Coronavirus and Online Bridge

Due to the current Goverment advice, we have decided to suspend all face to face bridge sessions and bridge lessons for the next few months.

However, we are running Gentle Duplicate Online Bridge and Intermediate Bridge Lessons on Bridgebase Online (BBO) and RealBridge as follows. £3 per person.

  • Mondays – Pairs Game at 2pm on BBO  (Register between 12:00-1:45pm) 
  • Thursdays – Pairs Game at 7:30pm on RealBridge.
  • Fridays  – Pairs Game at 2pm on RealBridge.  

All these games are called “Pinner Gentle Duplicate”.

I normally have a Zoom talk before each game.  Please use the "Contact me" box if you are interested in playing in these games.

Intermediate Bridge Lessons

The dates/times for the next lessons of the online bridge course are as follows:


Tony Staw is running a new Online Intermediate Bridge Lessons using Zoom and BBO.

 These lessons cover most of the material in the EBU Continuing Bridge Course.

 Lessons will be on Monday evenings at 7pm.  Each lesson will be 2 hours.

 Please could you let me know if you are interested in this course.  The planned topics are as shown below.  You can see some of my online lessons on

These lessons cover most of the material in the EBU Continuing Bridge Course. It costs £10 per person per lesson to attend, and I will invoice you, approximately monthly after the lessons.  You will be able to pay by bank transfer or Paypal.  While I hope you will attend each lesson, you will only be charged for the lessons you attend.

The format of each lesson is a Zoom meeting to present and discuss the topic (about 30 minutes), and then some hands for you to play on BBO on the topic (around 6 hands), which we will then go over, using Zoom again.

There might also be some handouts and quizzes on each topic.  

What do you need to join

You will need to be able to run Zoom and you will need to log in to BBO. You can do both these things on a PC/Laptop/Tablet or Smartphone.  If you have two suitable devices, I suggest you use one to run Zoom, and another for BBO.  Otherwise just use one device for both. We will start the lesson with Zoom, and then after the first part of the lesson you should log in to BBO, to play the hands. 


Monday Lesson Topics Area Book Pages Exercise
25/01/2021 1 Review the uncontested auction Bidding p1-5 p13
01/02/2021 2 Contested auction: overcalls and doubles Bidding p6, p12 quiz
08/02/2021 3 Planning the Play in No Trump Declarer Play p19-24 quiz
15/02/2021 4 Planning the Play in Suit Contracts Declarer Play p19-24 quiz
22/02/2021 5 More on Declarer Play Declarer Play p19-24 quiz
01/03/2021 6 3rd Hand Play Defence p39-41  
08/03/2021 7 2nd Hand Play Defence p42-46 p47
15/03/2021 8 Protective Bidding and Revision Bidding p10-11    p15
22/03/2021 9 The Danger Hand, holding up, Rule of 7 Declarer Play p77-81 p85
29/03/2021 10 Showing shape, 4441 Bidding p90-92 p99 
05/04/2021   Easter Monday - No Lesson      
12/04/2021 11 Losing Trick Count: an easier way to bid Bidding p131-133 p141
19/04/2021 12 The Law of Total Tricks: how high to bid? Bidding    
26/04/2021 13 Slam Bidding: Cue Bids Bidding p27-34  
03/05/2021 14 Review Hands including: Slams, Losing Trick Count Practice    
10/05/2021 15 More on doubles: negative or Sputnik Bidding p53-54, p56-60 p71
17/05/2021 16 Fourth Suit Forcing Bidding p93-94 p101
24/05/2021 17 Rule of 11 and Revision of defence Defence    
31/05/2021   Bank Holiday - No Lesson      
07/06/2021 18 Bending the rules Bidding p95-96 p103
14/06/2021 19 Red Suit Transfers Bidding p136-137 p145,147
21/06/2021 20 Review Hands including: Transfers, Rule of 11 Practice    
28/06/2021 21 Defensive signals (attitude and suit preference) Defence p108-111 p120
05/07/2021 22 Defensive signals (count) and discarding Defence p112-114 p121
12/07/2021 23 Defence against suit contracts Defence p115-6  
19/07/2021 24 Lead of king vs NT Defence p117-8  
26/07/2021 25 Review Hands: Defence Practice    

It costs £10 per person to attend, and I will invoice you after the lesson.  You will be able to pay by bank transfer or Paypal.  

Playing Bridge Online

There are a number of website offering the ability to play bridge online such as Bridge Club Live, Funbridge, Trickster and Bridge Base Online.

All the websites allow you to join as a guest, and just watch (kibbitz) for a while. 

Bridge Base Online (BBO) is probably one of the best.  Tony Staw has made a short video about the Acol Players' group on BBO and there is lots more information about this on 

You can also play in EBU games on Bridgebase Online (BBO) 

Finally, there is another article about playing bridge on your computer or mobile device on

What some of my students have said

"Learning bridge has transformed my social life!  How I wish I had learned earlier!  I now have a circle of friends who meet regularly to play (together with a glass or two of wine)"

"After my husband died last year, I am so glad I have now found this delightful but infuriating game, that gets me out of the house, and keeps my brain active"

"Tony has managed to make learning bridge really fun!"

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