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

 
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EBU
EBU

2016 EBU Master Point Promotions

Life Master (60,000 MPs inc 150 GPs)

  • J Seymour

2 Star Premier Master (15,000 MPs inc 10 GPs)

  • D Newsome

1 Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • S Elphick

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • PJ Allen

County Master (2500 MPs)

  • P Goggin
  • A Jones
  • H Jones
  • M Metcalf
  • S Palmer

District Master (1000 MPs)

  • C Bowen
  • A Dean
  • C Lord
  • P Pymm
  • G Sproston

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • J Brassington
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • M Wood

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • S Clarke
  • S Houghton

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • N Dunn
  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne
  • A Wilson

For 2015 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. 

 
Forthcoming Events and Notices

 

Shelley - 2nd Thursday in the month October until April - Round 1 Thursday 13th October

The number of teams may be limited to ensure an easy movement, an odd numer is simpler although Mike and David between them managed very well with 10 teams last year. Quite some effort was involved beforehand and on the night to cope with 10.  If you have not already put your team down but would like to enter please contact Mike to see if your team can be accommodated.

Summer Cup

There had been some questioning of the decision to stage the Summer Cup on an ad hoc basis when suitable numbers were present on a Thursday evening in recent years.  After discussion at a recent committee meeting, it was decided to continue with the ad hoc basis.  The Summer Cup was eventually played on Thursday 8th September there being exactly seven tables. Teams were selected by lot.  The winners were David & Janet playing with Geoff & Graham, second David A & Margaret playing with Glyn & Derrick and third Anne & John Seymour playing with Liz & Michael S.  A most enjoyable evening and congratulations to the winners.

 

Electronic Scoring Devices

A decision was taken (7/9/16) that more of the up market tablet be purchased and that the club will stick with BridgeTabs for the moment.  The decision was made on the clarity of the display but the down side is the need to put all devices on charge at the end of every session.  The new devices were in use for the first time on Friday 16th September 2016, generally the feedback was positive from the users.

Away Weekend 2017 - 7th/10th April 2017 

Following the success of this year's weekend at the Wyndham Garden Hotel it has been decided to go ahead with an away weekend again in 2017 at the same hotel. 

 

Membership

Subs, £12.50, were due from April 1st. If you have not yet renewed, because you have not yet been to the club since April 1st, but do intend to renew (e.g. when the bowls season is over!) please let Pat (the membership secretary) know.

County News
County News

Edgar Foster Cups - Sunday 18th September at Derby 

Laurence Haynes & Keith Shuttleworth (Shrewsbury) were the overall winners with Celia Day & David Clarke (Wolverhampton) the runners up.  With the third pair in the team, Marion Jordan & Kevin Sullivan (Newcastle) coming 9th, the team event was easily won by Staffs and Shrops retaining their 2015 title.  This is an event where teams of 8 are entered from Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Hereford, Staffs & Shrops, Warwickshire & Worcestershire.  The fourth Staffs and Shrops pair contained a Stafford player who greatly enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience but in no way contributed to the team win!

County Summer Sim Pairs - Monday 15th August

Six clubs, Basford, Chasetown, Newcastle, Oswestry, Stafford and Wolverhampton took part in the S&SCBA sim pairs on Monday 15th August, making a total of 37 tables.  The winners were Penny Grocott & Albert Pankhurst playing at Basford, second Paul Leese & Harold Godwin playing at Newcastle and third Nat White & Mary Bound playing at Oswestry  Congratulations to you all.  Best placed Stafford members were Geoff Davies & John Seymour, playing at Newcastle, coming 4th overall.  Best placed of those that played at Stafford were Malcolm Roberts & Janet Woodward coming 8th.

SSCBA AGM - Held on Sunday 4th September at Wolverhampton

Three Stafford members were present at the AGM to hear the report that SSCBA was in a healthy financial position with increased membership. Some popular events had been held during the year, particularly the No Fear and Sim Pairs.  Two divisions were running in the league, more teams had been hoped for to create a third division. John Withers has stepped down from the committee as membership secretary, Terry May has taken this role on,  Pamela Booth-Jones has taken on John’s EBU shareholder role.  The AGM was followed by the Pheonix Trophy competiton with a tie for first place that brought the rule book out and much head scratching to determine the winner, eventually Jane Stirton and Celia Day were declared the winners although their overall score tied with Dominic Wilson and Jeffrey Jones.  A rather surprised Stafford player came third!!!

League and Staffs Cup teams

New teams were invited to play in the County League during the coming season, September until April, at Wolverhampton.  It had been hoped to have a third division this coming season so that players of all standards could take part; in the end two new teams came forward to replace the two teams that had withdrawn so the situation is as last year, 7 teams in the first division and 6 in the second.

Dawes (Inter County Teams League Event)

Each month, from September until April, 24 Staffs and Shrops members represent the County against 7 other Midlands Counties.  If you would like to be considered for selection to play for the County please contact the team Captain, Paul Cutler (you will have seen Paul at the Shelley sessions).

Shrewsbury Swiss Pairs - Sunday 5th March 2017

An afternoon/evening bridge event not to be missed, blue points and a wonderful tea!

EBU information
EBU information

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.  EBED invites participation by bridge players and others in an on-line survey on a social participation and well being that will take 10 - 15 minutes to complete.  A draw for Amazon vouchers on offer to participants.

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.

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.

Electronic Scorers

Try the red ones out at home! http://www.bridge-scorer.com/Instructions/tbs.swf is an interactive website, click the green "on" button to get started.  When you have tried that you may like to move on to the help for the blue tablets, items 11 to 23 in http://www.bridgetab.com/Instructions/BT_demo_instruction.pdf.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

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

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 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
Learn to play Bridge NOW!!!

Lessons started in September at Stafford Bridge Club. 

  • Improver/Intermediate: Teacher - Robin Adey (01785 661059). Lessons are on Thursdays, at 1:45 p.m from 1st September
  • Beginners: Teacher - Ann Sleightholme (01785 822233). Lessons are on Mondays at 7 p.m. from 12th September
Calendar
1st April Subs Were Due
   
Thurs 29th Sept Afternoon bridge lessons restart
   
Wed 12th Oct SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 13th Oct First round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 22nd October American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 27th Oct Club Pairs
   
Wed 9th Nov Arthur Bloxham Trophy (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.)
Wed 9th Nov SSCBA League  (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 10th Nov Second Round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Tues 15th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Thurs 24th Nov Men's and Ladies' Pairs
Sat 26th November American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Thurs 8th Dec Third round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Wed 14th Dec SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 15th Dec Club Christmas Party
Wed 21st Dec Afternoon players Christmas Party
   
2017  
6th - 9th Jan Midlands Counties Congress - Solihull
Wed 11th Jan SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 12th Jan Fourth round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 26th Jan Dash Trophy
   
Wed 8th Feb SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 9th Feb Fifth round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 23rd Feb SSCBA No Fear Pairs Wolverhampton (10:30 a.m.)
Thurs 23rd Feb Teams of Four (SBC evening)
   
Sun 5th March Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Wed 8th March SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 9th March Sixth round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sun 19th March SSCBA Championship Pairs (Bearn), 1p.m. Wolverhampton
Thurs 23rd March Mixed Pairs
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April Club Away Weekend
Thurs 13th April Seventh round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat/Sun 22/23 April Shropshire Congress
   
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.
EBU request for up to date contact details

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.

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
Feedback

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

Results
26th September 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
24th September 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
23rd September 2016
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
Learn to play Bridge NOW!!!

Lessons started in September at Stafford Bridge Club. 

  • Improver/Intermediate: Teacher - Robin Adey (01785 661059). Lessons are on Thursdays, at 1:45 p.m from 1st September
  • Beginners: Teacher - Ann Sleightholme (01785 822233). Lessons are on Mondays at 7 p.m. from 12th September
Calendar
1st April Subs Were Due
   
Thurs 29th Sept Afternoon bridge lessons restart
   
Wed 12th Oct SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 13th Oct First round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 22nd October American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 27th Oct Club Pairs
   
Wed 9th Nov Arthur Bloxham Trophy (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.)
Wed 9th Nov SSCBA League  (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 10th Nov Second Round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Tues 15th Nov Children in Need Sim Pairs
Thurs 24th Nov Men's and Ladies' Pairs
Sat 26th November American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Thurs 8th Dec Third round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Wed 14th Dec SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 15th Dec Club Christmas Party
Wed 21st Dec Afternoon players Christmas Party
   
2017  
6th - 9th Jan Midlands Counties Congress - Solihull
Wed 11th Jan SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 12th Jan Fourth round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 26th Jan Dash Trophy
   
Wed 8th Feb SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 9th Feb Fifth round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 23rd Feb SSCBA No Fear Pairs Wolverhampton (10:30 a.m.)
Thurs 23rd Feb Teams of Four (SBC evening)
   
Sun 5th March Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Wed 8th March SSCBA League (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 9th March Sixth round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sun 19th March SSCBA Championship Pairs (Bearn), 1p.m. Wolverhampton
Thurs 23rd March Mixed Pairs
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April Club Away Weekend
Thurs 13th April Seventh round of the Shelley 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat/Sun 22/23 April Shropshire Congress
   
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.
EBU request for up to date contact details

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.

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
Feedback

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

Results
26th September 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
24th September 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
23rd September 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club