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Andrew Robson Masterclass - 23rd November

 
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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)

  • Freda Greaves
  • M Lowe

Area Master (500 MPs)

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

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne
  • D Merriott

Local Master (100 MPs)

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

For 2016 and earlier entries see website.

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Forthcoming Events and Notices

SSCBA Sim Pairs (click here for full results) - Tuesday August 15th

9 tables took part in this event at Stafford (Ed thinks more tables than at any of the other clubs taking part).  Many thanks are due to David for ensuring that the event ran smoothly not only by dealing the cards beforehand but also directing and scoring on the night.  Such is the scoring system that when the results are combined with those from other clubs the order of pairs may be changed from that at their local club. This year the winners at each location get a prize in addition to the overall winners, 1st at Stafford were Geoff and Graham, 2nd Deirdre & Michael and 3rd Rachael and Alan.  It was good to see so many of Robin's class taking part and others who are not regular Tuesday evening players.

Children in Need, 14th and 15th November

It has been decided to add an extra "Children in Need" event this year to give Wednesday players a chance to take part on 15th November in addition to the usual Tuesday event on 14th November. 

Early Start

At the AGM it was decided to give a trial period to starting earlier on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:45 for 7 p.m.  It has been decided to start the two month trial in September.  Please pass your comments to any member of the committee.  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.

Dates to put in your new diary for in 2018!

A couple of dates way ahead are the dinner & prize giving on Sunday 6th May 2018 and the away weekend 13th - 16th April 2018. These both come under David's umbrella as Social Events organizer.  The club must thank David and Janet together with Pat & John Andrews for researching a number of new venues for the 2018 away weekend, 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. 

Feedback

Please note committee meeting dates in the revised "Feedback" section of this page should you wish an item to be discussed at a meeting..

A couple of reminders!

How many can say they have never invoked a procedural penalty!  In particular "discussion of the bidding, play or result of a board which may be overheard at another table" see page 115 of the new Law book.  (I will try harder to stop myself doing this - Ed)

The club's reputation for being friendly is so important, one member's thoughtless comment can spoil that not only at the table but, these days, round the world on social media within the hour.  Please take the time to read "Best Behaviour at Bridge".  Mrs-do-as-you-would-be-done-by is the example to follow particularly with new members, fledgling players or visitors. Sometimes it is not the words themselves that are unfriendly but the tone of voice.used - see video below!

On the lighter side you might enjoy this video (after the first 30 second credits)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znigV7VkzF8 regarding director calls.

County News
County News

August Sim Pairs - Tuesday August 15th

The overall result  on the Staffs and Shrops website, overall event won by Geoff and Graham.

2017/18 Staffs Cup and League (click links for posters)

Dealine for entering Cup and League events for 2017/18 season is 14th August.  New teams are invited.  The league is played on the second Wednesday of the month at Wolverhampton.  The cup is played at the home venue of the team indicated as the "home" team on mutually convenient dates.  Winners of these events go on to national and inter county events.

County AGM  -  Sunday 3rd September

The SSCBA AGM takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday 3rd September, click the link here for the notice.  Linda Curtis has announced that she will be stepping down as Chairman at the AGM and nominations are invited for members willing to take on this role.

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. 

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/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"!

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.

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.

Is Bridge a Sport (for the purposes of VAT!)?

Have you been following the arguments?

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. 

Junior Pairs Teach in
Do you have a young family member who would like to learn to play bridge?  If so why not take them along to the Junior Teach-In at Loughborough University 1st - 3rd September. To enter please contact Lisa Miller - lisa@ebedcio.org.uk, 01296 317217 - or download and return this entry form

Feedback

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.

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
Fri/Sat/Sun 1st-3rd Sept Junior Teach-In (Loughborough University) (EBED)
Sun 3rd Sept SSCBA AGM (Wolverhampton)
Tues 5th Sept Beginning of Early Start Trial Period, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs Sept 7th Thursday Lessons restart.
Wed 13th Sept SSCBA League Round 1 (Wolverhampton)
Sun 17th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Ross-on-Wye) for well placed in the Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 30th Sept TD Training day 1 - Offley Hay 10 a.m.
   
Wed 11th Oct SSCBA League Round 2 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 12th Oct Shelley Round 1 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 13th Oct No Bridge - Motorcycle event in the Showground
Thurs 19th Oct Club Pairs
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
   
Wed 8th Nov Arther Bloxham Trophy
Wed 8th Nov SSCBA League Round 3 (Wolverhampton)
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
   
Fri 13th - Mon 16th April 2018 Away Weekend
   
Sun May 6th Annual Dinner
Lessons

Robin's lessons restart 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.

Paul yet to confirm a date to restart his classes, sometime September or 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.

Ann plans to restart beginner's classes in September if there are enough customers, 8 absolute minimum, so please contact Ann if you are interested.

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.

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
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.

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

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 Robin.

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.

Results
18th August 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
17th August 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
16th August 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 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
Fri/Sat/Sun 1st-3rd Sept Junior Teach-In (Loughborough University) (EBED)
Sun 3rd Sept SSCBA AGM (Wolverhampton)
Tues 5th Sept Beginning of Early Start Trial Period, 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs Sept 7th Thursday Lessons restart.
Wed 13th Sept SSCBA League Round 1 (Wolverhampton)
Sun 17th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Ross-on-Wye) for well placed in the Bearn
Sat 23rd Sept Next American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 30th Sept TD Training day 1 - Offley Hay 10 a.m.
   
Wed 11th Oct SSCBA League Round 2 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 12th Oct Shelley Round 1 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Fri 13th Oct No Bridge - Motorcycle event in the Showground
Thurs 19th Oct Club Pairs
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
   
Wed 8th Nov Arther Bloxham Trophy
Wed 8th Nov SSCBA League Round 3 (Wolverhampton)
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
   
Fri 13th - Mon 16th April 2018 Away Weekend
   
Sun May 6th Annual Dinner
Lessons

Robin's lessons restart 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.

Paul yet to confirm a date to restart his classes, sometime September or 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.

Ann plans to restart beginner's classes in September if there are enough customers, 8 absolute minimum, so please contact Ann if you are interested.

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.

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
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.

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

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 Robin.

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.

Results
18th August 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
17th August 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
16th August 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club