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.

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Week 38

A friend recently gave me a book about the great Australian player, Tim Seres, and some of the amazing hands he played during a stellar bridge career. Tim played bridge on a different level to almost everyone else.


First you reach an excellent contract of 7c on this deal 












No declarer in a huge field made 13 tricks here. If the diamonds divide 3-3 or 4-2 and clubs are not 4-0 the contract is cold since you can discard the spade losers on good diamonds and ruff the losing spade in dummy.


So direct your mind to the case where diamonds are 5-1 in which case if the hand with 5 also holds the SK it can be squeezed but you must get the timing right. Win the trump lead play HA and ruff a heart trump to dummy and ruff the third heart and cash the SA (key play) and now cash 2 further trumps in the dummy. At this point we have cashed the major suit aces and ruffed 2 hearts and played the 4 winning trumps in the dummy so have reached a 5 card end position in which neither defender can guard both the SK and the diamonds holding 5 of them. We have effected a dummy reversal and Vienna Coup (unblock of the SA) to effect the simple non positional squeeze! 


My second hand is a bidding problem from a recent Swiss teams which is far from easy 












South is the dealer and where they opened 1c the bidding typically went 1h -2nt -3d -3h -4h. If South was a dedicated 4 card majorite; it was even more awkward 1s -1nt -3nt.



The best chance of reaching a slam came where south was able to open 2nt -3d -3h -4d. The strong hand is clearly suitable if minimum so should bid 4s (cue bid) and if the red two suiter can show a club control the slam can be reached. I do not believe this was bid by anyone.

Week 37

This week we have a bidding and a play problem. The following hand came up in a recent match and proved trickier than it would appear on the surface. I will give both hands 












a virtually cold slam with 6d superior to 6h since in the latter contract there may be a trump loser. With the strong hand dealer the bidding started 


2c -2d -3d-3h -3s -4d -4h 


An excellent natural start to the auction. The 3h bid could be only 4 cards rather than 5 here so north painted a clear picture of the hand by bidding spades (in case it was a better fit than hearts) and then showing the heart support. The other hand now knows he has two very good cards (when they may have held nothing of value) facing a 4-3-5-1 shape with no club wastage so moves towards slam and the best efforts I can come up with here are  either 5h (general try) , 4nt (blackwood) or 4s (very subtle as we cannot hold 4 card support) or  just bidding 6d or 6h. Bidding 6d would score very well here.


Then a play problem courtesy of Hugh Kelsey (my favourite writer on card play)













You reach 4s and the bidding is relevant 1s (dbl) rdbl -p -p (-2c ) dbl (2d) 3s -p-4s .The opposition bidding is in brackets here so a takeout dbl on your left with at least 4 clubs.


DK is led and the switch is to the CQ you play the ace and to your relief it is not ruffed.


So you have 9 top tricks and the heart finesse is clearly wrong and a club ruff threatens so attempting to ruff a heart in dummy is also no good since you will lose 2 diamonds, HK and a club ruff .The only place for a 10th trick is in the club suit itself but it cannot be developed after drawing trumps owing to a lack of entries and if you play the CK it will be ruffed.


The solution is simple once you think of it - play a trump to hand to check they are not 4-0 (they are not) and then play a club playing low in the dummy when west covers. The defence have no answer to this move. They may try a diamond to east and a heart switch. You rise with the HA play a trump to the ten ruff a club in hand establishing the suit and draw trumps ending in dummy scoring in total 6 trumps, 1 heart and 3 clubs the defence making 2 diamonds and a club.

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Up and Coming Events


Tuesday 20th - Spielman Cup Final


Sunday 16th - Christmas Swiss Teams

Wednesday 19th - Afternoon Party


The club is running a course of 6 lessons on a Tuesday afternoon between 4.00 -6.30 pm.

The tutor will be David Jones and the course will be suitable for a range of abilities from intermediate to average club standard.

The classes will run from 23 October until 27 November and will include a presentation on the topic of the day with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and make comments followed by prepared hands to play on the theme of the day as well as full notes.

The cost is £8.00 per lesson or £40.00 for the course of 6 lessons.

The class size will be 20 for each session.

The subjects to be covered will be as follows :-


1 The Balanced and Unbalanced Hand Families

2 Weak or Strong No Trump, 4 or 5 Card Majors

3 Competitive Bidding

4 Opening Two Bids

5 Development of the Auction

6  Valuable Conventions.


Please would you sign up on the relevant sheet on the club notice board if you are interested in attending any of these lessons.

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Brunelcare Men's Bridge Tournament

This is a winter rubber bridge tournament for pairs who play in their homes against other men in their "box". More details on the club noticeboard.  If anyone would like to play they should contact Duncan Ogilvie on duncanogi@aol.com or by phone 0117-9736688.


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