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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?

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.

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
Dawes match vs Nottinghamshire

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).

Championship Pairs - Sunday 18th March

The

Championship Pairs

will take place at Wolverhampton Bridge Club on

Sunday 18th March. 

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

Holders: Roger Keane & David Beavon

Winter Simultaneous Pairs

Simultaneous  Pairs

Monday, 29th January 2018

at Clubs

Free Entry

 (though clubs may charge their own table money)

Prize for overall winning Pair

Handout with commentary 

Venues Contact Tel. No. Visitors
Chasetown Kay Brian 01543 674225 Yes
Oswestry     No
Stafford Mike Sherriff 01889 882296 Yes

If as a visitor you would like to play at any of these venues,
please telephone beforehand to check start time and whether or not there is room for you.

There may still time to enter your own club as a venue for a heat.
Please let John Withers know asap (tel: 01384 271089).

Next County Sim Pairs; Wednesday 15th August 2018

No Fear Pairs - Thursday 22nd February

for players who do not normally attend Congresses and County events
and are below the rank of Tournament Master. Non-EBU members welcome.

THURSDAY, 22nd FEBRUARY 2018

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 on 01952 620496 or jeffjt@btinternet.com
or from Linda Curtis on 01902 765027 or lcalice@btinternet.com

For entry form click here

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.

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.

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.

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.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in December 2017

2 Star Master Mary Bound, Roy Cliffird
1 Star Master Elaine Billingham,  Adrienne Jones
Master Tony Larkin,  Margaret Pritchard, John Weston,  Susan Weston
County Master Valli Challener
District Master Lesley Chew, Neville Sutcliffe
Area Master Doreen Blades, Rose Evans, Ruth Garratt, Terry Gurd, Steven Lister, Kath Richards, Joan Webb
Club Master Anjie Bennett, Robert Ferris, Helen Hood,  Gill Moore, John Roberts, Carey Rogers, Clive Shepherd
Local Master Karen Kinsey
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
29th January 2018
Sim Pairs
Clubs
4th February 2018
Dawes v Leics (revised date due to weather in December)
Away 2 p.m.
14th February 2018
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
18th February 2018
Dawes v Warwick
Home 2 p.m.
22nd February 2018
No Fear Pairs
Wolverhampton
Results
14th January 2018
Dawes v Notts
10th January 2018
League
8th November 2017
League
11th October 2017
League
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.

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.

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.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in December 2017

2 Star Master Mary Bound, Roy Cliffird
1 Star Master Elaine Billingham,  Adrienne Jones
Master Tony Larkin,  Margaret Pritchard, John Weston,  Susan Weston
County Master Valli Challener
District Master Lesley Chew, Neville Sutcliffe
Area Master Doreen Blades, Rose Evans, Ruth Garratt, Terry Gurd, Steven Lister, Kath Richards, Joan Webb
Club Master Anjie Bennett, Robert Ferris, Helen Hood,  Gill Moore, John Roberts, Carey Rogers, Clive Shepherd
Local Master Karen Kinsey
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
29th January 2018
Sim Pairs
Clubs
4th February 2018
Dawes v Leics (revised date due to weather in December)
Away 2 p.m.
14th February 2018
League
Wolverhampton 7:15
18th February 2018
Dawes v Warwick
Home 2 p.m.
22nd February 2018
No Fear Pairs
Wolverhampton
Results
14th January 2018
Dawes v Notts
10th January 2018
League
8th November 2017
League
11th October 2017
League