Welcome to the RA Duplicate Bridge Club (RADBC)


RA Duplicate Bridge Club of Ottawa,
2451 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON   Canada
ACBL District 1 - Unit 192 - CBF zone 2


Schedule & Results


New Library books January 2019

  • Better Slam Bidding with Bergen/ by Marty Bergen

  • Declarer Play the Bergen Way/ by Marty Bergen

  • Precision Today/ by David Berkowitz & Brent Manley

  • Thinking About IMPS/ by John Boeder

  • The Art of Declarer Play/ by Tim Bourke & Justin Cornfield

  • Bridge Play from A to Z/ by George S Coffin

  • Endplays: Eliminations, Squeezes & Coups/ by George S Coffin

  • Bridge Endings/ by Raphael Cioffi

  • Fourth Suit Forcing/ by Max Hardy

  • Splinters and Other Shortness Bids/ by Max Hardy

  • Defence in Depth/ by Martin Hoffman

  • Building a Bidding System/ by Roy Hughes

  • Deadly Defence/ by Wladyslaw Izdebski & Roman Krzemien & Ron Klinger

  • Better Balanced Bidding:The Banzai Method/ by David Jackson & Ron Klinger

  • Kantar for the Defense, Volume 1/ by Edwin B Kantar

  • More Killing Defense/ by H W Kelsey

  • Bridge Odds for Practical Players/ by Hugh Kelsey & Michael Glauert

  • Close Encounters: Bridge's Greatest Matches, Book 1:1964 to 2001/ by Eric Kokish & Mark Horton

  • Close Encounters: Bridge's Greatest Matches, Book 2: 2003 to 2017/ by Eric Kokish & Mark Horton

  • Judgment at Bridge/ by Mike Lawrence

  • Bridge, Probability & Information/ by Robert F MacKinnon

  • Competitive Bidding in the 21st Century/ by Marshall Miles

  • Test Your Defense: Where the Points are Won/ by Victor Mollo

  • Adventures in Card Play/ by Geza Ottlik & Hugh Kelsey

  • Win at Duplicate Bridge: Bid Difficult Bridge Hands Like an Expert/ by Fred Parker

  • Master Play: The Expert Game/ by Terence Reese

  • Accurate Cardplay/ by Terence Reese & Roger Trezel

  • Those Extra Chances in Bridge/ by Terence Reese & Roger Trezel

  • Breaking the Bridge Rules: First Hand Play/ by Barry Rigal

  • The Rodwell Files: Secrets of a Bridge Champion/ by Eric Rodwell & Mark Horton

  • How to Play a Bridge Hand/ by William S Root

  • Tips for Tops by George Rosenkranz

  • More Tips for Tops/ by George Rosenkranz

  • Expert Bridge Simplified: Arithmetic Shortcuts for Declarer/ by Jeff Rubens

  • 25 Conventions de Bridge a Savoir (preface par Andre Trudelle)/ par Barbara Seagram & Marc Smith

  • Winning Defense for the Advancing Bridge Player/ by Frank Stewart

  • Revised Summary of the Precision System (pamphlet)/ by C C Wei

The estate of Robert Bambrick has kindly donated thirty bridge books, all of which have been added to the RADBC Library. Also, some smaller donations by others have been made to the library. Some of the books are duplicates and will be available in our annual sale later in the year. We thank everyone who has donated books to the library. We appreciate every donation.

A complete list of our library books is posted on the website and on the bulletin board.

All of our books are filed by AUTHOR in the cupboard. Borrowing period is one month. Please sign books 'out' in the library binder and remember to sign them 'in' upon return.

Annette Owen, RADBC Librarian

Duplicate Bridge Games at the RA

Every weekday afternoon – 1245

Monday mornings – 0915 – Lesson
0-750 masterpoints – 0930 – Game
Director/teacher: John Mallon

Wednesday mornings – 0915 – Lesson
0-750 masterpoints – 0930 – Game
Director/teacher: Heather Peckett

Games may be cancelled if very bad weather (eg, blizzard, ice storm) is expected. Call the main RA number 613 733-5100 and ask if the bridge game has been cancelled or not. The Director of the game or club manager will call the RA to cancel games, before 8am for morning games, before 11am for afternoon games, and before 6pm for evening games.

RADBC games
Changes from the printed schedule will be indicated in red like this. Click on the MONTH to go directly to the month. Click on the 0930/1245 to see the bridge game results after they have been posted. If not yet posted use your " back" arrow to return to the schedule. Regionals and ON/QC/NY Sectionals are included for each month. Click on the blue " Regionals" column title to get details.

Are you eager to learn?
Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 John Mallon and Heather Peckett each have a Chalk Talk (a short lesson) on an aspect of bridge bidding or play for players with less than 750 ACBL masterpoints. Come, learn, get your questions answered. Bridge courses available Want a volunteer mentor? Or to be a mentor? Contact us

Need a Partner?
The RADBC executive has opened a gmail account for players who want (or are willing to try) a new partner for games at the RA. Send an email to: radbcpartners@gmail.com with your name, approximate MP total, contact number and indicate on which day and game you are available or would like a partner. A volunteer will check the account daily and try to pair up individuals who need a partner. Please try to place your request at least 24 hours in advance of the game so that we have a reasonable chance of finding you a partner.

Any questions? Please speak to a member of the RADBC executive.

ACBL policy dictates that the Director may not play in STaCs, ACBL-wide games, if there are more than 17 tables or 2 or more sections. Club policy forbids Directors from playing if it would create an extra table. Neither the Director or the player will receive ACBL master points.

Don't be late!
Games must start at the appointed time. If one (or both) partners arrive late they will not be able to play unless there is a 1/2 table waiting and still in the first round. Paid table fees will be reimbursed. Exceptions may be made for players arriving via ParaTranspo.

We have braille cards available - please Contact us ahead of time

Extra bridge books?
Donate to the RADBC Library your excess bridge books. Please contact Annette the Librarian

All members can borrow books from the library at any bridge game. View list of our library books by clicking "RADBC Library Books" in the menu at the top, browse the books at a game, or peruse the list on the RADBC bulletin board.

Name badges
These are good at tournaments to promote the club. Wear them at the club to help people remember you.

Regular games
Come to play a morning or afternoon of friendly competitive bridge. Bridge fees are usually $3 for members, $6 for non-members. RA DBC executive members get $1/game discount. For charity games, the charge will be $4 for members and $7 for non-members. Events are all Pairs unless indicated as Teams. Swiss and Team events use IMP scoring; the others use matchpoint. STaC games are $2 extra.

If a director is required to play with a person looking for a partner in a STaC game, neither will be eligible for any master points.

All bridge hands are predealt by computer and loaded into boards. A hand record is available with the results and is posted online for all locally dealt games. ACBL.org will store and display hand records for all multi-club games.

Please don' t wear any perfumes/colognes/aftershaves/scents in the RA.

Club members will receive a voucher for 3 free games for every 25 games played from Sept.1- Aug.31 (to a maximum of 5 vouchers). Free game vouchers may also be used at the Ottawa Regional or Sectional Tournaments at a value of $9 per voucher.

Join in September and get a name badge.

RA membership: https://www.racentre.com/become-an-ra-member/

RADBC membership: https://www.racentre.com/adult-clubs-programs/duplicate-bridge/join-the-club/

Bad cards?
Find a bad/marked card in board or bid box? Or missing bid box card? Call Director to get a replacement at round end.

Bridge etiquette, or, Be Gentle, It' s Just A Game.


  • Wear your RA club name badge if you are a member.
  • Be a good host or guest at the table.
  • Greet others in a friendly manner. Introduce yourself and your partner to people who are new to you.
  • Praise good bidding and play (after the hand!).
  • Have two legible (and agreeing) convention cards for the opponents.


  • Talk about a hand in a way that other tables can hear.
  • Make snide, critical, or off-colour remarks.
  • Give constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  • Argue loudly with a director - or anyone.
  • Wear any perfume, cologne, or aftershave. (Some people are allergic.)
  • Smoke! No smoking is allowed on RA property.

And yes, the RA DBC does have a zero-tolerance policy. No warnings - offenders will be punished. Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks, or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game is specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties, from score penalties to ejection.

If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, call the director immediately.