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.
This year's Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Green point event will be on Saturday 21st July (Swiss Pairs) and Sunday 22nd July (Swiss Teams) 2018 at The Larruperz Centre, HR9 7QD. Click here for entry form.
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?
at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA
Holders: Jason Hackett & Adrian Kenworthy
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
Holders: Jill Mumford, Arni Anidjar-Romain, Aleksander Lishkov & John Dakin
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
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.
Contact: Jeff Jones Telephone: 01952 620496. Click here for the revised poster.
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 EBU's shop has undergone a rebranding and is now called the Bridge Warehouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in March 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.
Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.