Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
County News
The following is information and news of interest to the county members. See "Results", "Calendar" and "Competitions" for details of events.
Chairman's Cup
Chairman's Cup

Congratulations to Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans who won the Chairman's Cup at Avenue BC on Saturday November 11th.

Many thanks to organiser and director Julian Mitchell and to Avenue BC.

2017 Invitation Pairs
2017 Invitation Pairs

The 2017 Invitation Pairs competition has been completed.  Congratulations to the overall winners David Galpin and Joan Hootman who are pictured with the Trophy.  After the final session on November 7th, they finished with an overall score of 92.5 VPs and .....
 

..... were 7.5 VPs ahead of  Gerry Stanford and Dave Franklin in second place.  Lindsay Geddes and Mick Carrington were a further 4 VPs behind in third place.  Congratulations to them all.

Many thanks to the five clubs who hosted the sessions and to Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman and Jack Woodard who directed.

Andrea Galpin, Organiser.

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (St. Leonards)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (St. Leonards)

Massive thanks to the members of St.Leonards Bridge Club who raised an incredible £158 for Alzheimer's/Junior Bridge on Friday 3rd Nov.  Many Congratulations to Rosamond Palmer and Sue Clark who won the event with a brilliant 67.5 %.  We had a wonderful day and were made to feel very welcome indeed.  Special Thanks to Noreen for her super donation to the cause.

 
Andy Ryder.
Kremer Dersch Trophy
Kremer Dersch Trophy

The Kremer Dersch Trophy is an annual teams event for committee members of EBU-affiliated clubs in Sussex.  It's a competitive but social event which this year was held at Eastbourne Bridge Club on Sunday October 29th.

Congratulations to the Wilton team of Pat Hutley, Mike Armstrong, John Clark and Joan Sheppard who were the same Wilton team that won the trophy 2 years ago.  The runners-up were the Thakeham team of Harold Linfield, Eddie Fisher, Moira Baker and Keith Baker.  The SCCBA committee team of Gerry Stanford, Mervyn Wotton, Peter Clinch and Joy Mayall finished in 1st place but SCCBA committee teams are not eligible to win the trophy.

The county sincerely apologises for the switching of the team numbers of the Wilton and Thakeham teams which appeared to make Thakeham the winners until the error was corrected.

Many thanks to director Roger Poulter, organiser Gerry Stanford and to Eastbourne Bridge Club who hosted the event and, once again, provided an excellent tea.

Club Director Courses at Horsham

The following EBU courses for club directors will be held at Horsham BC in 2018 :-

  • Saturday April 21st - Book Rulings Day 1
  • Saturday May 12th - Book/Judgement Rulings Day 2
  • Saturday May 26th - 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.

SCCBA Autumn Congress
SCCBA Autumn Congress

This year's Autumn Congress was held at Rawson Hall, Bolney for the first time over the weekend of October 21st/22nd.

Many thanks to directors Eddie Williams and Ian Macgregor and Congress Organiser Andy Ryder.

Congratulations to Lindsay Geddes, Philip Hunt, Mike Keeping and David Benjamin who won the Swiss Teams on the second day.

Congratulations to Nigel Urban & Neil Watts and Tom Brogan & Matt Smith who were joint-winners of the Swiss Pairs on the first day.

 

Congratulations also to Susan Boon and Angie Konrad who won the Welcome Pairs.

SCCBA Ladies Pairs
SCCBA Ladies Pairs

Congratulations to Liz Lancaster and Hazel Beveridge who won the 2017 SCCBA Ladies Pairs held at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday October 15th.  24 pairs of Ladies competed for the trophy this year.  Many thanks to Peter Langston for directing and to organiser Joy Mayall.   Once again, Marit Langston provided a first-class tea which was hugely enjoyed by all. 

The runners-up were Elizabeth Hornsey and Avril Strong and in 3rd place were .....

..... Lynne Spooner and Sue Howley.

Tollemache Qualifier

The following team have been chosen to represent Sussex in the Tollemache Qualifier over the weekend of 18th/19th November:

Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy
Tom Brogan & Matt Smith
Peter Clinch & Julian Mitchell
Dave Franklin & Gerry Stanford
Ian Lancaster & Andrew Southwell

Res: Chris Jepson & Neil Watts (NPC)

We wish them the best of luck.

Julian Mitchell (Chairman of Selection Committee)

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Meridian)
Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs (Meridian)

The winners of the first Lord Newton Link Walk were Anthony Vaughn & Andrew Kennedy.  Many thanks to the Meridian Bridge Club who raised a fantastic £147 for Alzheimer's & Junior Bridge.  We all had a wonderful day's walk & bridge at a really friendly club.  You can see some photos at https://www.facebook.com/LinkWalk/.

Pictured here are the Meridian Chairman Michael Haynes alongside walkers Andy Ryder, Matt Smith, Neil Watts and Richard Newton.

Andy Ryder (SCCBA Chairman)

Metropolitan Cup

Well done to the Sussex 1 team on their third place in the C Division in the Metropolitan Cup at East Grinstead on Sunday October 8th.  For an overview of how all Sussex teams performed, please see attached.  Full results (including cross-IMPs) can be accessed via Ian Mitchell's Bridge page.

Dimmie Fleming Award 2017

I am delighted to announce that Mervyn Wotton has been selected to receive the EBU Dimmie Fleming award in 2017. I have worked very closely with Mervyn over nearly seven years from 2011 to date and he has been and continues to be a Management Committee member of great distinction. I have also seen at close hand the major contributions he has made as a member of the county tournament committee, as architect and manager of the county web site and as county master point secretary. His commitment, responsiveness and attention to detail make him a thoughtful and precise member of the county management team and he combines consistent accuracy with a mature and perceptive approach to the judgement of particular issues and an unalloyed determination to provide the best possible service to county members.

Mervyn has served the county in many ways over very many years but in my experience he has never been too busy to help those new to the Management Committee or to contribute to discussion and debate about the issues of the day.  He has always been constructively responsive to membership concerns whilst maintaining a steady resolve where matters of strategic importance are involved. However, what sets him apart is his boundless energy and commitment to do the right thing and to do it in a timely fashion.

Despite the longevity of Mervyn’s service to the county, which now extends to over 13 years, he continues to set the perfect example to other members of the Management Committee. His commitment to the success of Sussex bridge has been unsurpassed for very many years and the health of the county association very much reflects the value of his personal contributions.

I cannot imagine that there is a more worthy recipient of the Dimmie Fleming Award in 2017. Mervyn will be presented with his award at the EBU AGM on 22 November at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London.

Dick Wheeler
SCCBA Hon Sec

Per Lindsten

It is with the deepest regret that the Avenue BC announces the death of Per Lindsten in Sweden on Sunday 24th September. For many years Per worked at the club as one of our rubber bridge hosts, keeping order with great good humour, giving up this work only a few months ago when his terminal disease was diagnosed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Inger; his children, Charlotte and Johan; and the remainder of his family and friends.
 
Per’s uncomplicated personality came across at the bridge table where the unsuspecting sometimes found it belying both his ability and understanding of the game. A winner in the past of both the SCCBA Spring and Autumn Congress Teams, he represented Sussex with success many times in the Metropolitan Cup and in the National Inter-County Teams Final. He was a member of the team that won the County Championship Teams six times in the last ten years, going on to give an excellent account of himself in the follow-up Pachabo Cup. Per also won the silver medal in the Swedish Seniors Teams; and the Deepak medal at the Avenue BC, for bidding and making 3NT on a combined 17 count.
 
Per was great company and a tremendous team-mate. He will be sadly missed by all at the Avenue. Details of his funeral to follow when known.

Julian Mitchell

SCCBA Supporting Charitable Work

Every year, the SCCBA runs a simultaneous pairs event in support of two selected charities. The association is keen to support local charities, if possible. Over the last fifteen years, a total of thirty charities have been supported.  If your club would like to nominate a charity for consideration in 2018 or subsequent years, please send me full details along with a short statement indicating why you believe that particular charity deserves our support.  Proposals will be considered by the county management committee on 24 November 2017 so it would be useful to receive your nominations by the end of October.

Many thanks.

Dick Wheeler (Hon. Sec. SCCBA) or 01903 691566

SCCBA Golf/Bridge Day
SCCBA Golf/Bridge Day

22 players came from right across Sussex (St Leonards, Patcham, Eastbourne, The Avenue, West Sussex, Horsham, Worthing and Bognor) to take part in the 2017 Golf/Bridge Day at Haywards Heath Golf Club on Thursday September 21st.  18 holes of golf were followed by a meal and a duplicate bridge session.

Many thanks to Eddie Williams who directed the Bridge and to organiser Joy Mayall.

Congratulations to the overall winner David Maxwell.

The other winners were David Maxwell (Stableford), Dora McCabe (Ladies' Stableford), Ernie Rivett (nearest the pin), Russell Calderwood/June Garland (longest drives) and Joy Mayall & Bill Steele (bridge).

SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs

The annual SCCBA Blue-pointed Swiss Pairs took place at Henfield on Wednesday August 23rd and resulted in a well-deserved win for Roger Pyart and Tilly Hennings who won all their matches.  In equal second were Dave Franklin & Nigel Urban and Duncan Curtis and Andrew Morris.  Many thanks to Julian Mitchell who directed, Peter Bates who helped in many ways on the day and Eddie Williams & Dave Armstrong who prepared the cards.

Peter Clinch (Organiser)
 

Walk Linking All Sussex Bridge Clubs

Dear All,

 

A group of us have decided to try and link all Sussex Bridge Clubs by walking to each one from another.  We will then play at each club and present trophies (kindly sponsored by Richard Newton) to the winners of each session.  The walk and Bridge will be recorded for posterity on a new Facebook page which you can access from:

https://www.facebook.com/LinkWalk/

The aim will be to raise funds to be split between Junior Bridge and Alzheimer’s Research.  We envisage the venture taking the best part of a year and I hope to meet as many playing members from Sussex as possible and hopefully get you to part company with some money for a couple of excellent causes. 

Our first walk will be from Crawley to Meridian Bridge Club on Thursday 12th October a total of 7.6 miles.  If you happen to miss out on us visiting your club and would like to donate, I'll gladly take a cheque made payable to SCCBA.

Andy Ryder (SCCBA Chairman)

EBU Junior Award for Sussex Pair!

Many congratulations to Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy who, in addition to their playing successes at the EBU Summer Meeting (see below), were also presented at Eastbourne with the EBU award for Young Pair of the Year!  Michael and Stephen have also done well at the World Youth Open Championships.

EBU Summer Meeting at Eastbourne - August 4th-13th

Two Sussex Juniors did extremely well in the 'Play With The Experts' Pairs on the Monday.  Michael Alishaw and partner Ben Norton were 1st North/South.  John Mewes and partner Oscar Selby were 1st East/West.

Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy and John Mewes and Oscar Selby also did very well in the Under-26 Pairs on Tuesday, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.

Congratulations to Shefton Kaplan who with partner Arthur Hughes won the Seniors Pairs A Final on Tuesday.  Congratulations also to Peter Griffin and Martin Greeley and to Mick Carrington and Mike Keeping who were joint 2nd in the Seniors Pairs B Final and to Nick Levine and Richard Penticost who won the Seniors Pairs Consolation Final.

Congratulations to Chris Jepson and Neil Watts who won the Mixed Pivot Teams with Jeremy Willans and Jill Skinner on Wednesday.

Well done to Roger Poulter and Mark Denny who were 2nd in the Open Pairs and to Ros Wolfarth and partner Brian Senior who were 3rd in the Mixed Pairs on Thursday.

Well done to Toby Musk and partner Chantal Girardin who were 3nd in the Open Pairs on Friday.

Congratulations to Michael Alishaw and Stephen Kennedy who, having been 3rd in the Saturday Swiss Pairs, also won the Swiss Pairs on the final Sunday.

Congratulations ro Richard Fedrick who, with fellow team-members Mike Scoltock, Catherine Curtis and Paul Fegarty, won the Swiss Teams played over the final weekend.

SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Teams
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Teams

Congratulations to the team of Richard Creamer, Mike Bull, Neeraj Tanna and Konrad Mau who won the Green Point Swiss Teams at Bolney on Sunday July 23rd.  The runners-up were David Gritt, Dave Franklin, Mick Carrington and Gerry Stanford.

Many thanks to organiser and director Eddie Williams.

EBU Summer Seniors Congress - July 7th-9th

Very well done to Mike Keeping and David Benjamin who were runners-up in the Championship Pairs 'B' Final and to Ian Macgregor and Peter Collins who were 3rd in the Swiss Pairs.

SCCBA Venture Pairs
SCCBA Venture Pairs

Congratulations to Lynda Smith and Mike Perle who won this year's SCCBA Venture Pairs at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday June 25th.

The runners-up were Janet Cretchley and Susan Napper.

Many thanks to organiser Eileen Perrigo and director Keith Norman.

Sussex Candles
Sussex Candles

Congratulations to Yves Lebrec, Peter Brown, David Telfer and Cliff Vince who won the Blue-Pointed Sussex Candles on Sunday June 4th.  In  joint second place were .....

..... Peter Clinch, David Dickson, Oliver Powell and Mike Allen and .....

..... Alan Setchell, Jane Handley, Terry Fishlock and Guy Davies.  The winners of the Non-Expert category were .....

.....Ian Sanderson, Hazel Beveridge, Brian Kirkdale and David Williams.

Many thanks to director David Galpin, scorer Eddie Williams, event organiser Joy Mayall, venue organiser Peter Bates and to John Porteous for his usual excellent catering.

The next SCCBA teams event will be a Green-Pointed Swiss Teams at Bolney on Sunday July 23rd and the next SCCBA Blue-Pointed event will be the Midweeek Swiss Pairs at Henfield on Wednesday August 23rd - see Entry Forms section.

Sussex Junior Festival of Bridge!
Sussex Junior Festival of Bridge!

Sussex's 3rd Junior (ages 7-20) Festival of Bridge will take place at the Avenue Bridge Club, Hove from Saturday 29th July to Monday 31st July, starting with lessons and ending in a tournament.  Entry is FREE!  There will be other activities too.  See how to enter.

Successes at EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress

Congratulations to Dave and Jill Armstrong who won the Swiss Pairs and to Stephen Kennedy who was in the team which won the Swiss Teams at the EBU Spring Bank Holiday Congress at Stratford over the weekend of May 27-29th.

SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs
SCCBA/EBU Green Point Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Michael Collins and Keith Ashcroft who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs on Saturday May 20th.

Many thanks to Organiser and Chief Tournament Director Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

The runners-up were .....

..... Mike Hampton and Michael Prior.

Pyers Pennant

It is with sadness that we report the death of Pyers Pennant after a battle with cancer.

Father of three children and eleven grandchildren, Pyers came to live in Sussex some 15 years ago after retiring as chief partner in a firm of Patent Agents in London making himself at home with his wife Camilla in the village of Littlington.

Pyers has been a well known figure in Sussex bridge since then, playing in the Sussex League, Championship Teams, Sussex congresses as well as in his home club of Eastbourne where his name appeared often on the honours boards.  He served as the Eastbourne club delegate on the County committee for many years.  He was a magistrate in London and Eastbourne until he retired at 70.  He was a pleasure to play with and against with unfailing gentlemanly conduct combined with acerbic wit.  His last bridge outing was the completion of his final match in the Sussex League which he described as his swansong.

Pyers was of literary bent and only this year wrote and published privately his autobiography with a collection of short stories.  He will be greatly missed both on and off the bridge table.

There will be a private family cremation but a thanksgiving service at St Andrews Church in Alfriston (Friday 2nd June at 2.00pm) followed by socialising at Pyers house in Littlington (North Ham BN26 5RA).  Anyone wishing to attend the thanksgiving service should please contact Roger Poulter who can supply more exact details.

2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Ernie Rivett
2017 Gladys Hakki Winner - Ernie Rivett

The Gladys Hakki Trophy is awarded annually to a Sussex member who has given outstanding service to county and club over a number of years.  This year's very deserving winner is Ernie Rivett, pictured being presented with the trophy by SCCBA Chairman Andy Ryder at the SCCBA EGM on May 5th.

Ernie has been an enthusiastic member of Worthing Bridge Club for more than twenty years and in his 6 years as Chairman has shown total commitment, calm leadership and consistent management in leading the club in a remarkable turnaround from a time when the club’s fortunes were at a low ebb.

Ernie has been the driving force behind improved club management, resolution of premises problems, improved communications and atmosphere, increased teaching, mentoring and sessions for the less experienced, leading to a 20% increase in membership.

See full nomination by Worthing Bridge Club

Hastings Basic Bridge Pairs
Hastings Basic Bridge Pairs

Congratulations to Molly Freeman and Claire Weston who won this year's Basic Bridge Pairs at Hastings on Saturday May 6th.

The runners-up were .....

..... Sue Clarke and Pat Barkess.

Many thanks to organiser Kathy Williams and director Eddie Williams.

Sussex League
Sussex League

The Sussex League season is nearing completion, with the winners of 5 of the 6 Divisions now decided.  Congratulations to the team captained by Dave Franklin who have retained the Division 1 title they won last year.  Indeed, Dave's team has won the competition in 6 of the last 8 seasons.  The photograph shows team members Gerry Stanford and Jeremy Willans receiving the Durran Weisberger Trophy at the Spring Congress, the remaining team members Dave Franklin and Ian Draper being absent.

Congratulations too to the team captained by Mark Denny on winning Division 2 and returning to the top Division for next season after just one season's absence.  Teams captained by Stephen Kennedy, Peter Kennedy, and Bruce Carrison have won Divisions 4, 5, and 6 respectively.

This popular competition will resume in August.  New teams are always welcome to join the event - please contact me for more information.

David Galpin (Organiser)

SCCBA Competition Rules - New Version

Please note that there is a new version of SCCBA Competition Rules which incorporates updated guidance from the EBU regarding teams matches and some minor clarifications.  The SCCBA Competition Rules can always be accessed via 'Regulations' in the Contents column.

SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 3
SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 3

Congratulations to Mike Keeping, David Benjamin, Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan who won the Swiss Teams on the final day of the Spring Congress which was held at Uckfield from Friday April 21st to Sunday April 23rd.

As always, the congress was extremely very well organised and directed by Eddie Williams, ably assisted by Kathy Williams.

SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 2
SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 2

Congratulations to Jill Skinner and Jeremy Willans who won the Blue-Pointed Swiss Pairs.  The runners-up were .....

..... Tom Brogan and Sandy Blunt.

Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan were 3rd.

Congratulations also to Carol and Mark Randall (3rd and 5th from the left) who won the Welcome Pairs which was included in the Swiss Pairs.

SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 1
SCCBA Spring Congress - Day 1

Congratulations to Tim Hewson and Sean Cufley who won the Basic Bridge Pairs and to .....

..... Paul Allen, Rosemary Land, Simon Fishburn and Peter Cattermole who won the Multiple Teams and to .....

..... Philip Hunt and Lindsay Geddes who won the Mixed Pairs.

National Pairs Final

Very well done to Julian Mitchell and Peter Clinch who finished an excellent 2nd (out of 50) in the National Pairs Final at Daventry over the weekend of April 8th-9th.

SCCBA Teams of Eight

Congratulations to the West Sussex team (Neil Watts, Christine Jepson, Andrew Southwell, Ian Lancaster, Peter Brown, Yves Lebrec, Matt Read and Philip Hunt) who beat 8 other teams to win the county Teams of Eight event at Eastbourne on Sunday April 2nd.  West Sussex also won this event last year.

Avenue were 22 VPs behind West Sussex in 2nd place.  A further 4 VPs behind were 3 teams tied for 3rd place - Worthing, Patcham and Eastbourne.

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

Elisabeth North Trophy
Elisabeth North Trophy

Congratulations to the West Sussex team of Tony Harris, Judy Harris, Ivan Yeatman, Catherine Yeatman, Hazel Beveridge, David Williams, Bridget Keates and Ed Barter who won the Elisabeth North Trophy at Horsham on Sunday March 26th.  This 'teams of 8' competition is for club members who have less than 25,000 Master Points and 25 Green Points.

Many thanks to Horsham Bridge Club for hosting the event, to director & scorer Keith Norman and to organiser Gerry Stanford.

2017 SCCBA AGM - Reminder!

The 2017 SCCBA AGM will take place at 11:30 am on April 23rd, 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 10 March. Copies of the endorsed accounts will be provided at the AGM where adoption will be sought under agenda item 4.1.

SCCBA Individual Final
SCCBA Individual Final

Congratulations to Hayes Dockrell who won the SCCBA Individual Final at Patcham Bridge Club on Sunday February 19th.  Well done also to Claire Grimes who was 2nd and Eric Finney who was 3rd.

Many thanks to director Peter Langston, to Patcham BC for hosting the event and to competition organiser Peter Bates.

SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

100 pairs took part in the second running of the SCCBA Open Simultaneous Pairs in various Sussex clubs on Wednesday February 15th.

Congratulations to the confirmed winners who are Terry Fishlock and Jane Handley who played in the Horsham heat.  The runners-up are Hortense Lott and Brian Cooper and in 3rd place are Martin Haigh and Doris Strauss, with both pairs playing 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 category where at least one player was under 60.  Peter Carbutt and David Gillespie, who played in the Wilton heat and finished 6th overall, are winners of the 75-and-over category.

Many thanks to all the clubs who took part in this event.  Many thanks also to Peter Clinch who not only organised the event but selected the hands and wrote the commentary.

Sussex Juniors in winning Junior Camrose team!

Many congratulations to Oliver Powell & Jonathan Derrick who played in the England Under-26 team that won the Junior Camrose held in Ireland over the weekend of February 17-19th.

Mid-Sussex Challenge Friendly - Inter-Clubs Teams of Eight
Mid-Sussex Challenge Friendly - Inter-Clubs Teams of Eight

Teams from Crawley, Framfield, Henfield, Lewes, Pulborough, Thakeham and West Sussex bridge clubs competed in the annual Mid-Sussex Challenge teams of eight competition at Cuckfield on Sunday February 12th.  The event is played in two sections with E/W pairs swapping over at the half-time interval.

The event was organised by the 2016 winners West Sussex who were again clear winners this year and who therefore (provisionally) will also be hosting next year's event on the second Sunday in February.

The event was very well directed by Peter J Bates and Henfield Guides supplied an excellent tea.  The runners-up were .....

..... Crawley.

Pulborough were 3rd.

SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final
SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final

Many congratulations to Lindsay Geddes and Philip Hunt who won the SCCBA Mixed Pairs Final for the 2nd year running on Sunday February 5th.

David and Jill Armstrong were 2nd and Neil Watts and Chris Jepson were 3rd.

Many thanks to director and scorer Keith Norman, organiser Gerry Stanford and to West Sussex Bridge Club who hosted the event.

David Pavey Trophy Final
David Pavey Trophy Final

Congratulations to Roger and Jo Waddingham (pictured with director David Galpin) who won the David Pavey Trophy Final at Worthing Bridge Club on Sunday January 29th.   The David Pavey competition is for players who have less than 10,000 master points.

Many thanks to director David Galpin who was assisted by scorer Andrea Galpin, to organiser Ros Wolfarth and to Worthing Bridge Club who hosted the event and produced a splendid tea.

In 2nd place were .....

 

..... Paul Bowles and Ioan Edwards and in 3rd place were .....

 ..... Sandy Reimoser and Jerry Attwood.

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs - CONFIRMED RESULTS

Congratulations to Russell Gross and Ivor Richards of Patcham Bridge Club who are the confirmed winners of the 2017 Charity Simultaneous Pairs which was played in the week beginning January 9th.  The runners-up are David Gilbert and Stuart Henderson of Thakeham Bridge Club and in 3rd place are Philip Hunt and Matt Read of West Sussex Bridge Club.

Over £650 has been raised for this year's charities which are Ingfield Manor School and St Michael's Hospice.

Many thanks to the clubs who held heats, to organiser Gerry Stanford, to Andrew Southwell who selected the hands and wrote the commentary and to Ron Robins who duplimated the hands.

Sussex Pairs Final
Sussex Pairs Final

Congratulations to Andy Ryder and Mike Allen who won this year's Sussex Pairs Final at Patcham BC on Sunday January 15th.

The runners-up were .....

 

..... Neil Watts and Nigel Urban, pictured being presented with their prize by organiser Gerry Stanford (centre).

Many thanks to director Peter Langston and organiser Gerry and to Patcham BC for hosting the final.

New Year Swiss Teams
New Year Swiss Teams

Many thanks are due to Organiser Joy Mayall who worked overtime to get 30 teams together for this year's New Year Swiss Teams at Henfield on Sunday January 8th.  Many thanks also to Tournament Directors David Galpin and Martin Pool for a very smoothly-run event.

Congratulations to this year's winners Ian Macgregor, Mary Lawrenson, David Park and Steve Ackroyd who were presented with their prizes by David Galpin (left). 

In second place were .....

 

..... Andrew Southwell, Richard Fedrick (missing from the picture), Liz Hoskins and Peter Clinch and in 3rd place were .....

 ..... David Dickson, John Williams, Andy Ryder and Mike Moody (also missing).

Thanks also to caddies Sorcha and Zac Tenquist and to John Porteous who again provided a delicious buffet.

The next SCCBA Swiss Teams will be held on the last day of the Spring Congress at Uckfield from April 21st to April 23rd.  Why not book now?

Sandra Landy
Sandra Landy

It is with the greatest of sadness that the Management Committee reports the untimely passing of Sandra Landy on 4 January 2017.  Sandra was one of the greatest players of her time and a star who graced the world bridge stage not only with consistent bridge excellence but also with a warm, friendly and humourful personality.  Her achievements were myriad including winning the Women’s European Championships five times between 1975 and 1999, the Venice Cup in 1981 and 1985 and representing England five times in the World Olympiad between 1976 and 1992.  Sandra also made important contributions to the governance of the game in England through service on the EBU Board and its Selection Committee and in 2016 she was awarded the EBU Diamond award (see picture) for her overall contributions to the game.

Sandra was not content, however, with the highest levels of achievement at the table and playing key roles in the governance of the game, as she chose to devote much of her time subsequently to teaching others the joys of the game we all love.  There are now literally hundreds of current players, particularly in Sussex, who enjoy the game as a result of the structure and clarity of her teaching.  The world of bridge owes her a great debt and it will mourn her passing with great sadness.