Games & Puzzles

Bridge

Playing cards

As Bridge is extremely popular, we have offerings aimed at different levels of players.

Bridge for Beginners

Leader: Harvey Bengen

A new group for beginners or returners led by a highly experienced teacher.

  • Start date: 16 October 2018
  • When: Tuesday 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Fellowship Room, Golders Green Unitarian Church, 31 Hoop Lane, London, NW11 8BS
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Charges: £1 to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 2

Leader: David Epstein

Supervised play for players of Intermediate strength

  • Start date: 03 October 2018
  • When: Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm
  • Location: Member’s home in N2
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1 to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 3

Supervised,  for Beginner and Intermediate levels

Leader: Nat Diamond alternating with Harvey Bengen

  • Start date: 26 September 2018
  • When: Wednesday 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1.00 to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 4

Leader: Irene Fine

Supervised sessions and lessons

  • Start date: 27 September 2018
  • When: Thursday 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1.00 to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 5 (Friendly, supervised teams matches — playing Modern Acol)

Leader: Elaine Phillips

Easy-going bridge for sociable duplicate players who want to improve. I think it best if everyone uses a similar system: weak no trump, transfers, 4-card majors, and weak 2s. The sessions are unsuitable for beginners but definitely not aimed at experts.

We play “teams” (same hands at both tables and aim to achieve the best result). It’s a form of duplicate, but we’re friendly and relaxed; I hover around, offering advice. You don’t need previous experience of teams matches.

If interesting points crop up, we hopefully come up with a solution — be it a better bid,  new convention or improved playing technique.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Thursday from 2 pm
  • Duration: 2.5 –3 hours, including a tea break
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6YG
  • Frequency: Weekly, but each player will be invited every 2–3 weeks
  • Charges: £1.00 to cover refreshments, cards, score cards, etc
  • Number of places: 8 (20 names on the register, and vary the players each week)

Cryptic Crosswords Group

Leader: Diana Wolfin, assisted by Chris Salter

  • Enjoy cryptic crosswords?
  • Would you like more clues to clues?
  • Welcome a new venture?

Crossword, pen, and glassesWe meet fortnightly in term time to have a go at solving a cryptic crossword from newspapers such as the Guardian, Daily Telegraph or the Times.  No-one gets all the answers and we give each other time to think. It’s great to learn more ways of tackling complex clues.

If you’d like to unravel some clues – try these*

  • Put cords in rows for this puzzle (anagram)
  • Cranky chat group (synonym + synonym)
  • We don’t quite cross swords in this group (nearly embedded)
  • Always affable.  Never a  ……………… Join us!   (completion of a phrase)

Learn how to understand and complete cryptic crosswords. Examples will be provided with solutions – *the answer to all of these cryptic clues is crossword!

  • Start date:  26 September 2018
  • When: Wednesday 3 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Location: Leader’s homes in Golders Green, NW11
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 8