Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire are hosting a bridge festival in Oxford from September 18 to 21 inclusive. The festival is aimed at players who play for fun rather than master points and we hope it will prove attractive to players from all over the country. Last year we had visitors from as far afield as Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Sussex - this year we would like to see more!
This year's Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Green point event will be on Saturday 21st July (Swiss Pairs) and Sunday 22nd July (Swiss Teams) 2018 at The Larruperz Centre, HR9 7QD. Click here for entry form.
Owing to the unprecedented success of the EBU four Junior Squads (U26; U26 Women; U21; U16) at the European Championships during the summer the EBU is in the happy position of having to send four Junior teams to China in 2018 for the World Youth Team Championships. Would you like to help towards the costs?
Prizes for heat winners and
Prize for overall winning Pair
Handout with commentary
Please let John Withers, 01384 271089, know if your Club is prepared to hold a heat, giving a contact name and telephone number, whether you welcome visitors & expected numbers of tables.
Wolverhampton Bridge Club has entered the EBU Summer Simultaneous Pairs which will be played on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 at 7.30pm. This national competition provides a chance to pit your wits against other players across the country!
The event will be run in line with the EBU rules. A prize for the overall winner will be awarded nationally to the overall winner; also individual club winners will have a chance to be drawn in a national raffle. A detailed commentary of the hands will be available to players.
Table money for this event will be higher than usual - £10 per pair. This is to cover the costs of national entry and includes a subsidy from the club. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Linda Curtis, tel 01902 765027
A good number of players took part in this competition on the revised date of 14th June following the bad weather earlier in the year. With 2 board rounds every pair played every other pair, most enjoyable. The winners of the Championship Mixed Pairs were Kath Adams & John Hartley (Stafford) with Pamela Booth-Jones & Tony Leech (Wrekin) second and John Day & Pat Stacey (Newcastle) third. Winners of the Championship Flitch Pairs were Roger and Elaine Taylor (Wolverhampton). Many thanks to James Vickers for directing and Jeff Jones for organising the event.
The Staffs Cup has been won by Paul Hackett's team winning against Celia Day's team in the final. The winners were elible to play in the Pachabo competition that took place on June 8th. The final league match between Kath Adams team and the Hackett team has been conceded so the score is 17-0 to the Hackett team. The final result for the first division is that the Hackett team came 1st with 95 points, 2nd were the Keane team with 88 points and 3rd were the Day team with 54 points. The winners are eligible to play in the Midland League Challenge Bowl competition, July 8th at Gloucestershire CBA. The final result for the second division is first the Aherne team with 74 points, 2nd Sleightholme team with 57 points only just ahead of the Beach team with 56 points. Congratulations all. The Staffs Plate has been run this year for the first time in a while and has been won by Norman Jones' team.
If you would like to be considered for selection in one of the SSCBA teams in this regional event involving 8 Midlands Counties please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.
Subject to obtaining an EBU licence clubs are entitled to hold 2 blue pointed events per year, 3 blue points are equivalent to 1 green point.
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The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a printed copy. After December 2017 the County News items will no longer appear, either in the on-line extra or in the printed edition, leaving more space for general interest items. Please ensure that you contact the webmaster with any club news that you would like to appear here on the County website.
The minutes of EBU Board meetings are posted on the EBU website. When minutes are approved at a meeting they are moved in to the archive, accessed further down the page.
The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
The Autumn 2017 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - http://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=39
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 use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.
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.
Welcome to Staffordshire and Shropshire Contract Bridge Association (S&SCBA). The area covered by the Association ranges from the Welsh border in the West to Burton on Trent in the East, Newcastle under Lyme in the North to Ludlow in the South. Our objectives are to promote duplicate bridge in the counties, to encourage inter-club, etc., competitions and to employ the funds in the best interests of the game.
The County has teams of eight entered in the Midland League (Dawes, Porter and Markham) and annually enters a team in the EBU Tollemache competition. The Midlands league covers Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire in addition to ourselves. The County also participates in the Edgar Foster Cups and Midland Teams Challenge Bowl, events for the six counties of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and ourselves.
During the winter months teams of four league matches for County members are held on the second Wednesday of the month, and there is also a team of four knock-out competition. Inter Club Sim Pairs are run regularly, and, various pairs competition events are held annually.
County clubs affiliated to the EBU are Border, Chasetown, Eccleshall, Nantwich, Newcastle, Newport, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.
SSCBA was represented by two teams in this event played at Cheltenham Bridge Club, Gloucesterhire headquarters, on 8th July 2018. Roger Keane's team came third and Dave Clarke's ninth.
Jason Hackett playing with and John Sansom won the Llangollen Swiss pairs on 8th July 2018
Some Staffs and Shrops players have done well during 2017/18 season in this competition with Justin Hackett, as a member of Brian Senior's team, eventually being the losing finalists to Paula Leslie's team in the seventh round. Along the way, in the third round, Brian Senior's team played against Dan Crofts team that also included SSCBA member Celia Day.
Lessons usually start in September. Courses are being run at Newcastle, Oswestry, Shrewsbury Improvers, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Click the link here for more details.
The 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.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in June 2018