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

Read about our players' achievements.

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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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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.

Gladys Hakki Trophy 2018/19

Affiliated clubs and members of the county management committee have been invited to make nominations for the award of the Gladys Hakki Trophy in 2019 via the attached form.  The intent of the trophy is annually to recognise a member of the County who has given unstintingly of their time and service, and contributed exceptionally to the success of contract bridge in the County.  If you know of someone whom you believe meets these criteria, please contact one of your local club officers or a member of the county management committee to convey your views.

Completion of Lord Newton Links Project Congratulations and Thanks

The county management committee wishes to congratulate Richard Newton, Andy Ryder and those that walked with them and to pass on our thanks for the great success of their hard work in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and Youth Bridge in Sussex.  Walking a total of 300 miles is a fantastic achievement and the infectious enthusiasm conveyed at each Links bridge session raised nearly £9,000.  The sum raised, which included wonderful individual donations of £1,000 from Vivian Priday, £500 from Eastbourne BC, and £1,000, £1,000 and £250 from three other generous members who wished to remain anonymous, is equally impressive.  Our thanks must also go to the 31 clubs which hosted the bridge sessions and to their members for their generous contributions.  The success of the project was reported formally to the management committee on 30 November where members recorded their hearty appreciation for the benefit delivered.  The injection of over £4,400 to our ring-fenced youth bridge fund will be greatly appreciated by all concerned.

In parallel with this tremendous achievement, the county has broadened its planned investments in youth bridge, building on the foundations which Andy Ryder established whilst SCCBA Chairman.  We have a three-pronged approach.  First, we have divided the roles and responsibilities amongst four people to spread the associated load and one of those involved, Ollie Powell, a member of the England Under 26 squad, is ensuring that our efforts are accurately focused on the needs of the target audience.  Second, we are developing a long term strategy, led by William Bourne, in partnership with Surrey CBA and Kent CBA aimed at creating and growing a ‘critical mass’ of young players through a series of teaching/playing events held throughout the year across all three counties.  Our primary contribution is an annual two day Junior Bridge Camp, led by William Bourne, with a mix of residential and non-residential places available, developing the concept which Andy Ryder introduced to Sussex some years ago.  Third, we have just started another project, led by Ian Wright, designed to introduce Minibridge to primary schools across the county.  Over 50 volunteers have been trained to form two or three person teams to work in conjunction with primary schools and an encouraging number of schools have already shown an interest.  We hope that Minibridge teaching streams will start early in 2019.  The long term aim is to establish bridge ‘clubs’ as after-school opportunities for children to develop their intellectual potential and, over time, to create links with those local SCCBA affiliated clubs that wish to encourage youth membership.

Very many thanks again to everyone involved in the ‘Links’ project for your fantastic support in delivering such a successful outcome.

Dick Wheeler (SCCBA Hon Sec)

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 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.

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.

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)

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.

EBU Teacher Training Course at Horsham

A 2-day teacher training course will be held at Horsham on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April.

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.

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
SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs
clubs 7th-11th
7th Jan 2019
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
Worthing 7:30
7th Jan 2019
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
Patcham 1:30
7th Jan 2019
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
Eastbourne 7:30
8th Jan 2019
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
West Sussex 7:30
9th Jan 2019
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
11th Jan 2019
SCCBA Charity Sim Pairs
Crawley 7:15
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