Recent minutes of committee meetings, including a resumé of the 2018 AGM, can be seen under the information tab above.
The next committee meeting is Thursday 1st November. All clubs are invited to send a representative to committee meetings. Any items for the agenda should be forwarded to Judy Mitchell.
A number of SSCBA members took part in NWBA, GREEN POINTED, SWISS PAIRS event that was held on Sunday 7th October 2018.
Four teams, U26; U26 Women; U21; U16 qualified at the European Championships to represent England at the World Youth Teams Championships in Wujiang, China 8th to 18th August 2018! Despite some excellent performances at times, all four England teams at the World Youth Team Championships in China have missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages.
The match report for the Dawes match against Leicestershire on Sunday have been posted in the Dawes folder. As ever, James would welcome comments or contributions (J.Vickers@wlv.ac.uk).
This annual event, aimed at intermediate players, took place at Newcastle-under-Lyme Bridge Club on Sunday 4th November 2018 with 11 tables in the main section and 4 tables in the mini-bridge section. The winners of the main section were Martin Aherne & William McLauchlan, second Kevin Goode & Tracy Aherne and third Helen Sugrue & Peggy Grocott.
In the mini bridge section, teacher and winners pictured, most of those playing had received about 8 lessons from Viv Milne but 2 had not played bridge before that afternoon and received a crash course over lunch!The group played 12 boards with the occasional need for help from Viv. Teaching has covered leads and scoring which is carried out in the same way as normal bridge. Previously the group had played in a mini bridge simultaneous pairs event organised by EBED. Viv is going to introduce 1NT opening bids next lesson and the bidding boxes will start being used. (For those who have not played mini-bridge, players count their points and the one with the most becomes the declarer and the dummy immediately goes down. After this the declarer then decides the contract and the lead is made by the opponents with dummy already face up.)
A series of one-day training seminars leading to a qualification of EBU Club Director will be held at Stafford Bridge Club over the Autumn/Winter 2018/19. They are designed to teach the skills required to run simple games at the club, and will cover the general approach to directing in clubs, organisation, movements, scoring, and basic application of rules and regulations.
The dates are Saturdays 20th October (Essentials), 10th November (Book Rulings Day 1), 1st December (Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2) and January 12th (Assessment). The sessions will begin around 10:30 am (time to be confirmed), and will continue throughout the afternoon with a break for lunch (bring your own sandwiches) finishing around 4:30 p.m. Further details will be available in due course.
To book a place, please log onto My EBU and select the Book Courses option from the Utilities tab or contact Richard Banbury on 01296 317218. Click the link here for more information including charges.
Free entry to All EBU AFFILIATED CLUBS (Clubs to set their own table money)
Hand-outs with Commentary
Prize for overall winning Pair
Prizes for heat winners
Please inform John Withers (Tel No 01384 271089) if your club is prepared to hold a heat. Please provide details of the contact named person to receive the duplimate file or hand records for making up boards and commentary. Click for details.
for players who do not normally attend Congresses and County events and are below the rank of Tournament Master
Non-EBU members welcome.
THURSDAY, 21st FEBRUARY 2019
At Wolverhampton Bridge Club, Shaw Park Business Village, Shaw Park, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE
(extra parking in near-by car-park)
Come early at 10.45 for tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival
To start at 11.30 a.m.
Light Lunch with sandwiches and cakes
Prize-giving at about 4 p.m.
Entry fee £20.00 per pair
Further details from:
JEFF JONES (01952 620496), Linda Curtis (01902 765027) or click for entry form.
If you would like to be considered for selection in the team for the 2018/19 season please contact Paul Cutler, 07939 977499.
The 2018-19 timetable for the leagues is now available to view. First round for division 1 is on Wednesday September 12th, and, for division 2 Wednesday October 10th.
Unless otherwise arranged matches take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 for 7:15 p.m. at Wolverhampton Bridge Club, Unit 4, Shaw Park Business Village, Shaw Road, WOLVERHAMPTON WV10 9LE (Tel: 01902 424422)
For further details contact Jeff Jones on 01952 620496.
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 Summer 2018 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - http://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=42
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.
Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.
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.
Lawrence Haynes playing with Trevor Thrower won the West of England Congress Swiss Pairs played on 29th September 2018. Many congratulations both.
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.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in October 2018
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.