Welcome to Leeds Bridge Club

KEEPING UP WITH YOUR BRIDGE ONLINE

Whilst the bridge club is closed many of our members are enjoying playing bridge online, either privately with friends or in one of our exciting club events.

If any of our members, or students, would like to play online but need some help getting started, please do not hesitate to contact us as we have people who will be more than willing to help.  

LEEDS BRIDGE CLUB EVENTS

Virtual Bridge Club

Our 'Virtual Bridge Club' is currently running two sessions a week on Bridge Base Online.  Our Tuesday afternoon sessions, starting at 2.00 pm, have been running successfully for a few weeks.  On Thursday, 11 June 2020 we held our first 'virtual' evening session.  Both events are run by an experienced on-line tournament director who oversees the playing of 18 boards within a steady time-frame. 

Details have been sent to members regarding how to go about playing in these events. Please click here to load up the 'Leeds Virtual Bridge Club Instructions' or go the 'Leeds Virtual Bridge Club Instructions' page on the left-hand side of this screen.

We are hoping to see increasing numbers playing in, what we hope are, very enjoyable afternoon and evening bridge sessions.  The results for both events are sent out via Pianola and can also be viewed, on this web page, by scrolling down the panel on the left-hand side of this page until you get to 'Virtual Bridge Club Results'

Summer Swiss Pairs

This event, organised by Oliver Cowan, is about to begin its third cycle and Oliver has sent members an email inviting them to play in this event.  Players can play in the third cycle even if they have not played in the previous two.  It should be an exciting competition and the previous round was enjoyed by ninety eight of our members. There will be a 'Zoom' call on Sunday, 28 June 2020 to launch this third round. 

Leeds Lockdown Teams

This pro-am teams' event, organised by Oliver Cowan, consists of a series of matches between teams in three pools.  We have just over a hundred members taking part, forty of which joined the 'Zoom' call on Sunday, 17 May 2020 when Oliver launched the event and Sue Friedman, our Chairperson, made the draw to see who would be in each team.

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ADDITIONAL WAYS TO ENJOY BRIDGE ONLINE

Online Bridge Events for Improvers given by Oliver Cowan

Oliver Cowan, one of our club's experienced bridge players and who has been successfully running online club events during the 'lockdown', is intending to deliver some online bridge events aimed at players with 12 to 24 months bridge experience.  The first of these is a 'Virtual Improvers Pairs' game on Thursday, 2 July 2020 starting at 1.00 pm.  This will be played on Bridge Base in a relaxed style with an opportunity for a discussion of the hands at the end of the game.  Please click here to load up the flyer for this event which will give you all the details on how to apply.

Bridge Base Online (BBO) Private Games

Many of our members are enjoying playing on Bridge Base with their friends.  The EBU website provides a fairly detailed article of how to get to play online on the BBO website.  Two pages are: https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/3738, and http://www.ebu.co.uk/ebuscore-wiki/bboinstructions.

Bernard Magee Seminars

This is a series of useful bridge seminars, given by renowned bridge instructor Bernard Magee.  He has been covering topics such as doubles, leads, finessing, frozen suits, declarer play and defence.  The seminars can be found on YouTube.  Just key in 'Bernard Magee Bridge Seminars'.  You can watch them live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11.00 am or you can watch them at any time later on.  All the past seminars can be found so you can catch up, from the start, if you have not seen any of them up to now. 

Bernard has also started doing a live stream, on YouTube, on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm when you can watch him play 12 boards in a teams' game and hear him explaining his bidding and defensive play.  This can be loaded up live from YouTube or you can watch it later.

Jack Stocken Livestreams

Jack Stocken, a highly-respected bridge teacher, who runs Yorkshire Bridge and is also involved with Learn Bridge Online, has given a couple of very useful free livestreams on YouTube.  He explains the bidding, declarer play and defence to hands that have been downloaded to Bridge Base OnlineTo see these click on the links below:

Livestream from 18 May, 2020

Livestream from 25 June, June 2020

There is likely to be another one of these in a few weeks' time and we will endeavour to inform you, in advance, so that you can join the session live if you wish.

Bridge Club Live (BCL)

Bridge Club Live (BLC) is a website where you can enjoy social games of bridge with your friends. 

All the information you need to enable you to join and use the facilities at BCL should be available via their website (https://www.bridgeclublive.com) but please get in touch if you need any assistance and we will try our best to help.

BCL also offers 'Bridge Club Support' at https://bridgeclublive.zendesk.com/hc/en-us, giving a lot of information as to how members can play together on that site.

Google Trickster Cards

Another website/app that we have been told that some of our members have tried is Google Trickster Cards at https://www.trickstercards.com

Funbridge

There is also Funbridge about which further details can be found on the EBU website at http://www.ebu.co.uk/ebuscore-wiki/funbridgeinstructions

No Fear Bridge

Members can also register with No Fear Bridge at https://www.nofearbridge.co.uk and get a free trial.   If you are a student you can register for an extended free trial by using the link on the EBU website.

Do try one or more of these sites and, if you need help, please contact us and we will try to assist.

If you know of any other good apps or websites, please let us know and we will add them to our list.

Leeds Bridge Club does not recommend any one bridge game over another.

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Leeds Bridge Club

We are a friendly and active club located within the Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre in Moortown which is on Stonegate Road.  The club has full facilities for the disabled and on-site parking.  We offer a range of pairs and teams events five days a week for bridge players from beginners to experts. Visitors and new members are always welcome whatever their standard.

When do we play?

We run pairs duplicate tournaments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We also run teams events on Wednesdays. (View our full calendar of events by clicking on 'Events Calendar' on the left-hand side of this page). All members are invited to put themselves forward to play in one of our six teams in the Yorkshire League.

Beginners and Improvers Courses and Bridge Sessions

We offer courses and bridge sessions for beginners and improvers including hosted, non-competitive Chicago bridge sessions on Monday and Thursday mornings.  (View our 'Courses and Bridge Sessions for Beginners and Improvers' pages on the left-hand side of this page for full details.) 

No partner?

We operate a host system on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for those who do not have a partner.  Our members can also use Pianola to place an advert for a partner for any of the duplicate sessions.  We can also try to help you find a regular bridge partner.  Please contact our partner finders.

 

Our facilities

 

The Club is comfortable and well-equipped. We play pre-dealt hands, use Bridgemates for electronic scoring and publish our results online using Pianola. There is an on-site bar and we offer quality catering at some of our annual events.

 

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