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!
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 SSCBA Summer Sim Pairs were played at 5 clubs, a total of 38½ tables, on Wednesday 15th August 2018. The final results are now complete. The winners were Pam Booth-Jones & Tony Leech playing at Wrekin, Barbara Tams & Joyce Maddock playing at Newcastle came second with Mike Cornes & Lawrence Haynes playing at Wrekin third. Congratulations all.
Staffordshire & Shropshire Contract Bridge Association
for the Annual General Meeting
to be held on Sunday, 2nd September 2018
Wolverhampton Bridge Club
at 1.30 p.m.
(please note change of time)
Followed by bridge for the Phoenix Trophy.
J. Mitchell, Acting County Secretary
Entries are invited for the SSCBA County League and Staffs Cup 2018 - 19 season. All members of affiliated clubs are eligible to play as well as EBU members who cite S&SCBA as their County of first allegiance. For further details contact Jeff Jones on 01952 620496 (please note the correction to Jeff's phone number). Closing date for entries 17th August 2018.
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 where the team came ninth. 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 were eligible to play in the Midland League Challenge Bowl competition, that took place on 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.
Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.
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.
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.
Jason and Justin won the 2nd prize in the pairs event played 14th August 2018.
Congratulations to Dom Wilson and Jeff Jones who came second in the Swiss Pairs at the Glouscestershire Green point event on Sat 21st July in a very close contest with the winners scoring 100 vp to their 99 vp.
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.
SSCBA member Dom Wilson has been appointed as a Trustee from August 1st 2018.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in July 2018