Congress to be held at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA, on 28th/29th April 2018, click here for entry form. Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell.

The Cheltenham Congress runs from Friday 4th May until Sunday 6th May at the Chase Hotel, Brockworth.  Click here for an entry form.

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Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association

Shropshire Congress

at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA

Green Pointed Swiss Pairs

Holders: Jason Hackett & Adrian Kenworthy

Saturday, 28th April 2018

starting at 1.30 p.m.; prize-giving c.9.30 p.m.
7 x 7 board matches; interval for early supper after 4 matches

 

Green Pointed Swiss Teams

Holders: Jill Mumford, Arni Anidjar-Romain, Aleksander Lishkov & John Dakin

Sunday, 29th April 2018

starting at 11.30 a.m.; prize-giving c. 7.15 p.m.
7 x 7 board matches; interval of 45 mins. for light lunch after 2 matches

 Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell, Tel: 01743 235374

Championship Pairs - Sunday 18th March

Who would believe that snow would cause a problem in mid-March.  Unfortunately a number had to pull out due to the road conditions but the competition nevertheless went ahead with a field mainly drawn from those who play in Dawes matches.  Winners were James Vickers & Martin Church, second Paul Cutler & Geoff Davies with Marianne Alexander & Judy Mitchell third.

Mixed/Flitch
Championship Pairs

Thursday, 14th JUNE 2018

revised date owing to the weather in March

Contact: Jeff Jones Telephone: 01952 620496. Click here for the revised poster.

EBU

Magazine

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 Bridge Warehouse (previously the EBU Shop)Warehouse

The EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.

Club Management Focus

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.

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.

Welcome
Welcome

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, TettenhallWolverhampton and Wrekin.  Wolverhampton Bridge Club became the playing headquarters of S&SCBA in December 2013.

Adrian Kenworthy and Jason Hackett have won the pairs in Cordoba, Spain on 17th/18th March 2018.  In addition to the money prize they also won a ham each!

Nearer home, Barbara Hackett won the Easter Festival Swiss Teams and came fourth in the Swiss Pairs.  Barbara has been selected to play for Germany in the European championships and she came to the Easter tournament to practise with her German partner Anne Gladiotor.  Barbara regularly plays in the SSCBA Dawes team.

Dave Debbage, playing with John Sansom, won the Godiva Swiss Pairs on 14th April at the Coventry Congress.  Several SSCBA players took part in this event.

The Dawes matches for the 2017/18 season are now completed for Staffs and Shrops with the last match being played on March 25th.  Some Counties final matches to be played on April 19th, until then the overall rankings not finally decided. 

If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2018/19 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.

EBED

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.

EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in  March 2018

National Master Sarah Amos
2 Star Master Mike Barlow
Master Eileen Woolverton
County Master Mary Johnson,  Jenny Rogers
District Master Gordon Skene,  Jason Webb
Area Master Eileen Ayres,  David Wright
Club Master Isobel Rees
Local Master Kenneth Townsend

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.

Contact Webmaster

Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.

Calendar
28th April 2018
Shropshire Congress (Swiss Pairs)
Telford
29th April 2018
Shropshire Congress (Swiss Teams)
Telford
14th June 2018
Mixed Pairs (revised date)
Wolverhampton
15th August 2018
Summer Sim Pairs
Clubs
2nd September 2018
AGM & Phoenix Trophy
Wolverhampton
Results
Dawes v Gloucester (revised date)
Director: Patrick
Scorer: Patrick
Championship Pairs (Bearn Final)
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
League
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers