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PLAYING BRIDGE ONLINE

Whilst the bridge club is closed you can enjoy playing bridge online, either privately with friends or in one of our exciting club events.

LEEDS BRIDGE CLUB EVENTS

Virtual Bridge Club

Our 'Virtual Bridge Club' is currently running two sessions a week on Bridge Base Online.  These sessions, which are open to non-members as well as members, are as follows:

Tuesday afternoons at 2.00 pm playing 18 boards

Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm playing 20/21 boards

Both events are run by an experienced on-line tournament director who oversees the playing of the 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'

Leeds Bridge Club Seminars via 'Zoom'

Our 'Training and Development Team' are organising seminars, via 'Zoom' every two weeks.  Our next seminar is an 'Open Forum' on Thursday, 6 August 2020 at 11.30 am.  Attendees will have the opportunity to submit hands for discussion, prior to the seminar, and ask questions.  For full details of this seminar and the following seminar on Wednesday, 19 August 2020 at 4.30 pm, please click on 'LBCT Lockdown Seminars' on the left-hand side of this page. 

Summer Swiss Pairs

This enjoyable event, organised by Oliver Cowan, is in its third cycle and there are currently over 80 members participating. If you have not played in this event before, you will be able to join the competition at the next cycle in approximately two weeks' time.

Leeds Lockdown League

Congratulations to Derek Markham, Brian Ziff and Greg and Dagmar Reynolds who won the ‘Leeds Lockdown League’, a teams’ event that concluded last week.  Twenty-five teams competed and the winning team played against Iain Wilson, Alistair Copeland and Andrew and Riva Shaw in the final.

The next teams’ event is due to be announced shortly.

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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 was a 'Virtual Improvers Pairs' game on Thursday, 2 July 2020.  This was played on Bridge Base in a relaxed style with an opportunity for a discussion of the hands at the end of the game.  Please look out for details of future events.

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 YouTubeJust key in 'Bernard Magee Bridge Seminars'.  Through YouTube, you can also watch a set of teams' matches that Bernard played, on Bridge Base,throughout which he gave explanations of his bidding and defensive play. 

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 explained 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.

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.   

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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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