Welcome to Bristol Bridge Club


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.

The club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU), via the Avon Contract Bridge Association (ACBA).

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.

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Cancelled but If you would like to join our next Fast Track bridge course later in the year, please email bridgeclassbristol@gmail.com to register your interest.


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Up and Coming Events



Wednesday 25th - New Members' Evening



 Thursday 10th  - Hockey Cup - Mixed Pairs

Tuesday 15th  - Everett Cup Final

Wednesday 23rd - Madge Kirk Trophy





Hand of the Week

Week 12


This week's hand is from one of the finest bridge players and writers, the American, Mike Lawrence. His book how to read your opponents cards is a classic on deduction and inference in the card play.


You play in a contract of 3nt  by south with the following hands 












the bidding has gone an initial pass from East who later overcalled 1s with west passing throughout.


The lead is HT and you note that the contract is dreadful since you have only 6 clear tricks. East wins the HA and switches to the ST how do you play ?


One of the key things to count in card play is the location of the important honours and the bidding or absence of bidding is the guide here .So East passed initially and later overcalled 1s ( N/S play strong No trumps ) .


The other subtle principle is assumption by which is meant how do we need the cards to lie in order  to provide us with a chance ?


Counting our tricks we see 2 clubs ,2 hearts and 2 top spades .Therefore in order to succeed we need 3 spades in total  and also 2 diamond tricks .In order to score 2 diamond tricks we need East to hold both the ace and king of the suit and the suit to break 3-2 as we will lead twice towards our queen in the closed hand .


But think about the bidding if we require East to hold DA & DK and he has already shown us the HA and passed initially as dealer we know he cannot hold the SQ since that would amount to a 13 count which would open the bidding .


Therefore the placement of the outstanding honours and our assumption means we should now rise with SA rather than finesse and if the diamonds lie as we hope we will later drop the doubleton SQ with west .


A difficult hand certainly but it illustrates two very important principles of card play .


Week 11


Declarer made a wonderful play on this week's hand which requires incredible vision. I was tempted to wait a week before giving the solution to see if players could find the winning play .


See if you can emulate the Australian genius  Michael Courtney 


You reach a contract of 6d at game all with 












The bidding has been of interest since East( an international ) has overcalled 5c and then doubles the final contract .


What do you make of this and how do you play  on the lead of SJ ?


The double can only be because East has a void and that void can only be in hearts so he hopes to collect a ruff together with the SA.


If East has a heart void how on earth can we take 12 tricks with the heart suit lying so unkindly. There is only one chance which is to find East with the singleton SA when we can score 2 spade tricks CA , 6 diamonds and 2 hearts and now the run of the CA and 6 diamonds will squeeze West between the QTxx hearts and the spade guard for the 12th trick.


Declarer followed this superb reasoning and played low on the spade lead and this was the only means by which the contract could be made since the West and East hands were 











The low spade at  trick 1 is a truly brilliant play.


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