Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
 
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Away Weekend - 13th to 16th April

 
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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)

  • W Chester
  • F Greaves
  • G Foster
  • M Lowe
  • I Scanlan
  • M Wood

Area Master (500 MPs)

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

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • R Foster
  • N Grainger
  • E Lochee-Bayne
  • D Merriott
  • A Warren

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Ashley
  • J Brown-Bullivant
  • C Davis
  • C Kane
  • H Lakin
  • C Lamb
  • N Purdy
  • J Stevens
  • R Taylor

For 2016 and earlier entries see website.

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Christmas Parties

The parties are:

Thursday 14th December Robin's lesson group got the SBC Christmas party season started. Five tables with a fun movement of 18 hands specially prepared by Robin on topics covered in the recent lessons. Pupils came away with commentaries on the hands.  A very big thank you to Robin for a great deal of hard work.  
Friday 15th December Friday night players party was a fun teams event organised by David. It all worked so well, after a message going adrift Phil and Helena saved the day to allow David's planned table movement to work perfectly! Due to the icy conditions sadly the last few boards had to be abandoned so that players could get home safely.

Tuesday 19th December

The main event to which all are invited. Fun bridge movement. Janet and her team will be in charge of the catering so please sign up for this one in order that Janet can correctly judge the food quantities needed. Early start, 6:30 for 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday 20th December

The final SBC Christmas party, the afternoon player's self catering party. A list has been going round for players to indicate which refreshment items they are happy to supply. 1:15 for 1:30 p.m.

A little polite request, the festive season brings colds and 'flu as well as lots of fun. Please consider other members if you are unfortunate to catch a cold yourself over the party season.

Club Opening Over the Christmas to New Year Period

The club will only be open on Thursday 28th December for the usual session at 7 for 7:15.  All other sessions that week are cancelled see Calendar on the right hand side of this page.  Normal sessions resume on Tuesday 2nd January.

Christmas Party Pictures
  • Friday party 2017a
  • Friday party 2017b
  • Friday party 2017c
  • Lesson2017Table1
  • Lesson2017Table2
  • Lesson2017Table3
  • Lesson2017Table4
  • Robins Lessons 2017

Pictures by David and Robin Please ask them if you would like a copy of an original full size picture.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

The Shelley - Round 3 - Thursday 14th December

All 9 teams turned out despite the icy road conditions.  The results were (raw, handicap, total when combined with the earlier round): 1.  Pugh (36, 0, 33), 2. Clarke (3, -22, 1), 3 Sleightholme (-14, 25, -1), 4..Eaves (-12, 0, -6),  5.Drinkwater (-13, -22, -11),  6. Jones (2, -7, -22), 7. Davies (25, -55, -67), 8. Metcalf (11, -8, -73), 9. Ullmer (-38, -5, -145).  

Paul's Lessons - Restarted Friday 17th November

For various reasons Paul had to delay restarting his lessons until 17th November but 10 a.m. Friday morning classes now up and running again.  Have you got your ticket for Andrew Robson on the 23rd (may yet be a ticket available) or entered the Midland Regional Improver's Pairs both of which are aimed at pupils from the classes at the club.

Away Weekend, 13th - 16th April 2018!

Please put the date in your diary.  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. Generally bridge is played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings leaving the days free.  If you have any queries please speak to David who will be putting a list on the notice board nearer the date for anyone interested to sign up on.

 And Finally.................... October 24th Results

Apologies for the delay.  The results were finally uploaded on 30th November!

County News
County News

Congresses coming up in the area.

Andrew Robson - Thursday November 23rd

Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November

Andrew gave 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.  
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.  

Many Stafford players attended the two sell out events with an interval between for a wonderful meal at Kath's house.

County Calendar  - Click here for the County Calendar 2017 - 18

The County league division 1 started on September 13th, good to see five Stafford players taking part.  Four more Stafford players will be playing in division 2 but they cannot play their first match until November.  The inter County Dawes matches started on September 10th with the home match against Worcestershire, two Stafford players took part in that.

County AGM  -  Sunday 3rd September

No one came forward to replace Linda Curtis as County Chairman at the AGM.  Jane Sheehan will be joining the committee as Treasurer and Jeff Jones will continue to take over from Judy Mitchell as competitions secretary.  The rest of the committee remain as before.  A number of topics were discussed and left for the committee to debate.

 

Wanted

A willing volunteer is urgently sought to be Club Captain for the remainder of this season, to replace Robin Adey, who now feels with regret that he cannot adequately fulfill that role.

The Club Captain is responsible for overseeing bridge sessions and competitions, coordinating the rota of Directors, arranging stand-ins/partners, setting handicaps, confirming trophy winners etc, all with the help of a supportive team of experienced colleagues.

If anyone would like to volunteer, or to explore further what would be involved, please speak to me or to any Committee member.

Michael Metcalf
Chairman

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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.

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.

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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
Tues 19th Dec Club Christmas Party
Wed 20th Dec Afternoon players Christmas Party
Fri  22nd Dec Would there be a quorum?  Please let Ann know if you would like to play.
Mon  25th Dec Christmas Day - No afternoon bridge session
Tues  26th Dec Boxing Day - No evening bridge session
Wed 27th Dec No afternoon bridge session (as voted on 6-12-17)
Thurs 28th Dec No morning bridge lesson
Thurs 28th Dec Normal Evening Bridge is ON, 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Fri 29th Dec No evening bridge session
2018  
Mon 1st Jan Bank holiday - No afternoon bridge session (as voted on 4-12-17)
Thurs 4th Jan Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Fri 5th - Sun 7th Jan Midlands Counties Congress
Wed 10th Jan SSCBA League Round 5 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 11th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 18th Jan Dash Trophy
Sat 27th Jan Chester Congress Pairs, CH3 7AS
Sun 28th Jan Chester Congress Teams, CH3 7AS
Mon 29th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
   
Thurs 8th Feb Shelley Round 5 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Wed 14th Feb SSCBA League Round 6 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 15th Feb Teams of 4
Thurs 22nd Feb No Fear Pairs  10:45 Wolverhampton
   
Fri 13th - Mon 16th April 2018 Away Weekend
Sat 28th April Shropshire Congress (Swiss Pairs)
Sun 29th April Shropshire Congress (Swiss Teams)
   
Sun 6th May 2018 Annual Dinner
Wed 16th May AGM
   
   
Sun 12th May 2019 Annual Dinner (We plan ahead!!!)
Lessons

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, restarted 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.  No lesson on December 28th. 

Paul's lessons restarted on Friday November 17th at 10 a.m,  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.

Not enough interest has been shown in beginner's classes to run them this year.

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"!

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 Summer 2017 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 for news only available on-line.  After December 2017 the County news will no longer appear.

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
18th December 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
14th December 2017
Robins Party
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
13th December 2017
wed no 3
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
Tues 19th Dec Club Christmas Party
Wed 20th Dec Afternoon players Christmas Party
Fri  22nd Dec Would there be a quorum?  Please let Ann know if you would like to play.
Mon  25th Dec Christmas Day - No afternoon bridge session
Tues  26th Dec Boxing Day - No evening bridge session
Wed 27th Dec No afternoon bridge session (as voted on 6-12-17)
Thurs 28th Dec No morning bridge lesson
Thurs 28th Dec Normal Evening Bridge is ON, 7 for 7:15 p.m.
Fri 29th Dec No evening bridge session
2018  
Mon 1st Jan Bank holiday - No afternoon bridge session (as voted on 4-12-17)
Thurs 4th Jan Robin's Lesson 10 a.m.
Fri 5th - Sun 7th Jan Midlands Counties Congress
Wed 10th Jan SSCBA League Round 5 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 11th Jan Shelley Round 4 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Thurs 18th Jan Dash Trophy
Sat 27th Jan Chester Congress Pairs, CH3 7AS
Sun 28th Jan Chester Congress Teams, CH3 7AS
Mon 29th Jan SSCBA Sim Pairs
   
Thurs 8th Feb Shelley Round 5 - 6:45 for 7 p.m.
Wed 14th Feb SSCBA League Round 6 (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 15th Feb Teams of 4
Thurs 22nd Feb No Fear Pairs  10:45 Wolverhampton
   
Fri 13th - Mon 16th April 2018 Away Weekend
Sat 28th April Shropshire Congress (Swiss Pairs)
Sun 29th April Shropshire Congress (Swiss Teams)
   
Sun 6th May 2018 Annual Dinner
Wed 16th May AGM
   
   
Sun 12th May 2019 Annual Dinner (We plan ahead!!!)
Lessons

Robin's lessons, 10 a.m. most Thursdays, restarted 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.  No lesson on December 28th. 

Paul's lessons restarted on Friday November 17th at 10 a.m,  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.

Not enough interest has been shown in beginner's classes to run them this year.

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"!

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 Summer 2017 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 for news only available on-line.  After December 2017 the County news will no longer appear.

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
18th December 2017
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
14th December 2017
Robins Party
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
13th December 2017
wed no 3
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club