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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 provisional 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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RESULTS ARE PROVISIONAL. These results will become official at 5pm on Saturday March 2nd unless changes are required. If you have any concerns about the accuracy of the results, please contact the club at which you played as soon as possible.
The names of the winners of the Age Group prizes will be announced here when available.
Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event. Many thanks to Peter Clinch who not only organised the event but selected the hands and wrote the commentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.