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2014 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500MP's)

  • P Campbell
  • S Elphick

Master (5,000MP's)

  • P Tallon
  • J Woodward

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • L Clarke
  • S Holden
  • K Smith
  • J Whiteman
  • S Ullmer

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • B Chester
  • C Lord
  • A Rstcliffe
  • L Richards

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • K Barnes
  • C Bowen
  • J Heath
  • S Hilton
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Bourne
  • J Brassington
  • G Foster
  • A Hensby
  • A Jones
  • H Jones
  • S Lister
  • I Scanlan
  • A Stewart
  • M Wood

For 2013 and earlier entries see website.

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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. 

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Forthcoming Events and Notices

Edgar Foster Cups - Sunday 21st September

Stafford pair, Peter Collier & Dave Rowley, having done well at the Bearn Final in April went on to play in the Edgar Foster Cups competition representing Staffs & Shrops.  The Edgar Foster Cups is an inter County event, 4 pairs represent each of the  six participating counties.  Dave and Peter did well in a very strong field.

First Round of the Shelley -  6:45 for 7 p.m. Thursday 9th October

There are 9 teams entered to play this year in this handicapped teams of four competition. If any players wish to make up a team please contact Mike.



Friday Forum -  10 a.m. Friday 10th October

The next Friday Forum is planned for October 10th.  This popular event is open to any club member wishing to improve their play under the guidance of the club experts. It helps with the planning if you let Mike know in advance if you wish to attend.

Lessons restarted in September.

Lessons restarted in September, if you are interested in joining a class please contact Robin Adey 01785 661059 for intermediate level (Thursday afternoons), Paul Laughlin 01889 881733 for improvers class (Tuesday afternoons) or Ann Sleightholme 01785 822233 for the beginners class (Monday evenings). 

American Supper -  Saturday 27th September

The first American Supper after the summer recess got off to a very good start with six tables. Winners Linda & Paul, Alan & Rachael, John & Joy, Pat & Steve, Ivor & Liz. Can anyone identify the mystery prize - it was not an Aspidistra as suggested by some! Happily the prize has now gone to a very good new home for some much needed tlc!!!!

Bryan Baker Competition - Sunday 14th September at 2 p.m.

After handicapping taken into account the winners were Ernie and Ghayur (56.17), second Rachael & Alan (54.85) with Leila & Christine (53.04) third and Ivor & Liz (52.83) fourth.   Great tea laid on by Sylvia and her team!  A fun afternoon at the club while "Bargain Hunt" was filmed outside!


Summer Cup

As last year this event was played on the spur of the moment on Tuesday 19th August when there were 7 tables. It is a handicapped event so it was decided that the pairs sitting at the tables would become a team.  The results were:

  1. Michael & Beryl Metcalf and Joan Bradshaw & Maureen Allard
  2. Mike Sherriff & Pam Ewan and Paul Laughlin & Anne Hidderley
  3. Robin Adey & Geoff Davies and Ann & John Whiteman

Full details of scores and handicaps are on the club notice board.


EBU change to the Magazine

You will notice that the style of the magazine has changed. The October 2014 magazine has more, but smaller pages, than the old style. You can view old editions of the magazine on-line and current items county results and obituaries that were not able to be fitted in the printed edition.


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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County News

County AGM

The County AGM took place on August 31st.  The proposal that County Subscriptions be increased to £3 from August 2015 was passed by a large majority.  Following the success of the No Fear events at Wolverhampton it was hoped that more such events could be arranged outside the County headquarters during the coming year.


League Teams - 2nd Wednesday in the month at Wolverhampton starting on September 10th

Thanks to hard work by Judy Mitchell and Linda Curtis the Teams in the League have been increased from 9 last season to 14 in the 2014/15 season thus enabling divison 2 to be reinstated.  One team is entirely made up of Stafford players and two other teams include Stafford players.

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Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.). In addition the club also meets on some Monday afternoons 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).


Thurs 2nd October Intermediate Class 1:45 p.m.
Mon 6th October Beginners Class (Year 2 start at 6:45 p.m., year 1 start at  7:30p.m.)
Thurs 9th October Round 1 of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 10th October Friday Forum - 10 a.m.
Thurs 23rd October Club Pairs
Wed 5th November Arthur Bloxham Trophy - 1:15 for 1:30 p.m. (restricted entry)
Thurs 13th November Round 2 of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 11th December Round 3 of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 18th December Club Christmas Party
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Please email comments re website, club news,  hands etc to webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk.  All constructive comment welcome.

What do you think?

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.


Jannersten Bridge Scorers

The Bridge-Scorer wireless scoring devices were installed in November 2013. The general opinion is that the devices are very straightforward for the players to use but the "on device" results can be difficult to read and may be slowing play. A request has been put in for North to make sure that every player at the table has the opportunity to see the results screen before moving on to the next board. Would you like to see rolling results on the club room screen during the session? Some new devices are in the pipeline, BridgeTabs, to run alongside the present scorers, hopefully the new devices will be easier to read. In preparation for the new devices some changes were  made to the software on July 31st 2014, you may notice some minor differences.


I really don’t want the ongoing scores on a screen  - very distracting, and likely to slow play.  Also the screen would not be visible to all.
The present scorers are hard to read  - why is the screen so ill- lit ?  They also are a real pain if a mistake is inadvertently made in entering something, as you can’t go back and put it right.  This would not matter if all players were perfect, and never made an error!

I do appreciate all the hard work put in by those who keep everything running for us. Regards Ann Stevenson


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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.

30th September 2014
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
29th September 2014
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
26th September 2014
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
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