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The SCCBA has been reviewing its tournament programme, seeking ways to increase interest from less experienced players. The proposed Welcome Pairs on March 10th at Horsham Bridge Club is aimed at those who have taken up bridge in the last five years or returned to it via classroom training after a long break. There will be two fields, the first for first year beginners and, playing separately alongside, a field for years 2-5. Entry is also limited to those with an NGS band of 4 or lower but otherwise is open to all, including non-members of the EBU.
We are optimistic that this event will appeal to those seeking to make the transition from the classroom to the normal duplicate session. We believe this will be a popular event so early entry is advised. We are also excited that this event has the potential to be expanded to those other parts of our county (perhaps by regional iterations at different times of the year) where there are also strong populations of students in training. Any queries should be directed to organiser Jane Handley, tel. 07780 805904.
To check whether you've qualified for the Mixed Pairs Final at West Sussex BC on Saturday February 16th, please check the list of finalists. If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Gerry Stanford (01403 255952) ASAP.
A 2-day teacher training course will be held at Horsham on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April.
The following courses for club directors will be held at Patcham during 2019 :-
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.
Among the next SCCBA events are the :-
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?
Also in the Entry Forms section are details of :-
For all other events, please see Calendar.
Congratulations to Peter Clinch and Julian Mitchell (pictured with director David Galpin and organiser Gerry Stanford) who, as they did last year, won the Sussex Pairs Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 27th.
..... runners-up were Nick Lake and Oliver Powell and .....
..... in 3rd place were Mike Keeping and David Benjamin.
Many thanks to director David Galpin, scorer Andrea Galpin, organiser Gerry Stanford and to Patcham BC for hosting the final.
Congratulations to Brian Kirkdale and Peter Berry (pictured with organiser Eileen Perrigo) from West Sussex who won the David Pavey Trophy Final at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday January 27th. The David Pavey competition is for players who have less than 10,000 master points.
Many thanks to Eileen, to director and scorer Alexa Baxter and to Worthing Bridge Club who hosted the event.
..... 2nd place were Penny Mitchell and Angela Neale from the Worthing heat and .....
..... in 3rd place were Louise and David Cook from the Patcham heat.
Currently, heats for this year's SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs are scheduled to be held at Worthing, Crowborough and Eastbourne (Monday February 18th) and at Avenue, Crawley, Horsham and Patcham (Wednesday February 20th). As well as prizes for the overall winners, there will also be age-related (over-60 and over-75) prizes.
To arrange to enter, clubs should contact Peter Clinch or ring Peter on 0751 533 3539. Please note that, since the boards will be the same at each venue, individual players may only play in one heat.
Sadly, I have received news that John Frosztega died at the weekend.
I first played with and against John at the Horsham Bridge Club in the early 80's. Over many years, John was able to play at the highest level. Among his earliest successes was reaching the final of the EBU Spring Fours as the undefeated team along with his preferred partner of many years, Ian Lancaster. Also, on several occasions, John and Ian reached the final weekend of the Gold Cup.
John represented SCCBA for many years as part of our Tollemache team and latterly helped a Surrey team to win the Gold Cup.
John moved to Harrogate last year to be nearer family and our thoughts are with Margaret and family at this sad time. If you do not know Margaret's new Harrogate address and wish to write, then send me an email and I will give you the address.
The 2018/19 final of the Sussex Individual Competition was played by 25 finalists over 25 boards at Patcham on Sunday 20th January. The clear winner, with a score of 62.5%, was Tomasz Serkowski from Horsham Bridge Club. Runner-up and third, split by just one point, were Christopher Hook and Peter Harrison, leading qualifiers from the West Sussex and Patcham heats respectively.
Other County News
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.
The draft minutes of the December 7th Selection Committee meeting are now available for viewing. Alternatively, you can access the minutes of all available SCCBA committee meetings, AGMs and EGMs.