Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
 
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Partners for afternoon sessions

Should you require a partener for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 07931702776, text or email.

How can you help?

It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and end of sessions (loading the dishwasher), don't leave the director to do everything!

If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact David Drinkwater or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.

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

2018 EBU Master Point Promotions

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • I Andrew
  • E Clarke

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • S Holden
  • A Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • J Brassington
  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt
  • G Skene

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • C Kane
  • A Wilson

For 2017 and earlier entries see website.  See also the leader board.

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.

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ACCESS TO SHOWGROUND

Please be aware that the main gates to the County Showground may be closed. There is concern that travellers in the area might try to gain access. The main gates must be closed after leaving all bridge sessions until such time as this area of concern passes.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

Rotas for Directors, Scorers and Duplimators

A list for the next quarter is now on the notice board for each individual to sign up for the dates they can manage according to their skill, directing, scoring and/or duplmating.  Terry, as the new club Captain, will be the one left filling in any blanks on the lists so make sure he knows the dates that you definitely cannot manage. Some "one on one" scoring training sessions could also be arranged for the brave after all the problems lately!  The Duplimate machine is delicate and should be used with care so again duplimate training needed to avoid damaging it.  Please sign up on the rota in the area (or areas) that you are qualified for or approach Michael if you would like to attend an EBU director training course.  New volunteers needed for directing and scoring, particularly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

AGM - Wednesday 16th May at 5 p.m.

The well attended AGM took place on Wednesday 16th May following the afternoon bridge session.  A number of new faces were welcomed on to the committee. More details will follow shortly,

County News
County News

SSCBA AGM - Wolverhampton 1:30 p.m. Sunday 2nd September.

If you have any views on the County Bridge Association, good or bad, please take the opportunity to attend the meeting.  The AGM is followed by a friendly bridge session playing for the Phoenix Trophy.

SSCBA Mixed Pairs - Played on Thursday 14th June at Wolverhampton 

Very good to see 4 Stafford pairs taking part in this event.  The winners being Stafford members Kath Adams & John Hartley. A most enjoyable all play all event.

SSCBA League Results

Twelve Stafford members, with mixed success, have taken part in the leagues during the 2017/18 season, six in division 1 and six in division 2.   The final division 1 result only came in on May 17th!  Congratulations to Geoff, who played in second placed Roger Keane's team along with Paul Cutler and David Beavon all of whom took part in the Shelley at Stafford during 2017/18.  In the second division the Sleightholme team squeezed into 2nd place by just one point and thus gain promotion to the first division next season.  

Time to be getting your team together for the 2018/19 season.  If you would like to enter a new team please contact Jeff Jones.

Dawes Matches

Would you like to take part in the inter-county Dawes matches?  These are played on Sundays monthly from September until March, home matches at Wolverhampton away matches at clubs over the West Midlands region, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.  Please contact Paul Cutler if you would like to be considered for an SSCBA team.

Lessons

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, 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.  Watch the calendar for dates on/off or check with Robin. A few of Robin's notes - page a work in progress.

Paul's lessons for improvers are on most Friday mornings at 10 a.m,  please contact Paul if you would like to attend. Paul has been working through hands from an Andrew Robson book.

Not enough interest has been shown in beginner's classes to run them this year but contact Ann if you would like her to start a group.

Members Page
Members Page
Need a Partner?
Check your EBU number?
Check Rankings?

If you have trouble accessing the members only area email webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk
Feedback

Committee Meetings

Committee meeting dates 18/19 scheduled for Wednesday 20th June 2018, 5th September, 14th November, 30th Jan 2019 and 17th April 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.  It has been proposed to make the minutes available through the website to members only (in addition of course to the existing paper record file in the office).

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.

Duplicate Bridge Round Timer

Webmaster and son's duplicate bridge round timer available.
 

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 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 600260 (Chairman), 01785 241853 (Secretary), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

ABOUT THE CLUB
Calendar
Thurs 28th June Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Fri 29th June Paul's Lesson 10 a.m.
   
Thurs 5th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Sun 8th July Midlands Counties Challenge Bowl (Glos)
Thurs 12th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Thurs 19th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m. (last before the summer break)
   
Wed 15th August SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs
   
Sun 2nd Sept SSCBA AGM 1:30 p.m. Wolverhampton
Thurs 6th Sept Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.  (lessons recommence after summer break)
Sun 16th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Worcs)
Sat 22nd Sept American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Mon 8th - Sun 14th Oct Really Easy Congress, Andalucia
Sat 22nd Sept American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 27th Oct American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 24th Nov American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Fri 3rd - Sun 6th Jan 2019 Midland Counties Congress (Solihull)
Sat 26th Jan American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 28th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
   
Thurs 21st Feb No Fear Pairs (tbc)
Sat 23rd Feb American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 2nd Mar Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs (tbc)
Sun 17th Mar SSCBA Championship Pairs (The Bearn) WBC
Sat 23rd Mar American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs (Telford)
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams (Telford)
   
Sun May Annual Dinner
Tues 14th May AGM
   
Thurs 13th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs
   
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"! See also David's notes on the subject.

What an achievement!

Four teams, U26; U26 Women; U21; U16 have qualified at the European Championships to represent England at the World Youth Teams Championships in China this summer!

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

 Warehouse

Club Management Focus

Click Link for Spring 2018 edition.

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 (not updated since 12/17) for news only available on-line.  After the December 2017 edition the latest County news will no longer appear either in print or on-line.

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.

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. 

Results
25th June 2018
Monday
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
22nd June 2018
Friday
Director: Ann Sleightholme
Scorer: Ann Sleightholme
21st June 2018
Thursday
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 600260 (Chairman), 01785 241853 (Secretary), 01785 246611 (Club, during bridge sessions only).

ABOUT THE CLUB
Calendar
Thurs 28th June Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Fri 29th June Paul's Lesson 10 a.m.
   
Thurs 5th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Sun 8th July Midlands Counties Challenge Bowl (Glos)
Thurs 12th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Thurs 19th July Robin's Lesson 10 a.m. (last before the summer break)
   
Wed 15th August SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs
   
Sun 2nd Sept SSCBA AGM 1:30 p.m. Wolverhampton
Thurs 6th Sept Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.  (lessons recommence after summer break)
Sun 16th Sept Edgar Foster Cups (Worcs)
Sat 22nd Sept American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Mon 8th - Sun 14th Oct Really Easy Congress, Andalucia
Sat 22nd Sept American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 27th Oct American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 24th Nov American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Fri 3rd - Sun 6th Jan 2019 Midland Counties Congress (Solihull)
Sat 26th Jan American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Mon 28th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
   
Thurs 21st Feb No Fear Pairs (tbc)
Sat 23rd Feb American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 2nd Mar Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs (tbc)
Sun 17th Mar SSCBA Championship Pairs (The Bearn) WBC
Sat 23rd Mar American Supper 6:45 for 7 p.m.
   
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs (Telford)
Sat 27th Apr Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams (Telford)
   
Sun May Annual Dinner
Tues 14th May AGM
   
Thurs 13th June SSCBA Mixed Pairs
   
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"! See also David's notes on the subject.

What an achievement!

Four teams, U26; U26 Women; U21; U16 have qualified at the European Championships to represent England at the World Youth Teams Championships in China this summer!

The Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

 Warehouse

Club Management Focus

Click Link for Spring 2018 edition.

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 (not updated since 12/17) for news only available on-line.  After the December 2017 edition the latest County news will no longer appear either in print or on-line.

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.

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. 

Results
25th June 2018
Monday
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
22nd June 2018
Friday
Director: Ann Sleightholme
Scorer: Ann Sleightholme
21st June 2018
Thursday
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club