Andrew Robson will be giving a seminar on 31st October 2019. Watch this space for details!
Phil Topley passed away on May 1st aged 94. He will be remembered fondly by some of the longer standing members of the County. Phil was one of the earlier grandmasters and won many competitions at both club and county level. He was also very successful at national level. Over the years he won most of the major national competitions. He also represented England at national level.
His first major success was to be in the winning Gold Cup team in 1955. The captain of the winning gold cup team in the previous 3 years was no other than Terence Reese, a prolific author who to this day is still regarded by many as the greatest ever British player. An early testament to Phil's immense ability. He also won the Crockford's cup, another of the EBU's prestigious teams competitions. The list goes on, national life masters, seniors teams (won 4 times from 2000 to 2006). He also won the Tollemache Cup, the inter county teams of 8; firstly in 1955, again in 1956, playing for the North West and then in 1976, being the only time Staffordshire has won the Tolly. Over the years Phil played locally at Stafford, Newcastle and Wolverhampton.
Phil was very supportive of his partners who always appreciated his helpful advice.
Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Ann who was a regular player at Stafford during Phil's time at the Stafford club.
Phil's funeral will be on Thursday 23rd May 3 o’clock at Stafford Crematorium.
The County Mixed Pairs will take place at WOLVERHAMPTON Bridge Club, Shaw Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE.
Open to all members of the County. (All paid-up members of affiliated Clubs are eligible to play and those who pay their subs directly EBU citing S&SCBA as their county of first allegiance.) Entry fee is £8 per pair payable on the day. Please notify your entry by June 7th to Jeff Jones, telephone 01952 620496.
Holders: John Hartley and Kath Adams
The 2019 Shropshire Congress was held at Telford Centre Hotel (previously The Park Inn), Telford on 27th/28th April 2019.
The winners of the Swiss Pairs are Giles and Gabriel Ip from Norfolk, narrowly beating Sandra Nicholson & Krys Kazmierczak in second, with Eddie Lucioni & John Dakin in third.
There joint winners for the Swiss Teams:
Giles & Gabriel Ip, John Dakin & Eddie Lucioni (who received the trophy) and Sheila Shea, Edward Jones, Wyn Williams and Margaret Barnes. In third were Andrew Thompson, Tom Fisken, Dan Crofts, Ollie Burgess.
Very sadly, because of the diminishing numbers entering the Swiss Teams over recent years, and particularly this year, there will no Swiss Teams next year. We hope that there will be a one-day Swiss Pairs on Saturday 25th April 2020.
If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2019/20 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.
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 Winter 2019 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - https://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=44
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 available for purchase. These were introduced at EBU events from the start of August 2017 to coincide with the annual updates to the Blue Book and White Book.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in April 2019
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.
The Hackett family much involved in the European team taking part in the Buffett Cup April 2019 in China, in the southern coastal city of Haikou, capital of Hainan Province. Paul was captain and Jason and Justin both in the team. The final result was down to the last board with Europe finally losing to the USA and China coming third.
Martin Aherne and Kevin Goode came second in the Leicestershire Green Pointed Swiss Pairs on 2nd March 2019 having won all their 7 matches but losing by 1 VP.
Jason and Richard Bowdery have won the pairs at Bilbao on February 1st - click here for the results.
Dan Crofts (click link for picture but you have to wait a bit to scroll round to Dan's picture - so many pictures were taken at the event!), playing with Andrew Thompson, won the Hudson Cup (Men's Pairs) at the Midlands Counties Congress on January 4th at Solihull.
Trying to attract a younger demographic to the game of bridge, the Students’ Union at Staffordshire University are offering their current students 4 taster sessions. These will be held from 4-6pm on Wednesday March 27th, April 3rd, May 1st and 8th. Newcastle-under-Lyme Bridge Club members have kindly offered to come to the university to deliver sessions to the students. It is hoped that students are inspired and may set up a bridge club at the university but let’s not get ahead of ourselves as firstly, we need to entice the students to try the game. If you know of any Staffordshire University students or staff please encourage them to go along. A report will follow these events.
Lessons usually start in September. Courses are being run at Newcastle, Oswestry, Shrewsbury Improvers, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Wrekin. Newcastle reports a thriving beginners class with 20 pupils and not too late to join as of 24/9/18. Stafford has an equally popular intermediate class. 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.
SSCBA member Dom Wilson has been appointed as a Trustee from August 1st 2018.
Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.
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.