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Shropshire Congress 22nd/23rd April 2017

Congress to be held at Park Inn, Telford, TF3 4NA, on 22nd/23rd April 2017. Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell.

Cheltenham Congress

The Cheltenham Congress runs from Friday 28h April until Sunday 30th April at the Chase Hotel, Brockworth.  Click here for an entry form.

President's Cup

The Northern Counties President's Cup will be held on 15/16 July 2017 at Manchester Bridge Club.  This is an invitational teams event.

Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Green Point Event

This year's Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Green point event will be on Saturday 22nd July (Swiss Pairs) and Sunday 23rd July (Swiss Teams) 2017 at The Larruperz Centre, HR9 7QD

 
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County Championship Pairs - 19th March 2017
County Championship Pairs - 19th March 2017

Congratulations to David Beavon and Roger Keane who won the 2017 Championship Pairs with a score of 60%. Second were Ed Levy and David Debbage, third Bill Sherman and James Vickers.  The top players go on to compete for the Corwen Trophy on 3rd-4th June in Northampton.  The S&S team for the Edgar Foster Cups are also chosen from the results of this competiton, both individual and team cups won by Staffs and Shrops last year.

EBU Club Liason Officer visit.

EBU Club Liaison OfficerBev Purvis, the EBU club liaison officer, visited three Staffs and Shrops clubs over the period 20th/21st/22nd March 2017. Bev was accompanied by S&SCBA Chairman Linda Curtis to Nantwich and Eccleshall and by SSCBA webmaster to Stafford.  Bev, seen here at Stafford, was keen to get the views of club members as to how best the EBU could serve all members with the changed EBU membership demographic since p2p introduced.  Topics discussed were p2p (of course), teaching (particularly in schools), the magazine content, master points and plenty more besides.

Shropshire Congress 22nd/23rd April 2017

Congress to be held at Park Inn, Forgegate, Telford, TF3 4NA.  For further information please contact: Congress Secretary: Mrs. Judy Mitchell 01743 235374 or email mitchellmj@btinternet.com

Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs - Sunday 5th March 2017
Shrewsbury Open Swiss Pairs - Sunday 5th March 2017

Yet another victory for Jeff Jones & Dominic Wilson in this blue pointed event following on from their success in the Regional Masters Pairs the week before. Second were Marcus Eassom & Martyn Watkinson with the winners for the last two years, Brian Nicholls & Keith Shuttleworth in third place. 

 

No Fear Pairs - 23rd February 2017

The No Fear Pairs event was held at Wolverhampton on 23rd February 2017.  There were 14 tables the players being drawn from a number of clubs:

Pos NS Pos EW    
1st Alston Davis & Margaret Latham 1st Marcus Eassom & Kate Eccleston
=2nd John Higgs & Barrie Jones 2nd Ann Sleightholme & Sean Clarke
=2nd Polly Green & Christine Penny 3rd Wendy Pitt & Georgina Foster

Many thanks to Linda and her team for laying on such a good lunch, Alma for the scoring, Judy for the organisation and many others besides.

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

Advance Notice: Andrew Robson will be giving a Master Class at the Stone House Hotel on Thursday 23rd November - details to follow.

Nottinghamshire match report

James's report of the match against Nottinghamshire in the Dawes folder has been updated. Any further comments for inclusion would be welcome, J.Vickers@wlv.ac.uk.

A summary of the results can also be found in the Dawes folder.

Teams for the Dawes

Please contact the SSCBA team captain, Paul Cutler, if you would like to be selected to play in the inter-County Dawes matches. 

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.

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.

Contact Webmaster

Please email the webmaster with any news, comments and pictures to be included on the website.

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 Basford, 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.

The Hackett Team Successes February 2017

Jason Hackett has retained the NEC cup,  played 7th - 12th February 2017 in Yokohama, Japan.  Others in the team were Paul Hackett (Captain), Brian Senior and Alex Hydes. 53 teams took part in this international event.  The Hackett team winning in the final against the England/USA team of Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Karen McCallum, Cenk Tuncok. 

Jason, Justin, David Mossop and Paul then finished 3rd in the Monaco Cavendish losing in the semis by 1 imp to Zia's American team, the eventual winners.  Paul then flew back to Harrogate and won the teams with John Sansom, Sandra Penfold and Brian Senior 

Ranked Master Pairs

Several Staffs and Shrops pairs took part in the events on 25th and 26th February 2017 with Jeff Jones and Dominic Wilson winning the Regional Masters Pairs, well done indeed.  Dan Crofts and Gary Hyett took part in the Premier Grand Masters event coming 6th.  99 pairs took part in the Master Pairs played at various locations around the country, a good number of Staffs & Shrops players took part at the Solihull venue.  Wonderful picture by ebu.smugmug.com.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in February 2017:

Premier Master Mr M A McCartnery
2 Star Master Mrs J Hodgson, Mrs Valerie Prentice
Advanced Master Mrs Rosie Ingle
Master Ms L Cockin
County Master Mr Robert Hunt, Mr R J Lumsden, Mrs S Martin, Mr John Whilton
District Master Chris Harman, Maureen Lowe
Area Master Moya Holmes, Dr Bridget Lawrence, Mr Steve Smith, Mr Malcolm Wright
Club Master Mr C Haigh, Mrs Eleanor Lochee-Bayne, Mrs AF Smout
Local Master Mr Anthony Ashley, Ms Sue McMahon, Miss Norma Purdy
EBU Magazine

The new style EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a paper copy.  There is also an extra section for County news only available on-line.

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, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.

 

Calendar
2nd April 2017
Dawes v Warwick
Away
22nd April 2017
Shropshire Congress
23rd April 2017
Shropshire Congress
15th May 2017
Ladies' Pairs
Wolverhampton
15th May 2017
Men's Pairs
Wolverhampton
Results
19th March 2017
Championship Pairs
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
23rd February 2017
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers
8th February 2017
League Division 1 - Round 6
27th January 2017
County Sim -Jan 26th 2017 Final Result
Director: Guy
Scorer: David
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 Basford, 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.

The Hackett Team Successes February 2017

Jason Hackett has retained the NEC cup,  played 7th - 12th February 2017 in Yokohama, Japan.  Others in the team were Paul Hackett (Captain), Brian Senior and Alex Hydes. 53 teams took part in this international event.  The Hackett team winning in the final against the England/USA team of Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Karen McCallum, Cenk Tuncok. 

Jason, Justin, David Mossop and Paul then finished 3rd in the Monaco Cavendish losing in the semis by 1 imp to Zia's American team, the eventual winners.  Paul then flew back to Harrogate and won the teams with John Sansom, Sandra Penfold and Brian Senior 

Ranked Master Pairs

Several Staffs and Shrops pairs took part in the events on 25th and 26th February 2017 with Jeff Jones and Dominic Wilson winning the Regional Masters Pairs, well done indeed.  Dan Crofts and Gary Hyett took part in the Premier Grand Masters event coming 6th.  99 pairs took part in the Master Pairs played at various locations around the country, a good number of Staffs & Shrops players took part at the Solihull venue.  Wonderful picture by ebu.smugmug.com.

EBU Master Point Promotions
EBU Master Point Promotions

Congratulations to those SSCBA members promoted in February 2017:

Premier Master Mr M A McCartnery
2 Star Master Mrs J Hodgson, Mrs Valerie Prentice
Advanced Master Mrs Rosie Ingle
Master Ms L Cockin
County Master Mr Robert Hunt, Mr R J Lumsden, Mrs S Martin, Mr John Whilton
District Master Chris Harman, Maureen Lowe
Area Master Moya Holmes, Dr Bridget Lawrence, Mr Steve Smith, Mr Malcolm Wright
Club Master Mr C Haigh, Mrs Eleanor Lochee-Bayne, Mrs AF Smout
Local Master Mr Anthony Ashley, Ms Sue McMahon, Miss Norma Purdy
EBU Magazine

The new style EBU magazine, English Bridge, can be read on line if you do not receive a paper copy.  There is also an extra section for County news only available on-line.

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, log-in and use the 'my details' tab to update your details and preferences.

 

Calendar
2nd April 2017
Dawes v Warwick
Away
22nd April 2017
Shropshire Congress
23rd April 2017
Shropshire Congress
15th May 2017
Ladies' Pairs
Wolverhampton
15th May 2017
Men's Pairs
Wolverhampton
Results
19th March 2017
Championship Pairs
Director: James Vickers
Scorer: James Vickers
23rd February 2017
No Fear Pairs
Scorer: john withers
8th February 2017
League Division 1 - Round 6
27th January 2017
County Sim -Jan 26th 2017 Final Result
Director: Guy
Scorer: David