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Midlands Counties Congress 5 - 7 January 2018

Green pointed Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams Level 4 events taking place in Solihull, B91 3EP, click here for a brochure.  Also Blue Pointed Pairs and Open teams (Friday).

Chester Congress - 27th, 28th January 2018

Blue Pointed Championship Pairs (27th) and Swis Teams (28th) both starting at 12 Noon. Contact Alan Sharples, 01513 -538371

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.

 
Welcome to Staffs & Shrops Contract Bridge Association
County Match v Leics 10th December Cancelled
County Match  v Leics. due to take place on Dec 10th cancelled due to the inclement weather and the amber snow warnings issued for Sunday.
Winter Simultaneous Pairs Invitation

S & S C B A

Winter Simultaneous Pairs

Monday, 29th January 2018, at Clubs
Free Entry
(though clubs may charge their own table money)

Prizes for heat winners and Prize for overall winning Pair

Handout with commentary

Please let John Withers know if your Club is prepared to hold a heat, giving a contact name and telephone number, whether you welcome visitors & expected numbers of tables.

Please give the name & address of person who should receive the duplimate file or hand records for making up the boards and commentary.

Email address: jwithersx@gmail.com
or telephone no: 01384 271089

Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November
Andrew Robson Thursday 23rd November

Andrew gave two of his inspiring master classes, on Thursday November 23rd at The Stone House Hotel, with sold out afternoon and evening sessions. 

How does Andrew manage to instruct so many of such a wide ability range so well and apparently all so effortlessly?

  • Afternoon session  Suit establishment in trump contract, take out double, showing your share.  
  • Evening  session    After INT opener, bidding big hands, cheat seat.

Kath Adams hosted the cordon bleu interval meal, where did the story of fish and chips come from?  Very, very many thanks to Kath and her team of helpers.

TD Training Course

There was a good turn out for the assessment session of the course taken by James Vickers and hosted by Eccleshall Bridge Club.  Members of several local clubs took advantage of the opportunity to try for qualification as TDs under the new 2017 laws. The end result was the recruitment of 16 more directors for the County, four were awarded a distinction in the assessment - very well done.  Thank you James and Eccleshall Bridge Club.

County News  ( The Last Hurdle)

Successes for S&S Players in Spain

At the three day tournament in Marbella, 9th - 11th November 2017, Paul Hackett playing with Bhim Ruia won the first prize. Jason Hackett also picked up a prize.  Jason Hackett & Richard Bowdery (also a member of S&S) have won the first prize in Oviedo on 24th November 2017.

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EBU
EBU

Magazine

The EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a printed copy.   From August 2017 the County News items will  mainly appear in the on-line extra section leaving more space in the printed edition for general interest items.  The EBU will take stock of the situation again at the end of the year to see how popular the change is.

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 Summer 2017 edition of the Club Management Focus is out now see - http://www.ebu.co.uk/newsletters/?id=38

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.

Dawes Matches - 2 p.m.

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.

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.

Bridge Activity Day at Adams Grammar School, Newport.

On July 18th 2017 Adams Grammar School had a bridge activity day. 60 students took part 40 had not played bridge before the rest had some knowledge. Teacher Collette Lonnigan spoke to them initially about the basics of bridge, then the rest of the day was getting them to play mini-bridge.
Jeff Jones, Jayne Ball, Val Lupton and Linda Curtis helped out for the rest of the day along with another teacher Neil. The students were divided into 3 classrooms the experience was noisy, exhausting but very worthwhile. Young people pick new things up quickly.
When the September Term starts they hope to run Bridge Club on Monday and Friday lunchtime and after school on Wednesday. Jeff Jones and Jayne Ball want to help with this and Linda would like to hear from anyone in the Newport Area that is willing to give up an hour a week to help.
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT LINDA CURTIS 01902 765027 lcalice@btinternet.com. The future of bridge is young people and we need to get involved to enable this.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in November 2017

Master John Higgs
County Master Tom Fisken
Area Master Maureen Bishop, Helen Roberts, Brian Sinker, Eileen Sinker
Local Master Clair Davis, Ros Taylor
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
13th December 2017
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
5th January 2018
Midland Counties Congress
Solihull
6th January 2018
Midlands Counties Congress
Solihull
7th January 2018
Midlands Counties Congress
Solihull
10th January 2018
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
Results
8th November 2017
League
11th October 2017
League
13th September 2017
League
10th September 2017
Dawes v Worcester
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.

Dawes Matches - 2 p.m.

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.

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.

Bridge Activity Day at Adams Grammar School, Newport.

On July 18th 2017 Adams Grammar School had a bridge activity day. 60 students took part 40 had not played bridge before the rest had some knowledge. Teacher Collette Lonnigan spoke to them initially about the basics of bridge, then the rest of the day was getting them to play mini-bridge.
Jeff Jones, Jayne Ball, Val Lupton and Linda Curtis helped out for the rest of the day along with another teacher Neil. The students were divided into 3 classrooms the experience was noisy, exhausting but very worthwhile. Young people pick new things up quickly.
When the September Term starts they hope to run Bridge Club on Monday and Friday lunchtime and after school on Wednesday. Jeff Jones and Jayne Ball want to help with this and Linda would like to hear from anyone in the Newport Area that is willing to give up an hour a week to help.
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT LINDA CURTIS 01902 765027 lcalice@btinternet.com. The future of bridge is young people and we need to get involved to enable this.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in November 2017

Master John Higgs
County Master Tom Fisken
Area Master Maureen Bishop, Helen Roberts, Brian Sinker, Eileen Sinker
Local Master Clair Davis, Ros Taylor
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
13th December 2017
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
5th January 2018
Midland Counties Congress
Solihull
6th January 2018
Midlands Counties Congress
Solihull
7th January 2018
Midlands Counties Congress
Solihull
10th January 2018
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
Results
8th November 2017
League
11th October 2017
League
13th September 2017
League
10th September 2017
Dawes v Worcester