Bridge - Relaxed Duplicate
Group Leader - Gary Harding
Very Limited Availability (there is a waiting list to join the playing waiting list)
For a description of how available places are allocated please see this document How places are allocated
Please see the bottom of this page for the specific Data Protection and Privacy policies for this group.
The Duplicate Bridge Group plays on 2nd and 4th Thursday's in the month and also play on the 5th Thursday when there is one, e.g. we will be playing on 30th May 2019. We play at the Radlett Reform Synagogue and start play at 10:00 and aim to finish before 13:00.
The duplicate bridge group will play twice this month on the 11th and 25th July. Both dates look to be full but if you are not already on it and would like to go on the waiting list please let me know.
Note that some people on my mailing list do not seem to get the messages from BridgeWebs. I normally send these out about 3 times a session, one about a week before the session, one a couple of days before the session and one after the session with the results. If you are on my mailing list and are not getting these messages please let me know and I will find another way of getting them to you.
We are now often full with a waiting list so please contact me in advance if your want to play so I can confirm your place. Do not just turn up to a session. I will send out a confirmation eMail with who is on the playing list a day or so before the session.
Please ensure that you arrive by 9:50 so that I can set up the movement (drinks and biscuits will be available from about 9:30). If you arrive after 9:50 without informing me in advance I may not be able to seat you if I have already the movement set up.
This group is for reasonable players as there will not be any coaching provided and given the nature of duplicate bridge it will not be possible to discuss the hands during the session. We will provide some basic introduction to the mechanics of playing duplicate for those people who have not played it before or only played it some time ago. I also normally provide some analysis of the key hands and results by eMail after the session.
It is an ideal group for people who want to 'dip their toe' into playing duplicate, perhaps before joining a club, and also for those who would like to play duplicate without some of the pressures that might be felt in a regular club. We also very much welcome experienced duplicate players to join us as well and we use standard movements and will score the boards and provide hand analysis after each session.
We normally use an electronic scoring system that can run on most Android or Apple phones and tablets but normally provide our own suitable tablets to each table.
There is a 'sister' group in Borehamwood & Elstree U3A who will allow Radlett U3A members to play if they have the space. If you would like more details or to play with them again please contact me or see their website - http://www.bridgewebs.com/borehamwoodelstreeu3a/ - Borehamwood and Elstree Bridge
We are allowed to have some players from other local U3As, subject to agreement between the two U3As and there being space in the group. Radlett U3A members have priority and the number of places for non-Radlett members is very limited. Please contact me via the carrier pigeon if you would like to be informed when there are spaces available.
If you are interested in joining this group please use the 'carrier pigeon' to let us know or contact Gary Harding or Sandra Solomon. The carrier pigeon is usually on the top right of the page. If you are using an iPad, tablet or phone to read this, it may be at the very bottom of the page.
Presentations and workshops
After the session on Thursday 13th September 2018 I gave a presentation about Duplicate Bridge
The presentation covered:
- The card deals and how they are prepared
- The movements used (including a bit about ‘arrow switches’)
- How duplicate bridge is scored to compare one pair against the others
- The impact of the scoring on how you should bid and, if possible, play
- An introduction to BridgeWebs where you can see the results from a session and a lot of other information
Please see this link Presentation 2018 (or on the links on the right) if you want to have a look at it.
After a session in 2016 I also ran a short workshop talking about how the hands are dealt, the movements I use, duplicate scoring and the information available on our Bridgewebs site. A link to that presentation is here workshop.
If you missed either of the presentations or you would like me to go through them again with you please let me know.
In addition to the overall Data Protection and Privacy Policies of Radlett and District U3A there are some specific notices for this group.
As you will be aware I publish the results from our sessions via BridgeWebs, an external service. This means your names appear on that website, together with the dates you played and your scores. The information for the current session is also available during and after it on BrianBridge.Net, the system we use for scoring. If you don’t want your name to appear these sites I can create an anonymous name for you. Please let me know if you NEED me to do this for you.
Note that I am now using the more secure email system that BridgeWebs provides to send out my messages about the group. They are not be allowed to use your email address for any other purpose. If you don’t want me to do this for you again please let me know, though it may mean you will not get future reminders about sessions or the results.