Stafford Bridge Club: EBU Affiliated
 
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7th - 10th April 2017 - Away Weekend

 
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EBU
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2016 EBU Master Point Promotions

Life Master (60,000 MPs inc 150 GPs)

  • J Seymour

1 Star Master (10,000 MPs)

  • S Elphick

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • PJ Allen

County Master (2500 MPs)

  • P Goggin
  • M Metcalf
  • S Palmer

District Master (1000 MPs)

  • C Bowen
  • A Dean
  • C Lord
  • P Pymm
  • G Sproston

Area Master (500 MPs)

  • J Brassington
  • W Pitt
  • D Royle
  • M Wood

Club Master (200 MPs)

  • S Clarke
  • S Houghton

Local Master (100 MPs)

  • N Dunn
  • A Wilson

For 2015 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. 

 
Forthcoming Events and Notices

Summer Cup

There had been some questioning of the decision to stage the Summer Cup on an ad hoc basis when suitable numbers were present on a Thursday evening in recent years.  After discussion at a recent committee meeting, it was decided to continue with the ad hoc basis.  (Ed's comment, if you want to be sure of taking part make sure that you play every Thursday until the competition has been held!)

 

Electronic Scoring Devices

BridgeMates vs BridgeTabs

There has been much discussion about the BridgeTab scoring devices.  The Committee would have conducted a survey of an alternative system – BridgeMate 2 – during the Stone Friendly match on 24th June but unfortunately the match was cancelled. The fundamental differences are:

BridgeMate BridgeTab
  • Easy to use buttons for data entry
  • Sensitive Touch Screen Data Entry
  • Reliable Radio communication system
  • WiFi comminication system, can be "iffy"
  • Black lettering on a small screen with a green background
  • Large full colour screen
  • No link with actual cards played in feedback
  • Link with actual cards available in feedback
  • Internet connection NOT required
  • Internet connection required to start up
  • Bespoke device
  • Any Android device may be used
If you have experience of both devices perhaps you might like to give a member of the committee your valuable opinion on the pros and cons of the two types.  Most SBC member's experience is limited to BridgeTabs (or their predecessors - the red BridgeScorers) and have their likes and dislikes of the tablets but what does he know of England who only England knows (misquote?  Apologies to Kipling.)

Away Weekend 2017 - 7th/10th April 2017 

Following the success of this year's weekend at the Wyndham Garden Hotel it has been decided to go ahead with an away weekend again in 2017 at the same hotel. 

 

Membership

Subs, £12.50, were due from April 1st. If you have not yet renewed, because you have not yet been to the club since April 1st, but do intend to renew (e.g. when the bowls season is over!) please let Pat (the membership secretary) know.

County News
County News

County Summer Sim Pairs - Monday 15th August

Six clubs, Basford, Chasetown, Newcastle, Oswestry, Stafford and Wolverhampton took part in the S&SCBA sim pairs on Monday 15th August, making a total of 37 tables.  The winners were Penny Grocott & Albert Pankhurst playing at Basford, second Paul Leese & Harold Godwin playing at Newcastle and third Nat White & Mary Bound playing at Oswestry  Congratulations to you all.  Best placed Stafford members were Geoff Davies & John Seymour, playing at Newcastle, coming 4th overall.  Best placed of those that played at Stafford were Malcolm Roberts & Janet Woodward coming 8th.

SSCBA AGM - 2 p.m. Sunday 4th September

The SSCBA AGM will be held at Wolverhampton Bridge Club followed by bridge.  One or two changes on the committee and a great chance to try out BridgeMates if you have not yet used a BridgeMate.

League and Staffs Cup teams

New teams are invited to play in the County League during the coming season, September until April, at Wolverhampton.  It is hoped to have a third division this coming season so that players of all standards can take part.  Contact Judy Mitchell asap if you would like to enter a team this year.

Dawes (Inter County Teams League Event)

Each month, from September until April, 24 Staffs and Shrops members represent the County against 7 other Midlands Counties.  If you would like to be considered for selection to play for the County please contact the team Captain, Paul Cutler (you will have seen Paul at the Shelley sessions).

Shrewsbury Swiss Pairs - Sunday 5th March 2017

An afternoon/evening bridge event not to be missed, blue points and a wonderful tea!

EBU information
EBU information

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.  EBED invites participation by bridge players and others in an on-line survey on a social participation and well being that will take 10 - 15 minutes to complete.  A draw for Amazon vouchers on offer to participants.

EBU change to the magazine, English Bridge.

Members will have noticed the change to the EBU magazine. The new style 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.

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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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 a monthly  American Supper on Saturday evenings 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).

 

ABOUT THE CLUB
Learn to play Bridge NOW!!!

Lessons will be starting in September at Stafford Bridge Club.  Look out for the ebedcio advertisement in The Daily Telegraph Weekend section Saturday 20th August.

  • Improver/Intermediate: Teacher - Robin Adey (01785 661059). Lessons are on Thursdays, at 1:45 p.m
  • Beginners: Teacher - Ann Sleightholme (01785 822233). Lessons are on Mondays at 7 p.m.
Calendar
1st April Subs Were Due
   
Mon 29th Aug Bank Holiday but Normal Bridge is On
   
Thurs 1st Sept Robin's lessons restart, 1:45 p.m.
Sunday 4th Sept SSCBA AGM 2p.m. Wolverhampton
Mon 12th Sept Beginner's lessons start, 7 p.m.
   
2017  
6th - 9th Jan Midlands Counties Congress - Solihull
   
Thurs 23rd Feb SSCBA No Fear Pairs Wolverhampton
   
Sun 5th March Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Sun 19th March Championship Pairs (Bearn), 1p.m. Wolverhampton
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April Club Away Weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 April Shropshire Congress
   
Sun 14th May Annual Dinner
Mon 15th May SSCBA Ladies' Pairs Wolverhampton
Mon 15th May SSCBA Men's Pairs Wolverhampton
EBU request for email addresses

This message has come from the EBU to the SBC secretary.

Members that do not have their email address on our (EBU) records won’t be able to access the EBU member’s area if they don’t know their password, or be able to reset if necessary.  It also means that we (EBU) cannot contact them by email should we need to. With more of our (EBU) communications and services being offered via email, or the EBU website, having members’ email addresses is of key importance.

The EBU only has email addresses for about a third of SBC members.  If you are happy for the SBC secretary to forward your email address to the EBU please indicate on the list on the notice board.

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.

Feedback

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.

Electronic Scorers

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
31st August 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
30th August 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
29th August 2016
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 a monthly  American Supper on Saturday evenings 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).

 

ABOUT THE CLUB
Learn to play Bridge NOW!!!

Lessons will be starting in September at Stafford Bridge Club.  Look out for the ebedcio advertisement in The Daily Telegraph Weekend section Saturday 20th August.

  • Improver/Intermediate: Teacher - Robin Adey (01785 661059). Lessons are on Thursdays, at 1:45 p.m
  • Beginners: Teacher - Ann Sleightholme (01785 822233). Lessons are on Mondays at 7 p.m.
Calendar
1st April Subs Were Due
   
Mon 29th Aug Bank Holiday but Normal Bridge is On
   
Thurs 1st Sept Robin's lessons restart, 1:45 p.m.
Sunday 4th Sept SSCBA AGM 2p.m. Wolverhampton
Mon 12th Sept Beginner's lessons start, 7 p.m.
   
2017  
6th - 9th Jan Midlands Counties Congress - Solihull
   
Thurs 23rd Feb SSCBA No Fear Pairs Wolverhampton
   
Sun 5th March Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Sun 19th March Championship Pairs (Bearn), 1p.m. Wolverhampton
   
Fri/Sat/Sun 7/10 April Club Away Weekend
Sat/Sun 22/23 April Shropshire Congress
   
Sun 14th May Annual Dinner
Mon 15th May SSCBA Ladies' Pairs Wolverhampton
Mon 15th May SSCBA Men's Pairs Wolverhampton
EBU request for email addresses

This message has come from the EBU to the SBC secretary.

Members that do not have their email address on our (EBU) records won’t be able to access the EBU member’s area if they don’t know their password, or be able to reset if necessary.  It also means that we (EBU) cannot contact them by email should we need to. With more of our (EBU) communications and services being offered via email, or the EBU website, having members’ email addresses is of key importance.

The EBU only has email addresses for about a third of SBC members.  If you are happy for the SBC secretary to forward your email address to the EBU please indicate on the list on the notice board.

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.

Feedback

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.

Electronic Scorers

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
31st August 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
30th August 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club
29th August 2016
Scorer: Stafford Bridge Club