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

 
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EBU
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2016 EBU Master Point Promotions

Life Master (60,000 MPs inc 150 GPs)

  • J Seymour

County Master (2500 MPs)

  • M Metcalf
  • S Palmer

District Master (1000 MPs)

  • 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
  • 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. 

 
News Flash - Pick up your pass now!

Two events at the showground are coming up, Momentum (22nd - 26th July) and Soul Survivors.(27th - 31st July).  Bridge Club members will require a pass to get in to the Showground on these dates.  Passes will be available at the club from the 18th.  If you require a pass and will not be at the club before the 22nd please email the webmaster asap who will arrange one for you.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

Road Works - A518 Weston Road

The Weston Road became one way for nine weeks from June 13 for Severn Trent to lay a new sewer.  There is no problem getting to the Showground coming from the Stafford direction but you need to take a diversion if you approach the club from the Weston direction - allow extra time.  If you realise that you will be late please ring the club, 01785 246611, not less than 12 minutes before the session is due to start to let the scorer know. The scoring system does not cope well with unexpected late arrivals (arriving with less than 12 minutes to session start time) and the scorer gets more grey hair!!! Your journey will be affected by the one way system either on the way to the club (coming from the NE) or the way home (going SW). 


Regional Improver's Sim Pairs - 3rd July 2016

Good to see 5 pupils from Robin's class plus a spouse taking part in the Regional Sim Pairs at Spondon and Solihull.  Sadly no podium finish for Stafford players, webmaster hoping for a report of both venues, did anyone take a camera? With 17.5 tables this may be enough encouragement for the Midlands Region to put on a similar event next year.

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 and delay holding the event until September, when the roadworks are finished.  (Ed's comment, if you want to be sure of taking part make sure that you play every Thursday after the roadworks are finished until the competition has been held!)

 

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

County Summer Sim Pairs - Monday 15th August

Stafford will be taking part in the County Sim Pairs at the usual club afternoon session on August 15th.  Wednesday afternoon players enjoyed this event last year with Paul and Linda coming third overall out of the 40 pairs that took part.

League and Staffs Cup teams

New teams are invited to play in the County League during the coming season, September until April, at Wolverhampton.  It is hoped to have a third division this coming season so that players of all standards can take part.  Contact Judy Mitchell asap if you would like to enter a team this year.

Improvers Sim Pairs - July 3rd

Regional Pairs

A new event was organised in 2016 for the Midlands Region for "improvers" with less than 5 or 6 years bridge playing experience.  Six Stafford members, five of whom attend Robin's lessons, took part either at Derby or Solihull.  Best placed Stafford pair were Sandy and Frank Townsend playing at Spondon (Derby), sadly not amongst the prize winners though.  Pictured above are the winners, Steve Smith & Jason Webb, receiving their trophies from Dan Evetts of the EBU with Linda Curtis SSCBA chairman. Click here for the hand commentary

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!

Convention Cards

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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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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
Calendar
1st April Subs Were Due
   
Mon 15th Aug  SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs
   
2017  
Sun 5th March Shrewsbury Swiss Pairs
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April 2017 Club Away Weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 April 2017  Shropshire Congress
The Silly Season!

Bidding in the USA, to bid a No Trump has taken on a new interpretation recently, should this be "announced" or "alerted"!  Click the link for the statisics!

Lessons

New classes will be starting at Stafford in September.  If you are interested in joining please contact the class tutor, click here for information.

An agreement has been reached between Vu-Bridge and EBED to offer access to V-Blue free to EBUTA teachers and at a discounted rate to EBU students.  Hands and quizzes to play on-line have been prepared for use alongside book 1 and book 2. Pupils, please be sure you select Acol bidding!   The Vu-Bridge Minibridge course of ten lessons is available free on the web at: www.vubridge.com/minibridge

Play a new practice hand each week!

Click here for ACOL bidding

Click here for Standard American bidding

V-Blue - The beginners e-newsletter: 20 hands to play every two weeks

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.

EBU request for email addresses

This message has come from the EBU to the SBC secretary.

Members that do not have their email address on our (EBU) records won’t be able to access the EBU member’s area if they don’t know their password, or be able to reset if necessary.  It also means that we (EBU) cannot contact them by email should we need to. With more of our (EBU) communications and services being offered via email, or the EBU website, having members’ email addresses is of key importance.

The EBU only has email addresses for about a third of SBC members.  If you are happy for the SBC secretary to forward your email address to the EBU please indicate on the list on the notice board.

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
21st July 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
20th July 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
19th July 2016
Tuesday b
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
Calendar
1st April Subs Were Due
   
Mon 15th Aug  SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs
   
2017  
Sun 5th March Shrewsbury Swiss Pairs
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April 2017 Club Away Weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 April 2017  Shropshire Congress
The Silly Season!

Bidding in the USA, to bid a No Trump has taken on a new interpretation recently, should this be "announced" or "alerted"!  Click the link for the statisics!

Lessons

New classes will be starting at Stafford in September.  If you are interested in joining please contact the class tutor, click here for information.

An agreement has been reached between Vu-Bridge and EBED to offer access to V-Blue free to EBUTA teachers and at a discounted rate to EBU students.  Hands and quizzes to play on-line have been prepared for use alongside book 1 and book 2. Pupils, please be sure you select Acol bidding!   The Vu-Bridge Minibridge course of ten lessons is available free on the web at: www.vubridge.com/minibridge

Play a new practice hand each week!

Click here for ACOL bidding

Click here for Standard American bidding

V-Blue - The beginners e-newsletter: 20 hands to play every two weeks

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.

EBU request for email addresses

This message has come from the EBU to the SBC secretary.

Members that do not have their email address on our (EBU) records won’t be able to access the EBU member’s area if they don’t know their password, or be able to reset if necessary.  It also means that we (EBU) cannot contact them by email should we need to. With more of our (EBU) communications and services being offered via email, or the EBU website, having members’ email addresses is of key importance.

The EBU only has email addresses for about a third of SBC members.  If you are happy for the SBC secretary to forward your email address to the EBU please indicate on the list on the notice board.

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
21st July 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
20th July 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
19th July 2016
Tuesday b
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club