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

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Old ú10 Notes

Please do not use old £1 coins, old £5 notes or old £10 notes at the club as none of these are now legal tender.

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.

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. 


2018 EBU Master Point Promotions

Master (5,000 MPs)

  • E Clarke

County Master (2,500 MPs)

  • A Whiteman

District Master (1,000 MPs)

  • S Clarke
  • W Pitt

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

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Interesting Hands
What is the best bid for the biggest score?

Yes, pass!

Your partner will be assuming you have some six or seven points, so you are not worth a jump to five diamonds.  Realising this, a bid of four diamonds would work reasonably well.

But consider the alternative.  Pass, you have two possible tricks of your own and your partner should have strength in spades opposite your singleton and on point count you should be able to defeat three hearts and you might not be able to make game.

The full deal is above, three hearts doubled = 1100.......whilst bidding four diamonds and the bidding continued Pass 4 Spades Pass 5 clubs Pass 5 diamonds All Pass.  Even making with an overtrick only scores 420.  So think about the alternatives before making the 'Obvious' bid.  The first thing to come to mind is not always the best.

Excerpt abbriaviated from The Complete Book of Bols Bridge Tips.


Above is a hand submitted by Len Armstrong as an entry for the competition
Win a 'Free' night of Bridge.
If you have a 'good', 'interesting' or 'unusual' hand that you can submit, with the bidding and plan of play etc. that we can put on the Web Site and ask others to submit their solutions for the best result and bidding etc,
we will give a 'Free' night both to the provider of the hand used and the best/nearest solution giver.
Send hands and solutions by email or hand them (legibly written!) to a Committee Member.