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2014 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500MP's)

  • P Campbell
  • S Elphick

Master (5,000MP's)

  • P Tallon
  • J Woodward

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • L Clarke
  • S Holden
  • K Smith
  • A Whiteman
  • J Whiteman
  • S Ullmer

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • B Chester
  • C Lord
  • T Maltby
  • A Ratcliffe
  • L Richards

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • K Barnes
  • J Brassington
  • C Bowen
  • J Heath
  • S Hilton
  • A Jones
  • H Jones
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • I Scanlon

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Bourne
  • G Foster
  • A Hensby
  • A Jones
  • H Jones
  • S Lister
  • B Riddle
  • I Scanlan
  • G Skene
  • A Stewart
  • M Wood

For 2013 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. 

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Forthcoming Events and Notices

Arthur Bloxham Trophy -  Wednesday 5th November

Formally known as the restricted pairs event this competition is restricted to regular Wednesday afternoon players

BBC Children in Need Sim Pairs -  Tuesday 11th November

This nationwide (and beyond) Sim Pairs event, run by ECats, is taking place at SBC during the Tuesday evening session on November 11th. Please support this, if you cannot play that night maybe you would like to make a donation? All proceeds with be going to the charity, last year the club raised £196 for Children in Need.

Ladies' and Men's Pairs -  Thursday 27th November

Time to be arranging your partner for these events, the list will be going up shortly.

Club Pairs -  Played Thursday 23rd October

The winners were Geoff & Robin (66.37%) from Pam A & Rachael (60.05%) in second place and Mike & Pam E (57.67%) third; congratulations to you all.  There was a very good turn out for the event,  including plenty from Robin's class, taking part.  Competitions coming up soon are the Arthur Bloxham Trophy, for the Wednesday players, on 5th November and the Ladies' and Men's pairs on 27th November and of course round 2 of the Shelley on 13th November.



Shelley Round 1 Result - Played Thursday 10th October

The results following the first round of the Shelley with the inclusion of the handicaps are:  Sleightholme (84), Lord (19), Davies (2), Clarke (-5), Ullmer (-9), Drinkwater (-14), Eaves (-15), Laughlin(-31) and Metcalf (-44).  The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.


The 65 Club

These are the top 10 pairs, as at 14th October 2014, who have achieved the highest scores since April 2011 
1 Beryl & Michael Metcalf 78.75%
=2 Pam Ewan & Mike Sherriff 76.39%
=2 Barrie Woodward & Philip Pymm 76.39%
4 Olive Morgan & Ernie Houghton 76.25%
5 Philip Pymm & Terry Maltby 75.69%
6 Liz Clarke & Shirley Elphick 75.42%
=7 Barbara Riddle & Gordon Skene           75.00%
=7 David Drinkwater & Pat Andrews         75.00%
9 Joyce & Tony Brew 74.50%
10 Mike Sherriff & Ivor Clarke 74.40%

American Supper -  Saturday 22nd November at 6:45 for 7 p.m

The first two American Suppers after the summer recess got off to a very good start, well attended fun evenings with some new recruits.  Next one planned for November 22nd. The American Suppers are popular events appealing to players of all abilities, one partner brings food, the other a prize. Visitors are very welcome.


EBU change to the Magazine

You will notice that the style of the magazine has changed. The October 2014 magazine has more, but smaller pages, than the old style. You can view old editions of the magazine on-line and current items county results and obituaries that were not able to be fitted in the printed edition.


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.

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County News

County AGM

The County AGM took place on August 31st.  The proposal that County Subscriptions be increased to £3 from August 2015 was passed by a large majority.  Following the success of the No Fear events at Wolverhampton it was hoped that more such events could be arranged outside the County headquarters during the coming year.


Edgar Foster Cups - Sunday 21st September

Stafford pair, Peter Collier & Dave Rowley, having done well at the Bearn Final in April went on to play in the Edgar Foster Cups competition representing Staffs & Shrops.  The Edgar Foster Cups is an inter County event, 4 pairs represent each of the  six participating counties.  Dave and Peter did well in a very strong field.

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Stafford Bridge Club is located at the back of the Grandstand on the County Showground, ST18 0BD (Ordnance Survey ref:  SJ 958 053).  This EBU affiliated club meets regularly throughout the year except during the County Show etc on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (7:00 for 7:15 p.m.) and Wednesday afternoons (1:15 for 1:30 p.m.). In addition the club also meets on some Monday afternoons 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).


Wed 5th November Arthur Bloxham Trophy - 1:15 for 1:30 p.m. (restricted entry)
Tues 11th November Children in Need sim pairs
Thurs 13th November Round 2 of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Sat 22nd November American Supper - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 27th November Ladies' and Men's pairs competition.
Wed 10th December Wednesday Afternoon Christmas Party
Thurs 11th December Round 3 of the Shelley - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 18th December Club Christmas Party
Sat 20th December American Supper?
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Please email comments re website, club news,  hands etc to webmaster@staffordbridgeclub.co.uk.  All constructive comment welcome.

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.


Jannersten Bridge Scorers

The Bridge-Scorer wireless scoring devices were installed in November 2013. The general opinion is that the devices are very straightforward for the players to use but the "on device" results can be difficult to read and may be slowing play. A request has been put in for North to make sure that every player at the table has the opportunity to see the results screen before moving on to the next board. Would you like to see rolling results on the club room screen during the session? Some new devices are in the pipeline, BridgeTabs, to run alongside the present scorers, hopefully the new devices will be easier to read. In preparation for the new devices some changes were  made to the software on July 31st 2014, you may notice some minor differences. 


I really don’t want the ongoing scores on a screen  - very distracting, and likely to slow play.  Also the screen would not be visible to all.
The present scorers are hard to read  - why is the screen so ill- lit ?  They also are a real pain if a mistake is inadvertently made in entering something, as you can’t go back and put it right.  This would not matter if all players were perfect, and never made an error!

I do appreciate all the hard work put in by those who keep everything running for us. Regards Ann Stevenson


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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.

31st October 2014
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
30th October 2014
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29th October 2014
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