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30th Jan 2015 12:56 GMT
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Midlands Inter County Events
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Objectives

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
30th January - Inter Club Teams (7.15 pm)
 
2nd February - Phillipps Pairs
 
9th February - Grand Prix Teams
 
16th February - Handicap Pairs
 
22nd February - Club Championship Pairs (Cutnall Green Memorial Hall, 11.00am) (Entry Form)
 
23rd February - Pairs Ladder
 
2nd March - Phillipps Pairs
 
8th March - Championship Pairs (Bradley Green Village Hall, 11.00am) (Entry Form)
Latest News
We will be holding a Handicap Pairs on the 16th of February. This is played as a normal pairs event and then at the end the current NGS ranking of all the players will be used to calculate a handicap for each pair, which is then applied to the results. The winners are thus the pair who beat their NGS ranking by the highest amount and in theory this should give everyone an equal chance of winning. There will be a prize of a bottle of wine each for the winning pair on handicap.
 
The County Mixed Pairs was won by Jane Morton & Stewart Fishburne, with Jane & Dick Rutter in 2nd place.
 
In the County Match against Warwickshire the 1st team lost 3-17, the 2nd team lost 7-13 & the 3rd team lost 3-17.
 
At the Christmas Charity Swiss Teams a vote was taken to determine which charity should be supported and Acorns Children's Hospice was a clear winner. Thank-you to everyone who brought prizes for the raffle which raised £226. 10 teams participated in the event which was won by Joyce, Stewart, Mike & Ian.
 
A National Pairs Heat was held on the 1st of December and the top 4 pairs qualify to play in the Regional Finals on the 15th of March.
 
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.
 
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
At the Midlands Counties Congress Linda Gervis & Marian Wilcox won the Ladies Pairs and Pam Pearce came second, playing with Lesley Harrison. Joyce Skelton & John Sansom came 3rd in the Mixed Pairs. Stephanie Forward, Sue Evans, Nick Forward & Dennis Loynes won the Mixed Teams.
 
For full results see Midland Counties Congress website
 
At the Northern Year End Congress Steph & Nick Forward won the Mixed Pairs and Nick Forward & Dennis Loynes came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs.
 
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.
Click for the latest results
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

Results
26th Jan 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Paul Tapster
26th Jan 2015
Pairs Ladder Division 2
19th Jan 2015
Mixed Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
12th Jan 2015
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
12th Jan 2015
Grand Prix Teams - Cross Imps
Calendar
30th Jan 2015
Inter-Club Teams
7.15pm
2nd Feb 2015
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Paul Hammond
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
9th Feb 2015
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Sue Lane
Scorer: Paul Tapster
16th Feb 2015
Handicap Pairs
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Paul Hammond
22nd Feb 2015
Club Championship Pairs
Cutnall Green Memorial Hall 11.00am
Director: Sue Munday
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