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The objectives of the WCBA are to promote and further the interests of bridge in the County and to organise Contract Bridge competitions. This Web Site will include details of future events, results of County competitions and other information concerning the organisation of bridge in the County and the local clubs.

Forthcoming Events
23rd November - WCBA Inter-Club-Teams (Healey Cup) (11.00am, Astley & Dunley Village Hall) - Entry Form
24th November - Pairs Ladder
1st December - National Pairs Heat
5th December - Inter-Club Teams (Heat 2) (7.15pm)
7th December - County Match against Leicestershire (2.00pm)
8th December - Philipps Pairs
15th December - Christmas Charity Swiss Teams
Latest News
In the County Match against Oxfordshire all 3 teams lost by scores of 8-12, 3-17 & 5-15 respectively.
Results and photos from the Malvern Congress can be found on the News page.
Martin Gill & Paul Slater won the Irene Allen Non-Expert Swiss Pairs, just beating Ian Lewis & Margaret Hanson. The Richard Lewis Trophy was won by Liz Smith & Steve Simmons.
Eight teams participated in the Pro-Am Teams and hopefully they all enjoyed the event. Well done to John Turner, Gina Butler, Brian Stanley & Steve Simmons for their convincing victory. For information I have also published the Cross Imp analysis of the event so pairs can see how well they did.
Teams events can now be included in the National Grading Scheme (NGS) and the Closed Teams Qualifier was our first such event. Each pair's average cross-imp total is used to update their NGS ranking and for information I have uploaded the Cross Imp analysis for the event so that you can see the scores that will be used.
In the fourth County Match of the season against Nottinghamshire the 1st team won 18-2, the 2nd team won 14-6 & the 3rd team won 18-2.
The Committee are looking for a new Editor for Worcestershire Bridge News. If anyone is interested in do this then they should talk to Mike Willoughby, the current editor, or another Committee Member.
The latest edition of the Worcestershire Bridge News has been published (June 2014 Edition).
The Rules of Competition have been updated to reflect changes agreed at a recent Committee Meeting as follows :-
  • The Seniors Pairs & Veterans Pairs have been combined into one event.
  • The Pairs Ladder will only be split into two Divisions if there are at least 10 tables.
  • The Phillipps Playoff is being replaced with a Phillipps Handicap Final where the averages from the heats are used as handicaps. This event is open to all players and if players do not have a Phillipps average then their handicap will be based on their NGS ranking. 
  • There is no longer a Championship Pairs Qualifier.
The WCBA Committee has been giving considerable thought to the feasibility of acquiring bridge premises for the use of Worcestershire bridge players that would be available 7 days a week, with the ability to cater for the growing demand for daytime bridge. It is envisaged that the premises will support at least a 20 table session with room for matches, teaching and storage with a basic level of catering. The planned venue will include adequate facilities for parking, toilets, heating etc. A few documents are available in the Members Only area of the website, one asking for feedback and one being a feasibility review. To access the Members Only area of the website for the first time you will need the Membership Registration Code which you can get from Paul Hammond or other Committee Members.
Recent Successes
Congratulations to John Sansom for winning a bronze medal in the Seniors Teams at the World Bridge Series in China.
Pam Pearce & Sue Evans have retained the Herefordshire Ladies Pairs.
At the EBU Overseas Congress in Montenegro Joyce Skelton & Pam Pearce came 3= in the Swiss Pairs. In the Swiss Teams Jimmy & Maureen Ledger, Dick & Jane Rutter came 4th and Pam Pearce, Joyce Skelton, Dennis Loynes & Sue Evans came 7=.
At the Jersey Congress Jimmy & Maureen Ledger were in the team that finished 2nd in the Swiss Teams.
At the SBU Overseas Congress in Montecatini Sue Lane & Marian Wilcox and Val & Steve Kennewell won their sections in the pre-Congress Pairs. Then Dennis Loynes, Margot Cursiter, Val & Steve Kennewell won their section of the first Open Teams, Val & Steve Kennewell came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs, Val Kennewell & Sue Evans came 2nd in the Ladies Pairs and Dennis Loynes & Steve Kennewell won the Men's Pairs. Finally, Dennis Loynes, Sue Evans, Val & Steve Kennewell won their section of the second Open Teams.
At the Devon Congress Pam Pearce & Susan Sharp were part of the team which won the Swiss Teams and came 4= in the Swiss Pairs. 
Sue Evans & Nick Forward won the Solihull heat of the Portland Pairs and came 11th overall.
The Green Pointed Swiss Pairs at Bath was won by Chris Davis from Evesham playing with Martin David from East Wales.
At the Ranked Masters Richard Jephcott & John Sansom won the Premier Grand Masters Pairs.
At the Midlands Counties Congress Sue Lane & Marian Wilcox won the Ladies Pairs for the second year running. Jane & Dick Rutter finished 2nd in the Swiss Pairs whilst Tony Poole came 3rd playing with Terry Parkes. The top three teams in the A Final of the Championship Teams were all from Worcestershire with John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston finishing just ahead of Pam Pearce, Joyce Skelton, Susan Sharp & Jane Morton.
For full results see Midland Counties Congress website
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Venue for County Night
The regular venue for County Night is now Cutnall Green Memorial Hall. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. If you have come from Droitwich up the A442 you need to turn right into Addis Lane at the Chequers and the Hall is on your left in about 100 yards. If you have come from the Kidderminster direction then you need to turn left into Addis Lane at the Chequers. To fit in with the preceeding tap dancing class the start time will initially be 7.30pm and players are asked not to arrive before 7.15pm. We do not have a formal interval and players are be able to help themselves to drinks when convenient.
Scoring Issues

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

17th Nov 2014
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
17th Nov 2014
Grand Prix Teams - Cross Imps
16th Nov 2014
County Match against Oxfordshire (A)
10th Nov 2014
Children-In-Need Sim Pairs (Phillipps)
Director: Paul Tapster
3rd Nov 2014
Mixed Pivot Teams
Director: Sue Lane
23rd Nov 2014
WCBA Inter-Club Teams (Healey Cup)
Astley & Dunley Village Hall 11.00am
Director: Paul Hammond
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24th Nov 2014
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
24th Nov 2014
Pairs Ladder Division 2
1st Dec 2014
National Pairs Heat
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Scorer: Paul Tapster
5th Dec 2014
Inter-Club Teams
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