Games & Puzzles

Bridge

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As Bridge is extremely popular, we have offerings aimed at different levels of players. Our Leaders, Harvey Bengen, Nat Diamond, David Epstein and Irene Fine often cover for each other during holiday periods so that continuity is assured during term time. A new Social Bridge Club launches on Wednesday 01 May.

Bridge – Improvers

Leader: Harvey Bengen.

For players who attended Harvey’s 10-week Beginners course which was completed during the Spring term.

  • Summer Term start date: Tuesday 21 May 2019
  • Tuesdays 2 – 4 pm
  • Location: Members home in N2
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Charges: £1 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 2

Leader: David Epstein

Supervised play for players of Intermediate strength.

  • Start date:Already active
  • When: Wednesdays 11 am- 1 pm
  • Location: Member’s home in N2
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 16. Currently full.

Bridge 3 

Supervised,  for Beginner and Intermediate levels, in a very comfortable location in the Suburb. 

Leader: Harvey Bengen alternating with Nat Diamond

  • Summer Term Dates: 1 May – 17 July
  • When: Wednesdays, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7AD
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1.00 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12
  • From 1 May, after this session ends at 4 pm, you can move over to play for another hour in the Social Bridge Club, subject to table availability.

Social Bridge Club

Directors: Harvey Bengen and Nat Diamond

Organised by Cynthia Bernstein and Anna Garai

We launched a weekly Social Bridge Club at Friends Meeting House starting on 1 May. It runs concurrently with Bridge 3 which is held at the other end of the room. It is suitable for Intermediate and Experienced players – we aim to group players of similar ability together. Why not come along and play in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere? The Directors are available to assist with Club development including the possibility of occasional sessions to improve play.

  • Summer Term Dates: 1 May – 10 July
  • When: Wednesdays, 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7AD
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £1 per session to cover bidding boxes, cards and score sheets
  • Refreshments: You may bring your own flask
  • Number of places: Flexible but up to 6 tables are planned as the Club attendance develops.

Bridge 4

Leader: Irene Fine, assisted by Richard Abramson

Supervised sessions and lessons in a very comfortable location in the Suburb.

  • Summer Term Dates: 9, 23, 30 May; 6, 13 June; 4, 11 July
  • When: Thursdays, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Friends Meeting House, 17 North Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 7AD
  • Frequency: Weekly (except occasional Thursdays  advised in advance)
  • Charges: £1.00 per session to cover bidding boxes and cards
  • Number of places: 12

Bridge 5: Friendly matches using Modern Acol bidding — with advice on offer

Leader: Elaine Phillips

Relaxed bridge matches for experienced acol players who are happy to play weak no trump, transfers, weak 2s, and other modern bids, plus would like to improve their bidding and play. There are 2 tables each session and all the players in the group are using the same system.

Elaine sets the hands in advance, trying to include some interesting points for discussion, and hopefully coming up with a helpful suggestion if any players are struggling — be it a better bid, new convention or improved playing technique.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Thursday at 2.00 pm
  • Duration: 2½ – 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 per session to cover refreshments, cards, score cards, etc
  • Number of places: 8 players each session (the group leader varies the participants each week, so membership of the group isn’t restricted to eight)

Chess & Draughts for FunChess pieces!

Facilitator: Jack Berkovi

A new group is planned where members play a few games in an evening for fun. Bring your own set if you wish and enjoy a couple of hours of non-competitive play. Learn to play too if you want to learn these popular games.

Arrangements will be made to suit members who show an interest. Aiming to start in the Autumn.

Contact Jack Berkovi

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: Already active
  • When: Wednesday 3 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Location: Leaders’ homes in Golders Green, NW11
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 8

Quizzers

Leader: Eleanor Levy

A new group for members interested in entering local pub quizzes. The group will form a team up to 10 members. Great fun is expected!

  • Start date: Monday 6 May
  • When: Monday evenings
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Location: The Bull, 13 North Hill, Highgate, London N6 4AB
  • Number of places 10
  • Charges: Quiz fee of £2 per person maximum
  • Advance booking necessary