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Shropshire Congress 28th/29th April 2018

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

Junior Teams

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?

Cheltenham Congress

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

 
Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association
No Fear Pairs - Thursday 22nd February

A most enjoyable day. North South winners were Polly Green & Christine Penny with Marianne Alexander & Colin Whiteheand second and Janet Bradley & Christine Hartley third,  EW winners were Rose Jessop & Ann Sleightholme with Brian McLaughlan & Isobel Rees second and Sarah Currie & John Major third.  Many thanks to Jeff for running the event, to Jeff's wife and her team for the excellent catering and to Alma for the scoring.

Mixed/Flitch Pairs

Mixed/Flitch
Championship Pairs

Thursday, 1st MARCH 2018

at 7:15 p.m.

Contact: Jeff Jones Telephone: 01952 620496. Click here for details.

Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs - Sunday 4th March

Shrewsbury Contract Bridge Club hosts

Open Swiss Pairs
on Sunday 4th March

at 2 p.m. at Radbrook Community Centre, SY3 6DZ

PROGRAMME

7 x 5 board matches
Duplimated boards & bridge-mates used;

Interval for Superb Afternoon Tea at about 4 p.m.
Prize-giving at about 7.30 p.m.
Cash Prizes according to EBU Scales;
Prize for leading non-expert Pair;
Blue Points awarded.

Click here for further details and entry form.  Entries by 24th February to Mrs Judy Mitchell.

Championship Pairs - Sunday 18th March

Championship Pairs

will take place at Wolverhampton Bridge Club on

Sunday 18th March at 1 p.m.

Winners and well placed pairs qualify to go forward for National (Corwen Trophy, 2nd and 3rd June) and regional events (Edgar Foster Cups) 16th September.

Holders: Roger Keane & David Beavon

Shropshire Congress - 28th and 29th April

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

EBU
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.

County Sim Pairs - Played 29th January 2018
County Sim Pairs - Played 29th January 2018

Five clubs eventually took part in this event, 37½ tables in total.  The winners were Linda Davies & Robert Hunt playing at Oswestry, second Joy McCann & Malcolm Roberts playing at Stafford and third Pam Allan & Rachael Ashmore playing at Chasetown, congratulations all. (The results as at 3rd February indicate played on the 24th!) The next SSCBA Sim Pairs will be on Wednesday 15th August.

Dawes Matches - 2 p.m.

The results of the Dawes match against Nottinghamshire have been uploaded to the results section, and a Butler ranking list and a match report can be found in the Dawes folder. James would welcome any comments on any of the hands (J.Vickers@wlv.ac.uk).

Please note that Dawes matches will be starting at 2 p.m. this season.

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

New Year Success Stories

SSCBA players, Jason Hackett and Richard Bowdery, finished 2nd in the Oslo New Year's Cup teams event, 7th January 2018, with team mates Høines & Hjelvik. Ed Levy and Paul Hackett were second in the Manchester Congress (7th January) and Paul was in the winning team in the teams event 8th January.  Well done all.

Lessons

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.

EBED
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
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in December 2017

4 Star Master Geoffrey Neal
County Master John Butterfield, Jean Mangan, Ann Whiteman
District Master Sean Clarke, Toni Hamp, William Mclauchlan
Club Master John Avon
Club Blue Point Events

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
1st March 2018
Mixed Pairs
Wolverhampton
4th March 2018
Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Shrewsbury
14th March 2018
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
18th March 2018
Championship Pairs (Bearn Final)
Wolverhampton
25th March 2018
Dawes v Gloucester (revised date)
Away 2 p.m.
Results
22nd February 2018
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers
18th February 2018
Dawes v Warwick
24th January 2018
sim pairs final result
Scorer: john withers
14th January 2018
Dawes v Notts
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.

County Sim Pairs - Played 29th January 2018
County Sim Pairs - Played 29th January 2018

Five clubs eventually took part in this event, 37½ tables in total.  The winners were Linda Davies & Robert Hunt playing at Oswestry, second Joy McCann & Malcolm Roberts playing at Stafford and third Pam Allan & Rachael Ashmore playing at Chasetown, congratulations all. (The results as at 3rd February indicate played on the 24th!) The next SSCBA Sim Pairs will be on Wednesday 15th August.

Dawes Matches - 2 p.m.

The results of the Dawes match against Nottinghamshire have been uploaded to the results section, and a Butler ranking list and a match report can be found in the Dawes folder. James would welcome any comments on any of the hands (J.Vickers@wlv.ac.uk).

Please note that Dawes matches will be starting at 2 p.m. this season.

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

New Year Success Stories

SSCBA players, Jason Hackett and Richard Bowdery, finished 2nd in the Oslo New Year's Cup teams event, 7th January 2018, with team mates Høines & Hjelvik. Ed Levy and Paul Hackett were second in the Manchester Congress (7th January) and Paul was in the winning team in the teams event 8th January.  Well done all.

Lessons

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.

EBED
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
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in December 2017

4 Star Master Geoffrey Neal
County Master John Butterfield, Jean Mangan, Ann Whiteman
District Master Sean Clarke, Toni Hamp, William Mclauchlan
Club Master John Avon
Club Blue Point Events

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
1st March 2018
Mixed Pairs
Wolverhampton
4th March 2018
Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs
Shrewsbury
14th March 2018
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
18th March 2018
Championship Pairs (Bearn Final)
Wolverhampton
25th March 2018
Dawes v Gloucester (revised date)
Away 2 p.m.
Results
22nd February 2018
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers
18th February 2018
Dawes v Warwick
24th January 2018
sim pairs final result
Scorer: john withers
14th January 2018
Dawes v Notts