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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, 6:45 for 7 p.m. 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 movement and scoring systems.

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

Two Star Master (15,000MPs)

  • D Skinner

Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)

  • P Laughlin

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • E Houghton
  • T Maltby
  • J Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • W Chester
  • F Greaves
  • G Foster
  • M Lowe
  • I Scanlan
  • M Wood

Area Master (500 MPs)

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

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • R Foster
  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne
  • D Merriott
  • A Warren

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Ashley
  • J Brown-Bullivant
  • C Kane
  • H Lakin
  • C Lamb
  • N Purdy
  • J Stevens

For 2016 and earlier entries see website.

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Road Closure - 23rd to 29th October
Road Closure - 23rd to 29th October

There are roadworks starting from Oct 23rd until Oct 29th on the A518.  The work will close the stretch of the A518 between Beaconside and Blackheath Lane. If you normally use this section of the A518 please divert through Hopton or Blackheath Lane to get to the showground and allow a little extra time to reach the club.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

The Shelley - Round 1 Thursday 12th October 6:45 for 7 p.m.

Nine teams of four took part in the opening round of the Shelley competition 12.10.17 under the direction of David Drinkwater.  There were several spectacular slam hands.  Results from this first round will be published as soon as they have been ratified.  The next round will be played on Thursday 9th November.

Club Pairs - October 19th - 6:45 for 7 p.m.

Time to be arranging your partner for this competition?  There is a list for this now on the notice board for entries.  Can we make 10 tables?

American Supper - October 28th - 6:45 for 7 p.m.

The usual format - one partner brings some food to share and the other to bring a prize. These are fun social events appealling to players of all abilities. Harry and Adrienne are running this one so a partner is required. If you do not have a partner David Drinkwater, the social events organiser, may be able to find one for you.  Visitors are always welcome.

Early Start - This trial began on Tuesday 5th September - 6:45 for 7 p.m. start

The Tuesday and Thursday evenings early start trial period comes to an end at the end of October.  A list is up on the notice board for you to indicate whether you are for keeping the early start 6:45 for 7 p.m, would like to go back to 7 for 7:15 p.m. or not worried either way. Please only indicate your views on the list if you are affected because you play on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.  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.

Arthur Bloxham Trophy - Wednesday November 8th - 1:15 for 1:30 p.m.

The Arthur Bloxham Trophy, previously the restricted pairs competition, is for Wednesday afternoon players.  While the session is open to all the podium positions are reserved for players who have played in 20 or more Wednesday afternoon sessions over the last 12 months. There are still a few Wednesdays left if you are just below the 20 session limit.
Arthur Bloxham Trophy

The Duplimate (dealing machine)

We are indebted to David Drinkwater for taking the Duplimate machine to Oxford for repair on 10.10.17.  It would help the machine if old, sticky packs of cards could be replaced with new.  If, on the last round of a session, you could leave hands from packs that are getting sticky face up in the boards then those cards can be replaced next time that set of boards is dealt.

Message from the club Treasurer to Directors (players please note - no pun intended!)

Please do not accept old £5 notes, they are no longer accepted at the bank.  Old £1 coins should not now be accepted as the treasurer does not have an opportunity to bank them before the deadline.

Lessons

See the item on the right hand side of this page below the "Calendar" section.  If you have any friends who would like to take up bridge please encourage them to come along or if you would like to improve your bridge why not give Robin or Paul's class a go.

Away Weekend, 13th - 16th April 2018!

Please put the date in your diary.  David has now booked the Samlesbury Hotel Preston PR5 0UL, with good accommodation, bridge facilities, parking etc and plenty of attractions in the surrounding area too for when not playing bridge. Generally bridge is played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings leaving the days free.  If you have any queries please speak to David who will be putting a list on the notice board nearer the date for anyone interested to sign up on.

Wanted

A willing volunteer is urgently sought to be Club Captain for the remainder of this season, to replace Robin Adey, who now feels with regret that he cannot adequately fulfill that role.

The Club Captain is responsible for overseeing bridge sessions and competitions, coordinating the rota of Directors, arranging stand-ins/partners, setting handicaps, confirming trophy winners etc, all with the help of a supportive team of experienced colleagues.

If anyone would like to volunteer, or to explore further what would be involved, please speak to me or to any Committee member.

Michael Metcalf
Chairman

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

Midland Regional Improvers Pairs  25th November 2017

This event is to take place on November 25th but no details beyond the basics available at present.  Heats are expected to take place at Spondon and Solihull.  A number of Robin's class took part last year.

TD Training - Saturday 30th Sept, 28th Oct, 11th Nov (click for booking form)

Eccleshall bridge club is hosting these EBU courses (click for info) at Offley Hay Village Hall, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   Pupils mainly from Stone, Eccleshall and Wolverhampton.  Eccleshall are very good hosts.

County Calendar  - Click here for the County Calendar 2017 - 18

The County league division 1 started on September 13th, good to see five Stafford players taking part.  Four more Stafford players will be playing in division 2 but they cannot play their first match until November.  The inter County Dawes matches started on September 10th with the home match against Worcestershire, two Stafford players took part in that.

County AGM  -  Sunday 3rd September

No one came forward to replace Linda Curtis as County Chairman at the AGM.  Jane Sheehan will be joining the committee as Treasurer and Jeff Jones will continue to take over from Judy Mitchell as competitions secretary.  The rest of the committee remain as before.  A number of topics were discussed and left for the committee to debate.

 

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Committee Meetings

Dates for committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays 6th Sept 2017, 15th November 2017, 31st January 2018 and 18th April 2018 following the afternoon bridge session.  If you have concerns that you wish to be brought up at a meeting please contact any member of the committee, email the Secretary or Chairman so that the item may be added to the meeting Agenda

Website

Please email contributions for the website, club news, hands etc to webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk.  All constructive comment welcome on style, content etc.  Also from 2nd July 2017 a letters page available.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.
 

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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
Calendar
Tues 17th Oct Early Start, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 19th Oct Club Pairs 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Tues 24th Oct Early Start, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 26th Oct Early Start, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 28th Oct TD Training day 2 - Offley Hay 10 a.m.
Sat 28th Oct American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Tues 31st Oct Final session of the early start trial  6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Wed 8th Nov Arthur Bloxham Trophy
Wed 8th Nov SSCBA League Round 3 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 9th Nov No morning bridge lesson
Thurs 9th Nov Shelley Round 2 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 11th Nov TD Assessment - Offley Hay 10 a.m.
Tues 14th Nov Children-in-Need sim pairs (evening session)
Wed 15th Nov Children-in-Need sim pairs (afternoon session)
Thurs 16th Nov Men's and Ladies' pairs
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
Sat 25th Nov Midland Regional Improvers Pairs - new date
Sat 25th Nov American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Wed 13th Dec SSCBA League Round 4 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 14th Dec Shelley Round 3 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 15th Dec Friday Night players Christmas Party
Tues 19th Dec Club Christmas Party
Wed 20th Dec Afternoon players Christmas Party
Thurs 28th Dec No morning bridge lesson
2018  
Fri 5th - Sun 7th Jan Midlands Counties Congress
Wed 10th Dec SSCBA League Round 5 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 11th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 18th Jan Dash Trophy
Mon 29th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
   
Fri 13th - Mon 16th April 2018 Away Weekend
Sat 28th Shropshire Congress (Swiss Pairs)
Sun 29th Shropshire Congress (Swiss Teams)
   
Sun 6th May 2018 Annual Dinner
Wed 16th May AGM
   
   
Sun 12th May 2019 Annual Dinner (We plan ahead!!!)
Lessons

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, restarted on Sept 7th, please email Robin if you would like to attend.  Robin has been working with a mix of recently played interesting hands together with other hands to illustrate various conventions.  No lesson on November 9th or December 28th.  Some doubt about 30th November and 7th December.

Paul yet to confirm a date to restart his classes, sometime in October,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend, Paul is looking for about 16 pupils. Paul has been working through hands from an Andrew Robson book.

Not enough interest has been shown in beginner's classes to run them this year.

If you have attended classes you might consider The Midland Regional Improver's Pairs, some of Robin's class entered last year.  No details as yet but changed to be 25th November, watch this space for news.

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/v2/, log-in and click 'my details'  under the "account tab" (extreme right) 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. See page 44 of the August 2017 edition of English Bridge. Click this link for more information http://www.ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/new-laws-2017 but note the "erratum"!

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

 Warehouse

Club Management Focus

Summer 2017 edition out now.

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

The 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, from August 2017 almost all the County news will only appear in the on-line edition.

EBU 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.

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. 

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.

Results
16th October 2017
Monday2
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
11th October 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
10th October 2017
Tuesday 5 boards
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
Calendar
Tues 17th Oct Early Start, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 19th Oct Club Pairs 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Tues 24th Oct Early Start, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 26th Oct Early Start, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 28th Oct TD Training day 2 - Offley Hay 10 a.m.
Sat 28th Oct American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Tues 31st Oct Final session of the early start trial  6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Wed 8th Nov Arthur Bloxham Trophy
Wed 8th Nov SSCBA League Round 3 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 9th Nov No morning bridge lesson
Thurs 9th Nov Shelley Round 2 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 11th Nov TD Assessment - Offley Hay 10 a.m.
Tues 14th Nov Children-in-Need sim pairs (evening session)
Wed 15th Nov Children-in-Need sim pairs (afternoon session)
Thurs 16th Nov Men's and Ladies' pairs
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
Sat 25th Nov Midland Regional Improvers Pairs - new date
Sat 25th Nov American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Wed 13th Dec SSCBA League Round 4 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 14th Dec Shelley Round 3 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 15th Dec Friday Night players Christmas Party
Tues 19th Dec Club Christmas Party
Wed 20th Dec Afternoon players Christmas Party
Thurs 28th Dec No morning bridge lesson
2018  
Fri 5th - Sun 7th Jan Midlands Counties Congress
Wed 10th Dec SSCBA League Round 5 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 11th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 18th Jan Dash Trophy
Mon 29th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
   
Fri 13th - Mon 16th April 2018 Away Weekend
Sat 28th Shropshire Congress (Swiss Pairs)
Sun 29th Shropshire Congress (Swiss Teams)
   
Sun 6th May 2018 Annual Dinner
Wed 16th May AGM
   
   
Sun 12th May 2019 Annual Dinner (We plan ahead!!!)
Lessons

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, restarted on Sept 7th, please email Robin if you would like to attend.  Robin has been working with a mix of recently played interesting hands together with other hands to illustrate various conventions.  No lesson on November 9th or December 28th.  Some doubt about 30th November and 7th December.

Paul yet to confirm a date to restart his classes, sometime in October,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend, Paul is looking for about 16 pupils. Paul has been working through hands from an Andrew Robson book.

Not enough interest has been shown in beginner's classes to run them this year.

If you have attended classes you might consider The Midland Regional Improver's Pairs, some of Robin's class entered last year.  No details as yet but changed to be 25th November, watch this space for news.

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/v2/, log-in and click 'my details'  under the "account tab" (extreme right) 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. See page 44 of the August 2017 edition of English Bridge. Click this link for more information http://www.ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/new-laws-2017 but note the "erratum"!

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

 Warehouse

Club Management Focus

Summer 2017 edition out now.

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

The 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, from August 2017 almost all the County news will only appear in the on-line edition.

EBU 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.

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. 

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.

Results
16th October 2017
Monday2
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
11th October 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
10th October 2017
Tuesday 5 boards
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club