Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
 
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7th - 10th April 2017 - Away Weekend

 
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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.

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

District Master (1000 MPs)

  • M Lowe

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Ashley
  • N Purdy

For 2016 and earlier entries see website.

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Forthcoming Events and Notices

Mixed Pairs Mixed Pairs - Thursday 23rd March

 The winners were Sylvia & Glyn just ahead of David & Janet with Robin & Ann not far behind in third place.  A good evening with six tables, but for illness would heve been even more as with the recent teams event.

Annual Subscription

Annual subscriptions of £12.50 are due on April 1st.  Pat Martin will be collecting them at the sessions starting on April 3rd.  Please check and sign your membership forms and have your cheques ready for Pat.  Please ensure yourself that your contact details are correctly held by the EBU as the club cannot update details for most SBC members on the EBU site.

Polite Notice.

Please could all North's pass the tablet (and bodger) to East to confirm the score at the end of each board as a matter of course as well as showing the results to all at the table before moving the tablet on to the next screen. East please be sure the score is correct.  A word of advice, because of the super sensitivity of the tablet screens it is best to avoid selecting the board number until the bidding is complete for that board. 

Congratulations Liz, Adrienne and Harry

In 2016 the top Local Master Point scorers in the club, as recorded by the EBU,were Liz (1150), Adrienne and Harry (1090).  The EBU year runs Jan-Dec the SBC year runs Apr-Mar so there will be differences.

president The President's Cup - Played Sunday March 12thcaptain

The Captain's team were the victors by quite a few imps.  Pat and Liz laid on a wonderful tea, many thanks. A very enjoyable stress free afternoon with some interesting hands thrown in.  After Thursday's excitement with the tablets it was back to scoring by hand - movement would have taken a while to set up on the tablets but maybe next year.......... 

Away Weekend 2017 - 7th/10th April 2017 2016 group

The away weekend at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, now renamed the Ramada Resort, near Grantham is rapidly approaching but there is still room for one or two more.   Please contact Pat or David if you would like to join the group.  If you would like to come along and your spouse is not a bridge player they could try the Murder Mystery Evening with the other non-playing spouses on the Saturday night?  Plenty to see and do, talk to Adrienne and Harry who used to live in the area.

 

Shelley Round 6 - Thursday 9th March

The results after round 6 played Thursday 9th March including the handicaps were: 1. Ullmer 83,   2. Davies 60,  3. Clarke -44,  4. Metcalf  -83,  5 Drinkwater -91 ,  6. Laughlin -103,  7.   Jones -163,   8. Eaves -210,  8. Sleightholme -235,  .  . The handicaps are such that each month the totals will be -131 so anyone with a positive score has done really well!  Often, through holidays or illness, stand by players are needed so if you are not in a team please contact Mike if you are willing to be a stand by.  Final round on 13th April.

Annual Dinner - 14th May

The club Annual Dinner is on May 14th, please "save the day" in your diary.

AGM - Thursday 18th May

If you are willing to stand for the committee or have an item that you would like to be included on the agenda there is a notice on the notice board.  Above all keep put the date in your diary.

County News
County News

Shropshire Congress - 22nd/23rd April Park Inn Telford

Shropshire Congress 22nd/23rd April 2017Congress to be held at Park Inn, Forgegate, Telford, TF3 4NA.   Swiss Pairs on Saturday 22nd April, Swiss Teams on Sunday 23rd April,  For further information please contact: Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell 01743 235374 or email mitchellmj@btinternet.com

Championship Pairs Events

The event, previously known as the Bearn, took place on Sunday 19th March.  Three SBC players entered this year though sadly none on the leader board.  Top pairs in this event go on to represent the County at the Corwen on 3rd/4th June.  Others who are well ranked represent the County in the Edgar Foster Cups event in Herefordshire on a Sunday in September.  Last year SSCBA won both the Edgar Foster team and individual events.  

Ladies' and Men's Championship Pairs - Monday 15th May 2017 at Wolverhampton

Please mark the date in your diary, Jeff Jones will be able to give more details. The Mixed/Flitch Championship Pairs will be held at Wolverhampton on Thursday 8th June.

Andrew Robson

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 fish and chip supper, in between the two sessions, with a dessert at Stone Bridge club.
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.

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.

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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 a monthly  American Supper on Saturday evenings and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the month (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Contact Numbers:  01889 882296 (Captain), 01785 715120 (Secretary), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

 

ABOUT THE CLUB
EBU Club Liaison Officer

Bev Purvis, the EBU Club Liaison Officer, visited Stafford on 22nd March 2017 to chat to the Wednesday afternoon players and to get feed back as to what they would like the EBU to do for them.  The players found plenty to talk about with Bev between rounds from p2p, the magazine content to teaching in schools.  Bev had aready been to other S&S clubs, Nantwich and Eccleshall, so she met quite a variety of EBU members. Her aim was to find out how the EBU could best serve its members with the changed demographic since p2p introduced.

EBU Club Liaison Officer
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.

Calendar
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April Club Away Weekend
Thurs 13th April Seventh round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 21st April Carole Nash Motor Bikes - No bridge  
Sat 22nd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs
Sun 23rd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams
Fri/Sun 28/29/30 April Cheltenham Congress
   
Sat/Sun 13th/14th May National Swiss Teams Congress Solihull
Sun 14th May Annual Dinner
Mon 15th May SSCBA Ladies' Pairs Wolverhampton
Mon 15th May SSCBA Men's Pairs Wolverhampton
Thurs 18th May A.G.M.
   
Sat 3rd June Corwen Trophy for winners of Bearn
Sun 4th June Corwen Trophy for winners of Bearn
Thurs 8th June SSCBA Mixed/Flitch pairs (Wolverhampton)
   
Sat/Sun 15/16 July Gloucestershire/Herefordshire Green Point Event
   
Tues 15th Aug SSCBA sim pairs
   
Sun 17th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Hereford) for well placed inf Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
Convention Cards

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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
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.

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 March 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
25th March 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
24th March 2017
Double Hesitation 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 a monthly  American Supper on Saturday evenings and usually the 3rd or 4th Saturday of the month (6:45 for 7:00 p.m.), see 'Club Sessions and Times'.

Contact Numbers:  01889 882296 (Captain), 01785 715120 (Secretary), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

 

ABOUT THE CLUB
EBU Club Liaison Officer

Bev Purvis, the EBU Club Liaison Officer, visited Stafford on 22nd March 2017 to chat to the Wednesday afternoon players and to get feed back as to what they would like the EBU to do for them.  The players found plenty to talk about with Bev between rounds from p2p, the magazine content to teaching in schools.  Bev had aready been to other S&S clubs, Nantwich and Eccleshall, so she met quite a variety of EBU members. Her aim was to find out how the EBU could best serve its members with the changed demographic since p2p introduced.

EBU Club Liaison Officer
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.

Calendar
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April Club Away Weekend
Thurs 13th April Seventh round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 21st April Carole Nash Motor Bikes - No bridge  
Sat 22nd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs
Sun 23rd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams
Fri/Sun 28/29/30 April Cheltenham Congress
   
Sat/Sun 13th/14th May National Swiss Teams Congress Solihull
Sun 14th May Annual Dinner
Mon 15th May SSCBA Ladies' Pairs Wolverhampton
Mon 15th May SSCBA Men's Pairs Wolverhampton
Thurs 18th May A.G.M.
   
Sat 3rd June Corwen Trophy for winners of Bearn
Sun 4th June Corwen Trophy for winners of Bearn
Thurs 8th June SSCBA Mixed/Flitch pairs (Wolverhampton)
   
Sat/Sun 15/16 July Gloucestershire/Herefordshire Green Point Event
   
Tues 15th Aug SSCBA sim pairs
   
Sun 17th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Hereford) for well placed inf Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
Convention Cards

Download Convention Cards

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
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.

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 March 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
25th March 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
24th March 2017
Double Hesitation Mitchell
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club