A new course will be starting in October on Wednesday after noons or Monday evening. Brochure
Fast Track Bridge is a course for complete beginners who want to learn to play and get started quickly. It will also suit people who have learnt before but need to refresh their knowledge and anyone who cannot commit to a longer course of weekly lessons. The pace is more intensive than my longer beginners courses so it may suit faster learners.
Fast Track is a new course which is part of the National Learning Programme of English Bridge Education and Development CIO*. (which the *charitable organisation for bridge education)
For more details see http://www.bridgeclassbristol.
In mid 1950's Graham Griffith, John Spielman, Stephen Thomas and W. Morley Burry used to play bridge in a house on 41 Oakfield Road, just off Whiteladies Road. It was run by a lady as a business. She was charging them too much for the use of the premises. So they moved, with many others, to Aces Bridge Club.
Graham Griffith was the driving force behind the BBC being formed. He, John Spielman, Stephen Thomas and others loaned or donated money to the new club and subsequently bought the lease for the new premises on The Promenade in Clifton (close to the Mayor's residence) and registered it as Bristol Bridge Club. Graham was the first chairman of the club 1958-1960.
In the early 80's, they were approached by the landlords to see if they would sell the lease as they had a buyer for the whole building. The lease still had 7 years to run so they were in a strong position to get a good deal. After finding new premises it was put to the members at an EGM. Only a few did not like the idea mainly because it was "Hotwells " and not Clifton. They raised extra money by way of loans/ gifts from members and a bank loan.
After many months searching for new premises and further negotiations, they bought the lease of the present building in March 1981. Many members gave their time to get the building in shape. It took around six month to get the place ready to be used as Bridge Club. So in November 1981 they moved from The Promenade to Grenville Hall, Oldfield Road, our present premises (this was done over one weekend).
This building was previously used as a printing works, and store for printing materials.
Bristol Bridge Club aims to provide facilities and opportunities for all its members to enjoy playing and learning bridge, no matter at what level. Beginner or international.
We are a large club and are able to offer playing sessions that suit all levels of ability. Non-members are always welcome.
The club has its own premises and we are situated near the centre of Bristol in Hotwells. The club consists of a large playing room with a smaller area for classes and a licensed bar that also offers light refreshments.
The club plays duplicate bridge on most days of the week, usually with a qualified director.
BRISTOL BRIDGE CLUB is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1167959.
There is car parking close by.
For directions and map, click here.
Congratulations to Sandra Cooper , Mike Brady , Oli Noel and Sue O'Hara... read more...
The Xmas tree is up and all Xmas decorations in place... The club is ready... read more...
This week an interesting play problem which cropped up at one of my afternoon sessions.
You reach 6s on the following lay out
It is an excellent Slam against which the defence leads a low heart which goes small, ten, ace.
There are two possible lines of play pitch the heart loser on CA and play to ruff two diamonds in dummy potentially making all 13 tricks if the suit breaks 4 -3 .
The alternative is to test trumps and then play to establish clubs.
I think it is correct to play a trump at trick 2 and you discover that rho is void in spades .This means that the line of ruffing two diamonds is a non starter as two trumps will be promoted for the T8xx on your left .You must therefore set up clubs so cash CA and ruff a club in hand returning to dummy with a second trump and now you must take the ruffing club finesse leading the Q and running it if not covered .The reason for this play is if you ruff 3 clubs in hand you will shorten your trumps to a fewer number than lho and the contract will fail . By taking one ruff and then the ruffing club finesse you establish the club suit with only two rather than 3 ruffs when the suit breaks 4-3 and still have the critical two entries to return to dummy leaving one trump on your left and so can run the clubs with he DK as the second entry.
A deceptively awkward hand I think.
Weeks 2 and 1
Saturday 9th - Sociable Saturday
Thursday 14th - ACBA Championship Teams Qualifier
Tuesday 19th - Club Ladies and Mens Pairs
Saturday 23rd - Charity Bridge Day
Sunday 24th - ACBA Championship Teams Final
Saturday 9th - Sociable Saturday
Sunday 10th - EBU National Pairs Qualifier
Thursday 14th - Hockey Cup, Club Mixrd Pairs
Tuesday 19th March - Everett Cup Qualifier, Club Teams Competition
Sunday 24th - EBU National Pairs Qualifier