorna and Rufus (Winners), Pam and Sheila (2nd) and Andy and Richard (3rd); indeed to all, for making it such an enjoyable day, played in the best spirit.

Still a few sums to do, but we raised approximately £150 for Acorns too.

Lots of good publicity for the event and the game of Bridge, as Mike was grilled by his former pupil Elliott Webb on BBC H&W; 

1) An early morning call, before the event, listen here at approx 1hr 55m20:

2) A neat bit of video editing on FaceBook: (1400 views and counting - will we go viral??)

3) More on Friday morning's show,  - scroll to 51 mins; including a nice interview with Sharon at the table.

MANY thanks from Mike to all the helpers, Tim, Andy, George, Peter, Dick, Mike W, and to Sue and Denn for coming along as back-up pair.

More pics to follow...

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

Score adjustment to Wed 8th May results, leading to a few small rank-changes EW.

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!

Pairs (P)
Director: Dick Rutter
Scorer: Paul Hammond
Daytime Pairs
Director: Terry
Scorer: Mike Vetch
Pairs (I)
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Mike Vetch
Scorer: Mike Vetch
18th Jun 2019
Daytime Pairs
Director: Mike
Scorer: John D
Host: Brian Y
19th Jun 2019
Pairs (I)
Director: Mike Theelke
Scorer: Paul Tapster
Host: Sally Kelly
25th Jun 2019
Daytime Pairs
Director: Mike
Scorer: John D
Host: Malcolm
26th Jun 2019
Swiss Teams
Director: Mike Vetch
Scorer: John Dowbiggin
Host: Chris + Barbara Frohlich
2nd Jul 2019
Daytime Pairs
Director: Paul T
Scorer: Mike
3rd Jul 2019
Pairs (I)
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Hammond
Host: Cecile Willis