Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
Sussex County Contract Bridge Association

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SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Ian Lancaster and Philip Hunt and Phil Jones and Christine Kempton who tied for 1st place in this year's closely-contested Green Point Swiss Pairs on Sunday May 17th.

Many thanks to Organiser and Chief Tournament Director Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

The venue, Crowborough Community Centre, was a new one for SCCBA events and by all accounts was much-liked.  There'll be another Green Point event at this venue on July 19th - a Swiss Teams.  Why not book now?


Eastbourne Basic Bridge Pairs
Eastbourne Basic Bridge Pairs

Congratulations to Shirley Price and Howard Da Vall who, with an excellent 70.37%, won this year's Eastbourne Basic Bridge Pairs on May 10th.

Many thanks to organiser Kathy Williams and director Eddie Williams.

Bridge as a Sport Judicial Review

You may well be aware that Mr Justice Mostyn has ruled that a judicial review could be undertaken against Sport England’s refusal to recognise bridge as a sport.

The SCCBA encourages its members to support the EBU's case by contacting their local media to extol the virtues of bridge by explaining why it is such a worthwhile pursuit and why it should get the greater prominence and funding which the status of ‘sport’ would allow it to receive.

Forthcoming SCCBA Events

The next SCCBA events are :-

  • the SCCBA Venture Pairs at Cuckfield on Sunday June 28th,
  • the EBU/SCCBA Green Point Swiss Teams at Crowborough on Sunday July 19th.

You can enter these events by using an on-line entry form and pay via Internet or Telephone Banking or you can print off an entry form and post it with your cheque.  Why not go to the Entry Form section and make your choice now?

An entry form is also available in the Entry Form section for the last ever Henfield Candles which takes place on Sunday June 7th.

Youth Initiative

Here is a lovely opportunity to have a weekend of bridge where you can have lessons with the stars of the future. There will be a level of tuition that will suit EVERYONE - whether a complete beginner (Raw Rookie) or our most experienced players (Ace Expert).

All you have to do is to sign up for the English Bridge Union - Junior Teach-In - this is held at Loughborough University from 28th August (sign on 3-5 p.m.) - 30th August (3:00 p.m.). The full board price which includes tuition, tournaments, tennis, football, swimming & rounders is £155 per adult, cost per child £40 if you book with Dave Armstrong by 9th July 2015, thereafter the cost will be £175 per adult and £60 per child; SCCBA will pay the balance for any Sussex Junior attending. The only proviso for an adult to attend is that they MUST be accompanied by someone under 21 years of age who is willing to participate in the joys of learning bridge, you can then go to any of the classes to watch and learn and you may be asked to make up a table. You can also take part in the bridge sessions in the evenings. SCCBA will subsidise each child and the parental contribution will be £40 if you book with Dave by 9th July 2015.

If you are interested in attending or know any parents/grandparents who would like to take the opportunity to learn this fascinating game please contact Dave or Jill Armstrong on 01273 566101.  If you wish to take advantage of the concessions to juniors, please book with Dave.

Championship Teams
Congratulations to Chris Jepson's team for winning the final against Mike Keeping's team last weekend.  Chris’s team had a good lead at half-time in the 64-board match but a huge 5th set brought Mike’s team back into the match.  However, in the end Chris’s team took command and ended up winning by 54 imps.  Mike commented that the match was played in a very pleasant atmosphere whilst competitive.  We wish Chris and her team all the best in the Pachabo Cup which is the national competition for the winners of each county's Teams of 4 competition.
The Chris Jepson team was Chris Jepson, Dave Clifton, Neil Watts and Nigel Urban and Mike's team was Mike Keeping, David Benjamin, Roger Poulter, Alan & James Hobden. 
We hope to have as many teams as possible enter the Championship Teams for 2015/6.  The entry form will be in the County Yearbook when published (and on the web-site) or you can contact organiser Roger Poulter.  Entries will close at the end of July.
2015 Gladys Hakki Winner
2015 Gladys Hakki Winner

The Gladys Hakki trophy is awarded annually to a Sussex member who has given outstanding service to county and club over a number of years.  This year's very worthy winner is Bob Whiting, pictured being presented with the 'trophy' by SCCBA Chairman Andy Ryder at the SCCBA AGM on April 12th.

Bob was on the Henfield BC committee for 24 years, including 17 years as Chairman and also had periods as Secretary and Treasurer and a lengthy time as director.  Bob brought Henfield BC into the modern age by computerising the administration, setting up Bridgewebs and Scorebridge and overseeing the introduction of Pay to Play.  At the same time, he became aware of the need to introduce more people to Bridge and set up teaching classes for beginners and improvers.  His improver’s class is still running in Partridge Green with over 100 students already having benefited from his courses.

Not content with the above, Bob also rescued the Storrington and Keymer clubs, established a new club at Shoreham and took over the Steyning club.  The result is four flourishing duplicate bridge clubs known collectively as The Adur Valley Bridge Clubs with a combined membership of roughly 300 members.

Bob has also been involved in Sussex County affairs on both the Tournament Committee and the Management Committee, introduced the Venture Pairs and organised both this event and the Welcome Pairs for a number of years.

While Chairman at Henfield, he devised and introduced the Basic Bridge St Barnabas Charity Pairs which has since become a major fixture in the County’s calendar.  Over ten years, the event has raised over £15,600 for the hospice.  Since establishing the Adur Valley Group, he has expanded their charity events and in the first four years has raised nearly £11,900 for a range of charities.

Bob remains closely associated with the Henfield club and is a very popular and well respected figure whose commitment to promoting bridge both locally and in the county generally has been outstanding.

SCCBA Spring Congress
SCCBA Spring Congress

The Spring Congress was held at Uckfield from Friday April 10th to Sunday April 12th and, as always, was very well run by Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

The winners of the Swiss Teams on the final day were Frances Hinden, Paula Leslie, Jeffrey Allerton and Graham Osborne.  The winners of .....

..... the Boreham Salver for the best-placed Sussex team were Jill Skinner and Chris Jepson (pictured with director Kathy Williams) with partners Jeremy Willans and Neil Watts respectively.

The clear winners of the Swiss Pairs on the second day of the congress, having won all of their 7 matches, were Matthew Read and Philip Hunt.  The winners of .....

..... the Non-Expert prize in this event were Kim Booth and Carole Nicholas-Booth.

The winners on the first day were Dave Franklin, Chris Jepson, Martin Pool and Nigel Urban who won the Multiple Teams and .....

..... Robert Hirst and Edmund Barter who won the Basic Bridge Pairs (pictured with director Kathy Williams) and .....

..... Chris Jepson and Neil Watts who won the Mixed Pairs.

Congratulations to them all.

Other County News

Please note that the Wednesday start time at West Sussex Bridge Club from June 3rd onwards will be 7:15

16th May 2015
SCCBA Green Point Swiss Pairs
10th May 2015
SCCBA Eastbourne Basic Bridge Pairs
30th Apr 2015
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
12th Apr 2015
Spring Congress Swiss Teams
11th Apr 2015
Spring Congress Swiss Pairs
10th Apr 2015
Spring Congress Mixed Pairs
10th Apr 2015
Spring Congress Basic Bridge Pairs
10th Apr 2015
Spring Congress Multiple Teams
31st Mar 2015
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
29th Mar 2015
SCCBA Inter-Club Teams of Eight
14th Mar 2015
Sussex Pairs Final
1st Mar 2015
Mixed Pairs Final
29th May 2015
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
West Sussex 7:30
7th Jun 2015
Henfield Candles
Henfield 1:00
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21st Jun 2015
Open Swiss Pairs - Margaret King Salver
Eastbourne 1:00
26th Jun 2015
Invitation Pairs - Round 4
Worthing 7:30
27th Jun 2015
EBU Club Director Course (Judgment Rulings)
28th Jun 2015
SCCBA Venture Pairs
Cuckfield 1:00
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18th Jul 2015
EBU Club Director Course (Assessment)
19th Jul 2015
SCCBA/EBU Green Pointed Swiss Teams
Crowborough 1:00
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21st Jul 2015
Invitation Pairs - Round 5
Avenue 7:30
10th Sep 2015
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
Eastbourne 7:30
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