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Polite Notice.

A number of members sadly have health issues effecting  their immune systems.  Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.

Please Arrive 15 minutes before play

At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the system.

Tuesday Standbys

A host system runs on Tuesday evenings whereby if you arrive at the club without a partner not later than 7 p.m. then the "stand by" for that evening will be called in to play with you. 

EBU
EBU

2017 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Laughlin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • E Houghton
  • J Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • M Lowe

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • S Clarke
  • E Greenwood
  • S Houghton
  • L Howse

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne
  • D Merriott

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Ashley
  • H Lakin
  • C Lamb
  • N Purdy
  • J Stevens

For 2016 and earlier entries see website.

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Forthcoming Events and Notices

For your diaries!

Club competition dates are almost decided for 2017-18, some need to be finally ratified when Robin is back.  A couple of dates way ahead that are heavily pencilled in are the dinner & prize giving on Sunday 6th May 2018 and the away weekend 13th - 16th April 2018. These both come under David's umbrella as Social Events organizer, if you have any good ideas for either, both do's and don'ts, please contact David a.s.a.p.  The club must thank David and Janet for researching a number of new venues for the 2018 away weekend, the best so far being in Preston with good accommodation, bridge facilities, parking etc and plenty of attractions in the surrounding area too for when not playing bridge.

One or two County events, see the section below, particularly the Andrew Robson Masterclass and August Sim Pairs.   If you want to enter a team for the County league, second Wednesday of the month starting in September, or Staffs Cup time to be getting your team organized. 

Early Start

At the AGM it was decided to give a trial period to starting earlier on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:45 for 7 p.m.  It has been decided to start the trial in September.  Please pass your comments to any member of the committee.  Start time for Friday evenings will remain at 7 p.m. for 7:15 p.m.as a number of Friday players would have difficulty with an earlier start time.

New Responsibilities

Most members will know that John Whiteman is the house manager dealing with a wide variety of tasks.  While John still in overall charge a couple of new committee recruits have taken on some of his responsibilities.  Terry Maltby is now to look after the heaters and lights.  Steve Lister is to repair/dispose/replace any faulty chairs and look after trophies & honours boards.  If you have any concerns regarding heaters, lights or chairs please approach Terry or Steve.

A reminder!

The club's reputation for being friendly is so important, one member's thoughtless comment can spoil that not only at the table but, these days, round the world on social media within the hour.  Please take the time to read "Best Behaviour at Bridge".  Mrs-do-as-you-would-be-done-by is the example to follow particularly with new members, fledgling players or visitors. 

County News
County News

Andrew Robson - Thursday November 23rd

Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November

Andrew will be giving one of his master classes on Thursday November 23rd at The Stone House Hotel, an afternoon and an evening session.
  • Afternoon session  Suit establishment in trump contract, take out double, showing your share.  Starting at 2pm.  
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.  Starting at 7pm.

Costs:  £10 per ticket per session.
£8 for optional supper, in between the two sessions, main course with a dessert - venue to be confirmed.
Booking/Enquiries: Kath Adams 01785 748941 / kathadams28@hotmail.co.uk

Championship Pairs Events

The Ladies' and Men's Championship Pairs events, played at Wolverhampton on 15th May 2017, were combined into a single movement and the results were:

  Ladies'   Men's
1st Alma Richards & Linda Curtis   Keith Shuttleworth & John Waller
2nd Kath Adams & Terry May   Norman Jones & Roger Turner
3rd Gillian Allsop & Pat Poxon   James Vickers & Bill Sherman

 

SSCBA Mixed/Flitch Championship Pairs - Played Thursday 8th June
1. Colin Draper & Sue Yardley
2. David Alderson & Elizabeth Clarke (Stafford)
3. Pam Booth-Jones & Tony Leech

Staffs Cup, League Division 1 and 2

Geoff Davies plays in David Beavon's team in division 1 of the SSCBA Leaugue, they came top in 2016/17 ahead of Paul Hackett's team.  Many congratulations Geoff. The team Geoff playes in has therefore qualified to represent SSCBA in the Midland Counties Challenge Bowl event that takes place in Wolverhampton this year.  In the Staffs Cup with Paul Hackett's team defeated the Beavon team in the final.  David A and Mike S regular players in the 4th placed division 1 team with a part Friday/Thursday players group 3rd in division 2

EBU information
EBU information

Please keep your contact details, including email address, up to date.  Also, if you do not need a diary or printed version of English Bridge magazine please opt out to help reduce costs and waste. Go to www.ebu.co.uk/members, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.

New Rule Book

The Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017 is now available for purchase.  The new law must be introduced by the end of September but the intention is to use them at EBU events from the start of August to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book.

EBED

EducationThe charity English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), set up in 2014, now manages educational programmes and support for teachers, and also provides Tournament Director training for Clubs and Counties.  Please check their web site for information on TD and Club Teacher training courses. 

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

Members will have noticed the change to the EBU magazine. The new style EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a paper copy.  There is also an extra section for County news only available on-line.

EBU change to Announcing and Alerting

On August 1st 2013 changes were made to the EBU Announcing and Alerting rules.  There is a copy of the new rules on the club notice board.  There is also a notice on the board regarding permitted agreements (level 4 amplified) that  are now the SBC standard.

Convention Cards

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RULES, TIPS AND HINTS

Some 'RULES' That might be HANDY!
and  some Conventions that are used in our Club
Even if you and your partner do not use them, it is useful to know what your opponents are doing!

Please see - 'Tips n Conventions' page.

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ABOUT THE CLUB

Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This "Staffs & Shrops" EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Monday & Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.).  In addition the club also holds American Suppers on Saturday evenings and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the winter months (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Contact Numbers:  01785 661059 (Captain), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

ABOUT THE CLUB
Junior Pairs Championships

EBED eventA brand new event is taking place at Stoke City FC organised by  English Bridge Education and Development. Do you have a young family member who would like to take part?  Pairs competition for existing players, plus taster sessions available to introduce newbies to the game. For more information/pre-registration contact Richard Banbury  01296 317218 or click here.  See also Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University 1st - 3rd September. Picture courtesy of www.smugmug.com.

Calendar
Fri June 23rd Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri June 30th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
   
Sun 2nd July Midland Counties Challenge Bowl (Wolverhampton)
Fri July 7th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Sat July 8th Youth event at Stoke City Football Club (EBED)
Sat/Sun 15/16 July Gloucestershire/Herefordshire Green Point Event
Sat July 22nd Start of Soul Survivor events - check beforehand if a pass needed for any session.
Thurs July 27th No Thursday Lessons until 7th September
   
Tues 1st Aug End of Soul Survivor events
Tues 15th Aug SSCBA sim pairs
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 1st-3rd Sept Junior Teach-In (Loughborough University) (EBED)
Sun 3rd Sept SSCBA AGM (Wolverhampton)
Thurs Sept 7th Thursday Lessons restart.
Sun 17th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Hereford) for well placed in the Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Thurs 12th Oct Shelley Round 1 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sun 15th Oct Midland Regional Improvers Pairs
Thurs 19th Oct Club Pairs
   
Wed 8th Nov Arther Bloxham Trophy
Tues 14th Nov Children-in-Need sim pairs
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
   
Tues 19th Dec Club Christmas Party
Lessons

On Friday 24th March Paul started Friday morning lessons,10am until about 1pm. The second lesson will be on 31st March and the following lessons will be on April 7th, 28th, May 5th, June 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th and July7th. The above is subject to change as Paul does need to get enough people to make the classes worthwhile. Could you please let Paul know if you would like to join this class.

Robin's classes continue on Thursday mornings.

Members Page - Find a partner
Members Page - Find a partner
Need a Partner?
Check your EBU number?
Check Rankings?

If you have trouble accessing the members only area email webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk
Feedback

Please email comments re website, club news,  hands etc to webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk.  All constructive comment welcome.

What do you think?

YouTube - Plan, Count, Play 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dscp4iduwH8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay5_nvE1mpM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpegTa9G-tU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH93CILRF64, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwZrLO2eM5g and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oJvXVIlEjc.  A good learning tool?

No Fear Bridge

Should Stafford play host for a County No Fear event?  Following the successful No Fear Events at Wolverhampton the County is anxious to encourage these events to be held at other venues around the County.

Electronic Scorers

Following an idle comment at the Feb 17 American Supper going viral(!?!) the tablets were given a go at the Shelley Mar 17, round 6.   On the positive side the tablets certainly made life much easier for Mike, unhandicapped results and hands were available immediately at the club and on-line.  On the negative side was too much information available on the tablet during play?  Comments please to Mike asap while fresh in your mind.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.
Email webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk with feedback please.

Results
27th June 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
26th June 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
23rd June 2017
mitchell
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
Click for the latest results
Click for the Members Only section
ABOUT THE CLUB

Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This "Staffs & Shrops" EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Monday & Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.).  In addition the club also holds American Suppers on Saturday evenings and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the winter months (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Contact Numbers:  01785 661059 (Captain), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

ABOUT THE CLUB
Junior Pairs Championships

EBED eventA brand new event is taking place at Stoke City FC organised by  English Bridge Education and Development. Do you have a young family member who would like to take part?  Pairs competition for existing players, plus taster sessions available to introduce newbies to the game. For more information/pre-registration contact Richard Banbury  01296 317218 or click here.  See also Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University 1st - 3rd September. Picture courtesy of www.smugmug.com.

Calendar
Fri June 23rd Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri June 30th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
   
Sun 2nd July Midland Counties Challenge Bowl (Wolverhampton)
Fri July 7th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Sat July 8th Youth event at Stoke City Football Club (EBED)
Sat/Sun 15/16 July Gloucestershire/Herefordshire Green Point Event
Sat July 22nd Start of Soul Survivor events - check beforehand if a pass needed for any session.
Thurs July 27th No Thursday Lessons until 7th September
   
Tues 1st Aug End of Soul Survivor events
Tues 15th Aug SSCBA sim pairs
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 1st-3rd Sept Junior Teach-In (Loughborough University) (EBED)
Sun 3rd Sept SSCBA AGM (Wolverhampton)
Thurs Sept 7th Thursday Lessons restart.
Sun 17th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Hereford) for well placed in the Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Thurs 12th Oct Shelley Round 1 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sun 15th Oct Midland Regional Improvers Pairs
Thurs 19th Oct Club Pairs
   
Wed 8th Nov Arther Bloxham Trophy
Tues 14th Nov Children-in-Need sim pairs
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
   
Tues 19th Dec Club Christmas Party
Lessons

On Friday 24th March Paul started Friday morning lessons,10am until about 1pm. The second lesson will be on 31st March and the following lessons will be on April 7th, 28th, May 5th, June 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th and July7th. The above is subject to change as Paul does need to get enough people to make the classes worthwhile. Could you please let Paul know if you would like to join this class.

Robin's classes continue on Thursday mornings.

Members Page - Find a partner
Members Page - Find a partner
Need a Partner?
Check your EBU number?
Check Rankings?

If you have trouble accessing the members only area email webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk
Feedback

Please email comments re website, club news,  hands etc to webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk.  All constructive comment welcome.

What do you think?

YouTube - Plan, Count, Play 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dscp4iduwH8, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay5_nvE1mpM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpegTa9G-tU, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH93CILRF64, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwZrLO2eM5g and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oJvXVIlEjc.  A good learning tool?

No Fear Bridge

Should Stafford play host for a County No Fear event?  Following the successful No Fear Events at Wolverhampton the County is anxious to encourage these events to be held at other venues around the County.

Electronic Scorers

Following an idle comment at the Feb 17 American Supper going viral(!?!) the tablets were given a go at the Shelley Mar 17, round 6.   On the positive side the tablets certainly made life much easier for Mike, unhandicapped results and hands were available immediately at the club and on-line.  On the negative side was too much information available on the tablet during play?  Comments please to Mike asap while fresh in your mind.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.
Email webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk with feedback please.

Results
27th June 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
26th June 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
23rd June 2017
mitchell
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club