Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
Welcome to Sussex County Contract Bridge Association

Read about our players' achievements.

Apply for competitions by clicking on Entry Forms.

Find out how to get your friends, children and grandchildren involved in learning and playing via the Promoting Bridge page or by contacting one of the teachers of bridge in Sussex.

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Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Final!)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Final!)

The final walk of the Lord Newton Link Walk was a 14-miler from Seaford BC to Avenue Bridge Club, completing the whole of the coast from Pagham Harbour, West of Bognor, all the way to Hastings Pier.  We linked every Bridge Club in East & West Sussex with at least two others walking a total of 300 miles.

Six of us walked from Seaford to Rottingdean where we picked up another six for the final 5 miles to Hove, meaning twelve of us turned up for a very welcome hot parsnip soup and canapés.

The walk was coordinated to coincide with the Avenue's Annual Charity Event hosted by Gunnar Hallberg.  Junior Internationals Stephen Kennedy & Laura Ersek kindly offered themselves to be auctioned.  The amount raised on the evening was £2515.50 which included a donation of £1000 from Vivian Priday, meaning that the grand total raised for Alzheimer's Research UK and Youth Bridge in Sussex was an absolutely staggering £8818.65!

This is an amount that I would never have dreamed about raising and would like to thank each and every one of you that contributed as well as each of the clubs that have so graciously accommodated us and made us feel welcome.

Running out winners with 61.01% were Nanette & Alan Gillespie.   See results.
For reports of previous walks, see - below, the Link Walks page and the Facebook equivalent.
Andy Ryder
SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs

The annual SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs will be held between Monday January 7th and Friday January 11th.  Because it can be played on any weekday, it can easily be played on your usual club afternoon or evening.  Charities are selected from suggestions by our members and we try to choose charities from different parts of the county.  This time, the money raised will go to :-

To arrange for your club to enter, please email Gerry Stanford (tel. 01403 255952).  Please note that, since the boards will be the same throughout the week, individual players may only play in one heat.

2018-19 SCCBA Competition Finalists

To check whether you've qualified for the Sussex Individual Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 20th, please check the list of finalists.  If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Peter Bates.

To check whether you've qualified for the Sussex Pairs Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 27th, please check the list of finalists.  If you have qualified but cannot now play, please contact organiser Gerry Stanford (01403 255952) ASAP.

Dimmie Fleming Award 2018
Dimmie Fleming Award 2018

Andrea Galpin received her Dimmie Fleming award (see County News page) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 28th.

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Patcham)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Patcham)
Neil Watts tried to sell the penultimate Link Walk from Avenue to Patcham on a Halloween theme, walking via gardens, twittens, steps, past murder sites most foul, through dark parks and even a graveyard.  Unfortunately, a downpour kept any potential guests from walking so we were down to three.  We arrived at Patcham after a necessary warming in the Longman Pub, pretty much soaked to the skin.
Patcham BC had already donated £100 to Alzheimer's Research UK and Youth Bridge in Sussex plus a couple of members boosted that up to an excellent £120.

Deserved winners were Franco Civello & Stuart Marks with a brilliant 68.94%.  See results.

For reports of previous walks, see the Link Walks page.

Andy Ryder
Hills Trophy
Hills Trophy
This year's Hills Trophy on Sunday November 25th went well and the earlier start and re-arrangements for lunch and tea were well received.
My thanks to David and Andrea Galpin who directed and scored a busy number of sessions and to U3A for the use of their tables.
The winners, pictured between myself and David Galpin, were Philip Hunt, Matt Smith, Neil Watts and Richard Newton.
The runners-up were Tony Truluck, Lilias Lamont, Richard Illingworth and David Staton.
See Worthing BC web-site for full results.
Ernie Rivett
Chairman, Worthing BC
Minibridge in Primary Schools
Minibridge in Primary Schools

32 volunteers attended the training day at Eastbourne Bridge Club on November 18th for teachers of mini-bridge in schools.  The event was excellently hosted by Crombie and Helen McNeil.  The trainer was Douglas Wright who had also run the previous training day at Worthing Bridge Club on October 21st.

Fifty people have now been trained for the Minibridge in Primary Schools project.

Ian Wright (Teaching Co-ordinator, Juniors)

Tollemache Qualifier

The Tollemache qualifier  was held in Daventry over the weekend of 17th/18th November.  Ours was once again a tough group and the only one with nine teams in it.  Sussex finished seventh which was a disappointing result after lying a very impressive second at a late stage of the competition.  See full details of our team and the results on the EBU web-site.

Neil Watts (NPC)

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

The East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs on Saturday November 17th was, as usual, a very enjoyable event.  We had 15 tables, which is a full house, a delicious lunch provided again by Centre Catering at Rowfant and very able directing by Keith Norman.  This event is aimed primarily at the less experienced players but a mix of standards makes a good day for all and the inclusion of stratification gives those less experienced a chance to win their group.  As I announced on the day, I had to turn entries away this year, so please make sure to get yours in early as soon as the information appears in the county Yearbook.

The results were stratified so all pairs were placed into one of three Stratification Levels (A, B and C) according to the higher of their two Master Point rankings.  Prizes were awarded in three groupings - Levels A+B+C (i.e. overall), Levels B+C and Level C only.

Congratulations to overall winners Christa Wilson (Ashurstwood) and Christine Bohorquez (Crawley and Horley).  Other prize-winners were ......

...... Betty Lecky-Thompson and Hazel Ogden (Crawley) who were overall runners-up and ......

...... Cecil de Araujo and Richard Jameson (Crawley) who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping.

Alison Lowe and Annabelle Riseborough (East Sussex) won the Stratification Level C grouping but sadly left before the photo session!!

Helen Kent (Organiser)

2018 Invitation Pairs
2018 Invitation Pairs

The 2018 Invitation Pairs competition has now been completed.

Congratulations to the overall winners Mike Keeping and David Benjamin who scored a total of 93.61 VPs.  They are shown here receiving their trophy from last year's winner David Galpin (with Joan Hootman).

In second place were Andy Ryder and Mike Allen with a score of 88.07 VPs and .....

..... in third place were Roger Poulter and James Hobden with a score of 85.62 VPs.

Very many congratulations to them all.

And special thanks to the five clubs who hosted the sessions and to the directors David Galpin, Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman and Jack Woodard.

Andrea Galpin, Organiser
Forthcoming Events

Among the next SCCBA events is the :-

  • New Year Swiss Teams on Sunday January 13th

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 :-

  • the Roy Skelton Cup (a pairs event for players with less than 10,000 Master Points, run by Worthing BC) on Sunday February 19th

For all other events, please see Calendar.

Please note that there is an earlier start time of 11am this year for the New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 13th - please book now

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (November 4th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
Kremer Dersch Trophy
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
Autumn Congress Swiss Teams
Autumn Congress Swiss Pairs
Autumn Congress Welcome Pairs
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
Metropolitan Cup
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green-Pointed Swiss Teams
2nd Jan 2019
Henley Youth Bridge Day
Henley, Oxfordshire 10:00
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7th Jan 2019
Charity Simultaneous Pairs
clubs 7th-11th
9th Jan 2019
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
13th Jan 2019
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
Henfield 11:00
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20th Jan 2019
SCCBA Individual Final
Patcham 1:00
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23rd Jan 2019
Avenue Teams League
Avenue 7:30
27th Jan 2019
SCCBA David Pavey Final
Worthing 1:00
27th Jan 2019
SCCBA Pairs Final
Patcham 1:00
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10th Feb 2019
Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs
Bexhill 1:30
13th Feb 2019
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
16th Feb 2019
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
West Sussex 1:00
18th Feb 2019
SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs
clubs 18th-20th