Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
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SCCBA Teams of Eight
SCCBA Teams of Eight

Congratulations to the West Sussex team of Neil Watts, Yves Lebrec, Chris Jepson, Andrew Southwell, Matt Read and Philip Hunt (plus the missing Liz and Ian Lancaster) who beat 10 other teams to win the county Teams of Eight event for the fourth successive time at Eastbourne on Sunday March 17th.  West Sussex will now play in the Garden Cities Regional Final.

Avenue were again in 2nd place and Eastbourne were again 3rd.

Many thanks to organiser Gerry Stanford and Steve Foster.  Many thanks also to Eastbourne BC for hosting the event.

Horsham Welcome Pairs

27 pairs took part in the SCCBA Beginners Welcome Pairs at Horsham BC on Sunday March 10th.  The event was restricted to those who’ve been playing for 5 years or less with an NGS of 4 or less.

Most of those playing in the first year field only started in September 2018.  Winners in this section were Polly Hobbs & Gill Southern (top) with Sue Thompson-Hill & Vicky Glynn (below) and Joanne Coombes & Merle Marshall (not pictured) in joint 2nd place.

In the years 2-3 section, the winners were Peter & Anne Lloyd (left).  Runners up were Alison Barkley & Sue Ladd (back row).

In the open section, and overall winners, were Bob Cole & Simone Burke (centre) with Chris Brazier & Chris Nikolaj runners up (right).

It was a great day and very well done to everyone for taking part in what was probably their first event.  Many thanks to Graham Walker who directed and to Alan Setchell who assisted.

Jane Handley (Organiser)

SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

112 pairs took part in the annual SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs in various Sussex clubs between Monday February 18th and Wednesday February 20th.

Congratulations to the confirmed winners who are Mervyn Wotton and Hazel Ogden who played in the Crawley heat.  The runners-up are Chris and Suzanne Gray who played in the Patcham heat and in 3rd place are Robert Lowe and Jim Routledge who also played in the Patcham heat.

The overall winners are also winners of the '60 and over' category and the overall runners-up are also winners of the 'one player under 60' category.  Gillian and Peter Mayhew, who played in the Worthing heat and finished 5th overall, are winners of the '75 and over' category.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event, to Ron Robins for generating the hands and to Gerry Stanford for organising the commentaries.  Special thanks to Peter Clinch who not only organised the event but selected the hands and wrote the commentary.

Ahmed Ayub

Ahmed the Great is no more.

I regret to announce that Ahmed Ayub died last week.  Ahmed was the most vivid character of the Avenue Bridge Club's rubber bridge game and well-known both on the Sussex county circuit and had been a regular at the EBU Summer Meeting when it was held in Brighton.  Ahmed famously featured in a series of bridge articles written mostly by the late David Gostyn about the rubber bridge game at the Avenue, where he was affectionately known as Ahmed The Great.

The family of Ahmed Ayub are holding a get-together this Saturday, 9th March, in Ahmed's memory between 1.00 - 3.00 pm at Pavilion Court, Grand Parade Mews, William Street, Brighton, BN2 9RU.

If good weather, it will be hosted in the Lounge and Garden of the block of flats and there will be access via a  side garden gate - really easy to find.  All club members and friends of Ahmed are most welcome, but it would be appreciated that if intending to attend, you would email Ahmed's son, Khalil at so that numbers may be gauged. Thank-you.

Julian Mitchell, Avenue Bridge Club.
Roy Skelton Cup at Worthing Bridge Club
Roy Skelton Cup at Worthing Bridge Club

Congratulations to Caroline Kemp & Penny Mitchell who won the Roy Skelton Cup at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday February 24th.  Gill Skelton presented the trophy to the winners.

With thanks to Alexa Baxter who directed and Eileen Perrigo for organising the tea.

Ernie Rivett


The 2019 SCCBA AGM will take place at 11:30 am on April 7th, i.e. on the Sunday of the Spring Congress at Uckfield Civic Centre.

If you're a Sussex member and playing in the Swiss Teams on that day, please turn up a bit earlier and attend the AGM.

The relevant papers are :-

As required by the constitution, the independently examined annual accounts will be presented for endorsement by the Management Committee at its meeting on 15 March.  Copies of the endorsed accounts will be provided at the AGM where adoption will be sought under agenda item 4.1.

The Membership T&C proposals, approval of which will be sought under agenda item 4.3, will be provided at the AGM, subject to endorsement by the Management Committee on 15 March.

SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final

Many congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who won the SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final on Saturday February 16th.  This was Lindsay and Philip's 4th successive win in this competition!!

Many thanks to director Steve Foster, organiser Gerry Stanford and to West Sussex Bridge Club who hosted the event.

Jeffrey and Lydia Stanford were 2nd and .....

.....  Alice Thorpe and Richard Shuker were 3rd.

EBU Teacher Training Course at Horsham

Two-day teacher training courses will be held :-

  • at Horsham BC on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April (now fully booked) and
  • at Bognor Regis BC on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.
For more information or to book, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site or contact Lisa Miller on 01296 317217.
EBU Club Director Courses at Patcham

The following courses for club directors will be held at Patcham during 2019 :-

  • Saturday April 13th - Book Rulings Day 1
  • Saturday May 11th - Book/judgement Rulings Day 2
  • Saturday June 8th - Assessment

For further details or to register for a course, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site and the current schedule for all Club Tournament Director Training Courses.

Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events are the :-

  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Spring Congress at Uckfield on Saturday April 6th to Sunday April 7th
  • Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs at Uckfield on Saturday May 18th
  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles at Henfield on Sunday June 2nd
  • Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Patcham on Sunday July 21st
  • SCCBA Blue-Pointed Midweek Swiss Pairs at Henfield on Wednesday August 21st

You can enter most events by using an on-line entry form and paying 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 Forms section and make your choice now?

For all other events, please see Calendar.

Bookings can now be made for this year's SCCBA Blue-Pointed Spring Congress at Uckfield on April 6th and 7th.  There's a Swiss Pairs on the Saturday and a Swiss Teams on the Sunday.  For 1st-5th year students, there's a Welcome Pairs on the Saturday.

Junior Bridge Camp 2019 on 6th and 7th July at Bowles Rocks is now open for registration.  New venue, home cooked food, exciting activities and, as always, lots of bridge for Juniors and parents and grandparents.
SCCBA Club Teams of 8
SCCBA Club Teams of 8 (old-style)
Horsham Welcome Pairs Years 2-5
Horsham Welcome Pairs Year 1
Open Simultaneous Pairs
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
Sussex Pairs Final
SCCBA David Pavey Final
SCCBA Individual Final
Charity Simultaneous Pairs
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
24th Mar 2019
EBU Portland Pairs
3rd Apr 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 1
Thakeham BC 7:30
6th Apr 2019
National Pairs Final
Warwick 6th/7th
6th Apr 2019
SCCBA Spring Congress
Uckfield 6th-7th
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7th Apr 2019
Uckfield 11:30
7th May 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 2
Avenue BC 7:30
12th May 2019
Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
St. Leonards BC 11:00
18th May 2019
SCCBA Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Uckfield 11:00
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19th May 2019
Kent Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
TBA 11:00
22nd May 2019
Charity Cafe Bridge (for St. Wilfrid's Hospice)
Chichester BC 10:00
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2nd Jun 2019
SCCBA Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles
Henfield 11:00
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5th Jun 2019
Invitation Pairs - Round 3
Thakeham BC 7:30