Bridge Blog

I do hope that you are all keeping safe and well and that you are coming to terms with having to play bridge online.

Some exciting news just in. Will Battersby, was selected to play in an U16 match for England vs an U21 Welsh team. England won by 105 – 34 with Will and his partner winning their hands by 30 imps. Many congratulations to Will (pictured).



I would like to thank Danny Gesua for all his hard work in getting the Roehampton sessions online. We have three regular sessions:

Monday at 1.30pm

Wednesday at 5.45pm

Thursday at 1.30pm.  This is a session aimed at less experienced players where we are playing only 12 Boards, with slightly more time per Board.

Please note the revised time of the Wednesday evening session. Due to overload, BBO have stopped all tournaments on their site between 6pm and 10pm for the time being.

Play is FREE. The Club is very kindly funding the sessions.

We have 152 Members who have registered a username with us and although around 100 of you have played in one or more of our weekly sessions several have not.

Please give it a try. If you are worried about navigating the technology, please do not be. Once in the session it really is very user friendly and Danny has made comprehensive notes, which you can find on the bridge pages of the Members’ website, to help you.

If you would like a practice first, then you can set up a Private Table on BBO with three friends and just play. If you still need help, we will try and provide you with someone to give you guidance at the table. Please let me know if you would like some help at

If you would like to play in more than three sessions a week then I have also been asked by Loulou to let you know about The Dutch Club’s online games which are on a Tuesday at 1pm. The cost of each session is £4 per person. To play you just need to search for The Dutch Club session on BBO or contact Loulou on

Surrey Bridge is running an online Simultaneous Pairs event, through Caterham Bridge Club, in support of the NHS. If you would like to play, the sessions are during the week of 27th April and are at 10am. The cost is £6 per person and most of the entry fee will go to the NHS. If you would like more information please email me at and I will forward the information to you.

I am delighted to tell you that after a successful trial Paul’s lessons are up and running. The weekly sessions are:

Wednesday 10.30am:      Intermediate
Thursday 10.15am:          Advanced

If you would like to participate then please email Paul on and he will send you a link each week to join the class.

The results for the Royal Wimbledon Ladies Golf Club League are now in. I am pleased to report that our squad of Viv Harris, Sally Gesua, Sandra Fox, Sue Gabriel, Loulou van Geuns, Marion Tamblyn, Vera Beim, Susan Sinclair, Joan Cookson, Claire Martin, Sue Norgate and myself came second. Only 2 Victory points behind the winners, Royal Mid Surrey. Well done to everyone who played.

My offer of help is still there. If any bridge Members who live by themselves and are not able to leave their house need anything then please do let me know if I can be of help. I know that many of you have joined WhatsApp groups or have a good neighbour or family network around you but if anyone needs anything then please do call or email me on or 07771 858947

Please stay safe and well.

Kate Blake  |  Bridge Chair