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.
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:

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.

Gladys Hakki Trophy 2016/17

Affiliated clubs and members of the county management committee have been invited to make nominations for the award of the Gladys Hakki Trophy in 2017 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.

SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs

The annual SCCBA Charity Simultaneous Pairs will be held in the New Year between Monday January 9th and Monday January 16th.  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 year, the money raised will go to :-

Heats are currently scheduled to be held at Patcham, Worthing, Horsham, West Sussex, Thakeham, Crawley, Avenue and Eastbourne., To arrange for your club to enter, please email Gerry Stanford.  Please note that, since the boards will be the same throughout the week, individual players may only play in one heat.

Hills Trophy
Hills Trophy
Congratulations to the winners of the Hills Trophy for 2016 who were the Bognor team of John Austin, Ron Seymour, Roger Bill and Paul Londesborough.  The runners-up were last year's winners - Nigel Urban, Neil Watts, Dave Franklin and David Gritt.
Many thanks to David and Andrea Galpin for directing the event in their usual efficient manner.  Also, thanks to all the other helpers and U3A for use of their equipment.  John Porteous provided the usual excellent tea and supper during the day.
Ernie Rivett
Chairman, Worthing BC
Tollemache Qualifier - November 19th/20th

Unfortunately, the Sussex team had a very torrid time in Birmingham this weekend and finished a disappointing eighth out of nine in their group.  See report by Non-Playing Captain Neil Watts and EBU website (Group C) for full details of the results.

1066 Trophy
1066 Trophy

St Leonards Bridge Club Chairman Andy Eames awards the 1066 trophy to the Hawkhurst team of Gary Rogerson & Andy King and Tony Adams & Jim Wortley on Friday November 18th - see St Leonards' web-site for full details.



Martin Pool's EBU Silver Award - Presentation

Martin was presented with his award (see below) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 23rd - see the article on the EBU site which includes links to a mini-autobiography and a picture of Martin with his award.

EBU Silver Award for Martin Pool!
EBU Silver Award for Martin Pool!

It is with great pleasure that I convey the news that our President, Martin Pool, has been selected to receive an EBU Silver Award.  The presentation will be made at the EBU AGM on 23 November.

Martin first became involved in service to the Sussex association in the mid 1990s following retirement from his highly successful career as an airline pilot.  By the end of that decade he had become not only a member of the management committee and the county conduct committee but had also taken on the county’s tournament manager role, overseeing the delivery of a wide range of competitive events.  Development of this breadth and depth of experience in county bridge activities led to his election as Vice Chairman in 2000 and Chairman in 2002.  Whilst Chairman, he also helped to design and create the county’s first web site and took on the role of Webmaster for a year in 2006 as the use of the internet became more important to successful communications with the membership.  He was also appointed as a county tournament director in 2002 and served in that role for more than ten years.  He was re-elected as Chairman in each of the years 2003 to 2006 thus serving the full term allowed by the constitution.  He was elected as President in 2007 and some nine years later remains a very active President, taking a keen interest in the business of the management, tournament and other committees.

It will be evident from this brief summary that Martin has been very much the cornerstone upon which the success of Sussex bridge has been built over the last fifteen years or so.  In multiple roles, his untiring commitment of time and expertise has been and continues to be exceptional.  Whilst Chairman, his assured direction and mature leadership ensured that the county association went from strength to strength.  His subsequent years as President have seen the provision of thoughtful, perceptive and above all, supportive, advice to successive Chairmen and other Officers.  Quite simply, he remains the SCCBA’s most valuable asset and richly deserves the high level of recognition embodied in the EBU Silver Award.

Dick Wheeler (Hon. Sec. SCCBA)

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

This year's event on Saturday November 12th in Turners Hill was a sell-out with all the 15 tables that fit in the room occupied!!  A lot of new faces attended, including some very new to an event like this and, if the noise level was anything to go by, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Many thanks to Keith Norman for his admirable directing, to John Porteous' team of caterers (although John himself could not be there this time) for the usual lovely lunch and to organiser Helen Kent.

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.

If you didn't come this year, make sure you get your entry in early for next November!!

Congratulations to overall winners Colin and Julie Hillyer.  Other prize-winners were ......


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

...... Thomas Serkowski and Jim Downes who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping and ......

...... Christine Jex and Joyce de Ath who won the Stratification Level C grouping.

2016 Invitation Pairs
2016 Invitation Pairs

One of the SCCBA's prestigious events - the Invitation Pairs - has been won for the third year in succession by Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan.

In a close finish, .....

..... David Dickson and John Frosztega were second and .....

.....  Ian Lancaster and Andrew Southwell were third.  Many congratulations to them all.

A special thank you to the Directors for their hard work - Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman, and Eddie Williams.

Andrea Galpin,
Event Organiser

Autumn Congress

Firstly, I would like to offer my huge thanks to Peter & Marit Langston and Ian McGregor for their brilliant work in running these events over the October 29th/30th weekend.

On the upside, it was great to see so many Juniors playing in the events and performing very well indeed.  On the downside though, I was very disappointed not to arrest the continued downward slide of numbers to SCCBA events.  These events are hard work to organise and run and it is sad to see so few Sussex members playing in them.  I understand that this year's clash with Kent was an oversight that certainly affected numbers and will be rectified next year.

If there are other reasons why you did not wish to attend, please let me know.  If we know the reasons we can change things, if we don’t we can’t.

The Welcome Pairs increased numbers to 4 3/4 tables.  Thanks to Ros Wolfarth who filled in to make a full five tables, winning the event with Fabian Oliver.

The Swiss Pairs was won well by Tom Brogan and Matt Smith (pictured receiving the trophy from Ros) and winning with a match in hand against some strong pairs.  Although all did not go as smoothly as we might have wished, we aim to learn appropriate lessons in order to avoid a recurrence if at all possible.

The Teams event was also very well won by Gerry Stanford, Dave Franklin, Mick Carrington and Martin Pool.

Andy Ryder (Congress Organiser and Chairman of SCCBA)

Ron Buddery

It is with great sadness that the Management Committee announces the death of SCCBA Vice President Ron Buddery on 19 October.  Ron was a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of bridge in Sussex, serving on the Management Committee for more than 20 years, before being appointed Vice President in 2003.  Ron won most if not all the SCCBA competitions from time to time including one year winning both the Championship Teams & the Sussex Pairs, both with his wife Margaret.  He also created the Sussex Premier League which later evolved into the Sussex League and one of the divisional trophies for the latter is named after him.  We shall all miss Ron greatly.

Success at EBU Autumn Congress

Congratulations to the team of Stephen Kennedy, Michael Alishaw, Sam Behrens and Ben Norton who won the Eastbourne Bowl (the main teams event) at the EBU Autumn Congress in Peterborough on October 16th.  All four players are junior internationals and members of KIBBridge which is a Sussex-based bridge club.

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 9th.

Many congratulations to the Eastbourne team of Stuart Barker, Stewart Pennycuick, Roger Poulter and Richard Coombs who were presented with the trophy by SCCBA Vice-Chairman Ros Wolfarth.  Eastbourne won by the narrowest possible margin of 1 IMP!  The close runners-up were the Patcham team of Marit & Peter Langston, Ian Macgregor and James Bugden.  The SCCBA committee team of Gerry Stanford, Mervyn Wotton, Ros Wolfarth and Andrea Galpin were just 3 further IMPs behind in 3rd place although SCCBA committee teams are not eligible to win the trophy.

Many thanks to director David Galpin, organiser Gerry Stanford and to Eastbourne Bridge Club who hosted the event and provided an excellent tea.