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2014 EBU Master Point Promotions

Advanced Master (7,500MP's)

  • P Campbell
  • S Elphick

Master (5,000MP's)

  • R Jessop
  • P Laughlin
  • P Tallon
  • J Woodward

County Master (2,500MP's)

  • S Hilton
  • L Paull

District Master (1,000 MPs)

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

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • B Chester
  • A Jones
  • H Jones
  • C Lord
  • T Maltby
  • A Ratcliffe
  • L Richards
  • G Sproston

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • K Barnes
  • J Brassington
  • C Bowen
  • J Heath
  • L Howse
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • I Scanlon

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • A Bourne
  • G Foster
  • A Hensby
  • S Lister
  • B Riddle
  • 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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Club away weekend, 10th - 13th April 2015
Club away weekend, 10th - 13th April 2015

Following 2 very successful trips to Lytham St Annes a change of scene has been researched and The Little Thatch Inn at Quedgeley, Gloucester has been selected for the 2015 event.  Price will be £56 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.  Questions to Sylvia, 01889 585682.  David, Janet, Sylvia and her husband spent an enjoyable weekend, 10th/11th January, at The Little Thatch Inn and gave the new venue their seal of approval. David of course took his camera and the above is one of his - more available on request.

Forthcoming Events and Notices

The Dash Handicap Pairs Competition - Thursday 22nd January 2015.

The Dash Handicap Pairs event was played 22nd January with 8 tables taking part.  After handicapping taken in to account the result was extremely close!

1st. Peter Collier & Dave Rowley              55.82%
2nd. Liz Clarke & Clare Lord                     55.77%
3rd. Sylvia Ullmer & Helen Jones.             55.16%

Congratulations all.  Full results are on the notice board.


The County Simultaneous Pairs - Tuesday 27th January 2015.

Five clubs, including Stafford, who play on a Tuesday night are taking part this year.  Good to let Mike know if you plan to play as it may be that visitors wish to play at Stafford then and it would help Mike to know if there would be room to accommodate them.

American Supper - January 31st at 6:45 for 7 p.m

The next American Supper is to be hosted by John and Ann Whiteman, please contact them either by email or telephone 01785 780089. Partners will be required but can probably be arranged if you give John and Ann a couple of days notice. These are fun social events, one partner brings food and the other a prize. Visitors are always welcome.

The Bearn Qualifier - Thursday 5th February 2015.

The Bearn is route to the top!  The top pairs at Stafford on February 5th qualifiy to play in the County Final at Wolverhampton on Sunday 22nd March, the winners there go on to represent the County at the National Corwen event on 30th/31st May in Birmingham.  Individual Staffs and Shrops EBU members of non-affiliated clubs are welcome to play at the Stafford event by prior arrangement with Mike Sherriff (01889 882296).

Shelley Round 4 - Results

The results following the fourth round of the Shelley, played on January 8th, with the inclusion of the handicaps are:  Sleightholme (83), Clarke (33), Lord (31),  Davies (17), Ullmer (-8),  Metcalf (-42), Eaves (-47), Laughlin (-55) and Drinkwater (-64).  The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.  The fifth round will be played on February 12th.


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

Midlands Counties Congress, 9th, !0th & 11th January.

The Midlands Counties Congress takes place at a new venue this year, the West Midlands Bridge Club in Solihull.  

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).


Tues 27th Jan County Sim Pairs
Sat 31st Jan American Supper (6:45 for 7 p.m.)
Thurs 5th Feb Bearn Qualifier
Thurs 12th Feb Round 5 of the Shelley (6:45 for 7 p.m.)
Thurs 26th Feb Teams of Four
Sun 8th March Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Thurs 12th March Round 6 of the Shelley (6:45 for 7 p.m.)
Sun 15th March President's Cup
Sun 22nd March Bearn Final (Wolverhampton)
Thurs 26th March Club Pairs
Thurs 9th April or 16th Round 7 of the Shelley (6:45 for 7 p.m.)?
Fri 10th - Mon 13th April Away weekend at Quedgeley, Gloucester
Sat 11th April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Pairs
Sun 12th April Shropshire Congress - Swiss Teams
Thurs 16th April Round 7 of the Shelley (6:45 for 7 p.m.)?
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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? We now have a few new BridgeTabs devices to run alongside the BridgeScorers.  These were given their first run in earnest on Friday 14th November 2014. The new devices are easier to read.  Some changes were made to the software on July 31st  2014 to allow for the BridgeTabs.


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.

26th January 2015
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
23rd January 2015
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
22nd January 2015
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
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