Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
 
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Sunday 14th May 2017 - Annual Dinner

 
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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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Youth Event at Stoke City FC - 8th July

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.  Picture courtesy of www.smugmug.com.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

Annual Dinner and Prize Giving - 14th May - The Chase Golf Club, Penkridge ST19 5RN 

The club Annual Dinner is on Sunday May 14th at 6:30 for 7 p.m. The list is now on the notice board along with the menu.  Please indicate if you would like to attend and what you would choose from the menuLast year's winners, please return your trophies to the club for engraving asap.

AGMAGM - 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 put the date in your diary.

Shelley

Shelley - Final Result after Round 7

Round 7 was played Thursday 13th April.  Unfortunately a player had to pull out at the very last minute so team 1 missing caused the director to scratch his head a bit!   The results after round 7 played Thursday 13h April including the handicaps were: 1. Ullmer 109,   2. Davies 57,  3. Clarke -46,  4. Metcalf  -94,  5 Drinkwater -123 ,  6. Laughlin -148,  7.   Jones -215,   8. Eaves -219,  8. Sleightholme -238. The handicaps are such that each month the totals will be -131 so anyone with a positive score has done really well!  Many congratulations to 2016/17 winning team Ullmer players,  Sylvia, Rose, Helen, Dave and Peter.

 

Away Weekend 2017 - 7th/10th April 2017 

Click the away weekend  link for the report and pictures.  Another enjoyable event, Stafford's fifth. A group of 25, of which 22 were bridge players, headed off to the Ramada Hotel near Grantham.  The weather was so good bridge was limited to the evenings, teams on Friday, pairs on Saturday and pivot teams on Sunday

 

County ShowCounty Show Week -  May 29th

There will be no bridge at the club on Monday May 29th, Tuesday May 30th, Wednesday May 31st or Thursday June 1stNormal bridge sessions, including Paul's lesson, restart on Friday 2nd June.

Annual Subscription

Annual subscriptions of £12.50 were due on April 1st,  Pat Martin has been collecting subs since then.  If you have not already done so please check and sign your membership form and pass your cheque to 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. 

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

Ladies’ Championship Pairs

Monday, 15th May 2017 at Wolverhampton Bridge Club at 7:15 p.m. Entries by 8th May.

 

Men’s Championship Pairs

Monday, 15th May 2017 Wolverhampton Bridge Club at 7:15 p.m. Entries by 8th May.

 

Mixed/Flitch Championship Pairs

Thursday, 8th June at Wolverhampton Bridge Club starting at 7:15 p.m.  Entries by 3rd June. 
Holders: Roger & Elaine Taylor .

Entry fee is £8 per pair payable on the day.  Please notify your entry for these events to  Jeff Jones , Telephone: 01952 620496.

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

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.

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.

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
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
Sat 22nd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs
Sun 23rd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams
Fri 28th April Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri/Sun 28/29/30 April Cheltenham Congress
   
Fri May 5th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
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.
   
Mon May 29th County Show Setting Up - No Bridge
Tues May 30th County Show Setting Up - No Bridge
Wed May 31st County Show - No Bridge
Thurs June 1st County Show - No Bridge
Fri June 2nd Paul's lesson 10 a.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)
Fri June 9th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri June 23rd Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri June 30th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
   
Fri July 7th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Sat July 8th Youth event at Stoke Football Club
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 in the Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sun 15th Oct Midland Regional Improvers Pairs
   
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
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
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.

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
20th April 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
19th April 2017
Wed 19th 2nd atteempt
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
18th April 2017
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
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
Sat 22nd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs
Sun 23rd April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams
Fri 28th April Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri/Sun 28/29/30 April Cheltenham Congress
   
Fri May 5th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
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.
   
Mon May 29th County Show Setting Up - No Bridge
Tues May 30th County Show Setting Up - No Bridge
Wed May 31st County Show - No Bridge
Thurs June 1st County Show - No Bridge
Fri June 2nd Paul's lesson 10 a.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)
Fri June 9th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri June 23rd Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Fri June 30th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
   
Fri July 7th Paul's lesson 10 a.m.
Sat July 8th Youth event at Stoke Football Club
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 in the Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sun 15th Oct Midland Regional Improvers Pairs
   
Thurs 23rd Nov Andrew Robson, Stone House Hotel
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
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.

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
20th April 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
19th April 2017
Wed 19th 2nd atteempt
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
18th April 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club